While searching for something to watch on the telly this weekend, Tom found me ANOTHER plant-based-diet-can-save-your-life movie: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. This one was the most entertaining by far.
Joe Cross is a formerly overweight Australian whose health was falling apart (no surprise there). His immune system was out of control– sending histamines to protect against bug bites around his body that weren’t actually happening. It was torture for him, with blisters popping up across his body for no reason, and he was living on prednisone to get through each day.
One day he decided to take his life into his own hands, and he met with a doctor who helped him “reboot” his body through juicing. He lived for sixty days solely on vegetable and fruit juice. After that he ate only a plant-based diet for six months. If you’ve been following along with this blog you will not be surprised when I tell you that his condition reversed completely and he was able to ween himself off of the steroids.
I am not a nutritionist, and I am not a doctor, but I was skeptical going in about the juice fast– it seemed too extreme to me. Joe was under medical care the entire time, and his labwork revealed that he was becoming healthier by the day, so clearly in his case, it was not too extreme. The movie does stress the importance of seeing a doctor before starting a diet like this, and I agree wholeheartedly.
In terms of entertainment value, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is just a fun movie to watch — think Supersize Me in reverse. Like Forks Over Knives and Chow Down, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead uses cartoons to explain the medical information, but this movie adds in humor that really works.
So, if you’re trying to decide which of the plant-based-diet-can-save-your-life movies to watch, and you only want to watch one, here’s how I compare them:
- Forks Over Knives — the most informative of the three. If you want to understand the science behind the benefits of a plant-based diet, while also seeing health transformations like heart disease and cancer reversed by diet alone, this is your movie. I’ll be honest though– it’s the most dry of the three. The narrator’s voice makes me batty (and sleepy).
- Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead — the most entertaining movie by far. It inspired Tom and me to incorporate juicing into our diets. You cannot believe how many nutrients you can pour into your body until you start juicing (or just watch the movie).
- Chow Down — kinda falls somewhere between the two. It’s more entertaining than Forks Over Knives but less than Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, and it’s more informative than Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead but less than Forks Over Knives.
In my continuous battle to kill the motherf^%*er tumors inside my body, I am always looking for new and natural weapons to add to my arsenal. Thanks, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead for introducing me to the value of juicing! I’m pretty sure Cancer HATES it when I flood his ass with all those nutrients.