Diet For The Chronically Ill


Categories: Diet and Nutrition
Sources: How And When To Be Your Own Doctor

The chronically ill person has a long-term degenerative condition

that is not immediately life threatening. This condition usually

causes more-or-less continuous symptoms that are painful, perhaps

unsightly, and ultimately will be disabling or eventually capable of

causing death. To qualify as "chronic" the symptoms must have been

present a minimum of six months, with no relief in sight. People

with these conditions have usually sought medical assistance,

frequently have had surgery, and have taken and probably are taking

numerous prescription drugs.



Some examples of chronic conditions are: arthritis, rheumatism,

diabetes, early onset of cancer and aids, asthma, colitis,

diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, some mental disorders,

arterial deposit diseases, most of the itises (inflammations).



Before fasting, the chronically ill often do have time to prepare

the way with limited dietary reform, and frequently begin to feel

relief quite quickly. Before actually fasting they should limit

their diet to raw foods and eliminate all toxic foods like alcohol,

coffee, tea, salt, sugar and recreational drugs for two months if

they have been following a typical American diet.



If the chronically ill had been following a vegetarian diet, perhaps

a diet including with eggs and dairy, if they had been using no

addicting substances, then one month on raw foods is sufficient

preparation for fasting. If the person had water or juice fasted for

at least a week or two within the last two years, and followed a

healthy diet since that time, one or two weeks on raw foods should

be a sufficient runway.



During preparation for a fast, I never recommend that a chronically

ill person quit taking prescription medicines because doing so can

seriously disrupt their homeostasis. However, if their symptoms

lessen or vanish during the pre-fasting clean up, the person might

try tapering off medications.



The length and type of fast chosen to resolve a chronic illness

depends largely on available time, finances, availability of support

people, work responsibilities, and mental toughness. If you are one

of those fortunate people 'rich' enough to give their health first

priority, long water fasting is ideal. If on the other hand you

can't afford to stop working, have no one to take care of you and

assist with some household chores, and/or you are not mentally tough

enough to deal with self-denial, compromise is necessary.



Ideally the chronically ill person would fast for an extended period

under supervision until their symptoms were gone or greatly

improved, with a fall-back plan to repeat the whole process again in

three to six months if necessary. If you are not able to do that,

the next best program is to fast for a short period, like one or two

weeks, with a plan to repeat the process as often as possible until

you are healed.



I have had clients with potentially life-threatening conditions such

as obesity with incipient heart failure, or who came to me with

cancer, that were unable to stop work for financial reasons, or who

could not afford a residential fasting program, or who felt

confident in their own ability to deal with detoxification in their

own home. These people have fasted successfully at home, coming to

see me once a week. Almost inevitably, successful at-home fasters

had already done a lot of research on self healing, believed in it,

and had the personal discipline to carry it out properly, including

breaking the fast properly without overeating.



Foods To Heal Chronic Illness



Sprouts Baby Greens Salad Juices Fruit

alfalfa sunflower lettuce beet grapefruit

radish buckwheat celery celery lemon

bean zucchini zucchini lime lime

clover kale kale orange orange

fenugreek endive radish parsley apple

wheat tomato tomato raspberries

cabbage cabbage cabbage blueberries

carrot carrot grapes

spinach apple peaches

parsley grapefruit apricots

sweet pepper lemon strawberry



Fruits should be watery and lower in sugar. Some examples of poor

fruit choices would be pineapple, ripe mango, bananas, dates,

raisins, figs. Fruits should not be combined with vegetables.



Vegetables should not be starchy, packed-full of energy. Poor

vegetable choices would be potato, parsnip, turnip, corn, sweet

potato, yam, beet, winter squash. Sprouts and baby greens are

vegetables and may be included in salads.



Juices should not be extremely sweet. Apple, orange, beet and carrot

juice should be diluted with 50% water. Fruit juices should not be

mixed with vegetable juices or with vegetables at the same meal.



Salads should include no fruit. Salad dressings should be lemon or

lime juice, very small quantities of olive oil, and herbs. No salt,

soy sauce nor black pepper. Cayenne can be okay for some.



I have also helped chronically ill people that were not mentally

prepared to water fast, but were able to face the long-term

self-control and deprivation of a raw food cleansing diet that

included careful food combining. These people also regained their

health, but it took them a year at minimum, and once well they had

to remain on a diet tailor-made to their digestive capacity for the

rest of their life, usually along with food supplements.



Jim was such a case. He was 55 years old, very obese, had

dangerously high blood pressure poorly controlled with medication,

and was going into congestive heart failure. He was on digitalis and

several other heart medications plus diuretics, but in no way was

his condition under control. He had severe edema in the feet and

legs with pitting, and fluid retention in the abdominal region

caused a huge paunch that was solid to the touch not soft and

squishy like fatty tissue.



Jim had dreamed of having his own homestead with an Organic garden,

now he had these things but was too sick to enjoy them or work in

his garden without severe heart pain and shortness of breath. Jim

had retired early in order to enjoy many years without the stresses

of work, and he was alarmed to realize that he was unlikely to

survive a year.



The day Jim came to see me the first time I would have classified

his condition as critically ill because his life was in immediate

danger; but he responded so quickly to his detox program that he was

very soon out of danger and would be more accurately described as a

chronically ill person. Jim was not prepared to water fast. He was

attached to having his food and he was aware that at his extreme

weight he was going to have stay on a dietary program for a long,

long time. He also wanted to choose a gradient that he could manage

by himself at home with little assistance from his wife. He had been

on a typical American diet with meat, coffee, etc., so that in spite

of his dangerous condition it did not seem wise to me to add the

heavy eliminatory burden of a water fast to a body that was already

overwhelmed with fluids and waste products.



Jim immediately went on a raw food cleansing diet, with no

concentrated foods like nuts, seeds, or avocados, and with one day

each week fasting on vegetable juice and broth. He did enemas daily

even though it wasn't his favorite thing. In one month he had lost

30 pounds, his eyes had started to sparkle, and his complexion was

rosy. The swelling had disappeared from his feet and legs, and he

had to buy new pants.



Starting the second month he gradually withdrew from prescription

medications. From the beginning I had put Jim on a program of

nutritional supplements including protomorphogens (see chapter on

vitamins and food supplements) to help the body repair it's heart

and the kidneys. In only four months he had returned his body to

glowing health, and looked great for his age, though he was still

overweight. At the end of one year he had returned to a normal

weight for his height, and only cheated on the diet a couple of

times when attending a social event, and then it was only a baked

potato with no dressing.



He was probably going to have many qualitative years working his

garden and living out his dreams. The local intensive care ward lost

a lot of money when they failed to get Jim.





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