It’s 9:33 PM on the third day of my water fast. It has been just over 75 hours since my last meal. Here’s an update:
I’m finding the fast to be very difficult. I don’t yet understand why some people say that they enjoy fasting. There is some intermittent nausea, and I am exhausted. Also, my hip joints have been a little sore all day, but it is a different kind of feeling than the arthritis and not in the same places.
But, like I mentioned in this morning’s update, I would prefer this discomfort to taking chemotherapy medication every week.
The plaques on my torso are much improved on the third day. The improvement is remarkable. This is what I expected, because I saw an improvement with the skin psoriasis on the third day of the last water fast.
Also, there is little to no pain from the psoriatic arthritis today. There was pain yesterday and previously. This kind of improvement also happened by the third day of the last water fast.
Seborrheic Dermatitis Improvement
I also have seborrheic dermatitis in certain places on my head, and that has also improved quite a bit. I wouldn’t be surprised if it disappeared with continued fasting.
Regarding seborrheic dermatitis, I have found a treatment for that that works without fail every time. It took me 10 years of research to figure it out, but I’m quite certain that I have an answer to that problem. I need an extra $5,000-$10,000 to complete my research and describe the mechanism, which I hope to do by next year.
If you are skeptical, please hold your skepticism until you see my amazing before and after photos that start with very severe seborrheic dermatitis and showing complete remission of the condition within days, time after time. It is my success with seborrheic dermatitis that has given me the confidence to attempt to find some answers about psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis with this website.
If the fasting also works to clear seborrheic dermatitis, I would be very excited, because fasting is free.
Low Soap, No Shampoo, and the Hygiene Hypothesis
I also want to mention that I have not used shampoo in about a month. I do not use any soap on my skin psoriasis.
If you haven’t heard about the hygiene hypothesis, please take a quick look at the Wikipedia article.
Basically, the idea is that many health conditions may be triggered by our overly sterile environments in modern times. “Germs” may not necessarily be a bad thing in all cases. For example, children who grow up in houses with dishwashers (which sterilize dishes more than handwashing), appears to significantly increase the rate of allergies in those children.
I think that this idea will be shown to be correct. I am making sure that my environment is clean, but not overly sterile.
For the first week or two of not using shampoo, hair may become greasy, but after some time it will normalize and be similar to shampooed hair. A kid felt my hair and described it as being like “a silky chestnut” — the chestnut aspect probably referring to my brown and gray hair. It is not greasy or dirty at all.
I do recommend throwing out shampoo and never using it again. Just scrub your hair well with your fingers every day in lukewarm water, and wait a few weeks.
As far as soap, the idea is that you can use soap on “pits and bits”, but the rest of your body can be cleaned by taking a shower every day and scrubbing yourself with a wet rag in the shower. Soap does not touch my skin psoriasis ever.
I think that it is worthwhile to do some research on the low soap, no shampoo movement, and give it a try — even if for no other reason than to save money. You are still very clean with these methods, but not overly sterile.
I haven’t been feeling well today, and have spent most of it on the couch reading or sleeping. I found a few interesting articles on blogs and via new Twitter friends.
Calorie Restriction and Aging
One of the ideas that I came across was written about by an evolutionary biologist named Josh Mitteldorf. He seems to be proposing that calorie restriction prolongs life, because in times of abundant food, overeating shortens life, thus controlling the population.
…natural selection has created an adaptive aging clock, which further enhances the stabilizing effect. When there is a famine and many animals are dying of starvation, the death rate from old age is down, because of the Caloric Restriction effect. In times of famine and other environmental stress, the death rate from aging actually takes a vacation, because animals become hardier and age more slowly.
Without aging, it is difficult for nature to put together a stable ecosystem. Populations are either rising exponentially or collapsing to zero. With aging, it becomes possible to balance birth and death rates, and population growth and subsequent crashes are tamed sufficiently that ecosystems may persist. This is the evolutionary meaning of aging: Aging is a group-selected adaptation for the purpose of damping the wild swings in death rate to which natural populations are prone. Aging helps to make possible stable ecosystems.
(The quotes above may not be from the article I read earlier. I have a memory of reading that he specifically stated that conclusion, but I may have only read the post above and could be reading more things into it.)
Other Interesting Links
These are links that were sent to me on Twitter, though I haven’t read/watched them yet:
- That Gut Feeling: Part One
- WHO Report on Psoriasis
- Medical nutrition therapy as a potential complementary treatment for psoriasis–five case reports.
- Incidence of Candida in psoriasis–a study on the fungal flora of psoriatic patients.
It’s time for bed, but I will post an update tomorrow morning. I have fasted for five days before, but with juice. This will be the longest that I have fasted with only water.