I head into my last round of chemo today, so some mid-week Psyche is in order. Beyond just being cool, since the dude in it is ridiculously strong, it’s an example of a very good climbing specific power workout. Highly advanced, yes, but excellent. Pretty much as soon this round is over (assuming PET scans positive), I’ll be looking at a stem cell transplant and my road back. From then on, my life will be focused solely around training and diet. So part II of this post is some super rad info on fasting. Check this out.
Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.
Fasting, fuck yeah! I’m so in. Of course, you know this, since I recently wrote about Fasting Before Chemo and some of the benefits/powers of not eating. In that article I reference a friend’s mom who, with an ailment that was immobilizing her that medicine couldn’t fix, regenerated her own system using a 21-day water fast and celebrated it by hiking the John Muir Trail, 250-some-odd miles through the Sierra. This science seems as though it confirms what she experienced.
As my buddy Marc, a college professor/ex-cancer researcher who sent this, cautioned, it’s not “proven” science. But, really, who cares? Fasting is only dangerous if your in a situation where you need constant nutriments. I mention this in the last post, as why I only fast a day prior to multiple day chemo rounds. There are times it’s silly/dangerous to go days without food. There are other times it’s not. Maybe it’s not fun. So what? Comments comments like this one from the article seem awfully irresponsible as a blanket rule, and are likely nothing but self-serving gibberish from a guy who knows where his bread is buttered,
“…I think the most sensible way forward would be to synthesize this effect with drugs. I am not sure fasting is the best idea. People are better eating on a regular basis.”
Piss off, drug peddling guy, fasting is rad. Training is rad. Once this round is done I’ll begin pre-transplant physical testing to see where I’m at. Then I’ll get wildly nuked, use my stem cells to regenerate my body from scratch, and then use a carefully-designed training program I’m working on right now with Marcus and the scientific big brains at P3, along with a diet crafted by moi, and see what level I can get myself back to, which always leaves me kicking around the into to the Six Million Dollar Man: “We can rebuild him…Better, stronger, faster“.