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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead (2011) and Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 (2014)

Australian Joe Cross weighed over 300 pounds and was on medications, including one to treat an autoimmune disorder. Determined to beat the meds and get healthy, he flies to the US and goes on a 60-day drive across country, armed with his juicing machine, drinking nothing but fresh fruit and vegetable juices. The movie is about his journey to health as well as that of another man he meets along the way who suffers the same autoimmune disorder. While the movie is not very deep, it still is an inspiring story about the power of plant-based diets in correcting medical conditions. Both men got completely off their medications and improve their energy levels. The film inspired the Reboot movement that has helped hundreds of people find their health. I did not like the second one quite as much, but the stories still serve as an inspiration.  And the second man from the first film is revisited – his story serves as a good example of relapse and the power of social support. (2011, 3 stars).

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