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In July, Nichols, 55, wrote in a legal filing in his ongoing lawsuit over his prison food that he acted to force prison officials to begin to address his medical and religious needs.
Nichols is serving life sentences at the nation's highest-security federal prison, in Florence, Colo., for his role in the deadly 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.
He wrote he also was given an IV the first time. He wrote medical personnel tried for three hours but could not give him an IV the third time, in May, because he was too dehydrated. He wrote he also had not consumed any liquids during the third hunger strike.
He wrote he lost 35 pounds during the last hunger strike, going down to 125 pounds.
He did not give any details about his second hunger strike.
He wants a diet of raw vegetables, fruit and whole-grain foods that are not typical prison fare. He contends his Christian belief "is that God created our foods to be consumed in their whole unrefined state."
In a separate action in July, Nichols asked his trial judge to suspend his $14.5 million restitution order.
In a supplemental filing Thursday, he explained the restitution order stands in the way of the fresh diet he desires.
He explained to the judge the prison allows him to spend only $25 a month on commissary purchases since he cannot make scheduled payments. He wrote that's not enough for him to buy the food he wants.
Nichols also asked for less-restrictive confinement. He is locked in his cell 22 hours most days.
Nichols wrote that, whenever possible, he buys for his three children Christian-based materials, such as books on the Bible, psychology and money management. He wrote he buys the materials "to help guide his children since he is not able to be with them to instill godly values into their lives."
A prison spokesman, commenting on Nichols' food complaints, said the facility provides inmates, including Nichols, with nutritious meals that meet dietary needs.