Nov 172014

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead - A documentary

The Sprout Café presents Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, a movie event at Cinebarre Dec. 3, 2014

The Sprout Café, an organic café and juice bar, is presenting a free movie event, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at Cinebarre in Mt. Pleasant. A panel discussion with health experts will follow the documentary.

How to reserve seats
Seats may be reserved by calling or texting 843-743-4582 or by emailing Tickets are free. A $10 donation is requested. Proceeds will go to Louie’s Kids, a local organization that is fighting childhood obesity.

About Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a documentary about Joe Cross, a man at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310-pound man whose stomach 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 and Nearly Dead is an inspiring film that chronicles Cross’ personal mission to regain his health.

The key to Cross’ success was a 60-day juice fast, which he says rebooted his life. Along the way, Cross inspires others to change their health with amazing results, including a truck driver named Phil Staples who weighs in at 429 pounds.

“The documentary is very inspiring and presents a perspective on juicing as a jumpstart for realigning health,” said Caroline Brennan, who owns The Sprout Café with her husband Mickey.

Obesity is common, serious and costly. The obesity epidemic is one of the most serious health problems in the U.S. Adult obesity rates have doubled since 1980 to 30%, while childhood obesity rates have more than tripled. Rising obesity rates have significant health consequences, contributing to increased rates of more than 30 serious diseases. These conditions create a major strain on the health care system. More than one-quarter of health care costs are now related to obesity, according to the Trust for America’s Health.

“The movie does a great job of showing people the benefits of juicing and that juicing is accessible to everyone and completely doable,” Brennan said.

The discussion panel
A group discussion will follow the movie. The panel will include local doctors and experts who will be able to speak to the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of juicing. The panel will include: Dr. Deborah Bowlby, head of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology at MUSC; Dr. Sherri Jacobs, co-founder of HealthE Coaching; Mickey Brennan, The Sprout Café chef and detox coach; and Dr. Jesse Ross, Chief Clinical Officer of BioKare Health Center.

Juicing to jumpstart your health
The Sprout Café is an organic restaurant and juice bar in Mt. Pleasant that offers a lengthy menu of items made with fresh, organic, local ingredients. It opened in 2007, after Caroline and her husband Mickey Brennan, a chef, experienced a detox for themselves. The detox changed their lives and inspired them to open a restaurant that serves only healthy, organic food.

“Juicing has absolutely improved my health. I can speak from experience,” Caroline Brennan said. “For me, it’s the deepest level of cleansing and detoxing that I do. Not long into the detox, I experience a sustained increase in energy, a healthier sleep pattern and my weight regulates. When I first began detoxing, I had chronic sinus infections and I do not anymore. Prior to the juice detox, my body was too toxic to work on healing my allergies. After a juice fast, my body has a higher level of functionality.”

Juice fasts are not just for people who want to lose weight. They also work well for anyone who wants to improve their overall health. “When you go on a juice fast, you are giving your body a break from digesting food,” Brennan said. “Seventy percent of our energy goes to digesting food. There are some people who have a hard time absorbing nutrients and when they detox, they are then able to better assimilate the nutrients they need.”

The Cinebarre is located at 963 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 29464.

Seats for Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead may be reserved by calling or texting 843-743-4582 or by emailing

About The Sprout Café
The Sprout Café opened in 2007. Owners Caroline and Mickey Brennan are committed to using sustainable practices to raise the level of health in the world by creating awareness, education and inspiration about eating and drinking vibrant, organic, healthy and energy-sustaining foods and beverages. The Sprout Café regularly supports Louie’s Kids with donations and partnership, such as Juicing in the Schools. The Sprout Café is located at 627 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant. For more information, please visit or call 843-849-8554.

About Louie’s Kids
Louie’s Kids is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that raises funds to help treat childhood obesity, which afflicts 25 million American children today. Louie’s Kids works to find the best treatment options to meet the needs of each child. We find the fix that fits, one kid at a time. For more information, visit

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