Monday, September 25, 2023
Mitochondrial Health

Fasting and Ketosis to treat Dementia With Dr. Matthew Phillips

Metabolic neurology is a growing field focusing on the connection between metabolic and neurologic health, and encompasses neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, other types of dementia, and more. Dr. Matthew Phillips is leading the way as a clinician and researcher exploring the use of metabolic therapies, like intermittent fasting and nutritional ketosis to help treat and prevent neurocognitive diseases. Dr. Phillips shares with us what he has learned from his research studies, and what he feels are the top tips for neurologic and brain health. He also explores how metabolic therapies can, and should, usher in a new era of healthcare.

Expert featured in this video:
Dr. Matthew Phillips, clinical and research neurologist at Waikato Hospital in NZ
Twitter: @drmclphillips

Papers Referenced:

Randomized crossover trial of a modified ketogenic diet in Alzheimer’s disease

Metabolic Strategies in Healthcare: A New Era

Low-fat versus ketogenic diet in Parkinson’s disease: A pilot randomized controlled trial

Metabolic Therapy Program In Conjunction With Standard Treatment For Glioblastoma Multiforme

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13 thoughts on “Fasting and Ketosis to treat Dementia With Dr. Matthew Phillips
  1. I would love to know how much damage drugs that alter brain chemicals. I have been trying to get as many papers from Pub med and NHS and there are quite a few that are confirming that in a lot of cases where SSRI and anti-psychotic meds are used the longterm affects are quite severe.
    So to use a diet or a way of eating that has been used for epilepsy and has shown great results seems a no brainer ( pun intended).

  2. I'd be a happy camper to be healed of chronic long-term severe depression. It's exhausting. Been Keto since 2016 and do intermittent fasting as well. No improvements. But I keep going and keep hoping.

  3. As was said, the current therapies are not working for Dementia, why not try intermittent fasting/ketosis with a Doctor who understands it, and see what happens?

  4. The most hard hitting learning point being that Alzheimer’s is doubling every 20 years. So clearly the germ theory response is borderline crazy. Sure, medical treatment for Alzheimer’s etc might eventually come on stream and I hope so. But clearly the rapid growth in the incidence Alzheimer’s and of poor metabolic health generally is connected to something in our human environment. Dr. Philips infers that the reason is something to do with something in our food. Well it’s probably a bit more than an inference but it’s not yet proven beyond reasonable doubt. If I could place a bet on him being right I would place a large bet at very short odds and I would expect to win a lot of money. I think it’s only in the last year or so that I have learned that there might be a connection between the ridiculous dietary advice we have all been labouring under these last 40 years and rising dementia incidence. So infuriating. Anyway more power to dr. Phillips. Very important work.

  5. Dr Phillips is amazing. I live in Auckland and New Zealand is way behind on preventative metabolic health. Keep up the brilliant work

  6. Is OMAD really easier on a high carb diet as a starter? Or even 8/16 on high carb? Won't people be hungry a few hours after their last high carb meal? I came to the conclusion that telling people "eat when hungry" on lchf is much easier.

  7. Understanding the Taoist principles on yin and Yang has been so vital to my recovery from bipolar in terms of rest, exercise and nutrition. Really enjoying this episode.

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