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Doing the Impossible on a Ketogenic Diet

Before and after

Before and after

Here’s yet another example of someone doing the impossible – reversing type 2 diabetes, obesity and other health problems – using only a ketogenic diet.

This is the story about how Wim and his wife Saïda turned their lives around:

The blog post

We are Wim and Saïda Tilburgs from the Netherlands, and this is our story. It tells how Wim lost 40 kg (88 lbs) and reversed all the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Along the way, he solved most of the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which he developed after serving at the UN mission in Lebanon.

Our story tells how Saïda lost 20 kg (44 lbs) and reversed all her symptoms of painful osteoarthritis and inflammation. We have done so only with a ketogenic low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet.

Wim's bloodwork

Here are the numbers for my blood work. You can see that my HbA1c went from 11.4% to 8.7% with high doses of insuline and metformin. On a ketogenic diet from 8.7% to 5.4%. Standard of care made me obese and still a diabetic at high risk. The ketogenic diet reversed my T2 diabetes. Keep reading

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

Dr. Jonny Bowden, PhD - The Great Cholesterol Myth (SD 2016)4.6 out of 5 stars5 star82%4 star10%3 star0%2 star0%1 star6%47 ratings4737:55

“Eating all that fat and cholesterol will clog your arteries and give you heart disease!” Well, it’s not that simple. In this presentation from the Low Carb USA conference, Dr. Jonny Bowden takes on the great cholesterol myth.

Dr. Bowden — a former professional pianist and conductor — earned six certifications in personal training and fitness, has a Masters degree in psychology, a PhD in holistic nutrition, and is board certified by the American College of Nutrition. He’s been seen on most major television networks, including the shows Dr. Oz and The Doctors. He’s the best-selling author of 15 books, including “The Great Cholesterol Myth“.

He’s also a very engaging speaker, and this talk is a good one. What is the great cholesterol myth? Dr. Bowden explains it well here.

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The Great Cholesterol Myth – Dr. Jonny Bowden

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“I Was Amazed at What I Could Eat and How Much Weight I Lost”

Before and after

Before and after

Caroline had issues with her weight throughout her whole adult life and had to use massive amounts of exercise to even try to control it. Eventually she suffered a knee injury and had to stop exercising.

Now she had to find a new way to lose weight. A friend had tried LCHF and she decided to give it a try. This is where she is after 6 months: Continue Reading →


Vegan Vs. LCHF Cardiology Battle


Is a low-fat vegan or an LCHF diet better for lowering the risks of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease? If you want to hear the arguments for both sides, you can watch this video with Dr. Aseem Malhotra and the vegan-inclined Dr. Joel Kahn.

Skip to 1:48 unless you want to learn more about penile arteries:

Mind Body Green: Two Cardiologists Debate Fat, Sugar, And Coconut Oil

The common ground between the two debaters and cardiologists is that sugar is bad for you and lifestyle (movement, stress reduction, not smoking) is important in decreasing risk factors. When it comes to fat they predictably disagreed.

According to Dr. Naiman – from whom I’ve stolen the header to this post – there was a clear winner to the debate. What do you think?

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Breaking Up With Sugar Addiction

4.5 out of 5 stars5 star74%4 star14%3 star4%2 star3%1 star3%85 ratings2,444 viewsWhat is it like being a sugar addict? And what is it like to struggle to break free from it?

In this presentation from the recent Low Carb USA conference Karen Thomson, former model and a recovering cocaine and sugar addict, talks about her personal journey to quitting sugar (and other drugs). For her, a big part of the solution was starting to eat an LCHF diet.

It’s really one of the most powerful talks of the entire conference.

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Breaking Up With Sugar Addiction – Karen Thomson

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Low Carb Can Cure Reflux Disease

Heartburn – caused by reflux disease – is super common, millions of people suffer from it. Many people take medication for it every single day to reduce the symptoms. What if many of these people could cure the disease with a dietary change?

An earlier small study tested a LCHF diet on a few people with this problem, and they got significantly better. Even the pH in their esophagus improved, so it was not just placebo.

Now another, slightly larger, study has tested this idea again. Not only does it find that carbohydrates, sugar and the glycemic load of the diet was associated with reflux disease. They also test what happens when the participants go on a lower carb diet. The result?

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“Is There a Rule for How Much Fat One Should Eat?”


Is there a rule for how much fat one should eat?

The answer to this and other questions – how do you cram all the food in, and can LCHF worsen hypothyroidism? – in this week’s Q&A with Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt: Continue Reading →


New Study: Kids with Epilepsy Get Smarter on Keto

Can a ketogenic diet make a child with epilepsy smarter? According to this new study this year, the answer is likely yes:

  • Science Direct: Cognitive and Behavioral Impact of the Ketogenic Diet in Children and Adolescents with Refractory Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy Foundation: Food for Thought: Does the Ketogenic Diet Improve Thinking and Behavior?

    The children with epilepsy who were put on a ketogenic diet showed improved mood, thinking and behavior, compared to a control group.

    Of course, these improvements are not necessarily caused by the keto diet per se, they could also be caused by a reduced need for epilepsy medication. Those drugs often have cognitive side effects, like drowsiness or reduced ability to concentrate.

    Kids on a keto diet often need less medication for epilepsy (or even none at all), and thus they are likely to get fewer side effects. The same thing is likely to be true for adults.

    Have you noticed any cognitive benefits on a ketogenic diet?

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    “I Can’t Stop Telling People About It”


    John was very reluctant to try LCHF, despite his friends trying to make him convert to a low-carb lifestyle. He had tried so many diets and none of them had worked. He had resigned to be overweight and have type 2 diabetes.

    He also suffered from anxiety and panic attacks, something that has caused him pain throughout his life.

    But after a blood work came back bad, he decided to try low carb anyways. That was the start of his new life. Continue Reading →


    “And Behold the Miracle, No Need for Medication”

    Can a ketogenic diet improve your allergic symptoms?

    Can a strict low-carb diet improve your allergic symptoms?

    Jouko had been on a low-carb diet for six years, but it didn’t improve his terrible allergic symptoms. He then decided to transfer to an even stricter version of a low-carb diet – a ketogenic diet.

    Guess if he was surprised when this happened: Continue Reading →