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Science of fasting

Sunday 09th October 2011 from 10h30 to 12h00
Salle 2 / Grand Amphithéâtre

Directed by
Sylvie Gilman, Thierry Vincent de Lestrade
Produced by
ARTE France, Via Découvertes Production

Documentary, France, 2011, 56 min

While life expectancy is increasing in Western countries, cases of diabetes, hypertension, obesity and cancer are increasing, and the use of medication has exploded. Does this mean that to live to a ripe age we are condemned to swallow more and more drugs? What if there was another way?

For half a century, in Russia, Germany and the United-States, doctors and biologists have been exploring a different therapeutic approach: fasting. Soviet researchers have provided a body of clinical studies of exceptional wealth, only published in Russian, and thus unknown in the West. Young biologists from the University of Los Angeles have overturned conventional wisdom and used molecular biology to demonstrate the powerful effects of fasting. These researches suggest a wide-ranging potential, which could include treatments for the disease of the century, cancer.

If these scientists are right, maybe our approach to disease and treatment will need a rethink.


Debate with :

  • Thierry de Lestrade
  • sylvie gilman, director
  • Yvon Le Maho, director of research at CNRS, member of the Academy of Sciences, Multidisciplinary Institute Hubert Curien, department of ecology, physiology and ethology