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Nykkii,

Thank you forasking about that.

But no, I'm not under any medical supervision when I do that. It has been done for so many centuries that the record of our ability to withstand well a time like that is quite clear, not to mention reassuring.

No, I've done this for years without any ill effects. Since I'm rather healthy--some people have medical conditions that would preclude them from fasting like that and for whom it definitely would be dangerous--it has done me no harm.

Not that I would recommend anyone doing this the first time. There are many different kinds of fasts, from the traditional "Lenten" fast where someone just gives up their Snickers to one-meal-a-day fasts to bread-and-water-only fasts to total fasts, and there are plenty of different ones in between. In general, the stricter the fast the shorter it should be. In the Rogation Days I'm not nearly so strict. Once a year I do it fairly intently. But so far nothing but good has come out of it.

It was kind of you to ask, though.
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