Nutrition Conferences 2017: Meetings of the Minds

Dr. Ede speaking at nutrition conferencesI was fortunate to participate in two excellent nutrition conferences in sunny Florida last week: LowCarbUSA’s first-ever Keto Getaway in West Palm Beach and the annual Physicians for Ancestral Health retreat in Miami. It is one thing to forge relationships online and another entirely to spend time with colleagues face-to-face. I truly value these meetings as they help me to grow and challenge my thinking. This deepens my understanding of nutrition and metabolism and improves my ability to share and apply powerful dietary principles in my writing, speaking, and clinical practice. More about these two January events below, but first—a quick look ahead!

Come to LowCarbUSA San Diego in August 2017!

I am excited to share that I’ve been invited to speak at LowCarbUSA’s flagship conference in San Diego in August 2017. You save $200 if you register by Jan 31st, and everyone is welcome! Doug Reynolds and Pam Devine bring together the world’s leading thinkers in nutrition and metabolism to inspire, educate and entertain: Taubes, Westman, Eenfeldt, Phinney, Seyfried, Volek, Gerber, and many others!

This is a very popular event drawing many hundreds of people and is expected to sell out, so be sure to sign up well in advance. CME’s for clinicians are in the works, so fellow docs, come learn what you wish you’d been taught in medical school—and have fun doing it! There are even nightly low-carb dinners on a floating steamship museum…what’s not to love? I will be speaking about the powerful role of nutrition in Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment. I hope you’ll join us, as we would love to meet you in person.

Nutrition Conferences Recap:

LowCarbUSA Keto Getaway

At LowCarbUSA West Palm Beach, I was privileged to meet in person some wonderful people whose work I have long admired, including low-carbohydrate clinical and research expert Dr. Eric Westman, nutrition and cancer specialist Miriam Kalamian, and engineer-turned-metabolism guru Ivor Cummins. I also reconnected with low-carb advocate and communicator-in-chief Jimmy Moore and Denver’s Diet Doctor Jeffry Gerber. [Unfortunately, technical difficulties prevented video recording of the conference, but if you come to LowCarbUSA San Diego this summer, you can hear many of these folks speak in person.]

Luckily, Ivor Cummins brought his own videography team—imported from Sweden—who captured Ivor’s engaging talk about insulin resistance and cholesterol testing, as well as the two-hour panel discussion and Q&A on Sunday afternoon. In-view, from left to right are Jimmy Moore, Bryon Jaymes, Miriam Kalamian, and myself. Dr. Eric Westman is off-camera to the left and Dr. Zach Bush is off-camera to the right.

Another high point of the conference was meeting Stephanie Dodier, a delightful Canadian nutritionist and weight loss coach. She graciously invited me to speak with her about food and mental health for her podcast. We had an engaging and detailed conversation and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with her. If you are on my mailing list, I will send a link as soon as the interview is posted, or you can sign up on her site to be notified.

The West Palm Beach event was so successful that it will be held again next January 19-21, 2018, so stay tuned to my site and to the LowCarbUSA site for more details as they become available.

Physicians for Ancestral Health Annual Retreat

I found the Physicians for Ancestral Health (PAH) annual meeting, as always, a treasured opportunity to spend time with a diverse, growing group of physicians and associates who believe in and prescribe dietary changes in our practices. Keynote speakers this year were metabolism and aging expert Dr. Ron Rosedale and powerhouse/pioneer Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, whose inspiring work defies characterization. My friend Dr. Deborah Gordon, an excellent family practice physician in Ashland, Oregon, gave a fascinating talk about how she treats Alzheimer’s Disease using Dr. Bredesen’s protocol. My friend Amber O’Hearn, a true expert in ketogenic diets, educated us on how ketosis differs from fasting and their impacts on hormonal balance. I strongly encourage fellow physicians to join our organization and come to our 2018 retreat next January in sunny San Diego, California.

This conference is not open to the public, but complete video content will be posted on the PAH website soon, including my presentation criticizing the World Health Organization’s report claiming that red meat causes cancer [also detailed in my article WHO Says Meat Causes Cancer?].

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  • charles grashow

    Care to comment on Jimmy Moore’s appearance??

    • Annlee

      Give it a rest, Charles. Nobody’s as perfect as you are.

      • charles grashow

        It’s always good to ignore the question.

    • Alaric the Vis

      Yes. He’s considerably thinner and healthier than he used to be. You, Charles, are a bore, moving from site to site to make the same facile point.

    • johnny

      Hey Charlie, Jimmy went from 400 lb. to current 250, a 38% weight loss and has kept it off for more than a year. He qualifies to join the National Weight Control Registry as he has met the weight loss (10% or more) and time weight loss maintained (a year or more) requirements. In addition, he is too skinny to play any line position in the National Football League. I’d bet the house you could never beat him in a one on one scrimmage. You’d probably be lucky to survive..

      • David Pete


        • johnny

          DP, apparently you weighted him since you know his actual weight. How much did he actually weight when you weighted him?Where did you weight him?Was he fully clothed or naked?Are you saying he did not lose 10% or more of his weight?Are you saying he hasn’t kept off at least 10% of his weight for a year or more?Are you saying that he can now play in the NFL?

          • David Pete

            I followed Jimmy for a long time I while back. He has lost the same 100+ pounds at least 5 times. Every time he does it again he pretends the past times never happened. I have seen pictures of Jimmy at 250 pounds, I have seen pics of him in the last couple weeks. He is nowhere near 250. If believe he is you are either delusional or willfully ignorant.

          • johnny

            And I believe you are maliciously dodging the point that I made that Jimmy has met all the requirements to join National Weight Control Registry and currently he is skinnier than the NFL linemen.These are facts!

            Your avoidance of the stated facts via your doublespeak babble is not fooling anybody. It only makes you look like a buffoon with a pathological obsession and hatred towards JM. If your life revolves around your sick obsession, I feel sorry for you.

          • David Pete

            Jimmy could possibly join the registry , im not sure he is pretty big now. Who cares if he could play lineman, that is utterly irrelevant. Jimmy’s diet is failing him. period. I am 175 and could not play lineman either. That is the most irrelevant fact in the the history of facts. there are literally 5 billion+ people on this planet who couldn’t play lineman either. Most of them eat a high carb diet. The fact is Jimmies diet is failing him, yet he continues to scan people to make a buck. Just so we are clear this is me not avoiding facts

  • Glen Monks

    Hello group, I am newish to ketones and manage CFS ( 9 years) I found the ketone approach good for mental clarity and better energy BUT… I soon had problems sleeping with increased anxiety. Is this the body adapting? I went back to more carbs (clean ones) towards the end of the day and sleep is better – is it suggested to have fats with this carb meal or best to just take fats through the day. Fasting is tough – I have low weight and fears – initially became sick from raw vegan detoxing. I would consider support coaching if anyone can point me in the right direction.

    • Emmie

      I have not done this, but I have read that it’s best to keep fats low for that carb meal.

      I’ve been tempted to try it, but I think my sleep issues are more due to hormones (post-menopausal–sleep issues are common). But I had an interesting experience just recently. I usually eat dinner about 4 hours before bedtime, and nothing later. One night, I was suddenly extremely hungry at bedtime, so I had a bison burger and some walnuts. I slept more soundly than
      I have in months. I’m thinking that a bedtime snack, not necessarily carbs, might help with sleep.

      But I also might try a ‘carb dinner’ just to see if that helps.

      • Glen Monks

        Hi Emma good to hear you are trying new ideas re sleep, I feel this is the most important part of the healing puzzle. I find carbs towards the end of the day and more ketone diet in the day works for me. That way digestion is not over working through the night. Also we have a spike after carb meals and so sleep follows the dip after the spike – if that makes sense. I would be interested to see if you have the same with a carb snack later on. My Aurvedic Dr always says feet in warm water before bed induces better sleep.

  • vlp

    Georgia, you claim to use science as a measure of all of the papers you have scrutinized, yet you are not a scientist. Thousands of scientific papers have been published that support the case for limiting or eliminating animal-based diets, with very few that support your point of view. Why not be honest and say that the science is not 100 percent conclusive? You claim others are cherry picking the science to support their view, while that is exactly what you are doing!! Why not admit that you love to eat the flesh of other living beings, you love the taste and perhaps you get a psychological thrill from doing something that is cruel and shameful, something I believe is an aberration. Even if an animal based diet was found to be not implicated in disease, it is still wrong to slaughter innocent animals and to eat them–not when there are mountains of luscious plant foods to choose from that easily support a healthy lifespan. The evolution of human consciousness requires us to reject animal consumption, and until we all realize that fact we are on a trajectory to certain extinction.

    • Barbara

      This is a philosophical comment not a scientific one. Scientifically, our guts resemble all carnivores not herbivores so what’s the point in stuffing our carnivore guts with grass etc. Let’s eat what we are designed to eat. Simple.

      • vlp

        Where did you get the preposterous idea that our guts resemble carnivores?

    • tkent26

      Veganism is a religion. Off-topic.