The 2016 Nobel prize for medicine was awarded to Japanese scientist Dr. Yoshinori Ohsumi for his research on autophagy.
Autophagy means to “self eat”. It is the process by which the human body consumes and clears its own damaged cells and unused proteins. Insufficient autophagy is one of the main reasons for accumulation of damaged cells which eventually leads to all kinds of ailments. Autophagy also plays a vital role in breaking down cells infected by bacteria and viruses.
Dry fasting has been perfected and practiced by many cultures and religions throughout history. The Greek physician Hippocrates wrote: 'To eat when you are sick is to feed your illness'. Another Greek, historian and philosopher Plutarch, shared the same sentiment about fasting: 'Instead of medicine, better fast today'. Benefits of fasting can be felt in all aspects of life.
In a dry fast, the body eliminates toxins in different ways than normal. Instead of removing toxins from urine, bowels, kidneys, liver, and skin, the body turns into a high-power incinerator. As the lack of food and water creates an ever-increasing hostile environment within the body, the toxins are burned up inside each and every cell. The benefits are said to be three times as significant as those related to other types of fasting. A 24 hour dry fast is thought to be about as powerful as 72-hour water fast.
Soviet Union was on the forefront of studying and implementing fasting into healing practices statewide in the 1950s when Professor Yuri Nikolaev, the founder of the Soviet Therapeutic Fasting School, arrived at fasting as a treatment method while working with patients suffering from schizophrenia in a hospital setting. When some of his patients refused food, he stopped encouraging them to eat and after a while found the symptoms improve dramatically. He continued to develop this method, applying it to treating other ailments. His enthusiasm and positive results inspired many others and gained support from the Ministry of Health that proceeded to open therapeutic fasting departments in hospitals across the country.
Between 1960 and 2010 there were 84 scientific papers published in Soviet Union / Russia on therapeutic effect of fasting, that included dry fasting, and concluded that fasting was not only safe, but very effective, with dry fasting 3 times as effective as liquid fasting.
Many practitioners have been using dry fasting confidently and successfully and in 2005, the Russian Ministry of Health included it in its Treatment Guidelines.
One of the most prominent specialists in dry fasting is Dr Sergei Filonov. He started using this method more then 30 years ago when he and his colleagues opened a therapeutic fasting unit in a health resort on the shore of Lake Baikal in 1990. He has since written several books and helped thousands of people in their journey back to health - mental and physical - at his centre in Altai region of Russia, as well as various retreats in Europe. His unique method, that combines dry fast with massage, cupping, sauna and outdoor activities, attracts patients worldwide.
As our understanding of our food and its health, environmental, social, and political implications increases, more of us are turning to plant-based lifestyles. Within this realm, however, there are many ways in which we can express a plant-based lifestyle. One of these is a raw vegan dietary approach.
Whether for a temporary, long-term, or lifetime period, raw veganism is appealing to an increasing number of people as it really brings us to our most natural roots: to eat living, unadulterated plant foods that offer the highest nutrient density and the lowest amount of health problems related to food. There is ample research showing how overall plant-based diets are the most healing and protective. This can be further increased by raw veganism, given the overall negative attributes of heavily heat-treated food.
A variety of health problems can occur when the body is in an acidic state. When body fluids become too acidic, we enter a state of acidosis in which illness and disease can manifest. Most grains, dairy products, meats, seeds, legumes and nuts are acidic (with seeds, nuts and legumes being considerably less acidic than the animal-based products). Fruits and vegetables on the other hand are alkaline, given they are consumed raw. Cooking vegetables or fruit changes the way the body recognizes nutrients and so can have an acidic effect on the body.
Some of those that eat raw diet or practice regular fasting naturally transition to eating less or not eating / drinking at all for prolong periods. For many the reason behind their embarking on a dry fast or raw diet is to heal from an ailment and when they do, they realise that their body & mind not only do not crave food or liquid, but feel regenerated, attuned and energised the way they've never experienced before.
Most also find their need for sleep disappear almost completely and the physical and mental energy is abundant almost constantly.
Many start experiencing 'super-natural' abilities, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, enhanced hearing / vision / strength / memory etc and realise them to be innate for every human. They also come to realisation that the human body is a complete self-sustainable organism with the colon being an energy-generating reactor and that any foreign substance entering it comes out almost unchanged & that the human ages and accumulates disease due to the body spending time and effort to free itself from what is put into it.