Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead – Inspiring film, but is a 60-day juice fast safe?

Inspiring Film on Weight Loss

Wow! I was so inspired by this movie! Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead show 2 extremely overweight men do a 60-day juice fast, and the results are outstanding!

This documentary shows a real life regular Australian guy named Joe who, at 140 kg or just over 300 pounds, was sick with an auto-immune disease and a strange re-occurance of rash and hives. At 40 years old and feeling fat, sick and nearly dead, he finally decided to take his health in his own hands. Can you imagine, at only 40 years old, being so overweight and in pain from arthritis, that you have to use a raised toilet seat to even sit on the toilet? Or, maybe that’s already you? Then it’s definitely time for some change!

Yes, Joe took responsibility for his own health and decided to completely change his diet and lifestyle!

Joe Cross before his detox

He embarked on a 60-day juice only liquid fast and not only lost weight, but cleared the rash, gained energy and made a plan to continue with positive change after the detox.

In 60 days, he lost over 80 pounds.

It is phenomenal to see the transformation!

And, even better, Joe continued to make changes when he finished his detox. He started exercising, ate salads and juices, and after another 70 days, he not only maintained the original weight loss but lost another 20 pounds. He also managed to get off all medications – wow, now that is Mother Nature’s doctor at work for some real natural healing!

Joe Cross after - transformation!

Along his journey of juice fasting and traveling across the United States on a road trip with the juicer set up to a battery in the back of his car, Joe met a lot of overweight Americans and many had different ideas on fasting. It’s worth watching just to see what they say!

At one point, he meets Phil who is over 400 pounds and has the same skin rash condition as him. Phil gets inspired and eventually does the 60-day juice fast himself. It’s really spectacular to see these normal people who were previously victims of fast food and prescription drugs and are now teaching people how to juice kale and apples! I love it!!

So, what about actually doing a 60-day juice fast yourself? Is it safe?

In the movie, both men get clearance from their doctors and also regular checkups during the fast. This is definitely a good idea, especially if you have never fasted before, are on any medications of any kind and especially if you are suffering from any medical conditions.

Was Joe constipated after his detox at all??

60 days is a long time to go without any bowel movements. The thing that Joe never mentions in the movie is whether or not he did enemas or colonics during his fast. Since he didn’t mention it, I doubt he did any. This does concern me, especially when I think of how toxic so many people are today and how they could easily lesson the effects of the detox reactions by doing a daily enema during their fast. I would also recommend certain herbs and supplements to support the body during the process.

Re-toxifying of Heavy Metals

The other issue that concerns me is that people doing a long fast with extreme weight loss can disrupt pockets of heavy metal accumulation in their body. Often times the body will safely store heavy metals in it’s fat cells. It’s a way for the body to try to protect itself from these toxic materials. If you have extreme weight loss in a short period of time, as the fat gets burned, the heavy metals have to move somewhere else…and they can potentially move into and do harm to the organs. In an Iridology reading, we can see if a person has the potential for heavy metal accumulation. It’s a good idea to get checked out, and to also consider doing a heavy metal detox as a follow-up to the juice fast. During the fast, it may also be a good idea to take zeolite as this is a natural chelator for heavy metals and toxins and can assist the body with the detox process.

I particularly like the doctor in the film, Dr. Joel Fuhrman. He had some great quotes:

  • Permanent results only come from permanent changes in diet and lifestyle.
  • You don’t get permanently well unless you permanently change the way you live.
  • Fasting can be used as a time where you re-train your taste buds. If it helps you with healthy eating thereafter, then it’s done it’s job.
  • 61% of the American diet today comes from processed foods (predominantly oils, sugar & flour).
  • 70% of the diseases that affect us now are caused by our life choices: how we exercise, if we smoke and what we eat.
  • Total cost of a heart attack: $56,424 USD. Total cost of juicing for 1 month: $420.

Joe Cross DVD

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Jennifer Thompson has been working with raw food, juices, smoothies and detox for over two decades to help people heal. Today, she shares her expertise worldwide, offering lectures, workshops, training and one-on-one consultations at various health and detox retreat centers. She provides Iridology Readings & Health Coaching via Skype and Phone to clients and continues to educate, motivate and inspire others on their journey of healing. When she’s not working, you’ll find her hiking in the mountains, power-walking along the sea or globe-trotting to a new and exotic health destination.
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    CYNTHIA says:


  2. Leah
    Leah says:

    Hi there!
    If I remember correctly the doctor in the movie is not Australian, but American. Dr Fuhrman is amazing. I first saw him on a PBS special last year and decided to buy the package they were selling (book, dvds, etc.). The money also goes to funding PBS which I am a big supporter of. Anyways, I too was wondering whether or not Joe Cross used an enema or some type of herbal laxative. It seemed to me he didn’t. I just started my juice fast because I am a 29 year old female that has had psoriasis for years and now I have full blown arthritis. I can barely walk in the morning. I refuse to take any type of pharmaceutical. I did however take ibuprofen for the last three weeks because I was on vacation and the plane ride was killer. Too long sitting in one place. I ate pretty healthy on vacation, but I was still in a lot of pain. This was my last resort. I have not needed any ibuprofen the last two days of my juicing. I’m still sore, but I’m sure I need to detox all that toxic NSAID I had been taking. Also, no constipation. Hope it goes well from here!

  3. Mimi
    Mimi says:

    i’m on day 6 of my fast and i can’t believe how easy it is. i’ve already lost 13 lbs. i work from home, so its really easy for me to not have any distractions and keep my cravings at bay. i have juice for breakfast and then i just make a fresh juice on my breaks and lunch and then have another one for dinner. i’m drinking around 4-6 juices a day, mainly green vegetables with just one fruit thrown in to enhance the flavor. originally i was planning on doing this for one week just as a quick cleanse before embarking on a lifestyle change (including a trainer and new eating habits), but i’ve noticed an incredible difference with just the juicing– feeling really energetic, my skin looks better and the weight is falling off and all i’m doing is walking! i’m going to shoot for 1 month as i have a lot of weight to lose, and certainly could benefit from a heavy detox. previously i loved eating out, homecooked meals that were high in carbs and fat and lacking in everything else, and enjoyed plenty of wine and other adult beverages. hehe. i’m definitely in need of a reboot so i think 1 month would be really beneficial for me. and aside from being very overweight (5’7″, 244 lbs -started at 257), i don’t have any other ailments or illnesses so i think i should be fine. problem is, when i first started juicing, i was having regular bowel movements, but now i’m not. that can’t be healthy right? if the problem persists i’m afraid i’m not going to be able to continue on with this fast. :-( is there anything i can do to combat the constipation? i’ve been drinking green tea a couple of times a day, is that bad?

  4. Cohn's
    Cohn's says:

    Joe, I just got out of hosp ICU, bowell obstruction, with a severe Cohn’s Flare up. I had other body sys failures because of it. I am at home now and on a liquid diet. Future looks bleak…can you help. Does your system work for Cohn’s? Your b4 photo is me…the Dr’s and nurses said I looked 9 mos pregnant. Swollen, and solid as a rock belly. It turns it is mainly Cohn’s inflamation. Now out on liquids only I am much smaller belly and lost 10 pounds. I feelJim better but am scared of the future. Dr said, “you must change your life COMPLETELY to survive”.

  5. sharon
    sharon says:

    hello Joe im on day 2 of getting my health back im 100kgs i do not feel hungry and am finding the juices plesant to drink i will be weighing my self every 7 days to see what the result is, iv taken holidays from work for 3 weeks to get my self started cheers sharon

  6. Amie
    Amie says:

    The first few days are tough – but I tell you all the results are worth it. In just 4 days – fruits and vegis smell better! This is a start to a new me. 2013 is the YEAR OF ME. Started with Dr visits, small changes to healthier eating, starting to become more active, no juicing. Lost 14pds over the last 2 weeks! Can’t wait to see what the future holds and hope my husband (who’s body and diet resembles Joe’s prebody/habits will follow in my footsteps!!! I’ve always had an internal picture of myself with square shoulder, strong, and healthy – I will be that person. I am that person. Thanks Joe and your team! – Lots of me to leave behind :)

  7. Katie
    Katie says:

    While Joe didn’t mention his bowel movements, some of the other people have mentioned theirs. I believe the woman when migraines told her husband after using the bathroom “Where did this all come from” Also these diets are all fiber and you are getting the proper amount of water, believe me. You are going to poop. A LOT.

  8. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    There is no fiber in juice. Smoothies, yes…plenty of fiber; but juice…None! And 60 days with no fiber is a long time to go without a BM. Some people have mentioned that Joe actually did do daily enemas during his juice fast, but this was never mentioned in the film. It’s important for people to know that if they consider doing a long juice fast, they should be doing daily enemas as well. Thank you and blessings to your health!

  9. Darren Smith
    Darren Smith says:

    By chia seeds for fibre at any organic food store, put a teaspoon in your juice glass stir! Also buy the aloe Vera gel and add to your juice glass a teaspoon a day! Does wonders for your skin. Once you do this for awhile you almost feel sick if you eat bread or packaged goods which is good! It’s your bodies way of saying yuk! Much like if you quit smoking for awhile then go back it tastes different and you get dizzy and light headed your body saying yuk! Keep juicing and you will never wait in a drive thru again! Thank you Joe!

  10. Anna
    Anna says:

    I would like to know how to start the diet is there a recipe of what goes in the drinks. Please help


  11. Olivia
    Olivia says:

    Hi, Joe, I hope this gets to you. I was wondering if you would consider another documentary on people who are misrable with Arthritis. I have bone degeneration, and I noticed that when I eat no gluten and manage the acid in my system I feel better. My problem is that I have not been too motivated due to being bullied for a couple of years on the job, so my self esteem is lowered and other stress related issues. I love your philosophy in the movie regarding the simplicity of the body healing itself if given the right foods. I f you want to use me as a subject for a documentary on helping me not be sick anymore through the same process–and show it even helps people with horrendous pain in joints I will be happy to sign a waiver and just would love someone like you to motivate me. I am so tired of feeling sick and having pain, and having so many pills. The documentary would serve to help others with the same issues. I do hope you would consider using me as the subject, and I would love to show the world that even arthritis inflammation can be controlled through the combination of acids that are balanced.

  12. sam
    sam says:

    The first day of the diet, I felt well in the morning, end afternoon a massive headache with chills, and I non stop threw away all the juices, so miserable until the day after I decided to stop the diet, same symptoms as if I had a gastro or a hangover, any ideas where this come from is it normal can this happen with that type of diet?

  13. Jennifer
    Jennifer says:

    Hi Sam,

    Of course, before starting any cleanse, you should have a complete check-up by your medical doctor to make sure that you are fit to do a juice fast. It’s possible that you have some intestinal parasites. When my clients are nauseous or vomiting, I advise them to stop fasting immediately and do a full parasite cleanse, then resume doing their cleanse.

    Blessings to your health and be well!


  14. kay hatton
    kay hatton says:

    i am a 68 year old woman who had brain tumour removed 3 1/2 years ago which has resulted in me putting on 2 1/2 stone even though i walk everyday eat lots salads no bread , i eat a reasonably healthy diet but cannot move a Ib ,so im waiting for my juicer to arrive ,and il probably juice every other day and see how it goes

  15. Arlene
    Arlene says:

    My son is encouraging me to start this juice diet. Once he leaves I won’t have a support system. Is there any thing you would recommend that would be helpful.

  16. Lea
    Lea says:

    i want to start this to loose 4 stone. do you just put the fruits & vegs in a blender & puree it? can somebody help!

  17. Jason
    Jason says:

    Hi Lea.
    My wife and I bought a blender for £30. We purée fruit or veg, whichever we fancy. It works fine. We also put some yoghurt with honey in and some apple juice to aid the blending. Both lost weight, skin is much better and lost that”bloated” feeling. I recommend it but would check with your GP if you have a lot of weight to lose or have any pre existing medical conditions.

  18. Peta
    Peta says:

    I was sick of me, the way I looked and felt, and I knew that I was the only one who can fix me !! I have hit the nifty 50’s and my middle was reminding me daily of what is to come..YUK

    So, I went to the libruary to get a book on a different diet and there was a reserve on it by four people in front of me… so that meant a 4 month wait at least!!. This was not good enough I was ready. The librarian told me about Joe Cross and his 60 day juicing and the weight he lost!!. I was interested. I went home, googled him, liked what I read and purchased the book.

    I didn’t do just juicing , I chose to juice breakfast and dinner and eat salads, low carb no sugar lunches, that way I hoped the bowel side of things would hopefully stay as normal as possible.

    I will give it a month, this was going to be my journey. Well I am proud to say that this was exactly one month ago, I have lost 10 kilos and several inches, and I love the new me. I am not stopping here!!

    However, I am at a plateau at the moment and feel a bit dispondent, but as a nurse I knew I must NOT be taking in enough juice, I was only having 2 or 3 juices a day… so after reading Joe’s tips on what to do when you hit the plateau…. I was reassured. I will now up the juices, increase the healthy snacks and when this weather permits I aim to start some serious walking. I LOVE TO WALK.

    So here I go, I have decided to go for it for another month and hopefully I will reach my goal which is another 5 kilos.

    Thanks Joe, this is such a sensible way to live, and a very healthy one. I have never felt so healthy, my skin looks fantastic and my out look on life and things are far less stressed than ever before. I love cheese and milk products and ate them daily, but now I find I don’t even miss them. My love for fresh fruit and vegies, the power of positive thinking and the want to look better than I did, is my inspiration.

    I encourage anyone who feels like I did, jump on board Joe’s train and give it a serious go. It works, it’s easy and it is affordable.

  19. Lino
    Lino says:

    Hi ,
    I know some of you mentioned the possibility of BM problem ( or a lack of it)
    I work as a salesman(40% office and 60% road)
    When fasting should I be worried or is manageable

  20. Grace
    Grace says:

    All those spendy luxury health spa that are pricey and when you do a juice fast there they have people take always do colonics or coffee enemas daily ( coffee enema get the toxins out of your body needs to be held for 15 minutes and it cleans the entire blood system four to five times)so you do not become Autotoxemia that is self poisoning from the fecal matter in the colon it has be cleaned out. I was amazed that the guy on fat, sick nearly dead never mentioned this very important aspect that Dr Airola Paavo , Max Gerson and spas etc are aware of my understanding is if you do a green juice fast wrong you can end up sick so colonics and enemas must be done so you can really benefit from the fast and it takes the stress off all the organs ,

  21. Faye
    Faye says:

    I am on week 7 and I have lost 25lbs. I believe I would have lost more if I wasn’t constipated. I would do the enemas every other day and I am using a product I got from the health food store called, Cean Inside. Overall, the detox has been great! Lots of energy and no more pain.

  22. Charlie
    Charlie says:

    I have a question: I am 260 pound man who has a lot of muscle mass on my frame. I exercise 4-6 times a week riding a bicycle/spin class/kick boxing etc but still carry 50 pounds of unwanted weight. Im interested in getting that weight off!!!! My concern is after my high output workouts(intense 1 hour spin class/Cross fitness class) ill need PROTEIN! How can i get the necessary recovery nutrients from juicing ???

  23. Ron L
    Ron L says:

    I did a 21 day juice fast and actually had BMs almost daily, mostly liquid form with the colour of the juices I was drinking. So one can have BMs on a juice fast, at least for first 3 weeks.
    Thanks for the great articles Jennifer!

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