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Natural Hygiene Part 2--The Miracle of Fasting

Natural Hygiene Part 2--The Miracle of Fasting

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 by Chris Beckett, special correspondent for The Best Years in Life 
"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
tract also helps to protect the blood and inner organs against the majority ofenvironmental and metabolic toxins.
Fasting though is NOT Starving
"WANT OF APPETITE is not always a morbid symptom, nor even a sign ofimperfect digestion. Nature may have found it necessary to muster all theenergies of our system for some special purpose, momentarily of paramountimportance. Organic changes and repairs, teething, pleuritic eruptions, and theexternal elimination of bad humors (boils, etc.), are often attended with atemporary suspension of the alimentary process. As a rule, it is always thesafest plan to give Nature her own way." - FELIX L. OSWALD MD.
Fasting then is a nutritional state whereby we live on our own ample food
reserves through a process known as “Autolysis” until these are depleted.
This can take many weeks if not a few months. Starvation begins when thisprocess ends, and we then begin to consume ourselves and feed on our
internal organs for nourishment. Fasting means life……Starvation means
My Personal History and Voyage of Health Recovery
Soon after birth in 1953 I was diagnosed with what was then referred to as
“Consumption”. My first two years were spent mostly in sleep and was
awoken only for feeding. The Doctors of the time said I would eat when hungryand there was nothing to be unduly concerned about. The legacy of thisdisease left me with weakened lungs and an aversion to food, resulting in amalnourished body and an underdeveloped physique and mental capacity.
In my middle teens I was diagnosed with Leukemia at the Boston PilgrimHospital in Lincolnshire UK. Refusing to believe this, my family sought asecond opinion from the Lincoln County Hospital only 30 miles away, whichthey confirmed. My family and I agreed to the regular treatment ofchemotherapy, but the prognosis was not a good one: six months at best theysaid, because it was too far advanced.
Soon after treatment had begun, (which I abandoned) and entirely by chance, Icame across an article on fasting in the Daily Mail (a National UK Newspaper)written by a Leslie Kenton who was the then Beauty Editor of Harpers & QueenMagazine. What I read made much sense, and wrote to her personallyrequesting more information. She introduced me to Natural Hygiene, and Iavidly devoured everything I could on the subject, to the point today where Ihave a quite a large library on the subject.
I took it upon myself to undergo self-treatment and water-fasted for 25 days,(although already underweight|) and I just went along with the wishes andsignals of my body and what it was actually telling me. I broke the fast verycarefully (as advised from the literature I had bought) on organic fruit juicesand then vegetable juices. I also sunbathed moderately every day (weatherpermitting) sought fresh air daily and rested throughout. Within weeks my

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