Doc: Spence wouldn't be standing on 'true hunger strike'

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence (C) pauses after making a statement on Victoria Island before the...

Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence (C) pauses after making a statement on Victoria Island before the start of a meeting between chiefs and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa January 11, 2013. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

JESSICA HUME, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 8:09 PM ET

OTTAWA - Turns out protesters can survive on fish broth and tea.

A medical expert says there is no way Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence would be standing if she was really on a hunger strike.

Spence began what she’s called a hunger strike on Dec. 11. She plans to end it Thursday.

“On a true hunger strike, by day 30 to 40, you’d be bed-ridden. A person can die from the cumulative effects of protein depletion,” said Dr. Blake Woodside, a specialist in eating disorders at Toronto General Hospital.


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