Low Carb MD Podcast
Dr. Brian Lenzkes & Dr. Tro

Low Carb MD is a patient-centered podcast focusing on weight loss, wellness and preventative medicine. The co-hosts, Dr. Brian Lenzkes, Dr. Tro, Dr. Jason Fung & Megan Ramos will interview a new guest on each episode and walk the listeners through how they approach weight loss, wellness and disease reversal with their patients.

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. David Avram Wolfe MS, RD, LDN, FAC, SUGAR is a Food Addiction Counselor, Sugar Addiction Coach and a Registered Dietitian. He has degrees in Culinary Arts and Culinary Nutrition as well as a Masters degree in Nutrition. In our discussion with David, we discuss the nature and signs of food addiction, the shame that comes from being addicted and feeling powerless, how addiction tends to ‘transfer’ from one substance to another when a person is making an effort to recover, treating the addictive tendency itself versus treating addiction to a particular substance, the relationship between stress, anxiety, and falling off the wagon, and the importance of community and family support in recovery. Additionally, we discuss the brain’s amazing ability to rationalize any self-destructive decision, the power of hope and feeling free, the idea of hunger versus desire, and how LowCarb works wonders for recovering from food addiction, For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: David Avram Wolfe: Twitter Website Fork in the Road Book 5 Day Crush Your Cravings Challenge Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Katherine Eban is an investigative journalist with contributions to Vanity Fair and the New York Times, is a best-selling author of two books, and has received much praise and numerous awards for her journalism. She was educated at Brown University and Oxford—at which school she was a Rhodes Scholar. In our discussion with Katherine, we talk about her work investigating the FDA and Big Pharma, the corruption she discovered during her investigation, conditions under which many of the low-cost drugs in the market are made overseas, how companies would go to amazing lengths to falsify data, the level of fraud discovered in drug manufacturing plants in India and China, and strategies for how the FDA could better enforce compliance to their standards. Additionally, Katherine shares some practical advice for how doctors can take in and use the information from her investigations to help their patients. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Dr. Katherine Eban: Website Books Guide to Investigating Your Own Drugs Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Dr. Sean O’Mara is a Performance and Longevity MD/Researcher, Speaker, and 2016 NSF Grant Recipient. He is founder and operator of MedCon Wellness—a medical practice dedicated to reversing & preventing chronic disease. Dr. O’Mara is determined to do more than simply treating disease symptoms, and, by innovatively exploiting both science and nature along with proprietary technology, he achieves amazing results with his patients. In our discussion, we talk about Dr. O’Mara’s personal experience with and discovery of the low carb/high fat way of eating, the structure of a hypothetical, future health care system built to serve a healthy population rather than a diseased population, financial conflicts of interest in the current insurance model of health care, why visceral fat works so well as a metric for measuring metabolic health, the relationship between visceral fat loss and insulin resistance, the relationship between the microbiome and metabolic health, and foods that help build a healthy microbiome. Additionally, we converse about processed keto replacement foods that contain sugar alcohols and pre-biotic fibers and their effect on the gut microbiome, why visceral fat is a better marker than subcutaneous fat, high intensity exercise, the difference between exercise and activity, how to determine what is the right diet for you, how fermentation effects foods high in carbohydrates and makes them better food sources for humans, and a look at Dr. O’Mara’s personal diet. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Dr. Sean O’Mara: Website Twitter Instagram YouTube Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Dr. Trey Suntrup is a researcher and product engineer with over 13 years of experience working on the development of new device technologies. He holds a PhD in physics and electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and has previously worked at Washington University Medical School as a Translational Sciences and Entrepreneurship fellow. He is currently the Head of Product at Readout—creators of the Biosense Breath Ketone Meter. In our discussion with Dr. Suntrup, we talk about the effectiveness of different methods for measuring ketones, the three different types of ketone bodies, at what stages in a given patient’s weight loss/metabolic health journey different ketone measuring devices are useful, how the Biosense breath ketone meter works and what makes it so effective, and the clinical studies involved in the development of the Biosense meter. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Biosense Discount Code (good for $30 off the Biosense Breath Ketone Meter): Lowcarb30 Dr. Trey Suntrup: Biosense Website Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Dr. Nicholas Norwitz is a researcher and scientist with expertise and scientific papers published on ketosis, brain aging, neuroscience, heart disease, gastrointestinal health, genetics, bone health, diabetes, and other subjects. He has his PhD from Oxford and is currently working on his MD at Harvard. In our discussion, we talk about osteoporosis, gut health, anorexia, how LowCarb could potentially be a dietary intervention for treating colitis, the amazing diversity of gut microbiome makeup from individual to individual, the relationship between lifestyle and the likelihood of developing Alzheimers later in life, whether or not living a keto or Low Carb lifestyle could improve your chances of avoiding Alzheimers, how ketosis may be able to reduce inflammation in the brain, how to prevent the breakdown of the blood/brain barrier in the brain, and the non-food, lifestyle factors that contribute to wellness. Additionally, Nicholas shares a bit about his crazy health journey dealing with osteoporosis and gut problems which he was ultimately able to resolve and/or improve using Low Carb. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Dr. Nicholas Norwitz: New MediKeto Twitter The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook YouTube Channel Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website  

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Dr. William Cole was trained as a Chiropractor, went on to get his doctorate in Natural Medicine, is a pioneer in Functional Medicine, and has been practicing telemedicine care for over 10 years out of his office in Pittsburg. In our discussion, we talk about how Dr. Cole, as a Chiropractor, became interested in Functional Medicine and Naturopathic Medicine, the difficulties associated with starting a practice based on Integrative and Functional Medicine practices (especially ten years ago!), the key differences between Functional and Conventional Medicine, the effects of stress on metabolic health and the interplay between lifestyle and wellness, autoimmunity and autoimmune diseases. Additionally, we discuss some listener’s questions regarding the relationship between stress and exercise, how to assess thyroid health, elimination diets, the benefits of A2 dairy for those with lactose issues, as well as EOE and Burning Mouth Syndrome. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening!   Links:   Dr. William Cole: Website Podcast Twitter   Dr. Brian Lenzkes:  Website   Dr. Tro Kalayjian:  Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. In this special episode, Brian hosts a round table discussion with Dr. Nicholas Norwitz, Dr. Ben Bikman, and Dr. Ben Bocchicchio on the topic of fat as it relates to metabolic health and weight loss (especially, visceral fat, subcutaneous fat, muscle mass, and the relationship between these). In their discussion, Brian and guests talk about the possible purposes of subcutaneous fat and visceral fat from an evolutionary perspective, the compositional and behavioral differences between these two types of fat, the usefulness of various markers for judging the metabolic health of a person, the powerful relationship between muscle building and visceral fat, the differences between white and brown adipose tissue, why lowering the number on the scale is not the best indicator of metabolic health, and a number of different related studies. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Dr. Ben Bocchicchio: Website Dr. Ben Bikman: Website Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Dr. Joseph Feuerstein studied Business Management at Cambridge, went to medical school at the University of London, was a doctor for the Israeli Navy, did his residency in Family Medicine at Stanford, did his fellowship in Integrative Medicine in Arizona, is an assistant professor at Columbia University, and practices Integrative Medicine at Stanford. In our discussion with Dr. Feuerstein, we discuss neuropathy, how to practice as a clinician without relying heavily on prescription drugs, the idea that ‘not every diet will work for every person,’ using nutrition and natural remedies as a first round of defense with patients, the effect that stress can have on blood sugar, cannabinoids, acupuncture, and chronic pain, the endocannabinoid system, gut microbiome testing, and how to think correctly and helpfully about your gut microbiome. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Dr. Joseph Feuerstein: Book Twitter Website Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Maria Emmerich is a nutrition and exercise physiology expert, the author of several cookbooks, and author of the blog, Maria Mind Body Health which offers readers a look at the science of nutrition and how our bodies work. After sharing a bit about her health journey and how she discovered LowCarb, Maria, Tro, and Brian discuss LowCarb cooking, how stress factors into considerations of total health, the negative effects resulting from the psychological pressures of thin-idealization, the normalization of junk food, and fat shaming, and what is the safe spectrum of dieting within which to make specific recommendations for patients. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Maria Emmerich: Instagram Maria Mind Body Health Books Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Dr. Ali Ibrahim is a UK based consultant child and adolescent eating disorders psychiatrist currently working in the NHS. He is keen to understand the metabolic and neurobiological underpinnings of eating disorders, and has developed a research interest in that regard, with the goal of working towards changing the paradigm by which we understand and treat these complex disorders.  In our discussion with Dr. Ibrahim we talk about his journey from medical school to becoming a doctor to running 100 miles in a fasted state, dietitians who advocate for unrestricted eating, the benefits of a restrictive approach to dieting for patients with sugar addiction, how modern processed food prompts disordered eating and how modern humans have consciously or subconsciously dealt with that reality, and the need for controlled trials to prove the safety and benefits of cutting out processed foods and eating LCHF. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening!   Links:   Dr. Ali Ibrahim: Zero Five 100 Project Email Address: speedyali@icloud.com   Dr. Brian Lenzkes:  Website   Dr. Tro Kalayjian:  Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Marty Kendall is an engineer with a passion for nutrition and for helping people optimize their eating. He has had great personal success implementing his nutritional strategies and has helped many others—including his wife who struggles with type 1 diabetes—improve their health as well. In our discussion with Marty, we talk about hyper-palatable foods, maximizing satiety, macronutrient balance, energy density in foods, diet induced thermogenesis, the lack of good nutritional advice in the medical field, calculating your protein needs, and why exercise causes hunger. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Marty Kendall: Optimizing Nutrition Blog Podcast Episodes Facebook Page Optimizing Nutrition Facebook Group Diet Driven Fasting Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Dr. David Tusek is a Board Certified Family Physician, a member of the Academy of Sports Medicine, a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and a member the Institute of Functional Medicine. He has been a direct primary care physician for over a decade. After sharing a brief overview of his history as a physician, Dr. Tusek discusses the development of his philosophy of medicine and his thinking on the optimization and reformation of the medical care system. Additionally, we talk about the need for the elimination of vested financial interests in medicine, the necessity of reforming the medical system in a more patient-focused direction, the epidemic of metabolic sickness and general unhealthiness in the United States, how individual health relates to community health and environmental health, and the direct monetary and potential indirect health benefits of the combination of DPC + healthshare. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Dr. David Tusek: Cloud Medical Ravel Health Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Brian is joined today by a true renaissance man. This guest has a degree in genetics from Cornell University, a Culinary Certificate from The French Culinary Institute, he has done cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, he has worked on the Berkley Drosophila Genome Project, and is currently raising rotationally grazed hogs and running a retail butcher shop. Please welcome Brad Marshall to the show! In their discussion today, Brian and Brad discuss the bioaccumulation of polyunsaturated fats in the body, Brad’s ROS Theory of Obesity, the differences between saturated and polyunsaturated fats and how they affect the body, linoleic acid and stearic acid, what healthy human, cow, and pig fats look like, the difficulty of finding pork and chicken in the USA that has not been fed soybean, and the croissant diet. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Brad Marshall: Fire in a Bottle Website Blog Store Firebrand Meats Brad on the Fundamental Health Podcast Twitter Reddit Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. We are happy to be joined by Vinnie Tortorich—one of our very first guest on the podcast (check out Ep. 3). Vinnie is a celebrity fitness trainer, speaker, podcaster, and best-selling author of the book, Fitness Confidential (see link in show notes). In our discussion with Vinnie, we talk about the relationship between exercise, diet, and weight-loss, how people often tend to look for confirmation of their beliefs rather than seeking truth when it comes to dietary philosophy, how to start treating the underlying problems causing metabolic disease, the vicious cycle of eating sugar and carbs, whether or not HIT training is a good option for weight loss, and time restricted eating. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Vinnie Tortorich: Website Book Podcast Fat Documentary Fat: A Documentary 2 Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. We are joined on the show today by Dr. Steven Bishop. He attended UVA School of Medicine and did his residency at VCU where he was the chief resident. He went on to become the Clerkship Director and Associate Chair of education at VCU. In our discussion today, Dr. Bishop shares the story of his journey away from conventional approaches/thinking to a lifestyle/low-carb approach to treating metabolic disease. In light of the diverse responses of various countries to Covid, we discuss the value of keeping an open mind rather than being dogmatic without having all of the information needed to make an informed decision. We talk about the importance of staying curious as a doctor rather then falling into the rut of giving our patients cookie cutter prescriptions. Finally, we discuss the variety of tragic negative effects of social isolation. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Dr. Steven Bishop: Twitter VCU Profile Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. We are very excited to be joined by researcher and low-carb/high-fat advocate, Belinda Fettke. For many years, she and her husband, Gary Fettke, have been working to educate people about nutrition. In our discussion, Belinda shares with us the details of her historical research into the rise of processed, high-carb/sugar foods. Surprisingly, the Adventist Church Group has played a huge role in the demonization of meat and saturated fat. Not only that, but the Adventist Church Group is a huge force in the promotion of cereals. We talk about bad motives and biases in big pharmaceuticals, big food, and medical researchers. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Belinda Fettke: Twitter No Fructose (Website) Instagram I Support Gary (Website) Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Today we are joined by Dr. Eric Westman and Amy Berger who have just finished writing a book together (End Your Carb Confusion). Dr. Westman is the director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic, and medical director of the Duke Center for Smoking Cessation. He is board certified in internal medicine and obesity medicine, has his masters in clinical research, and has written over 90 peer-reviewed publications. Amy Berger, MS, CNS, is a U.S. Air Force veteran and Certified Nutrition Specialist who specializes in using low-carbohydrate and ketogenic nutrition. She has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a master’s in human nutrition from the University of Bridgeport. She is also a veteran of the US Air Force. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Amy Berger: End Your Carb Confusion Book Tuit Nutrition Twitter Dr. Eric Westman: End Your Carb Confusion Book Adapt Your Life Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Tro Kalayjian: Website

We are very happy to have Gary Taubes on the show with us today. Gary is an investigative science and health journalist, author of several books, co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative, and a legend in the low-carb world. He has won multiple awards for his journalism over the course of his career. He graduated from Harvard College with an S.B. degree in applied physics, and received an M.S. degree in engineering from Stanford University and in journalism from Columbia University. In our discussion with Gary, we talk about the cognitive dissonance between those who follow conventional wisdom and people who adhere to and advocate for diets like low-carb or other “fad” diets, the history of the development of the standard American dietary philosophy, we discuss different theories on the cause of obesity, studies in obesity research, the possible harms/advantages of artificial sweeteners, whether or not there are any good long-term studies on the ketogenic diet and other diets, regenerative agriculture, and to what degree anecdotal evidence is valuable in medical research. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening!   Links:   Gary Taubes: Books Website Twitter Nutrition Science Initiative Dr. Tro Kalayjian:  Website Dr. Brian Lenzkes:  Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. We are very excited to welcome Jonny Bowden to the show. Jonny is a personal trainer and certified nutritionist. He has been featured in the documentary film Fat Fiction. In our discussion today, we talk about insulin resistance and studies on insulin resistance, insulin resistance’s relation to heart disease, the standard of care, non-nutritional factors for health, the particle test, magnesium, vitamin D, and fish oil supplements, the historical/evolutionary perspective on a healthy human diet, For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Jonny Bowden: Weight Solutions for Physicians Podcast Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Kristin Baier: Website

Thank you for joining us for another episode of the Low Carb MD Podcast. Joining the show today is Dr. Siobhan Key. Dr. Key is trained in Family/Obesity Medicine and is the host of the ‘Weight Solutions for Physicians’ podcast. Dr. Key’s business, Weight Solutions for Physicians, offers personalized, private emotional eating coaching for physicians from an Obesity Medicine Specialist and Emotional Eating Expert. In our discussion today, we talk about a range of topics including the psychology behind binge-eating, emotional eating, how to effectively use fasting with a recovering binge-eater, how to process stress in a healthy way, techniques for staying in control of your thoughts, and the importance of taking care of yourself so that you can effectively take care of others. For more information, please see the links below. Thank you for listening! Links: Dr. Key: Weight Solutions for Physicians Podcast Dr. Brian Lenzkes: Website Dr. Kristin Baier: Website