Dr. Cuaranta is one of only a handful of psychiatrists focusing on low carb nutrition and lifestyle interventions as a mean to help his patients with a variety of mental disorders. He has a refreshing approach, trying to keep his recommendations simple yet still making sure they are impactful. Psychiatric diseases carry with them an unfortunate stigma, and we all too often separate them from general medical conditions. Yet, as you will hear, the treatment is remarkably similar. Although there is not much scientific data in this field, the clinical experience is growing and becoming hard to ignore.
Alison Gannett has an amazing story to tell, and she is using that story to help people in their most desperate time. She went form winning championships as an extreme skier to facing her own mortality with brain cancer. Fortunately, 6 years later, she is thriving and now is an oncology diet coach to help people use a ketogenic diet as well as comprehensive lifestyle changes to augment other potential cancer therapies. Alison is a big believer in genetic and serial blood testing to inform her treatment protocols, and she understand the importance of individualization. We are likely all going to be touched by cancer at some point in our lives, either personally or through a loved one, so this episode applies to us all.
Robb Wolf was one of the pioneers of the popular paleo nutrition movement and one of the first Crossfit franchise owners. Thus, Robb is sometimes labeled as "The Paleo Guy". In reality, Robb has a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience helping people transform their health with ketogenic lifestyles. Yet Robb defies being put in any one box. He has knowledge on par with many functional medicine docs, anthropologists, biochemists and more. Hear his perspectives on carb and metabolic flexibility, the good and bad of using low carb for athletic performance, the politics of helping people and so much more.
If fasting has been around since the beginning of time, why is it so controversial? Dr. Jason Fung has a different perspective. When done right, fasting should not be controversial at all. In fact, it should be one of our most powerful tools for treating insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, obesity and diabetes. He also believes insulin resistance has an even further reaching impact on our health affecting our risk of cancer and our chance for longevity. As the foremost expert on fasting, Dr. Fung has a perspective we can all learn from.
It turns out, the brain and the body aren't that different when it comes to the risk of toxicity from too much glucose and carbohydrates. As a practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Georgia Ede has seen the benefits of reducing carbohydrate intake on the mental health of her patients. She shares her experience and the unfortunate reluctance of some to acknowledge this association. Georgia is also an expert in nutritional science, and she lends her take on incomplete and baseless reports such as the EAT-Lancet report. Is it science? Or is it vegan propaganda cloudy by faulty science? Georgia dissects the science and clearly shows how the report falls short of its "evidence based" claims.
Few people in this world have done more to unearth the fallacy and shoddy evidence behind our dietary guidelines than Nina Teicholz. Her book The Big Fat Surprise is one of the seminal books opening our eyes to the problems the dietary guidelines have caused and their complete lack of quality evidence. But Nina didn't stop there. As director of the Nutrition Coalition, Nina is spearheading the effort to make sure nutritional recommendations are based on quality science or aren't made at all. On the surface it makes sense that we would all agree on that. Yet there is no shortage of controversy and deception still happening and the 2020 guidelines committee may not help matters much. Hear Nina's perspective on this, plus some the advances we have made, and where we can find hope for the future.
Dr. Ryan Lowery has firmly established himself as one of the leading researchers and thought leaders in the field of ketogenic lifestyles. He has clinical experience and research spanning from athletic performance to longevity to neurocognitive disorders. His goal is to bridge the gap between academia, research, and practical individual implementation, and he does an amazing job of that. In this interview we continuously cycle between research and practical tips that everyone is sure to get something out of this discussion. We discuss optimal amounts of protein on a ketogenic diet, ketones for longevity, role of exogenous ketones, how to read the labels of synthetic ketogenic products and so much more.
Dr Robert Cywes is an expert at weight loss surgeries. But if it were up to him, he might not do any of them. His first step is always to help his patients break their addiction to carbohydrates. He still uses surgery in the right situation, but he is the first to admit that surgery without addressing the underling carbohydrate problem is destined to fail. His focus on emotional attachment, finding alternative to meet our emotional needs, and whole lifestyle intervention is a refreshing break from the "just have this surgery and everything gets better" approach. If you or a loved one is thinking about bariatric surgery or struggling with weight loss, this episode is for you.
Anyone who has tried to change a habit knows that it involves much more than knowing what to do. You also need to know how to do it - how to make the change and how to make it stick. Lauren Bartell Weiss has made it her job to help people understand this concept. With a PhD in Behavioral Nutrition, a background in nutritional research, and a clinical nutritional practice, Lauren has the knowledge, the passion and the experience to help people achieve their goals. In this interview she shares her experience in the research world, and more importantly, provides numerous take home points and strategies to help achieve meaningful lifestyle change.
Dan Scholnick once said, "It seems like every VC I know in Silicon Valley is on some kind of a low carb diet." Dan is no exception. Despite having the diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia, he decided to try his hand at a low carb diet after hearing a talk by Gary Taubes. Since then, Dan has experimented with numerous diets to see which work best for him, but he also has "put his money where his mouth is" by being an early investor in BulletProof Coffee. In this discussion we discuss his personal journey, as well as the role silicon valley plays in the emerging health and nutrition scene. For instance, how do they evaluate a company that produces a product we could all make on our own? And what does he think of the emerging trends of lab grown meat or hydroponic vegetables versus making current agriculture and farming practices more efficient? Dan has a unique perspective as patient, investor, and self described biohacker.