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THE NO BREAKFAST PLAN AND THE FASTING CURE Spiral-bound – 1962


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  • Spiral-bound
  • Publisher: Health Research (1962)
  • ASIN: B000HVRWXK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,596,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By J. Cass on May 8, 2013
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As a woman, turning 60 is creepy. You don't look 60, but you just don't feel like your old self. I personally need to lose about 30lbs. It's been a real struggle (young girls...if you think you're having trouble now, get it together. The 50's are coming and it ain't no picnic).

Somehow this book inspired me to re-look at fasting and it's benefits. When I was young I loved fasting. It made me feel energized and light. Helped keep me skinny. I didn't think I could go full fasting anymore. Food is just so delicious (another thing that changes with age) So a semi-fast was just the jump start I've been looking for. I do my own thing but this inspired me to really think what I could do to incorporate this into my lifestyle.
I'm now semi-fasting Mon-Tues till dinner. At dinner I eat a small meal of protein, usually grilled chicken legs or thighs. I can eat as many as I want but usually end up eating about 2-3. On Wednesday I start a regular diet of healthy foods and lower my calories to about 1200. I make an allowance for a weekend cheat meal with friends or treat like ice cream or chocolate. Come Mon-Tues, I start the fast again until dinner. On Wednesday mornings I weigh myself. So far in two weeks I've lost almost 7lbs.

Now remember, this book was written in England in the early 1900's and might sound a little crazy. But fasting and semi-fasting has been around since cavemen couldn't find a burger king. So this is a history book as well as a way to build knowledge about the body and disease. Newer books are out like Dr. Joel Furman's Eat to Live and Videos like "Sick Tired and Nearly dead", all are inspiring as well but they focus on their way of eating/fasting.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Querulouse on January 8, 2014
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First, I'll highlight a few quick facts that you can learn from reading this book. Next I'll cover some of the details and the science. Then, I'll connect it to topics of interest 114 years after the book was written and make my own subjective appeal to action.

Factual highlights from the book:
1. Doctors used to force-feed whiskey and cow's milk to deathly ill patients. They continued to do so in the face of vomiting and weeks and months of no improvement in patient condition. This was considered normal. (Not unlike modern-day prescriptions of high-carb diets for diabetics...)
2. Frequent food consumption is not needed to maintain mental energy or function. The brain functions beautifully in the fasted state. Later work on ketogenic diets confirm this, though the author fails to anticipate misguided theories of glucose as "brain-fuel." He notes awareness of 6 cases of improvements in epilepsy, a surprise to no one familiar with modern epilepsy treatment.
3. Eating in the absence of hunger is probably harmful, much more so in a state of illness.
4. Doctors are lousy at preventing and treating chronic disease, at least in America. 150 years after Dewey started his practice, little improvement is evident. As he puts it, the typical doctor "does no more to prevent bodily ailings than other people, and is just as liable to become the victim of bad habits."
5. Sleep is essential for the brain.
6. Morning hunger is (mostly) unnatural. (A "cultural disease" is essentially what he calls it, comparing those who "need" breakfast to alcoholics. His concept is similar to a common term today: "diseases of civilization.")

The author, a Dr. Dewey, appears to be writing from Pennsylvania, USA.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TJ on February 8, 2013
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The science might be a bit dicey at times, but you can't argue with the author's experience. And it's great advice to eat only when you're hungry--we're seeing that today in the increasing popularity of "intermittent fasting". But the real pleasure of this book, which was written in 1900, is the old-fashioned and beautiful prose.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mandolina on June 30, 2013
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This eating plan is very easy. I don't know why I ate breakfast for so many years, when I feel so much better without it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tony G on September 28, 2012
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The book was ahead of its time. Although it was written in 1900 Dr. Dewey was finding things about about fasting that are becoming popular today. I would recomend. Much of the book is about case studies of his patients.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By robert conrad on June 13, 2013
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Good look into circumstances surrounding the first experiments on skipping breakfast. I`m really at a loss for words as to why the no breakfast plan was never implemented into modern society.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Parson on February 9, 2013
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Though the book was written 113 years ago the doctor was very knowledgeble on the subject of fasting. And his no breakfast plan is ideal for those wanting to get relly healthy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Agustin on January 18, 2013
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The author describes various 30+ day fasts that resulted in cures and more healthy individuals every time. Along with newspaper articles, he goes through each case narrating each patient's recovery using Nature as medicine. As a vegan alternate day faster I can assure you, this is a must read for anyone interested in the best and cheapest way to feel great.
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