Keto-friendly stuffed mushrooms

I am a huge fan of mushrooms and eat them daily for their B5 (pantothenic acid) content. B5 is especially important for people with ME/CFS because it is one of two important precursors for acetylcholine (ACh), the primary neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). The other important nutrient for ACh is choline, which is … Continue reading Keto-friendly stuffed mushrooms

Be a voice of support during COVID-19

As with many people, I reached coronavirus saturation about a week ago. That said, I don't want to miss out on key research findings so I continue to scour Twitter for commentary from experts and for newly-published peer-reviewed papers on SARS-CoV-2 (the virus) and COVID-19 (the disease). But in the past few weeks, I have … Continue reading Be a voice of support during COVID-19

Low-carb Larb

This is nutrient-dense version of larb, a traditional Thai dish. It is a very versatile recipe that can handle many substitutions and additions. I am a "little bit of this, little bit of that" kind of cook and encourage people to use artistic license with this recipe. The key to this recipe is the fresh … Continue reading Low-carb Larb

10 tips for getting started on a ketogenic diet with ME/CFS

As I approach my first anniversary on a ketogenic diet, I reflect on some of the many lessons I have learned along the way. I hope that my experience will help others with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Why the ketogenic diet for ME/CFS? There are many reasons keto could help people with ME/CFS - … Continue reading 10 tips for getting started on a ketogenic diet with ME/CFS

Keto chia seed scones

Need a nutrient-dense treat to go with your afternoon tea? This recipe will not disappoint! The recipe makes 12 scones, with each one having 4 net carbs and loads of fiber and thiamine. The full skinny on the micronutrients can be found here. Ingredients 2 cups sunflower seeds1/2 cup chia seeds2 tablespoons coconut flour1/3 cup … Continue reading Keto chia seed scones

My trip to Stanford Cardiology for high cholesterol (and ME/CFS)

Seeing a new specialist can be a bit dicey when you have ME/CFS. Most doctors are not very knowledgeable about the disease and if they are let's just say it is not in the way we might hope. I have learned the hard way to keep expectations as neutral as possible. Many who read my … Continue reading My trip to Stanford Cardiology for high cholesterol (and ME/CFS)

Keto and ME/CFS (part IV): Beyond basic cholesterol testing

Many people are shocked to see their LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) shoot up after starting a low-carb/high-fat (LCHF) diet. If you are in this boat some additional testing may be needed to understand why this is happening and what to do about it. Most people will be given a statin and not think about it any … Continue reading Keto and ME/CFS (part IV): Beyond basic cholesterol testing

Keto and ME/CFS (Part III): lipid models and the lean mass hyper-responders (LMHR)

Many people who go on the ketogenic diet see incredible health gains only to discover their LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) has skyrocketed. Rightly so, many people resist giving up their low-carb lifestyle due to its many benefits. A deep distrust of doctors and pharmaceutical companies, not to mention decades of farcical advice on nutrition, leads people … Continue reading Keto and ME/CFS (Part III): lipid models and the lean mass hyper-responders (LMHR)

Keto and ME/CFS (part II): the cholesterol hyper-responders

When I set out to write this piece, I thought it would be just that: one piece. I have been in the cholesterol rabbit hole for five months now and have concluded that this complex topic will require several posts to cover it adequately. There are many threads I attempt to weave together, including how … Continue reading Keto and ME/CFS (part II): the cholesterol hyper-responders

My life as an ecologist

As you have probably guessed, I do not write about ecology much anymore, despite devoting 30 years of my life to the subject. I am toying with a few new ideas to write about, but for now, I wanted to share some of my past work in case you are wondering who I was as … Continue reading My life as an ecologist