It would take almost a complete book to cover all the definitions of this procedure offered up by religions, medical professions and various health practioners.

To be clear, everywhere on this site where 'Fasting' is mentioned, it means complete abstinence from all foods for the time specified, only water to be taken.
Dry Fasting is one step further and means complete abstinence from all foods and all liquids for the time specified.

Many scientists who study the ageing process are absolutely convinced that one of the causes of general weakness and physical ageing are the byproducts of decaying proteins that accumulate in the cells and prevent them from working properly. As these residues accumulate they displace existing cell elements thus killing it. The longer this inexorable process continues more and more cells function with less and less efficiency so that in the end, we as biological units, collapse and die. Apart from the cellular debris there are other processes that affect the rate of ageing but if we manage to move at least in the matter of purification of the cells from their waste, then we can help the cell and as a consequence we will function better for a more extended period of time.

Within our cells are lysosomes to assist with waste disposal. Cellular debris is absorbed by lysosomes who break it down into individual amino acids which are then launched into circulation and used to assist absorption of other functional proteins. The process of transporting the waste proteins to lysosomes is governed by specifically designed intracellular enzymes.

When these enzymes work at the proper level the debris does not accumulate but as has been shown in the scientific addition of Nature article, the ageing process can still make itself felt. Ageing can also be caused by occasional errors in the protein synthesis under the influence of these enzymes which can lead to them ceasing to operate. Inactive enzymes then not only do not help the garbage transported to lysosomes but they themselves become such. It is not hard to guess where it all ends with the passage of time. How can we slow down the process and clean the debris from the cell? How does ketosis play the role of a medic to the cells? This question is answered by the work that was published last year in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, ketones stimulate the process of autophagy CMA. What is CMA? This is the cellular process that is involved in the removal of proteins, organelles and foreign bodies from the cytosol (cell water content) and their transport to the lysosome for destruction. The body needs to stimulate ketones CMA. Everything is very simple.

ketosis – one of the indicators of prolonged fasting.

With continuous ketosis during fasting the brain receives signals on the need to store both glucose and protein. As the body begins to store glucose, signals goes out too many organs and tissues that they should use ketones as an energy source instead of glucose. Preservation of the protein is ensured because it is only minimally used to produce glucose. In the absence of dietary carbohydrates (which happens during fasting) the body would normally produce glucose from protein but by switching to ketones it is possible to preserve the protein reserves. In addition, for this purpose, the body also controls the protein for glucose production that comes from the pathological tissues. Is it possible to imagine a more insignificant source than the unnecessary waste drifting through the cells? Ketones themselves stimulate the CMA procedure to process protein debris into glucose that can then be recycled. Isn't nature wonderful. So everything you need for the restraint of ageing is carried out systematically during fasting. Fasting for several days or adhering to a low-carb diet that will allow nature to do its job of sweeping debris from every corner of every cell.

To briefly summarise the beneficial effects of the above physiological mechanisms of the body can be capable of

Repairing hereditary apparatus.

Improving biosynthesis, recovery of enzyme systems of the body (improves immunity, digestion).

Restoration of cell membranes (they take the form of both young and restored cellular barriers).

Increasing the number of cells and their qualities in the gastrointestinal tract.

Destroying of fat cells and other excesses.

From Wikipedia - Ketone bodies are three  water-soluble molecules (acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate, and their spontaneous breakdown product, acetone) that are produced by the  liver from fatty acids during periods of low food intake (fasting), carbohydrate restrictive diets, starvation, prolonged intense exercise, or in untreated (or inadequately treated)  type 1 diabetes mellitus. These ketone bodies are readily picked up by the extra-hepatic tissues, and converted into acetyl-CoA which then enters the citric acid cycle and is oxidized in the mitochondria for energy. In the brain, ketone bodies are also used to make acetyl-CoA into  long-chain fatty acids. The latter cannot be obtained from the blood, because they cannot pass through the blood–brain barrier.

Ketone bodies are produced by the liver under the circumstances listed above as a result of intense gluconeogenesis, which is the production of glucose from non-carbohydrate sources (not including fatty acids). They are therefore always released into the blood by the liver together with newly produced glucose, after the liver  glycogen stores have been depleted. (These glycogen stores are depleted after only 24 hours of fasting.)

When two acetyl-CoA  molecules lose their -CoAs, or coenzyme A, groups can form a (covalent)  dimer called Acetoacetate. Beta-hydroxybutyrate  is a  reduced  form of acetoacetate, in which the  ketone group is converted into an alcohol (orhydroxyl) group. Both are 4-carbon molecules, that can readily be converted back into acetyl-CoA by most tissues of the body, with the notable exception of the liver.  Acetone  is the decarboxylated form of acetoacetate which cannot be converted back into acetyl-CoA except via detoxification in the liver where it is converted into lactic acid, which can, in turn, be oxidized into pyruvic acid, and only then into acetyl-CoA.

Ketone bodies have a characteristic smell, which can easily be detected in the breath of persons in ketosis and ketoacidosis. It is often described as fruity or like nail polish remover (which usually contains acetone or ethyl acetate).

from the book   by Sergei Filonov

Dry Fasting

being the complete abstinence from food and drink for up to 10 days.

with emphasis where my experiences and findings totally coincide - in red.

and comments, sometimes conflicting, by me from my experiences – in blue.

Allowing though that there would be significant differences in food instinctively needed from what was available in Russia as compared to those living in a tropical environment - as am I.

Fasting on water of course, does not cure severe illness but improvements are very noticeable. The joints will be cleaned resulting in greater flexibility, reduced headaches and less sleep required. It significantly improves cardiac performance and allergies often disappear. Many skin diseases, neurodermatitis and neuralgia may also disappear. The patient begins to perceive the world more keenly, there seems to be a lightness of body and clarity of thought, renewed energy and increased strength.

How often should one fast? It depends on the age and standard of health. In general fasting can begin at approximately six months of age and on through into old age, moreover, the older the person, the more he needs periodic abstinence from food. Healthy people under 40 years may be recommended to fast to crisis once a year, from 40 to 50 years old – twice a year, from 50 to 65 years – three times a year and over 65 years – four times a year. Those involved in yoga and those who want to maintain the highest degree of health and condition, even at a young age will fast to crisis 3 to 4 times per year.

I really like this kind of fasting, it is very easy to carry out, it can be done at home and it can be a good (essential even) preparation to dry fasting. This method has a rejuvenating cleansing effect, I therefore fully cite Suren Arakelyan Avakovich's technique.

In his capacity as chief vet on a farm near Moscow he decided on a bold experiment. Overweight and older chickens that no longer laid eggs were destined for slaughter but instead he put them on a water only diet. No feed – just water with a small supplement the basis of which was the grass growing in the mountains of Armenia – Arakelyan called it an antistress additive. During prolonged periods without food the chickens tended to get into panic mode and the antistress additive helped with that. Eventually though the fasting hens quietened down and again began to carry eggs. That was a sensation and an occasion to prepare a new extensive and well prepared experiment. He was sent to a Poultry Research Institute where there were 1000 Japanese chickens no longer laying and destined for slaughter.

They were put on a seven day fast with the antistress additive. A month later the results were amazing. The birds started out with old and matted feathers but now they grew new ones silky and bright. The birds were energetic agile and their chirps were as if they were chickens, most importantly the rejuvenated chickens returned to the forgotten cause of their distant youth and began to lay eggs. In the official report after one month 63% of the chickens were laying and this eventually climbed to 91%.

Thus, doing without food does not kill. On the contrary, following reasonable and verifiable methods it returns youthfulness. These chickens went on to live an average of 18 years – instead of six normally allotted by nature. Specific lifetime extended three times!

The effect on farm animals was enormous. A cow giving 3000 L of milk a year usually lives 10 years. If the cow is induced to give 9000 L per year her life is shorter – about four years. Giving her one month per year to rest and applying the fasting program her lifespan will increase threefold. Not to mention the fact that after the fasting diet, the animal gets used to eating less.

What happens physiologically during a useful fast? It's as if the animal was in for major repairs. From each cell excess sodium is ejected and replaced by atomically similar potassium from the intercellular spaces. One chemical element is replaced by only another that is similar. The sodium salts contribute to preservation of organic matter. Scientists are convinced that as a result of mankind's usual diet the body's cells contain excessive sodium and this will preserve all the waste products therein including slag (acids?) – the main cause of ageing. Remove the slag and prevent ageing. That's why regular fasting prevents this buildup and encourages us to be "self perpetuating machines".

After fasting, it is best to stay away from mankind's common diet and adopt one of natural nutrition, eating only fresh fruit and vegetables and exclude food of animal origin. One meal eaten twice a day is for example, 50 g of raisins or two raw carrots or one orange and apple or high grams of cabbage or 50 g of peas, beans, lentils or 100 g of whole wheat grains, buckwheat or pearl barley. Cereals and dried fruits should be soaked, pre-cleaning them with water. Almost no calories at all. First, everyone requires 3 to 5 times less calories that commonly believed. Secondly, in natural nutrition and periodic fasting the body uses energy far more efficiently. In the raw leguminous plants, young nettles, vegetables and fruits there are the same essential amino acids as in meat.

Therapeutic cocktail recipe.

Physiologically useful during fasting. This helps me but that doesn't mean it will be suitable for all.

Stress medicine: it consists of six components – herbs from the mountains of Armenia.

Recipe: for each 2 kg of a person's weight take 0.01 g of the following, citric acid, 0.01 mL infusion of mint, 2 g of honey, 2 mL water. This is the norm for six days. If you weigh 80 kg and fast for three days, take respectively, .4 g of citric acid, .4 mL of mint, 80 g of honey, 80 mL of water. Divided into three parts and take once per day.

Citric acid – the only acid connecting in the body with calcium. Calcium citrate – a unique vital salt with alkaline properties. At its dissolution it releases phosphorus and calcium which accumulates in our bones. 60% of our calcium and phosphorus is in transit around the body. When connecting to the ATF, citric acid "burns" releasing energy. If you drink a solution of honey with citric acid you get an excellent food (after all, the honey gives more fructose and biologically active substances). Citric acid, combining with amines, forming aminolimonous acid with a negative electrical charge. Of the 21 essential amino acids only three are negatively charged. Lemon juice is 10% citric acid. It is a good idea to add a little soda water – 1 g per 3 L of water. Carbonic gas produced in conjunction with citric acid is very beneficial.

During this kind of fasting it is advisable to do enemas at home to counteract any worsening state of health (Caused by a flood of toxins being dumped in the bowel only to be reabsorbed into the bloodstream if not removed.) . Before ending a seven day fast be sure to take "Linex" to restore the normal microflora in one's intestines.

The following is a schedule that can be followed by beginners and experienced alike. It is OK to stop at any time and exit via the following 'after fast' diet, it is NOT OK to extend a scheduled fasting period because you feel you are going well. Be alert to the signs of a big release of toxins, particularly with beginners, and be prepared to take frequent showers in response to body odours and/or frequent enemas in response to extreme headaches (see 7th below). If these signs are noticed early enough they can be ameliorated by drinking generous amounts of water (NOT chlorinated). If you make it to three days and can't bear the thought of embarking on a four day one, that's OK, exit the sequence, wait a week and start again at the beginning with a one day, you will find you will be able to progress to day four next time as your body 'learns' how to handle fasting. Weight loss will vary according to the individual, in beginners it is usually dramatic. The use of blood pressure and heart rate monitors are a good idea as should the readings become excessive it would be best to end the fast via the exit diet. Again, wait a week or so and start at the beginning with a one day fast.

The sequence -

One day fasting – two days of eating (fruit and veg only).

Two days fasting – three days of eating (fruit and veg only).

Three days fasting – four days eating (fruit and veg only).

Four days fasting – five days eating (fruit and veg only).

Five days fasting –  six days eating (fruit and veg only).

Six days fasting – seven days eating (fruit and veg only).

Seven days fasting –  then exit via the following.

A sample diet to be followed after a seven day fast is as follows

Day 1

9 AM compote of dried apricots, prunes – 200 g
12 AM compote – 200 g
3 PM compote of dried fruits – 200 g
6 PM compote of dried fruits – 200 g
9 PM compote – 200 g

Day 2

9 AM cabbage juice, diluted 1 to 2 with water – 200 g
12 AM concoction of oats – 200 g
3 PM vegetable broth, cabbage, beets, carrots – 200 g
6 PM concoction of oats – 200 g
9 PM buckwheat soup – 200 g

Day 3

9 AM apple juice – 200 g
12 AM 5% of the porridge – gruel "Hercules" – 200 g
3 PM fish broth, preferably sea fish – 200 g
6 PM vegetable broth – 200 g
9 PM dairy products drink without sugar – 200 g
(NO to all dairy products)

Day 4

9 AM decoction of dried fruit, raisins apricots prunes – 200 g
12 AM buckwheat – 200 g
3 PM cabbage salad with 100 g of fish, plus dairy drink
(NO) – 100 mL
6 PM vegetable broth – 200 g
9 PM sour milk drink – 200 g
(NO, yoghurt perhaps)

Day 5

9 AM porridge "Hercules" with dried apricots – 150 g + green tea – 100 mL
1 PM student vegetables, carrots beets, cabbage – 150 g + juice – 100 mL
5 PM soup, carrot, beet, cabbage, croutons of bread
(NO to all wheat products) or gray bran sticks.
6 PM one apple
9 PM sour milk drink – 200 g

then you can proceed to your usual diet but ideally that you should spend two weeks on meals dominated by fresh fruits and vegetables.

Every fasting person fasts in their own way. Even identical in terms of fasting by the same person at a different time can be different. This is caused by our individual features and variations with thorough preparation for fasting. (Variations in climatic temperature influences these changes and our subconscious selection of foods will vary according to our ever changing requirements for calcium to phosphate ratios in what we eat.)

Preliminary purification procedures at the beginning of fasting will depend on season of the year, food eaten prior to fasting, mental state and many other factors. It must be remembered that the better you prepare for fasting the better the experience, the easier it will be to proceed through the process and there will be less of the innumerable complications. To completely avoid unpleasant sensations is all but impossible. Most often they are not dangerous, you only need to know what to do as each case arises.

1st – fear.

This is no joke. No one should begin a long period of abstinence not knowing enough about it and not knowing how to continue with it. Ideally it would be good to have contact with someone who has already fasted. You should not be around aunts, cousins and other relatives who might comment that you look as pale as death and that your heart rate if below 40 suggesting you may not last the night if you don't eat! Once on my third day of fasting after returning from a walk despite the fact that I wasn't resting I felt really good. I remembered an event described in the paper of survivors after an earthquake who were tearing at each other like wild animals in a panic of hunger. These people had been without food for 72 hours. I also had spent 72 hours without food or drink, the difference, apart from them not having any preparation, was in the attitude, they died of hunger. I deliberately refrained from food and drink for the sake of health.

If you happen to experience a crisis, begin to feel nervous tension and begin to doubt, it would be well to call positive people around you who are stronger than you in spirit and able to lift your mood, then your doubts will disappear.

2nd – being hungry.

This is what most people fear most. Indeed, if in the last days before starting the fast they were to over eat this would prove to be detrimental, better the last meals would be nice and small. When a person takes it easy, does not overeat and clears the intestines, hunger as such does not happen. At day four or five appetite usually fades completely, even the sight of food and its aroma no longer causes salivation. Sometimes though when fasting one constantly thinks about food and looks forward to how nice it would be to eat, this excites your thoughts (and conjures up images), in your brain's 'food centre'.

To combat hunger is easy. First one must try and not think about food. Secondly we need a strong spirit. If you say firmly to yourself "Today I do not eat!" – the body will know there will be no compromise. During the initial days however, there are hungry spasms which can be removed by taking two or three sips of water or by wilfully disregarding the sensations. If these sips are continual and amount to 1 to 2 L of water, this may cause vomiting. In general though, while fasting always carry a bottle of water to sip from gradually as needed. We must bear in mind that our food centre reacts excitedly at any contact with food even when a person wants to be indifferent to it. While fasting it is better to refrain from cooking meals for others and do not attend the table where others are eating. Violation of this rule often leads to sleep disorders, headaches, heartburn and irritability.

The following is an exercise to relieve hunger and is performed on an empty stomach. When you are feeling hungry you should relax the stomach, put your hands below the navel one on top of the other. Take a deep breath, draw in the stomach helping that with your hands. At the height of the breath hold for 3 to 4 seconds. Relax and exhale. This exercise should be repeated 10 times. Duration of the entire procedure is one minute. This exercise is effective even for people who are mildly obese. In our experience we have not yet come across anyone who by doing this, did not eliminate hunger or gastronomic fantasies.

3rd – weakness.

Weakness, drowsiness, and reluctance to move during the fast is put down to a lack of energy. Its reserves can and should be recharged. There are many methods. These include the already mentioned water treatment, massage and walking. In summertime sunbathing is helpful. Another powerful way – walking barefoot on the bare ground if possible and with a minimum of clothing. The effect of any method is magnified if the person can feel their relationship with nature. After all, you can just swim, dive, walk barefoot and feel mentally welcomed by nature. Earth, Sun, air and water, feel the inextricable relationship with them, harmonise and accept mutual understanding and the elements will respond to your greetings, we just have to feel their response.

But in general, there will be some weakness – it is a normal phenomenon, just be prepared. Usually on the second day people begin to tire and later there may be periods when it is hard to even get up. But this is not cause for concern. If anytime when there is severe fatigue it is worthwhile to sit or lie down to rest. But importantly one should not be listless after resting, it is better to walk in the fresh air and one's demeanour will be noticeably improved. After the weakness crisis, people no longer want to sit around, they are drawn to walk and talk and being in such an excellent frame of mind many will see out the end of the fasting period.

4th – chill or heat (more typical of dry fasting).

While fasting in the cooler months most are susceptible to cold. This is no cause for worry. You just have to dress warmer. In winter put on two or three pairs of warm clothes, a few sweaters etc. But cold is not the only problem. There are people who almost do not suffer from the cold. They fast winter and summer but more will feel the cold when fasting, a warming effect can be had from walking or taking a hot bath and believe it or not pour cold water over oneself which enlivens our thermoreceptors. If all these efforts fail, one can try to reduce the amount of water drunk or drink hot water. Figuratively speaking, hot water absorbs the element of fire, without water fire erupts in full force. Sometimes being chilly is spontaneously replaced by a fever. When this is severe remove all clothes and drink water. Generally a fever following a chill during fasting is a common phenomenon. The fever is usually not dangerous. Feeling cold during fasting is still undesirable and one must somehow keep warm.

5th – breathing.

If the body is not clean enough, on the second or third day bad breath can become repulsive. The smell comes from oxidised compounds, usually dominated by the smell of acetone but often is mixed with putrid, filthy and other equally unpleasant scents. For those who are fasting to crisis for the first time, their breath can become so bad that it will be hard for another person to be in the same room. Imagine the amount of toxins he had in his body! After the 12th to the 18th day the smell will weaken and become hardly noticeable. It is very important to assist in the elimination of these toxins is much as possible by using the methods already outlined – walking, physical activity, drinking water and other procedures that stimulate elimination.

6th – dimming of vision and dizziness.

This often happens after quickly arising from a lying or sitting position (the so-called gravity or orthostatic collapse). The dimming lasts a few seconds but during this time a person might fall. Becoming unconscious as a rule does not happen. Such a condition is caused by a sharp redistribution of blood volume which because of the fast is already reduced. There is no danger here but when one gets up it should be gently, holding onto a chair or the wall, especially in the bathroom after a warm bath. This dimming of vision happens more frequently to lean tall people. Those who are active and busy and engaged and interesting work are significantly less susceptible to this problem.

7th – headache.

Getting a headache is a sign of very dirty toxin laden blood. Most often the pain is generated by a crisis. It will also come when a person spends too much time in a stuffy room or in a car when toxins cannot normally be removed via respiration. Headaches often disappear when oxygen intake is increased to help burn the toxins and remove them via the excretory system. This is achieved by more walking, drinking water, and giving an enema. (Gets rid of headaches within 1/2 an hour 99% of the time). Can also takes sorbents, stir in 1 cup of water 3 tablespoons of sorbent. Drink this solution. Small portions of sorbent can be put in the mouth as tablets and drink boiled water.

Of course this method does not provide a sustainable and deep detoxifying effect on the body so in a short period there is no significant adjustment in the structures of the gastro- intestinal tract and detoxification systems. The main objective of a single dose of the sorbent, a relatively simple do-it-yourself task, is to help the body more quickly and efficiently get rid of toxic substances. If at first you don't achieve the desired result the sorbent can be taken to three times a day. If severe pain persists you will need to take an additional enema.

8th – sleep disorders.

Often when fasting one can experience irresistible sleepiness. Do not resist this, sleep as much as you need to but don't forget about cleaning (regular bathing to remove toxins expelled via the skin.) and walking. Sometimes the opposite occurs and it becomes difficult to sleep. It is a problem if you cannot sleep as much as necessary. The inability to sleep is seriously depressing it is possible after three or four days of insomnia and having exhausted conventional means (exercising up to 5 hours a day, taking walks, bathing or taking showers), fasting should be interrupted and wait 2 to 3 months before repeating the course. In severe cases desirable to get expert advice.

9th – pain in different parts of the body.

This can be most frightening when fasting and something begins to hurt. Here it is appropriate to recall the introduction of the law of order, the introduction of new order is always a temporary mess. If you start to resist the changes the new will not be introduced. All the symptoms of fasting are often short lived and quickly pass, a symptom shows that the body has now reached the next purge of damaged tissues. This is the only meaning of the pains and you should not look for other explanations. If you become ill that means the body has located a problem and started correcting it. It indicates too that cleaning is nearing completion. During the fasting many diseases appear for a short time in reverse time order. Extremely rare for pain to persist for a long time. Of course it is frightening but it should be easy to survive past. I do not know of any cases where someone has been harmed by ignoring the pain symptoms. There is more detrimental effect to suffer if the fasting is stopped sooner than necessary. Usually a few days pass without a trace of pain but sometimes after a while they return again. It depends on which order the repairs are being made. The presumption is that it is something difficult because the set of diseases is always different. It is best to rely on our subconscious and to wait patiently. The instinctive mind knows better than we do as to what and in what order should problems be "fixed". Quite often unexpected pains are not associated with existing illnesses. For example excruciating painful joints can indicate the prevention of impending arthritis. One lady was so tortured with severe headaches that she was compelled to 5 times clysterise and take sorbents. The scientific approach won and the pain went away. Severe pain can occur when removing kidney stones. In such cases you can take the no-silos and take a hot bath. It usually happens that the stones disappear completely unnoticed, apparently dissolved.

10th – toothache.

Before beginning prolonged fasting is recommended there are no teeth problems. Toothache usually does not occur but it is still better to have one's teeth in order before fasting, during the fast there are enough other things to be concerned about. If however, the teeth "itch", are sensitive, or other discomforts, you can rinse your mouth slightly with diluted dry white wine. Very often during fasting there is a desire to clean the teeth, many say there is an almost unstoppable urge. However do not do so as fasting alters the composition of saliva which has the ability to dissolve the enamel. Teeth however, are normally covered by plaque which protects them from damage. If the desire to clean them is overpowering the teeth can be cleaned once a week. If it is done too often teeth can be lost.

11th – mucus.

Sometimes with diseases of the gums as well as sinus while fasting, mucus like pus can build up in the mouth. This is normal and no special measures need be taken. It is better to spit it out and rinse your mouth with water diluted with white wine or a weak solution of lemon juice.

12th – nausea, retching and vomiting (requiring the use of sorbents).

If the feeling of weakness accompanied by nausea is experienced many will want to end the fast. Activity makes us work all the organs and muscles, speeding the blood faster and accelerates cleansing so the solution is walking, walking and more walking. This general dullness becomes less and disappears quicker after a three hour walk. Alternatively, resting till it goes away actually delays the process of cleaning the body. It is important to breathe fresh air during a fast as that will increase the fasting benefits several times. Walk often!

Those who develop an upset stomach, often during the first fast, burping being the classic indicator, need to wash their stomach (drink water and induce vomiting), so as to prevent self poisoning and not disrupt our energy levels. In the most severe cases with persistent heartburn and belching where washing two or three times a day does not provide adequate remedy, we can gradually drink heavily diluted mineral water (not carbonated) with the addition of sorbents. When the liver is sick it can induce vomiting green or even black content. Vomiting at this time begins to clean the liver but can worsen the mood and irritability may appear. The most sensible approach is simply to endure it for a few days. Additionally you can wash the stomach externally with warm or even hot water and apply a heating pad next to the liver. The discomfort will pass and the gastric ravages will stop. This procedure will cause no damage to anything.

13th – heartbeat.

Variations in heart rate are not dangerous. The rate during fasting may fall to 40 and jump to over 100 bpm. If it is not accompanied by severe weakness or pain then no special measures are needed, merely lay down and relax. You could also take a warm soothing bath. In the first week (before the crisis) disturbing heartbeats can be ameliorated by drinking half a cup of hot water with 1/4 teaspoon of honey.

14th – heart pain.

If there is arrhythmias or persistent pain in the heart an attempt should be made to restore the heart chakra. If this doesn't work then the heart needs to be checked with a cardiogram. In some cases fasting has to be terminated. Generally it is okay to tolerate some pain as it usually goes away by itself. You should calm down, then so will the heartbeat and often acupressure will help. Sometimes practice self hypnosis to achieve total relaxation and contemplation. There is also a special yogi mudra which can fully restore the body after a heart attack. In the east it is called "Mudra, saving lives".

To perform this, bend the index finger to touch the palm is low down as possible. Put the thumb on top of the index finger and press, connect together the pads of the large, medium and ring finger, the little finger remains straight. Do the same thing with your other hand. Hold the mudra position for 2 to 3 minutes or more. Heart pain usually starts to go in the first minute. The mudra, of course, is useful not only during fasting but at any time and for any heart attacks. If a person is unconscious another person can place his fingers in that formation which completely justifies its name – "saving lives". I have many times taken people out of serious heart attacks where the bluish, greenish face in a few minutes took on the normal colour, the pain went away and the body function was more or less restored.

15th – muscle pain from overload.

Such pains occur when a person is severely over doing the exercises, has stretched muscles, or is over exerted with hard work. During fasting with a background of general weakness, they are particularly unpleasant. You can of course, do nothing but these pains go very slowly. If they are seriously disturbing it is recommended to rub on the painful areas an ointment with snake or bee venom (apizatron and analogues) or embalming oil. Rub on the painful areas twice a day until it goes away. We must bear in mind that during fasting the body literally eats all fats and creams that come in contact with the skin, even lipstick.

16th – colds.

This is extremely rare but it still happens when fasting people get cold. In this case it is recommended to keep warm and drink less water (you can even dry fast for a day or two) and patiently wait, the cold will pass. During fasting our biological potential increases and protective forces work better so that even severe infections quickly subside. Microbes are simply consumed by the body. Colds can happen to a person if they are criticising, outraged, showing arrogance or bragging about their fast.

Also see Notes at the end.

Dry fasting was originated by L A Shchennikov, professor of alternative medicine, naturopath and healer who for over 30 years proved the high efficiency of healing by abstinence on the cellular level of an organism.  His findings were confirmed by the results of experiments by research and medical institutions as well as feedback from followers of this technique and people who have taken the path of self healing and self awareness and gained their health and a new quality perception of life.

Curative abstinence is a systematic method for healing from various ailments and for spiritual development. The method is unique in that not only is it available to all but it reveals secrets of existence and health verging on immortality, the latter long been the quest of science and religion.

This totally committed extraordinary man claims that our life and health depend only on ourselves, that there are no incurable diseases and he encourages everyone not to just take it on face value but check out the following.

For example, here is how patients respond to the method of complete dry fasting (patent no 2021860) by Shchennikov who wrote a paper "Method of Rehabilitation of the Body". He was issued a special certificate for the right to work as a bioenergotherapist number 1068.

A resident of Stavropol suffered a stomach ulcer and metabolic disorders. After fasting for 10 days the ulcer disappeared. In Crimea a patient with other disorders including cirrhosis, fasted for 10 days and a short time later a further 10 days whereupon he returned to work. Yet another who from childhood had a bone disease, tuberculosis and asthma. He fasted 11 days and fully recovered. A youngster from Krasnodar according to his hospital certificate had leukaemia and lymphosarcoma. He was not told that he didn't have long to live but he overheard a nurse say "young, yet already a walking corpse". At this point he had great difficulty getting from his bed to the bathroom and back and increasingly contemplated suicide. The first time he fasted for several days, the results shocked the doctors for the performance of the blood in his body had dramatically improved. After the second fast where earlier he had to avoid cold, even cool breezes, he was now able to bathe in iced water. A dynamometer showed that he was able to squeeze 45 kg with either hand.

Shchennikov relates that from an early age he thought about what is life? One person lives to 70 years old another 100 years. Hence the secret of longevity is hidden somewhere? He decided to look into this, studied anatomy, worked in a hospital, was sympathetic to homeopathy and listened to folk wisdom. In 1971 he decided to follow a path of self-discovery. He decided to live by the principal – the worse the better. He became accustomed to fast without fluid for three days, then for four and finally for five. In March 1981 he fasted 10 days without fluid. He received moisture during the day from the air absorbing it through his skin and periodically sitting in water like a frog. He lost 20 kg in weight by the 10th day but recovered all that a week later. He was so young again that people did not recognise him. The longest fast he did lasted for 18 days which is greater than the world record entered in the Guinness book of records.

(Warning - dry fasting should not be attempted until several water fasts of at least 7 consecutive days have been accomplished. These will rid the body of the heaviest overburden of toxic accumulation and leave it in a condition to withstand the rigors of dry fasting. It's a bit like trying to recarpet the floor of a room while the furniture is still in place, much better to move the furniture out first.)

We will begin with an illustration of how hard work is far better than resting up followed by a general 'how to' and the benefits of dry fasting.

Myocardial infarction (heart attack) is an extremely dangerous disease but doctors are successfully coping with the disaster, particularly if the disease is diagnosed in time and immediate medical help is sought. What to do then, when the main danger has passed? How to protect yourself from another heart attack? Simple questions and they are very important because the risk of another infarction will have increased many times over.

For a long time, doctors thought that the main things to do were to not strain the cardiac muscle and to prevent lack of oxygen (Hypoxia). Hence the recommendation - spend more time outdoors, avoid exertion and physical activity. Other appropriate treatments include drugs that enhance the condition of coronary vessels. But all these efforts have not met expectations. Humans can not be put under a glass dome, life continually throws up surprises and the number of repeat heart attacks continued to grow.

Then doctors come up with the paradoxical idea: what if they forced the body to adapt by not treating for a lack of oxygen. On the contrary, teach everyone after a heart attack to engage in Hypoxic training  to combat anoxaemia?

The results were surprising. People who had taken such a course of rehabilitation, not only decreased sensitivity of myocardium to oxygen deficiency, but also increased functional properties of the cardiac muscle. Simply put, the heart was working better. Neither physical nor emotional stress, which previously would have certainly resulted in heart attacks, now did not cause serious consequences. What happened? Where from came the new energy reserves?

When the cells live in a comfortable environment, they become accustomed to a constant level and volume of incoming oxygen and lose the ability to effectively communicate and use oxygen to deliver bursts of extra energy when required. Why go to all that bother when there is no call for it? Cells became "too lazy'' to synthesise a structure for which there is currently no special need. Therefore, in the event of sudden deterioration in coronary blood flow such cells are not able to move quickly to another type of intercellular metabolism. The amount of generated energy in the cell drops and it dies.

lf however, from occasionally experiencing hypoxic stress, cells of the body, including heart muscle, will be accustomed to oxygen starvation. Rapid deterioration of the situation does not occur because the event is strictly monitored, all cells remain fully intact functionally. Any artificially created new conditions requires the organ to react by adapting to the circumstances. Heart muscle cells can deal with this by altering their metabolic processes and structures materialise giving antihypoxic protection.

Now a sudden uncontrolled hypoxic load will not cause damage to the structures of the myocardium because its cells have been taught they have the capability of effectively binding and using blood oxygenation to provide full energy even in the face of repeated blood flow impairment.

The study found another amazing irregularity. In some cases, after hypoxic training it fully restored all the lost tissue from infarction. ''How can this be? ''- you ask. In fact this radically changes our ideas about the possibilities of recovery (regeneration) processes in the body. Previously, physicians believed that the dead cells of the myocardium were in all cases replaced by connective tissue - scar. Now it turns out that by subjecting the body to certain conditions, it can ''grow'' a new healthy heart.

So, to sum up. A permanent easy regimen, the absence of physical and emotional stress and forced extension medicines for coronary arteries, not only indirectly blocks the process of adaptation of myocardial cells to hypoxic stress but further increases their sensitivity to the lack of oxygen. These people are condemned only to subsist under medical care and tend to live under the Damocles sword of expecting infarctions which sooner or later re-occur. Thus, a vicious circle - the intensive treatment leads to improved blood supply to the heart but it is an artificial improvement detrimental to myocardial cells. A more promising way to restore health to people who have suffered a heart attack - devise methods to intermittently work the heart and in particular, undergo hypoxic training. Generally modern science has accumulated sufficient evidence to support the idea that extreme conditions increase the body's defenses and begin to develop and initiate mechanisms of autoregulation. For example, we present data obtained from experiments on animals.

Domestic researchers have conducted the following study. Experimental animals (rats) were administered a toxic substance and thereby provoked the emergence of diabetes. After the development of the disease animals were given hypoxic training. As a result they not only improved their blood, but also, more surprisingly, partially restored lost tissue of the pancreas.

But even more powerful capabilities for health restoration than bursts of exertion, is to subject the whole body to dry fasting. Once the flow of food and water is stopped to the gastro-intestinal tract this allows the organism to create fundamentally new conditions for existence. The ability to utilise and coordinate various kinds metabolism will be lost if the body is only used to a regular and consistent supply of nutrients

Naturally variations exist in the indicators of internal environment difficulties and the implementation of cellular metabolism of tissues in the former regime. With no external reserves of nutrients and no direct source of energy from adaptable materials leads to a decrease in their concentration in blood and consequently a sharp decrease in nutrients to cells and organs.

The first reaction of the body is the emergence of stress. Stress in this case is a common adaptive response to rapidly developing changes in the internal environment of an organism. Stress calls up the inclusion of reserve capacity. It is intended to help organism to quickly adapt to arising changes, by first changing the condition and operation of regulatory systems.

Likewise the reaction in animals, to change the conditions of existence as when they prepare to fight, begin an active search for food, hunting, to any physical stress - in short, to any activity involving a risk of injury and other adverse scenario. In the wild a lack of food for living organisms has always been one of the most challenging factors. If this issue is not resolved they will die. The ability of animals and humans to survive would be severely curtailed if nature did not provide this wonderful feature - an interim regulatory and adaptive adjustment of flow of metabolic processes, which, during a temporary lack of food and water situation, draws support by transferring essential ingredients from cells not normally used for this purpose.

In the first phase of a fast (days 1 and 2), our body uses rapid response reserves. However, if the person continues without food, his body can no longer sustain itself through temporary adjustment of metabolic processes and the state of cellular metabolism continues to deteriorate. The absence of glucose leads to the accumulation of ketone bodies in the blood and in increased concentrations they begin to play the role of endogenous toxins. So the situation for the cells is continued deterioration and the prospect of their death.

Then there is a transition of the organism to the so-called endogenous (internally generated) nutrition (days 3 to 5). The body begins to fill nutrient deficiencies from the destruction of biomolecules and from the partial collapse of the organs and tissues. Sounds a bit ominous, but it is actually not so bad. The process primarily kills off idle cells, so the ''hatchet'' falls on biostructures who are not able to readjust, especially old and diseased cells.

Of course, this is a simplistic understanding of the process, but it allows one to see the underlying causal changes in the body during fasting and some of the salutary effects of this method.

endotoxin - a toxin that is present inside a bacterial cell and is released when the cell disintegrates.

endogenous -    Originating or produced within an organism, tissue, or cell, ie  endogenous  hormones.

By the way, dry fasting to cleanse of the body of toxins is not the principal benefit (as it is with water fasting) - because the first stage results in not less but more of them caused by the release of endotoxins and thereafter only establishes a balance between intensity of their purpose and their quantity. A very substantial elimination of toxins does not happen. Something else occurs: a radical change in the conditions of existence causes the body to significantly rebuild the structure of associated cells.

Therefore ''dismantled'', the old biomolecules die from unstable and disintegrated tissue cells (due to them compensated for lack of adaptable substances). The resulting synthesised new cells are capable of surviving the changing conditions. What is it but the rejuvenation of the body? It is very important that the creation of new biostructures while fasting is carried out against a background of reduction of endogenous codification: the activity of metabolic processes to lower the intake of intestinal toxins is limited. Therefore, the quality of newly created biomolecules above, are structurally stable systems whose regulation is not exposed to foreign interference by way of the endotoxins metabolic rate.

The cessation from fasting is regarded as an important component of the entire procedure, which requires a clear understanding of the complexity this period and strict adherence to medical recommendations is absolutely critical.

However, often forgotten when practicing this method is one very important point. Recurrent rearrangement of cellular metabolism caused by re-changing conditions of life - not a return to the old but a new transition requires building. Yes, there is a return to partially reduced biostructures but they will not be old instead renovated, rejuvenated structures.

In the process of fasting are two very interesting points - primary and secondary adjustment. When the system of regulation in the body induces transitions to new living conditions and when it partially disposes of old synthesised biostructures for new that differ from the old in their quality properties. This in turn depends directly on the new quality of the specific situational changes that cause shifts in the internal environment of an organism.

The principal distinctive feature of spontaneously occurring fasting is its flexible duration because you can stop at any time. Extraordinarily important that fasting takes place against the backdrop of a favorable psychological climate. When we make a volitional decision to fast to work on a concrete problem, our consciousness begins to interact with tuning the processes occurring in the body and effects their regulatory influence.

This means that you can design future reorganisation of the organism with the formation and synthesis of new biostructures that have useful properties, that is, actually we are talking about the conscious regulation of processes occurring in the body, the conscious improvement of the body.

All this tells me one thing. Our body is able to able to live in complete comfort and peace but in doing so it weakens and loses its adaptive force. In a changing environment, facing strong disincentives, it awakens a hitherto unknown ability, the mechanism of autoregulation. Now we begin to understand health in a new way. A healthy body is not one which preserves the normal levels, but one that is capable of successfully adapting to changing conditions, this is very important in our adverse environmental conditions.

See Notes at the end which apply to all fasts

Sequential Dry Fasting.

When you have cleaned your intestines and liver and undergone several fasts on water for seven days, you can begin dry fasting. One very important aspect for an easy time of dry fasting is the consumption of polyunsaturated fatty acids beforehand. In preparation for summer or winter hibernation an important feature in animals is the increased consumption of fatty acids which increase the body's resistance to a prolonged dry fast. The term "fat" means a substance consisting of glycerol and fatty acids, ester bonds or in more accessible terminology –  substances composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. Saturated fatty acids are divided into two groups: solid fats (tallow, lard, butter oil, which contains saturated fatty acids. The second group are liquid fats (sunflower oil, olive oil, nuts, seeds and because of below), containing many polyunsaturated fatty acids. Scientists have long known that the confluence of hibernation especially in winter, in all animals studied, the water in the blood was replaced by glycerol. This is a polyhydric alcohol, a necessary part of the body and is produced by the oxidation of fatty acids. It does not dry out, does not freeze upon cooling, no expansion or shrinkage in volume when the temperature changes. In general its purpose is to keep all the liquid parts of the body fluid wherever and whatever they were, in blood, joints and brain etc. Water is also in the cells in the blood, turning to ice during freezing and expanding at the same time. That is, increasing in volume which can mechanically sever at least part of the cells and blood vessels. Of course people dry fasting do not fall into hibernation but it has many similar physiological mechanisms that compare with animals during hibernation.

The vital benefits of fatty acids contained in fish.

The main feature of fatty acids in fish oil is that they are involved in the production of body energy. Omega-3 is a structural component of the brain and retina and is essential for normal brain activity as it provides rapid influx of energy, helping to transfer pulses, which carry signals from one cell to another. This helps us to think better, to store information in memory and to retrieve it from there as needed. These fatty acids are joined in the body to oxygen molecules, the transport of electrons and provide energy for a number of chemical reactions. There are a number of factual observations proving that the consumption of food rich in fish oil promotes removal of the general fatigue of the body, enhances clarity of thought and mental activity as well as enhancing the physical activity. Omega-3 increases the energy endurance and activity of man but offers the same degree of increase in concentration and memory. The assertion that fish is the food of a genius is quite scientific as the primary connection of fats in the brain contain Omega-3 acid.

The value of fish oil fatty acids in maintaining healthy heart and vascular.

Omega-3 which is so rich in fish oil, thins the blood, reduces the risk of condensation, the risk of plaque and/or blood clots. Velocity of blood in the veins of a healthy person is 60 km/h, the number and rate of flow in blood vessels is one of the most important health indicators. The biggest danger to our body – an increase in blood clotting the increase of stress in the blood vessels (blood clotting, however, is very important when bleeding occurs). Acids of fish oil does not cause blood platelets (blood cells, causing thickening and clotting blood in the case of bleeding) to glue to each other thereby liquefying blood and increasing the speed of its flow. The increased content of blood platelets and decreased blood stress is dangerous for all the vital organs, in this situation due to insufficient production of oxygen that affects the heart, brain, eyes and kidneys the functioning of these organs is hampered because of lack of blood flow which may eventually lead to complete loss of these vital organs.

For example because of increased bleeding an artery may gradually be filled with stagnant blood and at the junction of the vessel with the organ serious disease can develop, heart disease, stroke, and so on.

Omega-3 plays an important role in the production of the haemoglobin molecules which is responsible for transporting oxygen and red blood cells and are involved in controlling nutrient elements that pass through the cell membrane thus reducing harmful effects on the body from dangerous fats. Recent medical research has clearly indicated that Omega-3 not only is effective in the fight against heart diseases and the prevention of heart attack but it solves problems associated with low mood, shattered nerves, postpartum depression, symptoms of menopause, psychological crises and other causes of depression.

Fish oils should be taken 2 to 3 capsules two times a day before a meal.
Rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, corn oil, soybean oil, walnut oil, any of these oils 1 tablespoon one time per day.
Sunflower seeds, sesame, poppy, pumpkin, and walnuts.
Wheat germ.

Many other plant and animal products contain these acids in varying degrees of concentration, linseed oil, soybean oil, 1 teaspoon per day.

Flax seeds and walnuts.
Fish and seafood.
Dark green leafy vegetables.

In addition, to increasing the intake of Omega-3 fats here are a few tips –.

For salad dressing use canola (NO, so much of that is genetically modified, it is almost impossible to guarantee any of it isn't), sesame nut or even olive oil.

Routinely include in your diet fatty fish (salmon, mackerel, herring, sardines, trout,  tuna, etc) – three or four times a week each of 100 to 150 g, as well as seafood and eggs. Naturally best to choose fresh, not frozen fish, as well as caught in the wild, not grown in fish farms as the feeding of fish in farms affects the form of food and fish farm fish are fed mainly on flour feed rather than plankton.

Smoked or salted fish loses some of the Omega-3 fats and when frozen for a year – up to 50%. Canned fish – another matter. Omega-3 fats are protected from decomposition by canning. After eating one tin of sardines in olive oil every two or three days, you are practically fully provided with those fats. Fish canned in its own juice or aqueous solution has slightly less Omega-3 fats.

In the period between fasting your diet should be dominated by the following products: cereals cooked from whole grains in water (NO, avoid all cereals, they are acid forming) with vegetable oils, raw and steamed vegetables, beans and mushrooms, nuts and fruits in your region, honey, fish, marine species, spices and herbs.

If you cannot live without meat then cut the consumption to a minimum, preferring lean boiled varieties of chicken, turkey, rabbit and veal. Do not forget about dairy products (Yes definitely do) and fresh juices. Fasting is best done not on a weekend, at least a day or two of that weekend you might get visitors etc. I am referring to dry fasting for up to 5 days, to go longer than this is not recommended.

There are two schemes to follow, scheme 1 is recommended for the advanced and confident.

One day fasting – two days of eating.
Two days fasting – three days of eating.
Three days fasting – four days eating.
Four days fasting – five days eating.
Five days fasting – then exit scheme 1.

Scheme two, recommended for people who are uncertain and/or with serious pathology.

One day fasting – one week eating.
Two days fasting – one week eating.
Three days fasting – one week eating.
Four days fasting – one week eating
Five days fasting – then exit scheme 2

This to and fro cycle of fasting allows each fast to more and more strengthen the body's defences. Why is there a strengthening effect in such a fractious fasting? An additional advantage of this method is that after the first phase of the cleaning we present an opportunity to clear the head, restore the functionality and memory capacity, the energy potential of the cell and then the second period of fasting, we give you the opportunity to accomplish the process – clean refined missed moments. It turns out a kind of inclusion of the principal of supercompensation after ending the fast. It turns out that every time the body encounters a new heightened positive stress it goes to a new level of "combat readiness". In this method one fasting is layered on another and the therapeutic effect is enhanced. I really like this technique, it promotes healing and rejuvenation in a very pronounced way, the transfers are a lot easier and most importantly there are practically no complications.

Prior to the 1,2,3,4 and 5 day dry fasting do not do enemas or take laxatives since the absorption of toxins from the digestive tract is not enhanced by lack of water. Preferably before dry fasting, for the whole day eat only milk products (yoghurt, Bifidok, or ideally serum Bolotov). Definitely not, this will undo most of the benefits obtained.

It is recommended to avoid skin contact with water for those who want to get the maximum therapeutic effect from ongoing events but this is not some sort of stringent requirement. If you still wet your hands or are exposed to rain, do not worry you are not going to be debilitated. Every house has a pair of medical or household rubber gloves, by using these you will be able to do all the household chores without contacting water. Commencing a fasting program should be done gradually according to the scheme. If you are travelling well after finishing 1,2,3 and 4 day fasting routines, continue on for the fifth day. More than five days at home is not recommended. It is advisable if you spend more than two days fasting that it not coincide with a weekend. Personally I stay at home for seven days and of course I start gradually.

Most important in dry fasting is to understand that there are huge hidden reserves of capabilties in the organism so there is nothing to fear.

Fasting can reactivate any of your prior diseases but fear not as any natural treatment often works by temporarily aggravating earlier conditions. You can always cut the fast short without damage to your health.

Under no circumstances should anyone extend the scheduled duration of a dry fast as the process of fasting itself corresponds to the pre-programmed psychological state. For example if you set up a two day fasting then it is unacceptable to change to a 3 day fast even when you are progressing very comfortably. However, if you are not tolerating the fast very well you can always end it early by observing the exit rules.

During dry fasting you cannot use any medicines, do not take painkillers, just tough it out, it will only be temporary. If the pain is unbearable you can end the fast anytime, carefully observing the strict rules of exit.

Here is a description of the sequence of dry fasting by the author Valentina Lavrov from the book "Keys to the Mystery of Life".

To propose that an extended lifespan is possible without vegetable diets and fasting does not fool anyone, not even God. One way to enhance this ideal is a sequence of dry fasting. It's good for beginners and experienced alike. Firstly it is necessary to understand the golden rule: before you start to fast you must for a few days be on a plant diet, not eating protein foods of animal origin nor fish. Food should be purely vegetative. Even without preparing for fasting if you frequently follow such a diet there will be improved functioning of your body. Any cooking should only be done with water and be oil free. Do not overeat, even vegetables in large quantities are harmful. A longer time of 30 to 60 days on the vegetable diet prior to fasting is even better. One should never fast without the vegetable diet preparation. It will minimise the sensation of hunger which if it develops, the fast may not last the distance. As well there will be a tendency to eat too much on ending the fast, which is harmful and a fear of fasting may develop. After one or two failed attempts, stop and wait a couple of weeks before trying again. The sequence must be followed to the letter.

The first step in a sequence of dry fasting. Take one day at a time. On the day that you fast you must not drink water but before that day it can be drunk in combination with a vegetable diet. If you continually repeat this sequence of one day preparing and one day fasting you will get 15 days fasting per month. Technically not really fasting, just going without food for a day.

The second stage of the sequence of dry fasting will require you to eat the vegetable diet for two days and then fast for two days without drinking water. Then there is the golden rule of how to end a fast. After any dry fast of two days or more, first drink some water, wait a couple of hours and then eat some yoghurt. (One purpose of the yoghurt is to repopulate the digestive tract with bacteria which can become sparse on long fasts. Eat only a small amount as it can contribute to mucus buildup especially in the sinuses). The first food should be protein but not from a plant (fish perhaps but if one is a seasoned fruitarian, non plant protein at this stage will be very debilitating) and the yoghurt should be eaten alone. A couple of hours after this and you can eat anything but in small amounts. Why can't you eat bread vegetables and fruits to begin with? It is about the pancreas. During the fast this organ becomes inert and if you end the fast with bread, vegetables or fruit the demand on the pancreas can be so great that it will not cope and it is not good for it to get overloaded. Better to "wake it up" gradually. If after the fast you do not take this into account it is better not to exercise as this too will put a high demand on the pancreas.

If yoghurt is not available then buttermilk, boiled milk, (Definitely no milk of any kind to be ingested) fish or chicken broth or even fish stock can be substituted but everything should be cooked without vegetables and no bread. Paul Bragg who wrote extensively on fasting suggests to exit on diluted juice but I challenge this and think it's wrong, even harmful.

Consider then a child is born its first food is milk, a protein food. Any mammal will do the same. Whatever else you feed a newborn it will reject. (If the fasting person is over 3 years old then he no longer produces the lactase enzyme necessary to digest milk, ergo milk is harmful to everyone over the age of three, fasting or not.) In the bird world the parents begin bringing their chicks protein food (usually insects) and they will never bring berries or seeds which might be their fare in normal times.

After times of food deprivation predators naturally start with protein foods, their prey. Herbivores on the other hand are rarely deprived totally of food, there is always a blade of grass, a few remnants of twigs to be eaten so their pancreas never fully stops. Bears who hibernate will fill their stomach with the bark of the Asp which is a bitter bactericide and it remains there throughout winter. Because that is a vegetable product the bear’s pancreas does not shut down and is always in readiness.

The third stage of the sequence of dry fasting is three days preparing as above followed by three days of not eating and not drinking. Exiting from the fast is the same as above. Here begins trials of the spirit. Cleansing enemas are not necessary, if you have prepared correctly the stomach will clear itself but if you drink water during the fast an enema may be needed. Dry fasting does not require them.

The fourth stage is four days after four etc. All the same and the exit is the same. Enemas are not needed if you do not drink water but if you do, you will need them. Possible too in this case if you drink water you may become constipated when bowel motions resume. The four day stint becomes more difficult as the sight of water may tempt you. Normal moisture levels will disappear from the skin, the lips and gums and the mouth will go dry.

The final stage is five days after five etc. All in the same manner as described above and the exit is the same. This can be a bad day in being impossible to sleep and wanting fresh air. The body emits a foul odour as crystals within the body flow to the open pores of the skin and through them are removed. These are items of waste that the kidneys are unable to eliminate. It is difficult to speak as the mouth dries out too much. Emphasis now on a correct exit, water only for two hours followed by only protein as a light and liquid food and two hours after that we can eat a little bit of everything else. Do not overdo the eating at this stage, after three, four or five days of fasting it is absolutely necessary to start little by little.

On embarking into dry fasting do not start with the fifth stage, the fourth or third, it is inappropriate and even harmful. Learn the basics by beginning with the first and second. If you follow through all the five sequences you will achieve 15 days of fasting in a month, the same as you would if you prepared one day and fasted one day 15 times, except the benefits will be much greater.

Another important consideration, while dry fasting it is better not to shower, nor to wash hands or even brush teeth – in short no contact with water. This is necessary in order to prevent any water from contacting body parts as the cells that do contact water will absorb it and not be updated and rejuvenated. It is difficult to refrain from wetting one's hands but gloves can be worn.

You may not be able to complete the fourth or fifth stage but don't despair each time you attempt the process you will progress a little further. One more thing on exiting, do not drink carbonated water only quality filtered clean and cool water is best. With the right exit, this method is harmless to the organism and continued nutritious meals after the fifth stage can delay the retirement age by 20 years.

Difficult, but there never was an eagle who could not fly.

After stage five after five every disease will have been treated and there is no disease that cannot be treated in this way, including aids, cancer and diabetes. If necessary you can use this method to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. But it must be done on the first or second month of the pregnancy and if started then it is imperative to bring it to a conclusion and remember that fasting five days with water will not give the desired result. Only without the water as in ancient times, this method was widely used in South Asia but then somehow forgotten.

Now a closer look at the main therapeutic mechanisms occurring under dry fasting in humans.

Water - the matrix of life, by the sharing of substances, changing its structure and its physical and chemical properties, it regulates life processes. Without water any form of life is impossible. Water is the blood and lymph that supplies to the cells and tissues all the metabolites and removes the byproducts of metabolism. Known, along with numerous other mechanisms, water is the great regulator of life processes. Water is vital for the existence of all living organisms, from ancient times it was considered the primary source of life on a par with fire, air and earth. Without water there would not be life on Earth. All living things need water, which is also the most important part of plants and animals. Our body is about 65% of water; some jellyfish content reaches even 99%. If water suddenly disappeared from the Earth's surface, it would become a dead desert. Water is essential for normal activity all life processes in the body: respiratory, circulatory, digestion, etc. Chemically pure water is not present in the body. When within the body it contains many dissolved substances: proteins, sugars, vitamins, minerals etc. The curative properties of water is related to its molecular structure and these properties disappear as soon as this structure is disturbed. (As when it travels through a pipe). Water plays a crucial role in all life processes not only as part of the cells and tissues of the body but also as a medium in which occurs various physiological transformations associated with the vital activity of the organism.


Often near the end of a fast the temptation arises to cut it short by one day but it is false economy to lose half the healing effect because of the 'savings' of a single day.

Generally, fasting to a crisis is a serious matter. The organism is completely reconstructed from the inside and only one piece of bread at an inappropriate time can lead at best to an ulcer and at the worst to very big trouble. So it is much better to scrupulously adhere to the above trusted steps.

1. During the exit from a fast it is very important not to over eat. No need to eat more than your body needs (any appetite coming from memory after a long abstinence has nothing to do with the actual demands of the organism).

2. It is very important to chew food thoroughly, your stomach has decreased in size and reverted to normal volume, there is no need to stretch it back to its wayward volume. Many foods do not, for especially in the case of fruits and vegetables (cooked only) they readily turn to mush with minimal chewing.

3. If raw vegetables cause pain they should be lightly boiled or steamed. Patients with digestive organs that are in good condition can have vegetable soups with rice.

The saying of Grace before meals is in fact a prayer and should be recited as follows -

Acknowledging that Nature and indeed the cosmos, is an enormous recycler of energy and what we are about to eat contains energy transferred to it by a living organism which may or may not have expended nearly all of its energy to provide what is before us. If the latter then we accept that that organism's remains will be utilised by other life forms. If the former, especially in the case of fruit, we express our gratitude for the energy contained within it, that will sustain us in good health and it is our fervent wish that the plant it was from shall continue to be nurtured with all it's needs so it may exist for the duration of it's normal lifespan.

The energy of the cosmos cannot be lost, merely transferred and we are grateful to the living organisms that have imparted their energy into what we are about to eat and may we, in turn, use it wisely and utilise it to contribute to universal harmony for the betterment of the universe. 


Acknowledging that Nature and indeed the cosmos, is an enormous recycler of energy and what we are about to eat contains energy transferred to it by a living organism. The provider . If the latter, especially in the case of fruit, we express our gratitude for the energy contained within it that will sustain us in good health and it is our fervent wish that the plant it was from shall continue to be nurtured with all it's needs so it may exist for the duration of it's normal lifespan.