9/6/2017 11:00 AM – Opinion concerning Fasting and the Ketogenic Diet: I think Intermittent Fasting and Shorter-term Fasting (2-4 days) are much more important for health and wellness concerns than trying to adhere to a ketogenic diet. I get the sense that Ketogenic Dieting will become a fad in the mainstream soon, but unless you spend the time to research it well, follow it strictly, and test/monitor/confirm a personal state of ketosis, it’s probably not going to yield the body composition changes possible (keep/build muscle!), nor the yield the advantages of a higher metabolism via mitochondrial biogenesis. You will realize great benefits just from fasting periodically, and eating a reasonable diet (perhaps a “Modified Atkins diet,” or a “Mediterranean diet” would be a better solution). That being said, if you have serious health concerns, such as seizures, cancer, et al., fasting and/or a ketogenic diet, or even a “fasting mimicking diet,” are super important (see Why I Fast).
Added: 10/20/2017 11:15 AM 21-Day Fast – Longer-term fasts are a thing. Millions of people around the world fast periodically, religiously. 21-day fasts seem to be the most common implementation in my culture, largely due to religious influence. I know people who undertake a 21-day fast each year as an organized group effort in their local (to me) Christian “mega church” of about 20,000 members (starting on the 1st Sunday in January each year). One of the people I know who does this happens to be one of the most well-rounded and capable athletic people I’ve known and been around regularly (weekly) for the past 5+ years.
So, let’s hear from a well-respected and well-published former NASA scientist in his 23rd day of a water-only fast: Ray Cronise (a great interview).
Ray Cronise on Cold Thermogenesis, Intermittent Fasting, Weight Loss & Healthspan:
Added: 10/20/2017 10:15 AM Salt – Higher levels of salt are often a necessary (along with supplementing other important electrolytes, such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium) while fasting and in ketosis. A low carbohydrate diet is naturally diuretic, as is caffeine, so your body will be excreting more salt. Furthermore, have a look at the subsequent section on the “The myth of the low-salt diet”
Added: 10/19/2017 6:30 PM – Living Education – As has been said: in this age of information, ignorance is a choice. Examples of two FREE courses available from Harvard:
Principles of Biochemistry
This course explores the molecules of life, starting with building blocks and culminating in complex metabolism and associated diseases.
Cell Biology: Mitochondria
A human-centered approach to the fundamentals of cell biology with a focus on the power plants of the cell – mitochondria.
Added: 10/15/2017 12:00 PM (to The Deep End) Fat: Storing(insulin) vs. Burning/Wasting(ketones)
Added: 10/13/2017 12:30 PM
It’s breast cancer awareness month. I wanted to provide some additional information related to Intermittent Fasting (or “Time Restricted Feeding”) to help prevent breast cancer.
Breast Cancer and Fasting:
In patients with breast cancer, a short overnight fast of less than 13 hours was associated with a statistically significant, 36 percent higher risk of breast cancer recurrence and a non-significant, 21 percent higher probability of death from the disease compared to patients who fasted 13 or more hours per night, report University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers.
The study, published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association Oncology on March 31, also found a non-significant, 22 percent higher risk of mortality from any cause among patients with breast cancer who fasted for shorter periods compared to those who fasted for 13 hours or more overnight.
Researchers also reported that fasting fewer hours per night was associated with significantly less sleep and higher levels of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), which is a measure of average blood sugar levels over a period of months. These findings are relevant to cancer prevention and control efforts because elevated HbA1c and poor sleeping habits have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. These findings corroborate a paper published in April 2015, in which researchers demonstrated that shorter overnight fasts were associated with worse blood sugar control.
“Prolonging the overnight fasting interval may be a simple, non-pharmacological strategy for reducing a person’s risk of breast cancer recurrence and even other cancers,” said Catherine Marinac, lead author and doctoral candidate at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. “Previous research has focused on what to eat for cancer prevention, but when we eat may also matter because it appears to affect metabolic health.”
The study included 2,413 non-diabetic breast cancer survivors between the age of 27 and 70 who participated in a multi-institutional research study conducted between 1995 and 2007, with follow up for breast cancer recurrence and mortality. Participants were 86 percent non-Hispanic white and 55 percent were college educated.
“If future trials confirm that habitual prolonged nightly fasting improves metabolic health, this would be an important discovery in prevention that could reduce the risk of cancers, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease,” said Ruth Patterson, PhD, senior author and leader of the cancer prevention program at Moores Cancer Center.
Study: Prolonged Nightly Fasting and Breast Cancer Prognosis – https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaoncology/article-abstract/2506710?resultClick=1
9/25/2017 11:00 AM – We all know someone who is dealing with or has dealt with brain cancer. I wanted to provide some information related to Fasting, Ketosis, and the Ketogenic Diet to help stunt and thwart various brain cancers. There is actually a good bit of information on this type of adjuvant therapy, especially for the more common Glioblastomas (GBM). Fasting and Brain Cancer
9/21/2017 7:00 PM – I created a new “Notes” resource to share miscellaneous information with people who have specific questions. This resource is password protected because it is just for people with whom I am interacting. It would be like me emailing someone specific information, or handing them my personal notebook to show them something we are discussing.
9/19/2017 11:00 AM – We all know someone who is dealing with or has dealt with breast cancer. I wanted to provide some information related to Intermittent Fasting (or “Time Restricted Feeding”) to help prevent breast cancer. Though it begins with excerpts from two publication, be sure to watch the podcast interview by Dr. Rhonda Patrick with Dr. Ruth Patterson.
9/6/2017 9:30 AM – I am beginning to make some changes to the structure of this site as it evolves. Previously, the home page was a blog post on Fasting from back in early August, but I have migrated that content to a dedicated page and menu item (above).
I want to use this home page for my latest updates, and to set some expectations concerning future content. As time permits, I will be posting more about:
Meditation – From my personal pursuits/practices over the past nine years.
Stoicism – I often describe myself as a stoic, or having a natural stoic disposition. What do I mean by that, and how might someone else find a practical application of stoic philosophy useful in everyday life? In clinical settings, modern-day stoicism is applied as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), but stoicism ultimately has its roots in mindfulness; so from mindfulness -> to stoicism -> to CBT today.
Breathing – You may find it mentioned here that I have daily “go to” breathing practices I use. I will expound on this soon.
Cold Exposure Therapy – You may find it mentioned here that I take advantage of Cold Exposure Therapy (Heat Shock Therapy, as well). I will expound on this soon.
There is more, but the aforementioned gives you an idea of where I am heading with the content here.