The High Fat Ketogenic Diet & Lyme Disease

4 June 2019

I can remember in the 80s as a teenager the ‘low fat’ dietary push from the government really kicking in. My dad wasn’t very happy about it. He was a butcher; we had a bit of a sheep farm. He told me to eat fat from beef, lamb, pork etc. I couldn’t stomach the stuff, taste, texture or smell, much to his dislike. So, when we were told fat was bad, I had an excuse not to eat it. Low-fat vegetable spreads were the way forward and I wound him up constantly. Little did I know that 30 years later I’d be eating a high fat diet, thriving and losing nearly 2.5st of toxic fat!


Fats v Carbs What’s the best Lyme Diet?

The long term side effects of eating high carb diets are playing out right in front of our eyes. Obesity levels, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, heart disease and blood pressure are major issues in today’s societies across the world. Sugar breeds and feeds all infections even cancer. Studies in the 1960s showed that if we ate less saturated fat we would burn more fat and cholesterol levels would drop. Heart disease would fall, easy, right? Well yes, apart from the fact that it’s actually increased. Also interesting is the fact that the 1954 Mr Average in the UK has put on nearly 2 extra stone and with an extra 3” in height with an extra 3” waist size as well. We as a nation have become fatter and fatter. This is a fact I’m not going to get into the whys and what for that’s for another post. So back on point. We need energy, there are 2 sources Fat or Carbs, although we eat both 1 is generally the overriding factor.


There are two major types of carbohydrates (or carbs) in foods. Simple and Complex.

  • Simple carbohydrates are also called simple sugars. They’re found in refined sugars, like the white sugar, brown sugar or icing sugar, raw sugar, corn syrup and high-fructose corn syrup, glucose, fructose, and sucrose and fruit juice concentrate. These are all simple carbs, energy from these foods is quickly burnt off and are generally called ‘quick release carbs’.
  • Complex carbohydrates are found in foods such as peas, beans, whole grains like bread, cereals or pasta, rice and oats. Also vegetables for instance potatoes. These burn energy at a slower rate.

Both simple and complex carbohydrates are turned into blood glucose (blood sugar) in the body and are used as energy, they also raise insulin levels. (we will get deeper into Carbs and Sugar in other posts).


Types of Fats

Fat can also be used as an energy source. There are good fats and bad fats. There are also good fats that don’t agree with certain individuals for varying reasons. But fat for this exercise fat is also an energy.

  • Saturated fat is generally solid at room temperature, while unsaturated fat is liquid. The main dietary sources of saturated fat are fish oils, fatty meat, lard, tallow, gee, cheese, butter, cream, coconut oil, palm oil and cocoa butter.
  • Monounsaturated are a type of unsaturated fat that contains only one double bond in its structure.Monounsaturated fats are typically liquid at room temperature and include canola oil and olive oil.
  • Polyunsaturated is a type of unsaturated fat which contains two or more double bonds in their structure. Safflower oil, sunflower oil, and corn oil.
  • Trans fat, also called trans-unsaturated fatty acids or trans fatty acids, is a type of unsaturated fat that occurs in small amounts in nature, but became widely produced industrially from vegetable fats starting in the 1950s for use in margarine, snack food, processed foods, ready meals, packaged baked goods, and for frying fast food,overheated and over used vegetable oils.

E.g. Margarine is only one molecule away from being PLASTIC, it has no real nutritional value and far from helping CVD it actually helps cause it.

Why is a Low Carb Diet Important for Fighting Lyme or any other illness?

Most illnesses cause inflammation, taking out of any diet foods that give an inflammatory effect is imperative. We don’t need carbs as much as we think. Refined sugar is addictive. The fiction that eating fat means you gain fat or not eating fat means you lose body fat is a myth and totally untrue. Sugar feeds infections so why feed Lyme disease or any disease?


Calories are the Enemy, right?

Not true. Not all calories are created equal. When refined sugar energy is burnt off there is residue left. Sugar residue is stored around major organs like the liver in fatty tissues hence the term ‘fatty liver’. So if you use a lot of sugar based carbs, aesthetically you may look fantastic on the outside, but inside you may have excess toxic fat. TOFI, Thin Outside, Fat Inside. Nic and I mainly get our calories from Fat (not trans fats). Do not cook with Olive oil or any vegetable oils that have a low smoke point. Heating can make them carcinogenic. Rice Bran Oil or Coconut Oil is ok. Cold Olive Oil is ok.


Lyme diet is not a Fad Diet.

A couple of years ago when we first found out we had Lyme disease some bright spark said. ‘This keto diet you’re on is a fad, in a few weeks you’ll be off nuts and seeds and be back eating normal again’. Understanding what you are eating is very important Lyme disease or not. Our diet is a;


Ketogenic Pescatarian Low Inflammatory Diet.

This means 70% of our diet is fat, 20% protein, 10% Carbohydrate (non-sugar or energy based). When we tell people this they look at us as if we’re mad. For fat we eat Coconut Oil, MCT Oil, Olive Oil, and Rice Bran Oil and Oily fish. Protein is fish based mainly Salmon & Cod. Carbs are all predominantly green vegetables and green juices with flax powder, Psyllium husk powder, super greens powders like Wheatgrass or Spirulina.

The low inflammatory, we take out any foods that may cause or has a known history of causing inflammation. Either via allergies, intolerances or supplying nutrients to infections. These could be histamines, salicylates, dairy (lactose or casein), nightshades, Tyramines, Amines, Gluten and sulphites or some supplements or even some essential nutrients as well. We designed this diet for ourselves, painstakingly researching different foods and looking at the possible symptoms.

For example, Part of our diet is low histamine food based.

Histamine is an important natural reaction by the immune system. It’s part of the bodies defense mechanism. We naturally produce histamine to help us fight illness. However, a lot of us have developed auto immune illnesses. This makes us vulnerable to certain foods or environmental issues that under normal conditions would cause no reaction at all.

Food can also contain histamine either naturally or when food gets older or past fresh. Also, bacteria in the gut can also cause histamine. When we suffer from a histamine issue like hay fever we are given Antihistamine tablets. But this only gets rid of the histamine we produce naturally; it doesn’t rid us of the food or bacteria-based histamines. Antihistamines also turn off or suppress our immune response and over time will add to auto immune problems.

If you suffer from any histamine problem, you can more or less be certain that you will not be making Diamine oxidase (DAO). This is a digestive enzyme produced in the kidneys, thymus, and the intestinal lining of your digestive tract. Its primary function is to break down excess histamine in your body from food. DAO keeps histamine levels in balance to avoid uncomfortable histamine-induced symptoms.

We found the best form of action is;

  • Take DAO enzymes with each meal.
  • Cut all histamine-based foods out of your diet.
  • Mop up remaining histamine residue in your system.

Sounds easy, but what if you have a multi-layered illnesses, allergies or intolerances that are causing the same or similar types of symptoms? In that case, histamine inflammation could be 1 of several dietary, environmental or infection responses. Some of you will have to cut out some things forever some will improve with time. We will spend more time on allergies, intolerances and environmental sensitivities in other posts. It deserves to be given a lot more attention. But this at least shows you the issues we face. By the way, these dietary changes are a must for almost everyone with a major illness.


Back up Diet Choices with Scientific Data.

It’s hard to argue, even with yourself, when you see the cold hard facts. Just doing a new diet to lose weight on January 1st is a fad. Going to Weight Watchers or other well-known slimming clubs are fads. Dietary change should be done with solid reasons. It should also be a lifestyle choice not done for aesthetics alone, in my humble opinion.
DNA analysis explained to me why I didn’t like animal fats in my youth. Because I’m not genetically made to digest it plain and simple, nothing to do with Lyme disease. But the knowledge is certainly helping the healing process from Lyme. By reducing the digestive stress and inflammatory responses. My food was fish, my ancestors were probably fishermen and women from the West coast of Africa. As soon as I found this out, animal protein went from my diet. Out went all animal fats as well. So now I’m Pescatarian (Fish Diet).



About 2 years ago I had a CV blood test, it came back looking little scary, high bad LDL’s for instance. I had the same test again in October 2018, and 2 years on it was like a different person. This was the first proof I’ve seen that the diet is making improvements. Not just from a weight loss aesthetic point of view either. No Statins or blood thinners, just diet, supplements and lifestyle changes. So, 1 simple DNA test gave me my personal genetic diet requirements, it also told me what foods to avoid because they were detrimental to my genetics. It gave me a list of beneficial and non-beneficial supplements to take and to top it off it showed me via a traffic light system which genes were either working or not and the foods and supplements to take to help correct these traits. Add these findings to our Lyme disease and other findings and I started mapping out a new way forward. These findings at first were a little daunting but we eventually got our heads round them and turned them into beneficial life changes that now make a difference.


Are Free From Foods the right Choice for Lyme sufferers?

As a rule no. Cook and prepare your own food from scratch you should know the source of every ounce of fat and every gram of protein too. Gluten-free bread can have a high sugar level just to make it more palatable.


Our Modern Western diet is Addictive.

‘Sugar & High fructose corn syrup are as addictive as heroin’ according to Dr. Robert Lustig a Metabolic Health and Nutrition expert, and author of Fat Chance.

Health Bunker

I personally don’t like labels whether it’s keto diet, ketogenic, Atkins, high fat, low fat, vegan, veggie whatever. It should be a diet that’s individual to you and your health requirements. It should not be an off the shelf diet, that’s just as bad as the eat high sugar low fat vegetable spread for everyone diet we have now. That one size fits all approach is why people are addicted to sugar, why heart disease is the biggest killer, why childhood obesity is at epidemic levels and why diabetes is everywhere.

We have been convinced that a Low Fat Carbohydrate based diet is the healthiest way of eating for about 50 years. Scientists and Doctors have been transfixed with high cholesterol levels causing Cardiovascular disease. But CVD is still the number 1 killer claiming about 160,000 lives in the UK alone and about 17.9 million globally (2016) according to World Health Organisation (WHO). Also by eating lower saturated fats in our diets, has also increased the risk factors and sufferers of illnesses like dementia. Simply because your brain has a higher cholesterol content than any other organ, according to The Lancet. And guess where your body takes it from when cholesterol is extracted from the diet? It takes it from the best source available THE BRAIN.

Brain cells depend on HMG-CoA reductase to produce cholesterol. Low Level Density (LDL) cholesterol inhibitors like statins turn off the brain’s ability to produce this essential cholesterol. This causes many future problems, like depression, dementia and other mental issues which is a long term side effects of the drug. There’s 2 LDL’s one bad one good, these drugs inhibit both. No diet is perfect, Vegan’s may care more for animals but they can still eat lots of sugar as do veggies. They can also consume high alcohol rates like high carb diets. In a perfect world when a child was born, they would have a genetic test. This test would then give the parents the right nutritional plan for that individual for the rest of its life. But that’s too simple, we prefer to make that child an obese diabetic Coke drinking slob. Why when the technology and nutrition exists? It doesn’t make sense. Unless you earn $1.2 trillion globally from illness that is. Or am I being cynical? Think about it.

Be Well.

Dom and Nic
Health Bunker
It’s Your Life. Own it!

*Disclaimer – Please note, we are not Doctors or trained medical professionals. We are not giving medical advice. Check with your Doctor or health practitioner before trying anything.



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Harvard Medical School