100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating auto-immune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope. 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 get healthy.
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. He is 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.
I hope you'll find this film as inspiring as I did - although not sick, I could see that carrying on with a convenience-based lifestyle would only lead to me to ending up in a state not too dissimilar to Joe at the beginning of his journey! I've got my juicer and I've been weaning myself off the wheat-based and carbohydrate-laden meals I used to eat. It's not easy initially, but the benefits far outweigh the perceived sacrifices I've been making - I'll keep you posted on how I get on, and hope you'll watch this film and be equally as inspired to take your health into your own hands!
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