The 1964 fast march was a new great success. It broke the last remnants of opposition.

Karl-Otto Aly, M.D. one of the leading biologically-oriented doctors in Sweden and one of the 19 participants in the fast march, sums up the 1964 fasting as follows:

First, the march was an indisputable success and all 19 came to the finish line. Although a few had some trouble with pre-existing diseased conditions and were transported part of the distance, none interrupted their fasting. Fourteen of the 19 walked the entire 300 miles. The march clearly showed that man can live for an extended period of time without food, and can even accomplish hard physical effort while fasting. The results of all the medical tests taken before, during and after the march, have demonstrated that there are large potential reserves of strength in our bodies on which we can depend, especially under conditions of disease, when the organism usually gives indication by lack of appetite that it does not require any food. The blood pressure tests, blood serum readings, blood sugar tests, microscopic readings of uric sediment, electrocardiograms—all showed that there was no great change from the usual, and certainly no pathological developments because of fasting. This in spite of the fact that fasting was performed under such a severe stress. Perhaps it is worth noting that the overall tests of the health condition were somewhat better in 1964—with the addition of juices—than in 1954 on a pure water fast.

The most interesting observation was that the protein level (serum albumin reading) of the blood remained constant and normal during the whole period of fasting in spite of the fact that no protein was consumed for ten days.

Even more remarkable were the blood sugar readings. In spite of the great demands on immediate energy, and an only insignificant supply of sugar in approximately one pint of juice each day, the sugar content of the blood remained within the normal limits. Note that during the 1954 pure water fast the blood sugar levels remained normal, too! Thus, there were no grounds for the predicted risk of possible hypoglycemia, or pathologically low blood sugar level. Quite to the contrary, the general tendency was somewhat higher blood sugar levels after the fast than before it. Something for scientists to think about!

The generally-expressed feeling among the participants was that they felt stronger and had more vigor and vitality after the fast than before it.

The prime goal of these experiments was to stimulate scientific institutions to engage in a thorough and objective scientific study of fasting and its prophylactic and therapeutic potentials so that fasting will be generally incorporated into the growing arsenal of medical practice for the benefit and blessing to disease-ridden mankind.


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