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Re: further shelton on breaking the fast by chrisb1 ..... Fasting: Water Only

Date:   10/12/2009 2:17:24 AM ( 12 years ago ago)
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so why were you hungry off/on the entire length of your fast?

This really depends on what you mean by being hungry.
The hunger that most fasters complain of during their fast is nothing more than the experience of an "all gone sensation" in the abdominal area and that feeling of "emptiness" that the sudden withdrawal of food brings about: sometimes referred to as "morbid hunger".

Todays Dr Joel Fuhrman MD. refers to this as "Toxic Hunger" and the experts of yesteryear referred to the so-called hunger that appears during a fast in this way...........

"Hereward Carrington referred to these symptoms as "habit hunger," Dewey as "hunger of disease," Oswald as "poison hunger." As they do not represent hunger at all, I see no reason to describe such sensations as hunger of any kind. As they are always abnormal, just as much so as are the alleged cravings of the morphine addict for his customary narcotic, and are most marked in those individuals whose stomach has been habitually subjected to the excitement and irritation occasioned by condiments, spices, etc., they should be recognized for what they are--symptoms of disease. The stomach, suddenly deprived of its regular occasions for excitement, by the fast, manifests the same signs of distress as do the nerves of the tobacco addict when these are deprived of their accustomed narcotic............

It is true that eating will allay these sensations, just as a shot of morphine will "relieve" the morphine addict, and there is just as much sense in taking food in the first instance as there is in taking the morphine in the last. Page says: "The fact that the meal affords immediate relief argues nothing against this position; it is the seventy-five or eighty per cent of water taken with the meal that relieves the digestion. It forms a poultice, so to say, for the congested mucous membrane of the stomach; but, unfortunately, it cannot, as when applied externally upon a throbbing sore thumb, for example, be removed when it becomes dry."--The Natural Cure, p. 202..........................

...........Why should morbid appetites be indulged? Is there any more reason for indulging a morbid appetite for food than there is for indulging a morbid appetite for clay or filth? If we refuse to indulge the morbid "craving" for glass, stones, bullets, pins, earth, etc., why shall we not restrain the morbid appetite for bread, beef, candy, fruits, etc.? In many of these cases several large meals a day are eaten and still the possessors of such appetites are not satisfied".



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