"Everyone has a physician inside him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness." - Hippocrates
Hippocrates lived somewhere between 470 and 360 B.C. and is considered the "Father of Western Medicine." According to wikipedia, he was reluctant to give his patients drugs and his two most common prescriptions were fasting and apple cider vinegar, both of which are considered fringe or alternative medicine in many schools of medical thought.
I'm following his prescription today.
I started the day feeling terrible. My throat was scratchy, my energy depleted, and my body ached. Two of my three daughters had the same symptoms come into play last night, so I assumed I just caught what they had. My wife, Pragya, took them both to the doctors office this morning and found they both have Strep throat, which is highly contagious. The doctors put them on antibiotics.
I've opted to fast my way out of it. I started work about 2 hours late, but made it through the day. It's now the end of the day, my body ache is gone, my throat is clear (I did gargle salt water 3 times today), and my energy is good enough to write this article. I'll let you know if I go down hard, but in the last two years I've used this same technique to avoid the stomach bug, flu's and colds, all successfully. Right now I'm feeling pretty confident that fasting truly is the best medicine.