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MÆDICA - a Journal of Clinical Medicine | Vol. 13, nr. 3, 2018
ISSN 1841-9038  |  e-ISSN 2069-6116
ISSN-L 1841-9038
CNCSIS - CMR - B+

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Why is Meat Excluded from the Orthodox Christian Diet during Fasting? A Religious and Medical Approach

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Orthodox Christian fasting (OF) incorporates voluntary abstention from specific foods for 180-200 days per year. Meat eating and OF cannot coexist: meat eating negates fasting and fasting excludes meat eating (incompatible concepts). In this article, the possible medical reasons for the exclusion of meat from the OF are presented and commented.
Keywords: meat, medicine, Orthodox Christian fasting, religious

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