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THE JOYS OF JUICING:

Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 8/18/2010

"Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead," an award-winning documentary about Joe Cross, who's 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease.  The film is a chronicle of Joe's personal mission to regain his health.  Joe drops the weight and cures himself of chronic hives by following a juice fast for 60 days.

Messianic, Cross drives across the country, sharing his story of redemption.  He meets up with Phil Staples, a 429-pound truck driver, and tries to get Staples to begin his own juicing lifestyle.  At first, Phil rejects the idea, despite the fact that he has high blood pressure, is morbidly obese, and diabetic.  Phil's father describes him as depressed and borderline suicidal, "using food as his weapon of choice."

Finally convinced to try a 10-day juice fast, Phil eventually loses more than 200 pounds, cures all of his health problems, and finds that he has incredible energy and a positive outlook.  He quits his job to open a juice bar in his community. 

In a recent article about the documentary, Margie King, Philadelphia Nutrition Examiner, notes that "Juice fasting is an extreme diet option. For those who are morbidly obese or who suffer with a chronic condition that medication can’t resolve, a juice fast for 10 days or even up to 30 days may offer hope.

"For most people it should not be a long term lifestyle, although for some that works. Most people at a minimum will lose weight, feel more energetic and optimistic. Even short of a complete fast, juicing fresh fruits and vegetables as a part of your daily routine, will also improve weight, energy and healing."









 

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