“…our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness.” – Hippocrates. The truth of Hippocrate’s saying is coming to light most remarkably in the management of one of the most firghtening diseases of our time: cancer.
Lead researcher Professor Valter Longo, from the University of Southern California said, “what we are seeing is that the cancer cell tries to compensate the lack of all these things missing in the blood after fasting. It may be trying to replace them, but it can’t. The cell is, in fact, committing cellular suicide”.
“Instead of using medicine, rather fast a day.” – Plutarch. If you think fasting is only for healthy people – think again. Latest study reveals that that cancer patients, undergoing chemotherapy treatment, experienced a better outcome with less severe side effects. In fact, you can find the latest news about how fasting helps chemotherapy patients in the journal, Science Translational Medicine. Generally speaking, it seems like fasting causes cancer cells to eventually destroy themselves during a carefully monitored fast.
For the beginner, the “16 hour fast” is probably the easiest way to go with minimal effort. Try to eat all your meals during the day within an 8 hour period of time. For example, you only eat from 9 am to 5 pm – giving you 16 hours of fasting time until your next meal. Try this for a few days and watch your energy soar!
In one of the earliest studies, forty-eight rats were split up into two groups of twenty-four. One group ate ad libitum for a week, while the other group underwent alternate day fasting. After one week of the various dietary protocols, both groups were injected with breast cancer. At nine days post-injection, 16 of 24 fasted rats remained alive, while just five of 24 ad-libitum fed rats lived. At ten days post-injection, only three of the 24 ad libitum-fed rats survived; 12 of the 24 fasted rats remained alive. Pretty large disparity, right?
That was in 1988. It wasn’t until the late 90s that more promising research was undertaken. That’s when Longo began studying in earnest the phenomenon of increased cellular resistance to oxidative stress during fasting. Figuring that since chemotherapy exerts its effects on cancer by inducing oxidative stress (to all cells, not just cancerous ones), and fasting triggers survival mode in normal cells but not cancer cells, he conducted a study on mice to determine whether fasting protected the healthy, normal cells from chemotherapy’s side effects while leaving the cancer cells sensitive to the treatment.
Tumor-ridden mice were either fasted or fed normally 48 hours prior to a large dose of chemotherapy. Half of the normally-fed mice died from chemotherapy toxicity, while all of the fasted mice survived (PDF). Furthermore, fasting did not improve the survival rate of cancerous cells, meaning it only protected normal, healthy cells.
Research has continued. Longo found that “starvation-dependent stress” helps safeguard normal cells, but not cancer cells, against the effects of chemotherapy. Even a “modified” alternate day fasting regimen, in which mice were given 15% of their normal calories on “fasting” days, reduced proliferation rates of tumor cells. This “85%” fasting regimen was even more effective than the full 100%. And most recently, Longo et al found that fasting both retarded the growth of tumors while sensitizing cancer cells to the effects of chemotherapy – across a wide range of tumor types. Most importantly, they concluded that fasting could “potentially replace or augment” certain existing chemotherapy regimens! And these are wise words coming from a cancer researcher, not just some funky dietician or guru who depends on magical healing power.
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