Peer-Reviewed Articles

Peer-reviewed articles on fasting are cataloged below and can be filtered by case reports and research studies, topic, date of publication, and TrueNorth Health recommended articles. 

For each article we provide the author, title, publication and abstract. In cases where the TrueNorth Health Foundation is permitted to display the full article, it is also provided. Otherwise, we have shared a link to the article.


TNHF Recommended: Starred articles are recommended by TNHF for reading

Exclusively plant, whole-food diet for polypharmacy due to persistent atrial fibrillation, ischaemic cardiomyopathy, hyperlipidaemia and hypertension in an octogenarian

BMJ Case Rep 2018

Polypharmacy is common and associated with negative health outcomes in the elderly. We report the case of an 82-year-old man with a history of polypharmacy due to coronary artery disease, myocardial infarction, ischaemic cardiomyopathy, hyperlipidaemia, hypertension and persistent atrial fibrillation who presented with memory loss, cognitive impairment, fatigue and weakness.

Therapeutic use of intermittent fasting for people with type 2 diabetes as an alternative to insulin

BMJ Case Rep 2018

Summary: This case series documents three patients referred to the Intensive Dietary Management clinic in Toronto, Canada, for insulin-dependent type 2 diabetes. It demonstrates the effectiveness of therapeutic fasting to reverse their insulin resistance, resulting in cessation of insulin therapy while maintaining control of their blood sugars.

Water-only fasting and an exclusively plant foods diet in the management of stage IIIa, low-grade follicular lymphoma

BMJ Case Rep 2015

Summary: Follicular lymphoma (FL), the second most common non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), is well characterised by a classic histological appearance and an indolent course. Current treatment protocols for FL range from close observation to immunotherapy, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapies. We report the case of a 42-year-old woman diagnosed by excisional biopsy with stage IIIa, grade 1 FL.