Over centuries, mankind had to deal with a steadily changing food supply. Depending on seasonal fluctuations or greater natural disasters, either plenty or little food was available. As a consequence, people in different areas of the world developed sophisticated strategies, e.g., seasonal fasting, to handle and overcome these problems. Possibly, in these early days, people discovered also the healing power of fasting periods. Interestingly, in all religions worldwide we find instructions for and reports on fasting strategies in order to cure body and soul. In Europe, specifically the German physician Otto Buchinger was one of the first to observe and document systematically the effects of fasting on a variety of diseases and to develop a concept of therapeutic fasting. - Andreas Michalsen, MD, PhD, Centre for Natural Healing, Immanuel Hospital Berlin
Never confuse Therapeutic Fasting with Reduced Calorie Intake Diets! Therapeutic Fasting is researched and practised by thousands of clinics and Naturopaths worldwide. It has been quoted and research in multiple medicinal journals far and wide.
You're probably wondering why you don't really hear about Therapeutic Fasting in the main stream media in a positive way. It's simple really, they are scared of Fasting Therapies.
Because the doctors, governments and drug companies don't want YOU (the money maker) to know about healthy, simple effective treatments for degenerative diseases.
Now you're thinking, wait a minute, that sounds like a conspiracy theory! Ok, that could be it.
Or - it's the truth and we all have been lead to believe that poison and toxins heal (drugs, pharmaceuticals ) while natural healing therapies, like fasting, have stop working.
Corporations make billions of dollars every year by selling us (the people) pain medication, anti-depressants, chemotherapy, vaccines and OCD's (over the counter drugs) because they made us believe that our body can't do without, can't heal without and relies on the drugs.
"Disease" is a nasty word used by the medical community. We are made to believe that there are thousands of different diseases, but the truth of the matter is that our body is manifesting symptoms of toxicity, where acidosis and mucus create the biggest concern. It is foolish to treat toxicity with toxins in the form of medications. We are made to believe that there are thousands of different diseases, but the truth is that our body is manifesting symptoms of toxicity and the biggest concerns are acidosis and mucus. It is so naive to treat toxicity with toxins in the form of medications.
Just imagine for a second, you over salted the soup. I know you're a good cook - but let's just assume for a second, now to fix the soup, you add more SALT! Is this action going to FIX the saltiness of the soup or is it going to make it worse?
It's obviously going to make it way worse. You can't expect to add more toxins (drugs) into the sick and toxic body, and expect to correct or resolve the problems.
But I'm not toxic! Honey, we ALL are.
A disease “symptom” is nothing else than the accumulation of poison and waste matter which has collected within our body. Not that we haven’t been warned for years by headaches, migraines, pain, obesity, and brain fog. The discomforts of diseases are nothing but symptoms of detoxification. Our body’s sole goal is to keep us clean by eliminating waste, and here we are suppressing our body’s efforts with drugs and more garbage (food).
If I argued that most diseases are due to improper eating habits, improper food combinations, acidic foods, animal protein overconsumption and commercially-processed foods of modern times, would you take my side? Of course, there are many secondary symptoms like inflammation, yeast, mold and parasite-infections, but they all have a central cause- wrong eating habits!
We can’t forget that everything we put into our stomach has to be digested. Even a healthy stomach can only digest a certain amount of food. Anything beyond this amount is poison, and if it can’t be eliminated because of digestive weakness, it will become waste matter and toxic.
Many Naturopaths and Fasting Advocates trace back disease to three root causes:
“The accumulation of acids and toxic foreign proteins in tissues causes an immune response called inflammation. This inflammation is then diagnosed as an “itis” of some sort, e.g., Gastritis, colitis, cystitis, nephritis, bursitis, and arthritis. These are not diseases, but inflammatory responses to acidosis. This is why the treatment of these conditions with more acid-forming drugs or steroids is ludicrous and will eventually lead to further degeneration of your tissues. It makes much better sense to alkalize and detoxify, that is, remove the acids and foreign proteins that are causing the problem in the first place.” - Robert Morse, N. D.
What is Therapeutic Fasting?
Fasting is a temporary abstinence from solid foods and also addictive substances like alcohol, coffee, and drugs. This is for therapeutic or even for religious purposes. Not only that, Fasting will support your body by resting the digestive system and relieving pressure on your circulation. As soon as you put solid food into your stomach, you will stop fasting and cleansing. Fasting doesn't work if you cheat by sneaking bites of food here and there.
When you fall asleep, your body switches from an EXTERNAL FUEL (eating) to INTERNAL FUEL (fasting). Specifically, internal fuel is when your body is using carbohydrate reserves and fat depots for fuel. I know it sounds crazy, but your body does that automatically every night. During deep sleep, the body takes everything it needs from within and uses internal energy to cleanse and detoxify the system! By the way, Halitosis (bad breath) and a coated tongue in the morning are signs of detox. For that reason, a coated tongue is a sign of toxicity and therefore a perfect candidate for a fast. Just saying.
To explain, the word "break-fast" comes from Old English and means - BREAKING THE FAST! You are literally breaking your nightly fast with the first bite of muffin or bagel (which seems to be the staple in western countries).
Therefore, fasting is a natural part of your life.
NO SOLID FOODS. NO MANUFACTURER FOOD PRODUCTS. AND FOR SURE NO SLIMFAST OR MILKS OF ANY KIND during a Fast! Just fresh juice, water, and tea during a JUICE FAST.
NEVER incorporate fiber supplements and or protein powder in any form with your fast. Specially never eat, drink whey protein, which is a waste product from the cheese industry. It's mucus forming, toxic to the system and specially to the kidneys. It's very acidic. Many people have gotten very sick and also have died adding protein (whey) to fasts, even in "wanna be"-fasting clinics, where they had absolutely no idea what the heck they were doing!
Fasting is a time of cleansing and detoxification, therefore, putting waste material in any form into your body will over tax the system and create toxins. During a fast, waste, protein, toxins and heavy metals are pulled into the bloodstream, which already creates a huge burden on the liver, kidney and the intestine. I repeat, please don't take fiber or protein supplement in any form during a fast.
Through my experience with fasting, I have come to the conclusion that eating is the supply of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and fluids. It’s the chemical elements IN THE FOOD our bodies seek – not the energy (calories) OF FOOD.
According to researchers and Dr. Andreas Michalsen, protein loss is not exclusively attributed to loss of muscle mass. It is known for years, that patients with rheumatic or some kind of autoimmune disease experience a substantial improvement of symptoms after some days of fasting. One might therefore speculate that protein breakdown is not a random but rather a well-organized and controlled process, focusing at first on disease-causing proteins, such as auto-antibodies or irregular processed proteins. (research)
What about Muscle Waste?
What we can learn from the research is that your muscle is being spared by fasting - by proper therapeutic fasting - and protein waste matter is utilized instead! This is great news. I have never seen muscle being wasted during a fast. Yes you lose weight and the fullness of the muscles, but never the muscle cells. It is important to note that under special circumstances, and long water fasts, muscle can lose volume due to water and glucose (sugar) loss.
There's even a Medical Society for Fasting Cures in Germany called, ‘Ärztegesellschaft für Heilfasten und Ernährung' (ÄGHE, Medical Society for Fasting Cures and Nutrition) and they published the first guidelines for therapeutic fasting in 2002. (research)
Dr. Andreas Michalsen ends his article on the "Karger - Medical and Scientific Publishers" Website, "Considering these findings on fasting, this issue should encourage clinicians, clinical scientists, and basic researchers to study still unsolved problems in fasting physiology as well as the mechanisms behind the beneficial effects of fasting for preventing and treating diseases."
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Excuse the fact, that this blog turned almost into a new book, (fasting nerd). I'm just so passionate about fasting and juice fasting that I can't help myself! 20 years of practising and researching fasting, I'm convinced it's going to be a Big Health Trend in 2016, no doubt.
The Time of Therapeutic Fasting has finally Come!
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Monika, Juice Fasting Maven
Hi, I'm Monika. I'm a Mother to two teenage boys. I'm married for 22 years. As a Nutrition Specialist, I have researched and practiced European Fasting Traditions for almost two decades, and this wisdom I'm thrilled to share with you.