Natural Hygiene
& Fasting
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Fasting: A Brief History
By: Herbert M. Shelton
"Although fasting has been
practiced by both man and animals
since the origin of life on earth and
there has never been a time within
this period when it has not been
employed, the professional use of
the fast in sickness in this country
dates from 1822, in which year Isaac
Jennings, M.D. began to employ it."
Graham said: "Fasting removes
those substances which are of the
least use to the economy, and
hence all morbid accumulations,
such as tumors, abscesses and so
on, are rapidly diminished and
wholly removed by abstinence

and fasting."   
Constructive Phases
Of The Fast  
By: Herbert M. Shelton
"A more detailed study of the
metabolism of the fasting organism
demonstrates that the changes that
occur during a fast are orderly and
constructive.  The vital tissues are
protected from injury and only the
reserves and expendables are
sacrificed.  These are quickly
replenished when the fast is broken.
A properly conducted fast will
enable the chronically ill body to
excrete the toxic load that is
responsible for the trouble, after
which a corrected mode of living
enables the individual to evolve
into a vigorous state of health."  
Living Without Eating    
By: Herbert M. Shelton
"The question is not how long man
can fast, but what are the provisions
of nature that enable him to do so.
Basic in the Fasting process is the
fact that our "built-in pantries"
contain sufficient nutriment to hold
out, in most instances, for
prolonged periods, especially if they
are conserved and not wasted.  It is
significant that, even in prolonged
Fasts, no beriberi, pellagra, rickets,
scurvy or other "deficiency disease"
ever develops, thus showing that
the reserves of the body are
generally well balanced.  In anemia,
the number of red blood cells are
increased during a Fast.  It is
important to know this, for if it
were not so, the fast would
         prove to be deleterious.”         
Observations of Nature
By: Herbert M. Shelton
"In the schools there is much
gathering, mounting and dissecting
of butterflies, insects, rats, frogs,
etc.  The student studies the corpse

he learns the structure of the
organism.  He learns little of life.  
When I first read an article on
fasting, I had been previously
prepared to accept fasting by
having seen many sick animals
fast.  The facts revealed by the
study of the bears show that the
fasting body is capable of breaking
up (digesting) all germs, viruses
and parasites, visible and invisible
and using them as food.  It is fully

capable of protecting itself.”    
The Lost Adaptation
By: Alan Goldhamer, D.C.
& Douglas Lisle, Ph.D.
"Fasting, as defined by Hygienic
physicians, is the complete
abstinence from all substances
except pure water in an environment
of complete rest.  Most people fear
that if they fast for a few days, dire
things will occur.  The concept of
fasting for a week or two or longer
for health benefits seems ridiculous
to them.  With the publication of Dr.
Joel Fuhrman’s recent book,
Fasting and Eating for Health, a
modern and thorough review of

the benefits of fasting has
been articulated."  
History of Fasting
"Fasting in the broad sense may
be regarded as negative nutrition
compelling the organism to subsist
on nourishment that it has stored
within itself.  The body is able to
maintain itself in a steady state,
called homeostasis, there are some
scientists who believe that when a
person is fasting his body lacks the
intelligence and self-protective
mechanisms to break down
nonessential material within the
body first, and thereby spare the
essential tissues.  While fasting, the
body breaks down and burns for
energy the least essential
substances within it first.”  
Fasting In Nature
By: Dr. Alec Burton  
"When we closely examine the
animal world we discover that
fasting is almost as common as
feeding.  Bats, mice, hedgehogs,
woodchucks, toads, lizards, snakes,
flies, wasps, bees, bears,
crocodiles, and alligators are
among those that undergo some
degree of hibernation.  It should be
stressed that so far as our own
discussion is concerned, we are
advocating fasting as a means of
physiological rest and this should
be associated with physical, mental,
emotional, and sensory rest so
far as practicable."
Therapeutic Fasting
By: Arnold DeVries
"Therapeutic fasting is not the
result of any particular new
scientific discovery, but rather has
proceeded to its present
development as the result of
centuries of experimentation,
observation and study.  Fasting
serves many purposes.  It produces
rejuvenation of tissues, improves
the powers of digestion and
assimilation, reestablishes normal
chemistry and secretion, affords the
organs of the body a physiological
rest, promotes nerve energy  
recuperation, strengthens the mind
and may improve function in
various ways which we do not
yet understand."
Natural Hygiene
The Miracle Of Fasting
By: Chris Beckett  
"Fasting is such a powerful and
therapeutic process it can help
almost anyone recover from very
mild to very severe and even
life-threatening health conditions.  
In my middle teens I was diagnosed
with Leukemia, my family and I
agreed to the regular treatment of
chemotherapy, but the prognosis
was not a good one: six months at
best they said, because it was too
far advanced.  I took it upon myself
to undergo self-treatment and
water-fasted for 25 days, for the last
thirty years I have been free from
any disease, thanks to the
life-changing premise of a health
system based on Natural Law."
Fasting: Good Health
At Bargain Prices
By: Frances Adelhardt
A short personal story of an elderly
womans history of fasting.  
"Some years ago I completed a 50-
day fast under the supervision of
the late Dr. Herbert Shelton of San
Antonio, Texas.  I tried not to let too
many years pass between moderate
fasts of two or three weeks.  But
twice I was in such bad shape, with
severe mental agony and
depression that I prevailed on a
friend to see me through.  I was
suicidal, but there was still that
small urgent voice inside me saying,
“you must fast” so I obeyed.  That
fast lasted 40 days, during which I
just rested, read, wrote letters,
drank only pure water as thirst
indicated, I was amazed at how
different everything looked.  Yes, I
believe fasting is a cure-all.

During my 50-day fast I eliminated
gallstones and tumors, all
without surgery."  
Future Of Natural Hygiene
By: Herbert M. Shelton
"It cannot be over-emphasized
that the Hygienic movement is an
educational movement.  The failure
of the "miracle drugs" and the
inability of the medical profession
to find something with which to
supplant them must serve to
awaken the intelligence of our
somnolent people and start them in
search of truths that have long been
denied them.   The Hygienic System
has its principles in the laws of
nature themselves.  It repudiates all
the teachings of all the medical
schools in the world, so far as
principles and practices are
concerned.  The future of Hygiene is
assured because it rests upon a
foundation of bedrock truth.  It has
been left to the advocates of the
Hygienic System to teach the people
a genuine science of life, the
genuine ways of health, the real  
causes of disease and the genuine
means of restoring health."
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