Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead! I can relate to that. Except I was super-skinny, sick and nearly dead. Then I went on prednisone and that fixed the skinny part quick!(Thankfully I've been off it now for 4 years).

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a great new documentary about Joe Cross, who was 100 pounds overweight and suffering from a painful autoimmune disease. And also on prednisone. I just got back from a viewing of the movie at Whole Foods, where Joe himself was on hand to answer questions and lead discussion.

In my house, spoiling movies by telling too much about what happens is a big no-no, punishable by the other person getting to choose the next 6 movies.  But I can tell you what's on the movie's website, which is that he decides to go on a 60-day juice fast and travel across the US, talking to people along the way about food, lifestyle choices, and juicing. Then he meets a guy at a truck stop who has the same exact rare autoimmune disease. It's a great story.

Joe is spreading the message about the incredible healing power of fruits and vegetables, and also of fasting (juice fasting that is). He is changing hearts and lives. He's an inspiration. He's also Australian. And.. tall. (well, I'm only 5'2"). Post-movie at the Whole Foods in Princeton, NJ:

The movie is inspiring, eye-opening, and at times, humorous and light-hearted. He doesn't preach. He just leads by example.

You can buy the DVD at his website, or watch it on netflix (available at netflix via streaming only at present). http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/reviews/


Carla Ulbrich, The Singing Patient
Author of "How Can You NOT Laugh at a Time Like This?"

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