Bethany’s Story: an Inspiring New Film about the Healing Power of Food

Bethany’s Story is a documentary film created by Sanaview, an online holistic health and wellness  website founded by health coach Janet McKee.  The film tells the story of American teenager, Bethany, who becomes paralyzed after receiving a tetanus injection.  Each medication and medical intervention Bethany undergoes leads to further health complications until, with nowhere else to turn, Bethany tries a Raw Vegan Diet and recovers completely from what her doctors had told her was permanent, irreversible nerve damage.

From hopelessness to self healing

The first 30 minutes of the film describe Bethany’s complicated medical history which includes the  diagnosis of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome. RSD caused Bethany to experience terrible pain throughout her body and a life lived from a wheelchair.  Then a routine tetanus shot, following an accident with a nail in the foot, lead Bethany on a journey even deeper into the bowels of the Western medical system.  An epidural catheter turned into a spinal cord infection, then became paralysis so severe that Bethany could only move the muscles in her face.  Eventually those symptoms receded and Bethany could once again move her upper body but went back to her wheelchair.  By age 16 her doctors told her there was nothing else they could do.

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A inspiring story about the power of food.

Bethany took to the internet to learn about possible alternative treatments, from yoga, to meditation, to raw foods.  She decided on a committed course of raw vegan foods and juice fasting.  Within just  a few weeks she felt new found energy and hope.  Within months she started being able to move her legs, and slowly Bethany was able to stand and even take steps assisted by leg braces and crutches.  She was reluctant to share her recovery with her doctors for fear they would discredit the power of  her dietary cure, but when she finally walked into the office on her own two legs, her doctor admitted, amazed, that she had indeed healed herself.  Tellingly, none of Bethany’s medical team agreed to discuss her case in the film.  Instead, the second half of the film contains commentary from plant-based nutrition specialists, Drs. Gabriel Cousens, Michael Gregor, Neal Barnard, Brian Clement, Lewis Mehl-Madrona, and RD, Brenda Davis.

The cures are right in our kitchens, markets, and plates

Dr Gregor states that in the 20 years since Dr Dean Ornish’s landmark breakthrough, proving the ability of an extremely low-fat, plant-based vegan diet to reverse heart disease, there is no longer any need to question or debate that indeed, a vegan diet based on whole, organic plants assists the body in healing itself and defending against toxic environmental exposure. Image: Christopher Michel / flickr.

Dr Gregor states that in the 20 years since Dr Dean Ornish’s landmark breakthrough, proving the ability of an extremely low-fat, plant-based vegan diet to reverse heart disease, there is no longer any need to question or debate that indeed, a vegan diet based on whole, organic plants assists the body in healing itself and defending against toxic environmental exposure. Image: Christopher Michel / flickr.

Dr Gregor states that in the 20 years since Dr Dean Ornish’s landmark breakthrough, proving the ability of an extremely low-fat, plant-based vegan diet to reverse heart disease,  there is no longer any need to question or debate that indeed, a vegan diet based on whole, organic plants assists the body in healing itself and defending against toxic environmental exposure.  He goes on to say that the average family doctor giving out nutritional advice is equivalent to physician assisted suicide. With 164,000 patient deaths each year in the United States due to standard medical treatment and drug therapy, doctors, says Gregor, are the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S.!

Dr Barnard echoes his sentiments with his own research showing that even diseases such as M.S. and Parkinson’s, have been arrested and reversed with very aggressive diet and lifestyle changes including an extremely low-fat plant-based diet.  Dr Cousens adds that people get even better results when they move to a minimum of 80% raw vegan food and goes on to state that such a diet can heal people with Depression, Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue, Inflammation, High Cholesterol, and many more. 

The film concludes with the fact that although meat eaters have 2 to 4 times the rate of cancer as low-fat plant-based vegans and 10 times the heart disease, the public remains almost completely in the dark that the cures are right in their own kitchens, markets, and plates.

As a vegan health coach, I am both thrilled by this film and depressed at the same time.  I became, and remain, vegan for the animals and the environment. But the abundance of proof that my diet has such a powerful impact not only on animal health and planetary health, but on human health as well, is wonderful indeed.  The frustration comes in when I see that the majority of people still refuse to accept the powerful medicine that we all have access to every single time we eat.

The Vegan Woman is happy to present the film, Bethany’s Story, with our recommendation label.

 

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