One of my favorite documentaries is Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. One reason I love this documentary – although this wasn’t its primary goal – is that it compares traditional medical methods, pills and shots, to the more natural methods of juicing and exercise to treat diseases.
The main character, Joe Cross, visits the USA from Australia. And in this land of the hamburger, fries, milk shakes, and hot dogs, his goal was to eat nothing but fruits and veggies for thirty days straight. The kicker is that every meal will be in the form of juice! Sound crazy?
A few of the individuals our Aussie friend met during this journey include:
• A truck driver named Phil who weighed 429 lbs and suffered the same disease as Joe, Urticaria, a chronic rash which can flare up in reaction to the friction of a simple handshake
• Phil’s older brother “Bear” who also carried a little over three hundred pounds and consequently suffered a heart attack, and was living with Type II Diabetes
• A lady named Siong who suffered from migraines
Both Joe and Phil visited their doctors before taking on this juice fast challenge. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a leading expert in nutrition, told our Aussie two important things. First, he has seen folks cure similar conditions 100% in the past. Second, processed foods probably do not have one-tenth the original nutrients that were in the food in its native state. It should be noted that this is not just my opinion, it is coming from a traditionally trained M.D.
Fast forward eight weeks after Joe’s sixty-day fast and he is 100% medication free! From a financial standpoint this is massive. Medication is not cheap, as we all know. Joe had been taking Prednisone for over ten years. At $.62/pill, a 120 count bottle is $74.40. If Joe only takes one pill a day he’ll spend $297.60 yearly which is $29,706 over a ten-year period.
Phil contacted Joe, eventually asking for help. He accepted the juice challenge and went from 429 lbs to 227 lbs. Additionally, he also was able to get off all medication and has inspired an entire town to join him in achieving optimal health.
Bear was taking eight medications which totaled $571/month, $6,852 each year. After seeing how his brother’s health improved, he also started juicing. There was no report on his results but it’s reasonable to assume he is off his medication if he followed his brother’s example.
Siong, as a result of juicing, no longer suffers from migraines. These four individuals are proof that we can make health choices which result in more financial stability. Imagine if Bear took the $6,852 and invested in stocks, savings or maybe put it aside for his children’s future. This money could also be put towards the principal of a car note or mortgage. In ten years his debt would be $68,520 less.
Siong’s loss of migraines may not seem like a financial benefit until you consider that migraine sufferers are not always able to go into their workplace as they’d like to. This results in a loss of pay. Depending on their boss and the nature of their career, they could end up employed.
We need to remember this. We DO have the power to make health choices that not only help us lose weight, improve our health, and allow us to live longer, but also support our financial goals. The evidence and rock-solid proof is all around us in documentaries like Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Food Inc. and Forks Over Knives. If those aren’t enough proof, search “natural cures” on YouTube and conduct some additional research. It’s time to take the reins back from the medical community. Doctors do have their place. We should let them ADVISE but we need to be the ones who make the final decision for our physical and fiscal well-being.
What about you SavvyReader. Have you tried juicing and increased exercise as a way to improve your physical and fiscal well-being? If not, is it something you would consider?