Guide to Alternative Medicine and the Digestive System

Anil Minocha, MD FACP FACG

Chapter 20: Fasting (continued)

“Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor.” Egyptian pyramid inscription, 3800 BC KEY POINTS Fasting has been promoted as a medical remedy against disease across cultures since ancient times. The health benefits of calorie restriction include delayed onset of numerous chronic disorders (eg, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer). Fasting involves a voluntary avoidance or restriction of food, with or without fluids. Thus a subject may undertake a partial or total abstention from all foods, or a select abstention of…