Oakland Resident’s Documentary on Eating to Reverse T2 Diabetes a Featured Selection in 2011 Oakland International Film Festival Michael Bedar, a resident of Oakland, proudly announces that the film he helped make is a 2011 featured selection in the Oakland International Film Festival! The film documentary, Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days, shows a human journey that has been widely held to be “amazing and eye-opening.” The documentary film screens as the culminating film of the at 6:00 pm at the Tuesday, April 12, film screening slot. “One of the most potent, pandemic diseases is Type 2 diabetes affecting 246 million people worldwide. We are waking 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 Gabriel Cousens, MD, in Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days. The film also features leading wellness experts, physicians, authors and advocates including Woody Harrelson, Rev. Michael Beckwith, Morgan Spurlock, David Wolfe, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. Helen Ross, M.D., and Fred Bisci, Ph.D., who all discuss the curative power and benefits of raw foods. SIMPLY RAW: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days chronicles six diabetics switching their diet and reversing diabetes naturally. The film documents the participants’ remarkable, medically-supervised results. The film Simply Raw follows the remarkable journeys of six diabetics (Type 1 and 2) for 30 days as they switch their diet to reverse their disease naturally without prescription drugs by eating only organic, live foods, despite the American Diabetes Association’s claim that “Diabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure.” Their physiological and emotional transformations are featured in Bedar’s film. The local filmmaker, Michael A. Bedar, who will be attending the film festival, is spearheading a movement in Oakland and the East Bay for developing community-based natural food and healing solutions through community education and the use of his style of the documentary medium, so that all Oakland and communities beyond rise together to overcome the reversible pandemic of type 2 diabetes and other preventable diseases.Bedar is a nutrition and lifestyle instructor as well as an accomplished documentarian. Out of Oakland he operates the East Bay Movement to Reverse T2 Diabetes Naturally, which has a council that meets and develops ways to inspire improved eating and natural health where it is most needed. Set in six cities across America, and at the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center in Arizona founded by Gabriel Cousens, M.D., the film Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days 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 as alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine, as they continue to reduce their dosages of insulin and prescription medications. The results are astounding. 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 whole, live 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. 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. This inspiring documentary reveals the wisdom behind the statement, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” stated by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, two-and-a-half thousand years ago. The film Simply Raw has inspired a Bay Area-wide and national movement, the Movement to Reverse Diabetes Naturally, locally at http://www.TEEMwithLife.org (Transformational Eating and Entertainment Manifestations) 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 Raw for Life: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of the Raw Food Lifestyle”. Along with the national day, the Bay Area Reversing Diabetes Naturally Action Day is slated for April 25, 2011. Running time: 90 minutes The OIFF’s opening press conference is on April 7 at the Claremont Resort, and the April 12, 6:00 p.m. showing slot for Michael Bedar’s film, Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days, is at the Art Deco Auditorium, 2317 Central Avenue in Alameda.