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Fasting has been used for centuries as a therapeutic tool. In its simple, short forms it can impart benefits on most people’s health. Longer fasts, particularly with ill people, are best supervised by a physician who is specially trained in clinical fasting physiology. There are three major reasons for fasting’s success as a rejuvenator of health. The first is that for the time of the fast the person is not consuming junk food with which he normally was polluting his body. This in itself can explain many of the pronounced symptomatic improvements of fasting. The second reason is that the person is not consuming foods to which he is allergic, intolerant, or sensitive. This may impart the largest benefit. The third reason is that all the systems of the body involved with digestion are given an opportunity to rest and reset themselves in a more healthy mode of operation.
Unless you are severely ill or have diabetes or severe hypoglycemia short fasts of one to four days are tolerable by most people. Different experts advocate various choices of what to fast with. Pure water, lemon juice and water, and vegetable juice are popular, healthy choices. Some progressive doctors use a modified, protein-sparing fast which consists of a specially formulated, highly nutritional, hypo-allergenic protein/carbohydrate/essential fatty acid drink. This has many of the benefits of the purer forms of fasting but has the advantage of providing essential nutrients. It is sometimes an easier fast to undertake. It can also be more safely used in those with more serious illness. The 20 Day Rejuvenation Diet Program details this method quite well.
Longer fasts of one to many weeks can be undertaken with proper expert supervision. Fasting should not be considered a good method for weight loss but rather a system of detoxification, cleansing, and purification.
For People with Special Health Problems
A total vegetarian diet not only improves diabetic nerve damage but improves other elements of Diabetes. “Regression of Diabetic Neuropathy With Total Vegetarian (Vegan) Diet,” Journal of Nutritional Medicine, 1994;4:431-439, #21878. “Vitamin B12 Studies in Total Vegetarians,” Journal of Nutrition, 1994;4:419-430.
Healthy diet can be a strong cancer preventive as well as being very therapeutic in cancer cure. “Adjuvant Nutrition in Cancer Treatment”, Quillin, Patrick, Ph.D., CNS, R.D., Journal of Advancement in Medicine, Fall 1995;8(3):177-191.
A diet emphasizing fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, which includes whole grains, poultry, fish and nuts, and only small amounts of red meat, sweets and sugar-containing beverages, and reduced amounts of total and saturated fat and cholesterol can lower blood pressure in patients with and without hypertension. “Effects on Blood Pressure of Reduced Dietary Sodium and the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Diet,” Sacks FM, Svetkey LP, Vollmer WM, et al, N Engl J Med, January 4, 2001;344(1):3-10.
A diet which can help lower and treat hypertension is low in total and saturated fat and cholesterol, includes no more than 1 or 2 drinks per day, is controlled in calories to prevent obesity, and is moderate in salt intake. It is high in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, fat-free and/or low-fat dairy products, fish, shellfish, lean poultry and meat, and all essential nutrients. Other beneficial nutrients include calcium, magnesium, selenium, and vitamin C and other antioxidants. Mild sodium restriction enhances the effectiveness of almost all antihypertensive medications. The strongest effect of antioxidants on blood pressure relates to vitamin C. A number of studies have shown an inverse relationship between blood pressure and vitamin C intake. “Nonpharmacologic Interventions Successfully Treat Hypertension in Older Persons,” Feldman EB, Nutr Rev, 1998;56(11):341-343.
Weight reduction is the single most simple but outstanding potential blood pressure lowering therapy. “Lowering Blood Pressure: A Systemic Review of Sustained Effects of Non- Pharmacological Interventions,” Ebrahim S and Smith GD, J Public Health Med, 1998;20(4):441-448.
Dietary recommendations for postmenopausal women include: 1. 1.5 gm per kg of protein per day, with twice as much coming from vegetable protein than from animal protein. Rely more on fish, poultry, whole grains, and legumes as a source of protein rather than red meat or dairy products. 2. Limit the intake of fat to 30% of the total calories, using vegetable oils more often or in place of cooked fat and animal fats. 3. Increase complex carbohydrates from cereals, whole grains and legumes. 4. Reduce refined sugar, salt, red meat, alcohol and tobacco consumption, limit dairy products to 2 servings per day, and avoid processed foods. “The Importance of Magnesium in the Management of Primary Postmenopausal Osteoporosis”, Abraham, Guy E., M.D., et al, Journal of Nutritional Medicine, 1991;2:165-178.
“Mediterranean Diet Pyramid: A Cultural Model For Health Eating”, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995;61(suppl):1402S-6S.
“Mediterranean Diet and Public Health: Personal Reflections”, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61(Suppl.):1321S-3S.
“Dietary Links to Alzheimer’s Disease: 1999 Update,” J Alzheimer’s Dis, 1999;1:197-201.