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Intermittent Fasting Matters (Sometimes): There Is No Such Thing As A “Calorie” To Your Body, Part VIII
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June 10, 2014
7:21 am
Doug
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Hi J.

A new study about fasting has shown a reduction in IGF-1

http://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/abstract/S1934-5909(14)00151-9

Two questions, first: I'd like to get your take on it, and second: do you think this might be a confounding variable for the 7th day Adventists (sp?) veg*ns who seem to buck the general veg*n trends? After all they would fast twice a year, advent and lent.

June 10, 2014
7:25 am
Doug
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That was strange, the rest of my message seemed to disappear.

Here it is again without the link:

Hi J.

A new study about fasting has shown a reduction in IGF-1

"Prolonged Fasting Reduces IGF-1/PKA to Promote Hematopoietic-Stem-Cell-Based Regeneration and Reverse Immunosuppression
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You can google it from "cell stem cell" at "cell dot com"

Two questions, first: I'd like to get your take on it, and second: do you think this might be a confounding variable for the 7th day Adventists veg*ns who seem to buck the general veg*n trends? After all they would fast twice a year, advent and lent.

June 23, 2014
4:58 am
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Doug:

Fasting is good in many ways, but it won't fix deficiency diseases.

However, keep two things in mind. First, the Adventist church recommends vegetarianism, not veganism -- a very important difference! It's possible to eat a nutritionally complete vegetarian diet: it's not possible to eat a nutritionally complete vegan diet. Second, only about 1/3 of them claim to be vegetarian (and nearly 2/3 of Americans who claim to be vegetarian admit to eating meat in the last two days). Third, there are many, many lifestyle differences between an Adventist, especially those living in Loma Linda (next to one of the premier medical facilities in the country), and the average American.

However, it's plausible that fasting improves an otherwise sub-optimal diet!

JS

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