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  • Writer's pictureDr. Hannibal Miles

Fasting vs Starvation

Although the practice of fasting has been revered throughout the test of time, some conventional doctors have denounced fasting due to its parallel to starvation and denying the body an ample amount of nutrients for day-to-day life. The difference between starvation and fasting is inherent in its autonomy. Starvation is an INVOLUNTARY absence of food while fasting is a VOLUNTARY withholding of food for positive health or spiritual purposes. It is also scolded for being a possible gateway to anorexia and bulimia. These disorders have a huge mental/emotional component contributing to its disease state and fasting SHOULD be cautioned in these patients. A person’s mental as well as their physical state should be evaluated when considering if a fasting protocol is right for them.

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