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Why are heart disease and dental health related?

Some years ago people became excited about the news that poor dental health, particularly gum disease, and heart disease are correlated. Not only that, but gum disease develops first! Post hoc ergo propter hoc ("after this, therefore because of this") right?Soon we started hearing advice to take good care of our teeth (by brushing and flossing), because...

Microbiome Nonsense: response to "Chowing Down On Meat"

Response to "Chowing Down On Meat" As the claim that animal protein and saturated fat is unhealthy becomes less and less tenable, those who have the intuition that animal-based nutrition must be bad for you are looking elsewhere.There was great excitement at the end of 2014 about a study posted in Nature demonstrating the rapid changes in human gut...

Ornish Diet Worsens Heart Disease Risk: Part I

Dr. Dean Ornish has come under a lot of criticism lately for his misleading statements about diet and heart disease. See, for example: Critique of Dean Ornish Op-ed, by Nina Teicholz, and Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong, from Scientific American.Ornish made his name with a study that claimed to actually reverse heart...

What about the sugars in breast milk?

Something that nearly always comes up when we talk about babies naturally being in ketosis is the fact that breast milk contains sugars — as much as 40% [1].Some people have even argued with us that therefore babies are not in ketosis!@Dr_Rousseau @Jonathan_Witt "Assumption" of babies being ketogenic is wrong. Breast milk is 40% carbs, not ketogenic.—...

Meat is best for growing brains

There are multiple lines of evidence that an animal-based diet best supports human brain development in infants and young children.In brief / contentsHuman fetuses and infants rely on ketones for brain building.Weaning onto meat increases brain growth.The brain is an energy-intensive organ that required an animal-based diet to evolve.Because humans...

The Effect of Ketogenic Diets on Thyroid Hormones

The previous generation of myths about low carb diets were focused on organ systems. They warned of things like kidney dysfunction, and osteoporosis. As these myths became untenable, new myths have swiftly taken their place: myths, for example, about hormone systems, and gut bacteria.In previous posts, such as here, and here, we dispelled misinformation...

Keto-adapted, but no ketones?

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to measure ketones is to use ketone test strips, e.g. Ketostix. Ketone test strips use a chemical reaction to measure acetoacetate (see below), usually in urine, though the same method can be used for blood. (Not to be confused with the blood strips used at home for beta-hydroxybutyrate.) However, acetoacetate test...

The Ketogenic Diet's Effect on Cortisol Metabolism

(Related post: Red Light, Green Light: responses to cortisol levels in keto vs. longevity research) One of the myths surrounding ketogenic diets comes from misunderstanding the role of cortisol — the "stress hormone".In a previous post, we addressed one of the arguments behind this myth: the idea that to activate gluconeogenesis (to make glucose out...

Science Fiction

We humans are storytellers. When we want something to be memorable and meaningful, we make it into a story that can be interpreted causally. Our brains are just made that way [1], [2]. That may be why adding dramatic anecdotes to a book or article can make it more popular and persuasive than sticking solely to claims that have gone through rigorous...

Babies thrive under a ketogenic metabolism

Some people, even some scientists who study ketogenic metabolism, have the idea that ketogenesis is somehow abnormal, or exceptional; an adaptation for emergencies only. We disagree.One reason we think a ketogenic metabolism is normal and desirable, is that human newborns are in ketosis. Despite the moderate sugar content of human breast milk, breastfeeding...

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