Heart disease is the number one killer in America with more than 616,000 deaths attributed to it and the number of non-institutionalized adults with diagnosed heart disease has reached a staggering 26.8 million people, which equates to 12% of the population. (1)
I am one of those non-institutionalized people that is obese, with high blood pressure, edema, gout and breathing problems. Probably the same characteristic as most with heart disease. I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure a couple of years ago with a 50/50 chance of making it another ten years. My height is 5’10 and weight 272 lbs. In addition to the above ailments, I also have edema, high blood pressure, psoriasis, carpel tunnel and sleep apnea.
Diseases of the heart usually do not just appear overnight. It takes many years and decades of tobacco, alcohol, bad diet and lack of exercise. Artery blockage can be extremely advanced before one might know they have a problem. It sneaks up on you and when you least suspect it, you have a heart attack. My condition has been getting progressively worse to the point where it is quite a task to go from my basement to the main floor. Physical labor is out of the question now.
I TRIED THIS BEFORE.
Last year I attempted to lose a lot of weight through a process known as Water Fasting. I had done a lot of research on the topic through the Internet and books that I bought, and it felt like it was the right thing for me to do to improve my health. I started at about 265 lbs and got down to 230 lbs in a period of 21 days. But then I quit due to what I later found out was a cleansing reaction. In that 21 days my blood pressure normalized and I quit taking my Coversyl medication. I was taking longer and longer walks, and I could even jog a short distance. This convinced me that I was on the right track but I needed to do some more research before starting another Fast. That was the summer of 2010.
By now you are asking how a Water Fast can benefit someone who has Heart Disease. Well first of all, fasting is proven to reduce blood pressure very rapidly and effectively. Notes from my fast last year indicate I was consistently around 125-130/85 from an average of 165/95, so I know the effects on blood pressure, and I am confident that if I had continued on I would have seen further improvement. In addition, it would appear that Fasting may significantly reduce the amount of plaque that lines the blood vessels which would result in more oxygen and blood to circulate and lessen the workload on the Heart. In a study published in Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, June 2001, 174 patients did a fast and all participants experienced a dramatic drop in blood pressure. The fast lasted only 10 to 11 days and the average drop in blood pressure was 37/13 mm Hg. Those with stage 3 hypertension (180/110+) experienced an average drop of 60/17 mm Hg. No other method to reduce blood pressure has ever shown such dramatic results.
THIS TIME, SUCCESS!
Because of the results I achieved last year on my fast I have decided to start another fast. The purpose being to completely normalize my blood pressure, rid myself of the edema and gout along with a few other health related issues I am dealing with. The Fast will carry on until my hunger returns, which I suspect may be anywhere from 40 to 50 days. I would love to lose 80 to 100 lbs which would take me down to about 195 lbs. This time I will be drinking Medical grade Alkaline Ionized Water to help with the cleansing reactions which stopped my fast in 2010. I will be providing stats, commentary, pictures and video on a regular basis. I invite you to follow my progress at my blog.
(1) Center for Disease Control and Prevention