A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Dr. Fuhrman is the author of several books: Eat To Live: The Revolutionary Plan for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss; Disease–Proof Your Child; Eat For Health (a two volume set), acclaimed as a medical breakthrough for weight loss, disease reversal and prevention; and Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.
From the Introduction of his book, Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease, I was fascinated by the story below.
The Story of a World Class Athlete...........
“Years ago, a 20-year-old world-class athlete and Olympic ice skating hopeful suffered a severe injury to his leg. Forced to walk on crutches, he could not bear weight on his leg without excruciating pain. His heel was so swollen and sensitive that the mere weight of a bed sheet caused intense discomfort. Because he was ranked among the top two in the country in this event, the U.S. Olympic Committee encouraged him to seek treatment by one of the country’s leading orthopedic surgeons.”
Modern Medicine Was Not Helping..............
“After months of prodding, probing, and medical tests by the prominent doctor, and still unable to walk after a year in pain, the young man was quite discouraged. His doctors offered him no solution to the swelling and acute sensitivity in his injured foot. Then one day without warning, while in the hospital, a nurse instructed him to take a medication because the doctor intended to perform surgery the following morning. Outraged, the young man refused to take the drug and demanded that his physician discuss the proposed surgical plans with him.
Later that day, the doctor stormed into the room and brusquely informed the athlete that experimental surgery was required to promote the healing of his foot. The doctor explained that after exposing the injured tissues, he would use his scalpel to traumatize the area in a checkerboard pattern in an attempt to stimulate the area to heal. When the young man refused to participate in such an experiment, the physician angrily told him that if he did not have the surgery he would never walk again. Nevertheless, the young man rejected the surgery and left the hospital.”
An Alternative Solution: Fasting..............
“The young athlete was aware that a few years earlier his arthritic father had restored his health by fasting. He remembered the articles and books he had read on fasting at that time and realized that the technique probably offered his best chance to recover.
Determined to give fasting its best chance, he traveled to Dr. Shelton’s Health School in San Antonio and fasted a total of 46 days. At the end of the fast he was able to walk again. In a little over a year he placed third in the World Professional Figure Skating Championships.“
This Hardship Determined His Life’s Purpose...........
“At Dr. Shelton’s Health School, the young man saw asthmatics cured so they no longer needed medication. He met colitis patients with bleeding bowels who recovered without drugs or surgery. He observed people with chest pain who had been told they needed bypass surgery. They were riding bicycles and jogging for the first time in years. The young man saw for himself how the body could heal itself if the causes of disease were removed.
This man was so impressed with what he witnessed and experienced that he sought out other practitioners who used fasting and natural diets to heal patients. What he learned from them excited him so much that he later decided to attend medical school and become a physician. At medical school, however, the patients were treated with conventional modern methods. Given large amounts of medication to control their symptoms, they rarely got well. No cardiac patients stopped taking drugs because their angina disappeared. No hypertensive patients stopped taking medication because their condition improved. No arthritic patients recovered and threw away their pills.
As a medical student, the young man saw patients suffer and die needlessly, while under the care of modern medicine. Through it all, he remained convinced that people could get well if only they knew how to use fasting and natural diet to restore their health.