Joint issues – arthritis

Patricia resolves fatigue, exercise intolerance on carnivore diet

At 68 years young, Patricia has been on the carnivore diet for 3 1/2 months. Her diet consists primarily of beef, salt, suet, water and organ supplements such as liver, bone marrow, thymus and bovine cartilage with the occasional addition of egg yolks.

 

As a young adult, she had lots of fatigue, had to take lots of naps and go to bed very early. “I needed ten hours of sleep and I was just always very tired. I couldn’t do what other people my age could do. My fatigue was just absolutely debilitating. I was bedridden.” She had also been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and was working with a holistic practitioner: a doctor of functional medicine. In addition, Patricia had digestion problems. Bowel incontinence caused her to be running to the bathroom all the time. All of this plus a terrible bout with hypoglycemia since age 28.

 

Three years ago, she went on a Paleo diet and did get considerably better. She felt that although the Paleo diet did produce results, it was very regimented. She estimates that she took dietary supplements to the tune of a thousand dollars per month. Some were to be taken on an empty stomach and some with meals. Patricia felt that she really didn’t have a life: making sure that supplements were always taken at the right time, making sure that there was always something to eat that was within the confines of the Paleo diet, preparing meals, preparing vegetables. She couldn’t do what other people her own age did like stay up at night and have friends over. Something had to change. Enter the carnivore diet.

 

Patricia watched and listened to videos by Drs. Paul Saladino, Shawn Baker and Ken Berry and felt she was now equipped to begin the carnivore diet. Within a few days of being on the diet her digestion had improved remarkably. She was stunned. Within a week, she started to feel more energized and didn’t have to take naps. The hypoglycemia was gone and she didn’t have to eat every few hours. Her tolerance for exercise was greatly improved. She was starting to build muscle which she noticed especially in her legs.

 

Her doctor tested her thyroid function and determined that there has been great improvement. And lastly, her arthritis has improved.

 

Patricia is very appreciative to Dr. Baker for all that he is doing. “So I just feel like I got my life back on this diet. I see absolutely no reason I’ll ever go back to the way I used to eat.”

Noah heals Ankylosing Spondylitis, arthritis, back pain on carnivore diet

I was unofficially diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis almost 20 years ago. I have the blood antigen HLA-B27 and all of the classic symptoms of pain, inflammation and stiffness in my hips and back. These symptoms were constant and exacerbated with any form of exertion and worsened with rest. I even began to develop the famous stoop in my posture regardless of how straight I would stand… While many my age were in “their prime”, I felt I was in decline. Always searching for health centered solutions, I was hopeful that the internet would produce testimonies of others that have found relief from their chronic inflammation. I was was often disappointed with the search results! I always found myself searching for Vegan or vegetarian solutions and never found relief… One day about 3 months ago my sister Laurie told me abut Dr Shawns information along with Mikhaila Peterson’s testimony of relief and I was so excited!

I made the choice and removed all plant sources from my diet (except organic coffee). Within 3 weeks I was sleeping through the night and waking pain free! I am so thankful that my sister thought of me and shared these ideas with me! I hope my story encourages some of you on your health journey to not quit trying to find your health solutions.

Check out my story here:

Thomas heals from arthritis, autism, and skin psoriasis on a carnivore diet

I have been autistic and dyslexia my whole life, but I was not diagnosed as being autistic until I was an adult. By the time I was about 44-45 I had arthritis in my neck, hands, lower back, and feet. I also had psoriasis which rapidly worsened when I started taking NSAIDs to manage the arthritic pain. Prior to this I worked out in the gym 5 days a week and yet I continued to gain body fat.

In early 2017 I went on a Ketogenic diet and my arthritis seemed to be gone in about 3 weeks or so and psoriasis that often bled through my clothes seemed to be greatly improved. I also noticed a vast improvement in cognitive function and a more stable mood.

By late 2017 I had moved to carnivore or a zero carb diet. The Psoriasis is not quite gone, but I think I will eventually figure out what the final trigger is and resolve this.

As for my autistic type symptoms, I seem to be far less likely to perseverate for long periods of time, my anxiety is a lot better, especially after I had been on carnivore for about 6 months or so I noticed that anxiety was much harder to trigger and it has less intensity to it. I have also noticed that the symptoms of dyslexia have improved, I am not able to often retain things like phone numbers in order with little or no effort. I can also tolerate sunlight much better. I also seem to have an easier time filtering out a noise and other distractions including tactile ones that constantly competed for my attention in the past.

I made a short video about it.

Jeremy improves joint pain, mood, psoriasis, and sleep on a carnivore diet

G’day,

Jeremy from Sydney, Australia.
Current Age is 40
6’2”
Current weight is 100kg
18.4% body fat

I have had mental health challenges since the age of 18. I played semi-professional soccer for a number of years until injury requiring extensive surgeries ended those days at age 25.

I have experienced chronic pain, nerve pain, weight gain, microalbmuniria, high BP, and insulin resistance.

In 2013 at age 35 in the same month I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis.

After continually fighting for my health, I saw an endocrinologist that got me onto eating only when hungry and with lots of meat and vegetables. I lost 4kg this way and started to explore just eating meat. After hearing Shawn on the Joe Rogan podcast I was convinced this was something I had to try. At the time of commencing on Feb 26, 2018, I was 113kg and about 29% body fat. Today (July 9) I am 100kg and 18.4% body fat. While I started and stopped in January due to getting the flu, I have since been a consistent Carnivore.

My health has been in the best shape in last 6 years. I had a psoriasis outbreak in March and continue on a biologic medication for this and the PsA. In the time of meat eating I have resolved all GI upsets, energy levels are best in years, I am sleeping better, and I am moving better. I am able to do strength training again for the first time in 5 years as well as Jiu Jitsu 4-5 nights a week. The way I am feeling makes this method of living the best decision for me. It is so easy and so fulfilling. I generally eat 1-2 times a day and sometimes once. Fatigue from Autoimmune illness is the most common issue and this method alleviates that dramatically with a profound impact on my lifestyle.

While I still have some tendon/ligament pain and my skin is still slowly recovering, the way I am feeling today cannot be beaten.

I am looking forward to the next 6 months to see where my health is and fitness goals achieved.

Stephen lost weight and improved his arthritis on a carnivore diet

My journey began as I was looking for data on what the best method for weight/fat loss for a disabled and non-mobile psoriatic arthritis patient. I also have severe psoriasis and my skin was a nightmare.

I had been a long time martial artist with several black belts and at one time was a successful and healthy person.

Then I got really, really sick. Over the next decade and a half I gained 200lbs, lost the ability work and eventually lost the majority of use of my hands and feet due to the bone deformities that came over time.

My illness began in 2003 when I was diagnosed with a severe black mould infection that caused me to go stone deaf for 2 and a half months due to the congestion it caused in my sinuses and throat and lungs. a couple of days on IV antibiotics and the damage was done.

I had tried to follow the dietary guidelines my doctors had provided but they did nothing but make me sicker, fatter and less and less mobile.

On December 15, 2017 I weighed 401.6lbs with a BMI of about 51. I could barely move, had little use of my hands and living on a TIGHT budget with two teenage sons all while living on disability benefits.

I couldn’t walk more than 20-30 steps without collapsing from pain unless I had a cane and my hands were so weak I could not pick up a 5lb dumbbell.

I decided to follow the advice I was getting from a couple of channels but I found I was always coming back to the same sources for confirmation on what other “experts” were saying.

I also saw the Joe Rogan Experience with Dr. Shawn Baker and I knew I’d found the right thing for me.

I started keto/carnivory in January 2018 and have not looked back. I have switched back and forth from keto and carnivory but only for budget reasons. I always feel my best the greater ratio of meat I eat.

I’m now up at 4:45am daily for a 3km (2mile) walk then a quick simple session at the gym for a few sets of push, pull, lift or squat and then home to wake up my teen sons for school.

I’m a single parent too.

I’m not going to try and pretend I’ve developed into a ripped adonis. My skin started at <80% psoriatic coverage so it was a ruin to begin with. That coverage is down to under 40% now. I look more like a middle aged man wrapped in a slightly blown airbag but time will bring that under control as well.

My weight is now 212.3lbs as of December 31, 2018 and that’s after gaining 3.6lbs over Xmas. I’m aiming for a final body weight of 185lbs with a body fat of less than 15%. I figure I’ll hit that milestone eventually but no schedules just results as the body can make them.

 

Thank you for helping save my life.

Steve 

PS: Keto/carnivory also helped me get out of a 10 year opioid prescription that was at over 100mg of dilaudid (hydromorphone contin) a day.

Now I’m opioid free.

This I can anecdotally correlate with my dietary changes as the digestive horrors and nerve regrowth caused by detox and opioid withdrawal were radically reduced by the constant monitoring of my electrolytes, digestive ease of meat and the massive reduction of inflammation. I’d tried to reduce my meds MANY times and was almost driven insane by the pain and withdrawal symptoms within mere hours.

Not so once I had switched my body from sugars and carbs to protein and fats.

Coupled with a dosage reduction to use only as much as needed to abate the worst withdrawal symptoms over time and the effect can’t be argued with me. That’s not to say it was easy but it was infinitely easier with the dietary changes.

Simply put, meat does heal.

 

UPDATE: As of this morning April 29, 2019 my weight is down to 179.68 lbs and I’m feeling better than I have in years. In mid-January I injured myself and suffered a pretty horrible abdominal tear and herniation. I had surgery. I now have a rather large titanium mesh implant and in the process discovered a previous herniation I hadn’t known was there but was causing some issues. These are no longer an issue and I have been progressing at a steady pace. 

I’ve been shifting my intake across the spectrum of animal products to try and optimize my own health and keep coming back to beef, pork, salmon and eggs as my “GO TO” base. My sons have also followed along. Since the surgery on March 10, 2019 I’ve increased my daily activity to a level I haven’t been capable of since my 30s.I’m also consuming between 2900-3600 Kcal/day and am seeing steady changes in my body composition as I build muscle and lose fat.

I’m not only working out 2-4 times a week with kettlebells, resistance bands and calisthenics but go to a gym for my heavier full body workouts and have increased my “road time” walking to as much as 8 miles in a day. Most days I average 4-6 miles from what started as fighting to make it 10 minutes at a time way back when I started all this (I thank/blame Stan Efferding). If not for a really damaged foot I would be (actually am but…) running these distances instead of walking but limits are there to be surpassed. 

I now get up at 4:00am and haven’y used an alarm in almost a year now. I do 15-20  minutes of yoga, get dressed for the weather and hit the road for a 3-6 km walk depending on whether or not I go to the gym, grab a coffee or hit the gym and then back home so I can get my teen sons up for school at 6:30 am. After they’re off I do all the usual daily routines and after getting a full meal cooked and cleaned up I go for another walk of a few km and spend 30-45 minutes after that doing basic flexibility stretches and physiotherapy exercises for the parts of me that are still kinda broken.

The degree of recovery my body has experienced has dumbfounded my doctors. I have been able to achieve well and far beyond what they had said I would ever be capable of and they now listen when tell them how I’m doing it. A nurse who spoke to me after my surgery is now going carnivore from paleo and she’s having great results too. It work and as people hear and see the truth in US they will be able to disregard the propagandist nonsense saturating the media these days. As carnivores we are N=Many.

Thanks again for the opportunity to share my story and for being a source of knowledge that has LITERALLY saved my life and restored a sick, depressed, disabled, addicted and morbidly obese horror show back to a healthy living, clean, active dad. 

Sincerely,

Stephen 

In the included pictures are two current and one of my in November 2017 for my 51st birthday and a look at just how massive I’d become in December of 2017 at 401.6 lbs.  There is no comparison.

Zane improved his mood and fitness on a carnivore diet

I was a pretty fit guy before 2015. In November of that year I started having intense crippling pain in my joints and connective tissue. Over the course of two years I started losing the ability to move and exercise or even dress myself.

I searched for answers for two years, going to doctors, neurologists and some rheumatologists, I even had a surgery on my right elbow thinking I had a pinched nerve. I watched my body and my youth melt away. Love handles and a spare tire showed up the less I moved. I was only 29 but my body became so old and sore. In December 2017 I found out that I have severe Rheumatoid Arthritis and began treatment with methotrexate.

On almost the same day listened to the Joe Rogan podcast with Dr. Shawn Baker. I was curious and desperate enough to try this wacky diet. Wow… The photo of me below was taken yesterday. I do not exercise or do crunches or anything like that. I just eat steaks, between 2 and 4 of them a day. I mountain bike once a week now and feel like I could walk on water. I’m going for the rest of the year. I hope this inspires and help some of you. Shawn Baker and his tribe have reshaped my life. It appears that I am a carnivore folks…

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