Interesting study published in JAMA Oncology which concludes that 'Nightly fasting may help reduce breast cancer risk.' The study was done on women who previously had breast cancer and found that if they fasted daily for 13 hours, their recurrence of breast cancer was reduced by 36% compared to breast cancer survivors who did not fast. The fasting in this case was mainly done during sleeping hours, so they basically ate an early dinner and a late breakfast. We were taught in Chinese medical school that fasting is indeed health, and there are many other studies like this one that confirm it. And if we do it this way, just increasing the hours between dinner and breakfast, it's quite painless. I don't think there is anything magical about the 13 hours in the study or the every day. Any number of days doing this in the week is beneficial. I also think that its best to eat a lighter dinner which would contribute to this fasting effect, because if you eat a large dinner you don't really get to a fasting state until much later in the evening.
Currently am reading a very interesting and important book (it seems) called 'Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox.' It is one of those books that you can summarize in a few sentences but takes a book to adequately explain. This is the message that I have gotten out of the book so far: taking Calcium supplements can actually be dangerous if you do not also get enough vitamin K2 in your diet. Without sufficient K2 the calcium you are taking not only does NOT get deposited in your bones, but rather it ends up as plaque in your arteries and causes heart disease and possibly early death. If it's all true it should be a wakeup call for the millions (mainly women) who take calcium supplements. It could explain the increased prevalence of heart disease in women. I will blog more about this book later.
This will be a blog about all things Chinese medicine and Western medicine and how they may or may not relate. And maybe some other ideas that I have about things that I find mostly relevant. Mostly I will give my opinion on things going on in the medical community that I feel are significant to the health of my patients and readers. I started this blog on my old website and I will most likely copy over some of my favorite, less controversial posts.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond