Study finds fasting for 72 hours regenerates the entire immune system
This is a nice summary of what has been reported before. The key take away for me is that fasting induces stem cell regeneration of the immune system. This means quiescent stem cells start dividing including leukemic ones. Only when leukemic stem cells divide are they susceptible to a TKI drug.
I have done several 3 day fasts so far - about to start a new one to end Lent. I have a suspicion that fasting for three days several times a year will go a long way to added health. It's like a reset for the body. The first time you do this it is very difficult. Salt intake is very important during absence of food. But once you succeed, your body has produced - probably for the first time in your life, key enzymes necessary for fat mobilization and energy production (ketones). Once established, fasting on a regular basis is easy ... you already have the building blocks.
An interesting side note - populations that have experienced starvation and survived show a dramatically increased life span. Many live to be over 100. I have a thought that it is due to the "fasting" immune response (in this case forced fasting against their will).
I wonder - truly wonder - what would have happened to my CML prior to diagnosis when my white blood cells were over 35,000 and I did a 3 day fast first. Imagine a clinical trial in which patients are first put on a fast at diagnosis of CML to learn what the body does to CML. There is no research I can find that has anything reported on this.