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Eric improved his cardiovascular health, skin, and quality of life on a carnivore diet

I am 63, had a heart attack back in 2007 at age 51.  I was stented and put on 80mg statin for the rest of my life.  My diet was SAD, 80% plant based.  I was advised to follow a low fat diet.  Hypertension got worse, I became obese, then autoimmune disorder, depression and perhipheral neuropathy in the feet which affected walking.  I had the statin shuffle and chronic sore feet.  I became borderline invalid from severe psoriasis of the hands, was unable to work or function normally for 4 years.  All psoriasis treatments failed (100 UV light sessions and then chemotheraphy).  When I turned 60 I rolled my ankle and broke my leg. 
 
With all these issues I discarded medical advice and went low carb high fat for 2 years, then carnivore for 1 year.  All symptoms went into remission on LCHF then stalled so I removed all plants and the symptoms disappeared.  After 9 months carnivore my cardiologist stared at his computer screen and muttered … wow, your triglycerides are really, really good.  And then he said – I’m taking you off statin. 
 
Even though I was a stented heart attack survivor originally diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia, I was taken off statin.  I guess he doesn’t see carnivore blood work often, or perhaps I am his first one.  I am in Canada, a public health system where doctors are not inclined to reveal or discuss particulars with the patient.  I suspect inflammation dropped like a stone on carnivore.  For sure I look better, redness in the face gone, bags under the eyes gone, becoming lean again, active and so on.


I got a job doing physical work on construction sites.  Physical work wasn’t easy but I felt it was a better choice than returning to a corporate cubicle.  Carnivore made it possible.  I got stronger every day.  I will retire in a few years and plan to thru hike the Appalachian Trail when I am 65.  It is something I had considered impossible for over a decade.  It has been a very slow process for me but my transformation is clearly outstanding.  Dr Baker you are correct, that the carnivore diet is perhaps the best therapy for chronic disorders.  But it did more than that, it restored and improved quality of life

 

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Steve improves digestion, weight loss, and injury healing on a carnivore diet

6 months full carnivore. Can’t even begin to explain how it’s changed my life. Thank you so much for all you do and negativity you have to put up with. I feel like I have a new life.

I had reconstructive ACL and meniscus surgery on January 23rd, and thanks to this way of eating and lifestyle I’m already back skateboarding and to my normal routine 5 months before they said I would be. My physical therapist said she’s never seen anybody return to sport after surgery like that so fast, and I fully attribute that to this way of eating/lifestyle.

Before going carnivore I had horrible gastrointestinal pain for 8 years, multiple cameras put down my stomach just for them to tell me they didn’t know what was causing the pain. 3 weeks into carnivore and I’ve never felt that pain again. I feel like I have my life back again.

Also, here’s a fun story for anyone that feels like having a “cheat” day or thinks sugar doesn’t do anything. So my 30th birthday was a few weeks ago, and I was in the grocery store, and I don’t know why but for some reason a box of Little Debbie cookies caught my eye, and I don’t know if it was a flashback to my childhood that made me want them or what it was, but I gave in and bought those cookies and ate them all. Not even five minutes after finishing the cookies, my stomach began to twist and turn in ways I’ve never felt. The next day when I woke up I felt like I had been in a car accident. Every inch of my body and insides were aching. I had the biggest knot in my stomach, I had shooting pain’s throughout my entire body, and it had also given me a horrible hemorrhoid. Those pains lasted 10 full days. It took 10 full days for that crap to get out of my body! I couldn’t believe how much damage I had done from a few cookies. It was really eye opening.

Anyways. I just wanted to say THANK YOU! again for spreading the word. This way of eating has really opened my eyes to so much. I feel like I have a second chance at life. A much better and all around healthier life!

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Gretchen improved her thyroid and type 2 diabetes on a carnivore diet

Thyroid, type 2, single mom. Lets paint the picture, passed out with your daughter administering honey to you. I was eating a clean diet. I had a fall that resulted in a broken rib, stress, and the fact that I work with heavy metal, and chemicals, led to my thyroid going hyper. This in turn, started my type 2 journey. I am not a ‘big’ person, but extremely athletic, and very strong. I was failing. I gained 20lbs, not noticeable to most, it was all around my organs. I took action and researched. Vegan/raw vegan/juicing,,, what! I did this.. listening to the rhetoric, and my daughter was trying to revive me with Honey….. So, my doctor mentioned Keto. It worked. 6 months of trial and error. Then, I just threw in the towel, my ancestral eating had zero vegetables, and a little berries. I did it. I’m just over a year of straight carnivore. I’m feeling great. I’ve has massive reactions to ‘quick meals’ at friends houses that contain cornstarch or dextrose, people do not know how sensitive a person who is DE-sensitized to corn sugars are .(cheap ‘drunk’ tho) Anyway, keep it simple, eat food that make you thrive. My diabetes is not healed, only handled. But I feel great listening to my body vs popular nutritional advice! Thank you Shawn for this forum! Gretchen 

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Daniel improved his brain fog, inflammation and chronic pain on a carnivore diet.

I used to eat in a way I thought was healthy. A way I’d been told I was healthy: a Mediterranean diet with added roast meat meals. Lots of green veg, lots of carbs, easy on the meat. I would need to snack all day into the evening.
 
Now I can eat twice a day and fast for 16 hours or longer. Ground beef and eggs for breakfast and some home made liver pate, some meat in the evening. It keeps me sustained and healthier than I’ve been in a long time.
 
I’ve been carnivore for 5-6 months. I switched from a high protein keto (mostly carnivore), which I’d been on for a couple of years. Before then, I would catch any infection going. Now I don’t seem to get anything (or if I do it’s too mild to notice). 
 
My inflammation has gone way down. The upshot of this is that I’ve gone from being in permanent pain due to an old back injury and a more recent knee injury to no pain. These areas are still more fragile than the rest of my body but now they don’t prevent me doing anything.
 
I had wondered if I was losing my ability to think. People call this brain fog. For me, it prevented me thinking at a high enough level to work in a highly technical field. I had lost my ability to concentrate and to take in detail. Past learning was easy to recall and use but adding new learning was hard. I feel fully present during the day now and can work harder than I did in my 20s.
 
I guess the biggest thing is that my girlfriend was younger than me and I felt that I was getting too old, gaining weight, fading out of life. I didn’t think we had a future. Now we are married and contemplating a family. That would never have happened.
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Elsie improved multiple sclerosis, and digestion on a carnivore diet

This WOE works! (female, 61 yrs.) Paleo 3/4 yrs, was good but now plant free with Carni+Eggs f

ALL symptoms improved or gone: neuro (MS)100% remission, sinusitis of 30 yrs: gone, GI healed(fiber-free), old injuries/pain improved.

Body improvement: 17 BMI, lean w/16% BF w/muscles, youthful : smooth, wrinkle free skin, clear eyes & vision, sharper brain, better nails, teeth, + 100% more (positive) energy & stamina. MEAT HEALS!

 

Thanks, Dr S Baker, Dr Ted Neiman, L.Amber O’Hearn, Esmée La Fleur and all advocates!
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C.D. improved plantar fasciitis and nose bleeds on a carnivore diet

I hope my story might help someone else, who might be in a similar situation, or give some insight to what a low fat high carbohydrate diet can do to ones body over 30 years.

I’m 6’4″, and 5 years ago I weighed about 112kg, with a measurement around the stomach of about 112cm – I was getting big, but I honestly thought that I wasn’t eating so bad. I’ve never been a vegan or vegetarian, but I used to eat a low fat, high carb diet – I was generally anti-fat on meat (if I could see it), and simply didn’t really know it. I ate bread with reckless abandon, and loved potatoes – generally cooked in vegetable fats. I would say I was indoctrinated to despise animal fat (as that’s what makes you fat right?!).

I did a blood test in July 2014, but it was all fucked – my lipds were way off, I was told cut back on fats, otherwise we’ll have to put you on statins – I read a book by David Gillespie, and a book by Yudkin, and I resolved to get better, and I cut back on fats more, and I gave up all refined or added sugars about 4 years ago – as a consequence,

– I stopped getting hayfever (had it since I was 10 years old, 200 tablets per year, now zero)
– stopped getting nosebleeds (hadn’t ever had one up until 3 years prior
– stopped getting colds, and sick
– stopped having inflamed glands on my neck and back of head
– stopped feeling like shit when I woke up, not sleeping very well at this point still though
– stopped getting plantar fasciitis, it cleared up
– lost about 20kg
– lost 15cm off the waist (awesome!)

I was eating ethically, buying local produce, ethically raised animals, and organic or self-grown vegetables .. I truly thought I was doing really good and had found the key with cutting out all added fructose and sugars – surely it would help my bloods. In August last year I did another blood test. Again, the bloods are still all fucked up – “But I’m eating bloody good right?! This is completely fucked up, what the!” .. I should be getting better in these lipid tests, wtf! But I was still eating bread, potato, minimal fish, etc etc ..

Then I started reading more, and fell across Tim Noakes, Nina Teicholz, Zoe Harcombe, and I was starting to feel my mind going, foggy and cloudy .. then about 10 weeks ago I gave up all refined carbohydrates – no bread, no potatoes, and cut my net carb instake back to about 30-35g per day. I jumped in ..

I did another blood test and got my results back on Friday, and while the doc was a bit concerned with my overall cholesterol level and my LDL, knowing what I know now I’m really not concerned at all with these .. these are my key stats past to now:

17/5/2014
Total Chol: 6.8
Triglicerides: 2.9
HDL-C: 1.0
LDL-C: 4.5
VLDL (trig/2.2): 1.32

16/8/2017
Total Chol: 6.4
Triglicerides: 3.1
HDL-C: 1.3
LDL-C: 3.7
VLDL (trig/2.2): 1.41

31/7/2018
Total Chol: 6.7
Triglicerides: 1.2
HDL-C: 1.8
LDL-C: 4.3
VLDL (trig/2.2): 0.54

in mmol/L

So .. although I was eating as they wanted me to, and trying my hardest, my VLDL and triglicerides were heading in the completely wrong direction that I wanted them to, in the worst possible way!

Apart from the improved blood results
– my mind has cleared, and while I never thought I was heading that way I reckon my memory, my clarity has improved massively. I feel smarter, not because I think I know any better but my mind is faster
– stopped having bad nights sleep insomnia
– stopped getting itchy skin on trunk and neck
– I have 20/20 vision but I think my vision improved massively
– the awake/asleep switch (as in being awake or asleep is faster, and clearer – if that makes sense).
– lost another 10kg, down to 79-80kg
– lost another 6cm on the waist, down to 86cm

I did struggle through the keto flu for about 4-5 weeks, with some lethargy, and sleep issues, and a headache here or there, I now think I’m beyond that, and feel 100%.

I’ve not been this size, or weight since I was 19 years old. I’m eating better food, feeling full, really only eating twice per day but never hungry.

I truly believe my body was saying “you’ve had enough carbs mate, back the fuck off them or we’re going to fuck you up permanently”.

Anyway, lchf, saved my life.

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M. G. improved her digestion, mood/mental health, and skin, treated her celiac, Chron’s disease, and joint pain, and cured her ADD, carpal tunnel, and TMJ on a carnivore diet

As a kid, I had a sensitive digestive tract. I carry a lot of stress gastrointestinally, and my childhood was characterized by physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; I carried that inside in so many ways. I dealt with excruciating gas cramps, constipation that made appendicitis seem like a dream, etc. I was suicidal throughout my teenage years. Also notably, my family has a hefty and vibrant history of bipolar disorder, ADD, alcoholism, and addictions.

I went to college, and I became a vegan. This was over a decade ago, before it was “cool” to be a vegan. I was a college athlete (cross country, track). But really, I was bloated and injured all the freaking time. Somehow I managed to piece together some surprisingly decent seasons in between injuries, but I now wonder how amazingly I would have done if I at the very least had not been vegan, much less been all-meat. My complexion was total shit, my depression was intense, and I thought I was eating in a way that was good for the environment.

After college, I became an elite athlete in another endurance sport, and I thought, “F#$k it!” for veganism. It did not matter how much I supplemented with iron, B vitamins, etc., I was anemic ALL THE TIME! I began eating oysters and other fish, game meats, then beef. I also began to suspect some major sensitivities to gluten and sugar, but it was tough to remove those from my diet as I was also quite accustomed to emotional eating, food addictions, and binging.

I went to graduate school for a biomedical PhD and at the same time managed to remove gluten and grains from my diet. I got married, and early in my marriage, I became pregnant. I experienced hyperemesis gravidarum in my pregnancy (severe excessive vomiting of pregnancy). My doctors begged me to eat, and my non-gluten, non-sugar ways went out the window as I struggled to survive. Chocolate ice cream got me through pregnancy. After my daughter was born (healthy weight for her, btw!), it was a long haul to re-remove gluten and sugar. And, as a result, my mood was unstable, my hands hurt like freakin’ crazy (I was doing hand-intensive laboratory work), and I overall felt like a zombie.

My gastrointestinal health deteriorated. My doctors tried to determine whether I had Celiac disease. They weren’t in agreement, but I stopped eating gluten again anyways. It helped, though I was in a shit marriage, and my ex-husband would do things that would contaminate my food with gluten sometimes, and it was really awful.

After I was done breastfeeding, I was diagnosed with ADD. I am quite sensitive to most pharmacological agents, and most ADD medications resulted in suicidal ideation. I would take very, VERY small doses of amphetamine salts, and that helped me focus enough to finish my dissertation.

I finished my PhD, got a job, and moved to a new state to start the position. One night, I ate some pork loin that I had roasted earlier that day and asked my ex-husband to put in the fridge when I was at work. That loin sat on the counter for 9+ hours, unbeknownst to me. I ate it for dinner that night. I got food poisoning like you would not believe (15 vomits in under 12 hours, muscle aches that were paralyzing and unlike anything I have ever experienced, thank all things good in the Universe that my daughter didn’t try any of that spoiled food).

Six weeks after that food poisoning, I had gastrointestinal pain like nothing I had ever experienced before. I was in so much pain that I was delirious. At that point, I had moved forward with divorce proceedings, but I didn’t know who to turn to for help. So my ex-husband gave me a ride to an ER. I was wearing a robe and jammies and looked like shit, and they thought I was a crazy homeless lady, and they kicked me out when I couldn’t stay in a wheelchair in the lobby but instead collapsed onto the floor from the pain. I installed Uber on my phone and got a ride home (weirdest Uber ride ever, probably).

At home, I tried to manage the pain with a hot bath. I collapsed getting out of the bathtub. My daughter called 9-1-1. My ex and I were still under the same roof, and he helped me get jammies on before the paramedics came. I was wheeled into the ER and barely had enough strength to whisper, “Someone, please, help me.” They gave me morphine, and OMG it worked and after 14+ hours of horrifying pain, I just lay there, going in and out of consciousness. A CT scan revealed that a long chunk of my intestines was so inflamed that it was totally and completely closed. No thru traffic. The surgeon came in and held my hand and told me that he was going to let me rest for 6 hours and then would be operating to remove part of my intestines. It was around 1 AM. I didn’t really care. I was glad he held my hand (all the doctors held my hand that first 24 hours. I don’t know why they did, but holy crap that was soothing).

I got wheeled up to a room in the hospital and sort of passed out (remember, the morphine). Several hours later when the surgeon came by, miracle of miracles my intestines had opened. Still, I was kept in the hospital for 3 days before being released.

The rest is a story of struggling to get reasonable or useful or any sort of information from GI docs as my new life with Crohn’s unfolded. On my own, I began eliminating entire food groups. First to go were dairy and grains, and I felt better. Then alcohol and all fruits, and I felt better. Then alliums (garlic, onions, leeks), cruciferous vegetables, and nightshades, and I felt better. Then I went keto-low-FODMAP-AIP, and I felt better (basically, meat+olives+coconut stuff+avocado). Then one day I ate hearts of palm, which are high in fiber. To say it felt like a scouring pad through my intestines is an understatement. After that flare-up, I went all-meat.

I still struggle sometimes with relapsing into a binge if I am stressed (a beloved family member died in the fall, and I ate a lot of chocolate and cheese, for example). And it’s been a process to figure out what works for me (anything from pig now gives me nocturnal diarrhea, and rendered fat and too much fat makes me feel super nauseated). I also recommend for anyone with Crohn’s NEVER trying to “re-introduce” plant foods. I ate a couple of those nut-based “Perfect bars” 6 weeks ago and had a HUGE and painful flare-up.

I am now in my mid-30s. I exercise regularly (CrossFit, yoga, hiking, running, lifting, etc). People confuse me for someone in her 20s. Here’s what has improved or been cured since going all-meat:

  • Crohn’s disease (hugely improved)
  • Severe carpal tunnel syndrome (cured)
  • TMJ (cured)
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa (cured)
  • Depression (hugely improved)
  • Complexion (hugely improved)
  • These weird and sudden stabbing abdominal cramps that are sudden and knock me to me knees for about 30 seconds… WTF were those? (cured)
  • ADD (cured, and I do also meditate daily)

I didn’t go all-meat because of you, Dr. Baker, but I sure am glad you are around to lead this and help it build momentum. And the momentum is gaining. To wit, I work in biomedical consulting, and one of my new hires for my company is a young man also with a biomedical PhD. As we got to know each other better, he said, “You should try an all-meat diet.” I freakin’ loved it.

Thanks,
MG