Diet Doctor Podcast #61 — Dr. Glen House

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It’s a tragedy that’s hard to imagine. One day you are as healthy as can be, and the next day you are paralyzed. In an instant, your entire life is turned upside down.

Dr. Glen House experienced that 30 years ago in a freak skiing accident. And he has transformed his life and now serves patients just like him. But now he has a new tool to help his patients — a ketogenic diet.

Dr. House has used a keto diet to reverse his metabolic disease and now is committed to helping others do the same. In addition, he’s enthusiastic about research showing that ketones may have a protective effect for acute spinal cord injury or other neurologic trauma like strokes and traumatic brain injury.

This is a field without much in the way of effective treatments, so if the research continues to show the benefits of ketones, it could transform the entire field of neurologic recovery.

Thanks for reading,
Bret Scher, MD FACC

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Table of contents


00:00  Introduction
01:55  Welcome, Dr. Glen House
02:41  Glen’s story on being a spinal cord patient
05:24  Turning his condition into advantage
10:16  How Glen developed an interest in nutrition
12:26  Transformation to low-carb nutrition
17:29  Characteristic findings in spinal cord injury patients
21:46  Focusing on the low-carb nutrition for the spinal cord populations
23:48  Discussing about nutrition with the patients
27:05  Keto diets for neurologic and spinal cord function
30:03  Ketosis and the neuro protective anti-inflamatory effect
33:39  Benefits of low carb
36:32  Pushback by recommending low carb for spinal cord patients
40:00  Glen’s physical performance after changing the diet
44:33  Last words from Dr. House

About the video

Virtual podcast recorded in October 2020, published in December 2020.
Host: Dr. Bret Scher
Producer: Hari Dewang

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