The Benefits Derived from the Omission of Food

I saw few die of hunger of eating, a hundred thousand/ said Benjamin Franklin.

We cannot stress too strongly the benefits derived from small meals. In line with this, complete abstinence from food for limited periods of time in some cases can be even more beneficial. When food is eliminated for a day or two or even longer, our organs of digestion are given a chance to rest, and the kidneys as well as all other organs of elimination are able to catch up with their work of eliminating the accumulated toxins from the system. The experiments reported by Cutter and the benefits derived from the Karrell diet (mentioned in another part of this book) illustrate how effective such therapy can be.

This does not mean that one can abstain from food indiscriminately or resort to this procedure in a haphazard manner. A fast must be carefully supervised and should not be extended beyond the point physiologically advisable in the individual case.

A point worth stressing in connection with total abstinence from food is that, except where an emergency exists, the patient should be properly prepared for it physiologically as well as psychologically.

A change to a better diet and a tapering off to less food, plus plenty of sleep and rest, are advisable for a^few days or even longer before a fast is undertaken. A program of this kind can be highly beneficial not only in case of disease but also as a measure of prevention.

However, it is important to bear in mind that while such a regimen can be highly beneficial, its benefits can be quickly dissipated by a return to a conventional way of eating or by overeating.

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