Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

April 17, 2019

“The Complete Guide to FASTING” by Jason Fung, MD

This from the section on Early Adopters, he also includes quotes by Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain, after a longer section on the value of fasting among the early Greeks.

“One early fasting advocate was Hippocrates of Cos (c.460-c.370 BC), widely considered the father of modern medicine. In his lifetime, people came to the realization that obesity was an evolving and serious disease. Hippocrates wrote, ‘Sudden death is more common in those who are naturally fat than in the lean.’ He advised that treatment for obesity should include exertion after meals and eating a high-fat diet, and he recommended that ‘they should, moreover, eat only once in a day.’ In other words, incorporating a daily twenty-four hour fast was even then recognized as highly beneficial in the treatment of obesity. Proving once again that Hippocrates is worthy of our reverence, he also recognized the benefits of physical exercise and eating plenty of health fats in a health lifestyle.”

“Other intellectual giants throughout history were also great proponents of fasting. Paracelsus (1493-1541) a Swiss German physician and the founder of toxicology, famously wrote, ‘The dose makes the poison.'” A brilliant and transformative scientist, he also wrote, ‘Fasting is the greatest remedy – the physician within.”

 

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