Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get hungry when I do a fast?

Three times a day we take an herbal formula which includes psyllium husk, a fibrous bulking agent, and bentonite clay. This formula is quite filling and very few people get hungry during the fast. Once the body goes into fasting mode, this usually takes from one to two days, whatever hunger pains may come are over ridden by the motivation to fast, eliminate and clean old material from the body.

How will I feel during the fast?

Almost everyone goes through what we call a cleansing reaction or a healing crises, as toxins are pulled from tissues and dumped into the blood stream. This is a time when fasters don't feeling well. This usually happens on the 2nd, 3rd or 4th day of the fast, or may happen anytime. Each person is different. The feeling could be nausea, dizziness, headache, tiredness, muscle aches and pains or exhaustion, heaviness, bloating, moods of anger, depression, fear, sadness and even excitement for some people whose moods go from up to down. Once the toxins make it to the intestinal tract and the kidneys and are eliminated this feeling passes and one feels much better—many times better than they have ever felt!

Why do we do colonic irrigation during the fast?

We take herbs to loosen up the old material throughout the digestive organs this material needs to be eliminated as quickly as possible so that the body doesn't absorb it from the intestinal tract. The colonics get it out fast and efficiently allowing us to go from feeling bad with no energy to feeling well and energetic in a very short time.

What is the reason for doing a fast?

The reason why we fast is due to our life style. Pollutants, bad habits, natural toxicity from the way the body deteriorates over time, and other factors will cause a person to accumulate a certain amount of toxic old fecal and mucoid material as well as free oxygen radicals that reek havoc in the body, mind and emotions. A fast is the most significant method for eliminating this old material and to overcome disease states, and the predisposition for disease to take place in the future.

What is the difference between an elimination fast and a water fast?

In an elimination fast we are constantly getting out old material where as in a water fast you may not have a bowel movement for many days. It is frequent for toxins to stay in the body and be reabsorbed without being given herbs and doing colonic irrigation. This can be dangerous for some people who are ill. One can have a lot of energy by taking in drinks that are high in minerals during an elimination fast where in a water fast one often requires bed rest.

When we do the colonic irrigation where does the water go?

The water goes into the large intestines the opposite direction that stools are eliminated. In a colonic the water will go throughout the whole large intestines. It stops at the ileocecal valve, a one way valve that will not open into the small intestines.

Is the method that we use to do the colonics hygienic?

Fasters are provided with a two liter enema bag that they can take with them when they go. It is very hygienic, safe and easy to use.

Will a seven day fast be enough time for me to get completely cleaned out?

A seven day fast is a good fast but it will not be enough time to eliminate all the toxic material in the body. Longer fasts are advised if a faster is not feeling well and has enough time   It takes several fasts over a period of several years to eliminate all the old material.

How soon after my fast can I eat pizza, steak and drink alcohol?

We advise fasters to stay away from hard to digest foods and eat raw fruits and vegetables for as long as one can, then adding whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts when desired, after three or four days for at least up to the first ten days. This gives the body an opportunity to experience the full effects of the fast. This also allows adequate time to build and work up to a normal bowel movement with accumulating and reestablishing the good friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract.

How do I prepare for the fast?

Prepare for a fast by eating a whole foods diet. This should include fresh juices, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. If you are on any medication, if you are smoking, drinking or taking any recreational drugs it is a good idea to stop these at least one month before you fast. It will make the fasting process much easier physically, emotionally and spiritually having eliminated these substances from your consciousness before hand. Two to Four days before your fast it is best to eat just fresh fruit, if possible.

What is the best attitude to have during a fast?

Don't have expectations about what will come out of you. Learn to be in the present moment. Make your fasting experience a retreat experience: walk, sleep, swim, do your colonic, meditate, take your herbs with mindfull attention. . . If emotions and stressful thoughts arise try to look at them from a distance, without judgment, without owning them or attaching to them. Relax as much as you can and give in to letting your higher self guide you into the experience of tlhe fasting process. It is a great teacher.




Marcus and Hillary, January 2007


For Each Two Coconuts a Day

Greg Doing Great After His 30 Day Fast

Lynn, Edmond and Anthony on His
40 Day Fast, Jan. 2005

Having Fun


One of the Many Bungalows


Carole After Her 14 Day Fast in 2002



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