The Keto Diet can be Dangerous if You Have This Gene

The Keto Diet can be Dangerous if You Have This Gene

What is a Keto Diet?

What is a Keto Diet?

In the world of weight-loss diets, high-protein and low-carb have ruled for a decade. South Beach, Paleo, and Atkins diets are often considered “ketogenic” or “keto” diets.

True keto diets differ from the most popular high-protein diets because a keto diet is based on fat instead of protein. Fat supplies up to 90% of the calories in a “true” keto diet.

How Does It Work?

A keto diet is designed to force your body into burning a fuel that the liver produces from stored fat instead of using the normal sugars it derives from carbs.

This fuel from your liver is called “ketone bodies.”

To force your body to use this fuel, you must eat fewer than 50 grams of carbs per DAY. (One slice of bread, for example, contains 15 grams of carbs). After a few days, your body may reach a state of “ketosis,” where it is creating and burning ketone bodies. However, too much protein can also interfere with the process (usually limited to 75 grams per day).

Keto Risks

Recent research suggests that specific genetic markers can make a keto diet unsafe. (Read THE KETO DIET CAN BE DANGEROUS IF YOU HAVE THIS GENE)

A typical person on a keto diet will eat 170 grams of fat, 50 grams of carbs, and 75 grams of protein. And yes, that is a LOT of fat! Your fruits are restricted to a few berries, and your vegetables are very limited.

This can lead to heart disease risks and nutritional deficiencies. Other potential problems are stress on your liver and kidneys, constipation, and brain fog from the low-carb diet.

Keto Cookies
Keto Cookies

The Upside to Keto Foods

I send many of my patients to a local keto bakery. This is not because I want them to go on a keto diet, but because I want them to stop eating sugar.

Keto cookies, cakes, and sweet rolls have almost NO sugar OR carbs! It’s like a miracle! Not everyone likes them, but most people can find some great substitutes to be able to eat a cookie when they want to without messing up their immune system.  (See “Sugar and Your Immune System)

Trouble with diets
Trouble with diets

The Problem with Keto (And Other Weight-Loss Diets)

Everyone’s body is different. A diet that works for someone else may fail for you, or even damage your health.

Many patients who come to me for weight loss don’t need a diet. Their weight is coming from hormones, digestive problems, or allergies.

My Advice:

Stop trying to lose weight or improve your health based on trial and error. Stop reading about some “great, new thing” on the internet and thinking, “Hey, I should try this out and see if it works!”

Honestly, what are the chances that any given product or diet would work on your particular body? Also, what does “work” mean? If you lose 10 pounds and then gain it back but now will have much more difficulty losing weight in the future, was this a “success?”

HRV Heart Rate Variability Test
HRV Heart Rate Variability Test

Printout from Heart Rate Variability Testing, shows nervous system function

Testing, An (Apparently) New Idea

I can’t think of any single food, supplement, or treatment that would be appropriate for every patient I’ve had in the past year except for maybe clean water.  Every person is unique in many ways and needs different solutions.

You might ask, “But, how can you tell specifically what I should do?”

In health care today, the concept of TESTING is almost foreign. Most treatments, supplements, and drugs are recommended on a “try it and see if it works” basis.

But if you could accurately test someone to determine what foods, supplements, diets, and treatments would be effective and safe for them—why would anyone make any decisions without testing first?

My Universal Answer

I always have the same answer when asked about diets, supplements, or treatments:

“Why don’t you come in and let me test you to find out?”

After all, the only other option would be to GUESS.

So:

Why don’t you come in and let me test you?
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The Gene That Makes the Ketogenic Diet Dangerous

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., DACBN, MS, CFMP

With all the craze about the ketogenic diet it would behoove one to know if they are a candidate for this type of diet.

Keto Diet

First for those not familiar with the ketogenic diet here is a short summary:

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used mainly to treat hard-to-control epilepsy in children. Here are 8 additional benefits:

  1. Triglycerides Tend to Drop Drastically
  2. Increased Levels of ‘Good’ HDL Cholesterol
  3. Reduced Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels
  4. May Lower Blood Pressure
  5. Effective Against Metabolic Syndrome
  6. A Greater Proportion of Fat Loss Comes From Your Abdominal Cavity
  7. Improved ‘Bad’ LDL Cholesterol Levels
  8. Therapeutic for Several Brain Disorders (Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease)

Now with all of these benefits the scientific literature has investigated if indeed this type of diet is beneficial for all people.

GeneticsWell it may ultimately come down to your genes. Most specifically, your APOE genotype.

The three different types of APOE genes are as follows:

APOE2 – Best suited to a High Fat / Low Carb Diet (saturated fats are good)
APOE3 – Suitable For Both
APOE4 – Best Suited For A High Monounsaturated Fat / Low Carb Diet (Avoid Saturated Fats)

Research studies have shown that APOE4 carriers are most effected by high cholesterol, and benefit more from a low saturated fat diet, instead using monounsaturated fats,  low carb diet, whereas APOE 2 carriers suit a high fat low carb diet, regardless of the saturated fats.

So what should you do?

Ask your doctor to order the APOE genotype blood test and see if you are in fact a carrier of the APOE4 gene.

If you are a carrier of the APOE4 gene, I recommend decreasing your consumption of saturated fats and focus more on monounsaturated fats.

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A Natural Way Out of Menopause?

A Natural Way Out of Menopause?

A Way Out of Menopause?

My sister-in-law was at my house a week ago and complained, “I just hate getting old” (she’s 53). She was discouraged that she couldn’t remember words and felt mentally sluggish.

I explained to her that this was a common symptom of menopause due to low estrogen levels. At first, she was excited by this information—something could be done about it! But then she realized she couldn’t take any estrogen with her breast cancer history.

Toxic Soup

The Toxic Soup

She’s not alone in wanting to avoid the use of hormones or drugs to treat menopause symptoms. A visit to your OBGYN with typical menopause symptoms can result in prescriptions for any or all of the following:

  • Hormone Therapy: Estrogen is what works, but it can be a risk. So your doctor will probably prescribe the lowest dose over the shortest time. Many women are not interested in the risk and will pass on this.
  • Vaginal Estrogen: Same story as hormone therapy.
  • Low-dose Antidepressants: These SSRI drugs are prescribed for hot flashes and “mood disorders” caused by hormone imbalances. All of these drugs have side effects, and many are addictive.
  • Gabapentin: A seizure drug repurposed as a treatment for night sweats.
  • Clonidine: High blood pressure med repurposed as a treatment for hot flashes.
  • Osteoporosis drugs: The most popular drugs build “bone density” by inhibiting the destruction of old or dead bone cells. This increases bone density but without increasing bone strength.

Surely there must be another, better way.

Angry Woman
Angry Woman

Why Hormones Go Whacky

Your hormones are a communication system in your body. Like bulk mail, trillions of molecules of your hormones plug themselves into “mailboxes” on your cells. Your cells then read the mail and know what your brain wants them to do.

Hormones are very specialized chemicals. Sadly, in our high-tech society, we use similar chemicals for pesticides, insecticides, drugs, plastics, etc. The molecules of these toxic chemicals in our environment are so identical to your hormone molecules that your body can’t tell the difference.

These toxic molecules interfere with your natural hormones, creating stress that has been linked to hundreds of chronic diseases.

These toxins are called ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS. Here is a link to the EPA’s Endocrine Disruption webpage.

My experience has been that these toxins are a significant factor in menopause symptoms.

An Effective, Non-Drug, Non-Hormone Solution

There are many imbalances that create menopause symptoms. Each woman’s answer is different. I do a great job of finding your problems and rebalancing your body so you feel great—even in menopause.

One of the techniques I use to help women with hormone problems is an acupressure treatment called “Systems Balancing Technique,” or SBT. I have been using this technique since 2001 and have helped thousands of women to improve hormone imbalances related to sex hormones, adrenals, thyroid, and many more problems.

How SBT Works

In 1. below, a natural hormone (letter) can’t get to the cell’s mailbox because it’s being blocked by a toxic chemical (ED stands for “Endocrine Disruptor,” a toxic chemical that mimics a hormone and fools the body).

SBT treatments bring the body’s attention to the ED molecule with the intention that the body will realize this isn’t a natural hormone and eject it from the mailbox.

In 2. below, the hormone letter can plug into the receptor site freed from being blocked by the ED.

ED Blocks Receptor

Neither I nor anyone else can know what is happening inside the body on a molecular level. The explanation above is my “working theory” of how SBT works, but I have no way to know for sure.

However, the results I have obtained with this technique speak for themselves!

 

A Plan to Balance Your Hormones

If you’d like to find out if a non-drug, non-hormone solution could work for you, here are two possible actions for you to take:

Neither I nor anyone else can know what is happening inside the body on a molecular level. The explanation above is my “working theory” of how SBT works, but I have no way to know for sure.

However, the results I have obtained with this technique speak for themselves!

A Plan to Balance Your Hormones

If you’d like to find out if a non-drug, non-hormone solution could work for you, here are two possible actions for you to take:

PLAN-Visit

PLAN A: Take these four simple steps

Begin a treatment program specifically for you to handle your health problems.
Fill Out Questionnaire

PLAN B: Fill out an online questionnaire

Submit your Questionnaire, and you’ll receive a complimentary consultation to get more information and your individual health questions answered.

Do You Have a Stubborn Health Problem?

I may be able to help you.

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Dr. Melodie Billiot

Would you please take five minutes to fill out a health assessment survey and send it to me? I’ll review your information, then have my assistant call you for any additional information. Then, I’ll let you know if your case might be a good fit for my clinic. This assessment is complimentary, with no strings attached. Either I can help you–or point you in the right direction to get help.

Don’t give up! You can recover your health if you persist.

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Are You Healthy? A Conclusive Answer

Are You Healthy? A Conclusive Answer

Are You Healthy? A Conclusive Answer

It’s commonly thought that poor health means a diagnosed disease or chronic symptoms.

This short quiz reveals a different way of looking at your health.

 

Health Quiz:

  • Do you often think about your health and have some concerns about staying healthy?
  • Do you wake in the night and worry about your health?
  • Do you often think about what could go wrong or might be wrong with your health and how you might have to cope with it?
  • Do you feel as if you have a shortage of physical or mental energy to accomplish what you need to get done? Do you sometimes avoid or stop an activity because you don’t have enough energy?
  • Are you ever frustrated with your body and your health? Do you feel upset over digestive problems, joint pain, weight, lack of energy, hormone imbalances, etc.?
  • Are you concerned about your mental condition: anxiety, depression, concentration, or frustration because you can’t think of words?
  • Are you ever self-conscious or embarrassed about your body? This could be your appearance, or embarrassing problems such as burping, passing gas, or bad breath?
  • Are you fearful about going to your doctor for a checkup or blood work because of what he or she might find?
Healthy definition

 

New Definitions for Healthy and Unhealthy

Here is a new definition of health: Health is having your attention and focus on your life, with minimal attention on your body.

Here is a new definition of unhealthy: Poor health is when your attention is stuck on your body when that attention should be on your life.

You can feel fine, have great energy, have no diagnosed illness, and have normal lab tests. But if you are concerned and worried about your body, you aren’t truly healthy.

If you have more available attention for any activity, your chances of success with that activity go way up. More attention on your marriage, children, profession, hobbies, or that brand-new idea or project you just have never gotten around to (but you would if you had more attention available!).

Your Most Important Tool

Your body is the main tool that you use to live your life. Like any good tool, it should work in a way that doesn’t call attention to itself and just lets you get the job done. A hammer or shovel that hurts your hands isn’t a good tool. A body that hurts to walk is the same: a poor tool. A body that can’t be trusted not to break down in the future is also a poor tool.

Healthy and Happy

 

How to Regain Your Attention (Your Life!)

Restored and Recovered Health is Possible

Thousands of patients have completely changed their lives with our help.

  • They report thinking more clearly with better memory, concentration and focus. They say this saves them time and money, even making them better parents, spouses, friends and coworkers.
  • Fear and anxiety about their health vanishes. They have new attention and energy to live their lives.
  • Most importantly, renewed health gives a new sense of the future. They no longer feel damaged or limited by their health. They look and feel healthy and vibrant!
  • … And so can you!

Your Plan to Increased Health and Attention

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PLAN A: Take these four simple steps

Begin a treatment program specifically for you to handle your health problems.
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PLAN B: Fill out an online questionnaire

Submit your Questionnaire, and you’ll receive a complimentary consultation to get more information and your individual health questions answered.

Do You Have a Stubborn Health Problem?

I may be able to help you.

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Would you please take five minutes to fill out a health assessment survey and send it to me? I’ll review your information, then have my assistant call you for any additional information. Then, I’ll let you know if your case might be a good fit for my clinic. This assessment is complimentary, with no strings attached. Either I can help you–or point you in the right direction to get help.

Don’t give up! You can recover your health if you persist.

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Anxiety: It’s A No-Brainer

Anxiety: It’s A No-Brainer

Anxiety: It’s A No-Brainer

Chronic anxiety isn’t always caused by a problem with your brain

Anxiety. It can be a horrible, twisting feeling of dread and fear in your stomach. You may be hot or cold, tensed, sweating. It can be debilitatingly severe or just under the surface and slightly coloring everything you do and think.

It’s not anything that you want to experience, ever.

If you’re living day-to-day (and possibly with sleep-deprived nights) with anxiety, you only want it to end. Remember how it feels when, for any reason, the anxiety lightens up a little? It’s such a relief, only to start all over again.

Anxiety can prevent your happiness, but it can also wreck your productivity. It can make you much less effective in all of your endeavors: in your job, your marriage, and as a parent.

The stress from anxiety can create health problems. In particular, digestive problems often are caused or worsened by anxiety. Other symptoms can get worse, from blood pressure to skin conditions.

Brain

The Anxiety Myth

Anxiety is very hard to treat effectively.

People do many months or years of therapy trying to reduce their anxiety. They take drugs. They use breathing exercises, meditation, and yoga. But very few anxiety sufferers ever feel that their problem is “solved.” At best, it’s “under better control.”

An important reason for this is that the cause of chronic (continuing) anxiety has been misidentified. If you treat the wrong cause, it’s a sure bet that you won’t solve the problem.

Your brain doesn’t always cause chronic anxiety. This is the myth.

Sure, the brain can signal your body to have anxious feelings. This is a survival reaction, like a healthy fear reaction from getting too close to the cliff edge.

A good shot of anxiety for a few minutes or hours can be completely normal.

Anxiety becomes a problem when it won’t stop.  When it continues and worsens and interrupts your life, this is often caused by a physical problem with your body.

Chronic anxiety can be caused by digestive problems, hormone problems, and even blood sugar issues.

An End to Your Anxiety

Correctly testing for and identifying the problems causing anxiety may lead to a real solution and an end to the problem.

I understand anxiety so well because I’ve worked with it extensively. In the past 28 years, I have helped over 10,000 patients with chronic health conditions, and more than half of them have complained of anxiety as one of their problems.

 

Your Plan

If you would like to put an end to chronic anxiety, I have two plans for you to follow:
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PLAN A: Take these four simple steps

Begin a treatment program specifically for you to handle your health problems, including anxiety.
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PLAN B: Fill out an online questionnaire

Submit your Questionnaire, and you’ll receive a complimentary consultation to get more information and your individual health questions answered.

Do You Have a Stubborn Health Problem?

I may be able to help you.

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Would you please take five minutes to fill out a health assessment survey and send it to me? I’ll review your information, then have my assistant call you for any additional information. Then, I’ll let you know if your case might be a good fit for my clinic. This assessment is complimentary, with no strings attached. Either I can help you–or point you in the right direction to get help.

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What’s Your Waist to Hip Ratio? Your Health Depends on It

What’s Your Waist to Hip Ratio? Your Health Depends on It

What’s Your Waist to Hip Ratio? Your Health Depends on It

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., DACBN, MS, CFMP

The waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) is a quick measure of fat distribution that may help indicate a person’s overall health.

What does a person’s waist-to-hip ratio say about their health?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), having a WHR of over 1.0 may increase the risk of developing conditions that relate to being overweight, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

This may be the case even if other measures of being overweight, such as body mass index (BMI) are in normal range.

The following chart shows how the WHO classify the risk of being affected by weight related health conditions according to WHR:

WHR Chart

Impact on Health

Research shows people who are “apple-shaped” are at a greater risk of certain health conditions than those who are “pear-shaped” (when the hips are wider than the upper body).

These health conditions include:

Cardiovascular disease: One study found that abdominal obesity increased the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Another study found the WHR predicted cardiovascular disease more effectively than BMI or waist circumference. A third study found that WHR is a better indicator of risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease than waist circumference alone.

Type 2 diabetes: A 2016 study found that an increased waist circumference was linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

Fertility: A 2002 study found that women with a WHR of over 0.80 have a lower pregnancy rate than those with a lower WHR, regardless of their BMI.

A 2006 study with almost 15,000 older people (75 years of age or older), it was concluded that “waist to hip ratio” is more important than how much you weigh. The researchers looked at the relationship between waist to hip ratio and Body Mass Index (BMI – how we measure weight for height) and how many people died over the next 6 years.

As it turned out, WHR is even more accurate than BMI for predicting the risks of cardiovascular disease and premature death. In other words, it was “location, location, location” of fat that was most important – not how much you weigh. 

More studies include related to WHR and Health Issues include:

A 2021 study found that WHR is an accurate tool for predicting hypertension.

A 2015 study showed that increased WHR is a better indicator than BMI for predicting complications in trauma patients.

A 2018 study shared that a high WHR was a significant predictor of death in women with heart failure.

A 2016 study found that a high WHR was associated with hypertension and diabetes.

The Health Benefits of Decreasing WHR

A 2020 study found that decreasing WHR by 5 percent significantly lowered risks of developing chronic kidney disease in people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

So how do you measure your waist to hip ratio? You need a tape measure and a calculator. Here’s how you do it: 

1: Measure your waist at the smallest point – usually at the naval or just above it
2: Measure you hips at the widest, largest part
3: Divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement (Waist Measurement ÷ Hip Measurement)

The idea here is that your waist should be smaller than your hips. If your waist is bigger than your hips, than you may have too much fat concentrated around the middle part of your body – something known as “intra-abdominal obesity”.

The concept is quite simple here in that intra-abdominal fat is bad for your health.

Conclusion

Measuring a person’s WHR is a quick way to get an indication of:

  1. Overall health
  2. Obesity levels
  3. Risk of weight-related health conditions

Compliments from Functional Medicine University

References:

https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/m14-2525
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ejhf.1244
https://bmcgeriatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12877-016-0297-z

Do You Have a Stubborn Health Problem?

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Would you please take five minutes to fill out a health assessment survey and send it to me? I’ll review your information, then have my assistant call you for any additional information. Then, I’ll let you know if your case might be a good fit for my clinic. This assessment is complimentary, with no strings attached. Either I can help you–or point you in the right direction to get help.

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