HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
THE NORMAL FAST
The normal fast involves abstaining from all forms of food but not from water and commonly lasts 24 hours, from sunset to sunset.
According to The Foods and Nutrition Encyclopedia, “For healthy individuals, no harm results from short- term fasting.” The average healthy person can go without food between 21 and 40 or more days before the body begins to eliminate vital tissue (starvation). You should consult your physician before beginning any fast lasting longer than three days.
If you are under the care of a physician for any kind of disease, if you struggle with anorexia nervosa or bulimia, or if you are pregnant, do not begin a fast before you have the approval and supervision of your physician.
If you want to learn more about the physical effects of fasting (and especially if you’re considering a fast longer than one to three days) read books dealing with the medical aspects. Fasting: The Ultimate Diet by Allan Con, M.D. (contains an extensive bibliography); Therapeutic Fasting by Amold DeVries, and books by Dr. Herbert Sheldon (a leading authority on fasting) are a few suggestions.