The KEN Diet - Eat Nothing And Love It!

The KEN (Ketogenic Enteral Nutrition) diet is a radical diet that couldn't be simpler - eat nothing for ten days. All of your nutritional needs are supplied by your own body fat - and the special liquid formula that is dripped into your stomach through a thin tube.

KEN works by sending the body into controlled starvation, forcing it to use its own fat for energy. And it works fast. Each cycle of KEN strips up to 10 per cent of body weight in just ten days, without, apparently, causing any loss of muscle, and without causing hunger.

The no-food diet originated in Italy and has taken the country by storm. It was invented by Gianfranco Cappello, associate professor of general surgery at the University of Romeís La Sapienza Hospital. Cappello is a world expert in artificial feeding, and has successfully treated 40,000 patients with the KEN diet...

As for the inconvenience of lugging the pump everywhere, and the social stigma of having a plastic tube hanging out of your nose, Dr Shidrawi shrugs. ĎThe pump is very light and extremely quiet,í he says.

Fans of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine might be thinking about the Jem'Hadar, who take their nourishment in a similar manner.


(Ikat'ika, a Jem'Hadar soldier in 2373)

The only nourishment they require comes in the form of the hormonal enzyme Ketracel White or simply the white. Without this drug, JemíHadar go into severe withdrawal, resulting in loss of cognitive and motor functions. They will lose their shrouding ability and regress into a highly aggressive stage, not discriminating in whom or what they attack, including their Vorta superiors and peers. Lack of white will eventually kill a JemíHadar. The Founders use the Vorta to supply the JemíHadar with the white. It is administered through cylinders that fit into a system near a JemíHadar's collar, which is then fed directly into the JemíHadar via a tube running into the carotid artery.

Fans of sf Grandmaster Jack Vance might be thinking of the Meks from his 1967 Hugo award-winning novel The Last Castle.

The Mek, standing as if a specimen in a museum case, was a manlike creature, native, in his original version, to a planet of Etamin.

His maw, a vertical irregular cleft at the base of this "face" was an obsolete organ by inclusion of the syrup sac which had been introduced under the skin of the shoulders...
(Read more about the syrup sac)

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