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Can fasting ease the symptoms of certain diseases or conditions?

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13 Apr 2013 20:28 #16128 by Indie
Indie created the topic: Can fasting ease the symptoms of certain diseases or conditions?
Hello Dr,

I was curious if fasting can ease the symptoms of diseases such as benign recurrent MS, RA, Cancer, or any other diseases? Since it seems to have the ability to boost our immune systems when fighting viral illnesses such as the flu, it might at least have the ability to ease the mechanical symptoms (pain, stiffness, weakness, etc) in some way of other maladies even though they might not be curable with our present knowledge?
Thanks!

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14 Apr 2013 13:33 #16132 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Can fasting ease the symptoms of certain diseases or conditions?
Indeed, Indie, fasting is likely the only intervention that can really change the course of these diseases. In the case of cancer, for example, it has been demonstrated that healthy cells goes into "hybernation" during a fast, but cancer cells have lost that ability.. that makes them more prone to starving and indeed chemotherapy. I am collecting some evidence on

docs.google.com/document/d/1hS4Mxwm2FYhP...mLpXcK_FGOXCo6g/edit

About one third of your immune system is practically permanently occupied in the digestive system when you eat, in order to neutralize all the antigens (such as proteins) in the food. THus fasting gives you a quick boost in immunity as your "army" makes peace with one enemy and can boost its ranks on the other fronts.

The auto immune diseases (MS, RA, etc) are also stimulated by substances in the diet, that are similar to those in the body. Thus fasting reduces the stimulus for antibody formation and improve the condition. But then you need to follow up with a permanently adapted diet not to re-stimulate these conditons.

André

All my posts are "generic", based on my opinions and experiences only and are not intended to replace the advice of your own licensed medical practitioner.
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