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Complete Q & A in The Course In Health: Below some common questions and answers.
Question: Prior to a water fast which foods do I eat?
Answer: A clean whole food diet is a must. The closer you can get to eating the following foods, the more likely your water fast will be without symptoms. Best to eat “vegan” for at least two days before the water fast:- Steamed or sautéed vegetables- Raw fruit- Fresh vegetable juices- Salads- Sweet potato, yams- Whole grains – brown rice, kamut- Sprouted nuts and seeds
Question: Which supplements, minerals, vitamins, etc., should I take going into the water fast?
Answer: As a general rule taking vitamins, herbs, and enzymes are not recommended for more than 6 months (see What A Relief Guide!) Also see the book by Judith DeCava: The Truth about Vitamins Minerals & Antioxidants.It is sometimes recommended that minerals be taken ahead of the fast (not during the fast). If you have any type of muscle cramping use the appropriate minerals before the fast. The Symptom Survey worksheet on this website is a quick and easy way to determine mineral-needs both pre- and post-water fast. Addressing this before the fast will certainly make your water fast more enjoyable.
Question: Is there a recommended time to have my last meal before the fast?
Answer: If you start your fast in the a.m. it is best to eat dinner early the preceding day (suggested: between 5 - 6 p.m.). Sometimes I recommend having a light breakfast or juice in the morning to encourage a bowel movement on the first day of the fast.
Question: Suggestions for weaning from coffee/soda/tea (caffeine) before a water fast?
Answer: Weaning off soda, coffee, and tea is recommended a week to three days prior to the water fast. There are many different weaning approaches. I recommend embracing the withdrawal symptoms of the drug, as it will be similar to the food withdrawal during the first few days of the water fast; the headache will go away in time.
Question: Should I get colonics or enemas during a fast?
Answer: Typically colonics or enemas are not recommended. Talk to me if considering. Your natural gut flora may be disturbed by getting one. In rare cases, colonics are useful to empty bowels.
Question: BMI and fasting?
Answer: A BMI of 16 or below is the bottom line for fasting. It is not recommended that your BMI drop below 16 during a water fast. If water fasting without supervision the BMI should be increased to 17 or 18.
Question: What if I am unable to fast for more than one day?
Answer: You are addicted to food and most likely have blood sugar issues. Contact me.
Question: Should I drink salt water during the fast?
Answer: Dehydration and electrolyte imbalances are real concerns during an extended fast. Contact me for guidance if you experience lightheadedness, dizziness, and/or nausea. At times, adding a vegetable or beef broth, vegetable juice, salts or specific minerals are helpful to aid in the fasting process.
Question: Why does my tongue get coated? (And even more as the fast progresses?)
Answer: Our tongue is covered with taste buds. The purpose of taste buds is for both pleasure and protection.* Pleasure: for the sweetness of foods and needs no explanation.* Protection: to warn against noxious, dangerous substances. The warning with distaste rejects the food from being consumed and we will spit it out. The other protective act is covering the taste buds in times of illness to avoid all food and thus water fast. The complicated mechanism that instinctively tells a wild animal to fast during illness exists in humans; it is just overrun with emotions and blocks. An aspect of this is the coating on your tongue that is connected to your digestive flora. An extreme example is thrush with an extensive thick white coating. When our digestive symptom is toxic it will cover the tongue to cover the taste buds to make foods distasteful and encourage the water fast. Often the signal is ignored. Instead of listening to the body, some eat foods that break through the barrier by adding more spices.During the fast, the tongue will become more coated to enhance support and protection. Experienced water fasting doctors use the tongue coating as a guide to breaking the fast. In the past, the coating of the tongue was a primary indicator of readiness of the body to take on foods and break the fast. With the persuasiveness of prescription, recreational drugs, and processed chemical exposure, experienced water fasting doctors now will rely more on other objective tests like blood and urine laboratory tests to determine when to break the fast. None the less, the tongue is a valuable marker for progression of the water fast. A sign of health is a clear (uncracked) tongue.I recommend taking pictures of your tongue before, during and after a fast as a reference.
Question: Do you suggest to “detox” instead?
Answer: No. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding “detox” regimes, detox shakes, supplements, etc. “Detox” and water fasting are very different things. Most of the ingredients in detox formulas are garbage, with the salesperson claiming otherwise and without foundation.I believe the use of specific herbs, minerals and enzymes, etc. at times is warranted and of benefit. I believe that most are taken unnecessary and many are synthetic chemicals masked as natural.
Question: What about the “Master Cleanse”?
Answer: Not recommended. The sugar from maple syrup with lemon juice really messes up future hydrochloric acid production. After the cleanse you will feel great, lose weight, etc., however, the problem is in the months to come.
Question: What about a Juice Fast?
Answer: To clarify: these are diets not fasts. A juice-only diet, or kombucha, or bone broth are sometimes very helpful--especially for those with immune problems, advanced illness, and other conditions. Many of these are helpful in the regulation of blood sugar. Often these diets are helpful for those doing an extended water fast--to step in and out of the fast for optimal benefit.
Question: When can/should I reintroduce meats, nuts, etc.?
Answer: There is no short answer. A full explanation of food reintroduction is essential. The best approach to understanding the why and how of food reintroduction after a water fast is to understand the weaning process of a breastfeeding infant. While a breastfeeding baby is receiving ideal nutrients in breast milk (if mom is not stressed and eating well), there is very little to digest and break down. The milk essentially absorbs with little to no effort. The bacteria in the milk help from the digestive tract of the newborn. Understanding embryology is helpful in appreciating the importance of breastmilk. During the nine months a baby is developing inside mom the steps are the same: the brain, the heart, etc., all form in sequence. One of the last things to develop is the lungs between 7 and 8 months (with the obvious expectation and requirement of the baby needing to breathe after delivery). *Most parents are not aware that the intestines are not fully formed in utero. The infant’s digestive tract continues to develop after the baby is born. The expectation is that mom will breastfeed and support this final embryological step over the next year. With the baby’s digestion system not being formed, it requires predigested food in the form of breast milk. And equally important is the bacteria that the milk provides to form strong barriers for the intestines. This has everything to do with the water fast and bacteria in your own gut and reintroducing foods. You can imagine breast milk as freshly made vegetable juice. The juicing process breaks down the food to make it very easy to absorb, with little to no effort. The next step is looking at the process of introducing foods to a newborn after breastfeeding for a year or so. Never would a mother introduce raw nuts, or meat, or cheese to that baby as the first food. If mom did make this mistake baby would reject the food by spitting it up, vomiting, devolving a rash, colic, or other allergy. The adage of crawling before walking and walking before running applies. Crawling is vegetarian, sprinting is meats.Another side note is that the child’s digestion is continually forming into their teens. Why a child does not develop into puberty until early teens has to do with their ability to pick up nutrients like iodine and zinc: the heavy metals required to make sex hormones. Go back and look at your periodic table from high school. Some suggest that children should avoid or eat very little meat and complex foods until they are about 10 years of age. Often hormone problems start with weak digestion and the inability to absorb and assimilate heavy metals like zinc and iodine. When we heal the digestion and strengthen it in the water fast we can start to absorb minerals better with time. If you reintroduce foods too quickly it often will set you back a little.When introducing any food after the water fast notice the feeling it gives you, especially on your tongue. Does it coat your tongue and make you feel heavy? Or do you feel light and vibrant? The same symptoms a baby may have during weaning you may experience in reintroducing foods. Look for bloating, gas, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, foul odors, sinus or nasal congestion, and itchy skin.The fast and the weaning process helps support ideal metabolism and digestion. If you are looking for ideal energy and vitality after the water fast, nutrient-dense foods like nuts, cheese, and meats will be consumed in moderation, sparingly, or not at all.It is recommended that Dr. Cola’s Kitchen Guide be used for sprouting nuts, seeds, and grains. Also for proper food combining.Foods that most people can’t go wrong with after the first few days are juiced, steamed and raw foods such as the following:
Question: Do I need to go vegetarian, vegan, or SOS after the fast?
Answer: Of the many foods that our Creator has provided we must ask “why?” The debate over vegan vs. meat eater is as futile as a vaccine debate. Both miss the mark. The only question is: Does the food lead you to your purpose or to pain? If your diet is based upon religious doctrine I respect the guidance and virtue of these choices. The Grand Purpose addresses religion in water fasting and religion in food. This must be distinguished by people or doctors making food into a religion which is dangerous and divisive (see question below).Our Creator has given us a wide variety of foods, some very stimulating and hard to digest like pork and shellfish, and others very light and easy to digest like fruits and vegetables. There is a lot of common sense that can be taught on introducing complex foods to an infant. Even though an infant starts to develop teeth it doesn’t mean she is ready to eat meat or nuts. For adults looking for a “diet” there is not “one”. There are different ways of eating from different cultures that are simple and clean which can be mirrored. These are outlined in the Dr. Cola’s Kitchen Guide. The only thing that needs to be made clear and asserted is that processed foods and toxins are never recommended in moderation. (See below.)I am often asked, “What do you eat?” My answer is not intended to be advice, it is based upon what gives me energy, pleasure, vigor, and purpose. I eat 90% vegetarian, whole grains, brown rice, fruit, veggies, lots of nuts and minimal legumes. Eggs, cheese, grass-finished meat and lamb, Pacific salmon, sardines and anchovies in moderation. I eat organic 80% of the time and try not to eat restaurant food. I drink wine and GMO-free beer, coffee, kombucha, and water only.
Question: What does being sensitized to food or toxins mean?
Answer: One of the great side effects of the fast is becoming sensitized to processed foods and toxic substances. Think about the first time you smoked a cigarette or drank alcohol. Your body was sensitive to the toxin, it rejected the cigarette with coughing, headache or nausea. The alcohol probably burned and tasted awful. These examples are the same as the infant rejecting complex foods or being super sensitive to the wrong foods, and like a teenager who is sensitive to cigarette and alcohol. The water fast brings us back to this amazing communication that has been turned off. Smoke is dangerous to the body and nicotine in high doses can be fatal. Your body rejects chemicals with the pain signals described: coughing, etc. How it works is simple: Our bodies primary goal is to warn off dangers by giving you symptoms of distress. When our body realizes that the warning signs are being ignored our built-in mechanism to protect ourselves or avoid the pain goes into survival mode. The emotional blocks override the bodies’ warning signals our bodies send. Our bodies have resiliency and the ability to adapt to these dangerous chemicals; otherwise said: if a teenager wants to impress their friends, fit in, or get a high from tobacco they will ignore the bodies’ warning signals. What happens now is the body says to itself, “This person is not going to stop the insult to the body--or cannot stop the insult,” so the body’s intelligent design protects itself with the attempt to minimize damage. In this case the smoke kills the cilia cells in the lungs, therefore the lungs protect themselves and go into defense mode. The downside to the ignoring the symptoms at an early stage is high likelihood of illness. The blessing that our bodies have resiliency to adapt is often not considered with illness. Becoming desensitized is a huge gift.Somewhat similar to someone eating too much toxic food, the body stores these toxins and calories in fat cells. The side effect is obesity for overeating and at the same time preserving life. If the body didn’t have the ability to store fat and toxins we would be overwhelmed with dead and dying cells and be sick all the time. Just like cigarette smoke and the body’s ability to adapt it is a blessing that can turn to a curse if ignored.Often I jokingly offer meth or heroin to a patient asking if they would like some. Always they respond “No thank you.” The reason being is they are clear in their minds the great pain that consuming the drug would cause. I then ask the same person to consider the person addicted to meth being offered the same: they would jump at my offer! Simply put they associate pleasure with and are sensitized to the drug. Now consider that when I offer processed food to the average person they would jump at my offer. (Would you like some potato chips, a donut, french fries, candy, etc.?) Then take the same person and put them on a water only fast for 5 to 10 days and they develop a distaste for the processed foods. When I guide people through the fast and ask them on day 4 or 6 how the addicting, processed foods sound to them, they respond the same as the patient being offered meth or heroin. Everything is relative and the desensitization process is an amazing concept to learn.In this process of writing The Grand Purpose and getting recognition, I have been in contact with other physicians and professionals in my field. The offers to help change and grow their practices are many. I ask these professionals why they do what they do? What is their goal for their client or patient? Some are clear that they want to improve the quality of their patients lives. Then when long-term results are considered and discussed, the conversation turns. Most if not all professionals are getting dismal long-term successes. When I offer for them to consider that the external/religious/blame of their model may be considered a part of the dismal success the professional blames the patient for lack of compliance.That is where it must stop. If compliance is the cause of the failure the professional is not aware that the lack of compliance is caused by the external focus and making the treatment a religion. When I ask myself the same question regarding long-term success I have uncovered the secret to success. Those who heal and change are not seeking treatment and I need to encourage people to choose that path.
Question: How long should I fast for?
Answer: My recommendations are 3 to 7 days for non-supervised fasts. This does not mean you can’t water fast longer. Much depends on your physical and emotional state. For a fast lasting longer than 7 days most doctors have objective measures they use to determine the ideal length of a water fast.
The history of the fast is ancient and the science behind it lags. A credible explanation is best described by something called autolysis, which simply means our bodies prioritizes the breaking down of tissue. Breaking down first dead and dying cells along with removing toxic matter built up. Microbes--virus, bacteria and fungus--are also used as fuel for the fasting body.
What is most powerful about the fast is the regeneration and rebuilding that occurs after breaking the fast. The regeneration that occurs is indicated during the fast that flips the switch of stem cells to kick into action, which then facilitates the immune systems to turn over old white blood cells for vibrant, healthy white blood cells.
Food allergies, bowel problems, skin disorders, etc., all are linked with a weak digestive and immune system; the fast rests and then kick starts both.
In short, the water fast debunks the germ theory. It does so by turning the body from a swamp to a garden (temple).
The most important aspect of the water fast is the connection to virtue and changing. - explained in A Course in Health.
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The following guide and/or A Course In Health are two options for completing your water fast:
Water fasting is a safe and proven path to healing. The importance of preparing, conducting and most importantly breaking the water fast is addressed in this guide. Even more important is the focus of the individual's journey through the fast. This guide helps formulate meaningful questions and exercises to make lasting results of the fast. "The fast is about becoming whole, not losing weight or curing a condition. The simultaneous healing of the body and mind are absolute in the water fast if it is conducted from the internal" --The Grand Purpose
· WATER FASTING GUIDE - Intermittent fasting
· PURPOSE OF THE FAST
· THE FOCUS OF THE FAST
· STARVING VS. FASTING
· THEORIES OF (FASTING) CLEANING SEQUENCE
· ILLNESS AND FASTING: SHORT TO EXTENDED DURATION
· BODY - EMOTION LINK ILLNESS/PAIN.