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Q: Is fasting good for Friedreich's (Frederick's) ataxia? ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: Is fasting good for Friedreich's (Frederick's) ataxia?
Category: Health > Alternative
Asked by: postsaver-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 16 Dec 2005 12:05 PST
Expires: 15 Jan 2006 12:05 PST
Question ID: 606592
Is fasting good for Friedreich's (Frederick's) ataxia? 

1. I am looking for specifics.
2. Was it actually done? 
3. What were the results? 
4. Any case histories? 
5. Any scientific studies? 
6. Any experience? 
7. Is fasting safe for a Friedreich's (Frederick's) ataxia patient who
is not diabetic?

Request for Question Clarification by welte-ga on 16 Dec 2005 13:38 PST
Hi postsaver-ga,  A couple of questions... I don't find any evidence
that fasting has been tried (at least not in a controlled way).  It
may be dangerous, since 10-20% of those with FA may develop diabetes,
even if they don't currently have it.  For this reason, it is
recommended that FA patients get screening for diabetes every 6

There have been some trials of various medications (anti-oxidants,
iron chelators, etc.) that fall generally under the category of
dietary therapy.  Would you be interested in those results?


Request for Question Clarification by crabcakes-ga on 16 Dec 2005 14:26 PST
I already provided this customer with the very answer that Welte
proposes, including the studies and the connection with diabetes. The
customer is unhappy with this kind of respons.

Request for Question Clarification by crabcakes-ga on 16 Dec 2005 14:28 PST
See the previous question for reference as to what constitutes a poor answer.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 16 Dec 2005 15:11 PST

There is definitely some suggestive evidence -- based on animal
studies, but not yet with humans -- that fasting may affect body
chemistry in a way that could be beneficial to patients with
Fredreich's ataxia.  Some of those same chemical changes can also be
induced by specific diets, without necessarily fasting.

Since there seems to be little clinical information on humans on these
topics, it may well be that the best one can offer as an answer to
your question is

(1) a summary of the animal models, and 

(2) some of the medical thinking on what these studies suggest in the
way of possible dietary therapies (including fasting).

This would be a very different sort of answer than one that explicitly
addresses each of the seven points in your question.

Let me know if you think it would be an acceptable way to approach your question.



Clarification of Question by postsaver-ga on 19 Dec 2005 12:44 PST
welte-ga says (at least not in a controlled way). I am looking for any
written material whether supported by controlled or not controlled

pafalafa-ga says he knows of relevant animal studies. I will accept
such results and pay for it if nothing better or more acceptable is
found by other researchers.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 22 Dec 2005 19:18 PST

I had intended to answer this question, but in researching things a
bit further, I realize that the information I had come across,
relating fasting to ketone bodies, was information that you had
already received in an earlier question you had posted here.

I didn't see any merit in repeating the same information, nor did I
come across any additional research that is related to your query.

If anything else does pop up though, I'll certainly let you know what I find.

Best of luck,

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