MC: "You've published two landmark studies on water fasting. Can you tell us what they were and how this all came about?"
AG: "Our first paper was "Medically Supervised Water-only Fasting in the Treatment of Hypertension," and we took 174 consecutive patients with high blood pressure and put them through a period of fasting that ranged from 5 to 23 days, and re-feeding them a vegan SOS-free diet. "SOS" stands for sugar, oils, and salt, which is also of course the international symbol of danger. Then we evaluated what happened to their blood pressure, and what we found is that in Stage 3 hypertensive patients, that is people who have blood pressure high enough to justify medication or average systolic blood pressure exceeded 180 mm Hg, these individuals were able to reduce their blood pressure and average of over 60 points."
MC: "That's amazing."
AG: "That is the largest effect size that's ever been shown in the scientific literature in treating high blood pressure in humans. And of the 174 people, all of them, all 174, were able to lower their blood pressure enough to eliminate the need for medication. And the vast majority were able to achieve entirely normal tensive state. So, we know, that if you take hypertensive patients and put them through a period of water fasting that's sufficiently long in duration, the vast majority will be able to overcome their hypertension and those that adopt a vegan SOS-free diet are able to sustain those results."
MC: "What's the biggest surprise or surprises you had, having supervised thousands of fasts for over 30 years?"
AG: "I have to admit I'm a bit of a skeptic and a cynic, and I don't believe in anything, including what I do, and so I'm constantly, even 30 years into it and thousands of patients, I'm constantly amazed it keeps working. Because it is just a little mind boggling that you can take people that are sick, suffering, and dying, and basically just get out of the way and the body just heals itself. To me, that is the coolest trick in the books."