Friday, May 7, 2010

Friday’s Flick – Documentary Edition

I love documentaries.  To my husband’s detriment, as he is more of an action and psychological-thriller guy, I could sit for hours on end learning about the migration of birds, or the eating habits of prison inmates.  I think I just get immense joy out of learning.  Where as said husband gets his kicks out of sitcoms and weekly serials,  I prefer to sink my teeth into something realistic on the documentary channel, without the Hollywood lining.  Well, as they say in Montreal, chacun à son goût.

For this Friday’s Flick I have decided to highlight an independent documentary that I enjoyed this week.  The great thing about this selection is that you too can watch it, for free, as it is available in streaming video online at Documentary Heaven.  Just click on the button bellow to link to the feed.

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

1 hr, 31 minutes

timthumb Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is the story of six afflicted Americans brought together at a camp in Patagonia, Arizona, to start a raw food, vegan diet, with the unbelievable hope of reversing their diabetes in only 30 days.  It is the goal of their overseeing doctor, Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H), that this will take place with little, and in most cases no, use of pharmaceutical medications. 

For those looking to a trusted name, actor and raw food activist, Woody Harrelson, film maker, Morgan Spurlock, and life coach, Anthony Robbins, all provide thoughtful insights into how they incorporate raw foods and healthy eating into their lives, at various intervals throughout the documentary.

I became expressly endeared to the subjects, as I found myself rooting for them, and at other times getting enraged with them, based on the choices they would make.  I can only imagine how difficult this process must have been for each and every one of them, especially after being told that this disease was untreatable, and therefore would be a part of them for the rest of their lives.

They struggle to adapt to a diet that consists mainly of fruits, vegetables, sprouts, nuts and seeds, and which eliminates all meat, dairy, bread, cooked grains, sugars and caffeine.  For six people who have subsisted on the latter group for most of their lives, this is a challenge that will push them to their limits emotionally, physically and spiritually. 

There is valuable information to be learned about how the body processes food, and what is healthy for us to ingest in a society so inundated with bad foods.  Regardless of whether you have diabetes or not, this is a touching story that should not be missed.

4.5/5 Snakes


  1. So I am dying to know--did it work?

  2. The results were amazing. Most of them got their sugar levels down to the normal range even after being taken off of their medication. This was a very enlightening film, to say the least.