While fasting is a powerful spiritual ally, it would also benefit our health and could even cure certain illnesses. In any case, this is the report of the report " Fasting, a new therapy " aired on Arte last month.
ace the increase in modern diseases such as asthma, rheumatism, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, or even cancer; a fasting center has opened in 1995 in Goriachinsk, Russia, to offer alternative treatment.
With more than 40 years of research on fasting, the center accompanies patients for 12 to 20 days during fasts consisting only of water. Shock treatment, effective for about two thirds of patients, who notice a decrease or disappearance of symptoms.
Fasting is considered a medical act in its own right in Russia and is therefore reimbursed by social security. An investment for the health system, which certainly sees its drug consumption decrease with the reduction in symptoms.
In Germany, a country where the virtues of the young have also been recognized since the beginning of the 20th century, the spiritual dimension is associated with medical treatment. Indeed, following the Buchinger method, a clinic encourages reading the Bible or classical German authors during the fast, in order to nourish everyone's spirituality and cleanse the mind.
Some curators also practice hiking. If the fasting method may seem simplistic, it is nonetheless effective. Dr H. Shelton (1895-1985) explains that resting the body is generally sufficient to heal the sick organism, while the abuse of drugs and a poor lifestyle hamper the normal functioning of the organism, a source of disease.
Fasting, by putting part of the body "on standby" allows it to self-repair. The Bible does not make fasting an obligation, but rather a personal choice and an individual practice. However, we can read some advice on the attitude to have:
“When you fast, do not look sad, like the hypocrites, who surrender their faces all defeated, to show men that they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they receive their reward. But when you fast, perfume your head and wash your face, so as not to show men that you are fasting, but your Father who is there in the secret place; and your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you ”
Matthew 6: 16-18
"Here is the fast which I take pleasure in: Loosen the bonds of servitude, send the oppressed free, and let every kind of yoke be broken"
Isaiah 58: 6
“When Lent was established as a time of penance in the 1949th century, the obligation to fast was very rigorous: a single meal in the evening without meat, egg, dairy or wine. He gradually softened. Currently, since XNUMX, the Lenten fast has been limited to two days, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. "
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