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Fasting and Eating
, 8 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Fasting--and Eating--for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease (Paperback)
I remember the time when I met an old friend I had not seen for more than twenty years. I was shocked to see how slim he was today compared to the time I had first known him. Because when he was a young adult he was already obese, I asked him if he had been recently on a diet or something. He said he hadn't done anything special: "I just eat less, that's all."
I recount this story because when I read "Fasting and Eating for Life" I was struck by the following sentence: "For the majority of people, being overweight is not caused by how much they eat, but by what they eat." Personally I believe both are true. One does not have to exclude the other. How much you eat is just as important as what you eat.
Another sentence that struck me is: "If you wish to commit suicide with food, killing yourself as quickly as possible with a heart attack, cancer, or stroke, focus your diet on fat-based foods such as meats, most dairy products, vegetable oils, and salad dressings rather than on fruits and vegetables - the complex carbohydrates." This completely ignores the typical European diets, and in many other parts of the world, which are relatively rich in good fats like olive oil for example, but where there are also very few obese people and a generally healthier population with less heart diseases and cancer mortalities. That statement is also contradicted by more recent studies on fat that have pushed the medical community to reevaluate its recommendations in terms of fat consumption. These studies have revealed that among the various fat sources that are available the majority of them are not as harmful as previously thought. What is important to understand is that it is mainly the trans-fats that are damaging.
The main reason I bought this book in the first place was to learn more about fasting for body cleansing. I had previously read the work of H.M. Shelton on fasting and was looking for a more up to date work on the subject. But in that respect I was disappointed. Like many other reviewers have already mentioned this book contains few informations about the fasting process itself. It mainly focusses on diseases which can be cured by fasting. Unfortunately it does not say much about how to conduct a fast, or what to expect when fasting. And the information given can be questionable at times. Take the following sentence for example: "I advise against sunbathing as the fast is already dehydrating". Further on the author says "Since fasting is mildly dehydrating I do not encourage sunbathing or hot baths during the fast." It is a good advice in regards to hot baths, which can indeed cause dehydration. But sun bathing remains a good opportunity to take some vitamins in and is a natural source of energy. If done with moderation, with small exposures each day, it can help the patient to better support the fasting and make it a more pleasurable experience. Especially in northern regions where there might already be a lack of sunlight available. But down south where the sun can some times be very intense caution should be exercise.
This book is not particularly well written and is not well organized. If there is an updated edition some day, which is a bit overdue in my opinion, I hope the editor will do a better job. The merit of this book is that it offers a valuable source of informations that can be used by people who are afflicted by a serious disease and who could improve their medical condition by fasting. That is what this book is all about.
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