Documentary chronicles six diabetics taking the raw food challenge with the goal of reversing diabetes
Can going on an all-raw diet for 30 days really reverse diabetes? Yes, according to the documentary, "Simply Raw." This fascinating, independent film follows the journey of six diabetics for 30 days as they take the “Raw Challenge” to reverse their disease naturally without prescription drugs by eating only organic, vegan, uncooked, ‘raw foods’.
Set at The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona founded by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., the film follows the participants as they are challenged to give up their traditional, American diets consisting of meat, dairy, sugar, processed foods, and cooked foods, as well alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine, as they continue to reduce their dosages of insulin and prescription medications. The results are interesting.
“One of the most potent, pandemic diseases is Type 2 diabetes affecting 246 million people worldwide. We need to wake up to the possibility that simply changing our diet can significantly reverse and even cure this disease. The results of the participants in this documentary offer evidence of that,” states Dr. Cousens. The author of There is a Cure for Diabetes and founder of The Tree of Life, Gabriel Cousens, MD is a well-known holistic medical doctor for 35 years and published authority on alternative healing and raw living food nutritional therapies. He has helped thousands heal myriad diseases through the power of raw foods.
A diet consisting of plant-source only, raw foods is rapidly gaining worldwide recognition for its power to heal and rejuvenate, as well as maintain health at a high energy level. The raw diet mostly consists of fruits, vegetables, grains, sprouts, nuts and seeds. It is a vegan diet (no meat, cheese, eggs or milk), but with one caveat: It is prepared at temperatures less than between 118 degrees Fahrenheit to preserved the natural enzymes, nutrients and the food’s life-force energy from the sun. When food is cooked, 50 percent of the protein is lost, 70-80 percent of the vitamins and minerals are lost, and close to 100 percent of the phytonutrients are destroyed.
According to the American Diabetes Association, the disease affects over 75 Million Americans (including 25 Million people with Diabetes and over 50 Million people with Pre-Diabetes). In addition, 3.7 million, or 14.7 percent of all African Americans aged 20 years or older have diabetes. Current projections place U.S. children, born after the Year 2000, as having a one in three rate of developing diabetes in their lifetime. ‘Simply Raw’ filmmakers believe these numbers can be reversed. The medical doctors who appear in the film show that lifestyle changes can significantly reverse most cases of Type 2 Diabetes. By switching their diets and being more active in the outdoors (the film was shot on-location in Arizona, as well as the six hometown states of the participants), all of the Type 2 Diabetic subjects in the film eliminated their medication under doctor supervision in under thirty days during the making of the film.
While amazed at the results of some of the subjects in the film, many critics of Simply Raw believe that Cousens’ claim is misleading. Despite being able to control their blood sugar levels and almost all eliminating their need for medications and insulin, they still have diabetes, critics believe, and there is no cure.
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