Next up were Byron Bay locals Ian Blair Hamilton & Cassie Bond.
This was a story that I was particularly interested in.
I studied Neuroscience at uni and anything brain (or mind) related just totally fascinates me.
Cassie shared her own journey to better health with us.
A self-confessed “health-nut,” Cassie has tried raw food diets, veganism, vegetarianism (and possibly even a few more “-isms”) but has found that a diet that included nutrient-dense meat and lots of natural fats (aka a Paleo Diet) has been the most successful in clearing up her long standing Candida and resolving 15 years of IBS symptoms.
Two years ago, Cassie noticed that Ian was becoming forgetful and clumsy.
Much to Cassie’s consternation, Ian began dropping plates and glassware in the kitchen left, right and centre.
It became so bad that Cassie thought she might have to start buying that unbreakable melamine kitchenware, to save herself from spending a fortune on replacing broken crockery.
Ian and Cassie told their story very openly.
They were both candid and entertaining as they discussed the impact of Ian’s Alzheimer’s symptoms on their lives.
Ian was initially in denial.
Until it got to the point where he would return home from a trip to the supermarket empty-handed, because he had forgotten what he was supposed to get and why he was there in the first place.
Cassie is an avid health researcher and pro-active about implementing her findings, but she eventually delivered the ultimatum to Ian that unless he started looking after himself, then she wouldn’t either (to which Ian replied “This isn’t the deal!”)
On the basis of Mary Newport’s work on the use of Coconut oil and ketones in Alzheimers, Ian started consuming up to 6 tablespoons of coconut oil a day and found that his brain “snapped back” within a relatively short period of time.
A huge relief for this creative, entrepreneurial, witty man who was staring down the barrel of losing his connection to the things that bought him joy and his fundamental sense of self.
In many of the presentations on the night, Alzheimer’s was referred to as ‘Type 3 diabetes,’ a diabetes of the brain. And, as such something that can be symptomatically improved through diet.
Ian describes himself as being “sharp as a tack” now (something I can definitely confirm!) and he certainly puts his cognitive improvement down to increasing the natural fats in his diet and switching his brain over to using ketones as a fuel source, instead of relying on glucose alone.
You can see more of Ian & Cassie’s story here.
And find more of Cassie’s work here.
If you are a Byron local, check in here also for future details of a Paleo Meet-up Group. The response we had on the night was huge and there was a lot of interest from people wanting to come together, share information and support each other on their journeys to good health through food.
Summaries of the other Low Carb Down Under Byron Presentations:
- David Gillespie: Sweet Poison
- Ian Blair Hamilton & Cassie Bond: Coconut Oil For Alzheimer’s
- Jimmy Moore: The Story behind Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb
- Christine Cronau: Why Saturated Fat is Good For Us
- Crystal Fieldhouse: What is Paleo
- Jo Fitton: Chronicles of a Cardio Addict
- Dr Rod Tayler: Low Carb, Health, Weight and Doctors
- Low Carb Down Under Byron Wrap
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