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In his 1934 book, The Science and Fine Art of Fasting, Herbert M. Shelton outlined his theory that fasting is a key component in promoting healing. The book’s ideas run counter to the well-known conventional wisdom that those who are sick must eat to “keep up their strength” and posits that fasting is a natural part of the rhythm of life. Shelton’s book outlines the history of this practice and explains the following in detail: what is fasting, the purpose of fasting, how to fast successfully, intermittent fasting for healing, and the general benefits of fasting.
Shelton was writing before the advent of genetic theory and modern medicine. His beliefs were criticized during his time, and he even faced legal penalties for publishing his views. But modern science is now beginning to show that, in some instances, his theories were accurate. Caloric restriction has been repeatedly shown to increase life span in animals, and researchers, such as David Sinclair of Harvard University, have discovered the cellular and genetic mechanisms that respond to such techniques.
According to Shelton, when someone is fasting, the energy typically going into eating and digestion is instead redirected to promote health and well-being. Fasting works as a method of “resetting” the body’s metabolism and has a multitude of applications. Shelton divided fasting into two distinct periods: eating and abstaining. Both periods are considered to be vital aspects of the same process.
As a child on his family’s farm, Shelton observed animals abstain from food when upset, wounded, sick, or just simply not hungry. Shelton came to understand this behavior as a means of survival. Man, as part of the organic world, has many reasons to mimic such behavior and has done so throughout history—as is seen in various religious practices throughout the world. Shelton viewed the purpose of fasting as a natural occurrence that generated healing and restorative benefits. As with animals, Shelton believed abstention from food is sometimes more beneficial than its consumption. For more than 10,000 years, fasting was used to alleviate human illness. In his book, Shelton gives anecdotal evidence of humans fasting for periods of 60 days or more and shows the practice has been known to cure a wide range of diseases such as epilepsy, typhoid fever, cataracts, and obesity.
Over the course of 30 years, Shelton conducted 25,000 fasts ranging from three days to over two months. Throughout the duration of the studies conducted, Shelton found the number of red blood cells increased during a fast and that a general rejuvenation occured. He claims to have observed rapid healing of wounds and various organ systems in patients undergoing the practice. In one case, a group of university students studied for one week without food and showed remarkable improvement in their performance. He asserted that addicts found relief through fasting and that other mental conditions showed improvement through his methods.Herbert M.
Shelton and his works remain popular in the alternative medicine community even today, especially in the realms of fasting and restorative care.
This new edition has been slightly revised to reflect Shelton's vegetarian leanings.
This 2020 eBook in hygienic literature provides more than 100 case histories of fasts. Twenty-five are personally supervised by Dr. Herbert M. Shelton. Jean Oswald describes her frustrating struggle to overcome her allergies and asthma, going from one doctor to the next. The book is both autobiographical and biographical. It is informational, entertaining, and at times humorous. Jean includes her diary of a 28-day supervised fast and shows the differences between the allopathic method and the hygienic method of recovery. Readers learn the benefits of fasting in various acute and chronic diseases including arthritis, heart disease, anemia, ulcerative colitis, gallstones, epilepsy, psoriasis, fibroids, muscular dystrophy, leukemia, alcoholism, insomnia and more. The 2020 Revised and Expanded eBook contains added chapters written during the worldwide pandemic. A great book offering loads of encouragement for getting well and staying well!
From the coauthor Herbert M. Shelton, D.P.N.D., “Nothing else enables the body to rid itself of its toxic load like the fast. The fast is not a cure, but is an essential factor-element in a pattern of life that, in its wholeness, is the only valid means of restoring as it is the only valid means of preserving health.”
Herbert Shelton was, in many ways, a man ahead of his own time. Born at the close of the 20th century, Shelton was an adherent of the Hygienic movement and a tireless advocate of alternative medicine. Throughout his life he opposed mainstream medical practices; he warned that drugs were being over-prescribed and that hospitalization often made sick patients get sicker. Shelton dedicated his life to offering a different approach to health. He wrote extensively about the benefits of a plant-based diet, the natural healing properties of the body, and the importance of avoiding drugs and surgery.
More than anything else, Shelton emphasized the need to become attuned to the natural processes of the body. He warned that "civilized" man had grown out of touch with the promptings of his own instincts, and that there was an urgent need to reconnect to the physical side of life - to eat nutritious food (raw, when possible), exercise, take in the sun, and get plenty of proper rest. Shelton warned that failing to listen to the body's natural needs could lead to serious disease. But he also believed that at almost any stage, the body could be set back on the right and healthy course.
Herbert Shelton was a prolific writer, and it would be virtually impossible to read all of his works. However, Shelton tended to return again and again to a few major themes, all of which are included in this collection. Those themes include the nature of disease; diet and nutrition; fasting; and the Hygiene movement itself. In many ways, Shelton was concerned with what we might call preventive care today.
Shelton believed that the doctors of his time were looking at the problem of disease backwards. He pointed out that most of the time, doctors don't diagnose a condition until it has reached a very advanced stage. In many cases, he wrote, medical men didn't diagnose the condition until after the patient's death, when an autopsy was performed. To Shelton, this was an absurd situation. As he wrote,
"When a pathological condition becomes manifest so that a diagnosis, right or wrong, may be made, this is not its beginning. Indeed, its beginning may be, and often is years prior to this. Its development is invariably slow, gradual, insidious, causing little to no disturbance to the body and no visible sign of its presence."
A body treated well - treated hygienically - will preserve its own health, Shelton argued. That's the kernel of his beliefs, and it's also the reason that he was so virulently opposed to mainstream medicine. He railed against what medical drugs, calling them "poison." But beyond that, he urged his followers to look at health, and disease, in a whole new way.
Looked at correctly, Shelton believed, disease is not an enemy. It is an opportunity to improve one's own relationship to our bodies. It is an opportunity to reconnect with our native vitality and to come into deeper connection with the restorative forces of nature. At a time when more and more of us are living anxious lives, increasingly disconnected from the physical and natural world, Shelton's writings seem more relevant than ever.
Clasificación de los alimentos
Digestión de los alimentos
Combinaciones correctas e incorrectas
Cómo combinar las proteínas ... para la cena
Cómo combinar los almidones ... para comer
Comer fruta ... para el desayuno
Una ensalada al día
Plan de dieta de una semana
Cómo tratar la indigestión
Alimentación con alimentos crudos
Proteínas (importantes, pero hay que ser prudente)
Gula y exceso de comida
Comer sólo dos veces al día
Normas alimentarias (resumen)
Masticar la comida (masticar, masticar y masticar)
Olvida la sal
No beber durante las comidas
Qué se puede esperar de la mejora de la dieta