Back pain & spine

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Nicklas healed his back pain on a carnivore diet

Hello!
 
I just wanted to share my story after seeing your video on the subject of spine pain. I hope people with the same condition can find help by me sharing my story.
 
I was 19 years old when my lower back started to hurt. At first i thought it was just something that would go away. The pain continued for years and some days i just could not move because of the pain. Getting out of bed was almost impossible at times. At the age of 23 i was diagnosed with Ankylosing spondylitis and ate pain killers and anti-inflammatory meds everyday. Things got better but the pain was still lingering in the backround. At the age of 27, the meds stopped working and i was put on other pills and started to take 1 shot a week of some protein blocker to help reduce inflammation. This combo helped alot but after a few years the meds started to have less effect and the pain was back again. I had almost given up on trying to get well. I started looking into people getting better from chronic diseases with the help of Carnivore diet. I started the diet in January this year and 2 weeks in i removed the weekly shots and felt good. 1 week later i removed the anti-inflammatory meds. I am now almost 5 months in and ive lost 50 pounds and havn’t had any backlash with the backpain. No painkillers needed for almost 5 months. No meds what so ever for almost 5 months. This is THE best ive ever felt in my entire adult life. Thank you for what you are doing and please help more people with this knowledge!
 
Best regards from Sweden!
 
Nicklas

David resolved his sleep apnea on a carnivore diet

David was in pain, he had a sore back and terrible acid reflux.  He was later diagnosed with sleep apnea and was prescribed a CPAP machine as he would stop breathing 30 times an hour at night.

 

He heard Dr. Shawn Baker on a podcast and decided to try this was of eating.

 

Listen to David’s story on the MeatRx.com podcast!

Kiki is healing from weakness, low thyroid, inflammation on carnivore diet

My name is Kiki.

I have been eating a carnivore diet of 90% beef since March 2018.

 

I eat 2 meals a day of 1 lb. of beef each meal.

 

I usually eat my meals at 11am and 6pm.

 

I eat when hungry.  I always eat to satiety. I do not limit meal size or calories. 

 

I supplement with salt. 

 

I do not test ketones, use a food app, or weigh myself. 

 

I was a 35-year vegetarian and during that time often vegan.

 

I was very attached to my vegetarian way of life and the belief system that I was eating the ideal health diet while contributing to a better planet and global future having been inspired by many popular vegetarian and vegan books of that time. 

 

I have been involved in Yoga since I was 19 years old, for nearly 40 years now. This dedicated practice as well as decades of Yoga teaching – with more than a dozen study trips to vegetarian South India over a 20-year period – kept me tied to vegetarianism as part of a spiritual belief system and the supposed foundation for luminous health. Simultaneously I embraced a strongly pushed vegetarian propaganda that meat eating and animal farming were causes of global disease and global destruction. These are ideas that most vegetarians accept without question and sacrificing all logic. 

 

I have always been highly physically active – from a competitive runner in high school, professional dancer and actress and an intensely dedicated yoga practitioner – waking at 3am and doing 2-3 hours of intense and advanced yoga asanas for decades while running a yoga school, directing yoga programs and teaching world wide and with a roster of celebrity clients as well as creating yoga programming for individuals and communities with MS, Spinal Cord Injury, disabilities, and vets with PTSD.

 

 

 

 

 

From the age of my late 30’s, I began to develop more and more digestive problems (swinging from constipation to loose stools) and kept trying to address this through shifting how I ate a vegetarian diet – from cooked, to raw, to Ayurvedic to macrobiotic to vegan. As well as adding herbs, superfoods, supplements etc. I also developed increasing chemical sensitivities to paint, chemicals, and cologne leading to rashes, flushed skin, and stomach upset.

From being uniquely strong and high energy, I began to develop more and more body pain and stiffness. When I would travel to India – for the first ten years, I would always become more strong and flexible and focussed. But this eventually changed. Rather I would almost instantly have more pain and terrible inflammation. I thought it was due to the intensify of yoga practices, along with so called “over use syndrome” – but now in retrospect I see it was legumes, cereal grains, and toxic plant compounds. I cannot tolerate these at all today. 

 

My health continued to plummet with B12 anaemia that included visual and auditory hallucinations, fainting, intense brain fog, and extreme exhaustion I was also extremely deficient in most B vitamins and vitamin D (and yes, I supplemented with B12 for decades)

 

For nearly 10 years leading up to my carnivore diet change, I needed to soak in a hot bath everyday to begin to move. I got weekly massages as well as weekly acupuncture and was usually getting an additional kind of therapeutic healing like fascial release sessions, chiropractics, Somatics, barefoot movement and the list goes on. All this to manage 24-hour pain and to just get through my week. 

 

A looming crisis of faith along with my determination to beat these health concerns and a belief that we can heal ourselves (and that I could reverse my situation and thrive) with food choices led me to deeply research Weston A. Price, bone broth, Ketogenics, paleo, zero carb and I found my way to the Low Carb Down Under, Ancestral Health and other presentations where I learned from Dr. Shawn Baker, Dr. Georgia Ede, Sally K. Norton, and so many others whose research I embraced to completely heal. Several Facebook groups like Principia Carnivora, Women’s Carnivore Tribe and Vegan and Vegetarian Recovery offered a great deal of community support. I also listened to every Human Outliers Podcast for a year.

I am so grateful to this Carnivore community and to all those that are participating in research and spreading the word on Carnivore, ultra low carb, zero carb and plant-free lifestyles. 

Today I have more vitality than I could have imagined. I feel that I have turned back the clock 20 years (years that were lost to me due to pain and exhaustion). Just a few months ago I registered a Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Held Downward Dog Pose at 1 hour and 20 seconds. I have taken up kettle bells as well as other athletic and optimal development practices. 

 

My hair and nails are thick and growing. My skin is smooth and my body is lean and toned. I am strong and energetic. I recently moved onto my sailboat and am living a sailing life (this would have been  physically impossible 2 years ago). 

 

 

 

All  the health concerns listed below have disappeared except for some remaining tinnitus, occasional insomnia as well as sensitivity with minor rashes and some low back pain when I eat off plan (which includes a few animal foods I cannot tolerate like pork, dairy and eggs).

 

 

 

The List:

20 years of intensifying body aches

24-hour pain

Very cold hands and feet all year around

Cold all the time.

Intense exhaustion

Injuries not healing

Rashes

Chemical sensitivities

Weakness, extreme stiffness

Difficulty in walking – hip inflammation – sciatica like pain

Tinnitus

Swollen and seeping ears

B12 anaemia (hallucinations, fearfulness, fainting)

Anxiety (I did not know I had this until it was gone) I had accepted this mind state as normal. 

Superstitious 

Paranoid

Sadness / very emotional

Low thyroid (I took a medication which I no longer need)

Weak nails

Slow growing hair

Some hair receding 

Extreme tinnitus 

Insomnia

Racing thoughts and sleeplessness

Digestive concerns – constipation to loose stools

Some weight gain that I could not control with accompanied inflammation and sudden cellulite and skin dimpling (2 years prior and leading up to Carnivore change)

Non-motivated to exercise 

Constant need to nap

Wanting to sleep all the time 

Brain fog

Uninspired

Gnawing hunger

An all encompassing fear of losing my community and being judged.

 

More about me at KikiFlynn.com, Kiki Says on YouTube and Kiki_Says on Instagram 

Cassie healed from plantar fasciitis, edema, back pain on a carnivore diet

Cassie lost 130 pounds on Carnivore!! (100 of it in only 9 months!)

 

I’m never going back. I was sick, in pain, and tired. I don’t ever want to be that person again.

Six years ago (at age 45) I started Paleo because I was 376 pounds, walking with a cane, taking naps every day, and on allergy medicine because of constant allergy attacks. I had candida overgrowth which was causing me issues and when I googled to find a resolution it led me to Paleo.  I did Paleo for 2 ½ years and lost 170 pounds. It healed most of my problems but I eventually stalled and then started to introduce Paleo treats which fueled my carb addiction (which had never gone away). Eventually I started eating processed foods, sugar, and corn again. I stayed gluten-free due to my IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) / leaky gut.

In late 2019, my candida overgrowth had returned with a vengeance and when I googled again for a resolution, I found Carnivore.  I had heard of the zero-carbers when I was Paleo but thought it was radical so I never tried it.  This time there was a lot more information on zero-carb and Carnivore.  I read up on it, watched videos, and decided to give it a try.  I decided I would do it for a few weeks in November 2019 but that I would go off of it while I was traveling for work and enjoying Thanksgiving. I did the same in December.  Each time I had the carnivore flu.

When January 3, 2020 arrived (age 50), I started again from my highest weight in the past 5 years of 294 pounds. I told my husband that I was doing “zero-carb keto” for a while. I didn’t admit to being Carnivore until a month later.  I had the carnivore flu (again), bathroom issues, and fatigue.  I knew now what to expect and I was learning a lot of information from Facebook.  When I joined MeatRx, I attended as many meetings as I could to learn from everyone on the new platform.  The meeting leaders were great and had all been on carnivore for 6 months, 1 year, or even longer. It was also great to be on the same path as other new people starting in January.

In the beginning I ate a lot of chaffles (egg and cheese in a waffle iron), bbq (unsauced), and bacon.  I always carried bacon with me including when I traveled twice in January for work. I had a burst of energy at week 3, but then was fatigued for a few more weeks. I had meat aversion around week 4, but I did short fasts until my appetite came back.  By week 6 my carb cravings were gone.  Sweet treats still smell good to me, but I have absolutely no desire to have one.  I never want to go back to feeling so sick, dazed, and confused.

By the third month I felt fully dedicated–nothing could dissuade me from staying on Carnivore for life. I’m a total convert. My work capacity has increased dramatically. I feel like my brain was operating at 30% compared to 100% now. I have so much energy I overdid it with construction projects at our new home and now I’m having some physical therapy for shoulder / rotator cuff tendonitis.  I haven’t truly exercised but I do get out 2-3 times a month for a 2-mile run/walk when the air quality in California allows.

Two questions I get asked frequently after losing 100 pounds in exactly 9 months. Do I fast? I did a bit of fasting the first 6 months but since I was doing so many projects on the house I needed the food for fuel. Now that I am healing my shoulder and not taking vacation I am more sedentary. I generally fast now either 1, 2, or 3 days a week. It just depends on how hungry I am.  The other question is about excess skin.  I do have it which is one reason I fast (for the autophagy) but I fully expect to have some skin removal surgery on my arms, stomach, and thighs.  You can’t lose almost 200 pounds in 6 years (half my body weight!!!) without needing some help through body contouring.

I do not have insulin resistance or thyroid issues. I think this is why I can lose weight easily at age 50/51. I’ve lost 100+ pounds three other times in my life (WW, Exercise, Paleo). Another reason I do well is that I don’t deviate from plan. I know I’m a true carb addict so I must completely abstain. I don’t ever want to lose this. Even if I never lost another pound I wouldn’t care. I’ve gotten more of my life back in less than 10 months then I ever anticipated.  I still attend MeatRx meetings when my schedule allows so if you see me in the evening social meetings or at the carb addiction meetings (which I lead), please say hello. See you on the other side!!!

Food: I eat beef, bacon, pork, chicken wings, duck, black coffee. Gave up eggs (even egg yolks caused me nausea) and now only have a small amount of cheese. Dairy (heavy cream, soft cheeses) do slow my weight loss / cause weight gain. 

Exercise: I run/walk a few times a month about 2 miles each time

Healed: Carb cravings, brain fog, plantar fasciitis, heel spur pain, severe candida overgrowth, edema, back pain (which required me to take anti-inflammatories every night and to sleep sitting up)

Jason improved Ankylosing Spondylitis on carnivore diet

I don’t normally do this, but my experience so far with carnivore has been so powerful and LIFE CHANGING that maybe this could be inspiring towards others.

So many allergies

I started this diet as a 30 day challenge on 1/1/20 after reading The Carnivore Diet in late 2019. Around the same time, I did a food allergy test and it blew up with all kinds of super high sensitivities to all kinds of mostly VEGGIES! Also lots of trees nuts and legumes, I was in disbelief at how many things I needed to eliminate that were considered “healthy”.
 
I also have suffered from an autoimmune disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which is kin to RA but targets the spine and lower back with more intensity. I’ve learned in the past that diet is huuuuge with this disease and it has led me to some pretty extreme diets over the years.

This diet is so easy and the rewards are so huge that I will never go back to ANY other diet, plus I absolutely love eating meat and get excited every day knowing I don’t have to choke down something disgusting lol.

Eliminating and testing the carnivore diet

I’m done looking!! Like I said I started this diet as a personal 30 day challenge on Jan 1st this year. First and foremost as an elimination diet and then to put the theories I had read about to the test. Guys, this diet has SAVED MY LIFE. Totally transformed me and has allowed my body to heal and grow muscle/burn fat. I feel the best I have since I was a teenager and inflammation is at an all-time low. In my case this diet is so easy and the rewards are so huge that I will never go back to ANY other diet, plus I absolutely love eating meat and get excited every day knowing I don’t have to choke down something disgusting lol.
 

Grateful

I hope this is as inspiring to someone else as it has been to me. I am incredibly grateful and thankful that I stumbled upon this diet and took the leap of faith to start it. Too good not to share! Not done yet!

Ren is healing from chronic pain, migraines, depression a carnivore diet

The story, in pictures: 1. I’m six years old. My father is starting to put on weight, started to feel sick. He was a physician’s assistant. Didn’t he know how to be healthy? Mother wants to do something about it.
 
She started cooking low fat, adding swiss chard and spinach, ordering organic vegetables, potatoes, and tofu instead of beef. She ground wheat at home and made all our bread from fresh whole grains. Basically a leptin, oxalate, and phytate nightmare.
 
As a growing child I was often so hungry that I learned to forage for food. In-season fruit trees, sneaking out to the icecream truck, whatever. I was a sugar junkie, sneaking candy just like my father.
By 11 years old my knees hurt so badly that some days I could hardly stand. I was pale, with dark shadows under my eyes, and easily exhausted. My father’s diet wasn’t working for him or for the family.
Ironically my health improved when I was old enough to run to McDonald’s for burgers. My sisters and I competed for who could eat the most meat, but it wasn’t enough to counteract the milkshakes and french fries.
When I got my period, it hurt. Every month was pure torture that I can say was worse than having a nail stabbed straight through my foot. It seemed like every year added more problems.
 
Asthma, bad eyesight, iron deficiency, low vitamin D, burning easily in the sun, painful walking, restless legs and muscle spasms.
I had ear infections and yeast infections in highschool, where I prepared to go to medical school. I wanted to find answers. I wanted to fix my body. I felt so terrible going into college that I didn’t care about my diet and ate whatever I wanted, still mostly bread, cheese, and potatoes but also salads, chicken, and some beef. Then I had a stroke at the college and couldn’t pass tests anymore. My brain just would not work. My dreams of becoming a doctor died that day. And my father died shortly after. He was 43 years old. We learned that he ate a candybar and had a 20oz Coke every day, in spite of my mother trying to restrict his calories. Diets don’t work.
 
I went to work at McDonald’s, but that didn’t last long. Soon the pain in my legs became so bad I couldn’t stand. I suffered from gut pain, gallbladder pain, migraines, dizzy spells and depression. I thought the answer was to go vegetarian and start working a desk job, since eating fat triggered gall bladder attacks of intense pain. I was low-oil vegan for 2 years, then lacto-ovo vegetarian. This at first made me feel better, but the honeymoon phase didn’t last long.
 
Soon enough for the first time, I started putting on weight. Until then I was a fairly thin girl, but lack of exercise due to the pain packed the pounds on. I avoided red meat for 15 years.
 
When I turned 35 the leg pain came back with a vengeance. It was so bad that this time, I got a walker, a scooter, and a permanent disability certificate.  I quit dancing. I became even more depressed. I got asthma, arthritis, and severe allergies. Nobody could figure out why I was in so much pain. My oldest sister died. She was 43. I realized that I had 8 years left to live, and I did not want to live any longer. I was suffering, and I wanted it to stop. Every moment, pain. I needed a larger chart and colored pencils to show my therapist all the pain spots. I even had social problems because of the gas and burping that my slow gallbladder fomented. It was bad. I even started to experience heartburn after eating. I tried fermenting, kombucha, sauerkraut, beet kvass, greens, juicing, CICO, etc. I took a DNA test and started towards a more Paleo approach to eating that reflected my Scandinavian heritage.
Finally, I turned 43. I weighed 183 lbs, 5’7″ and I was a size 16/18. Well, I thought, this is the year that I die.
 
But then a co-worker told me about Dr Ken Berry. Just watch the videos, she said. Just watch. The revelations started coming fast. I started with the Low-oxalate diet, to start healing my gut and give my gallbladder a chance to come out of it’s coma. I took ox bile pills so that I could eat fat without having painful spasms. Eventually my gallbladder woke up and ejected a large amount of sandy particles. Now I’m proud to own a fully functional carnivore gut, but it was a long and slow journey.
When I felt ready, I moved slowly into the keto diet. And I do mean slowly. It took 90 days of ramping down carbs and ramping up fat to get all the way into the low-carb macros. My husband did it with me, every step of the way.
I was still doing a vegetable heavy keto when I discovered Dr. Shawn Baker and Mikhaila Peterson and I knew, this was the answer.
My husband and I switched to carnivore after 4 months of slow ramp-down keto. By then, I had already lost 30lbs. He’d lost 40. We never cheated. Not even once. We knew what was at stake. It was life or death. From then on, the story reads in reverse. I started being in less pain. Less migraines, less depression, less allergies, less asthma, less medicine, less leg pain…More life. It’s just that simple. I started dancing again. It’s not a miracle. It’s meat.

Listen to Ren’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast below:

Lee’s depression vanished on a carnivore diet

Hi, my name is Lee. I am 71. I’ve been on keto and carnivore for 2 months and I can’t remember feeling this good. 

 

 

Going vegan destroyed me

 

I was raised on meat, potatoes and vegetables. Then I ate vegetarian, and vegan. The vegan diet was hard for me and I never felt good. Depression, anxiety, and back injuries were constant during my adult life. Later I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia.  I also developed ovarian cysts, so ovaries were removed when I was forty, and I had to get used to very low estrogen. 

 

Healing on carnivore diet within a month


When I started eating keto and carnivore I QUICKLY noticed a difference because depression and anxiety vanished. It’s hard to describe how I feel, so I’ll just say I feel wonderful. The fibromyalgia has gone and hopefully with time, my back will heal. It’s only been a month on carnivore. 

 

Plant toxins are real


I urge you to try carnivore. I wish I had always been on this diet. 
Now I know plant toxins are real because of the oxalates my body has stored in all my organs, bones, glands and tissues. I’m experiencing oxalate dumping, but I still feel better on carnivore than any plant based diet. No more vegetable oils, tofu or nuts and seeds. I’ve always loved eating meat and now I don’t feel bad about it.

 

Meat heals!

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