We’ve been watching a lot of films on diet and exercise themes lately, and the latest we found on Amazon, entitled Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 days
Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days is a documentary film which examines the effect of a raw food diet on diabetes. Film-maker Michael Bedar was inspired to create Simply Raw after a meeting with raw food advocate Gabriel Cousens in 2003.
The film follows six diabetics who eat nothing but raw vegan food for a period of 30 days. Their progress and health are monitored by a team of medics. The film shows all six participants demonstrating reduced insulin dependence and blood-sugar levels. Interviews with celebrities such as Woody Harrelson, Morgan Spurlock and Tony Robbins, discussing the benefits of a raw food diet, also feature in the documentary.
The final results are truly exceptional, and with diabetes such a huge problem today I have to wonder why I’m only hearing about this now (the film was made in 2009). Some Google checking found close to zero press coverage, and very few reviews, although I was hugely encouraged to see that one of the participants, Kirt Tyson, had taken his experience onto the next level by training as a doctor and specialising in nutrition to help bring his experience to a wider audience. You can find Dr Kirt on Facebook.
This film was another excellent piece of reinforcement for the key conclusion we’ve been coming to lately, namely that eating dead animals and related products just isn’t that good for you. It’s hardly counterintuitive to suggest that only eating healthy, natural food is going to make your body happy, but it’s a message that isn’t too commonly circulated, unless you’re prepared to go looking for it. The reasons for this as far as I can see are mainly the vested interests (large food and pharma companies) that really don’t want people to stop consuming their products, and I’m planning to go into this in more detail later, but there’s also a large element of head in the sand thinking going on here, where people on some level know it must be right, but don’t really want the complication and inconvenience of having to deal with it.
As a man, I think there’s also an element of societal pressure at work here, as everyone knows real men eat plenty of meat, don’t they? Well to my mind while there may be some man-points to be won if you’re hunting your own game and killing it with your bare hands, there’s nothing especially butch about picking a piece of ready-slaughtered and barely recognizable carcass of a supermarket shelf. It’s early days yet though – I’ve only eaten meat twice in the last month or so, so perhaps some testosterone fuelled cravings are heading my way….