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Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease offers precise diet and fasting programs to relieve headache, hypoglycemia, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, colitis, psoriasis, lupus, and uterine fibroids. You'll also learn: - How to use fasting to lose weight - How to start, what to expect, how to r Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease offers precise diet and fasting programs to relieve headache, hypoglycemia, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, colitis, psoriasis, lupus, and uterine fibroids. You'll also learn: - How to use fasting to lose weight - How to start, what to expect, how to reintroduce food to maintain maximum benefits - How to work with a physician for longer fasts (more than 3 days)


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Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease offers precise diet and fasting programs to relieve headache, hypoglycemia, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, colitis, psoriasis, lupus, and uterine fibroids. You'll also learn: - How to use fasting to lose weight - How to start, what to expect, how to r Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease offers precise diet and fasting programs to relieve headache, hypoglycemia, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, colitis, psoriasis, lupus, and uterine fibroids. You'll also learn: - How to use fasting to lose weight - How to start, what to expect, how to reintroduce food to maintain maximum benefits - How to work with a physician for longer fasts (more than 3 days)

30 review for Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kend

         I have been fasting this year.  That is, I've been fasting every Friday as a sort of experiment, partially prompted by a class that required me to develop and practice a 'spiritual discipline' for the duration of the semester, and partially prompted by my curmudgeonly attitude towards all things ascetic and a desire to figure out why people are willing to injure their bodies for the sake of their souls.  I might add that this 'spiritual discipline' element of my graduate nonfiction craft cl      I have been fasting this year.  That is, I've been fasting every Friday as a sort of experiment, partially prompted by a class that required me to develop and practice a 'spiritual discipline' for the duration of the semester, and partially prompted by my curmudgeonly attitude towards all things ascetic and a desire to figure out why people are willing to injure their bodies for the sake of their souls.  I might add that this 'spiritual discipline' element of my graduate nonfiction craft class (theme = "The Interior Journey") has been its most redeeming feature.  Not because it helped my craft, you know, at all, but because it gave me an excuse to read up on a subject that has always bothered me and read some books not on the syllabus.      In my ambitious attempt to collate a list of books on fasting--the 'literature of fasting,' as I so pretentiously call it around my scholarly buddies--I have discovered a really disturbing thing: there are, proportionally speaking, very few books on the medical side of the process.  See, I'm not just interested in learning about the spiritual and historical aspects of fasting, but the actual effects of what can only be termed periodic self-starvation.  Depending, of course, on how you define 'starvation.'      But I want to know what happens to the body.  When does the body start to experience real hunger?  What are the chemical and catalytic interactions at each stage of the fast?  What's happening in the brain?  What's happening in the blood?  The bones?  The belly?  What are the short-term effects?  The long-term effects?  What experiments or studies have been conducted to test these effects?      You can understand, then, my (scholarly) excitement when I stumbled across Joel Fuhrman's Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease.  Finally!  A doctor's view!  A medical doctor's view!  A cover that didn't feature some vague and blurry picture of the desert!  I thought: "This could be legitimate."      And maybe it is.  But I hesitate to believe any text that claims the entire cornucopia of health can be achieved by one simple (albeit arduous) practice.  I started writing down the different diseases and conditions that Fuhrman claimed fasting could fix and had to stop myself after filling two entire notebook pages.  I won't even bother trying to list them here, except to say they ranged the spectrum from incontinence to cancer.  In short, fasting fixes everything.  (I'm not even kidding.)      Fuhrman spends so much time talking up the fasting fix that he doesn't really leave himself much room to talk about the process itself.  I gather he's an advocate of the lengthy fast (20-40 days) carried under doctor supervision (of course, given that's probably how he pays the bills).  I gather one stops feeling hunger after the first two days.  I gather this has something to do with ketones.  I gather Fuhrman's entire practice is based off of his own experience, given the vast majority of his 'proofs' are personal anecdotes (and those which are not seem to be drawn from a select cluster of outdated and suspect texts).  I gather, from a little time on Google, that a lot of other medical doctors find his ideas dangerous and misleading.      That's about all I gather as far as hard facts go.      If you're looking for a detailed explanation or study of the medical side of fasting, this is not it.  This book is a celebration of Fuhrman's own practice.  It is enthusiastic.  It is repetitive.  It is not terribly informative.  It leans on personal anecdote and not hard facts.  It is not a text I would recommend my students use as a reference in their scholarly essays for college composition.  And yet, it's weird and wacky enough to make the list of notable books on fasting.  It has a few things to say, if only to reiterate that Joel Fuhrman is awesome and he'll save the world.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book mostly just annoyed me. The author comes across as one of those people who expect you to automatically believe everything they say, because of their credentials, not because of any facts they may have to back up their claims. He spent very little of the book talking about the actual process of fasting; this book is basically just a rant about how protein is poisoning you to death and we all need to eat nothing but plants. Every time I stumbled across something that seemed useful, he'd This book mostly just annoyed me. The author comes across as one of those people who expect you to automatically believe everything they say, because of their credentials, not because of any facts they may have to back up their claims. He spent very little of the book talking about the actual process of fasting; this book is basically just a rant about how protein is poisoning you to death and we all need to eat nothing but plants. Every time I stumbled across something that seemed useful, he'd follow it up with something stupid, anecdotal, and outdated. I really wanted to like this book, but you will find more (and better) information online about fasting and the studies that support it than you will in this book. Huge disappointment.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I never thought I could fast until I learned about how healing it is for the body, mind and spirit. This book explains fasting, eating and health very well. If I can fast, anybody can fast. It feels so great and you will not believe how much better food tastes after fasting. It is worth the read and worth fasting. Joel's recipes have changed the health of many of our family and friends from very poor to fantastic in a short amount of time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashley (JaffaCaffa)

    "You must earn your good health, it cannot be bought." I will say I feel like this book is inaccurately named. While there is some talk about fasting, I'd say 85% of this book is about changing your diet to a low-fat, plant-based diet. (15% or less fat, 10-15% protein, and 70-75% of calories from complex carbs) The last 32 pages of this book focuses completely on fasting, but throughout the rest of the book it focuses on diet and how harmful medications can be, with just a touch on how fasting ti "You must earn your good health, it cannot be bought." I will say I feel like this book is inaccurately named. While there is some talk about fasting, I'd say 85% of this book is about changing your diet to a low-fat, plant-based diet. (15% or less fat, 10-15% protein, and 70-75% of calories from complex carbs) The last 32 pages of this book focuses completely on fasting, but throughout the rest of the book it focuses on diet and how harmful medications can be, with just a touch on how fasting ties in. The cover makes it seem like it's at least 50/50 diet and fasting. That said, I did find this book to be informative and useful but I agree with some of the other reviewers that it could have been much shorter. I read most of the book, only skimmed a couple sections that didn't relate to me whatsoever, but I feel like this book is meant to be skipped. Every section tended to repeated itself, so the facts of fasting and a low-fat diet would be mentioned in every chapter. For example, in the chapters: Headaches, Diabetes, Autoimmune Disease and Losing Weight, there would be specific talk regarding each of those health issues and how changing your diet/fasting would help, but instead of only discussing the specifics, most of the previous overall general facts would be listed again. I'm not sure why it was written this way, I definitely think it would have been better to list the facts and general ideas at the beginning so he wouldn't be repeating himself every 10 pages. I definitely think someone picking up this book would think twice about their diet and at least consider changing it for the better. I like that Dr. Joel Fuhrman stressed changing the diet first before fasting and seeing the positive changes beforehand, so the person is more likely to continue being after the fast (fasting is not a quick way to lose weight and then continue eating processed foods). He also mentioned weening your way off of certain foods and medicines, making the transition as easy as possible. I'll be honest I read this after I already fasted, but I fasted soon after stopping all of my heavy narcotic medicines because I was so ill from the withdrawal symptoms that I could barely keep my food down anyways. I definitely realise I should give it another go in a few months, after my body has a chance to detoxify even more from the (lack of) medicines. I'll also be changing my diet even more for the better, as I'm still eating some animal products and could always use more vegetables. Quotes that stuck out to me: "Imagine if every day I smashed my hand with a hammer. Could I expect a pain medication or anti-inflammatory drug to heal the wound? Obviously, I would not recover unless I stopped the daily pounding. Every day our nation's people are pounding themselves with a rich diet, ill-adapted to the needs of our species. This inevitably results in the eventual breakdown of our internal systems and the development of chronic disease." "Food producers are permitted to use portion size or weight to calculate fat information [Whole milk that contains 4g of fat is actually made up of 50% fat still.] The meat and fast food industry has even picked up on the dairy industry's mathematical subterfuge. McDonald's '91 percent fat-free hamburger' contains 45 percent of calories from fat." "Joint areas are extremely sensitive to decreased oxygenation because they have a marginal blood supply to begin with. Instead of being directly fed by blood vessels, the joints must receive their oxygenation via the joint fluid. When a fatty meal is consumed, the blood thickens and red blood cells stick together, which reduces the oxygenation of all tissues [...] increasing the sensitivity to joints to inflammation and immune system damage." (That makes sense why my joints have been in a lot less pain since lessening my fat and meat intake.) "Certainly this method of healing is not for everyone. Many will not want to live a healthy life in the face of so much temptation in the modern world. We must respect one's right to choose a lifestyle. But remember, once you have gained the knowledge, your health and happiness are in your hands."

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette (Again)

    This was very interesting to read, and makes some pretty spectacular claims for healing based on water-only fasting. Unfortunately, the benefits tend to come from longer-term, doctor-supervised fasts, which most of us cannot afford. However, there are some benefits to be had from shorter fasts you can do at home.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Megan Allen

    I didn't really want to listen to this book. I didn't want it to make sense because then I'd have to make big changes. But it's truth is so blatantly obvious I couldn't ignore it. I'm really grateful for it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    Dr. Fuhrman explains the otherwise confusing information carefully extracted from various case studies in a way that the layman can understand (that's me). I thoroughly enjoyed reading this insightful book. My interest was so peaked that I've decided to read another work of his next; "Eat to Live". Insightful and eye-opening.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Student

    First chapter praises fasting and all the health benefits of fasting. The following chapters discuss how certain diseases can be treated (and he claims to have treated) with fasting. Also in these chapters is constant praise for vegetarianism which is a bit outdated (check out paleo). Towards the end of the book he goes into a bit more technical detail in the mechanics of fasting. If i was to read this book again I would read the first and last chapter and skip the middle chapters. Overall a good First chapter praises fasting and all the health benefits of fasting. The following chapters discuss how certain diseases can be treated (and he claims to have treated) with fasting. Also in these chapters is constant praise for vegetarianism which is a bit outdated (check out paleo). Towards the end of the book he goes into a bit more technical detail in the mechanics of fasting. If i was to read this book again I would read the first and last chapter and skip the middle chapters. Overall a good read. It is aimed towards an average health conscious person. The main message is that fasting is your body's way of healing itself if you let it. He claims fasting can heal/treat most chronic conditions people face today. I would disregard the dietary advice though - look into paleo books for that.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tony Jr.

    I really like this book. Dr Fuhrman provides a ton of useful information. My only gripe is that he spends 95% of the book explaining why you should fast and only 5% of the book explaining how-to do it successfully. A major sin in my book. Still very informative and I highly recommend it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Challis

    This one of the most enlightening and important books I've read. I want to buy one for each of my friends and family members.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Avalon

    I became a believer in the myth that the body can heal from any disease.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Grace Dadoyan

    It's not 'feed a cold, starve a fever', it's actually 'starve a cold, starve a fever'. This was a fascinating book about fasting and its role in allowing the body to focus on healing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Susan Fong

    Sounds great and wish I could do it, but alas my twin toddlers and preschooler will not let me sit around in bed for two weeks while I don't eat!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

    I want more information on 2 things: 1. How to find a doctor near me who is familiar with prolonged fasting. 2. How long I can fast safely, without Dr observation, since I have no idea how to find one. Really fascinating information and astounding case reports and studies. I want these results as well. I want to experience this for myself but I am unsure of how to male that happen.

  15. 5 out of 5

    David Smart

    This book offers the science and benefits of fasting from an author who has conducted and overseen many fasts during his lifetime. It was pretty amazing to hear about the benefits of fasting and inspiring to read during my own 10-day fast. A good starting place for those looking to learn about diet, health and longevity.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    This book was really helpful during my fasting. It was informative and gave me a mental boost to know that I was allowing my body to regenerate itself. He's, however, also promoting (a form of) vegetarianism as the most healthy live style. I'm not sure if this and his negative views on keto diets, have not been overtaken by research in the past 25 years.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emilian Nedelcu

    Very useful information on fasting and benefits that comes to your body when you try to fast for a period of time. I would not recommend to try fasting without your doctor approval though. I liked the book, but I expected to find more examples on what to eat for a healthy life, post fasting.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Chikiamco

    Disappointed I bought this book thinking that it contains detailed steps on how to do the fasting. It does but only espouses fasting all throughout the book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Linda Brown

    This book is old and outdated. When it started to reference low fat I lost interest as the low fat science has been proven to be erroneous and faulty.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

    Anyone suffering from a chronic health condition should read this book before undergoing medical intervention. Everyone should read it to learn how to maintain a healthy body.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ava

    This is an excellent book. I wish I’d known about it earlier and that I had not kept pushing it off for other books on my list. I’m so grateful for this information.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dixie Jarchow

    Awesome book Contained great information on fasting and the effects it can have on health. Enjoyed the references and the life stories

  23. 5 out of 5

    E Nina Williams

    Good solid information. A great foundation to get your body healthy.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This is not a novel so I didn't sit down and read it cover to cover. It's more a reference book after you've read the parts you're interested in.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andreea Dogaru

    Really good and informative.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Interesting information, but ultimately not really substantial enough to justify a whole book, more like a long pamphlet. The beginning makes a compelling case for water fasting, and the end explains a bit about the mechanics of how to actually do it, but the middle basically repeats the same argument over and over. It also provides a base level explanation of Fuhrman's studies on nutrition, but if you want to learn more about that, stick with his other book Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formul Interesting information, but ultimately not really substantial enough to justify a whole book, more like a long pamphlet. The beginning makes a compelling case for water fasting, and the end explains a bit about the mechanics of how to actually do it, but the middle basically repeats the same argument over and over. It also provides a base level explanation of Fuhrman's studies on nutrition, but if you want to learn more about that, stick with his other book Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss instead. As a side note, I came to this book after having watched Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and trying a juice fast for the first time. I expected Furhman would provide more medical background on the qualities of a juice fast. But as it turns out, he actually does the opposite, he refutes juice fasting and all other calorie restrictive fasting in favor of complete water fasting for approximately two weeks every five to ten years. He does make a strong enough case that I started doing some googling and found the Tanglewood Wellness Center that supervises the process for you (it sounds like you really don't want to take that on without medical supervision). It's a quick read, and the information you'll get from it is worth the time, just plan on skimming the middle chapters of the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    sleeps9hours

    Fascinating. I would totally try a 2-week water-only fast if there were someone here who was experienced in supervising one. He seems to say it is a good health maintenance step every 10 years or so. Fuhrman is serious about being under a doctor’s supervision and getting weekly bloodwork and daily check-ins. Now that the book is 20 years-old, I wonder if he’d recommend the same today and if he still does this a lot in his practice. His Eat to Live and other books don’t talk about fasting.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ashish Singh

    I had really high hopes for this book given all the recommendations from different sources. I was hoping to find lots of insight into the benefits of fasting. Although, the book contains decent amount of information on fasting and its benefits but nothing that I didn't already know. Besides, the author is adamant on encouraging the reader to follow plant and complex carbohydrate based diet as against the fat & protein based diet that we would usually get from animal based food. He tries to convi I had really high hopes for this book given all the recommendations from different sources. I was hoping to find lots of insight into the benefits of fasting. Although, the book contains decent amount of information on fasting and its benefits but nothing that I didn't already know. Besides, the author is adamant on encouraging the reader to follow plant and complex carbohydrate based diet as against the fat & protein based diet that we would usually get from animal based food. He tries to convince the reader to go for nutrients instead of calories. It is my belief that over the span of human evolution we have only started farming and consuming carbohydrates for a relatively short period of time. Animal product, berries and fruits are what kept us going for eons. So naturally our body is well capable of handling meat and fish and subsequent fats and proteins, contrary to what the author suggests.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maxim Wegner

    This book has inspired me to eat healthier and try fasting for myself. This book describes fairly well how fasting and a better diet can help overcome certain deseases (alomst every single one). The good: - people afflicted by ceratin illnesses of our time (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) can find inspiring studies of how people got well again - the studies are backed up by data and research (footnotes) The bad: - horribly, horribly edited. You need to look hard for new information... - ... becaus This book has inspired me to eat healthier and try fasting for myself. This book describes fairly well how fasting and a better diet can help overcome certain deseases (alomst every single one). The good: - people afflicted by ceratin illnesses of our time (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.) can find inspiring studies of how people got well again - the studies are backed up by data and research (footnotes) The bad: - horribly, horribly edited. You need to look hard for new information... - ... because much of it it's just repetition of how a better diet and fasting can alleviate bad conditions - no actual step-by-step "how to fast", I guess you just stop eating, but I wish there would be a chapter to show me what to do prior, during and after the fast. Would have given it 3 stars, but it has actually inspired me to change my diet for the better.

  30. 5 out of 5

    April Berube

    I bought this book as reading material for my three day fast. I really only enjoyed the first chapter and the last two chapters, as the middle was more about nutrition (not that anything is wrong with that, but I was looking for information on fasting specifically). It was an interesting read, and it helped keep me motivated on my fast. The principal behind waster fasting is that it helps the body to eat away things like damaged immune cells, free radicals, tumors, or any other damaged parts of I bought this book as reading material for my three day fast. I really only enjoyed the first chapter and the last two chapters, as the middle was more about nutrition (not that anything is wrong with that, but I was looking for information on fasting specifically). It was an interesting read, and it helped keep me motivated on my fast. The principal behind waster fasting is that it helps the body to eat away things like damaged immune cells, free radicals, tumors, or any other damaged parts of the body. Then once you begin re-feeding, your body comes back stronger. Dr. Fuhrman talks a lot about how fasting helps heal all types of disease. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in taking up water fasting.

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