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My Path to Recovery – Healing the Body, part 1 (April 2018)

A quick review of my strategy

 

Let us begin with a summery of the last month. If you need to catch up, follow this link and then return to this page.

Me at the orthopedics office on April 9, 2018.
Me at the orthopedics office on April 9, 2018.

I did an MRI on my left leg on December 21, 2017, and in late March I finally got word from the orthopedics in Västerås. I had a meeting with one of their experts on April 9th and learned that the “tumor”, as imaged by the MRI in December, was a lot larger than we anticipated (7,5 cm (3”) wide at the top, 3 cm (1.2”) thick, 16 cm (6.3”) in length and 3 cm (1.2”) in width at the bottom). As of now, they’re still discussing what approach to take. With that being said, I’m going to ask for a new MRI to compare if there have been any changes in size, and then demand a surgery as soon as possible.
As the previous mass removed from my right leg, this one is many times larger and seem to consist of the same nano/Morgellon fibers and a lot of scar tissue. Simply put, you don’t want that in your leg.
Also, you can only feel a little bit of the upper part of the “tumor” on the outside of the leg as it has grown into the muscle. Only a few centimeters are visible to the eye. This means, that although the lump that you can feel on the outside of the leg hasn’t grown, there’s no telling if it has continued to grow inwards and/or downwards toward the knee. It might very well be larger now than it was when I had my last MRI in December of 2017.

As for my other symptoms of brain fog, fatigue, lethargy, reduced vision, reduced motor skills, and so on – I’ve managed to stabilize my condition and halt the decline with light rehab training (weightlifting three times a week) and by going back to a ketogenic diet with only some minor amounts of high quality carbohydrates in the evening. Reconnecting with someone very important in my life (whom I met during my time in Gothenburg) has also helped as lot, as we tend to motivate each other.
I’ve also done some time-proven “detox” procedures (that I will describe in upcoming posts.)
So, during April, I have actually felt a little bit better than previous months, and because of that, I’ve had a little more energy to study and plan – which leads us to my current experiment to improve my health and hopefully start to heal.

If you’re new to this blog-series about my illness, here’s my first post from November 2017 (at my main website):
http://bartoll.se/uncategorized/update-severely-ill/

All previous and future posts will be available in this category at my main website:
http://bartoll.se/category/fighting-morgellons-and-tumors/

Now, on to the experiment…

 

In simple steps, the plan looks like this:

  1. A ketogenic diet at about 2000 kcal a day, comprising of about 81 to 83 % fat, 14 to 15 % protein and less than 3 % net carbohydrates – to put me in deep ketosis. I started this on April 10.
  2. A 7-day fast to heal my body as much as possible and to rejuvenate/rebuild the immune system. The fast will be split into 3 stages. First stage is a water fast with electrolytes for 2 to 3 days. This will be followed by a 2-day dry fast (no contact with liquid at all), which will accelerate the healing process. And the third stage is a transition into a electrolyte fast again.
    I started this on April 15.
  3. To break the fast I will have an orange (only 20g of carbohydrates, which will not put me out of ketosis), followed an hour later by steamed mushy vegetables and some easy to digest salmon or mackerel. I will then transition into the previous ketogenic diet again for a few days.
  4. I will then repeat the fasting and expand the dry fasting.

 

I will write about each of these steps. How I plan my days, what I eat, other strategies I employ, how I feel, and my experience in whole.

If you’re new to fasting, I did my first real “long-term” 7-day water fast back in 2016. You can read about it here:
http://fastinglifestyle.info/electrolyte-fasting/my-7-day-electrolyte-water-fasting-experiment-old-2016/

Since step one was a simple ketogenic diet, I will start with step 2 in my next blog post. If you’re interested in the ketogenic diet and want to know more about it, you can read my article series here:
http://bartoll.se/articles-2016/the-ketogenic-diet-part-1/

You can also find my Quick Diet Experiment from 2016 where I went from 7.79 % subcutaneous body fat to 6.29 % in 14 days by utilizing fasting and the ketogenic diet and short-term fasting.
http://bartoll.se/the-diet-experiment-2016/quick-diet-experiment-day-15-aftermath/

 

 

Sunday, April 15: preparation and start

Today I had my last meal at 12 pm. Considering gastric emptying and digestion time of about 4 to 6 hours, my fast officially started at about 6 pm.
The meal was pretty light in order to speed up digestion time. It consisted of some vegetables, cod, and some runny eggs – and of course a lot of sodium. While sodium and other electrolytes are extremely important for your health, they’re even more important when you start a fast or a ketogenic diet, since they get flushed out with all the water weight you initially lose.
In the evening I had a little sodium, magnesium, and potassium. Water intake at pretty much normal levels of 4 liters a day (1 US gallon).

 

Monday, April 16: first day – a total shambles, or was it?

Woke up at about 4 am with a headache, a slight fever, and 30 minutes later I was vomiting all over the place. Yeah, stomach flu – what a perfect start on my 7-day fast. In essence, this means that my fast will begin with an unintended dry fast – since I can’t hold any liquid at all.

I spent most of the day either in bed or in the bathroom. I did manage to listen to some Alpha (8-12 Hz) sound waves and some other relaxing meditation music while doing some red-light therapy. This helped with the headache and got me some short powernaps. And although I was feeling terrible from the flu, I was at least fasting. In other words, not all of the time spent in bed was a waste.

 

Tuesday, April 17: second day – the light at the end of the tunnel

Still down with the stomach flu. Same as yesterday. It was not until in the late evening that I could get a little bit of water and sodium (sea salt) in me without it coming straight out again. And once I got some fluids in me, and especially some sodium and other electrolytes (in tiny amounts), I recovered quickly and felt pretty good once it was time to hit the bed – even the fever was gone.
This means that I was actually dry fasting, (and unfortunately losing some additional fluids through vomiting), for 44 hours. Well, that’s one way to “kick-start” your fast…

 

Wednesday, April 18: third day – rehydrate, regroup, charge forward!


Sodium in the form of mineral rich sea salt.

Due to the stomach flu, my focus today was solely on rehydration. Not as much in drinking tons of water, but as in getting a lot of electrolytes – divided into small doses throughout the day. All-in-all about 10 grams of sodium, 1 grams of magnesium orotate, 1 gram of calcium citrate malate (did not have orotate), and 6000 mg potassium citrate.

I felt good today. A bit light headed at times when suddenly moving around, but that’s to be expected after 2 days of stomach flu and great losses of electrolytes. I did also feel some “emotional” resistance towards doing any physical activity, which is also to be expected. Mental clarity and mental energy somewhat elevated. Not as much as on my previous fasts at day 3, but still noticeable – and compared to the last year of my nano/Morgellons “disease”, my mental clarity and mental energy was slightly higher than it’s ever been.

To speed up the detoxification process, I also enjoyed a nice foot bath in the evening. To really pull out all the crap, I have several formulas that work wonders. Just make sure that you have a bucket that let you sink your feet and ankles in to cover them all the way up to your calf muscles. Make sure it’s hot and soak for 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Foot bath variant 1: distilled water, 1.5 dl (0.6 cup) of sea salt, and 2 dl (0.8 cup) of white vinegar.
  • Foot bath variant 2: distilled water, 1.5 dl (0.6 cup) of sea salt, and 1 dl (0.4 cup) of pure baking soda (bicarbonate).
  • Foot bath variant 3: distilled water, 1 dl (0.4 cup) of sea salt, 1 dl (0.4 cup) of citric acid, and if available, 2 capsules of DMSO.

 

If you have discoloring of the skin, edema/swelling, bad circulation or any other noticeable condition around your feet and ankles, just try it. You’ll notice changes after the first bath. Take before and after photos and be amazed.

 

Thursday, April 19: fourth day – my mind is speeding, starting a dry fast

Yesterday evening my mind was racing all over the place. My “disease” was still prevalent as I couldn’t really focus for any long periods of time and I didn’t feel compelled to do any writing or reading/studying (which was all I did on previous fasts once the cognitive overdrive kicked in), but my brain was full of thoughts and ideas. I had to meditate for 20 minutes to calm my mind before I could actually go to sleep. This was a good sign that I’ve entered really deep ketosis and my brain got “high” on ketones (the brain’s preferred fuel.)
Another proof of the deep state of ketosis, and that the detoxification process has really begun; was a barely noticeable smell from my armpits. My sweat never smells (as I never use deodorants or other toxins, and I only shower with soap when absolutely necessary – as soap destroys your natural oil production and messes with the pH of the skin).
I only use natural oils for my skin (if needed) and coconut oil mixed with a little baking soda as a natural deodorant when needed. Never use commercial deodorants, and if it contains aluminum – throw it as far away from you as you possible can.

I felt alert most of the day. Cognitive functions still improving. However, on a fast, how you feel can change from hour to hour due to release of toxins and the fact that your body begin to repair old injuries, start to rebuild your immune system, and all that good stuff (that can be quite taxing on the body.)

I also started my “real” dry fast today and had my last water at 3 pm – for a total of 2 liters (half a US gallon). Since I started the fast with an unwilling dry fast of 44 hours, the goal is to go without water for 48 hours or slightly more if I feel fine.

The detoxifying effect is a lot stronger when dry fasting compared to water fasting. So, by putting in a short dry fast during a water fast, I minimize the possible side-effects while accelerating the detoxifying and healing process. It’s like hitting the nitrogen-switch mid race to make it into first place.

I would never recommend jumping directly into a dry fast, just as you should never jump directly into a water fast. To make it as easy as possible, always make sure that you are already in ketosis when you begin your fast. And if you plan to do a longer fast (3 days or more), make sure that you are fat adapted. That is, that your body is used to, and capable of, efficiently burning fat and utilizing ketones for energy. If not, you will feel miserable while your body is adjusting – and that is simply unnecessary. Also, always add extra sodium and potassium during a fast with liquids – or you will experience the common “keto flu” – as in lethargy, headaches, and fatigue. Something that are extremely easy to avoid by simply increasing electrolytes (especially sodium).

When I went to sleep, it still felt like any other night on a fast. My mind was still racing a little bit due to deep ketosis and that my body hasn’t really adjusted yet to the abundance of wonderful ketones. But I slept a bit better than the previous days.

 

Friday, April 20: fifth day – no water for you buddy

If you’re wondering about dry fast and its dangers, here’s a quick introduction/explanation of what it is and how it works.
As I mentioned earlier, you need to be in ketosis before entering into a dry fast. The reason for this is simple. Once ketosis is established, the breakdown of fat to provide fuel releases water as a byproduct. In metabolizing fat molecules, excess hydrogen atoms are released from the fat which combine in the blood with oxygen forming H2O. This so-called “metabolic water” can then help to substitute for the lack of drinking water. However, if you jump straight into a dry fast from a normal diet, you end up depleting your body’s water reserves during the period in which it takes to establish ketosis, which thereby curtails how long you can safely stay on a dry fast.
Even worse, if you’re still actively digesting carbohydrates when you cut the water and the dry fast begins, your “carbohydrate-based metabolism” will require water in order to operate, thereby further draining you of your water reserves.

This means that if you consume a typical diet with some carbohydrates and simply stop eating and drinking, you will feel miserable. And if your body never has been in ketosis before and is a long cry from fat adapted, it could get dangerous really quick. Probably within 2 or 3 days. Not to mention what could happen in a hot climate and/or if you sweat a lot. That is why the saying is that you can only last 2 to 3 days without water.

However, if you’re in ketosis and are somewhat fat adapted, a lot of water will be reintroduced into your system by your metabolism of converting fat into fuel. In this scenario, most people can go without water safely for 5 to 7 days. That’s a huge difference and a really potential way to repair and heal your body in the shortest time possible!
Since this is my first real dry fast ever, I’m shooting for 2 days, or 48 hours.

As for my own experiences today, I did wake up with a dry mouth – as most people do anyway in the morning. The dry feeling went away within 10 to 15 minutes and my production of saliva was normal during the rest of the day. I did get a little bit of frothy saliva a few times during the day, which is part of the detoxifying process. Just spit it out and you’re fine.
Peeing continued as clockwork throughout the day. About 200 ml every four to five hours – and pretty much transparent. Almost no coloring, and no noticeable odor.
In the evening I did start to notice some lower back pain. Not the kidneys, but the muscles and surrounding tissues – exactly where I had an injury from slipping during the racking sequence after a back squat back in the year 2000. This old injury has acted up once in a while since then, especially after inactivity due to sickness/lay-offs from training or simply working too much in front of a desk/computer.

I also felt somewhat physically stronger today and gladly moved about a bit and did some errands outdoors.

 

Saturday, April 21: sixth day – sweet wonderful water

Water never tasted this good.
Water never tasted this good.

I had some problem sleeping due to pain and stiffness in my lower back – the exact spot where I had an injury back in 2000. This sensation is from the boosted repair process – as in breaking down scar tissue and remodeling. I could not find any sleep position that was comfortable, so I tossed and turned most of the night. Actually, I only got about 3 hours of sleep and got up at close to 3 am in the morning. However, I was still feeling somewhat better (especially mental energy and clarity) than previous months – and that’s after six days of fasting and with mild sleep deprivation. That says a lot of the power of fasting.

Urination was still regular with 150 to 250 ml every 3 to 4 hours. No color or odor as far as I could tell. This constant production of urine is another confirmation of being in deep and efficient ketosis.

During the night and at some very short moments in the early forenoon I did experience stronger- and faster-than-usual heartbeats. This was only noticeable when lying down in bed (when I was trying to sleep) and when I had a powernap – and it was only for 10 seconds or so.

I felt really energetic and good in the morning. At noon my mouth felt a little bit sticky and my voice was a little bit off. But still not to any degree that it bothered me. I also felt restless with high mental clarity, but with no real desire to do anything mental or physical.

Lower back still sore and during the day my right arm started to ache – exactly where I broke it in early 2002. Especially the brachialis and the mid triceps felt really sore. And yes, that’s exactly where my bone healed with a slight angle and where I have some deep scar tissue and trigger points. My body is simply healing these spots by recycling damaged and useless tissue (autophagy.)

I broke my dry fast at 6 pm to give me a few hours to rehydrate before hitting the bed. That resulted in 51 hours without any liquids at all. I started with sipping on a glass of cold distilled water with 1 tea spoon of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and then I threw in some sodium (sea salt) at the side. A few hours later I had some additional potassium and magnesium with even more sodium, another tsp of baking soda, and some regular cold tap water (the tap water in my city is decent, so no worries.) Since being in deep ketosis from dry fasting, your body can become quite acidic, so baking soda will help your kidneys (else, you might start kicking stones).

Since I began drinking water again I also took a nice footbath in room-temperature water. Why not hot water? Well, A few hours before I ended my dry fast, my body temperature had increased a little, probably from detoxifying and repairing (which is in overdrive on a dry fast.) A lot of old toxins that was being released, and the lymph system and lymph nodes was without a doubt working overtime.
Later in the evening I actually ran a fever of 38.8 Celsius (101.84 F.)

The thing is, if you’re healthy and do a water fast, or a dry fast, with the goal to repair an injury, re-booting your immune system, or simply to improve some health markers, it’s not that tough. My previous 7-day water fast when I was fairly healthy was a breeze compared to this one.
You see, if your body is fighting multiple injuries and/or other health problems, it can be really tough. The toxic load can be immense, and you will feel really drained and lethargic – maybe to a degree that you might have to step back, do some maintenance, and then do a new fast..

With that being said, I was not going to quit early. Being uncomfortable or feeling lethargy and/or pain have never bothered me. I know my body and I was going to stick with it to the end. After all, the only reason I didn’t plan a 10- or 14-day fast was the realization that it would be too tough on my organs and body, and with my very low body fat, it could back fire instead as a lot of energy is required. Fasting for too long with a low body fat could push you into starvation, and that is never healthy. So, 7 days it is. Then stabilize, increase my body fat a little (to provide energy for the next fast), and then probably another water and dry fast – where I might extend it to 10 days.

 

Sunday, April 22: seventh day – breaking the fast

Fever down to 37.5 Celsius (99.5 F), which is just above my normal body temperature of 36.8 to 37.2 C. Still experiencing some pain and stiffness where the body is healing. Other than that, I’m feeling pretty decent.

I broke the fast at 6 pm by consuming 300 ml of homemade orange juice, followed 30 minutes later by eating an orange (very slowly – chewing as much as possible.) Two hours after that I had some flaky cod with butter, avocado, and cooked “mushy” vegetables to make it easier on the digestion (broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower.) And as always, chewing until it turns into a liquid.

If you’ve ever done a longer fast, then you know what a rich and amazing experience it is to taste food again. It is truly a transcendental experience!
The flavors are more intense, vibrant, and living; and the textures are much more distinct and noticeable. The only way to truly appreciate the gift of food and drink is to live without them for a while.

 

Monday, April 23: the day after – reflections

Body temperature was back to normal this morning. Still feeling a bit drained and “off” after the massive dump of toxins and from the healing that took place – especially during and right after the second dry fast.
Not hungry at all. I’m actually feeling full after only half a plate of food – probably from a temporarily shrunk stomach, lower production of stomach acid and thus slower emptying rate.

With all this in mind, I do not recommend dry fasting to anyone who hasn’t done at least a previous 7-day water fast. If you have high levels of toxicity and some health issues (as I do, and most people do in modern life to various degrees), you will experience some really nasty detox symptoms. With a dry fast, the cleansing is very fast and very, very powerful.
Therefore, my suggestion is, if you want to try fasting or even dry fasting for its healing properties, you need to approach it gradually. I would break it down in these steps:

  1. Get accustom to the ketogenic diet – get fat adapted. You need to teach your body to use fat and ketones for fuel. It usually takes 2 to 4 weeks to get fat adapted to a degree that you feel fine on a ketogenic diet.
  2. Try a 24 to 36 hour fast. You will experience short bursts of hunger, because you’re programmed and used to eat several times a day.
  3. Try a 3 to 5-day water fast. Hunger will disappear by the third day. You will probably experience more mental clarity than you ever had before. If you have a lot of toxicity, you might feel a bit lethargic by day 4 or 5.
  4. Try a 7-day water fast. You should be good. Perhaps a little fatigued at times, especially if you need to detox and heal. If you felt drained, weak and lethargic, repeat a 7-day water fast after a few week or so before even considering a dry fast.
  5. Try a 36-hour dry fast. Start with a water/electrolyte fast for at least 2 days, then cut water.
  6. Try a 48 to 60-hour dry fast. Once again, ease into it by starting off with a water/electrolyte fast.

There you have it. A simple strategy guide to gradually get into fasting. If you’ve read this series thus far and all the provided links to previous articles, you should be familiar with each and every step by now.

 

April 24 and 2 weeks forward: The aftermath

This is what I’ve noticed during the two following weeks after completing the 7-day fast with two shorter dry fasts.


April 8, 1 week before starting the fast – looking a bit worn and fatigued.

The first thing I noticed was that my ability to focus and concentrate had increased quite a bit. Before the fast, I could only focus on writing for 15 to 20 minutes – after that I had to start re-read what I just wrote several times to remember how to continue or to get new ideas. Same with reading – after 20 minutes or so, the words would begin to float and the information would not really stick.  Also, my eyes would get tired and my vision blurry within a few hours – especially in the afternoon.
Now however, I can easily focus for an hour or more. I actually have to hold myself back, because if I try to write and “work” as I used to before I got sick, I will get drained and almost apathetic for several hours before I recover and can focus again. I learned this the hard way as I usually get overly immersed and “lose track of time” when writing or reading. So, while all this has improved, I still have a long way to go.

Another thing I noticed was that I could handle a lot more fats in my meals. Before the fast I could run into trouble when exceeding 120 grams a day. Now I can easily consume 250 grams of fat a day.
Actually, my digestion has been pretty much perfect since finishing the fast.

It’s the same with protein. I can now consume more than 20 to 25 grams in one sitting without albumin showing up in my urine. And I don’t get the same level of inflammation and water retention when experimenting with more protein in the diet. Still, I’m more than happy with 80 to 120 grams of protein a day. I don’t really need more; so, there’s no need to push it or experiment with a higher intake.

Before the fast I could experience some pain and stiffness in my lower back when sitting for too long (where I had my old injury.) Now, I haven’t felt a thing in the two weeks that have passed.


1 week after fasting – looking healthier and gained some muscle mass. And sorry for the bad image quality – a lot of muscle definition and veins has been smooth out.

No noticeable muscle loss. You obviously lose glycogen and water from your muscle cells, making you look smaller and somewhat flatter during a fast. But due to the muscle protein sparing effects of fasting, there’s very little muscle loss as long as you don’t go into starvation. I will cover this in the next blog post (and many other myths.)
It only took a few days of eating to “fill out” and actually look better and somewhat bigger than before starting the fast.

And finally, when I’m in the gym it’s now a bit easier to activate the nervous system and get that crucial feeling of alertness, focus, body awareness and presence. The muscle-mind connection is a little bit better. It’s still not like it used to be, where I could just enter the gym and start ramping the weight to both warm-up, activate, and potentiate the nervous system and feel 100 % in the zone on the first set.
Now I can feel my muscles contracting against the resistance after 10 to 15 minutes of working with the nervous system. Before the fast, it could take 30 minutes – or not happen at all. It’s a small and important improvement.

To summarize, I’ve noticed a lot of small and significant improvements. I still have a long way to go, but these experiences and the results once again show that you can heal your own body. It might take months or years. But it’s the only real way back to health.

 

Observations after 3 weeks

During the last 4 or 5 days (little over 2 weeks since the fast), I’ve noticed a small decay in the positive effects the fasting brought me. My mental energy and my ability to focus for longer periods of time have declined slightly. While my stomach is mostly fine, it can act up a little from time to time.
This is without a doubt because of my illness and the large tumor with “unidentifiable” mass (nano/Morgellons) in my left leg.
My body is still under constant attack, and although the fast did an enormous amount of healing, the illness is still present and it slowly eats away at you.

In other words, I still need to do a lot of healing. Keeping with the ketogenic diet as a safe and anti-inflammatory base. Diving deeper into an epigenetics diet (still doing research and applying some stuff), and even more importantly, doing more long-term fasts.
Actually, I’m already longing for another dry fast. Considering my illness, I really miss the temporary boost in mental energy and clarity – and all the health benefits I could actually feel and experience following the fast. So, with this in mind, I will probably do another fast within 1 or 2 weeks.
Since I finished the previous fast, I’ve been eating really well; re-gaining some more muscle mass (that I lost in late 2016 and early 2017), and my mineral status should be excellent.
So, another fast (only a month after the first one) should not be a problem, just the opposite, in fact. I’ll keep you updated!

 

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