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Fasting and Heart Attacks/Strokes

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21 Oct 2014 00:24 #23787 by fastingfriend1
fastingfriend1 created the topic: Fasting and Heart Attacks/Strokes
Dr Kruger,

Can fasting prevent or reverse the conditions (thick blood, blood clots etc) that cause heart disease and ischemic strokes in people who have not yet experienced a stroke or heart attack?

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21 Oct 2014 07:23 - 21 Oct 2014 07:28 #23798 by TheFastDoctor
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Welcome to the forums dear Fastingfriend! Indeed I believe fasting helps dissolve cholesterol related plaques that has already formed in your arteries. That is because your blood becomes "hungry" and "scavenges" for food... it will discover these plaques are not essential to survival of any organ so it is redundant and can be re-mobilized. My own cholesterol has dropped by about 30% after I started the weekly fasting habit... No Statin drugs for me thanks!

André

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21 Oct 2014 16:35 #23801 by fastingfriend1
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Thanks for the response, doctor.

What do you think are the major causes of these plaques?

I am pretty confused now because I believed the conventional wisdom that excess dietary cholesterol and saturated fat clogged arteries. I ate a plant based diet and had low cholesterol, normal blood pressure, and low triglycerides. I was doing well eating mostly legumes, grains, fruits and vegetables.

Then I started reading about "paleo" diets, which claim that we humans were meant to eat lots of animal products with very little carbs, especially complex carbs. I did not do well on a high fat diet or lots of animal products and I am now using fasting and a plant based diet to restore my health before a major illness strikes.

However, low cholesterol levels have been linked to cancer, hemorrhagic strokes, and depression. What do you think?

I have also read that a lack of vitamin K2 causes calcium deposits to build up inside the arteries inside of plaques. Vitamin K2, however, is found only in grass-fed animal foods. So how are vegetarians supposed to get Vitamin K2 to prevent calcium deposits in arteries and soft tissues?

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21 Oct 2014 19:34 #23802 by TheFastDoctor
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The major cause of the se plaques, dear Friend, is that the metabolic needs of the body is continually satisfied by eating every day, which removes the need of the body to use redundant tissues already inside. No matter HOW "pure" you eat, there is always some metabolic waste which gets caught up in these plaques.

The Paleo diet: Bear in mind that the average life expectancy in the paleo period was considerably less than 30 years. It is part of our heritage, yes, but not necessarily good for us....

I agree about low cholesterol... which is why I don't take these horrible drugs called "statins".

Vitamin K (all forms) forms in the gut. It is made by bacteria. No matter how much you eat, it is destroyed in the stomach. Raw food helps keep the gut bacterial thriving and that's where your vitamin K's come from. We vegetarians have more than plenty of that...

André

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21 Oct 2014 20:15 - 21 Oct 2014 20:24 #23803 by david
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Thank you Doctor just goes to show how important it is to get the friendly gut bacteria on track and another reason to keep clear of colonics, anti biotics and colloidal silver and food which disturb the natural balance of beneficial flora in the large intestine. Keith Scott-Mumby has written a book "Fire In The Belly: The Surprising Cause of Most Diseases, States Of Mind and Aging Processes" which I am keen to read. Are either of you familiar with the Resistant Starch Diet? It is designed to enhance beneficial bacteria by consuming only the slow burning carbs. Such as green bananas, plantains,barley, green peas etc. People who follow this diet to the letter are said to increase their overall vitality and benefit from improved mood and sleep.

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21 Oct 2014 22:17 #23807 by fastingfriend1
fastingfriend1 replied the topic: Fasting and Heart Attacks/Strokes
Thanks doctor.

I wish there were more doctors like you here in America.

I understand statins can drive cholesterol too low. But does a person need to worry about having too low cholesterol from eating a vegetarian diet?

I personally have found that I don't need as much food as I was led to believe. People are so quick to label anyone who does not eat a lot of food as having an eating disorder.

I ended a 19 day fast 11 days ago. I was doing well and paying attention to my biofeedback, as you recommend. I intended to fast for at least 30 days but then I got news that my brother had suffered a stroke and was paralyzed in hospital. I could not stop crying and became mentally confused so I broke the fast with some watermelon.

I want to start fasting again because I have no appetite for food, I am so sad about my brother. I am prone to depression and I am wondering if fasting will help to prevent a depressive episode. Do you think the ketones from fasting can prevent depression?

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21 Oct 2014 22:25 #23808 by fastingfriend1
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"Are either of you familiar with the Resistant Starch Diet? It is designed to enhance beneficial bacteria by consuming only the slow burning carbs. Such as green bananas, plantains,barley, green peas etc. People who follow this diet to the letter are said to increase their overall vitality and benefit from improved mood and sleep."

Hi David.

I am familiar with resistant starch, but I did not know there is a diet based on it. I ate lots plantains, green bananas, green peas and barley when I was a vegetarian. I was very healthy. I don't know why I fell for the paleo nonsense and gave up healthy starches.

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22 Oct 2014 05:00 - 22 Oct 2014 05:02 #23809 by TheFastDoctor
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Dear David, I am perpetually scared of the word "only". Variety, "they" say, is the spice of life. Thus whilst good to have low glycaemic index ("slow burning") carbohydrates, having a small volume of the fast burning type is not bad. We can handle a mix better than an either-or.

And dear Friend, indeed no your cholesterol cannot be too low from a vegan diet. Your liver makes cholesterol to fulfill your needs of this cardinally important and essential nutrient.

You are quite right, we over-estimate the volume of nutrients we need. Observations in humand and experiments in animals have demonstrated that having less than the "RDA" of all known nutrients actually serve to slow down the aging process and enhances well-being.

Sorry to hear about your brother. Very wise of you to go for watermelon, a gr8 way to break a fast provided the volume is not excessive. And yes, fasting is a very effective anti-depressant.

André

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