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Tumor and Epilepsy can fasting help?

29 Sep 2011 23:24 #9243 by Helen P
Helen P created the topic: Tumor and Epilepsy can fasting help?
Hi, I have fasted frequently in the past but due to low blood pressure, slow heart rate and a strange neurological disorder I tend to have one small cup of juice in the mornings and three electrolyte powders a day. This is not really a Juice feast or a water fast but seems to work for me. I fast because the condition I have which may be caused by a cyst on my brainstem or may be caused by a migraine disorder causing small strokes is alleviated by this. My symptoms are nausea, weakness, dizziness and loss of balance. My eyes will not focus in the same direction at the moment. I have been feeling a lot better for the past three days and hope to extend this fast as long as possible.

I am overweight due to medication which makes me ravenously hungry even after I havejust eaten and also slows my metabolism. This is why I do not like to do intermittant fasting - it is very hard for me to fast for the first three days and then the hunger goes and it is wonderful. I have kept myself very busy and strong for three days and now feel good. It took 5 false starts before I was able to stick to the three days which is how I know that intermittant fasting will probably not happen.

My skin has cleared up now and I have more energy and I feel good. I am wondering about continuing this fast until the hunger comes back again? If that is safe to do? I cannot get advice from my doctor. I am epileptic due to this cyst and the medical advice is never to fast because it could bring on a seizure - I have fasted more than 50 times and it never has but my doctor will still advise me not to do it and offer no further advice. I would love any tips on here to help me maintain the fast and know when to stop.

I have looked at the FAQs and can say that my tongue is clear and I feel good now but I do not want to stop my fast now - I want to keep feeling this good?

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30 Sep 2011 01:51 #9244 by david
david replied the topic: Tumor and Epilepsy can fasting help?
Hello Helen and a warm welcome to the site. Firstly strictly speaking juicing is not fasting but what we call feasting. Why? because it is not different to deriving nutrients from a fruit or vegetable except that there is no fiber so the body has less work to do to break down the raw food. Also while there is sugar available to your system it takes longer to enter into full ketosis. So lets call your fast a semi-fast that sounds better than feasting. Also as you have a medical condition I would address your query to The Fast Doctor who is medically qualified. So I will move this post to his forum. Also please consider purchasing his book Health Won as it is packed with useful information and by reading it you will save him from answering a generic question. 100% of sales for the book go to him. I trust you will get on top of this health challenge and you may also want to explore the dry fasting literature as that is powerful medicine but has to be done with appropriate supervision.

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30 Sep 2011 07:37 #9246 by Esmée La Fleur
Esmée La Fleur replied the topic: Re: Tumor and Epilepsy can fasting help?
Have you ever looked into a ketogenic diet which has been used successfully to control epilepsy?

Since being in ketosis does help reduce or eliminate some forms of epilepsy, I wonder if seizures would also be reduced while in a ketotic state during fasting?

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30 Sep 2011 11:38 - 30 Sep 2011 11:40 #9247 by TheFastDoctor
TheFastDoctor replied the topic: Re: Tumor and Epilepsy can fasting help?
Welcome indeed dear Helen!

I do not understand how my colleagues can say that fasting will bring on a seizure.. after all, like Esmée pointed out, ketogentic diets (And to some extent fasting is one of these) have been used for ages to control seizures where all medicines fail. The only "Seizure" that can be brought on by fasting is a hypoglycaemic one, in people with insulinoma.

Intermittent fasting does get a LOT easier if you do it every week. We all know the first few days of a fast is more difficult, but that is exactly what you overcome if your next fast is done before the ketotic potential of the current one runs out.. which can be up to 10 days in my experience.

You could even consider trying the alternate day eating.. where you fast every second day.

But please do all "experiments" under good supervision; we cannot reliably "remote control" this and our observations are not always applicable to a specific individual.


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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