History of Fasting | National Health Association

History of Fasting

Water fasting was first recognized and advocated by 19th Century Medical Doctors  who were pioneers of what became known as the Natural Hygiene Movement.  The leading proponents were Issac Jennings, M.D. (1778-1874), James Jackson, M.D. (1811-1895), Russell Thacker Trall, M.D. (1812-1877), Mary Gove (1810-1884), Thomas Lowe Nichols, M.D. (1815-1901), Harriett Austin, M.D. (1826-1891), Charles E. Page, M.D. (1840-1925), Robert Walter, M.D. (1841-1921), Susanna Way Dodds, M.D. ( ), and Felix Oswald, M.D. (1845-1906)
The above health movement came of age in the 20th Century through the prolific writings and lecturs of John Tilden, M.D (1851-1940) and especially Herbert Shelton, N.D. (1895-1985) who synthesized it into a comprehensive health system he called Natural Hygiene.