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Sunday, October 19, 2014

THE MEDICAL ASPECT OF FASTING: DR.MATHEW ABRAHAM

The Medical Aspects of Fasting


By Chev. Dr. Mathews Abraham

Fasting is one of the longest established disciplines of the human body. Fasting literally means a total or partial abstinence from food for a certain period of time, usually undertaken for religious or moral reasons. The equivalent word in Syriac is “Saumo”, in Malayalam “Noimbu” and in Arabic “Saim”. Nearly all religions promote or sanction fasting in some form or another. In primal religions it is often a means to control or appease gods, a way to produce virility, or preparation for a ceremonial observance, such as initiation or mourning. Many eastern religions use it to gain clarity of vision and mystical insights. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all have fixed fast days, and usually associate fasting with the discipline of the flesh, repentance for sins and almsgiving.

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