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CHAPTER IV.


PREPARATION FOR THE FAST


WHEN disease appears in humankind, it is, as said before, not only a warning but a curative process. The disturbing element needs removal, the tired, abused organs need rest and repair. Instinctively real food desire, true hunger, disappears; in fact, for some time previous to actual disability, hunger has been absent. Appetite or stimulated demand for sustenance may, however, remain in evidence even after illness is manifest; but disease and hunger cannot exist at the same time within the human body.

Bodily functions are swift in their adaptability to circumstances, and bodily organs accomodate themselves and their labors even to abuse. Consequently, in a system accustomed to years of excess food supply, nature carries on existence in spite of handicap until accumulation and subsequent decomposition institute disease. Were the subject to

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