Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
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Joe Cross is at the end of his rope
Tipping the scales at 310 pounds and dealing with a chronic autoimmune condition, Joe Cross saw a future that would not end well.
So he turns to Mother Nature
With doctors and healers unable to help long-term, Joe turns to the only option left, the body’s ability to heal itself. He vows to give up junk food and drink nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days.
And meets others along the way
Joe travels more than 3,000 miles to talk with hundreds of Americans about food, health and longevity. On his journey, he meets Phil Staples, a 429-pound truck driver. Inspired by Joe’s example, Phil begins his epic journey to get well.
100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross was at the end of his rope. Tipping the scales at 310 lbs, Joe saw a path laid out before him that wouldn't end well. 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 in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 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 from the same rare condition. Phil Staples is morbidly obese weighing in at 429 lbs - a cheeseburger away from a heart-attack. As Joe is reclaiming his life, Phil begins his own epic journey to get well. What emerges is nothing short of amazing - an inspiring tale of healing and human connection. Part road trip, part self-help manifesto, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead defies the traditional documentary format to present an unconventional and uplifting story of two men from different worlds who each realize that the only person who can save them is themselves.
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I have type 2 Diabetes. I was Diagnosed 3 years ago when I went to my Doctor for Chest Pains. For those 3 Years I worked and tried to keep my Sugar low and my exercise up, but with my Employer and Laziness, this was harder task being a truck driver in the DC Metro Area. With my Health in limbo and fading I gave up and went back to old habits and stopped everything. Medication Included. One night after work, with 2 Pizza hut Pizzas on the way with a Diet Coke, My plans were to Veg out in front of the boob tube and watch a Movie on Itunes, I came across this one Called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I'm 42 and I was thinking Planes Trains and Automobiles with Steve Martin and John Candy, you know, you remember watching this when you were a Kid. So I watched the preview and Decided to get it and Watch it. Half way through FSND I went onto Amazon and got a Juicer and it Arrived Saturday November 22 2014 and I went to work Juicing. I felt great!!!!! after I drank the first Juice. and figured I could do this. Well with the Holidays, Thanks Giving, Christmas, and New Years. I slipped, Cheated or fell off the wagon, But I continued to Juice Daily. As For My Doctor, I told him Nothing at the time, I only asked to have my Labs done so I would have a base line to compare this to when I would have them done in a few months to see where I stand at that point. My A1C was a 9.7 in December and my Sugar was Completely out of Control with no hope of ever coming down. Now while I was Juicing I did get back on Metformin 2000mg per day with Juice, Because at the time I dropped food all together. So I juiced and I would eat Carrot Sticks and Celery Stick once or twice each week to keep my G.I. track going. I did this for 60+ Days and Finally it was time to go and get the Second round of Labs done to see If it Worked. February 3, 2015 I went into Kaiser here in Springfield Va. I was the Second one in line to have my Blood Drawn and I was beyond excited to just get the results and go, but testing and Kaiser takes time and I had to wait. Later that day I got the Email that my Results were done and I almost gave myself a Hart attach getting to my PC and logging in. My A1C went from a 9.7 to a 6.5. In less than 2 months and all of my Numbers were good. The very next day my Doctor Called me witch never happens and 2 Nurses called later that day as well asking how I did it so Quick. So I told them the Story you have just read about FSND and they are asking me to come in and talk to others who are Diabetic and sick from other things like, Hi blood pressure, Diabetes and the possibility Juicing may work for them. So, as for today, Saturday Feb, 7, 2015. Being the 77th day of my Reboot. My Sugar is under control I am only taking 500mg of metformin no shots, just Juice. I started this reboot at over 350 pounds, out of shape, and with no hope of anything but a box "Coffin" in my future to being 260 pounds. I Lost over 90 pounds and I feel like a Teenager again. I am going to continue to do this reboot until I get to my goal of 180 Pounds and show others this can be done, there is hope. And Joe Cross, Thanks for Making Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. And Thanks for showing me the way to a better
So I am trying the 10 day fast and at the same time I am going to overhaul just how I eat in general. I already know I can lose weight with lowering my carb intake so I am going to combine that with working some raw foods into my daily living after I do the fast. I will report back in about two weeks.
UPDATE! This is one week after I started and as Joe says in the movie: "Hang on to your pineapples", LOL! I lost 9 pounds so far! Woohoo! First I want to point out that I know to be cautious of rapid weight loss. I also want to point out that I found the Reboot site after going to the movie's website and they give you instructions on how to do the diet. They have different diets and after you answer a few short questions it tells you which program may be best for you. I opted for the entry which is not juice only but you also eat raw veggies and fruit and they have recipes. There are other programs where you alternate juicing alone with juicing and raw veggies/fruit. You can join the community and there is a nutritionist and other members who answer your questions or just post progress, suggestions, or questions. (And no it does not cost to join :)
January 2015... Wow has it really been 3 1/2 years?! Just got done watching the 2nd movie and posted an update with a review. I am sorry I never kept up to date on this especially with the comments I received but I completely forgot about it. I guess I just never expected anyone to pay any attention to my review so it was a surprise. Anyway, I'm doing a "Reboot" starting tomorrow...