Fasting without medical supervision, is it safe?
Fasting with medical supervision is rare and hard to find. Fasting knowledge and fasting experience is rare in the medical profession. In general, fasting is ignored by the medical profession as a method of healing. Even juice fasting with 2000 calories a day is considered dangerous. What doctor will you find that has any information on fasting? Most doctors will admit to about 6 hours of nutritional training and zero on fasting. The concept of detoxification will be foreign to most doctors and your request for fasting supervision may gain you a referral to a psychiatrist.
Why is fasting with medical supervision rare?
Modern medicine has a fix it when it breaks approach to healing. Preventative medicine and natural healing are consider almost voodoo. They could monitor enzyme liver levels to see if your liver is breaking down and yes that could happen after 30 days on water if your liver is weak but if you are tacking a juice fast for a few days with 20 lb of excess fat, worrying about your body falling apart because you missed a few meals is fear.
The concept of medical supervision is watching for something to break down when fasting has endless testimonies of healing, events well beyond the ability of modern medicine.
If you are worried… stop fasting. Fasting is like a diving board. You can talk yourself out of a great experience. If you are healthy, you can fast safely without medical supervision. Juice fasting is very safe not dangerous and heals the body of so many diseases. For certain advance chronic disease conditions, it is best to start slowly with lots of juice and even a salad or some banana for the first few days to reduce the rate of detoxification. With juice fasting you can control the rate of detoxification but not so with water fasting. With juice fasting your immune system has endless nutritional support. With water the body runs on what you have stored from you pre-fast diet. If this was nutritionally weak, your body will suffer during the fast as it will be under strain without nutrition. This is why many water fasters can have problems during a fast. A 40 day water fast from a junk food diet will damage the human body.
Long water fasts over 18 days should have a liver function test to be safe. But I do not recommend long water fasts as they can damage the body. Alternating days of juice and water fasting will give the liver the nutrients is needs to remove the endless toxins present in our cells deposited by ruthless manufacturing and profiteering.
If you are worried about fasting then do a short juice fast of 3 to five days, break the fast correctly then do a week of fasting. Next fast try 3 days juice 3 water and 3 juice. There is no hurry. You can take your time. When I see posts of people doing a 40 day water fast as a first fast, I am sad as they are fasting for a Band Aid to life’s problems and will not have the resolve to see it though. And if they do make the 40 days, instead of healing, there would be damage.
By Tom Coghill of Fasting.ws Articles may be copied or reproduced as long as the back links to fasting.ws are intact and the author’s name is included.