Reverse and Cure Diabetes

By June Soyka Cook

I never knew my grandfather as he died of a heart attack at age 53, soon after I was born.  Numerous relatives on my father’s side of the family, the Slavic side, have suffered from diabetes; my grandfather and both his sisters all had diabetes and died from complications of this dis-ease.  Family lore says, they all continued to eat candy despite their condition.  Of my generation, my older brother was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in his late 30s (over 10 years ago).  So it was with great personal interest that I reviewed the new DVD Simple Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days.  I found its message to be inspiring yet simple.  And I found the individual stories, their reasons for and reactions toward embracing (or resisting) a new life style, compelling.

Like the popular reality television show, The Biggest Loser (minus the drill sergeant type trainers – Bob and Julian), this documentary is about a group’s healing journey.  The support and emotional bonds that evolve between them are real and touching at times.

It was astonishing how quickly medications were reduced OR eliminated by simply changing what they ate. You have to see it to fully appreciate it.

Find press release below.

SIMPLY RAW: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days

DVD Chronicles Six Diabetics Taking the Raw Food Challenge
For Reversing Diabetes Naturally & Documents Remarkable Results

Gabriel Cousens M.D, Anthony Robbins, Woody Harrelson, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Morgan Spurlock, David Wolfe & More Discuss the Healing Power of Raw Foods in New Film

BETHEL, CT (January 27, 2009)-A fascinating, independent film follows the remarkable journeys of six diabetics (Type 1 and 2) for 30 days as they take the “Raw Challenge” to reverse their disease naturally without prescription drugs by eating only organic, vegan, uncooked, ‘raw foods’ despite the American Medical Association’s claim that “Diabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure.” Their physiological and emotional transformations are featured in a new DVD entitled Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days (March 2009).

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, as well alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine, as they continue to reduce their dosages of insulin and prescription medications. The results are astounding.

“One 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,” states Dr. Cousens.   The author of There’s a Cure for Diabetes and founder of The Tree of Life, Gabriel Cousens, MD is a well-known holistic medical doctor for 35 years 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.

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 preserved the natural enzymes, nutrients and the food’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.

Simply Raw chronicles the transformation of six “real life” participants – with no prior knowledge of a plant-source only, raw food way of life – all struggling with diabetes. Their inspiring transformations are documented over 30 days. Upon arrival at the Tree of Life, the group receives physical exams and medical tests under the care of Dr. Cousens and his staff.  Daily medical discussions and support group meetings teach the participants about food selection and preparation as well as exercise, meditation and yoga. Throughout the film, we witness moments of struggle, support, and hope.  Remarkably nearly all of the participants were able to attain normal blood sugar levels and eliminate their insulin and prescription drug intake they depended on for decades.

The Simply Raw film has inspired a movement, 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, 2009.

The Simply Raw DVD is available for purchase at or at  Running time:  88 minutes.

166 Replies to “Reverse and Cure Diabetes”

  1. Bernie

    I do believe that there are many approaches to curing dis-ease in the body and mind. But I totally agree, that one of the most simplest ways to cure what is ailing us is to change our diet or energy imput.

    I have also read about how many of our diets are highly acidic to our body chemistry and physiology. If we were to balance our ph and alkalize our system through eating more healthy and raw, we would likely find our selves smiling and having achieved a sense of sweetness without having to eat candy.

  2. Richard James

    I didn’t believe in raw foods (actually I hated the taste) but I finally listened to my wife who went on a raw food diet a couple years ago.

    I NEVER thought that I would say this, but … my wife is smarter than me. 🙂
    Almost 2 years ago my wife bought a diabetes book (titled “Death to Diabetes”) about super foods, raw foods (lots of salads) and lost 27 pounds. More importantly, her average BS went down to 87.4 and a1c to 5.1% and her doctor took her off the diabetic medication. But, he says she’ll be back on medication in a year or so.

    When a friend asked her how she lost so much weight and got off her meds, she told her and helped her until her friend had lost 15 pounds and her doctor reduced her meds. Then, my wife helped her aunt, and then a neighbor down the street.

    Anyhow, I felt that I had nothing to lose, so, I listened to my wife and tried this man’s super foods and raw food diet program. He calls it his “Death to Diabetes” wellness program, but the title doesn’t make sense, does it? My wife says it does to her, but not to me. But, maybe I shouldn’t complain, because my BS average went down to 85.6, my a1c to 4.9%, and I LOST 37 POUNDS in about 5 months [my wife is jealous :-)]

    The author (Dwayne Mcculley, almost DIED from a diabetic coma, his book is well-written and very thorough — he believes in raw food dieting, juicing, etc., and explains step by step what to do. It’s so simple!

    I was a little afraid of raw foods, I think because of the “bland” taste. But this author provides a lot of cool tips about how to make Brussel sprouts and broccoli taste sweet but still healthy for you! And, it works! I always hated Brussel sprouts because they’re so BITTER, but not anymore! 🙂

    The author is an engineer. He breaks down the medical jargon and explains how diabetes really works, and why some diets won’t work, and why certain foods are necessary for blood glucose stabilization. He also explains all the myths about diabetes.

    p.s. I am so happy to be off the diabetic drugs! AND I FEEL GREAT! So does my wife. I wish she would do what many of you are doing. But, she thinks it’s hard, and a lot of work.

    p.s. It’s been more than a year now, and my wife’s doctor is surprised that she hasn’t had to go back on medication. He’s trying to convince her to take a low dose to be on safe side.


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