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Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Postby bodom » Wed May 02, 2012 1:48 am

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead is an excellent documentary I recently watched:

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.

Its a very inspiring movie and so much so that I went out and a bought a juicer today in hopes of changing my diet.


The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Postby Ben » Wed May 02, 2012 1:55 am

Looks great, Bodom!
When I get home (in town) I'll see if I can rent it out.
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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
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Re: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Postby SDC » Fri May 11, 2012 11:48 pm

You can tell he went straight into middle America too. He didn't just hit the big cities where you assume he would've had an easier time drawing support for dieting. Did not expect that all.

Look really interesting. Thanks for posting.

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Re: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Postby rowboat » Sat May 12, 2012 12:00 am

That documentary does sound inspiring. This transformative resolve is an expression of viriya. Healthy projects like these are supported and maintained by viriya.

I was personally inspired by this brief RSA Animates presentation from physician Dr Michael Evans:

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Rain soddens what is covered up,
It does not sodden what is open.
Therefore uncover what is covered
That the rain will not sodden it.
Ud 5.5

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