Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead…and Other Streaming Health Videos
This is a guest post by Thomas Barnett, a Latest in Paleo listener (Bio below). Hopefully, one of the things that helps characterize Paleo eaters and lifestylers is our willingness to take a look at other diets, and consider them within the context of the available scientific evidence and evolutionary clues. Thus, here’s a look at juicing, via streaming online media…
Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.
No, thankfully, that’s not a description of me. (Well, I am a little doughy around the lower abdomen.) Rather, it’s a movie I found on Netflix last night.
It’s available for streaming, if you haven’t yet seen it. http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com
Although I do own a juicer, I’ve long been conflicted about the idea of massive and extended amounts of juices— especially fruit juices. You’ve probably heard about people like this woman that eat 30 or more bananas a day. Obviously, she looks great. But, crikey, that’s a lot of fructose! Seems like that would play hell on Glucose/Insulin levels.
Then, you have the Gerson Therapy that advocates drinking a lot of raw juices and coffee enemas. (Would you like cream and sugar with that?) The Gerson Institute makes some pretty fantastic claims. A list of related videos can be found here. Of those listed, only Food Matters is currently available for streaming on Netflix.
On a different tangent, The Burzynski Movie can be streamed here.
Finally, there’s the Hippocrates Health Institute (“HHI”) down in West Palm Beach, Florida. Similar to the Gerson Institute, the HHI advocates a vegan lifestyle with lots of juices—wheatgrass juice, especially. I can’t really imagine man eating grass. But, given grass or nothing, I guess I’d have to give it a try…
Thomas Barnett is a real-food-eating, kettlebell-swinging, health enthusiast that lives in Asheville, NC. When not hiking in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, he is busy obsessing over macro- and micro-nutrients, when and how much to exercise, and whether or not it’s possible to overdose on bacon. His odyssey into health began in 2002, following bouts with anxiety, depression, acid-reflux, chronic fatigue, and a nearly 20-year history of migraines. Today, Thomas is medicine- and symptom-free, working on losing “that last five pounds,” and is passionate about helping others improve their lives through personal responsibility, healthy skepticism, and changing things that are clearly not working.