Με πολυ απλα λογια, η νηστεια ειναι μια πρακτικη που κανουν οι ινδοι γκουρου, οι πνευματικοι ολων των θρησκειων κατα καιρους, η αγια γραφη το λεει ( και οχι μην φας κρεας η λαδι και πλακωσου στα ψωμια), και ολοι οι υγιεινιστες του κοσμου σημφωνουν οτι η νηστεια αποτοξινωνει(και μαλιστα αποτομα θελει προσοχη), και δινει την ευκαιρια στο σωμα να αυτοθεραπευτει σε πολλες περιπτωσεις.
Τα ζωα οταν ειναι αρρωστα, δεν τρωνε.Το σωμα, καταναλωνει απιστευτη ενεργεια για την πεψη και οταν ειμαστε αρρωστοι δεν πειναμε πραγματικα.
Οταν τρωμε ενω εχουμε πυρετο, αυτος ανεβαινει.
Αυτα ξερω εγω, πρακτικα και απλα.
Και τωρα, η παραθεση του γιατι, απο αλλους.
Often the first indication of sickness is that an animal goes off its food - an observation that has led many traditional herbalists to conclude that fasting is a natural and beneficial response to sickness... This lack of appetite can be an effective way of speeding recovery. Bacteria need iron, and the body makes many adjustments to reduce the availability of iron during an infection. If an animal keeps eating, any iron in its food also feeds the pathogens, so force-feeding a sick animal or patient can be counterproductive. Fever reduces appetite, so if a fever is artificially suppressed with drugs and appetite returns, not only do we lower temperature but the increased iron intake can keep the infection going longer. The traditional dictum 'Starve a fever' is medically sound advice." Cindy Engel
Oσοι εχουν ζωα και ενδιαφερονται για holistic methods, εδω εχω μια καλη διευθυνση.
Patricia Bragg Ph.D.- "Proven throughout history for physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation, fasting promotes cleansing and healing; helps normalize weight, blood pressure, cholesterol; rebuilds the immune system; and helps reverse the aging process. If we are to get these poisons out of our bodies we must fast. By fasting we give our bodies a physiological rest. This rest builds Vital Force. The more Vital Force we have, the more toxins are going to be eliminated from the body to help keep it clean, pure and healthy."
Dr. Joseph Rodrigo M.D - "Almost all diseases begin in the digestive track. This includes diabetes, asthma, cancer, alzheimer's, heart disease, memory loss, fibromyalgia, MS, and too many to even list here. If you are seeking health, and you have not found the answers to your recovery and healing, start here. Your intestinal track is the origin of disease, and it is also the origin of your healing. I cannot emphasize enough how important the cleansing of your digestive system is, to your health"
Les indications du jeûne sont bien très disparates, en particulier en fonction du type et de la durée du jeûne.
Les jeûnes courts (24 à 48 heures) n’ont aucune prétention thérapeutique ; Ils entraînent un repos organique, qui est suivi généralement d’un rééquilibrage des fonctions naturelles (sommeil, sexualité) et d’une baisse tangible de l’appétit et des besoins en excitants (alcool, tabac, café). Ces effets ” secondaires ” sont souvent impressionnants, et permettent de se tenir facilement à une bonne hygiène de vie le reste de la semaine.
Les jeûnes d’une semaine ont de surcroît un effet pondéral. La consommation des graisses est importante, ainsi que les pertes hydriques, surtout si les deux derniers jours ont été passé sans prise d’eau. Ce genre de cure se pratique sous surveillance, d’un médecin ou d’un hygiéniste capable de déceler (voir encadré : l’acidocétose), un mauvais déroulement du jeûne.
Les jeûnes de longue durée se situent réellement comme les actes thérapeutiques ; Mais pas médicaux (pas de médicaments, pas de pratiques manuelles…), on est là dans un vide juridique heureux, car il permet de véritables soins à l’abri des foudres du système médical.
Il est unanimement reconnu que la tuberculose est une contre-indication majeure au jeûne. Le diabète en serait également une, mais de manière transitoire.
Certains jeûnes réussis montrent que le pancréas en ressort ragaillardi, et que la maladie s’en trouve réduite.
Sauf cachexie, les ” maigres ” peuvent eux aussi pratiquer le jeûne, ils ne feront que gagner du temps (élimination de la graisse lors des premiers jours du jeûne) sur le déroulement de la diète chez un individu lambda.
Il serait audacieux de dresser ici une liste des préconisations médicales d’un jeûne de longue durée (plus d’une semaine). D’autre part, ce serait illégal (” incitation à des thérapeutiques non éprouvées ”), d’autre part, ce serait très aléatoire par rapport à des auto-diagnostics erronés ou fantaisistes.
Par contre, nous pouvons reprendre, sans les détailler (voir pour cela l’ouvrage du Dr Shelton : ” Le Jeûne, une technique millénaire ”. Ed. Robert Lafont), des témoignages de malades et le bilan de leur jeûne.
En premier lieu, succès général pour ceux qui ont voulu perdre du poids. Les premiers jours sont les plus efficaces (-500g/j), surtout si l’on a limité la prise de boisson. Puis le métabolisme basal se réduisant, les pertes sont chaque jour moins importantes. Mais les résultats sont tangibles, et ne reposent pas sur ” l’effet d’éponge pressée” caractéristique un coupe-faim dopé aux diurétiques.
On s’aperçoit en outre que la perte de poids est beaucoup plus rapide et tangible lors des jeûnes suivants, soit que le jeûneur devienne un ” pro du jeûne ” et boive très peu, soit que le corps lui-même reconnaisse le sens de son épreuve.
En second lieu, les maladies métaboliques ou hormonales chroniques. Souvent, ce sont des maladies de carence ou d’intoxication, avec des organes très divers qui expriment une souffrance physiologique, et donc un disfonctionnement.
Durant la diète, l’organisme devient très conservateur, et il retient au maximum toutes les substances rares, oligo-éléments, enzymes, hormones… ce qui fait que les tissus, le métabolisme basal étant réduit au minimum, s’enrichissent en substances biotiques pour arriver à des doses physiologiquement (enfin !) actives. C’est le cas pour tous les ”patraques” de la nourriture trop grasse, trop sucrée, trop raffinée, trop synthétique. On note souvent, suite à un jeûne, une modification de ”l’instinct alimentaire”, et un rejet naturel des aliments frivoles pour une recherche des nutriments vrais.
Dans une catégorie très proche, les intoxications chroniques aux excitants (alcool, tabac, café) répondent très bien au jeûne, même de courte durée. Irritables, impatients, les malades sont sans cesse en quête d’un soulagement par une nouvelle dose de leur poison habituel.
Le remodelage physiologique dû au jeûne, à fortiori s’il est accompagné de l’action de tisanes paradictives permet une élimination des métabolismes toxiques, et une réorganisation (des récepteurs neuroniques ?) des capacités sensitives. Au résultat, une diminution de l’attirance et du besoin, une indifférence sereine sans les souffrances habituelles du sevrage.
με λιγα λογια, το απο πανω εξηγει οτι η νηστεια εχει διαφορετικη δραση αναλογα με την διαρκεια.
Η νηστεια των 48 ωρων απλα φερνει ξεκουραση στα οργανα, μια ισσοροπια στον υπνο και στην σεξουαλικοτητα και η ορεξη μειωνεται οπως και οι ανγκες για καφε αλκοολ κλπ. Η νηστεια μιας εβδομαδας γινεται με υγιεινιστη η γιατρο.
Οι νηστειες μεγαλυτερης περιοδου εχουν θετικα αποτελεσματα σε πολλες περιπτωσεις ασθενειας αλλα επειδη οι μεταφρασρικες μου ικανοτητες δεν ειναι πολυ καλες, θα το αφησω ως ειναιο και αν καποιος ξερει πολυ καλα γαλλικα και αντιστοιχα ελληνικα ας το κανει...εγω παω να ψαξω τα αγγλικα :P
My childhood came with a long list of allergies, weekly needles in the arm to keep asthma attacks in check. I loved bananas but was severely allergic to them; throat would swell and itch every time I tested to see if I had outgrown the allergy. Other raw foods would cause this in milder forms. Red blotches of eczema often spread over my skin, even face.
During my first long fast, I watched in amazement as eczema melted away. After 20 days of fasting, lungs felt clear, I could breath deep without wheezing. But greatest of all, my life-long hemorrhoid-curse packed their nasty bags and left. Gone! I cannot tell you how it felt. Had to contain myself from telling everyone. Not something you stand up in church and say during Praise and Prayer.
The first thing I tried eating after the fast was a banana. You guessed it, I have been eating them by the bunches ever since. The only eczema I get now is a small red spot under the left eye, the body’s friendly little reminder when my diet has slipped.
Fasting intensifies healing as deep tissue and tired organs are repaired rapidly. To heal illness the body must pull all of its resources toward cleansing and repairing by removing appetite and reducing or stopping digestion. Wounded animals will fast, emerging to eat only after their injury or broken bones have healed. There are testimonies of people’s old wounds aching during a fast for the first time in years; unnecessary scare tissue is being broken down as fuel. This is the reason why there is little desire to eat food when sick—the body wants to focus all of its resources on healing.
If you eat mainly cooked or processed food during sickness the body’s immune system is denied opportunity to operate at its full genius. Most often instead of nutritious, health-giving food, the delicate tube and membrane structure is saturated with hospital food, cigarettes, coffee, alcohol, and drugs.
Why does fasting have such a powerful effect on healing the body? In the fasting state, the body scours for dead cells, damaged tissues, fatty deposits, tumors and abscesses, all of which are burned for fuel or expelled as waste. Diseased cells are dissolved in a systematic manner, leaving healthy tissue. The result is a thorough cleansing of the tubes, membranes and cellular structures. Ingestion of mucus-forming foods clogs the body's microscopic tubes and membranes, all of which are the highways used by the immune system. Fasting dissolves this internal mucus. During a fast it is common for the nose, throat and ears to pass sticky mucus, clogging the sinuses. Strands of mucus may be found in the stool after the first bowel movement. There is a remarkable redistribution of nutrients in the fasting body. It hangs on to precious minerals and vitamins while catabolizing on old tissue, toxins and inferior materials.
The butterfly is a magnificent example of catabolism (tearing down) and anabolism (building up). During metamorphosis the butterfly’s muscles and organs dissolve into a thick yellow solution. All internal structures are torn down and rebuilt. It emerges from the chrysalis, a new creation. The miraculous aspect of metamorphosis as it occurs while fasting. All substances needed for rebuilding come from within.
During a fast, a metamorphosis occurs. The body undergoes a tearing down and rebuilding of damaged materials. For this reason fasting is famous for its ability to rejuvenate and give the body a more youthful tone.
Little scientific research has been done on the selective cannibalization associated with fasting. Funny thing about medical research is they are able to decode DNA, but understanding how the body functions as a whole is hardly understood. Long before man was able to gaze down a microscope, “cause and effect” was the only way things like the remedial effects of garlic could be discovered and incorporated into traditional medicines. The testimonies of fasting are as ancient as the written word.
Could you imagine how damaging fasting would be if the body were not discriminate about the cells it utilized for fuel? Every time someone went on a diet instead of losing an overhanging belly, they were at risk of one of their organs being broken down. No, the body is brilliant at selecting unnecessary tissue for fuel during the fasting state. If not, Jesus would have died in the desert long before 40 days.
The very fact man is able to go so long without any outside source of energy and remain healthy is testimony of the body's cunning to find internal fuel without damage to the functions of the whole system. In fact the almost accidental side effect of this cunning is cleaning out years of waste and old tissue.
Fasting is an exceptionally ancient, and powerful, approach to healing many common disease conditions. It allows the body to rest, detoxify, and to heal. During fasting the body moves into the same kind of detoxification cycle that it normally enters during sleep. It uses its energy during a fast, not for digesting food, but for cleansing the body of accumulated toxins and healing any parts of it that are ill. As a fast progresses the body consumes everything that it can that is not essential to bodily functioning. This includes bacteria, viruses, fibroid tumors, waste products in the blood, any build up around the joints, and stored fat. The historical record indicates that human beings are evolutionarily designed to fast. It is an incredibly safe approach to healing and the body knows how to do it very well.
The Physiological Changes of Fasting
Many of the most dramatic changes that occur in the body during fasting take place on the first three days of the fast. These occur as the body switches from one fuel source to another. Normally, the primary form of energy the body uses for energy is glucose, a type of sugar. Most of this is extracted or converted from the food we eat. Throughout the day, the liver stores excess sugar in a special form called glycogen that it can call on as energy levels fall between meals. There is enough of this sugar source for 8-12 hours of energy and usually, it is completely exhausted within the first 24 hours of fasting. (However, once the body shifts over to ketosis or fat as fuel, this new fuel is used to also restore the body's glycogen reserves.)
Once the liver's stores of glycogen are gone, the body begins to shift over to what is called ketosis or ketone production - the use of fatty acids as fuel instead of glucose. This shift generally begins on the second day of fasting and completed by the third. In this interim period there is no glucose available and energy from fat conversion is insufficient but the body still needs fuel. So it accesses glucose from two sources. It first converts glycerol, available in the body's fat stores, to glucose but this is still insufficient. So it makes the rest that it needs from catabolizing, or breaking down, the amino acids in muscle tissue, using them in the liver for gluconeogenesis, or the making of glucose. Between 60 and 84 grams of protein are used on this second day, 2-3 ounces of muscle tissue. By the third day ketone production is sufficient to provide nearly all the energy the body needs and the body's protein begins to be strongly conserved. The body still needs a tiny amount of glucose for some functions, however, so a very small amount of protein, 18-24 grams, is still catabolized to supply it - from 1/2 to 1 ounce of muscle tissue per day. Over a 30 day water fast a person generally loses a maximum of 1-2 pounds of muscle mass. This conservation of the body's protein is an evolutionary development that exists to protect muscle tissue and vital organs from damage during periods of insufficient food availability.
From the third day onward the rate of the breakdown of fatty acids from adipose or fat tissue continues to increase, hitting its peak on the tenth day. This seven day period, after the body has shifted completely over to ketosis, is where the maximum breakdown of fat tissue occurs. As part of protein conservation, the body also begins seeking out all non-body-protein sources of fuel: nonessential cellular masses such as fibroid tumors and degenerative tissues, bacteria, viruses, or any other compounds in the body that can be used for fuel. This is part of the reason that fasting produces the kind of health effects it does. Also, during this period of heightened ketosis the body is in a similar state as the one that occurs during sleep - a rest and detoxification cycle. It begins to focus on the removal of toxins from the body and the healing and regeneration of damaged tissues and organs.
Fasting and Healing
Fasting has been found to help a number of disease conditions, often
permanently. There have been a number of intriguing clinical trials and studies treating numerous disease conditions with fasting. Here are some of those findings.
* In one clinical trial of hypertension and fasting, 174 people with hypertension were prefasted for 2-3 days by eating only fruits and vegetables. They then participated in a 10-11 day water only fast, followed by a 6-7 day post fast in which they ate only a low-fat, low- sodium vegan diet. Initial blood pressure in the participants was either in excess of 140 millimeters of mercury (mm HG) systolic or 90 diastolic or both. Ninety percent of the participants achieved blood pressure less than 140/90 by the end of the trial. The higher their initial blood pressure the more their readings dropped. The average drop for all participants was 37/13. Those with stage 3 hypertension (over 180/110) had an average reduction of 60/17. All those taking blood pressure medication prior to fasting were able to discontinue it. Fasting has been shown in a number of trials like this one to be one of the most effective methods for lowering blood pressure and normalizing cardiovascular function. Blood pressure tends to remain low in all those using fasting for cardiovascular disease once fasting is completed.
* Fasting is exceptionally beneficial in chronic cardiovascular disease and congestive heart failure, reducing triglycerides, atheromas, total cholesterol, and increasing HDL levels.
* Fasting has been found effective in the treatment of type II diabetes, often reversing the condition permanently.
* Because of its long term effects on metabolism, fat stores in the body, leptin, and disease conditions associated with obesity, fasting has been found to be one of the most effective treatments for obesity.
* A number of studies have found that fasting is beneficial in epilepsy, reducing the length, number, and severity of seizures. Fasting is especially effective for helping alleviate or cure childhood epilepsy.
* In a 1988 trial of 88 people with acute pancreatitis, fasting was found better than any other medical intervention. Neither nasogastric suction or cimetidine were found to produce as beneficial effects as those from fasting. Symptoms were relieved irrespective of the etiology of the disease.
* A number of studies have found that fasting is effective for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Fasting induces significant antiinflammatory actions in the body and researchers found decreased ESR, arthralgia, pain, stiffness, and need for medication.
* Autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rosacea, chronic urticaria, and acute glomerulonephritis have all responded well to fasting.
* Severe toxic contamination has been shown to be significantly helped with fasting. Clinical trials have found that people poisoned with PCB experienced "dramatic" relief after 7-10 day fasts.
* Poor immune function improves during fasting. Studies have found that
there is increased macrophage activity, increased cell-mediated immunity,
decreased complement factors, decreased antigen-antibody complexes, increased immunoglobulin levels, increased neutrophil bactericidal activity, depressed lymphocyte blastogenesis, heightened monocyte killing and bactericidal function, and enhanced natural killer cell activity.
* Other diseases that have responded to fasting are: psychosomatic disease, neurogenic bladder, psoriasis, eczema, thrombophlebitis, varicose ulcers, fibromyalgia, neurocirculatory disease, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, bronchial asthma, lumbago, depression, neurosis, schizophrenia, duodenal ulcers, uterine fibroids, intestinal parasites, gout, allergies, hay fever, hives, multiple sclerosis, and insomnia.
* The historically lengthy claim that fasting increases life span is beginning to garner some support in research literature. Regularly repeated 4-day fasting has been found to increase the life span in normal and immunocompromised mice.
* Although the use of fasting in the treatment of cancer is controversial, there is some emerging data SHOWING that fasting helps prevent cancer. Intermittent fasting (2 days weekly) has shown an inhibitory effect on the development of liver cancer in rats.
People Who Should Not Fast
Although most people can fast, there are a few who, because of special
conditions, should not.
* People who are extremely emaciated or in a state of starvation
* Those who are anorexic or bulemic
* Pregnant, diabetic women
* Nursing mothers
* Those who have severe anemia
* Those with an extreme fear of fasting
* Those with porphyria. Porphyria refers to a genetic metabolic defect that affects the body's ability to manage porphyrins. Porphyrins are a group of compounds that combine with iron to produce blood, are involved in the control of electron transport systems, and, within mitochondria, are intricately involved in the production, accumulation, and utilization of energy. Porphyria can cause malfunctions in the liver, bone marrow, and red blood cells and produces a wide range of symptoms including seizures.
* People with a rare, genetic, fatty acid deficiency which prevents THE INITIATION OF KETOSIS. This is a deficiency involving the enzyme acetyl-CoA, a mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation enzyme, that is essential to ketosis. Those with this deficiency who do fast can experience severe side effects, including hepatic steatosis, myocardial lipid accumulation, and severe hypoglycemia.
A Note on Pregnancy, Children, and Fasting
Although many fasting texts suggest that pregnant women not fast, those that have been found to suffer side effects were also diabetic. Ketosis during pregnancy can seriously harm the fetus if the mother is diabetic. Fasting during pregnancy if a woman is not pregnant has not been found harmful to either mother or fetus. However, fasts for nondiabetic pregnant women should be no longer than 2-3 weeks duration and be monitored by a health care provider. Children, even infants, can also fast without complications if the fasts are of relatively short duration. For infants 2-3 days, children 1-2 weeks depending on age. These fasts should also be monitored by a health care provider unless of short duration. The need for infants and young children to fast is rare.
Those Who Should Fast Under Health Care Supervision
While most people can fast safely there are some that should do so only under the supervision of a health professional experienced in fasting for healing.
* Those with serious disease conditions
* Pregnant women
* Infants and young children
* Type I diabetics
* Those with insufficient kidney function
* Those who are extremely afraid of fasting yet wish to do so anyway
* People with a high toxic contamination level of DDT. DDT is stored by the body in a highly concentrated form in fat tissue. Fasting can release huge levels of DDT into the bloodstream as the fat stores are released. This can be quite dangerous.