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My Fasting Testimony

by Tom Coghill
(Baguio, Philippines)

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Tom Coghill author

Tom Coghill's Fasting Testimony

Juice Fasting: 30 days

Healing: Kidney & liver damage, leg muscle spasms, tiredness, loss of sex drive, poor memory, depression.

Location: Oshawa, ON Canada

Some of us are born different. And the difference can be both a burden and blessing. I was born a risk-taker. I wanted to try it all.

I peddled across Canada on an old bike, camping at the side of the road. I tried bungee jumping, and lived in a nudist colony on a tropical island.

As a teen I was free spirited, but not free. At sixteen years of age, disillusioned and hurt, I began the dangerous journey of exploring psychedelic drugs.

A bad L.S.D. trip resulted in constant, excruciating headaches. To deal with the pain, I started to use painkillers, tranquilizers, cannabis and alcohol. Five hazy years of my life were devoted to escaping pain through drugs.

I become more reckless in my drug use. With callous disregard for my life, I injected a syringe full of P.C.P. It was a dangerous dose.

This injection severely damaged my kidneys, increasing my pain level. Anger and self-hatred turned to hardened resentment. I hated the world, but I had no one to blame but me.

In my dismal existence my short-term memory was nonexistent, my skin was a sickly yellow. I was constantly tired.

My kidneys burned with pain, my leg muscles would spasm and ache while standing. As my job required working on ladders for long hours, I lost my job!

Finally, with no other way out, I got down on my knees in prayer and surrendered my life to God. The song of angels was heard in my heart. I would never be the same.

A son had discovered his true Father. Everything changed. I had a burning fire inside. I had purpose, meaning and connection for the first time. I started a new exploration of the spiritual world.

Joining a Christian youth group, I made new friends who did not use drugs and supported me through my recovery. I used my experience to help others not go down the same path.

I spoke before thousands of students in high schools about the dangers of drug abuse. Many made commitments to stop using drugs.

Life now had meaning and purpose, but my body and soul was still damaged. I was still sick.

One day I discovered a book describing how a dying man had returned to health. Not only had he overcome a fatal illness through a strict vegetarian diet and fasting, his new found health surpassed the vitality of his youth.

For me, the message shouted out “hope!” I fasted on juices made from carrot, cucumber, watermelon, and cantaloupe. After several short fasts, I felt better physically and mentally.

These juice fasts, three to seven days each, gave me the ability to work, but I was still tired standing on ladders caused intense pain in my legs.

A thirty-day juice fast was the turning point in my life. The first few days were difficult, but as I continued I felt much better.

At the twentieth day of the fast, I started working fourteen hours a day at hard physical labor in the hottest summer weather. I climbed the ladders with ease. My energy level drastically increased.

There were other improvements as the fast went on. I needed less sleep, my mind cleared, and my memory was now functioning.

Leg muscles returned to health, and back pain lessened due to the healing of my kidneys, leaving me a virile young man.

Life changed! Instead of suffering, it became a joyous experience. The healing came like water to a parched, drought-stricken heart. The thirty days of fasting on juice was a miracle that changed my life.

I started to write to help friends who had health problems. Although I could not spell or type, and had almost no writing skills, a burning passion kept me going.

I wrote for three years, and yet the writing was missing Christ. It became like emptiness inside. Then the Lord called me to go north and spend time alone in the wilderness.

The campground was empty; it was too late in the fall for camping. In the back of the truck I was trying to keep warm with a small heater. My heart was agonizing over splitting up with a woman I deeply loved.

Three days had gone by, I was weak, cold, and distraught. Still, there was no answer from God. I decided to go for a drive around the lake.

It was on this drive that I met the people whom the Lord had sent. Their words rekindled my vision, my hope renewed. The answer was given!

In looking back to my discovery of fasting, I see that it was not an accident. The people who have had such profound effect on my life have not been there by coincidence.

There is clear evidence of the Master’s hand. I could say fasting has given me back health and vitality, but healing is a God-given ability; fruits and vegetables are God-given foods, and fasting is a God-given tool.

Yes, I did it; I healed and even wrote a book on fasting, but in reality, a small child put the pieces into a jigsaw puzzle as his Father handed him the pieces.

This testimony and many others can be found at

Best to All,


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Feb 14, 2016
The wonders of fasting. NEW
by: Laurence Mitchell

I have not lived as dangerous as you but at times my life has been very scary whilst taking risks. But that might be because certain types of physical risks I like to take on the challenge. I am doing this right now at the onset of my fast and seeing what you wrote, I had kidney failure a few years ago, I may have been doing some harm doing a 55 hour dry fast, now onto the water, and by reading your blurb feel happy that going on to juice is the next step.

But I also wanted to say to you, well don!

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Apr 28, 2012
Love you Tom! NEW
by: Marc from Brampton

I met Tom towards the end of 1992. I was selling an Apple computer in the paper and he needed it to write his first book. Tom left me a draft copy of his book. Needless to say, I found his story and his book interesting. A few months later I did a 30 day fast. My life changed, I was healthy, 5'10" 150 lbs and all of the minor digestion, constant constipation issues were gone, never to return. I was strong. I headed West, to Vancouver BC, and rode a bike down the west coast of USA to CA. 70 to 100 miles a day. And I had become spiritually grounded, peaceful.

I continue to use fasting as a tool today, and it works. Tom's guidance on how to eat and live a good life also has helped me. I could go on and on, but the words would mean nothing without your action. If you are looking for a healthier happier life, Tom has some answers for you!


Dec 07, 2010
How to contact
by: Tom Coghill

You can reach me through the contact form of or email

Nov 15, 2010
Update on Tom Coghill
by: Tom Coghill

Thank you for all your encouraging words. I thought I should update this page on my recent activities. After directing holistic treatments for terminal cancer at St. Theodore's Hospital I learned volumes and discovered that there are many hospitals in 3 world countries that would want this program.

Juice fasting cures almost every disease if the fast is long enough but cancer is another battle. Since then I have been working with a team of four researchers here in Sagada, Philippines on developing specific holistic treatments with a special focus on cancer treatments. Presently in Sagada, we have an 83 year old man that is cancer free after we treated him at the hospital 2 years ago.He is from the USA and retired here. We are now testing advanced cancer treatments that are more complex, based on new research. We believe will have a very high success rate.

Two countries, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands interested in a national health program based on the principles of holistic care that I am establishing. A congressman lost over 100lb through my direction and that started a chain reaction.

Our small fasting retreat has become more successful over the last year and it now has a site. for any who are interested in a place to fast in Asia.

Nov 14, 2010
All I can say...
by: Brandy

is thank you... you will never know what you just did for me...

May God continue to bless you and yours...

Aug 12, 2010
Thank you for your story
by: Anonymous

Such a great story. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I believe that God has answered my prayers for a more healthful life, in leading me to this site, where I've learned of the health benefits of fasting. I am very encouraged. May God continue to bless you.

Apr 25, 2010
Trying Rudolph Breuss Fasting Regimen
by: Kathy

I have begun Rudolph Bruess's fasting regimen. I am optimistic that this will restore my health. I would like to know where I could stay for $20.00/day as I embark on this 42 day fast? Is it in the Phillipines? Is there any other fast that might be just as effective yet simpler? How might I contact you?


Apr 05, 2010
God is Good!
by: Anonymous

I would like to thank you for continuing the fast. You showed so many people around the world that God is real and that he works miracles. Thank you so much! Your story was touching, inspiring and helpful!

Feb 16, 2010
Thank you
by: Manuela

Wonderful, God bless you and what you are doing!
And He does. Do you also pray for people?
Much of His wonderful love, we pray for you, Manuela

Sep 25, 2009
great story
by: Anonymous

great story how can i get in contact with u ?

Sep 08, 2008
by: Debbie

Congratulations and to God be the Glory!!! I have been in your shoes and know how difficult it is to fast for long periods of time.

It is hard, but God does answer prayers through fasting. May your prayers continued to be Christ in everything.

May 19, 2008
It's great!
by: Lara

Incredible article! Thank you very much!

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