As i said, just few words about sanogenesis, the link to fasting, starting the sanogenesis process and self recovery of some complex illnesses. They tried to start the human body self recovery process using fasting by itself or combined with other alternative therapies. I will not comment, but i will let you to read and reach your own conclusion. It is a long post, i know, but worth reading it.
1. ON SOME MECHANISMS OF THE INFLUENCE OF FASTING THERAPY ON THE PROCESSES OF LIPID PEROXIDATION, ANTIOXIDANT ACTIVITY AND PURINE METABOLISM IN BRONCHIAL ASTHMA
ARBUZOV Y.N.,, POTASHOV D.A., KONVAY V.D.,YELISEYEVA L.N.
In this work the authors attempted to evaluate the influence of fasting therapy on some parameters of antioxidant defense and uric acid level (below as the UA) in blood serum of patients with bronchial asthma (below as BA) as well as to find possible ways of optimisation of the results of fasting therapy. There were observed 12 women with BA treated with fasting and 11 women with acute BA, treated with generally adopted medications.
The serum levels of glutathione, glutathione-reductase, glucose-6-phos-phatdehydrogenase and the UA were tested. Both groups did not show statistically significant changes of serum glutathione concentrations. During the fasting the highly reliable increase of the UA level occurred on the 5-9 day of the fasting, exceeding the normal indices (0.28 ± 0.095 and 0.458 ± 0.034 mmol/1; p < 0.001); during the period of the restorative diet the serum UA level did not plausibly differ from the initial level (0.329 ± ± 0.028 mmol/1; p > 0.05). Though statistically insignificant, the tendency towards the moderate increase of the levels of glutathione-reductase (0.362 ± 0.02 and 0.383 ± ±0.013 mmol/1) and glucose-6-phosphatdehydrogenase (0.258 ± 0.03 and 0.293 ± 0.018 mmol/1) was reported.
No reliable changes of the parameters studied were noted in the group treated with medications. The authors assume that in fasting the antioxidant system functions with some effort, in particular the latent deficit of glutathione due to the intensive expenditure of lipid peroxydes in the inactivation reactions is possible. In this connection, fasting therapy is recommended to be combined with medications improving antioxidant defence.
2. ON THE SUCCESSFUL CASES OF THE SHORT-TERM FASTING AND STARVATION THERAPY IN OUT-PATIENT TREATMENT
AFANASYEV I. A.
The author, a physician, described several cases of the successful use of short-term fasting and starvation therapy in his out-patient practice for the treatment of various diseases and pathological conditions, like acute respiratory virus infections, rheumatoid poly-arthritis, weeping eczema, etc. The Su Jok therapy and hydrotherapy were used for optimization of the fasting therapy response and elimination of subjective symptoms of acidosis.
3. ON THE NEAR AND REMOTE FASTING EFFECTS IN SOME SKIN DISEASES
Vsevolozhsk — Saint-Petersburg
Fasting therapy developed by the Research Institute of Pulmonology was applied during 3 years at the Central district hospital on 14 patients with psoriasis (3 patients), neurodermitis (3 patients), eczema (4 patients), and . allergic dermatitis (4 patients). The former generally adopted therapy was not effective or had a short-term effect. The fasting lasted from 14 to 24 days. By the end of the fasting therapy, the skin of the patients was reported to have recovered completely in all the patients in case of allergic dermatitis and in psoriasis in 1 patient, in 2 patients — 74%; in neurodermitis all the patients gained the recovery of 50-75% of the skin; in eczema 3 patients had completely recovered their skin and 1 patient — 75% of the skin. In 6 months the skin remained clear in 1 patient with allergic dermatitis; in psoriasis the results were stable in all the patients; in neurodermitis there was 1 relapse; in eczema the skin of 1 patient remained clear. In 2-3 years the good results of fasting were evident in 3 of 4 patients with allergic dermatitis; in psoriasis the skin was clear in 1 patient, the same for neurodermitis. The unstable results of the therapy were due to the impact of risk factors, stresses, and improper diet.
4. ON FASTING THERAPY AS A METHOD OF TREATMENT AND PROPHYLAXIS OF CARDIOVASCULAR PATHOLOGIES
The author administered a course of fasting therapy to 250 patients at the medical-rehabilitation centre «Zdorovye» (Health) during a year. Two main groups of the patients were formed. The ones with clinical manifestations of cardiovascular pathology (mainly arterial hypertension and ischemic heart disease) constituted the first group, fewer in number, and the patients without clinical manifestations of the disease, but with a high bodily weight (I and/or II stage obesity considered to be a risk factor of the cardiovascular diseases) constituted the second group, more abundant. The first group underwent fasting therapy for 3 weeks, the second one 7-10 days. No side effects were reported. In all cases the treatment resulted in the improvement of the clinical manifestations, reduction and/ or normalization of the bodily weight, and improvement of the patients' general condition.
5. FASTING AS A TRADITIONAL METHOD OF HEALTH IMPROVEMENT AMONG THE INDIGENOUS POPULACE IN ZABAIKALYE (BURYATS AND MONGOLS)
The 76-year-old amateur historian of local lore, history and economy provides interesting data regarding the use of periodical fasting as a traditional method of health improvement among the representatives of the indigenous population of the nomadic peoples in Zabaikalye, like Buryats and Mongols.
6. EFFICIENCY OF FASTING THERAPY IN PATIENTS WITH SARCOIDOSIS OF THE LUNGS
BARANOVA O. P., ILKOVICH M. M.., NOVIKOVA L. N., SESS T. P., NIKONOV L. N.
The authors applied fasting therapy following the method developed by the Research Institute of Pulmonology to treat 52 patients with sarcoidosis of the lungs (below as the SL). The duration of the fasting period was 14 days in average. By the end of the fasting improved general state was reported for 75% of patients, they ceased to complain about weakness, coughing, short breath, and arthralgia. In the one third of the SL-1 patients without prescription of corticosteroids, the sizes of the lymph nodes of the mediastinum were visible as reduced at the roentgenograms. For the half of the SL-2 patients, the lungs outline on the roentgenograms became more distinct, the dissemination of the seats and sizes of lymph nodes in the mediastinum decreased. The comprehensive roentgeno-functional and radio-nuclide investigation testified to the positive dynamics of the indices of the regional ventilation and pulmonary perfusion in 61% of SL-2 patients and 19% of SL-3 patients after the fasting. After the treatment was over, in 6 and 12 months this above positive dynamics was retained. The majority of the patients (68%) displayed a marked tendency towards the normalisation of the indices of the immune homeostasis. The remote results of the fasting were traced in 17 (from 52) patients: in a year positive dynamics was marked in 14 (from 17) (82%); the stabilisation of the pathology took place in 2 more patients, and in one patient only the SL recurrence was noted. The authors think that fasting is recommendable in the SL-1 as a monotherapy, in the SL-2 as a monotherapy or combined with further usage of corticosteroids, in the SL-3 it can be used to diminish side effects due to corticosteroids and to stimulate their endogenic synthesis. The attendant pathologies, like obesity, peptic ulcer and hypertension, serve as additional indications for fasting therapy.
7. THE EFFICIENCY OF THE TREATMENT OF BRONCHIAL ASTHMA WITH THE USE OF FASTING THERAPY IN THE «GORYACHINSK» RESORT
BATAYEVA N.A., SHVMILOVA A. N.,, SHATALOVA T. V.
Buryatia, Goryachinsk resort
The aim of the work was to evaluate the efficiency of treatment of bronchial asthma involving different complexes of the resort factors along with fasting therapy. 70 patients with bronchial asthma (16 men and 54 women) aged from 10 to 63 were under observation. The patients were grouped according to the methods used for the treatment: the 1st group (25 patients) was treated only with resort factors, the 2nd group (30 patients) was treated with the combination of resort factors and fasting therapy; the 3rd group (15 patients) — only with fasting. The duration of the fasting period was 10-14 days. All groups were quite comparable according to the gravity stage of the disease. The comparison of the results showed that the combination of fasting therapy with natural resort factors was the most effective.
8. ON THE USE OF FASTING THERAPY IN PATIENTS WITH SOMATIC PATHOLOGY AT THE GORYACHINSK RESORT
BATAYEVA N.A., SOKOLOVA T. I., SEREBRENNIKOV A. N.
Buryatia, the Goryachinsk resort
Fasting therapy has been used at the Goryachinsk resort since 1994. During this period 975 patients have been prescribed this therapy. Among them there were 139 men and 836 women; 678 patients (71.1%) were natives of Buryatia, 277 persons (28.9%) were from other regions of Russia, including 3 foreigners. The subsequent courses of fasting therapy were carried out in 134 patients (13.6%). The structure of the pathology included cardiovascular diseases (arterial hypertension, heart ischaemia, etc) — 79 cases (8.1%); bronchial-pulmonary diseases (bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis with obstruction, etc) — 207 (21.2%); osteochondrosis, reumatoid arthritis, gout and others — 456 (46.8%); skin diseases (psoriasis, neurodermitis, allergic dermatitis, eczema — 40 (4.1%); gastrointestinal diseases (chronic cholecystitis, ulcer of the stomach and duodenum, chronic colitis) — 76 (7.8%); obesity — 88 (9.0%); other, rarely occurring forms of pathology — 29 (3.0%). The patients have been suffering from the diseases from 6 months to 22 years. The course of the fasting period was 10-14 days. During this period the patients were taking distilled boiled water, wild rose decoction in amount of 2-2.5 la day, every day they were given cleansing enemas, and 3—4 times a week — hygienic douche, sauna. If there were no contraindications, the balneological therapy was prescribed (hydromassage, circular or Charcot's douche, mud poultice applications). If needed, acupuncture, the Su-Jok, and manual therapy were prescribed. The restorative nutrition was carried out according to the general principles, 20 vegetarian and fish dishes were included in a dietary menu. The positive effect of the fasting was observed in 86-91% cases of different pathologies.
9. ON OUR PRIMARY EXPERIENCE OF FASTING THERAPY USE
DANCHINOVA N. V.
The author prescribed fasting therapy to 26 patients, aged from 20 to 60 years, at the hospital of the Eastern Medicine Centre. They suffered from various somatic pathologies and skin diseases. The fasting period lasted from 5 to 13 days. The average weight reduction was 1 kg a day. There was observed the improvement in the clinical course of the diseases, vitality enhancement in all patients. Many of them wished a repeated course of fasting therapy in 6-8 months.
10. SPECIFICITIES AND RESULTS OF FASTING THERAPY IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC ENTEROCOLITIS
Fasting therapy following the Prof. Yu. S. Nikolayev's method was conducted in a specialized clinic on 136 patients with chronic enterocolitis, including 73 men and 63 women, the majority (86.1%) ranging in the age from 20 to 60. 43.3% of patients had been suffering from this disease over 10 years. By its severity degree the disease was categorized as the mild (47.1%) and medium severe (58.2%) ones. Multiple (2 or 3 diseases simultaneously) gastrointestinal pathology was found in 88.2%, food and drug allergy in 11%. During the preparatory period of the fasting, 3-6 months long, it was recommended to have 36 hungry hours once a week. The fasting improved the general state of health in the absolute majority of the patients: there disappeared pains in the stomach (in 70-94%), rumbling and meteorism (90%), covering of the tongue (93%), intolerance towards some foodstuffs (91%) the stool became normal (94.6%). For the 15 days of the fasting the highest bodily weight loss was in its initial reduction (13.2 ± 0.15% from the initial). Offered restorative nutrition, these patients displayed the highest bodily weight increase: by the 20th day they gained 74.7 ± 2.5% of the bodily weight lost during the fasting. In the most of the patients with retained stomach secretion there was no reliable change of it directly after the fasting and in a year; with the initial secre¬tory deficiency after the fasting the debit hour of the stimulated HC1 plausibly grew by 2.2 times. The author explains this fact by the formation in the tissue autolysis of nucleotides stimulating regeneration. Fasting results in hypercholia and cholestasis, with the cholato-cholesterol coefficient reliably growing, which testifies to lesser risk of stone formation in the gall bladder. After the fasting the trepsin debit grew by 1.5 times (p < 0.05). Regarding amylase, lipase, bicarbonate alkalinity and juice amount, there was reported a tendency only towards their increase. In the coprological investigation it was found, after fasting the number of patients with creatorrhea decreased from 19.2% to 10.5%, and in a year down to 8.8%, with amylorrhea, respectively, from 15.4% to 10.5% and 1.8%. In the comparative analysis of the microflora of the faeces before and after the fasting, there was noted a marked tendency towards the normalization of the main groups of bacteriae: the growth of the general number of anaerobic ones, and lactic acid bacilli, decrease of proteas and clostridiae. While studying the remote results of the fasting therapy (in 3 years), it was found that in 41.8% of the patients the pain syndrome disappeared completely, the stool remained normal in 76.4%, improved tolerance towards foodstuffs was noted by all the patients. The fasting lead to the significant decrease of the number of morbidity cases with temporary loss of working capacity (by 2.4 times), as well as of the number of sick-leave days (by 4.2 times). The average duration of one case of working ability loss decreased either (by 1.7 times). The annual economic losses per one patient became less (by 4.6 times). The author considers fasting therapy to be recommended against digestive organs pathologies, like functional disturbances of this system, esophagitis, chronic gastritis, duodenitis, chronic cholecystitis, acute and chronic pancreatitis, enteritis, and chronic colitis.
11. ON THE THREE-DAY STARVATION AS A VARIANT OF FASTING IN THE TREATMENT
AND PROPHYLAXIS OF DISEASES IN OUT-PATIENTS
EVENSHTEIN Z. M., KOKOSOV A. N.
The authors elaborated a variant of fasting therapy for out-patients, which was approved in the treatment of patients with itching dermatosis (191 cases of neurodermitis, 192 — eczema) and bronchial asthma (60 cases). The findings show that the short-term starvation periodically repeated in every 1.5 or 2 months can be used for out-patient treatment of numerous diseases and prophylaxis due to regular «cleansing» of the body.
12. THE EFFECT OF FASTING THERAPY ON THE EXPRESSION OF THE ACTIVE FORMS OF OXYGEN BY THE BLOOD CELLS IN PATIENTS WITH BRONCHIAL ASTHMA
FARKHUTDINOV U.R., ABDRAKHMANOVA L. M., FARKHUTDINOV S. U.
The generation of the active oxygen forms in the whole blood by using the method of luminal-dependent hemiluminescence (below as HL).was studied in 60 patients with bronchial asthma. The hemiluminescence intensity in patients depended on the manifestation of the inflammatory process. The patients were grouped as the ones with high and the ones with low HL of the blood. In the complex therapy 7 patients of the first and 18 patients of the second group underwent fasting therapy. In the patients which were treated with the use of fasting, in contrast to those who received the generally adopted basic therapy, the indices of free radical oxidation were normalized and the remission was more prolonged.
13. ON THE EXPERIENCE OF THE USAGE OF FASTING THERAPY IN PATIENTS WITH BRONCHIAL ASTHMA
GEMBITSKAYA T.E., KOROVINA O.,KHLOPOTOVAG. P., LIFSHITS N.A.. EFREMOVA K.G.
The authors used the fasting methods elaborated by Yu. S. Nikolayev and modificated at the Research Institute of Pulmonology. 30 patients with bronchial asthma aged from 36 to 60, predominantly women, underwent fasting. 21 patients had been suffering from bronchial asthma for 5 years; 11 patients had the severe course of the disease; and 6 patients had been taking corticosteroids for a long time. The fasting lasted 14-28 days. The treatment was successful for all the patients, without complications. The body weight loss was up to 11-18% from the initial weight. The maximum weight loss occurred during the first week of the fasting before the acidotic crisis. Attacks of asphyxia ceased in 20 patients on the 3rd-5th day of the fasting, in the others — by the end of the treatment. The corticosteroid intake was cancelled for all the patients. The plausible increase of the speed indices of the spirogram and vital capacity of the lungs was reported. During the period of the rehabilitation, few attacks of asphyxia and dry rales occured in 5 patients, 3 of them had been treated with corticosteroids for a long time. The remote results were observed for the next 2 years, no clinical effect was reported in 6 patients out of 30. The authors consider that fasting in bronchial asthma is recommendable, first of all, in case of insusceptibility to the generally adopted drug therapy, and in case of combined pathology (hypertension, fat and mineral metabolism disturbance). Among the contraindications are: the negative attitude of a patient to fasting therapy, marked inflammatory process (the 3rd stage) of any localization, endocrine pathology (thyrotoxicosis, diabetes mellitus).
14. FASTING THERAPY: THE HISTORY OF THE INTRODUCTION OF THIS METHOD INTO THE PUBLIC HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN THE REPUBLIC OF BURYATIA
The medical community and local populace of the Republic of Buryatia have been deeply familiarizing with method since 1994 when Prof. Yu. S. Nikolayev (Moscow) visited Ulan-Ude. The introduction of the method was started at the initiative of the group of patients with bronchial asthma, who had personally and successfully experienced the effect of this method after reading the scientific and popular book “Fasting for the Sake of Health” by Yu. S. Nikolayev. As a response to the proposal submitted to the Republic of Buryatia Ministry of Public Health Care about the introduction of fasting therapy into therapeutic practice and its spreading within the territory of Buryatia was the organisation of the cycle of lectures on fasting therapy by Prof. Yu. S. Nikolayev in numerous public health care institutions in Buryatia, which appeared of interest for many physicians, though some of them treated it with scepticism. The health resort «Goryachinsk» was the first in Buryatia to introduce this method, as one of its staff physicians had attended Yu. S. Nikolayev's lectures in Moscow. The successful application of fasting, particularly for patients with bronchial asthma and hypertension, facilitated relatively fast emergence of the significant market demand by more and more new groups of willing patients. The second edition of the book on fasting by Yu. S. Nikolayev was printed in Ulan-Ude. Its presentation at the Ulan-Ude city hospital attracted representatives of the municipal and republican level public health care organs, authorities, and general public. In 1996 the public health care administration of the City of Ulan-Ude issued the first printed order on the introduction of fasting therapy at the in-patients' department of the rehabilitation facility «Zdorovye» located in the village of Sotnikovo in the vicinity of Ulan-Ude; for its implementation Prof. A. N. Kokosov at Saint-Petersburg State Medical University named after the Academician I. P. Pavlov trained three physicians who started practising this method. The next stage was the organisation of the workshop in Ulan-Ude entitled 'The use of fasting therapy in the internal pathology', with Prof. A. N. Kokosov among the honoured participants (Re-public of Buryatia Ministry of Public Health Care order No 271, Novem¬ber 25, 1998). The workshop participants articulated the opinion about the necessity of training qualified staff able to conduct fasting therapy to willing patients in compliance with the indications and contraindications of this method, as well as professional monitoring and consulting to these patients. According to the implementation of Republic of Buryatia Ministry of Pub-lic Health Care order No 56, March 16,1999, to further develop fasting ther-apy, Prof. A. N. Kokosov was invited to conduct the first training session cycle 'Fasting therapy in the internal pathology', as a result, 30 physicians of various specialties were trained. Subsequently, two more similar training cycles for physicians were held. Recently in the Republic of Buryatia there has been formed the corps of specialists trained and skilled in fasting therapy. They can be found within the formal (state) network of the public health care system, and any resident of Buryatia can rely on their qualified consultations and relevant assistance, with due regard to the indications and contraindications of this method. Throughout Russia fasting therapy was introduced into the state system of public health care bodies in the Republic of Buryatia only.
15. FASTING THERAPY FOR PATIENTS WITH BRONCHIAL ASTHMA-INDICATIONS, CONTRAINDICATIONS, RESULTS
KOKOSOV A. N.,, OSININ S.G.
The authors have been using fasting therapy for treating patients with bronchial asthma over 20 years. We have randomly chosen 700 cases among several thousands of patients to analyse in detail (without special selection): 242 men and 358 women aged from 17 to 65. Fasting therapy was prescribed in clinical conditions following the authors' methods; the treatment course lasted 3 weeks. The main indications for fasting therapy in bronchial asthma are as follows: tolerance to the generally adopted medicamentous therapy; concomitant multiple pathologies; syndromes of drug and food allergy. The main contraindications include negative attitude of a patient to fasting therapy, marked emaciation, the 3rd stage of active inflammation of any localization, active stage of tuberculosis of the lungs, malignant tumours; marked pulmonary, heart, renal, and liver insufficiency; helminthoses, and some mental disorders. The efficiency of fasting therapy is stipulated by a temporary switch-over from exogenic to endogenic nutrition, resulting in the acidotic crisis as a prolonged stress, which changes or decreases the bodily reactivity involving the emergency mechanisms of sanogenesis. Biologically active cells in bronchi mucosa are degranulated, its hyperreactivity decreases, cortizol secretion increasing by the adrenals; copper and zinc residues diminish thus improving the bronch permeability. The efficiency of fasting therapy does not depend on the age of a patient, it is of seasonal character: higher in spring and summer that is related to the availability of antioxidants in the body. The near results of fasting therapy are following: the positive effect has been found in 90% cases (including the excellent and good ones — 65%' and satisfactory ones — 25%); the worsening of the bronchial asthma course due to fasting therapy has not been observed. The remote results are as follows: clinical remission in 50% cases, including medical rehabilitation in 10% and social rehabilitation in 10% cases. Side effects of fasting therapy, such as exacerbation of infection seats, liver and renal colics, cramps caused by hypokaliemia and orthostatic collapse, can be prevented and controlled without interrupting fasting therapy.
16. FASTING THERAPY FOR TREATMENT OF THERAPEUTIC PATIENTS
MURAVYEV S.A., MAKAROVAG.H., KOST ERI NAT. N.
At the basis of the municipal in-patient clinic the authors have been applying fasting therapy following the method of Prof. Yu. S. Nikolayev since 1994. They have treated 350 patients predominantly with cardiovascular pathology (54%), bronchopulmonary and gastrointestinal pathology (15% and 16% respectively); the pathology of the skin, kidneys, joints, and the endocrinic pathology comprised 15%, all together. Among the patients, women aged 30-40 were predominant. During the preparatory period vegetarian diet with one hungry day a week was recommended, in different cases such preparatory period lasted up to 10 weeks. The duration of the period of fasting proper was from 11 to 15 days for the majority of the patients. During that time the intake of medications was cancelled, with the exception of some cases of supporting therapy; massage, remedial gymnastics, relaxation techniques, and indifferent inhalations were fre¬quently administered. The clinical results of the fasting were as follows: in bronchial asthma, attacks of asphyxia became rarer and disappeared, similarly did short breath; bronchi drainage as well as speed and volume characteristics of spirogram improved. In hypertension, headaches and heart pains disappeared, arterial pressure and bodily weight decreased. In ischemic diseases of the heart, there decreased and disappeared heart pains and short breath; dose of nitrates diminished; the indices of electrocardiogram and echocardiogram, and central and intracardial hemodynamics improved. In gastrointestinal pathology, appetite arose; pain and dyspeptic syndromes vanished. The average loss of bodily weight was 7.07 kg (from 5 to 9 kg). In general, the positive effect was reported for over 90% of the patients. During the recuperative period, there was recommended predominantly vegetarian diet with hungry day a week, with a repeated course of fasting in 6-12 months, out-patient supervision by a physician familiar with fasting therapy, with one or two examinations a month. 22% of the patients underwent repeated (two times) courses of fasting, 10% — three times repeated courses, and 8% of the patients — four times and more. It allowed the chronic course of the pathologies to be checked, assisting in keeping the patients in a good health state.
17. ON THE EXPERIENCE OF THE USAGE OF FASTING THERAPY COMBINED WITH ACUPUNCTURE IN PATIENTS WITH DIFFERENT FORMS OF HYPOTHYROIDISM
OGANOVAA. G., VU KOLOVAZ. P., ASHIKHM1N A M.V.
58 patients with different forms of hypothyroidism were examined before and after the fasting therapy course combined with acupuncture. After the treatment there was observed a marked decrease of the thyrotropic hormone level, of the antibody level to thyreoglobulin and microsomal fraction in the patients with postoperative hypothyroidism, as well as with autoimmune thyroiditis. No reliable changes of the level of the hormones — triiodthyronin and general thyroxine were reported. The decrease of the antibody level to thyreoglobulin and microsomal fraction is assumed to have resulted from the correcting effect of fasting therapy on the immune system. The decrease of the thyrotropic Hormone level in the patients with postoperative hypothyroidism was obviously connected with the stimulating effect of fasting therapy and acupuncture on the thyroid gland function. During the rehabilitation period of fasting therapy the prescribed dose of hormone medications was diminished by 3 times in 12% of the cases, by 2 times in 85% of the patients, and 3% remained at the initial dose.
18. THE USAGE OF FASTING, ANTIALLERGIC IMMUNOGLOBULIN AND RONKOLEUKIN IN THE THERAPY OF BRONCHIAL ASTHMA
PERADZE A. T., IVANOVA O. A., SHAPOROVA N.L.
The elaboration and optimization of the non-medicamentous methods of treatment including fasting therapy, as well as the revealing of their mechanisms of action compared with the action of the generally adopted medicamentous therapy, are of great importance. The authors observed and treated 80 patients with bronchial asthma who were divided into 4 groups according to sex, age and the disease gravity. The therapies were different: 25 patients were prescribed anti-allergic immunoglobuline, 18 patients — ronkoleukin, 21 patients — fasting therapy, and 16 — basic medicamentous antiinflammatory therapy. Fasting therapy was carried out following the method developed at the Research Institute of Pulmonology: a complete «wet» fasting. The clinical effect of fasting was manifested in the control of the bronchospastic syndrome, reliable decrease of the sympathomimetics inhalation need, and increase of the spirogram speed indices, decrease of eosinophiles in sputum and diminishment of endobronchitis manifestation; decrease of the IgG and IgM. After fasting therapy, the level of cortizol in the blood plasma has increased by 1.5 times.
19. ANTIOXIDANT PROVISION OF THE BODY AND THE STATE OF LIPID PEROXIDATION IN PATIENTS WITH BRONCHIAL ASTHMA DURING FASTING THERAPY
REDCHITS I. V., TREUMOVA S. I., REDCHITS V. I.
The authors examined 20 patients with bronchial asthma during their fortnight fasting according to the methods developed at the Research Institute of Pulmonology, in order to determine their antioxidant provision and lipid peroxidation state. The examinations were carried out on the 7th and 14th day of the fasting and on the 7th day of the rehabilitation period. The findings have shown that by the end of the fasting in the patient body the level of ascorbate and tocopherols increased and at the same time the level of the products of lipid peroxidation decreased. This occurred due to the “release” of antioxidants out of the tissues into the general blood stream. By the 2nd day of the rehabilitation period of the treatment the content of antioxidants in the patient's body was reduced and at the same time the quantity of initial and final products of lipid peroxidation was increased. The above mentioned data correlate with the decrease of the clinical effect of the fasting. From the authors' point of view, the prescription of antioxidants during the fasting period optimizes the near and remote results of fasting.
20. THE CASES OF SUCCESSFUL REPEATED COURSE OF FASTING THERAPY AGAINST GOUT
SHAGDUROVA A. D.
The author observed several patients, middle-aged men with pronounced gout, who underwent the repeated fasting therapy (in 6-8 months). Due to the treatment the patients recovered their capacity to work and improved their life quality.
21. ON THE EXPERIENCE OF THE USAGE OF FASTING THERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE LUNG PATHOLOGY IN THE «KOLOS» SANATORIUM
YEGOROVA YE. V., POTASHOV D.A., YEGOROV O. V.
The aim of the given research was to analyse fasting therapy efficiency in the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive bronchitis (below as COB) and bronchial asthma (below as BA) at sanatoria and health resorts. There were observed 32 patients with COB and BA at the stage of subsiding exacerbation, and instable and full remission stages who were prescribed the 6- or 15-days fasting therapy course along with the regular therapies. The near results were evaluated according to the clinical and functional indices. The usage of fasting therapy within the complex of sanatorium therapy allows the efficiency of COB and BA treatment to be significantly increased. The patients' age and the duration of the disease course did not effect the results of the fasting therapy. If the duration of the therapy is no less than 7 days, then the effect of fasting is much higher. On the other hand, the prolonged fasting does not secure improved results.