Fast track to health

The Oldie - - READERS' LETTERS -

SIR: Gavin Stamp’s ac­count of his ex­pe­ri­ences with fast­ing and chemo­ther­apy high­light one of the most ne­glected ways of im­prov­ing health, and also one of the most promis­ing ap­proaches to in­creas­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness and re­duc­ing the un­wel­come side ef­fects of chemo­ther­apy.

There are many sci­en­tific stud­ies that show that in­ter­mit­tent fast­ing in­creases the health and longevity of an­i­mals such as rats and mice. For ex­am­ple, in one ex­per­i­ment, mice that lived on an al­ter­nate-day fast­ing regime lived thirty per cent longer than mice fed ev­ery day. In­ter­mit­tent fast­ing also led to a ma­jor re­duc­tion in the in­ci­dence of can­cers. Natur­opaths and other al­ter­na­tive prac­ti­tion­ers have long been aware of the many ben­e­fits of fast­ing in hu­mans.

I hope the ex­pe­ri­ence of Gavin Stamp and oth­ers will lead to a wider recog­ni­tion of the med­i­cal ben­e­fits of fast­ing, which has the great ad­van­tage of be­ing free. Ru­pert Shel­drake, Hamp­stead, London.

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