Yesterday was an amazing experience!
It was the second Ketofest held by the 2 Ketodudes in New London, CT. And as with the first year, the last day was reserved for “Science Sunday”. On deck were many speakers including yours truly. But never mind my presentation, I want to tell you about three others that cumulatively made my year…
The Paradox of Insulin Resistance versus LDL Cholesterol – Dr. Nadir Ali
Nadir had an extremely fascinating discussion on LDL cholesterol, insulin resistance, longevity, and even the problems with how industry conducts the science on how we study heart disease.
He had a number of graphs, flow charts, and illustrations that brought through the message impressively. He even covered lesser known protective aspects of LDL such as disrupting quorum sensing used by bacteria.
Your Marvelous Mevalonate Machine vs the Statin Slayer – Nick Mailer
I don’t even know where to begin with this spectacular presentation. Nick took us on an animated journey though biochemistry like nothing I’d ever experienced before. He painstakingly animated nearly every slide so we could observe the processes he was describing in deep detail as though it were happening in front of our eyes.
While it was delightful to see his naming me as one of his inspirations for taking his presentation in this direction, I can assure you he certainly took this to the next level. If you like my use of animations for presentations, imagine this increase by an order of magnitude… and for the record, I’m being quite literal here!
LDL: Primed to Protect (Cholesterol’s role in defense and repair) – Siobhan Huggins
I saved Siobhan’s speech for last as I can’t even begin to describe impressive it was. She has been working tirelessly on it for quite a while, and the effort truly shows. She managed to strike the perfect balance between dense content and friendly, accessible illustration.
She discussed her personal journey into the research, the many roles of LDL, Lp(a), and the lipid system as a whole. Moreover, she elucidated the common misconception of inflammation and how it should be understood for the process of repair rather than the problem it’s addressing in the first place. And perhaps most important of all, she wraps it up with a discussion on the importance of not taking any marker in isolation and to see the system as a whole.
It’s worth pointing out this was Siobhan’s first presentation in front of a live audience and as many of us agreed, she knocked it out of the park. 😀
A Truly Good Day
As I remarked several times yesterday, I felt genuinely ecstatic for how powerful the messages came across from everyone above on the subject of lipids and cholesterol in particular. I’m not sure when all these videos will be available on YouTube, but we’ll certainly have a post up when they are — and I’d certainly give each of them my highest recommendation.