Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead
USA, 2010, 97 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Health and Medicine
Special One Night Only presentation Wednesday, April 6th - 7pm
Juicing demonstration and sampling by Karen Falbo, CN, National Nutritional Program Manager for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage
Digital presentation - 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 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 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; 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.
Karen Falbo is a Certified Nutritionist and the National Nutrition Program Manager for Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage. She is the author of a whole-food-allergy-elimination cookbook titled Vital Abundance Cooking. The book is gluten-free, dairy-free, and sugar-free. Karen is an ACE certified fitness instructor and Hatha yoga teacher. Recently Karen was elected by Governor’s office to be a member of the Colorado Food System’s Advisory Council. Karen brings her passion for wellness and her experience in the holistic field of health to the nutrition education program offered at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage.
DIRECTOR: Joe Cross, Kurt Engfehr
US Distributor: Reboot Media
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