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Some Thoughts Concerning the Dr. F. X. MAYR®-Cure
The Value Of Fasting In Order To Extend Your Life Span

Some Thoughts Concerning the Dr. F. X. MAYR®-Cure
   by Dr. med. W. Wolfrum

The function of the small intestine is unfortunately a stepchild of modern medicine. Clinical medicine provides us with insufficient information concerning functional disturbances in this nutritionally vital portion of the digestive system. A good appetite and regular bowel movements do not guarantee that everything is in proper working order.A liver two or three times it's normally seen size is clinically considered to be unhealthy. Similarly, a greatly enlarged spleen, or a heart or lungs-or any other organ whose volume is significantly greater than average-would be regarded as ailing and usually not fully functional. Oddly enough, this criterion does not apply to the abdomen. We use terms like "portly" or "good-looking" to refer to a person who shoves a drum-shaped belly around in front of him, or whose potbelly hangs down over his belt. People resist the insight that in these cases the small intestine is severely disturbed functionally. Bacterial decomposition processes predominate over natural fermentative digestion, which leads Inevitably to poor nutrition, since nutritional value is significantly affected by the kind of break-down that takes place in the intestine. Even highly nutritious foods won't restore the balance. Therefore, a slender, shapely abdomen is not just a standard of beauty: one should keep in mind that deviations from the ideal indicate reduced functionality of the intestines and poor nutrition, which of course detrimentally alters whatever is eaten.The common fixation on the "average" as a standard, distorts our ideas about health. Dr. Mayr's diagnostics, which are oriented to the ideal as a standard, demonstrate the frequency of hidden intestinal damage. Sedentary lifestyles and bad eating habits, but above all, continuous excessive demands on the digestive organs, impair small intestine performance and thus promote pathological bacterial decomposition of the chyme. The irritants thereby produced simply cause the intestine to be even more overtaxed, and the secretion of digestive juices is reduced. This gives rise to a vicious cycle: decomposition processes increasingly suppress fermentative breakdown of the chyme, the small intestine becomes broad and slack in its longer sections, and digestive juices are produced in insufficient quantities, resulting in poor nutrition. If the level is high enough for long enough, then the pollutants-taken up by the intestinal villi-can only be partially neutralized by the liver. Often, considerable amounts of these contaminants reach the organs via the blood stream and cause damage or undermine their resistance.The therapeutic procedures of Dr. Mayr deviate in many respects from current orthodoxy. Three principles, which overlap and complement each other, bring about a thorough intestinal rehabilitation-namely, protection, cleansing, and training. Of these principles, protection plays an especially important role. The most extreme protective measure is an absolute fast, that is, no food at all-though this should only be done on an inpatient basis (stationary cure). The patient gets only herb tea three times a day, and plenty of water, in order to speed up fluid exchange and to maintain mineral balance. We do not use fruit juices, since these tend to ferment, which works against the protective principle. Fasting gives the intestines an ideal opportunity to process and excrete built-up residues. The stomach and small intestine, our central assimilation and primary digestive organs, can rid themselves of their contents, thereby fulfilling the most important prerequisite for a healing alleviation: now they can rest and recover, and their deadened sensory organs, whose job it is to inform the intestinal muscles and glands about their workload, can again regenerate themselves.With proper orientation of the patient on the part of the physician, hunger pangs only appear for a short time during the first few days, and usually vanish quickly after a cup of herb tea or a glass of water. During the second phase of dieting [or the first phase for outpatient cures], the patient is given a quarter liter of milk in the morning and at noon-which, however, is not drunk in the usual manner, but rather must be thoroughly mixed with saliva in the mouth as follows: a bite of stale, well dried roll or similar slice of white bread is first chewed until it becomes a watery mash in the mouth, sweet to the taste and well soaked with saliva. Only then is the milk added, a teaspoonful at a time, and thoroughly mixed with the bread mash in the mouth before it is swallowed. In this way, the milk is broken down while still in the mouth and thus hardly burdens the stomach and intestine at all. Additionally, intensive chewing optimally activates the sense of taste, which is of prime importance for the regulation of digestive juice production and of gastrointestinal motoricity. Instruction in proper chewing is an important part of the therapy. In this secondary dietary phase, only herb tea is served in the evening.

**Editors note:  Many "health aware" individuals are of the opinion that cows milk is not a desirable food.  Thoughts concerning this are many.  A person may be lactose intolerant or dairy sensitive, other thoughts are that milk these days is a far cry from what it used to be.  Hormones and antibiotics integrated into the cows diet have made many of us wary of this food and prefer to eliminate it from our diet.  Dr. Mayr, as well as the author of this article were born and lived in Austria, a country with a strong tradition of natural and native foods being used in the diet.  Milk was - at least at one time - a "healthy" and nutritious food and a common component of the Austrian diet.  Even though it still may be used in the Mayr Therapy, many of us have taken to using alternative products, which are completely acceptable.  Examples are rice, dream (a rice-based beverage) almond or cashew milk, malt cafe (a grain based coffee substitute) and other products.

The milk-and-roll diet (morning and noon one quarter liter of milk and a dried roll) amounts to a daily caloric intake of about six hundred calories, which-just as in the fasting diet-forces the body to nourish itself from its own reserves. This cleans out, first, the congested intestinal segments, then stored nutritional reserves in the connective tissue, and at the same time begins a cellular molting or cleansing, whereby a strong impetus to regeneration is given. It is not just to promote asceticism that all the world religions prescribe a period of fasting.

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