I’ve been cleansing and fasting for 25 years. In the early days I began to fast after reading a book called The Tao of Health, Sex and Longevity by Daniel Reid, which radically influenced my thinking. I read every page in fine detail in the health section of the book. I became somewhat obsessed by this book and it’s new ideas. At the time in our country we were just coming out of the apartheid era and there had been sanctions in South Africa. So we really did feel like a backwater village forgotten by the world. This book fed my soul. It brought with it into my consciousness fresh ideas but ideas that were as ancient as life itself. The idea of food as medicine began to sink deeply into my awareness. I tried all the practices with fervour.