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Prolonged Therapeutic Fasting
Can Resolve Many Health Problems!
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Prolonged Therapeutic Fasting
Can Resolve Many Health Problems!
WHETHER YOU FAST to detoxify or fast to lose weight, fast to heal or fast for energy, fast for your mind or fast for spirit, fasting's greatest benefit is awakening to our true nature, our greatest potential as human beings. Therefore, if you're suffering problems--physiologically, psychologically or spiritually--it's wonderful to know that those who've used this greatest of all healing modalities before us, over millennia, have proved that fasting works. . .fasting cures. . .this marvelous, self-improvement technique called Scientific Fasting works to heal what ails us, as this Father of Western Medicine learned: "Fasting is the greatest remedy--the physician within!"--Philippus Paracelsus
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Twenty-five centuries ago, at the end of a six-year journey into the human interior, or search for truth, Prince Siddhartha Gautama, 36, sat down under a fig, or Bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, India. There, he fasted 49 days, achieving Enlightenment, or the Awakened State, during the process. ('Buddha' is Sanskrit for 'Awake'.)
Five-hundred years later, Christ, after disappearing without a trace during his most formative years--13 to 30, when he emerged from God knows where, asked John to baptize him, fasted 40 days and began his three-year ministry by proclaiming: "The Father and I are One!"--promised us we can be, also, by seeking the "Kingdom within."
Some drink deeply at the fountain of knowledge; others merely gargle. Yet none of history's greatest fasters had to contend with today's fast-paced societies, within which our body-mind-spirit complex is continually subjected to an endless assault by the underlying causes of most dis-eases, ill-nesses and im-balances.
|PROLONGED PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRESSES|
GRADUALLY LOWER OUR RESISTANCE TO DISEASE
The computer may be the greatest machine yet invented, but in my opinion, humanity's greatest discovery is our innate ability to cleanse, rejuvenate, regenerate and truly heal ourselves--physically, mentally and spiritually--through prolonged, scientific, therapeutic fasting.
On day 40 of a fast I did in 1976, a man I knew until his death as a friend, mentor and esteemed colleague--Finland's internationally-renowned nutritional biochemist and natural healing authority, Paavo Airola, Ph.D.--outlined for me these basic causes of our world's modern-day dis-ease dilemma:
". . .the systemic derangement and biochemical/metabolic disorder brought about by prolonged physical and mental stresses, such as faulty nutritional patterns; constant overeating; overindulgence in proteins and the body's inability to properly digest them; various nutritional deficiencies; sluggish metabolism and consequent retention of toxic metabolic wastes; exogenous poisons from polluted food, water, air and our environment; toxic drugs, tobacco and alcohol; lack of sufficient exercise, rest and relaxation; severe emotional and physical stresses, etc.
Is it any wonder that hardly one in a million among today's seven billion fellow humans, lives out her or his human, biological potential?
"These health-destroying environmental factors bring about inevitable derangement in all the vital bodily functions, with consequent biochemical imbalance in the tissues; autotoxemia; chronic undersupply of oxygen to the cells; poorer digestion, ineffective assimilation of nutrients...and, of course, gradually lowered resistance to disease.
Unfortunately, ignorance is still a large part of the problem. Although hundreds of fasting centers and clinics existed in most European countries throughout the length of the 20th century, Americans, for instance, remained very far behind the learning curve regarding scientific, therapeutic fasting, as well as in adopting natural/organic food diets. Likewise, despite all three Fathers of Western Medicine having fasted and prescribed it--Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus (who concluded, nearly 500 years ago, that: "Fasting is the greatest remedy--the physician within!")--the fact remains that symptomatically trained U.S. physicians are still equally in the dark.
|IGNORANCE IS STILL A LARGE PART OF THE PROBLEM
The exceptions are physicians who've learned autodidactically, including many who've done their initial, prolonged fast through veteran, world-class programs which are steeped in many decades of experiential knowledge and distilled wisdom such as Fasting Center International's. 'Autodidact' is simply a fancy noun describing a person who is self-taught, or has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education. And, as Scientific Fasting has not been taught in even one of America's 131 accredited medical schools, two American authors who're mentioned below (Joel Fuhrman, M.D., and the late Allan Cott, M.D.) obviously knew better than to suggest that U.S.-trained allopathic/symptomatic physicians are magically qualified to offer veteran, experiential supervision and distilled-wisdom advice to fasting clients, any more than Allan and Joel were before they autodidactically learned--at the level necessary to skillfully guide others. . .physiologically, psychologically, and sometimes most importantly, spiritually--this ancient healing art their medical Fathers wisely practiced and prescribed (having likewise learned, autodidactically, and then first gained the necessary, experiential wisdom-knowledge before attempting to guide others).
In a book heavily supported by the postmodern leadership among America's avant-garde physicians who are currently helping us evolve a less chauvinistic, more sensible Integrative Medicine for the 21st Century, "Reclaiming Our Health: Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing," author John Robbins concludes: "The medical paradigm that currently prevails in our U.S. society, and which the American Medical Association (A.M.A.) stalwartly represents, has become so deeply entrenched that we often do not realize that it is simply one option among many. But there are other forms of medicine that represent different ways of understanding life and of promoting healing, and that, contrary to what the dominant medical establishment would have us believe, have long demonstrated outstanding records of success."
Diagnosing the U.S. health crisis in Alternative Health Digest, Samuel Benjamin, M.D., founder of the Arizona Center for Health and Medicine, concluded: "Many patients and, increasingly, physicians, are being turned off by Conventional Medicine, because it does not deliver the health it promises. It's taken away our power and control, it's costing us a fortune, it hasn't made us feel any better, and often it creates more diseases than it resolves. . . .The field of alternatives to drug- and scalpel-based medical care is rapidly growing. In the long run, we think the issue isn't whether somebody practices conventional or alternative therapies; it's about offering what is best of everything to our patients."
Another in the vanguard of traditionally-trained M.D.s who are today embracing alternative therapies, James Gordon, M.D., a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, teaches at Georgetown University Medical School; is past chairman of the Program Advisory Council of the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM); founded the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., and authored his influential "Manifesto For A New Medicine: Your Guide to Healing Partnerships and the Wise Use of Alternative Therapies." Doctor Gordon, who also teaches his first-year medical students to meditate, as well as gives assignments such as "cooking a meal that's nutritious and healing," states: "The medicine that we're in the process of creating is a synthesis of what's best in modern science and what's best in the world's healing traditions."
|MORE THAN DISSATISFIED PATIENTS|
ARE FORCING AMERICA'S 'NEW MEDICINE'
Julian Whitaker, M.D., founder of America's largest Alternative Medicine clinic--the Whitaker Wellness Institute--and author of "Dr. Whitaker's Guide to Natural Healing," emphasized Doctor Benjamin's conclusion in Whitaker's "Health & Healing" newsletter (over 2 million subscribers): "Conventional Medicine is locked into a dogma that believes that its way is the only way. Conventional doctors deny you have any alternatives to their drugs and surgeries, but you do have choices, and these enlightened treatments are far superior to the risky methods of Modern Medicine, which can be extremely dangerous to your well-being. . . . This enlightened new approach to health will lead Contemporary Medicine out of the Dark Ages of drugs and surgery, because it does work better. I know, because I use these alternative therapies every day in my medical practice. Many of the patients I see are 'medical refugees' who have been abused and abandoned by Conventional Medicine. The results we see are truly impressive, more so than with any drugs and conventional treatments they gave us in medical school. The 'drugs-or-surgery- only' approach that Modern Medicine uses to treat today's diseases is archaic."
The late Allan Cott, M.D., made the same point in focusing on scientific, therapeutic fasting in his million-copy, international bestseller, "Fasting: The Ultimate Diet," which now incorporates his best-selling sequel, "Fasting As A Way of Life." Additionally, these editions contain 16- and 14-pg. bibliographies, respectively, each heavy with references to medical journal articles, globally, on scientific studies supporting intelligent fasting. . . for physicians, biochemists, nutritionists and interested laypersons who are still open-minded and cognitively energetic enough to finally educate themselves out of their unfortunate theoretical and experiential ignorance vis a vis this oldest, fastest, safest (biochemically), least expensive and most effective healing modality on Earth which, it bears repeating, all great spiritual teachers practiced; all three Fathers of Western Medicine practiced and prescribed, and more of our species greatest thinkers testimonialized than all other healing modalities combined!
Quoting an unusually candid "New England Journal of Medicine" pronouncement on his book's cover--"Fasting is a valid experience. It can benefit any otherwise healthy person whose calories now have the upper hand in his or her life!"--Doctor Cott bemoaned the fact that in the U.S., many in "the medical orthodoxy continue to take a jaundiced view of fasting, particularly as a therapeutic tool. But when the medical profession shifts gears from treating sickness to preventing sickness--and it must!--I have every confidence that fasting will be increasingly prescribed."
In demonstrating how other Western nations are already doing so, Doctor Cott noted: "British doctors have long been using fasting for weight control. Dr. T. Lawlor, for example, has fasted patients for intractable obesity at Botley's Park Hospital in Chertsey, Surrey. The patients ranged in age from 21 to 45, and were fasted up to 40 days. All of them tolerated the experience very well; a few even experienced euphoria. At Glascow's Ruchill Hospital, researchers concluded that 'total fasting is the most efficient method of reducing weight in obese patients.' Dr. T. J. Thompson, a Scottish doctor who supervised a woman who lost 97 lbs. through 35 weeks of fasting, observes that not only is fasting the best way to lose weight, but that PARTIAL restriction of calories is ineffective."
Interestingly, thoroughly disgruntled U.S. physicians have steadily been helping us lead the world's present paradigm shift toward a more intelligent, more effective, more truly compassionate, and far less expensive Integrative Medicine. In fact, in America, citizens with keen senses attuned can actually hear and feel the tectonic plates of conventional and holistic medicine colliding beneath our nation, forever realigning the topography of U.S. healthcare. Like the now-unstoppable tidal wave of consumer-mandated change it truly is, America's medical paradigm shift is already happening big-time, leaving the archaic, ultraconservative A.M.A. and its anachronistic lobbyists within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and elsewhere in its massive wake.
|THOROUGHLY DISGRUNTLED PHYSICIANS NOW|
HELPING LEAD U.S. 'HEALING REVOLUTION'
Like a Trojan horse inside America's 131 med schools, those today with the cognitive energy to think for themselves and overcome medical school dogma--the mediocre and tragically inadequate, allopathic paradigm--are opting in ever increasing numbers for the more intelligent, holistic paradigm. Requiring true Hippocratic compassion, the question now facing them and all conscionable health-care practitioners is: How should our healthcare, along with our food, medicine and hospital industries, be revolutionized to flourish on health, rather than feed off sickness. . .to address the causes of heath problems, not just their symptoms?
Viewing the unmistakable handwriting on the wall, and determined not to be left behind, more than 70 of America's 131 medical schools already offer courses in alternative medicine (including those at most of our nation's best universities), and that number will rapidly increase until even the most recalcitrant stragglers are finally brought around, forcing them to either mutate or dinosaurize, in the face of the most powerful force on Earth--a 21st Century Integrative Medicine idea whose time has now arrived.
As a sign of just how rapidly the health-consuming U.S. public began forcing Washington politicians and bureaucrats into this 21st-Century, sea-change transformation to a more intelligent, effective, compassionate and less expensive Integrative Medicine, the 1999 U.S. Omnibus appropriations bill established the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)--the former Office of Alternative Medicine--with a budget of $50 million.
Since then, annual Congressional funding increases had pushed it to $121.5 million by 2009. Thus, a number of the effective healing modalities long scoffed at by 'old' symptomatic practitioners, have finally received U.S. Government O.A.M.-funded university studies. Not surprisingly, these alternative modalities are time after time demonstrating, scientifically, their superiority over many of the "archaic," less-effective, drugs-or-scalpel failings of the 'old', receding Orthodoxy.
Way back in September, 2001, one of America's most visionary practitioners of Integrative Medicine, Harvard-trained M.D. and botanist Andrew Weil, told University of British Columbia Medical School students: "I make a very sharp distinction between Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), and Integrative Medicine. In no way are they synonymous. I see CAM as being one piece of the picture. If all this movement accomplishes is to get doctors to sometimes prescribe herbs in addition to or in place of pharmaceutical drugs, I think that would be a very limited accomplishment, given what's possible at the moment. What's possible is a great deal. You're probably not seeing it in Canada to the extent we are, but in the U.S., our health system is on the verge of total collapse. I predict yours will be sooner or later, because this is in the nature of medicine, as we've set it up. What's happening in the U.S. is beginning to happen all over the world. . . .
"I can't exaggerate how grim the crisis in the U.S. is at the moment. A significant number of hospitals are going bankrupt. That trend is accelerating. This includes large academic medical centers. The response in America has been a corporate take-over of medicine by people whose only interest is in getting what profit they can out of a sinking system. So, the whole medical system has become profit-driven, and that is making the lives of both doctors and patients miserable. No one likes managed care. Everybody is unhappy with it. For the first time, a large number of physicians are quitting the practice of medicine, because it's become so unsatisfying. No one envisioned the extent to which doctors' autonomy would have blown up in smoke. The fact is that what's done in medicine today is what's reimbursed, so doctors have no independent judgement as to which treatments are best. It's what's going to be paid for.
"No one is happy with the time restrictions on doctor/patient interactions, which have completely sabotaged the therapeutic relationship. Word has gotten out that medicine is no longer a desirable profession, and for the first time, applications to the medical schools have begun to drop precipitously. Some of the enormous consumer search for an alternative practice is rooted in dissatisfaction with the nature of Conventional Medicine today. But, some surveys have shown that many people are using CAM not as much because of dissatisfaction with Conventional Medicine, but because they want to work with practitioners whose belief system are more congruent with theirs.
"These include such ideas as believing the body is capable of healing itself, a respect for nature, and a suspicion of things that are synthetic and artificial. People want to be looked at as more than just physical bodies. In many of these other systems, attention is paid to the mental and emotional aspects of human beings, and to the fact that they're community members and more than just physical systems. The combined economic effects of the collapse of the conventional system, combined with the huge consumer surge away from Conventional Medicine, adds up to overwhelming pressure on the conventional institutions. I think it's no accident that it's just in the past few years that Symptomatic Medicine in the U.S. has begun to take this whole movement seriously."
Likewise, compassionate U.S. doctors such as Kenneth Pelletier, former director of the corporate health program at Stanford University School of Medicine, and currently clinical professor at both the Universities of Maryland and Arizona's Schools of Medicine, are continually evaluating viable alternatives to Conventional Medicine's drugs-and-scalpel limitations, such as in his book--"The Best Alternative Medicine: What Works? What Does Not?"
On another U.S. front, literally thousands of postmodern, enlightened M.D.s, D.O.s, Ph.D.s, and other noble female and male healers--all kindred spirits of FCI--have long been helping us lead America's Healing Revolution. Although far too numerous to honor here, some of the most visible among these courageous, career-on-the-line, revolutionary, symptomatically trained 'crossover physicians' include: Robert Arnot, Rudolph Ballentine, Neil Barnard, Samuel Benjamin, Herbert Benson, Keith Block, Jean Bolen, Joan Borysenko (Ph.D.), Eric Braverman, Douglas Brodie, Kelly Brownell (Ph.D.), Helen Caldicott, R.K. Chandra, Deepak Chopra, Leonard Cohen (Ph.D.), Allan Cott, Bruno Cortis, Elliott Dacher, Barbara De Angelis (Ph.D.), John Diamond, Larry Dossey, William Douglass, Tieraona Low Dog, Wayne Dyer (Ph.D.), Stephen Edelson, Nancy Eos, Gerald Epstein, John Farquhar, Tom Ferguson, Richard Firshein, Richard Fleming, June Flora (Ph.D.), James Forsythe, Joel Fuhrman, John Gambee, Daniel Goleman (Ph.D.), James Gordon, Elson Haas, Stephen Havas, Robert Ivker, David Jacobs, Michael Jacobson (Ph.D.), Robert Jaffe, Wayne Jonas, Norman Kaplan, Michael Klaper, Fredi Kronenberg (Ph.D.), Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, John Laird, Eric Leskowitz, Edward Linkner, Victor Marcial-Vega, Ralph Moss, Christiane Northrup, Gary Null (Ph.D.), Dean Ornish, Mehmet Oz, Kenneth Pelletier (Ph.D.), Joseph Pizzorno, Rachel Remen, Emanuel Revici, Michael Rosenbaum, Robert Roundtree, Geronimo Rubio, Frank Sachs, Michael Schachter, Bernie Siegel, Ronald Simon, Charles Simone, Stephen Sinatra, Vincent Speckhart, Jeremiah Stamler, Jesse Stoff, Lawrence Taylor, Andrew Weil, Richard Weintraub, Julian Whitaker, Robert Willix, Jonathan Wright, Regina Ziegler (Ph.D.), Grace Ziem, & Jon Kabat-Zinn (Ph.D.).
As these visionary U.S. doctors very clearly perceive, Symptomatic Medicine has, for far too long, taken a thin slice of medical reality and mistaken it for the whole. As was explained back in the last century, in a 9/96 "LIFE" magazine cover story accurately entitled "The Healing Revolution": "Allopathic Medicine--a term commonly used to describe Western techniques--is clearly superb at dealing with both trauma and bacterial infections. It is far less successful with asthma, chronic pain, and autoimmune diseases. A 1993 study, which found one-in-three Americans had used alternative therapies, estimated that they spent almost $14 billion a year on them, more than people spent out of their own pockets for conventional medicine."
ALLOPATHIC MEDICINE'S LIMITATIONS:
WHAT IT CAN AND CANNOT ACCOMPLISH
Doctor Weil, in his bestselling book, "Spontaneous Healing," clearly summarized what Allopathic Medicine can and cannot do for you, pp. 225-226: "CAN: "Manage trauma better than any other system of medicine; diagnose and treat many medical and surgical emergencies; treat acute bacterial infections with modern antibiotics; treat some parasitic and fungal infections; prevent many infectious diseases by immunization; diagnose complex medical problems; replace damaged hips and knees; get good results with cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and it can diagnose and correct hormonal deficiencies. Allopaths CANNOT: Treat viral infections; cure most chronic degenerative diseases; effectively manage most kinds of mental illness; cure most forms of allergy or autoimmune disease; effectively manage psychosomatic illnesses, or cure most forms of cancer."
Doctor Weil's candid, yet diplomatic, second opinion: "Do not seek help from a conventional doctor for a condition that conventional medicine cannot treat, and do not rely on an alternative provider for a condition that conventional medicine can manage well."
It is clear what the U.S. health-consuming public is saying with its pocketbook: Let us nurture other ways of healing, treasuring the fact that their strengths are different from our own, and can compliment our own system's weaknesses and/or failures. This is truly global multi-culturalism emerging--learning how to understand and appreciate other ways of knowing and healing. . .and then going with what works best! Such behavior is quite obviously in concert with our emerging Knowledge Society's unmistakable trend toward a single, global community, with a single, global marketplace. And in health care, Fasting Center International has clearly demonstrated that our digital world brings us immediate expertise at a low cost and high volume, helping to end far more suffering, worldwide, than was possible before the Internet.
With clients on all major continents and in all time zones these past 35 years--now representing 220 countries--FCI has always fought to help overcome overt ethnocentrism--the emotional attitude that one's own ethnic group, nation, or culture is superior to all others. With such nationalism still far too prevalent among U.S. practitioners of Symptomatic/Allopathic Medicine, now that this brilliant Internet technology is inexorably connecting us all into one true global family, perhaps it's time we finally listened to our wise sisters and brothers in other lands, helping our species evolve a 21st Century postcolonial, postpatriarchal, postgender world, fully alive with a spirit of profound respect for both multiculturalism as well as religious pluralism. We could start with Lifu Chen, the ex-chairman of Taiwan's China Medical University:
"Today in Taiwan, Chinese and Western medicine both play an important, vital role in modern society. They both have their respective advantages and limitations. Traditional and Western physicians should all now abandon their prejudices, and value the differences between the two systems. They should treasure the mutual common sense of both systems, discard what is useless or harmful, and strive for the full growth and development of the best aspects of both systems, so as to incorporate the two in bringing forth a new medical science."
Speaking of what's harmful, among the 17 Nobel laureates who contributed to my 1986 book published in the U.S. and abroad to help stop the nuclear threat, "Voices of Survival In the Nuclear Age," two shared the 1985 "Nobel Peace Prize" as co-counders of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, cardiologists Evgueni Chazov of what then was still the Soviet Union, and Bernard Lown of Harvard. Dr. Lown would go on to found the Lown Cardiovascular Center, and in a 1999 book, address one of the most serious failures of Conventional Medicine in America--"The Lost Art of Healing: Practicing Compassion In Medicine." Of this book, Dr. Weil says: "I have made this book by Dr. Lown required reading for physicians in the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. It conveys the wisdom about the doctor-patient relationship that has indeed been lost in the noise of high-tech, profit-driven medicine."
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Chinese, Indian and Tibetan medical sciences are distinct, ancient forms of traditional medicine refined over thousands of years, with much to teach symptomatic U.S. doctors in the A.M.A. (celebrated its 150th birthday in 1997). For example, all the physicians of Tibetan Medicine--which stresses the indivisible interdependence of mind, body and also vitality, always teaching that the most fundamental cause of every disease is found in the three poisonous delusions of ignorance, attachment and hatred--can detect every bodily disease without any instrumentation, as they've repeatedly demonstrated before stunned physicians in the very best medical schools in the U.S., Europe and Japan. By combining three-finger pulse diagnosis with urinalysis (visual and taste), they can detect any one of the 404 basic bodily disorders. Yet, not one graduate of any of America's 131 accredited medical schools can do such pulse diagnosis, because none of their instructors' training is comprehensive enough for them to understand and do it, let alone teach it. [Note: the very first International Congress on Tibetan Medicine, a 1998 global dialogue between traditional Tibetan medicine and Western scientists, scholars, clinicians, physicians and allied health workers, was opened by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Washington, D.C.]
Yet the oldest, fastest, and safest (biochemically) of all the available options is skillful, scientific, therapeutic fasting. In his 1995 book about combining fasting and nutritional intervention for the reversal of myriad diseases, "Fasting and Eating For Health," Joel Fuhrman, M.D., accurately diagnoses the myopia still far too prevalent among many of his symptomatic colleagues throughout today's United States, p. 174:
"Fasting is based on unchanging biological laws that insist the cause of disease must be removed. After hearing about a natural-food diet and therapeutic fasting, individuals may enthusiastically give it a try and get well. It is also possible that they may become excited about the sensibleness of this approach and the prospect of finally recovering their health, but then go home to their friends and family and become discouraged, after being told that they would be crazy to attempt such an 'outrageous' treatment. They might even call a few doctors they know, only to be told that fasting is risky, dangerous, and stupid.
"It continually amazes me how 'expert' opinions can be given on something with which someone has had no experience, knows nothing about, and has never researched. I once had occasion to speak to one such well-meaning physician who was furiously opposed to fasting. I told him I had read, and I was thoroughly familiar with, more than 500 medical journal articles on therapeutic fasting. I inquired as to which ones he was familiar with to help him reach his opinion.
"His answer was that he had not read any of them. He actually had zero knowledge about the subject, and began to ask me questions. He was consumed with the same vague fears and questions the typical layperson would have. Though still having doubts after our conversation, he admitted he had given his opinion too hastily, and had much more to learn.
"The physicians who regularly utilize therapeutic fasting in their practice see so many remarkable recoveries that getting well is the expected, even the normal outcome. This is because nature heals, when given the opportunity. Still, despite these studies on fasting and plant-based diets, the world largely ignores this treatment, because it is contrary to the present system of medical practice. Doctors would have to remodel their entire approach to health and disease, and many physicians would have to admit that most of what they do is not needed or useful. This is not going to happen soon. We must expect powerful opposition to the method of care presented here."
THE HUMAN BODY IS DESIGNED TO HEAL ITSELF,
IF ONLY GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY
"Too often, scientific experiments prove nothing. Frequently, the source of the money dictates the answer. Yet. . .these experiments are all we have to go by, and are crucially important when we are testing these potentially-dangerous drugs that may have various hazardous effects. Fasting and adopting an optimal diet designed to aid one's condition, on the other hand, are health-supporting. They will make a healthy person even healthier.
"Most physicians who have knowledge and expertise in therapeutic fasting advise it for those wishing to maintain their body in optimal health, and to extend life. It is not merely for the sick. Many of these physicians, including myself, have personally undertaken long fasts, and may do so periodically. For example, Dr. Alec Burton, an osteopathic physician who has fasted more than 30,000 patients, undergoes a two-week fast every few years for long-term health benefits that accrue from the rejuvenating effects of the fast. . . .
"The point I am making is that fasting improves one's health, rather than insult it with dangerous drugs or unnecessary and potentially-deadly surgery. If fasting does not lead to complete recovery from a certain condition, it will not hurt you, either, and will actually improve your health. Patients who choose this method of care generally become the most enthusiastic supporters of fasting, once they have undergone the experience. They are excited to have avoided surgery or a lifetime of drug use."
FCI TEACHES WORLD'S LARGEST CLIENTELE
THIS HEALING MODALITY. . .FOR LIFE!
Fasting Center International, which has developed our World's Largest Fasting Clientele over the past 35 years, has been blessed with literally thousands of these enthusiastic clients, a representative sampling of whose very impressive testimonials today grace our extensive website (including those of M.D.s, psychiatrists, D.O.s, D.D.S.s and Ph.D.s in a variety of fields). FCI recommends to all clients--after they've stabilized their weight where they're happy with it, and done the serious detoxifying necessary to begin moving themselves back toward their birthright of optimum health--that they consider fasting at least two or three weeks each year, much like a Spring Cleaning. . .if they intend to continue living in our progressively more toxic, urban environments.
Again, FCI is teaching clients, worldwide, this marvelously effective, age-old, self-improvement technique for life! And once you've learned how to deal with all which can arise in your absolutely unique body-mind-spirit complex (physiologically, psychologically, and sometimes most importantly, spiritually), you'll then feel confident to later use this magnificent skill for the rest of your days on Earth (not to mention its help in keeping you out of $2000+/day hospital rooms in your future). May you forever enjoy a stable, meritorious life, with a good heart, restoring whatever degree of health, happiness and healing power you're still capable of. Respectfully, Dennis Paulson, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Fasting Center International, Inc.
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