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In this special issue, we dig deep into a single important topic: the ketogenic diet. Often confused with Paleo (which is not inherently low-carb), keto is currently an incredibly popular diet with a couple hundred thousand searches for it through Google each month. Like most trending topics, however, there’s a lot of bad information about keto out there—some of which can be pretty dangerous.

In this issue, we aim to sort real information from Internet sensation so that folks who are interested in a ketogenic diet can decide for themselves whether it’s the best choice for them. We look at the pros and cons of the diet, as well as its potential applications for cancer treatment and prevention, longevity, brain health and cognitive function, women’s health, and athletic performance. Plus, we break down the diet for different lifestyles and genetic makeups to help you determine whether keto is something that may potentially help you reach your goals.

As we’re sure longtime readers of Paleo Magazine already know, diets are extremely individual, and keto is no different. What works for one person may not work for someone else, and vice versa. Let’s not forget that, for every person who has found success with a high-fat/low-carb diet, there’s another who’s thrived with a low-fat/high-carb diet.

However one thing remains true no matter what dietary regimen we decide to follow: We must fully commit. To reap the benefits of any diet—and, more importantly, to avoid injury and illness—one should do diligent research, carefully experiment, and possibly even enlist a professional to make sure the diet is a healthy choice for their particular lifestyle and health. Without taking these steps, it’s very difficult to determine whether a specific diet truly works for us as individuals.

Our hope is that this issue will be a good first step for you in that research. The information in these pages provides a wide range of information on keto—the good stuff and the not-so-good stuff—that should help you determine whether it’s something that appeals to you and is ideal for your goals and current health, and whether you may want to seek out a professional to help you navigate it.

Contributors to this special issue include –

Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, is the author of the books Eat Dirt, Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine, and the upcoming Keto Diet: Your 30-Day Plan to Lose Weight, Balance Hormones and Reserve Disease (February 2019), he also operates the number one natural health website in the world at DrAxe.com. He’s a co-founder of Ancient Nutrition, a health company where the mission is to restore health, strength, and vitality by providing history’s healthiest whole food nutrients to the modern world.

Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, (aka The Paleo Mom) is the blogger behind the award-winning blog ThePaleoMom.com, cohost of the top-rated and syndicated The Paleo View podcast, and New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Approach, The Paleo Approach Cookbook, and The Healing Kitchen.

Will Cole, IFMCP, DC, leading functional-medicine expert, and author of Ketotarian, consults with people around the world via webcam at DrWillcole.com as well as locally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He specializes in clinical investigation of the underlying factors of chronic disease and customization of health programs for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal dysfunction, digestive disorders, and brain problems.

Dominic D’Agostino is an associate professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida and a research scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. His laboratory develops and tests metabolic-based strategies for neurological disorders, cancer, and for enhancing safety and resilience of military personnel in extreme environments.

Andrew Koutnik is a researcher and presidential fellow at USF Morsani College of Medicine studying the metabolic effects of nutrition and nutrition metabolites on health, disease, and performance.

Karina Noboa, BS, is a research assistant at both the Molecular Pharmacology department as well as the Sport and Exercise Science department at USF. She is a health and fitness enthusiast who aims to educate people on how to increase their healthspan through nutrition and exercise.

Joseph Mercola is a physician and New York Times bestselling author. He was voted the “Ultimate Wellness Game Changer” by the Huffington Post and has been featured in several national media outlets, including Time magazine, the LA Times, CNN, Fox News, ABC News, the Today Show, and The Dr. Oz Show. His mission is to transform the traditional medical paradigm in the U.S. into one in which the root cause of disease is treated, rather than the symptoms. His website, Mercola.com, is one of the most visited natural health websites in the world.

Zach Moore is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with a master’s degree from Indiana University. He works as the head of strength and conditioning for Nourish Balance Thrive, and also as a health and strength coach for Ketogains and Precision Nutrition.

Mike Mutzel has an undergraduate degree in Biology from Western Washington University and a master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from University of Bridgeport and has completed his graduate studies in the Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice program and all Advanced Practice Modules through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Mike lives in Kirkland, WA with his wife, daughter, dogs, and chickens.

Angela Poff, PhD, is a research associate at the University of South Florida, where her research focuses on the development and characterization of metabolic-based, nontoxic therapies for cancer and neurological disorders. She is also co-founder of Metabolic Health Summit, a scientific conference on ketogenic and metabolic research for health and disease.

Megan Roberts received her BS in Exercise Biology and MSc in Nutritional Biology from UC Davis, where her research focused on the effects of low-carbohydrate and ketogenic diets on longevity and healthspan in mice. She works as the scientific director for Nourish Balance Thrive.

Mark Sisson is the author of a #1 best-selling health book on Amazon.com, The Primal Blueprint, as well as the top-rated health and fitness blog MarksDailyApple.com. He is also the founder of Primal Nutrition, Inc., a company devoted to health education and designing state-of-the-art supplements that address the challenges of living in the modern world.

Kristi Storoschuk, BS, is a health and wellness enthusiast with a passion for communicating the science behind how we can optimize our health through diet and lifestyle.  

Brianna Stubbs, PhD, is the research lead at HVMN, Inc. She has been involved in ketone research since 2011. While carrying out her research, she was a Team GB athlete, winning the Rowing World Championships twice. At HVMN she is overseeing further research into ketone supplementation for physical and cognitive performance.

Leanne Vogel is the international best-selling author of The Keto Diet (KetoDietBook.com), founder of Happy Keto Body (HappyKetoBody.com), host of the Keto Diet Podcast (KetoDietPodcast.com), and the nutritionist behind the site HealthfulPursuit.com

Robb Wolf is a former research biochemist and the two-time New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Solution and Wired To Eat. Robb has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world via his top-ranked iTunes podcast, books, and seminars. Robb holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and is a former California State Powerlifting Champion and a 6-0 amateur kickboxer.

Tommy Wood, MD, PhD, is the chief scientific officer of Nourish Balance Thrive, research assistant professor at the University of Washington, and president of the Physicians for Ancestral Health society.

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Cassie Kremer

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Link to issue article references

https://paleom.ag/ketoreferences