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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 r 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 reintroduce food to maintain maximum benefits - How to work with a physician for longer fasts more than 3 days Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published April 15th by St. Martin's Griffin first published April 15th More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Fasting and Eating for Health , please sign up.
Is this kindle edition an update of the edition with new medical and research insights or is it basically the edition now gone digital? See 1 question about Fasting and Eating for Health…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Feb 22, Kend rated it did not like it Shelves: nonfiction. 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.
Not because it helped my craft , you know, at all , but because it gave me an excuse to read up on a subject that has always bothered me and read some books not on the syllabus. See, I'm not just interested in learning about the spiritual and historical aspects of fasting, but the actual effects of what can only be termed periodic self-starvation. Depending, of course, on how you define 'starvation. When does the body start to experience real hunger?
What are the chemical and catalytic interactions at each stage of the fast? What's happening in the brain? What's happening in the blood? The bones? The belly? What are the short-term effects?
The long-term effects? What experiments or studies have been conducted to test these effects? A doctor's view! A cover that didn't feature some vague and blurry picture of the desert! I thought: "This could be legitimate. I started writing down the different diseases and conditions that Fuhrman claimed fasting could fix and had to stop myself after filling two entire notebook pages.
I won't even bother trying to list them here, except to say they ranged the spectrum from incontinence to cancer. In short, fasting fixes everything. I'm not even kidding. I gather he's an advocate of the lengthy fast days carried under doctor supervision of course , given that's probably how he pays the bills. I gather one stops feeling hunger after the first two days. I gather this has something to do with ketones. I gather Fuhrman's entire practice is based off of his own experience, given the vast majority of his 'proofs' are personal anecdotes and those which are not seem to be drawn from a select cluster of outdated and suspect texts.
I gather, from a little time on Google, that a lot of other medical doctors find his ideas dangerous and misleading. That's about all I gather as far as hard facts go. If you're looking for a detailed explanation or study of the medical side of fasting, this is not it. This book is a celebration of Fuhrman's own practice.
It is enthusiastic. It is repetitive. It is not terribly informative. It leans on personal anecdote and not hard facts. It is not a text I would recommend my students use as a reference in their scholarly essays for college composition. And yet, it's weird and wacky enough to make the list of notable books on fasting. It has a few things to say, if only to reiterate that Joel Fuhrman is awesome and he'll save the world.
View all 3 comments. Jan 07, Rachel rated it did not like it Shelves: what-the-fuck-was-that. This book mostly just annoyed me. The author comes across as one of those people who expect you to automatically believe everything they say, because of their credentials, not because of any facts they may have to back up their claims. He spent very little of the book talking about the actual process of fasting; this book is basically just a rant about how protein is poisoning you to death and we all need to eat nothing but plants.
Every time I stumbled across something that seemed useful, he'd This book mostly just annoyed me. Every time I stumbled across something that seemed useful, he'd follow it up with something stupid, anecdotal, and outdated. I really wanted to like this book, but you will find more and better information online about fasting and the studies that support it than you will in this book. Huge disappointment. Jul 23, Lauren rated it it was amazing. 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.
May 17, Ashley JaffaCaffa rated it liked it Shelves: medical , food , non-fiction. That said, I did find this book to be informative and useful but I agree with some of the other reviewers that it could have been much shorter. I read most of the book, only skimmed a couple sections that didn't relate to me whatsoever, but I feel like this book is meant to be skipped. Every section tended to repeated itself, so the facts of fasting and a low-fat diet would be mentioned in every chapter.
I'm not sure why it was written this way, I definitely think it would have been better to list the facts and general ideas at the beginning so he wouldn't be repeating himself every 10 pages.
I definitely think someone picking up this book would think twice about their diet and at least consider changing it for the better. I like that Dr. Joel Fuhrman stressed changing the diet first before fasting and seeing the positive changes beforehand, so the person is more likely to continue being after the fast fasting is not a quick way to lose weight and then continue eating processed foods.
He also mentioned weening your way off of certain foods and medicines, making the transition as easy as possible. I'll be honest I read this after I already fasted, but I fasted soon after stopping all of my heavy narcotic medicines because I was so ill from the withdrawal symptoms that I could barely keep my food down anyways. I definitely realise I should give it another go in a few months, after my body has a chance to detoxify even more from the lack of medicines.
I'll also be changing my diet even more for the better, as I'm still eating some animal products and could always use more vegetables.
Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease
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