Jun
13
2009

Fasting and Detoxification

Fasting has been used ancient times as a profound way to activate the body’s healing mechanisms. Fasting has also a part of many ancient religious traditions as a way of enhancing spiritual awareness. Different modes of fasting include dry fasting, fasting on water only, and fasting on fruit or vegetable juice. Gabriel Cousens M.D., a world leader in holistic medicine, recommends 7-day fasting on green vegetable juices two to four times a year as the optimal way of activating the anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic genes. During these fasts, adjuvant procedures include daily water enemas, herbal kidney and liver support, liquid zeolite, proteolytic enzyme support, far infra-red saunas, rebounding and gentle exercise. Additionally the participants experience the “Zero Point” course for healing emotional blocks and raising understanding of one’s sacred design.

During a fast, the body’s energy is able to focus on healing itself rather than digesting and eliminating food. The “vital life force” is activated, the seven chakras are balanced and the mind cleared. Research in the early 1900s on incurable schizophrenics showed a 65% healing rate simply by placing the patients on a 28-day water fast. Potent bowel neurotoxins such as 6-hydroxy-skatole were cleared from the intestines of the patients and thus their minds were allowed to be cleared and the mental illness healed. This points to a significant healing benefit from regular fasting. Fasting was a regular part of Mahatma Gandhi’s weekly routine. At the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Centre in Arizona, USA, type 2 diabetics are regularly reversed using a 7-day green juice fast followed by an extremely low-glycaemic, highly mineralized, organic vegan raw food diet. The potential of this direction in holistic healing is staggering and the need for high quality research urgent.

4 Responses to “Fasting and Detoxification”

  1. Hi Sandeep,

    Great article, thanks πŸ™‚
    I was under the impression that flaxseed was a ‘feminine’ herb that can have an estrogenic effect on the body. Have you heard anything about this?

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Megan,

    You’re right it has a phytoestrogenic effect but most of the research so far seems to indicate it has a favourable effect on estrogen status in females due to its weak effect on estrogen receptors. Lilian Thompson PhD did a number of studies in the 1990s which suggest that flaxseed lignans protect against breast and other cancers.

    Thanks for the comment,

    Sandeep Gupta

  3. Thanks πŸ™‚
    My apologies, I meant to comment the previous article

  4. There is also some research which suggests that flaxseed helps detoxify estrogen along the more healthy pathway, that is 2-hydroxylation rather than 16-hydroxylation, which seems to also help a person’s risk of hormonally-related cancers like breast cancer.

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