13 February 2012

New documentary 'Heal Your Self' instructs viewers to take control of their health

Take responsibility for your health.  That is what Norm Hacker suggests you do through his new documentary, Heal Your Self.  He believes that we need to take back our bodies and health from medications, doctors and major companies.  According to the testimonials from health professionals and vegan advocates, our mind is much more powerful than we believe.  They say that just by visualizing our immune systems attacking what ails us, we can begin the healing process.  Of course, meditation is not the only method we need to use.  We need to eat right, exercise, and even take our environment into account.

The film is comprised of interviews from health professionals (such as Dr. Bernie Siegel, who seeks changes in the medical industry that humanize medical practice), authors, spiritual teachers, and those who have used lifestyle-based healing practices to survive cancer, cure Crohn’s disease, lose weight, and much more. Heal Your Self is much like attending a seminar with different speakers giving lectures on their experiences and knowledge.  While it may not be as captivating as other films in this genre, its message is still worth considering—especially if you are giving a lot of money to the pharmaceutical industry and you are not seeing any improvements in your health.  The lack of recent plant-based super stars, such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell is refreshing.

Heal Your Self is not advertised as a vegan film, and while the message is the same as many of the recent plant-based diet films and contains raw vegan advocates, I would be more likely to label the film as spiritual and lifestyle guidance.  The interviews offer suggestions on how you can take back responsibility for your health with a variety of lifestyle changes, but the film does not contain a whole lot of research data regarding the effects of chemicals in our environments, medications and food.  Despite the lack of concrete information, the film is useful to view and then do some of your own research afterward.  The documentary is less like a mind-blowing information powerhouse and more like a holistic horticulturist planting a seed in your mind.

Look for it on DVD at the Heal Your Self Store.

Kristen McFarland | @KinoFou
Kristen, a vegan from Cincinnati, Ohio, is passionate about animal rights and film. She has a degree in electronic media and spends her time working as a sideshow performer and a photographer. Follow Kristen on Facebook.

Photo credit: Heal Your Self