FASTING CENTER INTERNATIONAL
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[FCI NOTE: One of the most common questions among laypersons accessing FCI's Virtual Office each day of every year--from 220 nations representing all continents and time zones--is rhetorical: "What do you think my doctor would think of your Scientific Fasting Program?" In other words, it's always asked solely for effect, since they already know whether their allopath is old school or new.
Old-school physicians, in every major nation on Earth today, are being pulled, kicking and screaming (along with the U.S.'s archaic American Medical Association and those Government agencies it's too long controlled through its intimidation and waning influence) into what LIFE magazine accurately termed the 21st Century's "Healing Revolution." Understanding that Scientific Fasting has never been taught, for instance, in any of America's 126 medical schools, these are those allopaths still entertaining ignorance-based fears, seemingly oblivious to the fact that all three Fathers of Western Medicine practiced and prescribed prolonged fasting--Hippocrates, Galen and Paracelsus (who concluded, nearly 500 years ago, that: "Fasting is the greatest remedy--the physician within!").
New-school physicians (a term which, in this case, refers to lack of ignorance-based prejudice, rather than chronological age) are those who understand that the mind is somewhat like a parachute, in that it works better when open. These are the avant-garde of nearly every medical community on Earth, who today are working in tandem with Fasting Center International's 35-year goal as the longtime global leader in our field of Scientific Juice Fasting--helping us push the envelope of the current "Healing Revolution" in all modern cultures, worldwide, toward a more holistic, more compassionate, more affordable mind-body-spirit approach to healing modalities.
New-school allopaths actually trust, for example, the research of Drs. J. Kellberg and P. Reizenstein of the world-renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm--which awards the Nobel Prize in Medicine each year--who clinically monitored in-hospital patients (not relatively well-beings such as you may be) in juice fasting studies as long as 55 days, demonstrating that prolonged Scientific Fasting is not only perfectly safe, but is also therapeutically beneficial, as well, for all but a handful for whom it is contraindicated.
Among the annually increasing numbers of avant-garde M.D.s doing FCI Programs year in and decade out, you may have read comments on our Fasting.com homepage from 10 physicans among the most recent, representative examples of such open-minded, scientific curiosity, experimenting on themselves, in this case, before presuming to offer an educated opinion vis a vis Scientific Fasting's efficacy for those among their suffering patient load who might ask about, as well as benefit from this oldest, safest (biochemically), fastest, least expensive and most effective healing modality known to humanity, practiced and prescribed, it's worth repeating, not only by all three Fathers of Western Medicine, but also by nearly every great thinker our species has produced, and literally all of our greatest spiritual teachers, historically.
Today, the health-consuming public in all nations understands the limitations of Allopathic Medicine, which unfortunately focuses only on SYMPTOMS--limited to prescribing either drugs, radiation or surgery. What more and more avant-garde physicians are discovering--by taking the time to actually learn why Galen diagnosed fasting as "the greatest remedy, the physician within," by actually doing Scientific Fasting before feeling competent to advise others regarding its efficacy--is just how effectively it can and has, for millennia, addressed the CAUSES of many physiological, psychological and spiritual maladies plaguing humanity (see the Solution link of FCI's extensive website for specifics).
Among the 10 recent, abovementioned M.D.s addressing readers on our homepage currently, all 10 have subsequently referred patients, colleagues and friends to FCI. Among those is Thomas Stempel, 53, chief of surgery at a Phoenix, AZ, medical center, who completed our most popular, TOTAL Detoxification Program--80 days, at his age (70 days of actual juice-fasting). As with nearly half of all FCI clients, worldwide, he was not fasting to lose weight, and actually began his Program near his "ideal" weight.
In his case, he undertook his fast primarily for spiritual reasons, stating pre-fast: "This year, I am eligible for retirement. (I don't like to use that word, because it carries the sit-in-the-rocking-chair connotation for too many people.) I have been looking for a new direction for the past four years, and am now in the transitional year of my professional life--the beginning of my next career, where doing the FCI Fasting Program is totally appropriate. . .a cleansing of the old, to birth the new." Below, he's speaking three days after completing his 70th fasting day.]:
By Tom Stempel, M.D., FCI client
"I am in a major transitional period in my life. Spiritually, I've been on a search for the past few years that has led me to writers such as Redfield, Gawain, Millman, Carey, Myss, Fox, Merton, Mitchell, Dreher, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama and others. It's been a search which has led me to realize the unbelievably strong, basic commonality of Christianity, Buddhism, Kabbalism, Islam and Hinduism. This is also the last year in my career as a full-time surgeon, and I'm searching within myself to decide where my passions now lie, and what I want to do with the rest of my life.
"About a year ago, one of my associates at work passionately related to me her experience with FCI's Total Detoxification Program, which she, as well as her parents and brother, had all completed. Being a believer in synchronicity, it sounded as though she had given me an insight into what I didn't know I'd been looking for. I visited your site with some obvious skepticism (I am a doctor, you know), and did a lot of reading and questioning. I liked her answers to my questions, and I liked your answers to my questions, so I finally yielded to my intuition, which was screaming at me to just 'DO IT!'
"One with a Western-trained, scientific mind must be willing to make a leap of faith to do this, since there is no irrefutable, double-blinded study to show this Program will accomplish everything it professes to do. However, there is certainly enough historical evidence, and enough excellent work done in Europe and Asia, to validate what your Program is doing. And, is it any different from all of my patients taking a certain leap of faith in placing themselves in my hands, when I advise them that it's my opinion they need a major operation?
"Toward the end of my fast, when I began telling people what I was doing, I certainly had enough questions from them: Are you checking your electrolytes? Are you getting enough protein? How do you know you really have more clarity of vision or increased energy? How do you know it's not just a placebo effect?! The fast provided me everything I needed--physically, spiritually and emotionally. Can I scientifically prove it? NO. This society is rife with physical maladies caused by peoples' mental states. How, then, is it such a far stretch to realize that if we begin working with our minds and bodies in a positive fashion, that we would have a positive, rather than a negative psychic and physical effect? I would call that something far more than just a transient, placebo effect.
"One must, without any doubt, be mentally ready to undertake this commitment, both from the perspective of time involved in daily preparation and conduct of the fast, as well as the psycho-spiritual aspect of committing to the reading and introspection--of who am I, where am I, and why am I. Everyone who completes this extensive Program will go through periods of frustration, anxiety, anger, exhilaration, joy, overwhelming peace and tranquility. One must be ready to look at themselves from all perspectives, and examine why they are reacting so, and what it means.
"It was impressive how quickly I developed a heightened sense of smell. The decreased need for sleep soon followed, and increasing my exercise level certainly increased my energy levels (or was it the reverse?). The peace and tranquility were wonderful. Overall, what everyone claimed would happen in others' testimonials, happened. But, I must reiterate, one must be in the right mental state to accept the commitment, take time to do the readings, and take time to look into oneself to gain the insights to improve one's self.
"An additional point in my spirtitual/religious journey has been my issue of our society's need to be stewards of the Earth. This concept was integral to all of the ancient cultures, and is still part of all the indigenous cultures today. The Christian religion seems to have lost site of it, focusing people mainly on what to do to redeem themselves. The developed world has lost it, preferring to control, rape and pillage, rather than to nurture and protect. Although things have begun to change slowly, there is no strong sense of oneness with the Earth in our culture.
"FCI's recommended readings are rich in this understanding. The nutritional readings emphasize what has happened as we have stressed the land to yield continuously, and changed from grain-based to meat-based diets. The spiritual readings emphasize our oneness with the world, and how the fate of our children and grandchildren is totally dependent on the fate of the Earth, and what we do to it today. My fasting experience has renewed my resolve to promote this concept socio-politically through local, national and international organizations, and to live it by example in my everday life by totally altering my eating habits, changing to organic foods, and switching to a plant-based, rather than meat-based diet.
"I am undeniably now in better health and mental condition than I have been in many years. And, I have a workout planned to get into better physical shape than I have ever been, and keep my weight and physique where I want them for the rest of my life. Your Total Detoxification Program and post-fast Lifetime Optimum Health Plan have given me the secret to maintain what I have so joyfully achieved. My next 50 years will be far healthier than the first 50.
"Although I undertook this fast for spiritual reasons, not weight loss, I did lose almost 40 pounds, and was looking quite gaunt at the end of the fast. When the fast was ended, I announced, both at work and at church, what I had done. I got asked bunches of questions by interested people (relieved that I wasn't ill), who had nothing but support and admiration for my dedication and perseverance to accomplish an 80-day Program.
"I reviewed all my goals, which FCI recommends every faster keep in a journal at the initiation of their fast, and I have accomplished everything I'd wished for. This has been an outstanding experience in focusing on my personal needs and goals; also, the organized discipline involved in the daily routine has been invaluable. "FCI's Recommended Reading" list and your recommendations in your responses were priceless in finding resources to help me on my journey. The Total Detoxification Program is not just about health, or weight loss. It is about total wellness and wholeness, which can only be appreciated by those who have experienced it.
"I can't begin to thank you enough for your kindness and wisdom. I have told numerous people, to whom I give your web address, that one is buying FCI's expertise, and I can, without any hesitation, say that what one receives from you is without any doubt more than worth every cent of the cost.
"This has been an experience which few others on Earth will ever experience. It is reaching the summit of that mountain which most others only look at or dream of. You have quoted me on FCI's homepage, but I will repeat myself here: I feel we are communally blessed to have the Internet, which allows you to share your knowledge and wisdom with the entire world, as you so joyously do. You are truly blessed to be able to guide so many people on their path to better, more meaningful, happier, healthier lives. I truly thank you, Dennis, from the bottom of my heart, for everything you have given me and all the others you have so sacredly touched. Big love, Tom."
[FCI NOTE: One year later, Dr. Stempel emailed FCI the following]: "I still enjoy reading my testimonial. Boy, how high and focused I was (and how cachectic!). So, here's the good news. It's a whole year later. I retired last month and am in the process of pursuing my passions. I've a list of things I've wanted to do, but never took the time to, so I'm going to do them now. Several accomplishments are already out there. One is that a friend got me into karaoke singing.
"A second was that I wanted to get into running again, and run a 10-K race in less than an hour. Well, I not only did that in a personal-best time (which I've improved upon two more times), but I ran my first marathon this past Sunday! That was something that got added to my to-do list while I was working on the 10-K. I had a great time, and am planning on doing another in San Diego in June. After I finish all my other little to-dos, the largest of which is hiking the Santiago de Compostela in Spain, I'm looking at getting a degree in Mind-Body Medicine or Creation Spirituality, or maybe both. I figure it will be about a year until I have to decide what I'm going to do when I grow up.
"I've become a vegetarian, and we eat mainly organic foods now. My weight is just where I expected it to stabilize. Everything has been going very well, until I popped a disc in my neck--the ravages of age and years of bad posture. That was about a month before the marathon, and there was no way I was going to let it ruin everything I've been working toward. Thus, it's my new mountain to turn into a mole hill. So, again, thanks for everything. If your ever in Phoenix, give me a holler. Big love, Tom"
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