Fasting and cell regeneation


#1
did anybody who saw the Horizon program Eat less and live longer have any feed back that fasting can help cell regeneration in patients with parkinsons

#2
Hello a parks.

I saw that Horizon programme and wondered... It sounded to me (not a scientist of any sort) that the new brain cells that result from fasting are a stress reaction, rather like the excess of fruit on my lovely plum tree before it died of spilled wood preserver poisoning. Still it would be worth investigating.

Personally I like fasting so might give it a go to prevent further deterioration of my poor brain. My husband however is the one with parkinson's and is most unlikely to undergo any kind of austerity unless he is tied up.

#3
Hi, I've just posted the link to this documentary on another topic. I found the documentary extremely interesting. Well worth watching.

Here is the link again for anyone interested

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01lxyzc/Horizon_20122013_Eat_Fast_and_Live_Longer/

#4
I may well be wrong, and my knowledge way out of date, but my understanding is that once brain cells are non-functioning then that is exactly what they are -non - functioning. But, various techniques may enable different neurological pathways to take over the role of the deficient one as an alternative to taking medications . Hence exercise, diet and, dare I say it , positive attitude (at which I fully admit I am not particularly good) may help with neurological conditions.

I watched the Horizon Programme and the link kindly provided by Cutiepie. I remain unconvinced that an experiment in which a mouse genetically engineerd to have a lower level of dopamime than an ordinary mouse ( and am confused as to how that level is determined) will eat more and as a consequence have a lower life expectancy is relevant to the treatment of pd.

I suspect that most people are aware of the "high" that is brought on by fasting for any length of time. Once the "hunger pangs" have abaited there is a "feel good " factor . Ask any anorexic.

I remain open to critisim and factual correction

#5
Hi annebernadette, this link explains in more depth

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/feb/18/fasting-protect-brain-diseases-scientists

Oh....take a look at the comments, they make an interesting read...

#6
Thank you Cutiepie. I remain unconvinved, but will take an other more objective view when I am less tired and less hungry!

#7
Found the link in Guardian very interesting
Would be interesting to hear a medical view.
as is none evasive it must worth a try.

#8
Just read this thread, I started fasting one day a week after watching the michael Moseley programme on bbc, he is a doctor. Have been doing this for about 6 weeks. Have found 'the antibiotic crisis' by Leon chaitow by chance in a charity shop. He is a naturopath, first one to be appointed as a consultant in the nhs. He talks of the benefits of fasting in relation to free radicals. I have found it interesting to fast, the focus of the day is very different. Whether it is doing me good I can only hope.