All posts tagged: healing

Fasting in a time of lockdown

‘This is the perfect time to fast…’ I’ve heard this sentence, again and again, repeated verbatim by numerous clients since most of the world went into lockdown earlier this year as a result of Covid 19. Now that many of us are slowly returning to a less restrictive regime in life, I thought this might be a good time to reflect on how lockdown has influenced people’s actual experience of water fasting. In many ways it’s true: lockdown really is the perfect time to fast. In becoming socially distanced from one another, we’ve enjoyed an opportunity to become closer with ourself. Locked into our homes, locked away from the outside world, this has been an inherently inward-turning (yin) period for us all – as opposed to the more outgoing (yang) mood of everyday life. Since we’re not running around, out on the town any more, we’d may as well just stay at home and simply be. Lockdown has forced us to slow down. Of course, fasting does the same. It too is also an inherently …

21 day water fast: Day 6

Another smooth day.  No resistance. The day began at 3.30am.  I woke up and lay in bed, unable to sleep.  Then I became aware of a faint rumbling, which at first I thought must be from tractors working late in the fields to sow whatever they were sowing, before the rains predicted for tomorrow arrive.  But it continued, gradually growing louder… 

Summer retreat: Denmark

10-day retreat centred around a 7-day water fast: DATE: August (dates to be announced) LOCATION: Stege, Denmark (400 metres from the beach, 1.5 hrs. from Copenhagen) PRICE: 750 EUR / 5500 DKK / 640 GBP (see below for details) Enquiries and registration: see application form below Du finder information på dansk ved at trykke her — If you are unable to attend but would like to organise your own fasting retreat for me to lead (in either Europe or the USA), please contact me using the application form below. About this retreat: Situated just 400 metres from the Baltic Sea, our retreat centre offers a beautiful and peaceful setting: a converted farm completely surrounded by gently rolling countryside. A quiet, sandy beach awaits at literally the end of the nearest field. During the fast we shall be drinking high-quality Grander® filtered water. Day 1 (Friday), pre-fast: After arriving (5-6pm), participants will share a “last supper” before the water fast itself begins. This will be an opportunity to bid a conscious farewell to food for a week, as well …

Diets, fasts and healing injuries for runners

When most people think of diets or fasting, they usually have weight loss in mind.  Even at the best of times this is a dubious practice. Changing the way you eat by reducing calories usually results in the body conserving energy and using calories more efficiently thereafter. Although a more efficient body is generally a healthier body (good!), the problem is that, as a result, many people actually gain weight once they finish their diet or fast (bad!). If you need to lose weight, the healthiest and most sustainable way to achieve this is to move. Get out there and go for a run! If you’re already a runner, this doesn’t mean there isn’t a place for diets or fasting in your life. Far from it! (And this applies both to recreational runners who use movement simply in order to lose weight, as well as to professional athletes.) Besides the fact that a little extra cleansing never hurts :-), diets and fasting provide one of the most effective tools in order to prevent and treat …

Fasting as a healing modality to treat cancer

This video features an interview with Dr. Valter Longo, who is one of the world’s leading researchers in the use of fasting as a healing modality to treat cancer. Although the preventative effects of fasting have been well known in relation to a number of diseases, this particular discussion centres around the use of 24, 48 and 72 hour fasts, which were used in combination with chemotherapy in actual treatment against cancer. (When water fasting is used alone to manage cancer, usually much longer, extended healing fasts are applied.) This is a fascinating issue, which begins to break down the traditional divide between seeking either traditional Western medicine or alternative therapies. Until now, mixing these approaches has seemed counter-productive, if not almost contradictory. This is especially true with regard to chemotherapy, the toxic effects of which have usually complicated alternative approaches such as Gerson therapy and the Breuss cure. My thanks to Margaret Young for drawing my attention to this video.