The main causes of disease and aging are to be found in biochemical suffocation, the systematic disorder that interferes with the normal processes of cell metabolism and cell regeneration. As the famous Canadian "stress doctor" Hans Selye, said, "Life, the biological chain that holds our parts together, is only as strong as the weakest vital link", the cell. You are as healthy and as young as your smallest links, the cells, are. Disease and aging begins when the normal process of regeneration and rebuilding slows down. This slowdown is caused by the accumulation of waste products in the tissues which interferes with the nourishment and oxygenation of cells.
Each cell of your body is a complete living entity
with its metabolism.
It needs a constant supply of oxygen and adequate nourishment in
the form of all the known nutritive substances, such as proteins,
minerals, fatty acids, trace elements etc. When nutritional deficiencies, sluggish metabolism, sedentary life, lack of fresh
air and water, overeating and consequent poor digestion and assimilation of food cause our cells to be deprived of the nourishment they need, they
start to degenerate and break down. The normal process of cell replacement
rebuilding slows down and your body starts to grow old. Its resistance
to diseases will diminish and various ills will start to appear. This
may happen at any age.
2. During fasting, while the old cells and diseased tissues are
decomposed and burned, the building of new, healthy cells is speeded
up. This may seem unbelievable, since no nourishment, or only
a limited amount of nourishment during a [vegetable soup or
juice] fast, is supplied. But this is nevertheless a physiological
fact. During the famous Swedish fast marches, when first 11 and
then 19 men walked from Gothenburg to Stockholm, a distance of
over 325 miles, in 10 days while on a total fast, observed
that the protein level of the blood (serum albumin reading)
of the fasting people remained constant and normal (blood
sugar also remained normal!) throughout the fasting period, in
spite of the fact that no protein was consumed.
5. Finally, the fast exerts a normalizing, stabilizing and rejuvenative effect on all the vital physiological, nervous and mental functions. The nervous system is rejuvenated; mental powers are improved; glandular chemistry and hormonal secretions are stimulated and increased; the biochemical and mineral balance of the tissues is normalized. It is easy to see from the above why fasting is such an effective health-restoring and rejuvenative measure.
Medical science re-discovers fasting
Fasting is the oldest therapeutic method known
to man. Even before the advent of the healing arts, man instinctively stopped eating when feeling ill and abstained from food until his health was restored.
Perhaps, he learned this from animals, which always fast when
not feeling well. Throughout medical history, fasting has been
regarded as one of the most dependable curative methods. Hippocrates, Galen, Paracelsus
and many other "greats" of medicine prescribed fasting. But with the advent of modern, drug-oriented medicine,
fasting has fallen into disregard in the eyes of the orthodox practitioners.
All kinds of reducing diets - yes; but the total abstinence
from food - the best form
of reducing as well as healing - is seldom tried.
Happily, things are beginning to change. Many
scientific studies are now being made around the world, particularly in Europe, to determine
the prophylactic, therapeutic and rejuvenative effects of fasting. The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, a world
famous medical research institution, has made clinical studies of
fasting up to 55 days under Drs. P. Reizenstein and J.
Kellberg. Studies demonstrated that fasting is not only a perfectly safe measure, but that it also has
a definite beneficial healing effect.
How safe is fasting?
How the fast is brokenWhether your fast will turn out to be a success or a failure will depend largely on how you break your fast. Breaking a fast is the most significant phase of it. The beneficial effect of fasting could be totally undone, if the fast is broken incorrectly. As Dr. Otto H. F. Buchinger says: "Even a fool can fast, but only a wise man knows how to break the fast!"
The main rules for breaking the fast are:
1. Do not overeat!
2. Eat slowly and chew your food extremely well.
3.Take several days of gradual transition to the normal diet.
NOTE FROM BEATRICE DUPLANTIER-RHEA N.D.
Consume ONLY organic fresh plain foods
Eat one half apple raw or steamed in the morning and a very small bowl of plain fresh vegetable soup at lunch, in addition to the usual juice and broth menu.
Some important tips on fasting
1. Enema. (IF YOU do not have time or do not like enemas... use Dieter's Cleanse in place)
This is why enemas during fasting are an absolute must. Enemas during fasting will assist the body in its cleansing and detoxifying effort by washing out all the toxic wastes from the alimentary canal. Enemas should be taken at least once, but preferably twice a day: the first thing in the morning and the last thing before going to bed. One pint to one quart of lukewarm water is sufficient. Enema bags are available in any drugstore.2. Drugs.
As a rule, a complete withdrawal of drugs is advised during fasting. Exceptions are: digitalis in heart disease, insulin in diabetes, and Cortisone in arthritis - if these drugs have been taken previously for prolonged periods of time. Those who are, on any kind of drugs would be wise to have their fast supervised by an experienced practitioner.
During fasting, the intake of vitamins and food supplements should be discontinued completely.
a) In serious heart cases, vitamin E should be taken while fasting;
b) Very sick persons should be given extra vitamin C (up to 3,000 mg. a day) with fruit juices [or vegetable soup]
c) Very weak patients can be given 1 or 2 tsp. of natural honey, possibly as a sweetener in herb teas.
NOTE FROM BEATRICE DUPLANTIER-RHEA N.D.
It is recommended to use XYLITOL BULK as a sweetner. Also one can take "Red Beet Root Formula" to help stabilize blood sugar during a fast.
4. Smoking and drinking.
7 Herb teas.
11. Drinking water.
13. Positive attitude.
14. Diet after the fast.
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