Q & A: Juice Fasting: Myths & Benefits

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Q & A with Dr. Michael Wald

fruitswhite1. True or False: Fasting with vegetable juices will provide all one needs for effective elimination of toxins?

ANSWER: False. There are countless toxins and many require very specific nutrients or medications to eliminate them. Even if juices contain the necessary nutrient compounds, the dosages might not be enough. Only testing of the toxin(s) in question and retesting will reveal if juicing efforts were/are effective.

2. True or False: Vegetable juice fasting is appropriate for everyone?

ANSWER: False. Allergies, digestive problems, medications, adrenal gland weakness, blood sugar problems and thyroid issues, among a few, can undermine the appropriateness of juice fasting.

3. True or False: Juice fasting can slow down one’s thyroid function?

ANSWER: Maybe. If you have an undiscovered slow thyroid (such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or nonautoimmunelow thyroid), cruciferous veggies added to juicing can further aggravate juice fasting efforts.

4. True or False: There is a way to idealize juicing recipes for each person?

ANSWER: Absolutely. Knowledge of health history, food reactions (allergies) and nutritional deficiencies
(revealed upon blood and urine testing), can help uncover information that can be used to idealize juice fasting ingredient combinations.

5. True or False: Water fasting, for the purpose of detox-elimination, is always a good idea?

ANSWER: False. Water fasting is almost never appropriate as water is devoid of antioxidants and other
nutrients absolutely required for the detox-elimination processes.

6. True or False: Headache, muscle aches and pains and fatigue, when experienced during a juice detox always mean one is experiencing a “Clearing (or Cleansing) Reaction”?

ANSWER: False. These symptoms and others could mean that the detox process is proceeding, but may also mean that the detox process has gone awry.

7. True or False: The best way to know if your juice detox is working is that you feel great?

ANSWER: False. In fact, if you feel great the juicing detox may not be moving forward at all. A combination of blood/urine testing as well as how you feel is the best way to know if juicing is working.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.