Excerpt from The Miracle of Fasting — Chapter 6
When I refer to fasting in this book, I constantly make the statement, “Eat absolutely no food and drink distilled water exclusively.” Distilled water is pure H 2O — which means it’s a compound of 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen. If you drink rain water, or the fresh juices of fruits and vegetables, remember that all of this liquid has been distilled by Mother Nature. If you drink rain water or snow water, there are no inorganic minerals in it. It is 100% mineral-free. If you drink fruit and vegetable juices, you are drinking distilled water plus certain nutrients such as fruit sugars, organic minerals and vitamins. But if you drink lake, river, well or spring water, you are drinking un-distilled water, plus the inorganic minerals that the water has picked up. Some of this water is known as hard water, meaning it has high inorganic mineral concentrations that can cause health problems. Now, let me give you a short lesson in chemistry. There are two kinds of chemicals — inorganic and organic. The inorganic chemicals are inert, which means that they cannot be absorbed into the tissues of the body. Our bodies are composed of 16 organic minerals which all come from that which is living or was alive. When we eat an apple or any other fruit or vegetable, that substance is living. Each has a certain survival time after it has been picked before spoiling. We prefer the vegetarian diet, but the same applies to animal foods, fish, milk, cheese and eggs if you eat them.
Hard, Inorganic Minerals Cause Problems!
Organic minerals are very vital in keeping us alive and well. If we were cast away on an uninhabited island where nothing was growing, we would starve to death. Even though the soil beneath our feet contains 16 inorganic minerals, our bodies could not absorb them. Only a living plant has the power to extract inorganic minerals from the earth. No human can extract the nourishment from inorganic minerals.
Many years ago, I was on an expedition to China when one part of the country was suffering from drought and famine. I saw with my own eyes poor, starving people heating earth and eating it for want of food. They died horrible deaths because they could not get one bit of nourishment from the inorganic minerals of the earth. For years I have heard people say that certain waters were rich in all the minerals. What minerals are they talking about? Inorganic or organic? These are inorganic and they are burdening their bodies with these inert minerals, which may cause the development of stones in the kidneys, gallbladder and stone-like acid crystals in the arteries, veins, and other parts of the body. I was reared in Virginia where the drinking water is called hard water. It is heavily saturated with inorganic minerals, especially sodium, iron and calcium. I saw many of my elders die of kidney troubles. Nearly all the people were prematurely old because the inorganic minerals would collect on the inner walls of their arteries and veins, causing many to die from hardening of the arteries, strokes and heart attacks. One of my uncles died at Johns Hopkins hospital when he was only 48. The autopsy doctors stated that his arteries were as hard as clay pipes because they were so stiff and corroded with inorganic minerals. Yet you will hear people say, “Distilled water is dead water. A fish cannot live in it.” Of course a fish cannot live in freshly distilled water for any length of time, because it needs the vegetation that grows in rivers, lakes and seas. Imagine you were shipwrecked while on a passenger ship going to Hawaii and you became a castaway in a lifeboat for days on the open sea. If the only water available was rain water, would you say, “Rain water is dead distilled water, I won’t drink it?” No, you would never say that. Of course you would drink pure rain water and survive until rescued!