Low Carb USA San Diego Event 2016
Gary Taubes (born April 30, 1956) is an American science writer. He is the author of Nobel Dreams (1987), Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion (1993), and Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007), which is titled The Diet Delusion in the UK. He has won the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers three times and was awarded an MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship for 1996-97.
Born in Rochester, New York, Taubes studied applied physics at Harvard and aerospace engineering at Stanford (MS, 1978). After receiving a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University in 1981, Taubes joined Discover magazine as a staff reporter in 1982. Since then he has written numerous articles for Discover, Science and other magazines. Originally focusing on physics issues, his interests have more recently turned to medicine and nutrition.
Taubes’ books have all dealt with scientific controversies. Nobel Dreams takes a critical look at the politics and experimental techniques behind the Nobel Prize-winning work of physicist Carlo Rubbia. Bad Science is a chronicle of the short-lived media frenzy surrounding the Pons-Fleischmann cold fusion experiments of 1989.
Dr. Jeff Volek is a registered dietitian and professor in the Department of Human Sciences at the Ohio State University. For the last two decades, he has performed cutting edge research elucidating how humans adapt to diets restricted in carbohydrate with a dual focus on clinical and performance applications.
His work has contributed to the existing robust science of ketones and ketogenic diets, their use as a therapeutic tool to manage insulin resistance, plus their emerging potential to augment human performance and resiliency. This research indicates that that well formulated ketogenic diets result in substantial improvements in insulin resistance and the myriad of cardio-metabolic biomarkers associated with metabolic syndrome, including favorable changes in fatty acid composition and saturated fat metabolism, cholesterol and lipoprotein profiles.
He has also performed seminal research on a wide range of dietary supplements (e.g., creatine, chromium, whey protein, caffeine, carnitine and HMB) that can augment performance and recovery. He has accumulated an enormous amount of laboratory and clinical data as it pertains to biomarker discovery and formulation of personalized, effective and sustainable low-carbohydrate diets.
His team is currently exploring the role of nutritional ketosis induced by diet and/or supplements to: 1) reverse type-2 diabetes, 2) alter gut microbiota, 3) favorable impact tumor metabolism and health outcomes in women with advanced breast cancer, and 4) extend human physical and cognitive capabilities in elite athletes and military personnel.
Dr. Volek has secured several million dollars in research funds from federal sources, industry, and foundations. He has been invited to lecture on his research over 200 times at scientific and industry conferences in a dozen countries. His scholarly work includes 300+ peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and five books, including a New York Times Best Seller.
Dr. Dominic D’Agostino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine and also a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). The primary focus of his laboratory is directed towards understanding the physiological effects of hyperbaric oxygen and developing and testing metabolic-based therapies, including ketogenic diets, ketone supplements and drugs that target specific metabolic pathways. His research explores the use of these therapies for a broad range of disorders linked pathophysiologically to metabolic dysregulation, including seizures, neurodegenerative diseases, genetic diseases and cancer.
D’Agostino’s laboratory uses in vivo and in vitro techniques to understand the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanism of metabolic therapies. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and foundations.
Dr. Jeffry N. Gerber, MD, FAAFP is a board certified family physician and owner of South Suburban Family Medicine in Littleton, Colorado, where he is known as “Denver’s Diet Doctor”. He has been providing personalized healthcare to the local community since 1993 and continues that tradition with an emphasis on longevity, wellness and prevention.
Nutrition and its effects on health are areas of interest for Dr. Gerber. Frustrated with spiraling healthcare costs related to the treatment of conditions like overweight, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis and heart disease just to name a few, Dr. Gerber has been focusing on prevention and treatment programs using low-carb high fat (LCHF), Ancestral, Paleo and Primal diets to treat and prevent these chronic conditions. He maintains a database of patients, looking at weight loss and improved cardio-metabolic markers, demonstrating the benefits of these types of diets. Redefining healthy nutrition is a goal. Dr. Gerber speaks frequently about these important issues to patients, the community and other health care professionals.
Dr. Gerber trained at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and graduated in 1986. He completed a medical Residency in Family Medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital in 1990 and was board certified in Family Medicine in 1991. Dr. Gerber sits for the Family Medicine re-certification exam every ten years and attends continuing medical education programs on a regular basis. He is Level II certified by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to treat work related injuries.
In 2010 Dr. Gerber received the honorary Degree of Fellow, FAAFP from the AAFP for his commitment to family medicine and contributions to the local community.
Toney Freeman is an American IFBB professional bodybuilder and brand ambassador residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Freeman's nickname is The X-Man because his body characterizes the "X-frame" of classical bodybuilding: broad shoulders, narrow waist, and flaring thighs. He has been featured on the cover and pages of Flex, Muscular Development, and MuscleMag. Freeman did not become a competitive bodybuilder until his late 30s and for many years, it was a hobby, while the sport was dominated by his idols Lee Haney and Dorian Yates. It took Freeman many years to fill out his large frame and he was mentored by Dave Palumbo to become a professional. His first (National Physique Committee (NPC)) competition was in 1993, where he won the heavyweight class of the NPC Junior Nationals. His first IFBB event was the Night of Champions competition, where he placed 11th. His first Arnold Classic was in 2005, where he placed 10th. His first Ironman Pro Invitational was in 2006, where he placed 7th. His first Mr. Olympia appearance was in 2006, where he placed 7th. In 2007, he won the Ironman Pro and Sacramento Pro and placed 3rd at the Arnold Classic. He made the top 5 at the 2008 Mr. Olympia.
Toney is still competing at age 50 as one of the oldest top placing professional body builders in the world. He actively utilizes a ketogenic diet in his preparation and has recently been experimenting with exogenous ketones to prepare for his shows.
Jayne is the leader of The Noakes Foundation and works closely with Prof Noakes and a team of visionary scientists in Cape Town, addressing the escalating obesity and diabetes crisis in South Africa and the world through research and community education interventions. She is a passionate advocator of what she calls ‘living research’. After spending many years in research and strategy environments around the world – both in big business and big picture health and environmental studies – Jayne became a follower and believer in the power of social media to encapsulate a more active form of real-time research and to support bigger quantitative data sets in a more integrated way. She believes in the immense value of living research, is a committed low carb advocate, and is blown away daily – hourly – by the many, many success stories and real impacts this true revolution has had on people’s health, as well as the changes she has seen in her own health following this lifestyle. The Noakes Foundation and Eat Better South Africa are affecting large scale change through township interventions and large scale clinical research. Jayne has an MBA from the University of Leeds and a degree in International Relations from the University of Stellenbosch.
Dr. Jacob Wilson, Ph.D., CSCS*D With over 150 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts Dr. Wilson has turned the focus of his research onto the cellular, molecular, and whole body changes in muscle size, strength, and power in response to ketogenic dieting and supplemental ketones in varying populations. Dr. Wilson was recently awarded the NSCA’s Terry J. Housh young investigator of the year award. Moreover he and his lab were recently featured in the new movie generation iron, which came out in theaters in 2013 and was aired on ESPN. Dr. Wilson is currently CEO of a 21 thousand square foot research center in Tampa called Applied Science and Performance Institute.
The Effects of Ketogenic Dieting on Resistance Training Adaptations
One of the prevailing effects of the KD that is often observed in clinical trials is a relative ease of fat loss, which exceeds that of diets higher in carbohydrates. Moreover, those on a KD seem to lose fat mass with a greater retention of lean mass independent of any form of exercise. However very little is known regarding the impact of ketogenic dieting combined with resistance training on performance, body composition, and molecular signaling effects. Recently our lab has investigated these questions using both human and rodent models. The purpose of this presentation will be to explore these findings which have been generated over the past 3 years and to present practical applications which follow.
Angela Poff, Ph.D.
Dr. Angela Poff is a Research Associate in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Hendrix College in Conway, AR. She completed her graduate work in Dr. Dominic D’Agostino’s laboratory at the University of South Florida where she earned a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Medical Sciences. Angela worked as a postdoctoral research scholar in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at USF from 2014 – 2015. Her research primarily focuses on the development and characterization of metabolic-based, non-toxic therapies for cancer and neurological disorders. Angela is passionate about teaching and worked as an adjunct professor at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa where she instructed night classes in Anatomy and Physiology during her doctoral and postdoctoral tenure. She currently works as an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance at the University of Tampa where she teaches a Master’s course on Cellular Bioenergetics and Metabolism. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Franklin, and their two dogs and two cats.
Emily holds a BSc after studying for four years for her degree in Nutrition. She went onto study ‘The Effects of a Low Carbohydrate Programme for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes’, to complete her MSc in Obesity Science. For over 8 years she has worked with hundreds of clients putting them safely and effectively on a low carbohydrate dietary approach. She most recently completed a world tour (visiting South Africa, Australia, America and Canada) of mentoring and shadowing key health professionals and scientists in this field. She partners up with Karen Thomson of ‘The Sugar Free Revolution’ hosting ‘The Sugar Free Show You Tube Channel’ and is a contributing author for the International release of Karen’s book ‘Sugar Free: 8 Weeks to Freedom from Sugar and Carb Addiction’.
Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, also known as “The Nutrition Myth Buster” ™ is a nationally known board-certified nutritionist and expert on diet and weight loss. He has appeared on the Dr. Oz Show, Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS as an expert on nutrition has contributed to articles in The New York Times, Forbes, The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, Vanity Fair Online, Men’s Heath, Prevention, and dozens of other print and online publications.
Dr. Jonny is the best-selling author of 15 books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Living Low Carb (now in its fourth edition), and is the co-author, with cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, of the controversial best-seller, “The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and the Statin-Free Plan that Will”. His latest book, Smart Fat: Eat More Fat, Lose More Weight, Get Healthy Now!-- written with PBS star Steven Masley, MD--- was published by Harper Collins in January 2016.
Dr. Michael Eades was born in Springfield, Missouri and educated in Missouri, Michigan, and California. He received his undergraduate degree in engineering from California State Polytechnic University, and received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas. After completing his medical and post-graduate training, he and his wife, Mary Dan, founded Medi-Stat Medical Clinics, a chain of ambulatory out-patient family care clinics in central Arkansas. Since 1986 Dr. Eades has been in the full time practice of bariatric, nutritional, and metabolic medicine.
Jacqueline Eberstein began working with Dr. Robert Atkins as a staff nurse in 1974. At the time of his death in 2003 she was the Director of Medical Education at The Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine. Her experiences were wide ranging including the education of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nutritionists on the principles and protocols of the Atkins Lifestyle and Complementary Medicine.
She contributed to a number of Dr. Atkins’ books, newsletters and Atkins: A Passion for Healthy Living magazine. She lectured at trade shows, designed and presented the Atkins At Sea low carb cruise program and other community events. She was a guest and frequent host on “Your Health Choices”, Dr. Atkins syndicated radio show.
Following Dr. Atkins death in 2003 she functioned as the Director of Nutrition Information at Atkins Health and Medical Information Services, a division of Atkins Nutritionals. While there she co-authored Atkins Diabetes Revolution.
She began consulting in 2005 on all aspects of the Atkins Lifestyle and Complementary Medicine. She continues to lecture, write and consult both nationally and internationally on the Atkins philosophy. She is regular attendee and lecturer on The Low Carb Cruise.
She is presently Director of Protocols and a member of the Board of Advisors for HEAL Clinics.
For more information about the Atkins Lifestyle visit: www.controlcarb.com
Dr. Jason Fung earned his medical degree at the University of Toronto, where he also completed his internal medicine residency before heading to the University of California, Los Angeles, for his fellowship in nephrology. He currently practices as a kidney specialist in Toronto.
During the course of treating thousands of patients, it became clear to Dr. Fung that the epidemic of type 2 diabetes and obesity was getting worse. The prevailing dietary recommendations to reduce dietary fat and calories were clearly ineffective.
He founded the Intensive Dietary Management Program to provide a unique treatment focus for type 2 diabetes and obesity: rather than focusing on medications, this clinic focuses on dietary changes that are simple yet effective.
In March 2016, Greystone Books will publish Dr. Fung’s first book, The Obesity Code, which explores the underlying hormonal imbalance that leads to obesity and recommends effective strategies that address the root causes of weight gain.
Social Media Stats
Twitter (@drjasonfung) - 4,457 followers
Website (www.intensivedietarymanagement.com) - 12,000 to 15,000 weekly views
USA/ Canada: 58%, UK: 7.8%, Australia: 5.65%, Sweden: 4.1%
Newsletter (weekly blog) - 5,000 subscribers
Jimmy Moore catapulted onto the health scene in 2004 after a phenomenal 180-pound weight loss success enabled him to come off of prescription drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and respiratory problems.
He is the energetic personality behind the über-popular Livin’ La Vida Low- Carb blog and host of one of the top-ranked iTunes health podcasts, The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show. He has interviewed well over 800 (probably over 900 by the time he comes to SA) of the world’s top health experts and dedicated his life to helping people get the best information possible so they can make the right decisions about their health.
He is the author of the books Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL Is Wrong with My Numbers? and Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide To The Benefits Of A Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet with coauthor Dr. Eric Westman. Jimmy lives with his wife, Christine, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where they can often be found playing Frisbee golf in their front yard.
Follow Jimmy on Twitter @livinlowcarbman
Franziska Spritzler is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator who takes a carbohydrate-restricted, whole-foods approach to managing diabetes and insulin resistance. She works in private practice in Huntington Beach, California, and has been following a low-carb lifestyle since early 2011. Franziska is also a freelance writer whose articles have been published online and in diabetes journals and magazines, and in January of 2015 she published her first book, The Low Carb Dietitian’s Guide to Health and Beauty.
Karen Thomson– Founder of The Sugar Free Revolution, Author and health & wellness Ambassador
Karen has 10 years of experience working at The Harmony Addictions Group in Hout Bay, Cape Town. She founded HELP: Harmony Eating & Lifestyle Program, the first sugar and carb inpatient addiction program using Low Carb High Fat nutritional approach, with Prof Tim Noakes in 2013. Her passion lies in identifying the deep-seated interest in the relationship between people’s self-belief and their addictions and assisting them in empowering themselves in body, mind and spirit.
She is also the author of the bestselling book ‘Sugar Free: 8 weeks to freedom from sugar and carb addiction’ which was published by Jonathan Ball Publishers in February 2015.
The success of HELP and her background in food addiction inspired her to initiate the inaugural Low Carb High Fat Experts Summit in Cape Town, in February 2015. The Convention sought to bring healthy eating habits to the forefront of global nutrition.
“It’s her unfailing enthusiasm and profound optimism for the future in the face of logic that makes her such a special individual!” says Prof. Noakes, when asked about what she brings to the party. “She was the star of the Convention. Her courage to stand-up for her insights into sugar addiction, despite criticism, is what gave the Convention its initial impetus.”
Dr. Eric C. Westman is an associate professor of medicine at Duke University Health System and director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. He combines clinical research and clinical care to deliver lifestyle treatments for obesity, diabetes and tobacco dependence. He is an internationally-known researcher specializing in low-carbohydrate nutrition.
Dr. Westman is currently the vice president of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and a fellow of the Obesity Society and the Society ofGeneral Internal Medicine.
Dr Westman has co-authored the following books.
Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt spent eight years successfully treating patients with LCHF diets. But helping one person at a time couldn’t change the status quo, so in 2015 he quit. Now he runs a fast-growing health site, supported by over 10,000 members.
During the last seven years he’s authored the biggest health blog in Sweden and a #1 best-selling book on nutrition that’s been translated to eight languages, including English. He may be partly responsible for a recent butter shortage in his home country, and one of his conference presentations on LCHF has been viewed over 500,000 times on YouTube.
Now he’s running the rapidly growing English health site dietdoctor.com as founder and owner, together with 16 co-workers. The site is completely free from ads and industry sponsorship.
The Diet Doctor organization is dedicated to helping people revolutionize their health. The focus is on how to lose weight without hunger and how to cure type 2 diabetes, using primarily lifestyle modifications. LCHF diets and intermittent fasting are two of the most powerful tools used.
Most of the site is free forever and the member’s section is free to try for one month. How-to-guides, video courses and the ability to get questions answered by experts are some of the features.
Bryon Jaymes is an 8 year Marines Corps Veteran who served on Presidential Duty. He has been a fitness trainer, athlete and inspirational leader for over a decade. Bryon has spent the last 8 years operating on the business development side of the health industry and he has become focused on the ketogenic diet and lifestyle. He is the Co-Founder of Pruvit, a company specializing in exogenous ketone technology.
Like any true innovator Peter was roundly ridiculed and dismissed by the "experts" even though athletes were consistently winning and setting Course Records at many of the most prestigious ultra-endurance competitions utilizing the OFM approach. In 2010 Doctors Stephen Phinney, MD / PhD and Jeff Volek RD / PhD , two of the World's leading researchers in Ketogenic Diets, took notice and made a point to discuss Peter's work in "The Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance" as well as use his pool of OFM athletes for research studies. Data emerging from these studies is corroborating what Peter and his athletes have been saying for years regarding the competitive edge of a fat-fueled performance approach and actually challenging what current science says is possible. This is one of those rare opportunities to gain insights into the paradigm shift on the horizon in sports physiology, nutrition and metabolism by one of the few pioneers actually making it happen in the real world.
Ivor Cummins BE(Chem) CEng MIEI completed a Chemical Engineering degree in 1990. He has since spent over 25 years in Engineering Expert and Technical Manager positions. He has worked in the Medical Device, Special Purpose Equipment and Electronic Component industries. His primary specialty is in complex problem-solving theory and practice. Comparative Analysis, Mechanistic Analysis and Experimental/Statistical Inference are his forte. He was recently chosen as one of six finalists for Chartered Engineer of the Year, from over 500 applicants in 2015.
Following poor blood test results several years ago, Ivor could not get straight answers from the several doctors he consulted. He realised that they did not understand how to interpret his results. Or what to do about them. Drawing on his Biochemical Engineering background, he began to intensively research the field of human metabolism and disease. Accessing hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and other data from the past 100 years, he decoded the technical complexity of our current nutritional mess. Following the research he resolved and optimised all of his blood metrics over a period of 8 weeks. He also dropped 30lbs of weight with ease.
Ivor was shocked at how badly the scientific and medical research establishment have misinterpreted the available data over the past decades. He decided to do something about it. Putting together a series of technical seminars, he educated large audiences of engineers and technicians. These sessions were recorded and subsequently attracted great interest on Youtube. Ivor is now seen by many as a key figure in helping people decode our nutrition and disease confusion. As with all complex issues, the solutions (once decoded properly) are not so difficult to deploy.
Ivor has been collaborating with Dr. Jeffry Gerber for several years in this sphere. The combination of engineering expert and medical practitioner is proving to be a unique and powerful alliance.
Antonio Martinez II
Antonio C. Martinez II is a native New Yorker, and the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial andLabor Relations from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Brooklyn Law School. He attended the United States Capitol Page School and is a graduate of New York Military Academy.
Mr. Martinez began working with the U.S. Congress at the age of 16 when he served as a Senate Page to the late U.S. Senator Jacob Javits (R-NY) in 1980 and for the U.S. Senate Majority Leadership in 1981. His past government experience includes positions with the U.S. Senate Library, the US Department of Justice, Civil Division, Admiralty and Environmental Law Section in New York City, the Legal Division of the New York City Council, and as a Mediator for the Community Dispute Resolution Center of Kings County, New York . His past corporate experience includes service as Vice President of Government Relations and Consumer Health at American Specialty Health Inc, San Diego, CA, and Vice President and General Counsel to Elant Inc, Goshen, NY. He also served as President and Executive Director of Somos el Futuro Inc. from 2010 to 2013, where he continues to serve the organization on the Board of Directors. His distinction in the Food and Drug Legal and Regulatory arena was being one of the principal lobbyists involved with the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, (DSHEA) (PL 103 417) and patient advocate . In successive sessions of Congress and the halls of government, he has worked on health insurance coverage issues and patient rights. When faced with his own health issues, he successfully utilized the Low Carb High Fat/Intermittent Fasting approach to reverse both Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. His experience is chronicled at https://optimisingnutrition.com/2016/02/28/antonioc-martinez-iis-type-2-diabetes-reversal/
Through a diverse professional background and career with stints in government, the corporate world, the political, and public interest arenas, Mr. Martinez is able to bring a diverse set of skills to bear for his clients. He knows how to work with people and government. He helps them manage complex issues and seek conflict resolution and settlement of disputes.
Mr. Martinez has significant business and legal experience in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Cuba. Mr. Martinez travels extensively and has visited 45 of the 50 states and 26 foreign countries including Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. Martinez is a prolific public speaker and regularly appears in print and broadcast media.
He is a member of the State and Federal Bars of New Jersey, New York, and the District of Columbia. As an Attorney at Law, he maintains a Distinguished Level rating by Martindale Hubbell for more than fifteen years. www.acmartinez2.com.
Adam Kosloff is a Yale University educated writer, blogger and science enthusiast. His diverse career has spanned three fields – screenwriting, online marketing and nutrition. His screenwriting credits include The New Woody Woodpecker Show and Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs: The Animated Series. His online marketing company, Virtuoso Content, specializes in creating insight-rich, high quality web content, and it has served hundreds of clients since 2003.
Kosloff discovered the low carb universe in 2007, after reading Gary Taubes’ book, Good Calories, Bad Calories. Inspired by Taubes’ arguments, he wrote a 200+ page website, www.why-low-carb-diets-work.com, to advocate for the lipophilia hypothesis, an alternative theory about why people get fat.
As his interest in nutrition reform grew, Kosloff started the popular blog, Caloriegate.com, wrote The Low Carber’s Survival Guide (featuring interviews with Taubes and strength trainer, Fred Hahn), and worked with the Healthy Nation Coalition to advocate for reform of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.
Kosloff’s eclectic body of professional work is bound by one theme: a deep drive to explore old problems from new perspectives.
He lives in Beverly Hills, California with his wife, three children, and Milkshake the cat.
Dr. RD Dikeman has an exceptional background in applied/experimental physics and theoretical/mathematical physics. As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, he studied engineering physics. He then switched from applied/engineering studies to the mathematically oriented field of theoretical particle physics, and attained his Ph.D. by producing important results with the Russian ITEP group in the field of applied quantum field theory at The Theoretical Physics Institute at The University of Minnesota. Now working at Lockheed Martin, Dr. Dikeman serves as a Chief Scientist.
In the world of low carb diets and diabetes, Dr. Dikeman is father to David Dikeman, a 12 year old T1DM. Soon after his David’s diagnosis at age 9, Dr. Dikeman began research on the so-called ‘AP’ - the automated pump - which he quickly abandoned after realizing that the key to normal blood sugars was a low carbohydrate approach. Months after diagnosis, David began following the low carbohydrate diet and diabetes management approach found in Dr. Richard Bernstein’s book ‘Diabetes Solution’ and rapidly attained normal, healthy, non-diabetic blood sugars. After David experienced this stunning, life-changing turn around in his health and well-being, they became passionate advocates for the low carb approach to achieving normal blood sugars and avoiding diabetic complications. Meanwhile, Dr. Dikeman and Dr. Bernstein became great friends via their combined interests in physics and diabetes and Dr. Dikeman took on the task of producing ‘Diabetes University’, a free YouTube channel that contains nearly everything having to do with diabetes – 100+ videos and growing. With Allison Herschede, Debbie Wright Theriault, Derek C. Raulerson, and hundreds of other passionate type 1 diabetics following Bernstein’s low carb approach, ‘TYPEONEGRIT’ - a Facebook group - was then formed with the purpose of spreading the message that type one diabetes can be controlled with a low carbohydrate diet. As word has spread and with hundreds now turning into thousands now achieving success previously not thought possible, Dr. Dikeman has teamed with a well-known group of low carb and diabetes researchers for the purpose of documenting and publishing the success of the TYPEONEGRIT group in its utilization of the low carb approach to achieve normal blood sugars.
Peter Ballerstedt received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1981 and Master of Science in 1983, both from the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1986, specializing in forage management and utilization, minoring in ruminant nutrition. He was the forage extension specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 to 1992. He is currently the Forage Product Manager at Barenbrug USA. His study of human nutrition is fueled by his personal experience. The combination of his forage-based livestock production system expertise with his understanding of human diet and health produced his blog “Grass Based Health” (http://grassbasedhealth.blogspot.com) and on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GrassBasedHealth?ref=hl). He tweets @GrassBased. Peter and his wife Nancy live in western Oregon with their two dogs, J.J. and Conor.
Alessandro Ferretti graduated from the Institute of Optimum Nutrition in 2001 and formed Equilibria Health Ltd in 2004. With a growing team of Nutritionists and a Medical Doctors based in Harley Street, London, Equilibria Health is now recognized as one of the UK’s leading providers of nutrition education.
He loves to teach and share ideas and he is a regular lecturer at a number of UK Nutrition and Naturopathic colleges. He has also lectured internationally on the subject of the ketogenic diet and human performance. He is currently collaborating with other international researchers on ketogenic applications in health, nutrigenomics, heart rate variability (HRV) and environmental influences on performance.
He is committed to sports and is very active in judo, karate and cycling.
Michel Lundell is an engineer from Sweden. He was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2012 and used a ketogenic diet instead of medication to keep it under control. In the process of switching to a ketogenic diet, he invented a breath ketone analyser and has, since then, researched and developed a tool that enables users to monitor their ketosis. Michel has now transformed from full-time certified computer hacker to a biohacker and is now a certified LCHF/Paleo nutritionist. Doing research and developing the breath ketone analyser, he found how correlation between blood and breath ketones differs and how this could be a helpful tool developing a ketogenic lifestyle.
Dr. Lucia Aronica is a Research Associate in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University. Her research focuses on understanding how diet affects gene activity through epigenetic modifications. She is currently working on the Stanford weight-loss study by Prof. Christopher Gardner with 600 non-diabetic obese subjects randomized to a low-carb or a low-fat diet. Her goal is to identify weight-loss induced epigenetic changes, and test whether these changes differ between high and low responders for each diet, in order to develop epigenetic biomarkers of weight loss or regain for personalized weight-loss strategies.
Dr. Aronica is also an award-winning science communicator, who uses creative forms of communication such as digital drawings to explain complex topics from the world of epigenetics and science.