Frank Before Transformation – 10 years on antidepressants!
Frank After Transformation
This is a movie I have wanted to share with you for some time now. This is a real person, Frank Ferrante, who got into drugs and then was on tons of medication. That was before he ran into a bunch of health nuts who decided to help him rebuild his health, change his life and film his metamorphosis. You can see from the pictures above the miraculous change they brought in his life….little different than watching someone’s health go the opposite direction once one begins on these deadly antidepressants and other psychoactive medications.
His appearance and life is very much like someone who has been on antidepressants for a while with the distended stomach and rounded face classic of Cushing’s Syndrome which is produced by antidepressants. It would be no surprise to me to learn that he was on these drugs as well. When one single 30mg dose of Prozac can DOUBLE cortisol levels (the indicator that the body is under great stress) no one should be surprised that patients on these SSRI/SNRI antidepressants end up with all the signs of Cushing’s Syndrome – the distended stomach, rounded face, the hump at the top of the spine/base of the neck.
Brace yourself as Frank is very blunt and did not have the cleanest vocabulary when they first begin working with him. But plug your ears if necessary and you will see the drastic changes in him as the movie goes on. This is truly a case where seeing is believing! You will be amazed. Everyone, everywhere should see this documentary to understand that YOU REALLY ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!!
For those wondering if you will ever get well….Frank’s story should bring you great hope for recovery.
Click link below to view the movie trailer:
Watch it now: may-I-be-frank
Okay I just now finished watching the movie myself and am shocked to learn that not only was Frank on antidepressants for TEN YEARS before this, he was on Effexor – one of the most difficult of all of them to withdraw from and he came off with hardly ANY withdrawal symptoms that I saw!!! And this experiment only went on for 42 days! To be off Effexor in that amount of time and doing as well as he did is just plain unheard of! This group of people need to set up an antidepressant withdrawal center and I will recommend everyone go there because they did everything I would have recommended minus hyperbaric oxygen treatment!!!!!! Other than that they did it all.
Here is an older Huffington Post article featuring this movie…
May I Be Frank:
A life changing documentary
Talk about life changing documentaries, and there have been a lot in the past few years. This is one to add to the list for sure!!
May I Be Frank is a documentary about Frank, a drug addict who is morbidly obese, pre-diabetic and has Hepatitis C. Frank is not only extremely overweight, but also is on tons of medication [Including ten years worth of antidepressants for which he can thank the weight gain and pre-diabetes and self isolation, etc. – all fairly common side effects of antidepressants.] Frank lives in San Francisco, and one day he makes his way into Café Gratitude, a raw, vegan and organic restaurant. He strikes up a rapport and later a friendship with a few of the staff members. One day they happen to ask Frank a question, “What is one thing you want to do before you die?” Frank says he wants to fall in love one more time, but he thinks no one would love him looking the way he does.
His new friends are inspired to help him transform his life. They challenge him to a 42-day transformation. He has to agree to eat what they say (mostly raw and vegan), practice affirmations in front of a mirror, get colonics and follow “The Abounding River Logbook” (written by the owners of Café Gratitude about being abundant). In this book you practice loving life, adoring yourself, accepting the world, being generous and grateful every day and experiencing being provided for!
For me one of the important messages in this movie is that there is more to getting healthy than just changing your diet. There is a reason Frank became morbidly obese. You have to do the inside work as well as the diet and exercise!
I have personally dreamed about visiting Café Gratitude for years. Getting a glimpse of how things work there was so great. The staff is just as I had imagined them: committed, compassionate, and healthy as ever.
There is also some irony here, as I am on my own life-saving health journey. When I heard about Frank’s story I knew it was going to be a monumental movie in my life. Watching Frank’s transformation was close to my heart. I think there is a part of Frank in all of us. His story is soulful, sad, inspiring and funny all rolled in to one amazing documentary.
Frank and the makers of this film are traveling around the country sharing Frank’s message. They chose to bring this film directly to the audiences. It was a homegrown film, made in a very holistic way, and released to the world in the same way. If you want some healthy inspiration going into the New Year, I highly recommend this one.
And thank you Frank for sharing your life with us all to help others to see what can be accomplished when you work at it! Your story is basically my own story of recovery from terminal cancer decades ago. I thank God for LaDean Griffin and her daughter, Lynn, who saved my life with all this information which LaDean put in her wonderful book “Is Any Sick Among You?” and Lynn was kind enough to share it with me so long ago when I could barely walk after doctors had butchered me and spread the cancer.
Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
drugawareness.org & ssristories.NET
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”
WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!
WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here:http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one atwww.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships in the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan. For only a $30 membership for one month you can even get 30 days of access to the withdrawal CD with tips on rebuilding after the meds, all six of my DVDs, hundreds of radio interviews, lectures, TV interviews I have done over the years PLUS access to my book on antidepressants (500 plus pages) with more information than you will find anywhere else (that is only $5 more than the book alone would cost) atwww.drugawareness.org. (Definitely the best option to save outrageous postage charges for those out of the country!)