Dry Fasting

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AN INTRODUCTION TO DRY FASTING

by Esmée La Fleur

A dry fast is an absolute, true fast in which you abstain from both food and water. This is the type of fast that was practiced by Moses (Exodus 34:28 & Deuteronomy 9:18, both times for 40 days), Ezra (Ezra 10:6, length undisclosed), the Nation of Israel (Esther 4:16, 3 days), Elijah (1 Kings 19:18, 40 days), the Ninevites and their animals (Jonah 3:7-10), most likely Jonah himself when he spent 3 days in the belly of the whale (Jonah 1:17), the Apostle Paul (Acts: 9:9, 3 days), and Jesus Christ (Matt 4:2, 40 days). More than likely, dry fasting has been practiced by many cultures and religious traditions throughout history.

Dry fasting has been practiced by the Russians for a very long time. There is quite a bit of literature available on dry fasting in the Russian language. However, none of these writings has been professionally translated. I was first introduced to the concept of dry fast by Tanya Zavasta (a native Russian speaker) in her book Quantum Eating. I found the information fascinating, but did not really know where to go with it. Then I discovered the web community forum The Fasting Connection where I met Milena Albert (a native Russian speaker) who had been practicing dry fasting and was in contact with Dr. Sergei Filonov, a Russian medical doctor who has been conducting dry fasts with his patients for 20 years. Then, I was referred to a Google translation of his 400 page book Dry Medical Fasting: Myths & Reality. While the translation leaves much to be desired (being computer generated), enough of the essence comes through to make it a very worthwhile read for anyone who in interested in embarking on this path.

There are two kinds of dry fasts: hard and soft. With a hard dry fast, the faster does not allow any water to touch their body, i.e. no washing dishes, no taking baths or shower, no brushing teeth, etc. With a softer dry fast, the faster can allow their body to come in contact with water. When you go on a dry fast, the pours of your skin develop a greater capacity to absorb water through the skin and in a good clean environment will readily absorb moisture from the air. It is for this reason that Dr. Filonov highly recommends undertaking a long dry fast in the mountains where the air if fresh, moist, and pure. He encourages many of his patients to sleep outside next to a stream of running water during their long dry fasts.

While several of our Biblical forefathers fasted for 40 days, the longest dry fast on record in modern times is 18 days. However, most modern practitioners of dry fasting do not recommend dry fasting for longer than 12 days. Dr. Filonov always recommends doing several water fasts before ever attempting a dry fast. Then he recommends that a person start with very short dry fasts, 36-hours once a week. After doing this for a while, then a person can gradually do longer dry fasts of 2, 3, and 4 days. Finally, to affect deep cleansing of the tissues and healing of serious chronic illnesses, he recommends a protocol known as a “fractionated” dry fast in which the person does a dry fast for 5-7 days, re-hydrates for 3 days, then does a second dry fast for 9-11 days. He has found this method to be extremely safe over time.

In order to achieve permanent healing results, a person must traverse two separate “acidotic” crises, the first between 3-5 days and the second between 9-11 days. So, by breaking up the fast, the “fractionated” method allows the person to go through the first crisis during the first fast and the second crisis during the second fast, thus reducing the stress on the body from too many toxins needing to be eliminated at one time. It should be noted that Dr. Filonov never recommend doing a dry fast for longer than 5 days without supervision. The problem with this is that there is are no medical doctors with experience in dry fasting in the United States. So, we are pretty much on our own if we want to use this method of healing.

Another method of dry fasting that Dr. Filonov has found to be extremely safe and beneficial is a protocol he calls “cascade” dry fasting in which the person begins by fasting 1 day and eating 1 day alternately. Then, he has the person fast 2 days and eat 2 days alternately, then fast 3 day and eat 3 days alternately, then fast 4 days and eat 4 days alternately, then fast 5 days and eat 5 days alternately. With this protocol the person is literally fasting one half of every month. In his book, Dr. Filonov says he personally knows a medical doctor who cured himself of a blood cancer by doing 5/5 protocol for a full year.

There was an interesting book published a few years ago called The Alternate Day Diet by Dr. James Johnson which advocates eating every other day for weight management and health maintenance. Although he did not have his patients fast completely on alternate days, but had them restrict their calories to 20% of metabolic requirements, his patient have experienced remarkable benefits and many have overcome severe inflammatory illnesses such as asthma (no longer needing medication). I don’t agree with his protocol of feeding on alternate days, and he even says that the results would be far greater if his patients did not eat anything on alternate days, but he feels that no one would be willing to fast every other day (perhaps he underestimates his patients?). His patients consume as much water as they desire.

I have communicated with a young man through The Fasting Connection who has suffered from severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) for a number of years. He decided to start water fasting every other day and has experienced remarkable improvements. After four months of doing this, he says that his IBS symptoms are 70% less than they were prior to instituting alternate day fasting. He has not changed his diet which he tells me is far from optimal. I wonder if he would get even better results if he dry fasted?

In a dry fast, the body does not eliminate toxins in the same manner as it does during a water fast. Instead of removing toxins through the normal channels of elimination, skin, liver, kidneys, urine, and bowels, it actually turns each cell into a tiny incinerator and burns the toxins up inside of the cell. One thing I have noticed since I started dry fasting is that I have almost no body odor or bad breath during a dry fast, while I always experienced this during a water fast. Each day of a dry fast is said to be equivalent to 3 days of a water fast in terms of detoxification, so you accomplish much more in a shorter time. The good thing about this is that a person does not need to take a long absence from their normal life, so it costs less both for the fast itself (if you are going to a facility to be supervised) and for the time taken off from work. Also, you lose less muscle mass and more body fat with dry fasting, than you do with water fasting, and the recovery time is quicker. Returning to normal function after a 10 day dry fast is much faster than after a 30 day water fast.

Nevertheless, a person should plan for a re-building time of twice the length of the dry fast. So, for example, if you do a 7 day dry fast, you should plan for a 2 week recovery period. After my first 4 day dry fast, I had so much energy on day 2 of re-feeding that I decided to go dig up a garden bed I wanted to plant and ended up pulling a muscle in my forearm because I was not properly re-hydrated. It took a week to heal and I learned my lesson. Do not overestimate your capabilities after a dry fast and make sure you give your body sufficient time to recover before engaging in any strenuous physical activity.

How you exit a dry fast is extremely important. If you do it incorrectly, you can definitely harm yourself. In his book, Dr. Filonov says to drink two liters of pure water very slowly, holding each sip in your mouth as long as possible, over a two hour period. Then he says to continue drinking water for the next 12 hours a little bit at a time. After that you can start to reintroduce other foods and liquids. Dr. Filonov is not a practitioner of a Zero Carb diet, so he recommends making a fruit compote out of dried figs, prunes, apricots, and raisins (all unsulfured and organic) cooked in water to soften before eating, as well as vegetable soup, fish broth, and raw milk kefir. The way I would come off a dry fast is to rehydrate with water as Dr. Filonov recommends and then introduce bone broth. After that, I would begin eating meat again. My preference is for raw ground beef, but rare steak would be my next choice. The key is to not over eat. Just make sure to hydrate yourself well with plain water before trying to eat anything solid.

Dry fasting itself is not a “cure,” but it provides the right conditions to allow the body to activate all of its own, God-given, healing powers. Dr. Filonov has seen many illnesses heal through dry fasting; below is a list of the ones he mentions in his book:

ovarian cysts
uterine fibroids
endometriosis
infertility
mastitis
hot flashes
yeast infection
parasite infection
viral infection
bacterial infection
benign tumors
rheumatoid arthritis
osteoarthritis
ankylosing spondylitis
asthma
chronic pneumonia
pulmonary sarcoidosis
atherosclerosis
hypertension
sciatica
herniated disk
brain injury
migraine headaches
gastritis
stomach ulcer
duodenal ulcer
pancreatitis
cholecystitis
ulcerative colitis
irritable bowel syndrome
hemorrhoids
non-insulin dependent diabetes
gangrene
atopic dermatitis
chronic urticaria
eczema
psoriasis
interstitial cystitis
chronic pyelonephritis
prostatitis
prostate adenoma
inflammation

**Please note: There are a number of conditions for which dry fasting is contraindicated; namely, malignant tumors or blood conditions, tuberculosis, hyperthyroidism and other endocrine diseases, cirrhosis of the liver, heart arrhythmia, circulatory failure degrees II & III, underweight, pregnancy and lactation, being younger than 14 or older than 70 years of age. And, as always, is best to check with a qualified medical practioner before deciding to embark upon fast of any kind.

92 thoughts on “Dry Fasting

  1. Currently on day 5 of a 7 day dry fast. First 2 days were soft as I washed dishes and had to swallow medication so needed a swallow of water to get the pill down, last 3 have been hard dry fasting. So yes I fasted since Christmas Eve. hardest and easiest fast so far. Hardest because I did it through Christmas but easiest because of the fact the side effects are minimal compared to water fasting. I have done a 18, 21, and 15 day water fast so far this year. Starting weight was 345lbs in March of this year, as I type this I am 101 lbs lighter at 244 lbs. I like dry fasting and will use it in January to get under 200 for the first time since 1984. Then I will be going ZC to maintain. God Bless you all and Merry Christmas!

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  3. Thank you & May the LORD bless you. But after a dry fasting, the person eats with difficulty like it becomes painful when swallowing, so, what can be best for eating or drinking fist, to avoid the pain

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    • It is very important to drink plain water very slowly until you are rehydrated. How much water you need depends on how kind your dry fast was. If you dry fast for more than 3 days, it is probably wise to spend a full day rehydrating your body with plain water before trying to drink or eat anything else.

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  4. Would doing a 24 hour dry fast once a week be a good starting point? I’ve done a few 24 hour water fasts, and felt energetic the next day. Can you exercise during the dry fast, or the next day?

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  5. Amazing content. I have done 25-hour dry fasting and many days of intermittent fasting. Now I understand the healing mechanism behind the simple yet rarely performed magic in the contemporary times. Thank you for sharing and spreading your knowledge.

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  6. How long of regular dry fasting will it take for the body to fully heal itself of every problem and become nearly perfect? Also when my body is fully clean can I eat junk food on occasions without getting headaches etc?

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    • Everyone is different and it would likely take more than one dry fast. Fasting is something best done periodically and on a regular basis. Dr. Jack Goldstein rite a fantastic book about his recovery from severe ulcerative colitis. He was on the verge of a colostomy, but tried fasting as a last resort. He did a 6 week water fast and it resulted in enough healing that we was able to avoid the colostomy. But he did a 4-6 week water fast every year for 5 years before he felt completely healed. You can find his book “Triumph Over Disease” used through Amazon. The longest dry fast one can do is about 11 days, and that needs to be worked up to. You need to do several water fasts as well as several shorter dry fasts before embarking on a longer dry fast. And a dry fast of that length should be done under supervision. I would never recommend eating junk food of any kind and cannot imagine why one would want to.

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      • I have been dry fasting for two years. I was even at a point where I was dry fasting 56hr every week which after 3 months I realised was too much and my body wasn’t getting properly rehydrated at the end of ever week. I have done two 4 days dry fast. I don’t bother with water fasts. However my body has become really sensitive to many things which are unhealthy, which I know is a good thing as I have a total clean diet with no junk food whatsoever even occasionally. But It can get rather annoying at times because I get a headache or get tingling feeling whenever I eat or come in contact with anything unhealthy. It has it’s positives such as I know what is healthy or unhealthy for the body but is annoying especially in social circumstances. Can you tell me if such sensitivity will go away after a few more months of fasting? I’m thinking it might be a phase. I believe it might be my immune system being rewired. Do you have any knowledge on such matter?
        Thanks

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        • I have come to the conclusion that dry fasting is a much bigger deal than water fasting, and that the rehydration process cannot be underestimated. I am currently on an extended fast. I did 5 days of water, followed by 5 days of dry, and now I have completed 4 days of water again. It has taken these 4 days of 2 liters of water per day, sipped slowly throughout the day, for me to feel fully rehydrated again.

          As far as food sensitivities go, I started fasting because of food sensitivities. Unfortunately, fast, either water or dry, has not improved my ability to tolerate more foods. My story is long and complex, but it started with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which is notorious for messing up the digestive system. I cannot eat any plant foods at all because they all contain salicylates. Salicylates ate chemical natural toxins produced by plants to protect themselves from over-grazing by animals. Some people, like myself, have trouble metabolizing them in much the same way as diabetics have trouble metabolizing carbohydrates. Fasting has not changed this for me, and I believe this is because I am actually missing the enzymes needed to break them down. Similarly, fasting can improve the health of a diabetic, but it will not enable them to resume eating a high carbohydrate diet since they have lost their ability to metabolize carbohydrates through long term overconsumption.

          The fact that you body is telling you loud and clear that it does not like certain “foods” which are probably not really ideal human foods at all, is a huge blessing in my opinion, as it is will prevent you from developing a more serious chronic illness down the road.

          I hope this helps.

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          • I use to be lactose intolerance but fasting healed that for me. I think if you continue fasting it will heal your sensitivity. Our bodies coevolved with plants and meat as a nutritional source. The main question is were you always intolerant to salicylates? As a kid could you eat plants without any side effects. If so, then your body has the potential to create enzymes to digest it, however it may just be the case of the RNA being damaged and unable to transcribe the enzyme. Maybe if you continue fasting long enough it will destroy the damaged protein and create a new functional protein. That’s how my lactose intolerance got reversed. However it did take a long time to heal.

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          • Just an update for people reading this blog that my food sensitivities are gone thanks to fasting. I don’t get headaches when I eat junk food no matter how unhealthy it is. Although I still avoid junk food like the plague. Dry fasting works and is amazing. Also I never get sick again. No coughs or flu ever

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  7. this is wild…..i have fasted but not dry fasted. My body loses too much water. I would be afraid of dehydration. However, its been awhile since I have fasted and every time I have done it it sucks at first but after about 18 hours of not eating , my body starts to really cleanse itself. Completely different state and feeling.

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  8. I’m on day three of my dry fast for the first time. I have been working out all three days at the gym for an hour. What do you suggest when I break tomorrow. I have lost 9 lbs and counting in the 3 days

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    • My first suggestion is that you never ever work out on a dry fast. It is much too dangerous. I am not sure what type of suggestions you are looking for otherwise? Water? Food?

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    • Always best to break it with water. Wait a while for the water to go into your stomach and gut so it’s hydrated and then eat. If you do fasts longer then 5 days then you need to break it with water for a day or two and then introduce light food etc.

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  9. I am interested in this method. I have recently been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma. Quite curable, but also have high C reactive protein number and elevated white blood cell count, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. What other material would you recommend reading regarding this process?

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    • I am not really sure. Dr. Filonov may have discussed this in his book Dry Medical Fasting, but I am not remembering it at the moment. You can get a Google English translation of his book on-line. It is not the best translation, but it is understandable and well worth reading.

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  10. How about dry fasting every single day for about 22 hours?it is said that if fasting done regularly prove to be beneficial?can this method be implemented?

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  11. Thank you so much for the info. I just did a 31 hours dry fast and broke the fast today, the first thing I had was juice but now my stomach is running and now I’m just having fruits (pears and apples) and a sip of water so far. Should I eat meat or what should I eat cause I’m planning to go dry again tomorrow? And I would like to know my dad is on insulin he’s dibetic, is there a method of fasting he can follow that would heal him? Thanks

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  12. I just finished my first dry fast after 36 hours and am looking forward to repeating this often and then extending the duration. Over the past few years, I’ve done several water-only fasts, including 10, 22, 26, and 30 days with benefits and a gradual healing of my irritable bowel, joint and back pains, chronic fatigue and brain fog. I also did a 60-day grapefruit juice fast following a three-day dry fast. These fasts were done in conjunction with a mostly raw fruit and vegetable vegan diet.

    Even so, I still have not been able to improve my low adrenals and low kidney function. That’s why I’m cranking it up with the dry fasting. As someone mentioned, the problem with water fasting is that it gets very expensive when you have to take off a month and a half to two months to fast and recover. I had to pay to stay somewhere so that someone knowledgeable was around just in case, plus the loss of income during that time when not working.

    Thanks for the information! I plan to find a copy of the book you recommended.

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    • I recommend you do a 36-42 hr dry fast weekly and also a 13-18 hr dry fast daily. Just a 36 hr dry fast weekly, although extremely powerful won’t be enough to see substantial healing within short period of time. So please supplement it with daily dry fasting as well. I do 37hr dry fast weekly and a 13 hr dry fast daily. Just make sure you rehydrate before eating your meals

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      • Dallas,

        I have been following your comments on this blog post and appreciate every one of them. This one is especially helpful to me.

        I am healthy and do dry fasting for spiritual reasons. I have struggled to find an optimum solution to my diet as I feel very sluggish and my meditations not as good when I eat for longer days. Your recommendation would probably fit my body’s very light nutritional needs perfectly.

        I wanted to say thank you and to the author of this post.

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  13. I have been on, and off zero carb for the last 6 months, overall quite low carb. I have been researching fasting, and am playing around with a 4-6 hr eating window. Do you think there is a benefit to making the 18-20 hour fast a dry fast, or do you think that is too short to get the benefits?

    Thanks

    Ryan

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    • I’ve done this with only one meal a day, eating once every 24 hours. The main difficulty in my experience is properly hydrating before eating. You need a good 2 quarts of water before eating. So you might have to start drinking 2 hours before you plan to eat. Can’t hurt to experiment and see how you feel.

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  14. Hello Esmee! As a sufferer of mold/biotoxin illness who has not been able to tolerate the standard toxin binders, I’m intrigued with this statement:

    “In a dry fast, the body does not eliminate toxins in the same manner as it does during a water fast. Instead of removing toxins through the normal channels of elimination, skin, liver, kidneys, urine, and bowels, it actually turns each cell into a tiny incinerator and burns the toxins up inside of the cell.”

    How is this determined? In other words, how do we know that cellular process occurs?

    Thank you!

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  15. Hello esmee, thank you so much for writing this. You were the one who actually convinced me to embark on a dry fasting journey. I found it surprisingly easy. I’ve started with dry fasting up to 16 hours then water fasting to complete the 24 hour mark, instead of starting with a water fast and then transitioning into a dry fast. Was that bad logic on my behalf?

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  16. I have done 1 day a meal fast for over 20 days. I would drink 4 glasses of water at 6:30pm and eat whatever food i am given at the family table (paying no attemtion to the class of food)at 7 pm I might take water if I am tirsty up till 11:45 am when I start my dry fasting. I will end my first 3 days soft dry fast by mid night today and have no particular plan other than to eat whatever I am offered at the family table. Is this healthy enough? is there any advice you would give me? I am 45 yes old married man and my fasting is strictly for religious purposes.I do not think I have any health problems.

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    • I would begin drinking water 2 hours before eating and make sure to consume a minimum of 2 quarts/liters before eating. I would not drink and water after eating for at least 4 hours because it dilutes the digestive juices. I believe a person can always benefit from fasting no matter their duet, but I strongly recommend eating only real foods and not too many carbohydrates.

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  17. Hi. I am currently on a 24 hour of dry fasting, for spiritual reasons. I started yesterday with intermittent fasting. I have a slight headache but it is not bad at all. I plan to do it for 3 days. I am worried I might fall off the wagon, so how do you keep on going? Thank you in advance.

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    • Hi Eva – if this is your first dry fast, 3 days might be too much. Each dry fast gets easier. I started with 36 hours and gradually added 12 hours to each one. You will feel very thirsty when you first start them, but this lessens as you do more of them. Also, you can go through a period of hours where you feel very thirsty, but then it goes away. The best approach- in my experience – is to just take it one hour at a time. Don’t look too far ahead. Pray and ask God to give you strength.

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  18. Esmee, why is dry fasting not recommended for endocrine issues? I have hypothyroidism. But other issues that dry fasting would help. How does dry fasting affect the adrenals? (mine are not in a super bad state, just wondering.) What do you think?

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    • I don’t know the reason. I have CFS which involves hormonal stuff, including adrenal insufficiency, and I have definitely benefited from dry fasting. The best thing to do is try it. Start with short ones and gradually go longer if they seem to help you.

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  19. On my dry fast, 24 hrs, felt irritable, mucus in my mouth to cough out on the tissue, some yoga postures help, but felt energy came back started on 36 hrs, will continue till 48 hrs, but not sure if confident to dry fast 72 hr. 2 times waterfast few years back. Recent 2 weeks began raw foods diet, 8 hrs of 2 meals per day, 16 hrs dry fast daily for 2 weeks followed Tonya Zavasta’s Quantum Eating.

    Appreciate the advice, the significance of rehydrate 2hrs before eating any foods, the way to drink water, staying inside mouth, let it slowly drip, like wine tasting, savoy every drop of clean spring water.

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    • It’s allright. Work your way up to longer fast. You will realise it gets easier and easier. I’ve done a 7 days dry fast and didn’t even feel thirsty for the first four days. People do 14 days dry fast without even feeling thirsty, or getting low energy or even dry mouth or lips, or weight loss (assuming they are lean). Once you body is clean of junk, It can story water inside your cells instead of junk so you become extremely hydrated. To reach this level of hydration can take a year or two of dry fasting. Cells have vacuoles in them which store wastes and junk to prevent contamination of the rest of the body. However the vacuole has the capability of storing nutrients as well as water. But because of our contaminated bodies all our cells contain junk only. When you dry fast all of this junk will pour out of the cell and slowly be replaced with water and nutrients. There are people out there who can do 40 days dry fast (no food or water). However I do not recommend it unless your body is extremely clean.

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        • Well I’m actually not sure if the 40 days dry fast is real but I read it here.
          http://www.breathairmusic.com/
          “Having removed the obstructions from the cells of his body, he is ready to dry fast and truly benefit from it on a long-term basis. I think his longest stint was over 40 days dry and he often does shorter ones regularly.”
          I don’t know how true it is, but I would obviously never recommend anyone to do more then a 14 day dry fast.
          http://www.rawfoodsupport.com/read.php?9,90316,96274
          This guy or girl has done a 14 day dry fast to cure acne.
          http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1578554/Man-kept-24-day-suicide-starvation-diary.html
          This guy wanted to kill himself so he starved himself to death and it took him 24 days no food or water to die. I think he did dry fasting. Because 24 days is too little to dry from water fasting. Also he was in the middle of the forest in a tree hut. If it was indeed that he dry fasted, for a experienced faster, it will take longer to die from dry fasting because of a chemically equipped body and a cleaner more efficient and hydrated body. This man was not trained for fasting.

          This guy did a 12 day dry fast. He is a regular faster.

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          • Thank you. I have done 11 days, and that was difficult. However, I am a thin person with little body fat. It may be that the more excess body fat a person has, the more cellular fluid they have in storage, thus making longer dry fasts possible.

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  20. You say: ‘ In his book, Dr. Filonov says he personally knows a medical doctor who cured himself of a blood cancer by doing 5/5 protocol for a full year.’ And then at the end you say: ‘ **Please note: There are a number of conditions for which dry fasting is contraindicated; namely, malignant tumors or blood conditions,..’ So which is it? I have secondary breast cancer and am keen to know whether dry fasting would be harmful or helpful. Thanks.

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    • I have only summarized and shared what Dr. Filonov says in his book. I suspect that it has to do with how far advanced the person’s illness is. If you have an early stage cancer, then I do not see any danger in implementing dry fasting as part of your healing process.

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  21. Hello.
    I am a person who has suffered with adrenal fatigue, CFS, low thyroid and serious digestive issues that even water is a problem at times when i ingest it for a number of years. Also, due to so many food intolerances I have a very limited diet. I eat about 4 different foods. Toxic issues also. Unfortunately i got worse again after i had a blood infection last year and had no choice to be on s heavy broad spectrum antibiotic for 12 days. My digestive issues just don’t ever get better even with avoidance of many many things. I came across this website Zerocarb looking for information and help. I am curios about this dry fasting which i had never heard of HOWEVER, I DO NOT have a LARGE INTESTINE. The entire thing was removed in my early 20’s. Many doctors don’t know how to handle my symptoms because of not having my colon and are afraid of detoxing due to this and my super sensitivities to everything. How do I know if this is safe for me as the one thing i feel i cannot do without is water where as food I often just eat two very small meals a day. Any advice?? I am reaching a point of despair with my chronic fatigue, adrenals, brain fog, mold issues etc….and especially my digestive problems. I am no longer enjoying my life as I have been dealing with this for years and trying so many things that don’t seem to help especially any kind of supplements etc…I have spent thousands of dollars with naturopath, holistic doctors.😦
    Any advice would be helpful.

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  22. Hello.
    I am a person who has suffered for years with adrenal fatigue, CFS, low thyroid and serious digestive issues that even water is a problem at times when i ingest it. Also, due to so many food intolerances I have a very limited diet. I eat about 4 different foods. Toxic issues also. Unfortunately i got worse again after i had a blood infection last year and had no choice to be on s heavy broad spectrum antibiotic for 12 days. My digestive issues just don’t ever get better even with avoidance of many many things. I came across this website Zerocarb looking for information and help. I am curios about this dry fasting which i had never heard of HOWEVER, I DO NOT have a LARGE INTESTINE. The entire thing was removed in my early 20’s. Many doctors don’t know how to handle my symptoms because of not having my colon and are afraid of detoxing due to this and my super sensitivities to everything. How do I know if this is safe for me as the one thing i feel i cannot do without is water where as food I often just eat two very small meals a day. Any advice?? I am reaching a point of despair with my chronic fatigue, adrenals, brain fog, mold issues etc….and especially my digestive problems. I am no longer enjoying my life as I have been dealing with this for years and trying so many things that don’t seem to help especially any kind of supplements etc…I have spent thousands of dollars with naturopath, holistic doctors.😦
    Any advice would be helpful.

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    • I feel for you. I eat only one food, fatty beef, for similar reasons. I also cannot take supplements and react to some waters. I have been sick since age 16, very sick since age 26. I am now 46. It definitely gets old. I only recently figured out that all of my food sensitivities are caused by salicylate and histamine intolerance. Please read each of the links on these at the top of my blog. I was diagnosed with CFS and POTS many years ago, but these may both be symptoms of MCAS (Mast Cell Activation Syndrome). Please google “MCAS and Dr. Afrin” and his book will come up. I recommend you read it. As far as dry fasting goes in your unique situation I really am not qualified to say. You would just have to try short ones and gradually make them longer to see how you do. I wish I could be more helpful.

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      • I will look into it. I may have to try just doing protein and water to see if that helps and eliminate the two vegetables that i eat. Its just so hard to digest protein but its worth a try. I will start with going back to 12-16 hour periods of fasting also.

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          • Hi😉
            I have been reading so much on the Eat Meat &Drinknwater site. I am getting a little overwhelmed and i already have a lot of knowledge going through what I do. I seem to have the sensitivities are caused by salicylate and histamine intolerance.

            Can you guide me to what meats are best to try and where do you buy your fresh meat? I get mine from whole foods because there are almost no butchers or meat farmers here in Miami. I have trouble digesting 3 ounces of Bison let alone grass fed beef. I feel I get inflamed even when I used to drink bone broth. I stick to mainly two fish but I feel I don’t get enough fat?

            I can’t touch dairy and I see you are able to do Heavy cream. I feel like the heavier the meat the harder to digest. I never felt good eating chicken. Do I need to try other beef cuts? Sorry for all my questions. You and I have very similar histories except the fact I do not have a large intestine.😦

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          • Karen – The only food I have eaten for the past year and a half is fatty beef. I eat no eggs or dairy or broth. I can only eat the fat that comes with the meat. The meat has to be as fresh as possible. The best meat for me is the bulk package of New York Strip Prime grade from Costco. I bring it home and cut it into meal size portions and freeze. This prevents histamines from forming. Then I thaw a portion each night in the fridge and grind it fresh just before eating. I eat all my meat raw. Cooked meat and fat makes me very ill.

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        • You will have to work with what you got. Do short dry fast as esmeelafleur recommended and increase it gradually. 12-16 hrs of fasting is very weak. It’s a start but you will eventually have to increase it to 32-42 hrs dry a week. If your body is in a really bad condition it is highly likely you will either get a fever during the initial fasts. This will go away after your body is cleansed. Because your large intestine has been removed you are missing a lot of microbiota which is involved in immune system development, food digestion, carbohydrate digestion and biosynthesis of vitamins. Good luck.

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  23. Sorry I thought at one point you did dairy. I have been reading so much and everyone’s testimonials that I am probably getting everyone confused.😉
    I dont think I could get myself to eat raw meat. I will have for law one day at a time.
    I ate 4 ounces of bison which I do once a week as it takes hours to digest. Fish goes down easier but I am missing the fat. I haven’t tried egg yolks. I know I react to egg whites. I know for awhile now I am not getting enough protein and fat.😦 my weight is low.
    Thanks for accepting me on FB for the website PC.

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    • I know raw meat is a psychological hurdle for many, but most are surprised at how much they like it once they get past that part. All I can tell you is that my digestion of raw vs. cooked meat is like day and night. Cooked meat makes my body miserable and causes inflammation.

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    • Yes, in the beginning, I was eating cheese, butter, heavy whipping cream, eggs, bone broth, and pork. But I eventually eliminated all of these because I realized they were not good for me. I went exclusive to beef, and then exclusively to raw beef. It was a process that took me about one and a half years. In January, I will have been ZC for 2 full years.

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  24. Thanks for your reply Dallas. You are correct on what I am missing due to not having my large intestine. So frustrating because a lot of docs even holistic and naturopaths sometimes are baffled or don’t know how to assist. I can’t seem to get past 12-14 hours even on a water fast. I get stomach gas and my joints start to really hurt. I feel my body becomes acidic.
    I notice when I eat more than 4 ounces of meat especially like Duck and others my joint pain doubles and I get a bad taste in my mouth and I cannot ever mix 2 proteins!!! My stomach can’t digest it. Drives me crazy.
    Anyway, I am a little bit at a loss lately. 🙄

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    • I can only eat one type of meat at a time also. I presume that our hunter ancestors ate mostly monomeals. I don’t see them having killed a bison and then saying to themselves, “You know, I think I would like a little chicken to go along with this.” LOL

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    • Joint pains and gas are healing symptoms. The only true symptom of fasting is weight loss and lower energy and everything else is a healing symptom. The gas forming might be that your digestive system is finally breaking down residue products and cleaning it which it couldn’t do before because of the constant influx of food. As your body gets cleaner your symptoms will subside and go away one by one as each problem is healed.
      Please read my summary on how dry fasting works:
      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WAC_-QYQIl2heeREv88sZaOad5DTxR8lbycqIAyXQA8/edit?usp=sharing
      I have backed up almost all of my claims with scientific studies and it is important that you read it so you know how it works.

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  25. My husband has MSA, a rare neurological condition. He has been doing intermittent fasts for the last few years. Prior to doing the fasts he had suffered pulmonary embolisms x 3. None recently. No medications. I’m still concerned. So I was checking google for information to backup my plan to tell him he needs to stop his current 5 day going on 6 day dry fast and I found your site. I’m less worried and tending to think he’s awesome. I’ll share the information about gradually rehydration. That seems to be the miserable part. He has done up to 7 days dry fast and 9 days water fasting . Thanks.

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  26. I’m currently on day 9 of a soft dry fast. I’m an experienced water and dry faster, having done both off and on for the past year. I’m not zero carb, at least not yet, but my Weston A. Price diet seems to be getting closer and closer to it all the time. I weigh 170 lbs. I don’t have a set end for this dry fast. I’m listening to my body to see how it does. My previous dry fast was 5 days. This time, I didn’t even have a remotely day mouth at that point, so I kept going. On day 9 now, I’m starting to get a slightly dry mouth, but I’m still not getting desperate cravings for water, so I’ll keep going a bit longer. Here’s my question, though. All tummy hunger went away after a day or so of fasting, but now I’m suddenly getting the same tummy feelings that I had when starting dry fast. I know it isn’t true hunger. I’m not craving food, and I still have plenty of reserves, so I’m sure I’m not having issues with that. But in everyone’s experiences I’ve read on dry fasting, nobody has mentioned that symptom suddenly returning during a fast. I do know that (due to craziness in my life…) I have not gotten nearly enough sleep the last couple nights, and I am desperately tired. Could that be the cause? Anyone else had a similar experience or any theories as to why this might be happening and how long it could last? It’s making this part of the day rather unpleasant, whereas the rest of it has been lovely. I really like dry fasting and prefer it to any other variety. Thanks!

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    • Yes, stresscan cause a return of appetite before it might otherwise happen if you were able to truly rest with no worries or responsibilities. The longest dry fast I ever did was 10 days and Dr. Filonov says to go no longer than 11 days. Congratulations on you success so far!

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