Radical Health Zine vol. 1: Food as Lifestyle and Medicine by Seth Bailin, revised edition. Available for download here.
This is an excerpt from the full essay, available here.
"Historically, fasting has been done 1) out of necessity when food is scarce, and 2) for spiritual purposes of divine communion. In recent history, the focus has shifted to the physical benefits of fasting, partly because modern humans experience so many diseases of the body. Whatever the reason you choose to fast, know that it’s a multidimensional undertaking that is going to have wide ranging effects on your physicality, your mind, emotions, and spirit (if you allow it).
Fasting is defined as abstaining from eating food. You already fast whether you know it or not - every time you sleep you are fasting. That’s why the first meal after you wake up is called break-fast.
So the question is not "do you fast?" but rather "how long do you fast?"
Fasting helps the digestive system (and other bodily systems) rest, recover, and cleanse after eating. The digestive system, which is about 30 feet long in most adult humans, is one of the biggest users of nerve energy in the body. Constantly filling your system with excess food taxes the body’s energy reserves and eventuates in disease.
A fasted digestive system not only tells your body to burn fat for energy, it increases the removal of dead cells and growth of new ones in a recycling process called Autophagy, reducing inflammation and providing renewed energy. A fasted system sends signals to the brain to be more alert, an evolutionary trait we developed as hunter gathers.
Many types of fasting are practiced for their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health benefits. This article will explore the main pillars of: intermittent fasting, 24-48 hour fasts, extended fasts, water fasting, dry fasting, solid food vacations*, and Ayurvedic fasting*. (These last two are not technically pure fasts).
Fasting helps develop awareness, sharpens discipline, supports the body’s innate intelligence, and allows one to take personal ownership in the prevention and reversal of disease.
full essay, available here.
Listen to my interview with Brother Air to hear his experiences doing a 29 day dry fast and a 371 day solid food vacation on episode 3 of the Radical Health podcast.
Raw fruits and vegetables support healing on a cellular level. They are rich in water, fiber, antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, and they provide a complete amino acid profile.
FOOD DOES NOT CURE DISEASE. There are no superfoods that heal the body.
Pre-order has begun for digital downloads of the brand new Young Fellaz Brass band record Block Party. Full album drops January 30, 2022.
Produced by Seth Bailin
Recorded by Seth Bailin at Bad France, New Orleans, LA
Mixed by Mike Harvey at Nola Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA
Mastered by Brian Redmond at the Fuzzbox
Album cover by Jacob Licht
Lettering by Philly Santosuosso
My newest project is a podcast and online zine that promotes healthy living, called Radical Health. The podcast launched this week with an episode exploring the Terrain Model of health as explained by Lauren Whiteman. The show can be found on my YouTube page, as well as Spotify, Stitcher, Amazon, and Simplecast. Please subscribe on your platform of choice to receive updates, as new episodes come out every week.
The zine can be found on instagram @radicalhealthzine
Episode 001 Summary: Lauren Whiteman discusses her personal story battling chronic illnesses, how she discovered that she could heal without drugs or doctors, healing dogs naturally in spite of the vet’s belief that the dogs would die, the species appropriate diet and life science, terrain model vs germ theory, books to check out, and tips on transitioning to a more healthy lifestyle. She is one of the moderators of the growing facebook group Terrain Model Refutes Germ Theory, and remains active teaching the Terrain Model, while using principles of species appropriate diets to rehabilitate sick dogs and cats.
Every month is black history month!
In honor of the worldwide influence of black music, I am giving away a sample of my upcoming fake book The New American Songbook, containing 20 FREE charts of songs of the past 50 years by some of my favorite black musicians.
Click below to download a zip file containing all the charts (60 pages, 2.3MB)
Each chart is transposed for C, Bb, and Bass Clef instruments.
Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
Before I Let Go - Maze
Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd
Crosstown Traffic - Jimi Hendrix
Don't Wanna Fight - Alabama Shakes
Grazin' in the Grass - Treme Brass Band / Hugh Masakela
I Feel Good - James Brown
If I Ain't Got You - Alicia Keys
If I Ruled The World - NaS / Lauryn Hill
Inner City Blues - Marvin Gaye
Is This Love - Bob Marley
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
Lovely Day - Bill Withers
Move on Up - Curtis Mayfield
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Sailin On - Bad Brains
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Soul Makossa - Manu Dibango
The Harder They Come - Jimmy Cliff
Untitled (How Does It Feel) - D'Angelo
If you find value in this offering, please consider donating through the links below. Thank you!
Three albums from jazz/funk/world collective President Soup are now on all digital download and streaming platforms.
Archdukes of Sound is a four track EP featuring three originals and one Bill Frisell cover, with a more stripped down instrumentation of tabla, bass, and guitar, with flute on one song. Tabula Rasa is a single recorded by Patrick Drumm, written by Derek Hayden and the band. Gumbo is a five song EP featuring all original music and the full lineup, including Jake Cacciatore on vocals. All recordings were released in 2013.
Current projects: Radical Health Zine, the New American Songbook, Pathways with Joseph Campbell.