I dont come around here as often as I used to(I have openly wondered about the Liberty movement in terms of what changes have been made on a macro scale in more time than the USSR's 5 year plans... which has caused me to wonder if we're controlled opposition), and I'm not Catholic, so I forgot about lent.
I've done water fasts, dry(absolute) fasts, and the Master Cleanse which is mentioned here, and know it is best to ease in. I guess that's out of the question for me, but I had been thinking of fasting sometime in the not so distant future and coming on here to see the reaction after the state of the union address and seeing this thread has inspired me.
I'll have to sleep on it and may start with the master cleanse and then move into true fasting. Stanley Burroughs' book, The Master Cleanser, actually takes shots at real fasting until after one has cleansed themselves, and the logic makes sense. Of course I had done water and absolute fasts before I had read about the master cleanse, and I didn't get the toxic shock syndrome that someone I know tried to say I would get.
For anyone who is interested, I would suggest googling the various types of fasting. As some have noted, juice "fasting" is sometimes by juicers themselves referred to as "juice feasting"(I know that giving up solid foods is a major sacrifice, but I also remember breaking a water fast by juicing for a few days made me felt amazing, as if I were on a mind altering substance!). If you like any of the options you see, by all means feel free to join us even if you join in late.
I coincidentally have a doctor's appointment tomorrow (today) and may have an extra hurdle to jump over getting that cleared, but I think I should be able to even though they may be a bit dismayed. Remember, not much study goes into fasting BECAUSE THERE IS NOT MUCH MONEY TO BE MADE FROM FASTING BY BIG PHARMA, and hospitals also lose out on money from conditions that are remedied by fasting. Dr Joel Furhman is a good name to google(or read his books) for fasting and eating healthy, and I can find other information for anyone who is interested. I know from personal experience it takes effort to come upon much of it in the mainstream media, including the internet, much like with politics. I'm always looking to learn from others as well, even if they have opposing viewpoints. I found out first hand a person that isnt doing much physically can go much longer than 3 days without food or water, not that I would recommend anyone else try it. I just want to let people know they are capable of so much more than they ever imagined.
Hippocrates, the father of medicine was a big proponent of fasting. He said: "Everyone has a physician inside him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness." http://www.greekmedicine.net/hygiene/Fasting_and_Purificatio...
Socrates and Plato advocated fasting, while Pythagoras required a 40-day fast of his students as an entrance requirement. Yes, you might be surprised what fasting can do to clear your mind.
Again, without notice, and with a doctor to face in a matter of hours I am not sure what I'm going to do, but if I can't join today I want to let these folks know I am with them in spirit. I also don't want others to be deterred by misinformation and disinformation. At the very least I may give up alcohol for a time. Most of us in here have sacrificed something for Ron Paul at some point, so it might be interesting to sacrifice something else with each other for inner purposes. Best wishes for all who decide to give it a go!
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