I know this is a controversial subject, but I got the following article from Veg Source in my Facebook newsfeed.http://www.vegsource.com/news09/031612.html
Not that I am surprised. I did some research a month or so ago when the subject of chiropractors was brought up. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Joel Fuhrman and some others who promote a plant-based diet not only believe in water fasting to promote health, but are members of the natural hygiene movement. Even Dr. McDougall mentions in one of his books the modern plant-based lifestyle has its roots in the natural hygiene movement of the 19th century. I looked up natural hygiene and here is what I found (of course the people who practice this give a different picture). http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRel ... giene.html
The National Health Association Association (formerly called The Natural Hygiene Society) is a small organization based in Tampa, FL that not only promotes veganism, but also water fasting.
As you can see T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Fuhrman and other notables in the plant-based community are members of this organization.http://www.healthscience.org/
The True North Health Center of which Dr. McDougall is loosely associated and whom Dr. Michael Klaper and Doug Lisle are members,was also begun by Alan Goldhammer who was a chiropractor at the time, but later recieved a degree from an osteopathic college in Australia. Water fasting is an integral part of the True North Center's program. I am not totally dead set against all alternative medicine. Pam Popper of the Wellness Center here in the Columbus, OH area is a homopathic practitioner as are many others associated with the plant-based lifestyle. It's one thing however for such people to give nutritional advice. It's another to tell people not to ingest anything but water. I know the Veg Source article shows water fasting, which is promoted by many of these people in a good light, but I also know that several people who were advised by natural hygiene practitioners died while doing water fasts. The connection between Dr. Campbell, Dr. Fuhrman and other well known promoters of a plant-based diet to the natural hygiene movement and water fasting is cause of concern for me.
p.s For anyone who wants to read about Herbert Shelton, the founder of the modern Hygiene Movement and it's founder, here is an article with reference from Wikipedia. I know it's not the official source, but it gives an overview of the man and his mission. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_M._Shelton