Dr. Hallberg LDL on LCHF Talk

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I first came across Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s name when I read Dr. Pokrywka’s guest editorial in Lipid Spin discussing the “Worsening Lipoproteins on a Low-Carb Diet.”

Dr. Pokrywka pointed out that Dr. Hallberg is in the midst of a large study investigating the effect of a ketogenic diet vs standard American Diabetes Association diet on type 2 diabetics and prediabetics.  In this study she’s examining NMR lipoprofiles, carotid intima media thickness, and other metabolic markers

In the course of her investigations she’s noticed a sub-population of patients that, like myself, develop elevated LDL-P and cholesterol numbers despite an improvement in everything else.… Read More

Worsening Lipoproteins on a Low-Carb Diet: The National Lipid Association

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Dr. Dayspring tweeted a link to Lipid Spin journal highlighting this article, and when I saw the title I knew I had to read it forthwith.

Lipid Spin is the official publication of the National Lipid Association and is, in my mind, a legit resource.

Here is the link to the issue from their site.

In case the link ever breaks (which I’ve discovered happens pretty frequently), I’ve taken the liberty of uploading it to my site, HERE.

While there isn’t anything groundbreaking, he does do a wonderful job of summarizing where we are currently.… Read More

Trying out uBiome

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I decided to take the plunge and get my poop analyzed by uBiome.  What made me finally go through with this?

Well, I’ve been messaging back and forth with Grace Liu PhD on Twitter (@Gut_Goddess) and she sent me some goodies from her site, The Gut Institute, that she thought would be helpful in my situation.

Since this was especially kind and generous favor on her part, in return I told her I would bite the bullet and get the uBiome analysis done which she especially loves delving into.… Read More

Cholesterol Update March 2016: What happens after 6 weeks of VSL#3 Probiotics?

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I had normal cholesterol, went low carb, and then ketogenic, and saw that my cholesterol started to go crazy.  I tried a host of things to bring it down including raising my carbs and taking various supplements to no effect.  I finally saw a lipidologist, did some more research, and came up with a 12 point gameplan which surprisingly worked!

I’m now in the process of peeling away parts of my gameplan to see what changes, if any happen to my cholesterol levels.

This past October I stopped taking bergamot and saw a  bump in my LDL-P.  My next step was to stop taking bionic fiber and found that my LDL-P dipped back down.… Read More

How to Eat Like the Rock

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A good friend of mine sent me this FiveThirtyEight article about what happened to an average Joe, Mark Webster, who tried to eat like the Rock for a month.  He works at a desk all day (like yours truly) and was inspired after reading an article.

I’ve been a peripheral fan of the Rock ever since my college days, but was never a die hard fanboy (like I am with Marcelo) so I’d never taken it upon myself to do any outside reading on him.… Read More

Gum Disease and Alzheimer’s

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The BBC reported on a study that found a link between gum disease and Alzheimer’s which was surprising to me at first, but then not so surprising when I thought about it more.

I’ve been seeing more and more articles lately suggesting that low grade infections may be the underlying cause for Alzheimer’s and that the plaques that are diagnostic of Alzheimer’s are simply a result of the body’s attempt to fend off the infection rather than the cause of dementia.

Here’s one such article describing this.… Read More

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