According to animal experiments, a short fasting cure can protect healthy cells against the destructive consequences of chemotherapy. Experiments with mice showed that during the treatment those animals which had not received any food for two days thrived, as is documented by a study. The authors of a group led by the researcher in gerontology Volter Longo of the University of Southern California reported that mice subjected to fasting showed no signs of stress or pain although the dose of chemotherapy was five times higher than for humans. The animals in the comparison group died or suffered energy loss.
Pinchas Cohen of the University of California in Los Angeles said it opened a new cancer treatment approach. As fasting increased the resistance of healthy cells, this would allow a higher dose of chemotherapy. Human studies are now needed. Annals of Academy of Sciences.