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Enough is enough, 3 years waiting on caranua, preparing for hunger strike.

I have tought long and hard about this, it came down to a toss up between this and a walking protest i have decided on this as i can keep my privacy intact, it will begin at this time one week from now as i will need a week to prepare my body for it, i am not doing this lightly and am preparing for a long stint. I will be posting regular updates here along with a daily pic of my feet on a digital scales once i begin. It has been 3 years of torture dealing with caranua and this is what is has come to. 

I will continue this strike until mary higgins resigns and returns all the money she has taken from our fund. Thats it.

The shambles that higgins has created in caranua is basically abusing surivours all over again. I have sent all the emails letters and calls that is humanly possible and i am done with that, left to suffer for 3years by caranua this is my line in the sand, enough is a bloody nough. I have added info about hunger striking below to give an insight in to the process however i would ask that nobody joins me on this given the health risks involved. Your moral support will be most welcome. I guess i have been slowly building my self up to this for months now, im out in rural area, calender cleaned and family offside for the next month longer if needs be. Godbless all.

What is a Hunger Strike? 

A hunger strike is a dangerous protest tactic in which a person simply refuses to eat in an effort to gain attention for their cause or issue. Hunger strikes can result in death, therefore, hunger strikes should be a last resort for very dire situations.

M.K Gandhi was successfully practiced hunger strike against then British imperialism. It was called as "Satyagraha"

Some Guidelines for Hunger Strikes 

  • Find or make a comfortable spot to conduct your hunger strike and remain there-- it is crucial that you conserve as much energy as you can during a hunger strike. Therefore, you should make a comfortable spot to rest and avoid any physical activity beyond standing temporally and walking short distances.
  • Keep warm in the cold and keep cool in the heat-- by engaging in a hunger strike you will be subjecting your body to incredible abuse and severely weakening your body's natural ability to protect itself against the elements. Because of this it is extremely important that you have the proper clothing and protection appropriate to the weather situation in your area. You will be much more susceptible to hypothermia or heat stroke, take care.
  • People with medical conditions should check with a medical professional, herbalist, or other caregiver, before going on a hunger strike to learn about risks, signs/symptoms to watch for, and limitations.

2-7 day hunger strike

Preparing for the strike

Preparations start within half the amount of days of the fasting period at minimum (i.e., 3½ days prior to a 7 day fast). For strikes lasting longer than 4 days, a week’s prep time is ideal. Preparations are a matter of building mental fortitude and gradual elimination of food from the diet.

  • Start by eliminating sugar, caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, and any recreational drugs.
  • Anyone on prescription medications should consult with their care provider and take their advice seriously.
  • Vitamin supplements can be maintained up to within two days of the strike and herbal supplements should be tapered off over 3-7 days prior depending on frequency, strength and activity of the herbs. Tincture forms can graduate to tea forms.

Next, cut back on complicated foods, such as lasagna, in favor simpler foods, such as brown rice, with fewer ingredients. Start opting for smaller portions as well. Foods may be eaten more frequently, one at a time (just carrots, then just nuts, then just juice, etc.), and in smaller amounts. This is not to say start going hungry just move from big production meals to simple snacks throughout the day. Cut out fried foods.

Continue in this vein until beginning the strike. Listen to the body, not the mind regarding how much food is desired. The diet should become increasingly simple and sparse. Eat small amounts before you get hungry to avoid making choices you would rather not.

  • Red meats and other animal foods, including milk products and eggs, should be eliminated the last day or two.
  • Those who can precede fasting with 3-4 days of just fruits and vegetables will have the easiest time of it.

Over the entire preparation time, increase liquid intake. This can be fresh vegetable and fruit juices (Hawaiian punch is not a fruit juice - no sugar remember), soups, teas (herbal) and WATER. Water intake should increase toward 3-4 quarts a day. Add electrolytes to water to maintain vital functions, if you are relying on city water rather than good well water. A simple recipe for electrolytes is:

  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar/honey/maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt substitute (sometimes labeled as lite salt in the diet section of a grocery store)

While fasting/striking: 

Stay warm and hydrated. 3-4 quarts of water a day, including the electrolytes is best. The recipe above can be used, but teas that are high in minerals can help the person stay hydrated and maintain balance in the kidneys. Up to 3 cups of tea can be consumed each day and can be diluted in water. Tea that isn't consumed right away should be refrigerated.

High Mineral Infusion Suggestions: stinging nettle leaves, oat straw, red raspberry leaves, plantain leaves, yarrow leaves and flowers, lemon balm leaves, mint leaves, dandelion leaves. To prepare pour 1 quart boiling water over 1 oz. tea and cover for 4 hours or longer.

High Mineral Decoction Suggestions: yellow dock root, burdock root, dandelion root, white oak bark. To prepare boil 1.5 quarts water with 1 oz. tea, then simmer for 20 minutes.

Warning: These herbs could potentially cause harm: milky oat tops - if not dosed properly (this varies per person so best to avoid if you aren't familiar with it and horsetail if not prepared properly (must be boiled 10 minutes).

Master Cleanser Lemonade:

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 8 ounce spring water

This can be made by the gallon and added to water and juice options throughout the day. The goal is generally 8-12 glasses a day alternated with water and juices. I have also added liquid chlorophyll to this recipe for stamina and nourishment. Hirohito

Breaking the Strike:

  • Start with warm miso broth. Just miso, not all the other soup ingredients. Chrysanthemum and cane syrup tea or nettles and oatstraw tea are excellent to recover from a fast.
  • Wait ½ hour and begin introducing small amounts of room temperature fruit slowly and chewed very well. It is a good idea to choose just one kind of fruit at a time, nothing that is highly acidic (citrus) and melons are best. Cantaloupes and honeydew are juicy and the best food for a digestive system that has been at rest.
  • Eat until your body is satisfied, but not to the point of feeling "full".
  • Rest. Check in and take the time to listen to your body as opposed to your head. Your head may be telling you to eat like you haven't eaten for a week and you may never see food again, but your body will be grateful for morsels and asking for time to process these little bits before taking in more. Eat small amounts, keep it simple, chew it well then rest. Eat a little, chew, rest. Eat a little, chew, rest. Usually at about ½ hour intervals. You may get quite tired after eating as your body is re-adjusting.
  • A couple of hours after the melon, a small salad composed of ONLY greens. Iceberg lettuce does not count. Organics are best. Again, eat slowly, chew well and rest. This may be it for the first day. Be careful not to overwhelm your system. Go somewhere and go to sleep.
  • Next day start out with fruit in the a.m. (bananas are good here) and maybe a little grape or apple juice diluted. Still easy does it. Eat slow, chew well and rest.
  • Salad next as above, but can add a few other veggies just not too many. Next move on to small amounts of plain whole grains. Brown rice or millet would be great. Eat slow, chew well and rest.
  • After a few hours (around 3 hours) again a salad or fruit. Stick to this basic pattern for up to half as many days as you were fasting. Add good, simple foods gradually and in tune with what feels good sitting in your stomach.
  • Drink slowly in between eating. Give yourself about 20-30 minutes between ingesting fluids and foods.

Hunger strike exceeding 7 days

Basically same as above, with emphasis on SMALLER AMOUNTS introduced more SLOWLY. If this is your first time through something like this, share these guidelines with a friend and have them help you or stick with someone who has experience fasting for longer periods of time. More than a seven day fast is not dangerous for most of us in good health, but is also no small matter.

Rest is very important! Respect yourself, rejuvenate and stay strong.

Water strike

First, it is important to reintroduce plain, room temperature, pure water slowly. SIP about 2 ounces every ½ hour for the first 3-4 hours. REST! The revolution will go on without you for a while.

  • Chrysanthemum or nettles and oatstraw tea as above and/or miso broth in 2 ounce increments can be taken after 2 hours.
  • MELONS can be introduced after 3-4 hours and follow as above.

Health Effects of Hunger Strikes

Depending on the length of a hunger strike a person can do severe, in some cases irreparable, damage to their body. The following is a short list of the serious health risks involved in carrying a hunger strike beyond 2-3 weeks -- this info assumes that you are engaging in a water-only hunger strike and you are basically healthy when you begin your hunger strike, also some of these effects are not permanent:

  • Damage to muscle tissue (after approximately 4 weeks)
  • Weakening of bones (after approximately 4 weeks)
  • Hallucinations / Dementia (after approximately 3 weeks)
  • Potentially permanent brain damage (after approximately 4 to 5 weeks)
  • Potentially permanent damage to internal organs (after approximately 4 to 5 weeks)
  • Potential failure of internal organs (after approximately 4 to 5 weeks)
  • Death (could happen at any time depending on the state of your health)

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Comment by micheal on January 6, 2017 at 0:26

Just to add some insight into the emotions behind this, i drive past from time to time because there is not another route, the school where i was abused when i pass this place i feel sick and disturbed passing a house of many horrors, i also feel like this when i think of or interact with caranua.

Comment by shep on January 6, 2017 at 9:42

Hello Michael,

Just read your post,you are not alone in your frustration, we are all one in that regard, I understand fully what and why you are doing this, so if I may say, you should contact the media, by press release,FB and so on, this will let caranaua know your intentions,My experence of dealing with the media, is they are always looking for a story, it will help you get some media attention, the point been, to get a quick result to your protest. If there is anything I can do in this regard. You need only ask.

Comment by micheal on January 6, 2017 at 10:16

Cheers Shep any exposure you can direct would be great, 

Comment by micheal on January 6, 2017 at 13:52

Sent you an email there Shep

Comment by Barbie on January 6, 2017 at 14:36

Hi Michael, I just read your post and like shep's  comment you are not alone in your frustration with Caranua and throughout my life even the mention of name of the place where I was would nearly have to be hospitalised I would become distraught. I always say these words, I will stand up against those who are against me, I will be strong and will not be broken by the very people hired to help me , I will never allow another person to hurt me again, if the want to fight survivors again bring it on!! Barbara

Comment by micheal on January 6, 2017 at 14:43

Thanks Barbara, after spending most of the xmas in serious pain my mind was made up, im sure mary higgins had a fab xmas on our money,  time to push back with more than words.

Comment by Barbie on January 6, 2017 at 14:50

Michael, that's for sure!!

Comment by Rob Northall on January 10, 2017 at 11:43

"Thank God you have had second thoughts

I could not condone anyone putting their health at risk


Stay Strong!

We have each other here"

Comment by jack colleton on January 10, 2017 at 14:03

I Applied To Caranua For Assistance (Including House Repairs)  Almost A Year Ago. A Few Months Ago I Heard From A Caranua Advisor And Assumed That Finally I Would Get  Assistance With My Needs. Yesterday I Heard From The Same Caranua Advisor That Caranua Has Refused To Help With House Repairs In Ireland Because I Am Resident In Uk. Nothing In Caranua Guidelines Stated That You Can Not Apply For Help With Housing Needs In The Country Of Your Birth!

Comment by Barbie on January 10, 2017 at 15:03

I got the same answer jack even though I live in Ireland, my old house is still lived in by my kids and I wanted to get the windows and insulation done but because I didn't live in it they refused that claim. And yes you are right nothing in the guidelines to say different.

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