Simply Raw - Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

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Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, uncooked food in order to reverse disease without pharmaceutical medication. The six are challenged to give up meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food for 30 days. The film follows each participant's remarkable journey and captures the medical, physical, and emotional transformations brought on by this radical diet and lifestyle change. We witness moments of struggle, support, and hope as what is revealed, with startling clarity, is that diet can reverse disease and change lives. The film highlights each of the six before they begin the program and we first meet them in their home environment with their families. Each participant speaks candidly about their struggle to manage their diabetes and how it has affected every aspect of their life, from work to home to their relationships.

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  • Eva

    LydZ, thanks for sharing your story, I'm sure we all (non type 1 diabetics) have no clue... now at least we understand.
    Just wondering, did you check out EFT? I've been into it since a while and it wouldn't hurt, hope is the last thing one loses in life. :-) I wish you all the best.

  • Kauko Antbacke

    very nice comment!

  • Kauko Antbacke

    I'm thinking about Daniel in the Bible who refused to eat the kings food ( Daniel 1)

  • Guest

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  • Kauko Antbacke

    I have always believed in the power of vegs and fruits and clean water... Many, many thanks for this documentary...

  • Kauko Antbacke

    I have always believed in the power of vegs and fruits and clean water... Many, many thanks for this documentary...

  • Guest

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  • Ceunei

    Diabetes is an interplay between the pancreas and the liver. I believe eating too much stresses the pancreas, in addition to one's entire system. The pancreas is a delicate organ, quickest to self destruct over time. In addition, when overweight, fat accumulates within the pancreas and liver making their jobs even harder. I happen to be a thinner person with type 2 diabetes kicking in at 140 lbs. But, I probably wouldn't be as diabetic as I am had I avoided extreme alcohol intake during my early 20's. In fact, I learned the hard way even one drink of alcohol sends me type 1. Six months of insulin injections, follow, with a big hypoglycemic reaction when the pancreas abruptly heals itself and I unknowingly inject the same amount of insulin. Whew.

    Sometimes, I wonder if the chemical additives to our food also help to pickle our pancreas (environment)? Otherwise, diabetes is a combination of diet, lifestyle, and genes. People love to eat, and, people love to laze about. Perhaps an adult attempt to return to infancy. For some, infancy may have been the only time they were allowed to be happy? That is a deep as it gets for me.

  • Ceunei

    Diabetes is an interplay between the pancreas and the liver. I believe eating too much stresses the pancreas, in addition to one's entire system. The pancreas is a delicate organ, quickest to self destruct over time. In addition, when overweight, fat accumulates within the pancreas and liver making their jobs even harder. I happen to be a thinner person with type 2 diabetes kicking in at 140 lbs. But, I probably wouldn't be as diabetic as I am had I avoided extreme alcohol intake during my early 20's. In fact, I learned the hard way even one drink of alcohol sends me type 1. Six months of insulin injections, follow, with a big hypoglycemic reaction when the pancreas abruptly heals itself and I unknowingly inject the same amount of insulin. Whew.

    Sometimes, I wonder if the chemical additives to our food also help to pickle our pancreas (environment)? Otherwise, diabetes is a combination of diet, lifestyle, and genes. People love to eat, and, people love to laze about. Perhaps an adult attempt to return to infancy. For some, infancy may have been the only time they were allowed to be happy? That is a deep as it gets for me.

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  • Bobery

    What causes diabities then? seems that it is not diet, lifestyle, genes, environment. What is it then? our society? our medicines?

  • Chris

    I think a lot of people here are missing the point. I'm sorry for the type I diabetics that have apparently found no help in this docu. But I think we should all be happy for the ones(not just type II diabetics, but all unhealthy people like me) that did benefit from it. Are we really that selfish, that we will discredit this whole documentary because it did not cure our particular type? Well, maybe It can help others, including people you know and love. Stop being so selfish, and stop preventing others from getting help through the negative and petty comments you post. We all have problems and this video tries to help. Maybe not you directly, but it helps others that had no idea this alternatives existed. Jeez people!

  • Jill

    As the saying goes..a 'little' knowledge can be a very dangerous thing! Anyone who doesn't know the difference between Type 1 &amp; Type 2 diabetes has absolutely NO right to comment on this subject. The utter lack of medical knowledge by some of the contributors on this page,combined with their 'soap box' mentality is what makes an already untenable situation/condition even more difficult for sufferer's, their parents &amp; families.I'd like to think that even the most ignorant of people can realise that something as ludicrous as 'the wrong diet' could cause Type 1 diabetes in a 2 year old child..just as ludicrous &amp; dangerous as suggesting a 'raw food diet' can cure Type 1 diebetes...learn to listen carefully &amp; read between the lines when watching these potentially dangerous shows before you jump on the latest miracle cure bandwagon. God forbid anyone out there with a diabetic child decides to replace their insulin with 'raw food'in hope of a cure...because you only have to see this doco or read some of the comments to realise there's a lot of complete idiots in the world!

  • hayley

    thankyou, i also have a son with type 1 diabetes, i find it very upsetting having to deal with people who think they know more than me about type i diabetes and try to preach to me that if i change his diet he will be cured, do they not think that it was that simple we would all be doing this diet, why would we want our children to have to inject needles on a daily basis, having to defend my sons illness is just adding more stress to our already stressful lives.

  • LydZ

    I'm a Type 1 Diabetic and here's why I'm pissed off:

    Imagine you're me. Here's a regular day in your life. You get up, eat breakfast, bike to the restaurant you work at as a cook. You take a lunch break at around noon, then work a few more hours. It's a busy, stressful day and you're glad to get off work. You go to a yoga class, go home and make dinner. A friend calls and invites you out to a party. You meet up, have a couple drinks, then go home at a reasonable hour. Just a regular day, right?

    Now, the Diabetic version:

    You get up and check your blood sugar. It's normal so you take some Insulin, eat breakfast, and bike to work. You take a lunch break at around noon, check your blood sugar again, take more Insulin, eat lunch. Someone notices you taking your Insulin shot and asks if you're a junkie. Because it's a busy day and you're stressed, your blood sugar drops. You have to go sit down and drink some juice to get your blood sugar back up. While you're resting, a coworker lectures you for drinking juice and tells you that's probably why you're Diabetic. You finish your work day and check your blood sugar again. It seems stable, so you go to yoga class like you planned. After yoga your blood sugar is low again. Shit, you forgot you're about to get your period and that affects your blood sugar levels! You go home and make dinner, and take a little less Insulin than usual to compensate for running low all day. A friend calls and asks if you want to go out for drinks, but for you it's less a question of whether you want to go out and be social than whether your blood sugar is Ok. Oh shit, it's high now, so you take a little more Insulin. The party turns out to be pretty crazy, but you can't stay out and get wild with your friends because both alcohol and messing with your sleep schedule will mess with your Diabetes.

    Then you come home and find out some movie is making claims about a miracle cure for Type 1 Diabetes. All you have to do is eat raw vegan food! Finally, freedom from having to constantly factor in what, when, and how much you ate, how much exercise you got, your mood, your stress level, hormonal changes, how much you slept, when you got up, whether you've been drinking, and travel, just to function normally!

    Then it occurs to you that you've eaten a variety of diets and lived a variety of different lifestyles since you were diagnosed at age 5. And yes, when you're committed to living a more healthy lifestyle your Diabetes is under better control. But at no time has your body started producing its own Insulin, and it's unrealistic to expect it to. You have an improperly functioning pancreas that does not produce it.

    Then you read the ridiculous comments from people who have no idea how hard it is to even keep your blood sugar stable because there are so many factors besides diet acting on it, and you get so mad that the resulting adrenaline rush causes more low blood sugar.

    Thanks for the false hope guys.

  • hanna

    are you diabetic?

  • hanna

    genes+ lifestyle do not lead to diabetes I was healthy perfectly healthy when I found out I had diabetes. I always ate my vegetables and ran cross country when I was told I had diabetes I was completely blind sided when you go from one day to eating whatever you want to the very next day learning you have to count how many carbs you eat and having to give your self a shot for every meal than you can call me sensitive. I was 14 there was no possible way my lifestyle lead to my diabetes.

  • Kevin

    Hi Gen, yes Type 1 diabetics are quite sensitive people - It comes with the highs and lows of blood sugar and the deep attachment we give to insulin dependence. And I agree, nothing's wrong with hope, good diet, inspiration or a Simply Raw diet - Unless you live in China where Organic doesn't exist and vegetables are saturated in pesticides. But you said that Genes + Lifestyle = Diabetes - Where did you get your information from? Since when have they discovered a Diabetes Gene? I've had type 1 diabetes now for 36 years - No one in my family, on either my mother or father's side have diabetes. I've an older brother and older sister - and a very large extended family. Not to sound too sensitive or anything but there has never been a genetic link to diabetes that I know of. Diet and exercise - Of course, but not the cause. But Milk, food coloring, and living too close to crop dusters in the country growing up is my suspicion.

  • Kevin

    Hi Tara, it is my understanding that the islet or beta cells do continue to regenerate for a while - but will eventually stop over time. The only cure that I know of is to kill the entire immune system, inject DNA grown islet cells, then restart the immune system from your own DNA. These cases have actually cured Type 1 Diabetes but is illegal in the USA. It can be done in Brazil - And there of course are risks involved when killing the entire immune system, even if but temporarily. But it has worked on at least 13 people so far.

  • Kevin

    I agree one hundred percent. Another thing lacking, yet clearly visible in the documentary, is how much diabetics actually become attached to their disease. It becomes their identity - If offered a one pill cure, many might turn it down. Those who took the cure (if one existed) would likely suffer grave emotional side effects getting to know and present themselves as a non-diabetic. This diet program may actually encourage people to become even more attached to their disease. - Oh no, I can't eat that. I'm diabetic. Oh no, I can't have anything right now. I'm on a diet. Oh no, I can't drink that, it's too sweet. I have diabetes. There's a lot more to the psychology presence of diabetes than we think. It becomes who we are.

  • Jenn

    Amen Rob! Jeeze these people are sensitive! This was a simple experiment that proved to be a great one with fantastic results.
    Acoustic7 and others: False hope? Since when did any kind of hope do a person bad? And certainly not worse than the crap they were eating that lead to diabetes in the first place. Genes + Lifestyle = Diabetes. Not to be insensitive, diabetes is in my family too, but if it works for some, it could work for your family as well. Don't knock it 'till you try it!
    Plus, I don't think the aim of this film was that they fund a 'cure' for diabetes, just an example of what magic can happen with the right food.
    Food can heal, food is medicinal, and the body is extremely responsive to EVERYTHING that goes inside it. Hence 'for every action there's a...reaction'. When you eat 'live' food, your body takes from it life. Where do you think all those raw foodists get their energy? It ain't from Starbuck's frappuchinos! This doc rocks! I hope people will stop being so defensive and consider the possibilities of a healthy lifestyle.

  • Debbie Gamble

    I am insulin dependent and I tried eating only raw foods. I felt great and my 3 month average dropped from 11 to 7.8 in three months.
    Where I 'fell of the wagon' is going out to eat and eating cooked food with family.
    However, I will go back on this diet. You do not get hungry with natural uncooked food and eating salads certainly lessened my need for my normal amount of insulin.
    I highly recommend this diet.

  • BlogShag

    Tree of Life. You can find it on Google. I don't know why they don't make this information more clear in the video

  • Tara

    I thought I read somewhere that Type 1 diabetics regenerate the islet or beta cells which is why there is hope for Type 1 diabetics - however, they keep being killed off due to the immune system. I have 2 children with Type 1 which is why I do have a certain degree of knowledge. The issue is that chemicals, by way of processed foods, is harming the immune system and by taking the processed foods out of the diet the immune system will strengthen

  • Rob Frost

    What I took away from the documentary was that the Standard American Diet and quality of food was causing more and more people to become diabetic.

    Also, it was never implied that the cure was to eat raw vegetables for the rest of your life, in fact, they talked about a transition plan after the 30 day raw diet.

  • hanna

    as a type 1 diabetic i felt a little offended at the beginning when all of the researchers were like diabetes can be prevented and is caused by over eating and not taking care of themselves. there was no way i could have prevented my diabetes they should be clearer. This documentary kind of gave me false hope the title should be clearer. Type 2 still produce insulin so they can be cured but I dont produce any insulin and if my only choice is eating raw vegetables for the rest of my life that is no cure to me

  • Acoustic7

    My son is a Type I and my father is a Type II diabetic. Type I and Type II are very different. This documentary gives false hopes to Type I diabetics. In Type I, the islet cells of the pancreas have been destroyed by the immune system. In early part of the diagnosis, there is a "honeymoon" period where some of the cells that have not yet been destroyed by the immune system still produce insulin for a short time until they, too, are destroyed, buy destroyed they will be. This honeymoon period creates the myth that Type I is curable. It is not. To suggest that this diet would eliminate the need for the Type I to take insulin, would be like suggesting that this diet could grow back the limb of an amputee. Their one sentence disclaimer at the very end of the last frame of this documentary is simply not enough. If they understood the disease and were more honest about what could be expected for the Type I diabetic, I would feel more comfortable about considering letting my son watch it. The vague statement from the doctor about how this diet cured three people with Type I deserved a bit more explanation. The young man with Type I, despite his lack of judgement with the alcohol, showed wisdom in stating that he would like to read more about these three that were cured. My guess is that he is still waitng for the material. The "documentarians" did not seem to have the slightest interest in exploring this claim, making the whole thing feel like an infomercial...or a pilot for a TV show. The benefits make sense for the Type II and for the non diabetic as well. That being said (because it NEEDED to be said), this program has peaked my interest in raw foods. It certainly has not peaked my interest in any other "documentaries" from these people. Call it what it is. An infomerical.

  • BlogShag

    What is the name of the camp or house in Arizona they stayed at?

  • Corissa

    Thank you so much for having this documentary on this site. It's beautiful. It's inspirational!

  • DOc Mons

    the only problem i have with this movie is this guys' pretentiously flippant fucking hats.

  • Luker

    FANTASTIC film!

    A nice little watch. :D

  • Matt

    I'm gonna tell everyone about this documentary!

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