A cancer diagnosis is possibly the most frightening thing a person can experience in their life, and is something one is never truly prepared to hear. The treatment options of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery are standard protocols for almost every form of cancer known to man; yet their rate of success, and the quality of life they leave the patient with during and after treatment is often questionable. What other choices does an individual diagnosed with cancer have?
These are some of the questions Sarah Mabrouk's documentary film, The Food Cure, strives to clarify. The Food Cure follows six cancer patients as they opt out of standard cancer treatment and choose to take the non-traditional approach to treating their cancer with different nutritional protocols, including Gerson Therapy.
Gerson Therapy uses organic produce, juicing, coffee enemas, and specifically cooked foods and supplements to rally the body's immune system response to fight the cancer, as opposed to chemotherapy and radiation, which destroys the immune system and the body's ability to protect itself.
Mabrouk, who has filmed for CNN, BBC, and many other news organizations around the world, initially planned on doing an article on the Gerson Clinic, but found the patients' stories to be more riveting and capitvating than clinical statistics. She found six cancer patients that were willing to let her film their lives over a three year period while they used alternative nutritional oncological treatments to fight their cancer, and is now in the process of compiling that footage into a final version of the film. Mabrouk also has a Kickstarter campaign underway to bring the finished film to fruition.
Although the final film is not available yet, The Food Cure trailer promises a look into the very personal space of a cancer patient. The patients are all very different but share the heartbreaking reality of dealing with the devastating diagnosis that 1 out of every 3 people will experience.
The protagonists are regular people facing extraordinary odds. Marie has advanced breast cancer, and Fred, a Canadian, has prostate cancer of the bone and seminal ducts. Michele has refused all traditional treatment in Mississippi, and Verena is doing the same for her breast cancer in Switzerland. Christine, in France, had already undergone four rounds of chemotherapy and Jeremiah, in Los Angeles, was diagnosed with cancer in his spine at 6 months old. Their stories highlight the search for the cancer cure, our broken food system, and issues in how modern medicine handles chronic disease. With a cast and storytelling as compelling as this, The Food Cure promises to be a game-changer in how we view the relationship between food and disease, and how our medical system could be improved. This is a story that needs to be told, and I look forward to seeing the Mabrouk's final print.
The Food Cure Kickstarter campaign will be ending on March 7th, 2014. Visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1526318239/the-food-cure to pledge your support.
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