Fasting can protect the immune system and repair it according to findings from various researchers. The study found for fasting for two to three days would change how blood pathways worked for hematopoietic stem cells. Researchers from University of Southern California were looking for extra immune help for chemotherapy patients, and found an answer for everyone.
And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting. Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or ageing, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.
By having the white blood cells depleted, it triggers stem cell based reproduction of new born immunity.
In trials humans were asked to regularly fast for between two and four days over a six-month period. Scientists found that prolonged fasting also reduced the enzyme PKA, which is linked to ageing and a hormone which increases cancer risk and tumour growth. We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system.
When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged.
What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting.
Picture the difference between someone who intends to do a fast for 10 days (or however long they are intuitively led to) and someone who is going hungry for 10 days or purposely starving themselves – sometimes associated with the negative mental aspects of anorexia. A new study from USC researchers is the first to show that controlled fasting improves the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer treatments, extending life expectancy in mice with aggressive brain tumors. Please, please, do consult with your preferred health practitioner for guidance of if and how to do a fast that’s right for you. Anyone suggesting or promoting violence in the comments section will be immediately banned, permanently.
The blood cells would then begin regenerating parts of the immune system and at the same time would protect them.
It is heavy on some advanced terms but if you are reading this you are probably intelligent enough to understand it. Apparently the enzyme PKA is reduced during a fast which allows the body to reactivate some of the natural regeneration.
For chemo patients, the elderly, the chronically ill, even those with auto immune diseases. That’s when they discovered that fasting for just 72 hours could protect cancer patients from the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
You can follow the link at the bottom of each article, or you can view all comments threads on the bbs. In a nutshell, NK has given me my life back again and I couldn’t be happier about that!


Another topic for study is how fasting was tied into our ancestors since they no doubt dealt with starvation and religious restriction. When the information is available to the people, systemic change will be inevitable and unavoidable. I’m stoked about sharing more about my NK progress over the next few months speaking on a panel at PaleoFX in Austin, Texas next week, doing a one-year update lecture on The Low-Carb Cruise in May and presenting a poster at the 2013 Ancestral Health Symposium (#AHS13) in Atlanta, Georgia in August.
If the same thing happens with human beings then this could be a new way to greatly improve the quality of life for those going through chemotherapy. If the findings prove useful then we could have not just an additional cancer treatment but also a solution for many immune disorders. It also warns against ever doing a water fast – most of us are too toxic and would go into a harmful healing crisis.
As regular readers already know, I engaged in a one-week fast with water, diet soda and chicken boullion cubes while keeping up my regular exercise routine in 2011 putting the words of cancer researcher Dr. Seyfried noted that a great cancer prevention measure that people can engage in is to do a one-week fast annually.
Seyfried honored my willingness to give it a go in his new 2012 textbook Cancer as a Metabolic Disease.
And what impact would a total fast have on blood ketone production, blood sugar and weight (although I personally think the weight change is all but irrelevant within the realm of a test like this)?
These are just a few of the questions I wanted to know and there’s no better way to find out than to give it the old college try. Since I had already done a fast once before in 2011, I already knew what I had in store for myself. And with nutritional ketosis, regular periods of 18-24+ hours of fasting are very natural and easy to see. This would allow me to see precisely the impact on all my numbers and state of health in real time to assess the situation. I promised myself and my wife Christine that if at any point I started to feel bad beyond just simple hunger or if my blood sugar dips into the 50s for more than a couple of hours, then I would end the experiment immediately.
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors went through regular long periods of deprivation where food would not be readily available.
Part of it may have had something to do with the fact that I stopped taking my Glycosolve as part of this total fast.
Additionally, I had a larger-than-normal meal the night before knowing it was going to be my final bites of food for a while, so that might be part of why glucose was slightly elevated. When I woke up in Day 2 of the fast, my blood sugar was 70–not that unexpected considering it had been nearly 40 hours since my last meal.
After rising to 84 by midday, there was a precipitous plummet down into the mid-60s by the evening.
However, the bottom fell out in the early afternoon when my blood sugar hit 59 for over two hours–and it came with an accompanying headache. I’m thinking my electrolyte balance was off and it was a lesson learned for the next time I attempt to do a one-week fast in the future (the boullion cubes were a lot more effective at helping me sustain the fast in 2011 than I even realized).


Incidentally, I had another difficult night of sleep waking up just a few hours after falling asleep. I will note that my weight was up to start Day 1 because I had a sizable meal late in the afternoon on March 16, 2013 preparing for what I thought was going to be seven days of no food.
Although there wasn’t much weight loss in Day 1, it certainly reflected itself when I woke up in Day 2. You’ll see my weight goes up early in both Day 2 and 3 when I drank copious amounts of water to ward off hunger from not eating. Yes, I lost a few pounds during this 72-hour fast, but the most interesting thing about this experiment is what happened in the three days that followed. Nevertheless, I consider this experiment a success because it showed me what I wanted to see–how quickly blood sugar drops, blood ketones rise and weight fluctuations during a water-only fast. It’s yet another point of data in my n=1 experiment testing nutritional ketosis.What did you think about my fasting results?
I’d love to see your feedback about what happened, so feel free to share those in the comments section below.
My next update for Day 301-330 is coming up in mid-April and then I’ll write a wrap-up post about one year of doing nutritional ketosis when I return from The Low-Carb Cruise in mid-May. I’ve got a few very interesting tests coming up soon that I hope to include showing the state of my health being in a constant state of ketosis in that final analysis.
Not sure how much it takes, but people have died from acute hyponatremia — diluting down of electrolytes with too much clear water but no salt intake.
Tends to happen with marathoners belting down water while sweating away salt; also the occasional foolish radio water-drinking contest (why is that always for radio shows?). I suggest that you make a chicken or bone broth in a slow cooker overnight and use that broth. I have not read much on fasting but when blood sugar gets to 60s it might also be a signal that something abnormal is happening. I have been reading Dr Dayspring and wonder if he asked if you were tested for sterol adsorption?
AS as an additional note, when give a high therapeutic dose of magnesium I also give either organic bound multi minerals or trace mineral drops to keep other minerals at a minimum maintenance levels.
LLVLCBlogI’m simply repeating what many of the leading low-carb researchers and practitioners have recommended. I ask because since you were eating a VLC diet before, which should have had you in NK before, what was the spark, so to speak, that caused the 73 pound loss?



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