For those interested here is an interview with Dr Campbell on water fasting. I am not sure when this took place but it was passed along to me when I did the ecornell program a few years ago.
Interviewer: What would you do if you were challenged by cancer?
TCC: I would go do a water-only fast. No hesitation. I would do a water-only fast. My life style and dietâ€™s about as good as we can get it, I think, it obviously canâ€™t be prefect and maybe I have got some residual cancers growing in me that I picked up years ago and maybe I slowed them down a whole lot and eventually theyâ€™ll get me some day. So I also have learned quite a lot of information about these water-only fasts, theyâ€™re pretty remarkable.
I am also impressed with the healing I have witnessed with juice fasting - using fresh vegetable juices to replenish depleted nutrients. Some are concerned that water-only fasting can exacerbate the 'deficiency' of micronutrients many people are dealing with.
Given further questions on the issue, here is some more information about Dr. Campbell's own experience with water fasting:
Interviewer: Have you ever done any fasting?
TCC: Yeah I have. I think you probably know I isolated that compound that later became known as dioxin. And I had some serious problems with that years later.
When I was isolating it at MIT, I ended up with polyps in my sinuses that had to be burned out and had bleeding migraines, and then subsequent to thatâ€”I didnâ€™t have a name for that compound at the time, I published my work, it was a couple years later when they discovered dioxin.
Interviewer: Because of your work in the lab with dioxin you got dosed very, very heavily. Here weâ€™re talking about a substance that the body doesnâ€™t know how to handle.
TCC: Exactly.... there was one other guy working on it at the time, FDA in Washington and he died. He had filed a complaint with the labor department that he thought he was being poisoned, and he wasnâ€™t being appropriately protected, but he died before action was taken. But in any case, I got heavily dosed, I ended up with some problems, that later evolved into some conditions with my face and my sinuses called chloracne. And that subsequently then was shown in fact dioxin causes, that is one of the thing that people get working with this stuff. And I had a pretty serious case of that. That went on for 8 or 10 years, I tried to deal with it. Finally it gradually went away, when I gradually improved my diet, coincidentally I think.
Interviewer: Coincidentally? Or causatively? Your diet helped clear up the problem.
TCC: The diet was helping to clear up the problem, Iâ€™m convinced but not entirely, at least clearing up the problems with this chloracne, these lesions and so forth. So they eventually went away but then after they went away I could still feel this kind of tingling sensation in my face that kind of lingered from time to time. And eventually in the early 90s, just about the time the China Project information was being released, all of that crept into my neck and started affecting the muscles in my neck and my speech and my eating. I had a very hard time to speak then I had a lot of pain I had to hold my mouth, couldnâ€™t eat very well. Went to some doctors, went to the best I could findâ€”Cornell Med School, Columbia Presbyterian, Sloane Memorial, all of the best. They gave me the worst prognosis, they said I probably would not be speaking in another year, they showed me how to use a pen knife to stick in my trachea so I wouldnâ€™t choke to death, all these kinds of things.
So I then had a chance to speak about the China Project to a convention in New York City, I told them I couldnâ€™t do it. So they said â€˜well, whatâ€™s wrong with you?â€™ And I told this guy who had been from Cornell, I told him I got a really serious problem, I canâ€™t really talk. He said â€˜Well, why donâ€™t you come down here. There are a lot of people in this audience, itâ€™s the National Hygiene Society, lot of chiropractors and naturopaths and some MDs. They had more understanding of your conditionâ€™. I thought, well what the hell I canâ€™t lose. So I went down and struggled through it, and they got together 10 of them and sent me off to this fasting place in California at their expense, it was very kind. They sent me there and meanwhile I had tested myself for dioxin and I still had very high levels in my body, 25 years after I had been away from it. So I did the fasting thing in the hope that my body would get rid of it. But when I went there I was very skeptical, but came to learn some things that I will never forget. I learned that water-only fasting is a remarkable medical procedure that is simply not understood by 99% of doctors, I think.
Interviewer: Seems like people who want to try fasting need to do it with the supervision of a health professional and not just at home on their own. There are a lot of ways to trip up with it, including loss of electrolytes.
TCC: Absolutely. You are absolutely right. And now this clinic has done about 5,000 patients this way. And I saw things like uterine fibromas shrink and all kinds of conditions resolve themselves, hypertension almost uniformly reverse itself, and when people get that behind them then they go on to a plant-based diet.
So now coming back to your question what would I do? I think fasting when you allow the body to go to rest and let nature take its course.