Dr Richard Schulze
“The first thing an animal does when it is sick is stop eating. They fast themselves. Likewise, the first thing we need to do when we don’t feel well is: stop food. There are a lot of reasons for that. Food takes a tremendous amount of energy to digest–and that’s blood and energy. Our digestive system, basically the muscles and the tissues, fill with blood. When you stop eating, your digestive system rests, and all that blood and energy can be put somewhere else to heal you. People have said to me, “What do I do for this particular disease?” Juice fasting. “What do I do for degeneration?” Juice fasting. “What do I do for heart disease?” Juice fasting. Juice fasting is for the incurables. Juice fasting is the answer, because it allows your body to rest – and it lets your body choose what it wants to heal. If you just keep cramming food down your mouth, you’ll just get more tired. Your body has to digest large amounts of food, and it’s the opposite of what you should do when you’re not well. Juices flush and cleanse the organs of the body.
Juices are enzyme therapy. Juices contain gigantic amounts of enzymes. And a lot of people nowadays are taking enzymes because of the benefits, but you don’t have to, they’re in the juices. Enzymes are heat sensitive, meaning that when you cook food, you destroy all the enzymes. Now, when you eat that food or juice, it’s okay. Your body will produce enzymes in order for you to digest that food. But when your body does that – it can’t do something else. It only has a limited amount of energy. So, one of the things that juices do, because they are loaded with enzymes, is they give your body a vacation. Most of us live enzyme-free diets. If all we eat is cooked food, there are no enzymes in it. By supplying your body with high doses of enzymes, it gives many of your organs like your pancreas, your liver, your digestive system a holiday, because they don’t have to try to manufacture chemicals that are coming in through your juices.”
“One thing I can guarantee you is that if you have a confusing problem, or a stressful issue that you don’t know the answer to, stop eating. It enhances mental clarity. We are drunk on food. Overeating makes you dull. Your blood, instead of going to your brain, is going to your digestive tract.
SCHULZE: Many people are sick because they don’t produce enough insulin in their body. Or, they don’t produce enough thyrox in their thyroid. Or, they don’t produce enough interferon or immunoglobulin for the immune system to be strong. They don’t produce enough estrogen or progesterone or testosterone. Those chemicals are all built from nutrition. One of the things that juice fasting does is, it supplies your body with a tremendous amount of nutrition. So it balances your metabolism, balances your hormones, balances your endocrine system, your thyroid, your pancreas, and your reproductive organs. And it does one other important thing: It allows you to get more work done. Juice fasting clears the mind.
BISER: How can you get more work done when you’re hungry? Because you’re not eating solid foods?
SCHULZE: Let me tell you, it’s just the opposite of what you think. If you want a gigantic change, stop eating for a couple days. It will feel like the fog is cleared. You will be amazed at your sense of smell, your sense of taste, your eyesight, your perception, your thoughts. Juices help thin people gain weight.
BISER: Wouldn’t a juice fast be bad for people who are underweight?
SCHULZE: No – it’s how I brought people’s weight back, even when they had AIDS. I had a man come to see me that had a complete turn around and he had a T-cell count which would fluctuate between five and twenty-five, depending on when they took it. That’s about as low as it gets. He had loads of opportunistic AIDS infections. We started him on juice fasting right away. This is one I want to talk about – because he was quite thin and a lot of people think “I can’t juice fast or I’ll lose weight.” I’ve had people gain weight on juice fasting and this man was one of them. He started juice fasting and started gaining weight and people asked, “How is that?” It’s very simple. A lot of food that people eat, they can’t assimilate. When you are sick, your digestion, your assimilation and elimination doesn’t work very well. But, you start putting juices in your body, and you’ll see the weight come back. This is why I call juices “the natural healers IV.”–it’s like a hospital I.V. naturally. Within a couple of weeks, from juices and the other programs I used, the man’s T-cell count was over a thousand.
BISER: How much weight did he gain?
SCHULZE: I think he gained about 15 pounds in the first couple months, and he was mainly on a liquid diet.
BISER: You would think he’d lose twenty-five pounds.
SCHULZE: Absolutely. But now he was getting nutrition that he couldn’t get, so I think the main thing I’ve really come to see is that juice fasting builds blood, and I believe personally that it turns on the bone marrow. Fresh citrus juices with their rind are great liver cleansers.