I have been doing some further research on fasting, and one of the classics in this field is Fasting and Eating for Health by Joel Fuhrman, published in 1995. In the world of electronics, this is ancient, but it appears that in the world of diet progress is not incredibly slow, it is regressive. The population of the United States is fattening up and it isn’t for lack of information, it is for not responding to good information. The public is in a death spiral in their response to health information and is eating, on average, exactly what they shouldn’t be eating. This book is in the same tradition as The China Study by Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell, and it comes to very similar conclusions about what we should be eating. Fuhrman stresses cleansing of the living tissues of the body by the use of fasts because he shows the body naturally wills to cleanse itself if it is given the chance to do so. Each cell of the body can have various kinds of unneeded byproducts in it, which it will preferentially expel when the body is not being stuffed with more of the same junk. That’s stating it callously but when we stuff our bodies with junk that is what will be inside of every one of our cells. When we fast, this junk is what is forced out first.

I have been doing a daily fast for over a year and have been having excellent results losing weight, but what Fuhrman asks us to do is occasional longer fasts. My eighteen-hour fasts are okay for losing weight but doing occasional several-day-long fasts is better for clearing out the resident toxins. Having been on this year-long intermittent fast makes it much easier to do a longer fast, so I am going to do one next Tuesday. That day is one where there will be fewer complications with my schedule.

I’m feeling good, but after cleaning out some junk I’ll probably feel even better.