To juice or not to juice….

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 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 recovering his health, 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.

So, my sister and her husband, who is recovering from stomach cancer, watched a documentary called, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It told the story of Australian Joe Cross, who was morbidly obese, on massive amounts of medication including prednisone and other nasty stuff, and finally decided he had had ENOUGH.

Joe has an autoimmune disorder called Urticaria, and it causes nasty skin flare ups and lesions. He made the decision to completely change his life, so he flew to New York, spent the first 30 days of his juice fast there, and then made his way across the country trying to get people to try his juice, all with a film crew in tow. The first couple of days were rough. He just stayed in bed. I think people develop a relationship with food, and it can be very unhealthy. But he slowly started getting up and around, and he’d go into restaurants and drink his juice, and smell the food. Throughout the movie you watch his incredible weight loss, along with his lowering of medication (until he was off of it) and more. In short, juicing worked.

He also met a man in an Arizona truck stop who was more than 400 pounds, suffering from the same autoimmune disorder, and “one cheeseburger away from a heart attack.” Joe tried to talk him into the juicing, but was not successful. However, he gave him a card. And one day, he got a message on his voicemail. He flew back to American to help Phil Staples. Under the care of a doctor, Phil began the juice fast. And he, too, saw remarkable results. Another woman did the juice fast and was able to cure her migraine headaches.

I watched this video, and decided I wanted to try this, because I have been sick my whole life, but the last two years have been horrible. I, too, have an autoimmune disorder, although mine is called CVID and sarcoidosis. And I just found out that my liver is not happy, either. I can’t get well. I walk out the door and catch every flu, virus, bug, germ….. I am a germ magnet. I recently spent 14 days on IV antibiotics, because my body will not fight back when the germs come calling.

And I don’t think this is going to cure me. I really don’t. But I can try to do the very best I can.

I don”t want to live my life in a bubble, which is about what it has come down to. And that doesn’t work for me.

So my dad also watched the video, and then he went rogue and bought a juicer without telling my mom. Heh. He finally fessed up, and we tried the juicer tonight. And he HATED it. LOL. “Definitely an acquired taste.”

I’ll keep you posted on my journey.


About Natalie R. Collins

Natalie has more than 30 years writing, editing, proofreading and design experience. She has written 20 books (and counting), has worked for the Sundance Film Festival, and as an investigative journalist, editor, and proofreader. She embraces her gypsy-heart and is following her new free-thinking journey through life. Follow her as she starts over and learns a bunch of life's lessons--some the hard way.
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2 Responses to To juice or not to juice….

  1. ctanglefoot says:

    Good Luck my dear friend


  2. Brandy says:

    I haven’t seen or heard of this movie but the way you describe it it sounds a lot like a diet my nutrition teacher was telling us about….
    I had a nutrition teacher ohh, about 3 years ago who juices and by this I mean juices veggies, not really fruits (although she said sometimes she would add fruit juices to help with the bitterness of the juices). She told us that she hadn’t eaten anything that wasn’t juiced in years. She claimed she beat cancer twice with juicing once on herself and once on her husband (she is also a medical doctor). I found this interesting and have thought about juicing but I know that I wouldn’t keep on the diet and as she stated if its not a diet that you can do for the rest of your life then it probably isn’t going to work for you (and she meant this for every diet a person goes on, not just the juice diet).

    Anyway if you are going to do this diet good luck because she brought in some of her juices for us to taste and EWWWW


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