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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 036. | July 13, 2023
036: The Raw Truth about Plant-Based Eating with Dr. Rick Dina
036: The Raw Truth about Plant-Based Eating with Dr. Rick Dina

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In this deep-dive episode of the #HealthSciencePodcast, Dr. Frank Sabatino is joined by Dr. Rick Dina, a distinguished expert in the field of raw food and holistic health. Dr. Dina shared his personal journey and valuable insights into achieving vibrant health through a raw food lifestyle.

Yet, some of what he shares may surprise you.

A Journey to Holistic Wellness

Dr. Dina began by recounting his own health struggles and how they sparked his interest in adopting a more holistic approach to well-being. Having experienced the drawbacks of conventional eating habits, he sought alternative methods that aligned with his belief in the body’s natural healing capabilities.

This led him to explore the transformative power of a raw food diet, which significantly improved his overall health, including increased energy levels and enhanced vitality.

The Power of Fruits and Vegetables

Dr. Dina emphasized the significance of incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables to heal the body as someone explores a raw food diet.

He drew inspiration from primates that thrive on plant-based diets, highlighting the nutrient density and health benefits of consuming copious amounts of greens and other vegetables.

While recognizing the value of cooked beans and starches for some individuals, Dr. Dina cautioned against potential digestive challenges associated with consuming certain raw beans.

A Balanced Approach to Nutrition

Dr. Sabatino and Dr. Dina delved into the topic of finding a personalized balance within the raw food realm.

Dr. Dina stressed the importance of listening to one’s body and making dietary choices that suit individual biochemistry. He encouraged flexibility and experimentation to determine the optimal approach for each person.

He also discussed his online course, “Mastering Raw Food Nutrition,” which equips individuals with a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles behind raw food, empowering them to make informed choices.

The Role of Fasting

Dr. Dina shared his experience at the TrueNorth Health Center, a fasting center rooted in natural hygiene principles.

He witnessed remarkable transformations as individuals reversed chronic diseases and achieved significant improvements in their health through fasting.

Although Dr. Dina no longer conducts fasting programs, he acknowledges the valuable role fasting can play in certain circumstances. In “Mastering Raw Food Nutrition,” he provides education on different fasting approaches, ensuring individuals are well-informed about this practice.

Shedding Light on A Raw Food Lifestyle

Dr. Dina shed light on the transformative potential of a raw food lifestyle and the importance of personalized approaches to nutrition. With his evidence-based approach and emphasis on individual biochemistry, Dr. Dina provides a valuable resource for individuals seeking vibrant health through a raw food diet.

By embracing education, experimentation, and a focus on whole food, plant-based nutrition, listeners are encouraged to embark on their own journey toward optimal well-being.

Episode 036: The Raw Truth About Plant-Based Eating with Dr. Rick Dina

[02:00]             The catalyst for exploring food options

[04:30]             Mahatma Gandhi’s passion for water fasting

[08:00]             Advocating for more fruit in one’s diet

[13:45]             A caution to some people about going 100% raw

[21:00]             Not all beans are created equal

[25:00]             Mastering Raw Food Nutrition

[33:00]             Responsible evaluation of one’s diet

[36:30]             Circling back to the power of healing the body has

[42:00]             Clarification on water fasting

About Dr. Rick Dina

Dr. Rick Dina has been studying and practicing a fruit and vegetable centered approach to plant-based nutrition since 1987. He worked at Hippocrates Health Institute and for the Juiceman before entering Life Chiropractic College in 1993.

He practiced at True North Health Center from 1997 until 2001, helping patients recover from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and other nutritionally related health challenges with fasting and whole food plant-based nutrition.

After teaching at Bastyr University in the naturopathic medicine program, Dr. Rick maintained a private chiropractic and nutrition practice from 2003 until 2008 in northern California with his wife Dr. Karin Dina.

He and Dr. Karin are the co-developers and instructors of the highly acclaimed “Mastering Raw Food Nutrition” 12-month online curriculum and are dedicated to teaching a functional and scientifically sound approach to whole food plant-based nutrition. 

Learn more about Dr. Dina

About Dr. Frank Sabatino

As a recognized authority on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, Dr. Frank Sabatino has cared for and inspired thousands of people for over 40 years. Dr. Sabatino has a PhD in cell biology and neuroendocrinology and has done extensive landmark research on calorie restriction, stress, and aging. He currently is on staff at the TrueNorth Health Foundation in Santa Rosa, CA, and serves as the Director of Health Education at the NHA.

Dr. Sabatino’s passion and life’s work include raising awareness about the benefits of whole-food, plant-exclusive nutrition (without added salt, oil, or sugar), health rejuvenation, stress

About NHA

The National Health Association (NHA), founded in 1948, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based diet. The Association provides educational materials, educational events, and services to thousands of people around the world.

The mission of the National Health Association is to educate and empower individuals to understand that health results from healthful living. The NHA recognizes the integration of all aspects of health: personal, environmental, and social.

The NHA also provides travel experiences around the globe through the NHA Plant-Based Travel and cruise division.

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A unique benefit of the NHA Conference is the selection of two medical students who receive a full scholarship to the conference.

Contact Wanda Huberman for more information on how to apply for the scholarship.  [email protected]

NHA membership

For a very nominal investment, you can enjoy incredible benefits of the NHA membership.

Members of the NHA enjoy a subscription to the award-winning quarterly health journal, Health Science, access to the “Members Only” section of the NHA Website (which contains all 43 years of back issues of the magazine),  the ability to download for free many classic out of print eBooks on the history of the Natural Hygiene Movement, including Fasting Can Save Your Life and The Greatest Health Discovery, discounts on books, and early notice of the NHA events.

Only $35 a year for basic membership within the United States.

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