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Complete Recovery Of The Seriously Ill
Source: How And When To Be Your Own Doctor
Its a virtual certainty that to fully recover, a seriously ill
person will have to significantly rebuild numerous organs. They have
a hard choice: to accept a life of misery, one that the medical
doctors with drugs and surgery may be able to prolong into an
interminable hell on earth, or, spend several years working on
really healing their body, rotating between water fasting, juice or
broth fasting, extended periods on a cleansing raw food diet, and
periods of no-cleansing on a more complete diet that includes
moderate amounts of cooked vegetables and small quantities of cooked
cereals. And even after recovery someone who was quite ill may have
to live the rest of their life on a rather restricted regimen.
It is unrealistic to expect one fast to fix everything. The body
will heal as much as it can in the allotted time, but if a dangerous
illness has not been fully remedied by the first intense fast, a raw
food diet must be followed for three to six months until weight has
been regained, nutritional reserves have been rebuilt and it is safe
to undertake another extended fast. More than two water or juice
fasts a year of thirty continuous days are not recommended nor
should they be necessary unless the life is in imminent danger and
there is no other option.
The story of Jake's catastrophic illness and almost-cure is a good
example of this type of program. Jake was from back East. He phoned
me because he had read a health magazine article I had written, his
weak voice faintly describing a desperate condition. He was in a
wheelchair unable to walk, unable to control his legs or arms very
well, was unable to control his bladder and required a catheter. He
had poor bowel control, had not the strength to talk much or loudly
and most frightening to him, he was steadily losing weight although
he was eating large amounts of cooked vegetables and grains. Jake
had wasted away to 90 pounds at 5' 10" and looked pathetic when I
first saw him wheeled off an airplane at my local airport.
Jake had seen a lot of medical doctors and had variously been
diagnosed as having chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic (whatever that
is) meningitis, and multiple sclerosis. He had been treated by
virtually every medical expert and many famous alternative
practitioners, utilizing a host of old and new techniques, all to no
avail. He had even tried intravenous chelation therapy and colonics.
It had also been suggested that he enter a hospital for the
treatment of eating disorders and/or see a psychiatrist. He had
tried to gain admittance to a number of holistic fasting
institutions back east, but they all refused him because they
considered the risk was too high to fast a person at such a low body
weight. But I had previously fasted emaciated people like Jake, and
there was something I liked about his telephone presence. Perhaps
this is why I foolishly decided I knew better than the other
People commonly waste away and die while eating large amounts of
food. Obviously they are unable to digest or assimilate nutrients or
they wouldn't be wasting. Eating further increases their toxic
burden from undigested meals, further worsening their already
failing organs. The real solution is to stop feeding them altogether
so that their digestive functions can heal. In Jake's case, his
body's nutritional reserves had already become sadly depleted due to
poor absorption over such an extended period, so I could not fast
him on water. I immediately put Jake on a rich mineral broth
prepared from everything left alive in our garden at the end of
winter--leaves of kale, endive plants, whole huge splitting Savoy
cabbages, garlic, huge leeks including their green tops, the whole
stew fortified with sea weed. It did not matter too much what
vegetables I used as long as there were lots of leafy greens
containing lots of chlorophyll (where the most concentrated mineral
nutrition is located).
Jake was given colonics every day, but had to be carried to the
colonic table because he could not support his own weight. Whoever
had given him colonics previously had not accomplished much for I
must say that Jake had the most foul smelling discharges that I had
ever encountered in administering over 6,000 colonics over many
years. It was as if his body was literally rotting from the inside
After 30 days on mineral broth Jake, who really did weigh 90 pounds
when he arrived, was only down to 85! When a person already close to
skeletal weight starts fasting, to conserve vital tissue the body
goes rapidly into a state of profound rest so it uses very little
energy, thus it loses very little weight each day. This degree of
resting also helps heal abnormal body parts earlier. After one month
on mineral broth Jake began to show signs of mineral deficiencies in
the form of a fine tremor of the hands, and cramps in the feet, so I
put him on mineral supplements too.
Jake was in my house for a long time. At the end of the second month
on broth he started two weeks on raw carrot juice with a lot of
chlorophyll added from sources such as algae (spirulina), wheat
grass juice, alfalfa, etc.. This was followed by two more weeks on
small quantities of raw fruits and vegetables, and then followed by
two weeks with added steamed vegetables, and finally, he achieved a
diet which included small amounts of grain, cooked legumes and raw
nuts, plus the fruits and vegetables previously mentioned. Jake
health steadily improved. He gained control of his bladder, bowels,
speech, hands, and legs. He began to exercise in the living room on
a stationary bike, and walked slowly up and down our long driveway,
picking daffodils in the beautiful spring weather.
Sadly, though I could help his body to heal it was next to
impossible to stem the tides of Jake's appetites or to pleasantly
withstand his tantrums when he was denied; he always wanted more in
terms of quantity, more in terms of variety, and at more frequent
intervals. Though his organs had healed significantly, his digestive
capacity was not nearly as large as he remembered himself enjoying
before he got sick. And never would be. Jake was not happy about the
dietary restrictions necessary for him to retain his newly attained
health, and unwilling to stay within the limits of his digestive
system's ability to process foods. He had gained weight and was back
up to 120 pounds. It was time for him to go home before I lost my
Jake left with a lot of "good lucks" and stern admonitions to stick
to his stringent diet and supplement program. It was a big moment
for Jake. He had arrived in a wheelchair three months before. Now he
walked unaided to the airplane, something he had not been able to do
for two years.
Back at home Jake had no one courageous enough to set limits for
him. His immediate family and every one of his brow beaten
associates were compelled to give him everything that he wanted. So
his appetite and lack of personal discipline got the better of him.
He started eating lots of dates and figs. These had been eliminated
from his diet because he was unable to process foods which such a
high sugar content. He also ate larger and larger quantities of
grains, nuts and avocados, although I had warned him of specific
quantity limits on rich foods. Most sadly, he returned to enjoying
spaghetti with lots of cheese grated on top. Within months of
leaving my care his paralysis and weakness returned, except that
unfortunately for him, he still retained the ability to assimilate
food and maintain his body weight. Ironically, the only ultimate
benefit of his fasting with me was to permit him to suffer a far
longer existence in a wheelchair without wasting away and escaping
I would be failing my readers if I did not explain why Jake became
ill in the first place. Jake had started what grew to become a very
successful chain of spaghetti restaurants with a unique noodles and
sauces made to his own formula. He ate a lot of his own spaghetti
over the years, and had been reared in a good Italian family with
lots of other kinds of rich food. Jake had a reputation for being
able to outeat everybody in terms of quantity and in the amount of
time spent eating. In childhood, this ability had made his Italian
mother very happy because it showed appreciation for her great
Secondly, Jake the adult was still at his core, Jake the spoiled
brat child, with a bad, unregulated temper. He was in the habit of
dumping his temper on other people whether they needed a helping of
his angry emotions or not. A lot of people in his employ and in his
extended family tiptoed around Jake, always careful of triggering
his wrath. At my place as Jake began to get well he began to use his
increased energy and much stronger voice to demonstrate his poor
character. At meal times Jake would bang the table with a fork hard
enough to leave dents in the wood table top while yelling for more,
complaining loudly about the lack of rich sauces and other culinary
delights he craved. This was a character problem that Jake could not
seem to overcome, even with a lot of intervention from the local
minister on his behalf and my counseling. Jake was a Catholic who
went to church regularly, but acted like a Christian only while he
was in church. On some level Jake knew that he was not treating
others fairly, but he would not change his habitual responses. His
negative thoughts and actions interfered with his digestive capacity
to the extent that his gluttonous eating habits produced illness, a
vegetative paralyzing illness, but not death. To me this seems
almost a form of karmic justice.
It is common for people who have been very ill for extended periods
of time to realize what a wonderful gift life is and arrive at a
willingness to do almost anything to have a second chance at doing
"life" right. Some succeed with their second chance and some don't.
If they don't succeed in changing their life and relationships, they
Luigi Cornaro's left the world his story of sickness and
rejuvenation. His little book may be the world's first alternative
healing text. It is a classic example of the value of
abstentousness. Had Jake taken this story to heart he would have
totally recovered. Cornaro was a sixteenth century Venetian
nobleman. He, like Jake the spaghetti baron, was near death at the
young age of forty. (Jake was also in his early 40s when he broke
down.) Cornaro's many doctors were unable to cure him. Finally he
saw a doctor who understood the principles of natural healing. This
wise physician determined that this illness was caused by a mismatch
between Cornaro's limited digestive capacity and the excessive
amount of food he was eating. So Cornaro was put on a diet of only
12 ounces of solid food and fourteen ounces of liquid a day. Any
twelve ounces of any solids he wanted and any fourteen ounces of
liquid. It could be meat and wine, salad or orange juice, no matter.
Cornaro soon regained his health and he continued to follow the diet
until the age of 78. His health was so outstanding during this
period that people who were much younger in terms of years were
unable to keep up with him. At 78 his friends, worried about how
thin he was (doesn't it always seem that it is your so-called
friends who always ruin a natural cure) persuaded him to increase
his daily ration by two ounces a day. His delicate and weak
digestive system, which had operated perfectly for many years, was
unable to deal with the additional two ounces, and he became very
ill after a very short period of over eating.
Worse, his recent indulgence had even further damaged the organs of
digestion and to survive Cornaro had to cut his daily ration to
eight ounces of solid food and eleven of liquids. On this reduced
dietary he again regained his health and lived to be 100. Cornaro
wrote four books on the value of abstinence or "sober living" as he
called it, writing the last and perhaps the most interesting at 96
years of age. Had my patient Jake been able to confine his food
intake to the level of his body's ability to digest, he might still
be walking and enjoying life. But try as I might I could not make
him understand. Perhaps he enjoys doing penance in his wheel chair
more than he would enjoy health and life.
Tissue Losses at Death By Starvation
Brain and Spinal Cord 3
From Keys, Ancel, Joseph Brozek, Austin Henchel, Olaf Mickelson
and Henry L. Taylor, (1950)_ The Biology of Human Starvation._ Two
Vols. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
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