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{Juicing for Health} Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

Updated on October 29, 2014

Juicing Your Way To Better Health

New: Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is free on YouTube this Week. Happy 2nd Anniversary.

Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead is a documentary by Joe Cross which centers around juicing. For nearly 9 years he has suffered from an autoimmune disease and decided that he was tired of living this way. He was almost 40, 310 pounds, and taking all sorts of pills.

He challenged himself to do a 60 day juice fast while traveling the States. In this documentary he takes you from New York to California in his car - 3,000 miles - juicing along the way.

You will meet the people Joe met along the way and see how his simple faith in the body's ability to heal itself can transform anyone willing to give it a go.

PhotoCredit: FSND Movie Poster

Watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead NOW - April 2013

Fat Sick and Nearly Dead
Fat Sick and Nearly Dead

Joe Cross Documentary Trailer - Challenging You To Take Your First 10 Day Fast

In this extended trailer you get an idea of what the documentary is all about. It includes kooky little animations and interviews from nearly 500 people he met along the way. This will introduce you to an extreme vegan diet that will reboot your system in order to clear you of all toxins, junk food, and unhealthy habits.

The Best Way to Change The World Is To Change Yourself.

photograph by Daniel Marracino
photograph by Daniel Marracino

My Thoughts on the Joe Cross Diet

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

My thoughts on the Joe Cross Diet as featured in the documentary film "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead".

This film was recommended to me via an online support group for a 28 Day transition to raw challenge I am currently undergoing. Now, I did this same challenge earlier this year in May-June and although I stuck with the program for the first 3 weeks, by the end of the 3rd week I was back to my old habits.

This time around was going to be different. I engaged with the people in the challenge via my blog as well as the forums. It was on the forums and via a fellow members blog that I found out about Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead. At first I thought it was nice how she found something to inspire her and left it at that. I found more people talking about this film and yes, my curiosity was killing me so I went to Netflix streaming to watch it.

I am not disappointed. Both of the feature characters, Joe and Phil, went through dramatic changes both outside and inside. It was definitely an inspiring film and if it gets more Americans to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables I will tell as many people as will hear.

Photo Credit: Joe Cross by Daniel Marracino

Phil the Trucker photograph by Daniel Marracino
Phil the Trucker photograph by Daniel Marracino

Phil The Trucker Joins the Challenge

An inspiring human to behold

As Joe Cross was traveling across the states he met Phil at a truck stop. It was a meeting written in the stars as Phil also suffers from the exact autoimmune disease that Joe suffers from. [a rarity indeed] Joe shares a glass of green juice with Phil and offers him help to reboot his health.

Just as Joe completes his 60 day fast and returns to Australia we are introduced to Phil as he calls Joe in a desperate attempt to heal himself.

Joe travels back to the states and gets Phil set up on a 10 Day Juice Fast.

You will fall in love with Phil as he is such a kind soul. He starts out at over 400 pounds, depressed, in pain, and like Joe, taking lots of pills. He was fed up with the way he was treating his body and sought out help which Joe was more than willing to give.

Phil is set up in a hotel and given a juicer and for 10 days he takes in nothing but fresh fruits and vegetables. He feels so good after the 10 days that he challenges himself to go another 30 days.

Photo Credit: Phil by Daniel Marracino

I'm not going for skinny. I'm just going for healthy.

I'm A Happy Fat Guy

I'm A Happy Fat Guy
I'm A Happy Fat Guy

Joe, this is Phil, Is it too late to ask for help?

Joe Welcomes Netflix Viewers - A personal welcome from Joe Cross

With the release of Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead on Netflix on July 1 his site '' has seen a dramatic increase in traffic. This is his personal welcome to those who found his site via the Netflix release.

Thanks For Leaving Positive Comments - Will You Take the 10 Day Challenge?

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      PennyHowe 4 years ago

      It is on my todo list. I have been researching the juicing idea and have watched part of the documentary. It sounds very interesting and I am sure I can do it for a few days and then see what happens. Thanks for the great lens. Salud!

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      squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

      Me and my husband love to juice, its so yummy and no preservatives!

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Yummy. Green smoothies are super tasty. The movie is inspirational. Every time I watch it I want green juice.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @mariaamoroso: Back pain and short of breath sounds like me - I know when I did juicing and raw clean food I was more energetic. I need to reboot.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @sherioz: Glad I could share. Someone introduced me to it and I just had to spread the message.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Love my green juice. I think more people need to join in on the juicing journey too. It really does give you more energy.

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      Sara Duggan 5 years ago from California

      @ideadesigns: You are welcome. Good luck on the challenge.

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      Thanks for the story, tidbits and the challenge! Would love to do it. :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That's such as inspirational documentary. This actually makes me proud of my green juicing journey and I feel like a lot of people really need to get into it as well. Great lens by the way!

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      nuestraherencia 5 years ago

      @Grandma-Marilyn: There is a lot of information specifically for diabetics on the website. Different options for juicing. I am pre-diabetic and was definitely feeling pretty bad...I might actually be diabetic by now and not know...but just a few changes have made a huge difference in how I feel. Good luck!

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      nuestraherencia 5 years ago

      Changing my diet in just one week has changed me completely! I cannot recommend this enough. I was told I was pre-diabetic last year and in the last few months have been feeling really bad...that among other issues. I was so tired all the time...After watching this film, our entire family decided it was time for a change...even my MEAT LOVER husband whom I had tried to convince to change his habits to help me before...We are hooked and feeling so much better. I have so much energy, I almost feel like it's not me. We have yet to Reboot, but we can't wait to start!

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      sherioz 5 years ago

      Thanks for introducing me to this.

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      irenemaria 5 years ago from Sweden

      I should seriously think about this! Back pain and short of breath, I am probably killing myself by chewing the wrong stuff.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love this lens & love the movie! I'm all about downing some green smoothies.

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      @Brandi Bush: I want one too but keep getting conflicting reviews on which is best. Some say the one recommended by the video is way too powerful thus defeating your purpose and others highly recommend it.

      It is hard because if you are benefiting financially from the sale of the product I tend to question the review.

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      @ItayaLightbourne: I don't juice either as I only have a blender - so smoothies it is for me.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I watched this recently and was amazed! I don't juice but I do drink huge amounts of veggie smoothies each day. Great article! :)

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      Brandi 6 years ago from Maryland

      I just watched this a couple weeks ago and was inspired to start juicing. I'm saving up for my juicer right now. Can't wait to get started!

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      @Grandma-Marilyn: Gma, thanks for contacting me - how's it going for you? Did you decide to complete the 14 day fast? Not sure how this would work for diabetics - definitely need to watch the sugar intake in the fruit juices. Should probably ask your doctor about that.

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      @David Stone1: It's not for everyone and YOU are definitely blessed not to have fallen in the junk food junkie habits of a lot people. Thanks so much for dropping by.

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      @BelindaBlevins: I like what Phil the trucker said about trying 'just give it four days' that is really all you have to do - even one meal like a green smoothie for breakfast or lunch will be a positive change. Good luck.

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      Sara Duggan 6 years ago from California

      @Franksterk: Thanks for the Squid Blessings. I agree, any fruits and veggies we get are going to affect our bodies in a positive way. Just completed a 10 fast and will be starting another one up in September. Loving it.

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      Frankie Kangas 6 years ago from California

      I will definitely try the juicing. Whether I stick to it or not, I will at least stop eating sugars and add more vegetables and fruits to my diet. Excellent lens. Blessed. Bear hugs, Frankster

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      BelindaBlevins 6 years ago

      I just might give it a try.

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      Not me. My weight's good, and I've never been sick, except for colds and very few of them in recent year. But these are interesting ideas, anyway.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      Wow! I might give it a try. I have to look at it much better. I have been trying to find something to help me be healthier. But, I have diabetes and have to see if I can do it with diabetes.


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