Is fasting dangerous? Why or why not?
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Here's my 'non-scientific' take.
Arbitrary 'mind-based' fasting ie doing it in a herdish, circumscribed way; for religious, cultural or self castigation (bear in mind that we are primitive psychologically, and think we can gain by punishing ourselves, going without etc) is likely harmful.
there is, however, in my view, a reason why anecdotally, and in religious texts, it's considered a panacea. Bear in mind that religious texts aren't necessarily wrong. Adherents were and are merely copying their masters and people who did have a clue, and codifying it (in religious texts), not understanding that these practices are to be done with a certain level of awareness, understanding, and subjective (non religious) ability to tailor and adjust as one goes along. In short, they aren't strict and rigid rules with which to make oneself saintly, but based on a sound subjective, experiential understanding of how the human body works. This requires meditation.
In short, the body heals itself when it's not overloaded with food. And most of the health problems that abound in the so called West today, are problems with excess; quantity over quality. The body is sending you myriad signals all the time, but most of us eat for comfort and to perpetually suppress the subconscious (the emotions and bad experiences that are buried, deep).
If you follow the body's wisdom (namely, eating when hungry and integrating past experiences and unpleasant emotions (which will sometimes involve withdrawing from eating for a short period (the body will stop sending hunger signals)): You can restore your body's health to a surprising degree.
Obviously there's a lot more I could write about this. But I can definitely read a lot of peoples' health in their faces, and definitely think a lot would benefit by changing their habits. Don't agree with arbitrary fasting though, but that's just me.0