Re: spike's Body, a modern medical enigma

From: John Marlow (
Date: Tue Apr 17 2001 - 22:31:43 MDT

To wax completely anecdotal for a moment, it's often the case that
when a severe illness strikes, bodyweight plummets and a healthy man
of 250 may quickly drop to 180, and then recover. Sometimes they put
the weight back on, often they are "never the same."

It occurs to me that someone starting out this skinny can't be
healthy, and has no reserves to spare; you get hit with a severe
illness, you die. True, you may (or may not) be less likely to
contract it--but it seems a bad bet overall.

Any thoughts?

looking for excuses, the not-skinny


On 17 Apr 2001, at 20:43, Spike Jones wrote:

> > "True, alas true. A quarter century of CR has left a mere
> > shell of a man, 6 ft tall, 125 pounds. I have a washboard
> > back. I prefer the phrase "brain and bone" however."
> Al Villalobos wrote:
> > Do people flee in horror when you take your shirt off at the beach? ;-)
> No. I flee in horror from the beach.
> Actually if I ever go there, I cover all my skin, long pants, long
> sleeves, sox, shoes and hat.
> > ...have you been tracking your CR with blood
> > chemistry tests of any kind?
> > CBC, glucose, IGF-1, or any of those?
> > If available, I think they would be MOST interesting to the group.
> How do I get all that stuff? I have records from 18 blood donations,
> but I dont think they measure any of those parameters.
> Ive never been scientific about CR other than to alternate
> vitamins, a few months with, a few months without for
> several years to see what they do, and to vary the calories
> to see if there is any correllation, CR with depression/anxiety,
> or anything else. I kept a record book for a few years
> as a teenager. My admittedly unscientific finding: the
> vitamins didn't do anything at all, and if there is any
> correllation between CR and depression it was weak
> indeed in my case. Perhaps I was using the wrong
> vitamins? Mine were standard grocery store variety,
> nothing exotic. I eventually gave them up, but I may
> go back again to a limited regimen.
> > Were you a skinny sort of guy before you started CR? To me, at 70.5" and
> > 165lbs and 8% bodyfat, 6' 125lbs seems almost borderline impossible.
> Ja, its scary. My BMI has always been in the
> neighborhood of 17. On the brighter side, Ive
> escaped the health problems that have cursed
> my family. Im 40: several people have told me
> that I dont look a day over 39.
> Of course, they told me that 10 years ago, but
> lets not get hung up in the details.
> On the down side, Im pretty sure that CR causes
> severe brain damage. Thats my story anyway, and Im
> sticking to it. spike

John Marlow

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