Episode 25 – How Terpinoids Can Help Patients Fine-Tune CBD & THC for Condition-Specific Treatments Like Cancer | Steve Ottersberg

Episode 25 – How Terpinoids Can Help Patients Fine-Tune CBD & THC for Condition-Specific Treatments Like Cancer | Steve Ottersberg

Steve Ottersberg is driven to change the way the world sees cannabis. He’s hoping to destigmatize the cannabis industry to allow more individuals to benefit from the use of CBD and cannabis for everything from anxiety and sleep to depression and cancer. Steve believes that consumers should understand and be armed with information on which terpenes are beneficial for their medical condition and whether or not they are contained in the product they are purchasing.

In this podcast, Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up Health, interviews Steve Ottersberg, who is a wealth of information on all things CBD oil, cannabis, interpreting genetic data, and more! (In fact, when recommending  a cannibus product for use in a condition-specific treatment such as cancer, he first starts by looking at the genes that influence neurotransmitter metabolism.)

Have you ever wondered why some strains of CBD or THC make you feel either high or low?  Ready to go beast mode, or ready to hibernate for winter? Steve shares what makes the effects of the different strains more or less beneficial for different conditions and why he doesn’t believe in the classification of Indica or Sativa anymore. This is one episode you won’t want to miss!

Steve Ottersberg graduated from Fort Lewis College with a B.S. in biochemistry and has an M.S. in Bio-organic chemistry from Arizona State University, where he also taught both organic chemistry and nutritional-biochemistry. He also held a faculty position teaching chemistry at Fort Lewis College. Currently, Steve is Owner and Supervisory Analyst of Green Lab Solutions, living in Colorado with his wife, cancer survivor and thriver Dr. Nasha Winters, whose work (she is also the author of The Metabolic Approach to Cancer) complements one another. 

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About his work doing genetic coaching with clients in wife Dr. Nasha Winters’ practice bringing in the biochemistry of CBD into her practice and their work with Alex Swanson of Nutrition Genome [4:30]
  • Hear what gene markers Steve looks at when recommending a cannabis product [8:35]
  • How you may be functioning well on the surface, but biochemically you may be struggling, creating a higher burden on the body which can lead to cancer and other ailments [10:05]
  • About the terpenes in the plants and how Steve recommends CBD strains based on them for different ailments and conditions [12:20]
  • That hemp and marijuana are both cannabis Sativa but the difference between the two is marijuana has been bred to selectively produce THC [13:25]
  • How myrcene binds to opioid receptors [14:00]
  • A study in Japan showed smelling limonene was as effective as anti-depressants in an institutional setting [17:35]
  • How his lab is calibrated for 21 terpenoids, but it only seeing 5-10 at levels that are significant in a typical marijuana plant in Colorado [20:30]
  • Why Steve doesn’t believe in the Indica and Sativa classification anymore [21:0]
  • How beta-pinene and limonene counteract the sedative effect of THC to make them more uplifting [21:45]
  • What one of the most powerful antidotes to THC is [22:20]
  • How to reverse the effects of too many edibles that have snuck up on you [23:00]
  • Why we need to start with terpenoids and end with cannabinoids in our description and high THC needs to come to an end except in extreme cases [23:50]
  • Where most people go wrong with edibles [25:00]
  • What Steve wants to see in a dispensary, and how you should start with CBD vs CBD/THC strains [26:25]
  • How high myrcene strains can provide high pain relief rather than opioids [27:00]
  • About how some of the labeling laws differ in different states and what to look for [29:50]
  • Recommendation to consumers to ask for lab testing data from your dispensary, even if it’s not labeled [34:00]
  • Cannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors tune our neurotransmitters, and THC and CBD allow us to fine-tune our normal neurotransmitter function. The terpenoids are the way we as consumers can fine-tune CBD and THC for desired effects [36:25]
  • Steve’s plea to the growers [39:00]
  • Top terpenes and what they’re good for [40:00]
  • Steve’s work to publish a website and a book as a resource for patients seeking condition-specific support [51:45]
  • How in the future, Heads Up will be able to crunch all that data — genetic SNPS, terpene profiles, blood test data, blood sugar values and more — to help both patients and clinicians track data more efficiently. [52:25]

References

Our Partners:

Learn more about LEVL, a clinical-grade ketone breath meter, which measures your level of fat-burning and ketosis through a simple breath. Find out more at HeadsUpHealth.com/LEVL.

You can learn more about the Oura ring, a state of the art ring that can track sleep cycle analysis, activity, and recovery at HeadsUpHealth.com/Oura.

Learn more about Keto-Mojo, a highly accurate and affordable device for testing blood sugar and blood ketones. Check it out at HeadsUpHealth.com/Ketomojo.

All of these amazing products are integrated with Heads Up Health.

They all allow you to quantify your health in novel and powerful ways.

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About Heads Up Health

Heads Up Health is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Episode 24 – Using Biohacking Technology to Upgrade Your Mind and Body | Martin Tobias of Bulletproof Labs & Upgrade Labs

Episode 24 – Using Biohacking Technology to Upgrade Your Mind and Body | Martin Tobias of Bulletproof Labs & Upgrade Labs

How can you use biohacking technology to upgrade your mind and body, your cognitive and physical performance? And how did a poker game, along with an interest in biohacking and meditation, lead to Martin Tobias becoming the CEO of both Bulletproof Labs and Upgrade Labs?

Find out the answers to these questions, and more, in this podcast episode with Dave Korsunsky of Heads Up Health as he talks to Martin Tobias about Bulletproof and Upgrade Labs and what they offer to the biohacking community. Listen in to see how your health and life can improve by tracking and having accountability for your own health, even if you’re not anywhere near one of these state-of-the-art biohacking facilities. And whether you want to improve your workouts, lower inflammation, heal from injury, or just improve brain health, Bulletproof Labs and Upgrade Labs are leading the way.

Having a professional background and mind for data, Martin realized that there had to be a way to connect quantifiable health data to different inputs and find what works for individuals who want to make big gains in shorter amounts of time, a path that led him to Dave Asprey, Founder of Bulletproof Labs.  

Find out more about Martin Tobias on his blog, Instagram, and Twitter. Follow Upgrade Labs on Instagram here.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • How Martin Tobias found Dave Asprey’s 40 years of Zen but didn’t have $15k to do it; however, he won exactly $15k that night at a poker game, changing his life and leading to him running Bulletproof Labs [4:05]
  • Dave Korsunsky’s first N=1 experiment was doing a Bulletproof diet using DEXA scan and blood tests as biomarkers [8:30]
  • Why people need to know their data and learn what it means as the first step in any health journey [10:25]
  • “The medical system is set up for acute care, fixing people after they’re broken, not actually keeping them healthy” [11:25]
  • How Dave Asprey was using a spreadsheet and Martin thinking there had to be a better way which led to him learning about Heads Up Health at a conference [12:35]
  • Learn about the type of sessions and data they track and use at Upgrade Labs [13:35]
  • Dave talks about touring a Bulletproof facility, and what biohacking technology they use [14:25]
  • Martin’s favorite labs and how he’s quantified them [15:20]
    • Cold HIIT machine which increased Martins’ testosterone from 468 to 1098 in 2 weeks with just 2 total hours of exercise [15:55]
    • How blood testing is available onsite [18:45]
    • Breath EZ water machine to reduce oxidative stress, enabling you to have more power in your cells to use for exercise more intensely [20:05]
    • CVAC to give your cellular energy system a workout, which can increase your aerobic capacity [24:30]
    • Why hacking and stacking can benefit you [26:30]
    • Why meditating in a virtual float tank can put you into a theta state much faster [27:15]
    • Full body nitrogen based cryotherapy to -240º [30:15]
    • About infrared light beds and how they’re more effective than infrared saunas due to the distance from the body [32:00]
    • Why PEMF is great for recovery, discharging electrical energy like grounding but does it in just 12 minutes for a full electrical reset, speeding up healing time for injuries [33:15]
  • Learn what Dave at Bulletproof is doing to improve mitochondrial function [37:35]
  • How tracking with the Oura ring can show how poorly you sleep after a couple of drinks, even though you think you’re sleeping well [39:00]
  • About cold immersion therapy and how it can improve your REM sleep [39:45]
  • How quality of sleep is more important than quantity and how tracking can help you biohack your way to better sleep [40:30]
  • Dave Korsunsky found that using the Oura ring to track heart rate and varying last meal times affected heart rate and therefore sleep [41:45]
  • Where you can find Bulletproof Labs (Santa Monica) and the new company Upgrade Labs and how every new location from here on out will be called Upgrade Labs. (They have a pop-up at Nike in Hollywood currently, and the third location will be in Beverly Hills opening in September. Four more locations in LA and one in San Jose coming soon! [43:50]

References

Our Partners:

Learn more about LEVL, a clinical-grade ketone breath meter, which measures your level of fat-burning and ketosis through a simple breath. Find out more at HeadsUpHealth.com/LEVL.

You can learn more about the Oura ring, a state of the art ring that can track sleep cycle analysis, activity, and recovery at HeadsUpHealth.com/Oura.

Learn more about Keto-Mojo, a highly accurate and affordable device for testing blood sugar and blood ketones. Check it out at HeadsUpHealth.com/Ketomojo.

All of these amazing products are integrated with Heads Up Health.

They all allow you to quantify your health in novel and powerful ways.

Thank you to our partners!

About Heads Up Health

Heads Up Health is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Episode 23 – How Gillian Szollos Became Seizure Free with a Keto Diet for Epilepsy

Episode 23 – How Gillian Szollos Became Seizure Free with a Keto Diet for Epilepsy

Gillian Szollos had forgotten about her epilepsy. It had been 30 years since she’d been seizure free, and those memories had faded so much that her husband didn’t even know about them. But when the seizures returned suddenly — full force — she began medications to suppress them. However, it wasn’t effective this time around so Gillian was left to find another way. She credits her husband for seeking support online, discovering and beginning the keto diet for epilepsy on October 2014. Two weeks later, Gillian had her very last seizure, and her own diligence in tracking keto has kept her seizure free ever since!

After tracking her basal body temp, ketones, blood sugar, menstrual cycle, and other metrics, she was able to take her data to her doctor who then was able to see a pattern and diagnose her with catamenial seizures, which are hormone triggered.  

Had Gillian accepted what she was told without question, she may not be here today. As it turns out, she also has an MTHFR gene variance that causes her to not metabolize medications in a typical way. Her medications left her in such anguish that at one point she was willing to risk death from seizure rather than the side effects of the medications.

Join Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up Health as he talks with Gillian Szollos about her experience with epilepsy and her choice to treat it with a keto diet for epilepsy. Through daily keto tracking, she lost over 90 pounds, lowered her A1C from 6.2 to 4.2 in just a few months, as well as eliminated her seizures by knowing her triggers.

You can follow Gillian on Instagram as @ketoalldayeverday and @keto.for.life you can also check out her website Ketoalldayeveryday.com or email her at ketoalldayeveryday@gmail.com

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • About Gillian Szollos’ pleading message to physicians to please read the drug insert and know that side effects do happen [14:00]
  • Using the app, Seizure Tracker, she was able to further categorize the type of seizure she was having. (catamenial seizures-hormone related); otherwise, she wouldn’t have been able to target her therapy [17:20]
  • Why doing your own research and taking it to your doctor can empower you, helping you get the results you desire for your health. [18:30]
  • How although her hormone levels were “normal,” they were actually at the opposites ends of normal (indicating an imbalance providing her one more piece of the puzzle) [20:30]
  • The difference between optimal functional ranges vs “normal” lab ranges [19:30]
  • How keto came into Gillian’s life when she had hit a point where she’d rather take the chance of dying from a seizure than to continue on with the medications that caused her suicidal ideations [23:25]
  • How her husband joined Facebook and found a seizure support group that led to the idea of utilizing a ketogenic diet for seizure suppression [24:30]
  • About her search for sources in implementing a therapeutic ketogenic diet, which was scarce at the time, so she went straight to the source – Dr. Eric Kossoff at Johns Hopkins [24:50]
  • After starting the keto for epilepsy diet in October 2014, Gillian had her last (30 minute) seizure two weeks later. Even though her doctor wanted her to go back to Tegretol, she never had to take it again! [27:05]
  • How eating and tracking keto helped Gillian remain seizure free. Also the benefits of reducing estrogenic foods and upping nutrients to protect her body and managing her sleep. [28:50]
  • How the side effects of the meds nearly killed her, but the side effects of keto saved her life. [31:00]
  • Why she overcame her fear of lifting free weights in the gym and how she went from a bone density score of 1.1 to a 2.2 which is unheard of for a 49-year-old woman [38:45]
  • How ovulation causes high ketones and low blood sugar. Right before menstruation, you’ll see low ketones and high blood sugar, regardless of what you’re eating. She wouldn’t have noticed without tracking, as this provides more markers to watch for in catamenial seizures. [45:00]
  • Why you should master your own body by tracking and testing to know your triggers [47:00]
  • Learn about the Charlie Foundation and why a community is so beneficial [47:45]
  • About the use of cannabis and CBD oil for seizures [50:20]
  • Importance of asking for your lab results, not just the summary of findings, to uncover things like thyroid swings from one end of normal to the other [52.45]
  • Carrie Brown and MTHFR support for mental health [58:55]
  • How to work with doctors that are uncooperative in a way that is not antagonistic [1:00:00]
  • How Gillian pays it forward by sharing others’ success stories with keto and epilepsy [106:00:00]
  • How she ditched over $3000 of monthly meds switching to keto [108.00.00]
  • Why it’s important to spread the message that this is an effective treatment plan [108.00.00]

References

Our Partners:

Learn more about LEVL, a clinical-grade ketone breath meter, which measures your level of fat-burning and ketosis through a simple breath. Find out more at HeadsUpHealth.com/LEVL.

You can learn more about the Oura ring, a state of the art ring that can track sleep cycle analysis, activity, and recovery at HeadsUpHealth.com/Oura.

Learn more about Keto-Mojo, a highly accurate and affordable device for testing blood sugar and blood ketones. Check it out at HeadsUpHealth.com/Ketomojo.

All of these amazing products are integrated with Heads Up Health.

They all allow you to quantify your health in novel and powerful ways.

Thank you to our partners!

About Heads Up Health

Heads Up Health is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to manage their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Episode 22 – Using Nutrigenomics to Achieve Optimal Health | Alex Swanson of Nutrition Genome

Episode 22 – Using Nutrigenomics to Achieve Optimal Health | Alex Swanson of Nutrition Genome

Knowing that an illness or disease runs in your family is one thing. But learning how to work with the genes that predispose you to it through a personal DNA test to achieve optimal health is the ultimate in biohacking. Alex Swanson, nutritionist and founder of Nutrition Genome, has built a program to tell you all about your nutrigenomics through a simple cheek swab for DNA.

Unlike other companies that do little more than telling you that you do or do not have a gene, Nutrition Genome tells you how to work with them, including which foods you should emphasize and which to avoid. They even have a referral list of providers you can work with who understand the data and have gone through their training program.

How your environment and food interact with your genes affects your disease outcome, which is why knowing more about your genetics helps you to achieve optimal health.

Concerned about privacy? If you’ve been interested in learning more about your genetic predispositions to specific health issues, but have been following the news and how 23 and Me have recently agreed to allow the use of customer’s data for pharmaceutical research, you may have become leery of running this test. Fear no more. Nutrition Genome offers user-friendly data, and a promise never to sell your data or use it for other purposes.

If you’ve already run a 23 and Me report before their big changes in August 2017, you can even upload the raw data to Nutrition Genome for a fee and have them interpret your data as well.

Alex J. Swanson, M.S Applied Nutrition, is the founder of The Health Beat, Nutrition Genome and is the co-owner of Swanson Health Center. He is a second-generation nutritionist with over 12 years of clinical experience, specializing in genetics, nutritional biochemistry, physical performance, mental health, and longevity research.

Listen to Alex Swanson tell Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up Health, in this podcast what information you’ll find in a report with Nutrition Genome and how you can benefit from running this one time test.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Why your genes are not your destiny, but a blueprint; its expression changes in response to your environment [8:00]
  • How understanding your genes can lead you to course correct your health [8:30]
  • Why you will never need to have another gene test, but as new information comes out, your profile will be updated [9:45]
  • Why nutrigenomics is the future of personalized nutrition [11:20]
  • How knowing your ancestry will help you to understand what type of diet your body will thrive on [11:55]
  • How Alex’s own nutrition practice lead him to start Nutrition Genome, initially using raw files from 23 And Me [13:00]
  • How the process works when you sign up with Nutrition Genome: from ordering to collection to interpretation [16:00]
  • Dave and Alex share what a report looks like and the information you’ll learn from it, including: (YouTube coming soon) [19:00]
    • Overview
    • Increased vitamin need genes — learn what foods you should and shouldn’t eat
    • Methylation genes
    • Neurotransmitters genes
    • Understanding the interplay between genes and how they affect one another
    • List of foods to focus on
    • Gene combinations
    • Anti-oxidant protection
  • How to find practitioners who understand how to utilize this information [23:45]
  • How the personalized reports give tangible results to clients for understanding why they may need to avoid certain foods and stressors more than someone else [27:30]
  • About the genes for mental health and neurotransmitters (ex. low dopamine receptors and the connection to sugar addictions, obesity, etc. as well as ADD, ADHD) [31:45]
  • How COMT breaks down catecholamines like coffee, wine, tea; why some people are more sensitive to these drinks leading to anxiety and anger issues
  • About the glutamate-to-GABA-conversion and why your mind won’t shut off at night [37:00]
  • How different types of exercise are great for people with certain genes [37:50]
  • Antioxidants and how those with genes with lower antioxidants are more affected by environmental toxins [39:00]
  • Where to start with your results [40:00]
  • How genetics can be influenced by epigenetics to affect your — and your children’s — future health [43:00]

References

Our Partners:

Learn more about LEVL, a clinical-grade ketone breath meter, which measures your level of fat-burning and ketosis through a simple breath. Find out more at HeadsUpHealth.com/LEVL.

You can learn more about the Oura ring, a state of the art ring that can track sleep cycle analysis, activity, and recovery at HeadsUpHealth.com/Oura.

Learn more about Keto-Mojo, a highly accurate and affordable device for testing blood sugar and blood ketones. Check it out at HeadsUpHealth.com/Ketomojo.

All of these amazing products are integrated with Heads Up Health.

They all allow you to quantify your health in novel and powerful ways.

Thank you to our partners!

About Heads Up Health

Heads Up Health is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Episode 21 – How Karen Parrott is Winning the Battle of Obesity by Being Data-Driven

Episode 21 – How Karen Parrott is Winning the Battle of Obesity by Being Data-Driven

How do you know if what you’re doing to improve your health is working? If you’re not tracking your changes, it’s nearly impossible to understand. Karen Parrott overcame her lifelong struggle with obesity through a low-carb diet using data-driven tracking. She supports her weight maintenance by continuing to track her progress with Heads Up Health, where she can link all her data and see what’s working and what isn’t.

A Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Karen Parrott is also a single mother who works full-time and commutes 2+ hours. Yet Karen managed to take control of her health after struggling with her weight for 40 years. After yo-yo dieting and stress-eating for some time, Karen realized she’d have to make some changes if she was going to turn her health around. When she was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, Karen decided it was time to take her health into her own hands. She began tracking her health data and became her own advocate for testing. Through diet, tracking and lifestyle changes, Karen has successfully lost over 70 pounds — and kept it off — for 6+ years!

Listen to Karen’s interview with Dave Korsunsky, founder of Heads Up Health, as they discuss her health journey, nerd out over her numbers via the tracking she’s done through apps connected to Heads Up Health.

Karen blogs at www.gardengirlkp.blogspot.com, is active on Twitter and Instagram, and shares her photography work on Instagram under a separate account.

“We live in a world where the odds are not in our favor against developing a disease.  People who monitor their health learn their body.” – Dave Korsunsky

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Karen Parrott’s story, background, and why she’s a data geek who loves tracking her health with Heads Up Health [4:25]
  • As a Heads Up Health beta user, she was able to merge data from My Fitness Pal, Fitbit, and Apple Health to deepen her understanding of what was changing in her body [5:30]
  • How she participated in an intermittent fasting study with Dr. Satchin Panda in July of 2016 and the changes she saw [6:00]
  • Why she tracked her own data simultaneously through Heads Up Health while participating in the study with Dr. Satchin Panda to help her get the results she wanted [6:50]
  • How you can change the times you eat during the day and not necessarily have to change the quantities of food to improve your desired results [9:50]
  • Why finishing your last meal of the day by 6pm can improve your sleep, which can be tracked with your Oura ring [10:30]
  • How she was able to go back through the data when her cholesterol began rising to see what had changed [14:00]
  • That her A1c was stuck at 5.5 – 5.4 but when she started intermittent fasting she dropped to 5.0 – 4.8, which she was able to see because she had the data to make the connection [16:00]
  • About empowering yourself to track your own info and make your own changes to achieve the goals you are reaching for [16:30]
  • How her doctor wanted to put her on a statin as her cholesterol levels elevated, so she ordered her own lab testing and convinced her doctor to order a coronary artery calcium score to see what her risk for heart attack really looked like [17:30]
  • About the psychology of eating and Carole Freeman’s recent podcast with Heads Up Health [28:35]
  • How Karen was able to look back at her struggle with weight, her ability to abstain from triggers and where she was most successful with weight maintenance [29:15]
  • How she found out, through testing her genes, that she has an extra gene for ghrelin production which means she can even overeat things like ribeye (why she’s diligent in tracking her food intake) [37:15]
  • Karen talks about her triggers for overeating and her strategies to quell those urges [39:40]
  • Karen and Dave nerd out over the numbers and tracking with Heads Up Health – see YouTube Video (coming soon) [41:50]
  • What metrics Karen has found most helpful in her tracking [53:20]
  • How even though Karen’s doctor’s health system doesn’t connect to Quest, she can pull it up on Heads Up Health and show her doctor her own health data and trends [54:45]
  • Karen’s advice to anyone struggling with obesity that’s starting down their own path; why tracking –and continuing to revise your plan —  is so important, to keep you moving in the right direction [59:40]

References

Karen Parrott’s blog

Found My Fitness Podcast with Dr. Satchin Panda

Salk Institute Dr. Panda

Cholesterolcode.com

Dr. Brian Lenzkes

The Low Carb Cardiologist Dr. Bret Scher

Jeff Kotterman Trainer

Dave Feldman

The Feldman Protocol

Amy Berger’s Coronary Artery Calcium blog post

Dr. Nicole Avena

Dr. Ted Naiman

Our Partners:

Learn more about LEVL, a clinical-grade ketone breath meter, which measures your level of fat-burning and ketosis through a simple breath. Find out more at HeadsUpHealth.com/LEVL.

You can learn more about the Oura ring, a state of the art ring that can track sleep cycle analysis, activity, and recovery at HeadsUpHealth.com/Oura.

Learn more about Keto-Mojo, a highly accurate and affordable device for testing blood sugar and blood ketones. Check it out at HeadsUpHealth.com/Ketomojo.

All of these amazing products are integrated with Heads Up Health.

They all allow you to quantify your health in novel and powerful ways.

Thank you to our partners!

About Heads Up Health

Heads Up Health is a website designed to empower individuals who want to take a self-directed approach to managing their health. Instantly centralize your medical records, connect your favorite devices and apps (e.g., Oura, MyFitnessPal, Keto-Mojo, FitBit, Apple Health, MyMacros+, Withings and many more) and use your data to optimize your health.

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Episode 20 – Biohacking Mental Illness Using Keto for Bipolar: How to Become Your Own Detective | Carrie Brown

Episode 20 – Biohacking Mental Illness Using Keto for Bipolar: How to Become Your Own Detective | Carrie Brown

Is biohacking mental illness even possible? In this podcast episode, learn how Carrie Brown became her own detective to heal her mind and body using her “seek the tweak” approach and how she used keto for bipolar to optimize her health and live her best life. Listen to Carrie talk about her experience with Bipolar II Disorder and how she has biohacked mental illness through tracking health data, a keto for bipolar diet, MTHFR support, supplements and lifestyle changes.

Now completely medicine-free, she maintains a healthy mental outlook by understanding what her body needs and how to support it.

If you’ve ever felt even a little bit of that darkness, you know that it isn’t something you can talk or will your way out of. Your body is literally starving for what it needs, and while a pharmaceutical may be necessary to help you while finding your root causes, you do not have a medication deficiency.

After years of being crippled by overwhelming thoughts of killing herself, Carrie hit a point where she was nearly committed to an institution but was able to pull herself out into the light enough that she had an opportunity to find another way. Carrie wants you to know that there is another way and if you’re willing to do the detective work and seek the right avenues for support, you too, have an opportunity to heal unmedicated. Although she emphasizes that everyone with bipolar disorder has their own path, she is a firm believer that you need to listen to your body and remember the importance of collecting and monitoring data. “Even data such as: How do I feel when I eat X? Or I eat Y?”

It is Carrie’s hope that her story inspires you to take control of your own health, to be your own detective, in the knowledge that she believes there is a fix for you, to know there IS light at the end of the tunnel.

Carrie Brown is a former-professional-pastry-chef-turned-keto-cookbook-author, recipe developer, keto advocate, motivational speaker, and podcast co-host of Ketovangelist Kitchen. She is also part of Ketovangelist Unlimited (a membership for people who are serious about keto, who want to take it to the next level). 

You can find her here: Carrie Brown-Life in the Sane Lane, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Flickr, and Instagram.

Listen to her inspiring story and know that you are not alone.  Suicide is a very real subject and anyone having suicidal thoughts should call the National Suicide Helpline at 1-800-273-8255.  Ask for the help that you need.

If you know someone struggling, reach out to them.  You may be the lifeline that they need.

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In this podcast you’ll learn:

  • Carrie Brown’s history and background; how she was born depressed and did all the conventional meds and therapies [5:45]
  • While working at Microsoft and in the corporate world with a high profile career, she learned very early to fake it (happiness) to be able to make it [8:50]
  • How exhausting it is keeping up the front that everything is normal while inside your thoughts are obsessive and all-encompassing, and everything in your brain is telling you to die [10:00]
  • How she talked herself out of being committed at the hospital in the middle of the night, by agreeing to meds and therapy [13:45]
  • Why she was frustrated at the lack of critical thinking in conventional treatment (i.e., being a deep thinker, started asking about things she could try and her therapist was just agreeing with what she was suggesting). They just wanted to medicate her to the point where she didn’t want to kill herself but was socially acceptable, not asking the question of why she was bipolar [17:30]
  • Why she fired everyone except her psychotherapist [18:15]
  • How “you can’t talk your way out of clinical depression or bipolar any more than you can talk yourself out of a broken leg or diabetes” [18:30]
  • She started her detective work with her DNA (23andMe) and uploaded her data into a website to help her unpack the info into something useful (like Genetic Genie) [19:30]
  • She’s found out she’s heterozygous for MTHFR and learned that it has the ability to cause a lot of issues including anxiety, depression and bipolar [23:55]
  • That it’s super important to live in a non-toxic environment from the cleaners she uses to the furniture she buys due to her impaired detox abilities, and how uncovering this information through 23andMe testing gave her a place to start [26:00]
  • How she was on Lamotrigine which was originally an anti-seizure med and via Dr. Ted Naiman’s help, made the connection that the ketogenic diet was originally prescribed for seizure prevention in children; there might be a strong enough connection to work on the same mechanism to help her bipolar [28:15]
  • That more ketones do not mean more weight loss, but it can be helpful when working with the brain to have higher ketones, which she refers to “peetones” for urine testing to figure out which foods were working for her [32:55]
  • That she was terrified to come off of her Lamotrigine, but she was able to in a week or two (under a doctors care) and has been completely off of meds with no bipolar symptoms in the 2.5 years while being on a ketogenic diet [35:30]
  • How she wants everyone to know that their experience will be different and their needs will be unique to them, even if they are doing a ketogenic diet or if they have methylation issues…you need a healthcare provider who will support you in finding your combination for your unique body [37:35]
  • How your needs change over time, so it’s important to review your supplements and diet, etc. to continue supporting you (or “seek the tweak,” as Carrie calls it) by tracking your data [41:40]
  • Why it’s super important to find an ND and/or a functional doc to work with that understands all of these tests and the ketogenic diet [50:00]
  • More about Carrie Brown’s current work with writing cookbooks, working on the Ketovangelist podcast team developing recipes for keto and teaching individuals how to cook and make delicious food, as well as speaking at conferences such as KetoCon [53:40]
  • About her gratitude for what she went through to be able to be given the opportunity to give back [1:00:20]

References

23andMe

Genetic Genie

MTHFR.net

Strategene report by Dr. Ben Lynch on methylation

Dr. Ben Lynch’s book: Dirty Genes

Promethease

Plant Paradox by Dr. Stephen Gundry

Bristol Stool Chart and tracking

Ketovangelist Unlimited

Ketovangelist Kitchen

Kickass Keto: Your 28-Day Quick Start Guide to Health, Fat-burning, and Weight-loss by: Carrie Brown

The KETO Ice Cream Scoop: 52 amazingly delicious ice creams and frozen treats for your low-carb high-fat life by: Carrie Brown

101 KETO Beverages: Amazingly delicious, health-boosting, sugar-free lattes, teas, hot chocolates, frozen drinks, yogurt drinks, sodas, mocktails, and infused waters by: Carrie Brown

The KETO Crockpot: 40 scrumptious, simple, fat-burning, health-boosting recipes that cook themselves while you’re on the go! by: Carrie Brown

KETO for the Holidays: 53 scrumptious, fat-burning recipes so you can thrive on delicious KETO food through the Holidays by: Carrie Brown

The KETO Soup Bowl: 50 delicious fat-burning, health-boosting bowls of soup, chowder, hodgepodge, gumbo, stew, and gazpacho by: Carrie Brown

Dr. Ted Naiman

Dr. Georgia Ede

Brain on Fire

Perfect Keto Ketone Testing Strips for Ketosis

VIDEO: KetoCon2018 – Carrie Brown: Mental Health on Keto – From Surviving to Thriving

VIDEO: KetoCon2018 Stories Panel with Carrie Brown with Shawn Mynar, Gillian Szollos, Jade Nelson, Vanessa Spina, Allison Gannett

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