What is Intermittent Fasting?
In a small nutshell, intermittent fasting is avoiding food of all kinds during certain periods of the day, typically for 12 to 16 hours, or for an entire day. For example, you might eat only between 8 AM and 6 PM, or you might fast for two full nonconsecutive days a week. There are a lot of variations.
The benefits: The idea is that by mimicking ancient eating schedules instead of having food available all the time you can improve health. Reportedly, you can increase your mental clarity, burn fat and lose weight, feel better overall and improve your health to avoid diseases.
Ahh! You picked up on that “reportedly” I dropped in the last paragraph. Which of course might mean that I disagree with intermittent fasting in general.
Really, I believe that some people may get wonderful benefits from intermittent fasting. I’ve read the research and rationales behind it, and some of this does makes sense.
What I don’t agree with is any diet, food, supplement or treatment that is purported to work with “everyone.” In my practice, I see mainly severe chronic cases. These people are physically very stressed. They are very toxic, and usually have some type of immune suppression. Intermittent fasting would be about the worst thing that many of these people could do to themselves.
“Testing,” a Weird New Idea?
I was explaining to a patient this morning that I can’t think of any single food, supplement or treatment that would be appropriate for every patient I’ve had in the past year. Well, except for maybe clean water. Every person needs different solutions.
When I make this statement to people, they often ask, “But, how would you be able to tell who would benefit and who would not?” This shows how remote the concept of TESTING is from the general consciousness. If you could accurately test someone to determine what foods, supplements, diets and treatments would be effective and safe for them—why would anyone make any decisions without doing this?
In my practice, I don’t do ANYTHING without testing it first. And after 25 years of operating this way, I’ve learned a valuable lesson: If you test a lot, prepare to be surprised a lot! Often, what shows up in testing is NOT what you would have come up with on your own. There are so many variations on the causes of any symptom that I see.
Medicine’s Failure to Test
The lack of accurate testing is probably one of the main reasons that conventional medicine fails to effectively treat chronic health conditions. When treating diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid conditions, hormone imbalances, depression, etc., conventional medicine relies on protocols, not testing.
Medical doctors test to diagnose, but no testing is done to determine causes. Not knowing the cause, the doctor slavishly follows the treatment protocol for that diagnosis in order to treat the symptoms. The result is often a lessening of the symptom (which can be a very good thing in many cases) but there is no solution to the actual problem. The patient usually will suffer from the chronic health condition for the rest of their lives, and the undiscovered cause of their condition will continue to deteriorate their health.
“One Accurate Measurement is Worth a Thousand Expert Opinions”
—Admiral Grace Hopper
Medical practice relies on the doctor’s opinion as the primary method of deciding what is wrong with the patient and what treatment would be effective. This is so true that it’s normal to get a second opinion to see if you can get more than one doctor to agree on your treatment.
My long experience is that many—maybe most—people are so used to this that they’ll shrug and say, “OK, so what’s the problem with opinions?” The problem is that an opinion is really a guess.
Doctors have been practicing this way for so long that we think it’s normal. But what other profession could possibly get away with this approach? Would you get a “second opinion” on the engineering of a bridge or skyscraper or the design of your car? No, these and almost all other professions rely on accurate measurements and proven methods based on scientific and engineering principles that always get results.
Engineers do not guess. Neither do carpenters, chefs, pilots, accountants or carpet installers.
In our entire society, professionals are expected to “know their stuff” and get a predictable, effective result. Except for doctors! (And, maybe philosophers, sports bookies and politicians.)
Everyone is different.
Your genetics, damage from illnesses and injuries, diet you were raised on, preferences, environment, available food, drug history, stress history, personality and many, many more variables are all different from other individuals.
So, there is no “universal” diet, food, lifestyle, supplement, drug or treatment that would get good results on everyone. Far, far from it!
The ability to test any of the above items before recommending them to an individual is not only of critical importance, it is obvious.
Because, the only other option would be to GUESS.
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