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Is Ketosis Dangerous? The Facts About Ketosis Vs. Ketoacidosis

Is Ketosis Dangerous? The Facts About Ketosis Vs. Ketoacidosis

Is Ketosis dangerous? Haven’t people died while following ketogenic diets? Without fail, every single person who considers a ketogenic diet plan wants to know the answers to these questions. And rightly so, after all, no one wants to die or cause themselves permanent damage from trying to lose a few pounds. It doesn’t matter how ripped you are if you’re dead! As regular readers know, I’m a big advocate of ketogenic dieting for fat loss mainly because of its ability to reduce hunger which in turn naturally lowers caloric intake and results in easy fat loss. Unfortunately, the mainstream doesn’t like ketogenic dieting and ever since Atkins there’s been attempts to discredit this way of eating. One of the most common criticisms of ketogenic diets is that ketosis is a metabolically dangerous state to be in and that it can be toxic. In this article I’ll clear up this myth and explain why you have nothing to worry about. Is Ketosis Dangerous? The simple answer is no. Ketosis is not dangerous, it’s ketoacidosis that is dangerous but you’ve nothing to worry about. The confusion between the two is usually the reason people make false statements about the dangers of keto. Unfortunately even people you’d expect to know better get this wrong…personal trainers, doctors and nutritionists to name but a few. Maybe they stop researching and reading once they get a few letters after their name and feel like they’ve made it. I don’t know but what I do know is that they’re helping to spread misleading information even if they don’t know it. The confusion usually stems from them not understanding the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis For the general public to be confused between the two similar sounding terms is understandable, but from the very peopl Continue reading >>

Sudden Cardiac Death In Association With The Ketogenic Diet.

Sudden Cardiac Death In Association With The Ketogenic Diet.

Abstract The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate, adequate-protein diet that is used to decrease the frequency of seizures in patients who have refractory epilepsy. Despite its positive effects in some patients, there are potential adverse effects. Two complications related to the ketogenic diet are selenium deficiency, which has been associated with impaired myocardial function, and QT prolongation as documented on electrocardiography. Reported here are two cases of death in a child on the ketogenic diet for seizure control. In case 1, the child who died of complications related to torsade de pointes, with documented QT prolongation; post mortem examination revealed selenium-deficiency cardiomyopathy. In case 2, a child experienced QT prolongation while on the ketogenic diet and later died suddenly at home. Both children exhibited selenium deficiency. These two cases suggest that patients on the ketogenic diet require monitoring of the QT interval by electrocardiography, myocardial function by echocardiography, and selenium levels before and during the ketogenic diet. Continue reading >>

Does The Ketogenic Diet Cure Candida? The Ketosis-candida-mercury Link

Does The Ketogenic Diet Cure Candida? The Ketosis-candida-mercury Link

You’ve been on the Ketogenic Diet for a while now and you’ve been promised weight loss, more energy, clearer head, better sleep or possibly even ascension? But instead you got some or all of the following? weight gain stiff neck fatigue brain fog heart palpitations head pressure burning sensation in the mouth insatiable thirst impaired breathing / coughing / shortness of breath headaches nausea stiff joints muscle stiffness depression insomnia rash bloated, painful intestines constipation or diarrhea white coated tongue phlegm or mucus or the feeling of having a “frog” in your throat just overall feeling more miserable But you aren’t willing to give up on the diet just yet because you were told all those negative symptoms you’ve started to experience were due to your body adjusting from a sugar to a fat burning metabolism? Or that your mtDNA was being repaired? That you just need to stick through it, or drink more water or take a few supplements? That in order to get well you have to get sick first? That the insomnia really is you having more energy and hence needing less sleep? And yet it’s been weeks, months, or more than a year but you still experience those symptoms and you’re not really feeling well and – surprisingly – you have actually GAINED some weight?! If so, then it might be time to consider that the Ketogenic Diet is actually making you sick. WHAAAAAT??!! How could that be? You ask. And: Who am I to suggest such blasphemy? I’m a former Keto Fanatic, someone who had been on the Ketogenic Diet for over 1 year until I realized that ketosis was wrecking havoc with my body, and now I’m here to tell you all about it. How did I get into the Ketogenic Diet? Did I go from eating pizza and drinking Cola straight to eating 4 eggs for breakfast Continue reading >>

Aid-in-dying Loophole: Advocates Want You To Know You Can Stop Eating And Drinking

Aid-in-dying Loophole: Advocates Want You To Know You Can Stop Eating And Drinking

Guest contributor One sunny day in the spring of 2012, Kathleen Klein sat in a car by the California coastline with her 84-year-old mother, Jackie Wilton. The two women had been quietly gazing at the view, watching seagulls along the shore. “I’m ready to go,” Klein recalls her mother saying. “Not go home...Go.” Klein didn’t need the clarification. Her mother had been speaking of wanting to die for years, ever since Wilton was diagnosed with an unspecified dementia a few years before. Wilton’s memory had become significantly impaired. But even before her diagnosis, Wilton was clear: She wanted to die before she became severely incapacitated. Not long after the conversation by the water, Wilton asked Klein explicitly for help in ending her life. In interviews and a recent blog post, Klein remembers wanting to help her mother, but of being unwilling act illegally. Even if Wilton had lived in one of the five states with an aid-in-dying law, she would not have qualified for such aid from a physician. That would have required a doctor’s determining that she would likely die within six months. Given the usual course of chronic, progressive dementia, Wilton would likely have lived much longer. So Wilton needed another option for ending her life. Soon Klein heard a radio interview about "the possibility of helping someone die by letting them stop eating and drinking,” she wrote. “The way I understood it, it was the only legal form of assisted suicide.” Klein mentioned the scenario to her mother. Wilton said she would think about it. A few days later, Wilton again mentioned wanting to die. “I asked her if she remembered the idea I had run by her. She didn’t, so I told her again. I suggested we give it a try (a ‘dry run,’ we called it) for a day and s Continue reading >>

Adenohypophyseal Changes In Patients Dying Of Acute Renal Tubular Necrosis ‡

Adenohypophyseal Changes In Patients Dying Of Acute Renal Tubular Necrosis ‡

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Last Hours Of Living

Last Hours Of Living

Dying patient Last hours of live Transitioning Once transitioning process started, discuss the goals of care with family (may be patient if he is able to) Several patho-physiological changes occur as patient is transitioning Patient develops multiple signs & symptoms as they are getting closer to death The S/S are devastating to patients and staff & friends & family. Control each symptom effectively, May require contineous care, family / friends needs access to patients 24/7 Aggressive resuscitative measure are fruitless The degree of family distress seems to be inversely related to the extent to which advance planning & preparation occurred. Spending time in preparation of families is very worthwhile Physicians, nurses & hospice staff need to have a clear understanding of: signs & symptoms pathophysiology pharmacological / non-pharmacological approach changes encountered surrounding the dying process : Decreasing Appetite/Food Intake, Wasting, Decreasing Blood Perfusion, Renal Failure, Decreasing Level of Consciousness , Terminal Delirium, Loss of Ability to Swallow,Pain, declining in all aspects of life Weakness/Fatigue : functional decline Decreasing Fluid Intake, Dehydration Neurological Dysfunction: An Overview Loss of Sphincter Control Changes in Respiration Loss of Ability to Close Eyes Manage other s/s Most common S/S are: functional decline, dependent on all ADLs, anxiety, dyspnea, delirium, death rattle, nausea, worsening of discomfort / pain. Place of death: * 59-81% wants to die at home. * 20% of dying patients are having rough time due to transition between hospital / home/ nursing home/ assisted living facilities. *Recognize transitioning and help them die peacefully at home *45% of deaths occur under hospice care in USA * Place of death of hospice patient Continue reading >>

Keto To Stay Alive With Cancer

Keto To Stay Alive With Cancer

Yes, the title of this blog entry is provocative, it is provocative for a reason. I am tired of hearing about cancer patients dying because they were told there was nothing they could do, or they agreed to the standard treatment even if that treatment didn’t have good statistics associated with it. It is important to understand how cancer cells proliferate in order to understand why something so simple as staying on a ketogenic diet can keep cancer at bay. All cells require fuel to produce ATP for energy and proliferation. Under a normal western modern-day diet, that fuel is glucose. Under conditions of extremely low carbohydrate and moderate protein intake, that fuel is fat. All cells but cancer cells can utilize ketone bodies (specific fats) as their fuel source. Cancer cells require 19 times the amount of glucose as a normal cell for their ATP production. They can only use this one pathway to fuel production. When serum glucose levels drop below 80, cancer cells start having difficulty staying alive, let alone dividing. In instances of low fat and high carb dieting, when someone misses a meal, they often feel weak and dizzy. But when eating a high fat diet with very low carbs, that bad feeling is not there, even when missing a meal. It’s not there because their brain is happy with ample fuel for activity. That fuel is fat. Almost all of my cancer patients come to me thinking they haven’t been eating too many carbs, but almost all of them have signs of insulin resistance, including higher than normal fasting glucose levels and difficulty bringing their serum glucose levels below 80 on the “induction” phase of the keto diet. Until very recently, American institutions had not been looking at ketogenic dieting as a way to treat cancer or to boost treatments. Th Continue reading >>

What Is Ketosis?

What Is Ketosis?

"Ketosis" is a word you'll probably see when you're looking for information on diabetes or weight loss. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? That depends. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process, something your body does to keep working. When it doesn't have enough carbohydrates from food for your cells to burn for energy, it burns fat instead. As part of this process, it makes ketones. If you're healthy and eating a balanced diet, your body controls how much fat it burns, and you don't normally make or use ketones. But when you cut way back on your calories or carbs, your body will switch to ketosis for energy. It can also happen after exercising for a long time and during pregnancy. For people with uncontrolled diabetes, ketosis is a sign of not using enough insulin. Ketosis can become dangerous when ketones build up. High levels lead to dehydration and change the chemical balance of your blood. Ketosis is a popular weight loss strategy. Low-carb eating plans include the first part of the Atkins diet and the Paleo diet, which stress proteins for fueling your body. In addition to helping you burn fat, ketosis can make you feel less hungry. It also helps you maintain muscle. For healthy people who don't have diabetes and aren't pregnant, ketosis usually kicks in after 3 or 4 days of eating less than 50 grams of carbohydrates per day. That's about 3 slices of bread, a cup of low-fat fruit yogurt, or two small bananas. You can start ketosis by fasting, too. Doctors may put children who have epilepsy on a ketogenic diet, a special high-fat, very low-carb and protein plan, because it might help prevent seizures. Adults with epilepsy sometimes eat modified Atkins diets. Some research suggests that ketogenic diets might help lower your risk of heart disease. Other studies show sp Continue reading >>

Symptom Relief For The Dying Patient

Symptom Relief For The Dying Patient

Physical, psychologic, emotional, and spiritual distress is common among patients living with fatal illness, and patients commonly fear protracted and unrelieved suffering. Health care providers can reassure patients that distressing symptoms can often be anticipated and prevented and, when present, can be treated. Symptom treatment should be based on etiology when possible. For example, vomiting due to hypercalcemia requires different treatment from that due to elevated intracranial pressure. However, diagnosing the cause of a symptom may be inappropriate if testing is burdensome or risky or if specific treatment (eg, major surgery) has already been ruled out. For dying patients, comfort measures, including nonspecific treatment or a short sequential trial of empiric treatments, often serve patients better than an exhaustive diagnostic evaluation. Because one symptom can have many causes and may respond differently to treatment as the patient’s condition deteriorates, the clinical team must monitor and reevaluate the situation frequently. Drug overdosage or underdosage is harmful, and both become more likely as worsening physiology causes changes in drug metabolism and clearance. When survival is likely to be brief, symptom severity frequently dictates initial treatment. About half of patients dying of cancer have severe pain. Yet, only half of these patients receive reliable pain relief. Many patients dying of organ system failure and dementia also have severe pain. Sometimes pain can be controlled but persists because patients, family members, and physicians have misconceptions about pain and the drugs (especially opioids) that can relieve it, resulting in serious and persistent underdosing. Patients perceive pain differently, depending partly on whether other fact Continue reading >>

How Do I Survive Low-carbs & High Protein? Feel Like I'm Dying...

How Do I Survive Low-carbs & High Protein? Feel Like I'm Dying...

Hi guys, I'd love your help. I'm on day 12 of Paleo, and I went from a pasta-heavy (though pretty healthy)diet onto full Paleo because I needed to lose weight. Day 4 I could hardly walk and I had t cancel meetings and go back to bed. Then I felt a bit better. Day 7 I had to go back to bed again. I had zero energy and couldn't even walk up the stairs in my house without collapsing into bed. I haven't ever felt hungry on the diet (which is a Paleo miracle that I absolutely love), but I've felt like my body was cannibalising itself. In general I'm fairly sensible, and feel that maybe I've gone a bit OTT by going to such a protein-heavy diet (from about 15% to 50%). I'm very active and have to cycle to work and back, about 15 km (the reason i went Paleo was because I couldn't believe I was doing that much exercise, not eating more than I usually do, and yet not losing weight). But I'm so tired on the diet (I can literally feel my muscles searching for energy that isn't there), that I'm worried a) I can't keep up my active lifestyle and b) maybe I'm actually doing something really dangerous to my body. I went on the Internet and read all about ketosis - which made me feel better because I decided I wasn't actually dying - but my good friend who is a distinguished doctor is begging me to stop the diet because he says over-eating protein can lead to devastating other illnesses, and in extreme cases, can even kill you. Any thoughts? And if I wanted to increase my carbs a bit (just because my body seems to need the energy to function), any suggestions? My average diet is: Breakfast: an avocado, fruit (strawberries, blueberries, grapes, banana), almond and walnuts. Or 3 times a week I have scrambled eggs or an omelette. Lunch: salmon sashimi, or grilled chicken with big salad Sna Continue reading >>

Why Your Diet Should Include More Fat

Why Your Diet Should Include More Fat

Think back to the '80s and '90s when buying anything that didn't don a low-fat label was simply taboo. Back then, butter and egg yolks topped the "do not eat" list, while refined carbs and packaged foods weren't given a second thought. But times have definitely changed. These days, experts tout fat as a must-have macro and full-fat products, like whole milk, avocado, ghee and coconut oil, join the ranks of superfoods. Yet, some people still question what kinds of fat they should eat and exactly how it affects the body. That's why we called on Mark Hyman, MD, author of the "Eat Fat, Get Thin Cookbook," to help us wipe clean the greasy mess of info and lay down the facts on fat. Reality: Even though this myth is the basis for low-fat diets and food products, it's far from the truth. Eating fat won't make you fat. Completely eliminating or limiting fat from your diet can actually make you gain weight, often because it leaves you feeling so deprived. Conversely, some studies have found that fatty foods can aid in weight loss. "The problem with most diets is that they lack the key ingredient that makes food taste good and cuts your hunger," says Dr. Hyman. And you guessed it, that's fat. "Healthy fats are the best source of energy for your body, and they keep your metabolism and fat-burning mechanisms running as they're meant to," Dr. Hyman explains. Research supports this, showing that a low-fat diet could slow down metabolism. So now you have permission to enjoy a spoonful of nut butter with an apple before your next workout or a satiating piece of steak for dinner every once in a while. Reality: Not so fast. While saturated fat has long been known as public health enemy number one, recent research proves it's not so scary. Of course, you shouldn't always opt for a meal fu Continue reading >>

Dying To Find The Right Diet For You?

Dying To Find The Right Diet For You?

In today’s world, we live among an abundance of options to choose from when it comes to the foods we eat. There are many factors to consider when making this daily decision, whether it is based on lifestyle, allergies, or even your blood type! We get that there is a lot of hype surrounding some of these avenues as well, but they all have their benefits! Although we are not doctors, we are definitely informed wellness advocates who do know that no matter the route you take, having plant-based options weaved throughout your day to day is still paramount. Fruits and vegetables provide our bodies with vitamins, minerals, and all the essential nutrients like not many other food groups have the ability to do! Some ways you can navigate the sea of options would be through either trying an “elimination diet”, a cleanse, or checking with your physician. Some diets may be temporary to fulfill a certain goal, others are lifelong and represent a life that feels more balanced and supported. Even trying out interesting online quizzes like this one (linked) by BBC to show whether you are more of an emotional eater, feaster, or constant craver. All in all, we hope that your aim is to live not only a long life, but a great quality life. If you are wondering what Raw Republic can do for you on your health journey, just step foot inside and ask our amazing staff how we can serve you what you need! Vegan / Vegetarian Vegans and vegetarians are similar in the case that they both are diets that do not include meat. One of the main differences is that vegetarians have more flexibility in whether they choose to include either dairy or some fish (pescatarian). Vegans can also decide on whether they do not want to consume honey, or even use lifestyle products that have anything to do with Continue reading >>

Carb-loaded - A Culture Dying To Eat

Carb-loaded - A Culture Dying To Eat

Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat is a chronicle of the things it's writer and director Lathe Poland learned after he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. He sought to find out why he got sick, because he didn't fit the classic picture of an adult onset diabetes sufferer. He quickly learned that much of what he knew about healthy eating was based on myths or fifty year old science. In the film he searches out why Americas modern food culture is killing us. The upside? There is a lot that can be done! Continue reading >>

The Beginners Guide To Ketosis: Investigating Low-carb, High-fat Eating

The Beginners Guide To Ketosis: Investigating Low-carb, High-fat Eating

The only hard and fast rule of health is that health is personal and what works well for one person may not work for someone else. Aside from that rule, there are “frameworks” that seem to benefit large groups of people. One more level down from that are alternative strategies that benefit smaller groups. Ketosis is likely one of those alternative strategies that works well for certain, smaller groups of people. So, right off the bat I want you to understand that Ketosis might not be for everyone. I’m going to lay out the case for potential benefits of Ketosis. If it sounds interesting and beneficial to you, then consider trying it. (see our free cheat sheet to help you). What is Ketosis Ketosis occurs when liver glycogen gets depleted and the body burns fatty acids for fuel. The primary driver of this state is a very low carbohydrate intake. Often, it also requires a low protein, higher fat intake. You can also achieve a state of ketosis by not eating altogether. The creation of ketones is a byproduct of this metabolic state. Ketones are a source of fuel, just as glucose is a source of fuel. Ketones tend to have some added benefits, though. What role does Ketosis play in human health? Ketosis allows our bodies to function in the absence of carbohydrates, both physically and mentally. Instead of burning carbohydrates, or converting protein to glucose, the body burns ketones. This is pretty much a survival mechanism. It allows your body to function in a state of caloric deprivation. This is why ketosis often gets bad press (as it’s linked to “starvation”). Being a survival mechanism doesn’t make it invalid as a strategy, though. There can still be potential benefits to be had. Let’s cover a few of them… Ketosis and Accelerated Fat Loss Being in ketosis Continue reading >>

Cancer’s Ketogenic Kryptonite With Patricia Daly – #339

Cancer’s Ketogenic Kryptonite With Patricia Daly – #339

Why you should listen – Patricia Daly is a fully-qualified nutritional therapist based in Dublin, Ireland. Following her cancer diagnosis, she left her corporate career and started studying nutrition, specializing in the area of Integrative Cancer Care. As a Swiss native, she regularly attends training courses in Switzerland/Germany, including at the renowned Tumor Biology Center in Freiburg, Germany. She’s working on a new book on the benefits of the low carb and ketogenic diet, which she’s co-writing with Irish foodwriter Domini Kemp. On today’s episode of Bulletproof Radio, Patricia and Dave talk about the ketogenic diet, tips for battling cancer, lights to avoid, hormonal irregularities, grounding, her story of overcoming cancer and more. Enjoy the show! Watch Listen Follow Along with the Transcript! Dave: Looking for a career in tech, maybe business data design or marketing? Trying to get that promotion or raise to excel in your career? You need 21st century training and skills. General Assembly is the largest and most respected school worldwide for people seeking to grow their talents and master the marketplace. Whether it’s learning remotely online or in person at one of their beautiful campuses, you can join the 350,000 people who had already gone the training needed to propel careers in tech and business. More than 2500 companies worldwide hire GAs graduates with 99% of graduates who participate in GA’s career services lending a new role in their field within 6 months of starting their job search. Take control of your talent and career now. Find out more at ga.co/bullet that’s ga.co/bullet. Enter the promo code bullet to save on your first class workshop or event. That’s ga.co/bullet code word bullet. Speaker 1: Bulletproof Radio a station of hi Continue reading >>

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