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His father's tweet, which was shared more than 15,000 times, prompted a quick backlash and an apology from the clinic.

I was taken aback by the condition of the room, Dr. Karen Gribbin, the chief of staff of the Salt Lake VA, told Fox 13. The patient, Mr. Wilson should not have been placed in the room in that condition ... I do not want another veteran to experience this."

Wilson told the Deseret News that it "felt unsanitary" when he was treated with injections to his ankle. "When you think medical, you think sanitary," Wilson told the paper. "I've never experienced anything like that."

Gribbin told KSL the room looked like it was used for making plastic casts for diabetic patients, but that didn't mean the room was necessarily unsanitary.

"My understanding was that strictly these casts are applied in this room but there (are) not other types of debridement or surgical removal of tissue or anything like that that occurs (in the room), so I do not believe Mr. Wilson was exposed to any dangerous body fluids or blood," Gribbin told the station.. "But regardless, the room should have been cleaned before he was placed in it."

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    What about religious fasting?

    Humans have been fasting for religious reasons for thousands of years. Adult Muslims who are healthy enough fast from sunrise to sunset for the entire month of Ramadan, which lands at different times each year. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints routinely fast for periods of time as part of a healthy life. The majority of studies done on both these groups show similar results to other intermittent fasting research: A decrease in body weight and certain metabolic factors, like glucose and insulin. However, the results are mostly all transient, meaning that as soon as the fasting ends, they return to their normal baseline. Nevertheless, the fact that researchers saw those changes during the fasting process helps to confirm the results of other dietary studies.

    What about skipping breakfast?

    The idea of skipping breakfastonce thought of as the most important meal of the dayhas actually been studied a fair bit. In one trial, researchers had obese individuals skip their morning meal for six weeks. They then measured how much the individuals ate during lunch, as well as how high their glucose and insulin levels were right after they ate. They also monitored subjects weight. But there was no apparent benefit to skipping breakfast on any of these metrics. So, its likely far better to eat a light dinner than it is to skip breakfast.

    What is missing from the research now?

    While we have a few decent studies on the effects of intermittent fasting on weight, theres far less data connecting it to specific diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or Alzheimers, which many proponents of the diet say it can help prevent. To change that, researchers wrote in a 2017 review on intermittent fasting published last year, scientists would need to conduct trials with large numbers of people for far longer, typically over a year. Further, they say, these future studies should include other factors that influence weight and healthlike sleep, exercise, and stressto verify that the dietary scheduling is whats doing the trick. Plus, the large populations they study should be a good mix of healthy folks and people with specific diseases, as well as covering various ages and demographics.

    So yes, some small studies show that intermittent fasting can lead to relatively small amounts of weight loss. And thankfully, none of these studies have found it to be immediately harmful or detrimental to human health. But that doesn't mean scientists have given you the green light to fast as you see fit. Before doctors can make any recommendations, far more research must be done to better understand how this affects the human body in the long term. Fortunately, the topic is just as exciting for researchers as it is for us lay peopleso we might not have to wait too long for the answers to some of these burning questions.

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