Welcome to the dry fasting club and the beautiful world of dry fasting. I'm Yannick Wolfe and I hope to be able to guide you on your dry fasting journey. A place dedicated to dry fasting and self-experimentation. The Dry Fasting Club takes a scientific approach to dry fasting, as opposed to a spiritual one. Let's face it. Modern medicine is nowhere near ready to dive into dry fasting, it's still grappling with the ethics and difficulty of water fasting. However, as time progresses, and A.I. improves, I expect dry fasting's benefits to shine through. Let's not waste time, and live our best life with this anti-aging natural stem cell miracle option. I need to preface all of this by saying that none of this is medical advice, but strictly informational. This information is drawn from a cohort of 20 to 40-year-olds, so it may not be a good representation for older and sicker fasters. It also assumes that you have the discipline to adhere to proper preparation, dry fasting principles, and refeeding. Nevertheless, all of this information can be used as supplemental research in your journey. Make sure you join the dry fasting Discord and Twitter groups to keep up with the latest information and engage with other dry fasters. Once again, you can find all of this on dryfastingclub.com where you can sign up, and if this information is helpful to you, you can even choose to subscribe to help out.
I haven't had a lot of updates in the past month because of deep self-experimentation while I used some new strategies to kick long covid's butt and other commitments. Mind you, I'm back and working on updated content that will provide tips, tricks, and better hacks to make your dry fasting faster and easier.
Today, I want to dedicate a talk to Hippocrates, someone I hope you've heard of at least once in your life. He is considered the Father of Medicine and was an ancient Greek physician. The Hippocratic Oath is a guiding principle for ethics in medical practice that is used to this day. Although the oaths are being broken more and more often these days (think covid vaccine coercion/informed consent), his philosophical logic, coupled with his experience healing patients made him a force to be reckoned with and a shining symbol of what we are all doing here with dry fasting.
It's almost ridiculous how closely his quotes resonate with dry fasting, and I hope this provides some additional motivation for you on your dry fasting journey. Here are some of his quotes, I'll start with 3 simple ones first :
“Walking is man’s best medicine.“
We already know that Filonov and many others highly recommend walking during a fast. In this, I believe walking refers to physical exercise, which is a pillar of being healthy, but just as much as a stress-reducing tool. In the olden days people had to walk everywhere anyways, but to walk with the intention of just walking was relaxing, meditative, and lymph-circulating, all-in-one.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.“
We know this, but somewhere in the 20th century pharmaceuticals and convenience took over. Turns out that growing up on processed food and pills doesn't look so good later in life. This is demonstrated by the increase in diseases and lowering of quality of life.
“The greatest medicine of all is teaching people how not to need it.“
I believe I'm channeling my inner Hippocrates by working on the Dry Fasting Club. I want to empower everyone with dry fasting to break free from slavery to illness, pharmaceuticals, and propaganda. If you're able to convince one other person to try dry fasting, you can make a ripple effect that can continue spreading. Who knows if the next person you introduce to dry fasting is able to impact hundreds of people down the line? You and I fight as forces of good in this confusing and difficult world.
Now moving on to some longer quotes.
“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses. A wise man ought to realize that health is his most valuable possession. Persons who have a painful affliction in any part of the body, and are in a great measure sensible of the pain, are disordered in intellect. Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. Everyone has a doctor in 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. Each of the substances of a man’s diet acts upon his body and changes it in some way and upon these changes his whole life depends.
Does this need any explanation at all? Fasting has been known to heal even in ancient Greece; dry fasting is its most powerful form. Our diets are just as crucial to our health as fasting, and understanding that this is a lifelong pursuit, especially since our health is always an n=1 situation, means you are on the right path. That quote is worth printing out and sticking on your wall. But the most powerful sentence has to be: "But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness". With some terrible acute diseases, you may need to address them first, but for most, you can just dry fast to faster recovery. But if you must eat, you need to understand that there are foods that will help you heal faster. For example: If you are catching a cold you need to realize that cutting out sugar and going zero carb is essential to stop the virus or bacteria from replicating so quickly. Your body's cells can handle ketones, while single-celled organisms rely on glycolysis which is the glucose metabolic pathway.
“All disease starts in the gut. If you are not your own doctor, you are a fool.”
Illnesses do not come upon us out of the blue. They are developed from small daily sins against Nature. When enough sins have accumulated, illnesses will suddenly appear. Disease is not an entity, but a fluctuating condition of the patient’s body, a battle between the substance of disease and the natural self-healing tendency of the body.
With this beautiful quote, Hippocrates gives us a philosophically logical reasoning as to why dry fasting works, and why it can take many fasts and a long time to reverse an illness. It did not happen overnight, and it won't be healed overnight. Luckily dry fasting is a cheat code to speed it up, but as I always say: "With great power comes great responsibility." And Dry fasting is most definitely, a great power.
Many admire, few know. Men ought to know that from the brain and from the brain only arise our pleasures, joys, laughter, and jests as well as our sorrows, pains, griefs and tears. It is the same thing which makes us mad or delirious, inspires us with dread and fear, whether by night or by day, brings us sleeplessness, inopportune mistakes, aimless anxieties, absent-mindedness and acts that are contrary to habit.
A reference to the brain having an impact on much of our health. Walking improves brain function and relieves stress. Stress is really bad for us, and causes a lot of negative downstream effects. Here Hippocrates somehow makes the connection between the brain and overall health. They didn't have expensive tests, and MRI machines, but through simple deductive reasoning, physicians like him were able to make sense of the world. Yes, fasting can slowly reverse mental problems, slowly but surely, but if you can get a handle on your mental game, you will speed everything up.
Everything in excess is opposed by nature. Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases. To do nothing is also a good remedy. If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health. All parts of the body which have a function, if used in moderation and exercised in labors in which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy, well developed and age more slowly, but if unused they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly.
Unfortunately, we can't live a perfect life with the right amount of everything. We're surrounded by toxins, food, stressful work, and a world based on capitalism. This is why "extreme remedies" are appropriate for extreme diseases. Hint hint dry fasting. It's also beautiful how he adds to do nothing is also a good remedy. I love the parallels to fasting. Literally do nothing, not even drink water.
Positive health requires a knowledge of man’s primary constitution and of the powers of various foods, both those natural to them and those resulting from human skill. But eating alone is not enough for health. There must also be exercise, of which the effects must likewise be known. The combination of these two things makes regimen, when proper attention is given to the season of the year, the changes of the wind, the age of the individual, and the situation of his home. If there is any deficiency in food or exercise, the body will fall sick.
Unfortunately, a lot of people with ME/CFS and Long Covid were quite athletic, and healthy eaters. But, sometimes science is too powerful and creates via Gain-of-Function research, a virus that also causes additional damage to those that exercise more and live a healthier life (without going into too much detail you can look up the cholinergic connection for athletes). Little did we know that exercise causes a lot of micro deficiencies that make it easier for the virus to take hold. (Previous studies have shown that concentrations of secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA), the major effector of host defense against micro-organisms causing URTI, decrease after intense endurance exercise. Many athletes perform intense interval exercises as part of their normal training.)
“Before you heal someone, ask him if he’s willing to give up the things that make him sick.”
The physician treats, but nature heals. Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a mater of opportunity. The physician must be able to tell the antecedents, know the present, and foretell the future — must mediate these things, and have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, to do good or to do no harm. It’s more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has. A physician without a knowledge of Astrology has no right to call himself a physician. A physician who is a lover of wisdom is the equal to a god.
This is why our doctors these days are viewed as a joke. Some silly kids memorized textbooks better than others and went on to regurgitate them with no thirst for knowledge. Regurgitating information may be a sign of knowledge, but going beyond the information, searching out new discoveries, admitting to mistakes, and making connections across different disciplines is what makes wisdom. It is very difficult to find high-quality physicians who will take your symptoms seriously and treat you as an individual. A quote comes to mind: "All I know is that I know nothing at all." -Socrates. Now back to Hippocrates.
Physicians are many in title but very few in reality. Any man who is intelligent must, on considering that health is of the utmost value to human beings, have the personal understanding necessary to help himself in diseases, and be able to understand and to judge what physicians say and what they administer to his body, being versed in each of these matters to a degree reasonable for a layman.
This is why dry fasting is so important. Once you undertake this journey, you can't help but learn more about health via osmosis. Unfortunately, most people that come to dry fasting are already quite far down the path of illness, and on their last legs. It is during these trying times that you realize the importance of health. Hopefully, it's not too late, and armed with this information you take back control of your body, and build a foundation to help others around you, including your friends and family.
Anyone wishing to study medicine must master the art of massage. The way to health is to have an aromatic bath and a scented massage every day.
This passage reeks of lymph movement, a key to health. It's why walking, stretching, and movement, in general, is so important. It's why cold therapy is so beneficial. The body can heal itself, but sometimes you need to give it a slight nudge.
There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance. People think that epilepsy is divine simply because they don’t have any idea what causes epilepsy. But I believe that someday we will understand what causes epilepsy, and at that moment, we will cease to believe that it’s divine. And so it is with everything in the universe.“
Dry fasting is dangerous, unsafe, and stupid. There will come a time when this is debunked, but right now is not that time. Hold fast, and stand at the pinnacle of health even as the world calls you crazy.
“Make a habit of two things: to help; or at least to do no harm.”
“If you are in a bad mood go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.”
~Hippocrates of Kos, also known as Hippocrates II, was a Greek physician of the Age of Pericles, who is considered one of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine.
Quotes from The Aphorisms of Hippocrates and Hippocratic Writings
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