Renegade Health Radio: The Benefits of Water Fasting

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In the 4th Renegade Health Radio show, Kevin and Frederic talk about: The Benefits of Water Fasting.

If you listen in, you’ll also discover just how health-crazed Frederic is. He’s done a fast longer than most people keep their New Year’s Resolutions!

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The Benefits of Water Fasting


  • Frederic and Kevin talk about testing the “Weekend Cleanse,” and how it may be a simple and easy way for people to jumpstart new healthy habits.
  • After about 20-22 hours on the fast—which Frederic was in the middle of doing during this podcast—he starts to feel the hunger.
  • Kevin says: When you get hungry is when you need to stay strong and push through!
  • Both discuss the challenges of a longer fast, but recommend that anyone thinking of doing one go to a fasting center for safety. Recommended: TrueNorth Health Center.
  • What is fasting really about? Hear the guys’ opinions on that.
  • Can fasting help with diseases like cancer?
  • How a short fast can help detox your body—even better than a detox diet.
  • How a 24-hour fast can clear out your taste buds—everything will taste good!


  • TRANSCRIPT

    Kevin: Renegade Health Radio. This is Kevin Gianni with Frederic Patenaude. What’s up, Fred?

    Frederic: I’m fasting today.

    Kevin: You’re fasting today? Tell me about that.

    Frederic: I’m fasting today, yes.

    Kevin: Well tell me. This is a surprise.

    Frederic: Well, we’re planning on releasing a program called “The Weekend Cleanse.” So I’m testing it.

    Kevin: You’re testing it. Were we supposed to tell everyone about this?

    Frederic: Well, we can. I think we can mention it.

    Kevin: Okay. Well then, let’s do it. Tell us what’s going on.

    Frederic: Before I get into that, I think…How do you guys like the introduction? I mean, there was no introduction right? We just kind of went down to business quickly, because we got a comment about the first three podcasts that we’re kind of chatting too much. Somebody said we’re chatting too much. And I thought that chatting was kind of part of the whole human interaction before…I mean, this is not a snippet of health advice. It’s a podcast. So we’re supposed to chat, but maybe you’ll like it better if we get down to business really quickly, like we just did.

    Kevin: All right, let’s get down to business then. I agree. Maybe sometimes we’ll get down to business. And you know what? Sometimes, we’re going to chat your ear off.

    Frederic: Exactly. And we’re in total control, but you can comment. Yes, the “Weekend Cleanse” is a program that actually you came up with as a concept, which is that most people want to cleanse or they want to do a detox program or get back on track. But all the programs available are for 7, 9, 10, 30 days, 60 days, and even 90 days. So what’s the solution? Well, maybe there’s something quicker you can do over a weekend—a three-day weekend. So that’s a three-day cleanse. Is that pretty much what your idea was, Kevin?

    Kevin: Yes. That was the idea because it kind of comes from…it stems from my mom, right? So I told my mom what…she asked me a lot of times. I’ve kind of given up on the telling side. But she asked me, she said, “What can I do to be healthy? Or what can I do to get healthier?” And so over the past 6, 7, 8, 10 years, I’ve given her options, and she never really seems to do any of them.

    So I’m always trying to come up with ideas to help her get motivated. And so I always kind of now look for the lowest common denominator. What’s just so easy and just so simple that maybe I can get her hooked? And a few things have worked.

    And so this was another one of those brainstorms that came to me. I said, “What if I can get her to cleanse on a weekend?” Because she works during the week and she has friends over and all sorts of stuff. And on the weekends, she generally just chills out. And so I was hoping that maybe something like this could be that trigger that would help my mom finally totally jumpstart into this type of lifestyle—not completely. And just to give my mom some credit over the last, again, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 years, she’s really come around to some of the things that we’re talking about, here. It took a long time at first, but she’s starting to really come along with these things. So this was just another thing, another option that maybe my mom could benefit from. And then if my mom can benefit from it, then I know a lot of other people could benefit from it, too.

    Frederic: Yes. I mean, I think it’s not just people that are starting. It’s also people who need a reboot or a reset, and I know I need it once in a while. And it’s not necessarily because diet has been bad or you’ve made some wrong food choices. It’s when you need a reset, sometimes, it’s just you need extra sleep or you need to take care of yourself and a cleanse is a great way to do that.

    So the “Weekend Cleanse” is, I think, is going to work for a lot of people. So I’m testing it this weekend. I mean, I’ve done cleanses like that in the past, but not this exact protocol. And just to kind of let everybody know, the “Weekend Cleanse” starts with a 24-hour fast on the Friday. So if you do it over a weekend and the Friday, you’re resting. You’re still doing your daily activities and you’re fasting. So a 24-hour fast is not a real fast in the sense that your body is not burning off its body fat as energy yet. But you’re still skipping meals and relying on your stored energy. So it is a mini-fast in a sense.

    And I find that it’s the perfect way to kind of jumpstart into a cleanse, because first of all, when you start eating, then anything tastes good. So your first meal—it tastes so much better than if you’d not fasted, so it’s much easier to get your taste buds adjusted to kind of the idea of eating a cleansing kind of diet. So that’s one main reason. But there are all kinds of other reasons why this short fast is a really good way to start the reboot process. So I’m actually fasting right now.

    Kevin: And just water fast, no food?

    Frederic: No food, yes. No juices, nothing.

    Kevin: How do you feel? How many hours have you been into it and how do you feel?

    Frederic: Almost 24. I kind of feel tired. For me, after 20, 22 hours of fasting, I feel it. I feel like my energy is down. I want to get it up. My blood sugar is low, and so on. But, I mean, it’s so easy up until let’s say 3:00 in the afternoon, I find. I mean, you just don’t think about food once you’ve skipped a meal or two, especially if you’re busy. You just don’t think about it.

    And then suddenly in the mid part of the afternoon—then for most people, that’s when hunger starts and you’re starting to need some nourishment. But it’s pretty easy, overall. I mean, a 24-hour fast is. I’ve done it many, many times. I find, for me, it just kind of boosts my mood and it kind of helps with my overall energy even though there’s a part in it where I have less energy. But overall, it’s sort of a great reboot. So I do it once in a while.

    Kevin: For me, about 5:00 the next day. So if I do a fast, I’ll start the evening after dinner. And about 5:00 the next day, that’s the real…that’s when the rubber meets the road. That’s the real challenge. That’s when it’s like, okay, am I going to break it now because I’m so hungry? Or am I going to push through it? And if you push through it, the next day is actually fairly easy.

    Frederic: Yes, yes.

    Kevin: And I just find that I have a whole lot of energy that next day and even into the third day. And then it gets a little iffy. I’ve done a five-day water fast. Fred, do you want to share with them the longest water fast that you did?

    Frederic: Yes. I did a 23-day water fast. Also a 5-day day water fast and a couple 3- or 4-day water fasts.

    Kevin: Yes. So 23 days, you can imagine, is a lot more difficult than…

    Frederic: Oh my God, yes. But in every case, I mean, it’s just like he said. The first night is kind of…that’s when you kind of crash and you just want to sleep. And the next day, you feel pretty good. After that, the first three or four days are kind of a little challenging. And then there’s sort of a…it’s kind of like a marathon, running a long race where you have ups and downs in your energy and outlook. You’re thinking this is going to be easy at some points. And then at other points, you’re thinking, “I should stop this now.”

    But I will say that up to until about 14 days of fasting, it’s fairly easy in the sense that, in terms of your energy levels and so on, and the level of cleansing. What I found was really challenging was after 14 days—not in terms of hunger, because at that point you have zero hunger. I mean, really, you’re kind of thinking about food in a very kind of theoretical way. And you’re thinking about the concept of food, but it’s not the same as in the beginning.

    In the beginning, I think you’re always hungry during your fast. But it kind of comes and goes. I mean, people say you stop being hungry after a couple of days. But that’s not true, I think. You’re just not physically hungry all the time like you would expect if you skip a meal or two. Not that level of hunger. It’s more like your body will remind you occasionally maybe it would be a good time to start eating again, now. And you kind of get those feelings on and off and desires for food. But after 14 days, that really kind of disappears.

    And then it becomes sort of a mental challenge, and everyday becomes really long and your energy is really low. And people have never done that would probably wonder why would you do something like that, something so unpleasant and crazy. And the reason is that you get a lot of benefits out of it. But I don’t recommend, by the way, to do a long fast on your own if you’re thinking about it. Maybe we’ll get into the benefits, but I mean if you’re going to do a fast, it should be at a fasting center. And there’s currently only one in the world that I would recommend, which we can talk about later.

    But, yes other than that for a fast under three days, you’re not really fasting in the sense that you’re still using your glycogen reserves. That means you’re using the sugar in your muscles and you’re still digesting food. But after three or four days, you start burning ketones as an energy source. Your brain starts burning ketones and you’re burning body fat. So that is when you are in a ketogenic state and you’re truly fasting. So at that point, you should be supervised.

    Kevin: Dr. Alan Goldhamer is the guy who runs TrueNorth Health Center, and that’s in Santa Rosa, California. And their website is http://www.healthpromoting.com, I believe. I believe it’s .com. If it’s not .com, it’s .org. But they’re the people that Fred and I would highly recommend to you if you wanted to go do a water fast.

    And back to your question about why water fasting. A lot of reasons for water fasting. What Alan has told me before is that it’s one of the most amazing things for hypertension, so high blood pressure. It’s fantastic for inflammation, autoimmune type issues. They actually have proof that it’s worked for people, which is amazing. So they’ve actually had published studies.

    So these guys are the real deal. And so if you want to go up there, just let us know. Just tell them that we sent you and I’m sure they’d love to hear from you. And it’s really inexpensive. I don’t want to quote the prices, but it’s kind of like staying at a hotel, just kind of a regular any day hotel in an any day city. Is it still pretty reasonable, Fred?

    Frederic: Oh, yes. I think you’re looking at sort of like a hotel stay in a normal city, not a hotel stay in New York City or Chicago.

    Kevin: No.

    Frederic: But a hotel stay at a Sheraton outside of the way kind of, and you get…well, people would wonder why are you paying money if you’re not eating. But it’s, well, you’re paying for the service. And you have doctors on staff that will check up on you twice a day. I mean, the level of care is amazing. You’ve got daily lectures. And also, you have to talk to a doctor. You have to get a consultation with a doctor before you start your fast. So you’re not just on your own.

    And they also do blood tests. So they’re not going to let you fast without blood tests first, and the doctor’s consultation. So that’s going to set you back a few hundred dollars extra on top of the fee just for staying there. But the rates are really pretty similar to, or actually lower, than going to most doctors, because it’s part of the package. So it’s a great place.

    I mean, what I found staying there was the people you meet, the stories you hear, are just amazing. They’re transformational stories. You have people, you look at them, you have no idea why they’re there or if they’re juice fasting or they’re water fasting and you start talking to them and you discover, wow, this person just broke a 25-day water fast or a 10-day water fast or a juice fast or whatever, and overcame all kinds of health problems. And I think some health problems can be helped by a supervised water fasting. And TrueNorth, I mean, is really the place.

    Also the thing about fasting and cleansing in general, I think, our approach is a little bit different, is that fasting and cleansing is about resting. It’s about letting your body heal. It’s not about kind of pushing your limits. And I know a lot of other kind of fasting centers or detox programs or even cleanses you can find on the internet…I mean, they kind of will encourage you to exercise a lot or to go to like saunas and sweat it off. And you just kind of drain your energies doing that. So it’s not a good idea. I mean, if you want to heal and let your body heal itself and get those benefits, you got to give your body a lot of rest.

    So fasting is not just about abstaining from food. It’s also about resting. So that’s why at TrueNorth, I mean, you had that experience Kevin, that you’re pretty much spending all day in bed doing nothing, maybe watching TV, watching TV shows. How was your experience?

    Kevin: Breaking Bad. I watched the first two seasons of Breaking Bad while I was fasting. Probably not great for my emotional fasting, but fantastic for my physical fasting. Yes, we had a great time with TrueNorth. And for someone like me, who at that time would consider myself fairly healthy, I still afterwards felt more amazing than I did before. And that, to me, was a really solid sign that this works for just about everyone. My energy felt great. My skin looked good. My bowel function was impeccable if you guys care about that at all. But everything was just so good afterwards that I really have not listened to Alan when he says, “I want you to do this about once a year.” And I have not gone back since. But I will go back soon because we are only about an hour and a half away.

    I do want to share one story of a person that we met there, Fred, just because I think it’s so powerful. And her name is Christina. And we met Christina there. Alan had tipped us off to her because we were filming some people with their permission at the facility. And so he told us about Christina and so I had a chance to meet Christina. And Christina was a dentist. But Christina got into a car accident and she had some nerve damage in her head and her neck. Unfortunately, what the nerve damage also did was it stopped her ability to be able to have some fine motor skills in her hands that stopped her from being able to practice her craft, which is dentistry.

    So for years, she would have a headache in the back of her head, forget about the fact that she can’t do her craft. She’d have this headache that she said on a scale of 1 to 10 was always between a 9 and an 8 every single day. I mean, imagine having a headache like this every single day. And the doctors, they’re like, “We can do surgery.” She’s like, “No. I just…we can’t do any more surgery because I’d already done some.” And it just…it was kind of this thing where she just decided that she was going to live with this.

    Somehow, she stumbled upon TrueNorth. I don’t know if it was a friend, if she found it online. And she called Dr. Goldhamer. And she said, “Here is my situation.” She laid it out. He said, “Look. I have no idea if this is going to work for you,” like a good doctor would say. And he said, “If you think that you’re interested in coming in, we’d love to have you. And I do know that this type of fasting does seem to work on inflammation. So if anything around your nerves is really into inflammation, this might actually…I don’t know. It might do something. Something might move.”

    She started to fast not knowing how long it was going to be. And I forget the number of days, but a decent way in…maybe 20 days or something like this…she started to realize in the mornings that her headache was a little bit less. Fast forward to almost Day 35, she woke up one morning and her headache was completely gone. And she was blown away. It was almost one of those things. Imagine if you just live with some sort of pain your whole life and it was gone. I mean, you’d feel this void and be like, “Oh my gosh, what the heck is going on here?” And you probably wouldn’t even be able to identify it right away. You know what I mean? You’re like, “There’s something missing. I don’t know what it is.”

    So that was how she explained how she felt. So she started to end the fast at 40 days. And the headache, it comes back every once in a while at maybe a one or a two. And I know that this is still true because I followed up with her maybe about six months after or maybe four months after. Don’t quote me on the exact times. And she was still at TrueNorth. And she was still kind of going through some of her own just health things and doing some short fasts and her headache was still not coming back at all.

    Frederic: That’s amazing. I mean, that’s amazing and it doesn’t surprise me also.

    Kevin: Yes.

    Frederic: I mean the kinds of results people get with fasting where nothing else has worked. I watched a documentary during my fast about a researcher in Italy who kind of had a hunch about the effects of fasting to protect people and animals against the effects of chemotherapy. So the experiment was pretty unusual. He put…I guess there were two groups of rats or whatever that had genes altered so they would get cancer. And they both had chemotherapy treatments, but one group was fasting and the other was not fasting. And the groups not fasting, most of them died or whatever. They succumbed to the treatment before the treatment could help them. And the other group, they were all fine. And so why is that going on?

    Then after this study came out a lot of centers, oncology centers around the world, were interested in that research, but could not recommend them and you could not really get people to test that. But some people wanted to test it anyway and they found some positive results. And it turns out that the cells during fasting kind of protect themselves because, I don’t know, maybe it’s a normal adaptation to the possible famine and who knows what’s going on in the body. But it turns out that the body cells during a fast become more resistant to outside toxins, but cancerous cells also—because they’re not normal cells—they will become more receptive to the treatment. So they’re kind of looking into it as a possibility for treating cancer. And maybe during fasting also, other things happen. So of course, we’re not suggesting that.

    Kevin: No. And Alan…if you talk to Alan Goldhamer, if you talk to anyone at TrueNorth, they would tell you that it’s actually not…they don’t really like to bring in cancer patients because they just don’t know if it works or not for it. So I mean, it’s kind of one of those things where you just wish that for just somewhere out there in this world, someone who has some sort of authority within…Oh, wait. I’m going to sneeze. That’s funny.

    Frederic: Yes, it is.

    Kevin: Somewhere outside in this world and someone who has the authority to kind of look at these medical boards would just say—you know what I mean—I’m sure there are people out there who’d be willing to try some of these things that we might consider unethical to test, to do control studies, and just see if they work. Or just try them and not even see if they compare, but just see if people get better. I mean, it’s kind of this thing. Do you really have to see people dying because they’re not using something and then see people succeed if they are using something to actually know if, one, that they’re living longer, two, if…it doesn’t matter if, I mean, if they are satisfied with the results and the quality of life during that period. Is that better?

    We kind of look at these things in a real black and white kind of picture and we leave out some of the gray areas. And I just wish that we could have a better way to test some of these things obviously without injuring people, but at the same time looking at some of the other factors such as quality of life during the period.

    My mother had a friend who just recently died of cancer. And the guy was a total alcoholic. Would drink every single day literally all the time. So obviously, these behaviors are going to lead to cancer. But what they did was they scared the heck out of him, right? And that’s usually what the doctors do when someone has cancer. And they told him that he had to do all these alternative—I’m sorry, not alternative. But alternative…it’s the wrong word, but you’ll get what I’m saying here. Alternative…

    Frederic: Yes, unusual treatments.

    Kevin: Yes, unusual treatments, that because—

    Frederic: The experimental treatments.

    Kevin: Exactly. And so he did all these things and his quality of life just totally disintegrated. And he died shortly after over a period of really only a couple of months. The treatments didn’t really do that much for him. And when I was talking to my mom, I was kind of questioning with her just openly. I’m saying, “You know what, I wonder if this guy really just loves what he’s doing? He just loves drinking and hanging out and having fun. I mean, it’s his choice to decide what he wants to do. If he wants to continue to live his life the way that he wants, he should be able to, and if he doesn’t want to degrade the quality of life, then that’s fine, too.”

    And I always wonder, I mean, he died, right? But I always wonder if he had just continued to enjoy…I’m not recommending you do this. This is not medical advice. If he really continued to enjoy his life, would he have lived longer? And it’s just an interesting question. So it’s just kind of a thought. But we’ve gone from fasting to cancer to possibly getting ourselves into trouble with the FTC. So why don’t we scale back and go—

    Frederic: All right, let’s look at the benefits of fasting quickly.

    Kevin: Yes.

    Frederic: Because I do the summary for your blog. And it’s based on the research done at TrueNorth. And not just the research done at TrueNorth, but just a summary of what happens during a fast. So the specifics of water fasting.

    So first of all, we talked about you go into a fat-burning mode. So your body resorts to ketones instead of glucose for energy in the brain and so on. So that means, I mean, you’re relying on your restored energy sources. What most people would think is you lose muscle during your fast, but that’s only if you try to exercise like doing pushups and so on. But if you stay still and you minimize activity, you’re not going to lose any muscle. And, I mean, I did a 23-day fast and I did lose some muscle. But it was, I mean, it came back so quickly that it was not really a concern for me.

    Kevin: And we’re not recommending really anyone to do a 23-day fast unless they really have a condition that may be helped by it.

    Frederic: Exactly. And during a fast, also, the body really goes through enzymatic changes. So specific enzymes are activated to kind of detox yourself. And that’s not when people say you’re going to go on a detox diet. I mean, you go on a detox diet, you don’t really detox that much. But during a water fast, it’s true detox at the cellular level where the body will get rid of excess cholesterol, uric acid, toxins and so on. And those are some changes that will persist after the fast. I mean, a lot of people do a fast and they just feel so much lighter, so much better for a while after, for months, for years after. So that’s part of it. Insulin sensitivity really improves during a fast. So your insulin becomes more sensitive, more effective.

    Kevin: But if you’re a diabetic, please see a doctor before you do any of this.

    Frederic: Exactly. And also one of the aspects of fasting that I’m really interested in is the, what is called the normalizing effect on the autonomic nervous system. So it’s, in simple terms, it lowers your stress even though fasting is a stress on the body. I mean, it is a stress because you’re not getting any food. But it has a sort of…it creates an adaptation in the body that you kind of calm down and then…I mean, I had some sleep issues before the fast that really were resolved during the fast. They’ve used fasting for helping with anxiety, digestive disturbances. Those are the things that are kind of part of this autonomic nervous system change.

    And then another aspect of fasting that I’m really interested in is the, what is called, the neuro-adaptation to healthier food. So in simple terms, anything will taste good after a fast for a while, not just the day after your fast, after you break your fast, but for months after if you keep eating healthy foods. I mean, plain lettuce will taste amazing. Everything, just kind of your desire to use a lot of salt and seasonings in food will go down dramatically. I mean, you’ll just feel that natural foods are much more attractive than before. So that’s one reason you could use a short fast like a 24-hour fast to reset the system because it just makes it easier for you to get back on track because everything will taste good.

    Kevin: Fred, you know your stuff, man.

    Frederic: Thank you.

    Kevin: Just to quote our friend David Wolfe, this might be the…our, not the, but our best podcast ever.

    Frederic: It could be. I don’t know if it is. The topic is something we both have experience with and something I know a little bit more about than last time when we talked about running. I’m not an expert runner. But I kept up the running regimen, by the way, since last time.

    Kevin: Oh yeah?

    Frederic: Yes, yes, yes. And thankfully, it’s going to get warmer after this week in Montreal, Quebec. I’m hoping that the running will also be easier.

    Kevin: Hey, just getting out there is the key. And the easier is the benefit in terms of the weather. So guys, let’s wrap it up. Let’s call this a podcast. We were talking to a friend of ours, who listened to one of our podcasts recently…Fred and I were on the phone with him, and he’s been in radio for 20 years and he said that we needed some interstitials. So the next podcast, maybe we’ll have some interstitials.

    Frederic: And what is an interstitial?

    Kevin: You know what, I kind of forget.

    Frederic: It’s a little sound bite in the middle of the podcast or something.

    Kevin: Okay. I thought it was a little bit different, but maybe I misinterpreted it.

    Frederic: Okay, like little sections during the call. Like, “So now we’re going to summon the Gods of —” And ask. Or…yes, I mean, I wanted to have a ranting section at some point for you or me to go on a rant about something.

    Kevin: I know.

    Frederic: I think that would be cool.

    Kevin: I think it will be cool. And I think it would be nice to have a little audio when you’re like spitting out knowledge like you just did before, like just hit it and just be like, “Dr. Frederic –” Probably not Doctor but Professor Frederic, something like that. That’d be pretty cool. We can’t say Doctor. We’re not doctors.

    Frederic: Yes, yes. But we can’t just sprinkle disclaimers throughout the podcast all the time. I mean, I think it goes without saying for future podcasts as well that we want you to be smart. And that’s it.

    Kevin: I think that’s a good idea. We should start with that. Be smart. We’re not doctors. Have a good day.

    Frederic: All right.

    Kevin: Bye.

    Frederic: See you guys.

    Your question of the day: What experiences have you had with fasting?

    Kevin Gianni

    Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

    Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

    10 COMMENTS ON THIS POST

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    1. Cynthia says:

      Hey guys, I really enjoyed this discussion about water fasting… I ID’d with the “theoretical” perception of food as time advances. I find a 3-Day fast is what works to keep me on track for a while. And, btw, I truly enjoy your ‘chatty style’– it is evident that you are both good friends with a lot of combined health knowledge from research and experience that you pepper with good humour. Who wouldn’t like that?

    2. Carol says:

      Strange Kevin Your link on the browser advertises this show as being about a person recovering from an accident of debilitating back pain and here I am on a show about water fasting. ???

    3. Liz says:

      Guys – this is so dangerous. I learned it the hard way after a 5 day water fast and still have health problems today – 20 years later, that won’t respond to any treatment.

      If you are fairly healthy anyway, then I suppose a fast is OK, but with the following provisos.

      If you are a fast novice then you must do it under supervision, rest and relax while doing it and do meditation.

      If you aren’t, then it’s not advisable.

      As far as I am concerned, I will never fast again. The nearest I will come is a green juice day, that will push in concentrated nutrients at least.

    4. Courtney says:

      Hi!

      I prefer no chatting in the beginning and just getting right to the point. Honestly, like so many others I have so little spare time in my life, that if there’s any “filler”, I probably won’t listen. I stopped listening to the first few podcasts for that reason, so eliminating the chatting and just focusing on hardcore content would be wonderful!

      Thanks for asking us what we prefer!!

      Best wishes 🙂

    5. Betsy Jentz says:

      I just thought I would make a couple of comments on Water Fasting as I have been doing it for well over 30 years. My first fast was for 10 days. I have been 100% healthy all of my life, and just do it to cleanse the body. The last two years in April I have done a 30 day water fast each year. All of my fasting has been on my own — no medical supervision. Matter of fact, I do not go to doctors for anything. I have never been hungry during the 30 days. The only challenge I have had is sleeping after about 20 days. On Sunday, March 9, I finished my 21st L. A. Marathon so you can see I have a lot of stamina and energy. I personally think Fasting has contributed to my good health, and I totally believe it does cleanse the body of many toxins. I have read a lot on Fasting, and am familiar with many difference individuals in that field, including the True North Center. I agree with you that supervision is a good idea for most people. Keep up the good work and getting your various views out to the people.

    6. Kelly says:

      I too have had a brain injury and was looking for info on how to stop the debilitating headaches. Fasting and cleanses that I have done in the past only make my headaches worse now. I am not able to cleanse for over 2 years, as I am trying to recover, but it is a horribly slow process. Where’s the info on the stated topic?

    7. What do you think about intermittent fasting? What about Dry fasting-fasting without consuming any fluids for a very short period of time say 16 hours?

    8. Paula says:

      I also will turn something off the moment I see that it is chatty style. Time is so precious these days and I can call a friend to chat. I turned this one off too. I do have debilitating pain and was hoping for some help..heard the chatting and saw my time wasted…and I see another commenter say it was all about water fasting????! Ugh, Get it together, will ya!

    9. shifra says:

      I feel totally exhausted, have lymes and am in great pain. i am taking high doses of california poppy, close to 2000 mg close to 400 of valerian, astragalus, jamiaca dogwood, etc and a homepathic. I feel really flat and disconnected form people,generally am bitter and angry now i just feel flat exhausted and am too pale.

      I dont know that i could fast as i feel pretty weak. i dont eat sugar or junk food.

      any suggestions

    10. Sue says:

      I think it might be interesting to have a running podcast. For example, in your next talk, answer some of the questions your listeners have left. This way your audience may feel like they are more part of the show.

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