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23 Sep 2006 06:24 #7 by david
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The medical team responsible for treating the magician David Blaine following his 44 day fast in a suspended glass box said he lost 24.5kg – 25 per cent of his original body weight – and his body-mass index (body weight divided by the square of height in metres) dropped from 29.0 to 21.6 in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine published today (24 November 2005.)

Blaine was cared for by Jeremy Powell-Tuck, Professor of Clinical Nutrition, at Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry. He and colleague Márta Korbonits, Reader in Endocrinology at the School, monitored the performance artist’s progress following the stunt in London in October 2003.

For the first three days Blaine underwent re-feeding with a liquid meal and oral vitamin and mineral supplements. Blaine’s metabolic status when he arrived at hospital immediately after the fast showed normal blood sugar levels but elevated levels of fatty acids, typical of long-term fasting.

He had vitamin B1 and B6 deficiency and these were replenished immediately after admission to hospital. Haemoconcentration was observed on the day Blaine was admitted and by day 10 there was a slight oedema.

His grossly elevated levels of vitamin B12 and high zinc and liver enzyme levels suggest liver function impairment, and he had low levels of insulin and very low levels of insulin-like growth factor 1, these changes are again characteristic findings in long-term starving.

He had very low levels of appetite-regulating hormones leptin and ghrelin. Blaine did not experience hunger for the first couple of days upon ending the fast but his appetite increased considerably immediately after an elevation in plasma levels of metabolic hormones orexin A and resistin.

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12 Feb 2007 08:23 #23 by TheFastDoctor
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These factinating results at lease partly explain the phenomenon of reduced rate of aging during fasting and some time thereafter. Elevated levels of Insulin typically promote aging.. his went down. I had a simial experience with a man fasting 45 days, but he was overweight to start with, so we kept him very active, and his liver enzymes actually dropped during the last 2 weeks. He lost 45 kilograms in this time.
I do believe in the ACTIVe fast, that means that we actively use hydrotherapies to eliminate toxins during the fast, and this in my opinion will reduce any toxic effect on the cells.

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07 May 2007 14:26 #62 by Misslinda
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To understand you correctly, The Fasting Doctor.......

If toxins were assisted out of the body, it would alleviate the work of these major eliminatory organs in this case, the LIVER. It is when the blood/bile become stagnant that signs of disfunction or malfunction appears during fasting like that of Mr. Blaine?

Do we have any information why he was fasting in s suspended glass box?

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11 May 2007 06:29 #73 by TheFastDoctor
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Do bear in mind that bile always become stagnant in a fast, as long as you have a gall bladder. The gall bladder only empties into the duodenum after the tongue reports taste (particularly fats). But surprisingly we find very little increase in bile salts (such as Bilirubin) in the blood during a fast. Your body diverts a large portion of these to the kidneys instead, and you form less due to an altered metabolism.
Why in a glass cage you ask? For the money of course.
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01 Jun 2007 16:17 #87 by TRiNiTy2018
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And what if you don't have a gallbladder?

Curious as to what your opinion is on caffeine implants is??

I would surmise that if they cause the liver to \"dump\" the toxins it is processing, it might actually be benificial.... and if it were benificial... how often would one consider implementing them during an extended fast?

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01 Jun 2007 19:44 #89 by TheFastDoctor
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TRiNiTy2018 wrote:
And what if you don't have a gallbladder?

A: Then the bile keeps dripping into your gut all the time.. and most of it gets re-absorbed into the blood unless there's fiber in the intestine to bind it.

Curious as to what your opinion is on caffeine implants is??

A: Never heard of this but it sound like a horror Frankensteinish idea to \"implant\" caffeine! I have heard of coffee enemas used in so-called detox regimens but even this I will not do to my worst enemy..

I would surmise that if they cause the liver to \"dump\" the toxins it is processing, it might actually be benificial.... and if it were benificial... how often would one consider implementing them during an extended fast?

A: It's a totally unfounded idea that you can get things out by putting things in.. Personally I never take caffeine in any form whatsoever; sure, it's a naturally occurring chemical, but so is Arsenic..So to answer you on how often, the answer is.. NEVER!

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04 Nov 2007 17:24 #221 by LionChaser
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I'm new to fasting and some of the end results here are less than desirable :) -- Which of these post-fasting 'issues' would have not occurred if he were doing a proper juice fast?

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05 Nov 2007 03:39 #222 by Andrew
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It sounds to me Lionchaser that his fast was normal and good. He broke the fast unnaturally however and any problems with the recovery can be attributed to how he broke it.

Breaking a fast is very simple. You eat fruit and juices only for at least half of the time you fasted. By then your body should be functioning fully again, and you can add salads and small amounts of cooked food until the full amount of time that you fasted has passed. So in the case of a 44 day fast, 22 days on fruit and juices then 22 more adding more raw foods and small amounts of cooked food until the end of the 44 day recovery period when you should be able to stomach just about anything again if you choose to.

This way works great for me at least. The main point is that it isn't an illness and the last place I'd want to be after a fast is in hospital where they no less than nothing about fasting and recovering from it. :)

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20 May 2011 20:56 #7055 by Milena
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David wrote: and by day 10 there was a slight oedema.


Interesting that even though he had a team of doctors responsible for his refeeding after the 44 day fast, David blain managed to have a slight edema. I also developed edema around the same time; however, I did not have supervision during my refeed and ended up eating pretty much anything after the 1st week. Maybe edema is something your body goes through after the prolonged fast regardless.

All this time I thought that he spent the first 7 days of his 44 days dry fasting, I guess not. So then I wonder why did people made such a big sensation out of it people have fasted on water for 45 - 50 days before David Blain.

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20 May 2011 21:33 #7056 by cory
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Well some people think you die if you stop eating for a couple of weeks, the other thing when ever someone famous does something people pay more attention. Most people who do long fasts don't try to draw attention to themselves like being in a plastic box dangling from a crane this itself will most likely be harder mentally to do that as well as you cannot really do much to distract yourself either.

I am not surprised that he developed a edema like one of the reasons you can get one is by sitting or staying in one position for too long and as he staying in his box he probable didn't have must movement.

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20 May 2011 21:37 #7057 by Milena
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What really upsets me is that after the fast he presented himself as this totally suffering being. He had to be hospitalized for refeed?..:) Come on! I could have gone past my 40 days and still wouldn't need to be hospitalized. I was back to work 2 days after I broke my fast. He made it look like such a torture.

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20 May 2011 22:08 #7060 by cory
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Well people like a bit of drama it adds to the show, if he played down the torture as you put it people wouldn't be as impressed he only did it for publicity not for any other reason. There is something inside of people that makes you more interested in the more gruesome dramatic events like the Romans used to throw people to the lions or in today's world the violence and scandals in today's sporting world.

Also it was as a guess a private hospital so it may be more similar to a fasting retreat for him. You always hear about celebrities going into some private clinics to overcome drugs or something normally just to avoid prison time or to improve their image.

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20 May 2011 22:13 #7061 by Milena
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Very true Cory. I just don't like when people give fasting a bad rap!

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20 May 2011 22:31 #7063 by cory
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Well you just have to blame the world and human nature for that.

Also in general people always advise against skipping meals let alone skipping days at a time you can still find people who believe you be dead after not drinking for 3 days. Unless it is for religious purposes people will generally look at you strange if you tell them your not eating for a month or maybe even a day.

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20 May 2011 22:41 #7064 by Milena
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This comes from the fact that since a very young age people are taught to be attached to their bodies. Once this attachment is broken, then this attitude changes.

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