While on the Holistic Holiday at Sea cruise in March, I had the opportunity to see an early version of the new documentary “PlantPure Nation.”

This film was produced by Nelson Campbell, whose father’s research – that is, Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s research – forms the basis for the documentary.

The film takes us through the lives of people in the community of Mebane, N.C., and how Nelson Campbell created a pilot project for changing lives through introduction of a whole food, plant-based way of eating.

Recently, I had the opportunity to see a final version of the movie, and I found myself very impressed with it. For those seeking a follow-up to documentaries such as “Forks Over Knives” or for those wanting to see how research from projects such as Nelson Campbell’s “The China Study” can be put to practical use, this film is the answer.

It’s also more than a documentary. The filmmakers want to truly create a plant-pure nation by creating pods, or groups of people around the country, who do what was done in Mebane and come together to eat mainly whole, plant-based foods.

The film opened nationwide July 4, and plans are for it to be shown here in the Bluffton and Hilton Head areas, as well as in Savannah. See movie times and locations at the end of this article for further information.

A big question asked in the documentary is “Why haven’t we heard this before?,” in reference to the benefits of following a whole food, plant-based way of eating.

The answer to that question is demonstrated in the documentary by the fight that ensued within the Kentucky State Legislature when a simple statement regarding the benefits of eating vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains and nuts was defeated as a result of lawmakers being influenced by the lobbyists whose interests were otherwise.

There are powerful interests out there who don’t want us to hear the message.

But the film offers hope. It shows how people in a town that is used to a much different way of eating were able to adapt and to improve their health in significant ways.

As a result of that, people in Mebane ended up making major, sustainable changes in the way they ate. Others can do that too.

I believe that this movie has the potential to change a lot of lives right here in the Bluffton and Hilton Head areas.

J Lanning Smith is a local freelance writer focused on the whole foods, plant-based lifestyle.


7:30 p.m. July 30

Cinemark Bluffton

106 Buckwalter Pkwy.


For more information and to view trailer, visit www.plantpurenation.com.