Dr. Nathan Gershfeld on the Healing Benefits of Water Fasting


In 2005, while studying to become an electrical engineer, Nathan Gershfeld developed a thyroid tumor and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Nathan decided against drugs and surgery and instead pursued a holistic approach to healing. After adopting a plant-based diet and incorporating water fasting his autoimmune disease resolved.
This experience prompted a radical career change. Nathan became a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, and now assists others in healing chronic disease with diet and lifestyle interventions and fasting at Fasting Escape Retreat Center in Orange County, California.

Enjoy my fascinating and informative interview with Dr. Nathan Gershfeld!

Watch our interview below, or listen to it on the Chris Beat Cancer podcast on iTunes or Spotify.

Show Notes
-Nathan’s thyroid tumor diagnosis in 2005 [3:30]
-Nathan’s visit to True North Health Center [6:15]
-Diving into health & wellness research [9:50]
-From engineering to chiropractic [12:05]
-“Being a doctor is almost like being a supermarket cashier” [15:57]
-What Nathan saw interning at a water fasting center [17:24]
-What is a Hygienic Doctor? [23:19]
-Dr. Nathan joins the True North team [24:20]
-Who cannot do a water fast? [25:00]
-What you need to know before doing a water fast [28:40]
-Common fasting symptoms [32:33]
-How he determines the length of a fast [34:15]
-Can underweight patients fast? [36:15]
-Thoughts on supplements during a fast [37:30]
-7 years of Meniere’s disease reversed with fasting [39:49]
-30 years of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes reversed with fasting [40:59]
-What to do with yourself while fasting [43:50]
-What happens in your body when you fast [45:40]
-Why your blood pressure decreases on a fast [47:08]
-Autophagy – your body’s house cleaning process [51:47]
-Detox symptom vs time to break the fast [54:08]
-Strategies to break unhealthy addictions [58:00]
-Emotions that bubble up while fasting [1:00:00]
-The pride, self-esteem and confidence that comes with taking action to help yourself [1:02:05]

Connect with Dr. Nathan:
Website: Fasting Escape Retreat Center
Podcast: Beat Your Genes
Facebook: Dr. Nathan Gershfeld
Instagram: @natedagee and @fastingescape

Selected links from the interview:
True North Health Foundation
The Lupus Recovery Diet by Jill Harrington
Dr. Alan Goldhamer
Dr. Doug Lisle
Dr. Dean Ornish

Other experts interviews from the blog:
Dr. T. Colin Campbell on The China Study, and the Link Between Animal Protein and Cancer
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn on How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease with Nutrition

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