No, this is not clickbait. This is pure science. But what is skipping food got to do with Big Pharma, you would ask? Food, or lack of it impacts health; a healthy mind and body – or lack of diseases – impacts Big Pharma. Skipping meals doesn’t take a toll on your system, but it does take a toll on price-gouging Big Pharma’s fat profits.
Dr. Mark Mattson, Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute of Aging, as well as professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, analyzed how fasting twice a week could help reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. He discussed his findings, as well as the previously discovered health benefits of fasting, during a TED talk.
This is what he has to say:
“I just want to point out that there’s evidence not just from animals but from humans that fasting is good for the body. It will reduce inflammation. It will reduce oxidative stress in organ systems throughout the body. And one thing that happens when you fast that does not happen when you eat three meals a day is that your energy metabolism shifts so that you start burning fats.
“The fasting is a mild energetic stress and the neurons respond adaptively by increasing mitochondria which helps them produce more energy and… by increasing the number of mitochondria and neurons it can increase the ability of the neurons to form and maintain synapses and thereby increase learning and memory ability. In addition to the increasing neurotrophic factors and increasing the energy neuronal bioenergetics if you will, we have found that intermittent fasting will enhance the ability of your nerve cells to repair DNA.”
The intermittent fasting advocated by Dr. Mattson for overall brain health is linked to how humankind has evolved. There are reasons why the intermittent shocks of hunger do a brain good. He explains:
“Our ancestors undoubtedly had to go without food for stretches of time. It hasn’t been that long since humanity lacked regular supplies of food. When you search for food when you’re hungry, the brain is really engaged. The individuals who survive the best—the ones whose brains are more attuned to predators and who can remember where food sources are—are the ones who’ve survived.”
Why then, don’t you hear about the importance of fasting – instead made to believe all of its ill effects? Because you are being told so with ‘evidence’ by countless ‘studies’ sponsored and manipulated by the Big Pharma for their own evil motives.
Dr. Mark Mattson elaborates:
“There are a lot of pressures to have that eating pattern [three meals a day plus snacks]. There’s a lot of money involved. The food industry — are they going to make money from skipping breakfast like I did today? No, they’re going to lose money. If people fast, the food industry loses money. What about the pharmaceutical industries? What if people do intermittent fasting and exercise periodically and they are very healthy, is the pharmaceutical industry going to make any money on healthy people?”
Dr. Mark Mattson is not alone in his analysis. Researchers from the University of Southern California have found that fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system, and when the body rebounds, it uses stem cells to create new, completely healthy cells.
The authors observed:
“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?”
In 2007, a review of multiple scientific studies was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which determined that fasting is an effective way to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, as well as have the potential to treat diabetes.
There’s a reason why you don’t hear about the benefits of fasting more often from the mainstream media, and it’s the same reason why you’re told to eat at least three meals a day with snacks.