With the new year coming up and the tendency for people to make health-oriented resolutions, I wanted to learn a bit from David Goldman, a proponent of intermittent fasting.
Fasting may seem like a wild idea, but the practice has actually been around for thousands of years and is still used in many cultures and religions. This podcast episode is specifically about water-only fasting and eating a plant-based, sugar-free, oil-free, and salt-free diet. Dr. Goldhamer, who founded TrueNorth Health, is a huge supporter of these practices. Since 1984 he’s helped thousands of people take control of their health with these techniques. He’s also a licensed osteopathic physician, author of The Health Promoting Cookbook, and the co-author of The Pleasure Trap.
To dig into this idea personally, I went to TrueNorth Health in Santa Rosa, California, and did a five-day water-only fast, where I was supervised the whole time by an MD. I had some interesting results, which I share at the end of the show. After I started eating again, I sat down to talk to Dr. Goldhamer about the results he’s seen from fasting, who can or should do a fast, and how to maintain a plant-based diet. He is super knowledgeable, and he doesn’t shy away from a spirited debate, which I appreciated.
Disclaimer time: I am not a doctor and this podcast is solely for informational purposes! Please consult your doctor and do your own research before trying a fast or any other unusual health practices.
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