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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 043. | August 31, 2023
043: Water Fasting Opens the Door to Dr. Gracie Yuen’s Life’s Work
043: Water Fasting Opens the Door to Dr. Gracie Yuen’s Life’s Work

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Dr. Gracie Yuen’s journey into healthful living and holistic healthcare began with her own personal health struggles. In her early thirties, she discovered that she had a genetic anemia known as Thalassemia Minor.

This prompted her to delve into the world of health and wellness, seeking answers to her health concerns. A pivotal moment in her journey was the introduction to the book “Fit for Life,” which ignited her interest in natural hygiene and healthy living practices.

Dr. Yuen’s exploration led her to become a member of the Natural Hygiene Society and a dedicated reader of works by influential figures like Dr. Shelton and John Tilden. These readings provided her with profound insights into how the body works, the significance of detoxification, and the importance of adopting a healthful lifestyle to promote well-being.

The Path to Chiropractic Care

Dr. Yuen’s journey took an interesting turn when she realized her passion for healthful living and natural healing extended to the field of chiropractic care. She decided to embrace chiropractic care as a pathway to help others find wellness through holistic approaches.

Dr. Yuen trained under the guidance of renowned chiropractors and mentors, including the esteemed Dr. Scott, a figure familiar to both her and host, Dr. Sabatino.

Her transformative experiences led her to establish her own wellness center, which serves as a haven for individuals seeking to improve their health through fasting, chiropractic care, and embracing natural healing modalities.

The Integration of Fasting and Chiropractic Care

Dr. Yuen’s unique approach involves seamlessly integrating fasting with chiropractic care, creating a harmonious synergy that promotes comprehensive wellness. Her involvement at True North Health Center, renowned for its fasting protocols, provided her with valuable insights into the monitoring, training, and benefits of extended fasting. This experience emphasized the importance of proper guidance and professional oversight when embarking on fasting journeys for health improvement.

Empowering Patients for Holistic Wellness

Through her wellness center, Dr. Yuen focuses on providing a comprehensive approach to health, encompassing fasting, chiropractic care, and education. Her goal is to empower patients to take charge of their well-being, guiding them on a journey of self-discovery and natural healing.

Dr. Yuen’s commitment to her patients shines through her dedication to understanding each individual’s unique needs and tailoring treatment plans accordingly.

Balancing Chiropractic Treatments During Fasts

Dr. Yuen navigates the delicate balance between chiropractic treatments and fasting protocols by adjusting treatments to suit patients’ energy levels and conditions. Whether during fasting or refeeding stages, her chiropractic care complements patients’ overall health goals. By addressing physical imbalances and promoting alignment, she contributes to a more holistic and enriching fasting experience.

The Call for Holistic Health

Dr. Gracie Yuen’s journey from personal health struggles to becoming a respected chiropractic physician is a testament to the power of healthful living, natural healing, and embracing alternative approaches to wellness.

Her commitment to integrating fasting and chiropractic care showcases a profound understanding of the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit in the pursuit of holistic health.

Exploring Rewarding Cases and Transformative Results

Dr. Gracie Yuen discusses some of the unique and rewarding cases she has encountered at her wellness center.

She mentions a patient who had been experiencing interstitial cystitis, a condition involving pain and discomfort in the bladder area. Through fasting and her chiropractic treatments, the patient experienced relief from her symptoms.

Dr. Yuen also talks about how she often observes changes in patients’ personalities after treatment. She attributes this to the impact of her chiropractic work, particularly around the neck area, which can help alleviate stress and tension, leading to a more relaxed and balanced demeanor.

Throughout the conversation, Dr. Yuen emphasizes her holistic approach to wellness, which combines chiropractic care, fasting, and addressing the root causes of various health issues.

Dr. Gracie Yuen’s journey is a remarkable testament to the potential of healthful living, natural healing, and the profound benefits of fasting and chiropractic care. Her commitment to holistic wellness, education, and personalized care is an inspiration for those seeking to embrace a well-rounded approach to health.

Episode Highlights

[02:00]             Health issues are the start of the journey into the answers unfolding  

[05:00]             Dr. Yuen’s first NHA conference is a game changer for her

[08:30]             Meeting Dr. T. Colin Campbell deepens Gracie’s resolve

[10:00]             A medically supervised 25-day water fast is heartfelt

[17:00]             Finding her True North                        

[23:45]             The combination of chiropractic and water fasting for deep healing

[28:00]             Learning chiropractic from the best at True North

[33:00]             Dr. Gracie’s Wellness Center offers 40 day water fasts

[37:00]             Water fasting, combined with chiropractic, successful case studies

[41:00]             Now is the time to get your life and health in order… today… right now

About Dr. Gracie Yuen

Dr. Gracie Yuen, DC, is a trailblazing figure in holistic health, recognized as the visionary founder of Dr. Gracie’s Wellness Center, LLC. Driven by a deep dedication to water-only fasting and healthful living, Dr. Yuen’s journey began in the early 1990s when she sought solutions for her personal health concerns. Captivated by the core principle of “Health Results from Healthful Living,” she embarked on a transformative path.

Armed with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Dr. Yuen amplified her expertise by earning a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the esteemed National University of Health Sciences in 2010. Guided by mentors in the Natural Hygiene Society (now the NHA), she refined her passion for water-only fasting supervision.

Under the tutelage of the late Dr. David J. Scott, a prominent figure in water fasting, Dr. Yuen mastered the art of supervising water fasting. She further honed her skills during her tenure with Dr. Alan Goldhamer at TrueNorth Health Center, perfecting her holistic approach.

In 2016, Dr. Yuen’s vision materialized with the establishment of her own haven for wellness, Dr. Gracie’s Wellness Center, LLC, in northeast Ohio. Fusing water-only fasting supervision, nutritional guidance, and chiropractic care, her center offers a transformative space for individuals seeking vibrant health.

Dr. Gracie Yuen’s influence resonates as a beacon of holistic healing, harmonizing plant-exclusive eating, Natural Hygiene principles, chiropractic care, and water-only fasting. With unwavering commitment, she empowers individuals to embark on their personal journeys toward holistic well-being, leaving an indelible mark on the realm of wellness.

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 management.

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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