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Most Powerful Weapon against Life-threatening Diseases.

More Powerful Treatment than Drugs.

This treatment activates the process which cleans out all the old protein that blocks up your brain, causing, memory loss, moods and Alzheimer’s. It stimulates all your inner organs systems and starts self-healing.

From my own experience this year, this treatment has been a miracle solution for so many of my ailments. It simplified my life and did not cost anything, and I did not feel pain or get hungry. It saved me time. I can add it to any future lifestyle or diet I choose. I now know that any and every lifestyle and diet can be improved using this treatment; this is the real quick start to the Self-Healing process.

Every time you put different foods in your mouth, you get an altered hormonal response. So, counting calories for any treatment cannot work – cake, avocado, meat and broccoli of the same calories will not cause the same reaction regardless, your insulin hormones will go up. Eat an egg with its calories, and the insulin stays much the same as before eating the egg. Calories in, calories out, makes no sense says Dr Fung, and I agree with him from my personal experimentation. All calories are not equal.

The fundamental principle in the past was that the metabolic rate stays the same when you drop the number of calories you eat, and so you use up more calories, but it does not work like that at any time. By eating reduced calories over three to six meals per day, the metabolic rate also drops so we cannot lose weight or lower our insulin levels, let alone our blood sugar. So, what happens is, calories in goes down, calories out also go down. The body does this automatically to prevent starvation.  This does not happen if you cut off food altogether and fast for any period.

What needs to be corrected is the number of times we eat each day.

Hormones are cell messengers that carry necessary signals to different cells in the body. Insulin is a hormone and is the main driving factor of putting on and taking off weight. Certain foods like doughnuts and cakes have more insulin effect. Eat a slice of white bread, and your insulin goes up, eat an egg, and your insulin does not go up. All foods have different effects on the body. What foods you eat plays a role, but how often you eat plays a more critical role. Reduce the number of times a day we are stimulating the hormonal pathways and watch the magic begin.

Fasting is the most powerful Treatment.

Fat is not good or bad in the body; it’s merely a store of energy. Get too much of it, it pushes up the insulin to the point of insulin resistance, and you become overweight, get diabetes and fall prey to many other diseases.

Dr Mercola: There is no better metabolic intervention than fasting.

Dr Gundry: Putting your gut at rest is the smartest thing anyone of us can do.

Dr Fung: With fasting, there are no harmful effects. Fasting is the magic bullet; it is one of the most powerful weapons we have against weight loss, insulin resistance, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Fasting is voluntary and can be done at your convenience. It is merely a tool, and you can decide to use it or not to use it and its free. Don’t throw it away before trying it. Fasting activates the adrenalin and other hormones which are essential for your health and longevity.

By fasting, you are stimulating all your inner organs, systems and starting the self-healing process. Fasting is a start of an activation process which cleans out all the old protein that blocks up your brain, causing, memory loss, moods and Alzheimer’s. Cancer cells are not able to metabolism ketones or fat, which makes cancer cells starve. Ketones are chemicals made in your liver. You produce them when you don’t have enough insulin in your body to turn glucose into energy. You need another source, so your body uses fat instead. Your liver turns this fat into ketones, a type of acid, and sends them into your bloodstream. Your muscles and other tissues can then use them for fuel. Did you know that Epilepsy has been cured by an increase of ketones through fasting and very low carb diet?

Have sustained periods of fasting and not reduce your calorie intake.

By fasting, you are opening the door for that energy from fat to come out – you use up the fat stores. During the fasting process, you are not hungry after the first 18-hours. You are working with your body, allowing it to Self-Heal.

There is fasting and intermittent fasting.

Dr Gundry: What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is lengthening the time between one meal and the next meal. The longer you can go between meals, eventually, the better it is for you. Intermittent fasting means that you are probably going to eat at least one meal a day, maybe two.

Fasting is, or what most people would define it as, at least 24 hours without eating and usually longer than 24 hours. Time-restricted eating is virtually the same thing as intermittent fasting. You are going to eat all your calories, in a set period of hours, during the day.

When and how long to fast.

Fasting has no standard duration. Fasts can range from twelve hours to three months. You can fast once a week or once a month or once a year. Intermittent fasting involves fasting for shorter periods, but regularly. Shorter fasts are generally done more frequently. Longer fasts are typically twenty-four to thirty-six hours, done two to three times per week. Prolonged fasting may range from one week to one month.

Dr Fung categorised fasting periods with a breakpoint at 24 hours, although this is somewhat arbitrary. In my experience, I generally use shorter daily fasts of 18 hours overnight and the mornings. I am interested in losing weight and curing my type 2 diabetes, fatty liver and other metabolic diseases that I have picked up with my Health Analyser.

Short Daily Fasting and Longer.

  1. There are several regimens of fasting that use a shorter period of fasting but done every day. A 12-hour fasting period done every day used to be ‘normal’. That is, you would eat three meals a day from, say 7 am to 7 pm and refrain from eating anything from 7 pm to 7 am.

At that point, you would ‘break your fast’ with a small breakfast. This was pretty standard in the 1950s and 1960s when I was in boarding school. There wasn’t much obesity back then. However, there have been two significant changes since then. First was the shift to a higher carbohydrate, lower-fat diet. This tended to increase insulin. The second was the increase in meal frequency and snacking which reduced fasting periods – periods without food. This is a satisfactory fasting period if you have no pains, diseases or are not overweight.

If you could eat unprocessed fresh foods, avoid excessive added sugars, and did not have significant insulin resistance to start, this 12-hour daily fasting was probably good enough for most people to prevent obesity. However, it is not strong enough to reverse decades of insulin resistance and diabetes.

  1. 18-hour fasting – This regimen involves using a daily 18 hour period of fasting and a 6 hour ‘eating window’. For example, this would mean eating from 12 am – 8 pm, and fasting from 8 pm to noon the following day. This generally means skipping the morning meal every day. Some people choose to eat two meals during that 6-hour window and others will eat one.
  1. The ‘Warrior’ diet – This was one of the first diets to popularise intermittent fasting regimens. This diet stressed that the timing of meals mattered almost as much as the composition of meals. In other words, ‘when you eat makes what you eat more important’. Dr Fung thinks both are important, but the ‘when’ question is seriously under-appreciated. Drawing upon inspiration from ancient warrior tribes such as the Spartans and Romans, the core of the diet consists of eating all meals in the evening during a 4-hour window. The fasting period of 20 hours consisted of most of the day. There was also an emphasis on natural unprocessed foods and high-intensity training.

The main point of all these fasting regimens is the same. It allows the body to seriously lower insulin levels for a specified period – longer than one’s usual period of going without food. This is precisely what helps to break or prevent the development of insulin resistance and all the resulting diseases.

The body likes to maintain everything within a relatively narrow range. Any prolonged stimulus leads to resistance as the body tries to resist the change. In this case, prolonged periods of high insulin (prolonged periods of eating) will lead to insulin resistance, which will drive back to high insulin levels – in other words, insulin causes insulin resistance.

So, by incorporating daily periods of low insulin, we can prevent the development of insulin resistance. For more established resistance, we would need more extended fasting periods – 24 hours or longer. There is no upper limit time for fasting, which offers much more therapeutic flexibility. In other words, if we can keep applying extra time to the fast until we see the desired effect. The dose can go up indefinitely. If you don’t eat, will you lose weight? Of course. So there is almost no question of efficacy.

  1. 24-hour fasts – This period of fasting is mostly going from dinner to dinner, or breakfast to breakfast, whatever you like. For example, you would eat dinner at 7 pm and then fast until the next day’s dinner at 7 pm. In this regimen, you do not go a full day without eating since you are still taking one meal on that ‘fasting’ day.

This period of fasting has several significant advantages. First, as a more prolonged duration fast, it tends to be a little more effective. Because you still eat every day, medications that need to be taken with food can still be taken.

This is particularly easy during a workday. You simply drink your morning cup of tea or coffee without sugar or milk but skip breakfast. You work through lunch and get home in time for dinner, again. This saves both time and money. There is no clean-up or cooking for breakfast. You save an hour at lunchtime where you can walk in the sun and be home for dinner without anybody even realising you had fasted for 24-hours – it’s so healthy, and it costs you nothing.

  1. 36-hour fasts – As you progressively go longer in fasting, the benefits accrue faster, if you do not feel well at any point, you must stop. You can be hungry, but you should not feel sick.

Blood sugars falling low is not a complication, because that is generally the point of fasting. We want the sugars to go low. You must work very carefully with a physician to adjust medications and monitor sugars. Also, there are certain medications that may cause stomach upset on an empty stomach. NSAIDs, ASA, Iron supplements and metformin are the major drugs here.

Type 2 diabetes is curable, according to Dr Fung, Dr Gundry and Dr Mercola.

The cure is less than inexpensive — it’s free. In fact, you actually save money, as the remedy is fasting and regularly not eat anything for several days, saving you money on food and eventually on medication as you regain your full health.

Ultimately, diabetes is just one symptom. Insulin resistance, which results in mitochondrial dysfunction, which is also at the heart of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases; all starts, because your body is unable to burn fat as a primary fuel. When your body relies primarily on sugar instead, more reactive oxygen species are generated, which damage the mitochondria in your cells.

Insulin and Ketones.

Insulin resistance is the cause of many diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart events and Alzheimer’s.

One of insulin’s jobs is to help move glucose from the blood into the cells for energy. When blood glucose remains elevated despite normal or high levels of insulin, this is called insulin resistance. The cells are resisting insulin’s plea to take up glucose.

All foods will increase insulin levels to some degree. Eating the proper foods will prevent high levels but won’t do much to lower levels. Some foods are better than others, but all foods still increase insulin. The key to prevention of resistance is to ensure your levels of insulin are low. If all foods raise insulin, then the only answer is the complete voluntary abstinence of food. The solution we are looking for is, in a word, fasting.

Read my blog on insulin resistance:

Glucose (sugar) and fat are the body’s primary sources of energy. If glucose is not available, then the body will adjust by using fat, without any detrimental health effects. This is simply a natural part of life. Periods of low food availability have always been a part of human history. Mechanisms have evolved to adapt to this fact of life. The transition from the feeding state to the fasting state occurs in several stages.

  1. Feeding – During meals, insulin levels are raised. This allows uptake of glucose into tissues such as the muscle or brain to be used directly for energy. Excess glucose is stored as glycogen in the liver.
  2. The post-absorptive phase – 12-24 hours after beginning fasting, insulin levels start to fall. Breakdown of glycogen releases glucose for energy. Glycogen stores last for roughly 24 hours.
  3. From 24 hours to 2 days of fasting – The liver manufactures new glucose from amino acids. In nondiabetic persons, glucose levels fall but stay within the normal range.
  4. Ketosis – 2-3 days after beginning fasting – The low levels of insulin reached during fasting stimulate lipolysis, the breakdown of fat for energy. The storage form of fat, known as triglycerides, is broken into the glycerol and three fatty acid chains. Ketone bodies, capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier, are produced from fatty acids for use by the brain. After four days of fasting, approximately 75% of the energy used by the brain is provided by ketones. The two major types of ketones produced can increase over 70-fold during the fasting state.

What “keto” means

Ketosis – The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it allows the body to produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. This is an alternative fuel source for the body, used when blood sugar (glucose) is in short supply. Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can also be converted to blood sugar). The liver produces ketones from fat. These ketones then serve as a fuel source throughout the body, especially for the brain. The brain is a hungry organ that consumes lots of energy every day, and it can’t run on fat directly. It can only run on glucose or ketones.

The human body has well-developed mechanisms for dealing with periods of low food availability. In essence, what we are describing here is the process of switching from burning glucose (short term) to burning fat (long term). Fat is simply the body’s stored food energy. In times of low food availability, stored food is naturally released to fill the void.

In addition to lowering insulin levels, regular fasting has also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity significantly. This is the missing link in the weight loss puzzle. Most diets reduce highly insulin-secreting foods but do not address the insulin resistance issue. Weight is initially lost, but insulin resistance keeps insulin levels and body set weight high. Fasting is an efficient method of reducing insulin resistance.

Fasting is the most efficient and consistent strategy to decrease insulin levels and produce ketones. This is very healthy for everybody.

Get into fasting with a quick focus on fat-fasting.

Eat fat when hungry, until full as often as necessary to keep feeling full. You will be surprised how long you will go without feeling hungry by just eating fat-food. Remember no snacking between meals with any type of fasting including a fat-fast; that includes no dairy or nuts, but you can consume these fluids at any point during a fat fast, black tea, bone broth or coffee without sweeteners or sugar or honey. You may use up to 3 tablespoons of pure heavy cream for your tea or coffee.

Fat Fast Foods include:

  • Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Olive oil, coconut oil, MCT oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil
  • Butter
  • Ghee
  • Mayo (healthy oil base)
  • Avocado
  • Olives
  • Spices are allowed
  • Leafy greens cooked in or covered in fat like olive oil.

Why does it work?

There are two reasons why the fat fast works so well: it’s an extreme version of a ketogenic diet, and the monotony of the limited foods suppresses your appetite.  Most of the foods listed above are incredibly fatty, and fat is extremely satiating.  We eat less when we eat fatty foods.

You may find that you’re eating nonstop during the first few days, which is okay.  Listen to your body and use the fat to fight your desire to eat and your carbohydrate cravings.  Over time you will find that it takes less to satiate you, and you will start fasting naturally.

Not only is it the best method for losing weight, but it will also reduce your insulin levels, blood sugars and put you on the road to self-healing your diabetes and heart events.

So, eat as much egg and bacon with salt but, without toast. Enjoy salmon or sardines with oil-based mayonnaise and avocado with leafy greens and olive oil. You mix it all up together for truly fat-meals – healthy fat fast. That’s one option on how to start your first fast.

What to eat on a keto diet for Total Health & Self-Healing?

Here are typical foods to enjoy on a ketogenic diet. To remain in ketosis, the smaller the quantity, except fat, the better. Keto diet foods: Natural fats (butter, olive oil); Meat; Fish and seafood; Eggs; Cheese; Vegetables that grow above ground. There is an enormous amount of keto information on Google.

The most important thing for reaching ketosis (getting your body to use its fat stores) is to avoid eating too many carbs. You’ll probably need to keep carb intake under 50 grams per day of net carbs, ideally below 20 grams. The fewer carbs, the more effective it appears to be for reaching ketosis, losing weight or reversing type 2 diabetes. Counting carbs can be helpful at first. But if you stick to low-carb foods, you can stay keto even without counting.

The food should primarily be high in fat and only moderately high in protein, as excess protein can be converted to blood sugar in the body. A rough guideline is about 5% energy from carbohydrates (the fewer carbs, the more effective), 20% from protein, and around 75% from fat.

Try to avoid

Here’s what you should avoid on a keto diet – carb foods containing a lot of sugar and starch. Foods to avoid: bread, margarine, pasta, rice, potatoes (unless resistant starch), fruit, beer, soda, juice, candy, all flavoured milk and drinks, etc. Avoid low-fat diet products. Avoid low-fat dairy products.

What to drink – coffee and tea – Water is the perfect drink. The occasional weekly glass of dry wine is acceptable.

What vegetables to eat.

Eat whatever grows on top of the ground like broccoli, cabbage, cucumbers, asparagus, spinach, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, lettuce, peppers, etc.

What protein/meat to eat.

  • Beef, pork, chicken, venison, lamb, any liver, etc.
  • Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring, etc. including shellfish.
  • Eggs of all kinds but preferably organic.
  • Dairy – always select full-fat options including sour cream, cheeses and milk.

 Feasts and Fasts – The Cycle of Life.

Feasts are part of life. This is a vitally important fact to acknowledge. That is, every single important celebration is marked by feasting. Eating is a celebration of life. Any diet that does not recognise this fact is doomed to failure. We eat cake on our birthday. We eat holiday feasts like Thanksgiving. We celebrate Christmas dinner. We prepare wedding banquets. We go to a nice restaurant on our anniversary.

We don’t celebrate with birthday salad. We don’t prepare wedding meal replacement bars. We don’t eat Thanksgiving ‘green’ shakes. We need to acknowledge the fact that we’ve known all along; weight gain is not a constant phenomenon. It’s an intermittent one. With that knowledge, you can see that a lasting solution to weight gain is also periodic. Weight gain varies throughout life and the year.

If we keep all the feasting but eliminate all the fasting, then it is somewhat predictable what the result is — weight gain and diseases. Religions have almost universally acknowledged this fact. There are many periods where feasting is prescribed – Christmas, for example. There are other periods where fasting is prescribed – Lent, for example.

The ancient civilisations and religions all knew this simple rhythm of life. When the harvest comes in, you feast. But you will often fast in the upcoming winter. But now, in our modern-day of continuous food availability, religions have prescribed periods of feasting and fasting. We have kept the feasts but fear the fasts. They have become demonised. And we have paid the price.

Type 2 diabetes has become an absolute epidemic in all age groups. It seems apparent that this is a balance problem. If you feast, you must fast. If you keep all the feasting and lose all the fasting, you get fat and ill. That’s not so hard to understand, is it?

But what happens when you lose all the feasting? Well, then, life becomes a little less special. If you are the guy at the wedding who won’t drink, who won’t eat the cake, who won’t eat the full meal, who won’t eat the appetisers – there’s a name for that – the party pooper.

Maybe you can keep it up for six or 12 months. But forever? Heck, not even the most extreme religions did that. That’s hard to do. Life is full of ups and downs. Celebrate the ups because the downs are right around the corner. But you must balance the periods of eating a lot with periods of eating very little. It’s all a matter of balance.

As you know medication treats the symptoms; fasting treats the cause, whether its hypertension, diabetes, or whatever, just try it for your health, regardless of what it is. Fasting finds and deals with the cause.

You are never too old to change your life and to start fasting. Fasting is not rocket science. Take control of your health through a Self-Healing fast, its easy and costs you nothing, not even time.

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Let’s access the Road to Self-Healing together,

Michal Patrick Plumstead.

 

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