FASTING CENTER INTERNATIONAL
"The ideal technique for successful fasting is the use of fresh, raw fruit and vegetable juices. On such a program, the full spectrum of nutrients is supplied in an easily assimilated form, so the digestive tract is able to remain essentially at rest." --Rudolph Ballentine, M.D., who established holistic medical clinics in Chicago, New York, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis and Honesdale, PA, and authored "Radical Healing: Integrating The World's Great Therapeutic Traditions To Create A New Transformative Medicine," hailed as "a masterpiece" by Caroline Myss, Ph.D., and "an instant classic" by Deepak Chopra, M.D.
"Fasting is the greatest remedy--the physician within!"--Philippus Paracelsus, M.D., nearly 500 years ago; famed Swiss physician and alchemical genius of the Middle Ages, considered one of three Fathers of Western Medicine, along with Greece's Hippocrates and Galen
"Fasting is a valid experience. It can benefit any otherwise healthy person whose calories now have the upper hand in his or her life."--The New England Journal of Medicine
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NO HEALING TECHNIQUE ON EARTH enjoys greater testimonials. . .from veteran fasters such as Buddha, Moses, Mohammed and Christ (40 days); from the three great Fathers of Western Medicine; from the ancient Arab philosopher and physician, Avicenna, who prescribed fasting for ailments; from the great Greeks from whom the West received its math and logic--Socrates, Plato (who often wrote he fasted for "greater mental and physical efficiency"), Aristotle and Pythagoras (who wouldn't even reveal his higher tenets to advanced students until they'd done 40-day fasts); right on down through St. Francis (who did 40-day "epiphany" fasts every year prior to Lent), Gandhi, and all the equally great and noble women, historically, whose fasts and accomplishments went unrecognized and unrecorded by the patriarchal societies they suffered in.
Artists, as well as humanity's greatest doctors, scientists and spiritual teachers, have fasted from time immemorial in every nation under the sun. Writers from Russian Leo Tolstoy and Frenchman Francois Voltaire, to American Upton Sinclair and the Austrian Czech Franz Kafka, have long rhapsodized about fasting's marvelous, self-improvement capabilities. Said Sinclair: "I have found a perfect health, a new state of existence, a feeling of purity and happiness, something unknown to humans." Enthused Tolstoy: "To refuse food and drink is more than a pleasure; it is the joy of the soul!" Is it possible that all these extraordinary human beings have discovered an age-old secret for enhancing their birthright of human potential that you haven't. . .as yet?
Your unique life-experience could be similarly uplifted by innate spiritual enhancement, heightened consciousness, greater clarity, more energy, removal of unnecessary weight, and/or detoxifying the 5-to-10 pounds of chemical toxins, drugs, uneliminated metabolic wastes, arterial plaque, excessive mucus, cholesterol and triglycerides, etc., the average adult has accumulated during her/his lifetime (locked into cell and tissue structure, as well as organ storage areas). So, now that your intuitive wisdom has led you here, joining literally hundreds of prospective clients visiting FCI's Virtual Office each day of every year, know that the vast majority here had never fasted one day before beginning their own FCI Program (which 98.5% complete). A few, as always, despite warnings to the contrary in every reputable fasting book on our Earth, had tried a little fasting on their own, only to quickly realize they could be harming themselves seriously, without even realizing how. They, too, eventually find their way to FCI, sounding much like Rachel Madison, a program director at the University of Nebraska, 46, explaining why she'd chosen to do FCI's patented, most popular TOTAL Detoxification Program (age + 17, in number of actual juice-fasting days):
"Thank you for all the information you have sent me. I plan to start transitioning in on Friday. You asked how I found out about FCI. I just looked up 'fasting' on the Internet, and at each search engine I tried, your site was always listed at or near the top. I visited many, many other sites, but yours was, far and away, the most convincing. I've been toying with the idea of fasting for some time.
"During the past eight months, I have gone on two fasts on my own: one was 14 days, and one was 10 days. I learned much during those fasts and since. Perhaps most importantly, I'm convinced I do not know enough to fast on my own. Too, I have come to realize how much I can benefit from fasting, combined with your professional, veteran supervision."
For further inspiration, browse the following new testimonials from global FCI clients just like you and me:
Lisa Sharkey, 46, married to a New York City architect with whom she has three children, is Sr. Vice President and Director of Creative Development of one of our world's largest publishing houses, headquartered in New York City. Prior to that, she spent 25 years as a television journalist working for several of America's top five TV networks, as an award-winning producer with several local and national Emmy and Freddie Awards, as well as Peabody and Dupont Awards. She's also contributed articles to Redbook and Child magazines, and was working as senior producer of ABC's "Good Morning, America!" when she began her 82-day Total Detox. Program with Fasting Center International at 150 lbs., remembering the 115 she'd weighed in college, but more importantly, "wanting a new beginning--a cleansing of the body, mind and spirit in my life!" Eight months after that new beginning, she sat down on New Year's Eve to evaluate the experience and changes it inspired:
"Dear Dennis: As the new year approaches a bit more than an hour from now, I look back and reflect on the accomplishments, both personal and professional, as well as the many blessings of this past year. And, there is no doubt in my mind and heart (and for that matter, my colon), Dennis, that you and your extraordinary teachings are among the great highlights of the past year. When I first heard about you through the successes of others, there was an immediate spiritual knowledge inside of me that your work was something that would prove to be a life-changing experience. It certainly was. And I want to thank you for helping me along this oft-troublesome journey through the complex universe.
"Before we met, and before I began my 82-day Total Detox. Program, I was stuck in a job (albeit a wonderful one, from the outside looking in) where I felt under-appreciated, worked to the bone, and filled with self-rage and resentment. However, once I began the fast in April and started to re-ignite the emotions and spiritual parts of myself that had been ignored for way too long, my body, my mind and my universe began to spin differently. Not only did I drop the extra 30 lbs. (finished at 119) which had been making me tired, causing me bloat, worry, and daily distress, but I also paved the way for a much more exciting, creative and eye-opening journey to the presidency of a wonderful company where I feel appreciated, earn more money, and am all-around happier.
"So, thank you again and again. I know that this renewed sense of self, and awareness of the environment (evidenced by the entirely organic, green, sustainable Manhattan townhouse that we are currently constructing) will continue onward for many years, hopefully for my entire life ahead. Have I reached perfection? No, not at all. I have fasted again since ending the first fast, and plan to begin a new phase of fasting just after the new year. I probably will only do 30 days, but feel it is necessary to remove some weight gain, and some fuzzy thinking. Clarity is addictive, and far healthier than other negative things that cause us to want to return again and again to fasting.
"Much love and peace to you and your wonderful children in the new year. I certainly hope you will be heading into the Big Apple sometime again soon, as I would love nothing more than to see you in person again. All the best, Lisa.
"P.S. We watched 25 minutes of stunning fireworks out of our 25th-floor apartment window. They must have been exploding over Central Park, and it was quite a show!"
Alan Fraser, M.D., 46, a Port Alberni, British Columbia (Canada), family physician, on the 68th fasting day of the 80-day Program he did with his same-age wife, having begun at 6' 3", 236 lbs., wanting to drop 40 unnecessary lbs., along with his alcohol, nicotine and caffeine addictions:
"Greetings on fasting day 68, Dennis. . .unbelievable to be this far; once in a lifetime. This truly has been an awesome experience, with so many blessings unfolding! I have blown away my first goal of at least a 40-lb. weight loss, with 57 lbs. gone. As for my second goal, I now have a firm resolve to discipline 'fueling' and 'driving' my revitalized life. The third is deeply spiritual: experiencing the real presence of God in all, and celebrating in thanksgiving.
"These last two goals, I will be a student of for the rest of my days, in a deeper, delightful way. A special thank you to you for doing this service. Please, all I have communicated to you is gifted to your ministry to use as you see fit. This is a small gift, in comparison to the personal journey you offer others. Much alive and loving it, Alan."
Sonja Jacob, a Princeton University student, 21, following the 50-day Program she began at 5' 8", 153, suffering "severe clinical depression and anxiety," having "gained 30 lbs. in two years" and "wanting off meds":
"This fast has made me lighter, cleaner, braver, and stronger. I appreciate having done it, as a test of personal strength. I absolutely lost weight, and I deeply detoxified. Even being a vegetarian by personal choice since the age of seven, I found myself 'evicting' tenants from my body every day--I think you know what I mean--and I saw and felt the detox through my skin and mouth. What was most rewarding, ultimately, was the sense of accomplishment I felt on fasting day 40--and the pure bliss of eating food again during transitioning out. I have never been more thankful for that simplest thing.
"Dennis, your support and knowledge were priceless resources. I can't imagine there is anyone in the world with more knowledge of fasting, or anyone I'd feel more confident to have as a FastMaster. The Fasting Program, as well as your 60-page 'Lifetime Optimum Health Plan' are extremely well thought out, medically sound, and doable. Certain elements made me feel so good and lively, that I plan to integrate them into my post-fast routine.
"I am so glad I took this challenge. Indeed, it WAS a challenge, but the best kind, and I know my body is thanking me all over! Thank you, Dennis! Have a lovely day! Big love (as you'd say), Sonja"
Mike Mazey, 31, a Brno-Stranice, Monrocia (Czech Republic), teacher, following the 58-day Total Detox. Program he began at 5' 6", 191 lbs., wanting to lose 37 and gain energy, focus, concentration and spiritual benefits:
"Thank you over and over again, Dennis, for all your support, wisdom and guidance in helping me to get my life back. I believe, truly, this has been a life-transforming experience for me. I went into the Program with some reservations, it's true, but also with a kind of desperation, as I felt that my health was something that was slipping away from me. I look much better, post-fast, but more importantly, I feel more empowered now to actually take control of my health and all its aspects--physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Truly, it is up to each of us to look after ourselves.
"This fast has given me more energy, drive, motivation and clarity to do all the things I have been meaning to do, with the confidence now to do them well. This experience has taught me many things, but if there is one thing that stands out above the rest, it is that results come as a result of the effort we put in. Truly, we reap what we sow, and I have reaped the blessings of better health, now that I feel I have successfully dealt with my health and lifestyle problems of chronic overeating; carbohydrate cravings; sugar and caffeine addictions; bingeing from time to time to deal with my own emotional problems, as well as a sedentary lifestyle.
"I was able to lose 27 kg. (59.4 lbs.), as well as achieve a much healthier skin, and it has also removed the body-odor problem I suffered from before the fast. I have greater clarity of thinking, and greater joy and happiness in life, even discovering untold joy from very simple things. Now, three days after completing my Program, I am discovering the joys of shopping and cooking. . .in a much healthier way.
"Most importantly, as a Christian, this has been a boon to my own spirituality, as I try to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and narrow the gap between what I learn from the Scriptures, and what I actually apply in my life. Thank you again, Dennis, for everything you have done for me. I cannot give enough praise to the Program you have carefully crafted and refined, and cannot recommend it highly enough to all those determined to leave behind their old, unhealthy lifestyles and take control of their health, once and for all. Continue the great work, Dennis. All the best, Mike."
Susan G. (name withheld for privacy), 51, a New York clothing designer who presents her creations on TV's QVC channel, on the 66th fasting day of the 78-day Total Detox. Program she began at 5' 4", 130 lbs., doing it with her husband, 50:
"I'm coming to the end of the most incredible experience--this Miracle Juice Fast! I never thought I could do this. With my heavy schedule and demanding job, I thought I would be too weak and tired to do a fast for any length of time. My age plus 17 days sounded impossible! Now, I have two more days to go and I'm just as apprehensive about ending the fast as I was going into it!
I have never felt so good in my entire life! I am full of energy and feel a wonderful sense of calmness. I have an incredible sense of clarity that I never realized could be possible. I don't want to ever lose this feeling, so I will change my way of eating, plus fast for 2-3 weeks every year.
"I went into this fast to clean my system of toxins and to stop taking prescription drugs which aided my sleep and helped clear my sinuses. However, ever since I started this fast, I've taken no more medications, sleep like a baby every night, and my sinuses are clear. I've also lost quite a bit of weight and feel great! It's a wonderful feeling to be thin and healthy!! "THIS FAST IS TRULY A MIRACLE, DENNIS!!!!
You kept me on track and gave me tremendous support. You were there for me whenever I had any questions or concerns. You helped me keep my nose to the grind with your words of wisdom and encouragement. This was a life-changing experience for the better. I think you are a genius!! Thank you for developing this Program. You have made a positive difference in my life. Your great supporter, Susan G."
James Redfield, 61, a Penn Valley, CA, Seventh-Day Adventist minister, on the 101st fasting day of the 120-day Program he began at 5' 11", 348 lbs., admitting, "I have not appreciated the gift I was given, and am now, through your Program, seeking to make good by honoring the Gift Giver with a clean and healthy body-temple!"; his wife Ilona, 60, a registered nurse in a cardiac intervention unit, did an 87-day Total Detoxification Program with him:
"Dear Dennis/FCI: I have been at our Church Camp meeting for the last 10 days. There are about 3000 people camping here, and I am a high-profile person, as I've been attending it in a leadership position for about 20 years. Last year, I weighed 100-plus more pounds than this year. As I walked around the campground, many people did not recognize me, and it has been an interesting 10 days.
"I have been talking to many people who have lots of questions about the fast, etc. I have directed all of them to your website, and hope that many of them sign up with you. They all have a desire to know what I have done, and I have repeated my story so many times that I am tired of doing it. . .at least for now. I have been careful to only tell them what is on your website, or what my own experience and results have been.
"I love your Program, am sold on its quality and effectiveness, and recommend it without reservation. I have asked those who choose to use your Fasting Program to let you know that I referred them, as I would like to know if they go forward, so that I can pray for them and encourage them.
"To say 'thank you' is so inadequate I hesitate to say it. What you have provided me is a new life, a new way of thinking, new skills for life, and a sense of freedom I have never had before. I have a plan for the rest of my weight loss, and know that I can accomplish it. I intend to lose the rest of my weight by my birthday in seven months, and I know I can do it.
"This next week, I begin my weight-training, and will be increasing my aerobic activity. I am signed up for a backpacking trip in the Trinity Alps in a month with a group of pastors, and am looking forward to it. My wife and I want to kayak, hike, backpack, mountain bike, and so much more. I feel younger, happier and healthier. My relationship with my wife is great, and improving every day. I don't feel my age at all, and look forward to being active the rest of my life.
"I saw my cardiologist a week ago and they took a new echocardiogram. Over the previous four years, the same test showed a thickening of my heart walls, and a valve problem (although not serious enough to intervene). This new test showed normal thickness of my heart walls, and no more valve problem, in addition to normal blood flow. All of my blood work is fantastic, with my blood pressure finally down where it should be. Thus, I take no medications of any kind now, and also no longer have sleep apnea.
"Overall, I am really healthier than ever! My doctor, who attends my church, gave me a very serious compliment; he said I now look 10 years younger. Thanks again. Blessings; your friend, Jim"
Mary & Paul Walker, a fortysomething couple who own a construction company in Lucerne Valley, CA:
"We completed our 67-day Total Detox. Programs with ease and flying colors! During our fast (after 35 fasting days), we both had physicals done for life insurance purposes. We'd originally been quoted 'preferred' rates, as a result of our initial application's answers. However, after our actual physicals, our agent called to say the results looked like those of 'Olympians,' adding that we will now get 'special preferred' rates, which only 10% of all life insurance recipients qualify for. My husband is walking around bragging to everyone that he is an 'Olympian.' This is wonderful for the ego! :) Also, this rate saves us over $250 each year, and on our 10-year plan, that's a lot of savings! Needless to say, we're feeling great, looking marvelous, and everyone notices! Paul lost 57 lbs. (started at 6' 5", 275), and I lost 42 lbs. (from 5' 9", 185). I've talked to many people about this Program, and just today, our "Dish Network Installer" said he's planning to look you up. Thank you, Dennis, for everything and God Bless You and FCI. Mary & Paul Walker"
Robert Wellington, a Rochester, NY, retired computer programmer, 60, on the final Transitioning-Out Day of the 120-day Program he began at 5' 10", 375 lbs., wanting to begin the process of losing 200 unnecessary lbs.; gain energy and greater focus, plus jumpstart a meditation practice:
"Dear Dennis: Thanks for your help during my Program. In regard to goals, I did implement a daily meditation practice which, hopefully, will grow and develop going forward. Also I did allow the Program to work with my body (much to my surprise, since I tend to be program-disobedient). Here are my weight and blood pressure, before and after:
"Weight: before, 368.5 lbs.; 'net' after, 283.5 lbs. (after a low of 275.5, before replacing food into colon). Total loss during 110 days of juice-fasting: 85 lbs.!
"Blood Pressure: before, systolic, 145/diastolic, 93 (High BP/Hypertension); after, 126/77 (Normal BP).
"My fasting 'plan,' going forward, is to more intelligently eat solid food for the next four months, and then set aside March & April for a 50- or 60-day 'Spring cleaning' juice-fast, and do that for the next two or three years (since I still have so much weight to lose). Best wishes for the holidays, and for FCI's coming New Year's resolution "rush." Sincerely, Bob"
FCI allows clients over 70 (just as we do with younger clients suffering a few specific health problems such as Type 2 Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, and Bi-Polar Disorder) to do our 20-day Program, and if there are no contraindications, they have the option to extend in 10-day increments. The following is from a Vallejo, CA, retiree, 78, following the 30-day Program she began "in good health, taking no meds, and wanting to lose 10-15 lbs.; her husband, 75, a T2 Diabetic, completed our 20-day Program:
"Dennis, thank you for helping us. Your 60-page Lifetime Optimum Health Plan will prove to be invaluable, and I thank you especially for including it in our Programs. Although I had done water-fastings from time to time before, I found FCI's 30-day juice-fasting Program to be very helpful, and much easier. Unlike my water-fasts, during this juice-fast, I had a lot of energy to carry on extensive household and garden activities, and to continue regular daily exercises. The length of my fast was just right for me, and I easily reached my goals.
"Prior to his own fast, my husband 'lived to eat,' and especially liked 'recreational' eating, ALONE, at those awful 'all you can eat' buffets, many with their cheap fats, sugared and salted meats. After he did FCI's 20-day Program, he was amazed that his psoriasis and joint aches disappeared in such a brief time, and that his T2 diabetes improved considerably. His substantial weight loss was also encouraging, and he wants to do other short fasts with the proper intervals. First, however, we'll travel some to see our beautiful U.S.A. The best to you, Dennis! Love and peace, Ava Fisher"
Jeff Hutner, 68, the Ojai, CA, editor of New Paradigm Digest, describing how scientific fasting succeeded where Conventional Medicine could not, writing here eight years after completing his 85-day Total Detox. Program to resolve benign bladder tumors:
"Dear Dennis: I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your extraordinary Program. When I came to FCI, it was after two surgeries for bladder growths. The surgery was no fun, and my urologist--who was the head of Urology at U.C.L.A.--told me I would need to have these operations regularly, as the growths would continue coming back. I researched alternatives, and was fortunate to discover Fasting.com. I went back and told him: "I don't think so," and did your fast, designed to eliminate a lifetime of toxic accumulation which, in my case, took 75 days of actual juice-fasting.
"I intentionally waited two years before returning to see him for a check-up, to make sure that if they were going to re-grow, they would show up. But. . .voila! No more bladder growths. This is certainly a wonderful testament to the design and quality of your wonderful Program, which I would recommend to anyone and have many times since. I'm looking forward to my 20-day tune-up fast with you, starting next week. I'll be doing a story on my fast for my blog. Thank you, again, for your wonderful work in the world. You have positively influenced thousands, with many more to come. All my best, Jeff"
Among the hundreds of prospective clients accessing FCI's Virtual Office each day of every year, as well as among our global clientele--on seven continents now representing 220 countries--we're often asked if clients are able to maintain their gains. No client, thus far, has stepped forward to fund such long-term, follow-up studies, but anecdotal evidence continually arrives from those with the courage and discipline to maintain the far greater health, happiness and healing power they've achieved on our Programs. What follows is from an Oakland, CA, computer scientist--Karen Gardner, Ph.D.--who did an 80-day Total Detox. Program just under 10 years ago, checking in with her periodic "Status Report":
"Hello, Dennis! I did the exceptionally long fast some years ago, and now fast about three weeks a year. I'm 65 years old, and no one can believe what excellent health I have. A couple of years ago, my physician requested I have a gall bladder scan before a routine colonoscopy. I did so. During the scan, the operator exclaimed 'ooh' and left the room. She returned with about six other people who all congregated around the screen. I asked what they were looking at, and the operator responded that I had the liver and gall bladder of a 21-year-old, and how did that happen. I replied that the only thing I could think of is that I fast every year. . .at which point, they all lost interest! At any rate, without exception, all of my friends and acquaintences of my age are taking medication and have any number of medical problems. I take no medications; I have infinitely more energy than they do, and I can out-hike my nieces and nephews. Regards, Karen Gardner, Ph.D."
Serguei Son, 27, a Russian graduate student at Yale University in New Haven, CT:
"Out of 27 years of my life, the last 19 were spent against a background of dull suffering. When I was 8, I came down with hepatitis, and I never have been quite healthy since. Every waking moment of my life, I was aware of my liver and stomach: if I was not in pain, then I felt discomfort in my abdomen. I was also nauseous so permanently that being sick of things became a constant part of my disposition. Of course, I saw plenty of doctors. But they couldn't even begin to understand the cause of my poor condition, or simply labeled it with something like 'Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,' and gave me useless prescriptions to get more rest, to take various kinds of pills, and so on.
"To say that this fast was the single, most useful thing I've done to/for myself in my life would be an understatement. This Program saved me! It saved my aspirations. It restored my birthright to enjoy life. It allowed me to remember what radiant health feels like. I cannot believe, today, that I had to suffer so hopelessly for 19 years. The fast has vastly improved my concentration and acuteness of perception. I no longer have to re-read difficult passages in scientific papers. FCI's scientific juice fasting Program is a brilliant one, in that it gives all the wonderful benefits of fasting, without the suffering characteristics of water-fasting. I will recommend it to anyone--sick or healthy, depressed or happy, young or old. I wish, Dennis, to thank you again for the incredible experience that I had. Please continue your noble mission. Best of luck, Serguei Son."
This prominent M.D.'s name is withheld upon request, ". . .to preclude my being besieged with inquiries from folks who want to know more about this Program". . .a University of California psychiatrist and pediatrician, 49, but also an ultraendurance athlete training for a 100-mile ultramarathon throughout his prolonged FCI Program:
"Dennis and FCI: This is just to say a big thank-you! I really appeciate the commitment you are to the health of others, through this wonderful Program. I am feeling GREAT. . .incredibly great! I am beginning to see the incredible efforts I have gone to in my life, to attempt to achieve exactly that which your fasting Program has provided for me. For example, doing incredible amounts of exercise in order to detox., lose weight, etc. Different crazy diets, sports bars, the Zone Diet, all that stuff.
"This whole experience has been fabulous for me, and not unlike the challenge of taking on a 100-mile race! Truly, perspectives are so important in everything we do. So, I am having fun with this. Thanks! I received a phone call this p.m. from a very dear friend of mine who would very much like to do the Program. He will do very well, and deserves it, in my opinion. His name is [confidential], and he will email you shortly. Otherwise, all sorts of other friends are very interested in also doing the Program. That's it for now, my friend. Enjoy life! Your friend and associate, [confidential; name on file]."
Elizabeth Lloyd, Ph.D., 39, a British professor of Communications:
"My prolonged, scientific fast introduced me to myself! I now feel so much more knowledgeable about how my body functions, and what is the optimal method of caring for it. This was a pleasurable journey. I am so happy to have done this Program. I am sure I could not have done it on my own, even if I knew exactly what to do. I think that all fasters at FCI somehow energetically link and support each other through you, and I really think it is a wonderful system you have established, particularly sharing dozens and dozens and dozens of kindred souls' experiences on the same fasting day as me, whenever I chose to check in. Thank you, thank you, thank you for doing such a service to humanity by supervising fasts for people the world over. Keep up the good work!"
Stephen Burnett, 52, a Raleigh, NC, co-founder of a firm dedicated to the innovative use of fiber optic light, on F70 (fasting day 70) of the 80-day Program he began at 220 lbs.:
"Dennis: Thank you for your support and knowledge. As you know, I tried the 'Lemonade Diet' [Master Cleanser] for 42 days three years ago, and highly recommend your Fasting Center International over the 'Lemonade Diet.' Your scientific, organic juice-fast has more support, more nutrition, and much more supervision than the 'Lemonade Diet.' I would never have cleansed so thoroughly with just the 'Lemonade Diet.' It is not healthy to 'diet' or 'fast' for such a long period of time without supervision, in my opinion, and you are always available to give advice and support through email, the 'windows,' and/or take a phone call. I believe that your Program is the best fasting program available, and I greatly appreciate your efforts. Best regards, Stephen."
Sorsha Anderson, 35, a New York real estate banking analyst and mother of two boys, six days into the 60-day Program she began with two friends:
"I am deeply grateful, Dennis, to have begun this Program and would like to share something that might be relevant to other parents with young children. Something that has been bothering me greatly is my children's diet. It is truly awful! I try to make small changes, then invariably lose resolve and buy them things that I never touch myself; i.e., Doritos, chicken, cow's milk, etc. (And then, having the things 'I would never touch myself' in the house, I end up eating them!)
"After only 5 days on this Program, the fear that has been holding me back on this issue is leaving me, and I'm taking control of the kitchen. What fear was it? Many fears, I think. The fear that they won't eat anything, if I don't buy them what they want. The fear that maybe Grandma is right--they do need cow's milk and meat. The fear that I just don't have enough knowledge to provide them with what they need. . .gasp!
"But now that I'm actually experiencing these positive changes, I can educate them with authority (thanks to FCI) about their diet and its effects on the body. I think they've always been ready to follow my lead on this; it was me who was hesitant and inconsistent. Now, I know I will be able to follow through for them. I know so many parents at their wits end in this mass-media environment we all live in, trying to take some form of (good!) control over their children's lives. It just doesn't seem daunting to me now. They must be taught to eat healthfully and, until then, I must buy and prepare healthful food for them. It's that simple. How could that have been so confused in my mind for so long? THANK YOU. Your deeply grateful student, Sorsha Anderson"
[35 days in, she'd add]: "The heightened mental clarity and deep peace I'm experiencing in even this short fast are invaluable. You are wonderful to sell this system at such a reasonable price; it is a gift to have access to this. I have completely re-committed to a vegetarian lifestyle, and a diet that includes a lot less bulk. I've learned I need far less than I was eating, pre-fast, and feel much more in touch now, and respectful of this body that is in my care. I also revitalized my childrens' diet, and am working to reduce the amount of gluten they are exposed to. My sister and I, who live on opposite U.S. coasts, have had a beautiful re-connection sharing this experience together, and I can't thank you enough for that. It is also simply amazing to be 17 lbs. lighter. I am looking forward to finishing the remainder of the Program. Thanks again, Dennis. Sorsha"
Malcolm Foster, a Prescott Valley, AZ, retiree, 61, on F77 of his 88-day Total Detox. Program (TDP) he begun at 5' 6", 239 lbs., on meds for high cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as for sleeping; 11 yrs. earlier, he'd done a 77-day TDP:
"Hi, Dennis. Today is Fasting Day 77--my next-to-last juice-fasting day. I've accomplished all goals I'd set, exceeding my weight-loss goal, currently down 70 lbs. I still have 20-25 lbs. to lose, based on how my body looks, and expect a year on an all-vegetarian diet will bring me close to my ideal weight. I'm off my blood-pressure meds completely and hope, based on the blood test I'm taking in two weeks, I'll be taken off my cholesterol-management meds, as well.
"Best of all, I gained an incredible calmness--a wonderful feeling of being well-centered. The clarity of thinking I achieved is truly wonderful! For example, I've been struggling for the past year between Choice A and Choice B, which left me in an almost unsolvable dilemma. Two days ago, I clearly saw, felt and knew the answer, AND acted on, which will have a profound effect on my life going forward. For that, I am humbly grateful.
"Your assistance and support have, once again, been extra-ordinary. For that, I thank you more deeply than I can express. 'Thank you' hardly seems adequate, but it truly means what it says. Thank you, Dennis. Most sincerely, Malcolm
"P.S. Since I knew what to expect along the way, from having done my previous 77-day Program with you a decade earlier, I was not surprised by anything which happened this time around. In truth, I got so much more this time, and I didn't have a single 'bad' day during the entire process."
Dominic Bagglio, 32, an Italian computer-marketing director:
"I tried dieting many more times than I'm willing to say, and it never worked for me. Fasting did work! My 40-day Program has totally transformed my entire relationship with food!"
Sharyn Michaelson, 50, a Baton Rouge, LA, off-shore trust/investment liason, pilot, building contractor, and mother of four teenagers, after her 77-day Total Detox. Program:
"My goal was to re-gain my health, and I feel as though I have actually been given my life back; this is said with NO exaggeration! My back pain, sleep disorder, fibromyalgia, high blood-pressure, excess weight and depression are completely gone. I'm 'in love' with life again, and my entire family is delighted. I know, without a doubt, that the Lord truly led me to you, and I will be eternally grateful to Him and to you. You have been more than wonderful, and were certainly all the support anyone could ever need. At a better time in his life, my husband, who is a veternarian, definitely wants to do this, as he has seen what it has done for me."
Steve Callis, 50, an Avon, IN, 29-year firefighter, after completion of the 50-day Program he began at 6' 2", 246 lbs., still athletic--playing basketball, volleyball and racquetball--but wanting "to clean out my system, as well as shed 35 lbs. and see if I can get back to just feeling good"; Steve's representative of the 'physical' professions represented year in and decade out throughout FCI's global clientele, working in fighting fires, policing, all the building trades, and all levels of both the U.S. and foreign militaries:
"I have completed the T-Out Days of my 50-day Fasting Program, and all systems have re-started famously. I accomplished all the goals that I had set, plus lost a little more weight than I wanted or expected. My original weight of 246 lbs. was ugly and unhealthy. My goal was a 30-to-35-lb. weight loss, and I lost 47 lbs. I haven’t been under 200 lbs. since my senior year of high school, in the late Seventies.
"I hope to settle in around 210 - 215, as I feel good and look healthy at that weight. My wife told me yesterday that my face was already filling back out, as she thought I was too thin. I remember in one of the 'windows' you sent, saying that the face would fill back out quickly, if needed, and that (as with pretty much everything else you have stated) was true. If you remember, my wife told me I was starting to feel like 'hugging a bag of bones.' I was about 215 when I met my wife, so I imagine she will be happy with that.
"I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this Program was to do. Being a Career Firefighter, I was concerned about energy levels at work, but experienced no loss. I also continued to play full-court basketball for two hours at a time--as I have done for a few years now--and found it easier. It's amazing how much energy it was taking to move that additional 30+ lbs. up and down the court.
"I did have to drop down on my weight workouts for awhile, in some areas, but that just gives me some new goals! My co-workers who knew what I was doing would occasionally ask what I was taking to keep my energy up, if I was not taking in any solids. I tried to explain some things, and just pointed them to where to do their own research, if they really wanted to understand it--Fasting.com.
"I believe you will hear from some of them. One co-worker called me last night to see if I knew if his wife would benefit from it, to help with her migraine headaches. I referred her to your site, and told her to send you an email with her questions. I hope she does!
"Thanks for all the guidance, and for making this Program available. I will be making an annual fast part of my life, just to keep the system running smoothly. I will probably do it in the Summer or Fall, though, rather than the Winter, due to our growing season here and the easier availability of fresh produce. I wish you much success with your adventures, and thank you for enhancing my well-being and giving me a tool to maintain it. Thanks again and God Bless! Steve Callis"
Al Koch, 22, a Oconomowoc, WI, alternative medicine student, on the 38th fasting day of the 49-day Total Detox. Program he began at 5' 9", 175 lbs., wanting to drop 20-25 excess lbs., but noting that "spirituality is the core of my life":
"Athough 39 days is, in fact, quite a long time, the entire fasting process was very comfortable. I had done short water-fasts in the past, and struggled every second of every day to get through them! This was like a cakewalk, compared to that (minus the cake, of course)! I lost 25 lbs., and am quite sure my body is more free of toxins than it has been in a long time. This is wonderful to know, since I believe that most disease, if not all, comes from improper diet and toxicity in the body. Another plus I noticed with the fast was a general sense of calm and stillness, mentally; my mood and general demeanor were very balanced.
"Also, this fast motivated me to want to eat an optimal diet in the future. Having committed to such an awesome detoxification with this fast, I feel I owe it to myself to maintain that inner cleanliness. :) As I said, this Program, for me, was very easy, and I had no problems, whatsoever. I think that this is completely a testament to you, Dennis, and the knowledge you imparted to me in your Program. So, thanks, thanks, and thanks! I feel great, having accomplished something I always wanted to do (an extended fast). Feel free to share this testimonial with anyone you wish. :) Sincerely, Al
Teresa Scotti, 43, a Pittsburgh, PA, working mother, following her 60-day Program she began at 5' 6", 170 lbs., on the antidepressant Wellbutrin:
"As hard as it is to explain to anyone who hasn't experienced this fasting Program, I know that I'm not the same person that I was two months ago. All my life, it's been about the weight. How to lose it; how not to gain it back. I look great; I look terrible, etc., etc., etc. It's not about that anymore. It's now about my health, and doing what it takes to always feel my best. I don't have to be afraid of eating the wrong foods anymore, because for the first time in my life, I understand why they are bad for me, and what they do to my body, in addition to the weight.
"Perhaps the greatest tool you've given me is the ability to live in the present. I don't know if I can maintain my weight and my health forever, but I know that I can be in control of TODAY. Today, I will eat healthfully; I will honor myself, and I will honor this planet and all the living things on it. I also have gained an entirely new perspective on life. As you suggested, I no longer 'sweat the small stuff,' and, of course, 'IT'S ALL SMALL STUFF!!!'
"Two years ago, I had a radical hysterectomy, because of a 'borderline' mass near my ovaries. I am now convinced, more than ever, that I could have prevented that mass. I was eating the most horrible things. I was stressed, and miserable, and just plain mean. That diagnosis, especially when I didn't know whether or not the mass was malignant, was the beginning of a transformation for me, as I began to realize what I had been doing to myself for all those years. Finding your website was the next step that I needed to help me complete my transformation, and begin my new, wonderful, healthy life.
"So yes, I've lost almost 40 lbs. I've ended my decades-long obsession with my weight. I've eliminated my need for antidepressants (from 450 mg./day of Wellbutrin to 0 mg.). I'm happier, more content, more connected to the universe, and more spiritual. I look fantastic. I feel fantastic. My hair is amazing. My skin is flawless. This is the way God created us to live. . .and it's great! So thank you, Dennis/FCI, a million times for this wonderful experience, and for the lifetime tools you have given me. Sincerely, Teresa Scotti
"P.S. I have to tell you, I ran into someone the other day whom I hadn't seen in awhile, and she was dumbstruck. She couldn't pinpoint what was different--she mentioned my hair, my skin, my weight. She said she didn't know what I'd done, but that I should keep it up, because I looked radiant! Yet another friend, a former co-worker, said that I looked better now than I did before I had my kids! Again, Thank you!"
Fr. Martin Wolter, 71, a Franciscan Catholic priest from the Arkansas Ozarks:
"I had previously fasted, according to church rules and for religious reasons, but never had I undertaken a scientifically designed Program with supervision. Now I understand how and why to fast sensibly, for whatever reasons. My body lost 15 lbs. permanently, and my mind and spirit have also gained immeasurably!"
Beverley & Bryan Stone, a thirtysomething working couple living in the Los Angeles megalopolis--she's Australian; he's American:
"My husband and I recently completed our prolonged fast with FCI. I had water-fasted previously, for up to 3 days, but by the third day, I was always too scared to continue, feeling shaky, dizzy, and hungry. This experience was so completely different! The calm, centered, relaxed feeling throughout the entire fast was something neither of us wanted to end! The physical comfort and the inner stillness were amazing.
"As we did the fast together, we felt connected, loving, and very peaceful; moods disappeared, and outside events just bounced off us. Obviously, too, the weight loss was miraculous! My husband looks years younger. . .his face is the handsome one from 5 years ago, when we were married. Our skin has improved, and our hair--every day is a great hair day!
"With both of us working, plus taking care of our toddlers, we're on the go every minute of every day, and this fast helped us have more energy, and to get more done. We had lots of ideas just 'pop' into our heads, about all kinds of things. I looked at everything around me in my life with a clearer perspective, making all kinds of small improvements, which really add up. For example, I suddenly realized how uncomfortable and squashed I was at my work desk, and completely changed my office around, ordered ergonomic furniture, raised the height of my computer, and I love my new ergonomic chair!
"This fast is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, as far as I'm concerned; I've been searching for something like this for years. Comments from people--in regard to the weight we lost--are great! And, walking was all the exercise I needed to do. I'd read previously about fasting, but it seemed like one had to go to an expensive spa and be monitored there daily, etc., or that it was too complicated for someone with an ordinary, busy life. But, this Program is so easy, and you get into the swing of it right away.
"Now, we're really looking forward to getting to the beach this Summer; if you're down there, we're the really slim, healthy looking couple running around like crazy after the 18-month and 3-year-old boys!
"All I can say, to anyone thinking about this, is GO FOR IT! You don't know how fantastic you're going to feel! . . .Like my husband says about me, I've gone from 'a little chubby' to 'absolutely beautiful,' as he's having people now tell him: 'SHE'S your wife?!' Well, that does it for me! Thanks, Dennis; you're our hero.
"We wish you and FCI all the success in the world, Dennis, because humanity needs this so badly. It's amazing to me, to think that this most basic thing--eating--if done intelligently, could have a huge impact on everything: health, thought, relationships, culture, politics, economy, violence, longevity, art, society, etc.
"Thanks again, and peace be with you. Beverley & Bryan Stone"
Hugo Huerta, M.D., 58, a Brazilian psychiatrist, author and lecturer:
"My 50-day Program has been a liberating experience at the spiritual, physical, and even emotional levels. It certainly blew the gourmet cover off my addiction to food!"
Juliette Holdaway, 36, a Fort Sill, OK, mother of two on the 41st fasting day of the 63-Day Total Detoxification Progam she's doing with her husband, 32, a U.S. Army officer:
"I've done many, many so-called 'cleanses' during the past 17 years, including a two-week stay at the Hippocrates Health Institute (formerly in San Diego, CA); Bernard Jensen's program from his book, Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management; the Cleanse and Purify Thyself program from Arise and Shine Herbal Products; Jason Winter's Colon Cleanser; Paavo Airola's regime from his book, How to Get Well; Stanley Burroughs' The Master Cleanser from his book of the same name; juicing; raw foods; an iridologist's program, etc., etc., etc.
"They all have done some amount of cleansing, of course, but none produced the wonderful results I have witnessed in myself, during your great Program! I just wish I had found your Program 17 years ago, and saved myself a lot of money and pain! I have prayed to find something that would actually totally cleanse my whole system, and I've finally found it!! I will always use this Program for my yearly maintenance! My husband, by the way, is doing beautifully and feeling just great, having just taken a PT [physical training] test yesterday and scored the highest he has ever scored! Thank you so very much.--Juliette"
Andy Hutson, 25, a University of Michigan grad student, upon completing the 60-day Program he began at 5' 10", 210 lbs., wanting to lose 25, along with his Coke and caffeine Joneses, to enhance his spiritual quest:
"As my 50th fasting day comes to an end, I realize that I have gained an insight into myself that I never knew possible, pre-fast. I came in expecting to lose a little weight and enhance my spirituality, and I've found that I've pretty much been given a new life. I have been reborn! My fasting period helped me learn that there are choices in life, and that there are some things which we believe are choices, but really aren't. I see now, in hindsight, that I never really had a choice to the way that I was living, polluting my life with the things that I put into my body. I had no choice because I didn't know any different. Today, I see that I really don't have to live like that anymore. In addition to breaking my mental attachments to food and eating (among other things), I found that this Program has given me a sense of serenity that I haven't known before. I've learned to live a life of optimum health--one that my body was designed to live in the first place. As my fast comes to a close, I'm actually looking forward to adopting a healthier lifestyle, knowing full well that the way I was feeling and living (and suffering) before, is still out there if I ever so choose to go back to it. Sincerely, Andy"
Most FCI clients, post-fast, adopt more intelligent dietary/lifestyle habits, as well as this marvelous, self-improvement technique we're teaching them for life, for two reasons: (1) they like how they now feel, and (2) they worked hard to achieve far greater health, happiness and healing power. However, among the hundreds of prospective clients who visit FCI's Virtual Office each day of every year, many still wonder if our clients maintain their gains/fast afterwards. As just one, representative example, Elaine Flanders, a Santa Barbara, CA, medical firm corporate trainer, 58, sent the following a decade and a half after completing her Program:
"I completed my initial, supervised fast with FCI about 15 years ago. Currently, I'm in the middle of another one, using your materials as my guide. It's been absolutely wonderful to experience the clarity and peace of mind I feel on a daily basis. What an exquisite gift your Program is! And, even after all these years, I still utlitize the method you taught me for cleansing my system and regaining my sanity. When you said I had a Program for life, you were not kidding!!!
"One of the greatest benefits of my current fast has been in my ability to relate to others. I am more present, focused and patient. My ability to release my attention from negative events and people, without judgement, has been a spiritual experience. Each moment carries a uniqueness that escapes me completely when I'm overeating or indulging in foods, or using refined sugar and white flour.
"I am so grateful that I choose to give myself the experience of your Program, for it continues to help sustain and develop my spiritual growth. Thank you so much, Dennis, for the creation of FCI's Program; for continuing this immensely valuable work, and for just being on this planet. Much love, Elaine
"P.S. I was fasting during the recent holidays, and my son became very interested in your supervised fast. I really believe this has so much to do with the calmness and peace that literally emanates from me. I thought I would like to give him a Program as a Christmas gift. Can I get a gift certificate for a fast? Let me know, and I can send you my credit card number. God Bless. Elaine"
Steve Greer, 34, a Los Angeles, CA, native working for a year in Sydney, Australia, for a multinational PR firm, on the 49th fasting day of his 61-day Total Detoxification Program:
"I can't believe it's almost over! This has gone by so fast. When I first considered doing this--almost a year ago--I thought: 'Geez, I don't think I could make it.' It's amazing, the artificial barriers we create in our minds that are completely unfounded. I've lost the weight I'd wanted to (which is GREAT)! I am thrilled!! I feel so comfortable in my body now, in a way I've not felt since high school. Who would have thought it was possible?
"I am very determined to keep what I've earned, and know it will be easy to do, because I now feel so differently about what I put in my body. It's kind of like going to the store and instead of just buying something, now thinking: 'Do I really need this, or do I just want it?" From now on, I will always think like this, when eating.
"Thank you so much for being there, and for answering all of my questions. Know I will treat this incredible technique and information as gold for the rest of my life! I plan on doing a 20-or-so-day fast once a year for the rest of my life, and I look forward to it!! You and FCI are doing humanity a great service, Dennis! Be well and take care. All the best to you and yours, Steve"
Michael Egli, 29, a Zurich investment banker who did a 56-day Total Detoxification Program with his same-age wife, Andrea, still thanking FCI a year later:
"Hi, Dennis: I hope you are well. It's just coming up to a year since we began our fasts. I just wanted to thank you for showing us a truly incredible tool to manage our lives with."
Dr. Gerry McCormack (Ed.D., J.D.), 66, a law school president and education consultant who keeps, with her husband, a home plus a horse ranch in California:
"I originally went to Fasting Center International because I thought I would develop my thinking skills. What happened to me after a 50-day Program--40 days of actual juice-fasting--was infinitely more complex than just thinking. The Program made my life more centered, increasingly powerful, mysterious and interesting, all at the same time. My health and energy have now reached levels I thought impossible for my age and experiences.
"During one weekend, I played 158 games of tennis with no injuries, no particular feeling of being tired at the end. The coming together of the mind and body through the process of prolonged, supervised fasting has greatly increased the intensity of pleasures in my life. I recommend FCI's Dennis Paulson Method for everyone!"
As one of Earth's best-educated human beings (with all the degrees possible in both Law and Education), some may be wondering what Doctor McCormack--at 66--meant by saying she came to FCI to develop her "thinking skills." The late Russian professor Lev Strugatsky, in "The Practical Management of Therapeutic Fasting," discusses how scientific fasting improves our ability to think:
"Pythagoras [the 6th century B.C. Greek philosopher and mathematician], believing that fasting improves the ability to think, would not accept students into his philosophical school unless they each fasted for 40 straight days, beforehand. This is explained by the fact that the cleansing process inherent in skillful fasting actually rids the nerve tissues of intrusive, 'cementing' particles. As a result, a greater number of your brain cells come into contact with purified blood, and therefore greater cerebral energy is created. As the elimination of blockages within the gray matter of the brain proceeds, the improved flow of blood to the brain helps to clarify one's thinking. George Bernard Shaw [Irish literary critic and dramatist, 1856-1950] attributed the success of his literary works to the myriad beneficial effects of fasting."
Equally interesting, at the beginning of 1997--during one of FCI's busiest periods each and every year, when we experience a virtual tsunami of seemingly genetically encoded New Year's Resolutioners seeking, in part, to undo the obvious damage done during the previous year's six-week-long party period spanning from Thanksgiving Day through to New Year's Day--FCI had a married couple from Los Angeles doing 50-day Programs. Both doctors of psychology, she, at 72, was delighted to remove 40 unnecessary pounds, and to detoxify. But primarily, she admitted: "We're here because of his high triglyceride report!" At 69, he'd had bypass surgery, was on both blood-pressure and heart-rhythm regulation medications, and wanted to finally lose his "midriff roll."
After 40 days of scientific juice-fasting, the three things which surprised these mature psychologists most were: 1) both of their cardiologists supported their choice to do FCI's therapeutic, supervised, 50-day Programs; 2) his weight and blood-pressure reductions ended his need for any blood-pressure meds, and 3) both felt the enhancement of their thinking skills, as well as their intuitive wisdom. In explaining the difference, Al Einstein once noted: "The really valuable thing is the intuition. The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness--call it intuition or what you will--and the solution comes to you, and you don't know how or why." This cultured psychologist who'd survived bypass-surgery (he's also an author) doesn't understand how or why it happened, but by the second week of his fast, he was ecstatic to discover that the "writer's block" he'd so long suffered had miraculously disappeared, as well.
Michel DesJardin, 64, a Montreal, Canada, writer/producer, wrote 8 days into the prolonged detoxification he began at 6', 220 lbs., to lose 25 lbs. and his high blood-pressure meds:
"I'm feeling great, have shed many first pounds, and don't feel tired or cranky; but, then again, nothing's been annoying me. I've made some personal observations about eating, to wit: it doesn't seem that I'm hungry. I'm not. What I am, though, is still hooked on the 'habits' of eating. Mid-morning, after writing, I go downstairs to walk around, and my reflexive instinct is to go to the fridge for a snack. Why? Because that's what I've always done. I think it's important to learn to separate what is real hunger from the eating we do out of habit. Realizing that helps whenever I 'think' I'm hungry. Secondly, to realize how much of eating is determined by the pre-designed times of breakfast, lunch and dinner. What does one do at those time? One eats. So, when the clock hits 7 a.m., 1 p.m. or 6, we are programmed to sit down to a meal. Again, this programming is not hunger; it's programming."
Two weeks after completing his fast, he'd add: "Let me say that I've adopted much from your Lifetime Optimum Health Plan, so I'm on a good, healthy diet, perhaps not as rigorous as yours, but light years away from the one I abandoned when I started FCI's Program. Of course, my 'healthy' wife, who wholeheartedly supported me during my fast, has been eating much better than I for years, so she's thrilled I've finally joined her. In some ways, the most valuable asset I've gotten from this experience is an awareness of the part that food plays in my life; i.e., it's more than just sustenance. It's a boredom-reliever, a stress-reliever, an anti-depressant, and all those other psychological needs that have nothing to do with real hunger or physical need. That awareness could not have come without this fasting experience and, along with all the other benefits I've gained, this will, I think, have been the most instructive. Thank you, again, for it all. Michel DesJardin"
Theresa Ang, 34, a Singapore mother of three and a teacher with the Ministry of Education, who also recently completed a B.Sc. (Math) in her spare time, admitting: "It was absolutely overwhelming to think that I could achieve this with a career and 3 kids.":
"I lost a grand total of 8 kgs. [17 lbs.] during my 30-day Program. In fact, I had to practically revamp my entire wardrobe! Great excuse, huh? . . .Also, I experienced a calm and a placidity which is only spoken of in ancient wisdom. In fact, I only appreciated it post-fast, when I realized that my thinking patterns and mind control were altered, once I started eating solid food again. I've also since found, in the Program which FCI has taught me for life, a strength and a purpose I'm not about to let go. So. . .watch out for my fasting sequel!"
This U.S. religious leader's name is withheld upon request, to similarly protect his privacy and keep him from being besieged with inquiries from folks who want to know more about FCI's Program. . .rector of a 2000-member Episcopal church in America's midwest (inspired to do his own 50-day Program by a priest who assists him, already nearing completion of her Program when he began his):
"On Easter, 27 days into my fasting Program, I preached at 5 services over the course of 12 hours, and had more than enough energy and stamina. This fast has really changed my understanding about food. I realize that my energy and stamina are gifts from God, and that I don't have to put something in my mouth whenever I think I need some energy. (Obviously, food itself is a gift from God, and it is stored in the body as potential energy.) I do hope this thought process isn't too circuitous to make sense. Easter blessings! This fasting Program is a fantastic experience, and I am really grateful to have this experience for a lifetime of cleansing and healing. Thanks for your guidance. God's blessing be upon you! [Confidential]."
Andrea Hinteregger, 30, a Zurich, Switzerland, broker inspired by the successes of two colleagues at her own international banking firm who'd previously done 56- (a female broker, 28) and 50-day (a male investment banker, 34) FCI Programs:
"I finished my fast nearly two months ago, and still feel great! I only put back four pounds [fecal matter back into the colon]; since then, my weight is stable. I have gone to the gym like crazy, and now just have the urge to work with my body, plus I feel great that my eating habits have changed. I no longer have the urge to eat pizza or all the other junk foods; they just do taste awful; I am absolutely amazed! So, I would like to encourage all who are still contemplating this Program--thinking you might have a difficult time--to go through with it! The rewards which I got by the end are worth it, even if you have a few difficult moments [i.e., initially withdrawing from addictions like coffee or sugar]. I feel wonderful, and very proud of myself that I achieved my goals. Lots of love, Andrea."
Jack Biesek, 48, an environmental graphic designer with offices in several southern California cities, did his first FCI Program in 1991, and repeats it annually on his own:
"Learning the Fasting Center International Method is one of the most intelligent things I've done in my life! I've never, ever felt more focused, or more at peace with myself, since I was a child. The beauty of nature around my home, and the love of my family circle, have never meant so much to me. This is something I've longed for. I am learning to eat healthfully, reducing my body weight, and gaining a very comfortable sense of personal confidence. I have completely reset my self-value standards. This is like a Fountain of Youth!
"It is really an incredible experience! I think anyone who would like to do major self-improvements of any kind (eg., lose bad habits, improve health, lose weight, improve one's spiritual vision), would benefit highly from this Program. It felt like an insurmountable task to do this fast (at the beginning); now, it feels like it was a very easy accomplishment. Thank you for teaching me this most incredible method of improving myself.
"P.S. Donation enclosed to help someone else."
Michele Louvan, M.D., 31, a French preventive-medicine specialist, family practice psychotherapist, and "maintenance" athlete:
"Fasting taught me a new dimension in doing without food and stimulants, giving me a sense of serenity and new-found strength! I began looking within myself for solutions to problems, rather than to the outside world. As a physician, I've found it has greatly enhanced the practice of psychotherapy, as well as the nutrition and fitness counseling I do."
Alan Christian, 43, a United Airlines commercial pilot from Chicago, Illinois:
"I absolutely loved the physical results of the fast! Here are the major highlights: I lost weight, and found that having an empty colon and cleansing it, simultaneously, was a delightful feeling, as I'd felt bloated quite a bit, due to my pre-fast dietary habits. Additionally, my thought processes soon became clearer. Pre-fast, I would occasionally be talking and the exact word I would be looking for would simply escape me; that no longer happened on the fast, or after.
"Pre-fast, I'd suffered from occasional, mild allergy symptoms, and those, too, disappeared on the fast, including my pre-fast stuffiness at night. According to my wife, the whites of my eyes have also become whiter. Pre-fast, I also had traumatic arthritis in my knees, but during the fast and since, I've had virtually no pain in my knees. These are just the high points of my fasting experience. Would I do it again? Yes! Do I plan on doing it in the future? Yes! I'm grateful for this experience, which I would not have finished, had it not been for FCI's support and confidence in me, Dennis. God bless and thank you."
Emma Neumann, a Dusseldorf, Germany, registered nurse speaking post-fast:
"My 30-day Program was really a wonderful experience! I lost 16 lbs., and professionally, felt comfortable with what I was doing to my body. There wasn't anything negative, no sense of deprivation at all."
Robert Paglinawan, 27, co-owner of Import Performance Tuning in Woodbridge, VA, following his 80-day Program to lose weight, detoxify, and break his "mental addiction to junk food":
"I just wanted to thank you, Dennis, once again. Without you, I would never have had the tools to gain control over the part of my life that I could never find the discipline to control. Your Program is amazing. . . no feelings of hunger (just a few easily-controlled, mental cravings), but the amazing part is the feeling of peace, serenity and clearness it brings. Anyway, thanks for everything, especially the obvious care you give FCI's clients. I will definitely recommend people look up your website, if they want to gain control of their food addiction(s)."
Heather Hiles, 23, a University of California at Berkeley graduate student, following her 67-day Program:
"This fast has not only helped me open doors which I've been too frightened to open, but also has saved my life. . .saved my life from myself, my personality, and helped me to call out to my higher self. A lot of the fear which I carried around, just like all the extra fat and toxins I have discarded, weighed my soul, and kept me prisoner to my addictions such as food and other things. I no longer feel prisoner to the many fears I had been ducking for so long. I am ready to face them and address them directly. What a relief! In my prayers and meditations, I thank those forces that brought FCI and your gift to my life at such an appropriate time. And in particular, Dennis, thank you for your wisdom, your love, and for being you. May peace always walk with you, Heather Hiles."
Claudio Mampel, 42, a Spanish attorney and corporate tax specialist:
"The fast blessed me in body, mind and spirit, as the answers to questions I've been asking for 35 year--without sucess--began to unfold. From the physical standpoint, I lost 30 pounds and have never looked or felt better!"
Sharon Jones, 38, a Galveston, TX, housewife and mother of 2, following her 65-day Total Detox. Program "to rid myself of my horrible sugar addiction, lose weight, and learn to listen to my body in order to live a healthier lifestyle":
"I began my fast at 5' 2" and 162 lbs., busting out of a size 12. At that point in my life, I was standing on the edge of a cliff, expecting to fall and hit bottom. Then my sister recommended the FCI Juice-Fasting Program. Taking her advice, I followed it to the letter, completed it, lost 41 lbs., and now wear a loose size 6. I feel great! At some point during the final days of my Program, I realized I had stepped off of the cliff, but instead of falling, I flew. That's how I feel today--flying free! Sincerely, Sharon Jones"
Gabriel de Santana, 77, a Sao Paulo, Brazil, retiree, after completing the 70-day 'waivered' Program he was allowed to begin as a 20-day, extending in 10-day increments as long as there were no contraindications; prior to his fast, he suffered "chronic intestinal stagnation (CIS), glaucoma, blood dripping from the rectum, and benign prostatic hypertrophy" [BPH--enlargement of the prostate gland in males over 50--which can interfere with urination]:
"FCI's Program, Dennis, was simply marvelous for me! All my physical irregularities, big or little, were resolved or reduced. Even my spirit had a noticeable lift, although I did not reach my main goal--the connection with the Universe. My three threats of imminent cancer ceased. My urticaria dos not exist anymore. The IOP [Intraocular Pressure--the measure of fluid pressure inside your eye, which also helps maintain your eye's shape; elevated IOP is the most significant risk factor for glaucoma] surprisingly decreased a lot, so the glaucoma has stabilized. Even my English improved. I am now faster in writing, more fluent, and able to think in English! Can you imagine that? My defecation is now normal, with no more blood. The relationship between my wife and me improved enormously, after 50 years of marriage. I owe you plenty, Dennis. Thanks, thanks and thanks."
Adele Gibson, 19, an Australian university undergraduate:
"As a college sophomore, having done your 40-day Program, I've rid 20 lbs., feel great, and have an entirely new outlook on food, on life, on everything! It has improved my attitude and state of mind, and my energy level was amazing! For me, healthy fasting is infinitely more effective than dieting, for I didn't feel deprived or hungry, and also experienced a consistent energy level!"
Kevin Koppes, 20, a student at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA, after completing his 50-day Total Detox. Program:
"Dennis, I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am to you for the company you run and the work you do. You have genuinely changed my outlook, not only on health and eating, but on a range of social and political issues, as well. This fast has been the most wonderful and necessary 'eye opener' I have ever had the pleasure of privy to. To be honest, I could go on like that for days, and even then not come close to describing with accuracy what I've gained and learned as a result of my fast. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you for doing such a service to humanity by supervising fasts for people the world over. I sincerely hope that you and yours will experience all of the good fortune this world of ours has to offer, now and in the days, months and years to come. Thanks again, and keep up the good work! Your friend and brother, Kevin"
Beth Miller, Ph.D., 56, a psychologist from San Francisco, CA:
"I timed the end of the fast for Spring, and the arrival of my new car. I love the experience of transformation. I am now healthy, bright-eyed and trim, looking forward to a well-earned sense of freedom.
"The fast was a mixture of great fascination and gruelling difficulty. I watched with fascination as I came up against resistance to aspects of the fast. Since I have great respect for resistance, I walked through it and reflected on attachments and detachment. I also believe in resistance, so I listened to myself and allowed myself to think of quitting before my 'time was up.' I experienced grace at the moment of giving up (I synchronously read about the tests that come when we near the end of a journey, especially an arduous one), as is said in the desert, 'just as we are to die of thirst, we see the palm trees of the oasis.'
"I knew, then, that I would go the distance, and had had another chance to see who I am during difficult times. That sustained me through the remaining days. By the end of the fast, as I went to meals with friends and families (where I did not eat, but joined in the conversation), I began to make mental notes of the restaurants I would return to and the food I would eat, when I was finished with the fast. I am so glad I did the fast. I am so glad I succeeded, and I love feeling this light and healthy. Thank you, Dennis, for being available. Fondly, Beth"
Scott Palczak, 41, a Denver, Colorado, desktop publisher:
"About a week into my 40-day Program, I noticed that my hay fever had begun to disappear. Also, the tendinitis in my left hand had improved. After my 30 days of actual juice-fasting, I can say that my hay fever is completely gone and the tendinitis in my left hand has greatly improved!"
Jennifer Ouellette, 29, a Minneapolis, Minnesota, assistant to a private school's communication director:
"I have been fortunate enough to complete three prolonged detoxification fasts under FCI's unparalleled supervision, and have enjoyed the many inevitable physical benefits, along with some of the possible mental benefits with each fast. In this third fast, though, I had the opportunity to benefit from Dennis Paulson's remarkable clarity and guidance in relationship to the spiritual aspects of fasting.
"His refined art and skill of gently offering clarity and guidance regarding the spiritual opportunities that my mind/body/spirit complex presented to me during my fast are still multiplying and manifesting in my daily life. I am beginning to actualize my spiritual path with greater connectivity and clarity. I am more aware. I am more able to take advantage of the difficulties in my life by trying to utilize them, too, as opportunities. I am more at peace and, therefore, able to take better advantage of opportunities in a way that connects to all aspects of my life in a holistic manner.
"I am, simply, far happier and healthier than when I began this fast, and happily, I have begun working with some of the root problems that had manifested into the physical discomforts that prodded me toward FCI in the first place. My cravings are much lighter, for instance, and when they arise, I have more tools to work with them.
"It is impossible to truly articulate the exponential benefits of this Program. So, why not just try it? The very least benefit that you will experience, even in a shorter program, is the removal of a portion of your lifelong, accumulated toxicity. However, by simply opening myself up more to the mental and spiritual benefits of fasting, my quality of life--and those around me, I hope--continues to bloom as I transition back into eating.
"Please, if you are at all interested and able to take advantage of this opportunity, don't let it be something you could have done for yourself, but didn't. Jennifer"
Geoff Ralph, 31, a Calgary, Canada, senior petroleum engineer:
"To be honest, my prolonged detoxification changed my life! First, you become more aware of your body. That, in turn, opens up your perception to the world around you. With such heightened clarity, I always woke up feeling great! Still do!"
Michelle Miller, an Armani Corporation executive from New York City:
"Over the past four-and-a-half years, I've spent over $40,000 on a nutritionist with a Ph.D.--plus Master's degrees in Psych. and Phil.--failing to accomplish what I'd already accomplished by the 33rd day of FCI's 50-day Program: Fat butt? Gone! Cellulite? Gone! I feel fabulous! And now that I have this magnificent skill for life, I've already promised myself to do it yearly."
Andy Brin, 29, who is with Motorola in Chicago, speaks to many prospective clients' questions about whether or not FCI clients do maintain their gains, post-fast. He began with a 55-day Total Detoxification Program, later extending that by 20 days, in order to accomplish what he felt is his "ideal" weight. As he'd later write in a fine testimonial which now graces FCI's online Fasting Journal at (www.fasting.com/brin.html):
"I went from 235 lbs. to 165 lbs., and a size 42 waist to a 32, in the 2 months I've been on the Program. I barely recognize myself in the mirror, and had to reintroduce myself to almost everyone I knew (who didn't see the gradual transition), even my relatives!"
[FCI NOTE: As the majority of minds, everywhere, still try to equate scientific fasting with 'dieting'--which Washington Post research concludes have "failed Americans 99.5% of the time over the past 70 years," for example--most all who watched him lose 70 unnecessary lbs. on FCI's Program assumed he'd pack it right back on, post-fast. As his below letter indicates--written 17 months after beginning his Program at FCI--he's still correcting such faulted thinking there in Chicago, as well as globally here, among the hundreds of prospective clients who visit FCI's Virtual Office each day of every year, now reading the following update to his original testimonial]:
"I'm writing you to once again tell you of my progress. I told you earlier that I had made a commitment to fast on a regular basis, and I've done a 40-, 20-, and several shorter fasts, on my own, since my 75-day Program at FCI nearly 1.5 years ago; they only get easier and easier. It's all of the benefits, with little of the original inconveniences I had before. The hunger is far less; the routines are more familiar, and my family and friends don't worry about me anymore. . . since the success of my initial fast. I'm currently doing a 21-day fast, and I wanted to thank you again for the life I would not have had without your Program. I am still thin, much to my friends' surprise--they thought I'd gain back the 70 lbs. right away--and I feel better in the last year and a half than I ever had in the ten years before it. Thanks again, Andy Brin"
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