Episode 234 – Dr. Kenneth Ford

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  1. Gareth says


    Great podcast.

    At about 38:20 Dr. Kenneth Ford mentions someone whose name I could not catch. Elesiel Versano? It is the part with the analogy involving the piano player. Hope you can help!


  2. says

    Y’know, I was going to skip this podcast because I’m not all that interested in human computer interaction and AI, but something told me to just go ahead and tune in anyway. Glad I did! Always fascinating to learn more about cognition, and Dr. Ford’s focus on systems and higher level interactions is probably a good way to approach many more things in life than diet & health.

    If anyone’s interested in learning more about the effects of ketones on cognitive function as well as the interplay of the ApoE4 genotype, I invite you to read an article I wrote for the most recent WAPF journal. I know there’s been some tension between the Paleo/ancestral health community and the WAPF during the past year or so, but don’t let that stop you from reading. My article is called “Type 3 Diabetes: Metabolic Causes of Alzheimer’s,” to give you some idea of what you’ll be in for:

    The online formatting at the WAPF site is a little screwy, and I have a pdf version that is much more aesthetically pleasing and reader-friendly if anyone would like to email me for a copy. (tuitnutrition [at] gmail [dot com])

    The article is based on a longer paper I wrote, which was more appropriately called “Alzheimer’s Disease as Type 3 Diabetes and the Potential Therapeutic Role of Reduced Carbohydrate Diets.” The WAPF article is a condensed version. If you want slightly more scientific detail, please feel free to email me and I can send you the full version. :)

  3. Jake says

    The blood sugar level story was awesome. My wife is a Type I Diabetic. When she started aiming for a diet to improve her insulin sensitivity we noticed a similar improvement in her ability to communicate when her blood sugar was between 30-50 mg/dL. Before one of the signs that her blood sugar was low was that she acted like she had been drinking. Whenever she would have erratic and jumbled speech I would tell her to check her blood sugar, and every time it was in that range. She also noticed a drastic reduction in other signs that her blood sugar was low. Such as tingling in her tongue. Now we are learning the new signs and symptoms of her blood sugar being too low. She is always nervous about the situation as she does not want to go into a hypoglycemic coma. Fluctuations in her insulin sensitivity from illness or other stress have made for some blood sugar numbers.

    Is there any other interesting data that came from the Discovery Channel adventure??

  4. Tim says

    I always find it odd when people talk about cycling while ketogenic. You can ride a bike forever while ketogenic, but you can’t race one. There is just too much energy demand during threshold and greater efforts. If you’re in a 1-3 hour race, you might end up with an average power of 60-80% VO2max, but, even then, the defining portions of the race will be 5-10 minutes long, and they will be brutal. If you’re trying to do that while powered on ketones, you’re not going to make it.

    In ultra-endurance events I can see how it could be an advantage, but those things are basically eating contests. The efforts are steady and low. They just last for freakin’ ever. I did a 12 hour mountain bike race while keto/low carb. I wasn’t at 3.5mmol, but I had been ketogenic for about 6 weeks. When you’re mountain biking you have a long moderate pace punctuated by steep climbs and big efforts.

    The recovery just isn’t there for the big efforts. Doing that same race while keto as opposed to carb fueled (which I’ve done as well) was a great experiment. I’m glad I did it, but I’m not eager to do it again. It kicked my butt for 2 months.

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