"Over the centuries, humanity had to deal with a steadily changing food supply. Depending on seasonal fluctuations or more significant natural disasters, either plenty or little food was available. Consequently, 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 to cure body and soul. In Europe, the German physician Otto Buchinger was one of the first to systematically observe and systematically document the effects of fasting on a variety of diseases and develop a concept of therapeutic fasting. - Andreas Michalsen, MD, PhD, Centre for Natural Healing, Immanuel Hospital Berlin."
Let us not confuse Therapeutic Fasting with Reduced Calorie Intake Diets! Therapeutic fasting is researched and practised by thousands of clinics and Naturopaths worldwide. Medical Journals far and wide as well as scientists have researched fasting for centuries.
Why do we not hear more about Therapeutic Fasting in mainstream media? It is simple, really; they are scared of Fasting Therapies.
Because the doctors, governments and drug companies do not want us to know about healthy, simple, effective treatments for degenerative diseases.
We all have been lead to believe that poison and toxins heal (drugs, pharmaceuticals ) while natural healing therapies, like fasting, have stopped working.
Corporations make billions of dollars every year by selling the public pain medication, anti-depressants, chemotherapy, vaccines and OTC's (over the counter drugs). They would like to convince us that our body cannot do without, cannot heal without and relies on the drugs.
"Disease" is a nasty word used by the medical community. Big Pharma wants us to believe that there are thousands of different diseases. However, the truth is that our body manifests toxicity symptoms, where acidosis and mucus create the biggest concern. It is foolish to treat toxicity with toxins in the form of medications. Western Medicine taught us about thousands of different diseases, but the truth is that our body is manifesting symptoms of toxicity. The most significant 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. Now, to fix this problem, you go ahead and add more salt! Is this action going to FIX the saltiness of the soup, or is it going to make it worse?
It is going to make it way worse. We cannot expect to add toxins (drugs) into the sick and toxic body and expect to correct or resolve our disease.
A disease "symptom" is nothing else than the accumulation of poison and waste matter collected within our body, which leads to acidity. Not that we have not been warned for years by headaches, migraines, pain, obesity, and brain fog. Inflammation causes discomforts of diseases. Our body's sole goal is to keep us clean by eliminating waste, and here we are suppressing our body's efforts with drugs.
If we argued that most diseases are due to improper eating habits, improper food combinations, acidic foods, animal protein over-consumption and commercially-processed foods of modern times, would you agree? Of course, there are many secondary symptoms like inflammation, yeast, mould and parasite-infections, but they all have the leading cause- over-acidity caused by bad eating habits!
We cannot 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 a specific amount is poison, and if it cannot 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 treating these conditions with more acid-forming drugs or steroids is ludicrous and will eventually lead to further degeneration of our 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 temporary abstinence from solid foods and also addictive substances like alcohol, coffee, and drugs. Temporary abstinence from solid food is for therapeutic or even for religious purposes. Not only that, fasting will support the body by resting the digestive system and relieving pressure on the circulation. As soon as we put solid food into our stomach, fasting, and cleansing stops. Fasting does not work if we cheat by sneaking bites of food here and there.
When we fall asleep, our body switches from an EXTERNAL FUEL (eating) to INTERNAL FUEL (fasting). Specifically, internal fuel is when our body is using carbohydrate reserves and fat depots for fuel. Our body does this 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.
To explain, the word "break-fast" comes from Old English and means - BREAKING THE FAST! We break our 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 our life.
NO SOLID FOODS. NO MANUFACTURER FOOD PRODUCTS. AND FOR SURE NO SLIMFAST OR ANIMAL-MILK OF ANY KIND during a Fast! Just fresh juice, water, and tea during a JUICE FAST.
NEVER incorporate fibre supplements and or protein powder in any form while fasting. Mostly never eat, drink whey protein, which is a waste product from the cheese industry. It is mucus-forming, toxic to the system and especially to the kidneys. It is very acidic. Many people have gotten very sick and also have died adding protein (whey) to fasts, even in "wannabe"-fasting clinics, where they had no idea what the heck they were doing!
Fasting is a time of cleansing and detoxification; therefore, putting waste material in any form into our body will overtax the system and create toxins. During a fast, waste, protein, toxins and heavy metals are pulled into the bloodstream, which already creates a significant burden on the liver, kidney and the intestine. One must never take fibre or protein supplement in any form during a fast.
Through my fasting experiences, I have concluded that eating is the supply of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and fluids. The chemical elements IN THE FOOD our bodies seek are not the energy (calories) OF FOOD.
According to researchers and Dr Andreas Michalsen, protein loss is not exclusively attributed to muscle mass loss. For years, it is known that patients with rheumatic or some autoimmune disease experience a substantial improvement of symptoms after some days of fasting. Therefore, one might 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?
We can learn from the research that our muscle is being spared by fasting - by proper therapeutic fasting - the body utilizes protein waste matter instead! I have never seen muscle-wasting during a fast. Yes, we lose weight and the fullness of the muscles, but never the muscle cells. Our muscles store glycogen for quick access and supply quick energy to us when we need it. It is important to note that under exceptional circumstances, and long water fasts, the muscle can lose volume due to water and glucose (sugar) loss.
There is 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 with:
"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."
THE TIME OF THERAPEUTIC FASTING HAS FINALLY COME!
Stay Healthy and Keep Juicing
Mona Marie, Juice Fasting Maven
How often do you eat for comfort or overindulge?
When you feel sad? After you had an altercation with your spouse? You have to be particularly careful; this tends to lead to food addiction remarkably quickly. After eating, you will feel worse than before. Please don’t try to numb your feelings with food; it never works. Realizing you just ate a box of cookies will also lead to resentment and anger. Taking a walk to clear your mind or simply having an open discussion will make more sense and does not harm your body.
When you feel stressed out? The junk we eat when we feel stressed out does pack a punch! Some of the foods we choose are often sugar, fat, and flour. Something that will help with stress situations is to say: STOP! Breathe for a couple of minutes and take a break from life. I used to give myself a time out. Taking a couple of minutes to yourself and listening to relaxing music can make you feel better. My number one tip on dealing with stress is cleaning. Start cleaning your house! You see, frustration and stress just seem to melt away. A nice cup of hot herbal tea and exercise is truly a healthy solution to managing stress.
When you go out for dinner with friends? The best approach is to take your time. Don’t try to eat everybody under the table; it’s not a smart idea trying to keep up with your husband or other people, period. Take your time with eating, put the fork and knife down once in a while and chew thoroughly. You already know this fact I’m about to tell you, but I will say it anyway, (just try to stop me!) So here it goes, eat slower so you can eat less! In other words, your brain needs about 20 minutes to register fullness and satisfaction. It’s not your brains fault that you can empty a box of cookies in as little as 5 minutes. If fattening and toxic foods are your choice of “drug”, at least eat slowly to consume less of it. On bad days, I could inhale a family-size bag of chips without thinking about the consequences (and the consequences always come, don’t they?).
However, eating steamed or raw means eating fewer calories and more nutrients because raw food takes a whole lot of time to chew. I’m not kidding, have you tried to take a bite of an apple and swallow it without chewing? Impossible! Fresh produce contains colon-friendly fiber and waste-clearing water for a remarkably low calories count, which our system loves.
Welcome, I'm Mona Marie. I'm helping Women over 40 heal and rediscover their true selves again by igniting a spark and encourage hope. As a Fasting Coach, a Cert. Nutrition Specialist, and a Master Herbalist, I'm thrilled to help you on your way of healing.