Thanks for the tip about netflix
! I had heard an interview with Joe Cross on the All About Food
podcast and I thought I would have to wait a while to see the movie so I was excited to see it available so soon. Loved it! I was really touched by how many people he was able to inspire to take control of their health. I felt that the main message in this movie wasn't that juicing is a good diet to lose weight on but rather that even people suffering with severe autoimmune and other chronic diseases can turn their health around.
Fasting is one of those topics that has to be put into context to properly discuss the benefits. For some very ill people it can and does save their lives. The TrueNorth Health Center is a fasting clinic that offers medically supervised fasts. One of the administrators is Doug Lisle who wrote The Pleasure Trap.
For people in general good health and who aren't morbidly obese then less extreme measures such as the Mcdougall diet are just as effective and offer permanency that fasting doesn't.
In my opinion juice fasting with green juice is a healthy alternative to water only fasts for very ill people and perhaps even less problematic because the risks associated with total starvation are not a factor.
The key is to do it right and follow it up with a lifetime of McDougalling
P.S. Micronutrients are vitamins and minerals. For people who have been consuming lots of energy dense, nutrient poor foods for virtually decades the logical reversal diet would be comprised of nutrient rich, energy poor foods and green juices such as those used in the movie are one example. Not the only solution, of course, but it does work for some people.