The Keto Summit - The Event, The People, The Resources
Welcome to the Keto Summit! I'm Louise Hendon, one of the hosts of the Keto Summit.
And our mission at The Keto Summit is to bring you the most delicious Keto recipes, the latest science, and the most practical tips for you to start and get results from a Keto diet.
My Journey To Keto
My journey to Keto started before people called it "Keto."
In 2012, I was deep into the low carb movement, and I went on the Low Carb Cruise with Jimmy Moore. I still remember being introduced to the concept of a Ketogenic diet and being in "ketosis" by Dr. Eric Westman and Dr. Andreas Entfeldt while on the cruise. (1)
The LCHF (low carb high fat) movement was just taking off in Scandinavia back in 2012, and we joked about Norway running out of butter. Butter smuggling even became a "thing!" (2)
That was the start of my journey to long-lasting health and wellness, but only a few years previously I had been seriously unhealthy.
My health problems started during college...
I have a Bachelors and a Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University in the UK. And I come from a line of scientists (on both my parents sides...in fact, I shamed the family by not getting a PhD!). You'd think my rigorous scientific background would have helped me realize the secret to health wasn't calories a bit earlier on, but nope!
I spent most of my time during college eating pot noodles, frozen chicken pot pies, cheese on toast, or counting calories excessively. My friends would hate going shopping with me because I would read the label of every product checking the calories.
Of course, I developed a slew of health issues in my early 20s...
- I had chronic heartburn and took daily doses of Prilosec for several years.
- I was finally diagnosed after 5 years of rashes and random swellings on my face with idiopathic angioedema (an autoimmune condition without any medically recognized cures). My doctor told me to take anti-histamine medication daily for the rest of my life.
- While getting my J.D. at Columbia Law School, I started putting on weight. I blame it on all the free pizza they gave out. All of a sudden I was 15 lbs heavier than I had ever been, and that was a significant amount for someone petite like me.
- During law school, I also started to suffer from bloating, gas, and diarrhea - IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). I never knew my stomach could swell after eating - it was seriously embarrassing.
- I was also exhausted during the day (especially after eating breakfast and lunch) to the point where I couldn't fathom how people could survive a whole day at work without taking a nap!
In the end, it was a desire to lose weight that drove me to low carb, Paleo, and now Keto
You'd think with so many health issues, I'd have been more motivated to find a solution. But I became quite satisfied with the medications my doctor put me on.
It wasn't until I finally started a low carb Paleo diet to lose the weight that I had gained in law school that I finally had my "AHA' moment.
I no longer had brain fog or felt like I needed a nap after each meal. For the first time in many years, I felt energetic and excited about life.
My chronic heartburn vanished (in just a few weeks).
My bloating disappeared and my clothes fit better. The weight slowly came off as well.
The digestive and autoimmune issues took longer to fix, but with the addition of gut-healing bone broth, supplements, autoimmune protocols, extra sleep, and de-stressing, I was finally able to kick those problems too.
I've been off all autoimmune medications (and all medications in general) for over 3 years now, and I feel so grateful every time I think about.
And it wasn't just me that benefitted from Keto...
Other Family Members and Friends Have Also Gone Keto
My father has type 2 diabetes (for several decades now), and after going on a Paleo/Keto diet, he was able to come off his insulin completely. His doctors were amazed!
My husband, Jeremy, first introduced me to a Keto diet. He's the one that loves researching and reading every single study. He's fascinated by what works and optimizing our lives.
For him, a Paleo/Keto lifestyle has helped him lose weight and gain muscle as well as stay productive.
Why do I do what I do?
Changing my diet was the first step in a journey that has had a profound impact on my life. Initially, all I cared about was losing weight. But by doing a healthy Keto diet filled with nutrient-dense foods and avoiding toxins like gluten, I suddenly started feeling amazing.
It was such a night and day shift that it forced me to question why I would choose to live any other way.
What is the Keto Summit?
The Keto Summit was an event involving 39 Keto experts
Chris Kelly, Dr. Tommy Wood, Jeremy Hendon, and I hosted the event together. 39 Keto experts were interviewed for the summit and over 40,000 people registered for the event. It was the first-ever Keto Summit (online or offline) and it was packed full of the best Keto science and practical information. Just check out the experts below!
After the event finished, we turned the website into a free resource for you achieve the best results from Keto.
Free Keto Resources:
Our Experts From The Keto Summit:
Dominic D'Agostino, PhD
Dominic D’Agostino is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida. And he’s also a senior research scientist of the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Dominic’s research is focused on developing and testing ketogenic diets, ketone supplements and amino acid formulations for a broad range of therapeutic and performance applications.
Prof. Thomas N. Seyfried, PhD
Thomas N. Seyfried is a professor of Biology at Boston College, and his research focuses on the mechanisms by which metabolic therapy manages chronic diseases such as epilepsy, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer. Prof Seyfried is on the editorial board of the Journal of Lipid Research, Neurochemical Research, as well as Nutrition & Metabolism.
Dr. Eric C. Westman, MD
Dr. Eric Westman is an associate professor of medicine and the director of Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. He is certified in alternative medicine and obesity medicine and he also has a Master’s degree in clinical research.
His research interest is disease prevention, and he belongs to the American Society of Bariatric Physicians as well as NAASO: The Obesity Society.
Grace Liu, PharmD, AFMCP
Grace Liu is a trained functional medicine practitioner and clinical pharmacist, who helps clients gain optimal performance through rebuilding their microbiome.
She also has a bachelors in nutritional science and food science and is CrossFit Nutrition Certified by Robb Wolf (and Nicki Violetti).
Ben Greenfield has been voted one of the 100 most influential men in health and fitness. He’s the New York Times bestselling author of The Low Carb Athlete and also Beyond Training. He’s also been nominated as America’s top personal trainer.
Dave Asprey needs little introduction. He’s the founder of Bulletproof, author of the New York Times best-selling book The Bulletproof Diet, and host of Bulletproof Radio.
Prof. Kieran Clarke, PhD
Prof. Kieran Clarke is a professor of biochemistry at Oxford University in England. Her research is focused on the effects of diet on energy metabolism in heart, brain and skeletal muscle, and thereby on physical performance and cognitive function. She actually started researching ketones in the early 1990s.
Patrick Arnold is an organic chemist. He’s the guy who helped create androstenedione, 1-Androstenediol, and several other popular supplements, also including THG (the “clear”). Patrick is now developing keto supplements, such as KetoForce.
Dr. Catherine Crofts, PhD
Dr. Catherine Crofts is a community-based clinical pharmacist, who – while finishing her PhD – has completed some amazing research into insulin sensitivity, insulin patterns, and clinical testing.
Mark is a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness his life’s work. He is the author of Mark’s Daily Apple, author of several best-selling books, including The Primal Blueprint and Primal Endurance, and much more.
Prof. Tim Noakes, MBChB, MD, DSc (Med)
Professor Tim Noakes is an emeritus professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He has published more than 750 scientific books and articles and has been cited more than 16,000 times in scientific literature.
Robb is a former research biochemist and is the New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Solution.
Dr. Phil Maffetone
For more than 35 years, Dr. Phil Maffetone has been bringing the latest advances in fitness nutrition to health care professionals around the world. Dr. Maffetone has worked with world class athletes and Phil is an internationally acclaimed author having published more than 20 books.
Dan Pardi is an entrepreneur and researcher who has focused his life’s work on making people feel awesome. Dan is one of the world’s leading experts on sleep, behavior, and hormones, and he’s the founder of Dan’s Plan.
Menno Henselmans is a certified personal trainer with the International Sports Sciences Association. He is also a board member of the Institute of Nutrition and Fitness Sciences (INFS), India, and FitZonderFabels, the Netherlands. Menno has degrees from Utrecht University in Holland and the University of Warwick in the UK. He is also a fitness model and the director of Bayesian Body-Building.
Max Lugavere is a filmmaker and a producer. He’s also a musician and the director of an upcoming documentary titled Bread Head.
Dr. Kenneth Ford, PhD
Dr. Kenneth Ford is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Dr. Ford received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tulane University. He is author of hundreds of scientific papers and six books. His research interests include artificial intelligence, cognitive science, human-centered computing and entrepreneurship in government and academia.
Dr. Jason Fung, MD
Jason Fung is a Nephrologist from Toronto and author of the best-selling health book, The Obesity Code. He has written two other best-selling health books, The Complete Guide to Fasting and The Diabetes Code, and co-founded the Intensive Dietary Management program.
Travis is a Molecular Biologist and Science Writer. He’s also the author of Tripping Over the Truth: The Return of the Metabolic Theory of Cancer Illuminates a New and Hopeful Path to a Cure, which currently has 166 reviews on Amazon.com and a 4.8 star rating.
Jimmy Moore is the best-selling author of Cholesterol Clarity and Keto Clarity. He’s also the man behind Livin’ La Vida Low Carb and several podcasts.
Dr. Mike T Nelson, PhD
Dr. Mike T. Nelson has a PhD in Exercise Physiology and a BA in Natural Science and an MSc in Biomechanics. He’s spent 18 years of his life learning how the human body works, specifically focusing on proper condition to burn fat and become stronger, more flexible and healthier.
Chris Masterjohn, PhD
Chris Masterjohn is an Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Brooklyn College in New York where his primary research focus is on fat-soluble vitamins. He also writes a blog and produces a podcast, both titled The Daily Lipid.
Dr. Kirk Parsley, MD
Dr. Kirk Parsley is a former Navy SEAL and doctor to the SEALs. He is the Naval Special Warfare expert on sleep medicine. And Dr. Parsley has lectured extensively on sleep, wellness, traumatic brain injury and hormone optimization.
Dr. Richard D. Feinman, PhD
Dr. Richard Feinman is a protein enzyme chemist and professor of Cell Biology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He came to keto by way of teaching medical students about intermediary metabolism.
Dr. Tommy Wood, MD, PhD
Dr. Tommy Wood is Chief Scientific Officer of Nourish Balance Thrive, a graduate of Cambridge and Oxford, and an international speaker on nutrition, diet, and disease.
Dr. Cate Shanahan, MD
Dr. Cate Shanahan is a board certified family physician who trained in Biochemistry and Genetics at Cornell University. Cate has also worked as a nutritional consultant for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ivor is a Chemical Engineer who spent the last 25 years engineering problem solving in complex high volume consumer products in the medical device industry. In 2013, he began to research cholesterol metabolic syndrome and became obsessed with it.
Dr. Ron Rosedale, MD
Dr. Ron Rosedale is founder of the Rosedale Center and author of the Rosedale Diet. His primary focuses are preventing and healing heart disease and a variety of other chronic illnesses.
Patricia Daly, BA Hons, dipNT, mBANT, rCNHC
Patricia Daly is a fully qualified nutritional therapist specializing in integrative cancer treatment. She’s had cancer twice herself and has used a keto diet (along with other lifestyle changes) to treat her own cancer.
Bryan Walsh is a naturopathic doctor and biochemist. His understanding of biochemistry and physiological processes is unparalleled.
Marty Kendall is an engineer and the founder of Optimising Nutrition, as well as the Optimising Nutrition Facebook Group.
Leanne Vogel is a nutrition educator at HealthfulPursuit.com. She’s spent the last ten years helping clients change their bodies and health.
Dr. David Jockers, DNM, DC, MS
Dr. Jockers is a doctor of natural medicine, functional nutritionist and corrective care chiropractor, who works with clients at his practice.
Kate Bay Jaramillo
Kate is a Keto weight-loss coach, Keto Summit expert, host of the Straight-Up Wellness Show, a certified Beachbody Live and P90X instructor, as well as a wife and mom to 3 wonderful children.
Dr. Tom O’Bryan, DC, CCN, DACBN
Dr. Tom O’Bryan is a world-renowned doctor and speaker who is on the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on food sensitivities, autoimmune disorders, and much more.
Tyler Bramlett is known as the Garage Warrior. He’s spent the past 13 years changing people’s bodies in amazing ways.
Maria Emmerich is a wellness expert in nutrition and exercise physiology. She’s the author of the bestselling cookbook “The Ketogenic Cookbook”, as well as many other books.
Luis Villasenor is an amateur bodybuilder who has built his body almost entirely while on a ketogenic diet. Luis is a certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (SFN) from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA). He’s also the founder of KetoGains.com and runs communities with tens of thousands of people on Facebook and Reddit.