Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease
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Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease

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Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease offers precise diet and fasting programs to relieve headache, hypoglycemia, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, colitis, psoriasis, lupus, and uterine fibroids. You'll also learn:
How to use fasting to lose weight
How to start, what to expect, how to reint...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published April 15th 1998 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published April 15th 1995)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This was very interesting to read, and makes some pretty spectacular claims for healing based on water-only fasting. Unfortunately, the benefits tend to come from longer-term, doctor-supervised fasts, which most of us cannot afford. However, there are some benefits to be had from shorter fasts you can do at home.
I have been fasting this year. That is, I've been fasting every Friday as a sort of experiment, partially prompted by a class that required me to develop and practice a 'spiritual discipline' for the duration of the semester, and partially prompted by my curmudgeonly attitude towards all things ascetic and a desire to figure out why people are willing to injure their bodies for the sake of their souls. I might add that this 'spiritual discipline' element of my graduate nonfiction craft class (...more
I never thought I could fast until I learned about how healing it is for the body, mind and spirit. This book explains fasting, eating and health very well. If I can fast, anybody can fast. It feels so great and you will not believe how much better food tastes after fasting. It is worth the read and worth fasting. Joel's recipes have changed the health of many of our family and friends from very poor to fantastic in a short amount of time.
Grace Dadoyan
It's not 'feed a cold, starve a fever', it's actually 'starve a cold, starve a fever'. This was a fascinating book about fasting and its role in allowing the body to focus on healing.
Susan Fong
Sounds great and wish I could do it, but alas my twin toddlers and preschooler will not let me sit around in bed for two weeks while I don't eat!
Sep 13, 2009 Challis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
This one of the most enlightening and important books I've read. I want to buy one for each of my friends and family members.
Andrea Avalon
I became a believer in the myth that the body can heal from any disease.
Andrew Frueh
Interesting information, but ultimately not really substantial enough to justify a whole book, more like a long pamphlet. The beginning makes a compelling case for water fasting, and the end explains a bit about the mechanics of how to actually do it, but the middle basically repeats the same argument over and over. It also provides a base level explanation of Fuhrman's studies on nutrition, but if you want to learn more about that, stick with his other book Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formul...more
First chapter praises fasting and all the health benefits of fasting. The following chapters discuss how certain diseases can be treated (and he claims to have treated) with fasting. Also in these chapters is constant praise for vegetarianism which is a bit outdated (check out paleo). Towards the end of the book he goes into a bit more technical detail in the mechanics of fasting. If i was to read this book again I would read the first and last chapter and skip the middle chapters.

Overall a good...more
Martha Smith
If you are lucky, you will read Dr. Fuhman's book before you have subjected yourself to medications and medical procedures. This book is for those who want to take charge over their health and well-being, and for those who want to embark on a journey toward a more satisfying life. I fasted, under doctor Paul Goldberg's supervision, 6 days and noticed significant health improvements!

I also recommend reading Natural Hygiene: The Pristine Way of Life by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton.
Paul Gier
This book provides a good discussion on eating a healthy diet and some of the health effects of fasting. The author provides numerous studies which support his claims about diet and fasting, and includes his personal story about how fasting helped him recover from an injury. Much of the book focuses on discussing a strict organic vegan diet, and I felt like there was not enough discussion specifically about fasting, especially considering the title of the book.
F. John
It's good to see that the medical community is coming around and recognizing what has always been true: The human body, if left to it's own devices, will respond to a healthful lifestyle. Give Dr. Fuhrman credit for having the guts to speak up. It was also good to see Herbert Shelton's name in a positive light. Time will show he was right.

If you liked this, you'll like fit for life too.
A good primer on fasting and the impact on fasting on health and healing. Well researched and explained, it certainly gave me a lot to think about. The middle chapters - about specific conditions - get a bit repetitive but I only read the ones that were relevant to me in detail. I've done a couple of 3-days fasts and have been impressed with the results and am now planning a 2-3 week fast.
I really enjoyed this read about healthy eating and the use of fasting in healing illness. I believe this would be an appropriate book for anyone interested in health or staying healthy. It references another book that I really liked: The China Study. All healthcare professionals should at least consider the things Dr. Fuhrman proposes.
Loved it.
I didn't know about therapeutic fasting until I read this book so it opened my eyes to fasting.

It's an easy read, and I found this theory fascinating :)
Great book - tried it for two weeks with a friend and it's a real eye-opener how well your body can function without food, relying on energy in fat stores.
Live better by not eating? Ackkkkkkkkkkk! Unfortunately I think he has a lot of things right. But I love eating, I do.
Pk Sen
Look like it is working. Refering to Self healing. Am sick. Did not fast but eat lesser and more healthily only.
Interesting subject on eliminating diseases and reversing heart disease.
This will save your life.
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