It would be interesting to see the quality of those *raised* red blood cells because they could also be defunct red cells getting flushed out of the tissues and organs during the fast. They might also be healthy red cells (made prior to the fast) and being released from storage.
Chris do you know whether this raised rbc a constant throughout the fast or just in the early stages? Because somehow I can't see a fasting body 'raising' it's rbc before utilizing it's plentiful energy saving reserves.
Could you perhaps direct me to any links you might have that confirm that the raised rb count was not the result of the above functions but was the result of the fasting body *raising* it's level of normal turnover. Especially any data on whether this new raised level remained to the end of a lengthy fast?