SIMPLY RAW: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days
DVD chronicles six diabetics taking the raw food challenge for reversing diabetes naturally & documents remarkable results
A fascinating, independent film follows the remarkable journeys of six diabetics (Type 1 and 2) for 30 days as they take the â€œRaw Challengeâ€ to reverse their disease naturally without prescription drugs by eating only organic, vegan, uncooked, â€œraw foodsâ€ despite the American Medical Associationâ€™s claim that â€œDiabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure.â€
Their physiological and emotional transformations are featured in a new DVD entitled Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days. The Simply Raw DVD (running time 88 minutes) is available for purchase at www.simplyrawmovie.com or at amazon.com.
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 â€“ and alcohol, nicotine and caffeine â€“ as they continue to reduce their dosages of insulin and prescription medications. The results are astounding.
â€œOne 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,â€ Dr. Cousens says. The author of Thereâ€™s a Cure for Diabetes and founder of The Tree of Life, Dr. Cousens is a well-known holistic medical doctor 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. The film also features leading wellness experts, physicians, authors and advocates including Anthony Robbins, Woody Harrelson, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Morgan Spurlock, David Wolfe, Joel Furhman, M.D., and Fred Bisci, Ph.D., who all discuss the curative power and benefits 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 preserve the natural enzymes, nutrients and the foodâ€™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.
The Simply Raw film has inspired the Movement to Reverse Diabetes Naturally (RDN) â€“ www.rdnmovement.com â€“ to bring together people from around the world to reverse diabetes naturally through the spreading of educational resources on nutrition such as the Simply Raw film and The Ultimate Encyclopedia of the Raw Food Lifestyle. An RDN Action Day is slated for April 25.
FOOD MATTERS: New documentary hits North America
Food Matters, a provocative new documentary, hit retail stores in the U.S. and Canada on March 30. Food Matters teaches viewers about foods, supplements and detoxification processes that have been proven to prevent, arrest and even reverse diseases like diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure and depression. Food Matters also addresses shortsighted agricultural practices, known pharmaceutical dangers, and lifestyle choices that impact our health. It reveals safe, affordable and effective natural approaches to treat the most common and chronic problems.
Nutritionists-turned-filmmakers James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch have produced a bold new film featuring leaders in nutrition and medicine from around the world who provide inspiring solutions and new approaches to disease.
â€œModern medicine has led us to seek out a pill for every ill, but there are steps we can take as consumers that have been scientifically verified to help us heal ourselves,â€ said Colquhoun. â€œWeâ€™re not suggesting that pharmaceutical drugs don’t have their place, but many people don’t have the time or the resources to educate themselves about alternative treatments and healthy living.â€
â€œThere are simple lifestyle changes that we as individuals can make to combat serious illness, and with access to solid information, people invariably make better choices for their health,â€ said ten Bosch.
Food Matters reveals specific foods and supplements that have been proven to have health benefits for a variety of common conditions, such as Vitamin C, cashews and even raw chocolate. Experts featured in the film offer health, wellness and nutritional advice to help viewers take immediate action. They include: Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D., author and natural healing specialist with more than 30 years experience; nutritionist David Wolfe; and cancer specialist Dr. Dan Rogers.
Another of the filmâ€™s experts Charlotte Gerson, founder of the non-profit Gerson Institute, dedicated to Gerson Therapy â€“ an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer and other diseases â€“ claims that a normal, healthy body has such powerful defenses that it cannot and will not develop cancer or any other chronic disease.
At a time when our struggling health care system is under scrutiny, and global health care reform is urgent, Food Matters aims to step in where Sicko, Michael Mooreâ€™s attack on the American health care system, stopped short. Colquhoun and ten Bosch say they hope Food Matters will educate people about ways to prevent illness, rather than encourage them to rely on a system already in crisis to treat symptoms once illness takes hold.
â€œItâ€™s about education, not just medication,â€ said Colquhoun.
Food Matters is currently available on DVD and for viewing online through the filmâ€™s website: www.foodmatters.tv.
Orthopaedic study finds link between anticipation of pain and actual pain in foot and ankle surgery
In a first-of-its-kind study, the expectation of post-operative pain was directly linked to the actual incidence of pain following foot and ankle surgery.
The study was published in the November 2008 Foot & Ankle International, the official journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). The lead author was Loretta B. Chou, M.D., a foot and ankle surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA.
Orthopaedic procedures have been reported to have the highest incidence of pain compared to other types of operations. Dr. Chou and associates conducted a prospective study of 98 patients undergoing foot and ankle operations at the same hospital. The goal of the study was to evaluate each patientâ€™s pain experience both pre-operatively and post-operatively. Surgeries were a mixture of inpatient and outpatient procedures, on both male and female patients, with the average age being 46.5 years.
The patients were given a questionnaire before and after surgery to evaluate their levels of pain at both times. The study suggests that the expectation of pain going into surgery may contribute to its subsequent occurrence.
â€œOur hypothesis that anticipated pain would predict post-operative pain experience was based on preliminary studies that show that expectation of pain modulates changes in the brain,â€ Dr. Chou said. â€œThis may be the brain sending projections to the spinal cord that increases pain signals. To make a long story short, we found that believing there will be pain after surgery leads to just that, pain.â€
A similar study, published in the July 2008 issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, found that cancer patients who had a more optimistic outlook experienced less severe pain.
â€œWhile we cannot isolate the exact cause, optimistic patients suffered much less post-operative pain than their pessimistic counterparts,â€ Dr. Chou said. â€œThis result may demonstrate that patients are good at predicting pain, or that their expectation of greater pain may contribute to its subsequent occurrence.â€
This is the first study evaluating pre-operative and post-operative pain experienced by patients undergoing foot and ankle surgery. This study may help surgeonâ€™s choice of treatment of acute pain following surgery to prevent increased illness associated with poorly controlled pain after foot and ankle operations.
BRAINBATHS: New iPhone, iPod app launches virtual mind spa
BrainBaths, the revolutionary 3D Sound application layered with binaural beats, recently premiered on Appleâ€™s iPhone or iPod Touch. BrainBaths is a virtual mind spa. Listeners can immerse in a sound bath of powerful mind enhancing frequencies that tune the brain into deep states of relaxation, focus and peak performance.
Using stereo earphones, the 3D sounds can be experienced as they surround your head and even travel through it!Â Like a sonic hologram, oneÂ can actually â€˜feelâ€™ the sounds as if they were the real deal. Then mix in a choice of specially designed â€œBrain Waves,â€ also known as binaural beats. From â€œpeaceful sleepâ€ and â€œmeditationâ€ to â€œenhanced learningâ€ and â€œenergized focus,â€ these tones contain specific frequencies that entrain the brain into deeper states of awareness.
Combining 3D Sound environments with binaural beats has a uniquely powerful effect on the area of the brain that perceives dimension through sound, while gently shifting the brainwave activity. This creates an exquisite experience of being transported out of normal space-time into a virtual reality of mind-body attunement. The results include deeper relaxation, peaceful sleep, enhanced concentration for study and tests and motivating inspiration for athletes or performers.
BrainBaths was developed by Dubeytunes Studios, an award winning immersive-media production company in San Francisco, CA (www.dubeytunes.com). BrainBaths are vailable now on Appleâ€™s iTunes and App Store for only 99 cents.