This last weekend I gave a presentation at Low Carb USA in San Diego. I was invited to speak by the lovely folks of ApoE4.info and was excited to have a full hour to provide more explanation and depth to both the lipid system and my research. In fact, this may be my personal favorite presentation yet. Given it was early in the conference on a Thursday, I assumed it would be a mostly empty room, but to my surprise, it packed out to standing room only.
I certainly have to express my sincerest appreciation to the ApoE4 group as they were extremely organized and accommodating. As a group, they were both gracious and wickedly smart, and I thoroughly enjoyed our many chats throughout the weekend.
The rest of the conference I was networking with many people regarding my research and picking up many tidbits on others’. I was able to catch about 2/3rds of the presentations. But I wished I could have caught more.
I was extremely thrilled to run into Sara Hallberg. We got to chat briefly about Virta and how the study was going and touched on hyper-responders, exchanging a few insider notes between us. There is a key piece of information I found out about which will apply to my research directly but won’t be public until their paper comes out — which should be pretty soon. When it does, I’ll share what that is and how it applies to my work. Her presentation was one of the best of the conference and had an enormous impact. Once available online, I highly recommend it.
The presentation I most enjoyed by far was from Dr. Dwight Lundell, “ED, no not that ED!” The ED stood for Endothelial Dysfunction and it was something I found to be of critical importance with atherosclerosis early on in my education on lipids. The endothelium is, after all, the scene of the crime. In fact, I consider it the most overlooked factor with regard treatment as it is inconvenient to the larger Lipid Hypothesis altogether. Dr. Lundell found this out for himself when he began asking tough questions on it after his retirement.
I was also fortunate to share many meals with some of my favorite people in the LCHF movement as well. Ironically, this was one major conference I was planning to pass on, and now I’d consider it one of the best experiences I’ve had yet.
A Quick Note to Commenters…
I hope to have more bandwidth to catch up on comments toward the end of this week. I’ve certainly been feeling my limits these days, but I’m fortunate to have Craig helping out and providing a lot of feedback regarding the research on this site.