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The Health Science Podcast | Episode 060. | December 28, 2023
060: Reverse Diabetes in 21 Days with Dr. Nandita Shah
060: Reverse Diabetes in 21 Days with Dr. Nandita Shah

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With so many people jumping on the “compassion” bandwagon, Dr. Nandita Shah, founder of SHARAN (Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature), is an inspiration in the realms of holistic health and compassionate living.

With over 40 years of medical practice, Dr. Shah’s transformative journey from a busy Mumbai practice to the tranquil community of Auroville has profoundly shaped her approach to health. Her commitment extends beyond personal well-being to advocating for a cultural shift towards wellness, reconnection with nature, and compassionate living.

During this episode of the NHA Health Science Podcast, Dr. Shah shares her journey from decades ago to now and what she is committed to in the future for the animals, the environment and health.

Early Years and Transition to Veganism

Born and raised in India, Dr. Shah initially embraced a vegetarian lifestyle. However, the belief in the necessity of milk for protein led her to consume three glasses of milk daily, along with yogurt and other dairy products.

A realization of the ethical and health implications of dairy consumption prompted a swift transition to veganism. This marked not only a change in dietary choices but a resolute commitment to a lifestyle in harmony with nature and animals.

Reversing Diabetes and Beyond

Motivated by the desire to share the transformative potential of a plant-based diet, Dr. Shah authored the acclaimed book, “Reversing Diabetes in 21 Days.” This bestseller in endocrinology has become a favorite for countless individuals seeking to implement SHARAN’s principles for optimal health.

SHARAN: A Sanctuary for Health

SHARAN, more than an organization, is a sanctuary founded by Dr. Shah for health, compassion, and connection. Through talks, seminars, consultations, training programs, and retreats, Dr. Shah and her team have touched the lives of hundreds of thousands, promoting physical health and fostering a cultural shift towards holistic well-being.

Mind-Body Connection and Recognition

Dr. Shah’s expertise as a trained homeopath emphasizes the intricate connection between mind and body. Her holistic approach considers not only scientific aspects but also emotional and ethical dimensions. Her groundbreaking work earned her the prestigious Nari Shakti Award in 2016 for empowering women through health and nutrition.

Holistic Approach and Future Endeavors

Dr. Nandita Shah’s journey reflects an unwavering commitment to healing, compassion, and holistic well-being. As she prepares for talks in the U.S., her travels to Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and Florida underscore her dedication to sharing insights on holistic health. Her legacy serves as a powerful reminder of the profound impact choices can have on personal health, the lives of animals, and the sustainability of the planet.

In a world where animals are often treated as commodities, Dr. Nandita Shah’s multifaceted approach to health continues to inspire individuals globally. Her journey stands as a testament to the incredible power of plant-based living in healing bodies, minds, and the planet.

Episode Highlights

[02:20]             The early years as a vegetarian before becoming vegan.     

[05:15]             An animal conference changes everything.

[07:30]             Dr. Shah’s personal journey of healing reveals life’s work.

[09:00]             Paralysis in the most unexpected way.

[15:30]             Dr. Neal Barnard is the motivation to focus on reversing diabetes.

[18:00]             Alarming statistics of Type II diabetes in India.

[19:30]             The start of SHARAN.  

[24:30]             Carrying the emotions of the animals through consumption.

[29:00]             From multiple medications to being medication free.  

[32:30]             The desire to move to Auroville, an international spiritual township.

[37:30]             Pesticides are virtually everywhere.

[39:00]             Bringing it all together.

About Dr. Nandita Shah

Nandita Shah, MD, is the founder of SHARAN (Sanctuary for Health and Reconnection to Animals and Nature), an organization devoted to disease reversal through food, and to building a culture of health.

Dr. Shah began her medical practice in 1981 in Mumbai specializing in homeopathic protocols. She believes each of us can be our own best doctor most of the time just by understanding and obeying Nature’s Laws.

Dr. Shah has lived in Auroville, an international spiritual township, on the Southeast coast of India for 24 years.

Being a trained homeopath, the mind and body connection has always been an integral part of her work. As a registered medical practitioner, the scientific aspect is also always seen in her work. Through her talks, seminars, consultations, training programs and retreats, Dr. Shah has worked to bring true health to hundreds of thousands of people.

Dr. Nandita Shah is the author of the book Reversing Diabetes in 21 Days published by Penguin India. This book has been an Amazon India #1 bestseller in the field of endocrinology for a few years now and has helped many people understand the basics of SHARAN principles to get well.

Dr. Shah received the prestigious Nari Shakti Award 2016 from the President of India in recognition of her pioneering work in the field of health and nutrition.

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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 and 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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