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German Shepherd diagnosed with cancer thriving on carnivore diet

In May of 2019 my beloved German Shepherd was diagnosed with colon cancer she was just 6 years old.  The vet told me that it was not curable even with surgery, chemo and radiation.  With all those things she could possibly live 12 months, without them I was looking at 2-5 months tops.  

Heat broken, I decided not to put her through those things since they could not cure her.  I decided to make her last months the best I could and I accidentally put her on the carnivore diet.  I figured if she only had a few months to live I’d spoil her with steaks, burgers, chicken and pork.  And that’s all she ate with occasional cheese.     

Now 16 months in she’s still thriving.  She’s great, you wouldn’t even know she was sick if you didn’t know.  Every three months I take her to the vet and they 

1) can’t believe she’s still with us and; 

2) when I tell them what she’s eating they try and get me to put her back on dry dog food telling me her diet isn’t giving her enough nutrients?  

It’s so crazy, I mean she’s lived long past their guess, why would I do that?  So crazy!!  And I feel they are a good vet?  So confusing?  After seeing her success I decided to join her in solidarity and have started my own journey and have never felt better.  I hope to write you back again soon with my own sucess story.

Watch or listen to Tiber’s success story on the MeatRx.com podcast below: 

Trudy lost weight, and came off medications on a carnivore diet

Shortly after we were married, my husband and I found out we were already expecting our first baby. I wasn’t really “overweight”, but I wasn’t thin either. I weighed about 140. I’m 5’ 5”. 

I gained nearly 90 lbs during my pregnancy. Don’t know why, I just did.
 
I lost a little after she was born, but not much. Then my weight started to climb!
By the time our daughter was 5, I already weighed 300 lbs.
 
A few years later, I was 400 lbs, wearing 5X clothes that were rapidly getting tight.
This last photo was taken Christmas 2010.
 
July 2011 I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and spent 2 days in ICU, then 2 more days in a regular room.
 
I immediately quit sugar. It was a shock to my “southern girl” system to give up sweet tea, biscuits, and all the wonderful carb-y goodnesses I grew up on. But I did it!
 
In 18-24 months, I lost 100 lbs!
I was able to maintain that for a few years. Then I started having difficulty walking. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees. I had arthritis in my knee joints and under both my kneecaps. For almost 4 years, I walked with a cane. I was only in my mid-30’s.
 
I gained back about 80 lbs in 2 years.

I was miserable! I tried Atkins/low carb. I just couldn’t lose!

August 2018 I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. I had no idea that obesity could cause cancer!!!
 
September 24, 2018 I had a complete hysterectomy. They removed my uterus, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes. My gynecological oncologist said that my ovaries probably hadn’t worked correctly in years.
 
I recovered from surgery, but still could not lose weight.
 
My primary care doctor and I talked about me having weight loss surgery, but we found out my insurance didn’t cover it so we started trying to raise the money. We asked my doctor if we should try to get on disability. She said that could take years, and I “didn’t have years”. We knew that meant I’d die if something didn’t change soon!
 
Even my oncologist worked to try and help me get bariatric surgery, but I couldn’t find help due to insurance problems.
 
I contacted a hospital in Mexico where several of my family members and friends had gone for bariatric surgery. Even though it was considerably less expensive, I still couldn’t come up with the money.
 
In faith, I started the pre-op diet they sent me. 3 of my siblings had to have bariatric surgery to lose weight so I just assumed I was next.
 
I followed that pre-op diet. It was very strict, but I followed it to the letter. After 3 months on that diet, I had lost only 5 lbs!
 
I was beyond frustrated, and very close to giving up, and just going back to eating whatever I wanted since I wasn’t losing anyway.
I prayed! I asked God to show me what to do.
 
One week after my 39th birthday, I woke up and said “I’m starting keto!”
 
(I had come across Thomas DeLauer on YouTube, and I started doing tons of research on it, reading/watching testimonials about people getting off all kinds of meds, dropping weight, and so much other wonderful side affects of keto. I also started watching Dr. Ken Berry and Dr. Eric Berg.)
 
Within 3 weeks of going strict Keto, I was off my diabetes meds, thyroid meds, and I no longer needed my cane!!! (I haven’t used it since! That was August 2019!”)
 
Within 6 months, I’d lost 60 lbs! That wasn’t a lot for most keto people, but that was a LOT for me!
I felt great, better than I had in years, but I still had high blood pressure, severe anxiety, and some joint pain.
 
I had heard about Carnivore/Zero Carb, and I had been doing research. I’ve always loved vegetables, and it had been drilled into me all my life, and on Keto, “EAT YOUR VEGGIES!” So I was struggling with the “only animal products” way of eating.
 
I came across Judy Cho, Laura Spath, Kelly Hogan, Dr. Shawn Baker, Charles Washington, and a few others in my YouTube searches.
 
After LOTS of research, I decided to go without veggies one evening for dinner. Then I didn’t have veggies the next day. Then I realized I hadn’t eaten veggies in a week or so, and I was feeling great!
 
In that first week, I lost 10 lbs that I’d gained after stalling on Keto.
I’ve lost 2 lbs since this last pic was taken. I’ve lost a total of 99 lbs from my highest weight!
 
Since going ZC, I’m now off my blood pressure meds (Lisinopril 30mg) and nearly off my anxiety meds (Lexapro 20mg). When I do feel I need something, I take only half a Lexapro, and only once a week or so. I also only need my acid reflux meds (omeprazole 49mg) every few days instead of every single day!
 
I continue to watch and read everything I can to learn more about why we thrive on this WOE. I’ve had hundreds of people contact me since I started losing weight. They all want to know what I’m doing, and can I guide them. As I learn, I share my new-found knowledge and wisdom!
 
My husband and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. I came across a photo from our 10th anniversary. I weighed 400 lbs, could barely walk, on TONS of meds, and I was wearing 5X clothes from Catherine’s (which is 6X most places), and they were almost too small.
My husband has lost about 40 lbs, even though he’s not 100% ZC.
 
I am so thankful to have found this WOE, and I share this with anyone who will listen!!! We can hardly wait to see where we’ll be down the road!
The Miller’s 20th Wedding Anniversary 03/04/2020
Joseph, size 58 suit (and it’s way too big).
Trudy, size 24 dress (and it’s too big).
 
7.5 weeks ZC/Carnivore so far, and life/health gets better and better and better!

Listen to Trudy’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast here:

John lost weight, improved his pain and skin on a carnivore diet

A Carnivore Swashbuckler 
 
I have had a very unique career. I was a sword-fighting comedian who performed more than four thousand shows in sixteen countries around the world at Renaissance festivals and USO shows. I have done stunts in live stunt shows and have generally abused my body. This, I thought, was the cause for my debilitating knee, ankle and shoulder pain that plagued me daily. I went on to become a motivational speaker who is still very active on stage using whips and nunchucks to convey my message. The pain only increased.
 
I have always struggled with my weight my entire life  and have been “successful” in losing weight on a myriad of diets. I tried Herbalife, Vegan, Natural Hygienics (Fit for life), 60 day juice fasts, slim fast, and more. My brother being celiac, I went gluten free. After eventual failures with them all, I decided I must be “allergic” to carbohydrates. I got rid of sugar and sweets from my diet, but my weight still ballooned. I went Keto and saw limited results, but I was still in a lot of pain.
 
My weight continued to increase. My health declined. Topping out at 362 lbs at 6’1” and 55yrs old. I started not being able to tie my own shoes (so I bought slip ons). If I sat down on the floor it was a painful struggle to stand. I became less and less mobile. I would wake every morning with horrible headaches that would last for hours. I struggled to breathe.  I went to the doctor. He told me he thought I had a blood clot in my left leg. Several medications and tests later, he told me its not in my leg, but possibly in my lung. After that proved wrong he told me I might have congestive heart failure, then lung cancer. After many more tests and more prescriptions he decided it was all sleep apnea. I got a CPAP machine and the headaches went away. The pain persisted. I lost faith in modern medicine that shoots in the dark trying to treat symptoms rather than causes.
 
In the summer of 2019, I went to the beach with my fifteen year old son. We have a jeep and go to a secluded beach to get away from the crowds. The water was a little rough that day and I couldn’t catch my breath while in the water. I decided to get out. I caught a wave to shore a body surfed all the way to the sand. Once there I almost couldn’t get to my feet. After a very painful struggle, followed by dizziness, I got scared. I wasn’t scared for me, but for my son. I realized I was potentially putting him in a scary situation. If I had collapsed in the water, he never would have been able to get me out. If I collapsed on the shore, he wouldn’t be able to get me into the Jeep and at fifteen doesn’t drive. I apologized to him that day and promised I would lose the weight. I searched for solutions for months. I was then inspired to do a google search for, “carbohydrate allergy diet” and quickly found the carnivore diet and decided to give it the thirty days that everyone suggests.
 
As of  today, I have been on this way of eating for twenty four days. I have lost twenty five pounds. The spot of eczema I have had on my face completely disappeared. My dandruff has completely stopped. Most miraculously, in my opinion, all of my ankle, knee, and shoulder pain have completely gone away. I am so grateful for the carnivore diet. I can say that it didn’t take 30 days for me to decide to continue. I am going to the beach this summer fearless.

Listen to John’s interview on the Meatrx.com podcast here:

Jenny free of breast cancer, better mood and energy on carnivore diet

I had a recurrence of an aggressive, genetic type Breast Cancer in October 2017. I had been through conventional medicine in 2009 for my first diagnosis (which almost killed me), and was not willing to go that route a second time.

Instead I made a lot of changes, both dietary and lifestyle, between October 2017 and March of 2018.

I first came across the carnivore diet back in 2010 while trawling the internet. The Anderson family and their story really surprised me back then, and I actually thought they were insane to eat this way. How far ahead of their times they were!

Roll on 8 years and I decided take the plunge after reading a lot on Shawn Baker and his diet. I joined Meatness March 2018 and went 95% carnivore and I haven’t looked back. My latest MRI (in June 2018), without chemotherapy and radiotherapy has shown no evidence of cancer.

My mental health is better, my physical health is better, and I have resolved the tiredness I felt prior to my second diagnosis. I can honestly say, everything is better!

I must add that I am a Nutritional Therapist, Herbalist and Acupuncturist, and have gone from vegetarian to raw vegan, low carb and finally carnivore. Without my education, I don’t think I could have done it, it led me to be much more open to change and to look at every aspect of not only healing myself, but contributing to healing our planet, instead of taking from it.

Going carnivore has given me the best health of my life and made my life. Thank you!

 

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

Anastacia healed bulimia on a carnivore diet

This is a glance of my life story, particularly around my history of disordered eating. I am grateful to have found this meat heals site, and think this is the right place to share in hopes of inspiring another to give this WOE a try. As someone who suffered throughout childhood and most of my adult life with body image issues and eating disorders— at my junior prom I weighed in at 140 lbs at 5’10″… I did chronic cardio every single day, played basketball, ran hurdles, and either was restricting calories or losing complete control with food purges/binges. I became bulimic in HS and turned into an overexercising, punishing machine to get myself thinner and thinner. I grew up on processed foods, and became addicted to sugar/carbs early, and often felt alone with my struggle to find a WOE that would offer me greater hormonal balance, satiety and freedom from addiction. 

From age 15 – 39 I worked to find self love, nurturing and food freedom. In 2007 I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. This painful (at the time event) PUSHED me to change and seek out true health on all fronts (mind, body and spirit). I quit a corp. job, returned to school and graduated with a MS in Physiology. I spent years working as a Personal Trainer and at the same time opened my own Corp Wellness Coaching business.

 In 2012 I found Paleo WOE and made the changes overnight. Immediately I felt the benefits in my health, cravings, energy and mindset. Especially because I went to only protein, fat and veggies (low carb). But as I aged into my 30s I began to feel the pains in my joints (severe Back Facet Joint/Hip arthritis) from my overexercising habits and years of binging on garbage foods. I was tired of fighting to stay sober (for me this meant avoiding all sugar/carbs and anything not from the earth), and working so hard to avoid a relapse despite having better lifestyle practices in place and greater health.

I would go months eating big, fat ass salads and meat, then I’d binge again. Then repeat over and over. The cycle seemed impossible to break. I felt destined to never feel true food freedom. In 2016 I tried strict Keto and felt like I was desperately trying to fill myself with fat filling mini meals/snacks. I never felt true satiety (it never felt like a MEAL to me) eating a high fat diet, moderate protein and I knew it was not a good fit within a week. Esp. with a past littered with food obsessions and dieting. 

This was not sustainable so I returned to LC Paleo. Last year, December 2017 I was traveling with my husband and had terrible IBS, fatigue and a flare up of joint back pain. There was one meal during our trip (eggs and bacon) that I noticed gave me no IBS symptoms and tons of energy. I vowed to go carnivore (not knowing it was a thing) when we got home, and I did. Today, I eat two things: anything with a face (No Dairy- as this is a trigger food for me and highly addictive), but mostly beef, black coffee and an occasional piece of 100% dark chocolate. The chocolate really helps me adhere to the carnivore diet for the long haul.

 I really don’t feel the need to venture off because I have no more cravings, no urges to binge (also because I am eating til satiety), my hunger hormones are working correctly for the first time, and I my joint inflammation is way down, almost not noticeable. My mood is so much lighter. Im less reactive and PMS is less scary for me and everyone else. My energy is off the charts. It was good before starting this WOE, but now I almost have too much…if this is possible. Sometimes I don’t know what to do with all of it! 🙂 Luckily I am a health coach so I can share this inspiring energy with my clients. Finally my sleep is just as good as it was on Paleo. 

When I started I would wake 30mins earlier than normal but that no longer happens. I sleep 7-8 hrs per night. I rarely have times that I struggle with cravings for foods. If I do it is quickly passes by eating more meat or just ignoring that person in my head. I found that I do need to eat a bit more with my high activity levels and to maintain my muscle mass. I also fall into a time restricted eating pattern most days but not necessarily purposely. If I wake hungry I would eat but usually I would rather stay fasting until Im really feeling the urge. I eat around 2.5lbs per day, and WO with weights 4x p/wk with daily long walks. I go to infrared sauna 5x week for 30-40mins to reduce DOMS and help with any joint tenderness. I am 158lb and 22% bf. Before CV I weighed 166 and 25% bf. 

Overall this WOE, plus a ton of growth self exploration, drive to improve and knowledge seeking, living my purpose with total acceptance and love of self and others has healed me…FINALLY. I can be my best and thrive at my life’s work as a health coach. When stress gets worse I have tools to stay present and know the emotions will pass. Binge eating is not an attractive option. I did so much work to get here and heal, it has little appeal to ever go back.

 I don’t isolate myself like I did, instead I have dedicated my life to helping others achieve their personal wellness/fitness goals. I practice and share the gifts of mediation/self love/nurturing/journaling/real food nutrition/movement/mindfulness. I only surround myself with positive, loving, inspirational people.

I eat big, train hard for a 43 year old woman, play/travel often and am living my purposes. But, most of all, I have unconditional self love, appreciation and acceptance, which makes it possible for me to circulate this out to other living beings and things! I have gained much by my struggles, more than I’ve lost. 

If you would like to contact me, please feel free. I would love to see if there could be research on how this WOE could help people with binge eating and bulimia. I am also open to sharing more of my story and the ways this WOE has saved a girl from her dark passenger – a carb/sugar addiction. 😉 Thanks for offering this safe place to share. Anastacia

Listen to Anastacia’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast here:

Lester improved his fitness, pain, and body composition on a carnivore diet

 am 69 years old male and have been 99% carnivore for 8 months.

 
15 years ago I had surgery and chemotherapy for testicular cancer. Now I have Hypothyroidism and Hypogonadism.

During the first 2 months carnivore my energy went up, tripled my push ups, doubled my pull-ups, gained more knee/hip flexibility, and added 15 pounds body weight. During 1 year keto I lost 15 pounds and could not build muscle. Overall felt great and confident that I was regaining my youth.
 
At the 3 month mark I started to wake up in the morning with stiff hands, knees and hips. My knees began to hurt more every following week until at about the 6 month mark I could not walk without pain. This surprised me because my left knee had never in my life ever had pain.
 
After the 6 month crisis my knees slowly became less painful so that at 8 months my only concern now is to regain the flexibility I had at month 2. Overall feeling confident again about regaining my youth.
 
At 7 months I lost the urgency to pee and occasional accidental leak during the daytime. A problem I’ve had for the past 30 years. Great development!
 
I’ve had night leg cramps for the past 10 years. Experimenting with the carnivore diet and salt help me discover I was sodium deficient although my blood tests for sodium were normal. I now eat around 2 – 3 tablespoons of salt daily and the cramping disappeared. Blood pressure remains stable at about 105/65. Another win for me!
 
Waist size went from 34 to 33. Body fat maybe dropped from 22% to 17%. Best shape my body has seen since college days.
 
Overall carnivore is a win for me and hoping for more positive results.

Stephen improved his cancer diagnosis with a carnivore diet.

Hello, my name is Stephen. This is my story about cancer. I am in remission from high volume aggressive metastatic prostate cancer as well as type 2 diabetes and obesity.

 

The diagnosis

 

Summer 2011: diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer (Gleason score of 10 out of 10) at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, MA, USA. Eligard treatments were started immediately (androgen deprivation). Eligard is a trade name for the generic drug leuprolide; later I would be switched to Lupron Depot another trade name for the same drug and stay on it until February 2018.

 

June 2011: First external radiation treatment, repeated every weekday for 8.5 weeks. Prostate removal not possible because cancer had spread a little beyond the prostate – T3N1.

 

Summer 2016: chemo therapy because cancer had metastasized to bone sites, mostly on spine.

 

About the diet

 

At this time I was following a low carbohydrate high fat diet (LCHF) that had successfully put my type 2 diabetes in remission (link). The “high fats” are: animal fats and olive and coconut oils, but NO “vegetable oils”, (vegetable oils are highly industrially processed seed oils that are highly inflammatory: see Nina Teicholz – ‘Vegetable Oils: The Unknown Story’).

 

I experienced no nausea during chemo (b/c of LCHF?) so took no medication for it.

 

Type 2 diabetes is caused by too much insulin being secreted by the pancreas in response to high blood sugar (glucose); a metabolic disease. An alternate school of thought in cancer theory and research is that cancer is also a metabolic disease, not caused by genes.

 

So, after watching this video, I decided to double down on my diet/lifestyle and stop eating any and all carbohydrates to drive my insulin as low as possible; so no foods from plants – like our ancestors before agriculture was invented. I mostly eat grass fed and finished: beef, tallow, and butter, and pasture raised chicken eggs (in the wild chickens would eat insects, grubs, snails, etc. – NOT plant foods); sometimes bacon and bacon grease (lard). The beef is lightly cooked to preserve nutrients. Low carb communities call my diet zero carb (ZC).

 

Remarkable remission

 

After a few months my oncologist declared my cancer in remission, saying it was “remarkable” and to “keep doing what you’re doing.”

 

One side effect of hormone therapy is bone loss, osteopenia to osteoporosis, because of the extremely low sex hormones (testosterone in men). Lately my osteopenia has gotten worse. So, since I was in remission, I asked my oncologist if we could stop the Lupron injections. He wrote:

 

“Certainly we could consider intermittent therapy. You do have a very aggressive cancer, successfully controlled, so we would have to be very careful. … Note: it may take 6 – 12 months for testosterone to rise.”

 

So my last Lupron injection was on 2/21/2018, ending the use of any and all medications, except diet/lifestyle.

 

My 5/31/2018 PET bone scan showed that all the metastasized sites had disappeared!

 

Starving the cancer

 

All cells express appropriate hormone receptors on their surface membranes. Prostate cells express testosterone receptors and hormone/androgen deprivation therapy drives testosterone levels very low. But all cells express insulin receptors and cancer cells express an over abundance of insulin receptors because they need to collect a huge amount of glucose to drive their growth. (The Insulin Receptor: A New Target for Cancer Therapy)

 

That’s why I’m now targeting with my no-plant (zero carb) diet, an extremely low insulin level to deprive cancer cells of glucose. You could call it “Insulin Deprivation Therapy”.

 

Meanwhile, normal cells can get their energy requirements from fatty acids and ketones (which cancer cells can’t use because of their uniquely deranged / damaged metabolism).

 

Exercise helps too

 

Oh, I also have been doing light to moderate exercise ever since my oncologist recommended it in 2011. It lowers insulin and glycogen stores, among other things. I walk 2-3 miles / day and take a couple of cardio and strength training classes at my local senior center. I’ve recently read and am starting to follow recommendations in this book.

 

Remember, though, “you can’t outrun a bad diet”. So both are important for optimal health.

 

Learn through trial and error

 

I hope others will be encouraged enough by my (highly successful) n=1 experiment to try it themselves. As with any n=1 experiment, if you experience any adverse effects STOP.

 

BUT, even if it works for you expect only negative reactions, sometimes very emotional, from doctors and dietitians. The best you will probably get, as did I, is “keep doing what you’re doing.”

 

Also, some people who reduce their carbs to keto or ZC levels find their cholesterol levels rise, as did I. But I’m not worried because World Health Data shows people with higher cholesterol LIVE LONGER. Dave Feldman’s research is revealing the possible mechanisms for this lower mortality (link)

Matthew treated cancer and chemotherapy side effects on carnivore diet

I shared my testimony with you a while ago but I have an even better testimony from my hubby. Back in November he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. If you don’t know much about this it’s a very curable cancer but the chemo drugs and regimen is one of the worst there is. 

He wasn’t on the carnivore diet prior so the day he was diagnosed I forced him into it. He was to start chemo after thanksgiving. 4 rounds of 3week intervals so 12 weeks in total. Week one he went Monday-Friday for 4 hours each day. 

The second and third week was only once each week. The first week in I asked the nurse when he would start feeling crappy. She said next week, then he would feel “normal” for a few days before it started over again. Well, It never happened. He honestly thought he was just taking the chemo well and decided he was going to eat “normally” at our family’s Christmas on a Saturday. 

That next Monday after chemo he got to feel what everybody else feels like during chemotherapy. He even threw up. Throughout that week even though he was back on the diet he also developed mouth sores associated with the chemotherapy. After being back on the diet for the remainder of the chemo he never experienced any of the other side effects.

 No nausea and he didn’t even take all of his nausea meds. His oncologist said and I quote “in my 35 years of oncology, I’ve never seen anyone handle chemotherapy physical as well as you, you’re the best I’ve ever seen.” He’s now in remission.

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