Waist Away: The Intermittent Fasting & Weight Loss Podcast

#67 - A Clinical Pharmacist’s Thought on Metformin, Stop the Holiday Stress Eating, and Getting a Rash from Caloric Deficits? w/ James Lavalle

December 14, 2018

James Lavalle has spent the past 40 years of his life passionately researching natural therapies. He’s written 20 books, has taught in medical and pharmacy school to blaze a trail to get natural medicines back in the discussions, he had one of the largest integrative care practices, training thousands of healthcare professionals on applying natural therapeutics to their patients lives. To put it simply, he is passionate about helping heal the body naturally, as I know so many of you are, and that is why I am so excited and honored to have him on the show today!

Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/KR-UIGJdaV0

James' Website: http://jimlavalle.com/

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Starting Questions:

 James, we just did a very broad overview of everything you’ve done over the past 40 years, what have you been passionate about in 2018, and what are you looking forward to next year?

I want to talk about one of your books, “Cracking the Metabolic Code”…you talk about healing things like cancer, diabetes, and depression in a really natural way, with 9 Keys to Optimal Health, can you tell us a little about this and maybe share a couple of the keys?

I’ve heard you talk some about fasting, and you talk about how you recommend eating within a certain schedule for several days per week, then at least two days per week you do a longer fast. What is your personal fasting schedule, and what do you say to people who ask what the ideal fasting schedule would be?

You’ve also mentioned the Fasting Mimicking diet, which we talked about with a different guest a couple weeks ago. Can you expand on what you recommend as the Fasting Mimicking Diet, and explain again how it works?

Before I get started on listener questions, I always like to ask my guests, what did you eat yesterday? Walk us through a day in your life?

Listener Questions:

Q1 - 22:05

I recently had some blood work done to see why I wasn’t feeling normal and my Doctor told me that my blood work showed some Hepatitis B. She said that the Hepatitis B is not active currently, but that it was active in my system at one point. I am trying to figure out what caused this. How recent would I have to have had it in order for it to appear in my blood work? And what are some of the most common foods that cause it? Could this be part of the reason I don’t feel my liver is functioning correctly, even though it apparently is no longer active?

-Angela in Northern Va

Q2 - 24:05

I’ve always considered myself a hot natured person, even If everyone else around me is comfortable, I am usually hot and clammy. One of my best friends is the complete opposite, she is ALWAYS cold. Is this just the way we were wired, or is being way too hot or way too cold a sign of something deeper? We are both in our 30’s and to our knowledge, don’t have any major health issues. Should we look into this?

* Pati in Greenville

Q3 - 25:29


I have two questions. I am relatively new to fasting, and I'm breaking out with a rash and I did some research. Supposedly it is because of the less income of caloric intake. Please tell me if this is temporary or are there steps ill need to take? I decided to just "take a break" for a few days. This rash hurts.

Also, When I am in my fasting window, does a splash of lemon in my water break my fast?


Q4 - 27:26

My father had Type 2 Diabetes, and I watched him experiment with every medication, blood thinners, insulin, anything that his Doctor said would help. I am 25 now and pay really close attention to my health and my blood sugar. Apparently, everything looks good now, but I know it can be hereditary. I don’t want to be a slave to medicine like my dad was. What are some things I can start doing now that are preventative, and if I do become diabetic, what is the best way to treat Type 2 naturally?

* Brian in Alabama

Q5 - 33:55

I have been doing Intermittent Fasting for about 3-4 months and have been doing great, trying to eat clean, while allowing myself the occasional splurge so I am not deprived. However, the past few weeks have been so hard for me! I always get so stressed around Christmas time, between holiday events, budgeting for all of the gifts, family drama, it is really affecting me this year especially. Some people starve themselves when they are stressed, but I tend to overeat. I don’t want to spend my whole December like this, and carry it into the winter, which is always a blue time for me. Do you have any advice?


Q6 - 36:39

My bloodwork came back showing that I have very low Vitamin D. I wasn’t surprised considering this is called the Sunshine Vitamin, and it is cold and December! I never thought of Vitamin D as being super important or talked about, what are some of the functions that are affected by it? And since it’s not realistic for me to lay in the sun, what are the best sources for me to increase my Vitamin D levels naturally? Do you recommend tanning beds or red light therapy?

-Dawn in Oregon