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21 Feb 2007 13:31 #30 by spicoli27
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I have read that people with degenerative bone disease should not fast. Is this true?

A friend of mine has this condition and just tried to fast for the first time. Her back hurt her so bad that she had to come off it in three days. She plans to try it again but she is worried.

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22 Feb 2007 14:30 #32 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Re:degenerative bone disease and fasting
\"Degenerative bone disease\" is a rather vague term and we doctors use it often when we don't really know what's going on. It is thus not possible to give a definitive answer to \"can you fast..?\"
But the fact is I have supervised fasts in hundreds of patients with a variety of degenerative bone diseases and have not found any adverse effects. On the contrary, most of my patients can stop their pain medications or anti-inflammatories after the second day of the fast. Then I should specify: We do NOT do \"passive fasts\" in these patients, we keep them rather active, making sure that the toxins MOBILIZED by the fast also gets ELIMINATED. These are the 2 essential steps of detoxifications.
From about the 3rd day of a fast your body gets most of its energy from ketones produced from fat breakdown. This has an anti-inflammatory effect on its own, which may explain the relative painlessness we note in people with degenerative bone diseases after the 3rd day. But in passive fasting, where you just lie around waiting, we often find people experiencing excruciating pain after a few days. Not all.. some do very well indeed but in your case this appears not to work.
Do not hesitate to ask more questions, please!
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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