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Mar 02

The Big Breck Out

To say Low Carb Breckenridge was an outstanding conference would be an understatement. It was probably the single largest turning point for my message so far.

I was invited to speak on Sunday at 2:30pm. Once there, I kept tweaking and updating my presentation throughout the conference. Like every speaker, I was limited to 30 minutes, which felt woefully short for everything I wanted to share. Fortunately, Zoe Harcombe, Ivor Cummins, and Jeffry Gerber all preceded me and talked about some of the basics of cholesterol and its risk (or lack thereof). This gave me room to cut out these sections from my own piece and focus mainly on my data and the theory behind it.

When giving the presentation, I seemed to have finally found the right shape to my message. Almost everyone — doctor and layperson alike — seemed to understand it! There was clearly a new level of penetration for this information.

My main objectives were met:

  • Introducing everyone to the data I was collecting.
  • Describing the theory behind it.
  • Most importantly, educating everyone on the lipid system’s primary purpose: to distribute energy from fat. I never feel I can emphasize this enough, even if it is very self-evident to me. Once everyone understands this basic tenant along with my data, then everything falls into place.
  • Bringing in all the data from everyone else who has participated in the protocol, showing how to manipulate their cholesterol numbers as well.

Photo by Andy Harcombe

My presentation (and everyone else’s) will be available until the end of the week via online streaming. Otherwise it will presumably go on YouTube eventually, but I have no control over that timing.

Ironically, I originally considered passing on it and instead going to the main conference put on by the National Lipid Association to present my data. However, I wasn’t getting a lot of confidence it would be received there.

The rest of the conference was likewise incredible. I was staying in a house rented by the 2 Keto Dudes community hosting almost a dozen of us. It was a surprisingly cook-centric collective where some of the most amazing meals were prepared.

I also got to meet and chat with some of the real giants of the Low Carb way of life and many I hadn’t known of before. The field is expanding so quickly compared to when I was first looking into it – just two short years ago!

All in all, it was one of the best experiences both as a participant and as a contributor.

 

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Zach
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Hey Dave, First off, just want to say that I am a big fan of what you are doing. Thanks! I wanted to ask if you measure other hormonal markers such as testosterone or thyroid, during your experiments? Or, at any other time point? I am very interested in how these levels change with a ketogenic diet (or even a low carb diet), and also how they change in response to a dramatic increase in calories (mostly from fat) and to a reduction in calories – almost identical to what you did with your cholesterol experiment. Do you have any… Read more »
Tony
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Hi Dave,

Checking in to say I appreciate your efforts. I am a big fan and find your blog extremely helpful as I am a fellow hyper-responder. Can’t wait for your future posts.

Many thanks!

Tony

John Strain
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Hi Dave, I enjoyed your presentation. I have a schedule blood test April 20, 2017 and would be happy to follow the 3 day protocol and share. I am a 65 year old male that had a heart attack June 20, 2016. I put myself on the ketogenic diet and have been since Sept. 10, 2016 (6.5 months). I really love the food and have no plans to stop. I have gone from 107 kg to 84 kg in that time. I think I will continue to drop 1 kg every 2 months. Friends and workmates can’t beleive my transformation,… Read more »
Stephen
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I have watched the youtube video from the low carb conference… well done. I am a little confused however. What is the purpose of doing one of hte protocols you outline where you go high fat before a blood test to see if your cholestrol numbers improve? If they do improve, are we supossed to stick with that level of fat intake to keep those good numbers? I then worry about that level of dietary fat slowing body fat loss. I do blood tests at least evey six months and my cholestrol numbers last time were not that great after… Read more »
John Beaney
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Hi Dave Your LowCarbDownUnder video is great. I’m a doctor who lectures on nutrition and I’m an associate of Rod Tayler’s in Melbourne Australia. I’m considering doing the full Feldman Protocol. I’m normally low carb to very low carb but not religious about it. I’m also fond of intermittent fasting. I’ve just rendered down some pastured pork fat so I have the raw materials! Do you publish the actual diet you and your sister adhered to?
Regards John Beaney

Ryan
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Hi Dave, that was a great lecture @ Low Carb Breckenridge! Over the past couple years, I’ve experimented with 2 NMR Lipoprofiles, a SpectraCell CardioMetabolic test, and a few rounds of 14d continuous glucose monitoring systems around different dietary modulations. It’s been an interesting journey. I’d be happy to share this data if you’re interested. I’m curious if you’ve experimented with cyclical increases in carbohydrate or different meal timings (eg. 18/6 IF) to modulate cholesterol & metabolic biomarkers? Do you employ any sort of calorie cycling throughout the year for metabolic health or do you view the “Feldman Protocol” as… Read more »
Justin
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Hi Dave,

Great presentation! I just had the chance to watch the video of it online, and I must say it is excellent! If you are still interested in getting people to help with putting a formal study together, I would definitely be willing. Just let me know!

steve
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Hi Dave: Work is very interesting. What is your age if i may ask? Have you had a calcium scan? What would say about the energy system of someone on a high carb diet who had low TRGS, say 80ish? and if they went to high fat saw them plummet to 20? For people with family histories, there may be more to it regarding the small ldlP aside from possible IR such as CETP,etc where the particle size is small regardless of diet protocol. Sound like a cardiometabolic issue with the faulty exchanging of TRGs/ Cholesterol. Any thoughts? I would… Read more »
steve
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inflammation: .3-.4 CRP regardless of diet type. Oxidative stress: not sure how would measure. With pos CAC score, drugs help in stabilizing plaque. Many have zero CAC score at your age but when 55+ not the case particularly with family history and no IR. Dr. Kraus work on WC indicates a great many have small LDL which for some can change with diet; whereas Wheatbelly doc says if you hit his 60,60,60(HDL,TRG,LDL) and still have to many small LDLP then he says you have a genetic issue and should be on drugs. How would you suggest bowel issues for those… Read more »
Dave H
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Hi Dave, I found your site from Marty Kendall’s and I am extremely happy to see an engineering approach applied to this process. In my opinion every person or doctor evaluating a patient should use this experimental approach before choosing a diet for an individual at risk. Then back up your decision based on hard data, not one plan fits all. After my heart attack and quadruple bypass in November of 2015 my follow up visit with the Cardiologist was a typical prescription of statins and the Standard American Diet, LFHC. I have witnessed the progression and effects of this… Read more »
Dave H
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Hello Dave, First, thank you for your reply on my last post. I loved your perspective on higher fat content and less LDL-P to deliver the cargo. Very practical. Also your thoughts around uncharted waters which are why people and sites like yours and others are so important for this evolution. Anyone in the mood for a challenge? My understanding after a 12 hour fast your insulin level should go down along with glucose and you ketones should go up which mine did. I woke up this morning after a 14 hour fast with an 89 glucose and 1.3 ketone… Read more »
Tom Maloney
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Good morning Dave, What a pleasure to have watched your Low Carb Breck video. It has helped my unravel some of the mysteries surrounding my “all over the map” NMR Lipoprofile results. I hope I see you at Low Carb USA in San Diego this August, either on stage or in the audience! I started my LCHF journey about 4.5 years ago after losing my 61 YO, fit and trim, low fat/high “healthy” grain wife to appendix cancer. I needed answers and found some of them in Gary Taubes’ Cholesterol Con. I’d been on statins for 12, excruciating years. Ive… Read more »
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