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Hip implant and fasting

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20 Jul 2010 10:37 #4805 by Gabriela C
Gabriela C created the topic: Hip implant and fasting
Hello,
I'm new to the forum but very interested in the topic of fasting. I intend to try juice fasting at first before tackling the issue of water fasting, but I don't know if fasting of any kind will be appropriate for me. I have (among other things) rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis and about 1 year and a half ago I underwent hip implant surgery. My question is related to how the body will treat my implant (metal-polyethylene) during the fast - my fear is that it will perceive it as a toxin and will try to get rid of it, which I certainly would like to avoid. Also, since I need my fatty acids reserve for dealing with osteoporosis (and I'm also suspect of multiple sclerosis, but there is no positive test at this point), I was wondering if fasting will by any means deplete brains' fatty acids reserves to the point of aggravating my medical conditions.
I'm sorry if my questions may seem silly for many of you, but I'm just being overly cautious due to my delicate medical situation.
Thanks a lot for finding some time to read my message.
Gabriela

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20 Jul 2010 18:08 #4806 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Re: Hip implant and fasting
Welcome, dear Gabriela!

DOn't fear, your implants are safe. They are made out of totally non-antigenic material and will NOT cause an immune response, not even during fasting.

Actually the blood levels of several fatty acids increase during a fast, as your body mobilizes the fats from the hips, abdomen, around the kidneys, etc. I definitely will not expect any deficiency state developing from this source.

I do admire overly cautious people: If you do no damage now, you can always do more in future.

If you are suspected to have MS, I would really advise you to fast regularly and go on an animal-free diet: Animal substances such as their muscles ("meat") and nerves (inside the muscles) may just trigger off an immune response that attacks your own fibers.. and Multiple Sclerosis is one of this group of diseases. I have witnessed some really good responses in sufferers of this disease during a fast. There is of course no guarantee of benefit, but the risk of negative effects is so low that you have really nothing to lose.

You could ask your doctor to measure a few inflammatory markers (such as CRP and ESR) before your fast and there after, to see if your suspected MS responded.

Please keep us posted, we're all here to help!

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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21 Jul 2010 09:59 #4809 by Gabriela C
Gabriela C replied the topic: Re: Hip implant and fasting
Hi Andre,
Thanks so much for the quick and reassuring reply. It's been a relief to find out that my implant will not be harmed.
About my fat reserves: actually I don't have many of those as I'm quite underweight (40 kg, 1.60 cm). This is mainly because I've been a vegetarian for several years now, and for about 9 months I've been a raw-fooder (almost 100%) which has enormously helped my health. For example, at the moment the ESR and CRP are those of a normal healthy person (and remember I've had rheumatoid arthritis for 20 years now!!!).
Although I feel quite ok for now, I'm interested in fasting because I still have some morning stiffness in my joints (very little as compared to previous years, but still...)and because I'm trying to help with my suspected MS. A third reason would be that I'm trying to gain weight - and, as I understand, this is what fasting should do for those who need it - help one reach the weight that is suitable for one's own body (after, of course, fasting was ended and solid food is again consumed). It goes without saying that I intend to go on eating the way I do (raw vegan food)for as long as possible.
I'll keep you posted on my progress.
Thanks so much!
Gabriela

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21 Jul 2010 19:36 #4815 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Re: Hip implant and fasting
To say I am impressed will be an understatement. Yes I have used fasting to help people gain weight.. when the stomach has a rest, it can digest food that much better afterwards. You should however see how you can work high energy foods into your diet. A favourite of mine is a fruit juice based drink containing honey and a vegetable juice such as olive or sunflower.. and for the non vegans we add a raw egg. If you stir this all up it looks and tastes like a "milkshake" and is an ideal way of ending your meals (on your eating days of course!), a little "extra" to help you gain weight and lubricate those joints..

These high fat foods are of course avoided on the first meal after the fast but if your aim is to gain weight you can do it from the second or third.

Looking forward to learning of your progress..

André

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