The Politics and Science of Nutrition:
Why We’re All So Confused
This presentation will sort through fact and fiction by explaining the history of nutrition science, and how we came to believe that fat makes you fat, that saturated fat causes heart disease, and more. The story starts in the 1950s, when the original ideas about healthy eating were formed–and then hardened into dogma before they could be scientifically tested. While there is no one-size-fits-all diet, there is certainly ample evidence now to show that many of our current nutrition recommendations are based not on rigorous evidence; rather, they are held in place by vested interests and sclerotic bureaucracies.
Stone Age Body, Space Age Diet:
Nutrition, Metabolism, and Mental Health
Ann Childers, MD
In this presentation, Dr. Childers will reveal how our modern diet conflicts with our ancient bodies. She will argue that the human gut is the best predictor of what we are designed to eat. She will explore the role of fermentable carbohydrates (refined sugars and starches, e.g.) and modern non-communicable diseases, alongside the role of tooth decay and gum disease as the first warning signs of an unhealthy diet. Dr. Childers will link metabolic health to mental health, with simple strategies to improve mental function.
The Ketogenic Diet for Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline
Georgia Ede, MD
This presentation will summarize the multiple lines of evidence in support of chronic hyperglycemia, hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance as key driving forces in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease. Emerging clinical research exploring the potential therapeutic benefits and limitations of ketogenic diets in the management of Alzheimer’s disease will be presented, along with clinical case studies of interest to practicing clinicians.
Ketogenic Metabolic Therapy: Practical Considerations
Beth Zupec-Kania, RDN, CD
In this presentation, Beth Zupec-Kania will provide a summary of the 100-year history of ketogenic therapy and a review of macronutrient impact on ketosis. She will also discuss variations in keto diets and present case studies that will exemplify the process of pre-therapy through maintenance.
Ketogenic Psychiatry: Advances on Stress Adaptation
Ignacio Cuaranta, MD
Current psychiatric diagnostic systems and practice focused mainly on the use of pharmacological treatments to modulate neurotransmitter functioning might be hindering progress in advancing research. In this presentation, Dr. Cuaranta will discuss how ketogenic diets have a major impact in tissues with high energy requirements like the brain. When ketogenic diets and intermittent fasting are used as neurotherapeutics, having pharmacological-like influence in brain function, they may provide an advantage on stress adaptation and handling environmental pressure. Dr. Cuaranta will make the case for having these therapies included in conventional psychiatric practice to assist in energy modulation.
Ketogenic Diets for the Neurologic Patient
J. Glen House, MD, MBA
In this presentation, Dr. House will discuss some of the possible mechanisms of neurological benefit with ketones in multiple neurological conditions. He will review studies that have shown benefit with the introduction of ketones in the setting of an injured central nervous system. He will also explore some metabolic benefits of nutritional ketosis and/or exogenous ketones in individuals with physical limitations due to neurological injury.