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Sometimes I'm not sure whether the best response to pseudoscience is to ignore it, or to patiently try to explain why it's wrong, or to get mad.
This week I'm mad.
My anger and frustration was triggered bya tweetfrom Memorial Sloan-Kettering's Integrative Medicine account, shown here:
Image captured by the author
For those who don't know,Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centeris one of the world's leading cancer centers, both for treatment and research. If you are diagnosed with cancer, MSK is one of the best places to go.
But not everything at MSK is world class. Unfortunately, they have an"integrative medicine"center that offers a mixture of therapies ranging from helpful to benign to useless. One of their biggest activities is acupuncture, which they claim offers a wide range of benefits to cancer patients.
The MSK tweet shown here was boasting abouta new, $3.7 million studyfunded by NIH to study the effect of acupuncture on pain that cancer patients experience from chemotherapy and bone-marrow transplants.
Here's why I'm mad: cancer patients are extremely vulnerable, often suffering the most frightening and difficult experience of their lives. They are completely dependent on medical experts to help them. When a place like MSK suggests a treatment, patients take it very seriouslyas they should. But they really have no choice: a cancer patient cannot easily look for a second opinion, or switch hospitals or doctors. Even if they have the money (and cancer treatment is extremely expensive), switching hospitals might involve a long interruption with no treatment, during which they could die, and it might also involve traveling far from their home.
Offering these patients ineffective treatments based on pseudoscienceand make no mistake, that's what acupuncture isis immoral. Now, I strongly suspect that the MSK's "integrative medicine" doctors sincerely believe that acupuncture works. Their director, Jun Mao, is clearly a true believer, as explained inthis profile of himon the MSK website. But that doesn't make it okay.
I've written about acupuncture many times before (here,here,here, andhere, for example), but let me explain afresh why it is nonsense.
Acupuncture is based on a pre-scientific notion, invented long before humans understood physiology, chemistry, neurology, or even basic physics, which posits that a mysterious life force, called "qi," flows through the body on energy lines called meridians. As explainedin this article by MSK's Jun Mao:
"According to traditional Chinese medicine ... interruption or obstruction of qi was believed to make one vulnerable to illness. The insertion of needles at specific meridian acupoints was thought to regulate the flow of qi, thus producing therapeutic benefit."
Today we know that none of this exists. There is no qi, and there are no meridians. In that same article, Jun Mao continued by admitting that
"the ideas of qi and meridians are inconsistent with the modern understanding of human anatomy and physiology."
And yet this is what they offer to patients at MSK.
Just to be certain, I readone of the latest studies from MSK, published early this year, which claims to show that acupuncture relieves nausea, drowsiness, and lack of appetite in multiple myeloma patients who were going through stem cell transplants.
It's a mess: totally unconvincing, and a textbook case of p-hacking (ordata dredging). The paper describes a very small study, with just 60 patients total, in which they measured literally dozens of possible outcomes: overall symptom score at 3 different time points, a different score at 3 time points, each of 13 symptoms individually, and more. I counted 24 different p-values, most of them not even close to significant, but they fixated on the 3 that reached statistical significance. The two groups of 30 patients weren't properly balanced: the sham acupuncture group started out with more severe symptoms according to their own scoring metric, andFigure 2in the paper makes it pretty clear that there was no genuine difference in the effects of real versus sham acupuncture.
But they got it published (in a mediocre journal), so now they point to it as "proof" that acupuncture works for cancer patients. This study, bad as it is, appears to be the basis of the $3.7 million NIH grant that they're now going to use, they say, in "a larger study in 300 patients to confirm these previous findings."
And there you go: the goal of the new study,according to the scientists themselves, is not to see if the treatment works, but to confirm their pre-existing belief that acupuncture works. Or, asone scientist remarked on Twitter, "they already have a result in mind, the whole wording of this suggests that they EXPECT a positive outcome. How did this get funded exactly?"
So I'm mad. I'm mad that NIH is spending millions of dollars on yet another study of a quack treatment (acupuncture) that should have been abandoned decades ago, but that persists because people make money off it. (And, as others have explained in detail, acupuncture is actually a huge scam that former Chinese dictator Mao Zedong foisted on his own people, because he couldn't afford to offer them real medicine. For a good expos of Chairman Mao's scam,see this 2013 Slate piece.)
But I'm even more upset that doctors at one of the world's leading cancer centers are telling desperately ill patients, who trust them with their lives, that sticking needles into their bodies at bogus "acupuncture points" will relieve the pain and nausea of chemotherapy, or help them with other symptoms of cancer. I'm willing to bet that most MSK doctors don't believe any of this, but they don't want to invest the time or energy to try to stop it.
(I am somewhat reassured by the fact that MSK'sTwitter accounthas nearly 75,000 followers, while it's integrative medicine Twitter account has just 110.)
Or perhaps they are "shruggies": doctors who don't believe in nonsense, but figure it's probably harmless so they don't really object. To them I suggest this:read Dr. Val Jones's accountof how she too was a shruggie, until she realized that pseudoscience causes real harm.
And finally, let me point tothis study inJAMA Oncologyfrom last year,by doctors from Yale, which looked at the use of so-called complementary therapies among cancer patients. They found that
"Patients who received complementary medicine were more likely to refuse other conventional cancer treatment, and had a higher risk of death than no complementary medicine."
And also seethis 2017 studyfrom the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which found that patients who used alternative medicine were 2.5 times more likely to die than patients who stuck to modern medical treatments.
That's right,Memorial Sloan-Kettering: patients who use non-traditional therapies are twice as likely to die. Thats why Im mad. This is not okay.
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How Prince Charles spent his 71st birthday in Bengaluru eating appams and doing yoga at Soukya, a 30-acre integrative medicine facility – The Hindu
Long before the media made a micro celebrity of Issac Mathai, who practises integrative medicine at Soukya, he had met Prince Charles in 2004, through his Harley Street centre. Dr Michael Dixon, a supporter of the integrative medicine, who is currently the chairperson of the College of Medicine and Integrated Health, as well the erstwhile chair of UKs NHS Alliance, introduced them. The Prince himself is a supporter of the stream of medicine, choosing to be a patron of the Faculty of Homeopathy in its 175th year, despite much criticism in Britain.
Today, after Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwalls sixth visit to Soukya, in Bengaluru, Mathai says the couple came in for a six-day rejuvenative treatment, where naturopathy, Ayurvedic, and yoga practices were employed. He says he is also a holistic consultant to them (he studied across Kerala and London) as and when required through the year.
The couple enjoyed the organic produce and the vegetarian food that the facility provided at this 30-acre, 25-room facility, including appam and stew, as well as dosas with coconut and tomato chutneys. The Duchess felt at-home and showed her husband around as if it were her own place, says Mathai, who gave them the full tour the day after the Prince arrived, the whole centre being reserved for them. Camilla was already here with five of her women friends, while he attended to matters at the British Asian Trust that he is the founder patron of, with reports in Britain speculating on how the two would spend his 71st birthday apart.
The birthday was a quiet affair, with him cutting a cake that Suja Issac, the co-founder who heads the nutrition unit at Soukya, arranged. We also told them that we would like to do a thanksgiving prayer at the Holy Trinity chapel, and said, If you would like to join, please do so. They graciously agreed, and the four of us (his wife and two sons) were with them. The priest did a 20-minute programme, singing in English, Malayalam and Syriac, says Dr Mathai. In the evening, the 10-foot tall stone lamps usually only lit for Diwali, were lit up for the group.
Mathai, whose mother was a homeopathy practitioner herself, has been a proponent of integrative medicine, and is International Ambassador for the College of Medicine, London. Hes just back from a conference that the college hosted, where this years theme was social prescription or the idea that people can take care of themselves by way of exercise and diet, so they dont need to go to a doctor unless necessary.
This, he says is exactly what hes been advocating at his Mathais Rural Health Centre, a Soukya Foundation, which services 38 villages at Hoskote Taluk, in Bangalore Rural. In addition to the regular clinic, the centre facilitates yoga in schools.
Last April, an AYUSH centre was started in Saint Charles Hospital, London, as a testing ground to introduce the Indian streams of medicine into the NHS system. I initiated the project that is now run by the College of Medicine and funded by the AYUSH ministry and the British Asian Trust. This was inaugurated by our Prime Minister and Prince Charles, says Mathai. It will be monitored by the University of Westminster. Dr Mathai calls it a Golden opportunity to enter the UK system, and says he suggested to Prince Charles that he take the model to several commonwealth countries.
He is now hoping that with the support of the Prince and Dr Dixon, Dumpfries House, an 18th century structure across 2,000 acres that already has a Health & Wellbeing Centre, can be tapped into. My idea is that we have a facility there that can cater to the high income group which can then subside treatment for the community, he says.
Dr Michael Dixon speaks about his connection with integrative medicine and Dr Issac Mathai.
What brought you to integrative medicine?
I was looking for answers, because through my practice there were people with chronic tiredness or frequent infections or irritable bowel or headaches or even stress and depression, back pain and neck pain. All these things are only partially treated by the conventional model.
When did it come to you that the solution lay here in integrative medicine?
I had been a conventional doctor for 10 years and was really quite depressed at my inability to treat so many conditions. The positive was meeting come complementary practitioners, who came to my surgery. Now we have 12 different practitioners, including acupuncturists, osteopaths, massage therapists, herbal medicine (in my practice). Probably the very first for me was attending a course in manipulation and finding that I could treat back pain and neck pain with some very basic manoeuvers and stretches, and feeling that I was returning to my roots as a doctor. I found that I was able to help people with very bad backs to start walking and improving and they appreciated the fact that the doctor wasnt simply giving them a tablet or telling them to see a physiotherapist.
All of the integrative forms of medicine lay an emphasis on talking and touching. Do you think allopathy has lost that?
I think it has. The other thing it has lost is time. If you can only spend a short time, you cant get to fully understand what their problems are and what the treatment required is. Hippocrates said that touch was very important in healing people and we know that Ayurveda preceded Hippocrates.
Could this have led, in part, to the mental health crisis, in part?
I think it could, because we need to go back to the roots. In the west, people self-harming has reached epidemic proportion and stress and depression are ever increasing. And thats to do with our society itself being very fragmented and people not being connected to each other in a way that they often are in Indian communities. So I think the cause is disconnection and the treatment it has to be about building relationships. It has to be about human warmth, kindness, and about things that we find difficult to talk about like unconditional love. And simply throwing a pill at someone who is highly distressed is never going to be the entire solution.
What aspects of Dr Mathais treatment philosophy resonate with you?
His commitment to whole-person medicine the mental and the physical and not dividing us up into different parts of the body or different diseases. And the holistic approach that includes diet, exercise, yoga, as well as a range of treatments suited to an individual. (At his facility) People are able to get away from the everyday stresses of life like eating and drinking too much, like being under pressure and stress to a place thats altogether more peaceful, alongside a much more healthy vegetable diet, a healthier way of living its really a whole package.
Within the UK any kind integrative medicine hasnt received support at all.
Complementary medicine is not well respected in England. More often thats on the parts of the press and some of the conventional medical establishment. Conversely, quite a lot of patients do see complementary practitioners and do find theyre helped by them. There are a number of conventional doctors who embrace the complementary approach.
If you experienceI hate the hospital syndrome, then this is a must-read.
That tiny but serious voice inside your head telling you that you need to get out but there are serious doubts that youcannot survive another day at work.
It can make you emotionally done-zo, drive you further to hate your daily life andmake you step outside the normalcy box because you are desperate.
Butwhen it reassures you that you seriously feel hatred, then it makes you seem normalstanding around bitching with others who also hate their job.
And its important to recognize thedifference betweenhating your jobbecause ofcompassion fatigue & burnoutversusjust hating the 12 hours away from home.
If that serious voice in your head turns on then you should consider this:
You have the power to change that
EKKKKKK hold on
Stop your eye rolls I can feel them from a trillion miles away.
You have the capability to change yourself from the inside out.
Your body is constantly showing you the way out of distress but youve been programmed to ignore it!
Whats insanely special about this whole thing is that you canturn your brain on and off like a switch.
If you dont start or take too long to start because you worry that your not going to be able to do it
If youfeel like youve tried everything out there and youve had zero results
Or if you feel like I just want to quit
Then SOS, CODE BLUE, or WHATEVER IS GOING TO MAKE YOU KEEP SCROLLING.
You have nothing to lose than to read up
No one else has the combination of techniques-the combination of working bedside nursing with the true perspective and insight of the hospital system, years of tweaking Real-Time Transformative Response (my 2 step- method to combat compassion fatigue and burnout), and passion to help nurses and not the patients.
And, you can bet that everyone everyone experiences compassion fatigue and burnout.
Even the people who we perceive as the mostdocile and confident people. They too have felt or are currently feelinghatred for the hospital.
Thefrustration train left the building for me years ago,when I see nurses struggle I get pissed off,I used to feel sad.
Its my tiny voice that was screaming at me to help.
Treat The Nurse And Not The Patient.
They think that nurses arent humans.The dollar sign syndrome hit the government, Big Pharm and the hospital systems. And of course the ungrateful patients that believe its an obligation that they get impeccable service versus treating their symptoms.
If this is you, suffering the effects of the dollar syndrome, I hope you read these next words because I too was that gal not long ago.
YOU have the control to allow energy to change and manipulate you,if you do not understand KEEP READING
Have you heard ofBiofield Science?
Our bodies are measurable electromagnetic energy fields.
It is aFACTthat our energy is constantly moving. Its like gravity. This has been known for thousands of years.
Itsbeing proven or has already been provedfor the naysers by using MRIs, CTs, EEGs, and just plain observation. Integrative medicine is using several amazing techniques to heal humans and animals from the inside out.
You were born with everything you need. The skills, gifts and passions to heal yourself if you get off kilter.
Have you ever thought about whatmodern medicine is now?
To me- youre sick, you go to the doctor for a magic pill,inside of going back to the basics what is my body needing or seeking?
Just imagine for a moment being at work and feeling off kilter but being able to turn on a switch and diffuse that feeling.
I was at work and used your 2 step-method and I could actually feel heat coming from my hands, I knew that I had immediately shifted. I could think clearer and the best part was that no one else was bothering me. All the hustle and bustle was literally, just that. Noise and movement. D.D. RN
You love nursing so much, its practically imprinted into your DNA literally.
Can you imagine if you never graduated?
Id feel a hole in my heart. As much as I HATED the hospital it changed my life forever.
I not only helped patients along the way but now I was given theglorious gift to serve my fellow nurses.
I am not a crier. Like, 4 times in my entire career. But I can cry every time I think about helping nurses.
What a complete waste of talent we all would be ifwe all left.
And sure,nothing is truly going to change healthcare EXCEPT the way we control ourselves.
Do you know I mean?
Another SOS or CODE I constantly see is when my fellow science-based nurses dont believe they have the power to help themselves.
Almost so cynical and hospital depressed they believe there is no way out
And I get it. I thought that way too. I almost checked myself into the ED for a mental eval. I was at my hospital hatred syndrome rock bottom.
There are upsides to working in the hospital shift work can be amazing for family balance or single people who love to travel. I am sure the list can be made very long
But it can feel like you have to have tough skin and just deal with the environment, patients, PTSD, overwhelm, anxiety, burnout, and thats part of the job.
And thats just not true.
When I started working in the hospital, it was the golden years it was amazingly fun and people were supportive, sweet, accommodating, understanding, believed in team-work, and checked in on you
But what I realized was that after amajor meltdown, I had the power. NOT the hospital.Not this job. Not this tainted money that was going into my bank account.
My hatred for the hospital was so deep thatI actually hated their money.
My meltdown was my awakening.
Like a frying pan to the faceI had the ability to turn my hatred into a passion to help treat the nurse and not the patient.
I had a natural gift I was repelling.
I reached out to multiple brilliant neuroscientist, quantum physicist, psychotherapist to gather data, techniques andconfirmed what I had created, Real-Time Transformative Response, would work.
Two-steps that are life altering.
And then, asked my husband if he thought I was insane
He smiled and said, no.
Which, if you knew my husband he is so literal, so logical, and sooooo by the book that is when I decided toset off on a journey to help my fellow nurses.
And thats where I started with complete desperation because my hatred for the hospital was so deep that I knew I had to change or else it would emotionally and/or physically kill me
I really want you to think about that.
You do not have to live in this cyclical pattern.
Its very unlikely that you will ever be given the tools to decompress, debrief and reduce your compassion fatigue from the hospital.
That is a fact.
Tools to use every single day of your life That isnt a commitment to drive back and forth to therapy, pop a pill or be on FMLA to cope.
Its kinda that CODE that happens- that is a wicked one
And theres a ton of people.
You dont have to be the loudest.
You just have to be the most efficient.
You just have to be the best you possible for your patient.
And because you want to be that, you have to think outside of the box
You have the power to change you.
Born with everything you will ever need.
And you dont have to live life dreading the drive in.
You just have to realize that its a lot simpler than you think.
So dont give up on yourself.
Ashleigh Boyd R.N.
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Do You Suffer From I Hate The Hospital Syndrome? - Thrive Global
By Deepak Chopra, MD
Given a choice between physics and metaphysics, almost everyone chooses physics. This is a modern habit that is deeply ingrained, and it turns the tables on the religious approach to reality, which put a divine or supernatural entity, first and foremost in creation. But relying on the physical world as the foundation of reality has run into serious problems. Unable or unwilling to return to metaphysics, people are stuck without a viable model of reality.
This becomes apparent if you go to the nub of the physical model, which is matter. For centuries, ever since the ancient Greek concept of the atom, there has been a constant search for the smallest building block in Nature, on the supposition that the world is like a sandcastle on the beach. If you reduce the sandcastle to grains of sand, you know where it comes from. Putting things on a firm foundation is one of humanitys driving force, and in the physical world, this drive leads to atoms and beyond.
The problem is the beyond part, because around a century ago quantum physics discovered that there is nothing like a minuscule grain of sand from which everything is built. Atoms can be envisioned on a chart in physics class as a tiny nucleus surrounded by orbiting electrons. This is a reassuring picture since it makes the atom seem like a miniature solar system. However, this model isnt the same as reality.
The subatomic particles, also known as fundamental particles or quanta, that make up an atom are not bits of solid matter. They are a mysterious something else that quantum physics still ponders. Nothing can be truly settled about quanta because their behavior defies human logic. To begin with, a quantum has a dual personality, sometimes behaving like an invisible wave that extends in all directions, sometimes like a particle with a definite location. Quanta constantly bubble up as quantum foam out of a state that has neither matter nor energy in it but is virtual, meaning that it has the potential for turning into matter and energy, not to mention time and space.
The best visualization one encounters for how matter exists is a rippling field of activity, with particles being the intersection between two or more waves. This visualization is just a stab at giving substance to a mystery that physics expresses through mathematical formulas. Everything in modern physics occurs in a mathematical space that doesnt necessarily match the real world.
What this means is that matter, if understood as grains of sand building up bigger and bigger structures, is a useful fiction. The usefulness comes about because each model one can devise leads to a practical technology. The model in physics class of the atom as miniature solar system allows for two powerful technologies, chemistry and atomic energy. Chemistry is entirely built upon the whirling electrons orbiting around the nucleus. Atomic energy is built on splitting the nucleus to release its energy or fusing two nuclei for the same purpose.
In a world based on ever-progressing technology, these outcomes are good enough, and there are new horizons in quantum technology to look forward to. But the building block theory of reality, however useful, leaves out the very thing that builds models and invents technology: the mind. Grains of sand might build a sandcastle, but they dont spontaneously invent the idea of a sandcastle. The best they can do is to build sand dunes, which are shapeless humps, not complex structures. Without explaining the mind, you cannot explain creativity, curiosity, invention, emotion, aspirations, fears, wishes, dreams, and every other aspect of mind.
The only way forward begins by realizing that matter isnt what it seems to be. There was always an illusory side to the whole acceptance of the physical world as the foundation of reality. You can take any quality of matter and reproduce it to a subjective experience. Matter is hard, visible, and heavy. Yet if you push the same pole o two poles of a powerful magnet together, they repel each other so forcefully that you can never get them to touch. The space between them is as hard as iron.
A mirage of water in the desert is visible but is made of invisible shimmering air. The pictures you see in your minds eye arise in the total blackness of the brains interior and from a physical viewpoint are actually invisible. As for heaviness, when you are very tired your body feels heavier, even though the physical model tells you that you didnt actually gain weight.
What these examples show is that objective and subjective reality dont form two separate domains but an entangled whole that is very hard to explain. This wholeness is known as reality. What is it made of? Two viable answers are possible. The first says that reality is made from the viewpoint of the observer. One of the greatest quantum pioneers, Werner Heisenberg, held that atoms and subatomic particles do not exist as material things but as response by Nature to whatever the experimenter is asking. Change your questions, and Nature obliges with an answer that fits your point of view. We can call this answer perspectivism.
The second answer agrees with perspectivism but is bigger. It says that reality is more than the sum of all possible perspectives. Even if you give every living thing from a virus and bacterium to a whale and a human being, their own viewpoint, there can be no perspectives without consciousness. So reality comes down to consciousness, which is the very opposite of a building block. Instead of being tiny and separate like a grain of sand, consciousness is a field extending infinitely everywhere.
Modern physics likes the model of a field, which is why from a physics viewpoint reality consists of ripples in the quantum field, the gravity field, and a few other basic fields. The advantage of a field is that it allows you to conceive of Nature as a whole. But we dont conceive consciousness. It is too real for that. Consciousness is where conceptions come from. It is the stuff of ideas, emotions, invention, curiosity, and all the other things created in the mind. You might struggle with the fact that time, space, matter, and energy are also created in consciousness, but there is actually no other way to explain wholeness.
You cant have on foundation for the physical world and another foundation for the mental world. Science has long recognized this, which is why so much weight was put on the atom. It was hoped that somehow tiny grains of sand would explain the mind if only they got tiny enough. Many working scientists still assume that this hope will come true one day, but it wont, for the simple reason that matter is just as conceptual as Alice in Wonderland. Alice knew she was in an imaginary world and devoted herself to getting back to the real world. We are in the real world, being conscious, while applying our efforts to stick inside an imaginary one. This has to change if we want to become totally real again, in other words totally conscious.
DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, founder ofThe Chopra Foundation, a non-profit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, andChopra Global, a modern-day health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. He is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego. Chopra is the author of over 89 books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His 90th book and national bestseller,Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential(Harmony Books), unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.
Why Matter Is a (Useful) Fiction - SFGate
Intermittent Fasting: This Diet Plan Can Increase Lifespan Of Patients Undergoing Cardiac Catheterisation- Know Other Health Benefits – NDTV News
Intermittent fasting diet plan:If you are a cardiac catheterisation patient, then intermittent fasting can have beneficial outcomes for you. According to a new study presented at 2019 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia, doing intermittent fasting can result in good health outcomes in cardiac catheterisation patients. Cardiac catheterisation is a procedure to examine how well your heart is working. As part of the procedure, a thin and hollow tube known as catheter is inserted into large blood vessel which leads to your heart. This procedure is used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions.
The study showed thatpatients who practised intermittent fasting lived longer than those who didn't. In addition, they are also less likely to be diagnosed with heart failure.
"It is another example of how we're finding that regular fasting can lead to better health outcomes and longer lives," said Benjamin Horne, PhD, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute, reports ANI.
Around 2,000 patients of the hospital undergoing cardiac catheterisation from 2013 to 2015 were asked a series of questions related to lifestyle, including if they are practicing intermittent fasting or not.
On following these patients for 4.5 years, researchers found that people who regularly followed intermittent fasting had better survival rate as compared to those who did not. In the long-term, being regular at intermittent fasting can ensure better survival and lower risk of heart failure.
Intermittent fasting can lower risk of heart failure in patients undergoing cardiac catheterisationPhoto Credit: iStock
Also read:Not Just Weight Loss But Intermittent Fasting Can Also Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Lifestyle coach Luke Coutinho calls intermittent fasting as a lifestyle plan that can not only help you with weight loss, detox your body, regulate your sleep cycle and much more.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern in which your day is divided into two phases: the eating phase and the fasting phase. As the name suggests, you are required to eat only during the eating phase and fast during fasting phase. During the fasting phase, you are only allowed to drink water (not even tea or coffee). Your fasting phase can last for as long as you want: 10 hours, 12 hours, 14 hours or 16 hours, depending on how you feel.
An effective way to practice intermittent fasting is to have early dinners, around 7, 8 or 9 pm ideally. You can then break your fast after 10, 12, 14 or 16 hours, whatever suits you. Break your fast with a fruit or nuts. Have your meal after 15 or 20 minutes.
Also read:Intermittent Fasting: Know How To Practice It And The Benefits And Drawbacks That Follow
Intermittent fasting can help you with weight loss. Following it with regular exercise can help you lose weight effectively and keep it off in the long run. This eating pattern is not restrictive in nature, you just need to practice portion control. Also, intake of junk, processed, deep fried, sugary foods and drinks, and packaged food should be avoided.
If you have been binge drinking or binge eating, then intermittent fasting is the diet plan for you.
While most weight loss diets are known to cause loss of muscles as well, intermittent fasting is quite the opposite. It can help in retaining muscles as it allows you to eat all major food groups like proteins, carbs, fibre and fat - during the eating phase.
Intermittent fasting helps you retain muscles and prevents loss of muscle along with weight lossPhoto Credit: iStock
Healthy eating becomes simpler with this style of eating. The trick of the trade is self-control. Initially, the diet plan may seem difficult to follow. But eventually, intermittent fasting results have been surprising for weight loss, better digestion, reduces constipation, acidity, bloating etc.
Also read:Clean Eating: 3 Kitchen Rules That You Must Follow For Being Disease-Free
It can help you have a good night's sleep. Eating early dinners helps your body come in sync with circadian rhythm, helping you sleep better. You are likely to experience much less tired and lethargic after doing intermittent fasting.
(Luke Coutinho, Holistic Lifestyle Coach - Integrative Medicine)
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