Fasting in chronic diseases:
We eat, honestly because we THINK we must eat regularly,
everyday, 3 times a day, in order to physically survive. But in fact, that
is not the case. We eat because of emotionally needs. Nutritional needs are
of secondary considerations.
The results of constant eating is that some of us are
overweight, some are obese and some have chronic diseases. "Gluttony is a
serious cause of disease". Forget about WMD's (weapons of mass destruction)
and start thinking DDE's (dietary diseases from eating).
We never seriously and consciously look into other aspects
of eating like hunger, appetite, desire for food, etc.. I have come to the
conclusion from my extensive fasting experiences, and after meeting a few
breatharians, that our eating is motivated primarily out of emotional needs.
Strange as this may sound, when fasting, one comes to
clear realizations that sudden urges to break the fast, usually are
accommodated and execrated by thoughts and desires; these impulses surface
as we delve deeper into our own emotional cleansing which is accelerated by
way of the fast, they are not necessary indications that we need food.
Nonetheless, we usually say that while one is on a fast
for the relief of chronic disease, the fasting can be broken as hunger
returns, without waiting for the disappearance of other symptoms.
In chronic diseases there will be no complete impairment
in production of digestive juices like in acute diseases. Hence there is no
necessity to extend the fasting until symptoms disappear, since they are
A series of fasts will be required to readdress the
Jos-hua medicine man and HPS-ONLINE.COM encourages you to
do short 7-14 day fasting, and not 20-30-40 day fasting. After you have
accumulated 60-90 days of fasting in the course of 2-3 years, then you will
be ready physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually do deal with the
intense emotional issues that accommodate a 40 day fast.
As basic principles of naturopathy suggest that most of
the diseases are mainly due to accumulation of morbid matter in the system,
i.e., auto-toxemia. Chronic diseases are therefore the result of suppression
of acute diseases with medicines.
Because of this accumulation of toxins which prolong the
duration of illness, chronic suffers benefit greatly by taking on a fast.
Fasting accelerates the elimination of toxins from the system and relieves
the body from the toxic load.
Fasting in chronic diseases need not be extended for long
periods. However, if during the fast, a healing crisis surfaces, it is
advisable to continue fasting until symptoms disappear.
A properly conduced fast with adequate precaution under
supervision will enable the chronically ill body to eliminate toxic loads
that are responsible for the illness, allowing the self healing powers to do
Physical exercise in fasting:
Many people suggest complete physical rest to reserve
energy be utilized during the fast.
But experienced fasters know that physical exercises are
an active way of helping the process of elimination during the fast.
Physical exercise has the most powerful effect on breathing, the circulation
of blood, the circulation of lymph and metabolism. Its positive influence is
significant in the success of a fast.
Fasting does not diminish the body's capacity or
performance, in fact it increases during a fast.
After the 3 or 4th day of a fast, once the initial surge
of toxins has been thrown into the blood stream and eliminated, the body has
a noticeable rise in energy levels.
This is due primarily to two factors; energy usually
devoted to digestion is now 'freed', and toxins that require from the body
consistent attention and energy to control and eliminate, are now at much
lower levels than every before. Your body rejoices and consequently
patient's endurance grows and positive enjoyment of movement becomes evident
during fasts combined with light physical exercise.
Although is is possible to save energy during a fast by
preserving it and taking adequate rest, the combination of exercises and
fasting is an ideal way to correct the imbalances induced by sedentary
habits and over eating.
The excesses stored in the body will be burnt off by
Physical exercise is particularly of help during fasting
in bringing down blood cholesterol, sugar and blood pressure. It also helps
in building up good quality blood and lymph, strengthening the muscles by
relieving fatigue, improving muscle tone, and helps to create happier state
Taoist breathing exercises, yoga, or just 30-45 minutes of
stretching are the most advisable types of exercises. A brisk 15-25 minutes
walk is advisable only once you feel up to it, usually after the 4 or 5th
day of your fast.