#MHS2019 Brains & Ketones
#MHS2019 Brains & Ketones
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Hi everybody its dr. Baz and I'm gonna try to talk loud enough that you can hear this I am here at the metabolic health summit here in Los Angeles or just south of Los Angeles California and getting some updates on how we as clinicians can take this information from the world of research and transcend from this amazing set of educators into.
My patients and into the people who watch this channel so I took some notes and I'm just gonna use them as a update and what I learned in these last couple of segments we had some incredible educators that did a great job of saying where is it that the research has taken us in the last couple of years and what did we learn about that so I'm gonna.
Start with dr. EADS who is she's a psychiatrist and she started off the conference saying you know what I have been in the world of educating and taking care of patients that are in college with mental health issues she has an incredible education you know from Harvard and continues to use the same journey that similar to what mine.
Has been which is if we write prescriptions we help a small minority of our patients but when we address what their mental health issues have been using a diet and the profound improvement in their brains so and she talked a lot about how the the people in her world had I'm just gonna go to one of her slides really quickly so I can.
Use that actually the slides are on the phone that I'm recording on doesn't work I I can remember them though so one of the things were how she made the connection that many years ago a we the psychiatry team kind of stole some of the medications from the neurology team that had to do with seizures or epilepsy and those epileptic medications like.
Lamotrigine or depakote seem to do such an amazing job when improving symptoms of bipolar severe depression or schizophrenia again really difficult problems to tackle and when we improve those neurotransmitters those things like serotonin and you're difficult you know working with it the gaba and glutamate kind of brake and the gas.
Pedal for our brains all of those medications would have you could target them with you could target serotonin with one medication you could target dopamine with another medication you could affect that gas pedal and the brake pedal with gaba or with other medications but one of the best parts of a ketogenic diet was how.
Every place we've looked to see does it up regulate their production and their hormones for those different neurotransmitters and amazingly all of them had an improvement so you look at how we can make these 10% difference when compared to placebo when I use things like Prozac Paxil Zola when we go to the anti-seizure drugs they do a much.
Better job but they have a lot more side effects so as physicians were a little more resistant to use things like lamictal or lamotrigine are difficult because they really do affect the longer health of patients but when using a ketogenic diet not only do we have a much bigger separation and how well the patient improved we had some if we.
Didn't just have side effect we have side benefits where they also lost weight their brains continued to get better and they needed the physician less and less as opposed to what happens with many of the medications which they do make an incredible difference to patients but it's short term it's meant to be a.
Bridge till we get you out of the ditch so her talk was really powerful because of so many of the connections that I have had in my practice where if I can get you off of all of your medications then I have done a good job as your doctor as opposed to I know every single one of the neurotransmitters in your brain and I could write you a.
Prescription for each of them too so she's had that same experience as well the other one that was very powerful was dr. and his was actually looking at actually there was trying to member the guy's name first name was Jo and G and then the last name I can't remember it anyway he was he's actually somebody who.
Studies epilepsy in his in the animal studies and using a ketogenic diet for epilepsy but he was able to his his whole presentation was on autism and some of the things that the autistic brain has struggled with and what happens with that brain so even though his history of epilepsy and what they've studied with the ketogenic diet give him.
His wealth of background he was able to touch on some of the improvements that are some of the connections that we see with an autistic designed Mouse and how that autistic behavior improved with the production of ketones or the use of ketones again I have had lots of patients say what do you think is gonna happen.
Could this improve my son my neighbor my friend with autism and it's really one of those difficult places that I don't have the research to understand that I didn't have the ability to even find where they were studying it but here this conference an hour-long lecture actually about 20 minutes on what they know how that improvement in the brain.
Is very valid and some of the incredible studies they've done to look at the brain development and the the symptoms of have even mice give us at least is the first place that we can see sign saying look what we could do with Diana Juan I think the last place but that was very interesting was that the person who spoke first not remember the name off.
The top of my head again my notes are inside the computer that I'm filming on so sorry about that he made that the first speaker of the day was on Alzheimer's and one of the coolest parts that I learned about that and that lecture was when you look at the when you look at the brain on Alzheimer's we've done these brain scans.
These PET scans and we would see the brains getting less and less and less active and dr. pomatter who was actually in the speaker's panel pointed this out and I made the connection as well doing that lecture he said did you notice that when this man was giving the lecture he talked about something that we really wanted to be able to prove with science.
Which is are the cells dead when a person has Alzheimer's it looks like they take up less glucose these scans are less active and wonder is the brain cell dead and one of the studies that was done and presented today was we know that it is not it does have this incredible potential to use a ketone when that Alzheimer's brain has been.
Damaged and those plaques are present that we have huge hopes that you could prevent Alzheimer's if you could keep the brain from ever getting this buildup of plaques but when you have such a large population in our country and across the globe who are destined to get Alzheimer's at this stage could can you can you see what it does in their brains.
The long long story short what we were able to see is as their brains aged their ability to use glucose got smaller and less efficient but their ability to use a ketone for brain fuel was profoundly expanded even when they were diseased even when they had the cognitive impairment or even extreme cases of Alzheimer's you can see the.
Improved function in their brains by using a ketone and you know it's really difficult when somebody's not memories not working and their brains aren't working right you say can I stress out their lives even worse by taking away carbs and having them to go through the keto flu and really having them give back you know take away some of the.
Things that giving them pleasure like carbs and the answer is yes because we have true hope that in somebody with Alzheimer's you could find their brains awaken and you could expand that flexibility in their brain to use a ketone and what that does symptomatically it could be the return of their life which we've seen nursing.
Homes fill up in my community and in yours with people's whose brains are stuck they can't use glucose and because of that the word Alzheimer's is on their chart anyway is this really a hopeful moment for us as I take care of lots of patients with troubles with their brains and whether they came in from brain trauma whether.
It came from seizures whether it came from Parkinson's or whether it came from drug addiction all of these chronic illnesses have a litany of what of medications I could prescribe for them but where we start first in my clinic and in my practice is they pee a ketone produce a ketone for the first six weeks and then we see where you're at so keep.
Following me on Instagram I keep trying to post the slides that make a difference so and if you've got anybody who has a brain illness and says I wonder if that ketogenic diet has any good evidence in the in the world of literature today sometime this little video and say there is hope please there is hope.
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