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9 November 2017

I t seems that my previous article on the fasting of Oshumi was not clear. Some took it as a confirmation of the validity of the fasting during Ramadan, as if we invented fasting and as if it was not a ritual known to the nations of the earth thousands of years ago. The disagreement is not about the importance of fasting, which is agreed religiously and medically, but in how, why and when to fast. Some see fasting as a kind of torture or mutilation of the body, while others see it as a spiritual sport, and some, such as the followers of heavenly religions, do it as a religious duty. Therefore, the day of Awe for the Jews is the day of fasting and the purpose for atonement for personal sins, subjecting the body and seeking forgiveness. On that day, a fasting person abstains from work while fasting during the rest of the year is optional. Fasting begins at sunset on the day preceding the day of fasting and continues until after the sunset of the day of fasting by half an hour, during which the five prayers are performed. The fasting of the Jews is multi-faceted, long, simple, easy and severe, and it is forbidden for the fasting person to wear sandals, bathing and intercourse. There is an individual and collective fast and a third is optional, especially on Mondays and Thursdays. As for the Christian fasting, the Bible does not specify times or months for it, but rather leaves it to personal conscience, but in some sects there is a specific time for fasting forty days before Easter, however this is a canonical tradition, and the purpose is to fast as a work of faith that precedes the anniversary of the death and resurrection of Christ. Fasting in Christianity is a hidden practice, because it is personal and not an opportunity to demonstrate, because intentions are important, not external manifestations. Fasting in Christianity is to abstain from eating for at least 12 hours a day or fasting on certain foods for much longer periods. The majority believe that the purpose of fasting is not abstaining from eating foods for a certain period, as much as to abstain from all that the soul desires, and to humiliate the body and to crush it for the sake of God. We go back to what we wrote a few days ago about medical fasting, in the manner of Dr Yoshinori Oshumi, which by the way, when going into details, has nothing to do with the fasting in the heavenly religions. The Oshumi method, called ‘Autophagy’ or self-eating is a very important method, with high benefits that cannot be counted. It depends on the recycling of dead or damaged cells in the body and using them in creating energy and new cells that help in strengthening the immune system, eliminate cancerous cells, recover from life threatening diseases such as Parkinson and diabetes. These are scientifically proven, but it is not so easy. This cannot be achieved by abstaining from food for hours as we wish but following appropriate methods of fasting upon medical advice, as fasting by having juices only, or intermittent fasting, or water fasting, which is the most difficult, but the most useful, it requires the fasting person to stop eating any foods or liquids except pure water. For more details, please visit: https://www.dietdoctor.com/intermittent-fasting#ways The fasting person is also required to have a strong will, and avoid the exhausting exercises and adhere to just walking slowly and avoiding lifting heavy materials. It is necessary to stop fasting when we feel that the body rejects it, especially as some doctors advise that the period of fasting should not exceed 14 days, but intermittent tasting can last a lifetime. We apologize for the misunderstanding, and wish everyone good health.

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