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A wonderful life study
on 7 September 2012
I loved this book!!! It was written in 1899 by a medical doctor (in a quaint contemporary style) who observed that sick people oftern recovered better without the burden of food and medicine (of the time) that was being forced upon them by doctors and relatives keeping their system overloaded. Whilst initially he thought fasting was only to cure the sick, he discovered (more stumbled upon) that omitting breakfast (an extended night fast) had significant health benefits for everybody (he suffered from digestive problems). Hence the title.
He admits that at the time the medical profession thought him a crank and opposed his views bitterly and I am sure this would be the case today. Still when conventional treatment had no effect people sought him out and got better. He tried to explain scientifically why it works which I don't think he did successfully. He did not have the scientific tools to do so, nor did he do any controlled scientific studies but I can't help but admire his life observations of sick people and how he concluded he could help them. If you expect any serious science you will be disappointed but if you are interested in observations of a doctor in the turn of the last century then you will love this book too.
I got this because it was a free kindle book in the wake of the current Intermittent Fasting hype that has been raised by the 'Horizon' programme in August 2012 here in the UK - so had nothing to lose. I have personally tried the 'no breakfast rule' and I am a convert as I have lost weight that had been creeping up slowly over the last 10 years, which I just could not shift. I loved the book as it is the conclusion and true conviction of a man who observed the effects of fasting - thats all - no pretence. It is quite a substantial little gem and can sit easily next to the overpriced latest diet books - which are also no more than private opinions and observations of the respective authors. At the end of the day we have to try out what works for us individually.