Some months ago, I posted the Kickstarter trailer for a documentary titled Cereal Killers and encouraged people to support the film.  A lot of you did.  I received a nice thanks from Donal O’Neill, the producer, but the thanks belong to everyone who helped get this documentary off the ground.

I’m happy to announce that Cereal Killers has been released.  I watched it last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. To recap, O’Neill became interested in diet and health largely because his father suffered a heart attack in middle age, despite being a lean, muscular athlete who followed the “correct” diet recommended by the so-called experts. After his research convinced him that fat phobia is misguided, O’Neill decided to try a low-carb/high-fat diet for four weeks and track his health markers.

The film is entertaining, informative, and beautifully shot. The expressions on some people’s faces when he tells them what he’s eating in his attempt to avoid heart disease are laugh-out-loud funny.

You can rent it by clicking the RENT button on the screen below.

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The film follows Donal – a lean, fit, seemingly healthy 41 year old man – on a quest to hack his genes and drop dead healthy by avoiding the heart disease and diabetes that has afflicted his family.

Donal’s father Kevin, an Irish gaelic football star from the 1960s, won the first of 2 All Ireland Championships with the Down Senior Football Team in 1960 before the biggest crowd (94,000) ever seen at an Irish sporting event.

When Kevin suffered a heart attack later in life, family and friends were shocked. How does a lean, fit and seemingly healthy man – who has sailed through cardiac stress tests – suddenly fall victim to heart disease?

Can a controversial diet consisting of 70% fat provide the answers?

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21 Responses to “‘Cereal Killers’ Documentary”
  1. Marg says:

    I watched it last night as well and agree, it’s a well-produced film. I enjoyed it. I have to go to his website because I had some burning questions:
    1. What was his particle LDL count before his high fat diet?
    2. What was he eating before?
    3. How was he exercising before?

    I may have missed the answers to these questions. I know he said his dad, who had a heart attack, ate “healthy whole grains” and he showed his mom mixed up a bowl of wholemeal flour.

  2. Lynda says:

    I watched this last night as well and like you, thought the reactions of people were priceless! I was also shocked at Dr Noake’s comment that if diabetics ate a high protein, high fat and low carb diet at least six pharmaceutical companies would go out of business!! Staggering stuff.

    Let’s hope we see that happen.

  3. Pierson says:

    This does look like a good film; what a treat after a busy teaching job! Also, will you be tackling this issue? http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/12/10/250007042/chowing-down-on-meat-and-dairy-alters-gut-bacteria-a-lot-and-quickly

    Probably not. Dr. Lakagos already did:

    http://caloriesproper.com/?p=4085

  4. Lori says:

    If only he’d had a veteran low-carber answer a few concerns, such as LC being extreme and restrictive. It’s a trade-off, like any other deal. For me, after almost four years on LC, bread looks no more appetizing than a styrofoam box.

    Same here. They were giving away free popcorn at the office today. I wasn’t the least tempted.

  5. Justin B says:

    Do you, by chance, know if there will be a fully purchasable version? I don’t trust myself to watch it within the rental window, and am willing to spend more to support the creator.

    I’ll find out and get back to you. Check back on this comment.

    Okay, here’s the answer from Donal O’Neill:

    “Yes – download to own will be released (eta is this week) followed by DVD.”

  6. Firebird7478 says:

    I wanted to smack those, “You need balance” people, especially the woman who kept saying, “and he knows that.”

  7. VALENTINE says:

    Thank you for this.
    please, I would really love to view this video with french subtitles than I would share it in France.
    thanks again

  8. Ines says:

    Loved the movie. In particular because it was shot where I used to live in Cape Town… It was such a friendly non aggressive and humble approach to the topic. Brilliant.

    Capetown looks like a beautiful place.

  9. Walter Bushell says:

    Noticed the kelp noodle advertisement on this page. The perfect thing to send in you daughter’s lunch when the Food Fascists come demanding your daughters have carbs in their lunch.

    Shouldn’t have to resort to such subterfuge, but what are you going to do? Could be quite tasty with a nice Alfredo sauce even cold.

    That’s a fine idea. We’re thinking next time we could also send sandwiches made with almond-flour bread.

  10. Steve says:

    Good stuff! It wasn’t all the fat that was frightening me, it was all the driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road that scared the be-jesus out of me. ;)
    Awesome flick!

  11. Carol Palinkas says:

    I must be the exception because I could not get this movie to run properly. I downloaded it and could only see about half of it (it didn’t fit the screen size of my laptop), and it kept stopping to buffer, making for a really irritating experience. I wish I could buy the DVD instead of just a download, because I didn’t get very much out of this.

  12. Diane says:

    Can you share your recipes?

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