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The Prime Rules Of Fasting
Source: How And When To Be Your Own Doctor
Another truism of natural hygiene is that we dig our own graves with
our teeth. It is sad but true that almost all eat too much quantity
of too little quality. Dietary excesses are the main cause of death
in North America. Fasting balances these excesses. If people were to
eat a perfect diet and not overeat, fasting would rarely be
There are two essential rules of fasting. If these rules are ignored
or broken, fasting itself can be life threatening. But if the rules
are followed, fasting presents far less risk than any other
important medical procedure with a far greater likelihood of a
positive outcome. And let me stress here, there is no medical
procedure without risk. Life itself is fraught with risk, it is a
one-way ticket from birth to death, with no certainty as to when the
end of the line will be reached. But in my opinion, when handling
degenerative illness and infections, natural hygiene and fasting
usually offer the best hope of healing with the least possible risk.
The first vital concern is the duration of the fast. Two eliminatory
processes go on simultaneously while fasting. One is the dissolving
and elimination of the excess, toxic or dysfunctional deposits in
the body, and second process, the gradual exhaustion of the body's
stored nutritional reserves. The fasting body first consumes those
parts of the body that are unhealthy; eventually these are all gone.
Simultaneously the body uses up stored fat and other reserve
nutritional elements. A well-fed reasonably healthy body usually has
enough stored nutrition to fast for quite a bit longer than it takes
to "clean house."
While house cleaning is going on the body uses its reserves to
rebuild organs and rejuvenate itself. Rebuilding starts out very
slowly but the repairs increase at an ever-accelerating rate. The
"overhaul" can last only until the body has no more reserves.
Because several weeks of fasting must pass by before the "overhaul"
gets going full speed, it is wise to continue fasting as long as
possible so as to benefit from as much rejuvenation as possible.
It is best not to end the fast before all toxic or dysfunctional
deposits are eliminated, or before the infection is overcome, or
before the cause for complaint has been healed. The fast must be
ended when most of the body's essential-to-life stored nutritional
reserves are exhausted. If the fast goes beyond this point,
starvation begins. Then, fasting-induced organic damage can occur,
and death can follow, usually several weeks later. Almost anyone not
immediately close to death has enough stored nutrition to water fast
for ten days to two weeks. Most reasonably healthy people have
sufficient reserves to water fast for a month. Later I will explain
how a faster can somewhat resupply their nutritional reserves while
continuing to fast, and thus safely extend the fasting period.
The second essential concern has to do with adjusting the intensity
of the fast. Some individuals are so toxic that the waste products
released during a fast are too strong, too concentrated or too
poisonous for the organs of elimination to handle safely, or to be
handled within the willingness of the faster to tolerate the
discomforts that toxic releases generate. The highly-toxic faster
may even experience life-threatening symptoms such as violent asthma
attacks. This kind of faster has almost certainly been dangerously
ill before the fast began. Others, though not dangerously sick prior
to fasting, may be nearly as toxic and though not in danger of
death, they may not be willing to tolerate the degree of discomfort
fasting can trigger. For this reason I recommend that if at all
possible, before undertaking a fast the person eat mostly raw foods
for two months and clean up all addictions. This will give the body
a chance to detoxify significantly before the water fast is started,
and will make water fasting much more comfortable. Seriously,
dangerously ill people should only fast with experienced guidance,
so the rapidity of their detoxification process may be adjusted to a
lower level if necessary.
A fast of only one week can accomplish a significant amount of
healing. Slight healing does occur on shorter fasts, but it is much
more difficult to see or feel the results. Many people experience
rapid relief from acute headache pain or digestive distress such as
gas attacks, mild gallbladder pain, stomach aches, etc., after only
one day's abstention from food. In one week of fasting a person can
relieve more dangerous conditions such as arthritic pain,
rheumatism, kidney pain, and many symptoms associated with allergic
reactions. But even more fasting time is generally needed for the
body to completely heal serious diseases. That's because eliminating
life-threatening problems usually involve rebuilding organs that
aren't functioning too well. Major rebuilding begins only after
major detoxification has been accomplished, and this takes time.
Yes, even lost organ function can be partially or completely
restored by fasting. Aging and age-related degeneration is
progressive, diminishing organ functioning. Organs that make
digestive enzymes secrete less enzymes. The degenerated immune
system loses the ability to mobilize as effectively when the body is
attacked. Liver and kidney efficiency declines. The adrenals tire,
becoming incapable of dumping massive amounts of stress-handling
hormones or of repeating that effort time after time without
considerable rest in between. The consequences of these
inter-dependent deterioration's is a cascade of deterioration that
contributes to even more rapid deterioration's. The name for this
cascading process is aging. Its inevitable result--death.
Fasting can, to a degree, reverse aging. Because fasting improves
organ functioning, it can slow down aging.
Fasters are often surprised that intensified healing can be
uncomfortable. They have been programmed by our culture and by
allopathic doctors to think that if they are doing the right thing
for their bodies they should feel better immediately. I wish it
weren't so, but most people have to pay the piper for their dietary
indiscretions and other errors in living. There will be aches and
minor pains and uncomfortable sensations. More about that later. A
rare faster does feel immediately better, and continues to feel ever
better by the day, and even has incredible energy while eating
nothing, but the majority of us folks just have to tough it out,
keeping in mind that the way out is the way through. It is important
to remind yourself at times that even with some discomfort and
considering the inconvenience of fasting that you are getting off
easy--one month of self-denial pays for those years of indulgence and
buys a regenerated body.
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