Dr. Fuhrman in world premiere of 'Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead'

World Premiere of FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD

At Sonoma International Film Festival

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Newswire: April 9, 2010 – Sonoma, California – Us & Us Media is excited to announce the world premiere of FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD at the 2010 Sonoma International Film Festival. Part road trip, part wellness manifesto, this feature length documentary is the uplifting story of two men whose chance meeting and struggle to overcome the same rare disease saves one life, and changes another for good. Across two continents and 9,000 miles, what emerges is nothing short of a miracle – an inspiring tale of healing and human connection.

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.  

Dr. Fuhrman oversees Joe’s medical care along the way and is featured throughout the film providing him with guidance, support, and encouragement.

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. 

Read other dramatic success stories at DrFuhrman.com/success.

Screening Times:

Friday, April 16, 2010 – 12:30 pm

Vintage House

264 1st St. East, Sonoma, CA


Saturday, April 17, 2010 – 6:00pm

House of Docs at the Woman's Club

574 1st St. East, Sonoma, CA


Details on the festival screenings can be found at SonomaFilmFest.org

There will be a presentation of the film for all attendees, with a special guest appearance by Joe Cross, at Dr. Fuhrman’s Health Getaway 2010.


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Elijah Lynn - April 15, 2010 11:06 AM

This is a very entertaining film with high production value!! I was fortunate to see the private premier screening in New York and found myself laughing many times throughout the film! I highly recommend attending this if you are in the area as it has a great story line and leaves you with a huge smile at the end!

Nancy - April 15, 2010 11:14 AM

We live in Ireland. Will there be a way to see this film please?

Rain - April 15, 2010 11:51 AM

This stuff really works. Juicing veggies and fruits. I have a great six pack all on a wholefoods plant paint diet. Never going back. Love the effects. Feel like a million bucks! Don't care about sweets or junk food anymore because this is all worth it.

Judy - April 15, 2010 12:46 PM

so when will others be able to see this movie? I could use the inspiration!

Sam - April 15, 2010 1:26 PM

So does he juice or does he blend? Juicing removes fiber which is an essential requirement in human nutrition. Removing it and consuming large quantities of juice is not without its negative consequences. A little might be fine but when asked, I always recommend avoiding juicing. Don't purchase a juicer. Get a high powered blender. It is an investment that you won't regret.

Deana Ferreri - April 15, 2010 1:31 PM

You can check the movie's official website: http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/
or Facebook page:

for updates on future screenings, etc.

VcdeChagn - April 15, 2010 6:36 PM

Sam, juicing has its purposes. When additional nutrition is necessary and you can't eat all the nutrients you need (chronic or terminal illness) juicing is a great alternative.

Heidi - April 19, 2010 9:10 AM

This sounds very interesting, but fiction? Wish it were a true story.

Deana Ferreri - April 19, 2010 10:59 AM

Heidi, it is a true story - a documentary, not fiction.

Kat - April 20, 2010 12:07 PM

When can I buy a copy? This is awesome.

Bonnie - August 18, 2010 9:19 AM

Definitely a must see. I saw this documentary in a private screening while I was attending a total Health Immersion that Whole Foods sponsored. There I saw this documentary and met Joe Cross. Very inspiring to all of us that were in attendance. Dr. Fuhrman is an amazing Doctor!

I have lost 25lbs thus far, migrains gone, no longer pre-diabetic...feel and look better!

Hope anyone who has the chance to see this movie, goes and sees it...

Tiffany - March 22, 2011 6:52 AM

Hi. Will you bring this movie to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex?

Liz - February 2, 2012 10:18 PM

I am a type 2 diabetic on meds is this safe for me to try??

John - June 6, 2012 11:28 AM

You can watch this movie for free online through imdb and hulu!


I loved it for both the story and the message.

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