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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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Credited cast:
Joe Cross ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amy Badberg Amy Badberg ... Herself - Doctor
Merv Cross Merv Cross ... Himself - Joe's Father
Virginia Cross Virginia Cross ... Herself - Joe's Mother
Joel Fuhrman Joel Fuhrman ... Himself - Nutritionist
Tammy Hamlin Tammy Hamlin ... Herself - The Markey Health Food Store
Stacy Kennedy Stacy Kennedy ... Herself - Senior Clinical Nutritionist, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Siong Norte Siong Norte ... Herself
Terry Pennington ... Himself - Owner of Terry's Gun and Pawn
Ronald Penny Ronald Penny ... Himself - Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of NSW, Medical Director, Good Health Solutions (as Prof. Ronald Penny)
Mandy Reinking Mandy Reinking ... Herself - Hotel Staff
Austin Staples Austin Staples ... Himself - Phil's Son
Barry Staples Barry Staples ... Himself - Phil's Brother (as Barry 'Bear' Staples)
Phil Staples ... Himself
William Staples William Staples ... Himself - 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 & 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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1 September 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

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Pure inspiration, one of the best documentaries out there!
22 September 2012 | by tecnogamingSee all my reviews

First of all, I am a vegetarian, I was from the moment I first saw "earthlings", one of the most sad and terrible documentaries about the way animals are treated in a day to day basis for us to be able to consume them.. from that point forward I just watched each and every documentary about healthy diets, vegetarianism, vegan-ism and the likes.

I just watched this new film with no expectations whatsoever, thinking I've seen it all, what else could impress me. My knowledge about the subject is wide, I already did fasting, detox diets and all you can imagine, I weight 59kg and I am 38 and I didn't think I could learn something more about it, and I was right! I did not learned anything new, but, oh boy how wrong I was about the whole thing.

I did make a huge mistake in over-thinking my position as vegetarian following logic steps when in fact, that was not the thing that lead me to where I am in the first place, instead, it was experience, seeing other people much better than me, my girlfriend feeling great, me, not so much.

THIS is the core of this film, experience.

The movie does away with all scientific explanations (except for a few doctors in between) and put all of it's effort on showing us real people, real experiences and some really disturbing transformations (for the better!).

Suffice to say the movie struck me as beautiful, excellent, super inspiring and right to the point. It's so good that I want to watch it again and again with all the people I know so they too can see for themselves the importance of diet.

They say an imagine worth a thousand words, well, this movie is all about experience, images, transformation, virtue, will and most of all, inspiration to others.

Explanations, I know them, probably a lot of people don't but now I see this is not so much important anymore, this movie nailed it.

Please go watch it you won't regret it, even if you're not interested in all this green stuff.

8 out of 10 for sure!


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