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Religious "fasting"......can it be harmful?

stevegtexas@aol.com 2012/07/11 14:55:53
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  • Swan Eshdeh 2012/07/12 04:52:50
    Undecided
    Swan Eshdeh
    no it can't be it is healthy thing to do..believe me.
  • being me 2012/07/12 02:46:56
    b. not sure.
    being me
    Depends on how often it's being done and for how long per fasting.
  • sky blue pink - American 2012/07/11 19:31:18
    Undecided
    sky blue pink - American
    No, just as long as you don't get carried away with it.
    Have a good one !
  • MidnightCowboy 2012/07/11 18:32:34
    b. not sure.
    MidnightCowboy
    +1
    I have been fasting for several years but not for religious purposes. On weekdays, I do not eat any breakfast or lunch. For dinner, it is one bowl of dry cereal. I do drink Diet Sodas during the day. The fasting works for me and I have had no problems. It all counts, of course, on the individual.
  • Mamaknows 2012/07/11 17:21:31
    b. not sure.
    Mamaknows
    +2
    huuh interesting answers....
    As with anything if taken to far can be damaging.
    I have been fasting as a part of my faith since becoming Catholic and it has never hurt my health.
  • PumpkinMuncher 2012/07/11 16:51:55
    a. yay. it can be harmful.
    PumpkinMuncher
    You can do it for too long and die.
  • Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥ 2012/07/11 16:18:35
    Undecided
    Dave Sawyer ♥ Child of God ♥
    True fasting is not harmful.

    Isaiah 58:6-11:
    "Is not this the fast that I have chosen?
    to loose the bands of wickedness,
    to undo the heavy burdens,
    and to let the oppressed go free,
    and that ye break every yoke?
    Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry,
    and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
    When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him;
    and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
    Then shall thy light break forth as the morning,
    and thine health shall spring forth speedily:
    and thy righteousness shall go before thee;
    the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward.
    Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer;
    Thou shalt cry, and He shall say, Here I am.
    If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke,
    the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
    And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry,
    and satisfy the afflicted soul;
    then shall thy light rise in obscurity,
    and thy darkness be as the noonday:
    And the LORD shall guide thee continually,
    and satisfy thy soul in drought,
    and make fat thy bones:
    and thou shalt be like a watered garden,
    and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."
  • flyingseaturtle BN 2012/07/11 15:54:22
    b. not sure.
    flyingseaturtle BN
    +2
    It depends on how it is done. It can be.
  • Metaldane 2012/07/11 15:43:50
    Undecided
    Metaldane
    No most religions that have that make exceptions for those whose medical conditions require them not to do that thankfully I don't gotta worry on my religions holidays we eat and drink til we fall asleep lol.
  • Prime Time Lime 2012/07/11 15:28:14 (edited)
    b. not sure.
    Prime Time Lime
    Some religions require people to fast during the day and they can eat something at night,others are more strict.I have fasted on water and liquids to clean out my body from toxins and felt great after the fast.So now it is easy for me to fast.
    People have been fasting for health reasons for thousands of years and they live longer healthier lives.If fasting is done correctly,like doing it for a few hours ,then a week later maybe for a day,it will help the body get rest from eating. I am not asking people to fast,but to realize that one can live healthily without having to eat every day.
    Paul Bragg was an author of many good books on longevity and a natural health.One good one is "The Miracle of Fasting", in which he shows people how to fast rationally and safely.
  • KrSpo 2012/07/11 15:22:49
    a. yay. it can be harmful.
    KrSpo
    If out of control, yes it can be
  • Aingean 2012/07/11 15:22:28
    a. yay. it can be harmful.
    Aingean
    Any kind of fasting can be harmful. Especially for people with problems with blood sugar levels.
  • jacktown kid 2012/07/11 15:22:23
    a. yay. it can be harmful.
    jacktown kid
    and it is stupid as well
  • HiYa 2012/07/11 15:10:45
    b. not sure.
    HiYa
    Steve, what is up with your choices. You ask a question and then didn't leave an option for those of us who believe that fasting (when done for religious reasons) is Biblical, useful and positive. If you are doing it for the wrong reasons or without the Holy Spirit, then sure... It's just starvation. But for the right faith led reasons... It is a good, effective process for your mind, body and spirit.
  • Max7 2012/07/11 15:01:55
    a. yay. it can be harmful.
    Max7
    +2
    When you fast, you have to make sure it's not an all day fast, if you have high blood pressure of low blood sugar, fasting could be harmful to your health. Also, it depends on what kind of fast you're doing. Many people are unable to fast because of health conditions.

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