Episode #38 – Raffaele Pilla

Raffaele Pilla was a research scientist that worked at the University of South Florida looking at Ketogenic Diets and their therapeutic effects. He is currently a Pharmacist and Research Scientist in Italy. You can find him on Facebook and his e-mail address is raf.pilla@gmail.com

Show Notes:
[1:16][4:04]: How he met Dom D’Agostino and the beginnings of his research career looking at compressed gases in Navy SEALs
[4:30][4:58]: How a hyperbaric chamber mimics a real Navy SEAL dive
[5:15][6:25]: The beginning origins of why Navy SEAL divers had to dive deeper into waters and how they began to have seizures due to compressed oxygen
[6:49][8:17]: Atmospheric pressures in a deep dive Navy SEAL compared to walking on dry land
[9:13][15:50]: Discovery of 1921 John’s Hopkins Hospital study that showed the ketogenic diet as a cure for epileptic seizures. Story of friend Mike who got off medications for seizures and cured his epilepsy through ketogenic diet.
[16:15][16:45]: Raffaele’s favorite soccer team and how many times a week he plays the beautiful game
[17:45][24:23]: What happens to the human body following the ingestion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Why the western diet doesn’t fit our evolutionary behaviors and why the over-ingestion of carbohydrates has led to western metabolic diseases and obesity
[24:33][26:00]: What is Ketosis?
[26:15][31:28]: How do we achieve a state of ketosis?
[32:45][35:45]: Ketogenic Diet Program in Rowers that set personal records on a ketogenic diet. Ketogenic and Low Carb diet with Norwegian Soccer team that won championship in state of Ketosis
[36:15][39:45]: Keto-Adaptation and Why a ketogenic diet works for athletes and soccer players
[40:45][43:50]: Sugar addiction and why eating sugar promotes eating more sugar
[44:10][47:07]: How long can you stay in a state of ketosis?
[51:10][52:18]: Once ketosis is achieved, how hard is it to maintain?
[52:39][53:55]: How do we measure how many millimolars we have?
[54:07][57:30]: How does fasting influence ketosis?
[59:25][59:50]: Where to contact Raffaele Pilla.