The Joy of Fastin! Part-2

Kidney disorders

Equal parts of carrot juice and celery juice with 1 teaspoon each of birch-leaf juice and watercress juice added per glass. If birch leaf is unobtainable add 1 teaspoon horseradish juice instead. For water retention cat water-melon and its seeds.

Leg ulcers

Carrot juice with 2 teaspoon garlic juice and 1 teaspoon comfrey juice added per glass.

Low blood pressure

Pineapples or grapes or their juice; or celery and potato juice in equal parts with 1 teaspoon radish juice added per glass.

Obesity

Pineapple juice (or papaya juice) with 1 teaspoon powdered spirulina added per glass. Do not add the latter if you are prone to high blood pressure or chronic lymph congestion.

Stomach disorders

Equal parts of carrot juice, tomato juice, celery juice and potato juice. Gallbladder inflammation: eat plenty of boiled artichokes (the soft tip and the hearts only) or drink equal parts of carrot juice and beetroot juice, adding 1 teaspoon dandelion-leaf juice and 1 teaspoon radish juice per glass.

Insomnia

Equal parts of carrot juice, celery juice and lettuce juice; or mango juice.

Supplementation and Drugs during Fasting

If you have been on allopathic medicine for some time you should not stop taking it while fasting. You may have to reduce it to only a third or a quarter of the normal dose because it will take effect much more efficiently in the system, but stopping it altogether would be very foolhardy.

Some authorities’ suggest vitamin, mineral and other supple mentation in a fast but I am adamantly against this because it

merely forces the body’s pace and overexcites the system. Fasting is a natural process and should be done at a normal rhythm. One of the benefits of fasting is that it forces you to acknowledge the true rhythms of your body not the ones you inflict on it with artificial stimulants. The only addition Il allow my fasting patients is a cup of herbal tea (made with a tea bag or a sprinkling of herbs, not brewed to medicinal strength), sweetened with a little honeycomb. Contrary to popular myth, blood sugar does not drop markedly during fasting but body temperature does, and something hot taken internally will help to raise it. So, of course, will plenty of warm clothes and sensible exercise.

Side-effects of Fasting

Prolonged fasts follow a typical pattern. The body will use all the climinative channels, minor and major, to excrete waste, and this process will manifest itself right from the first day in bad breath headaches and a furry tongue. Other side-effects include changes in body odour, dandruff, spots, more ear wax than usual coughing up lots of phlegm, and heavier vaginal secretions (or if you are having a period it may be an exceptionally heavy one). Don’t be ladylike. Spit out the phlegm into a handkerchief, don’t swallow it. Use water treatments (see Chapter 6), skin brushing (see Chapter 3) and air baths to encourage elimination through the skin. Do not use an antiseptic mouthwash; instead, scrub your tongue with a toothbrush often, and chew a clove, a piece of raw liquorice root or some citrus pips. Don’t block your pores with deodorants, oils, lotions or masks. Use cotton wool buds to clean the ears. Increased liquid intake will minimize headaches, as will drops of lavender oil massaged into each temple.

You may not experience any of these side effects, in which case don’t get despondent and think that the fast is not working for you. It is. It simply means that you have less toxic waste to get rid of than most and that your body is offloading it more comfort ably through another channel you may not readily notice such as the kidneys.

During the first two or three days of a fast you will be hungry because the food-conditioned reflex leukocytosis is generally

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After tongue generally loses furriness skin breath start smell acidic, time stop fasting when appetite reappears spontaneously. The biochemical dynamics fasting follow same pattern whether mentally physically healthy.

Fasting and sex

Generally longer sexually active you will short fasts have observed that women tend feel more enthusiastic about love-making more satisfaction from Once long broken, many women have been greatly surprised that sexual appetite comes back with renewed vigor. Certainly have noticed that after series prolonged fasts menstruation becomes regular metabolic and ovarian problems greatly improved.

How Long Should You Fast?

have never fasted before, begin choosing just one day week fast keep same every week you can. The body feels comfortable with natural rhythm and the herbs will taking when fasting are, experience, utilized most efficiently body seven-day rhythmic cycle which take them days weekly and rest the seventh day.

 Once you are feeling more adventurous you might like to embark on a three-or four-day fast which will give your body the chance to do some really effective deep cleansing. Don’t attempt anything longer than this without supervision from a qualified person well experienced with fasting. I am not in favour of two-day fasts. I like them to the uncomfortable and unsatisfac tory feeling of building up to an orgasm but never actually climaxing. They are a twilight zone between the dumping of glycogen from the liver which happens within twelve hours the build-up to acidosis but never quite reaching it which leaves the body teetering uncomfortably.

I Usually fast for three or four consecutive days monthly, and in the spring greatly look forward to a three-week fast, but would advise a maximum of only two long fasts a year. The longest fast! have ever supervised was for an epileptic patient, a forty-two-day one on carrot juice, and one of the welcome side-effects was a complete healing of deep, weeping leg ulcers which had been present for twenty years.

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 Aids to Fasting

Always get yourself into a stable and positive mental state before fasting. If you embark on any fast, no matter how short or long, full of fear and misery or feeling like a masochist, you will undoubtedly fail. The only unsuccessful fast I have ever done was one which lasted for six days and was undertaken without adequate preparation and in a fit of depression and exceltional busyness. Never again! True, I have cajoled mentally ill patients into fasting where by dint of using my will power not theirs they have succeeded, but this is exceptional and does not fall within the scope of this book. (Certainly I have found fasting very helpful for treating phobias, neurotic anxiety and depression.)

Skin-brush   regularly morning and evening, Wear only natural fabrics at all times and sleep in natural-fabric bedding. Walk barefoot on grass, sand or soil for five or ten minutes very day. It helps the circulation of the whole body and grounds its static electricity, so calming and refreshing it. Walking on grass which is covered with the morning dew is particularly

beneficial for people whose nervous system needs regenerating. There is an ancient Greek legend which recounts the story of the giant Antae’s who, as the son of Gaea (the strength-giving Mother Earth) derived his strength from her. It seems his enemy could only beat him at wrestling when he realized that, whenever Antics touched the ground, he recovered his strength, but whenever he could be raised off the ground it deserted him. The ancient Greeks obviously knew much more about the rejuvenatoring effects of barefoot walking than we do. Air-bath for a few minutes daily, exposing the whole body naked to the air while lying in the shade. Fresh air accelerates wound healing andencourages the skin to breathe properly. Take time to breathe properly and deeply Follow the natural rhythm of the day,

getting up when the sun rises and taking a rest shortly after it sets. Most people need more sleep anyway during a fast, at least in the initial stages. If you only have one opportunity to rest during the day, do so before midday when the liver is still very active. The liver bears the brunt of cleansing during a fast and is at its most active between midnight and midday. Apply a herbal poultice   to the liver and lie down. The former will increase blood flow to the liver by 20 per cent, the latter by a further 40 per cent, so greatly easing its

burden. Take an enema   before bed, and if you can on rising as well, every day of your fast. This is by far the quickest and most efficient way to cleanse the colon. If you are just fasting on juices don’t get complacent and think that the colon will have nothing to excrete. One of its functions is to act in much the same way as the skin does, drawing excretions from the body through the intestinal wall. My forty-two-day fast patient was still having two or three regular bowel movements daily and producing all

sorts of interesting waste in his enema water. Don’t watch television, and be selective about the things you read. Fasting is also a form of spiritual cleansing and if you fill yourself with mental rubbish it will leach your emotional energy and may even give you bad dreams. One of the great benefits of fasting is that everything becomes heightened as your body cleanses itself: the taste buds pick up every nuance of flavor; your sense of smell becomes wonderfully refined; colors get brighter; sounds more distinct; touch more sensitive. Don’t cloud

THE JOY OF FASTING

this increasing awareness, whether it be with the media, cigarettes or supplements

Exercise daily, preferably by taking long brisk walks, well wrapped, unburdened and breathing deeply. The lymphatic sys- tem will slow down rapidly as the metabolic rate drops and skin-brushing and walking will speed it up and so help it to gather up its waste and dump it efficiently. Use extra aids like poultices, fomentations, massage, water treatment and reflexology appropriate to the condition being

treated.

Breaking Fast

George Bernard Shaw said, ‘Any fool can go on a fast but it takes a wise man to break it properly. No matter how brief or prolonged your fast, make it a golden rule never to overburden the digestive system when you break it. Break your fast by slowly chewing a single ripe apple, or, if your teeth aren’t up to it, grate the apple first; eat all of it, core and pips included. For lunch, cat a bowl of mixed fruit salad or lightly steamed vegetables but not both, and drink a few glasses of fruit or vegetable juices during the course of the morning. In the evening eat soupy grains like lentils, millet or buckwheat, liberally seasoned with herbs. Spend as long breaking your fast as you did doing it. If, for example, you have just completed a four-day fast you might introduce dairy products on the second day after breaking it, heavier wheat products on the third, and chicken and fish on the fourth.

Unsuitable Candidates for Fasting

The very elderly, fragile or emaciated. Those with weak hearts.

Psychosis.

Pregnant women.

Those with TB.

Those suffering from exophthalmic goitre. People with physically active careers like gymnasts.

Diabetics.

Hypoglycemics may fast but are best on grapes and need 500

mg of vitamin B, and one strong B-complex tablet daily while

doing so. The glucose tolerance curve of a hypoglycaemic will certainly be normal at the end of a twenty-one-day fast. Those who are dubious about fasting will undoubtedly meet failure simply because of their negative attitudes. In an emergency some of the people listed above may fast but they must be guided by a qualified person well versed in supervising fasts.