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Reviewed by Susan van der Walt for Readers' Favorite
Lyme disease brought a once vibrant Michelle Slater to the point of considering assisted suicide. Lyme disease is a crippling autoimmune disorder. It causes chronic fatigue, arm and leg pain, headaches, brain fog, etc. Her last ray of hope was an article on the internet about dry fasting, a treatment offered by Dr. Filonov in Siberia. She set off to Dr. Filonov's clinic in Siberia, where she would have several dry fasts for a few months. Dry fasting entails no eating or drinking for a specified time and can only be attempted in a clean and pure setting since, during this time, the body absorbs moisture from the environment. It also means no brushing your teeth, washing your hair, showering, or using creams or lotions. Considering these fasts can last up to nine days, we can see how desperate Michelle was to even consider this treatment.
Starving to Heal in Siberia is the story of a brave woman pulling out all the stops to find a cure for her Lyme disease and become the 'Carpe Diem' girl she used to be. Although Michelle Slater explains the science and process of dry fasting, it goes against everything medical science teaches. Humans can only survive without water for three days. Thus, hers was considered a suicide mission. Her story brings hope to many that dry fasting can be a cure for many diseases, but it is a process that you should not attempt alone. I enjoyed the Russian words (with explanations) throughout the narrative and Michelle's recipes for her favorite dishes at the end of the book.