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Irish Hunger Strike

Monday, March 26, 2018

In 1981, the Irish Republican Army prisoners went on a hunger strike. One died after 44 days, 6 died around the 60-day mark. One died at 66-day and two were dead at 71 and 73 days for a total of 10 deaths. How long you can survive depending on how much fat your body has. I'm no expert in fasting, but if you're going to do a long-term fast, I'd limit it to 21 days (half of Christ's fasting) and certainly no more than 30 days at a time (half of the Irish Hunger Strike where most people died around 60 days) Anyway, that's just my opinion.

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  • SKATER787
    Ramona, I don't know anything about medically supervised fast. I'm just talking about Internet self-initiated fasters. Those IRA prisoners didn't look like they had a lot of fat to begin with so it's a different situation than what we have in our society. Valter Longo thinks that the average American has 60 days of fat to burn easily. So to each his own. I'm just stating my non-expert opinion.
    358 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/27/2018 8:41:21 PM
    Ramona has summed up my feeling brilliantly. Fasting is never to be done on a whim or w/o being prepared. DEFINITELY not a weight loss strategy.

    Thanks for this informaiton.
    358 days ago
    Christ is our example. He fasted 40 days. Drink lots of water on a fast. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    358 days ago
    This is a terribly sad story/situation, and it certainly speaks to the importance of knowing what you are doing if you are going to try fasting therapeutically (for health reasons) long-term. I seriously doubt any of these men were properly prepared to fast long-term. Were they fat-adapted/healthy before they started? Did they have access to enough water? Did they guard their electrolyte balance? What was the state of their health when they began fasting? Were they well aware of what signs to look for that would indicate that they needed to end their fast, or die? Did that even matter to them, or was dying for their cause the end game?

    There are several reputable doctors who, for healing purposes, use extended fasting to heal their patients of many serious and chronic illnesses/diseases. It is considered 'normal' with regard to autoimmune conditions to fast at least 40 days, if body reserves allow. If not, then fasts of shorter duration in close proximity are used. The average individual (no body weight to lose) can typically fast for 40 days without issue.

    The bottom line: fasting isn't something to be undertaken on a whim, or carelessly, and it's not a weight loss strategy. Specific HEALTH objectives need to be identified and monitored, and you need to be in tune with your body (have already made fasting a part of your lifestyle and understand your body's cues) so that you aware when it's important to stop the fast.

    As this story indicates, there's no heroism in an extended fast simply for the sake of accomplishing an extended fast.

    ...and it's rather inappropriate to equate fasting with a hunger strike... not the same thing at all.

    359 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/30/2018 3:43:38 PM
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    359 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
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