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Virta co-founders Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek partnered with The Ohio State University’s Food Innovation Center to create a conference that gathered scientists and researchers to discuss the science of low carbohydrate nutrition. The conference was hosted by the OSU Food Innovation Center and the video recordings were sponsored by Virta Health. OSU and Virta have decided to make these videos free and available to the public.

Dr. Colin Champ is a board-certified radiation oncologist and assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is a researcher specializing in diet, nutrition, and cancer. He has an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University, and he completed his residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Watch his presentation here:

You can find all of the conference videos here and at the Food Innovation Center.

Speakers discussed the treatment strategies for diabetes, cancer, metabolic, heart, and brain disorders, as well as public policy, ketosis for athletes, and the molecular functions of ketones.


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    Brilliant work; I am sadly watching my 67 year old brother in South Africa succumb to soft tissue sarcoma, an arm amputation, collapsed lung, and his remaining lung riddled with cancer. His food and treatment in hospital pushed his blood sugar so high, its disgraceful. Thank heavens for Virta Health and all the real doctors and scientists exploring keto benefits. Warburg’s work is profound, actually. Jerry, Johannesburg, South Africa.


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    Perhaps this is why the early research re: total parenteral nutrition for cancer showed it shortened lifespan. It was very high in glucose load – in fact, it was overfeeding by today’s standards.


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    How safe are Pruvit powder Ketone drinks?


    1. Virta Health

      Hi Kathy! We don’t use ketone supplements with our patients, so we don’t have an opinion to share at this time. Thank you for reaching out, though!


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    Great presentation. Concerning effects of Glucose/ Lung Cancer; does this mean a keto diet night not be beneficial for fighting Mesothelioma while undergoing Immunotherapy?


    1. Virta Health

      We’re glad you enjoyed it! Unfortunately, we aren’t able to provide an answer to your question on behalf of Dr. Champ.


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