Fasting IV: Juice Fasting.

28 06 2009

During fasting, the body burns up and excretes huge amounts of accumulated wastes. This process can be assisted by drinking alkaline fruit and vegetable juices and potassium broth. The sugars in the fruit juice strengthen the heart and are extremely beneficial in normalizing all the body processes, assisting the body’s own healing and cellular regeneration. Juices require no digestion and are easily assimilated. Minerals are increased within the tissues. Therefore increased oxygenation occurs acting to reverse the aging process.

General Juicing Rules:

  • Drink freshly prepared juice and do not store the juice for over 24 hours. If you can’t drink it immediately, put it into a glass jar (filled to the top) and put a lid on it to prevent oxidation. Juice rapidly loses therapeutic and nutritional value during storage
  • Raw fruits and vegetables are not always compatible when eaten together. Apples are the exception. You can also mix pears with Jicama.
  • Melons should be juiced by themselves. Making the entire meal melon is an option.
  • Avoid using pre-bottled or sweetened juices. All the live enzymes are inactivated when they are pasteurized.
  • Juices don’t stimulate acids to be released from the stomach, but orange and tomato juice are high in acids and you may want to mix these juices with other less acidic ones.
  • I’ve read that cucumbers may not be good to mix with other vegetables as they are in the melon family, but it seems to work fine for us. We do limit cucumber to less than 25% of the total volume however.
  • Don’t add more than 25% green juice to your vegetable juices (unless you have a barf bucket handy!)
  • Juicing Greensyou might want to do this in between harder vegetables, the juice sludges at the bottom and doesn’t pour out easily if you juice them first. For example, I juice a couple of carrots, then a bunch of parsley, then cram a couple more carrots in after the parsley to get the juicer moving again.
  • Dilute all fruit juice with water (one part juice to 2-4 parts water) and drink throughout the day. We’ve found that 2 cups fruit juice blended with ½ tray of ice cubes comes up to 4 cups—the perfect dilution and it’s frothy cold.
  • Vegetable juices need not be diluted.

Vegetable Juices:

·       Asparagus—Kidneys, diuretic, blood purifier, bowel health, soothes nervous system

(Note: urine will turn dark and have a different odor to it when you eat or drink a lot of asparagus. This is normal and harmless and will pass.)

·       Beet greens—Gallbladder, liver, osteoporosis.

·       Beets—Blood cleanser, liver cleanser, menstrual problems, arthritis, lymph glands, flushes the kidney and bladder, and is good for low blood pressure.

(Note: never drink it straight as it can temporarily paralyze your vocal cords, cause hives, increase the heart rate and give you alternating chills and fever. Hmm—sounds like a good reason to stay away from beets altogether! They sure do taste “earthy.”)

·       Brussels sprouts—Good for diabetics and hypoglycemia, makes for healthy skin, increased male potency and stomach ulcers.

·       Cabbage—Colitis, ulcers, and it curbs alcohol cravings.

(Note: Do not store cabbage juice because its Vitamin U content can be quickly lost.)

·       Carrots—Eyes, liver problems, high cholesterol, protects skin fro UV rays, nervous problems (like Multiple Sclerosis), arthritis, osteoporosis, and low blood pressure.

·       Cauliflower—Breast cancer

·       Celery—Kidneys, diabetes, osteoporosis, good for people who sweat in excess, muscle cramps, fatigue, anxiety, stress, insomnia, headaches, air pollution, sweet cravings, low blood pressure, and obesity.

·       Comfrey—Intestines, hypertension, osteoporosis.

·       Cucumber—Edema, diabetes, tendonitis, skin tone, muscle tone, complexion problems, poor nail growth.

·       Dandelion greens—Spring tonic, strengthens blood and bones, increases stamina and energy.

(Note: eat them early in the summer as they get bitter as they age.)

·       Fennel—Night blindness, eye disorders, flatulence, blood strengthener, migraines, nausea.

·       Garlic—Allergies, colds, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, high fats, diabetes, immune booster, anticarcinogen, antibacterial, antifungal, rids body of toxins through the skin, low blood pressure.

·       Ginger root—Circulation, motion sickness, nausea, laryngitis, clears mucous in the throat, sinuses and lungs.

·       Greens (Collard, Mustard, Turnip, Kale, Parsley, Spinach, Turnip, Chard)—Cardiovascular disease, skin, eczema, digestive problems, obesity, breath.

(Note: Greens contain more than 100% of the RDA for Vitamin C and Vitamin A)

·       Jerusalem artichokes—Diabetes.

·     Jicama—Sooths upset stomachs, osteoporosis/osteopenia, and hemorrhoids.

·       Kale—Constipation, bladder problems, arthritis, also see Greens.

·       Lettuce—Lung cancer prevention, hair and nail strength, skin problems.

·       Onion—Normalizes nervous system for sympathetic dominance, stimulates beneficial bacteria, breaks up mucous, low blood pressure

(Note: If you juice onions, put them in the juicer first THEN the other vegetables so the odor does not stay on the juicer parts.)

·       Parsley—Kidneys, edema, arthritis, tendon and ligament problems, osteoporosis (has lots of natural calcium), one of the most nutritious foods in the world, boils and cysts, increases oxygenation of the blood, bad breath, stimulates normal peristalsis of the gut, vision problems, adrenal exhaustion, thyroid disease, obesity.

·       Potatoes—Intestines, ulcer.

·       Radish—Liver, high cholesterol, obesity, sinus problems, clears excess mucous, soothes sore throats.

·       Spinach—Anemia, eczema, regenerates damaged intestinal tracts, constipation, circulation problems, cleans liver and glands.

·       Sprouts—Baldness, morning sickness.

·       String beans—Bruising.

·       Sweet potatoes—Any kind of skin problems.

·       Tomatoes—Use them alone or leave them alone, but adding celery and cucumber to it works fine.

·       Watercress—Anemia, colds.

·       Wheat grass—Anemia, liver, intestines, breath, excellent antioxidant, Parkinson’s disease.

·       Zucchini—internal cleanser, fantastic as a mineral supplement.

Fruit Juices:

·       Apple—Liver, intestines, blood cleanser.

·       Apricots—High in iron for anemia, silica and vitamin A for hair and skin.

·       Bananas—Heart and muscles.

·       Cherry, black—Colon, menstrual problems, gout, prevents tooth decay.

·       Citrus—Obesity, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, raises body temperature to fry out viruses/bacteria, bruising, heart disease, stroke.

(Note: Don’t juice the skin of any citrus except lemon and lime. They are difficult to digest and can cause colo-rectal problems.)

·       Cranberries—Urinary tract infections, antiviral.

·       Grape—Colon, anemia, good for kidneys and heart, high in iron, soothing to nervous system, builds hemoglobin, promotes healthy bowel action, liver cleaners, helps to eliminate uric acid, helps with low blood pressure, obesity.

·       Grapefruit—High blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity.

·      Lemon—Liver, gallbladder, allergies, asthma, cardiovascular disease, colds, obesity.

·       Melons—Eat them alone or leave them alone, good for kidneys (diuretic), juicing watermelon rind gives you 95% of the melons nutritional benefits compared to only 5% of juice without the rind.

·       Papaya—Stomach, indigestion, hemorrhoids, colitis.

·       Pear—Gallbladder, blood pressure, cardiovascular health, digestion, a safe fruit for diabetics.

·      Pineapple—Digestion, allergies, arthritis, inflammation, edema, hemorrhoids.

·      Strawberries—Strengthens the blood, nerve tonic, keeps glands healthy, protects against cigarette smoke toxins.

·       Watermelon—Kidneys, edema, used as a diuretic.





Fasting III: History and Cures.

28 06 2009

Is Fasting Safe?

Nobody has ever died as a result of a few weeks of intentional fasting. If it makes things better in your home, call it a liquid diet. If you talk to anybody about fasting, most people will think you have totally lost it. Don’t listen to them. Get educated! Before fasting you should have a thorough understanding of all the steps involved and you should become acquainted with a practiced practitioner who knows what they are doing (and has done a fast of the duration you would like to do) that you can call to ask any questions if necessary.

After juice/water fasting, you should feel stronger and more revitalized, your health will improve, your physical and mental working capacity will increase and you will look younger than before you started the fast.

Fasting is the oldest therapeutic method known to man.

Fasting was used by Galen, Plato and Socrates to “attain mental and physical efficiency.” Pythagoras fasted for up to 40 days at a time. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, prescribed fasting to his patients. And the great physician, Paracelsus, said, “Fasting is the greatest remedy.”

Swedish Fast Marches led in the 1950’s and 60’s, by Dr. Lennart Edren proved to the world the safety of fasting. Participants of these fasts marched 325 miles—that’s 33 miles/day—for ten whole days without solid food! And their health improved. As a matter of fact, participants had more energy AFTER the fast than before.

It was observed that serum albumin levels remained constant, as did blood sugar levels, even though no protein was consumed over the course of the 10-day march. Body protein is in a dynamic state of breaking down (catabolism) and building up (anabolism). When old or diseased cells decompose, the amino acids are simply recycled to build young, healthy cells.

One doctor, Otto Buchinger, Jr., has supervised over 90,000 successful fasts. Russian doctors have found that fasting is the most effective treatment for schizophrenia—64% of the patients improved mentally after 20-30 days of controlled fasting.

Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet, believed that fasting was of the mind and involved a setting aside of self in order to become a clearer channel for creative and spiritual energies. He recommended fasting for poor diet, poor assimilations, poor eliminations and incoordination between the sympathetic and cerebrospinal nervous systems, imbalances or toxins in the circulatory system, improper acid-alkaline balance, glandular malfunctions and general congestion of the body.

A 54-year old Scottish woman juice fasted for 249 days. Not only did she not harm herself, but she lost 74 pounds and got rid of her arthritic pain.

Fasting extends your life. One experiment done on rats showed that limiting them from overeating and systematically starving them increased their lifespan 2 ½ times! Proponents of fasting declare that aging is not commensurate with calendar years, but rather with the health of the cells. During fasting, the concentration of toxins removed from the body and appearing in the urine can increase ten-fold.

What Conditions Does Fasting Help?

  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Angina pectoris
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Back pain
  • Benign ovarian and breast tumors
  • Bronchitis
  • Bulimia
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Chronic constipation
  • Chronic Streptococcus infections
  • Cold, flu and fever
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diseases affecting locomotion
  • Diseases of the liver and gallbladder
  • Disorders of the stomach and intestines
  • Eczema
  • Environmental allergies
  • Epilepsy
  • Fever
  • Fibroid tumors
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart attack prevention and recovery
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Insulin resistance
  • Joint and vertebral degeneration
  • Lagging libido
  • Lipomas
  • Low blood pressure
  • Mental illness (especially schizophrenia)
  • Migraines
  • Muscle and connective tissue disorders
  • Nasal polyps
  • Obesity
  • Post-treatment for malignant disease (The residue of a dying cancer cells can be highly toxic. A fast does more than detoxify noxious by-products of malignancy; it degrades abnormal cells and tumors, releasing cellular toxins and by-products into the circulation for elimination.)
  • Psoriasis
  • Psychosomatic disease
  • Respiratory diseases of all kinds
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin diseases
  • Tonsillitis
  • Ulcerative colitis




Fasting II: Water Fasting.

26 06 2009

Water fasting means the complete abstinence from anything considered food or any nutritional supplements except pure water in an environment of complete rest.

It is incredibly a safe approach to healing.

Benefits of Water Fasting – Water Fasting Tips

  • It cleanses your respiratory, circulatory, digestive and urinary systems, destroying impurities all over the body and eliminates uric acid deposits.
  • People detoxify and heal more quickly with water fast than with any other fast. This is because with water fasting, your digestive passageway and organs are able to rest completely, allowing for all of your energy to be used for cleansing and repair of damaged tissues.
  • It restores your body balance by eliminating wastes.
  • It has been found effective in the treatment of type II diabetes.
  • It has been found to be one of the most effective treatments for obesity.
  • Water fasting is beneficial in epilepsy, reducing the length, number, and severity of seizures.
  • It is effective for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It improves poor immune function during fasting.
  • Water fasting increases your cell-mediated immunity and immunoglobulin levels.
  • Water fasting decreases your antigen-antibody complexes, and enhances natural killer cell activity.
  • It increases your life span.
  • It helps you in weight loss.
  • Water fasting promotes detoxification.
  • It gives your digestive system a much-needed rest.
  • Fasting promotes the resolving of inflammatory processes, including painful inflammatory syndromes such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  • It quiets allergic reactions, including asthma and hay fever.
  • It promotes the drying up of abnormal fluid accumulations, such as edema in the ankles and legs and swelling in the abdomen.
  • It corrects your high blood pressure to a safe range within two weeks without drugs. And the blood pressure will remain low after the fast if you eat correctly and live healthy.
  • Water Fasting helps to overcome bad habits and addictions. It rapidly dissipates the craving for nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, and other drugs.
  • It restores your taste appreciation for wholesome natural foods. People say that their taste buds come alive after fasting and that food never tasted so good.
  • It is exceptionally beneficial in chronic cardiovascular desieses and congestive heart failure, reducing triglycerides, atheromas, total cholesterol, and increasing HDL levels
  • Going on water fast gives you the motivation and enthusiasm to make a fresh start and commit yourself to a new and better way of life.




Fasting I

25 06 2009

During the years it takes for a body to degenerate enough to prompt a fast, the body has been storing up large quantities of unprocessed toxins in the cells, tissues, fat deposits, and organs. The body in its wisdom will always choose to temporarily deposit overwhelming amounts of toxins somewhere harmless rather than permit the blood supply to become polluted or to use secondary elimination routes.

A body will use times when the liver is less burdened (for example, when you fast!) to eliminate these stored toxic debris. The hygienists’ paradigm asserts that the manifestation of symptoms or illness are all by themselves, absolute, unassailable proof that further storage of toxic wastes in the cells, tissues, fat deposits, and organs is not possible and that an effort toward elimination is absolutely necessary. Thus the first time a person fasts a great quantity of toxins will normally be released. Being the resident of a body when this is happening can be quite uncomfortable.

Each time you fast, even if it is only one day, you allow your body to go through a partial detox, and each time it becomes easier and more comfortable than the last time. The body learns how to fast. Each time you fast it, your body slips into a cleansing mode more quickly, and each time you fast you lighten the load of stored toxins.