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  • Who is the Fasting Escape for?
    Many people are trying to follow a particular lifestyle. Others are just dipping their toes in the water. In either case, creating your own escape from the modern world can be a very helpful step to charting a course towards your personal health goals. The conditions that respond the best to water-fasting are high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, acne, as well as auto-immune conditions, and overweight. In addition, fasting can be a helpful way to facilitate a healthy lifestyle change.
  • What does the Fasting Escape program look like?
    Fasting Escape is a remote supervised fasting program After speaking with Dr. Gershfeld and seeing what an appropriate length of fast will be, you can start planning the start date. Once you begin, Dr. Gershfeld will call you daily to check on you, monitor your vital signs, and answer any questions that come up. Throughout your fast, you will mostly be resting and relaxing. There are also bi-weekly talks that are streamed through zoom that you are welcome to join both during and after your fast. After your fast, Dr. Gershfeld will offer advice for a healthy re-feeding plan and support you throughout the re-feeding process.
  • What is included in the price of the Fasting Escape?
    Pricing is $599 per week of fasting and this includes daily phone check-ins with Dr. Gershfeld, bloodwork (if done at a LabCorp near you), and access to bi-weekly live lectures on different health topics. This also includes check-ins during the re-feeding process following the fast (about half the length of the fast). Pricing for an additional person in the same household doing a fast with you is $299/week of fasting. This option is great for couples or friends who are sharing a room or house while fasting together.
  • What if I have special dietary requirements?
    Please be sure to let Dr. Gershfeld know of any dietary requirements you might have so that you can discuss any modifications to the pre-fast and post-fast diet plan. The lead-in and post-fasting diet that is generally recommended is a whole, plant foods diet low in salt, sugar, oil, alcohol, flour, and coffee.
  • What is a fast?
    Fasting is defined as the complete absence of all substances, except pure water in an environment of complete rest. Modified fasting is done in the form of juices, broths, or a modified food program.
  • Is fasting or doing a cleanse safe?
    Absolutely. Fasting supervision by a doctor certified by the International Association of Hygienic Physicians ensures the safest and most effective fasting experience.
  • How will I be monitored?
    During the fast and re-feeding process, Dr. Gershfeld will monitor you daily by phone where you will report your own blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and weight and review any questions or concerning symptoms . Before and during the fast, you may need some bloodwork (included in the price) to monitor your blood chemistry.
  • What if I am on medications, will that affect my results?"
    Participants on medications for blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, cholesterol, and other diet-related conditions often experience such tremendous results from adopting a plant-based diet that they are able to discontinue or decrease many of their medications. However, without your doctor's approval, Dr. Gershfeld will not make any recommendations about your medications. Once you speak to Dr. Gershfeld by phone, he can talk with you about your specific needs. If you need medical support either before, during, or after your fast, Fasting Escape's medical director, Dr. Renae Thomas is available for appointments as well.
  • Do you accept insurance coverage?
    Insurance companies and Medicare do not pay for remote fasting consultations. We do not bill insurance and insurance companies do not pay for any services. Remote fasting supervision are on a consultation basis only - they are not considered medical or chiropractic appointments.
  • Will I need to do a blood test?
    Yes, if you have had recent bloodwork within 90 days of starting your fast that may be enough. Some participants may need an additional blood test before beginning a water fast, however, that will be determined after speaking to Dr. Gershfeld. Weekly bloodwork is typically required for all fasts exceeding 1 week. All blood work is included in the program fee if it is done at a local LabCorp draw station.
  • What if I have questions or concerns later on after my daily check-ins?
    If at any point in the fast you wish to stop the fast, simply let Dr. Gershfeld know and plans will be made to begin a safe re-feeding process. You will also be refunded for any unused water-fasting days so there is no penalty at all for needing to break the fast.
  • Anything else I need to know about Remote Fasting?
    During fasting, it is common to be more sensitive to cold so an extra sweater and pair of pajamas or sweatpants can be useful. We also recommend minimizing activity and exercise during the fast to conserve energy.

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