Fasting: an Ancient Health Practice

Northern Survival

I’ve talked about fasting and its benefits on this blog before because it ties into my survival novel, Northern Survival. One of the main characters, Olive Tweed, fasted to improve her health. The two posts were

In the novel, there’s a scene where Olive shares personal information with the other main character, Jonathan ‘John’ Stone, on how she got hooked on fasting. Here’s a short clip:

“I had a health scare a few years ago. Doctors said I had six months to live. They said there was nothing I could do.” A muscle twitched in her cheek. “I refused to believe them. Shortly afterwards, my brother died with complications due to Type 2 diabetes. I didn’t eat for a week, and I felt better.” She released an uneasy chuckle. “I thought I was crazy until a friend told me about the benefits of fasting. She gave me a book; it changed the way I thought about food and my body. I read other books and researched online. I watched countless YouTube videos. Some only recycled what the others said but now and again, I’d find a nugget I could use to help improve my health. Six months passed. Ten months. The doctor’s office called, and I ignored them. The diet and drugs they wanted to put me on would have killed me quicker.” She shrugged. “I haven’t been to a doctor since. That was four years ago.”

I know what some might think: that’s crazy. Not eating can’t fix serious health problems. You’ll starve!

Last week, I stumbled upon this video from Dr. Berg, someone I’ve watched many times to learn how to eat healthier. The man he interviewed had several severe health issues, including depression. He had given up on life and resorted to staying in bed until he died.

Little did he know, he was doing the best thing he could have done for his body. After four days, his mind cleared, and he was pulled out of depression. Now he’s on the road to a healthy life without medication. Listen to his amazing story here: 4 Days of No Food Pulled Me Out of a Deep Dark Depression.

For a more in depth discussion on fasting and the benefits of it, watch How Fasting Can REVERSE AGING & Prevent Disease! (FASTING FOR SURVIVAL). Dhru Purohit interviewed Dr. Pradip Jamnadas, founder and medical director of Cardiovascular Interventions. He has practiced in Central Florida for over 32 years.

Why am I talking about fasting again? Each January, I renew my commitment to it and seek out new information. While I learn throughout the year, winter is the only time I have ample time indoors to do extensive research.

The human body is an amazing organism. If we give it what it needs, it can do the unthinkable. In truth, we have no idea of what we are capable of doing.


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