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FASTING:Does it work,and are there any ascertainable benefits? by bIG bLOGGER on 2 August 2008 3:34pm
 
Saints and 'gurus'(spiritual masters and teachers) have recommended FASTING down through the ages. MAHATMA GANDHI practiced it for reasons of political protest(against the then British 'Raj') and to unite the native Indian populace in solidarity with his rallying call for Indian independence.Cesar Chavez(a Mexican-Californian civil rights activist) used it to good effect,when in 1988 he initiated a 36-Day FAST FOR LIFE, to protest the poisons and pesticides being liberally sprayed on grape vines,which was negatively affecting the health of vineyard workers and especially their children.
Now,according to a report in the LOS ANGELES TIMES,the mayor of Salinas(CA), Dennis Donohue,has appealed to his community to participate in a week-long FASTING session FOR PEACE.Mr.Donohue is desperate to tackle the upsurge in gang violence in this Californian town, notable as the birthplace of the Nobel-Laureate American author JOHN STEINBECK.Hundreds of Fasting For Peace badges have been distributed, and the local paper The Californian, has said it is a chance for Salinas--which has already witnessed 17 murders this year,--to "come together over a real community problem"...
Palinites::what are your views??Can this initiative possibly have any discernable effect?
 
Re: FASTING:Does it work,and are there any ascertainable benefits? by kazzzz on 2 August 2008 3:37pm
 
Well I suppose it helps you detox. Don't think it would do much else tho.
 
Re: FASTING:Does it work,and are there any ascertainable benefits? by mrsthing on 2 August 2008 4:05pm
 
I did a 24-hour fast (food and water) in high school, and found it dramatically changed my consciousness. I tried it again in my 20s, and my blood sugar got so low all I wanted to do was sleep. I haven't tried it since.

I think it works if people want it to work. In the case you're talking about, bIG, it would create a sense of community and solidarity among those who want an end to the violence, and that might help them get organized in more practical ways.
 
Re: FASTING:Does it work,and are there any ascertainable benefits? by Ken Dunn on 2 August 2008 5:11pm
 
My wife dieted to get thinner and hasn't put on weight since. She feels much better for it and her broken ankle is almost better too.
 
Re: FASTING:Does it work,and are there any ascertainable benefits? by tucsonmike on 2 August 2008 7:49pm
 
I wish the Mayor of Salinas luck. Gang violence is a major thing in much of the West (including Tucson).
Does Fasting work? Only with the discipline to keep it off.
 
Re: FASTING:Does it work,and are there any ascertainable benefits? by bIG bLOGGER on 3 August 2008 3:04pm
 
Interesting comment,mike.Surely,"The West"(-ern) half of the USA covers a bIG area? Would you care to expand,perhaps say what the gang problem is like in your town of Tucson(which is close to the Mexican border),e.g.how many murders you have counted this year,and do you have a major problem with illegal border-crossing immigrants,etc? Is there still a problem with "Hell's Angels"? I wonder if that movie "The Wild One",starring Marlon Brando,and made in the late 50's,was at all real-to-life, where a rowdy bunch of bikers invaded a quiet Californian town?
 
Re: FASTING:Does it work,and are there any ascertainable benefits? by Ken Dunn on 3 August 2008 5:37pm
 
No offence bIG bLOGGER but what does your last post have to do with the title of the thread?
 
Re: FASTING:Does it work,and are there any ascertainable benefits? by bIG bLOGGER on 4 August 2008 4:18pm
 
No offence taken,Mr.Dunn-and-Dusted!The reasons anyone would embark on a FAST could,I suppose,be various;perhaps to lose weight;or to cure an ailment,etc..I was referring to tucsonmike's response,specifically.I'm intrigued as to whether the notion of FASTING FOR PEACE can bring a community together to solve or alleviate social problems,or not.Another example was JOHN LENNON and YOKO ONO's so-called "BED-IN" in the Amsterdam Hotel,"for World Peace".(But I'm not sure whether they fasted or not).
p.s. Ken,of course I'm pleased to hear of the improvement in your wife's condition.My best regards to her.
 
Re: FASTING:Does it work,and are there any ascertainable benefits? by Ken Dunn on 4 August 2008 5:43pm
 
I think fasting is a religious activity and should not be used for political ends. Fasting for political ends produces martyrs to terrorism for example and the fewer terrorists in the world the better.
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My wife thanks you for your best wishes to her. She would thank you herself but she's busy making chocolate truffles.
 
Re: FASTING:Does it work,and are there any ascertainable benefits? by johnnythemonkey on 5 August 2008 12:21am
 
I used to fast for days at a time. Vodka does'nt count as nutrition does it ?
Ascertainable benefits ? Madness and eventual death......if that's your thing.
 
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