There are many types of fasts: There is the water fast, the fruit fast, the rice fast, the juice fast, wheatgrass and barley juice fasts, spirulina fasts and the grapefruit fast. We even have people recommending a fast without water for the first week of a radical fasting program but this is medically insane and should be avoided like the plague because of hydration and toxicity issues. The most stringent form of fasting is taking only water; but a more liberal form of fasting includes the use of fresh juices made from fruits and vegetables as well as herbal teas. All of these limited diets generate varying degrees of detoxification—that is, elimination of toxins from the body.
I do recommend to everyone to try at least a 24 hour water fast to experience the baseline of fasting. To reduce oneself down to just water offers a learning experience with self as well as diet that will propel one in the right direction. In the chapter on diabetes I mention naturopath Walter Last’s lemon juice and spirulina fast, which is a radical but effective treatment for serious diseases.
Personally, living in Brazil, which is a fruit paradise, I use fresh and frozen fruits combined with Rejuvenate, which you will find considerable information on in the chapter on “Superfood Medicine & Nutrition.” It is quick and easy and one can create intensely powerful nutritional treatments with Rejuvenate that are incredibly tasty and even more concentrated and rich in nutrients than from pure juicing.
A liquid fast gives the body the best
opportunely to detoxify and regenerate.
Dr. Evarts G. Loomis said, “Fasting is the world’s most ancient and natural healing mechanism. Fasting triggers a truly wondrous cleansing process that reaches right down to each and every cell and tissue in the body. Within 24 hours of curtailing food intake, enzymes stop entering the stomach and travel instead into the intestines and into the bloodstream where they circulate and gobble up all sorts of waste matter, including dead and damaged cells, unwelcome microbes, metabolic wastes, and pollutants. All organs and glands get a much-needed and well-deserved rest, during which their tissues are purified and rejuvenated and their functions balanced and regulated. The entire alimentary canal is swept clean. By rebuilding immunity, health is naturally restored and disease disappears.”
Fasting for the alleviation of human suffering has
been practiced uninterruptedly for 10,000 years.
Fasting is a process that facilitates the body’s healing mechanisms. It is a gift to an overburdened body. It is extremely effective in creating an internal environment where the body can do what it does best—heal itself. After fasting, the body is more efficient. Digestion is better due to a cleaner colon. The colon walls have been cleansed of impacted feces (colon cleanse is a vital part of any fasting detox program), allowing improved absorption of nutrients.
Fasting increases the process of elimination and the release of toxins
from the colon, kidneys and bladder, lungs and sinuses, and skin.
This process can generate discharge such as mucus from the
gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, sinuses, or in the urine.
Dr. Elson M. Haas
All organs and glands get a much-needed and well-deserved rest, during which the tissues are purified and rejuvenated and the functions balanced and regulated. The entire alimentary canal (stomach, small intestines, and large intestine/colon) is swept clean, and what comes out the lower end should astonish and disgust the first-time colon cleanser/faster sufficiently to make fasting coupled with colon cleansing irrigations a lifelong habit. Perhaps the most important benefit of fasting is that it thoroughly cleans and purifies the bloodstream.
A. J. Carlson, Professor of Physiology, University of
Chicago, states that a healthy, well-nourished man can
live from 50 to 75 days without food, provided he is not
exposed to harsh elements or emotional stress.
The ancient Greeks fasted for health and longevity, and were known for their robust physical health. Galen, Paracelsus and Hippocrates, who are recognized as the founding fathers of Western medicine, prescribed and practiced fasting for all serious ailments. Pythagoras required his students to fast for 40 days to purify body and mind prior to receiving his highest teachings. Plato and Aristotle fasted regularly to enhance physical health and stimulate mental powers.
The human body has many ordinary modes of achieving elimination: the liver, lungs, kidneys, colon, etc. When these are overloaded, the body will resort to “extra-ordinary” methods of elimination: boils, mucous and other discharges, sweats, vomiting, diarrhea, and many others. Should elimination be impossible or uneconomical of body energy, the toxic overload will go into storage forms in the joints, vessels, muscles, organs—almost any tissue in the body. While fasting, the body is highly conservative of its energy and resources. During this deep and profound rest, toxin intake and production are reduced to a minimum while autolysins and elimination proceed unchecked. Anabolic processes such as tissue and bone healing also proceed at a maximal rate during the fast.
The fast is Nature’s remedy for all diseases and there are few
exceptions to the rule. When you feel sick, fast. Do not wait until
the next day, when you will feel stronger, nor till the next week,
when you are going away into the country, but stop eating at once.
The Fasting Cure
Fasting tends to control passion as it puts a check on our emotions. Fasting also controls the senses. It purifies the mind and the heart. Fasting overhauls the respiratory, circulatory, digestive and urinary systems. It eliminates (detoxifies and chelates) the impurities of the body. Fasting is one of the ten canons of yoga.
Animals instinctively fast when ill.
Just about everybody benefits from fasting. Even those who live a relatively healthy lifestyle still have toxins. Due to old and often bad nutritional habits, environmental pollutants, stresses and strains of life situations, most of us suffer from toxic deposits throughout the body. With the elimination of these toxins, remarkable and sometimes incredible changes can and have occurred.
Many people have experienced and witnessed the complete reversal of so-called incurable diseases (like psoriasis), the cessation of chronic migraines, the elimination of allergies and back problems, and dramatic relief from the discomforts and pains of rheumatic and arthritic sufferers etc. Even if you are relatively healthy, a fast is a wonderful preventative measure against aging and possible future ill health.
Fasting provides a much-needed rest for the internal organs, restoring and normalizing glandular, metabolic and nervous-system functions, speeding up the elimination of morbid accumulations, toxic wastes and dead cells, accelerating new cell and tissue generation, and enhancing cell-oxygenation.
Juice fasting (also known as “juice cleansing”) is a fasting method and a detox diet where a person consumes only fruit and vegetable juices to obtain nutrition while otherwise abstaining from solid food consumption. Juice fasting utilizes a juicing machine or blender to make fresh juice from hopefully organic vegetables and fruits.
Using a blender for making “green smoothies” is a great way to get raw veggies, including the fiber, into your diet. Realize though that making “smoothies” with a blender and making juice with a juicer are different things and it is a worthwhile investment to purchase a juicer.
Virtually every health authority recommends that we get 6-8 servings of vegetables and fruits per day, yet very few of us actually get even close to that. Juicing is an excellent way to enable you to easily reach your daily target for vegetables.
While you can certainly juice fruits, if you are overweight, have high blood pressure, diabetes or blood sugar issues, it is best to limit using fruits until you normalize these conditions. The exception would be lemons and limes, which have virtually none of the offending sugar—fructose—that causes most of the metabolic complications. Additionally lemons or limes are amazing at eliminating the bitter taste of the dark deep leafy green vegetables that provide most of the benefits of juicing.
During juice fasting, the body autolyzes—self-digests—its own stored substances, resynthesizing nutrients and eliminating toxins. Additionally, fruit and vegetable juices, alkalinizing vegetable broth, and herbal teas all add vitamins, minerals and trace elements to the body, in addition to aiding detoxification. After the fast, the body is better able to digest food and is better at utilizing nutrients in the food. The organs have a new vitality—any sluggishness will have disappeared.
Fasting is a catalyst for change and an essential
part of transformational medicine. It promotes
relaxation and energization of the body, mind and
emotions, and supports a greater spiritual awareness.
Dr. Elson M. Haas
Nutritional Program for Fasting
Not all vegetables and fruits are equal in their ability to treat cancer though when you are using other components of the Natural Allopathic Medicine protocol the choice of fruits and vegetables becomes less critical. Your fruit and vegetable juice should be skewed toward vegetables and fruits that have the best cancer-killing nutrients.
Like virtually all vegetables, there are hundreds of phytonutrients in carrots that have not yet been identified or tested for cancer-fighting abilities. In reviews of studies carrots seem to consistently emerge as a top cancer-fighting foods. The power of carrots lies in the group of pigments called carotenoids (beta-carotene is among this group), which give them their orange color.
Here are just a few of the cancer-cell-killing nutrients (direct or indirect) in vegetables:
Raw carrots (alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, vitamin E, etc.)
Raw broccoli (sulforaphanes/ isothiocyanates)
Raw cabbage (isothiocyanates)
Green Asparagus (saponins)
Beetroot/red beets (proanthocyanidins (PACs or OPCs))
Turmeric (a spice, curcurmin)
Fruits that cancer patients should focus on are: purple grapes (with skins and seeds), red raspberries, black raspberries, strawberries, other non-citrus fruits, with their seeds, especially peaches and apricots (the seed is inside a hard shell). Actually, any fruit with dark blue or dark purple coloring is acceptable, such as blueberries. Raw pineapple is especially good and tomatoes also have cancer-fighting nutrients.
Here is a sample of the known cancer-killing nutrients in fruits:
Raw pineapple (bromelain and pexoxidase)
Whole purple grapes with seeds and skins (resveratrol)
Apricot seeds (laetrile)
Strawberries, red raspberries, black raspberries (laetrile and ellagic acid)
Blueberries (ellagic acid, anthrocyanins, OPC)
According to Dr. Rudolf Breuss, solid foods are what nourish cancer cells. He concluded that if a person with cancer lives on juice and tea for a period of time, the cancer growth will die, but the person will be able to live. Followers of the Breuss cancer cure must fast for 42 days, drinking only vegetable juices and compatible teas. Juice is permitted to satisfy hunger cravings, as long as it doesn’t exceed half a liter per day. The less juice the patient drinks, the better. Dr. Breuss suggests medical supervision during the cure and one must wait at least 2-5 months after an operation before beginning this radical cure.
Dr. Servan-Schreiber tells us that in rodents, severe caloric restriction has been shown to slow the progression of some cancers. In France, researchers at the University of Rennes have demonstrated that the elimination of some amino acids (precursors of molecules called polyamines) slows the progression of certain cancers in humans, and contributes to reducing cancer-related pain.
But he warns, “However, BE CAREFUL. This kind of super-restrictive diet is not for everyone. Although it may have some beneficial effect, it can also be dangerous. The ‘Breuss Cancer Cure’ has not been evaluated in any kind of systematic way in human beings, and personally I feel that it should only be followed under the supervision of a specialized nutritionist who is working closely with the patient’s cancer specialist. I recommend that if they want to try this diet, patients should restrict it to a period of 2-4 weeks, during which they can consume prepared fluids that contain carefully measured amounts of the essential nutritional elements while eliminating polyamine precursors. Then they can embark on a diet that reduces these same precursors as much as possible.”
The dangers of restrictive diets
should be managed with great care.
Bruno Vonarburg, a Swiss biochemist who is the author of Medicines from the Earth, has looked at the Breuss Cure and says “Given that proteins feed the development of cancer, I can see the advantages of following a treatment based on vegetable juice: the daily provision of proteins is stopped, and since the organism can live without them, the blood, which is drawn to proteins, clears the body of everything that’s superfluous—growths, matter and tumors.”
The Grape Juice Fast was a famous anti-cancer discovery in the 1920s. Purple (Concord) grapes (with their skin and seeds), and to a slightly lesser degree red and black grapes, contain several nutrients that are known to kill cancer cells. Grapes contain nutrients that kill cancer cells as well as substances that help the body detoxify. This cancer treatment was developed by Johanna Brandt who spent many years experimenting with fasting and diets before she found her grape cure. Her book on the grape cure was published in the 1920s.
Dr. Hulda Clark did a nice summary of this cancer treatment:
The original diet involves 12 hours of fasting every day, followed by 12 hours where you consume absolutely nothing except grapes (and/or grape juice). The consumption of the grapes is spread out over the 12 hours, not just at meal times. In other words, they are consumed slowly over many hours, not quickly over two or three short bursts. After being on this phase of the diet for several weeks there were other phases, but the first phase is of most interest here.
To be technical there are two different “fasts” that occur every day in this diet. First there is the “water fast” (which is only for 12 hours a day), which allows for ONLY the consumption of “natural water” during the “fast” and/or “ionized water.” All of this clarification on water was not in her original diet, but modern technology (e.g. the addition of chlorine and fluoride to our water supplies) has necessitated its inclusion. Chlorine is especially bad for this diet! The second type of “fast” is for the other 12 hours in a day, it also includes water, but also includes grapes and/or grape mush.
The two daily “fasts” obviously do not starve the cancer cells to death, however, the “water fast” does have a significant purpose. The water fasting makes the cancer cells “hungry,” and when the cells do get food, what they get is grape juice, which contains several major cancer-killing nutrients, such as:
Oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPC) or procyanidolic oligomers (PCO), originally called: pycnogenol (seeds)
Resveratrol (skin coloring of purple grapes)
Laetrile (amygdalin or vitamin B17) (seeds)
Caffeic acid and/or ferulic acid (together they kill cancer cells)
In other words, the water fasting is used to “trick” the cancer cells into consuming the first thing that comes along. The grapes become a great “transport agent” for getting the poisons just mentioned into the cancer cells, meaning the cancer cells “steal” these nutrients (which turn out to be poisonous to the cancer cells) from the normal cells! Cancer cells thrive on sugar and grape juice is virtually pure “sugar.” The water fast makes the cells hungry and when the grape juice becomes available, the cancer cells gobble up the sugar in the grapes or grape juice. But as the cells are ingesting the juice they are also consuming things that are poisonous to them. Think of putting poison in chocolate and giving it to a hungry child. That is exactly what the water fast, followed by the grape mush, does to a cancer cell.
Cancer cells eat many times more of the glucose and other sugars than a regular cell does, plus it eats far more minerals and some other nutrients than a regular cell. Thus, the combination of consuming far more glucose, minerals and other nutrients, plus the (water) fasting, makes the purple grapes an exceptional cancer-fighting food. The water fast is absolutely critical to this treatment, and should not be taken lightly! In fact, the great secret to the grape cure is that cancer cells are very inefficient at processing glucose and other sugars. Cancer cells consume about 15 times more glucose and other sugars than regular cells.
If you plan to make your own fresh juices, the first thing you’ll need is a juicing machine. The “Champion” and “Omega” brands are both very popular—both around $300 and they’ll last many years even with everyday use. A masticating juicer is necessary for the type of juicing necessary for cancer treatments, especially for juicing wheat grass. Wherever possible use organic fruits and vegetables!
When we talk about “green foods,” we’re referring to a group of foods that includes young cereal grasses like barley grass and wheatgrass, as well as blue-green algae plants like spirulina and chlorella. Nutritionally, they are close cousins to dark green leafy vegetables, but offer far greater levels of “nutrient density”—in other words, an ounce of these concentrated green foods contains much more of the beneficial phytonutrients found in an ounce of green vegetables.
Spirulina is a concentrated source of GLA, and a
10-gram serving has 235 mg. As a comparison, a daily
dose of 500 mg of evening primrose oil has only 45 mg.
The results of many experimental studies show that green foods have marked beneficial effects on cholesterol, blood pressure, immune response and cancer prevention. Survival medicine reserves a special place for these plants and features how they can be used for radical detox and concentrated nutritional medicine. Most of my personal experience is decades long use of spirulina and my recommended natural chelation formula, Heavy Metal Detox (HMD, uses chlorella. Spirulina is easily integrated into a juice fasting program. It’s like the afterburners on a military jet—pour it into the juice and everything is intensified. One could use wheatgrass and barley grass juices if a person is willing to grow, harvest and juice them on a daily basis.
There is very little nutritional difference between wheatgrass and barley grass, although both act exceptionally well as free radical scavengers that reduce inflammation and pain.
About the only thing wheat grass juice doesn’t
contain is a significant amount of calories.
Barley grass is an excellent source of nutrients that the body needs for growth, repair and wellbeing. A biologist named Yasuo Hotta from the University of California, La Jolla, found in barley grass a substance called P4D1. This substance not only has strong anti-inflammatory action but was also shown to actually repair the DNA in the cells of the body. This aided in the prevention of carcinogenesis, aging, and cell death. He reported in a Japan Pharmacy Science Association meeting that P4D1 suppresses or cures pancreatitis, stomatitis, inflammation of the oral cavity, and dermatitis, and also lacerations of the stomach and duodenum.
Some people have difficulty tolerating wheatgrass juice perhaps because it is extremely detoxifying. Barley grass juice is milder so far as the detox effect, although quite bitter in taste compared to the sweetness of wheatgrass juice. Besides chlorophyll and a myriad of vitamins, minerals and enzymes, barley grass is said to have 30 times as much vitamin B1 as in milk, 3.3 times as much vitamin C, and 6.5 times as much carotene as in spinach, 11 times the amount of calcium in cow’s milk, nearly five times the iron content of spinach, nearly seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the vitamin B1 in whole wheat flour, and 80 micrograms of vitamin B12 per 100 grams of dried barley plant juice.
Barley grass contains the enzyme superoxide dismutase,
which protects the cells against toxic free radicals.
In his book, Fasting to Freedom, Ron Lagerquist said, “Fasting on water has become a near impossible exercise for a body that has been fed on the modern diet. It’s hard to tell this to someone who believes juice fasting is a compromise, cheating, not real fasting. But I can tell you juice fasting is as rigorous today as water fasting was in Christ’s day.
Every two or three days, as the body goes into a deeper level
of dumping wastes, the energy may go down, and resistance
and fears as well as symptoms may arise. Between these
times, we usually feel cleaner, better, and more alive.
Dr. Elson M. Haas
Headache is not at all uncommon during the first day or two of a fast. Fatigue or irritability may arise at times, also dizziness or lightheadedness but these symptoms are diminished when using fruits and vegetables processed with a juicer or even a regular blender instead of pure water. Juice fasting is the oldest, fastest and safest (biochemical) method of removing unwanted weight and increases physical wellbeing, helps you to stay slim, healthy and vital, and is a huge help in the breaking of addictions. As the physical body detoxifies, rejuvenates and regenerates, the mind begins to function more efficiently. During the fast, the digestive system has a rest, freeing up energy for other things. This energy is used by the mind—bringing mental clarity. Fasting develops mental will power and increased control over the senses and mind.
In the late 1950s Dr. Alexander Ferencziat in Hungary, using nothing but raw, red beets, treated cancer. The pigment that gives beets their rich, purple-crimson color—betacyanin—also seems to be a powerful cancer-fighting agent. Beets are another high-antioxidant veggie, with an ORAC score of 1840, and a total antioxidant concentration of 1.98. They contain many healthful substances: betaine (aka: trimethylglycine, TMG), betalains, betacyanin, betanin, folate, iron, and fiber. Betaine helps convert homocysteine into methionine, preventing heart disease.
In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and
Food Chemistry, the team tested four color varieties of beets:
white, orange, red and dark red. Only extracts from the red
beets triggered higher levels of the protective enzymes.
A team of researchers led by UW-Madison food scientist Kirk Parkin has shown that beet pigments may boost levels of proteins, called phase II enzymes, that help detoxify potential cancer-causing substances and purge them from the body. Beets’ potential effectiveness against colon cancer in particular has been demonstrated in several studies. In one study, animals under the double stress of chemically induced colon cancer and high cholesterol were divided into two groups. One group received a diet high in beet fiber while the other group served as a control. The beet fiber-fed animals rose to the challenge by increasing their activity of two antioxidant enzymes in the liver, glutathione peroxidase and glutathione-S-transferase.
The smallest bruise or puncture will cause red beets’
red-purple pigments, which contain beneficial flavonoids
called anthycyanins, to bleed, especially during cooking.
The amount of juice you drink will determine the intensity of cleansing. Drinking small amounts of juice supplies fewer calories, thereby increasing detoxification. The more intense the cleansing, the greater the discomfort. Juice fasting allows you to have control over the process of elimination. However, when the body enters a cleansing crisis due to toxins in the blood, no amount of juice will eliminate the discomfort. You must wait it out.
 Phase II Enzyme-Inducing and Antioxidant Activities of Beetroot (Beta vulgaris L.) Extracts from Phenotypes of Different Pigmentation; Mahinda Wettasinghe, Bradley Bolling, Leslie Plhak, Hang Xiao, and Kirk Parkin; J. Agric. Food Chem., 2002, 50 (23), pp 6704–6709; http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf020575a
“An interesting botanical extract from the avocado plant (Persea americana) is showing promise as a new cancer adjunct. When a purified avocado extract called mannoheptulose was added to a number of tumour cell lines tested in vitro by researchers in the Department of Biochemistry at Oxford University in Britain, they found it inhibited tumor cell glucose uptake by 25-75%, and it inhibited the enzyme glucokinase responsible for glycolysis. It also inhibited the growth rate of the cultured tumour cell lines. The same researchers gave lab animals a 1.7 mg/g body weight dose of mannoheptulose for five days; it reduced tumors by 65-79%,” writes Dr. Jon J. Brooks.
Not only are avocados a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids including oleic acid, which has recently been shown to offer significant protection against breast cancer, but it is also a very concentrated dietary source of the carotenoid lutein, which is recognized by the National Cancer Institute as an antioxidant; it also contains measurable amounts of related carotenoids (zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene) plus significant quantities of tocopherols (vitamin E).
Dr. Q.Y. Lu and colleagues from the University of California at Los Angeles found that, “These avocados were found to contain the highest content of lutein among commonly eaten fruits as well as measurable amounts of related carotenoids (zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene). Lutein accounted for 70% of the measured carotenoids, and the avocado also contained significant quantities of vitamin E. An acetone extract of avocado containing these carotenoids and tocopherols was shown to inhibit the growth of both androgen-dependent (LNCaP) and androgen-independent (PC-3) prostate cancer cell lines in vitro. Incubation of PC-3 cells with the avocado extract led to G2/M cell cycle arrest accompanied by an increase in p27 protein expression.”
The researchers concluded, “In common with other colorful fruits and vegetables, the avocado contains numerous bioactive carotenoids. Because the avocado also contains a significant amount of monounsaturated fat, these bioactive carotenoids are likely to be absorbed into the bloodstream, where in combination with other diet-derived phytochemicals they may contribute to the significant cancer risk reduction associated with a diet of fruits and vegetables.”
 Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry (Inhibition of prostate cancer cell growth by an avocado extract: role of lipid-soluble bioactive substances. J Nutr Biochem, 2005; 16(1):23-30).