I don't know... putting nothing but bottled, dead juices and water into my body scares me... I think I'd rather do a water fast. A friend of mine did that and she not only did not lose weight as one would on a raw juice fast, she constipated herself so badly, she was worse than when she began.
Bottled juices are not only dead, but contain additives and so much sugar. I know you know this, but I just had to point it out.
You're going to need some live raw greens to help you through an extended fast. My daughter, five years ago, couldn't afford an expensive juicer, so she splurged on a $79 Hamilton Beach job as a start... just to have something to juice the produce until she could get something better. It worked out really well.
I really suggest you juice fast with raw live juices to truly receive the incredible, glowing, gorgeous benefits of a live raw juice fast. You will never receive those benefits drinking dead, bottled, store bought juices.
I'm sorry, but it's the truth.
I hope I've not discouraged you as that is not my intention. I want you to experience the beauty of a raw live juice fast, but you have to drink raw live juices for that to happen.
I wish you the best in whatever you do,
I forgot to address the medication, so sorry...
May I suggest you consult a Naturopath, a physician who will be educated and knowledgeable about juice fasting and would be able to help you devise a routine that would/could accomodate your medication in a safe manner while fasting.
If you do not choose to consult a Naturopath, then I would suggest to modify your juice fast by slowing down the detox considerably by consuming a banana and/or an avocado, fresh raw fruits and veggies, in between your raw live juices. You would still benefit, though everything (weight loss, detox, healing, etc) will be slowed down.
Juicing on raw live juices are fantastic for normalizing blood pressure (as you know already) and rebalancing the body.
To fast on dead, bottled juices while you are taking such serious medication doesn't sound very healthy to me. You could harm yourself in the long term.
I wish you the best,
With all those disorders you listed, I reiterate, it is very important to drink only raw, live juices.
It is my firm belief that all disorders and dis-eases are a result of toxin overload and poor nutrition, both of which can be rectified with a juice fast, but only if raw, live juices are used.
I still suggest you consult with a Naturopath. If you can't do that, then research on your own, and remember when you're detoxing, that means toxins are trying to leave the body and they are in the blood, which is why you feel so badly... with the various disorders you've listed and the meds you're taking, it's very important you keep the detox from overwhelming your blood, and organs, which is why I suggested modifying your fast with bananas and other raw fruits and veggies.
Yes, the symptoms you listed sound very much like detox symptoms that occur on a fast. When these come about, I suggest you drink more fresh raw juices, especially the greens, more herbal teas and lots and lots more pure water. And rest.
I have no idea if the $40 juicers are worth your while, you pretty much get what you pay for. But it's better than bottled juices... Target, Walmart, those kind of places also sell juicers. I believe my daughter got her's at Sam's Club. You can get grapefruits, oranges and lemons and juice the grapefruits and oranges with a citrus juicer and drink the lemons as a hot tea with cayenne pepper... Just some ideas to get you to drinking live raw juices of some kind.
A link that has all kinds of articles, including healing properties of various fruits and veggies (tailor your fast to heal your ailments), juice recipes, what to expect on a fast and the benefits of juicing and the like: http://curezone.com/blogs/m.asp?f=573&i=78
A 30 Day Juice Fast Journal: http://curezone.com/blogs/m.asp?f=573&i=98
Don't forget to pamper your spirit when you're feeling down and low. I hope you feel better soon...