Plant-based Nutrition  -  Fasting  
Optimizing Healing for Degenerative Diseases  

Juice Fasting

Fasting with Juice and Water

     The Alleluia Diet promotes seven day juice and water fasting.  At least once a year, better yet twice a year, it is essential to go on a seven day fast for deeper cleansing and purification.  The author’s book on Juice Fasting, goes into detail explaining a seven day fast and longer fasts. 

     The problem with using fasting for cancer patients is that many cancer patients are too thin or too weak to go on a long fast.  In either case they need to go on a raw vegan diet which is a detox diet because of the high nutrient and water content.  Juicing needs to accompany this.

     A seven day fast does house cleaning but to start catabolozing cancer longer then 10 days is really needed.  A 14 to 21 day juice fast could be done by a person on their own but it would be better if it were under someone with fasting experience.  On a 21 day juice fast you will be catabolizing the cancer and flushing it out.  Fasting should be used as an adjunt therapy for cancer and not as the main remedy.  A vegan diet is still needed.  Juice fasting with a lot of greens and carrot juice would be great for starving cancer to death. 

     Longer fasts over 12 days is a better method for starving cancer to death.  Shorter fasts between 7 to 10 days are good for house cleaning the body.  A 14 to 21 day fast is best in dealing with cancer. 

Summary of Some Reasons for Fasting
1.    Fasting burns up all the diseased and inferior protein
           and fat tissues. 
2.    Fasting is a quick way to lose weight.
3.    Fasting will lead to a more disciplined diet
          and eating habits.
4.    Fasting helps with anxiety when a person goes
           without food.
5.    Fasting tones up the flesh to make you look younger.
6.    Fasting is perhaps the best method of cleansing the body.
7.    Fasting can help build up the bodies resources and
           the immune system.
8.    Fasting can help reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
9.    Fasting can help prevent birth defects and reduce morning sickness.
10.  Fasting is a way to rid the body of poisons in the world.
11.  Fasting can help clean out the toxins of air pollution. 
12.  Fasting is good to build endurance and for athletes.
13.  Fasting can be used to treat physical illness.
14.  Fasting can be used to treat mental illnesses. 
15.  Fasting can help break bad habits like smoking or drinking. 
16.  Fasting and prayer can help cast out an evil spirit.
17.  Fasting is found in all the world s religions and great leaders and teachers.
18.  Fasting is encouraged in the Bible. 
19.  Fasting is a requirement by Catholics and Orthodox.
20.  Fasting can be a silent protest and help identify
          with world hunger
21.  Fasting can save money which can be donated to the poor. 
22.  Fasting can help reduce the desires of the flesh.
23.  Fasting is an aid to humility.
24.  Fasting can help people live longer.
25.  Fasting can help us to be clean inside.

      For a more detailed account of fasting relating to cancer see the chapter in this book on fasting and/or buy the author’s book on fasting.


Juice Fasting

     Juice fasting involves drinking fruit and vegetable juices, vegetables and herbal teas.  These are easily assimilated into the upper digestive tract and do not stimulate the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. 

      Fasting is one of the main keys to deal with degenerative diseases.  Sometimes a long fast by itself will be beneficial but most of the time a person cannot fast long enough to accomplish the desired result and another later fast and/or a living foods diet is needed.  For a more detailed practical guide see Jim and Anne Marie Tibbetts book: Juice Fasting, a Scientific, Practical Approach
 
     In the U.S. water fasting is the predominate therapy used but in Europe juice fasting is the norm.  Paavo Airola, PhD, ND was one of the major proponents of juice fasting, Gabriel Cousens, MD studied with him.  Water fasting has been around for thousands of years whereas juice fasting is mostly found as a practice in this century.  The question has been asked if juice fasting is a real fast or just a liquid diet?   Dr. Paavo Airola, PhD, ND responds, “Any condition when your body is encouraged to initiate the process of autolysis, or self-digestion, is fasting.  During juice fasting, when no solid foods, proteins or fats are consumed, your body will decompose and burn all the diseased and inferior protein and fat tissues, just as it does during the water fast.  Juices are absorbed directly into the bloodstream without the usual process of digestion.” [1]   

     Dr. Airola presents a list of scientific justifications for juice fasting which he bases on physiological facts and professional opinions.
 1.  Raw Juices and broths “are rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements and enzymes.”
 2.  “These vital elements are very easily assimilated directly into the bloodstream, without putting a strain on the digestive system - thus they do not disrupt the healing and rejuvenating process of autolysis, or self-digestion.”
 3.  Juices “do not stimulate the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.”
 4.  “The nutritive elements from the juices are extremely beneficial in normalizing all the body processes, supplying needed elements for the body’s own healing activity and cell regeneration, and, thus, speeding the recovery.”
 5.  “Raw juices and vegetable broths provide an alkaline surplus which is extremely important for the proper acid-alkaline balance in the blood and tissues, since blood and tissues contain large amounts of acids during fasting.”  
 6.  “Generous amounts of minerals in the juices, particularly in the vegetable broth, help to restore the biochemical and mineral balance in the tissues and cells.”
 7.  Numerous fasting clinics and experts make scientific claims as well:
 a) “According to Dr. Ralph Bircher, raw juices contain an as yet unidentified factor which stimulates what he calls a micro-electric tension in the body and is responsible for the cells’ ability to absorb nutrients from the blood stream and effectively excrete metabolic
wastes. [2] 
 b) Dr. Ragnar Berg a leading authority on nutrition and biochemistry states; “During fasting the body burns up and excretes huge amounts of accumulated wastes.  We can help this cleansing process by drinking alkaline juices instead of water while fasting.  I have supervised may fasts and made extensive tests of fasting patients, and I am convinced that drinking alkaline-forming fruit and vegetable juices, instead of water, during fasting will increase the healing effect of fasting.  Elimination of uric acid and other inorganic acids will be accelerated.  And sugars in juices will strengthen the heart...Juice fasting is, therefore, the best form of fasting.” [3]   

 c) Dr. Otto H.F. Buchinger at his clinic has supervised over 80,000 fasts and employs only juice fasting.  He stated that, in his experience, “fasting on the fresh raw juices of fruits and vegetables, plus vegetable broths and herb teas, results in much faster recovery from disease and more effective cleansing and rejuvenation of the tissues that does the traditional water fast.” [4]


Four Phases of Fasting
 
     According to the findings of the International Association of Professional Natural Hygienists, the following describes the physiological adaptations that the body goes through in order to shift from extrinsic to intrinsic chemical energy reliance. 
 
     Understand that the phases of adaptation are not clear-cut in the transitionary process but overlap and “dovetail” to form a smooth physiological shift toward intrinsic independence. 

     Phase 1 - This first phase is commonly referred to as the gastrointestinal phase.  The body will normally have completed digestive and absorptive tasks 6-8 hours after the last meal is eaten.  In instances where the digestive task is much greater, or the digestive abilities compromised, this can take several hours longer.  During times of regular alimentation (feeding) it would then, therefore, be ready for its next “refueling”.  When further sustenance is not forthcoming, blood glucose levels (BGL) drop.  This decrease in available glucose is communicated to the brain, which then takes action by initiating phase 2.  
 
     Phase 2 - This is known as the glycolytic phase and occurs 8-12 hours after the last meal.  Recognizing that glucose levels in the blood have taken a dip (by 10% to 20%), the brain instructs the body to liberate glycogen that has been stored in the liver to support the blood sugar.  The body can easily accomplish this and the liver glycogen successfully feeds the bloodstream with sugars.  The body maintains only a small functional level of glycogen at any given time.  A certain amount of it is always reserved to meet the needs of the brain.  Because of these two factors, available glycogen soon begins to run low once carbohydrates are no longer ingested.  Once again, the brain is informed of the need to further support the blood sugar level and responds by initiating phase 3 of the adaptation process. 

     Phase 3 - As soon as liver glycogen stores begin to run down the body prepares a “back up” supply of glucose through a process known as gluconeogenesis - literally meaning “the creation of new glucose.”   In phase 3 muscle, protein is broken down to provide glucose.  This process is actually set into motion 12 hours after the last meal, and can be evidenced by the fact that urinalysis reveals amino acids to be present in the urine by morning.  
 
     As was mentioned earlier, the body has the intelligence to be intricately selective in its ability to differentiate between dispensable and indispensable tissues.  This is known as the law of selection. In its wisdom, the organism recognizes the need to preserve its lean mass (muscle) and chooses to replace its source of fuel as quickly as possible with expendable, and abundantly available, fat tissue.   In 30 - 36 hours following the last intake of food, that body will progressively undergo a transition into phase 4, the final state of adaptation in the fast.   
 
     Phase 4 - The catabolism of fat (lipidolysis) provides the body with another alternative way of providing fuel.   Due to the prolific availability of fat, even in slender individuals, supplying the body’s energy needs, this way can continued for an extended period of time.  Provision by lipidolysis will continue until re-alimentation (re-feeding) or starvation is allowed to begin.  
 
     Whereas carbohydrates and amino acids provide only 4 calories per gram, fat contains over double that - yielding 9 calories per gram.  In a state of complete rest, the body requires an average of only 900 calories per day, which can be provided by 100 grams of fat.  There have been many recorded cases of obese individuals successfully fasting upwards of 120 days by relying on this source of chemical energy.  
 
     As the process of lipidolysis is slightly less efficient than carbohydrate metabolism in providing fuel for muscular contraction, once into Phase 4 individuals commonly experience a slower, although still efficient, mechanical movement.

     The shift of the body’s fuel dependence to fat is progressive but will be fully in place, and exclusive to any other form of chemical energy production, 10-12 days into the fast.  The body that has a history of fasting experiences may well achieve this sooner in 3 - 4 days. 
 
      Similar to the body’s ability to cool itself down via the production of sweat, the speed and efficiency which the organism can move through the various stages of fasting adaptation depends on previous demands to do so.  The trained endurance athlete has a highly tuned sweat mechanism and is proficient at responding quickly to overheating.  The person who has fasted before will find himself or herself moving more quickly into total fat reliance than a first time faster.  Another very influential factor in the speed of transference to fat reliance is the meals taken directly before the onset of the fast.” [5]   
 
      It is during longer fasts of over 12 days duration that, as a result of the body utilizing its dispensable tissues for fuel, tumours are autolyzed.  A 7 to 10 day fast is the basic fast promoted by all professional fasters that someone can do at home by themselves, with the assistance of a good fasting book.  Longer fasts are recommended to be done under professional supervision but a person with some knowledge about fasting could go on a longer fast by themselves even up to 21 days.  To go over a 28 day fast could become dangerous if you are not experienced or under supervision.  And on a 21 day fast it’ll take a good 7 days to get off the fast, before you start eating normal again. 

  Therapeutic Fasting 
  
          Herbert Shelton presents 100 case studies from 11 different doctors and fasting practitioners that have been cured through fasting.  One study by two doctors in Escondiodo, California listed the diseases: High Blood Pressure, Colitis, Sinusitis, Anemia, Hemorrhoids, Arthritis, Bronchitis, Kidney Disease, Benign Tumors, Heart Disease, Asthma, Ulcers, Hay Fever, Goiter, Pyorrhea, Gallstones, Cancer, and Multiple Sclerosis.  Out of 714 cases there were; 654 Cases improved or remedied; 60 Cases not helped. Another study in Hyde Park, New York listed the diseases: High Blood Pressure, Arthritis, Nasal Catarrh, Constipation, Hepatitis, Goiter, Psoriasis, Heart Disease, Mental Disorders, Bronchitis, Colitis, Hemorrhoids, Varicose Veins, and Hay Fever.  Out of 447 cases, there were; 318 cases recovered, 113 Cases improved; 17 cases not helped. [6]   

     Dr. Alan Goldhamer, et al., in a study shows that water fasting reduces blood pressure the greatest amount and a vegan diet reduces blood pressure the second greatest amount.  “Conclusion: Medically supervised water-only fasting appears to be a safe and effective means of normalizing blood pressure and may assist in motivating health-promoting diet and lifestyle changes.”  [7] 


Fasting
Six Sigma Soul Motivations!
 
Fasting implies resting which we do every night.  Every morning we terminate the fast with our first meal, break-the-fast.  The fastest way to bring your body back to health is too fast.  The body heals and purifies itself rapidly during a fast, often recovering decades of abuse in just a few weeks.

Alleluia Spirit Meditations!
Fasting is found throughout the Bible and was a major part of the faith.  “He (Jesus) fasted for forty days and forty nights, after which he was very hungry.”  Mt 4:2    Afterwards, “Jesus, returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee.”  Lk 4:14   Jesus gave an admonition telling people to fast: “Moreover, when you fast...”  Mt 6:16   At the death of Saul, “they fasted for seven days.”  1 Ch 10:12, 1 Sam 31:13.



Endnotes
[1-4] Paavo Airola, Juice Fasting
[5]   Gruben, Rozalind, Prof., “Fasting and Detox Programmes”,  Get Fresh!, Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK, vol 2, issue 3, Jan-Mar. 2004, p. 38-42.
 [6]   Shelton, Herbert M., N.D., Oswald, Jean A., Fasting for the Health of It,  (Nationwide Press, Ltd., Colorado, 81002); 1983.
 [7]   Goldhamer, Alan, DC, Douglas Lisle, PhD, Banoo Parpia, PhD, Scott Anderson, MD, and T. Colin Cambell, PhD., Medically Supervised Water-only Fasting in the Treatment of Hypertension; J Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, June 2001; vol 24, no. 5,  243:335-9. 
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