Dr. Blair O’Neill
Dr. O’Neill has been a practicing cardiologist since 1990. He has extensive health care leadership experience including directing cardiac catheterization laboratories in both Victoria and Halifax, and serving as Chief of the Division of Cardiology at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax. He has served as Division Director for the University of Alberta, Division of Cardiology and for the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute since 2008, and in 2012, he became Senior Medical Director for the Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network for Alberta Health Service. Nationally, he has served on many councils and societies, including serving as President of the Council of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS), where he was instrumental in setting the national targets for cardiovascular services and procedures. Always physically active as a runner and “bootcamper”, Dr. O’Neill has practiced a low carbohydrate lifestyle for 3 years, losing and easily sustaining a 25 lbs. weight loss. He has become a member of the Obesity Medicine Association in the USA, and attends many of the low carb-high fat diet meetings. He has researched the literature and is convinced that our dietary guidelines have lead to the pandemic of obesity and diabetes around the world. Fat has never been proven to be harmful, but instead, many of our nutritional diseases have stemmed from excess sugars and refined, high starch vegetables. Dr O’Neill has become medical advisor to a company dedicated to helping patients adopt a low carb lifestyle, Ketocule Health Coaching, based in Edmonton, Alberta.