From celebrities to the average Joe and everyone in between, many people have discovered the health benefits of the ketogenic diet. In this article, we will highlight three inspirational keto doctor stories from individuals who have used the ketogenic diet as nutritional therapy to improve their health.
Dr. Terry Wahls: The Wahls Protocol
Dr. Wahls created her strategic nutrition plan The Wahls Protocol to fuel her mitochondria, nourish her cells, and help treat multiple sclerosis. In less than a year on the Wahls Protocol, Dr. Wahls was able to go from being in a wheelchair to walking with a cane to riding her bicycle. Her book The Wahls Protocol outlines this exceptional nutrition plan. The protocol has three different levels. The third level is ketogenic paleo-plus and involves lowering carbohydrate intake and increasing healthy fats and protein.
The Wahls Protocol incorporates healthy fiber and nutritious vegetables. The level 3 ketogenic plan involves consuming a certain number of cups of vegetables every day containing iodine, sulfur, and antioxidants. Dr. Wahls discovered these three nutrients are key for fueling the mitochondria, modifying disease progression, and healing the body at the cellular level.
The many people that follow the Wahls Protocol are dubbed the Wahls Warriors as they tackle all manner of disease with the power of nutrition.
Dr. David Jockers
After getting the shock of skin cancer at the young age of 28, Dr. David Jockers explored the ketogenic diet. Dr. Jockers believes his nutrient-dense ketogenic lifestyle allowed him to beat skin cancer and significantly improve his health and wellness.
Dr. Jockers is a strong advocate for the keto lifestyle and shares recipes, research, and more to help spread the word. Check out his personal story.
Dr. David Perlmutter
Dr. Perlmutter wrote the famous book Grain Brain to help readers on the path to a healthier body and brain. Dr. Perlmutter has a moving and personal story about brain health. His father was a talented physician who inspired him to go into medicine. In his later years, Dr. Perlmutter’s father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and lived in an assisted living facility.
Dr. Perlmutter shares his precious memories and how his father didn’t always remember his name but asked him to check on his patients even after retiring over two and a half decades before. This drove Dr. Perlmutter to learn more about brain health, Alzheimer’s disease, and brain degeneration, in the hope of giving families answers and insight into prevention and treatment.
Dr. Perlmutter is a keto doctor who advocates for eating plenty of healthy fats to fuel the brain.
How Does the Ketogenic Diet Help With Chronic Disease?
From the reduction in inflammation to the benefits for the mitochondria and the increase in mitochondrial glutathione levels and antioxidant production, the research on the ketogenic diet is promising and ongoing [1,2,3,4].
Studies continue to highlight the positive disease-modifying effects of the ketogenic diet and how these healthy fats and nutrient-dense foods can make a difference at the cellular level .
Has Keto Positively Impacted Your Health?
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Steph Green is a writer, researcher, and singer/songwriter with a passion for all things wellness. In 2016, after four years of struggling with her own health problems and painful autoimmune disease, Steph developed a life-changing and extensive knowledge of keto, nutrition, and natural medicine. She continues on her healing journey and enjoys helping others along the way.