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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 »


Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr





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


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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14 August 2012 | by migglewoppleSee all my reviews

When you watch this movie and think to yourself "That looks great.. but I just cant do it because(insert any reason here).." Then you need to stop and examine your thought process from a different angle.and realize thats what many many people in your position do. You can't have so much negativity in your heart. If you really want to change, you can! Drugs were my life for 6 years.i was always irritable, i was morbidly obese, and i was constantly unmotivated and depressed, and on top of all of that I was slow minded. I changed. I realized the utter insanity that was my existence. I started exercising, I quit smoking cigs, I quit doing pills, I started eating right and working out everyday, and I saw a drastic change in my life. I learned willpower and how to use it, I saw peoples motivations more clearly, I started to understand people better, I understand life better.

Never give in to the negativity in your heart, and never become lazy and complacent. The dark corners of your psyche will try to tell you whatever you want to hear to keep you down and unhappy. Maybe you'll tell yourself you ARE happy with being fat and in danger of diabetes, maybe you'll convince yourself you like the terrible foods your eating and that makes it OK to do it, that you'll never be like those other people who lose limbs and their life.. Well, as previously stated, that is what so many people do! Don't fall prey to that vicious mind set. Stay positive, realize the adaptability of the body god/evolution/whateveryouwanttobelieve gave you, and trust in that. I thought it would be terrible eating healthy because I assumed my taste would not change, but it does! You start to love the way healthy food tastes, and you feel good about eating it too! bam!! double enjoyment! Even if you don't agree with the way I'm trying to express this message to you(maybe my grammars not to your taste, maybe my diction could use work) still at least see the wisdom I'm trying to share. Negativity begets negativity- If you think negative, you do negative without even realizing it because you rationalize it to yourself. You can do whatever you truly set your mind to, you just need to realize you'll tell yourself negative things because you are afraid of change.

Please, live better. Live happy, and once you live in happiness it is so much easier to have compassion for others. Everything is so much easier, and takes on a totally different light.

This review isn't so much a review, as it is an attempt to help someone... anyone.

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1 September 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

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