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Gershfeld N.,TrueNorth Health Center | Gershfeld N.,University of Southern California | Sultana P.,TrueNorth Health Center | Goldhamer A.,TrueNorth Health Center
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine | Year: 2011

Background: Appendicitis is an acute condition of the abdomen that is treated with surgical intervention. Conservative treatment of appendicitis currently involves intravenous antibiotics. While conservative care is a useful tool in apprehensive patients, in conditions such as appendicitis, delays in proper treatment can be life threatening. In spite of this, some patients will still refuse surgical and pharmacologic intervention, which can significantly limit the physician's therapeutic options. Subject: Sonographic evidence is presented of appendicitis in a patient who strongly desired to avoid pharmacologic or surgical intervention. Results: The patient underwent a medically supervised water-only fast followed by a plant-based, low-fat, low-sodium diet and achieved a significant reduction and eventual elimination of symptoms. Conclusions: This case demonstrates the need for further research on the effects of medically supervised water-only fasting and careful refeeding in cases of uncomplicated appendicitis. © Copyright 2011, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

Goldhamer A.C.,TrueNorth Health Center | Klaper M.,TrueNorth Health Center | Foorohar A.,TrueNorth Health Center | Myers T.R.,TrueNorth Health Center
BMJ Case Reports | Year: 2015

Follicular lymphoma (FL), the second most common non- Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), is well characterised by a classic histological appearance and an indolent course. Current treatment protocols for FL range from close observation to immunotherapy, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapies. We report the case of a 42-year-old woman diagnosed by excisional biopsy with stage IIIa, grade 1 FL. In addition to close observation, the patient underwent a medically supervised, 21-day water-only fast after which enlarged lymph nodes were substantially reduced in size. The patient then consumed a diet of minimally processed plant foods free of added sugar, oil and salt (SOS), and has remained on the diet since leaving the residential facility. At 6 and 9-month followup visits, the patient's lymph nodes were non-palpable and she remained asymptomatic. This case establishes a basis for further studies evaluating water-only fasting and a plant foods, SOS-free diet as a treatment protocol for FL. © 2016 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc. Published in the U.S.A.

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