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Charlene improves her sleep, cardiovascular health, digestion, joint pain, mood/mental health, reproductive health, and healed from her lyme disease and fatigue on a carnivore diet

Charlene, Age 44

As per interest and requests I thought I would sit down and talk about my story of approaching and reaching my carnivore diet. Even though I like to never look back or put any focus on my previous ill health, I know that by doing so it may help others. Warning… I’m a number of things, but not a writer. So, read on at your own risk!🤪

I was born March 22, 1973 to an engineer and a physical therapist. My mom’s dad was an M.D. with an emphasis on OB/GYN. He was a great man, but followed the norm of doctoring. He suggested the healthy diet of “cereal and low-fat milk” to snack on in between the standard low fat meals.

I was born quickly without any complications. Things went the way they typically do with hospital births. She nursed me, weaning me off breastmilk completely by the 3 month mark. I reacted to every formula and every food they gave me. They ended with the least reactive combination for me.

Growing up, I always had rashes, asthma and allergies. I was allergy tested at 4 after having a scary breathing situation at nursery school. I was sensitive to almost everything. But my diet was never looked at as an option to cure it all. Instead, I got shots for years. I hated every single one. Never got used it. It always seemed wrong to me.

Because I was an only child, my parents wanted me to have opportunities to do things with other kids as much as possible. So, I went to a lot of camps – which I absolutely loved. However, one of the many camp trips is most likely when I was bitten by a deer tick. I remember tick checks every night and removing them with tweezers when found. I don’t remember having a specific rash or period of flu-like symptoms. I had my share of colds, strep and flu every year and would always catch whatever was “going around”, so nothing stood out when I contracted Lyme.

In the meantime, my health kept deteriorating. Beginning at age 8 I developed trichotillomania. Sores on my eyelids and eyebrow lines made me want to rub/pull at the lashes. I had times when I had no eyelashes or eyebrows. This lasted all the way through grade school, middle school, high school, college and my first couple years working.

Whenever I went over to my friends’ houses (everyone had pets), it wasn’t long before my parents would get a call to come and get me because I was wheezing or developing hives.

Once I started to mature around age 13, the acne I developed was cyst-like and extremely ugly and painful. They would look like craters. I had them all over my face, neck, inside my ears, shoulders, back, chest and arms. Between hardly having eyelashes/eyebrows and having this acne, I was very self-conscious. I was not obese as a kid, but I was always heavier than the norm and carried my weight in a weird sort of way in my hips and butt. I remember having cellulite at age 12.

By age 16 my periods slowed and stopped completely. None of the OB/GYN doctors had any answers. My diet was the typical low fat, high complex carbs, high vegetation and low sugar. So, OBVIOUSLY my diet wasn’t causing it.

College days were fun, but continued my downward health spiral. The extreme fatigue really set in at this point. I started out having a double major of Mathematics and Studio Art. What kept me from successfully majoring in Mathematics is I could not stay awake in class. I would fall asleep after a couple minutes of class starting and wake up when it was over. I needed naps throughout the day and I would always be the first one to sleep in the dorm by hours. Depression and darkness started overcoming me. I pushed friends away more and more due to my fatigue and depression.

I started working out hoping that would make me feel better about myself (and my floppy physique), but it just made me more tired and angry. I didn’t give up working out until years later. (I even became a PT on the side of my professional job.)

I ended up graduating cum laude with math and psychology minors, and studio art major.

After graduating college, I got a job working in the Industrial Design department at Navistar, which was a dream as an Art major, loving automotive design and working at the same company as my dad, cousin and uncles.

The most dramatic downturn in my health happened next. The stress of working and being around clay modeling, paint spraying and all sorts of chemicals quickly sent me downhill fast. Honestly, at this point life is a blur to me still.

My lifesaver was Joe. Wonderful, talented, funny, interesting, 100% compatible with me, Joe!❤ It’s almost as if I was waiting to meet him before my life which was heading downhill fast would make a turn for the better. But it was going to get worse before getting better.

My list of health conditions grew: eczema all over my hands (to the point of second degree burns), tinnitus, worsening depression, worsening fatigue (fell asleep at work all the time, at meetings, at church, and driving a car), lower back/pelvic and sciatic nerve pain (couldn’t sit at all, worked standing up, constant pain with occasional howling-pain spasms; MRI revealed degenerative disc disease in 3 areas), systemic edema, blurry vision (eyeglasses were worn beginning in high school, worsening every year), paralyzation at times in hands and feet working its way into my torso (Joe had to be called to carry me out of work several times), allergies/sensitivities to all things (food, pollens, chemicals), continued amenhorrea, weight gain (at my heaviest 50 pounds overweight), inability to concentrate (couldn’t understand a sentence spoken to me in time to hear the next in a conversation), diagnosed with cervical dysplasia (treated with cryotherapy), migraines, heart pains, indigestion/reflux, bingeing (and at the end, vomiting – luckily only a few times), muscle twitching (over 100 twitches in 1-minute’s time), lumps in my breasts I was too afraid to have checked out, and one of the last but most difficult for everyone around me was my irritation and rage (a complete reversal of my laid back and sweet nature everyone knew me to have growing up).

I literally could go on, but I don’t want to waste any more time or bleed my heart out anymore than I have.

I went the conventional doctor route, with absolutely NO success. Each one made me sicker, weaker and with more symptoms. Most concluded it was all in my head and I was crazy!

Joe was always interested in body building and happened on Vince Gironda. His way of eating to be as strong and sharp as possible intrigued Joe. Almost as soon as he researched this and similar diets (many authors delving into the low/carb free approach to health long, long ago) he started eating low carb/high fat. Instantly it appealed to me and I tried experimenting with low carb foods and recipes (I loved to cook and bake). It was not an immediate win for me, but certain things instantly started to turn around (allergies and asthma in particular as soon as I removed grains). I also started unmasking the low carb foods (vegetation especially), which would send me into terrible fatigue spells.

When Joe and I married August 8, 1998 (this is part of my love of the number 8), it was one of the best days of my life (other than the days of giving birth to my two sons). It was bittersweet though. I felt bad despite the adrenaline. We were the first ones to leave our own reception, not because we couldn’t wait to be together, but because I was so wiped out from the whole thing.

On with the positive turn!

Soon after I was diagnosed with Lyme disease by an alternative M.D. At least that gave us something to focus on and be able to look at as reasons behind some of my issues. I decided to quit my job to focus on getting well and reducing my stress level (I was working, taking MBA classes, finished my PT and nutritionist licenses).

More research quickly led us from looking at low carb to virtually no carbs. We experimented so much in such little amount of time that we realized we’d better start journals of everything we ate, how we felt, what worked and what didn’t. All we wanted was consistency.

The fish and oil diet was the first diet I can remember being the first try at a zero carb diet. It relieved a lot of my symptoms, but not all (still had amenhorrea, edema, trichotillomania, acne, eczema and excess weight). We probably spent about a year experimenting beginning with the fish and oil diet, quickly switching to free range eggs and poultry, and occasional lamb and beef.

Charlene’s journals tracking every reaction to every meal

As SOON as I switched to animal fat as my fat source instead of “healthy” oils, I ovulated and had a period two weeks later. I couldn’t believe it!!! Why in the WORLD didn’t someone tell me years ago about the importance of animal fat?!?😤 I’ve been more regular since then than I ever was as a young teenager. I’ve had two healthy boys (no complications for me; home births too; mid-wife with Charlie and unassisted with George)! ❤😀

We experimented with pork only to find that it activated symptoms. Ground meats, no matter what type also did.

We continued researching and looked at our wins and fails. It led us to Blake Donaldson who suggested a steak and water diet for his patients. That made a lot of sense to Joe and I. We started with pemmican only for some time, introducing steak eventually. Sure enough, as soon as I decided to go all beef, EVERY SINGLE ONE of my symptoms vanished!!! I couldn’t believe it. Whenever I tried to share my success and happiness about this, it was met with more questionable stares, anger, fear, and rolled eyes than you would ever imagine. So, it was our little secret. And that’s how we kept it until we found others with our point of view.

Also, I quickly found the more I ate meat only, my face shape changed and especially my body. I went from needing to work out religiously and strenuously when eating poorly to giving up exercise completely in order to not become too muscular or masculine-looking.

Even when others put our interview out a few years ago, it was met (by some) with so much anger, that we pulled it. It was slated to be run in National Examiner magazine. Boy, would that have been a disaster in many respects.

Charlene’s favorite food, the glorious ribeye

These days we eat ribeye steak, since it’s the fattiest. And we drink spring water. That’s what we do. We don’t think about it. We don’t really even talk about it. To us it’s like talking about why the sky is blue. Yes, there is scientific reasoning behind it. It’s nice to understand, but it’s beauty is really all it comes down to appreciating!

There is life after illness!! That I KNOW!!

Charlene

Charlene before carnivore, age 25
Charlene after 19 years of carnivore, age 44, enjoying the sun
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Steve improved his dental health, digestion, fitness, mood/mental health, sleep, and weight loss, and treated his arthritis, back pain, GERD, joint pain, sciatica, and fatigue on a carnivore diet

Before I start, I sincerely want to thank Mikhaila and Jordan Peterson, Shawn and Zach, and Joe and Charlene Anderson for helping me get a much better understanding on what is going on with my body. Thank you for all you do and sharing your information!!

58 Year old male with horrible eating habits most of my life. Here are most of the ailments I have experienced on and off as a teenager to present day:

  1. Trigger finger
  2. Loss of writing skills
  3. Physical and/or mental breakdown
  4. Constantly spraining my ankles on any change in elevation
  5. Mysterious knee, foot or hip pain that would last for months and suddenly disappear
  6. Partially torn deltoid ligament innocently running around bases
  7. Dislocated sternum using light weights
  8. Hiatal hernia
  9. Decay of the teeth
  10. Food intolerances
  11. Outdoor allergies
  12. CFS, sleeping only 2-3 hours per night
  13. Always 30-40lbs overweight and no amount of exercise and/or diet would help
  14. Poor digestion (would crap Carvel Ice Cream for over 2 decades)
  15. Deep muscle tension that would cause spasms and chronic “knots” in my soft tissue
  16. Dizziness when going from sitting to standing that lasted for over 18 months
  17. Diagnosed with spinal stenosis that couldn’t be fixed
  18. Diagnosed with arthritic hip that would need replacement.

Started Carnivore diet 18 months ago and started getting terrific results in 4-5 days. My diet was pretty clean before that so I think my body responded pretty quickly because I wasn’t eating much junk food at that time.
Been eating only ribeye and ground beef for the last 12 months and got another big improvement. Also stopped using any spices and of course only water.

Things that have improved since going carnivore:

  1. First time in over 2 decades I have had no cavities in my teeth on my last two appointments since my teeth have no enamel on them anymore
  2. Playing golf once to twice a week where 18 months ago I couldn’t swing a golf club ten times
  3. Playing a little bit of tennis again, for the first time in 3-4 years
  4. Now have two sleep sessions of 3-4 hours each night. Way better than only 2-3 hours total.
  5. Exercise everyday and even started sprinting on the treadmill
  6. Weight went from around 180lbs to around 145lbs. Haven’t been this light since college and has been the easiest most satisfying diet I’ve ever been on.
  7. Of course mental energy and focus have improved greatly.
  8. Can now sit several hours in a chair without getting any chronic back pain. Whereas in the past I couldn’t sit more than 20 minutes.
  9. Digestion has never been better. Can’t remember the last time I have had to use toilet paper. Whereas in the past I would have to wipe my butt several times.
  10. Hiatal hernia seems to be healing as my stomach wall continues to get stronger and shrink.
  11. Many of the knots and spasms in my soft tissue are just about gone though I still have a ways to go.
  12. Chronic inflammation in my feet is gone. Sciatic and hip inflammation are also almost completely gone.
  13. Tennis elbow and arthritic right hand are significantly reduced and improving.

Now, I am far from what I would call healthy. I know my immune system is still very weak. Pretty sure I can still make myself quite sick eating soy sauce, whey, casein, etc.m etc. But I am really excited about this healing process and can’t wait to see what the next 6 months will bring.

I am sure there are many things I have missed. So grateful I got a 2nd chance. I really thought the last 20-30 years of my life were going to be filled with more misery if I lasted that long.

Thanks Dr Baker, I am dropping down now and giving you 20!!! thanks for the inspiration!!!

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Lucie improved migraines on a carnivore diet


I have been on a carnivore diet for just over 6 months now and I have experienced great results and still improving. My weight has ranged from 132lbs – 145lbs, height 5’9”. I could be grouped as someone with “skinny fat.” so I got into the carnivore diet to improve my wellbeing and healthier longevity.

First, let me start with a little background about my healing journey. For majority of my life, I had been on “SAD” or no good diet at all— ate loaves of bread, cookies, and sweets. Maybe raw cherry tomatoes here and there. My main meals comprised of skipping meals and then downing a bag of chips or granola bars esp during school years. I always stayed away from saturated fats (had only low fat yogurt, low-fat milk, low-fat anything…). During this time, I suffered from frequent migraines. Yes, migraines not merely headaches. I’d induce vomiting just to have some relief— yes, gross. And that’s after popping several NSAIDs and/or acetaminophens. During the time I first met my husband when I was 22, the first thing he said was “gurl, ur hair is falling off…”. That was when we were taking a shower together… Ok, that’s that.

Then I also had temper tantrums to everything. Any little thing would cause me to spark, lose it and go into fits! My face was ridden with hideous acne. I had amenorrhea here and there too. Shortness of breath, painful restless legs at night, and depressive symptoms of low in the day…

Well, it turns out my boyfriend then (husband now) was into health-related themes and topics. In fact, I was shocked when I saw so many supplements in his refrigerator the first time I visited him in his apartment. My first impression was: “ok, he’s a drug addict, what have I gotten myself into…” But then he caught my awe-looking expressions and said: “oh, those…well, foods nowadays are insuffient in nutrients that keep us strong…”

An alarm went off my head with that statement— the cause of my gloom and doom? That began my diet experiment, our diet experiments. This was back in 2010. I went vegetarian for a few months, did juicing and slurpep cups of smoothie made out of plant-based protein powders; then transitioned into Paleo diet for a long while, and finally did keto diet in 2017 for a little over a year before going carnivore diet last year, 2018.

I’m 32 years old now. I had some minor health improvements on Keto such as mental clarity and focus, clear skin, and healthier hair. But there were things that didn’t improve on the keto and there were symptoms that got worse esp later on with the diet. For instance, my food sensitivities got out of hand and I reacted to almost anything. I had frequent joint pains, depressive symptoms, anger/impatience, migraines again, and spots of acne here and there. I also had frequent bouts of coldness or chills with Keto. While most would walk around in short sleeves, I would dawn thick sweaters and overalls. Further, I had HUGE cravings for the so-called keto treats, mostly made out of almond or coconut flour, berries, etc. I started bloating a lot on eating lots of vegetables on Keto. When I did my blood work, my values were within “normal” range except for total and LDL cholesterols (of course a questionable measure of what’s normal).

Then, thankfully my hubby (always seeking new information) found interviews with Dr. Shawn Baker… and we decided to give the diet a shot. Since then, my family eats primarily beef with occasional lamb. We don’t react well to pork. We don’t eat chicken as I feel completely turned off by the thought of it. We only drink water.

First four weeks of our transition to carnivore diet in Fall of 2018 was not easy. I experienced some bowel abnormalities, some indigestion, postnasal dripping, and fatigue but have since then balanced out. My migraines are gone. My feelings of low are mostly gone, and I just feel overall calmer, more composed. My digestion improved tremendously and I am no longer bloated. My feelings of cold are gone for the most part as well, although sometimes they come but I guess that it will take more time to heal completely. I have generally more energy and feel more productive and motivated to follow through things.

Also, my 5-year old daughter who had suffered from constipation her entire life (yep we were dealing with that as well) is NOW HAVING REGULAR BM WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT (Yes, I was loud so aloud because that’s our biggest achievement in dietary life). Part of what helped us stay on a meat-only diet was to subliminally remind ourselves of the benefits, the many testimonies, and the common sense. We wrote a lot of motivational statements and phrases and would paste them on our refrigerator doors and in our cars. We even stapled paper on our shirts to remind ourselves not to eat that keto cookie or drink that raw milk, “yet”. This was especially during the early phases into the carnivorous diet.

Feeling successful esp with my daughter and I, #carnivorediet #meatheals inspired me and my hubby so much that we decided to launch an online store with carnivore-inspired shirts and accessories. We used some of the words and statements that kept us going on the shirt designs to help motivate others in their dietary journeys. People can “wear their own diet” (our slogan, #wearyourowndiet), say no to garbage (#ZeroGarbs), and be proud of their food ideologies and achievements.

We are so grateful for this diet and for the people that were brave enough to talk openly about this diet such as Dr. Shawn Baker, Mikhaila Peterson, and Charlene Andersen, among others! Thank you all!

Lucie & Dozie (from ZeroGarbs.com)
www.zerogarbs.com

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Amber improved hirsutism with a carnivore diet

I am 26 now. In July 2018 (I was 165 m and 53 kg) my health started to decline even more than usual. I had:
– indigestion( occasional vomiting )
– bloating
– gut pain
– anal itching (resulting in scratching and psoriasis)
– hair loss (at the front)
– hirsutism (upper lip hair was getting darker and thicker)
– greasy skin with acne
– disturbed periods (dropped to 2 days from 3, with decreased blood)
– painful intercourse
– urinary infections (after sex, despite careful hygiene measures)
– monthly canker sores
– occasional cold sores
– beer smell on my bra (suspected candida infection)
– itchy, smelly scalp
– back pain and generalized body tension
– feet pain (improved a lot with intrinsic feet strengthening exercises, but still present on walking and particularly standing)
– poor breathing ( asthma like)
– fatigue ( even after 10-12 hours sleep/night)

As you can notice, I was basically dying. So middle of September I started an elimination diet inspired by Mikhaila Peterson. For some, reason despite knowing about her story long before, I did not feel compelled to try out the elimination diet. I think I did not believe it will do much. At the time I was also a fish eating vegetarian and I believed I am following a healthy diet.

The way I eliminated things was not very systematic and careful, so up until this point, I can say I can only partly identify what food causes what. Nevertheless, here are the results:

From the above list, the most fascinating changes were the reverse of:
– hirsutism
– asthma
I had both of them ever since I was a baby.

Hirsutism:
I started waxing my upper lip hair at 15 after I got made fun of in school. I thought it was genetic, since my eyebrows are pretty dark as well, although my hair is dark blonde. So what was the diet connection? What are the suspects?
– fruit (definitely)
– dairy (somewhat)
– sugar, other carbs (possibly)
What is the mechanism? I don’t know for sure. Dr. Jason Fung has a lot of articles on the connection between type 2 diabetes, fructose and glucose and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). I had a gynecological consultation though and I had no cysts, and generally I don’t fit the profile very well. It could still be a hormonal form of PCOS, or other inflammatory reaction.

Side-note: I had periods of a week or longer of 0 upper lip hair growth, but right now I have slight growth of about 1-2 mm/week and rare. The reason for this lack of clear, systematic results is the fact that I cannot do a full elimination diet, beef only.
Where I live right now, beef is not a thing. No one eats beef, and if you find beef in the stores it is entirely fatless, it takes more than 1 hour to cook and it’s pretty expensive. Instead, I consume once or twice a week a younger form of beef, something between veal and beef. This one is again fatless, so I cannot rely solely on it.
So what do I eat then?
– chicken, veal, fish
– tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, radishes, carrots (rarely peppers, zucchini and eggplant)
– butter, olive oil
– rice
– pepper, salt, paprika
– 85% or 75% dark chocolate
Why don’t I try to eat only meat? I do not afford it at the moment, is one reason. I find it hard to not lose my appetite eating only meat, unfortunately. I struggle already holding my weight in check (I have 49 kgs now and a BMI of 18). If I could have access to ribeye, which is what Mikhaila Peterson and Charlene Anderson live on, I would most likely be able to do it too. 500 grams of ribeye = aprox. 1500 calories.

So back to *hirsutism*. It’s clearly reversible even when you have it since you were a child.

Asthma:
This change blew my mind, and I never expected it. Everyone talks about dairy being the nr1 mucus production. It wasn’t in my case, dairy doesn’t give me mucus. What does is:
– fruits (I only got to test bananas, apples, strawberries)
– eggs
– possibly other things, but nothing on the list of foods I eat right now
It’s amazing to be able to breathe fully. Before, I would get out of air from climbing a couple stairs, no matter how fit I was. Removing those food cleared my mucus and healed my lungs.

So for the remaining symptoms:
– indigestion( occasional vomiting ) – gone (removing gluten and fruits helped the most, peanut butter is bad as well)

– bloating – gone ( primary culprits are fruits, gluten, quinoa, avocado, white cabbage, mushrooms)

– gut pain – gone (gluten was very bad for sure, and dairy seems to be as well)

– anal itching (resulting in scratching and psoriasis) – still have it

– hair loss (at the front) – my hair is growing back

– greasy skin with acne – no more greasy skin, but I still get pimples on my chin. I noticed dairy made it worse.

– disturbed periods (dropped to 2 days from 3, with decreased blood) – still get it only 2 days but the flow is stronger so I am not worried

– painful intercourse (did not have the chance to check this one)

– urinary infections (after sex, despite careful hygiene measures) – gone (fruit was a big reason. By the way I was only consuming 2 pieces/day, so not that much. Yet, it made a difference. Coupled with the beer smell in my bra, I suspect I had high blood sugar which induced both the candida and the urinary tract infections)

– monthly canker sores – gone

– occasional cold sores – gone

– beer smell on my bra (suspected candida infection) – gone

– itchy, smelly scalp – gone

– back pain and generalized body tension – (still have it but it’s 100% something in my food. When I fast for longer than 15 hours I have no more pain, tension, and I feel great)

– feet pain (improved a lot with intrinsic feet strengthening exercises, but still present on walking and particularly standing) – 100% gone

– fatigue ( even after 10-12 hours sleep/night) – still fatigued, but slightly less badly

Additional information:
Unfortunately, I lived with brain fog for 4 months or so, after I started this diet. I tried fixing my electrolytes by adding more salt and magnesium. The first magnesium I took was magnesium citrate and the smallest dose would give me diarrhea. But then I took marine magnesium, so magnesium extracted from sea water, and that helped tremendously, and removed the brain fog. In prehistoric times, humans would consume about 600 mg of magnesium/day. So don’t be shy about taking a magnesium supplement.

At some point, in order to increase my fat and caloric intake, I increased my dairy intake. I did this because dairy was not giving me breathing or digestive problems, so I thought it’s fine. It took me a couple good months to figure out that the joint pain I started to experience for the first time in my life was from the abundance of whole milk, cheese and greek yogurt I was consuming. So after I cut it off, the joint pain was gone, and my skin became softer and it got a nice glow.

So this is my story! I hope other girls with hirsutism get to read it, and try out the diet. I know that there have been plenty of other stories about arthritis or asthma induced by food, but not facial hair growth. Good luck! 🙂

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Mark improved his arthritis and autoimmune issues on a carnivore diet

May 1st, 2018.

My Four Month N=1 (Self-)Experiment on going Zero Carb 100% Carnivore.

 

This is a lengthy article. So for just the Highlights:

  1. No more outbreak of kidney stones.
  2. Yes I am sticking with it!!!! Not because I need to but because I love this way of eating.
  3. Meat-only way of eating healed my Rheumatoid Arthritis in weeks.
  4. No veggies, fruits, fiber, grains, nuts & etc.
  5. Just meat & water only. I have done a very limited amount of cheese. Tried eggs at about 6 weeks into my experiment, and it did not affect the RA, but they did not work well for me.
  6. My eating consist of about 90% beef, non-organ meats and the rest pork. High fat ribeyes & high fat ground beef are my mainstay. I only season with salt, pepper & rosemary.
  7. I feel GREAT!!!! Improvement in all areas of life too!!!! Nothing negative at all. PTL 
  8. Here is a little background on why I chose to go Zero Carb 100% Carnivore(ZC). The reason I shifted from a Ketogenic way of eating is I wanted to see they effects on my Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). I’ve kept it managed well for over 10 years but I had flare ups from over use & cold weather. Keto greatly helped my RA when I changed back to it in a strict fashion a few years ago. I was already about 85% to 95% Zero Carb Carnivore (ZC) while Ketogenic. Curcumin & Hemp/CBD Oil had helped my RA but it did not cure it or put it in remission and it was steadily progressing. After much research & talking to people with RA that had successfully done ZC with great success I decided to give it a N=1 (self-)experiment.

    My thumb on my right hand was affected the most. I had lost most use of it, and the pain was horrible at times. I needed to address this soon because it is a progressive, crippling & very painful condition that will worsen with age. I had never taken any prescription or OTC medicines for RA & I did not plan to. My prognosis was not good long term under standard medical care & plus the many horrible side effects from the medicine used to treat RA. My joints all through my body was rapidly becoming less & less functioning and causing more and more discomfort. I had inflammation all throughout my body. I was feeling it everywhere. I tried to hide it & stay as positive as I could but I was feeling like a very old person. I was upset with myself because I am a person very knowledgeable on living healthy & treating issues with natural therapies, but I could not help myself very much with this condition. I knew so many were much worse than I were but I saw where my future was heading & it was bleak. I want to be able to enjoy life to the fullest with my wife & four kids.

    I had done so much research on everything for RA. I tried many different things but nothing made a significant difference. I kept reading about a meat only way of eating for autoimmune issues such as Rheumatoid Arthritis & many other conditions.

    I had done a Carnivore way of eating years before, twice and loved it. However, I did not do it for RA then, it was before I knew I had RA & before I had any noticeable symptoms. I did it for building muscularity & strength. Since the 1990’s I have been a HIT (High Intensity Trainer). Arthur Jones was the founder of this method. I learned of strength training in the early 1980’s from old magazines of Peary Rader, especially Articles written by or about Arthur Jones, Vic Tanney, Steve Reeves, Larry Scott, Mike Mentzer & Vince Gironda. Vince’s Steak & Eggs Diet really caught my attention. It made sense & I personally was wired to eat that way. I was born a Carnivore I think. So I greatly gravitated to his way of eating and I loved it. It worked for me and I felt great, performed great & looked pretty good. I did this until my Lifting Coaches convinced me I would die from eating that way. By the way Mr. Gironda looked great & lived very healthily in to his 80’s.

    I also was exposed to ZC from of all things The Grateful Dead, actually their sound man, Owsley “Bear” Stanley, from the Grateful Dead so that was in the mid-1980’s. I was a Grateful Dead Fan. He was a huge advocate of ZC Carnivore Eating & had been doing it since the 1950’s. A true pioneer in the ZC Carnivore movement.

    After college I gravitated back to my Zero Carb Carnivore roots. I loved it because I was single at the time & working long hours and it was simple to eat just meat. I can cook hamburger patties. I can order a McDouble & eat only the patties. I had less Decision Fatigue. This worked great until I met & married my future wife, Lori. She also “knew” I would die without veggies, fruits, whole grains, fiber & etc. So by 1997 I was back to large amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole grains & not near the amount of meat. Within a few years from then I started feeling the affects from my Rheumatoid Arthritis. It was getting worse and worse. I tried many natural herbs & therapies and some did help but only limitedly.

    Around 2013 my right thumb had become almost totally non-functioning. The pain was horrible and getting worse every day. I was now having trouble doing one of my favorite hobbies, Combat Pistol Shooting. I was having an incredibly hard time loading bullets into my magazines & to press the magazine release button on the gun to be able to quickly drop a mag & replace it.
    I was also having a very difficult time buttoning my shirts, holding anything, twisting caps off, practicing Martial Arts, playing guitar and etc.

    As a Personal Trainer it was harder & harder to load plates, change weights & to assist my clients. It was even harder not to show the pain to my clients. My own training was incredibly difficult because of the high levels of inflammation I had & the excessive pain I had to go through to achieve Full Momentary Muscular Failure that I needed to get the proper intensity level for an effective session. My recovery post workout was horrible. I had to keep extending my time between workouts to be able to recover and to be able to function post workout. Most that do a HIT protocol workout one to two times per week. Some with less recovery ability or circumstances workout once every 10 days to 14 days. I went from a couple of sessions per week to once a week to eventually every third week. That extreme infrequency worked by far the best for my optimal strength levels, body composition & how I could function at my other activities. I also had to start using gripping aids such as straps & hooks to do my lifting especially with the Deadlift, Shrugs Rows & Pull Downs. My fingers would not allow me to grip effectively. As a person schooled in Old School Powerlifting I was ashamed I had to use these grip aids. Because of my experiences I had Confirmation Bias that everyone needed gripping aids when they did not. I am correcting this now with my clients that I inadvertently hampered them in full development of their grip & forearm development.

    So my results have been beyond stellar and way beyond all my expectations!!!!! My Rheumatoid Arthritis is what I would classify in full 100% remission. My pain is totally gone. My movement is back to normal. My inflammation is gone throughout my body & in particular my hands & elbows. My long term Tendonitis (Tennis Elbow)is gone. My Hip pain is gone. My knee pain is gone. My energy levels are incredible. I am sleeping better than ever, except when I have too much energy. My cognition is vastly improved. My recovery rate is better than it has been since I was in my late 20’s and I am 49 years old. My strength numbers have increased. My body composition has gotten better. My digestion is perfect. My bowel movements are the best ever. My dry eyes are not a problem. My allergies have been so much better than in years past. I have not had any sickness since 2013 so I have a great immune system & since going ZC still no problems. I avoided the dreaded cold & Flu this season that was going around this winter. No outbreak of Kidney Stones which have been plagued with especially when eating plants containing Oxalates such as Collard Greens & Spinach. I’m now almost supplement-free. I will continue to supplement with Vitamin D & some minerals if I need them. My Super Supplement is called Ribeye & Water!!!! Nothing got worse from this way of eating. It has all been positive!!!! I look forward to continuing this way of eating indefinitely. I truly enjoy this way of eating. PTL I want to thank the people & groups who have helped me in doing this way of eating the right way through advice, insight, testimonials, education & support.

    Thanks to Vince Gironda, Owsley “Bear” Stanley, Joe & Charlene Andersen, Dr. Shawn Baker, Dr. Paul Mabry, Lawrence Neal, Corporate Warrior Podcast, Zeroing in on Health, Zero Carb UK, Zero Carb Doc, World Carnivore Tribe, and Zero Carb Zen. Especially grateful for my wife, Lori, in supporting this decision and trying it herself with amazing results too and being a great steak maker!!!!!!

    To Everyone’s Healthspan,
    Mark