NATURAL HYGIENE PART 2: THE MIRACLE OFFASTING
"Fasting----the abstention, entirely or in part, and for longer or shorter periods of time, from food and drink or from food alone"
- Dr Herbert M Shelton. D.P.,N.D., D.C., D.N.T., D.N.Sc., D.N.Ph., D.N. Litt., Ph. D., D. Orthp.
Fasting is Nature's very own method for healing. Historical records tell us thatfasting has been used as a system for health recovery for thousands of years;even Hippocrates (the Father of Modern Medicine), Socrates, and Plato allrecommended fasting for health recovery.For most of human history, fasting has been practiced for therapeutic-healingand spiritual enlightenment, and our current understanding of humanphysiology has confirmed the powerful healing effects of this ancient remedypar excellence.
Fasting is such a powerful and therapeutic process it can help almost anyonerecover from very mild to very severe and even life-threatening healthconditions. Some of the most common ones are high blood pressure, asthma,allergies, chronic headaches, inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis
and Crohn’s disease), irritable bowel syndrome, adult onset diabetes, heart
disease, degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, eczema, acne,uterine fibroids, benign tumors, and systemic lupus erythematosus, and in myown case Leukemia.
Fasting actually provides a period of concentrated physiological rest duringwhich time the body can devote its self-healing mechanisms to repairing andstrengthening damaged organs. The process of fasting also allows the body tocleanse cells of accumulated metabolic toxins and waste products. I cannot do
better than quote Dr Shelton who wrote…..” Life is a master drama of nutrition
and drainage under the control of the nervous system. If nerve or life-energy isabundant, the various organs of the body are well supplied and they functionwith due efficiency; digestion is good, respiration is normal, circulation ismaintained at a high level, secretion and excretion are adequate. As a result,the cells are nourished, the fluids are kept sweet and clean and we have healthin superabundance. However, if our nervous batteries have been permitted torun down, if our nerve or life-energy is low, ALL the functions of the body arecorrespondingly lowered. Digestion is then poor, secretion and excretion lag,circulation is below par, respiration is not efficient. The fluids and tissues of
the body become sour and we have impaired health”
Fasting restores that lost life energy, and cleanses the body of waste productsthat have been allowed to accumulate over the years, through improper livinghabits and faulty diet. Fasting also gives the digestive tract time to completelyrest and strengthen its intestinal lining. A healthy intestinal lining is necessaryfor preventing leakage of incompletely digested proteins into the bloodstream,which then offers protection from autoimmune conditions. A healthy digestive