What happens when overweight and/or diabetic people eat raw food for 30 days?
Raw for 30 Days is an independent documentary film that chronicles six McDonald’s-munching Americans with diabetes who switch to a diet consisting entirely of vegan, organic, live, raw foods in order to reverse diabetes naturally. The six participants are challenged to give up meat, dairy, sugar, alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, soda, junk food, fast food, processed food, packaged food, and even cooked food – as well as go without their loved ones and many of their creature comforts – for 30 days.
Can foods heal? Can diabetes be reversed or cured through diet? Can a diabetic thrive without insulin and other drugs? Can people subsisting on a Standard American Diet (SAD) give up their favorite foods and favorite vices for 30 days? Can six strangers of diverse ages, races, and backgrounds support and nurture each other through this life-altering challenge?
Raw for 30 Days shows each participant’s remarkable journey and captures the medical, physical, emotional and spiritual transformations brought on by this radical diet and lifestyle change. Participants were supervised by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., M.D. (H) and Helen Ross, M.D. at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Patagonia, Arizona.
The six participants were selected in a nationwide search and brought to the quiet and rustic desert retreat, which is world famous for turning around even chronic conditions with a regimen combining raw organic living nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation, education and counseling. The program was developed by Dr. Cousens, who is working on a book about his findings and the techniques he uses to reverse diabetes naturally in as little as two weeks.
The feature film Raw for 30 Days is in postproduction and is expected to be shown at film festivals in Spring 2008, with a release in theaters to follow. A compendium DVD is also being produced about the program to reverse diabetes, consisting of interviews with experts plus raw food preparation demos with top chefs. The compendium DVD is being readied for direct online purchase so that individuals and families can follow the health program at home.
The film was created by Mark Perlmutter, executive produced by him and Keith Lyon, produced by Leda Maliga, and directed by Aiyana Elliot.