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Isabel improved her digestion, fitness, liver health, mood/mental health, sleep, and weight loss, and treated her allergies and fatigue on a carnivore diet

When I was little I used to constantly get sick and suffered from hay fever and allergies quite often, not only that but I was a rowdy kid who lived off of whatever my parents made and junk food.

A few years back I became self-conscious about my body image and feared the thought of acne since my parents had severe acne in their teenage years, so I went on Doxcycline yet I still had the occasional pimple or two. I later learned that sugar caused acne so I decided to cut out all foods with added sugar (that I knew of) and started cooking for myself, fast forward a bit more and I eventually cut out all grains, cereals and wheat; I was essentially on a Paleo diet. I lost a tremendous amount of weight due to the minimal food I was eating in comparison along with my intense exercise routine, but I didn’t feel good. Most of the time I felt lethargic and despite my concentration and attention span improving I was still too tired to care half the time.

Two years ago was when it got really bad. After eating partially undercooked salmon I contracted Liver fluke which is not recognised in Australia and I ended up becoming very underweight and extremely unwell compared to before, as well as having what was deemed irreversible fatty liver that the doctor found in my blood results (result of liver fluke); my predominantly high carb and fat diet didn’t help either since I didn’t know the two were a dangerous combination.

I ended up turning to alternative medicine to deal with the problem and eventually got rid of the parasite where I was on the road to recovery; later on I realised a lot of what mainstream media and doctors told us was healthy was wrong, and the paleo diet had started to fail me as I gained 7kg over a few months last year resulting in me becoming desperate and learning about the Ketogenic diet.

As soon as I went on the Ketogenic diet I felt like I actually had my life back, many people criticized me especially my family despite how my health was improving. But I suffer from sever IBS, something that I always struggled with and the Paleo diet didn’t help with it and it got better on Keto, but it was still pretty bad as some days I could still have debilitating nausea and stomach pains if my bowel ever decided to move, it wasn’t fun.

Fast forward to today at the age of eighteen and I have been on a high fat Carnivore OMAD diet for four months now and the health benefits I have had are beyond imaginable, I’ve never felt so healthy in my life; here are some of the benefits from only eating animal fat, red meat, fatty fish, cheddar cheese, butter and eggs (including coffee, salt, pepper, turmeric, rosemary and thyme):

  • I have tremendous amounts of energy and a rarely feel tired unless I haven’t slept long enough, but I only typically sleep five to six hours (eight if I’m lucky) after changing my diet and I don’t feel lethargic at all.
  • I no longer suffer from my IBS or bloating and my recent bloods say my liver is completely healed, and is much healthier than the average.
  • I’ve lost weight and have been able to maintain 49 – 50kg at 167cm
  • No more fatigue and I have clarity in everything I do, resulting in improved memory and my school performance and grades improving.
  • Exercise is much easier and I don’t have to push myself as much as I used to like I did on the Paleo or keto diet to stay in shape.
  • I reversed the leaky gut I was developing.
  • I recover from injuries faster and have more stamina.
  • Everything tastes better and I no longer have cravings unless it’s meat.
  • I’m in a constant state of ketosis.
  • Meat, fat, eggs and cheese is the only thing that look like food to me anymore.
  • I constantly feel happy and optimistic, or like I’m in a good mood. Even if something bad happens I don’t get overly upset and bounce back quicker. You could almost say it’s like a constant state of euphoria.
  • I don’t suffer from hay fever or allergies anymore, nor do I get sick.
  • I don’t have behavioral problems or short temper anymore, mostly which were caused by diet from what I’ve learned
  • I’ve gone off Doxycycline and no longer have acne accept for the occasional black head.
  • No more digestive issues with eating cheese.
  • No more indigestion when going to the gym after eating and I can lift heavier weights as well as do intense cardio for longer.
  • I don’t feel stressed anymore, I feel a lot more at peace with myself and grateful for what I have.

Honestly my quality of life has just improved so much on the Carnivore Diet that I don’t know how else I could explain it, but it’s the best decision I’ve made in my life.

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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.