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There’s no shortage of documentaries and lectures on the topic of reversing your diabetes and food. Here are several that we found particularly compelling in the quest for challenging “conventional wisdom” of the obesity epidemic and nutrition. These are the best diabetes video that the pharmaceutical industry does not want you to watch. Your understanding of how to tackle this disease could undermine their billions of annual sales in drugs.

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Sugar: The Bitter Truth – A very detailed lecture by Dr Robert Lustig on the topic of sugar. He is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and is renowned for his work with childhood obesity and diabetes. This video explains why sugar is bad and how it is processed by the body. It’s a must-see for all diabetics.

The Weight Of The Nation – This four-part documentary was put together by HBO and the Institute of Medicine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) also collaborated with them on this telling series. They dive deep into most aspects of this epidemic by breaking the topic into four sections, allowing enough time to explore thoughts by professionals and those who suffer from obesity. Watch the full series on Youtube.com: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Khan Academy Diabetes – One of the most thorough and easy way to understand explanations of diabetes is on this disruptive education platform of Khan Academy. Each of the four links on the right half of the screen contain videos. There’s no need to sign up for an account; it’s free.

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Frankensteer – This documentary could never have been made in the US due to the heavy protection that the beef industry gets. It takes place in Canada, however, the same, if not worse, processes happen to cattle here, as well. It will forever change the way you look at a hamburger. This frightening documentary will make you demand 100% grass-fed beef. It’s freely available on Vimeo.

Fed Up – An up-to-date look at obesity and the heavily processed food supply that is the standard American diet (SAD). It has two of my favorite doctors in it, Dr Hyman and Dr Lustig. Narrated by Katie Couric.

In feature films the director is God;

in documentary films God is the director.

— Alfred Hitchcock

Dhamma Brothers – A documentary not on obesity, but on the power of meditation. This account takes place in a maximum security prison in Alabama. If you’ve ever been skeptical on the subtle, yet powerful, ancient practice of meditation, this could prove to you its life changing capacity. Watch the trailer. Also available on Netflix.

Killer Stress – A National Geographic special investigating the causes and effects of stress. Our mammalian response to this hormone has not changed in thousands of years, but our environment and triggers most certainly have. Watch it for free on YouTube.

Happy – This documentary explores the powerful human emotion of happiness. It looks at the lives of people from across the globe to see what makes them happy. And also has scores of interviews with scientists and other professionals on this important concept. It’s available on Netflix streaming. Watch the trailer here.

Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days – This independently filmed documentary follows those with diabetes who pledge to abstain from meat, dairy, alcohol and tobacco for 30 days. Not surprisingly, they get excellent results by eating real whole food ingredients. Simply Raw Website. Watch it for free on YouTube.

Fat Sick & Nearly Dead – This documentary captures the real-life transformation of two people as they reverse their obesity and chronic illnesses. It’s an inspirational watch, but they do focus heavily on juicing. My bet is that they would have seen better results, without as many swings in their blood sugar levels, had they vowed to drinking smoothies instead. Watch it for free on Hulu. Netflix has it also.

Super Size Me – Morgan Spurlock puts his mind and body to the greatest test by eating fast food for every meal for a continuous month. This documentary explores the first hand accounts of eating such a diet and an introspective into the workings of the fast food industry. Grossly entertaining. Available on Netflix, also.

Food, Inc. – A documentary that dives deep into the workings of large agribusiness and how that affects the farmers and consumers.

Fast Food Nation – Based on the popular book by Eric Schlosser, this video explores the dark side of the all-American meal.

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I am the resident Diabetic Lifestyle Advocate at Five Hour Diabetic. Here I debunk conventional thinking about nutrition and exercise. My purpose is to enable diabetics to take back control of their health. And make simple recipes that honestly don’t suck.

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