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Old 03-31-2008, 08:40 PM
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Default Fasting May Protect Healthy Cells from Chemotherapy

Fasting for two days protects healthy cells against chemotherapy, according to a study appearing online the week of Mar. 31 in PNAS Early Edition.

Mice given a high dose of chemotherapy after fasting continued to thrive. The same dose killed half the normally fed mice and caused lasting weight and energy loss in the survivors.

The chemotherapy worked as intended on cancer, extending the lifespan of mice injected with aggressive human tumors, reported a group led by Valter Longo of the University of Southern California.

Test tube experiments with human cells confirmed the differential resistance of normal and cancer cells to chemotherapy after a short period of starvation.

Making chemotherapy more selective has been a top cancer research goal for decades. Oncologists could control cancers much better, and even cure some, if chemotherapy were not so toxic to the rest of the body.

Experts described the study as one of a kind.

�This is a very important paper. It defines a novel concept in cancer biology,� said cancer researcher Pinchas Cohen, professor and chief of pediatric endocrinology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

�In theory, it opens up new treatment approaches that will allow higher doses of chemotherapy. It�s a direction that�s worth pursuing in clinical trials in humans.�
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Perhaps there is something about fasting that will detox the body, Eh?

I am on day 17 of my biannual fast. Paul Bragg said fasting could cure cancer and of course, in some cases it has.
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