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Virta co-founders Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek worked with The Ohio State University’s Food Innovation Center to convene a group of esteemed scientists and researchers to discuss recent progress in 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.

Dominic D’Agostino, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida. He focuses on medical biochemistry, physiology, neuroscience, and neuropharmacology. Dr. D’Agostino is also a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). D’Agostino completed his B.S. at Rutgers University and his Ph.D at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University.

Watch his presentation here:

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

Speakers at the conference discussed the molecular functions of ketones, treatment strategies for diabetes, cancer, metabolic, heart, and brain disorders, public policy and healthcare guidelines, the practical role of ketosis in sports, and more.


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    This was a great Conference, IMO. Wasn’t there, but have watched lots of the videos. Really good stuff


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    Wow! Thank you making available this talk.

    Has anyone done studies on migraine headaches and ketones? I read a statistic that: People who have migraines are twice as likely to have seizures, and vice-versa and that many of the symptoms that occur before a migraine are similar to symptoms experienced before a seizure.

    Your blogs and website and company occur to me as a light at the end of the tunnel for a myriad of ‘different‘ diseases.


    1. Virta Health

      The underlying cause (aka pathophysiology) of migraine headaches remains a controversial topic. Stepping back a bit, it is clear that there are multiple contributing factors to this complex and clinically important topic. Some reported factors include physical illness, physical stress, hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle, mineral and electrolyte nutriture, and emotional stress.

      For those of us who have employed therapeutic nutritional ketosis to reverse type 2 diabetes and obesity, patient reports of dramatic improvements in migraines are not uncommon. But because we optimize nutriture of minerals that improve vascular function (e.g., sodium, potassium, magnesium), we cannot conclude that these improvements are due to ketones per se.

      Recently, inflammation of the brain and/or blood vessels has become a credible factor underlying migraines. Since we have documented in multiple human studies that a well-formulated ketogenic diet reduces inflammation, we now have a potential contributing factor to explain this unattributable observation.

      So yes, there is good reason to hypothesize that nutritional ketosis will reduce migraines through its anti-inflammatory effects. But given its many underlying factors, the best response of migraines will occur when mineral, physical, and emotional contributors are also addressed.

      Ketogenic diet in migraine treatment: A brief but ancient history
      Ferdinando Maggioni, Monica Margoni and Giorgio Zanchin Cephalalgia 2011 31: 1150 originally published online 4 July 2011 DOI: 10.1177/0333102411412089

      Rakesh Malhotra. Understanding migraine: Potential role of neurogenic inflammation. Ann Indian Acad Neurol. 2016 Apr-Jun; 19(2): 175–182. doi: 10.4103/0972-2327.182302


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    Tiffanee Kohl April 7, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Virta Health- Thank you SO much for these great videos! I have been strict LCHF/keto for about 2 years. I will finish my post-graduate studies as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 3 months and plan to incorporate Nutritional Ketosis into all of my care plans for my patients. I have full faith in what nutritional ketosis can do for the human body (our family was first introduced to keto about 10 years ago when our daughter was diagnosed with a childhood epilepsy. It worked great to manage her, and has worked great to manage some medical challenges for both my husband and myself- obesity & hypertension, which we have conquered). These videos make the topic easily accessible for the general population. Question- would you provide some videos about the role of exercise, specifically WHAT TYPE of exercise is most beneficial with Keto? thanks!


    1. Virta Health

      Hi Tiffanee! Thank you so much for following us and your great feedback. The type of exercise absolutely depends on the individual and what they enjoy. For all of our patients at Virta, we encourage them to be as active as they want to be and we support them so they have the energy they need.


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    Glenn Faircloth April 9, 2019 at 12:58 am

    There’s this inconvenient fact for those that step onto the soapbox for keto, paleo, atkins, etc and it’s that the healthiest longest living populations in the world eat nearly 100% carb rich plant-foods. The healthiest population is the US w/ the most centenarians is located in Loma Linda CA – they consume 100% plant-fuel. They couldn’t care less about acidosis, alkalosis, ketosis, or apoptosis. Following an organic 100% phyto-nutrient diet, my body w/ God’s blessings of course, cured a crippling auto-immune disorder so much so that the “irreversible” bone damage was completely healed w/in one year! God Bless


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