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Christian improved hearing, gained weight, treated autism on carnivore diet

Hey everyone, I’m not really autistic anymore but I was before.

When I was 18 I was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, had all the normal issues: sensory overload, trouble communicating, temper problems. All standard autistic behaviour. However at times I had severe impairment. At times I could not speak for sometimes hour at a time, I noticed this was always accompanied by extreme abdominal pain and hunger then I precede by eating food (sugar, and grains) and the symptoms got worse, or loss of speech, hearing to a degree and some movement impairment, and always accompanied by sensory overload. After one episode I finally realised this is happening to me because of food, then I started to trial many different diets, all with relatively no success.

December 2017 I had a problem while paint and decorating with my father, I couldn’t move voluntary at times and would had a case of involuntary blinking and would have tears running down my face without being sad or upset. This left me confused and I was fed up so I stopped working. I always tried hard, I worked out, I thought I was eating healthy. I would eat so much fruit, but it would make my abdominal pain even worse. Nothing worked I tried everything, I even went to nutritionist and tried fasting.

So it was December 2017 and Shawn Baker was on the Joe Rogan podcast, you guys probably already watched it. Shawn Baker was advocating a meat only diet and said it cured a bunch of his ailments and increased his performance. I literally said “fuck it” I will try it, I got nothing to lose, I’m in pain and tried everything and this is depressing. Being autistic sucks because you cannot control what you do, your body does… You try grab the cup you can’t; you fumble, you try let go… but you can’t you are too tense. You are angry when you aren’t, and can’t talk when you talk…

So I tried this meat diet for 30 days and it went really well, best I ever felt in my life. Simple things like sugar crashes and feeling tired just disappeared. However as the time went on I started noticing: I’m not in pain anymore, I don’t have to stop and think when I speak, I’m looking at people in their face, I am calm and not raging when playing video games (I used to rage a lot). I can move how and when I want to, no more insatiable hunger.

Everything autism related just evaporated, it was like it was never there. I also never get nervous now at all.

I’m 25 years old. I’m now 1 year and 3 months carnivore, I mainly eat raw meat nowadays. I gained weight, I was always skinny 5 ft 10 140 lbs, now I am 170lbs and feel a lot better.

I was going to post this a year ago but couldn’t be bothered.

This story doesn’t detail everything but I tried to keep it short and simple.

Thank you for anyone that reads this and most importantly thank you Shawn Baker for changing my life!

Jonathan reduced his pain significantly on a carnivore diet

Hi, my name is Jonathan. Let me tell you something about my switch to the carnivore diet.

 

Daily Routine

My daily routine for eating the last month has been 16 hours of intermittent fasting. First meat meal at noon, and then a meat meal at between 5 and 6 pm (1.5 – 3lbs of meat per day). Drinking on average 4L of water per day. One cup of coffee with heavy cream in the morning and occasionally a Jocko White Tea mid afternoon.

 

No more depression or pain

After a month of strict carnivore diet here is how it’s affected me:

  1. Has completely eliminated any depressive feelings
  2. My emotional demeanor has leveled out. I feel more in control of my emotional state and have noticed I am much less irritable

  3. After suffering for the last two years from what I would consider terrible hemorrhoids, that has completely reversed and have not had any issues at all for the last 18 days

  4. Since January 2015 when I had my vasectomy I have suffered since from P.V.P.D (Post Vasectomy Pain Disorder). It has been a horrible thing to deal with, living everyday feeling like I had just got kicked in the stones. Over the last year the pain hasn’t been as intense (I attribute this to intermittent fasting and reduced intake of grains) but I still have experienced days where the pain was debilitating. This has affected my sex life, caused me depression, and I had to self medicate with cannabis just to deal with the daily pain. Since going carnivore I have been able to cut out cannabis from my life completely because after only one week carnivore I noticed a massive reduction in pain. Now 1 Month in, I hardly notice any kind of pain whatsoever. Sex is better and enjoyable again, and I’m feeling so much more confident because of this. It’s literally the most beneficial thing I have noticed from this. There are still days with slight pain, but I do not feel the need to self medicate to get through and that is amazing for me.

  5. I am 5’9″, I have an ecto-mesomorph bodytype and was weighing 187lbs when I started the diet. At this point I have lost 2″ off my waist, and I’m weighing in at 165lbs. I have also noticed an increase in my muscle mass. I haven’t really done any working out because I wanted to see the results of just eating alone. But the next thirty days I will be working out 5 times a week doing calisthenics, using my total gym and resistance bands. I look forward to the results of that.

Dr. Baker to thank for my happiness

In closing, I want to say I feel incredible. My energy levels feel like they did when I was in my teens. I’m happier than I’ve been in years, and it’s rubbing off on everyone I’m close to in my life. I want to say a huge thank you to Dr. Shawn Baker. If it wasn’t for him being on Joe Rogan’s podcast, and Dr. Baker’s Instagram and meat heals site I may have never tried this and been blessed to feel this way. I really believed I was going to have to resolve myself to living a life of chronic daily pain. This last month has been amazing and I will continue on this journey while also spreading the word of this life changing experience. I plan to do another update at the end of the next month documenting my progress.

Ken improved sleep, treated addiction, anorexia, fatigue on carnivore diet

My experience with carnivore has been such a surprise with my mental health. I did not expect that. I hoped it would help with my physical appearance.

I am 44 years old. Last summer, I went on a summer camping trip. I looked at pictures after the trip and felt sad and discouraged. I had man boobs, a gut, no definition in my arms, and it showed in my face too. I had low energy and strength. I started to wonder is this it? Middle age? The unavoidable continual decline of my T levels?

This set me into a depression. I have battled depression My whole Life. It has been severe. At 21, on a church mission, I experienced anorexia. I am 240 pounds now. I hit a low of 148 pounds then.

I returned home and began 18 years of alcoholism. The alcohol brought me some relief from the mental states that made the anorexia so severe. The anorexia disappeared, but alcohol brought too many problems with it. I also sought help from anti-deppressants. There was a decade of my life where I tried, I believe, 14 different medications.

They did not work, and some had terrible side effects. I swore off anti depressants forever, when in early sobriety, the pharmacy said my monthly bill would be over 1000$ for 30 pills.

One night, in a gift from Heaven, my friend told me about a diet he was doing.

He was in great shape, full of energy.

I was open to change. That very night, I went home and ate my first carnivore meal. I went all in, 100% strict, no cheating for 1-1/2 weeks straight. I slept better, felt more energy. The biggest surprise of All, was that soul-crushing depression and anxiety faded almost entirely away.

The “bottom” of the darkness was raised up to levels I could manage.

The stricter I am, the better the results.

I also add 10,000 IU vit D/day (max safe upper limit for men) and 3000 or more mg DHA. (It is winter time and I suffer from SAD).

I am sober now with several years sobriety in a twelve step program. I have found that I must do much more than I thought I would have to do to keep myself healthy Spiritually, Emotionally, and Physically, but it IS ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT!

Brannon improved cardiovascular health, immune system on carnivore diet

This almost sounds so cliche by now but after watching the documentary “What The Health”, my family went full blaze mode and changed their diet drastically. They started question and worried about my 90% protein (meat) and 10% healthy fat such as avocado or veggies such as baby arugula intakes. After my mother’s plea to try go vegan for one month, I gave in.

Pre vegan: I was 185 pounds, worked out often and eaten clean the 6 days of the week. My immune system was crappy since I was a child but I had chickenpox which resulted shingles at young age. It was once or twice a year incidents for me. Everything in my blood works came out great. I avoided workout supplements due to “natural flavors” and “added sugar” such as maltodextrin or other chemically known names.

1 month of vegan: I was 180 pounds, still worked out but my muscles just felt flat most of the time. My face was no longer puffy but my girlfriend noticed that my stomach was getting softer. I noticed that most of vegan diets allowed them to have complex carbs/whole grain stuff so I ate them moderately too. I’ve eaten high protein veggies such as broccoli, edamame and potatoes. I’ve also made sure to eat avocado and healthy fats by eating nuts. I wasn’t miserable as I’ve gotten used to eating carbs by this time. I avoided eating meat substitutes since the ingredients in the back had so many chemical stuff in there. Here’s where things went wrong. I’ve had shingles almost once every week and my immune system was shot even with ginger/lemon/kale etc juicing at home. My blood work showed I’ve had elevated blood sugar and though my cholesterol almost remained the same, my HDL actually were lowered.

After one month, I stopped and went back to my meat driven diet again. I’ve eaten almost strictly carnivore diet and oh boy! I missed red meat! Back in two month of my meat diet, my doctor said my HDL had been high and I was back to average. Also, immune system felt better. I try turning the table on my mother but still no luck. It’s just so hard to sway someone’s eating habits after they’ve been brainwashed for so long.

Victor increased energy, improved mental health on carnivore diet

Hi there,

I’m 23 years old from france, and 4 month in the carnivore diet….

Diet past: I will try to make it short… I stopped eating meat pretty early, red meat around 16, thinking to do good and looking to improve my athletic life, as media’s were starting to claim the danger of meat… what followed then have been a progressively eliminating animal product diet, with some very bad digestive health at some point, and ended up raw fruitarian at 22 years old. ( with some exception in my diet at some time).

I was oh so convinced that it was the optimal diet.

My general health wasn’t bad. I was in a good shape, active, and could perform in sports, even in the cold, and was in better health than most of the people around me. I am a strong willing person so I guess that’s why I was still active.

But that changed during last winter, when I had to admit that something wasn’t working and that it wasn’t sustainable. I started craving meats and reading article about the benefits of meat and in general animal products. (Weston A price foundation).

I reintroduced animal products but was still eating big quantity of carbohydrates in all forms, that resulted in a weight gain, anyway my health was getting better, so I switched to a keto diet and I started to lose some fat… I don’t remember how I found about the carnivore diet but I decided to give it a try about 4 months ago … one of my motivation was to lose the fat I gained. So what I mostly ate was beef, lamb, chicken, organ meats, raw cheese, raw butter, raw milk, yogurt, tallow to cook, bone broth….

Benefits:
* Better sleep
* Better mental
* More energy
* Very good adaptation to cold climate
* Better sex life and I guess a better hormonal functioning
* Not hungry all the day
* Good digestion overall, no gas
* Lost some fat
* Gained muscle mass (I wasn’t looking to gain some as I was already athletic but with all that protein I think you just can’t avoid it )
* I probably forget some others benefits.

Some side effects would be constantly thirsty, so want to pee numerous time throughout the day, hard to find a balance between constipated and loose stools, and some muscle cramps/contraction during exercice, even with a copious amount of salt eaten and magnesium supplementation as recommended, but why would you need to supplement if that’s the optimal diet ?

Anyway I will keep going with this way of eating, don’t know for how long, I guess as long as I’m happy with it, I would like to lose a little bit more fat in some area, but don’t get too big in muscle, I just hope this woe is not causing any damage in the body as we don’t have yet any LONG term study.

So to conclude, very happy overall after this 4 months experience, never felt better.

Meat heals.
Thanks

Chris improved digestion and mood on a carnivore diet

Around grade 10 in high school I began taking interest in health after starting to rock climb. I wanted to lose weight and gain a ton of strength, and knew I couldn’t do that with the diet I had- consisting basically of pizza and soda. For the first 2 months, I just tried reducing calories, and prioritizing protein. After that, I started to gravitate towards veganism. 

I had heard for so long that it was just right to eat plants, and that meat was terrible for humans, and worst of all I believed it. It didn’t take long before my sex drive, mental health, and digestion plummeted. After that, my skin became chronically inflamed, I started developing knee problems (patella tendinitis), my muscles were always sore, I had problems sleeping, I had no motivation, and became very very disconnected from people and nature. I was immensely awkward, and my confidence was non existent. After around 6 months, I switched off of it back onto a more health conscious approach to the initial diet. 

I only ate organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, grassfed meats, wild caught fish, and no sugar (except on weekends because I had a really intense sugar addiction and couldn’t go longer than that without binging. I’m talking maybe 5000 calories worth of food in one cheat meal, of pure sugar and processed vegetable oils and grains). I fluctuated into veganism once again for around 3 months, and it was a like IBS central. 

No more I said, and decided that I was going to try to make myself physically well as a goal. I found keto soon after, and felt amazing for the first few months- but soon enough I just felt as though it still wasn’t getting me where I wanted to go. Around the time when my hope in dieting began to fade, I stumbled upon Mikhaila Peterson’s story while listening to an interview with Jordan Peterson. I was baffled at first by the idea, but then did a bit more research. 

I had already listened to Primaledgehealth, a popular keto channel on YouTube, for a while and saw that they were talking more and more about the benefits of meat. Then I found Shawn Baker through searching, and the on and on as I kept finding more and more I recognized this might be my path. 

I remember now that I had already heard of this diet- legendary bodybuilder Vince Gironda followed a carnivore diet as well, and had insane success when it came to his physique. So, it can help me with my overall wellness and make me jacked as hell to eat steak all the time? Sign me the hell up! After 2 weeks, this past summer starting the diet, I noticed astronomical results. I was leaner, more vascular, with a fuller physique. But that wasn’t the best part. The best part was that my confidence came back, and my clarity and my calm. 

I had a shitty relationship at the time and I had put off ending it for months. Within those two weeks, I calmly dealt with what I had to do. I believe deeply that my decision then was only carried out because this new diet gave me my mental well being back. Since then, my skin has cleared up, my sleep has improved, I don’t have IBS symptoms, I’m almost never anxious, have gone from working out sporadically and sluggishly to frequently, consistently and energetically, my social skills have improved, my sex drive has quadrupled, my hair grows nearly 1.5-2x as fast, I can handle pain better, I have no cravings for sugar or unhealthy foods, my teeth don’t hurt, and my muscle builds faster. Meat, in many ways, saved my life.

A. D. improves digestion, mood, sleep, and fitness on a carnivore diet

I started having problems with my blood sugar right after I had my first baby, I was diagnosed as gestationally diabetic while carrying. I was given no advice or follow-up after having her. Within two to three months later, I was constantly dizzy, hot, my heart would start beating out of my chest, shaky, hyperventilating, and I’d feel like I was dying. Went to the ER twice, they told me it was just postpartum depression/anxiety. Followed up with my ob/gyn and family doctors was told the same thing, they were “just” panic attacks.

Once you’re told something enough, you start to believe it and after that any time my body felt a little bit different or off, I’d panic. This would continue on for years, leading me to 3 separate occasions of complete agoraphobia where I couldn’t even leave my bedroom, let alone my house.

One day, I got fed up with living like that and figured if this “mystery illness” was going to kill me, then it could just go ahead because I wasn’t living anyway. I got in my car and drove and drove until the panic subsided and I was calmed back down. That ended the agoraphobia, for now, but I still struggled with anxiety and panic attacks multiple times a day. Until a friend came in my life then who had diabetic children, during one of my “panic attacks”, she tested my sugar, it was a 29. After eating a whole sleeve of glucose tabs, I felt great. A 5-hour GTT test showed my blood sugar reaching 392 at its peak and a 31 at its lowest point. I was told I was “severely hypoglycemic” “insulin resistant” “late onset juvenile diabetic” and a bunch of other labels that were not helpful. I was told to go on a diabetic diet and to eat sugar when I felt bad. Ugh!!!

So, I started eating tons of carbs every hour thinking I had to keep my blood sugar up. The more carbs I ate, the more carbs I wanted/craved/HAD to have. I was able to keep the low blood sugar monster at bay by eating every hour. But, the panic and anxiety never went away. It was always there.

Fast forward a few years, and I found myself in an abusive (physically, emotionally, verbally) marriage. I finally left him, for good, in April of 2016 when he was arrested for domestic assault against me. So, now on top of the anxiety/panic, I was diagnosed with PTSD and OCD, and my agoraphobia was back with a vengeance. And, at this time, I seemed to be having major reactions to anything and everything I ate. And, I ended up in the ER on two occasions with severe anaphylactic reactions from peanuts/treenuts after eating them all my life.

Between that and the fear from how I felt after eating, I became terrified of every bite I took. I only ate as little as I could only when I absolutely had to, on top of washing my hands so much, they would crack and bleed because I was afraid of allergens on them (not germs). I weighed about 92 pounds at this time, I’m 5’4. I was a walking skeleton.

On Oct 5th, 2016, I made burgers for my kids before we went to my brother’s house for his bday, and something inside of me screamed at me to EAT THEM, and for whatever reason – I did, I ate 6 to be precise. I didn’t end up going to my bro’s, anxiety won that battle, but I did sleep all the way through the night, didn’t wake up with nightmares or drenched in sweat for the first time in two years. The next day, I ate more burgers and felt a bit better. After that day, I never touched any other food than beef, pork, chicken, turkey, cheese, eggs and bacon. They were my “safe” foods. I also did not know ZC was even a thing at this time, they were just what I felt okay on after experimenting.

On my one-year anniversary of eating this way, I sat down and literally googled “how long can I live eating just hamburger patties” because that is all I wanted and was what made me feel the best. And, lo and behold, I found Zeroing in on Health and Zero Carb Zen, and Charles Washington, Kelly Hogan, Shawn Baker, Amber O’Hearn, the Andersens, and so many others who were thriving on this diet. I felt good, but I couldn’t honestly say I was thriving, so after reading about the Salisbury protocol, I decided that day to do beef and water only for the next year. My 2 year anniversary of ZC is also my one year anniversary of beef and water only.

Now, as of today, my symptoms and issues are all healed. My blood sugar (after spreading my meals out) is now perfect. I haven’t had a panic attack in over a year. I have no more anxiety. My OCD tendencies are gone. IBS/Acid Reflux/Digestive Issues, gone. Brain fog, gone. Soul-sucking fatigue, gone. I am still probably a little too bit on the small size, but I don’t feel like a walking skeleton anymore. I have energy, I’m calm, I’m grounded, I have a life again, and I go out and travel and do things I never imagined I could a few years ago.

I plan on eating this way for life because it gave me my life back. I was a disaster, a complete mess slowly shriveling away, and now I’m a much healthier, much happier, thriving person thanks to the carnivore diet.

Wendy improved brain fog, and digestive issues on a carnivore diet

Wendy’s Story

I recently completed my first year as 100% carnivore, eating only meat, fish, salt and water.  For 41 years, I had been vegan/vegetarian, being almost totally vegan during that time. 

When I became vegan in the 1970s, it was because I believed that all meat production was cruel (‘meat is murder’!!) and that a plant-based diet is clean and healthy. 

41 or so years later, I was almost completely house-bound with arthritis, anaemic, always tired, always cold, always hungry and fed up, with digestive problems that, despite being slim, left me looking six months pregnant by the end of every day.   At my worst, on most days I was having to sleep after breakfast and after lunch, and going to bed at about 5.30pm.  

I researched meat production and realised that there is no shortage of ethically-produced meat. I also learned from Shawn Baker, Jordan Peterson, Sally K Norton, Phil Escott et al about anti-nutrients in vegetables and the healing power of meat, which is our ancestral diet and should be our heritage. I experimented for a couple of years, adding eggs and fish, and now eat only beef, salt and water – 100% carnivore. 

The arthritis has almost melted away, the bloating has completely gone – in fact I didn’t know my tummy was capable of being so flat! My skin is clearer, my hair is thickening again, and – this one is really exciting – my muscles are getting stronger and stronger. Best of all, the brain fog I suffered from for decades is lifting and I find I can understand complicated concepts that would have defeated me not long ago. I’m also calmer and more positive than I have ever been. In fact, the improvement in my mood was almost immediate when I switched to the all-meat diet. 

When I see photographs of myself from years ago, I can see how puffy and bloated I always was, even when I was young. I never looked forward to anything because life in general was a tremendous physical and emotional challenge to me. Now I feel much more forward-thinking and vibrant…even though this is a time when most people are experiencing the exact opposite. 

At 79 years young, I am looking forward to an even healthier old(er). I have never felt so happy and positive. 

Over the years I had experimented with adding back in different animal foods, such as eggs and fish




Scott improved sleep, strength, muscularity, and more on a carnivore diet

25 year old former athlete Scott switched from keto to carnivore, and reported:

  • Stopped constant anxious madness of calorie counting keto recipes, etc
  • Sleep better
  • Stronger on lifts
  • Happier
  • Dropped inches on my waist
  • Gained muscularity
  • More sex drive
  • More energy and mental clarity
  • Cheaper

Watch or listen to Scott’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast below:

Adam improved his fatigue and metal health on a carnivore diet

Hello to Dr. Baker and everyone,

Just for some background, I’m 26 years old. I have been a police officer for the past three years and serve on a variety of specialized teams, to include the SWAT Team, K9 Bloodhound Tracking Team, and Riot Team. I have also been serving for the past six years in the Army National Guard as in a Light Infantry unit in charge of a heavy weapons squad. So over a deployment and the requirements of these units, it entails aggressive physical standards with a demanding training schedule.

The demands as of late have been weighing down on me, it was taking me longer to recover after workouts or call-outs, my sleep had gotten worse, and I had been putting on some noticeable body fat.

Cut to seeing Dr. Shawn Baker on Joe Rogan’s podcast. The science of Dr. Baker’s diet, the results, the evidence was very compelling. Moreover, the simplicity of it. It just felt right.

After a few months of the carnivore diet, everything has improved. My workouts have significantly improved, recovery is renewed, my energy levels are up, and my sleep is better than I have felt in years, my body fat is disappearing and I am steadily gaining more muscle. Then there are the other aspects. My grocery shopping takes 10 minutes on a long day and I look forward to every meal. I am finally eating the amount of protein I need to be getting and cutting out the carbohydrates and the sugar has really helped to lean me out and improve my mood, workouts, and energy.

Take the time to look into this diet and the science and research that Dr. Baker regularly displays. The results are real, you become a more optimized and resilient version of yourself.

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