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15 May 2013 13:13 #16667 by moises
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This is the first randomized controlled study that I have seen that finds that fasting leads to improved outcomes in IBS patients.

Those who did a 10-day fast, "significantly improved 7 out of the 10 symptoms assessed . . ."

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15 May 2013 17:30 #16668 by TheFastDoctor
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Thank you for mentioning this. Please could you post a link to the study? I have been treating IBS with fasting for about 3 dozen years and indeed it works. Our problem in convincing the orthodox medical establishment. The very dominant pharmaceutical industry is not interested in "cures".. they want "management" so they can keep on selling drugs and make money...

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15 May 2013 17:40 #16669 by moises
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Andre,

The first word of my post, "This", is a link to an abstract of the study. I do not have access to the full study.

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16 May 2013 01:31 #16670 by ilovefasting
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Hi, Moises

I am happy you post it. I have IBS since a long time ago (20 years or so) but the definite diagnose came like 3 years ago after ruling out tons of things... When I got bad symptoms, I use to take this expensive pills. This week is my 3rd week into this intermittent fasting. I am currently doing 4 days a week, and it's been amazing the changes.

My belly hurts only like 15 minutes every now and then, gets little hard, but the whole rest of the symptoms are gone.

I am not taking anything other than fasting. Since I alternate the dates, it allows me to have my intestine back in order. I am so happy in so many things that are happening in my body, not only the IBS. I guess I didn't have huge major problems, but the amount of little things that where bothering me (collectively ) made my life seem lethargic, depressed...

Anyhow , just wanted to jump and share how amazing the IBS has improved. Maybe when I reach my healthy weigh this will keep improving...

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16 May 2013 12:03 #16677 by moises
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ilovefasting,

That's great to hear that it helped you. Please give more details about what you do "4 days a week."

I have IBS and have been contemplating a 14-day fast. Intermittent fasting, though, would probably be a whole lot easier.

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16 May 2013 13:30 #16678 by TheFastDoctor
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It's good to start off on a longer fast but then immediately follow it up with regular (at least weekly) fasts thereafter. I suggest the initiation fast be as long as you are comfortable with it, then you break it in the cyclical diet way (Starting with simple carbohydrates, working up to complex fats; described in Health Won). The high fat, low protein meal just before the next fast is the crux in activating the fat based metabolism to be used during the fast itself.

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22 May 2013 07:21 #16738 by ilovefasting
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moises wrote: ilovefasting,
Please give more details about what you do "4 days a week."


Well Moises, I am not an expert yet, more like a beginner, but the amazing changes have been so rapidly. I started fasting trying to do a 21 day fast, yet, I couldn't pass day 4. So I started doing fasts of 4 days in a row, break the fast, then immediately getting myself back to fasting. The problem I encounter wasn't hunger but the mental fear of doing something so different than what I am accustom.

Latter I discover that I could continue this rhythm of 4 days in a row comfortably. So I added the 5 detox steps and felt even better. The way I am coming out of the fast and the way I am starting a fast (with fat) seems to be more "normal now", so I guess little by little it's less stress and worry, less questions to the doctor, all this, start to add up, and feel like I could be able to do longer fasts if I desire, yet I feel so good having a couple of days of eating a week (for now) who knows what I will be doing latter.

I start each monday not knowing how many days a week I will fast, yet I know the lowest number will be 4 days in any way or form, if I where to fast more would be even better, yet I haven't pass that number. (I have fat to lose, so I guess I could do longer fasts if I want to)

the IBS is "ALMOST" gone, when I added the 5 detox steps, the improvement was a LOT better, yet at moments of the day, I still have some discomfort, but so little. Given that I have suffer for so long, this little discomfort of few mintues during the day, seems like nothing, no medicine, no worries. I notice that when I am in social events, or sitting in the same position for hours, then, the IBS seems to kick in. Maybe in my case, stress, triggers IBS for me, or gases etc... so I guess the 5 step detox seems to make me way more relax during the day and that also helped?

happy fasting...
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22 May 2013 11:58 #16742 by moises
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ilovefasting,

I am happy that you were able to find something that helped you so much. And thanks for giving me specifics on how you fast. Four days of fasting every week? Wow! I find that amazing.

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22 May 2013 13:41 - 22 May 2013 13:43 #16744 by Ockeghem
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Ilovefasting,

Are your four days of fasting per week consecutive each week, or do you mix it up? I really love my idea of 0010101. That would equal four days of fasting, and three of non-fasting. I have yet to do it consistently, but I continue to think seriously about trying it more frequently.

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22 May 2013 13:51 #16745 by TheFastDoctor
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Indeed Ilove is setting us all an admirable example.

Since variety is the spice of life, I suggest you consider different scenarios and switch between them all the time:

0101010
1000011
1010001

Sounds like binary code doesn't it? And not all unlike written music!

But ILove is sure going to age very slowly now, as some indications are that you age only on the eating days.

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23 May 2013 01:02 - 23 May 2013 01:15 #16759 by ilovefasting
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I post something like this somewhere else, but I am adding it here to hear from our dear doc...

Doc, here are my binary weekly code so far... I can't believe it's my 4th week yet.

0000111
0000111
0010011
0010011
:silly: :silly: :silly:

I don't have huge diseases yet the most fascinating improvements have been:

IBS
Almost gone, unless sitting down for a long time, or stressful (and even do it does appear every now and then, it's just for a little while that the stomach get's little hard/tight, hurts and then it goes)

DEPRESSION
wow, this is like having some TEQUILA on daily basis... (without the comming down) and like the doc says, it's been covering the days I eat, not if I eat 3 days in a row and not follow the 5 detox steps... (these are my key element during my eating days or other wise my frequency/energy lowers again and feels like a darker day)

KERATOSIS PILARIS
Even do I understand this comes in my DNA, the first two weeks nothing, but when I added the FULL 5 step detox cycle, then in a matter of two days the KP improved like 75%... I don't know how this will turn out, but it's been looking better. Specially because I have them ONLY in my BUT :pinch: :pinch: not very sexy..! (lol)

THYROID
Well since i've been always on the border of being "hypothorid" someyears the docs gave me .25 of medicine, some other years, other doctors take the medicine off. It's more the symptoms that where the issue (feeling cold) and depressed. The numbers in the blood seems to change each year, but always on the border. So after this 4 weeks, I feel HOT (jajaja) I can't relate with my body, I have been 20 years always wearing sweater when others are without one... this past 2 weeks I have been SO HOT, like if the hormones are awake and about to sweat. I wonder if I am becoming normal... :lol:

WEIGHT LOSS
Well this is something I didn't measure when I started fasting because I don't like to get myself in the scale because I always get disappointed, but this past week I weighted myself to have an idea how much I lose per week, taking into consideration 4 fasting days per week... I ONLY LOST 2 pounds per week... :huh:

I understand that I must be EATING way more than what my body needs.. as simple as that. I guess I will add more fasting days and eat WAY less on eating days, regardless that on the eating days I only eat once or twice a day... I have a very PROFICIENT BODY, DOSEN'T WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT.

Any pointers doctor?
The weird thing is that I feel as If I have lost WAY MORE... but hey, the scale is the scale...

I am 72 kilos
I am 1.68 hight.

So I have A LOT TO LOSE STILL....

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23 May 2013 18:40 #16768 by TheFastDoctor
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Sure you still have SOME to lose but not a LOT like may people dear iLove. You appear to be on the right tract, and I am reluctant to give you more specific advice because your biofeedback is more reliable than my theory.

An efficient metabolism does not need a lot of substance to sustain itself. Embrace that. You will eat only a certain volume of food in your life so the slower you go through your "allowance", the slower you age.

Sometimes fat is transformed into muscle during an active fast. So indeed you do lose more than what it appears. Muscle, after all, weighs more than fat of the same volume. So please, make a point of liking yourself and don't pay too much attention to the scale.

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24 May 2013 00:25 #16772 by ilovefasting
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Thanks doc.

I can't believe what a miracle this combination of fasting weekly + the 5 step does for me. After years of pushing myself through life, this seems to be like such a small effort (fasting 4days a week) to be fixing so many little ailments all together. Because other fixes I have done in the past, where limited to one area (mental, body, spirituals, etc... ) and had a short lifespan in itself. But These seems to be working in so many layers at once that for someone like me, that has spend her life living with her gas tank almost always in empty, feels just like what I needed....

Well, I can't wait to see the unfolding of this in few months from now.

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