In the past, many health problems were associated with nutritional deficiencies. We believe that today a majority of health problems are associated with dietary excess in general, and excesses of animal fat and animal protein in particular, as well as the use of tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, and refined food products. Adopting a health-promoting diet and lifestyle may reduce the need for some traditional medical treatments.
Many people have great difficulty making these diet and lifestyle changes and find themselves caught in a “pleasure trap.” We have found that a properly conducted fast can help some people to more efficiently make these desirable changes and escape the “pleasure trap.” Changes that might take months or years to accomplish may take place more rapidly when a fast is utilized.
Participants in our program have experienced the normalization of body weight, blood pressure, and circulation. In addition, their doctors have noted that elevations in blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, liver enzymes, and inflammation markers are often rapidly corrected.
Fasting is defined as the complete abstinence from all substances except pure water, in an environment of complete rest. Rest must be encouraged since even moderate activity can significantly increase the metabolism, altering optimum adaptation to the fasting state. To maximize the benefits of fasting, unnecessary mobilization of nutrient reserves must be avoided.
Prior to beginning our fasting program, all participants must have a physical examination with one of our affiliated doctors. In addition, certain laboratory testing may be required and/or reviewed. Fasting is not appropriate for everyone. Fasting can be an intense and sometimes unpleasant experience, but it can also be highly effective.
Relative contraindications to prolonged fasting include pregnancy, extreme weakness, inadequate nutrient reserves, some kidney problems, cardiac instability, the use of certain medications, and some types of cancer.
Fasting is a powerful and effective tool in a comprehensive program designed to promote the restoration and maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. Fasting can help people get on (or back on) track to healthful living. Fasting is not a cure; it is a process that may facilitate the body’s own healing mechanisms. It is a gift to an overburdened body. It can be extremely effective at creating an internal environment where the body can do what it does best – cleanse and heal itself.