In November 2009, I interviewed a cancer researcher from Boston College in Episode 302 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” named Dr. Thomas Seyfried. He has long been interested in the therapeutic uses of calorie-restricted ketogenic diets in the treatment of brain cancer. One of the more interesting and memorable nuggets from that half-hour interview came towards the end of our conversation when Dr. Seyfried made the assertion that doing an annual 7-10 day water fast can be used as a means for preventing cancer. WOW! Talk about something that is pretty easily doable and is better than getting cancer.
After blogging about whether anyone had ever done a one-week fast to boost their health in February 2011, two months later I tried it for myself to see how I’d do and report the results. It was quite the enlightening experience for me and gave me a renewed appreciation for true hunger, cravings and why food shouldn’t be used in the way most people use it these days. In my current nutritional ketosis n=1 experiment, I’m finding spontaneous periods of fasting have become very natural for me and this 7-day fast experience from last year has helped me realize that I’d be okay with that.
I remember having the opportunity to meet Dr. Seyfried in person at the 2011 American Society of Bariatric Physicians conference in Baltimore, Maryland right after my 7-day fast and I told him about what I did. He was fascinated that someone actually tried it and I told him I documented how I felt on a daily basis on YouTube. Little did I know it left such an impression on him that he decided to include my fasting story in his brand new Wiley textbook releasing this week entitled Cancer as a Metabolic Disease: On the Origin, Management, and Prevention of Cancer. It’s a bit pricey at $116 for this 438-page book, but towards the back on page 381 he included this nice excerpt about me and my 2011 fasting experiment:
Pretty cool, huh? I know you’re just dying to head over to Amazon and plop down a hundred-something smackaroos for this book (NOT!), but I thought I would share this way cool news with you! I appreciate the exposure to my work by Dr. Seyfried and am grateful for his amazing research on the use of ketogenic diets and fasting in the treatment and prevention of cancer.