In this weeks episode of "Pushing the Limits" we have the incredible Dr Matthew Phillips who calls himself a Metabolic Neurologist. After spending over 15 years studying and working in clinical practice with patients with neurodegenerative conditions and cancer etc he decided to extend. his approach from just using medications to manage the disease by diving into the study of the metabolic dysfunction that underlies many of these ailments or that contributes to these diseases.
He uses these Metabolic Strategies as Therapies in Cancer and Neurodegeneration and is and has done various clinical trials using his approach
His foremost passion is to explore the potential feasibility, safety, and efficacy of metabolic therapies, particularly fasting and ketogenic diets, in creating alternate metabolic states that enhance neuron bioenergetics and may lead to improvements in not only the symptoms, but also function and quality of life, for people with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and a variety of additional neurological disorders.
Upon completing his Neurology training in Melbourne, Dr. Phillips realised that he had no interest in going the usual route of further specialising in a particular neurological disorder. He wanted to specialise in a therapy, but no such fellowship existed. Thus, he bought a one-way ticket to the other side of the world and departed the medical system, travelling and working in different places for three years, creating his own self-taught fellowship during which he learned about a variety of therapeutic possibilities that he had never previously considered.
Upon completing his 3-year "fellowship" it became apparent too him that metabolic strategies, particularly fasting and ketogenic diets, were promising therapeutic options for a range of disorders. He re-entered the medical system by commencing work as a neurologist in New Zealand, where his colleagues have helped him to apply these strategies to a number of humanity's most difficult neurological disorders so as to determine whether they are feasible, safe, and can make an impact in terms of helping patients. This has resulted in his team conducting a world-first randomised controlled study of a ketogenic diet in Parkinson's and he now has a study underway for Glioblastoma patients.
The Canadian-born, Australian-trained neurologist ultimately wishes to help create a new field of Metabolic Neurology that emphasises applying metabolic strategies in healthcare so as to potentially heal many difficult disorders at their core, with the overarching goal being the improved health and enhanced nobility of humanity.
In this episode you will learn:
How fasting is a part of our evolutionary history and how it benefits us in modern day society. In a world we are led to believe we have to eat 3 to 6 times a day to stay healthy.
What is a keto diet and how do we implement it
We do a deep dive into mitochondria, what they are and how their function goes way beyond the traditional view of them as "powerhouses of the cell" only.
What happens in the body when we fast or adopt a ketogenic lifestyle and. how it can help us with many disease processes from cancer to Multiple sclerosis to Parkinsons, Dementia, Alzheimers and more.
The benefits he has experienced in his own N of one experiment
The problems with "Germ Theory" and what "Terrain Theory" is
How to build immune health through fasting
Working within the limitations of the current medical paradigm
How mitochondrial dysfunction precedes genetic mutations in disease processes and how we might address this.
You can find out more about Dr Matthew Phillips work and current research, publications etc at
Matt is a clinical and research neurologist at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand. His foremost passion is to explore the potential feasibility, safety, and efficacy of metabolic strategies, particularly fasting and ketogenic diets, in creating alternate metabolic states that may benefit people with a variety of neurological disorders. His team conducted the world’s first randomized studies in people with Parkinson’s and people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. He is currently conducting a clinical trial that combines intensive fasting with a ketogenic diet alongside standard treatments in patients with glioblastoma.
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