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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Runtime: 1h 37m | Release date: 2011

This film features: Joe Cross.

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 310 lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball with 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 juices 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, and 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 are they, themselves.

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Sandra Fitzpatrick | 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Is there any chance to see the 2nd updated version to this old one?
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Hi Sandra, we are still working on having the film on board and hopefully we'd be able to share it with our lovely community soon :) Kindly stay tuned! ~ Iris
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Margy Bailey | 4 weeks ago
oh I love this doco! Really beautiful and special. It made me cry and smile. Xxx
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Jennifer Schubert | 1 month, 1 week ago
Thanks for the inspiration....I too have an autoimmune disease Hashimoto's (hypothyroidism) that is / was killing me. And I am so tired of being sick...and the depression is life altering.... no pun intended. I am going to do a modified version of juicing...since I am already down 52 lbs by just eliminating gluten and all white foods. Started adding juicing yesterday after wondering what was missing since mental balanced has not been achieved....other than eating a high protein / nutrient dense diet for the last 16months, still I wasn't healing. And I am battling chronic insomnia...debilitating and the body needs sleep to heal. I first started with FMTV when they aired the sleep disorder webinar, which I am still practicing and learning from. I will update this post as heal. Now off to get some exercise instead of staying in bed...thank you.
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Karelle | FMTV | 1 month, 1 week ago
Thank you for sharing this with us, Jennifer. We're just here throughout your journey! We wish you wellness! ~ Karelle
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Odell Marinia | 1 month, 1 week ago
This is so beautiful. I wish that everyone would watch this movie.
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Ivory David | FMTV | 1 month, 1 week ago
I agree with you Odell, indeed this is a wonderful film ~ Ivory :)
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Patricia Schneiter | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Thanks for another great documentary! So inspiring to continue a healthy micronutrient diet.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 1 month, 2 weeks ago
You're very much welcome, Patricia! Happy to know you were inspired by the film :) ~ Iris
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Nikki Gong | 2 months ago
Excellent film, so well done 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Phil's story is truly amazing, it gets me so emotional when I watch him. Thanks FMTV 👏
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