I'm writing a book on the rarely-discussed but quite powerful practice of fasting and need your help to go on a 25-day medically-supervised fast.
Sometimes, starvation starts to make sense, and I want your help to do it.
It's a simple idea, but a profound one that's been quietly voiced by a small number of physicians for more than 2,000 years: given complete rest from digestion and the rigors of everyday life, our own ability to heal far outstrips the best efforts of our highly-trained surgeons and the most expensive drugs we can muster in the battle against disease.
As part of writing a book on fasting, I plan to undergo a medically-supervised fast of 25 days beginning in December, which means no food and plenty of water and rest. I will be among a group of up to 12 other fasters at a facility in Costa Rica under the care of Dr. Douglas Graham, who has been overseeing fasts for decades.
What's going to happen to me? Besides wasting away and getting good material for my book, at the far end I'm hoping to experience some of the benefits fasters describe - better mental function, a body that feels brand new, improved athletic performance, and the healing of a few old injuries and symptoms. Who knows, maybe I'll have even have one of those spiritual experiences the founders of most of our religions claim to have experienced during their fasts.
For most of our society, fasting seems a deprivation of the greatest sort, yet the story behind it is both interesting and grand. It has been used to bring people back from the brink of death, spur spiritual growth, and even - as demonstrated by Ghandi - as a political tool with the power to shake nations.
With proponents that include Jesus, Muhammad, Ghandi, Buddha, Hippocrates, Galen, and modern physicians like Dr. Joel Furhman and Dr. Alan Goldhammer, I think this is a topic due for a major investigation.
Besides my own account, the book will include a look at the science behind fasting, discussions with fasters who have overcome serious diseases, the interesting history of fasting as a medical and spiritual concept, and a look at why the modern medical industry is unwilling to embrace fasting, despite the wide-spread failure of modern techniques in the face of disease.
The book will initially be published digitally and sold through my website, www.raw-food-health.net, as well as for e-readers - such as the iPad - through several online stores. I eventually want to have the book picked up by a publisher, but I will be self-financing a print run for the contributors who help me get the effort off the ground.
Where You Come In:
A medically-supervised fast is not cheap, and along with the attendant travel and reporting expenses, it's out of my price range. I need $13,000 to make it happen.
I'm passionate about bringing important ideas to peoples' attention, and I think this is a book the world needs. If this idea interests you, please contribute. Note that if the the project is not fully funded before the deadline, my backers pay nothing.
What You Get: Backers qualify for a variety of gifts for helping me out. See the sidebar to the right for exactly what.
Contact: I would be happy to answer all questions from potential backers. Please email me at Andrew@raw-food-health.net
Although 25 days is my arbitrary goal, exactly how long I fast will be up to the discretion of Dr. Douglas Graham, who is in charge of making sure I'm fit to continue.
I'm unsure if I'll have a reliable internet connection in Costa Rica from which I can dispatch daily updates. If I'm unable to send them during the fast, I will still write them and then send them out -one per day- when I return to civilization.
Digital versions of the book will likely be distributed in both PDF format, which is usable on most modern computers and many electronic viewing devices, as well as EPUB format, which is a standard used for many e-readers.
Depending on interest, I will either use print on demand services or a small self-financed print run to print the physical copies.
In the event that I receive more than $13,000 in backing I will use all extra funds to do extended research on my book, which might include traveling to see other fasting facilities and talking to more experts.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $13,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 31, 2010.
Jul 20, 2010 - Aug 31, 2010
Pledge $5 or more
Receive daily email updates from Andrew during his fast detailing what he's going through and the general experience of fasting with 12 others. Fasters often describe feeling pretty zonked out, so I'll make no claims about coherence or spelling.
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All of the above, plus you'll receive a digital copy of my book when it's published.
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All of the above, plus you'll receive a printed copy of the book. This will be part of a very-limited print run meant for those who have backed me here and elsewhere online as well as some friends and family.
Pledge $45 or more
All of the above, plus your printed copy of the book will be signed by Andrew with a personal note of thanks.
Pledge $60 or more
All of the above, plus your name will be listed on a special page with all of the others who have supported me at this level.
Pledge $99 or more
All of the above, but receive three printed copies of the book.
Pledge $500 or more
All of the above, plus receive a special mention on the acknowledgments page as someone critical to the success of the project. I'd also be very happy to give you a call to thank you and discuss the project at length.