Autoimmune issues

Gabby lost weight, healed digestion and anxiety on a carnivore diet

Here’s my story: I’m a 40 yr old female new to the carnivore diet. A little back story. I have always had thyroid issues since my 20’s (Graves disease and Hashimotos). I was on several medications and nothing worked. In 2010 I listened to my doctors and had a complete thyroidectomy, a decision I regret every single day. After my surgery I gained 50 lbs and then went on a Paleo style diet. I felt “better” but still suffered with migraines, skin issues and severe hormonal imbalance and continued weight gain. Then I jumped into vegetarianism then eventually veganism. Then I started feeling worse with depression and feelings of impending doom. My anxiety was on a 100 and my teeth started aching. I ended up needing 7k in dental work. I realized veganism wasn’t for me. I then switched to keto. I started losing weight and feeling much better. I am a life long lover of vegetables and figured the more organic and raw the better. I bought every expensive blender and juicer I could find. I was always hungry and my hormones were out of control right before my menstrual cycle, so I cut all fruit. Fast forward I stumbled across the podcast with Joe Rogan and Shawn Baker and decided to give the all meat diet a try. That was 2 months ago and I haven’t looked back. Here’s what I’ve experienced after 2 months:

Starting weight: 230
Today’s weight: 203
Skin feels softer and more supple
Depression and anxiety are gone
I’m able to deal with minor inconveniences without wanting to cry
My digestion have improved 100%
No bloating or flatulence
No menstrual cramping
My hair and nails feel thicker and stronger
My teeth and gum health has improved
I no longer spend hours in the kitchen meal prepping
My gains in the gym have doubled and recovery is faster
I have no cravings for bad foods

Here’s what I eat:
Ribeye steaks
Veal liver twice a week
Egg yolk (egg whites don’t agree with me)
Turkey wings and necks (they are nice and gelatinous)
Wild Meats like ground yak and ostrich
Veal sweet breads (pancreas and surrounding organs)
Bone marrow
Wild Salmon
Sardines
Hydrolized Collagen

In closing: I have tried every diet out there on a quest to feel as best as I can given my circumstances. This way of eating has not only helped me lose weight but I feel stronger physically and mentally. I thank all of those who have gone against the medical establishment and conventional dietary guidelines to put their story’s out there. It has helped change my health and my life. I will never go back.

Phil improves Crohn’s disease, autoimmune conditions on carnivore diet

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2002. I took the pills and ate “healthy” until 2009, during which time I cotinued to have polyps and inflammation in my gut every time I went in for a colonoscopy. In August 2009 I decided to spend a year eating only meat. In August 2010, my colonoscopy showed that my gut inflammation had disappeared. Haven’t had a polyp since, and more recent colonscopies show no sign of the disease.

Since that time I’ve added back in much of the food I eliminated, but still avoid gluten, grains and try to avoid too much starch at any given time. If I feel like I’m having trouble, I fall back to all meat for a couple days and I’m able to reset back to no symptoms.


 

Connor heals from diabetes, joint pain, immune issues on a carnivore diet

I went keto in February 2018, and after learning about Dr. Baker and hearing his story I went primarily carnivore with the help of a close friend who was also experimenting with the diet. When I say primarily carnivore I mean about 90% of my daily caloric intake comes from red meat. I still introduce small doses of carbohydrate due to the fact that I’m a type 1 diabetic and am still experimenting with how low I can go in terms of carbs per day while still keeping my blood sugar high enough. This has involved experimenting with lowering my total daily dose of insulin, and I’m happy to say I’m down for 40 units a day to 15.

Even more impressive, my A1c has gone all the way down to 5.4, prior to this diet it was 7.6. Standard deviation, calculated by my constant glucose monitor, is also down from 50 to 20 mg/dL. In other words my type 1 diabetes is under incredible control, and my sugars have never been as stable as they are now. Furthermore, the rest of my bloodwork has improved as well, and my blood pressure has gone down to normal levels.

In 2010 I blew out my right knee very badly, and blew it out again in 2013. My surgeon said I would never squat with weight again in my life, and as a gym rat this was pretty upsetting. I’m happy to report though that I can now squat heavier than ever, and go running and sprinting in the very same day, and still be able to deadlift without pain the day after. All of my other injuries, including a partially torn rotator cuff and an injury to the quadratus lumborum on my right side now no longer bother me, even with heavy and frequent squats deadlifts and bench presses. Also, my waist size has gone from a 36 to a 32, while at the same time gaining six pounds and getting stronger (I’m a skinny guy).

I also haven’t been sick since starting this diet… which is a big deal for me, a guy who has experienced sinus infections so bad that I was frequently on antibiotics 4-6 times a year.

Thanks, Dr. Baker. Meat Heals.

Scott heals autoimmune issues, psoriasis, sleep issues on carnivore diet

Long-time vegetarian for about 9 years (heavier on fiber, whole grains, and nut/seed fat), but not against eating meat, just avoided it at home due to “ethical and sustainability” concerns (yes, I bought into the propaganda).

About 4 years in, I noticed some subtle, but consistent itches/rashes on some small areas of my skin shortly after eating, they would not heal or go away.

The symptoms would worsen over the next 5 years, causing me to cover up full-time due to the unsightly sores/rashes/tears/psoriasis/swelling all over my limbs/finger/face/back/body.

I was not able to work out/train/sweat without intense itching and pain, and stopped working out altogether years ago.

My pro-vegan and fitness GP Dr did his best, and ended up only prescribing me steroid/antibiotic creams to manage the symptoms, referring me to an allergy specialist, who after his tests, eventually added immuno-suppressants and anti-biotics (due to staph infections from the exposed skin tears), and more steroid/antibiotic creams.

2 years ago, at 5’6″, 155 lbs, I attempted a cleaner diet, removing processed foods and the meds, and focusing on whole plant foods, which steadily decreased my weight 10 lbs to 145 lbs. My symptoms remained.

I began practising meditative breathing (Wim Hof method), intensely hot/cold showers, and intermittent fasting. This provided great relief from my symptoms, but did not heal them. My weight steadily decreased another 10 lbs to 135 lbs.

Eventually, I sought a Naturopath with experience in resolving skin inflammation and auto-immune issues. He basically gave me a long list of foods to avoid, and to my surprise, they were all vegetables! Specifically, soy, brassicaes, nightshades, and starches.

I went hard and said FUCK it, I’ll just eat eggs and quinoa… for a month, see what happens.

Low and behold, all my symptoms went away. Unfortunately, I was still not able to discern or find any reasoning for the change.

I would experiment for a year further, cycling between getting intense flareups, and healing.

Eventually, as an avid listener/viewer of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, I saw/heard Dr. Shawn Baker talking about the Carnivore diet, human history with it, and his arguments for them. What he said piqued my interest, seemed reasonable, and I began to add meat back into my diet on a consistent basis. My symptoms continued to persist though, as I was still experimenting with various vegetables/foods.

After 6 months of a whole food diet of meat/plants (still avoiding vegetables noted above) with some success, I decided to just cut out vegetables entirely. During that time, I was listening to Dr. Shawn Baker on various podcasts/outlets, and especially the conversations between himself with Zack, and their guests’s on the Human Performance Outliers (HPO) podcast.

It’s been 2 months since I started eating a beef/bacon/egg, salt, and water focused carnivore diet (I still eat about 10% in berries/fruit).

My wounds are healed, I’m itch/rash/psoriasis free with no auto-immune symptoms, I get better sleep, require less sleep, have more energy than ever, and my mood/attitude/thoughts/productivity has greatly improved

I can train again without any issues, I heal faster (I think?), and I can wear tshirts/shorts again (or go shirtless), also, I dropped another steady 9 lbs to about 126 lbs (highschool weight), which I have since increased to 131 lbs by just eating way more meat and building my muscle in the gym.

Simply put, #meatheals.

Thank you, Dr. Shawn Baker.

Alex improved his pain on a carnivore diet

My journey from chronic pain to being completely pain free:

I wanted to share a bit of my story with you and how the advice through your appearances on the Joe Rogan Experience changed my life over 2 years ago.

I’ll start at the beginning. I was about 16 and a half when I was diagnosed with Antiphospholipid Syndrome, Hepatitis C, Lupus, and (thankfully) a misdiagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. The strangest one among those is Lupus, because it disproportionately targets women. So I was a “special” case. My lupus was relatively manageable for the most part while I was growing up, but more times than I’d like to remember, I would get inflammation in my joints that were so bad that I couldn’t move various parts of my body. I had been experiencing these pains from the age of around 12 or so, and the pains had affected my grades in school, among other things.

When I turned 25 years old, I began to feel the effects of Lupus and Hep C on my body quite a bit more. But I was in luck, because I was told that there was a cure for the Hep C by this point, which I can finally use. And thankfully, about a month or so, I was cured of the Hep C. Which was a great moral booster because the fatigue that I was experiencing and had gotten so used to that I didn’t even remember what it was like to feel the way I did when the Hep C was cured. I spent much of my life with chronic pains. 

The Lupus pain got so bad that I began having bouts of depression, which later became worse when the flair ups got so bad that I couldn’t walk for 6+ months. My ankle felt like it was dislocated, and I knew I didn’t hurt it at all. During this time, I had nothing better to do, so I basically spent the vast majority of my time online. Mainly learning, trying to find information that could possibly help me. But for the most part, I was told by my doctors that there was no cure for what I had, so I was out of luck. Soon thereafter, I actually got a proscription for Cannabis, which helped quite a bit with the inflammation. I was much happier, and was able to get on my computer to continue my search regardless of what my doctors said. I watched the Joe Rogan Experience for a while now, so I got to catch up. 

One JRE guest I was fascinated with was Dr. Rhonda Patrick. She was full of really useful information all the time, which pushed me on the road trying to finding a way to put my Lupus into remission and hopefully keep it there. But he never had any people like you on who were knowledgeable about diets / way of life. Plus you’re a doctor / athlete. So I knew the advice you were giving was legitimate. Up until this point, I had never heard of you, didn’t know you were even going to be on, but I always give the guests that Mr. Rogan has on his show, and I became amazed at the wealth of knowledge that you started sharing. I watched and was listening to everything you were saying, especially about the autoimmune diseases. 

Soon thereafter, I tried out the carnivore diet, and within 2-3 weeks I felt a pretty significant difference in the amount of pain I was experiencing daily. Keeping in mind that I had been on plaquenil for Lupus at that point, and it helped quite a bit! So even the slightest pain reduction beyond the pills was amazing, because I thought that was as good as it was going to get. After about a month and a half, I felt literally zero pain in my joints. After that I knew my body was using fat for energy rather than the horror show I’d been feeding myself before. My diet before I started Keto/Carnivore was TRASH! I was stuffing my face with sugar and carbs nonstop, and never in my life would I have made the connection that I was responsible for my own pain. I actually even tried to go Vegan at one point which lasted 7 years. And about 3 more years of being a Vegetarian. 

So I knew I had the discipline to do the carnivore diet easily. I first tried to a pure Keto. And after that I’ve been eating carnivore for a while now, and I feel amazing. I’ve lost the weight that my liver doctor asked me to lose to aid in my recovery. I was able to do that, and I am still keeping the weight off two plus years later. And I feel pretty much zero joint pain, unless I do something to cause a flair up, like exposing myself to sunlight for too long or eat the wrong thing.

I don’t think I will ever be able to thank you for doing what you do and spreading the word about the carnivore diet. Never the less, thank you from the bottom of my pain free heart for what you do. I’ve got nothing but love and respect for you man.

May you be happy, healthy and pain free.

Alex L.

Anonymous improved anemia and digestive problems on a carnivore diet

My story is quite an extreme one.

When I was five years old my entire family became vegetarian. This would have been in 1975, when being a vegetarian was still very unusual. I gather it was after a distressing trip to an agricultural show, but of course I don’t really remember the details. Before that, I had eaten a fairly normal diet. Apparently, as a toddler in my high chair I used to repeatedly ask for ‘more meat!’

The first way that it affected me was that I became quite phobic about food. In retrospect I think that I must have been a bit traumatised by the switch, because I went from being a fairly normal eater to an incredibly fussy one. They say that children know instinctively what they need, and I think that on some level I must have known that our new bean- and grain-heavy diet was not very good for us. I hated it, anyway, and responded by being frightened of everything except Weetabix and bread. I was really nervous about the food my mother cooked, although she was a good cook and most people loved her food. 

As I grew up, I didn’t really realise that my health was being impaired by my diet, but now I look back the signs of steady deterioration were there. I had chronic earache and thrush, my nails were always really weak, and I must have had mild rickets without anyone even noticing. I say this because early photographs show me with straight legs, but by the time I was about ten I had developed bowed legs, and my ankle and knee joints had thickened – both symptoms of rickets. By the time I was ten I was chronically constipated as well, and I was definitely already anaemic. 

However, it was not until I was about 16 that my health really got a lot worse. I had been under a great deal of stress due to problems at home, and I had been eating very poorly for a few years and generally not looking after myself.  I suffered a sort of hormonal collapse – my thyroid seemed to more or less shut down and I began to struggle to keep my weight under control. I responded by massively restricting my diet, and never took any hormones for the problem. I was permanently exhausted, and really depressed.  My periods stopped completely also. In the next few years my digestive system began to be severely affected; it became more and more difficult for me to cope with more and more foods. Initially the things that I gave up were toxic foods like sugar, but as the years went by, I found myself having to cut out more and more food groups. My veganism was as much prompted by my progressive inability to digest different animals foods as it was from conviction. I had eaten a lot of yoghurt in my twenties, but then I realised that it was giving me terrible sinus and digestive problems, so the dairy had to go. I used to love eating eggs, but then they began giving me terrible skin problems and stomach aches, so they too were jettisoned.  I have since read that this is a very common phenomenon; vegetarian or vegan people find that their diet is increasingly dictated to them as their digestive systems deteriorate. I also had to cut out carbohydrates as I had a terrible problem with candida overgrowth that I simply could not get rid of.

By the time I was in my mid-forties I had been forced to cut out virtually all food groups and was basically living on vegetables and green powders. I spent a small fortune on the so-called super foods like spirulina, chlorella and barley and wheat grass powders. It was a colossal waste of money, but in retrospect they probably stopped me from suffering from even worse malnutrition than I already did. At least I was always able to digest them, which is more than I could do with most other foods. 

Apart from the terrible digestive problems, which often meant at least a few sleepless nights every week, and a great deal of pain, there was a long list of major and minor things that were wrong with me. My brain was permanently fogged up, I was a terrible yellow colour, my skin was dry, I was always cold, I had little bumps all over my body, my nails continued to not grow properly, I had a problem with water retention, particularly in my lower body, and I struggled to keep my weight down, even with a strict exercise routine. I had had a lot of problems with poor oral health, including periodontal disease. I was terribly thirsty all the time, which I now realise is a sign of severe anaemia. My liver function was impaired, so I couldn’t tolerate fried foods or alcohol. Generally, my health was lousy. I had to plan my life really carefully, because there was little wriggle room. If I didn’t keep to a certain routine, what fragile health I had could be undermined very rapidly. I was quickly emotionally overwhelmed by having too little time to myself, and had to force myself to go out and see my friends; I never really wanted to.  I generally didn’t talk about my health problems with people, and would tell myself that things weren’t so bad, because I didn’t have anything life-threatening. Nonetheless, however much I tried to kid myself, things were not great, and life was only bearable because I was fairly resigned to the situation…and thankfully, I had always had a large number of interests to distract me. In any case, I had had a long time to get used to poor health, so I didn’t really dwell on it that much. Maybe if I had, it wouldn’t have gone on for so long!  

Two things saved me. Firstly, I had (have!) a dear friend, who was an ex-vegan. He had suffered tremendous health problems which he had mainly resolved through going back to eating meat. At first, I didn’t really want to listen to his concerns, but he was kind and respectful, and I think I knew deep down that he was right. Anyway, he talked to me about how copper toxicity can result from zinc deficiency as a result of vegetarian and vegan diets, and although I didn’t immediately act on his ideas, they had an impact. I was also beginning to listen to a lot of podcasts on the internet, which continues to be a rich source of valuable new information. I was particularly inspired by the Canadian clinical psychologist Professor Jordan Peterson and his daughter Mikhaila, who famously cured her severe auto immune condition with an all-meat diet and now blogs about her experience. Jordan Peterson also adopted the diet and experienced significant benefits. At that point this seemed impossibly extreme, but I decided that I would start eating meat again, and see what happened. 

Of course, it had been 43 years since I had eaten any meat, so I had to slowly get myself used to the idea of trying it again. Most people who go back to eating meat do so because they really miss it, but it wasn’t like that for me. I had to persuade myself to do it, and the emotional resistance was tremendous. It took three months of a calculated desensitisation process  (looking at pictures of meat online) to pluck up the courage to try some chicken. However, when I did, I loved it straight away. Initially I had thought I would just eat meat occasionally, but my body knew what it wanted. Soon I was eating it every day, and feeling better and better. I just felt stronger in every way. 

However, it was not until I went completely carnivore that I began to see the real improvements. The first thing to really change was the colour of my skin. I have already mentioned that I was very yellow – orange, really. People used to ask me sometimes why this was the case, which was very embarrassing. Anyway, when I began to eat only meat my colour initially got a lot worse. For a few weeks I was so orange I was almost a neon colour. Then it suddenly went away, and I had a normal pink-ness for the first time in decades. From what I have read subsequently, this was a sign that my liver function was beginning to return as my body readjusted. Specifically, my yellow skin probably resulted from the copper poisoning which my friend had told me about, which was being rectified as I began to assimilate the zinc from the meat, and expel copper.  Yellow skin can also result from chronic anaemia. Copper poisoning is a common problem for vegetarians and vegans, as it is extremely difficult for them to get sufficient zinc in their diets (zinc is a copper antagonist in the body, and stops bio-unavailable copper building up in the tissues). 

It would be dishonest to claim that everything has resolved itself – it hasn’t, yet. However, I am not so unrealistic to think that 43 years of malnutrition can be sorted out in one year. Apparently, it takes years for minerals to rebalance in the body, so I must be patient. However, every month is bringing improvements, so I’m more than happy with my progress. It is certainly true that over the last 14 months my emotional and physical health has radically improved. The first thing to really change was my mood. I became a great deal calmer, and more sociable. I began to look forward to seeing friends rather than dreading social occasions. My digestive problems have got a lot better and my weight is more stable. My skin started to lose the dryness and flakiness, and my hair stopped falling out. The quality of my sleep improved a great deal. I stopped needing to drink all the time. People tell me that I look about ten years younger. This is probably the most visible sign of progress. The skin on my face has lifted and tightened, as if I have had plastic surgery (I haven’t!). The nasolabial folds that run from the nose to the mouth are strongly associated with the ageing process, and mine have all but reverted to how they were in my early thirties. Long-term vegans and vegetarians often develop a characteristic ‘sunken eyed’ look. I certainly had this, but it has started to reverse itself.  Best of all, I have so much more energy and stamina. 

I mainly eat beef and salt. In the early days I was eating a lot of chicken, but I feel much better on a beef diet, and now I’m really not that interested in chicken anymore. I gather that most carnivores naturally gravitate towards grass-fed ruminants after a while; as was indicated during my childhood, the body knows what it wants when we give it a chance to find out. We eat a lot of grass-fed beef mince, but I do love really rare steak – barely cooked. Ironically, my poor digestive system, which struggled to cope with pretty much any food for years, has absolutely no problem at all digesting virtually raw steak! 

Anyway, I’m tremendously grateful for the internet, which I feel has given me back my life. I have learned so much in the last few years. Principally, I have learned that most of what we are told about diet simply isn’t true. Plants are not wholly innocent and innocuous, but contain poisonous substances that undermine the assimilation of key nutrients, and can seriously impair human health. Far from being essential for human health, all the vegetables we eat now have only existed for a few thousand years, being the result of the selective breeding of wild plants that were too dangerous to eat in their natural state.  Meat is not a toxic substance that should be eschewed in favour of a plant-based diet; it is both health-giving and absolutely essential. I ate a plant-based diet for nearly all my life, and although I started off as a healthy little girl, with every year I got weaker and weaker. We are animals, and need to stop thinking of ourselves as somehow separate from nature. It is this mentality that leads people to suppose that we can turn our backs on our ancestral diet, the diet we evolved eating, and take ourselves out of the food chain. We simply cannot. Yes, it is important that we treat animals well and farm responsibly and with compassion, but this is perfectly possible whilst still eating meat. Another myth is the notion that meat-eating is somehow bad for the environment. In reality, it is monocropping agribusiness that is the primary problem, as it destroys soil-health and natural habitats. Flying food half-way around the world (as with the food that most vegans rely on) is certainly not sustainable. Locally produced grass-fed animal products which require minimal disruption to natural habitats are better for human health, animal health, and the natural world. 

I firmly believe that humanity will one day look back on veganism as a dangerous and misguided fad. After all, my story is far from being unique; already there are numerous instances of ex-vegans speaking out about how their diets wrecked their lives, until they recovered their health eating meat again. Anyone who is in any doubt only has to watch YouTube for a few hours!  The quicker we work together to quash the anti-meat propaganda, the better – for all our sakes. 




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

Mim improved her arthritis and auto amino issues on a carnivore diet

I’m 27 and I was suffering from so many autoimmune disorders since I was a kid including eczema, horrible rashes that covers my entire body, never-ending itchiness, severe acne on my face, cystic acne on my buttocks, vaginal area, and armpits (Hidradenitis suppurativa), back pain, extreme PMS, bladder inflammation (always feeling like I have to pee), extreme depression, crying, anger, and suicidal attempts (took anti-depressants since I was 15, but didn’t help), constant bloating, weight gain, intense sugar cravings, arthritis in my ankles and wrists, vaginal infections due to candida overgrowth, ovarian cyst, IBS, acid reflux, allergies, early graying of hair, and many more…

All of that is completely gone since I went carnivore. After elimination I found out that I severely react to gluten, dairy, soy, legumes, nuts, eggs, and grains. I tried low carb, but I was never 100% symptom-free until I gone full carnivore. If I eat something bad those symptoms come back. Ever since I fixed my diet I advanced so much in my career and personal life. I never knew it is possible to feel this amazing.

Ned lost weight and improved joint pain on a carnivore diet

I’m a 55 year old father of a 12 year old and 4 year old. My wife and I have been on a journey for several years. About 10 years ago we started doing a paleo diet followed by a successful keto diet. I lost 65 pounds myself, and my wife lost 70. I kept researching and experimenting. I even unfortunately went vegan for a year, because when I try something I try to follow through. Well, I gained back 45 pounds, got very sick, joint pain and all. Just godawful. Then I was in and out of low carb. I kept falling back on sugary treats and late night snacks and gained back a little bit. Then I found zero carb and have since gotten back to the size I was in high school. While I’m still having some extreme issues with this autoimmune garbage and still having a lot of weakness and pain, my skin and my diabetes are all cured. I’ve been watching your videos and the people that follow this way and seeing what it’s done for them. I’ve been zero carb a few months and things are just getting better and better.

I can’t thank you enough for what you do and others in the zero carb and carnivore community. Thank you, you’re really doing a service for a lot of folks.

Michelle improved her autoimmune issue and joint pain on a carnivore diet

I have quite a history with food and diets. Since Junior High I have maintained a 30 lb weight range (118-148 lbs) which fell into the “normal” range for my 5’5″ height. I struggled with anorexia in my early teens, and then in the 80-90’s, I ate low fat/low calorie, exercised, and was bulimic. Through 7 pregnancies and nursing I would eat “normal low fat SAD” and then return to calorie restriction and bulimia & over the counter diet pills/supplements.

In 2003 I tried Atkins, eating mostly low fat/low carb/low calorie and was able to maintain my weight without bulimia, but I still exercised regularly. Being hypoglycemic I had times I would pass out or even have seizures from blood sugar drops. In 2007 I turned to Paleo, but I was at my highest weight and didn’t feel comfortable/confident. In 2012 diagnosed with breast cancer & had a double mastectomy with reconstruction. I then began Keto/HFLC and chased ketones for several years!

In 2013 a rash developed on my shins, I saw numerous doctors and specialists with no answers (family doctor diagnosed scabies :/, dermatologist tried numerous topical creams and I ended up with the strongest steroid cream and living on Benadryl for itch). After some research, in 2015 I did a 21 day water fast – my skin began to clear after a week and by the end of 3 weeks I was free of rash & inflammation. I returned to eating Keto, and the rash returned. A naturopath ordered several tests & discovered I was gluten/dairy/nut/corn intolerant, my hormones were all over the place, thyroid wasn’t functioning optimally, and I had developed an autoimmune disorder. I then began AIP, which was very difficult as most of the veggies I liked were nightshades or on the “no” list. The rash and incredibly itchy, inflamed, red, alligator like skin was consuming me again – even the cream (could only be used 2 weeks then off 2 weeks) wasn’t working.

I listened to Dr. Shawn Baker on a podcast and decided to join the N=many experiment. I began carnivore 9/15/17 and within a week my rash was gone, and inflammation was greatly reduced. After 3 months I had no rash/achy joints/headaches/sniffles/inflammation, and my blood glucose is much more level. I would love to have dairy again someday, but at this point I’m just hoping to heal my body of the years of mistreatment. If only I had discovered Carnivore 35 years ago!!! I’ve continued to run half and full marathons and Pikes Peak since Carnivore, practice Yoga & feel fabulous and confident with Carnivore. 🙂

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