Episode 10 - Medical uses of ketogenic and low carb diets with Ellen Davis
Short summary: With guest Ellen Davis we discuss the many medical applications of ketogenic and low carb diets, all of which is explored in depth in her 3 books “Fighting Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet”, “The Ketogenic Diet for Type 1 Diabetes” and “Conquering Type 2 Diabetes with a Ketogenic Diet”.
• Ellen’s books “Fighting Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet”, “The Ketogenic Diet for Type 1 Diabetes” and “Conquering Type 2 Diabetes with a Ketogenic Diet”
• Who should NOT follow a ketogenic diet [or fast]? http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/support-files/who-should-not-follow-a-ketogenic-diet.pdf
o People with conditions relating to “inborn errors in the enzymes involved in lipid metabolism: from mitochondrial membrane long-chain fatty acids transport mechanism to beta-oxidation and Krebs cycle could be potentially fatal during fasting or KDs” (Paoli et al. 2014)
o E.g.: porphyrias, primary carnitine deficiency, β-oxidation defects…
o Caution: active gall bladder disease, impaired fat digestion, pregnancy and lactation
o As George Henderson says (2015) …“a person with one of these [fatty acid oxidation or ketogenesis] disorders will have impaired metabolism of fatty acids when fasting, and will not produce ketones. Unless the condition is one treatable with L-carnitine, they may require a low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet […] The most frequently occurring mitochondrial respiratory disorders impair glucose, rather than fatty acid oxidation and are identified as indications for ketogenic diets”
• Ketogenic and low carb diets are a powerful blood sugar and insulin normalizing therapy that is well suited for diabetes, both type 1 and type 2
• Ketogenic and low carb diets are also particularly interesting for treating cancer given the metabolic weak-spots that can be exploited in cancer cells
• Epilepsy, Azheimers, MS (multiple sclerosis), Parkinsons, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), CVD (cardiovascular disease), obesity and various mental health issues present with a metabolic aspect that ketogenic or low carb diets can affect or potentially affect
• In 2008 Ellen lost 77lbs (35kg) and improved her fasting insulin from 27 to 3.9 µIU/ml – impressive !
• Slowly, mainstream medicine is having to confront facts: ketogenic and low carb diets as well as other dietary interventions can be used as medical therapies of variable efficacy