Tag: nephrology

Fasting – why it’s not just another F-word!

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By Marika Sboros

I’m not going out on a religious limb when I say this book will be the “bible” of fasting.

The Complete Guide to Fasting (Victory Belt) is by Canadian nephrologist  Dr Jason Fung and US Living La Vida Low-Carb blogger Jimmy Moore.

The sub-title is Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting. It is well-written, reader-friendly and delivers on all promises. It should be in every home. Here’s why:  

Obesity: how your body uses fat to protect you

obesityWho would have thought obesity has its good side? Most doctors will tell you it sets you up for a host of other life-threatening conditions, such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease and more. That much is true. However, the body in its infinite wisdom also makes you obese for good reason.

Here, Canadian nephrologist Dr Jason Fung explains how fat also protects against, rather than just causes, health problems. That’s not  licence to pile on the adipose tissue, of course. He’s just explaining how your body tries hard to protect you from yourself. It’s a fascinating read. – Marika Sboros. 


By Jason Fung*

Obesity is not widely considered a protective mechanism. Quite the opposite. It’s usually considered one of the causal factors of the metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.

I think obesity is a marker of disease, but ultimately it serves to protect the body from the effects of hyperinsulinemia. Let me explain: