Ten years ago, at age 20, I employed my first juice fast. Information was near impossible to find and support from those knowledgeable or experienced in the subject was frankly, a dream. Armed with a few natural health books with brief mentions of fasting and one excellent resource (Dr. Paavo's book), and a desire to attain the health I knew I lacked, I began my juice fasting journies.
I started small with 3 day and 10 day fasts. Then eventually progressed to 20 and 40 day fasts. Each one was much the same as the last. Each brought energy, healing, mental clarity and weightloss.
Eventually, I launched my longest fast at 145 days. My husband and I were on our way to seminary and I knew I need to be in tip-top shape in order to meet the demands of study and raising our son. This fast was amazing. I attained the health I desired and entered into seminary ready to take on the world.
My health after each fast was fine and I gained a small amount of weight (waste and water matter) until I started eating the SAD diet again. Slowly, my health deteriorated.
I employed my second longest fast after the birth and weaning of our second child, which is when I began this blog (5 years ago). This fast was 105 days and again, I attained the health and vitality I longed for. The journey is detailed here.
Life took a wild turn after this fast...
Three years ago I was diagnosed with having a tumor on my pituitary gland which is the cause of years of health problems. This tumor plays havoc on the endocrine system, and I have the tests and symptoms to prove it.
The only known cure for this tumor and the problems it causes (cushings, no growth hormone production, low estrogen, low thyroid, low D...etc.) is tumor removal. However, 50% of these tumors grow back, many of these tumors damage the pituitary gland and many of these glands are damaged cell-wise (hyperplasia). Uninterested in brain surgery, especially before my husband's 1 year deployment (U.S. Army), I am turning to the only thing that has brought me health before, Juice Fasting. Our third child has just weaned after 15 months of nursing and so I begin...
This time I know the reason for my ill health and will be looking for ways to cure myself naturally, or to attain some type of long-term health after my fasts.
(Note: For what it's worth, I believe my fasts have either shrunk or gotten rid of the pituitary tumor, but the fact that these tumors grow back many times may be the reason for my continued ill health or that my pituitary could have hyperplasia, which is like a change of DNA for the gland. It's not fixable, to my knowledge.)
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