| | | PA Radio – Episode 129: Dr. Ken Ford

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Get To know a Ketone.

This week we welcome doctor, researcher, and CEO of the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, Dr. Ken Ford.  His interests and specialties have varied from the study of consciousness, Artificial Intelligence, and optimizing the cognitive functions of the human brain.  Eventually, this led him to study the impact of ketones and a ketogenic diet as a means to improve performance.

Focusing on a diet of fatty acids and a ketone based metabolism has been the heart of Dr Ford’s research and the meat of our conversation.  Hear how the brain deals with trauma, be it from seizures or TBI (as in concussions), differently based on diet.  Also, find out why your training and performance may be the best indicator of whether or not a Ketogenic Diet is right for you.  Learn the symptoms of signs of cognitive dysfunction.

Dr Ken Ford talks in depth about impact of ketones and ketone esters and how they interact with genetics, trauma, disease and biological factors to improve function.  In a world where politics and myths surround things like treating cancer through diet, Ford continues to fight the good fight and educate the masses on the potential of Ketosis. Put on your thinking headphones, because the doctor is in and school is in session.



Learn more about Dr. Ken Ford’s research at www.IHMC.us. There you can find information about his work in Human Cognition and the study of Ketones.

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for our partnership with Caveman Coffee Co.  A delicious and arousing blend of caffeine and power.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. Corey Spoores on November 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Do you have any show notes on this episode where I can learn more or a sample diet? Do you have a website for Dr. Ford?

    This is a good episode as I just listened to one from an endurance athletes pov.


  2. Matt Price on November 7, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Epic podcast. @pahq i do have a question on the recommended macro approach to the anabolic diet. I know the exact ratio will vary per individual, however are we looking at something like 60f 30p 10c? I can re post the question in the forums if that is a more appropriate place.

  3. Steve (a.k.a. Prof. Booty) Platek on November 8, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Straight K-bomb assault

  4. Ingo "Joey Swole" B on November 8, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Matt Price – start a new topic here:


    You’ll get more eyeballs that way.

  5. mprice311 on November 8, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    @ingob on it thanks.

  6. harlan on November 12, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Excellent content

  7. powerpt32 on November 15, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Could y’all post a link or more info on how to do the blood testing Dr. Ford talked about to check Ketotic levels? Great show!

  8. Dextrose - John Welbourn on January 12, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    […] with Power Athlete Radio and our recent array of guests that have to do with the Ketogenic Diet (Dr. Ken Ford, Dr. Di Pasquale, Robb Wolf, Dr. Perlmutter), you will note that body can convert protein to […]

  9. Jimmy on May 16, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Loved the podcast. Really been getting into a bunch of your episodes recently. Keep it up and thanks for the content.

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