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Title:The Science And Fine Art Of Fasting
Author:Hobert M. Shelton
Publisher:Natural Hygiene Press
Remarks:B&W Illustrations, No dust jacket and the book is just fine.
Size:135 x 210 mm
Having personally supervised over 30,000 fasts in his patients in the first half of the 1900s, this author speaks from tremendous experience. Also, having written the book sometime ago before our current legal-liability climate, he is very free with giving details instead of constantly being vague and saying "discuss with your doctor." If all you want is to know how to water-only fast and what to expect during a fast, skip directly to the later chapters. However, if you are skeptical of water-only fasting's benefits or its safety, start at the beginning. The author did a mind-boggling amount of research of what was known about fasting both in animals and humans and does an excellent job of presenting so much interesting and relevant information from a great number of angles (animals, war, medical accidents, etc) that I came away profoundly convinced of how natural fasting is in the evolution of animals and humans. Our bodies are well adapted to going without food for reasonable periods of time. As the author makes clear with evidence, our bodies are truly brilliant when it comes to survival and prioritizing what is important and what is not. I felt very reassured about the safety of fasting. He also goes in depth about healing experiences in humans during fasting which was highly motivational for me to do my own water-only fast. The gist of why he says a body heals during a fast is this: Digestion is a huge effort for the body requiring a great deal of resources (eg. to make digestive enzymes, stomach acids, immune system inspection of incoming food, etc).