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MY PREFACE TO BARRY DUNCAN'S SHORT & SWEET VISIT! 9 DAYS IN AUGUST, 2009 ABOUT "COMPLETE REST" DURING THE NATURAL HYGIENE FAST
-- FOLLOWED BY NEW COMMENTARY & AN INVITATION --
The term "complete rest" is unique in the Natural Hygiene teachings and refers to rest on 5 levels: physical (not moving around at all), physiological (not digesting food at all), emotional (not engaging in your personal dramas or comedies at all), mental (not engaging in activities that tax the mind at all), and sensory (not stimulating the senses of sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell at all). Giving yourself complete rest during a fast with naps throughout the day and sleeping way into the morning -- until noon, if you can do it! -- are the tickets to maximize best your restoration of Nerve Energy and thus bring on the most powerful cleansing and most perfect body chemistry balancing and most complete healing during your fast. For this reason, I have dark drapes on all the bedroom windows at Our Hygiene Homestead in The Woods: it could be the middle of the night inside when it is broad daylight outside! And I never disturb you until after the noon hour while you are fasting.
I am fond of watching a good western movie and admiring a good horse and observing life in The Wild West as Hollywood portrays it. In Tombstone, Val Kilmer plays a fascinatingly cryptic Doc Holiday. During one of his tubercular bouts, the town doctor tells Doc that with his tuberculosis condition and because of his smoking and drinking habits, he needs "complete rest" if he wants to live. I wonder if the screenwriters knew the all-importance of the term they had chosen? Then, at the end of the movie, when Doc goes off to a big sanitarium in Denver, Colorado, to get that rest or die if he is too late, I wonder if the screenwriters had heard of Dr. Tilden's Sanitarium in Dever, Colorado, and had correctly modeled that scene after the real-life location? At any rate, you do get to see a short glimpse of a late 1800's retreat that, according to pictures I have seen, looked much like Dr. Tilden's had.
I have seldom seen anyone take the idea of "complete rest" as far as had Barry. Once into his fast and seeing the seriousness of his intentions to do this right, I challenged him with the following story: In 1984 - 1986, I held up in a hole in the basement of The California Health Sanctuary and began writing The Natural Weight-Loss System course and my first 2 little books. The Director Art Andrews let me stay free: all I had to do was run the Overeaters Anonymous weekly meeting and serve as his debriefing agent each evening. There, with 12 spots available to Health Seekers, I got to see many fasting miracles. I have kept the newsletters from which, over the years, I will share stories with you. Today, I want to tell you about Dorothy.
Dorothy was a retired school teacher and worked for the Director almost for free. And once a year, she got to move into the big country home and take one of the $350 a week spots to fast. Dorothy would get into bed, lay flat like she was on a morgue slab, put her arms under the covers, put the bedclothes up to her chinny chin chin, close her eyes, and lay perfectly still for the duration. I never saw her get up to go to the restroom or to drink water, although I am sure she did. Dorothy always amazed all of us each time she fasted. And the Director always pointed out: "This is the way to fast." I am sure it is. I have been so dead-tired from long years of overwork that I have checked into a Natural Hygiene retreat, crashed, and slept and slept and slept and barely moved, just like Dorothy, although I slept on my sides in fetal position plenty and not laid out as if on a slab. But Dorothy was not dead-tired. She was doing this out of deep knowledge of how to get the most from The Natural Hygiene Fast -- and deep discipline.
When I told Barry this story, he just responded quietly with a gentle... "wow." As you will read, Barry did a really good job of resting, second only to Dorothy in my experience. I am sure that being the only person at Our Homestead made the difference. Had there been others there and being of an extremely pleasant character, he surely would have been pulled into conversations with others and endured the consequent energy expenditures/squanderings. Along this same line, just last week, a GetWell Friend and naturopath doctor asked if she could come to Our Hygiene Homestead in The Woods for a month and if she could pay extra to have the entire place to herself. The answer for her and for you is... "YES!" Our Homestead is unique among the few Natural Hygiene facilities out there -- in many ways. And "private use to get the most Nerve Energy juice" is one of those ways. Now, for Barry's story!
BARRY'S SHORT & SWEET FAST AT OUR HOMESTEAD
Yesterday, my short 7-day Natural Hygiene Fast on water only ended with much joy! I enjoyed 2 grand days on many melons of different flavors before leaving for 2 days of Seattle sight-seeing and friendship renewing. Fasting for any period had always seemed insurmountable to me, at the very least. Yet, "the call" to fast for the last several months was too obvious to discount. There were signs. One guy in particular from the East Coast talked about fasting on water-only as a teenager. Before the fast, he had developed rheumatoid arthritis; and after his fast, it was gone. Chalk another one up to the amazing healing powers of the human body! The other pressing sign was the inner knowing that was frequent.
A livefoodfactorfriend sent me Hazel Duncan's story of her 28-day visit at Victoria's Hygiene Homestead in The Woods. (No. We are not related. Just a serendipitous coincidence!) I immediately called Victoria. She returned my call while I was driving. I pulled over, we talked 5 minutes, I gave her my credit card, and I was there in 36 hours! She did not even know my last name or address when I arrived: I had much to do to get ready and get out there! So, I talked with her on Sunday, arrived on Tuesday, and figured it was she when she was waiting in 90-degree weather in her green, sawed-off Bronco Junior "Buckboard." The fresh-air ride home was delightful! After an orange, peach, and blueberry smoothie at Jamba Juice, we drove into the wilderness and up to the quaint Homestead guesthouse. The exclusive fast on water only journey had begun.
Before I arrived, I had committed myself to lounging, resting, and keeping my eyelids closed. This "complete rest" provides the nervous system with the ideal conditions to maximize its regenerating powers. I was thus prepared to be in "optimum Natural Hygiene Fast mode." I had not even seen The Live Food Factor or 2 BOOKS IN 1: The Health Seekers' YearBook with The Best of Common Health Sense before I arrived. So, I did read the chapters from each that Victoria promised would double the benefits of my fast: Chapters 4, 14, and 15, most of which she had authored in The Live Food Factor, and "The Priceless Benefits of Rest & Sleep" article and related fasting information in The YearBook. I also went through Our Homestead Library and selected several videos and audios on fasting and related topics during my 9-day stay. But I stayed still with eyelids closed and only listened to the videos, thus saving the Nerve Energy that watching would have taken.
Other than talking with Victoria each day, drinking water, using the bathroom, showering, and moving from the bed to 1 of the couches and then to the front lawn chair and back to 1 of the couches and then to the back lawn chair, I slept, napped, and rested. Victoria informed me, "We sleep till noon around here! It's all about Nerve Energy here at Our Hygiene Homestead." However, I did also talk to a few people on the phone to keep inspired and listened to the radio a little. The peace and quiet led to some of the most wonderful naps I have ever had. "Surrender, relax, be at peace, and cleanse." This was my mantra! I am usually a very active person, and lounging around ("complete rest") has always been extremely difficult. This is, actually, the first time, at age 44, that I have completely rested for more than one-half a day, other than night-time sleep. The weather co-operated completely -- with the best Washington ever offers.
During the fast, I had no hunger and only a little restlessness. I also experienced head pain, mostly in the frontal sinus area. But I had expected this. Also, I had some pain in the lower back and sacroiliac. Victoria explained: "All of the 75,000,000,000,000 cells in your body are undergoing microsurgery! This phenomenon is a gift from God." I said "YES!" to that! Those areas of my body do feel less pain than usual now. A major trauma at the age of 10 created these injuries. My tongue did start to coat the first day. By the 7th day, I was deep into my fast. "This," Victoria noted, "is when deep cleansing and healing are just starting." But this first short and sweet fast was perfect for me at this time. I needed to take on a new job. And I wanted to see the Seattle sights and visit some old friends for 2 days on my way out of Washington.
Since my first fast is now finished, I have the courage to fast again. My intention is to make my next fast within the year and for a minimum of 2 weeks. A fast to completion would be fantastic! I am grateful for this experience and to Victoria for who she is and for Our Homestead. Cheers! Barry
TO ALL OUR livefoodfactorfriends... HEADS UP -- IF YOU ARE THINKING OF TAKING A LONG FAST!
It is now 3 years since Barry was here. Just this last January, 2012, he called. The new job paid well but was hard on his healthful living habits of being outdoors and getting exercise and getting enough sleep and eating right. With The 10 Energy Robbers taking over his life since he settled into his new job, he has packed on some pounds and has several lesser complaints that will turn into chronic and irreversible if he does not do something about them now! Knowing the signs of going over the hill, he reserved a spot for a 40-day fast with 1 week following the fast on the marvelous melons we get here and on my wonderful live-food juices and beverages. After that, he will ease into what I call "Simple-Simple Meals": these are whole-food, live-food meals of 4 - 5 items, just served on the plate with silverware and a cloth napkin. The body is not ready for the mixtures of recipes after such a long fast. I have seen those who complete a long fast and refeed too soon on recipes calling for many ingredients and several techniques get good and sick until the reciped meals leave their bodies -- out one end or the other!
All Health Seekers have their own reasons for wanting to do a long fast. Some are good and sick with one or more on-going chronic, degenerative diseases, the progression of which they want to arrest and then to see reversed as much as bodily possible. Some have a variety of acute symptoms they want to completely reverse and to get free of all signs of discomfort and disease. Some are not toxic or sick but are just terribly tired. Some are in grand health and just want to experience Nerve Energy supplies and reserves reading "FULL" and see what it feels like to get... "AS GOOD AS IT GETS!" And still others want to draw close to God and do a bona-fide spiritual fast, like Kim Andrews shared in her recent story. Others just want to show up and take a correspondence course and skedaddle when they have completed it. Every Health Seekers is different. And each of their fasts are different.
But no matter what, anyone doing a fast has to have the reserves to do one before he or she is a candidate for a visit. I am not here to be an enabler to the occasional anorexic individual who finds me and wants to use Our Hygiene Homestead to slip further into mental illness, dysfunction, and electrolyte imbalance until death takes him or her off the property in a hearse! Of course, I am trying to be light-hearted, here. Nothing like that has ever happened during the years Our Hygiene Homestead in The Woods has been open. But in all my years of experience, I have seen some mentally imbalanced and/or poorly educated people find Natural Hygiene and then use fasting in such a way that they made themselves dead.
So, who should not fast? Most who are not decidedly underweight, extremely emaciated, or concentration camp skinny do have the reserves for a short fast of a few days to 2 weeks. Those who show up in Concrete, Washington, strolling up my walkway with an air of fear wreaking so badly from them that they cannot even give a real smile and who are also so thin that I actually have to gasp? Well, I will not take them as a fasting candidate. I will take them if they want to build up their reserves and then do a fast. But most who are overweight definitely do have the reserves for a 2 weeks and more longer fast. The length of The Correct Natural Hygiene Fast is really not something that gets decided ahead of time -- at least, it is not written in the concrete! Reservations are made on the basis of so many weeks fasting and so many refeeding. And most of the time, we do stick to that. Still, when plans move into reality, we do take the fast one day at a time. And we consult with Our 3 Texas Doctors when a symptom develops with which neither the faster nor I are familiar. When all of us are in doubt, of course, we break the fast. The guest may then do live-foods for a few days or weeks and then do another fast. But as you have read in our broadcasts about the guests: they come, they fast the number of days or weeks planned, they break, and they leave.
Whatever the reason, I can support you if you are wanting to take a long fast during the rest of 2012 coming up and break on live-foods. Barry is coming on May 22nd. A woman named "Cheryl" who wants to get out of the 200s and into "One-derland," as she so cleverly called it, also spelled "Won-derland," just reserved a spot for a 40-day fast starting early in June. While Health Seekers wanting to take the shorter visits here may come and go during the 8 weeks that Barry and Cheryl are here in their private spots, I would like to invite any of you to come to Our Hygiene Homestead in The Woods for either a shorter visit or a longer fast. It is rare that I have 2 guests taking long fasts at the same time. It could happen that one or more of you would like to do the same and have the mutual support of a visit each day with others who are going the distance or to completion. The nice part about their visits -- for all of us -- is that they have paid far less than 1/2 the going rate of $1,000 a week: 8 weeks = $8,000. They were thrilled to pay less than half that! And I am thrilled to see The Guesthouse being put to its full and intended use this summer of 2012 with Grateful & Happy Health Seekers!
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