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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and easy to follow, January 9, 2008
This review is from: The Detox Mono Diet: The Miracle Grape Cure and Other Cleansing Diets (Paperback)
I was not into fasting until I came across "The detox mono-diet, the miracle grape cure and other cleansing diets by Christopher Vasey, and soon my fridge became home to over 15 pounds of organic grapes. Now began a minute scrutiny of the book so that I could find out firsthand what this book and the fasting regimen is all about.

Part I of the book explains the nature of illness and the role of toxins. This is followed by an introduction to the grape cure as perfected by Johanna Brandt. There is a neat summary of the steps involved in the cure, namely, elimination, fasting, role of the grapes, raw diet, and finally, hypo-toxic diet.

The physiology of fasting is explained on the basis of autolysis. When food is withheld completely, the body resorts to autolysis and extracts nutrition from the non-essential reserves like tumors, ulcers, fatty deposits, as well as toxins. Once these resources are depleted, the body will look to digesting the vital tissues and organs, but that is an extreme measure taken only when there is total and prolonged starvation. Fasting is recommended until there is a true need to eat instead of just the desire. The importance of consuming sufficient quantities of water is mentioned clearly.

During fasting autolysis and the regeneration of healthy tissue go on simultaneously. There are recommendations for assisting the various excretory organs with their function, for example, enemas for the digestive system, various herbs for the liver, kidneys and the lungs and sauna / hot baths for the skin. The more accumulated wastes in the body, the more there is a possibility of healing crises like skin rash, oozing pimple, rheumatic pains, eczemas, bronchitis and catarrh that may last from a few hours to a few days but must not be suppressed or feared. The cleansing practices must be continued throughout the fasting and into the next phases.

Now comes the mono-diet in which all foods except grapes are excluded. The physiological process of autolysis, assimilation of nutrients for tissue regeneration and elimination of toxic wastes that have been set in motion during fasting are simply carried on further for the entire period of the grape mono-diet.

In my experience, grapes do satisfy hunger so there are no pathetic dips in energy level and enthusiasm. During a period of one day of fasting followed by five days on grape mono-diet, I was able to carry on with all my usual household chores, shoveling snow, studies requiring sustained mental focus, daily exercise and yoga, plus two hour-long sessions of weight training, all without feeling week, wasted or worried. On the contrary, I felt strong, well, free, full of purpose and accomplishment and had tons of time on my hand.

After a few days on the grape mono-diet (length varies from person to person) it is time to switch to a regimen in which grapes are still the main meal but other fruits, and then milk, buttermilk and cottage cheese are included. Then comes the fourth phase of raw food diet. A chapter gives the benefits and disadvantages of raw food diet as well as a regimen to follow.

A gradual introduction to mixed, hypo-toxic diet makes the fifth and the final phase of this practice. The stress is on eating small quantities of healthy food so that the body is able to maintain the de-toxified state.

The personal experience and observations of Johanna Brandt given in part II of the book are fascinating and they open the reader's eyes to the fact that for health, what you don't eat is as important as what you eat.

Anyone contemplating a grape mono-diet must read the chapter six diligently and learn all the indications / contra-indications for the mono-diet. Johanna Brandt was able to cure herself of cancer using the grape cure and she gives a list of other illnesses that can be treated but the grape mono-diet is a serious therapeutic regimen. Even though the process appears to be simple, for people with any illness, it is best to have clinical supervision from a health practitioner who is familiar with the grape mono-diet.

Jon Graham has skillfully translated this book from French. It is brief and easy to read. All benefits and pitfalls of the system are brought out quite well. Enough warnings are given so that no one tries a foolhardy experiment. The wise and informative approach of the author is apparent throughout the book. I strongly recommend not only this book but also the system of grape mono-diet to all seekers of health.

Vatsala Sperling
Author of:
A Marriage Made in Heaven
How Ganesh Got His Elephant Head
How Parvati Won the Heart of Shiva
Ram the Demon Slayer
Hanuman's Journey to the Medicine Mountain
Karna: The Greatest Archer in the World
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than the Grape Cure!!, January 10, 2012
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I found this book so enlightening! I am not a new comer to juice fasts or mono diets or even raw foods but I had not read the Grape Cure yet. Not only did I find this book about the Grape Diet interesting, I found the information about why fasts of all nature work! While I comprehended why giving your body a break from digestion is a healing action, I did not fully understand autolysis. This was a mind opener for me. I really enjoyed understanding this on a whole deeper level and it has made me appreciate mono eating all the more. It also explains why fasting may not be the best way to go and why a mono diet such as the Grape Fast, Master Cleanse or even going on "Banana Island" can get results when fasting alone does not.

HIghly recommend! and if you are thinking about purchasing Johanna Brandt's Grape Cure, do yourself a favor and get this book instead. Not only does it include her full book and results, it explains why and how it worked for her and continues to work for others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of those books everybody should own, May 1, 2013
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Christopher Vasey explains the different kinds of fast , when they can improve health, how long to continue , when to stop, etc. This is a translation of his book written in French. The prose is easy to understand and concise without leaving out important details. Unlike other authors who present their method as the panacea of all ills, Vasey explains both how fasting can benefit the patient as well as when it may be appropriate. I water fasted for 3 days , then juice fasting for another 3 days while reading this book and it helped me persevere and understand what my body was going through. If you have any symptom(s) that traditional allopathy cannot explain or cure, I warmly recommend this book . Throughout the book Vasey highlights important naturopathy concepts. It was interesting to see how treatment was aimed at "helping" the body and not just suppressing symptoms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone suffering terminal or chronic illness, April 24, 2013
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I have read this book cover to cover several times in my lfe and would truly recommend this work as a must read not only for patients but physicians (of all kinds) alike. I have tried the diet and loved the results!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 6, 2014
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Was very pleased with the very good condition of this used book!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Gets SOLID 5 Stars, March 30, 2013
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Christopher Vasey's book covers all aspects of following "mono" diets to fight cancer & other serious diseases, & does so in an easy-to-read style that's neither dry nor boring. The first half of the book, "Detoxification & Regeneration", explains the why & how of fasting first followed by carefully controlled diet plans. There's an easy-to-follow practical guide.

The second half of the book is Johanna Brandt's text on her famous Grape Diet, including complete directions & her own observations as she follows the plan herself.

This book makes a strong argument for following any mono diet after a period of fasting in order to clear your body of toxins, etc. and find relief from any number of serious health conditions.

You'll find countless testimonials online for mono diets curing cancer, etc., but this book puts it all in a nutshell.

I give this book a SOLID 5 stars--highly recommended!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mono diet, July 19, 2012
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The book was very informative. My Husband wanted to try it because of a rare skin problem he has,which causes his skin to crack and bleed on every square inch of his hands. The results were amazing his hands were baby soft within 2weeks. He was very hungry at time but healing his hands was the a stronger desire. He knows it is not a cure but it was and will be a means of relief when the problem flares up.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and inspiring., December 18, 2007
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This book was very helpful to me. Very thoughtful and clear. Glad I bought it.
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