Ten Days Without Food (Part 3 of 3): The Hero’s Gritty Journey

The big question people are asking: Did Nicole’s kidney improve at all with her recent 10-day water fast

Right now it’s hard to say. When unclogging a drain it doesn’t really matter if you remove 90% of blockage, no water is getting through. As far as my wife’s kidneys are concerned: All we can confirm is that her urine output is unchanged (still at around 1-2ml per day).

We aren’t surprised. When she did the 38-day fast in February 2017 we saw no significant increase in urine flow until the three-week point. By day 21 she had a 7x increase. She also started to feel stable and balanced.

This is why most of the water-only fasting clinics prescribe a 21 day water fast. It’s not simply so patients will really appreciate the cook’s low-fat vegan meals (when they come off the fast). It’s because long bouts of hard-core fasting (without even a glass of kale broth)seem to allow for the deepest healing.

Nicole plans on attempting another 10 or 21 days without food once blood tests show her hemoglobin is high enough. Next post, I’ll let you know how building up her red blood cell count has been unfolding.

Thinking outside the T1D Matrix,
– John C. A. Manley

P.S. If you have a specific question about our experiences with fasting you can send me an email. If you have a lot of quesitons then you might wish to book a telephone consult.


About the Author: John C. A. Manley researches and writes about alternative treatments for type-1 diabetes and its many complications. His wife, Nicole, of 15 years has had type-1 diabetes for four decades. Together they have lowered her HgbA1c below 5.5%, regained thyroid function, increased kidney function and reversed gastroparesis. Read more about their journey out of the T1D matrix or subscribe to their Diabetic Dharma blog..