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Mariela restored her health from the damage of veganism

I am a bilingual speech language pathologist, published author, actor and spirit medium. I have 3 amazing children: Seth, Sienna and Syler- who are each a gift and are fulfilling their own path and dreams.

I was a vegan for 6 years, before that I was on low carb way of eating in with a lot of success (for 12 years) and 3 pregnancies. I went vegan for digestive issues (not due to the low carb diet, but due to my dependency of years of laxative use that my digestion could not work on its own).  I watched a documentary on veganism and on there they talked about better digestion, and followed recommendation from my GI physician so I decided to give it a try. There was no change in how I felt, or any improvement in my GI symptoms, and actually worsened. I was constantly bloated, I lost a lot of muscle, became skinny fat, despite working out with resistance training. My hair was frizzy and I began losing a lot of it, including my eyelashes and I had to get eyelash extensions. My nails got brittle, my skin was aging so much, due to glycolysis- glycogen end products, which is due to a high sugar/carb diet and lower fats and missing vital nutrients (saturated fats, Vitamin D, K, Omega 3, etc.). I compared how quickly I was aging comparing to my twin sister Mariana who is not a vegan and I had more wrinkles and was looking older than her, my weight fluctuated, I had to reduce calories to see results (for cutting in the gym) and exercise more! I had mood fluctuations, ups/downs, and energy swings, and would even get depressed (due to a low fat diet). My weight would fluctuate, and had to calorie restrict to see very minimal changes. There was increased inflammation in my body, I  developed severe IBS, increased toxicity, tooth decay/teeth problems, low thyroid function, migraines, malabsorption of nutrients, hormonal imbalance, insulin- resistant, always tired, lack of energy/libido, premature aging, mineral and nutritional deficiency, mood swings, leaky gut, cognitive decline, and memory problems. So I did not like how I was feeling or looking and had to do something about it!

 

 I ended my vegan diet June 2018 and I went back to my low carb life- but this time adopting a Ketogenic diet focused on carnivore approach. After thoroughly researching scientific /research data that supports Ketogenic diets as a therapeutic dietary support, and found huge benefits, such as: reducing inflammation, reducing/eliminating/controlling seizures, epilepsy, treating diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, lower blood pressure, lower triglycerides, better cholesterol profiles, PCOS, many neurological and metabolic diseases, cancer, autism, ADHD, mood disorders, decreasing inflammation (which improves acne, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, IBS, pain), Keeping uric acid levels in check (helping kidney function and preventing gout) and much more!

Initially, I worked with several ketogenic/carnivore nutritionists, doctors, coaches, who provided amazing new research that has shown the benefits of eating meat. 

 

 I have learned that food can truly heal your body and mind. When you see food as the fuel you can give your body, so it runs efficiently, you realize that the focus lies on the quality macros that will make your body the best that it can be and heal all sorts of ailments without medication or surgery. You focus on health- rather than just esthetics. I also learned that we are constantly being fed misinformation from the media, medical and nutritional advice that is outdated and so flawed that people are adopting plant-based/vegan diets and/or reducing fats and meat. I know this is an upward battle, but it is worth the fight!

 I love seeing so much new research being conducted, and having advocates like Dr. Baker, Dr. Champ, Dr. Ede, Dr. Eenfelt, Dr. Westman, Dr. Peterman, Dr. Gustin, Dr. D’Agostino, Dr. Volek, Dr. Phinney, Dr. Mason, Dr. Scher, Dr. Fettke, Dr. Noakes, Dr. Fung, writer/researcher Gary Taubes, nutritionis Maria Emmerich, and many more!…to provide research-based information that is contrary to what we have been told, and healing people along the way! These pioneers are healing cancer, diabetes, neurological diseases, autoimmune disorders, metabolic syndrome, arthritis, inflammation, heart disease and much much more! 

Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, has done so much research and has data from case studies that highlight the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. He has wonderful videos on youtube and his website (https://robertlustig.com/)

Also seeing so many success stories is a hopeful step! So many ex-vegans and people adopting a Keto/Carnivore diet have increased twofold in the last few years, that the data in these case studies have value, and will hopefully change the status quo- which is evidently not working, as we realize that we are getting sicker, fatter and advancing our aging process with the standard medical/nutritional advice. Research shows that 80% of people who go vegans/vegetarians go back to eating meat and leaving such a lifestyle. I just recently connected with an ex-vegan pioneer in Australia- Katya Arbusoff- who was a vegan for over 30 years, has now adopted a carnivorous lifestyle focusing on ancestral eating- eating from the animal kingdom. She has a Facebook group called “Katya’s Wisdom”- where many ex-vegans from different walks of life can support each other in the transition, and it is just amazing to see how many stories of deficiencies tally up. There are many other such groups on Facebook, such as “Restoration health vegan recovery group”- was my support group as I transitioned out of veganism.  Also, with so many baby deaths occurring from their parents feeding them a vegan diet, more restrictions are being talked about with regards to babies, and young children eating a vegan diet, which have shown to damage their health, brains, developmental milestones, causing severe malnutrition and even death! Many vegan parents have gone to jail and is such a sad situation that can easily be prevented. Therefore, no child or baby should be fed a deficient vegan diet. Therefore, this whole notion of a vegan agenda is truly preposterous, because there are many people who could not follow a vegan/plant-based diet without damaging their health and even cause death. Who are those people? People with autoimmune disorders, Hashimoto’s Disease, graves disease, Crohn’s Disease, diabetes, heart disease, IBS/Gut issues, joint issues, mood, people with lymes disease, neurological disorders, babies, children and the elderly. I always recommend people to read more research studies, data coming from many physicians seeking to bring the truth to light.

 I always recommend documentaries such as “The Perfect Human Diet”, “Fat- a documentary”, “The Magic Pill” and “That Sugar Film”, so people can learn the truth behind nutrition and health and re-learn what is the BEST and optimal way for humans to heal and thrive.  Since switching from a vegan diet, I received so much hate and nasty messages- it was a war against the vegans! It is interesting that people take such labels to heart, to the point of aggression. Many vegans love to claim that Einstein was a vegan and little do they know, that Einstein was a vegetarian (not a vegan), the last couple years of his life- when he was in his 70s-, decades after many of his most important scientific breakthroughs. Thus, all of his scientific breakthroughs occurred when he ate meat! The only reason he followed a vegetarian diet was due to chronic digestive distress and he received the same outdated, flawed misinformation that I received from my own GI doctor that actually worsened my GI issues- of eating more vegetables and fiber! So there you have it, so much misinformation still circles around, but if you are interested, you can find the truth with a little searching. 

 

Another interesting study out there that compares vegan brains vs. meat-eater brains- The study said those on a meat-free diet are six times more likely to suffer brain shrinkage as the most vitamin B12 is found in meats, liver, fish and milk. According to the study, vitamin B12 protects older people against brain shrinkage. Deficiency of vitamin B12 can cause inflammation of the nervous system. These brains were not only smaller but experience cognitive decline. Another similar brain study highlights that choline is an essential dietary nutrient, but the amount produced by the liver is not enough to meet the requirements of the human body. Choline is critical to brain health, particularly during fetal development. It also influences liver function, with shortfalls linked to irregularities in blood fat metabolism as well as excess free radical cellular damage, writes Dr. Derbyshire. Therefore, eating a vegan or plant-based diet can be bad for your brain health, especially if you already have a low choline intake, researchers report. The primary sources of dietary choline are found in beef, eggs, dairy products, fish, and chicken, with very low levels found in nuts, beans, and cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli. Many of the studies concluded, that many of the cognitive deficiencies/decline and atrophy may be restored after adopting a meat diet, but many faculties may not be reversed or restored.

This is exactly what I experienced as a vegan- I was constantly lethargic, had mental fog, very slow to process information, I had many errors writing reports and took me twice as long. I felt I was in a constant haze and I felt irritable, depressed, irrational and experience mood swings. I just could not function, and my kids were scared of my emotional reactions! I was out of control.

 

I pretty much eat similarly to 2018, I focus 90-100% on the animal kingdom and from time to time, I do have avocado, and a little bit of dark chocolate or a Keto meal/recipe, especially if I am traveling, in the weekends, or social events. The important thing is to focus on health and not being too rigid and being more flexible when uncontrolled life situations occurs. This overall approach has allowed me to continue to live a Ketogenic lifestyle and still enjoy a few “keto” treats from time to time. I do consume some coffee, I do implement Swiss water press decaf coffee, as to reduce my caffeine intake overall, so I may have about 1 cup of coffee per day, sometimes 2- especially in the winter time. For now, this amount of caffeine does not bother me, this may change down the road, as I always like to experiment. My diet consists overall of meat and fat the rest can be a mixture of other animal products: eggs, fish, poultry, etc. From time to time, I have a bit of dairy products- like cheese and heavy cream- but this is minimal and I take collage peptides daily. For me it is critical to include fat that comes from butter (grass-fed), ghee, beef tallow, etc. I make sure to have between 140-200 grams a fat per day coming from these sources and at times, I have also have avocado. On average, I consume around 2000 calories, sometimes more, sometimes less. Just depends on the day. I used to count my macros, but find it that it is no longer necessary. I just eat when I am hungry and stop when I am full. I used to do intermittent fasting, which I sometimes implement a day or two a month, but for me- I realize eating breakfast is more effective in regards to fatless and overall improved blood sugar levels. Therefore, I have been eating 3 meals a day and sometimes a snack. I focus on my own hunger signals, and how I feel.

 I have had no setbacks at all- quite the contrary. I have continued to heal. My gut-issues have healed 100%, my skin, hair and nails have restored from the damage of veganism. I actually have much less wrinkles than when I was a vegan! This is saying a lot- since I am going against the clock, so I definitely feel more youthful, energetic and strong. My face is plumper, and has a healthy glow. 

There is also research on the damaging effects of sugar on your skin and that includes fructose (sugar derived from fruit). This is due to “Advanced glycation end products” (AGEs) are proteins or lipids that become glycated as a result of exposure to sugars. They can be a factor in aging and in the development or worsening of many degenerative diseases, such as diabetes, atherosclerosis, chronic kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Research has shown that aging is accelerated by sugar. Without getting too technical, at the end of each strand of our DNA is a little cap, called a telomere, which protects our DNA from damage. Every time our DNA is read and duplicated, those telomeres shorten. While our bodies normally replace those telomeres, sugar quickens that shortening, and thereby, advances the aging process (Increased acne, Appearance of wrinkles, sagging in neck and chin, Development of dark spots, Slower healing of cuts, scraps, etc.). To reverse the effects of sugar, Dr. Nish (one of many researches) says we can reduce the metabolic consequences of sugar (diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome) and possibly some of the aging aspects. But, unfortunately, we’ll be stuck with some of the skin changes associated with ingested sugar. This occurred firsthand to me when I became a vegan. I have a post on IG where I show this damage in pictures- I aged so much! I have a twin sister who was never vegan and during this time, I looked almost 10 years older than her. Wrinkles cut my skin, I lost all the youthful fat, I had hollow depressions around my eyes, gaunt cheeks and I looked so bad. Therefore- I am staying AWAY from sugar! I do not want to accelerate my skins aging. You can see this in many vegans- they have premature aging- and their skin is the first sign you see this. Dr. Nish encourages people to start getting rid of sugar early in life. This is particularly important in pregnant mothers. Remember, what’s going on in your skin is going on everywhere in your body. Our skin is just an external display of everything that’s happening inside our bodies. 

 

My mental fog is non-existent, no more depression, or mood swings. I am always happy, positive and calm. I do not get sick! I have had only 2 cold (that lasted 2 days), since I started keto/carnivore. I work in schools, as a Speech Pathologist, so I am constantly working with sick kids and my immune system is strong, keeping illness at bay.  My pre-diabetic state is gone, no more inflammation and healthier than ever.  

My cholesterol is at a healthiest level ever! I want to address cholesterol- because Ketogenic diets get a bad rap regarding this issue. Cholesterol does not correlate to heart disease, but inflammation due to high sugar in our diet does. Studies show that the higher your cholesterol the longer your lifespan and your health. The fact that doctors are still prescribing statins when people get a cholesterol reading higher than 200 is just bogus, and is ancient outdated advice that is like it came from the middle ages. This is no longer the case. In fact, many studies associating dietary cholesterol, high cholesterol levels, and an increased risk of heart disease have since been debunked[*]. The true measure of a heart attack would be a Coronary artery calcium test (CAC) that ranges from 0-100. The test uses computed tomography (CT) to check for calcium buildup in plaque on the walls of the coronary arteries. The higher your calcium score, the higher your risk for a heart attack. I am including three wonderful resources written by doctors and a nutritionist to explain this further:

 

*https://perfectketo.com/truth-about-keto-cholesterol/

*https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/science#heartdisease

https://mariamindbodyhealth.com/the-cholesterol-myth/

https://mariamindbodyhealth.com/cholesterol-on-the-ketogenic-diet/

https://cholesterolcode.com/

 

My body has overall improved (even with less exercise), I am naturally curvy- a small waist and curvy hips/bottom, and strong/lean abs, so it is nice to keep a lean, curvy, flat stomach, yet strong, frame, which is a size 0-00, XS, and keep a weight between 114-118. Sure, there is always room for improvement, but I am overall happy with my figure, especially after having 3 kids, and being a 42 year old active single mom!  Best of all I do not have to kill myself at the gym (even though I love to train and I do it because I love it).  People think I have good genetics, which I do believe is 50% of my success, the other 50% is definitely leading a Carnivore/Keto lifestyle. I have found the Holy Grail! I am enjoying the best health possible, and will continue eating this way indefinitely. 

 

I actually work out less than when I was a vegan which I used to be in the gym 6-7 days per week. Now I have a home gym, and have a pilates machine, so do resitance training 4-5 times per week, and cardio- biking (30-40 minutes) 5 times per week, I never run, to avoid knee/joint injuries. I stretch and breathe in between exercises to reduce cortisol levels while exercising. 

 

Even my spirituality practice has improved. Many people believe that you must be vegan to develop your spirituality/spiritual gifts, this is not so.  His holiness, the Dalai Lama used to be vegan and got ill, and he went back to eating meat. So eating vegan/plant-based is not prerequisite to developing your spiritual gifts/practice. I am very conscious of my food source, I seek out grass feed, free range and organic as much as I can and honor my food source that nurtures my body as the native Americans did. We are all a part of the circle of life, which one day our bodies will return to Mother earth womb. 

 

I urge people to educate themselves and re-learn everything you think you know about nutrition and health. Veganism is NOT a sustainable long term way of eating…I am NOT the only one…so many vegans I know from different circles, or some of my vegan hero’s/heroines- I would look up to and admire- have too stopped being vegan for the same reasons/struggles/issues. Many people feel better at first, but over time, the vegan diet starts causing all sorts of issues. Children should never eat a vegan diet, so many research articles and cases showing the dangers of veganism on children. Understand how your body works and what it needs to survive, and thrive. It was very hard to detach from the “Vegan” label, but what is a label worth, if it destroys the very thing you are trying to attain?  I know many people are in different points along their journey on health, so I wish I would have learned this a lot sooner….there’s many Facebook groups “Recovering Vegans” and YouTube stories of “Ex-Vegans”….if anyone is doubtful, just research a little and you’ll find the ugly truth. The information is out there, you just have to be unbiased and realize you may be wrong, but accepting that and moving forward with change takes risk and being brave, but you and your health are worth it. 

 

My life has improved since changing my diet. I do a lot of things on a day by day basis, including many work projects, personal projects (weight training, books, films, screenplays) and keeping up with being a busy mom (home life, cleaning, extra-curricular kids activities, etc.) that I have all the steady energy and mental focus to do it all! I have become a Super-Woman and I owe it to my new way of life and eating. 

 

 I have had quite a journey regarding my health. All my life I have been very much into fitness and nutrition. I almost became a nutritionist, but decided on Speech/Language Pathology- but took a ton of nutrition coursework and love reading and researching the science about our physiology, hormones and how macros interact with our body. It hasn’t always been easy for me, I have tried so many things in the past! (I came from a dieting background). I give everything I do 100% but something would always fall short. My goal has always been to FEEL good and regain my health, not just look a certain way! Because health starts from within. I urge any person implementing a Keto diet to have patience in the process, especially if you are coming from a deficient way of eating or have metabolic damage. Give your body time to heal, allow it to trust you again, and you will definitely reap the benefits of this way of life. It’s not always about the scale, it’s about changing the way you feel.

 I always remind people, to do their own research. To not just believe something as truth. By taking this approach, you will do your own research to learn the truth. I even urge you not to believe what I say- go out and do the research yourself and experiment on yourself. All I can say is that this lifestyle is what saved my life and gave me back my health. I got a second change to live my best life and I am part of the collective who is trying to make a change.

 

You can contact with Mariela on social media/website/blog:

www.marielastewart.com

https://www.instagram.com/mariela_starseed

https://www.facebook.com/starseedbookseries

 

https://www.facebook.com/marielans

 

https://twitter.com/marielastarseed



Kim improved her ulcerative colitis, boils, migraines on a carnivore diet

Kim suffered terribly from ulcerative colitis and had to have her colon removed several years ago.  She had boils, rosacea, and migraines.  When she switched to the carnivore diet all of her symptoms improved!  

 

Listen to Kim story of healing on the MeatRx.com Podcast.

Erin ditched the plants and eliminated her eczema

Erin suffered from endometriosis, celiac disease and hyperglycaemia. She was a carbohydrate addict often only wanting to eat the bread at a restaurant instead of the meal she ordered.  

 

In 2010 she had her son.  He started to suffer from eczema due to food allergies her breast milk.  Erin was told she could try to eliminate foods like wheat and soy, but that was often too restrictive for people and that she could just feed her son formula.  Erin decided to eliminate the foods and also searched for answers to what she thought were unrelated symptoms in herself like chronic urinary tract infections.

 

She first found paleo and then the autoimmune protocol.  She had improvements with both, but the symptoms never completely went away.

 

Erin learned of the carnivore diet and decided to slowly transition onto it.  After four months of ditching the plants everything fell into place.  Her symptoms cleared up.

 

Listen to Erin’s energetic and informative interview on the MeatRx.com podcast! 

Bobby’s enjoying relief from Hidradenitis Suppurativa on a carnivore diet

Bobby yo-yo dieted for years eating chicken breasts and lots of veggies while spending a lot of time on a treadmill. He lost weight, but it just kept coming back.  He realized that this was happening because he wasn’t feeling satisfied and often would keep going back to the refrigerator looking to fill that nutritional gap.  

 

Bobby found the carnivore diet and is now keeping his weight off and has had significant improvement with his High Blood Pressure, Pre-Diabetes, High Triglycerides, High Blood Sugar, Heel Spurs, Pre-Diabetes, Acid-Reflux, Snoring, Insomnia, Sleep Apnea, Chronic Fatigue, Weight Loss and Weight Gain, Constipation, Asthma, Allergies, Skin Issues such as: Dandruff, Acne, Athletes Foot and HS (hidradenitis suppurativa).

 

Bobby is now a Certified MeatRx.com Coach and is enjoying helping others bring back their health.

Listen to Coach Bobby tell his story of healing on the MeatRx.com podcast.

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Amber improved her rosacea and acid reflux on a carnivore diet

Amber had success on the keto diet improving most of her symptoms and getting herself off many of her medications.  Her friend suggested that she try the carnivore diet and that’s when she was able to heal the last of the symptoms, she was suffering from including poor digestion and rosacea.

 

Amber is now a Certified Carnivore Coach, MeatRx.com podcast host and a huge advocate for this lifestyle!

 

Listen to Coach Amber tell her inspirational story of healing on the MeatRx.com podcast!

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Tracy no longer suffers from eczema, asthma, skin issues on a carnivore diet

Hello!  
I’m excited to share my story with you.
 
My journey to better health and well-being began 4 years ago when my husband, fairly recently diagnosed with T2D, was researching ways to manage his diabetes with diet, rather than medication.  He was on a literal handful of meds that were controlling his BG, but doing nothing for his overall health.  He told me he wanted to start Keto because he couldn’t keep doing what he was doing.  I went along for the ride as the supportive wife.  I was not diabetic, however very possibly pre-diabetic.  I was 230 lbs, depressed and anxious, asthmatic, suffering on an off from some pretty terrible eczema and I was literally dragging myself up the stairs each day.  About 2 weeks into keto I felt better than I had in decades.  I started digging into all of the information I could about it.  I stumbled through keto for 2 years, with my weight going up and down, though my depression had improved greatly and my asthma was mostly resolved.  I was still suffering from eczema and by that time it was fairly serious.  I was back and forth to emergency before being referred to a specialist.  I had been put on prednisone and several steroid creams, none of which resolved it.  Once again I dug into research and stumbled upon Carnivore.  By this time I was prioritizing meat but still eating lots of vegetables.  I decided to eliminate the vegetables and incorporate fasting and what do you know?  My eczema was cleared within 10 days and has not returned.  
To date I have lost 90 pounds.  My  mental health is perfect.  My asthma is non-existent.  My skin is clear and glowing.  I no longer struggle with food addiction or out of control hunger.  I’ve started moving my body everyday, which further enhances my mental and physical health.  I have never been this well in my entire life. Meat has healed  me.  My husband continues to manage his T2D without medication. We have been in this together from day 1.  I wouldn’t be where I am without him.  I’ve started sharing my journey on my own social media in an effort to let my friends and family know that there is a better way.  
 
That’s more than a few sentences, but I’m just so grateful for this journey.  I feel like shouting it from the rooftops.  Thank you so much for this opportunity!

JL healed her prolapsed pelvic floor on a carnivore diet

Thank you for featuring my picture on your Instagram! My success is short since I just started Carnivore “correctly” July 1st 2020. I had done a very dirty version in 2018 which of course did not last that long as I was coming from the Keto Community and still eating artificial sweeteners, lots of dairy and my weight slowly crept back up since my fasting windows shortened significantly. 

A little history about me. I was always thin growing up and never had a weight problem until I started “dieting”.. so since 2001 I’ve managed to keep myself in a perpetual cycle of gain/lose/gain/lose. I’ve done the Body-For-Life challenge several times in 2006 and 2008 lol. I finally hit my major milestone of competitions and became an NPC competitor from 2012-2013, was published in 2 fitness magazines then completely crashed after my last competition because I killed my adrenals and became extremely unhealthy in the brain (anxiety & depression). I gained 60 lbs then in 2017 started a new journey of Keto/IF. Was very successful because I could fast forever.. lost 50 lbs in 5 months.. During this time I struggled with severe health problems and my fasting windows just got smaller and smaller and sure enough over time my weight just kept creeping back… in between I did eat a few weeks here & there a very SAD diet. Right after my 40th birthday (April) I threw my back out for a few weeks and I was told by my “lady” dr that I had a prolapsed pelvic floor and that’s contributing to the back pain and I was at risk for surgery if I didn’t do physical therapy. I was shocked and knew that I had to really look at my lifestyle not as a “weight loss” journey, but a major correction of my body journey.

I remembered Shawn Bakers interview with Joe Rogan and how simple he kept it regarding Carnivore. So I decided to just stick to beef, salt, water, fat. Within 3-4 weeks my pelvic floor was completely healed. No pain, no pressure and all the other embarrassing issues surrounding this problem just went away. My skin issues completely cleared and I was noticing that I was not hungry, I rarely thought about food, my sleep was much deeper, my digestive problems subsided significantly and I went from 4-5 times a day to 1-2. I’ve lost about 15 lbs but I think the biggest benefit so far is I’m HIGHLY aware of what is happening with my body. I can listen to it’s queues crystal clear and to me that’s a privilege. Thank you for taking the time to hear my story. I have lots more to tell.

Listen to JL’s success story on the MeatRx.com podcast below:

Ex-vegan heals his eczema and regains his health on a carnivore diet

I’d like to share my eczema healing success story with before and after photos.
I was vegan for 3 years and as a result developed serious eczema and became sickly. Animal foods healed me in less than half a year!

Thank you for sharing the valuable information about real health – it played an important part in my recovery as I often stumbled upon podcasts and videos featuring you! I’m grateful for your work.

There’s a lot to explain, which I did with these two videos

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Sara gets relief from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome on carnivore diet

 

I wanted to leave this here for anyone who is interested in hearing my story. If I can help just one person feel the pain relief I have then its worth sharing.

About a year and a half ago I was injured from a incorrect IV poke that led to a IV infultration in my left arm. Within a month later I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. About a month after that it quickly spread down my left leg then eventually to my entire body. Even though I consider myself pretty unlucky for developing this horrible disease I’m truly blessed to have been properly diagnosed so quickly. I went through tons of doctors, all offering different treatments or just simply saying they didn’t know how to help me. Most of the options pushed my way were the typical pain medications which I was always apprehensive to start using due to a family history of addiction. I eventually was prescribed gabapentin while slightly giving me pain relief… this quickly gave me memory loss and suicidal thoughts- a horrible side effect of the drug. I realized what was happening and took myself off it right away. I then switched to amitriptyline. This helped me a decent amount for a few months to at least keep my pain flairs under control and not as severe. Unfortunately I had fast weight gain even though I had been eating a ketogenic diet for over 2 years at that point and eventually it stopped working as well but I continued taking it. During this time I went to a doctor in NJ who specialized in CRPS and under his care had a series of Stella Ganglian Nerve Blocks. This gave me pretty decent relief for about 3 months. In December I got pregnant and I came off the amitriptyline because the risks didn’t outweigh the benefits I was receiving. I was miserable with pain flairs during the 12 short weeks I was pregnant – unfortunately I miscarried and it sent my body into a horrible, long flair.

I struggled for a few months on nothing but high potency CBD which has actually been one of the best non addictive pain relief remedies I have ever come across – however its short lived relief of only a few hours and was very expensive to buy made it not a great option for me long term all the time. I was desperate for pain relief so I made an appointment to schedule more nerve blocks with my Dr in NJ (I live halfway across the country btw thanks to being a military spouse). Unfortunately before I could get on a flight out there, COVID-19 happened and I was left with canceling my appointment, restricted from travel, and my procedure deemed non-essential. At this point I was extremely desperate. 

Two years earlier I had dabbled a little in the Carnivore Diet due to my long time practice of Keto in our house and my love of nutritional science. I tried it for about a month and then went back to Keto because I liked my freedom of eating a variety of things and it managed my endometriosis just fine even though I felt really great during that month. Well about 6 months ago I decided to give the diet another look. I already knew some foods triggered pain flairs for my CRPS and I have read hundreds of testimonials of people finding relief, remission, and regression of diseases doctors have deemed a hopeless cause on meatrx. I decided to give it my all because I had nothing else to loose. Well folks im (almost) SIX months in and I am happy to report I feel, for the 1st time in almost 2 years, I have finally gotten my life back! I will not go and say that I’m cured. Because I’m not, I still have CRPS and I always will. But I have gone from having an average NON-FLAIR pain level of 7 every day to having my average pain level being a 0-1. I have been having flairs on average 1x a month with a pain level of about 5 and it usually only lasts a day or two because I was doing something that was really straining my body. CBD oil normally helps me get that in check quickly and continue on my day. Before Carnivore my pain was flairing to a 8-10 weekly. If that benefit wasn’t good enough for me, I feel good enough now I was able to go back to work again and keep a full time job. I’m slowly starting to be able to exercise again, my anxiety has lifted, my skin is clearer, I’m losing weight, my hair is growing back thicker, and I’m no longer depressed. As of right now. I don’t see myself going back to eating Keto and certainly not a Standard American Diet. I feel too good to change what I’m doing. My CRPS is going to be apart of me for better or for worse so I want to keep doing what I can to make every day just a little bit better.

God bless!!

I pray that my story helps someone out there looking for alternative pain relief.

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

Deidre’s psoriasis has cleared up, hair growing thicker on a carnivore diet

Hi Shawn,
 
I’ve been 90% carnivore since June 24, 2020.  This journey has been amazing. I’ve lost 12 pounds, but more than that, my body has begun to recomposition itself.  The scale isn’t moving, but clothes that used to be snug are now hanging on me.  
 
I used to wake up sore and crackley every morning. I thought it was my age (48) and my mattress.  It was my diet.  WOW. I feel better than I have in years.  All of my psoriasis is gone.  My eyebrows and hair have thickened up.   This has been an absolute miracle. 
 
I’m so glad I started following you and made the commitment to be a full-on carnivore.  
 
The pic is from June 7th of this year (before I started carnivore) compared to today, Aug 5.
 
Deidre

 

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