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I started doing some fasting when I started the keto diet. It was pretty interesting. We all fast anyway—from when you eat dinner at night, you end up breaking the fast when you eat breakfast. That’s where the word breakfast came from—to break the nightly fast. Usually most of us fast for about 12 hours while we sleep.


There is a thing called intermittent fasting, which just prolongs your fast a few more hours. So, instead of eating at 8 am when you wake up, you push that out to 1 pm. A common intermittent fast is 16/8; 16 hour fast and then you eat your total calories in a 6 hour window—say from 1 pm to 7 pm.

I tend to do 24-hour fasts throughout the week. Monday thru Friday, I will eat when I get home at 7 pm. Back in the day when we were hunters and gatherers, we may have gone three days or more without eating.

Fasting and insulin

When we eat the typical American diet of heavy carbs and high sugars, that increases insulin and stops all fat loss. After 6-12 hours of fasting, depending on how insulin resistant we are and depending on our general makeup, we start to tap into our fat stores—meaning, we start burning fat for energy. The excess sugar is consumed by the body over that time frame and insulin is low since you haven’t eaten. Intermittent fasting thus extends your fat burning time frame.

Fasting and growth hormones

There are many benefits from fasting. One big benefit is a surge in human growth hormone (HGH) that burns fat and increases muscle mass. After all, if we didn’t eat for two days we would need muscle and energy to chase down an elk so we could eat.

Growth hormones are usually secreted while we’re asleep (fasting), released very quickly just before waking to get our body ready for the day. They take some of that glucose from storage and pushes it into the blood to be used for energy. That’s all the energy fuel you need for the day—breakfast isn’t even necessary. Ever wonder why we don’t usually really feel like eating anything in the morning and only take our coffee?  It’s that growth hormone doing its work.

Breaking the eating habit

Another important lesson I’ve learned is breaking the eating habit. How many times have you said, “It’s 12 noon, I’ve got to eat!” You really don’t. I have found that I can quite comfortably fast for 24 hours with no real problem. I have even thought about extending that fast to 30 or even 40 hours. But as I am sure you have guessed, I haven’t broken that habit of coming home from work and eating because that is what I have done for the last 50 years of my life. During the day, I may feel some hunger pains that tend to go away after about 10 minutes. But, when I do get busy at work, my energy increases tenfold while fasting.

Self eating

Another important thing that occurs is what is called autophagy. Autophagy is derived from a Greek word that essentially means “self eating.” When we are fasting, insulin production stops and glucagon increases. Glucagon is a hormone produced in the pancreas. It works to raise the concentration of glucose and fatty acids in the bloodstream, and is considered to be the main catabolic hormone of the body. This increase in glucagon stimulates the process of autophagy. The body starts to eat, destroy, and re-cycle the cells of the body that have been damaged or hanging on long after their usefulness in a toxic body. This, is in essence a form of cellular cleansing. The body is an amazing thing when we treat it like we are supposed to—good things happen!

Dr. Allamm Morales, M.D.

Dr. Allamm Morales has over 15 years experience in personal injury and a wide range of neurological disorders. He has privilege, and provides patient care in local Baptist hospitals.

He was Chief Resident at the Neurology Residency Program of the University of South Florida, and worked at the Florida Hospital of New Smyrna, and St. Luke Hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. He also served many years with the Florida Neurology Institute, Inc.

Dr. Morales is a Diplomate of the American Board of Vascular Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Morales studied in Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL, had residency at the Caibarien General Hospital, Cuba, and obtained the MD degree at the Superior Institute of Medical Science in Cuba.

Fiaz Jaleel, M.D.
Physical Medicine & Rehab, Pain Management

“Life is short and precious. As a Physiatrist and Pain Physician my goal for my patients is to reduce their pain and suffering, enhance form, improve function and ultimately promote the best quality of life for that individual.”

Dr. Fiaz Jaleel graduated from the University of The West Indies in 1987. He completed a two year internship at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad and Tobago. He completed his internship in Internal Medicine at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL and went on to do a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis , MO. In 2007, Dr. Jaleel joined the team at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians as Medical Director. He is currently Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as Pain Medicine via the American Board of Pain Medicine.

In Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Jaleel held positions as an Intern, House officer, and District Medical Officer. He has also practiced in Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota and Central and North Florida.

While practicing in Trinidad , Dr. Jaleel also worked in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Neonatology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery, Ophthalmology, Radiology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and Community Medicine.

Dr. Jaleel has encountered many diseases, disorders and clinical situations related to multiple aspects of trauma including penetrating and non-penetrating injuries, motor vehicular accidents and concomitant injuries including intra-abdominal injuries, closed head injuries, fractures and burns.

When not treating his patients, Dr. Jaleel enjoys travelling, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Jaleel has the following affiliations:
Diplomate, American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Diplomate, American Board of Pain Medicine
Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, American Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Member, Florida Academy of Pain Medicine
Member, Florida Medical Association

Deric L. D’Agostino, D.C.
Chiropractic Physician

“The health of a body is in direct proportion to the health of its nervous system. The nervous system controls every cell, tissue and organ in your body, tap into that and “miracles” will most certainly happen!”

Dr. Deric D’Agostino attended the Logan College of Chiropractic and has been helping patients at Absolute Injury and Pain Physicians for the past nine years. Around here we call him “Dr. D.”

Dr. D’Agostino specializes in Koren Specific Technique and in the treatment of injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents. He is a master of his craft and firmly believes that chiropractic treatment can not only help the body but also the mind. His sense of humor and the personal attention that he provides really puts patients at ease.

Dr. D’Agostino genuinely listens to the patient while working very hard to erase their pain-inducing symptoms. He is always seeking out continuing education and new methodology to add to his care repertoire.

When he is not helping patients find relief, Dr. D’Agostino enjoys training for sprint triathlons, gardening, as well as being an awesome father and husband. You will most likely find him at our Arlington location dawning a huge smile while drinking his homemade juice.