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Matt improved anxiety, digestion, fitness on carnivore fasting lifestyle

Hi,
Saw your post on IG about fasting or time restricted eating.  I’m a former Division I linebacker and collegiate competitive power lifter.I also used to be a division one strength and conditioning coach at Yale and Georgetown, and also I’ve been a strength coach and Sport Psych consultant for NFL combine preparation.  while the strength coach I was also a full-time police officer to include working patrol, Peer Support, Swat, and full-time Academy instructor for fitness an officer survival. 

I got hooked on weight lifting, supplements and protein shakes, as well as clean eating since I was 12 years old.   For most of that time I ate six meals a day or had three meals +3 shakes or snacks.  Sports nutrition for so many years had you freaking out about getting protein in every few hours or you might shrivel up. 

Fast forward until my 30s and I had an injury during a SWAT workout, and a surgery that got botched and changed my life forever.   I had multiple surgeries that could not correct what made me permanently incontinent.  I also was put on massive amounts of pain killers and other harsh and dangerous drugs.  I was forced to retire from the careers I loved as a SWAT officer and collegiate strength coach.   The workers compensation doctors had me on I think it was nine different drugs including multiple opiates, muscle relaxers, sleep medications, anxiety medications, benzos and depression meds.  I had no idea what all this stuff was until a SWAT buddy who used to be a narcotics officer saw what I was on.  I had just trusted all of these doctors, since I had not seen a doctor since college football where their whole goal is to get you back on the field. 

Anyhow when I was retired I was 5 foot 10, 270 pounds, and about 30% body fat.  My normal weight was about 230 pounds at 10% body fat until this disaster.   

I moved to California specifically for functional and integrative doctors.   It’s probably too much detail to get into but I found multiple doctors that helped me attack getting off all the medications within months, and it took about two years to get back to working out regularly.  I had chronic pain, chronic illness, chronic fatigue syndrome, in addition to major digestive, immune, metabolic and endocrine dysfunction. 

One of the things my awesome doctor did about 11 years ago was put me on a ketogenic diet, and intermittent  fasting before anybody was even calling it that.  I could go into details if you wanted more.  So basically for 11 years I have been doing intermittent fasting, with at least 3 to 4 months a year ketogenic, and then a few months of Paleo or cyclical keto genic where I might do carb up day’s.  Because of my incontinence I can only eat at night after all of my workouts are done or any of my activities.   So I basically eat 2 to 3 meals probably in a 5 to 6 hour window.   I have maintained a body weight of 230-240 pounds at average 10% BF.  At times I have been lower body fat, and at times I’ve actually been up to 250 pounds when I was training harder.   But the point is I can easily maintain 240 pounds only eating in a small window, and not worrying about doing so many grams of protein or having protein shakes all day long.   

Since Covid started I have essentially been doing the carnivore diet with steaks, burgers and scrambled eggs.   My workouts are fine and I’m still 235 pounds with no problem.   As I fine-tune my cooking skills, I look forward to adding in different types of meat and salmon, and I think overtime as I get stricter without any occasional cheats of some veggies or what not, I have a feeling I’m gonna end up super lean and continue to get stronger at the gym.    Doesn’t feel bad at all.  I used to think you had to pound veggies, just like I used to think you had to have protein shakes and so many grams of protein spread out throughout the day or you would shrivel up or lose strength.  Not true.  Now I can’t say if I was younger in a college or professional athlete if I would eat this way, but certainly someone who is not a competitive athlete can do a ketogenic or strictly carnivore diet with inner minute fasting and still train their balls off with no problem.   Obviously during Covid I can’t do yoga or martial arts Since they’re all closed, but I assume I can still do them on a carnivore diet just like I did a keto genic diet with vegetables with no problems. My lifting during Covid has continued to be supermy lifting during Covid has continued to be super solid, as has my interval training and GPP. 

If you need more details just ask.  This is a lifestyle for 11 years and due to permanent incontinence I’ll be eating this way the rest of my life (I’m 45). 

Thanks,
Matt   

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

Daniel improved digestion, mental health, joint, back pain on carnivore diet

My name is Daniel and I am forty years old from Australia, 183cm (6ft) and 75kg (165 pounds). I have held off writing this story, despite following the carnivore community for some time, as it has taken this long to heal from quite a few ailments, most notably my joint pain and depression. (No photos as most of my issues are internal.)

My mother told me that from a very early age I had an allergy to cow’s milk (I was fed soy “milk” as a child) and a nearly fatal fall (fractured skull and broken collar bone) from a ledge at the age of 2. I can recall always having sore throats and hay fever as a boy. Also looking back now, I believe I experienced some anxiety and depression too. Antibiotics were a regular thing and I eventually had my tonsils removed at the age of nine.

My journey to this carnivore way of eating began nearly 2 years ago when I started to seriously investigate how diet can affect one’s health (particularly autoimmune problems) which I previously just thought were the “bad genetic cards” I was dealt. For example, I thought that I had genetically inherited my father’s bad back and my mother’s hay fever and that was how it was going to be for life and the only way to treat these was with over the counter medications or other alternative therapies.

I have long been a supporter and consumer of alternative therapies for health like chiropractic, acupuncture and energy frequency therapy, having tried to stay away from visiting the GP unless necessary.

 I have always preferred fresh foods for cooking instead of processed garbage and the health education I received was the classic “SAD/Western” diet as based on the food pyramid, i.e. saturated fat is bad, wholegrains are good, “2 fruit and 5 veg daily”  and meat in moderation. I have loosely followed the “eat a rainbow” style together with high carbs and some meat with every meal. In a sense I knew that diet played a part in health and I had an awareness of additives and processed food, but like many younger folks I took it for granted that I would always be healthy because I never got fat. I would daily consume a pint of chocolate milk or iced coffee and lots of toasted sandwiches, pastries and cakes. I still thought that I had reasonably good health as my weight has never been an issue and have been blessed with an incredible metabolism. 

However, inside I was broken from:

  • Regular colds, sore throats, congestion
  • Tonsilitis as a child (tonsils removed when I was 9)
  • Chronic hayfever 
  • Bad snorer and mouth breather
  • Frequent mouth ulcers, cold sores near lips
  • Mouth corner sores (angular chelitis)
  • Bowel problems (irregular and constipated frequently)
  • Bloating
  • Haemorroids
  • Bleeding gums/gingivitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Poor dental health on left upper side, failed root canal, ongoing infections (related to sinusitis)
  • Jaw pain on left side, clicking jaw (TMJ)
  • Brain fog and poor concentration 
  • Mild depression as a child worsening to severe in recent times
  • Anxiety from a young age
  • Poor sleep in recent times
  • Back/neck pain, sciatica, inflammation and chronic groin pain
  • Worsening joint pain in hands, elbows, knees and shoulders
  • Gout in toe
  • General aching on left side and in chest
  • Skin tags and bad skin breakouts on back
  • Always getting a sunburnt face
  • Minor heartburn
  • Raynaud’s in my hands

My health took a turn for the worse about five years ago when joint pain was affecting my ability to work (labouring) and my mental health nose-dived, culminating in a mental breakdown followed by a psychotic episode and a six month period in and out of a mental ward about four years ago. I was heavily medicated on anti-psychotics and antidepressants like Olanzapine. At this time, I became increasingly disenfranchised with the medical system, since I had four children who were always sick, and they were always going to doctor’s appointments for one ailment or another and being constantly prescribed antibiotics or some special cream. I managed to get myself of the antidepressants through some alternative healing and improved diet with more nourishing home made meals, however still had depression.

Cycle ahead to about 2 years ago and after watching quite a few Netflix documentaries from the plant-based vegan propaganda videos like “What The Health?”  And then “The Magic Pill” and other Youtube video series like “Autoimmune Secrets”, like many folks in the carnivore community I saw the Joe Rogan podcast with Dr Jordan Peterson on Youtube and was blown away. I believed Dr Peterson to be a credible source of information but could not reconcile that the meat only diet was a thing. From there I followed Mikhaila Peterson and then Dr Baker and many others and kept doing the research.

I began to slowly make some changes to my diet, cutting out gluten, reducing sugar and dairy but still hung onto my “rainbow salads” and then went down the whole gluten-free alternative rabbit hole of eating. I then heard about all the processed seed oils contained in these gluten-free foods and it dawned on me that take away/restaurant foods also could not be trusted.  I never really entertained the idea of giving up meat, but there were certainly some vegans I had contact with who were trying their best to persuade me to do so. Some improvements occurred from these changes, but joint pain and mental health was still an issue. My meat consumption increased, higher fat intake but I also dabbled with some vegan foods at this time like hemp protein and quinoa. I had a wholefoods market nearby with organic produce. This was a very expensive exercise in the beginning, having nearly fallen for the “health food” industry marketing, but as time went on, I started to have more meat, bone broth, bacon, eggs and moved to an animal based keto diet.

My digestion began to improve and with it a whole range of ailments and autoimmune issues went away like hay fever, mouth ulcers and gout. Anxiety, back pain and sciatica began to reduce which I have had for as long as I can remember. I found myself not being hungry for 12-15 hours and saw improvements in my dental health and skin. I continued to spend hundreds of hours watching videos, listening to podcasts like HPO and digesting all the old books/articles linked to Meatheals.com and was absolutely convinced. As to the mechanics of why this works, I believe it is about giving your body what it needs, eliminating what it doesn’t need and then the immune system rebounds and the body heals like it is designed to. 

I feel that the joint pain in my hands, groin pain and mental health has taken considerable time to heal, as well as having quality sleep again, but I am extremely grateful to have taken control of my health with 90 % meat and some other very basic lifestyle factors. Every single ailment listed above has seen some improvement or remission of symptoms.  I love that it has changed my outlook on life, a sense of calmness and really given me a new appreciation for ancestral traditions as well. I am Above all, a new relationship with food that is more about fuel and nourishment as opposed to entertainment. It seems that my mood is much better on beef and when I stray from this my allergies and sinus issues always seem to come back.

My energy levels have not been as consistent as I would have liked and through recent discussions with personal trainers, I simply have not been eating enough to meet the physical demands of my job and training. I have addressed the food quantity and I have also increased electrolyte intake and I am feeling better for that as well. 

The next step for me is to try meat, water and salt only, to iron out some occasional small joint pain issues and Raynaud’s in my hands is still an issue on some cold days. I am very passionate about this movement and am seriously considering a health coaching career in the future to give back and share this simple and effective healing protocol.

Many thanks to Dr Baker and all the carnivore community for making a massive difference in my life and giving me the opportunity to tell my story.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel

Anonymous improved digestion, sleep, body composition on carnivore diet

I am 60 years old, and five foot six.


I’ve always had a bit of a problem with my weight and diet. At my worst during high school, I weighed just under 190 pounds. With a lot of time on a stationary bike and living on nothing but lettuce, cheese, and cold-cut ham, I managed to get down to the mid-140s, but couldn’t maintain it. Eventually I would come to weigh about 160 with a prominent belly. I had to be medicated for hypertension and hypothyroidism. I was not a healthy human being.

More than twelve years ago, a bad outcome from an outpatient surgical procedure left me with a hypoxic brain injury.

In the immediate aftermath, I felt I had won the lottery—I seemed to have no obvious problems, cognitive or physical.

However, time proved me to be wrong.

It started a few months later, when I found myself underperforming at the gym. Day by day I saw my ability to lift, to push myself during hard cardio, and my recovery time slowly getting worse.

Next came the dietary problems.

Like most of us, I’ve always had a few foods that just don’t settle well. But slowly I found myself adding more and more foods to my “never again” list. Cheese, asparagus, slow-cooked meats, spinach—they all left me feeling worse and worse.

Somewhere along the line, I started having skin problems. I’d always had dry skin in the winter, but suddenly I found myself in June, eyelids cracking from the dryness, and rashes that I’d never had before popping up all over—my waist, legs, chest, and arms. The itchiness drove me crazy!

Sleep became torture—night after night I would lie awake in bed for hours before sleep would come, only to be jolted awake by my alarm clock, the endless fatigue leaving me a zombie.

I had felt myself fortunate for not losing my cognitive abilities due to my brain injury. But what the injury hadn’t taken away, the ongoing fatigue stole from me. At its worst, I found myself at work, struggling to make sense of a report I’d read three times in a row. I would fall asleep for a second or two during my commute before the blare of car horns jerked my eyes open as I was drifting out of my lane.

And, over all of this, was a malaise that settled into a deep, deep depression. I made endless plans for taking my life, trying to find a way that would finally erase my pain at living, while not devastating my immediate family.

For some reason, I couldn’t see all these things and realize that I had a problem. I thought I was just tired from having to work so hard at my job. I told myself that if I could only just get some time off to rest, I’d be right as rain again.

I got my wish for resting time when I was laid off.

And a couple months of near total rest failed to change a thing.

It was then that I knew I was in trouble.

Now, during all this, I would from time to time see various doctors and specialists in an attempt to cure this rash, or that insomnia, or what have you. But by and large nothing seemed to work.

After being laid off, I could spend much more time engaging with the healthcare system to work on my issues. Still I got no relief on any front, and no advice as to how I might become healthier.

Actually, strike that—I *did* get some advice.

It was from an endocrinologist that I saw in an attempt to figure out what had happened to my energy—what had caused me to lose any sense of vitality. Despairing, I asked her what I should do.

She sighed, was silent for a moment, and said, “Go home. Live your life. This is as good as it gets.”

And so I went home.

But I didn’t give up. Although I was an unemployed technical team lead with about 30 years of experience in various IT, software, and hardware roles, I still had an engineer’s mindset.

So I set out to learn about my body.

If this were a movie, here is where there’d be a montage of me searching online for research papers on neurophysiology, digestion, the immune system, and more. Shuffling through papers, highlighting key passages and searching for corroborating information from other authors. I’d be experimenting with different diets, supplements, skin treatments. I’d go to bed wearing a head-mounted device that tracked my brain activity at night.

And that montage would be real—I did it all.

And I made some progress.

I produced lists of foods that I was reacting to, and started to see patterns in terms of histamine levels, oxalate content, and salicylate levels. I worked with a neuropsychiatrist to give me some level of relief from my insomnia. Better living through chemical, as they say!

If I had graded myself at 100% before my brain injury, at my worse I was probably around 20%; now I was maybe about 50%. Far better than before, but still far worse than I had been.

The diet I had constructed was nothing special—it was mainly just a list of foods that gave me the fewest reactions. Looking back, it was by no means healthy. At one point I lived for a few months on nothing but boiled barley with butter and brown sugar.

In time, I continued to work on my diet and, quite by accident, I “reinvented” the ketogenic diet. I felt pretty good eating this way—my mental clarity was much improved—but because I didn’t understand what eating this way was doing to my metabolism, and exactly how important fat intake was, I ended up burning through all my body fat, and crashed metabolically after losing a bunch of muscle mass as well. My wife said I looked like a concentration camp victim at under 110 pounds and less than 10% body fat.

After all this time—it’d been about 11 years since my brain injury—I still could only say I was at the 50% mark. And to make matters worse, I found that, in time, I’d react to every food I relied on for any period of time, gradually reducing what I could safely eat.

I took another shot at the ketogenic diet—this time with help from Dr. Eric Westman. With his help, I made some improvements, but in time, the same old problem of reacting to more and more foods returned. I was getting desperate—the 50% I’d been able to maintain was starting to slip backwards.

One day online I came across a page that talked about “the ultimate elimination diet.” It said that humans only need protein and fat to survive; carbs were not necessary. After having read and researched so much, this made immediate sense to me, and so I tried it. I would eat nothing but red meat, and not skimp on the fat.

That was five months ago.

What started out as a vague plan to eat three pounds of ground beef a day eventually got fine-tuned to a one-meal-a-day, KetoAF-style diet consisting of a bit over a pound of lightly-trimmed ribeye and several ounces of butter for additional fat.

And how do I feel now? I’d have to grade myself a good solid 85%. I realize that I may never be able to be a full 100% again, but that’s okay.

My digestion is wonderful. My skin is vastly better, and I hope that the remaining minor rashes will diminish in time. My sleep, though still being treated with a prescription medication, is improved to the extent that, later this year I’m going to try to wean myself from it.

And speaking of prescriptions, I no longer need meds for hypertension or hypothyroidism—the carnivore diet has eliminated the need for them.

I’m able to exercise and do some resistance training again, for the first time in years. My Fitbit scale says my lean mass is up a little; I hope to keep that going, as even though I don’t look half bad at 125, I think I’d look (and feel) even better at a well-muscled, say, 135.

And that’s my story.

I feel that I haven’t really conveyed how fundamentally the carnivore way of eating has changed my life for the better. Before, I could only sigh when each day of sickly drudgery began, as the best I could hope for was to feel “less bad”. I can look forward to each day now, and enjoy being alive, and feeling good.

Alex beats fungal infection, ADHD, improves gut health on carnivore diet

I don't know exactly where to start. Last fall I had a neck surgery, and after that i was battling my gut health and a weird fungal infection in my forehead. I tried everything but go vegan, no medicine helped my fungi problem and my gastrointestinal problems kept getting worse. I did a deep dive into the ketogenic diet and tried that. But all the veggies made me so bloated and my stomach pains did not disappear. So I took the bull by the horns 1.5-2 months ago and went fully carnivore. The results where amazing.

My skin and stomach both got better within five days, and best of all my ADHD symptoms just disappeared. I was at the optician today and my vision has also miraculously gotten better - I’m now close to a 20/20. God bless Dr.Baker for pointing me in the right direction!

Natasha improved reproductive health, sex, endometriosis on carnivore diet

I just wanted to share a simple story to help get the word out there. Back in 2006 I was diagnosed with endometriosis. I mentioned to the doctor that I thought I was too young (25y/o) to be diagnosed with that condition. She told me normally yes but with all the hormones in food it’s not surprising and that there is nothing I can do about it other than pain control. 

Fast forward to 2012 and I was having severe pain and sought out a doctor to have surgery for the second time. The doctor spoke to me about food and how to care for the endometriosis without surgery. Staying away from red meat was something he advised and which I followed. It seemed to have work for a bit (after I had the second surgery and told I have the highest stage possible). About a year and a half ago I was in so much pain I was looking to have surgery again and for some reason or another, I never got booked in.

 I should mention at these times I was following your typical body building diet. I heard Shawn on the Joe Rogan podcast and I was quite intrigued by the information I heard and decided to give it a try, mainly because I was sick of eating 6 times a day. I was also so worried about the red meat and the endo I asked Shawn twice about it and he assured me there wasn’t enough hormones in the meat to contribute to the condition. 

As scared and skeptical as I was, I continued. Its now been a year carnivore (with some slips) but I am so happy to say I have been pain free for about 4 months. One day I just realized I wasn’t complaining of pain anymore and no pain with sex at all which was huge for me before. I also noticed at the same time the pain went away, I developed what I think is oxalate dumping at the same time and the rashes and blisters are all around my abdomen. 

Not sure if that is a coincidence or not but it’s definitely something I am now paying attention to. I haven’t been sick in ages. Im leaner, stronger and the healthiest I have ever been and that I must thank Shawn for getting the word out there. It’s changed my life.

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

M. G. treated celiac, Crohn’s disease, carpal tunnel, TMJ on 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

Daniel improved sleep, energy, headaches, chronic injuries on carnivore diet

I had eaten the Standard American Diet for most of my life but with a heavy emphasis on "healthy" grains and "low fat" everything.  As I went through college as a young adult I found my health beginning to decline.  My waist circumference went over 40 inches, my BMI went over 35 and I was so exhausted all the time that I fell asleep at the wheel while driving a number of times. Through nothing more than sheer luck I didn't kill myself or anyone else on the road but as a man in his early 20s, keeping one's eyes open at 5:00pm shouldn't be a problem!


I realized I had to do something so for several years I followed the traditional advice of low fat, lots of healthy grains, and elimination of meat products.  As I was not making a lot of money, going vegetarian was an easy way to accomplish this.


Not only did I fail to lose any weight on a vegetarian diet, I was constantly hungry and miserable.  I stopped sleeping well at night and was falling asleep in class and even at work.  My free testosterone was measured at 202, about 1/3 where it should have been at my age.  I had no sex drive, constant aches in every joint of my body, frequent nosebleeds, headaches, and a constant malaise that would probably have been diagnosed as clinical depression if I had access to medical care at the time.


After hearing some success stories on the internet with low carbohydrate diets I eventually decided to try it and the change was almost immediate.  Within a month I had lost around 10 pounds, I no longer felt groggy in the afternoon, and I felt full of life for the first time in years.  After college I made it a lifestyle and began to incorporate more and more meat while displacing grains, roots, fruits, and yes even lots of vegetables. 


 My blood triglycerides and blood pressure went to optimal levels.  My HDL cholesterol improved and my LDL (though never elevated before) stayed in a healthy range.  I had so much energy that I began working out religiously, taking a great joy in barbell training and progressing rapidly in my physical strength while seeing my body get leaner and stronger.  I was no longer hungry all day, my joint pain was gone, and I finally felt as if my body was being used and nourished the way it had evolved to be.  The assumed issues of constipation, upset stomach, cramping, vitamin deficiency, weight gain, hypertension and so forth that we have been told would be the result of eating a lot of meat have proven to be completely false in my opinion.  In fact, I used to be victim to bouts of upset stomach and diarrhea multiple times per week but now that is a thing of the past.


I have subsequently sustained injuries where surgery was recommended.  I had a herniated disc and a SLAP tear (labrum tear) in my right shoulder.  Both of these resolved quickly while eating a diet of 90+ percent meat.
Meat healed me.  Meat gave me a quality of life that I never dreamed of. 

The dietary recommendations of eating a diet of primarily grain and vegetables made me sick and are based on very shaky science. I implore anybody with influence over dietary recommendations for any population to re-examine the role of meat in a healthy diet and keep in mind that there are a huge number of confounding factors with meat consumption. 

Meat consumers tend to eat a lot of their meat between two pieces of bread with a bag of chips and a large sugary cola.  They have a tendency to ignore all health recommendations in general and thus tend to smoke more, drink more, and drive without their seatbelt.


Now I enjoy a full life and tell others about how I have improved virtually every aspect of my life by eating lots of meat and little else.  I have seen those close to me heal their bodies and reclaim a quality of life they thought was behind them.

Doris improved her digestion, and diverticulitis on a carnivore diet

Allow me to say since as far back as I can recall I think I had IBS symptoms from a very young age. I had my gallbladder removed at the very young age of 18 years old as well. I was diagnosed with a hiatus hernia at 18 and maintained a daily dose of PPI medication for about 25 years which didn’t control the pain until I started following a ketogenic lifestyle and gave up all grains. Fast forward to 4 years of ketogenic lifestyle and an 80 lb weight loss. I was diagnosed in 2017 after severe episodes of pain lasting days. I went to the ER thinking I had appendicitis. I almost went into the OR for appendectomy, but the doctor did a CAT Scan and surprisingly I was diagnosed with diverticulitis in the ascending colon. The report indicates substantial inguinal gland swelling, diverticulitis on right side, and the sigmoid shows moderate diverticulitis and my appendix was normal. I had been plagued with years of sudden drop to your knees pain, nausea, sweats, but this attack was different and most severe. Fast forward to recently, when I had just met with the surgeon for a post consult after doing a colonoscopy a few weeks ago. Shockingly, I was informed that there are absolutely no signs of diverticulitis or any bowel disease. One polyp had been found, but it was sent to lab and is benign. My symptoms have completely disappeared. My inguinal glands after having been so enlarged they were visible to the eye are now normal. My surgeon was baffled and asked what I felt was the reason for such drastic change. I, with great apprehension told him I eliminated all fibre. Apprehension because I thought he would blast me. Instead he said he had never seen anyone have such drastic improvement to overall gut health and eliminating habits and that he would share this with his patients who obsess about continuously about getting healthier with more fibre in their diet. I started following a carnivore diet in January of this year after hearing about this concept first on a podcast with Shawn Baker on Joe Rogan. This was the beginning of my healing.

Bruce, despite ileostomy, improved ulcerative colitis on carnivore diet

A big thank you to Joe Rogan for having Shawn Baker on this podcast. This was a massive on my decision to change my diet and hopefully my life.

I have tried all kinds of diets and treatments and I wish I knew then what I know now and I might have avoided surgery.

I’ve had Ulcerative Colitis since 18 years old in 2005, and after medications all failed, that caused me to lose my colon.

I now have an ileostomy and I was told to avoid meat and fat throughout my entire life of this disease. Even after the ileostomy I was told to avoid too much meat and eat a balanced diet, but the interesting part of this, was I also should avoid roughage due to its difficulty to pass through the small intestines and out the ostomy. (This should have been a red flag right away.) If it’s so difficult to digest, why are we eating it at all? Especially in my case with an inflamed colon which brought me here to this ileostomy.

After eating poorly with an ileostomy, I decided to take control of my weight and diet. I attempted the keto diet and lost 70 lbs or so, but that diet consists of a lot of dairy, and allows for some nuts and insoluble fiber. This fiber tends to be a problem for people with an ileostomy due to the fact that it doesn’t really break down at all. I now only animal fat and meat and it’s a delight. The output of the ileostomy is simple to manage. It’s all liquid with little to no by products from the food I’ve eaten. I do not eat any dairy either. This is mostly due to the excess cravings that dairy tends to cause in me. Anyone that wishes to debate how red meat doesn’t digest well, can come with me to the restroom and I’ll show them that the only output I have is bile and water. The meat and fat are fully absorbed by the time it reaches the end of my small intestines.

The biggest change I’ve experienced on a diet of this restrictive nature, is the freedom, not the shackles. I control my appetite, I have no cravings for poor food choices, and I don’t find myself yearning for the next snack or meat.

I also think that this diet has revealed that I am a food addict, and I was chained to the drug of sugar. With most studies on addiction complete removal is usually the best medicine.

I plan to keep this up for the foreseeable future, and I hope to see how low I can go in terms of body fat, waist size, and weight. I’d like to maintain strength, but I want to know my limits.

The numbers:

  • 5 months (Starting on Dec 31)
  • Lost 14% body fat (56% to 42%)
  • Lost 100lbs (385lbs to 285lbs)
  • Lost 6-8 inches in my waist (48-50 pants to 40)

Jón improved mood and mental health on a carnivore diet

I was asked by the man that really started the carnivore movement in Iceland to share my story.

Then, let’s begin at the beginning. My name is Jón Jakobsson. I am 48 years old and from Iceland. I have always been fat. When I was a kid, I was fat until I discovered Judo, and then I got massive – huge, not fat, but powerful – and that lasted about 10 years or until I blew out my back. I had to undergo surgery for a slipped disk in my lower back.

The thing is I gave up Judo, but I did not stop eating like a competitive athlete, and it went out of control. When I was practicing Judo, I was 120-130 kilos and had a very little fat on me, I could eat about 12-15,000 calories per day, and still ate like that after I had given up the sport.

One of my worst days was when my weight got to 183 kilos my blood pressure was too high, and my sugar levels were as well.

My doctor decided to send me to a weight program clinic for 6 weeks. There I was taught that you could eat everything but in smaller portions and do that about 6 times a day. I have to mention that this program is mostly for people that are going to go for the GASTRIC BYPASS surgery. I spoke to the head doctor of this program (he actually was my home physician before he became the head doctor of this program) about the possibility of if I should go for this surgery, but the doctor said NO. He told me that I had top large of a frame, and this would not be good for me. I really was relieved that he said that.

So, after this program I got down to 140-150 kilos, and my sugar levels normalized and now I thought, well I’m on the right way, but NO, the last few years I have been around 160 kilos and still taking high blood pressure meds.

4 years ago, my sugar levels got too high again and my doctor put me on pills (Glucophage). It started at 1 pill twice a day, and I ended up taking 3 pills twice a day. I tried to stop eating sugar and lost 7 kilos, but all for naught and finally last year I got an extra pill (Januvia) to take once a day on top of the Glucophage and the doctor wanted me to try this for one month.

So now we get to the part why I’m telling you my story, the date is 4 January 2018, I have a new doctor and he is young  had heard about this “diet” (I personally don’t like to call it a diet) called carnivore diet from a friend of mine that had tried it out for a month before Christmas.

I went to my doctor and told him about this and he was a little sceptic but said ok to try this out.

Well at that time I’m 154 kilos sugar levels about 10 mmol/L.

My doctor wanted a thorough blood test, and that was scheduled later that same month.
So, I started to eat meat and lots of meat. I went for the blood test on 30 of January a week later the doctor phoned me and told me that my sugar levels where down to 8.4 mmol/L everything else was good. Me and my doctor decided to lower my sugar meds to 2 pills a day as I was only eating once a day (I did not need to eat more). I was feeling good in my body, full of energy, and my aches in my knees were gone (I always thought my knee aches were associated with years of practicing Judo). So, I continued with eating meat.

Last week I ran out of Glucophage and as I knew that I had a doctor’s appointment today I wanted to experiment a little and skip them until I would see the doctor.

Now I went to the doctor this morning and the first thing he said to me was, you lost some weight. I went directly to the scale and stepped on it 141 kilos. He measured my blood sugar levels with a little blood drop from my finger, 7.3 mmol/L and blood pressure 138/80.

So, I was happy about this and so was my doctor, and he is still a little confused that this happens by only eating meat. We talked about what to do next, he said that the next step is a thorough blood test where they will measure long term sugar levels.
He also said that I should stop taking Glucophage at least until after the result of the blood test.

And that’s that, I hope you guys can forgive this long ranting, but as a closing I only have to say MEAT HEALS.

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