Carl and Richard discuss Ketones. What are they? How are they produced? Are they safe? How can we effectively measure our ketone levels? Does it actually matter? All of these questions and more are answered on this episode of 2 Keto Dudes.
We said we'd talk about consuming ketones but we never did. There is evidence that the mere presence of ketones in the blood stream is beneficial for controlling some kinds of cancer (listen to the cancer show from last week) however, taking ketones isn't a short cut to ketosis. It's like instead of going for a run you just cover yourself with sweat. The process of burning fat and creating ketones is where the magic happens.
Carl mentioned that mitochondria are organelles in _every_ cell in the body. But there are some cells like red blood cells that lack a mitochondria - which is why they can only ferment glucose for energy and are unable to use fat for energy.
Richard said that the Romans discovered that fasting cures epilepsy, but apparently a Greek doctor in the roman empire name Galen of Pergamon was just the first to write down that the Greeks had originally discovered the link noting thati n the book "Epidemics," Hippocrates describes the case of a man whose epilepsy was cured with drastic diet and fasting. Erasistratus, a Greek anatomist and royal physician under Seleucus I Nicator of Syria stated, "One inclining to epilepsy should be made to fast without mercy and be put on short rations."