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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2010)

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100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb ... See full summary »

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Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr

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Credited cast:
Joe Cross ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amy Badberg Amy Badberg ... Self - Doctor
Merv Cross Merv Cross ... Self - Joe's Father
Virginia Cross Virginia Cross ... Self - Joe's Mother
Joel Fuhrman Joel Fuhrman ... Self - Nutritionist
Tammy Hamlin Tammy Hamlin ... Self - The Markey Health Food Store
Stacy Kennedy Stacy Kennedy ... Self - Senior Clinical Nutritionist, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Siong Norte Siong Norte ... Self
Terry Pennington ... Self - Owner of Terry's Gun and Pawn
Ronald Penny Ronald Penny ... Self - Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of NSW, Medical Director, Good Health Solutions (as Prof. Ronald Penny)
Mandy Reinking Mandy Reinking ... Self - Hotel Staff
Austin Staples Austin Staples ... Self - Phil's Son
Barry Staples Barry Staples ... Self - Phil's Brother (as Barry 'Bear' Staples)
Phil Staples ... Self
William Staples William Staples ... Self - Phil's Father
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100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn't end well- with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn't far behind. FAT, SICK and NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe's personal mission to regain his health. With doctors and conventional medicines unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body's ability to heal itself. He trades in the junk food and hits the road with juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for the next 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe has one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle. While talking to more than 500 Americans about food, health and longevity, it's at a truck stop in Arizona where Joe meets a truck driver who suffers... Written by Jamin Mendelsohn

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Followed by Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 (2014) See more »

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One Thing [Instrumental]
Written by Isaac Koren and Thorry Koren
Performed by The Kin
Courtesy of Alethia Music LLC (BMI)
By arrangement with Alethia Entertainment LLC
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Incredible
26 October 2011 | by frivolousfateSee all my reviews

I kind of feel compelled to write a review for this movie. It is a must watch. It is truly inspirational. It is uplifting and offers actual answers.

This is sort of 2 stories in 1 movie (documentary). The film starts out with Joe, an Australian who travels to the United States for a 60 day juice fast. The first 30 days he spends in New York and then proceeds to travel across country for the remaining 30 days. Along the way he talks to people about health and food. Along this travel Joe meets Phil, a truck driver who suffers from the same autoimmune disease as Joe. The second half of the film is about Phil's journey and decision to start fasting, making healthier life choice and exercising, with Joe's help.

I have never been one to enjoy any show or film about weight loss, or eating healthier. I suppose part of that is that I've never been affected by it. I have no problem staying thin. I say this not to be arrogant, but to stress just how good this film is; the fact that this film actually caught my attention. I'll say it again, it was inspirational.

It was also very entertaining. The story is put together well. It's well edited. Throughout the movie there are segments that are animated, and they are done very well, which adds more to the film in terms of entertainment; and not just for the sake of it. I'd highly recommend this movie to everyone, whether you are overweight or underweight or right on target. It's a must watch for anyone who has never thought about what they eat much, and also for those who already do. It's good for audiences alike I think.

The only thing I might be weary of….at one point in the film they do suggest an average cost of doing this juice fast…to most it might seem quite reasonable, but for others, like myself, it does seem quite costly. I mean, it's more than I'm used to spending on food. But maybe I could cut down on other things. But I think it all comes down to motivation and desire.

Who knows, I just might try this one day soon.


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1 September 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

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