Does anyone know if an extended water-only fast can help cure peripheral neuropathy? I am age 70, today at Day 17 hoping to improve or even cure a condition that has lasted continuously for the past five years. The symptoms are a mild but sometimes burning sensation in the hands and feet. Wearing socks feels irritating to the feet but a small computer fan blowing across them at night feels pleasant. My diet has been oil-free vegan for two years (which has successfully reversed my coronary artery disease). Over time I have gotten more or less used to the tingling or burning but would like to cure it if possible.
I haven't cured my peripheral neuritis, but fasting has alleviated my symptoms. It is less painful and severe than it once was. With further fasting I hope to reduce the symptoms further.
Good luck, I hope the fast helps :)
Thanks, applecore. How bad are your symptoms? How long did you fast? My case is not too bad, fortunately, but has lasted a long time, five years. Today in Day 19 of my fast, neuropathy symptoms have not changed much, but now that I have gotten this far into it, I want to push on until I get hungry again or ketone level drops, signaling the onset of starvation. I want to give this my best shot, otherwise will just have to live with it. Some fasts for other chronic conditions such as ulcerative colitis (Jack Goldstein http://www.escapeallthesethings.com/FastingUC/
) have required as much as six weeks to cure and with medical supervision but I do not believe I have enough fat reserves to go that far (present weight 110, BMI 17.8).
It seems that private messages from the WOF group cannot be read or replied to by me because I have left the Facebook group. Sorry to miss your message. About peripheral neuropathy and fasting, my conclusion after a 22-day water-only fast is that the condition is intractable. No improvement. That may be why there is no literature about it. The fast was worthwhile for other reasons, though.