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Re: Water fasting Vs Eating disorder

I encourage you. I think fasting is a good thing and there is always a way to do it safely (it can be approached ever so slowly). I would encourage you to PHASE INTO fasting. Phasing in may take a long time. You may be impatient to fast. But staying with a phasing in program might give you also a sense of achievement, self-empowerment, and challenge. You would know all along during the phasing in process that ultimately you were going to get to the goal of taking an actual fast, of the length you desired. I think the danger comes when we try to do things with our bodies that are simply too extreme or abrupt... I have read the more discouraging responses and respectfully disagree with them, only because for me they had a somewhat discouraging tone. Or, rather, to clarify: it seemed the other respondents assumed that you did not have the ability to stay safe. Observe yourself and decide for yourself. Ask: do I think this is going to be safe for me? Observe your own accustomed eating behavior and write it down and tell a doctor WHO HAS TIME FOR YOU, and knows fasting, and see what the doctor says about whether you will be safe. I have a non-conventional view of so-called "eating disorders," and do encourage you to be careful, but I just want to be a positive voice that affirms your intuitive desire to fast. ... Also, I am responding this way because I believe in the value of putting out there your real thoughts and feelings and I think that "socializing" what you are doing, whatever it is, is a powerful thing to do; I think it even may help keep you safe. I wanted to present myself as an affirming/accepting person for you to share with, perhaps in some contrast to others who have responded saying that they did not see a way for you to fast. ... In the past, people have tried to diagnose me with "eating disorders," but the diagnosis was never certain, and I decided after years (and years) of reading, research and experimentation, and thinking about the problem (I just felt really invalidated by that concept/"diagnosis") that these are just not good concepts to work with... as I say, I have my own understanding now. I do NOT want to start a controversy, just wanted to say bravo for writing and sharing what you are up to, and welcome. Of course I encourage you to be safe. I recognize that my views are not conventional. I recognize that others may disagree with my responding this way. I just felt the need to put out there in a general way my perspective, as a way of affirming myself. I think there is a much more gentle way to think about "eating disorders." I hesitate to post this, since I really do not want to cause controversy. Still, maybe it is OK for me to say, "I am here! I am a devoted faster, and I have experienced healing through fasting safely, and I know fasting is what I need to do, in spite of people trying to tell me, in the past, that I might have "eating disorders" ... I emphasize, for anyone reading, that my policy is safety first and I have a lot of knowledge of the body through alternative medicine systems. I guess I want to say, finally, that again I encourage you to be safe. Maybe, after consulting a doctor, keep self-aware by writing down all that you are thinking, and finding a person to share it with. this can't GUARANTEE your safety, and neither can I, but I just wanted to affirm the IDEA of fasting, and that I have done it safely, by being careful... I would put out the idea of seeking an MD who would support your fasting, even though this may be a hard person to find. There is a fasting clinic on the West Coast of USA (I don't know where you are writing from) which is run by MD's who support and supervise fasting. It is very affordable, making itself a "no frills' place. I have only read about it, not gone there (I am far away) but it is called True North Health Center or something (of course, just Google it) Anyway, please be in touch. Stay safe! Just keep writing to the forum about what you are doing! I am just trying to say: I hear that you desire powerful healing, and I think if you are careful and disciplined, it is available for you!


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