Addressing obesity and metabolic health with diet and lifestyle. Come and learn from an unprecedented lineup of expert speakers on the therapeutic benefits of carbohydrate restriction for metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, Type 2 Diabetes and many other chronic diseases. A full array of topics will be covered including exercise, diabetes, heart health, mental health and food addiction.
This Incredible Virtual Conference Includes
- 4 exciting jam-packed days with global change-makers committed to improving health and education worldwide, and to changing nutritional policies and guidelines.
- 20+ cutting edge-presentations from researchers & clinicians who are experiencing significant success with patients, many with a powerful personal story of their own journey to sustained weight loss and improved metabolic health.
- Ample LIVE Q&A time after each presentation to get YOUR questions answered.
- 36 Category 1 CME credits available.
- 4 Years CEU credit for NASN practitioners
- Additional bonus breakout talks and Q&As with other leaders in the ketogenic/low carb community. There will be a chance here to interact with our sponsors.
- The always spectacular, thought provoking Final Panel is a can't miss Sunday afternoon.
- Ongoing giveaways for all registered attendees leading up to the event, including products from our sponsors and free tickets for future live events for all registered attendees.
Highlights From SD 2019
Highlights from SD 2018
Who Should Attend This Conference?
- Anyone interested in restoring and/or maintaining their health.
- The health care professional who wants to make a bigger impact with better tools.
- Scientists and researchers who want to see the latest studies and results
- Keto Nutrition Enthusiasts, Keto Coaches, Personal Trainers, Sports Enthusiasts, and Citizen Scientists.
Gary Taubes (born April 30, 1956) is an American science writer. He is the author of Nobel Dreams (1987), Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion (1993), and Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007), which is titled The Diet Delusion in the UK. He has won the Science in Society Award of the National Association of Science Writers three times and was awarded an MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellowship for 1996-97.
Born in Rochester, New York, Taubes studied applied physics at Harvard and aerospace engineering at Stanford (MS, 1978). After receiving a master’s degree in journalism at Columbia University in 1981, Taubes joined Discover magazine as a staff reporter in 1982. Since then he has written numerous articles for Discover, Science and other magazines. Originally focusing on physics issues, his interests have more recently turned to medicine and nutrition.
Taubes’ books have all dealt with scientific controversies. Nobel Dreams takes a critical look at the politics and experimental techniques behind the Nobel Prize-winning work of physicist Carlo Rubbia. Bad Science is a chronicle of the short-lived media frenzy surrounding the Pons-Fleischmann cold fusion experiments of 1989.
Brian Lenzkes, MD
I am a USC trained, board certified Internal Medicine doctor and have been in practice for 16 years but did not understand the implications of metabolic syndrome until only 2 years ago. I have had a personal struggle with obesity since childhood and became officially pre-diabetic in February of 2017 despite my medical knowledge.
Although I was voted one of the “Top Doctors” in San Diego for 11 of those years, I still felt a void as many of my patients with chronic conditions continued to decline and require more medication. After attending LowCarbUSA® in San Diego, my practice of medicine changed and I have taken control of my health.
I have been honored to be a guest on multiple podcasts and I have been a speaker on the Nutrition Network educational series for medical professionals. I am currently co-hosting the Low Carb MD podcast with Dr. Jason Fung, Dr. Tro Kalayjian, and Megan Ramos. I am also on the panel of advisers for the LowCarbUSA® Clinical Guidelines for Medical Professionals and just finished recording an interview for the upcoming documentary "Big Fat Lie" with Wide Eye Productions. I am the Medical Director for TriSystem Nutrition. Together we can do our part to reverse the healthcare crisis that is facing the world one life at a time. I am excited about the journey ahead.
Brian Lenzkes, MD
Dave is a senior software engineer and entrepreneur. He began working with programming and system engineering at a very young age and has always enjoyed learning new mechanistic patterns and concepts.
After starting a low carb diet, Dave found his cholesterol numbers increased considerably. He then began reverse engineering the lipid system through self-experimentation and testing, finding it was very dynamic and fluid. He has now demonstrated this phenomenon multiple times by moving his cholesterol up and down substantially in a matter of days.
Prof Tim NoakesMBCHB, MD, PHD
Tim Noakes is one of the world’s leading authorities on the science behind sport and a successful sportsman in his own right. Through a lifetime of research, he has developed key scientific concepts in sport that have not only redefined the way elite athletes and teams approach their professions, but challenged conventional global thinking in these areas.
In his book, Challenging Beliefs, Noakes gives his views on everything from the myths perpetuated by the sports-drink industry and the dangers of overtraining and overdrinking to the prevalence of banned substances and the need to make rugby a safer sport. In a brand new chapter, he explains why he has replaced his high-carb eating habits with a protein-rich diet, and in a controversial addition, he sets out why the Springboks did not win the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The teams and athletes with whom Noakes has worked make a fascinating backdrop to his sporting philosophies and highlight the importance of science in sport in human terms. In providing an intimate look at the golden threads running through Noakes’s life and career, this truly remarkable book reveals the ground-breaking theories and principles generated by one of the greatest minds in the history of sports science.
Tim Noakes is the Discovery Health Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town. He is a lifelong athlete and is rated an A1-scientist by the National Research Foundation. In 2008 he was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe by the president of South Africa for ‘excellent contribution to the field of sport and the science of physical exercise’. His book Lore of Running is considered the global ‘bible’ of running.
He has been married to Marilyn Anne for 39 years, and they have two children, Travis and Candice. Tim is the co-founder of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, along with rugby icon Morné du Plessis.
Follow Prof Tim Noakes on Twitter @ProfTimNoakes
Prof Tim Noakes, MBCHB, MD, PhD
Dr. Paul Mason
Dr Mason is a Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician who also holds degrees in Physiotherapy and Occupational Health. Dr Mason is a believer of the scientific process and is happy to challenge medical orthodoxy when it conflicts with the available evidence. He holds views on many topics including saturated fat and cholesterol, dietary fibre and sun exposure which contrast with those of conventional medical wisdom.
Paul Mason, MD
Robert Cywes, MD, PhD
Robert Cywes, MD, PhD
Dr. Cywes is Dual Board Certified in General Surgery and in Pediatric Surgery. He specializes in Pediatric and Adult obesity, diabetes and metabolic management including bariatric surgery. His focus is on helping people understand and treat the true cause of obesity and diabetes. He has been doing bariatric surgery for 19 years and has performed around 7000 surgeries. Despite this, Dr Cywes firmly believes that obesity and diabetes are not treated by surgery, however, surgery may be a invaluable tool along the journey of becoming carbohydrate-free.
His medical training began in Cape Town, South Africa where he received his medical degree from The University of Cape Town training with Prof Tim Noakes amongst others. In 1989, Dr. Cywes moved to North America and completed a year-long residency in pediatric surgery at Ohio State University's Columbus Children's Hospital before moving to Canada where he completed his general surgery residency and specialized in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Cywes also earned a PhD in liver transplant immunology and the effect of glucose metabolism on vascular endothelium injury, working with Dr David Jenkins, the father of the Glycemic Index.
After completing his paediatric surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, Dr. Cywes was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Paediatric and Fetal Surgery at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he did hepatic stem cell research. During this time, Dr. Cywes became increasingly interested in adolescent obesity and the impact of carbohydrates on the liver and metabolic syndrome in young patients. Dr. Cywes’ research led to a comprehensive understanding of the toxicity of chronic excessive carbohydrate consumption as the primary cause of obesity and so-called obesity-related co-morbidities. In the late 1990s Dr Cywes understood that the prevailing treatment of obesity using a Calories in, Calories out (CICO) model was erroneous, and he developed the Carbohydrate Insulin Model of Obesity and Diabetes (CIMOD). Using this model in combination with his understanding of the psychology of addiction, he developed a clinical program to treat obese adolescents using this approach. Dr. Cywes relocated to Jacksonville, Florida where he joined the Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Nemours Children's Clinic and Wolfson Children's Hospital. This led to a national meeting in Jacksonville where guidelines for adolescent obesity surgery were established.
In 2004, Dr. Cywes established Jacksonville Surgical Associates to continue his work in both adolescent and adult obesity treatment and surgery, and in 2013 opened a practice in West Palm Beach, Florida. He now works with a highly experienced team of professionals from a variety of medical sub-specialties to better care for obese patients. He has developed the practice into a nationally recognized Center of Excellence for obesity surgery. The practice uses a cognitive behavioral therapy approach that addresses carbohydrate addiction, along with bariatric surgery, to help patients manage the cause of their obesity long term. Based on his extensive clinical research and observations, Dr. Cywes lectures internationally regarding the physiological impact of carbohydrate consumption as the primary cause of the current Chronic Non-Communicable Disease (CNCDs) epidemic. He also lectures on the behavioral aspects of carbohydrate addiction as the cause of obesity and obesity-related co-morbidities and the use of substance abuse methodology, rather than a diet and exercise approach, to the effective long term treatment of obesity.
Dr. Cywes is a member of ASMBS (American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery) and is a member of the ASMBS Childhood Obesity Committee. He is also a member of APSA (American Pediatric Surgery Association). He has earned a Centers of Excellence designation by the Surgical Review Corporation. Dr. Cywes trains other surgeons to perform bariatric surgery as well as developing an aftercare model to help patients maintain weight loss.
Dr. Cywes and his team are active in obesity research, including an ongoing Adolescent Bariatric Surgery trial. He has become one of the foremost authorities in the treatment and management of obesity in adolescents. He recently co-authored a book, Diabetes Unpacked outlining an effective approach to understanding and treating diabetes into remission. Dr. Cywes' vast experience in pediatric and general surgery serves him well in using bariatric surgery to treat obesity in both adults and children.
Dr Cywes maintains an active clinical practice in Palm Beach Gardens and in Jacksonville as well as being active on conveying the CIMOD message on social media and through his websites – Obesityunderstood.com and diabetesunderstood.com.
Robert Cywes, MD, PhD
Tro Kalayjian, DO
My name is Tro Kalayjian, I am a board-certified physician in both Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine, I lost 150lbs to reclaim my health for myself and my family. I did it by ignoring much of the conventional medical advice that we have been told. My life's goal is to get my patient's healthy, prevent disease. and get them OFF of their medications. I completed medical school at TouroCOM in New York. I completed my internal medicine residency and chief residency within the Yale system at Greenwich Hospital. I have been practicing medicine for 8 years, the last 3 have been in private practice. My practice focuses on tracking patients seamlessly and remotely with smart-devices, including scales, blood pressure cuffs, wearable technology and continuous glucose monitors. My practices focuses on de-prescribing medications and using lifestyle, diet and exercise to improve the course of disease.
My personal weight loss story begins at childhood. I grew up obese, in an obese family. I have personally dealt with the deep emotions and feelings involved with being overweight for most of my life. I have dealt with the same issues that many of my patients face, which affords me the capacity to empathize with them and guide them in a special way. This connection is why my patients are successful in their wellness journey, because I am not preaching from some Ivory Tower. I lived through what my patients live through, and I have experienced what they are experiencing. In order to heal myself, I studied for countless hours through medical literature, researched thousands of papers, read hundreds of books in order to find the answer, for myself, to the ever important question: Why are we fat?
And what I found during my journey and research was in such stark contrast to what we have been told. Eating multiple small meals DOES NOT speed up your metabolism. Fruit Juices ARE NOT healthy. Red Meat, Fish & Full-Fat Yogurt ARE healthy. If most physicians and nutritionists can't get it right, why do we expect anything different from our patients? Are we surprised that obesity epidemic has exploded? What patients may not realize is that most physicians DO NOT have sufficient training in nutrition and can't help you lose weight or reverse disease. Furthermore the food industry and special interests have made it so hard to understand what a healthy lifestyle really is.
Ultimately, I find I am best able to serve my patients because I understand what it is like, I have been through it, and I help my patients every step of the way. I succeed when they succeed.
Tro Kalayjian, DO
Amy Berger, MS, CNS
Maria Emmerich is a nutritionist who specializes in the ketogenic diet and exercise physiology. She struggled with her health and weight throughout childhood which lead her to become such a passionate nutrition expert. "My goal is to help transform people's lives and start living again!" Maria specializes in brain neurotransmitters and how food can increase mental wellness. Her expertise has sent her around the World speaking about ketogenic diets.
She spends the majority of her time with clients around the World via Skype with amazing results. She specializes in helping autoimmune disorders, diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2), heart disease, cholesterol issues, alopecia, hashimoto's, cancer, epilepsy, seizures, depression and anxiety. You would be amazed at the amount of people get off medication with her guidance.
She is also an International Best Selling author of several books including "Quick and Easy Ketogenic Cooking" and "The 30 Day Ketogenic Cleanse". She also authored 8 other books including several cookbooks and 3 nutritional guide books including the best-selling book "Keto.".
She also runs a support site for getting all your questions answered here:
Shawn Baker, MD
Dr, Shawn Baker is an athlete, a father and a proponent of the carnivorous lifestyle.
SOME NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS:
➟ Bachelor Of Arts University Of Texas At Austin - Biology 1989
➟ Doctor Of Medicine Texas Tech Health Science University - 2001 (Graduated With Honors)
➟ Completed 5 Year Orthopedic Surgical Residency - University Of Texas 2006
➟ Chief Of Orthopedics Kirtland Air Force Base
➟ Chief Of Orthopedics Luke Air Force Base
➟ Chief Of Orthopedic Trauma - Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan 2007 - 600 Surgeries
➟ Lead Surgeon Of 12 Provider Orthopaedic Surgical Group Private Practice Until 2016
➟ Nuclear Weapons Launch Officer USAF X 5 Years
➟ Distinguished Graduate US Air Force Officer Training School
➟ Nuclear Weapons Combat Commander Of The Year 90 Operation Group 1996
➟ Luke Air Force Base Air Force Athlete Of The Year 2010
➟ Semi Professional Rugby, Cambridge New Zealand (played In Waikato Premiere League And Faced Off Against Several New Zealand All Blacks)
➟ Selected All US Air Force And Combined Military Services Rugby Squads
➟ All Western USA Rugby Select Side
➟ Texas Rugby Select Side
Shawn Baker, MD
Joan Ifland, PhD, MBA
Joan Ifland, PhD, MBA
Dr. Ifland has been creating breakthroughs in recovery from food addiction from 1999 with the publication of her first popular book to 2018 with the publication of her textbook, Processed Food Addiction: Foundations, Assessment, and Recovery (CRC Press). The textbook is the first academic publication describing how to diagnose and treat processed food addiction, as well as establishing the scientific basis for the disease.
Her current project is a breakthrough in recovery: the online Addiction Reset Community (ARC) founded in 2018 (patent pending). It is based on findings that processed food addiction can be severe. This finding shifted the field to more comprehensive abstinence and support protocols that also resolve isolation and mobility issues.
Dr. Ifland has created numerous innovative online resources for food addicts including The Facebook Groups, ‘Food Addiction Education and Food Addiction Education – The Food (2014). The website, Food Addiction Resources, www.foodaddictionresources.com, provides free evidence-based handouts (2104). The website, Food Addiction Books, www.foodaddictionbooks.com guides food addicts away from misguided deceptive literature to books with solid scientific foundations (2015). She founded the first online training in food addiction to make recovery easier in small, online groups, Food Addiction Reset, www.foodaddictionreset.com( 2016). The Home Addiction Reset Program (HARP) is the first home-based online live video program to support people through the acute phase of withdrawal from processed foods (2018). She wrote the popular book, Dr. Ifland’s Meal Prep Manual, which is a breakthrough system to easily manage meals for recovery from food addiction (2018).
Dr. Ifland is the lead author of the first scholarly description of processed food addiction according to classic addiction diagnostic criteria and the first scholarly definition of addictive versus non-addictive foods, Refined Food Addiction: A Classic Substance Use Disorder (2007) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19223127.
Dr. Ifland earned her PhD in addictive nutrition at Union Institute and University (2010). Her MBA was awarded by Stanford Business School(1978) and her BA in Economics and Political Science by Oberlin College (1974). Her early career was spent understanding corporate and government behaviors with two years as fiscal staff for the Joint Finance Committee of the Wisconsin Legislature (1974-76) and five years as corporate finance staff for a Fortune 200 holding company, the Continental Group (1978-1983)
She currently resides in the Seattle area where she enjoys hiking, swimming, women’s business groups, and the arts.
Joan Ifland, PhD, MBA, CEO
Food Addiction Reset, LLC
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Joan Ifland, PhD, MBA
Bret Scher MD FACC
I hope to be the most unique cardiologist you have ever encountered. Sure, I am a card-carrying, board certified cardiologist. And I spent years learning the invasive procedures and the medications used to treat heart disease. Now I want to do everything in my power to make sure those multibillion dollar tools and drugs go unused.
My goal is to inspire individuals just like you to dictate your own health by adopting healthy lifestyle habits. Lifestyle habits that allow you to achieve your best health ever. Health free of prescription drugs. Health that leaves you feeling great, feeling energetic, and living the life you have always dreamed.
Having competed in triathlons ever since I was a teenager, fitness and health were always obsessions of mine. In college at Stanford University, I was able to maintain my daily training and focus on healthy nutrition. Then, real-life happened. I entered Ohio State University’s medical school, followed by my internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, and a fellowship in preventative cardiology at Scripps Clinic
Suddenly those gym visits, long runs and bike rides became a struggle to maintain. Finding time to eat well, stay active, get enough sleep, and handle the stress of a high-stakes job became a constant presence in my life. Fortunately, I knew the importance of these habits and I did my best to maintain them, even if on a smaller scale.
As I entered my cardiology practice in San Diego, I encountered thousands of people who struggled far more than I did to maintain healthy habits. Some had never exercised or paid any attention to their nutrition. It just wasn’t how they were raised and they hadn’t considered it important. Others knew what they “should” be doing but lacked the tools and support structure to implement them.
As a result, our healthcare system is full of people suffering from diseases that are completely preventable.
Suddenly, I had a clear mission: to empower all my patients to help themselves. To empower them to make the best-informed choices possible about everything from food to activity to sleep to stress management, every single day. After all, the best way to “treat” someone is to prevent the need for treatment in the first place.
I’ve since studied extensively in the areas of functional medicine, personal fitness training, and nutrition and added the following certifications to my credentials as a physician
- Functional medicine from Functional Medicine University
- Personal training from NASM
- Fitness nutrition from NASM
- Behavioral modification from NASM
- Medical and fitness provider from Titleist Performance Institute
This extra training has broadened my perspective, allowing me to be a doctor, a health coach, a nutritionist, a personal trainer, and a cheerleader all wrapped into one. It is with this mindset that I can give my clients all the tools they need to lead healthy, natural lives.
So, am I the most unique cardiologist you have ever met? In the end, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that I can help you take control of your health. I can help you experience natural health that comes from daily healthy lifestyle habits. I can help you safely get off your medicines or ensure that you never need them in the first place. Let’s start this journey together, and you will see how great you can feel!
Education, Titles and Certifications:
Graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in biology 1994
Graduated from The Ohio State University Medical School with a M.D. 1998
Internal medicine internship and residency at Mercy Hospital San Diego, CA completed 2001
Chief Resident for the Mercy Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program 2002
General and Preventative Cardiology fellowship at Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA completed 2005
Cardiology partner at Sharp Rees Stealy, San Diego 2005-present
Founder and lead physician Boundless Health 2015-present
Board certified in:
Adult cardiovascular diseases
Cardiac computed tomography
Level 2 fitness and medical provider by Titleist Performance Institute
Bret Scher, MD
Peter Ballerstedt, PhD
Peter Ballerstedt (aka The Sodfather) received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1981 and Master of Science in 1983, both from the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1986, specializing in forage management and utilization, minoring in ruminant nutrition. He was the forage extension specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 to 1992.
He currently works for Barenbrug USA, a grass seed company. His study of human nutrition is fueled by his personal experience. He is an advocate for ruminant animal agriculture and its products, speaking to audiences in several countries about the role of ruminants in humanity’s past, present and future. He strives to build bridges between his agricultural tribe and his low-carb/keto/carnivore tribes. Peter blogs and posts to facebook at “Grass Based Health” and on Twitter and Instagram at @GrassBased. Peter and Nancy live in western Oregon with their two dogs Conor and Noni.
Peter Ballerstedt, PhD
Gurpreet Singh Padda, MD, MBA
Dr. Padda is a Medical Physician, Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Addiction and Interventional Pain. For over 20 years he has practiced in the Urban Core, helping his patients regain their metabolic health.
Pain is the final pathway, the body screaming that something has gone terribly wrong. Dr. Padda treats clinically patients at the intersection of the pain epidemic, opioid epidemic, and the diabetes epidemic. They are all inter-related pathologies, the clinical manifestations of systemic metainflammation.
I spend most of my clinical hours dealing with chronic degenerative diseases that are primarily driven by Metabolic Syndrome leading to Metainflammation. Metabolic Syndrome is a form of malnutrition, a malnutrition of excessive energy consumption and toxicity from:
Synthetic Vegetable Oil consumption
This malnutrition of excess is aggravated by leaky gut from plant based chemical defenses.
The Standard American Diet has become calorically dense, but diluted of protein, minerals, and micronutrients.
Unfortunately, Governmental policy combined with the profit motives of Big-Food and Big-Pharma encourages the consumption of manufactured foods, which may be non-nutritive and promote chronic systemic diseases. This disparity of synthesized food (which contains low nutritional value but high caloric load) leads to caloric over consumption, energy toxicity and eventual diabesity.
Addiction behavior is manipulated by dopaminergic modulation by food manufacturers and gamification of passive activities, in the context of individual loneliness. Social media “connectedness” has created a false paradigm of human interaction, leaving individuals in silos of anonymous and self-destructive behavior.
Humans are complex adaptive systems, and systematic failure is rarely a single cause phenomenon. Our historical disease models of single cause pathology are inadequate for this new synthesized Universe.
Gurpreet Padda, MD, MBA
Ariel Ortiz, MD
Ariel Ortiz, MD
Eric Westman, MD, MHS
Dr. Eric C. Westman is an associate professor of medicine at Duke University Health System and director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. He combines clinical research and clinical care to deliver lifestyle treatments for obesity, diabetes, and tobacco dependence. He is an internationally known researcher specializing in low-carbohydrate nutrition.
Dr. Westman is currently the vice president of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and a fellow of the Obesity Society and the Society of General Internal Medicine and
Past President of the Obesity Medicine Association and a Fellow. In 2010, He was named the Obesity Medicine Association’s “Bariatrician of the Year'' for his work in advancing the field of obesity medicine as well as the Society.
He is also a recipient of the Society’s Steelman-Seim Educator Award for advancing the cause of health care through education and teaching. He graduated from Stanford University (A.B.), University of Wisconsin (M.D.), University of Kentucky and Duke University (M.H.S.) is board certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine and has a Master’s Degree in clinical research, with over 90 peer-reviewed publications to his name. Including this study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, entitled "A Low-Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet versus a Low-Fat Diet To Treat Obesity and Hyperlipidemia."
He has dedicated his life to helping people with various medical conditions such as Type 1 & Type 2 Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity, Hypertension, and many others through diet and lifestyle choices. He believes that using standard medical protocols often treat the symptom and not the cause. He has spent the past 20+ years doing clinical research and providing care to his patients, with an extremely high success rate, through theoretical and practical experience.
Over 170 million Americans suffer from obesity, pre-diabetes, and type 2 diabetes. Yet, the clinical research he has conducted at Duke University shows that this American Medical Association-recognized disease can be put into remission – without medications – through a low carbohydrate ketogenic diet alone.
Dr Westman’s experience is vast, and the results have been astounding… 26,000 pounds lost, 98% of patients affected by Type 2 Diabetes off insulin, 4,000 patients, 28,000 clinical visits
Dr. Westman has co-authored the books Cholesterol Clarity, Keto Clarity and The New Atkins For A New You.
Dr. Westman has told the story a few times at our previous events, about how he ended up writing a letter to Robert Atkins, which led to a meeting at Atkins' clinic. The meeting in turn led Dr Westman to convey that he was a little confused about the low carb diet, and he challenged Dr Atkins a bit, saying he was not convinced. That in turn led Dr Atkins to challenge him back to find the flaws and prove that it did not work. But as Dr Westman admits, he could not, and he only proved to himself the profound benefits of therapeutic carbohydrate reduction! He later co-authored a study, which led to another, larger study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, entitled "A Low-Carbohydrate, Ketogenic Diet versus a Low-Fat Diet To Treat Obesity and Hyperlipidemia."
Eric Westman, MD, MHS
Tony Hampton MD
Steven Tucker, MD, FACP, FAMS
Dr. Tucker is a medical oncologist and internist obsessed with both cancer prevention and treatment. A medical innovator and early adopter, he has been offering nutritional and metabolic support for cancer patients and their families for more than 25 years. At Tucker Medical, his team utilizes practical, culturally-appropriate, and individualized low-carb and ketogenic interventions as well as novel intermittent fasting protocols during chemotherapy that reduce medication toxicity and enhance therapeutic benefit.
A self-proclaimed “data-geek,” Dr. Tucker also encourages the use of self-tracking, wearable tech, and especially continuous glucose monitors for his patients. Tucker Medical is a leader in personalized medicine offering genomic tools to patients at every touchpoint across the cancer care continuum; from personal genetic susceptibility testing in patients and families to pharmacogenomics to identify gene-drug interactions through advanced tumor DNA/RNA sequencing for immunotherapy and targeted therapy.
Dr. Tucker is also Chief Medical Officer at CXA Group, a health-tech start-up, where he advises on strategies and tools for the prevention of chronic disease. His prior experience includes roles in population health such as Strategic Advisor for Oncology & Genomics at MetLife Asia, and he was the founding Global Health Advisor at Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel). Dr. Tucker also founded Flip Health, a population health management service applying data science and design thinking to reduce the risk of breast cancer relapse.
Unlike most physicians, Dr. Tucker incorporated education in nutrition and metabolism during medical school. As the recipient of Pew Foundation Fellowship, he was a Guest Investigator at Rockefeller University and studied gut-brain interactions in hunger and satiety along with clinical nutrition. Dr. Tucker went on to train in Internal Medicine, Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences. While at UCLA he studied molecular biology in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Sawyers and joined the UCLA faculty as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in 1999. In 2006 he moved to Singapore to develop a global oncology clinical trials program and has made Singapore his permanent home.
Dr. Tucker is a Fellow of both the Singapore Academy of Medicine and the American College of Physicians and an Officer of the Chapter of Medical Oncologists, Academy of Medicine Singapore. He is the recipient of an ASCO Merit Award, an NIH Commendation, and the UCLA ‘STAR’ Program Award.
Dr. Tucker currently teaches Healthcare Innovation at the Singapore – MIT Alliance for Research & Technology (SMART). As a health futurist, he frequently speaks about the need for more empathetic and creative health providers who can work effortlessly with advancing technology. Outside of his clinical practice, he is a professional speaker, strategist, and consultant advising start-ups, multinational corporations, and governments on the integration of new technologies in health and medicine.
About Tucker Medical Singapore
Tucker Medical is a Singapore-based multi-specialty practice that provides both general primary care and sub-specialty medicine. Founded in 2011, Tucker Medical offers integrated care in Medical Oncology, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Family Medicine, Women’s Health, Nutrition, and Mental Health Services in Singapore and to patients across South East Asia. The doctors at Tucker Medical offer a personalized approach to the treatment and prevention of chronic disease, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Tucker Medical is the leader in low carb and ketogenic thinking in Singapore and Southeast Asia. Our multi-disciplinary team emphasizes a safe and conventional approach to nutrition through ketogenic and low-carb meal plans, as well as various fasting protocols, all supported by a dedicated team of professionals.
Steven Tucker, MD, FACP, FAMS
Antonio C. Martinez II
Antonio C. Martinez II is a native New Yorker, and the son of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Brooklyn Law School. He attended the United States Capitol Page School and is a graduate of New York Military Academy.
Antonio C. Martinez II
Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO
Dr. Nasha Winters is a sought-after luminary and a global healthcare authority in integrative cancer research and consults with physicians around the world. She bridges ancient therapies with advancements in modern medicine in the digital era. Dr. Nasha consults with some of the most prestigious cancer centers in the US on projects such as developing the clinical protocol for the current FDA-approved clinical trial using intravenous application of Viscum Album Extract (mistletoe) to treat advanced cancer, hyperthermia, cannabis, ketogenic diet, IV Vitamin C and more. She has educated approximately 250 professionals in the clinical use of mistletoe and has created robust educational programs for both healthcare institutions and the public on incorporating vetted integrative therapies in cancer care to enhance outcomes.
Dr. Nasha is bestselling co-author of “The Metabolic Approach to Cancer” which has received many accolades. She is also completing a 2nd forthcoming book on therapeutic diets for cancer with her co-author Jess Higgins Kelley, MNT and is a contributor and curator of a book on mistletoe highlighting clinical applications around the world. In addition to her publications, Dr. Nasha is an engaging speaker bringing passion, heart, and soul to her audience. She has a variety of interviews and podcasts available on her website, www.drnasha.com.
A personal journey with cancer, overseeing care of tens of thousands of patients worldwide, training practitioners in her methodology, presenting at medical conferences globally, and sharing her wisdom and wit with dozens of podcasters underscores her passion and purpose to be a beacon of hope for thousands. Dr. Nasha is on a mission to educate and empower the nearly fifty percent of the population expected to have cancer in their lifetime. Prevention is the only cure.
Nasha Winters, ND, FABNO
Vincent (Ben) Bocchicchio, PhD
Dr. Ben has been at the forefront of health and wellness for nearly 50 years. As a clinician in the fields of fitness and health he has initiated and promoted behavioral interventions that have proven to be effective in the treatment and management of the degenerative diseases that plague our public health.
Dr. Ben’s philosophy states that on the continuum of illness to wellness, our collective health plans should attempt to drive the needle towards wellness and away from illness through scientifically sound and safe applications of behavioural endeavors.
Dr. Ben has applied his extensive, recognized background and experience in diet and exercise as the basis of his intervention protocol. Initially (1974), he introduced slow resistance training to the exercise world in a successful attempt to provide safe, high intensity exercise to all populations.
He was the first practitioner to include resistance training to phase II cardiac rehabilitation in 1982. It is now accepted, standard protocol. He pioneered high intensity exercise for high endurance athletes in the mid 1980’s. Lastly, he introduced high intensity exercise for weight loss and management programs including the Opti Fast protocol used by the first popular bariatric physicians (Opti Fit).
Furthermore, Dr. Ben has exposed the paucity of legitimate science supporting conventional medical and governmental practices in treating and managing the aforementioned health dilemmas. He contends that a singularly pharmaceutical oriented solution as currently applied has failed individually and on an international basis.
Dr. Ben provides a simple history of the escalation of degenerative diseases (diabetes, obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer etc.) that correlates, at an inordinate level, with behavioral changes in physical activity and dietary preferences.
Lastly, Dr. Ben offers a simple, sound and scientifically based plan that incorporates a universally applicable system that directly addresses the alarming, current state of public health. Topics included are: Diet, exercise, disease treatment and management options and cost analyses of these.
Dr. Ben Bocchicchio has published more than 200 articles and study reports in the fields of Fitness, Health and Exercise. His work includes his acclaimed book “15 Minutes to Fitness” and the sale of more than 300,000 SMaRT DVD’s in 31 countries. He is continuing work as an investigator and consultant to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, ASU and a number of academic and corporate health institutions.
Kellie Logsdon is the founder and creator of The Kellie Kitchen, an online food blog. Kellie develops and
shares recipes and her expertise for a Low Carb Diet and Ketogenic Lifestyle through her own journey
to health. After years of her own gut issues, yo-yo dieting and ill overall health Kellie went on to earn a
Certification in Holistic Health and Nutrition. With trial and error, lots of cooking and intense research
Kellie came upon the diet that changed her life forever-The Ketogenic and Intermittent Fasting Lifestyle
Diet. Kellie finally figured out that weight loss and overall health are best managed with real food and
Kellie shares simple strategies to overall health (that no one was talking about when she was growing
up) are found in the kinds of foods we eat AND when we eat them. Kellie learned and perfected Low
Carb lifestyle techniques and recipes using whole foods and clean products that brought her to her best
health. Kellie is on a tireless journey to create and share amazing Low Carb and Keto friendly foods and
tips with you. The Kellie Kitchen is a place where you will learn to eat real foods that can help you feel
better, lose weight, clear your brain and give you more energy.
Jeff Kotterman,founder of the TriSystem Health Network, is the Director of the National Association of Sports Nutrition and the first NASN Licensed Master Sports Nutritionist in San Diego, CA. He specializes in breaking health, performance and fitness plateaus through exercise and nutrition. He graduated from the College of New Jersey in Trenton with a degree in both health and physical education and obtained his professional certifications through several different organizations including AFAA, ACE, the NAFC and the NASN. Jeff holds every certification the NASN has to offer, including their licensing instructor certificate. Jeff currently trains and mentors health and fitness professionals all over the world to first get an NASN certification and then to pay it forward to others through their individual practices.
Jeff is a consultant to several major fitness companies and gives support to more effective nutrition and exercise programs for products mass marketed today. He has been the expert consultant for popular fitness programs currently featured in specialty supplement stores and major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target, infomercials and direct marketing products like MET-Rx 180. Jeff’s latest endeavor is in the growth and development of the TriSystem Health Network. The medical and health communities have got it wrong. The solution to contemporary health issues, disease treatment and prevention is not primarily prescription drugs and invasive procedures. It is specific, science based nutrition, exercise and nutritive supplementation programs that are personal and individually determined. The TriSystem Health Network has been personally introduced through short talks and seminars he and his team have given.
An engaging and accomplished speaker, Jeff has been interviewed by ABC, CBS, NBC, San Diego’s KPBS and the BBC news. He has been quoted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and several other respected periodicals. Jeff is a family man, spending most of his leisure time with his wife Tina and their two children. Jeff also has a passion for research and the implementation of specific nutrition and exercise strategies that fight heart disease, cancer and diabetes, the leading causes of death in America. Jeff has been coaching and mentoring as a unique sports nutritionist in San Diego, California since 1996.
To schedule Jeff for a speaking engagement or event, email [email protected]TriSystemEDGE.com or call 888-538-2348 and press 4.
Keto-Mojo founder Dorian Greenow established the world’s first independently owned blood ketone-testing company and is the mojo behind Keto-Mojo.
In 1996, Dorian Greenow left his hometown in southern England for New York City. He had nothing more than a pack on his back and $750 in his pocket. But, once there, he met his future wife and business partner, Gemma, who introduced him to the world of food and wine, and he secured a busboy position at a catering company, which he promptly evolved into a general manager role, overseeing everything from large-scale events for 6,000 to intimate dinners for presidents and princes.
After several formative years mastering the nuances of conducting business in United States, Dorian set his sights on the unknown once again. He bought a motorcycle and rode it from New York to California with no clear job prospects in site. Thousands of miles later, he and Gemma settled in Napa Valley, where Dorian became director of hospitality for the luxury-brand winery, Pine Ridge. Life was good.
But over the years, what Dorian describes as “American disease” set in. His weight ballooned to 207 pounds, he was on antidepressants and found himself able to balance a beer bottle on his extended belly. He’d lost his mojo and decided to get it back through optimal wellness.
Extensive research led Dorian and Gemma to the ketogenic diet. The science made sense.
Within six months, Dorian had measurable success; he came off all his medications, dropped 47 pounds and he was able to deftly slip back into his younger, healthier self. He had his mojo back. Ketogenic living changed Dorian’s life, and he wanted to give back the best way he knew how—by making the lifestyle accessible to everyone.
But paying it forward wasn’t so easy. At $4 per blood ketone-testing strip and the need for multiple tests per day, monitoring ketones was expensive. Additionally, the meters and test strips were produced by a few big players in the biotech industry; limited competition meant prices would remain too high for millions of people who could reap their health benefits. So, Dorian decided to yet again cut his own path by disrupting the industry with his own line of affordable blood ketone-testing products.
He drew up a list of more than 100 manufacturers, cross-matched their technologies to federal regulations, and set out to find a manufacturing partner. After countless doors were shut in his face, he found just the right company and created an FDA-approved meter with a lifetime warranty, higher accuracy than others on the market, and $1 testing strips.
Bypassing traditional sales models, Dorian took his superior offerings direct to online consumers, starting with the passionate keto community, who instantly embraced Keto-Mojo. Within weeks, he was selling more than 10,000 units per month.
Gloriana (Loly) Trujillo
Loly is the owner of LolyFit LLC, is a Keto Coach Specialized in Keto Adaptation for Athletes. Based in NYC where she works with her clients as a Fitness Coach, and who also has an online platform to work with athletes around the world in their Keto Adaptation process. Gloriana's mission is to create awareness about healthy athleticism through Low Carb and Keto Diet in the Latin community.
Gloriana (Loly) Trujillo
Gaby has a Bachelors in Education and is a Certified Nutritionist Specialist. She is based in San Jose, CA where she coaches her clients by improving their relationship with the original diet based on essential nutrients and intermittent fasting.
Jayne Bullen is the Managing Director of the Nutrition Network and COO of the Noakes Foundation, who believes research in healthcare needs better funding and strong minds. She established Eat Better South Africa alongside inspiring colleagues and Prof Tim Noakes and believes in collaboration. After realizing the dichotomy between brand research budgets and human health research, she decided to leave the corporate research world and took the leap into medical and biological research to bring her experience in big biz research into new areas to affect change to human health.
Jayne is an MBA, High Dip in Marketing and International Relations, graduate. She completed her MBA at Leeds University where she wrote her thesis on the regulation of marketing to children in the food and fast food categories, later conducting Pan European media research and strategy evaluation.
Sarah Alves has a B.S. in Health Education and Human Behavior. She is a certified health coach through Wellcoaches. Sarah has been a health coach for 5 years and is passionate about helping her clients establish healthy habits that are enjoyable and sustainable.
Steve Hanley is Founder and CEO of Nutrishus Brands Inc., a company dedicated to developing and delivering healthy, low/no glycemic impact food and beverage products .
The Company’s flagship products are RxSugar®, the World’s Best Tasting, Healthiest Natural Sugar & Syrup (www.RxSugar.com).
Scientific studies, medical research, nutritional analysis and consumer sentiment have all demonstrated and categorically concluded that traditional cane sugar, included in 80% of all food/beverage choices, is unhealthy and the primary driver of obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and liver disorders.
RxSugar® is Sugar Reimagined®: Delicious – Clean – Nutritious – Functional – and positioned to transition cane sugar’s Kodak Moment into an Extinction Event.
A successful entrepreneur, Steve Hanley has been developing strategies, building new businesses and executing solutions for more than 35 years.
Steve’s career includes senior leadership roles at Hughes Telematics (acquired by Verizon), SAP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting (acquired by IBM).
Steve received his BS degree with honors from Franklin & Marshall College in Accounting.
Cory Jenks PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
Cory Jenks earned his PharmD from the University of South Carolina in 2011 and completed a PGY1 residency at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System in 2012. His past pharmacy experience has included time as a retail pharmacist, outpatient clinical pharmacist, and inpatient clinical pharmacist. Currently, he practices as an Ambulatory Care Clinical Pharmacy Specialist where he applies his passion for lifestyle interventions in the management of chronic disease. Cory is also an accomplished improv comedian, having started on his comedy journey in 2013. Since then, Cory has coached, taught, and performed improv for thousands of people. His passion for improv comedy led him to start ImprovRx, where he provides seminars and workshops for businesses and healthcare organizations on applying the skills of improv comedy for their employees and leaders.