Thank you everyone for the welcome. I came upon fasting in my early 20's after reading a book on Chinese diets. In it was the example of fasting to rest the body. I started fasting with juices and it served me very well for many years. I then heard about the lemonaid fast after getting Stanley Burrough's book. I learned about the detoxification benefits and I used that method for many years. But after reading from this site and this forum I decided to try the water fast. Wow! What a difference! There is no way I will go back to any other kind of fast. The cleansing effects are twice as effective. (at least to me). I am native american and have used natural methods of healing all my life. I basically grew up eating sticks, leaves, plants and various muds. Ha. I appreciate all that I have learned from this site and respect everyone's choices in how to treat their bodies. The self care I give myself reflects in every area of my life. I reap from everyone's experiences and thoroughly enjoy learning from all of you.