William Curtis talks about his efforts to understand how ketones have helped with his Parkinson’s symptoms. He developed Parkinson’s symptoms at the age of 45 in the year 2000 and has been instrumental in collaborating with NIH researcher Richard Veech in Washington DC.
What follows are the questions I ask Bill during the interview today on Parkinsons Recovery Radio.
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How did Parkinson’s affect your life?
What led you to experiment with ketosis?
After the ketogenic exercise, what did you do to find out more about how ketosis could help your Parkinson’s symptoms?
What is the purpose of fasting?
What is the purpose of the morning fat and coffee mixture?
What happens when you eat too much carbohydrate?
What happens when you eat too much protein?
Can exercise take you out of ketosis?
Can stress take you out of ketosis?
What supplements do you take to support ketosis?
What do you think is causing the improvement in symptoms?
Have you been able to cut back on the Parkinson’s medications?
What do you think is going on as far as the disease progression you personally are experiencing?
Where do you think the use of ketosis in Parkinson’s is going?
What is a Ketone Diet?
The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, limited protein and carbohydrate diet that encourages the body to burn fat. When we eat carbohydrates, they convert to glucose which is the primary fuel for brain function. When there is little to no carbohydrates that are ingested, your liver converts fat into and ketone bodies. The ketones become natural food for your brain rather than using glucose as an energy source.
Ketones can also be produced by the body when you eat a high fat diet. A cocktail in the morning consisting of a drink composed of coffee, butter, whipped cream and coconut oil (and/or MCT oil) is used by some persons with Parkinson’s who pursue a ketone diet. The body uses the fats to product ketones.
Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease