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Healing In the Light of Day Pt. 4

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What is known about Modern Heliotherapy?


Heliotherapy, sun therapy, phototherapy [different names for the same therapy]  have been used since the late 1800s, as part of certain treatment protocols for tuberculosis.  This includes tuberculosis of the bones, joints, and skin.  The doctors know that prolonged exposure to sunlight can kill the bacteria which cause this disease.  Surely you have heard of the old axiom that sunlight is the best disinfectant.  


Before the advent of “wonder” drugs and after, infected children were sent to special homes and hospitals where treatments included spending as much time outdoors as possible in the sun.  


These places were called tuberculosis sanitariums which had solariums.


Since these children often came from dark and dingy city slums, exposing their skin to the light of the day raised their levels of vitamin D, which enhanced their natural immune system for the fight against the bacteria.


As sunlight obviously is not alway available, nights, cloudy days, blue sky issues in city hospitals, etc., and the medical community saw so much observational benefit in heliotherapy, they worked on creating artificial alternatives, lamps and such,


which to some extent mimic the Sun’s health beneficial function. The Finsen lamp, invented by Dr. Finsen, is perhaps the best-known example.

finsen lamp

This ultraviolet lamp allowed for treatment on demand, and its light could be focused on the most affected body areas. This treatment seemed to be most effective on tuberculosis of the skin.  But it had wider positive benefits beyond the skin.


Since those times, other treatments working with controlled light have been developed.  One of the best known of these is the use of light lamps for seasonal depression, the winter blues.  

light lamp

This form of depression is historically brought on by lack of sunlight in the winter.  When full spectrum light is supplemented in treatment, the depression subsides.  In our modern indoor society the lack of sunlight depression is increasing.  It too is addressable by light therapy or sun therapy.    


As a pastoral counselor, I have had occasion to consult with congregants that were depressed.  One lady came to me having a spiritual problem.  In a nutshell she was beating herself up about being depressed


and being on pharmaceuticals for it.  She felt that, as a christian, she was spiritually sinning by being depressed.  Christians should be joyous, right?


Long story short, I suggested that she go out and get some sun every day, at least 15 to 20 minutes.  She resisted the idea because of the modern hysteria about the sun and skin cancer.  I just told her not to get a sunburn.  She agreed to try.


Shortly her depression ended, and she went off the drugs.  Since she worked indoors and further had avoided the sun, she was having winter blues in the summer.  Heliotherapy was the answer for her.


Light therapy is also used to treat circadian rhythm disorders and skin conditions like psoriasis, and more.  It can accelerate wound healing.  It has a proven benefit in some pain control.  Skin treatments also are noted.  
When I was young, I had a problem of bleeding acne on my back.  The dermatologist suggested that I take off my shirt in the sun regularly.  [He forgot to tell me not to get a sunburn.]  That was helpful.   

sun observation

Healing In the Light of Day Pt. 3

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What is the History of Heliotherapy?


In ancient cultures they practiced many forms of heliotherapy.  Some of these peoples included peoples of the ancient Greeks, Ancient Egyptians, and Ancient Romans.  Hippocrates was a great advocate of the sunlight for its healing properties.


Some saw so much benefit in sunlight healing that they began to worship the sun as the god who brought health.  So it was with the Inca, Assyrians and proto Germanic peoples.  


Why would such a diverse groups of people come to the same conclusion, sunlight heals?  The first rule of science is having a continued observation.  Sometimes things are happening in the light of day, but we do not take note of them, because we are not observing that which is there for continued observation.  

sun observation

On the subcontinent Indian medical literature from around 1500 BC prescribes using herbs with natural sunlight for certain skin issues.  Buddhist writings from around 200 CE and 10th-century Chinese writers make similar references.


The Faeroese physician Niels Finsen,


a recipient of the Nobel Prize for his work, is called by many the father of modern phototherapy. He was the first known to develop an artificial light source for healing skin issues.  

Recent studies showed that his lens and filter system concluded that light of approximately 400 nanometers generated reactive oxygen that would kill the bacteria.  Finsen also used red light to treat smallpox lesions. He was presented the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1903.  


Before the advent of modern wonder drugs, it was standard protocol to give sunlight treatment to tuberculosis patients in sanitariums.  


As the need for more tuberculosis sanitariums grew, they began to construct in the hospital a special room called a solarium.  It was specifically for the patients to get sun treatments when they could not be taken outside in the winter.  Everyday you would get a sun treatment.  


There is the strange case of J.B. Stetson, creator of the famous hats.  While he and his family worked indoors making hats, he contracted tuberculosis, and the doctors of the day gave him less than a year to live.  He made his bucket list.  He wanted to see the Rocky Mountains,


which he had heard of from the mountain men who brought furs to sell, before he died.  


This was the time before European culture had occupied that land.  It was the days of the mountain men.  Being in the hat making industry, he came in contact with a mountain man, who had come back east to sell his furs.  He told him of his last wish.  


The trapper was reluctant to take him.  But Mr. Stetson said he would take care of the camp while the man hunted and when he died just bury him wherever.  He promised that he would not be a burden.  So it was agreed.


What was happening, he was getting out of the hat industry inclosure and getting out into the sunlight.  It was on that trip that he designed the first stetson hats from the pelts that were brought in.  He did not die and recovered from his tuberculosis.  


Is that proof.  No.  But it fits well as an explanation of his cure in light of Dr. Finsen’s work.


After Stetson’s cure, many tubercular patients went west for the cure.  Many found it.  They thought it was the fresh air.  Arizona was a place many went for fresh air healing.  That’s right, they went to SUNNY Arizona.  


It was a well talked about cure to go west, and most often it was Arizona.  


That is why Doc Holliday went west.  

doc holliday

But he did not get the cure.  Well right off the bat, we have to say that no cure is 100%.  However he had some other issues against healing to contend with also.  


Holliday was a notorious alcoholic which further compromised his weakened immune system.  He was burning the candle at both ends.  His business was gambling.  He slept mostly in the day and was up at night, making himself not regularly in the sunlight.  As far as the cure, he might as well have been in the inclosed hat industry.  He had not gone west; he, it appears, basically stayed indoors.  


We will talk later about other condition for which heliotherapy may be good.  But this is a little history to indicate that sunlight, used judiciously, is not harmful but healthful.  



remote healing

Healing In the Light of Day Pt. 2

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What is the  Pre-History of Heliotherapy?

We are part of the solar system.  

solar system

That sounds very simplistic, and it is.  The historic center of our world is the sun.  We live in a world alive with, because of, sunlight.  Yet many today hide from this physical light of the world.  They view it as something to be feared.  Yes the sun should be respected, but when used with respect, there is nothing to be feared and much to be gained.


The light of fire is a great thing on a cold winter’s night.  

camp fire

However, you must respect it and use it in perspective of the harm that disrespect can bring.  Food is great and necessary, but it deserves respect and not to be over indulged in.  If you disrespect it, you adversely affect your health.  

heart disease

If you fear it, you will have an eating disorder.   


I am afraid that many of us have a sunlight disorder.


Plant life takes sunlight in.  


In the mysterious process of photosynthesis, which is the process whereby green plants synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water, it transforms sunlight into chlorophyll.  This process still baffles scientists.  Because sunlight is so transformed, all life on this planet is sustained.  


This is the center of the ecosystem.  Some animals eat this processed sunlight.  Then those animals feed other animals. In the death cycle plants are fertilized and photosynthesis goes on.  Because there is sunlight, there is life.   


Early man did not seclude himself in caves.  He walked in the sun.


And he was benefited by his walk in the sun.  


When you eat plant life or meat, you are living off the sun.  I guess you could say on some level eating is a kind of heliotherapy.  When you overeat, you are getting a nutritional sunburn from taking in too much transformed sunlight.  The same is true when you have too much direct sunlight; you get burned.  Always it has been, and as long as there is life, it always will be.  


So you look for the right herb to heal yourself.  


You are looking for the right vibration, effect of, or part of sunlight to heal your issue.  Herbal remedies are indirect forms of heliotherapy.  When you ask what food or juice you should have for a problem, [like orange juice for vitamin C]


you are asking about heliotherapy.  The physicist David Bohm says that all matter is frozen light.  Of course, he means sunlight.  This is our history.  


From the earliest times man has seen himself in integral relationship to the sun.  This may be a metaphor, but man judges his time on earth in relationship to the sun.  He sets his time by sun.  When is noon?  Check the sun’s shadow.  What is the year?  Check the sun or its reflection in the moon.  Your time on this earth is sun time in this and so many ways.  


When you think about healing, in one way or another your healing time is sun time.  That might be a little esoteric, but it is true.


Ancient man respected the sun as integral to life.  Some even worshipped the sun.  


They viewed healing as a return to the source.  When they would visit the sun in times of sickness, they would judiciously bath themselves in sunlight.  


This has been true even into modern time among many people.  I remember when I was sick and the sickness was kind of lingering.  Mother would come in and tell me to go outside for a while and get some sun.  Invariably, I would start feeling better.  It was heliotherapy.  


A few years ago there was an older lady that I knew who was not feeling good.  No she was not sick in the classical sense, but she was not feeling good and was not moving toward feeling better.  Remembering my mother, I suggested that she take some sun time twice a day.   


She just looked at me sort of strange, and after long pause and a smile she said, “That is what my mother would have said.”  She started getting out of the house some and into the sunlight, and she quickly started feeling better.  


It was historic heliotherapy.  Too simple and cheap, but it is often dramatically effective.


Healing In the Light of Day Pt. 1

Who is Helios in Heliotherapy?


Helios was one of the Titan gods of the ancient Greek pantheon.  


On occasion you may find him called Helius, his Latin name.  His job was to take the sun across the sky each day.  When the day was to begin,


he drove the four steeds of his chariot,


which carried the sun, into the sky and toward the west.  Because of his strong association with the sun, in time Helios began to be identified with the god of light, Apollo.


Therefore as we start to look at heliotherapy, we understand it to be at first sun therapy.  

sun therapy

Modern politically correct healing arts thinking notwithstanding, exposure to pure sunlight has been a healing therapy down through the ages.  There were in times past and even now in some cases the use of the solarium and light as part of or and aid to the healing process.  


[We will talk about this later, but anything can be overused.  More is not necessarily better. This is especially true about primal heliotherapy.]


That being said heliotherapy is also light therapy in the use of various specific wavelengths of light for therapeutic purposes.  Sunlight is full spectrum light.  So what you do in light therapy

light therapy

is isolate the specific wavelength of light that is purpose or healing effectual for the specific issue at hand.  


In heliotherapy we are talking about physical light and not metaphysical light.  I am not speaking here against metaphysical light as a tool in healing.  That is a great visualization in the healing process.  But it is not in the same class of what is called heliotherapy.


Judiciously used sun therapy can be healthful, therapeutic, and beneficial.


Fasting to Life Pt. 19

See previous parts for important information.


How to Break a Fast?


When you break-fast,


you need to be careful.  This is especially important in a longer fast.  On very short fasts you can most often just pick up where you left off.  But that might not be the best thing to do even then.   You can overload your digestive system.  And you may miss an opportunity for adjusting you dietary patterns.


Remember earlier we talked about learning from the animals.  When a bear comes out of hibernation, he does not jump into eating a usual diet.  He eats grass and berries for a while and then he branches out into meat.


Instincts tell him that after his fast he has to ease back into eating a more regular diet.   


You get the most benefit from fasting when a fast is broken properly. While you are reintroducing food into you life, slow and easy, you are not only being  kind to your body.  You are taking time to readjust your relationship with food.  It is the perfect opportunity for a dietary reboot.   Remember one of the effects of a fast is clarity of mind.  You can see more clearly what is best, and you have proved that you have the discipline to start off in a new direction food wise.  

While fasting, the individual pass over several biological changes. Most enzymes of the digestive system have being produced or have diminished profoundly.  Depending on what kind of fast he did, introducing food slowly allows his body the time it needs to start up these enzyme production again.


For example, the stomach’s protective mucus lining may have been diminished.  This tends to make the stomach walls more subject to irritation until this lining is reestablished.  Gentle return to eating, beginning with the easiest to digest foods, is an important consideration.  Foods and drinks that are known to irritate the system, such as coffee and spicy foods, should be avoided during the breaking process.  This is not only important in a long fast, but it may be physically critical.


With all the biological changes that occurred while fasting, overeating right after a fast is much worse than overeating at any other time. Your system needs adjustment time to easily re enter normal digestion and assimilation. Not taking the proper measures can result in stomach cramping, diarrhea, nausea, and/or vomiting.


The adjustment period depends on how long you fasted.  Was it four days, 1-3 days for shorter fasts, and just a day or so one-day fasts?


Here are some foods to use for breaking a fast.


The general rule is that at the start of a break-fast the most nutritious and easy to digest foods break best a fast.  Then you gradually add more diversity and complexity over time.  A little here a little there, and you are back to more normal eating.  


Juice is a good starter many say.  You are receiving nutrition with almost no digestion required.


Some suggestions made by one researcher are:


fruit and vegetable juices

raw fruits

vegetable or bone broths

yogurt (or other living, cultured milk products), unsweetened

lettuces and spinach (can use plain yogurt as a dressing and top with fresh fruit)

cooked vegetables and vegetable soups

raw vegetables


well cooked grains and beans

nuts and eggs


Juices and raw fruits are the most popular for the initial breaking of the fast.


The a little here and there of the other things and later into regular eating.


Pay attention to how your body reacts to these foods as they are reintroduced.  While eating when you start to feel full, stop eating at that point.  You do not have to clean your plate.   Start training yourself to notice and you will always know when your body has had what it needs.


When you start eating again, it is suggested that you eat frequent small meals, say every 2 hours or so.  During this time, you are progressing gradually toward larger meals that are separated by more time until you reach a normality in your eating pattern.


As your mama told you, chew all your foods well. This will aid greatly in having proper digestion, and it is a good habit to acquire anyway.


Work on have in your diet live enzymes and good bacteria. Fresh raw foods and probiotics are a definite plus.   


The four important factors are 1) frequent meals  toward less frequent meals, 2) small meals  toward larger meals, 3) Easy to digest  toward harder, requiring more enzymes to digest, and 4) less variety  toward more variety.


It may sound like a complicated thing.  But breaking a fast is not.  It is common sense.  While it may take a little thought and attention, breaking a fast properly guides us into better overall health and to attaining the full benefits fasting.



Fasting to Life Pt. 18

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What Happens to Your Body During a Fast?


When you are fasting, the body goes into rest mode.  It there is allowed to focus energy toward all those chemical and mechanical processes which include detoxification, rejuvenation and rebuilding. Blood and energy’s power might are refocused from the digestive systems major employ of energy.  That freed power is sent to parts of our body that need repairing or rebuilding entirely with healthy tissues and structures.  Your body knows how to clean itself when given the opportunity.   [This works more efficient  if rest/sleep/meditation and such are added to the fast.]  It is optimum healing time.  


We cast off toxins in many ways, e.g., lungs, liver, skin, kidneys and colon. When these dirty laundry shots of elimination are clogged up with toxins, our bodies are forced to look for other ways to eliminate the bad stuff from our general system.  That is when we notice things like mucous, discharges, sweats, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. When the body finds no way to have elimination or isolation of toxins, blockages appear in our body’s energy flow.  Then the toxins will be stored in any tissues in our body, joints, vessels, muscles, organs, etc.


When we are fasting, our physical bodies enter a deep stage of profound body rest. You stop adding toxins. When we are eating, no matter how hard we try to avoid it, there is toxin intakes.  


The fast is when autolysis and elimination process fire up. During the fast’s first days of a fasting you cleanse out loads of waste material and digestive residues into blood stream. When this happens you may notice things like cold feet or hand, slight trembling, strong breath, headache, body odour, etc. The tongue usually becomes heavily film coated, but this will be seen to decrease as the fast further cleans.  


Then comes the next phase of the cleanse, we experience a diminished hunger for food.  While this cleansing proceeds, it removes diseased, dead, and dying cells.  At this time we have mucous, excess fat, hardened coating of mucous on intestinal wall, toxins in lymphs, blood, organs and tissues eliminated.


Then comes a surprising event; you will feel magical because you experience an energetic state with no feeling of hunger.
Finally if the fast goes on long enough, you will run into hunger again.  That is when the body is starting to eat good muscles and organs.  You are starting to enter starvation.  You have left fasting.  Break correctly the fast as soon as is practicable.  You are exceeding the limits of therapeutic fasting.  This is on down the line and most never get to this point.  But if you do, take note and break-fast, if this second hunger happens.


Fasting to Life Pt. 17

See previous parts for important information.

What are Some Fasting Health Victories?



Asthma and Respiratory Problems

Fasting is well documented in literature to answer asthma and other respiratory problems in many, dare I say almost all, people who practice fasting.  This includes allergy based asthma.  


One interesting form of fasting that I noted in researching fasting and lung issues was something called alternative day fasting (ADF).  In this form of a fast the person eats three normal meals in a day.  These are well balanced meals and not gorging ingestions.  Also there are no between meal snacks.  On the next day there is a pure water fast.  By those who are strict adherents, this becomes a lifestyle change.  However it can be done for a specific period of time, maybe a week, month, three months, etc.  


One man reported that he cured his lifelong asthma with ADF.  He does it as a lifestyle now.  His pattern is Monday fast, Tuesday three meals, Wednesday fast, Thursday three meals, Friday fast.  On the weekend he more normally eats like everyone else but in moderation.  Everything starts back up with the evening meal on Sunday.  


Let us say you ate your evening meal at 6 p.m. on day one.  Then you would water fast until at least 6 p.m. on the second day, or the next supper.  Day two is a water fast until the evening meal.  [Notice if you start the fast after supper, you eat supper everyday.]  This pattern is repeated for the duration the ADF. For a little extra benefit you can water fast until breakfast on the third day.  [Of course to fit your lifestyle you can start your water fast on any meal and continue until the next day’s same meal.]


This sounds very similar to the sunrise to sunset fasting which was practiced by the ancient Jews at certain times of the year.  The difference is that it becomes a pattern rather than a seasonal event.  


For any respiratory problems it may be a pleasantly surprising experiment to try fasting, be it intermittent fasting, alternative day fasting, or a long fast.  


Fasting to Life Pt. 16

See previous parts for important information.

What are Some Fasting Health Victories?


Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome


I found a catalogue of some issues related to Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD).  They include things like —  Chronic fatigue — Depression — Arthritis — Allergies — Fistulas — Hemorrhoids — Low back pain — Sacroiliitis — Psoriasis — Neck pain — Shoulder pain — Bursitis — Hip pain — Knee pain — Ankle pains — Uveitis — Iritis — Heart disease — Cancer — Ankylosing Spondylitis — Fibromyositis — Generalized rheumatism.


Many of these problems listed are supported by researchers to come from the increase in gut permeability that accompanies with IBD.  This is often an unconsidered relationship by modern medicine.  As a result sadly, many of the popular prescription anti-inflammatories actually increase gut permeability, causing a worsening of the patient’s long-term condition.


Particularly noted are in this situation and its worsening are allergic and rheumatological diseases. Arthritic patients


are often found to have gastrointestinal problems. The link between IBD and rheumatoid diseases is said by many to be altered gut permeability.  


Here is were fasting may be the answer.  An irritated and/or ulcerated intestinal system needs rest most of all.
A fast will frequently speed the patient’s recovery and in some cases is essential.  It is for many  it is a self sufficient therapy, which creates the best situation for self healing.   While fasting, the body’s functions slow to minimal levels where toxins and allergens are quickly eliminated; and the tissues heal. The fast promotes tissues rest and vitality.  The process continues after the fast with efficient intake of nutrition and rebuilding.  




liver issues

Fasting to Life Pt. 15

See previous parts for important information.

What are Some Fasting Health Victories?


Liver Problems

liver issues

The liver, your biggest fat burning organ, is the most important filtering organs in your body.  Constantly it cleans your blood, maintains your blood sugar levels, digests fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, and produces bile and other enzyme, all this amongst over 200 functions.  Science has developed no machine that can fill in for your liver.


So when you have liver problems, you have, as you would naturally expect, your health situation, which is tied into the liver, compromised.  Health is going to suffer.  Once overwhelmed with toxins, it will start to malfunction with impairments seen in enzyme production, bile development, and maintaining hormonal balances.  If you start noticing weight gain (and trouble losing weight), bloating, high blood pressure, fatigue or high cholesterol, these may show you that your liver is being overwhelmed and needs your help.


I have read about some who say that you do not need to worry about cleaning your liver.  But if you change the oil in your car, and you do not get a clean filter, you have done you car no good.  The oil will be dirty.  Why should you treat the filter of the body with any less regard.  Your body is much more complicated than your car.


Many people are not overweight despite eating hardly any food. Why?  It is all about how optimal the overall metabolism is running, and that is related to your liver.  If you have a toxic clogged liver, it will also negatively affect your fat burning metabolism.


A clean and healthy liver will help you burn excess fat.  If your liver is  compromised, it will slow down that fat burning process.  Also the liver is connected to the thyroid function and its hormones, which are regulating full body metabolism.  


Liver inflammation brings on scarring of the liver tissue. Given enough time, this scarring can become so severe that the liver stops functioning adequately.  This condition is called liver failure.


So you first can have a buildup of fat, the next event is increased inflammation, and then finally internal tissue liver scarring (liver disease).  All these conditions build because you expose your body and liver to incorrect intake.


Basically, when you habitually do things, intake things, that overload your liver, you can bring on liver problems.  Too much alcohol drinking is a well known example of this.  However, it is not the only culprit.  The modern diet can effectively do this too.  As a result we see many people with messed up livers who are not heavy drinkers.  


One of the biggest issues is how we store too much body fat, obesity. As we put on the weight, especially around the belly , we increase all our risks of creating a fatty liver.


There is also high fructose corn syrup and sugar.  This over indulgence in our regular diet causes fat to build up in the liver.  Look at the ingredients of what we eat today; almost every thing has these two, and often as major ingredients, sometimes even both of them in foods for a double shot of liver danger.  


The livers of test animals which were fed large amounts of fructose were found to have developed fatty deposits and cirrhosis, similar to problems that we all expect in the compromised livers of alcoholics.


There are other things to consider too, like pesticides, pharmaceuticals, and environmental toxins.  


There is a bright note in all this.  You can reverse this with fasting.  As stated the accumulation of fat, while hampering optimal liver function, is not necessarily a sign permanent damage.  The liver can heal itself.  


So if you can start something like a therapeutic fast you can begin to turn things around, and shed the liver of those fat deposits.  At the same time you can tend also to speed up that fat burning metabolism.  This will slow the fat storing process to a healthy operation, going forward.

Fasting can help your body in a natural way clean up and detox.  Your body wants to do this and can do this.  Water fasting creates the optimum environment for the body to do what it does best, cleanse and heal.   


Even if you do not choose to do a moderate or long fast, every fast helps.   And there is the intermittent fasting as a lifestyle tool, which is a good way to start out the cleaning and healing.


Milk Thistle

milk thistle

and other supplements are good to clean the liver.  But if you are continually feeding the problem the results are limited.  [That is not to say that there may not be some benefits to these.]   


I am not suggesting this because I have seen no research on it.  What if you on a water fast took a light dose of something like milk thistle?  Would that speed the cleans?  Or would it be too much detox at one time?  Use such innovations with caution.







Fasting to Life Pt. 14

See previous parts for important information.

What are Some Fasting Health Victories?





According to a 1991 one study of rheumatic diseases,


“Experiences with food intake, diet manipulations and fast were registered in rheumatic patients. The study was a questionnaire-based survey in which 742 patients participated. Fifteen percent of the patients with rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis had been through a fasting period. Less pain and stiffness were reported by 2/3 of the patients in both groups and half of the patients in both groups reported a reduced number of swollen joints.”




Why Should A Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferer Perform a Fast?


Fasting is historically known and clinically proven to be effective for reversing beneficially arthritis. In literature we find legends of testimonials that vouch for its effectiveness.  


Reason 1 – Fasting promotes healing and this includes healing related to arthritis.  Fasting dissolves for elimination dead or diseased cells, damaged tissues, fatty deposits, tumours, abscesses in a systematic manner.


This alone helps to restore immune system functioning and metabolic process. The result of this deep cleansing and detoxification is a energy restoration and nutrient redistribution resulting the overcoming of many physical problems.


Reason 2 –

brain fog

You will also experience with more brain available energy heightened awareness that clears your head allowing you to see more clearly what you should do to get healthy again.  Decision about what you need to do to take charge of your life and your sickness become more clear as self confidence increases.


Therefore,  it would not be unreasonable to think that you should at least give therapeutic fast a chance.  I believe that you shall be surprised.


How Long to Fast?


Everyone is an individual. Therefore, putting out an one size fits all number of days is not informative for you as an individual.  The signs and symptoms as well as the nature of underlying conditions are some important diagnostic tools that an experienced or trained observer may use to determine this.  But you can know what is best for you by simply observing your fasting experience.  


[Starting with an intermittent fast as described elsewhere may be beneficial.  This is just a change in your eating pattern.  But the benefits will not be seen as quickly as with a regular fast.  But I have seen no reports on this.  That is speculation on my part.]


Some suggest the way to know the length of a fast is what they call ‘fasting to completion‘.   In this they suggest to continue a fast until the tongue is cleared of its early fasting changes [The tongue usually becomes heavily coated, but this decreases as the fast progresses.] or a natural hunger returns [remember you stop being hungry and then later hunger returns].   For most people, waiting until the return of a natural hunger may be extremely hard and it usually puts people off track or put them off even before they get started.


Extreme cases of arthritis may take several fasts to get to where you want to be.  But you will be better each time.  And some people find that the pain of arthritis is diminished so much during the time of the fast that they do not need their pain medication.  


I would in extreme situations be of the opinion at the patient change his eating pattern to an intermittent fast pattern lifestyle.  At the same time have the intermittent fast pattern broken by ‘fasting to completion’ times.   


There is hope for arthritis.

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