Book progress, butyrate, and Breckenridge
Hello!

Now that autumn is here, school is in and we are settling into the new routine.  I've been making significant strides on the carnivory book.  My hope is to complete the first draft in the next 6 weeks.  The hardest part about it is not having much to share while that's brewing.

To scratch that itch, and the research itch, I allowed myself to take this week to complete one of my back-burnered posts.  One of the arguments proffered for the necessity of plant eating is that we need our gut microbes to ferment fibre into butyrate in order to protect the health of our colons.  In the linked post, I've explored some reasons this isn't exactly true, including the fact that butyrate can be generated without plant fibre.  I've also put forth the hypothesis that beta-hydroxybutyrate at least partially makes up for this functionality, just as it does for glucose in the brain.

I am also excited to share with you that I've been invited to speak at Low Carb Breckenridge in March (https://denversdietdoctor.com/low-carb-breckenridge-2018/).  I haven't yet chosen my title, but I am leaning toward a continuation of the theme I began developing at the Ancestral Health Symposium this year.  In that talk, I went into some detail about the fact that humans have a unique ability to achieve and maintain ketosis when not under conditions of nutrient deprivation.  This has important implications about our evolution and about the role of ketogenic diets in humans that I feel deserves emphasis.  

The video of the talk was released, and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CwnPTokcT0 .  I have not yet converted it into a post with transcript and references the way I did with last year's talk, though I did submit an extended abstract to the Journal of Evolution and Health.

Thank you for your continued support! 

Amber