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.
Monte Jackson, owner Acupuncture Center of Richmond