Day 27: Fasting to Provoke DNA Repair

In my support group, several articles came through the newsfeed on the DNA repair cycle that reduced caloric intake provokes in humans.

I think my body naturally tried to do this last winter about 18 months post-flox. I lost my appetite and then I got really sick, I think because I was completely ignorant of what was happening, so I was not supporting my body when it was trying really hard to repair my cells. Because flouroquinolones cause a lot of DNA damage, I think I was losing a lot of cells. I became weak and my I had tremors. My liver and spleen swelled up and all the lymph nodes on my right side and I ended up in the ER twice with what I now think was toxicity from cell die off that my body could not clear out. Even though my labs were off my liver swollen, they sent me home with “anxiety” once and “fibromyalgia” the other.

I want to try that again, but more gently. I’m trying to figure out how much of a caloric reduction is necessary, so that I can provoke cell repair but not in a way that will overwhelm my ability to clear the toxic by-products. It’s also difficult to go completely without nourishment when you’re weak. I’m not convinced we have to reduce calories to zero, but most people who’ve responded to my questions believe I must reduce my caloric intake to zero. While I wait for an opportunity to talk to my primary care doc, I will proceed much as I did this past week.

The fast I just finished wasn’t as successful as I wanted. I needed a couple of days of rest and thought I’d have it when my kid went to a campout, but they got rained out and it ended up being more stressful than I wanted, but I managed 48 hours with 400 calories each 24 hour period. I would have made it to 60 hours if it wasn’t for that bowl of oatmeal.

Next time I want to do a coffee enema as I start the fast, maybe one when I end it, and depending on what I find out from my doctor, somewhere between zero and 400 calories each 24 hours… I’d at least like to drink my turmeric, cinnamon, modified citrus pectin tea with a splash of half and half a couple of times a day. Maybe I’ll make it past 2 days next time, but I think gentle is the way to go for a few months. I was in a great deal of pain last night, but for two days in a row I’ve now woken up without quite as much pain in my extremities.

I also need to figure out what supplements should be cut out during a fast. I don’t want to skip the ones needed for DNA repair, or the ones my tendons need, since they’re expremely delicate.

I have a feeling it will be a slow process.

Day 11: Black Garlic

In my heavy research phase into antioxidants to combat the damage done by Cipro, I read about black garlic. I immediately got out my rice cooker and dumped every bulb of garlic I’d harvested from my garden, plus the bulbs I’d purchased at my co-op.

I have now sampled 2 out of the 3 varieties I stuck in my rice cooker, and I can tell you that the purple varieties are WAY TASTIER than the porcelain varieties. I don’t like to cook with the purples because the bulbs are smaller and harder for my damaged hands to peel, but they are perfect for black garlic and peel more easily after being in the rice cooker than the porcelain bulbs do… and now I’m eating the little cloves like candy.

I haven’t sampled the elephant garlic yet… it’s technically not a garlic, it’s a leek, but it’s also high in allicin so it should work.

Why make black garlic?

Physicochemical and Antioxidant Properties of Black Garlic

The Analysis of Saccharide in Black Garlic and its Antioxidant Activity