Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system
The Age that we all live in, is where the ultimate goal of humankind has become the “satisfaction of the nafs” (lower self), to desist from eating and drinking for 17 hours can be much of a challenge. What I find the most interesting is that the Sahih Hadith that talks about the destruction of Gog and Magog, when Isa Son of Mary (as) prays to Allah, the cause of their destruction is given as “A worm will bite their necks”. Shaykh Imran Hosein gives a very relevant interpretation by saying that “why should an entire population completely perish with a bite of a worm, an insect, unless their Immune systems have failed them. The genetically modified food and certain medicines and vaccines have been related to this weakening of the human Immune System.” So in this Last Age, we need to develop a strong physical Immune system and an even stronger spiritual immune system. What a better way to archive this than our month long fasting!
What discerns us from Ahl Yajuj wa Majuj is not only our spiritual insight (Noor) but also our physical robustness !
Everyone from Gog and Magog is dead, except for the people stranded on Mount Tur, believers and with their Immune systems intact!
Remember how the Ashab al Kahf made sure they had ” rizqan tayyiban” (pure, halal, wholesome food that has nutrition and medicinal benefits).
So here it is, an article that talks about how Fasting is the best way to recharge and replenish your IMMUNE SYSTEM. Add to that a month long recitation of the Quran and heart felt dua. InshAllah we shall come out of Ramadaan, in the best possible spiritual and physical state.
Research finds that fasting “flipped a regenerative switch” leading to new blood and new immune system creation – in just 72 hours
Results from a recent study fall into the category of “remarkable,” as it was described.
Researchers from University of Southern California were looking for extra immune help for chemotherapy patients, and found an answer for everyone.
For chemo patients, the elderly, the chronically ill, even those with auto immune diseases.
Longer fasts use up the body’s glucose stores, but they also breakdown and rebuild the white blood cells – literally rebuilding a new immune system.
Prof Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of California explains:
It gives the ‘OK’ for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system.
And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting.
Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or ageing, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.
By having the white blood cells depleted, it triggers stem cell based reproduction of new born immunity.
The Telegraph reports:
In trials humans were asked to regularly fast for between two and four days over a six-month period.
Scientists found that prolonged fasting also reduced the enzyme PKA, which is linked to ageing and a hormone which increases cancer risk and tumour growth.
We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system.
When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged.
What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. So we started thinking, well, where does it come from?
But the wonders didn’t stop at this point.
They realize that chemotherapy causes “significant collateral damage” to the immune system. That’s when they discovered that fasting for just 72 hours could protect cancer patients from the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
Now they wish to check fasting’s effects on other organ systems and physiology – not just the immune system.
One criticism I have with the presentation of the information was the constant use of the word “starvation.” I have never thought of interchanging those words because fasting often has intent behind it – sometimes spiritual, health conscious or both. It is associated with regeneration, not a breakdown.
Picture the difference between someone who intends to do a fast for 10 days (or however long they are intuitively led to) and someone who is going hungry for 10 days or purposely starving themselves – sometimes associated with the negative mental aspects of anorexia. Or someone who “starves” themselves to fit into a dress or take a misleading before/after shoot to promote a diet pill. Starvation is associated with the
effects of muscle catabolism. There’s a difference!
Here are some press releases showcasing other fasting medical breakthroughs:
Study finds routine periodic fasting is good for your health, and your heart
Fasting found to reduce cardiac risk factors, such as triglycerides, weight, and blood sugar levels
Fasting weakens cancer in mice
New study finds that short fasting cycles can work as well as chemotherapy, and the 2 combined greatly improve survival
Fasting makes brain tumours more vulnerable to radiation therapy
A new study from USC researchers is the first to show that controlled fasting improves the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer treatments, extending life expectancy in mice with aggressive brain tumours.
Posted in: KN-OW Health by Sabreen Syeed
Published on June 23, 2014