Low Carb Events

The following events in the New England Area provide information from a variety of perspectives on Low Carb / High Fat diets and the science behind them for weight loss and resolution of diabetes.


  KetoFest Science Sunday in New London, CT   July 16, 2017


Hosts Carl Franklin and Richard Morris from the 2 Keto Dudes podcast put together a three-day KetoFest event in New London, Connecticut from July 14-16, 2017. The festival kicked-off on Friday evening with an information-packed 4-hour forum by some of the world’s leading low-carb authorities including the renowned Dr. Eric Westman of HEAL Clinics and Duke University. On Social Saturday (July 15), they held an outdoor party on the Parade Plaza in New London, with a pig smoking on a spit, grilling sausages, and water and coffee. There were also opportunities to go on walking, Segway, running and cycle tours. Science Sunday featured the latest research and included Jaqueline Eberstein, Dr. Eric Westman, Dr. Jeffy Gerber, Nick Mailor, Ivor Cummins, Megan Ramos, L. Amber O'Hearn, and Dave Feldman as well as an interview with Professor Richard Feinman. Click here for a 13-minute video of Carl and Richard's introductory remarks and a closing summation near the end of the Science Sunday presentations


Gary Taubes presents at UMass Medical Center April 20, 2016
Award winning science writer Gary Taubes was invited to speak at the University of Massachusetts Medical School Diabetes Center of Excellence by Co-Director David Harlan, MD on April 20,2016. Taubes reviewed his primary thesis that fat accumulation is driven by insulin which is stimulated by carbohydrates as opposed to the assumption that weight gain is due to a caloric energy imbalance.  Taubes' work is largely responsible for a growing number of advocates for an alternative approach to treating obesity and understanding the underlying causes of world-wide population weight gain and diabetes rates. It has influenced the Healthy City Fall River approach to weight gain and underlies its efforts to reduce sugar consumption and to advise those seeking to lose weight to adopt a low carbohydrate and high fat approach to eating. It is also an approach that is now practiced by Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo of the Southcoast Diabetes Management Program in working with overweight and diabetic patients. Click here for a one-hour video of the presentation. 

Presentation to the Mass Dietetic Association   April 1, 2016
  Following up on their presentations on "How to Lose Weight Without Going Hungry", Psychologist Dr. David Weed and Southcoast Health Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo, MS, RDN, CDE, presented a session at the Massachusetts Dietetic Association Nutrition Convention and Exposition on April 1, 2016 on "Why do we continue to recommend limitations on dietary fats - What is the current evidence?". Dr. Weed the session started by explaining the rationale for lifting limits on dietary fats while cutting back on carbohydrates as the key factor in lowering obesity rates. Ms. Raposo followed by describing the positive results she has had in treating obese patients in the Southcoast Diabetes Management Program. This approach to reducing obesity by reducing dietary carbohydrates and increasing fat is backed by years of research that contradicts current recommendations. Click here for a 54-minute video of the presentation, here for Dr. Weed's PowerPoint slides, and here for Ms. Raposo's slides


Dr. David Ludwig presents at the NB Whaling Museum   March 15, 2016
  The New Bedford Wellness Initiative continued its effort to raise health awareness with the goal to help prevent disease through healthy living organized a screening of the film "In Defense of Food" on March 15, 2016, at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. In the film, journalist Michael Pollan reports his recommendations for reversing the damage being done to people's health by today's industrially driven Western Diet. The film debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition, Pollan offers a clear answer to the question of what to eat to be health in his summary statement: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Following the film, Dr. David Ludwig, a noted endocrinologist, researcher at  Boston Children's Hospital, professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, who was in the film, spoke about his new book, Always Hungry. Click here for the Standard-Times article. Click here for a fifty-minute video of the event.
Presentation to the Mass Public Health Association   October 23, 2015
  Leaders of the Massachusetts Public Health Association (MPHA) came to Fall River on October 23, 2015 to present a summary of the Act FRESH Campaign and to provide a forum for Partners to present its approach to reducing obesity. Partners Executive Director Dr. David Weed and Southcoast Health Registered Dietitian Amanda Raposo described their approach to weight loss and the prevention and treatment of diabetes. "We think the current recommendations to lower dietary fats and include high amounts of carbohydrates is what helped to cause the obesity epidemic rather than to reduce it," stated Weed. "We now recommend whole foods with natural fats through our guidelines, a 20-minute video on the subject, and efforts to reduce sugar-sweetened beverages ," he added. Ms. Raposo followed up with a summary of how she successfully treats her patients in the Southcoast Diabetes Management Program. Click here for a one-hour video of their presentation. Click here for Dr. Weed's presentation PowerPoint slides and here for Ms. Raposo's.
Fed Up, the Movie at the New Bedford Whaling Museum   September 17, 2014
  The New Bedford Wellness Initiative, an effort to raise health awareness with the goal to help prevent disease and recover from illness through healthy living and not just medications, organized an airing of the documentary film, Fed Up, produced by ABC's Katie Couric and "Inconvenient Truth's" Laurie David at the New Bedford Whaling Museum auditorium on September 17, 2014. Organized by Cardiologist Michael Rocha, M.D., the film and discussion that followed offered participants a chance to learn about the government policies that supported food manufacturer's move toward low-fat products full of sugar and refined grains that fueled the obesity crisis of the past thirty years. During the discussion that followed, Dr. Rocha and New Bedford Mass in Motion Coordinator Kim Ferreira, RD, described the many local initiatives that are helping residents move toward less processed foods and more local produce. Greater Fall River Partners staff members Marcia Picard and David Weed described their similar efforts, including a twenty-minute sequel video "Fed Up on the South Coast" that recommends ten changes that could help to improve local health. Click here for a for a twenty-minute video of the event. Click here for the Standard-Times article. 

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