Dr Nick Norwitz
Dr. Nicholas Norwitz is an atypical guest. He’s only 25-years old but already holds a PhD from Oxford University in ketogenics and brain metabolism, works as keto coach and a metabolic health practitioner, conducts clinical research, writes papers, and lectures on the international stage, and is now pursuing his MD at Harvard Medical School. But Nick’s academic credentials are only a small part of what makes him interesting. He has his own incredible story of struggling with metabolic diseases. We discuss his personal history in this podcast along with Nick’s thoughts on medicine, healthcare, education, nutrition.
Dr Nick's Books
OpEd with Gary Taubes: https://www.statnews.com/2021/04/16/ketogenic-diet-belief-medical-school-pariah/
The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook: The Optimal Keto-Friendly Diet that Burns Fat, Promotes Longevity, and Prevents Chronic Disease - Martina Slajerova, Nichlas Norwitz, Rohan Kashid, Thomas DeLauer
Nick’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2louDfTFt0
Dr Nick's Top Tips
- Look for nutrition as an opportunity
- Educate yourself - freedom of informed choice
- Give yourself permission to put your health first
Dr Vyvyane Loh
Dr. Kieran Clarke
Society of Metabolic Health Practitioners
Chris Palmer Harvard University
Dr Brian Lenzkes
White Oak Pastures
Quotes by Dr Nick Norwitz
“They said you're a young healthy guy, normal BMI, normal testosterone, weight bearing activities, no family history of osteoporosis. There's no way you have low bone density. But at that point, we did get a dexa scan and it revealed I did have osteoporosis.”
“So that was really hard for me as someone who identified as an athlete to give that up because effectively I did have to give up running at that point.”
“I thought the osteoporosis was bad, the ulcerative colitis was worse. Because as anybody with an inflammatory bowel disease knows, it makes food and social life a real struggle, if not a terror.”
“I came to the point where I ate to fuel my body, but it was that I just did not look forward to eating, it was kind of a terror for me.“
“There's that visceral reaction because you've internalised this message that you just keep being about: fat is bad, because it's going to clog your arteries X, Y, and Z, eat a low fat, whole food, plant based diet. Even when you're looking at the literature and at this point, there was still a visceral reaction to it. It's just like this can't be right? This can’t be right?”
“I was pretty desperate. So like, what do I have to lose? Even if my arteries clog and I die at 45, it's better than living with what I have now, so let’s give it a whirl?”
“It was a light bulb, life changing moment, like within a week my inflammation markers were down, I had more energy, I had no symptoms of colitis, at al. The bleeding just stopped and I felt on top of the world.”
"That shift was just phenomenal for me. And I didn't know what was going on. I just knew that something happened. And that's all I cared about at that moment."
"The most remarkable thing about my story and my journey, is that it's not unique by any means. I manifested metabolic disease, in a weird way, ulcerative colitis and osteoporosis at a young age."
"So why the heck did I suffer? Did they suffer for so many years and have to become sick and hopeless before this is provided as an option?"
Connect with Dr Nick Norwitz on social media
Nick’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLTZUJSEulehPtF_ytFiU_A
If you have enjoyed listening to this episode - Leave us a review
By leaving us a review on your favourite podcast platform, you help us to be found by others.
Support us on Patreon
Help Jackie and Louise make more episodes by supporting them on Patreon:
Connect with us on social media
Music by Bob Collum
Recommend a guest
We would love to know if you have a favourite guest you would like us to interview. Let us know who you would like to hear of if you have a particular topic you would like us to cover.
We sometimes get a small commission on some of the links, this goes towards the costs of producing the podcast.