Chris Palmer, Mark Cucuzzella, Aastha Kalra, & Cynthia Thurlow Added to All-Star Lineup
PALISADES, NY, February 2, 2020 — Four more big names have been added to already power-packed list of speakers for the inaugural Low Carb New York Conference to be held held July 16-19, 2020 at the HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center in Palisades, NY.
The most recent additions to the roster are Chris Palmer, MD, Mark Cucuzzella, MD, Aastha Kalra, MD, and Cynthia Thurlow, NP.
Chris Palmer, MD, is a Harvard Medical School physician, researcher, consultant and educator dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness. He is working at the interface of metabolism, metabolic disorders, and mental disorders. Dr. Palmer has extensive experience and expertise in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and complementary and alternative treatments for psychiatric disorders, but is also pioneering the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for psychiatric disorders.
Mark Cucuzzella, MD, is a physician in West Virginia, a state with the nation’s highest rates of obesity and diabetes. In 2017, he published a survey study of more than 1,500 people who followed a low-carb diet for greater than three months, and most for more than a year. Most participants lost weight and reduced their blood glucose levels. Many reduced their use of medications. Since 2012, Dr. Cucuzzella has followed a low-carb diet to manage his own diabetes, and he has helped countless patients do the same. Dr. Cucuzzella is a two time winner of the Air Force Marathon and has a marathon PR of 2:24.
Aastha Kalra, MD, Board Certified in Internal Medicine, has expertise in preventative medicine and diabetes reversal through a medically supervised weight loss program. She specializes in medically supervised weight loss. Dr. Kalra completed her residency at Hofstra University- NorthShore LIJ Health System and thereafter served as Chief Resident. Dr. Kalra is a member of American Board of Preventative Medicine, the Obesity Society, American Board of Obesity Medicine, American Medical Association.
Cynthia Thurlow, NP, is an entrepreneur, functional nutritionist, and a two-time TEDx speaker. Her passion is helping women find wellness through the healing power of nutrition and solving health problems from the inside out. She started to see a powerful relationship between the foods that we eat and improved symptoms, health and wellness. After seeing her patients experience significant improvements in their health, she was inspired to become a functional nutritionist. Thurlow has advanced training in food sensitivity testing, digestive concerns, sex hormone testing and thyroid issues, and she strongly focuses on these concerns with her female patients.
The conference will also feature as presenters Tro Kalayjian, DO; Brian Lenzkes, MD; Megan Ramos, Nadia Pateguana, ND; Ben ;Bickman, MD; Nina Teicholz; Nadir Ali, MD; Christian Assad, MD; Evelyne Bourdua-Roy, MD; David Unwin, MD; Jen Unwin, DPsy and Terri Lance, PhD.
This groundbreaking conference—organized by Dr. Tro Kalayjian in partnership with Intensive Dietary Management/The Fasting Method (IDM/TFM) & LowCarbUSA—will feature keynotes and presentations from some of the field’s leading experts and medical professionals.
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“We are thrilled with the interest we’ve had from many of the world’s leading experts in low carb, keto, and fasting,” said Kalayjian, who recently presented at the LowCarbUSA conference in Boca. “I have personally seen the demand for a conference like this in the New York area, and we’re extremely enthusiastic about the response we’ve received.”
Kalayjian opened Dr. Tro’s Medical Weight & Direct Primary Care in Tappan, NY in 2019, and has received many inquiries from other doctors and health professionals about how to incorporate the low carb lifestyle into their practices. Kalayjian has even had doctors travel from other parts of the country to meet with him and learn more.
“Earlier in my career I looked at metabolic diseases in the same way the medical establishment has viewed these diseases for decades. Diseases like Type 2 diabetes are thought of as progressive, and most doctors typically hope to merely slow that progression. In my practice, using low carb, keto and intermittent fasting, I regularly take patients off medications, and help them restore their health.”
Kalayjian co-hosts the popular Low Carb MD podcast and has seen his Twitter presence explode to more than 32,000 followers over the past two years. “We’ve already had more than one million podcast downloads in just a year, and our audience continues to grow,” said Kalayjian. “The interest in low carb, keto, and fasting shows no signs of slowing down.”
The conference is open to all, including the general public, health, nutrition and fitness enthusiasts, the scientific community, policymakers and healthcare professionals. Continuing Medical Education (CME) up to 14 hours is available for healthcare professionals.
“We’ve seen the benefits of therapeutic fasting and low carbohydrate diets in our work with more than 10,000 people worldwide,” said Megan Ramos, who co-founded Intensive Dietary Management and The Fasting Method along with Dr. Jason Fung, MD.
Ramos was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NALFD) at age 12, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) at age 14, and Type 2 diabetes at age 27. She reversed these metabolic conditions and achieved an 86-pound weight loss by combining intermittent fasting with a low carb diet, and is now passionate about helping others do the same.
“I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to help educate thousands of people online,” said Ramos. “At IDM/TFM we help people worldwide lose weight and eliminate unnecessary medications with the assistance of their doctors. In some cases, I have even helped women, who have been told they are infertile due to PCOS complications, have babies with the education provided through video chat.
“As rewarding as it is to help people online, I am always enthusiastic when I have the opportunity to speak to people face to face at conferences such as this one. We know there is a large demand for education on these topics in the New York area, and we’re hoping this will be the first of many conferences we hold there.”
Doug Reynolds, the founder and CEO of LowCarbUSA, also has firsthand knowledge of the power of the ketogenic lifestyle. “I started gaining weight as I approached 40,” said Reynolds who had run nearly a hundred marathons and ultras. “I was gaining weight each year, regardless of how hard I trained. Ultimately, I was getting injured, and I began to hate running.”
Soon after adopting a keto lifestyle, Reynolds dropped the weight and his injuries resolved. “I am back down to the weight I was when I was 30,” Reynolds said, “and my recovery after training is better than it has ever been. I am now committed to helping to reverse the current consensus on diet here in the US and around the world. Low Carb New York 2020 will help us move closer to that objective.”
Schedule of Events:
- Thursday July 16: Evening mixer event for registrants and speakers, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
- July 17 &18: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Full Day Itinerary TBA
- July 19: VIP Breakfast beginning at 9:00 a.m.
About the Organizers:
Dr. Tro Kalayjian is a board-certified Internal Medicine & Obesity Medicine Physician. Dr. Kalayjian’s therapeutic focus includes diabetes, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, metabolic syndrome and PCOS. Dr. Tro’s approach begins with intensive lifestyle changes including diet, exercise, improved sleep hygiene, as well as stress management and mental health. For more information, visit Dr. Tro’s Medical Weight Loss & Direct Primary Care.
The Fasting Method by IDM is an online program that focuses on online education, resources and community. The program naturally treats weight and other metabolic related issues such as type 2 diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and fatty liver through lifestyle modifications without the use of medications, supplements or surgery. The IDM Coaching Program provides the education, guidance, support, and structure necessary for successful weight loss and type 2 diabetes reversal.
LowCarbUSA is a fast-growing growing organization that supports the educational community by Publishing Clinical Guidelines for ‘The Prescription of Carbohydrate Restriction as a Therapeutic Intervention’ and hosting conferences featuring world renowned speakers around the country to showcase the latest science and therapeutic success of restricting carbs. LowCarbUSA is also very active on social media and we have put in place an extensive and growing list of research papers and articles. We have also introduced a searchable database of Low Carb Friendly Medical Practitioners and Dietitians who understand the general health and therapeutic benefits of this lifestyle.
Conference website: www.lowcarbnewyork.com.
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