Healing Through Fasting

"In the fasting state, the body scours for dead cells, damaged tissues, fatty deposits, tumors and abscesses."  

My childhood came with a long list of allergies, weekly needles in the arm to keep asthma attacks in check. I loved bananas but was severely allergic to them; throat would swell and itch every time I tested to see if I had outgrown the allergy. Other raw foods would cause this in milder forms. Red blotches of eczema often spread over my skin, even face.

During my first long fast, I watched in amazement as eczema melted away. After 20 days of fasting, lungs felt clear, I could breathe deep without wheezing. But greatest of all, my life-long hemorrhoid-curse packed their nasty bags and left. Gone! I cannot tell you how it felt. Had to contain myself from telling everyone. Not something you stand up in church and say during Praise and Prayer.

The first thing I tried eating after the fast was a banana. You guessed it, I have been eating them by the bunches ever since. The only eczema I get now is a small red spot under the left eye, the body’s friendly little reminder when my diet has slipped.

Fasting intensifies healing as deep tissue and tired organs are repaired rapidly. To heal illness the body must pull all of its resources toward cleansing and repairing by removing appetite and reducing or stopping digestion. Wounded animals will fast, emerging to eat only after their injury or broken bones have healed. There are testimonies of people’s old wounds aching during a fast for the first time in years; unnecessary scare tissue is being broken down as fuel. This is the reason why there is little desire to eat food when sick—the body wants to focus all of its resources on healing. 

If you eat mainly cooked or processed food during sickness the body’s immune system is denied opportunity to operate at its full genius. Most often instead of nutritious, health-giving food, the delicate tube and membrane structure is saturated with hospital food, cigarettes, coffee, alcohol, and drugs.

Why does fasting have such a powerful effect on healing the body? In the fasting state, the body scours for dead cells, damaged tissues, fatty deposits, tumors and abscesses, all of which are burned for fuel or expelled as waste. Diseased cells are dissolved in a systematic manner, leaving healthy tissue. The result is thorough the cleansing of the tubes, membranes and cellular structures. Ingestion of mucus-forming foods clogs the body's microscopic tubes and membranes, all of which are the highways used by the immune system. Fasting dissolves this internal mucus. During a fast it is common for the nose, throat and ears to pass sticky mucus, clogging the sinuses. Strands of mucus may be found in the stool after the first bowel movement. There is a remarkable redistribution of nutrients in the fasting body. It hangs on to precious minerals and vitamins while catabolizing on old tissue, toxins and inferior materials.

The butterfly is a magnificent example of catabolism (tearing down) and anabolism (building up). During metamorphosis the butterfly’s muscles and organs dissolve into a thick yellow solution. All internal structures are torn down and rebuilt. It emerges from the chrysalis, a new creation. The miraculous aspect of metamorphosis as it occurs while fasting. All substances needed for rebuilding come from within.

During a fast, a metamorphosis occurs. The body undergoes a tearing down and rebuilding of damaged materials. For this reason fasting is famous for its ability to rejuvenate and give the body a more youthful tone. 

Little scientific research has been done on the selective cannibalization associated with fasting. Funny thing about medical research is they are able to decode DNA, but understanding how the body functions as a whole is hardly understood. Long before man was able to gaze down a microscope, “cause and effect” was the only way things like the remedial effects of garlic could be discovered and incorporated into traditional medicines. The testimonies of fasting are as ancient as the written word.

Could you imagine how damaging fasting would be if the body were not discriminate about the cells it utilized for fuel? Every time someone went on a diet instead of losing an overhanging belly, they were at risk of one of their organs being broken down. No, the body is brilliant at selecting unnecessary tissue for fuel during the fasting state. If not, Jesus would have died in the desert long before 40 days.

The very fact man is able to go so long without any outside source of energy and remain healthy is testimony of the body's cunning to find internal fuel without damage to the functions of the whole system. In fact the almost accidental side effect of this cunning is cleaning out years of waste and old tissue. What a body God made for us!

Related Articles: Fasting Healing Testimonies 

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Wonderful infornative article.
This was a good read and well written. I have just been introduced to fasting and the healing it enables. This article peaks my interest and I want to learn all I can about fasting and see what my body can accomplish. Thank you!
Great article wondering when should I start my 20 day fast? Things I know I'm very disciplined not a big eater. Distraction my down fall
Amia J Pinckney
Man's body is an amazing testimony to the God of the Holy Scriptures. Not only does it cleanse the body, and clarifies the mind - it tells the story of the atonement, regeneration and resurrection of the believer. Leviticus 17:11 says "....for the life of the flesh is in the blood..." There is a natural and a spiritual. All processed foods are basically devitalized and devoid of nutrients. The soil has been robbed of its life through the use of pesticides (healthy plants repel insects of themselves). Everything on grocery store shelves is devoid of nutrient content as a result. Add to this gmo's and preservatives that most of us cannot pronounce and you have, in effect, disease for sale on grocery store shelves. When we become ill and go to the "doctor" (who are really nothing more than the drug pushers for BIG Pharma and the AMA and ADA) we are given useless drugs that only palliate the symptoms - just as toothpaste, deodorant, etc. My longest fast was 39 days. All of my "relatives" thought I was crazy and did all they could to discourage me and my own mother tried to have me committed to a mental institution - and all of this was done without a single investigateion into fasting. I praise the Lord that they did not succeed - but it did cause me to give up the fast prematurely and because of all the stress I interpreted the vomiting to the wrong cause, when in fact, I was at the brink of a successful closure. I have read the works of Dr Tilden, Sheldon and others. But more importantly, I am a student (not in any college or university) of the word of God and as I believe in Divine Providence I know that He has put these things in my path for spiritual purposes. One needs clarity to win a spiritual battle - and clarity I shall have. Thanks so much for your article.
I really appreciate this article on fasting and how wonderful God has made our bodies. Thank you so much! Fasting is such a good thing, it really needs to become part of America's healing process. I think I know why doctors say it's dangerous to fast, so the people can stay sick and the medical business can continue making profits off of sick people.
Olivia Wyatt
Awesome article
Rohit Pandey
I truly appreciate this article on fasting, it gives me more confidence that I can do it and return to newness of life in Christ Jesus
Good article. I had my thyroid and tonsils removed when a teenager and am now 63 and decided to learn about dryfasting and intermittent fasting and to discover the potentials of the body to self-heal. I'm tired of having to rely on glandulars for the rest of my life, and I have done so far four extended dryfasts, each one removing more and more toxins, and still more work to do, and I have changed my diet in between fasting to more cleansing type foods and juices. With this last dryfast, for example, I lost all craving for salty/oily foods, and gave away a lot of canned, boxed, and frozen food in my pantry. I could literally feel the heat around my throat and thorax - the body burning off toxins. I will continue my sessions of dryfasting and re-feeding until I no longer need to take glandulars - according to my doctor's lab tests :-)
Great article thx!
Awesome info. Exactly what I needed to read. Thank you
Jim Maddox
Just what I needed to read, thankyou.
I have been thinking of fasting for healing from fibroids. This is so well written, thank you.
Great article. Helps to stay motivated during a long fast.
Susan Preucil
I recently did a 4 day fast and it was just amazing how quick the body switches on "repair" mode and detox. I have otosclerosis, which gives me a hateful severe hearing loss. On day 3 my head and sinuses were cleared but I realize I would need far more than 4 days to heal. For this first time I couldn't do more, because a friend of mine was coming and staying for a week. What's more I still have 2 more tooth fillings (mercury) to be removed by a competent dentist. So next time, hopefully soon, I'll go till the end. According to Herbert M. Shelton's book on this subject, he had quite a few patients with total deafness (catharral and/or neurosensorial) and they ALL recovered a perfect hearing by the end of the fast, For each of us the duration is unique, our body will tell us when we can stop. I look really forward to starting again this journey. It's my only hope to healing this "incurable" disease. If anyone of you have the same or know someone who has it, please let me know (erwinwizzy@gmail.com).
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