The Science of Fasting | Documentary

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Examines the growing interest in fasting as a treatment for cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases.

Journeying to the Goryaschinsk Spring Sanatorium on the shores of Lake Baikal, in southern Siberia, the film shows how decades of secret clinical studies conducted by Soviet and post-Soviet doctors have led to new applications for fasting and caloric restriction. Shows case studies of liver damage reversal and arthritis mitigation at Germany's Buchinger Clinic, as well as the findings of an innovative gerontologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

The science of fasting

Author: Sylvie Gilman; Thierry de Lestrade; Jean Pierre Devorsine; Hester Wilcox; Helen Blazy; All authors

Publisher: New York, NY : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, ©2011.

Credits: Editor, Guillaume Qulgnard ; photography, Thierry de Lestrade ; music, Hélène Blazy.

Performer(s): Narrator: Hester Wilcox.

Description: 1 videodisc (56 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


Diseases of Civilization --
Goryaschinsk Spring Sanatorium --
Fasting program --
Acidosis crisis --
Ketone bodies --
Psychological hunger --
Experiments in fasting --
Scientific history --
Explanation of fasting effects --
Evidence of healing ability --
Fasting for liver health --
Buchinger Clinic in Germany --
Eating after fasting --
Buchinger method at public hospitals --
Fasting mechanism in animals --
Surviving periods of starvation --
Benefits of extreme caloric restriction --
Early stage of fasting trial --
Norris Hospital study results --
Cell protection mode and chemotherapy --
The science of fasting: epilogue.

Responsibility: ARTE France ; Via Decouvertes present ; written and directed by Sylvie Gilman, Thierry de Lestrade ; produced by Jean Pierre Devorsine.

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