Fasting and Your Health: The Amazing Doug Orchard

By Chris Centeno, MD /

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If you’re like most of us, you’ve just woken up this morning after a feeding frenzy followed by a winter food coma. These holiday food celebrations have been going on for thousands of years. The Romans had Saturnalia, the Norse had the Yule celebration, and when Constantine made Christianity the state religion of the world’s most powerful empire, it all eventually switched to Christmas and Hanukkah. Hence, we have been celebrating in the winter with food for millennia. This is perhaps why come January, we all start looking for diets and new exercise programs. This is why Doug Orchard’s new documentary on fasting is timely. This new movie gathers many experts to explore the crazy health benefits of skipping some meals. It even includes yours truly!

Who Is Doug Orchard?

If you’ve enjoyed the crafted art of our patient videos, you already know Doug. He’s the guy that has woven these life-changing Regenexx results into a coherent story and connected you directly to the emotions of these people. What blows me away about Doug is that he was in a corporate job and left it all to pursue his dream of being a creative artist. We have been very lucky to have Doug on the Regenexx team.

Fasting Is a Powerful Drug

I’ve covered before what we know about fasting, the body, and stem cells. For example, one of the researchers in Doug’s video found that a fasting mimicking diet allowed pancreatic cells to repair themselves. We also know that eating too much can cause excess levels of leptin to be released, which can lead to arthritis, so it makes sense that eating less to lower your leptin levels may help your knees. But if you really want to understand why fasting is a powerful drug, you need to watch Doug’s movie. For example, in one recent review article, it was concluded that fasting can also improve stem cell function.

The Fasting Documentary

I’ve known that Doug has been working on this documentary for the last year. I was asked to be interviewed about how I thought fasting might impact a stem cell procedure. The rest of the movie is fantastic, again weaving together the threads of the story of how fasting has changed lives, cured disease, and why this works. Please rent or buy a copy to see for yourself.

What Can You Do?

Fasting before your stem cell or platelet procedure is a good idea. We’ve recommended that patients don’t eat after dinner the night before their procedure for years. However, with all of the data mounting that fasting by itself may be a powerful regenerative therapy, you may want to pursue a more significant fast. One good option is a fasting mimicking diet (FMD). There’s also a commercial product out there called ProLon, which is a prepackaged five-day FMD.

The upshot? Please watch Doug’s new movie and consider trying a fast after our collective holiday pig-out! You may also want to help your stem and other cells work better by trying a fasting mimicking diet, but maybe wait until after New Year’s as we have one more party to finish before New Year’s resolutions begin!

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13 thoughts on “Fasting and Your Health: The Amazing Doug Orchard

  1. Mary Scott

    I tried to buy the video, but it was not clear that I would be buying a CD. I tried to ask that question, and it was virtually impossible to even ask on their website. How do I find out if this is a video I stream on my home television or an actual CD that I can watch anywhere. I do not stream on my tv. I want a video.

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Mary,

      Here’s the link to purchase the movie: https://www.reelhouse.org/revenuereserve/undefined This is an electronic copy (not a DVD) and to watch on a TV you would need to either send via chrome cast with an android, Apple TV with an iPhone, or plug an HDMI cable into their computer.

    2. Chris Centeno Post author

      This is only available via streaming on a computer, not on a physical CD.

  2. Missy

    could you send me the answer to the question where I can buy the movie too?

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Missy,
      Here’s the link to purchase the movie: https://www.reelhouse.org/revenuereserve/undefined This is an electronic copy (not a DVD) and to watch on a TV you would need to either send via chrome cast with an android, Apple TV with an iPhone, or plug an HDMI cable into their computer.

  3. boogie woogie

    doesnt fasting create stem cells autophagy and can repair ur body with out ur stem cell treatmeant

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      boogie,

      Appropriate Fasting can be beneficial. Unfortunately, it’s not powerful enough to repair the types of issues our patients present with.

  4. dave rogers

    The Prolon site says:
    Since ProLon is a low-calorie diet, please avoid the following during the 5-days
    Any strenuous exercising or activities that may consume a high level of calories.

    I am 47 and average fit in Boulder terms (25mins of cardio 5 days/week and 30 minutes of weights 4 days/week. Normal weight) – better to fast or workout hard or a hybrid?

    1. Chris Centeno Post author

      Dave, I would scale back workouts for a few days and use this as a recovery period.

  5. Rochelle

    Should you fast after stem cell therapy ? Will it help the newly injected stem cells or starve them.

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Rochelle,
      There are things you can do to improve your stem cells: https://regenexx.com/blog/8-ways-improve-your-stem-cells-prior-treatment/

      1. Rochelle

        Thank you. I’ve read the article. My question is more related to how fasting affects newly implanted stem cells. I’m considering stem cells For my shoulder injury and currently do Intermittent fasting and some extended fasts. Would I be able to continue to fast after the procedure? Would it be beneficial
        Or detrimental to the new stem cells? Thanks!

        1. Chris Centeno Post author

          Yes, you can, it will likely be beneficial.

Chris Centeno, MD

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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications.
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