I just read an interesting interview on the Nutrition & Physical Regeneration blog, where Dr Richard Schultze discusses his experience with therapeutic juice fasting and its ability to allow the body to heal. He cites some pretty amazing successes.
Now, I have my own opinions about where the benefits are coming from (I also practice fasting regularly, without juice, and find that even a 24 hour fast soothes my digestion; I know the importance of enzymes; etc), but I'd love to know what other paleos think, given that the idea of using herbs and fruit is quite a traditional practice, although consumption of just the juice without the pulp isn't something I've heard of very often in this context. I'm also learning a lot about medicinal uses of herbs at the moment, and some of that information aligns itself with what Dr. Schultze reports.
One of the other ponderings currently running through my brain is whether juices would be an effective replacement for glucose IVs etc during hospital visits (assuming the visit isn't going to impact the efficacy of the digestive system). The idea of a glucose IV now makes me a little nauseated, especially given that when I recently had some 75% dark chocolate, I felt really ill afterward, whereas 85% doesn't bother me. I suspect some juices might be quite high in sugar and have a similar impact, but perhaps not as extreme as a glucose drip, but I really don't know the impact of IV drips on blood glucose and insulin. What do you think?
Even if we know raw vegetarianism isn't the ideal way of living healthfully, do you think medicinal juice fasts could be helpful to paleos in certain circumstances?
EDIT: People, I'm not intending to juice fast. This is a theoretical, hypothetical question. I'm interested in the practices of using foods & traditional medicines as treatment for diseases, etc. I'm more than happy with my own eating habits, and I'm really healthy. I just want to learn things outside of what I already know. We already accept that vegetarianism is very helpful for certain types of people, and for others (like diabetics), zero-carb protocols are very healing. Why not consider juice fasting as well?
UPDATE: An 'interesting' take on the juice fasting concept by the mainstream media: A Strange & Green Journey