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Ryan cleared auto-immune disorder that affected his right eye

I am 37 years old in Southeastern Massachusetts and a married father of 3 young girls ages 8, 4, and 18 months. I was an athlete growing up through high school and always was fairly active giving minor attention to my diet.

I noticed like clockwork I’d put on 10 lbs a year starting at 30 really regardless of how much I worked out. I remember I dropped 25 lbs one year as part of a weight loss challenge with a buddy where once a week i literally cut weight like a fight to beat him, (I did, haha).

I’m naturally a very competitive person so when I started seeing my weight increase and health deteriorate I decided it was time to make a change. Starting in October 2020 I knocked off all sweets, did oat milk, truvia in my coffee, and began running 45 minutes a day on my treadmill, yuck.

Worse than that, I wasn’t losing any weight, I was killing myself for 10 weeks and was down like 4 lbs. I had also been diagnosed with an autoimmune eye disease that could be managed with 20mg of doxicycline daily for periods of 30 days. I had had enough.

I saw Dr Baker on Joe Rogan’s podcast and was intrigued by the idea. I began to think very seriously about joining world carnivore month in January. I did some research and then, jumped in with both feet.

After the first few days I began to feel the difference, my energy popped, my hangry personality traits disappeared and I felt genuinely, good.

I lost 28 lbs in January alone and was completely hooked. I signed up in July that year to compete in the “Haymakers 4 Hope” charity fight. Essentially a white collar brawler it’s a bunch of executives who raise money for various cancer foundations by getting in the ring and having a sanctioned amateur bout.

I thought how cool it would be to train on carnivore and document my journey. Dr Baker even joined in by sharing some of my progress on his stories.

I was amazed at how much energy I had eating carnivore and completely busted the myths of everyone around me saying you need carbs to train. In fact, most people I told (including the event coordinators) thought I was nuts for trying to. I had plenty of gas for not only the training, but for the event itself.

I was already down quite a bit but was able to get down to the required 228lbs on fight night, compete, and win my fight. I’ve turned a handful of my friends and siblings onto this diet and will absolutely never consider “going back” to any other way of eating.

Lycia and Family Heal On Carnivore Lifestyle

Lycia is a retired 72-year-old living in Florida with her husband of 53 years and their 49-year-old mentally handicapped son. She refurbishes furniture as a hobby. Occasionally she rides a motorcycle with her husband. They dabble in vintage cars and just enjoy their family and life as much as possible.
Lycia suffered from depression, anxiety, eczema, arthritis, sciatica, severely dry skin, brain fog, and hair loss. After voluntarily discontinuing statins, she chanced across a video of Dr. Ken Berry and eventually ended up adopting the carnivore lifestyle. She and her family members have benefited tremendously, with her son finding relief from IBS, and do not consider going back.

Joey Heals Skin Issues, Improves Cognition On Carnivore Diet

Joey is an 18 year old proponent of the carnivore diet. He will attend UCLA where he hopes to continue the journey towards establishing the link between nutrition and disease. He is a firm believer in the efficacy of a carnivore diet in both curing and preventing a plethora of health issues.

He has a youtube channel called Carnivore Camaraderie that he uses to share content in the form of anecdotal experiences, hard science, and interviews with professionals, all of which serve to reinforce his belief that a carnivore diet is the absolute best thing a person can do to achieve good health.

Joey differs from many other people within the carnivore community due to his unique appeal to a younger demographic. He wants to build a platform that can be used to clarify misconceptions and provide tools that people can use to become healthier. He hopes that, by spreading the right message, he can improve the world and help ameliorate many of peoples’ health problems.

Serena Beats Disordered Eating On Carnivore Diet

I fixed an almost lifelong eating disorder and disordered eating with the carnivore diet. After 35 years of being shackled and chained, at 49 years old I am finally free.

Melissa And Tom Are Navigating Cancer On The Carnivore Diet

I’m a 66 year-old married woman, retired office manager. I have a dog boarding and daycare business that I run out of my house. I am still losing weight and am dedicated to meat 100%.

My husband, however, was forced to become a carnivore when he came home from the hospital 2/21/22 (I threatened to divorce him if he didn’t) so he would not make a great interviewee. He is extremely happy that his health is really amazing at this point. We are hoping he goes on maintenance next month. He has said he will never stop doing carnivore, certainly a good idea if he wants to stay married!!

Lasse No Longer Has Migraines On The Carnivore Diet

Since I was 25 I’ve been suffering from what you would call debilitating migraine attacks at the scale of 15-25 days a month. (I’m now 35). I would have such severe headaches that the only form of remedy was sitting in a steaming hot shower with water running down my head for hours. The attacks also came with migraine auras such as paralyzing my right side of my torso, leg and arm, blinding my eye, zig zag lights, feeling of floating in the air, dizziness, ear pain and on the list goes.

I went through 4 MRI scans to rule out any form of stroke.
I visited 8 different neurologists in 3 different countries to try and deal with it. Every neurologist prescribed me another form of medicine such as epilepsy meds, blood thinners and other forms of drugs which I honestly can’t remember. Not a single drug helped me.

I’ve also suffered from really bad IBS since I was a kid, never ending on/off diarrhea. No doctor ever told me perhaps an elimination diet would do that trick. They just told me “take some more probiotics”, which never actually worked.

I’ve always been exercising and in good shape since I was 20. Strength training 6 days a week, swimming and playing golf.
After listening to you on JRE I decided to give the carnivore diet a try. I went full elimination for 30 days with only eating meat and organs. I cut out all the processed bullshit. All sugar, all diet cokes, smoking, stopped drinking alcohol, etc.
After 30 days I added avocado to my diet, which worked fine, later on I added a bit of fruits here and there, organic papaya and some wild organic honey after listening to Paul Saladino. My body tolerated this quite well, I did however get some sort of “brain fog” which was quite similar to my migraine auras when I ate too much fruit. I now have a spoon of honey daily, an avocado and perhaps 1 piece of fruit, which works just fine.

After changing my diet, I stopped all forms of medication. I’m now down to having about 1 migraine attack with very minor pain and no auras about once a month!!!!!!

I’ve visited quite a few neurologists after I started my diet years ago, but not a single one seemed very interested in what I experienced. They just looked at my cholesterol and suggested perhaps I should stop and start taking some statins.

I was really hoping that perhaps you could give me some clue to what the heck happened to my brain to suddenly be able to function in a “normal” way!

You have absolutely no idea how grateful I am to both you and Joe for literally letting me live my life again!!

No idea if you’ll ever read this, but my parents always taught me to let someone know if they did something good to others.

In your contact information on “success stories”, it said something about a podcast, I’m not sure what that involves but I’d be happy to tell my story so other people with migraines can benefit just like I did!

Best regards and I wish you all the best!

Lasse

Heidi Manages Type 1 Diabetes on Carnivore Diet

In 2009, Heidi thought her blood sugar problems were over as she welcomed the birth of her son. While still recovering in the hospital, she was assured by the staff that her first meal of Lorna Doone cookies was perfectly fine—the gestational diabetes she had while she was pregnant was now a thing of the past. Three years later, Heidi was diagnosed with mature adult onset type 1 diabetes. From 2012 to 2018, she desperately tried to get a handle on her blood sugar, while managing the highs and lows that go along with the condition. Then, in 2018, a well-meaning friend recommended a vegan, low fat diet advertised to “master your diabetes.” Unfortunately, after trying it, not only did her diabetes problems continue, but she ended up struggling with exhaustion, inflammation, brain fog—and newfound joint issues.

“To make matters worse, I started to have joint issues which I didn’t expect—you know, people from the vegan community never tell you that you’re going to have joint problems—but I started having trouble going upstairs and I’m like, ‘I’m not that old! I may be in my 50’s but I have a long life to live and I can’t hobble down the stairs for 50 years!’ So out of desperation I first went into keto, but then I started to see videos about carnivore.”

Keto is a common pitstop on the way to the carnivore diet, and Heidi was no different. “I saw a couple carnivore videos and at the time—I’m sure we can all relate to this— it was a little bit of cognitive dissonance. I was like ‘How do people really just only eat meat?‘“

After launching into carnivore at the beginning of 2022, she noticed after two weeks that the joint pain she had been experiencing was completely gone, her focus was returning, and as of today, she is currently down 35 lbs. Not bad considering the year isn’t even close to being over yet! On top of all that, her blood sugar has become more stable, she’s been able to halve the amount of medication she uses to manage her diabetes, has better skin, better sleep, and is just generally more vivacious. “My whole world’s different,” she says happily, “And I actually love my food now!”

Heidi says she prescribes to the beef/bacon/butter/eggs approach to carnivore. An added bonus? Her 16 year old daughter has also joined her on her carnivore journey! Heidi says the carnivore diet also gives her the freedom to not eat first thing in the morning—a time when sugar is usually highest for diabetics—and opts to start eating around 3:30 or 4pm in the afternoon when her blood sugar is naturally lower. “Not only do i feel subjectively better, but I do have objective numbers to say my blood sugar’s in so much better control now—and I have the presence of mind to actually enjoy life…I’ve never felt better. I’ve not felt better in literally probably decades.”

Heidi says she prescribes to the beef/bacon/butter/eggs approach to carnivore. An added bonus? Her 16 year old daughter has also joined her on her carnivore journey! Heidi says the carnivore diet also gives her the freedom to not eat first thing in the morning—a time when sugar is usually highest for diabetics—and opts to start eating around 3:30 or 4pm in the afternoon when her blood sugar is naturally lower. “Not only do i feel subjectively better, but I do have objective numbers to say my blood sugar’s in so much better control now—and I have the presence of mind to actually enjoy life…I’ve never felt better. I’ve not felt better in literally probably decades.”

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Claire Reverses Osteoporosis and Puts On Muscle In Her 60s On A Carnivore Diet

An educator for over 20 years, school principal Claire needed more energy to keep up with her busy schedule. After being diagnosed with osteoporosis nine years ago, she started on a fitness journey that led her to crossfit classes coupled with weight training, but after experiencing less-than-stellar results, her coach encouraged her to take a closer look at her nutrition. Up until that point, she ate the Standard American Diet, regularly enjoying pasta and bread. When she heard about the carnivore diet, she decided she’d give it a try for a few weeks. Fast forward four years later, and she’s still on the carnivore bandwagon—experiencing the myriad health benefits that go along with it.

“The reason I stayed with it after a couple of weeks was, number one: I was enjoying what I was eating—and I was eating as much as I wanted—which was wonderful…but over the course of just four weeks, I gained more muscle than I had gained in months prior to that. I saw fairly quick results in my body composition and my performance—and that was exciting.”

Now 68 ½ years old, her yearly checkups and bloodwork all confirm she’s thriving. “Continuing to do all the weightlifting…and eating meat—I have actually reversed my osteoporosis in my spine to normal, so that’s been awesome! I also have hypothyroid and that has improved as best thyroids can improve. I’m still taking Synthroid but instead of this being a progressive illness, it has actually gone the other way and they had to reduce my meds because it was too much.” Another perk? After six months of eating carnivore, the kidney stones she had been told were waiting in the wings completely disappeared.

When asked what her doctors had to say about her strident health breakthroughs, Claire says they are generally mute on the subject, but had plenty to say when she was initially diagnosed—especially in regards to medication. “I told the doctors, ‘I’m not going to take those medicines. I’m going to exercise and address things from a different perspective.’ They don’t say anything when THAT works!”

Claire’s diet now mainly consists of big old steaks, ground beef, pork, fish and dairy. “I do eat dairy—I know some carnivore people don’t…I found that when I experimented and stopped all dairy, I did see an increase in muscle mass, but I like dairy so I decided I was going to keep doing cheese because I like it.”

Sometimes Claire’s work schedule is so busy that she has to work through lunch, but she finds she is generally able to achieve her goal of eating at least 100 grams of protein per day. Once the pandemic hit, she started working out from home, and without a coach spurring her on, she has been able to maintain an impressive 150lb deadlift. “A few years ago I was eating carbs and working out—I feel like I’m stronger, healthier—feel better—now.”

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Allie Manages Her Son’s Non-Verbal Autism

As a young woman, Allie Morgan battled issues that ran the gamut from IBS, seizures, migraines to bipolar disorder. After a series of health setbacks landed her in the hospital, she reached out to an uncle who had been managing his diabetes with a low-carb diet, and after delving into the literature herself, she took the plunge implementing a carnivore-based diet—and has been thrilled with the results ever since. Besides shedding the extra pounds she had accumulated since high school, she was able to get off the copious amounts of medication that she had been taking for years. “I remember talking to a friend of mine, and looking her dead in the eye and telling her, ‘This is the first time in my life that I feel like I’m a normal person with normal moods.’”

Allie’s health transformation isn’t the only dynamic carnivore story she has to tell. The journey of her then 4 year old son’s autism and subsequent transformation is enough to make any parent sit up and take notice. Allie says that while her kids at home did eat small amounts of sugar and white flour, they were rare treats and mostly crowded out by healthy proteins and fats. At that time, she considered her son as having high-functioning autism—but everything changed when she went on a trip for ten days and left her kids with their loving (but high-carb/low-fat eating) grandparents.

When she returned, she found her son had completely shut down—rocking back and forth, unable to make eye contact and completely non-verbal. Initially thinking it was a typical meltdown, it wasn’t until she got back home that she realized that it wasn’t, and that he had regressed to being unable to function or communicate at all.

“I gave myself 20 minutes permission to just melt down and cry because I think every parent deserves to just have at least 20 minutes to react to a diagnosis. I chose the carnivore diet because I knew it was the complete way to eliminate everything that he could possibly be reacting to.”

After three days on the carnivore diet, her son started coming out of it, returning to the level he was functioning at before the visit. To make the transition slightly easier, Allie allowed her children a small almond and coconut flour cookie for dessert. She also designed her son’s meals around his favorite meats—eggs, bacon, sausage and chicken. The doctors had told Allie to expect significant developmental delays, but after just 27 days on the diet, her son potty trained himself, and has since started to learn to read all on his own.

“I was hoping to get back the child I had before, and what I got—doing a more restrictive diet—was an even higher functioning, happier, more social child…there’s a lot of times that you can see where he’s had some problems, but we actually have to tell people he’s autistic now— because they don’t even notice.” Now age 7, Allie’s son is enrolled in public school—happily learning in a classroom with regular students.

When asked hypothetically if she was encountered with a world where meat intake was restricted—Allie says the quality of her son’s life would be destroyed. “After doing the research that I’ve done, and just seeing what nutrition the body actually requires—and what the sources of those particular types of nutrition are—the only thing that I found that basically has every single component that you absolutely need are animal based products.”

Don’t forget to check out all the other amazing success stories at carnivore.diet and on the Dr. Shawn Baker Podcast on Youtube.

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Jon heals from gut issues, fatigue, and arthritis

I was a raw vegan/fruitarian for 7 years. I was actually an influencer in that community and offered health consultations helping people heal chronic degenerative diseases using a fruitarian diet and now do the same thing but now recommending an animal-based diet/carnivore. I’ve actually helped many in the short term heal cancer, arthritis, skin conditions, etc. But I watched the same people including myself start to degenerate trying to maintain this diet in the long term. I’m a certified detoxification specialist and online iridologist.

For the last 1 1/2 years of the 7 years being vegan mostly fruitarian/raw vegan I developed major gut issues. Gi pain and digestive problems and blood sugar issues. This was also very common with my clients that were long-term vegan.

The more I continued to eat a high-fiber diet the more I continued to degenerate. Skin problems, gut pain, malnutrition, and depression.

I started having cravings for eggs and I mean intense cravings. My instincts told me to eat them and to adopt a mainly carnivore diet to heal my gut. I listened and it dramatically changed my life for the good!!! In only 3 months I can proudly say I have no more gut issues!!

I’ve been on a mainly carnivore diet for 4 months now. My muscles came back, testosterone came up. Consistent energy. Zero gut pain. No constant gas and zero bloat and no more depression!!! And I feel like the 25-year-old bull I once was at 37!!!

I will send you a pic of how skinny I got as a fruitarian 5 years ago and what I look like now on a zero fiber 90% carnivore diet. The only plant food I consume living on an island (koh Phangan) in Thailand is fresh coconut water out of Thai coconut which does not cause me any issue at all.

This photo here was when I was super emaciated at 105 lbs when I was 100% fruitarian the other pics were when I was high raw vegan towards the end of my vegan journey. I was still very skinny and underweight at 120 lbs

My diet now is muscle meats, liver, and coconut water.

Thank you so much for doing this interview with me and im hoping to bring more awareness to people especially the fruitarians and raw vegans that are in denial like I was and have major eating disorders.

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