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From: MM (168.103.40.246)
Subject:         Re: Let's reason on this here.
Date: August 21, 2011 at 6:45 am PST

In Reply to: Re: Let's reason on this here. posted by crazychic on August 21, 2011 at 4:24 am:

Just found this on a hospital site about anorexia:

http://www.massgeneral.org/children/adolescenthealth/articles/aa_anorexia.aspx:

•Electrolyte abnormities (low blood potassium, sodium, and chloride)

•Heart problems (abnormal heart rhythm, mitral valve prolapse, and heart failure). It is important to know that as the body is starved, the heart muscle shrinks. So, the heart has a reduced ability to pump blood. As their cardiac output diminishes, athletes lose endurance and the capacity to exercise

And another one:

http://www.eatingdisordersonline.com/medical/arrhythmia.php

As the body is starved, the muscles are starved. The heart is a muscle, and consequently can begin to deteriorate, and heart failure becomes a very real risk. Low levels of sodium, zinc, potassium and calcium, can also cause abnormal heart rhythms or arrhythmia

Author: Dr. Alan Goldhamer
An Introduction to the Benefits of a Professionally Supervised Fast

Pre-Fast Evaluation

Before therapeutic fasting is undertaken, a pre-fasting evaluation should be completed. This includes a complete health history, including an evaluation of previous illnesses, injury and treatment. An assessment is made of the current symptoms and current treatment being undertaken. A family history is also of interest.

Next, a comprehensive physical exam should be performed. Appropriate laboratory procedures such as the utilization of urinalysis or blood evaluations should also be performed.

These procedures provide the practitioner with the information needed to determine if therapeutic fasting is indicated as well as providing a base line that can be used to establish each individual?s norms.

Without a good base line, it can be very difficult to differentiate a positive healing crisis from a physiological compromise. For example, a person who develops an arrhythmia on the fourteenth day of a fast might be treated very differently from an individual who starts the fast with the same condition.

After the Fast

The most important period of the fast is the initial re-feeding. Too rapid a return to food and activity can spell disaster. Materials that have been mobilized during the fast must be eliminated. Improper feeding or activity after the fast can seriously disrupt this process.

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