April 2018 Quarterly Newsletter

2018 is shaping up to be a productive and exciting year! At the IPTN, our focus is on teaching health professionals – family doctors, dietitians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and others – how to safely support patients to use a ‘food first’ approach in managing or reversing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes. By taking this ‘one-to-many’ approach – health professionals to patients – we hope to have a faster impact on the health of more Canadians and reduce the societal burden of diet-related chronic disease.

Health Professional ‘Community’ to Launch

We believe there is nothing more powerful than people coming together around a common vision.

This month the IPTN launched our highly anticipated Therapeutic Nutrition Community for Health Professionals – a purpose-built, member driven private online community that fosters networking, mentorship and collaboration. Health professionals can apply to join the Community (at no cost) to share knowledge and resources, ask questions, and engage in real-time discussions about all aspects of therapeutic nutrition. As it grows, the Community will play an integral role in advancing the ‘food first’ movement in healthcare and help shape best practices in a new and rapidly evolving field.

Therapeutic Nutrition Webinar Series Attracts Ground-breaking Speakers

In the winter of 2017, the IPTN teamed up with the Canadian Clinicians for Therapeutic Nutrition to begin offering no-cost webinars for health professionals on a wide range of topics related to therapeutic nutrition. Speakers to date have included Dr. Sarah Hallberg (Virta Health/ TED Talk – Reversing type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines…), Adam Brown (author, Bright Spots and Landmines, managing type 1 diabetes on a low carb diet), and Dr. Jeff Stanley (Virta Health, Deprescribing 101 for LCHF and the Ketogenic Diet).

Join the Therapeutic Nutrition Community for Health Professionals to register for these no-cost monthly webinars and access archived recordings of past speakers.

Mark your calendar – on April 26th Dr. Stephen Cunnane will be presenting on the Emerging Role of Ketones in Healthy Brain Aging as part of our Therapeutic Nutrition Webinar Series. He will review ketone metabolism and the importance of ketones in the developing and aging brain as well as their potential role in early Alzheimer’s.

Website Changes

Our website has recently been ‘refreshed’ to more accurately represent the IPTN’s role as a catalyst in advancing therapeutic nutrition. Check out www.therapeuticnutrition.org and help us spread the word. We think you will like our new format.

Ambassador Program

  • Are you a health professional, researcher or educator who is passionate about promoting a ‘food first’ approach to health?
  • Have you been seeking an opportunity for professional affiliation with an internationally recognized organization that can help you with this goal?
  • Are you part of a professional network or community that would benefit from learning more about personalized therapeutic nutrition and the IPTN’s vision and mission?
  • Would a leadership development program, focused on personalized therapeutic nutrition, help you advance practice or policy change in your work setting, professional discipline or community?
  • Are you ready to take your volunteerism to the next level?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider becoming an Ambassador for Therapeutic Nutrition and help us start changing the world. The Ambassador Program is an engagement strategy and leadership development initiative aimed at accelerating the ‘food first’ movement in health care. Please email us to find out how you can be a catalyst for change!


Proof-of-concept study showing encouraging results

We are excited to say that our latest clinical trial for Type 2 Diabetes is showing optimistic results and creating positive impact on participants lives.

The 200-subject ‘proof-of-concept’ clinical trial: Impact of a Pharmacist-led Therapeutic Nutrition Intervention on Medications and Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes is nearing the half-way mark and already showing encouraging results. We are aiming to determine if people with type 2 diabetes are able to reduce and/or eliminate glucose-lowering medications by following a pharmacist-led low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet. If you know of anyone who would benefit from taking part in this clinical trial, 13 Pharmasave locations in B.C. are continuing to recruit obese type 2 diabetes patients between the ages of 30 and 75 who are taking at least one glucose-lowering medication. Please email us if you know of someone who would be interested (or should be) participating, or you would like more information on the clinical trial.

IPTN wins MSFHR grant

Congratulations to our IPTN Chief Science Officer and team who won a ‘convening grant’ from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research in February! The grant will allow an impressive team of Therapeutic Nutrition experts to collaborate on the development of:

  • Tools to enhance the delivery of Therapeutic Nutrition by primary care physicians
  • An expanded online training program that will promote learning of low-carbohydrate therapeutic nutrition and implementation of a consistent approach by primary care physicians
  • A roadmap for a research study that will test and evaluate the outcomes of the first two objectives.

We will keep you posted on how our Chief Science Officer and the team’s latest developments. Thank you to the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research for your support.

UBC/IPTN Collaboration Funded

A UBC/IPTN research team led by Dr. Jonathan Little (UBCO) has been funded to carry out the following project: Supporting and Enabling Physicians to deliver Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition Using an Online Technology Platform. The ability to make the delivery of a ‘food first’ approach for Therapeutic Nutrition easy and accessible to all is why we are adopting a technology-based delivery system. Through Dr. Little’s project, we will learn the best way to move the scientific evidence for therapeutic nutrition from research into medical practice, creating the greatest impact for patients.

This project will build on the ‘proof-of-concept’ study that is currently underway.


Food impacts our wellbeing in so many ways. We rely on our food choices to maintain a healthy body weight and to assist in our mental wellbeing. If you have read in the news how mental health can be impacted by a ketogenic diet, take a read of the following article from Dr. Georgia Ede, MD (Psychology Today, posted March 27. 2018):

“If you take psychiatric medications and are thinking about trying a low-carb or ketogenic diet for mental health reasons, please read this article first…”

– Ketogenic Diets and Psychiatric Medications: What you need to now before you go low carb.

Are you part of the sandwich generation and have older parents with medical health issues? Anne Mullens on the dietdoctor.com website shares a great article about her experience introducing a ketogenic diet to her 91 and 92-year-old parents. Apparently, it is never too late to change when you are properly motivated and supported!

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