I 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?].