Fasting FAQ

Fasting FAQ

If you are getting ready for your first fast you need the simplified version of how to fast. Fasting basics to get you started.

This fasting FAQ was written at St. Theordore’s Hospital of Sagada. The results of therapeutic fasting have been astonishing; functional cellular recovery in patients over 70 years old. Many of these patients had been taking medication for over 15 years. They have experienced restoration to complete health with only 30 days of treatment while also becoming medication free. Almost every disease condition affecting the Philippines is responding to treatment. The photo is of Juan Liswig a patient at St. Theodore’s Hospital who underwent a 50 day juice fasting program to overcome terminal bone cancer and prostate cancer, supervised by Tom Coghill and Dr. Clare Lalwet. One year later, Jaun, states his health is excellent.


Although fasting in a hospital for treatment of disease is new, fasting has been used through the the centuries. Over the last 50 years, fasting for disease treatment has gained some popularity due to authors such as Rudolph Breuss from Germany who authored Breuss Cancer Cure. He reported to have cured 40,000 patients with cancer and other incurable diseases by prescribing one litre of vegetable juice daily.
Fasting Audios
The following questions are answered in depth on the audios. Each part is about 15 minutes each. This is Tom Coghill with Daniel Billman who was a guest at Tom Detox Sagada.

  • Fasting FAQ Part One

  • Fasting FAQ Part Two

  • Fasting FAQ Part Three

Fasting FAQ

What is juice fasting?

Drinking only fresh juices from a juice extractor and herbal tea sweetened with honey or Mascobado sugar. NO food, milk or coffee. Eating of any food completely stops the process of healing. The treatment heals through several metabolic processes such as catabolism where the body breaks down dead, diseased and dying tissue for fuel. The fresh juices boost immune performance and supply the building blocks for complete cellular regeneration. Fasting allows your inner doctor to do His work. Without digestion the body cleans the hundreds of trillions of cells of the body. With each day, the cleansing deepens and become more thorough.

Why should I fast?

Some fast for spiritual reason that is outlined in the Bible. Many fast to increase athletic performance, weight loss or healing. Fasting is a vacation from stress and a time of healing. It can be a powerful catalyst for profound change. Fasting can be a health tune up performed ever few months or yearly. In addition to curing disease this 30 day treatment has other benefits. Clear sinuses that can smell a delicate fragrance; sensitive skin that shivers with the caress of a warm breeze; emotions that become a symphony to the soul; and a mind that can capture the profound depths of God and glimpse the joy of Adam and Eve. Instead of becoming old and sick with the coming years, you will age gracefully and be amazed at how young you feel. Hitting forty and fifty years old, life has just begun. A few more wrinkles but feeling like twenty. Fasting is the reset button that takes you back to who you really are. It gives you time to be at peace and find yourself. Fasting can be a catalyst to lifestyle transformation.


Water Fasting

Water fasting is the most commonly known fast and has been practice since man’s earliest history. Water fasting is mentioned often in the Bible as a way to get God’s attention. It is also the most difficult as the body must catabolise (break down fat) at the maximum rate releasing toxins that can cause weakness, dizziness, headaches and nausea. Water fasting is less effective than juice fasting for healing but periodic water fasting during a juice fasting can increase healing. Read More on Water Fasting>>>

Mascobado sugar and lemon water

This is similar to water fasting but the lemon assists the cleansing and the natural vitamins and minerals in the Mascobado boost the immune system. The natural sugars also reduce the cleansing rate to make the fast more comfortable. Generally with this fast we see some cellular regeneration and a reduction of symptoms but rarely complete cellular regeneration. With the addiction of cayenne pepper to the juice or tea it becomes the Master Cleanse.

Master Cleanse

The master cleanse has been used by thousand of people globally. The Master Cleanse, also known as the Lemon Cleanse and the Maple Syrup Diet, is a dieting program created by Stanley Burroughs in 1941.

Juice Fasting

Juice fasting has proven effective results in cellular regeneration. Juice fasting with herbs and pharmaceutical grade supplement is the ultimate therapeutic agent that consistently assists cleansing, and healing through cellular regeneration. It is a safe, effective, inexpensive treatment that can be performed at home. With trained medical professionals guiding the treatment, life threatening disease and terminal cancer can be addressed with minimum risk without damage to the body and immune system by toxic medications. With a short juice fast before and after surgery, post op-complications can be greatly reduced as blood pressure is lowered and the immune response increased. Parasitic, bacterial, fungal and viral infections can be totally cured with less organ damage and less antibiotics (if needed) without recurrence as the immune system was enhanced by the treatment. Read More on Juice Fasting >>>

Fruit fasting or eating only fruit

This is and excellent way to detox the body. Good for children that are sick or people who have difficulty in fasting. This method heals the body but the rate is slower and less thorough than juice fasting. The treatment duration is three times longer than juice fasting, requiring 90 days of eating only fruit for permanent healing. It is not effective for cancer, parasitic, bacterial, fungal or viral infections. A fruit diet can reduce of symptoms and pain within 5 days.
Read More on Detoxification>>>


Cleansing Crisis

A period lasting 1 to 3 days when the body is dumping large amounts of toxins into the blood causing headaches, bad breath, coated tongue, muscle aches, mental fog, restless, tiredness and lack of motivation. The worse cleansing crisis can be within the first 3 days. Once it passes the body enters a fasting peak. A cleansing crisis can occur at any time of the fast. When enduring a cleansing crisis, it is important to remind yourself that the bad feeling is caused by toxins leaving the body. Every time you pee, your body is getting cleaner and cleaner. A clean cell is a healthy cell.

Fasting Peak

The state is incredible, mental clarity, sensitive skin, deep breathing, clear sinuses and increased sense of smell and taste. High energy levels and a feeling of youth that is truly indescribable. They usually occur after a cleansing crisis and increase in quality and energy the longer you fast. The ultimate fasting peaks are after 21 days. Some have weeks in this state others only experience a “peak” after breaking the fast. Read More on Fasting Peak>>>

Normal Fasting State:

This state has many variables and cannot be predicted. Some people feel normal for the entire fast. Others feel good but with low energy. Some become highly energetic for the entire fast. Some have cycles of high and low energy levels. In general the longer you fast, the healthier and more energetic you feel.

How to begin?

  • Step 1: Slow down, study and ask questions. Fasting is a science and knowledge precedes success.
  • Step 2: Buy a juicer and learn how to make the juices you enjoy.
  • Step 3: Try to find a fasting partner for support.
  • Step 4: Prepare yourself mentally by telling yourself that you can do this and you will get the results you seek.
  • Step 5: Start juice fasting. Most people find it easy once the get started.
  • Step 6: Use the enema to cleanse the colon on the first day of the fast.
  • Step 7: Continue fasting until your body heals.

What is the best juicer?

Juicers start at about P2000. These juicers will work fine. There is no difference in the quality of the juice. The juicers that cost between P4000 to P6000 have a larger opening in the top and it make juicing less work as you can put in vegetables whole without cutting. We recommend the more expensive juicer as it is an investment in your health.

Why can’t I eat?

When you eat your immune system must dedicate all resources to clean the blood after digestion. As soon as you stop eating, your body starts to cleanse and repair. A few people on the program have stated that they are not healing and when asked, are you eating? The response is yes. Eating will stop cellular regeneration. If you must eat, only eat small amounts of fruit.

How long should I fast?

Five days a great tune up. Fourteen days is great for reducing aging and excess weight. 30 days is standard for chronic disease and 42 days on 1 liter of juice daily for cancer.

What fruits and veggies can I juice?

You can juice any fruits and veggies that you can find at the local market. Juice ingredients are carrots, sugar beets, squash, apple, lemon, cucumber, celery, garlic, greens, and pineapples. Start with carrots and pineapple then mix other fruits and vegetables to taste. You cannot juice bananas and papayas as they do not pass through the juicer screen.

Can I use a blender?

No. Juicing 2 kilograms of carrots will produce a juice that can be absorbed without digestion meanwhile eating that amount will require hours of digestion. Fiber is good when you are eating but not when you are healing as it takes work to move it through the intestine.

What if I can’t afford a juicer?

You can use Mascobado sugar with lemon juice and herbal tea such as lemon grass. The healing will not be complete but it will reduce excess fat and reduce pain and disease symptoms.

Can I drink bottled juice?

We do not see cellular regeneration from fasting using only bottled juice. You can supplement fresh juices with bottle juice if you do not have access to fresh juice. Eighty percent of your juice needs to be fresh if you want to heal.
Read More on Can I drink bottled juices>>>

Do I have to use an enema?

No you do not need to but it will reduce gas, bloating, and increase healing. Most importantly using the enema eliminates hunger that is important to get through the first three days of your fast. Enemas are impossible to find. We have made some at St. Theodore’s and you can buy them for P150 which includes one capsule of the intestinal bacteria.

How to use the enema

Fill the enema with lukewarm filtered water with the clip closed. Place it about 4 feet above you in a bathroom. Lubricate the tip and your anus with Vaseline. Lie on your left side. Insert the tip. Release the clip and slowly let the water enter your colon. If you experience a cramp, stop the water flow for a few minutes. Massage your colon to help the water pass. When the water is inside, sit on the toilet and empty your bowels. The first time you use the enema is the most difficult. The second and third day is easier. Use the enema once per day for the first 3 days then every second or 3 day for the rest of the fast. Do not use the enema after you start to eat. Use the enema if you have food poisoning, typhoid fever, diarrhea or any intestinal infection. Using the enema is crucial with prostrate cancer and colon disease.

What about a coffee enema?

Avoid them. Too much caffeine. Let the body heal without disturbing it. You cannot increase the rate of healing that is being accomplished by juice fasting.

Should I take laxatives to move my bowels?

No, because you can upset your electrolyte balance. Laxatives irritate intestinal nerve endings, which in turn stimulate muscle contractions that move the irritant through the gut and out of the body. After a while the nerve endings no longer respond to stimulation. After the fast you will be constipated.

How do I replace my intestinal bacteria?

At the end of the fast, put a container of Yakult mixed with acidophilus and bifidus from a capsule and one half cup of lukewarm water hung about 5 ft above the floors. When the mixture is inside, hold it till the water absorbs. Once you replace the intestinal bacteria it will continue to reproduce in you intestine for the rest of your life and assist in the maintenance of a healthy intestine.

What about vitamins?

Take vitamins with the juice.Vitamins increasethe healing during juice fasting. This is a good time to invest in your health. Do not take vitamins during water fasting. Take quality multi vitamins, vitamin E 800 IU daily, and any vitamins specific to your illness with a glass of juice. Avoid vitamins on a water fast as they can sit in the stomach as there is no digestion present.

How much should I drink?

Drinking more juice causes less cleansing and more energy. Drinking less juice causes more cleansing and less energy. We recommend drinking lots of juice for the first few days then cut back to increase cleansing one the body is comfortably in the fasting state.

How much weight will I lose?

Weight loss depends on your metabolism, age, juice intake and physical activity. Many people have lost 20 to 60 lb on a 30 day fast and with a change in diet to more plant foods the weight loss is permanent. Stretch marks are noticeably reduced and can be further reduced by using the natural scrub, then applying vitamin E from a capsule that is described further on. The skin will regain resilience after fasting without flabbiness that is common to weight loss programs. Read More on How Much weight will I lose>>>

Can I exercise or work?

Yes! Physical labor and exercise can be performed during juice fasting. However energy levels are temperamental changing by the day. A toxin release will lower energy levels. Moderate exercise is recommending during juice fasting. Daily, stretching, relaxed breathing and moderate exercise is recommended.
Read More on Can I exercise or work>>>

Will I have worse body odor?

This may happen for a short period during detoxification. For most people body odor disappears during the fast. If you do have odor try to find a natural product. Antiperspirants are toxic and have been identified as one of the leading causes of breast cancer. The US Food and Drug association consider antiperspirants a drug. Unlike drugs, neither cosmetic products nor cosmetic ingredients are reviewed or approved by the FDA before they are marketed. Antiperspirants also stop the body releasing toxins. A few common ingredients are aluminum chloride, aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium, and butane, used as an aerosol propellant.

Organic or non-organic?

These incredible healing results documented at St. Theodore’s Hospital were through standard produce bought at the local market. Pesticides stay with the fiber and the small amounts in the juice are cleansed by the immune system. Organic is superior as there are no contaminates and more nutrition but not required for juice fasting.


Diabetics can juice fast by controlling the juice intake and drinking smaller amounts of juice spaced throughout the day. All medication should be stopped on the first day of the fast. Failing to do so will cause a hypoglycemic reaction (low blood sugar). All our patients on the program are medication free.

Cardiovascular Disease:

The healing of cardiovascular disease with juice fasting is astounding. We are seeing total recovery. With serious heart conditions, start slowly and eat some fruits like papaya and banana for three days to slow the detoxification. After that period, juice fast without food. A 30-day juice fasting treatment is recommended and a 60-day post treatment diet.

Documenting Treatment.

Keep a daily record of your fast. For example:
DAY 1: Weight 66 kilos, Feel good, lots of energy, tired in the morning with a coated tongue Walked for 20 minutes. Chest pain decreased by 50%. Drank 4 liter of juice using carrots, beets, lemons, pineapples.Weight loss should be recorded on the first day of the fast including hip stomach and upper thigh measurements and the end of the fast. Take a before and after picture with front and side view wearing a t-shirt. Do not be afraid to show the ugly fat you are about to lose.Your fasting program is an important contribution to the science of fasting. Your results will help to encourage other fasters or be used to create accurate treatment protocols.

Will I have energy to work?

Energy will increase the longer you fast. The first few days may be hard and cause a tired unmotivated state.

What if I cannot afford a juicer?

Borrow a juicer or save to buy one. It is better to complete the program correctly and get the results you need. Till then, change your diet to more raw food and whole grains.

How long will juice stay fresh?

It will go bad quickly if not cooled. Two hours out of the refrigerator and 24 hours if refrigerated. Keep the juice cool and travel it in a thermos. You can carry the juice for work in 2 large thermoses. Also take some herbal tea and honey.

How do I break the fast?

Carefully! Slowly! Breaking a fast is harder than fasting. Old patterns of indulgence and compulsive eating can return with a vengeance when you start to eat. If you dream about pizza during a fast, you will be overcome by a “pizza urge” after you break the fast. Be careful what foods you think of during a fast. Over eating will cause pain as the body needs to wake up for the fasting state gradually. For a 30 day fast, continue to juice then eat small amounts of fruits and raw vegetables. Increase the amount as the body become hungrier. Wait 5 day before eating any cooked food or protein foods. Chew your food and maintain your peace.

What should I eat after the fast?

The post treatment diet is crucial to maintain your recovery especially for cancer patients. The diet should be eighty percent raw fruits and vegetables. The best protein is egg white with only one yoke per day. Nuts are good if chewed well. Soybean is excellent. Boiled or baked fish (do not eat river fish commercially grown). Chicken is a good source of protein. To prepare meat and chicken cut off the fats then boil it and pour off the fat. Stop eating processed oils and fried foods? The post cancer diet is 140 days including periodic shorter fasts. For most other chronic diseases, the post treatment diet period is 60 days. After that, you can eat more cooked or processed food or stay on the post treatment diet for life and enjoy vigorous health during retirement.

How often should I fast?

That depends on your needs. Some fast one day a week. Three days out of the month and others do a long juice fast per year. Once you have fasted, you will feel the urge to fast when your body becomes toxic.

Can I still drink coffee?

If you drink over 5 cups of coffee per day get ready for some headaches, tiredness and mental fog for 3 days. You can have one cup for the first two days of the juice fast and quit on the third to ease caffeine withdrawals. Coffee during the fast will reduce and impair cellular regeneration.

Can I still smoke cigarettes?

Over 4000 chemical compounds are created by burning a cigarette, many of which are toxic and/or carcinogenic. These 4000 compounds will stop the lungs recovering. Buy the nicotine patch for the period of the fast and try to quit during the fast. Juice fasting helps reduce the addiction and reset natural homeostasis. Although you will still have urges they will diminish and reduce in intensity as the fast continue

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One Response to Fasting FAQ

  1. BeautyMark says:

    I’m on my first fast. It’s called a cleanse but I think it’s more of a fast. I have a GI issue that’s not 100% diagnosed but is suspected IBS/IBD. I get flare ups that include both constipation and the opposite. In the last 2 months I’ve changed my eating habits to vegan/raw. I’ve seen a good amount of improvement through this but I can still get a flare up here and there… I’m still learning what, if any, my triggers are. I’ve had a terrible 2 past weeks in the post digestion department after being away from home and camping. I ate healthfully but there was also stress of in-laws involved. And there were actually one or two inferior meals. Anyway – I’ve been ill since they left 2 weeks ago. I’ve been trying to maintain a good vegan/raw diet but my intestines aren’t responding. I am now, for the first time, tryin ga juice fast. It’s a 3 day juice cleanse and I wanted your opinion on it? . I’m on day 2 and had a heck of a day feeling bloated, constipated, and gassy. I have pooped two or three times though. This cleanse is call the Joe Cross Juice Cleanse and it does allow for a small veggie based meal at the end of the day. Is this an OK cleanse with trying to do better at managing my GI disease?