Water Fasting Works for Me
Note from Chet: Although Dr. William Esser passed away at the
age of 91 in 2002, you can click here
to read an interesting interview with him.
is a difficult subject to explain to people. I find that being isolated
and completely alone is the ticket for me. I prefer no socializing
during a fast, just bring me my water and leave me alone. It is a
wonderful time to rest both mind and body and to contemplate life
and the meaning of same.
1980 I have done eight 21-day fasts, four supervised and four alone
in the mountains in Colorado. I did the solo fasts only because I
knew I was in very good health and would not experience any ill effects.
This is usually not recommended, but there were no adverse effects
for me. My only intake was purified water during these fasts.
no TV, radio, telephone, newspapers or outside influences of any kind
while fasting. I do read and do some hand work and writing when in
the mood. The above was the regime at Dr. Shelton's clinic near San
Antonio, TX, where I first enrolled in 1980. Dr. Shelton was bedridden
at this time and died shortly thereafter and the clinic was taken
over by his assistant, Dr. Vetrano. She moved the clinic to Brownsville,
TX, which I visited, but in a year or two she was not able to keep
her clinic open. I did a third fast at another small clinic south
of San Antonio, which has since closed.
supervised fast was in Ft. Worth, FL, last March with Dr. Esser. In
the intervals between the clinical supervised visits I conducted my
lone fasts in the mountains of Colorado. I found Esser's ranch the
least comfortable for fasting because of the traffic noise and the
proximity of other clients was invasive but Dr. Esser himself is a
wonderful man, and his retiring is sad to contemplate.
last fast in March 2000 was needed as I had become quite ill having
come down with an upper respiratory infection I couldn't shake. As
I did not want to take antibiotics, I flew to Florida to Dr. Esser's.
I was hardly able to walk. My immune system was low after two years
of caretaking my husband, and the stress of his illness and death
on 12/26/00 resulted in my becoming ill also. On arrival at Esser's,
I went directly to bed with my water pitcher, and after ten days my
lungs were clear and I was on the road to recovery and have been healthy
that my fasting regime is not for everyone. I grew up in a simpler
time when life was less hectic, and I learned early how to amuse myself
and enjoy my own company. I am not anti-social and love being with
people, but I have learned what my central nervous system can handle
as far as being in this now fast-paced world is concerned.
a strict vegetarian sans meat of any kind, dairy products, sugar or
fats. I do use a little extra virgin olive oil, nuts, soy milk, humus,
rice, tofu, fruits and vegetables, legumes and spelt. My life style
is simple and eliminates most of the planning and cooking of meals.
If necessary, I lightly steam veggies and the rice of course.
in Oregon at present but am moving back to my "home" in
Minnesota this spring after being away for 25 years. I will be among
family and old friends once again. Truly the New Millennium is a time
I am looking forward to.
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