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  How fasting is good for your health and a part of a natural cancer treatment

Hippocrates. “ When an illness has reached its acme the lightest diet must be prescribed.”

The history of fasting

In the vast history of medicine, fasting has long been a tool used against disease. Despite what modern medicine would have you believe, healing did occur before pharmaceuticals were invented. Physicians of old brought about cures using herbs, foods fasting and cleansing. In 75 AD, one of the favorite practices of Thessalus was to begin the treatment of almost all diseases by prescribing an abstinence from all food for a period of three full days.

A Greek physician by the name of Aretaeus of Cappadocia, living in about A.D 250, described a disease he labeled “koiliakos” or “suffering in the bowels”. Aretaeuas recommended drastic diet changes to rice exclusively, to relieve the symptoms of this disease.

In the 1920s, Sidney Haas treated children diagnosed with celiac disease with banana diet - and the diet worked.

How to start your fast

Always start with a three-day water fast if possible. The innate wisdom of the body is such that, while fasting, it will consume superfluous tissues while carefully conserving vital tissues and organs. The body’s amazing ability to self-digest and destroy needless tissue such as fat, tumors, blood vessel plaque, and other nonessential and diseased tissues, while conserving essential tissues, gives fasting the ability to jump-start and restore the body’s systems.

Just like Aretaeuas and Haas, I have seen many a health crisis turn around with a drastic food change. What you are eating right now could be the very thing that is killing you. If what you are doing right now is not helping you get healthy, do something completely different. There is a man recently that cured his own cancer by going on a potato only diet. I don’t recommend a potato fast for everyone, but it worked for that person. Giving your body a break and a reasonable change is a wise act to fight disease.

Fasting for cancer treatment

I like to start my cancer people on a three-day water fast if they are not diabetic. After three days we start a three week juice fast consisting of freshly juiced vegetables in a wide variety of blends. Organic carrots make a great base for this although they can turn the drinker orange in hue. In the morning blend I recommend adding about 3 cups of cilantro into the juicer. But one must follow up with 6 capsules of chlorella a couple of hours later as cilantro mobilizes heavy metals that can relocate to other tissue and cause new damage. Chlorella binds the metals for removal from the body giving the juice faster a one-two punch against heavy metal accumulations.

Add to the veggie juice two large cloves of garlic at least twice a day for an antifungal tool. Onions are great and really boost the flavor of the juice also. Add ¼ teaspoon or so of Celtic Sea Salt and 8 drops of Spectralyte to every veggie session for added minerals and flavors. Juice veggies several times a day and as hungry. Be sure to take a digestive enzyme with every veggie juice. For a pleasure snack, juice fruits once a day but take it 1 hr away from veggie juice. Using pineapples in the fruit juice is great and full of complete enzymes to help the body to heal up. Be sure to include the nutrient-rich core from the pineapple in the fruit juice.

During your juice fast I recommend taking tyrosine daily as it is an essential amino acid that comes mostly from animal proteins. Tyrosine is essential for mental cognitive function and also Tyrosine is the “T” in thyroid T-1, T-2, T-3 and T-4. A good vitamin B complex with methylcobalamin (NOT cyanocobalamin) should be taken at the same time as the Spectralyte to help you assimilate the B vitamins. Take Sago Palm vitamin C, 1 capsule with each veggie juice. Fish oil should also be taken daily starting the third week of the fast.

Fasting for a natural cancer treatment

A very recent study out in the journal Cell Press found that performing cycles of fasting helped protect against immune system damage while inducing immune system regeneration by shifting stem cells from a dormant state to one of self-renewal. At first, fasting (for 4 days a time) lowered white blood cell counts but then flipped on the regenerative switch to signal stem cell generation for both blood and immune system building. As we grow older and the immune system declines, we become more susceptible to disease, like cancer. By performing fasting cycles we effectively kill older and damaged immune cells and while signally the body to regenerate new ones. The study called this finding “a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system."

If you are a cancer victim, follow your juice fast with a strict vegetarian diet for at least 6 more months. Avoid ALL processed foods like they are poison (which they actually are…).  Avoid all gluten products for the rest of your life. Eat only wild caught salmon with your vegetarian diet and avoid red meats for the most part. Sugar will forever be a no-no but honey in small amounts and on occasion might be just “OK”. Be sure to continue your vitamin regimen including the Tyrosine from earlier.

I have had many cancer victims that came to me for advice that were stage 4 cancer and one in particular was given three days to live. When I told her that she was now on a three week juice fast she took courage and added 5 wonderfilled, cancer free, pain free and healthful years to her life. At the time they gurneyed her into the clinic she was on three morphine patches a day. Within two months she was completely pain free and walking briskly, daily, around her neighborhood.

Authored by Cancer Nutritionist Craig Stellpflug NDC, CNC
Dayspring Cancer Clinic Scottsdale, AZ
Copyright 2012 Craig Stellpflug© Permission is hereby granted to copy and distribute this article but only in its entirety

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