This article is from the Alternative
Medicine Therapies guide.
- Even healthy
individuals should not undertake an extended fast of more than
three days without medical supervision.
or breast-feeding women should not fast.
- If you have
advanced cancer, a compromised immune system, diabetes, ulcers,
or liver, kidney, heart, or lung disease, you should never fast
without medical supervision.
- Fasting as
part of the treatment for a chronic disease such as heart disease,
epilepsy, arthritis, or schizophrenia should be under the supervision
of a physician experienced in the field.
- Anyone who
takes prescription or recreational drugs regularly should not
fast without medical supervision. Withdrawal symptoms can develop
quickly during fasting.
- It's important
to break a fast carefully. Eating too much too soon will overload
your digestive system, causing uncomfortable and disruptive reactions.
Your doctor can help you decide how best to break your fast for
your individual needs.