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 ? 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 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