FASTING FOR HEALTH AND HIGHNESS
Authoritative, easy-to-comprehend book about fasting that doesn't try to
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fasting and preventative natural health." Jay Briel,
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List of Chapters / Table of Contents
Mr. Colon Rules the Elimination Business
Preparing for a Fast
Two Types of Fasts
Losing Excess Body Weight
Will the Turkey Leave US
Heavy Heart / Light Heart
Doctor, Help Us Heal Ourselves
Overly Sweet ‘n Sour
The Body Naturally Adjusts
to a Fasting Mode
Potpourri of Notes
What to do During a Fast
Clear Mind as well as Clear Body
which relate to Fasting
Breakin’ Da Fast
Fast for How Many Days?
Can Bad Habits and Addictions
be called Diseases?
Ken’s Morning Stretch Routine
First Three Chapters, below........
"Fasting is the greatest remedy – the physician within."
Philippus Paracelsus, pioneering Swiss physician
A juice fast is different than
a ‘water-only’ fast. As its name implies, a juice fast allows for some fruit and
vegetable juices. A water-only fast is severe and possibly dangerous – because
it doesn’t flush out toxins from the body as effectively as a juice fast. For a
person without fasting experience, the release of too many toxins during a
water-only fast could prove harmful. That’s why, for all but experienced
fasters, a juice fast is preferable.
A person’s body is continually
trying to cleanse itself. One of the healthiest things a person can do is to
facilitate that process. That’s what a proper juice or cleansing fast does.
When a person sleeps, he allows
the body a respite from eating. During that ‘down time’ the body will try and
deal with the excesses of the previous 15 hours’ indulgences. That’s why the
first meal is called breakfast. The grim reality is that most of us eat copious
amounts of food, and much of that is still undigested when we wake to start
filling up again. The body tries valiantly to clean itself, but it’s often a
losing battle. The proof of that is the overweight and misshapen bodies we see
everyday. Those bodies usually belong to people who eat more than their
digestive tract can process. Granted, it’s more complicated than that, but
too-slowly digested foodstuff is a primary reason for obesity.
The average meat eater has
about 15 pounds of partially digested meat in his or her gut at any one time.
It’s not a pretty picture, but this text is about telling it straight, and not
beating around the bush. If you’re squeamish, you can skip the next few
sentences, but it needs to be said: The average gut has at least one inert
length of bulbous stuff stuck in the colon. If it’s within someone with a
particularly large middle section, that bulbous stuff would be bigger. It’s the
consistency of soft plastic and it serves no good purpose at all. Indeed, it
partially blocks the colon, forcing its walls to extend, and it slows down bowel
movements (BM) that should move faster – thereby increasing putrification and
enabling toxins to get re-absorbed in to the blood and body.
If you had a tapeworm as big as
a bulbous rattlesnake in your gut, you’d want it out as soon as possible. The
stuff is probably inert, but I would imagine anyone who knew they had it, would
want to banish it. A good cleansing fast can enable its removal.
All people have toxins stored
in the tissues of their bodies. It starts in the womb and, unless a person lives
an astonishingly clean lifestyle, the build-up continues. Even breast milk
contains measurable amounts of toxins. Trace amounts of toxins permeate much of
the air we breathe, as well as the liquids and solids we ingest. The
oceanographer Jacques Cousteau commented in his latter years that, of the
thousands of underwater dives he had taken all over the world, no body of water
was free of detectable pollution.
One major contributor is
formaldehyde, which is a gas which is emitted from furniture and building
materials. It's particularly prevalent in newly built or refurbished sites.
After Hurricane Katrina, many New Orleans residents were issued mobile homes by
the U.S. Federal government. People living in those homes got sick. A few years
later, it was found that the mobile homes were emitting formaldehyde. The units
got recalled – but not until residents had breathed foul air for many months.
Similarly, it’s no secret that
many professions are compelled to deal with noxious fumes. Besides those that
work routinely with internal combustion engines, such as mechanics, drivers,
road crews, commuters, - there are the many other professions that involve other
noxious chemicals – namely; woodworkers, painters, salespeople at carpet
outlets, etc. Unhealthy fumes also affect workers at various types of
In my earlier adopted town of
Grass Valley, California, there was an ‘Army Surplus’ shop. Twin brothers ran
the place, both were big guys. Some of their best selling products were foam
pads. Every time I went in there, I couldn’t help but notice the twins’
complexions getting worse. Their skin was slightly bloated and had pastel
blotches – light pink, dark pink, and tan - mottled over their faces. Their eyes
seemed bulbous and teary. Before their fiftieth birthdays, both guys died of
cancer. Three things those fellows could have done to improve their health and
extend their lives: 1. have all the foam pads individually sealed in plastic 2.
have two big fans, one blowing in, and one blowing out, to keep a continual flow
of air in the shop. 3. fast periodically.
Fasting wouldn’t have been a
magic bullet for them or for anyone else. Indeed, if they’d started with a
water-only fast, it might have killed them. The reason: It would likely have
released considerable amounts of toxins stored in their glands and tissues –
while not being able to flush the stuff out effectively enough. So much toxins
released in to their blood and glands – could have been fatal. There’s a little
known term for that toxic predicament: ‘Herxheimer’s Reaction’ – which we’ll
elaborate upon later.
There’s been much research in
the past decades looking for direct cause and effect between the chemicals in
our modern world - and how and whether those chemicals trigger the growth of
cancer and other diseases. Even if a person had not read the plethora of
reports, it’s clear that there’s a connection between toxic chemicals and
ensuing diseases. About the only people who may harbor doubts about the
correlation, may be those people with vested interests in particular chemicals
and name brands. For years there was denial by big tobacco companies that
nicotine was addictive. However, even Big Tobacco’s high priced lobbying and top
echelon lawyers couldn’t stem the tide of common sense – which everyone else
could see clearly.
Showing cause and effect
between a chemical that someone may have ingested as a child, and a cancer that
reveals itself years or decades later is nigh impossible. What is known, is that
there are various types of cancer, and cancer can affect nearly every part of
the body. Even with a biopsy of cancerous tissue – it’s doubtful the origin
could be revealed. This text is not an attempt to articulate different type of
ailments and what sorts of chemical exposure may have caused them. Such a tome
could be bigger than the Encyclopedia Britannica. Instead, this text asserts
that a significant portion of chemicals in the average person’s environment
carry potential harm.
We’ll never know whether some
weird chemicals we sniffed 25 years ago, or some processed item we ate last
month will trigger a life-threatening ailment in later years. Regardless, a
sensible juice fast every so often could serve as a precaution against bad stuff
happening later on. There’s no guarantee, but just as you flush out the grimy
fluids in your vehicle when you do an oil change, it can do no harm (and a lot
of good) to flush out the ol’ bod as well. I could go on and make comparisons to
changing vehicle filters, or pouring new clean fluids to replace old – but I
think you get the picture.
Basically, a cleansing fast is
a way to flush toxins out of the body. Let’s take a look at how cleansing fasts
can get rid of some of that build-up.
The human body is a product of
tens of millions of years of development. Everyone has complaints once in
awhile, but despite its flaws, it’s an amazing compilation; a complex organism
that is self-powered and can reproduce. To do so, it needs energy sources - and
it expels waste in the process. The energy input comes from the sun, from
plants, from air and water, and from myriad complex molecules we ingest. All
life on Earth is related. People share a significant degree of genetic material
even with simple viruses and bacteria. For that reason, it can be argued that
all life stemmed from one self-replicating organism – probably similar to RNA –
the precursor to DNA. Some people think that life is too amazing to have arisen
as a product of natural phenomena. Most of those folks therefore attribute the
creation and diversity of life to a God-like power a.k.a. Intelligent Design.
Others, for similar reasons, believe life was ‘seeded’ here on Earth from
another part of the universe – by comet or asteroid.
Still others (myself included)
believe life arose on this planet by natural means. As amazing as life creation
is, it is nevertheless possible that it started on this one little planet. One
interesting theory proposes that replication first came about in a medium of
bubbles in mud. Regardless, it didn’t need a God-like entity give the go ahead.
As for being ‘seeded’ here from elsewhere, that’s a remote possibility – however
improbable. Even if the ‘seeding’ theory were true, then life would have had to
have been created at some earlier time and place.
Micro flora and fauna migrate
on to and in to our bodies every day. Even after a shower, human skin plays host
to millions of micro-organisms. The accumulated net weight of tiny flora and
fauna within the body is several pounds. We’re about seventy percent water, the
same percentage as water to land on the surface of the planet - and the water in
our bodies has roughly the same degree of salinity as ocean water. Life is
interconnected. Most micro-organisms are benign, some are helpful, and some can
be harmful – especially if they get out of hand. Pathogen organisms multiply
where they can. They aren’t nefarious, and they don’t scheme to infect, they
simply increase their numbers wherever conditions allow – and do so as
unthinkingly as a rock tumbling down a hill.
A well-functioning immune
system has specialized cells that find and disable pathogens. To back up a bit,
the first thing immune system does, even while in fetus stage in the womb of its
mother, is learn to discern between itself and all else – which we can call
'non-self.' This process can be called self-recognition. Rare abnormalities in
that process yield such debilitating ailments as 'auto-immunity disorder' –
where a body's immune system attacks its host body. I had earlier thought
the body’s immune system was a relatively new development, as far as bodily
systems go, but now realize immune system is one of the most ancient
developments, at least as old as the vascular system. After all, as long as
organisms have existed, there have always been other organisms trying to invade
it. In some rare long-ago instances, those invaders became co-opted by the host
organism. Sometimes this has led to symbiotic relationships, where a would-be
invasive organism develops a permanent way to live and multiply within the host.
In line with that, there are
organisms which are clearly not part of the host, but which the immune system
does not attack. In a sense, the immune system tolerates them. A prime example
are the many types of microorganisms which inhabit a healthy colon. It's good
the immune system doesn't attack those, because it would be a 'grave day' for
the host (a pun borrowed from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet) - which plays on
the word 'grave' as it relates to where dead people are buried.
One of the most effective
components of a well-functioning immune system are T-cells, which are part of
the body’s white blood cells. T-cells continually bump in to other cells while
flowing through the blood system. If they bump in to something which is not part
of their host's body – they engulf it, and then the whole package gets flushed
out – specialized cell and intruder together. The cell selflessly sacrifices
itself to do its mindless duty. The so-called intruder may be bacteria, a virus,
a fungi, a drug, or it may be something dead or inert. Regardless, the ‘search
and destroy’ scenario goes on 24/7 within the body – eliminating non-familiar
things – and getting them flushed out.
There are various ways with
which the body expels toxins – and none of them are pretty. Phlegm, snot, bowel
movement, urine, perspiration, gas (body odor), tears & eye crud, and saliva are
a partial list.
People shed. A partial list of
people sheddings include; nail clippings, hair, scabs, dandruff, boogers, and
dead skin. The major portion of sweepings from a house floor likely contain
stuff people shed. Fasting accelerates that process and after a successful fast,
shedding is lessened for a time – because the body is cleaner. Fasting also
expels toxins by fluids. During the first few days of a fast, there will often
be a greater-that-normal amount of the expectorate fluids (a.k.a. spit).
It might be a bit yukky for the uninitiated, but it’s a beneficial part of the
Another area of concern is the
mouth. Bad breath and more-than-usual tooth scuzz is to be expected, as stuff
gets eliminated. When I fast, I like to spit. It’s not an attractive habit, but
it’s better than swallowing. Since they don’t make spittoons any more, I usually
have a stainless steel bowl nearby when indoors (when outside, no big deal).
Even alongside the bed, it’s not a bad idea to have a spittoon. Society dictates
that spitting is low-class, but it’s a good way to get rid of phlegm. Nose
blowing is another un-pretty but essential part of fasting. Best is first one
nostril, then the other. Some Yogis have a method where they can run a cotton
string through a nostril – and out through the mouth – sort of like flossing the
Since we're on the subject of
flossing, here’s a two cent’s overview: Up until my mid-30’s I thought flossing
was just running a piece of floss between teeth. It turns out, flossing is more
serious than that. One wants to get the string low in the gap between the teeth,
and move it firmly up on either side of that gap - to dynamically scrape off the
scuzz that’s built up between the teeth. Flossing once per day is good. Twice
per day is better – each time followed by vigorous brushing. Gargling with salt
water is good for the gums. Brushing not only gets teeth clean, - it’s at least
as important for invigorating and strengthening the gums. There’s a little tool
that some dentists use to measure the depth of the gap – where gums meet the
teeth. The shallower the gap, the better. A depth of 5 or 6 mm is not good.
Deeper than that, and a person is risking serious dental trouble.
During the first two or three
days of a fast, it’s not uncommon to have more than normal body odor. Again
that’s ok and not to be interpreted as something going wrong. Bad breath, body
odor, smelly feet, ….all those things are part of the initial fasting process.
Experienced fasters will likely have less of that – particularly if their
earlier fasts were effective. However, it’s all relative to the individual’s
situation. If, for example, a person has been smoking and doing an unhealthy
diet for decades – then naturally that person is going to have a larger amount
of toxins to flush out. Though that person may make considerable progress for
their first fast, they will continue to eliminate old built-up stuff in
subsequent fasts. Also, their first fast will likely be one of the toughest
things they’ve ever done in their lives. The eating habit is tough to alter. We
all love the textures and flavors of food. Most people have been trained since
infancy to expect food three or more times per day. People talk about addiction
to sex as being tough to deal with. Try going without sex for a week versus
going without food. For most people, going without sex would be less
challenging. There’s another basic reason, besides hunger, that fasting might be
a tough row to hoe; the first two or three days you’ll likely feel crumby. This
is particular likely for first time fasters, though veteran fasters aren’t
inured from feeling ill-at-ease also. However, experienced fasters will know
what to expect – and hopefully they’ve flushed out most of their toxins in
earlier fasts – so the doldrums of those first few days won’t be as acute.
Chapter III. MR.
COLON RULES THE ELIMINATION BUSINESS
The biggest trash remover for
the body is the bowels. A proper cleansing fast does many things to improve the
efficiency of the bowels.
There’s an old story that’s
told in African villages: The various parts of the body were having an argument,
each one insisting it, alone, was the most important part and should be declared
the boss. The heart spoke up saying it pumps vital blood throughout and should
therefore be the boss. The lungs made a good argument for bringing air in to the
body and the brain stated its case of by insisting its preeminent place in
directing the correct functioning of everything. The anus didn’t say anything,
but instead closed up tight. After a short time, as the digestive system backed
up and compacted – the other body parts conceded defeat and declared the anus
the boss of the body.
At any one time, even in
healthy people, the lower bowels contain several pounds of former food in
various stages of digestion. The bulk weight varies considerably from person to
person. A person with a beer gut obviously carries a lot more baggage around. If
that person is a heavy meat eater, then much of his gut is having to deal with
putrefying meat. Since one of the functions of the colon is to transfer
chemicals to the body, then it obviously does no good to have putrefaction going
on in there.
Many of the glands in a body
serve basically as filters. The kidneys are a prime example. They filter the
blood and remove about 1% which is superfluous fluids. They also filter out
waste and toxins and send it, along with fluids to the bladder to get eliminated
Another incredible filter is
the liver. The second largest gland in the body (the skin is the largest), it
primarily filters fat out of the blood – much of those fat blobs harbor minute
amounts of fat-soluble toxins. Tired old blood cells and other waste from the
blood is also filtered in a well-functioning liver. The waste from the liver is
channeled via the bile duct in to the colon. Needless to say, alcohol doesn’t
aid in the function of the liver. Indeed, cirrhosis of the liver is a disease
that’s directly linked to ingesting alcohol. The liver, like all glands, can
also be adversely affected by a non-clean diet. A good cleansing fast is the
best way to get on the path toward cleaning glands and improving their function.
A mixture of cayenne, maple syrup and lemon juice - highly diluted in water, is
purported to be an effective cleanser for the liver – particularly when the
drink is used on its own, as part of a juice fast.
Blood is as important for
cleansing the body as it is for transferring oxygen to all its parts. It’s main
component, red blood cells, are formed in the marrow of bones – as are other
components of blood. Blood circulates to nearly every part of the body except
the hair and nails, cartilage and specialized parts of bones such as the teeth -
yet even the tissues that form the cartilage, hair, nails and teeth are
nourished by blood. With its iron component, it picks up oxygen in the lungs and
transfers it by way of that amazing pump called the heart – to nearly every cell
in the body.
White blood cells are a mix of
various specialized cells. They’re among the most complicated components
genetically. Indeed, white blood components are being updated on a day to day
basis – in their attempt to ward off newfangled diseases. Diseases, in the form
of pathogens, are themselves changing constantly. Bacteria are able to share
genes and adapt to threats – whether that threat is a new type of anti-biotic or
a newly configured type of white blood cell in a host body. All pathogens want
to do is survive and replicate – they have no nefarious thoughts or plans.
Similarly, white blood cells, which are one of the body’s first lines of
defense, mindlessly re-configure to try to meet those threats.
The under-appreciated lymph
system produces infection-fighting lymphocytes and provides other immune
functions. Major lymph glands are located at each side of the groin, in the
neck, and near the armpits. The lymph system has vessels similar to blood veins
and has nodes throughout the body. Like any other functional part of the body,
the lymph system can get over-worked and/or infected. When a person has a cold
or a serious infection, the lymph glands can become painful. Like all other
glands in the body, lymph glands can become cancerous and/or be adversely
affected by Candida (yeast infection). They can also act as a conduit –
unwittingly channeling infection to other parts of the body.
The major part of the endocrine
system encompasses important glands which emit specialized hormones. A partial
list of endocrine glands are; the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, adrenal
glands, and pancreas. Other important glands are salivary glands, and the
prostate. Fasting ‘tones up’ these glands in a number of ways. It detoxifies
them, unloads non-useful fatty deposits, and helps them function better than
they did before the fast.
Adrenal glands are relatively
small glands located just above the kidneys. Their primary function is to
produce adrenaline which has been called the ‘fight or flight’ hormone. In other
words, adrenaline is the hormone that’s cranked into a person’s bloodstream
during stressful situations. Few people do not have an overload of stress in
their lives – in lieu of that, many people have adrenal glands that have been
overworked and exhausted. To note just one example: former US President John F.
Kennedy’s adrenals were so exhausted, as to be barely functional – and he had to
get adrenalin injections daily. Fasting in a non-stress environment is a fine
way to give the adrenals badly needed rest and recuperation.
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