Autoimmune

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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.

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.

Kassandra reverses a lifetime of obesity

My name is Kassandra and I’m 35 years old. My mother and I nearly died during my birth because she had untreated gestational diabetes. She passed out and I was pulled out with forceps unresponsive. I survived in nicu because the nurses taped together two incubators since I was a very large baby. 

I stayed large through most of my life, starting my first diet when I started public school. 

By my mid 20’s I was 270+lbs, and I had PCOS, lipedema, keratosis pilaris, bad acne, and extreme  joint pain. 
Lost 100 lbs in my late twenties biggest loser style. My legs didn’t shrink much but I felt better because I was thinner. 
Then I watched “Sugar: a bitter at truth” by Dr. Lustig and gave up sugar for 3 months. 
10 months the later, I welcomed my first happy accident son into the world. 
I eased up my sugar restrictions but still restricted calories and over exercised. Couldn’t lose weight. Blamed it on the birth control so I stopped it and got another happy accident. 
My second pregnancy had complications because of extreme weight gain and failed glucose test.  Then I tried keto at the permission of my OB and stopped gaining weight. Had a healthy baby.
Listened to a bunch of YouTube lectures from keto conventions and heard about carnivore.  I still wasn’t gaining but couldn’t stop binging so I looked up what little I could on carnivore and tried 90 days.  That was over 2.5 years ago. I’m leaner than Ive ever been in my life. No more PCOS, acne, or joint pain. My lipedema is shrinking and reduced a lot. Keratosis has reduced 95%. 
I can’t weigh myself because I still struggle with scale anxiety but I’m a S/M (dress size 6/8) and I spent most of my life in XL/XXL so I feel like I have a new body with more energy in my thirties than I had in my teens. 
 
Before pictures (I avoided the camera and have very few full body pictures):
kassandra1-min
Before: a good acne day…
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Before: forced photo at my largest
After: picture from a few weeks ago.
After: my bridal shower. You can’t tell I have lipedema anymore.

James gets off all psych meds on a carnivore diet

Hello,
My name is James. I am 27 years old and have suffered immensely from mental health issues since I was 6 years old. I was diagnosed with ADHD and put on psych medication in kindergarten. I also was depressed as a child which progressed as I became a teenager. When I was 17 I was diagnosed with Bipolar and schizo affective disorder. I am now 27 and have been hospitalized due to manic episodes over 200 times. I was told I would never live a normal life and always have to be on medications which caused obesity due to elevating my insulin and blood sugar.

I came across the work of dr. Shawn baker and dr. Chris Palmer. I began intermittent fasting and eating carnivore and within 2 weeks my lifelong depression lifted. I also lost 25 pounds in those 2 weeks. I went from 270 pounds to 245. I had metabolic syndrome (high blood pressure, triglycerides and blood sugar) and my labs have all normalized. This is just the beginning of my journey and I am so grateful. I have been on this diet for 1 month and plan to do it for the rest of my life. It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle. I also check my blood ketones daily to make sure I am in ketosis, usually between 3-5 ml. All of my mental health issues have been put into remission as well as my life long psoriasis that covered my face and scalp.

Thank you Shawn Baker for having the courage to speak the truth. You have saved my life and the lives of future generations by sharing this knowledge. I plan to share my story to try and help heal others who are needlessly suffering. There are no words to express my gratitude.

Coach Dwight thrives on carnivore diet

71 years old, retired, now live in Idaho
 
Sports include: tennis, mountain biking, kayaking, river climbing, softball
Health has generally good, but had irritable bowel syndrome for many years
Skin cancer in several places, removed with Mohs surgery
 
At retirement, son got me into weightlifting
That got me into nutrition & began keto 4 years ago
Heard Shawn on Joe Rogan re-podcast, decided to go full carnivore 3 years ago (in September)
 
Results include
-lost 15 pounds, including all belly fat (body fat down to 9%)
-improved strength; agility; flexibility; quickness; alertness
-able to get lots of sun without burn
-able to cut workout rest periods in half
-fully lost sweet tooth; hay fever; athletes foot; back rash; weakness in ankle
-able to nose breathe at night (sleep extreme well now)
-worked with Evan Brand in spring, had full blood work done: all okay
 (HDL 81; Trig 78; LDL type A; hormones, minerals all fine)
 
Typical day
-workout (resistance training 5-6 days/week; sprints for cardio)
-tennis
-video editing for Youtube channel & website
-high protein lunch
-outdoor activity with grandkids or yard work, etc.
-high protein dinner
 
Had two loved ones, pre-diabetic, with whom I wanted to share carnivore…
Decided to created very short videos of key points by researchers and doctors like 
Shawn Baker, Ben Bikman, Ted Naiman, Jason Fung, Paul Mason
for easy, comfortable sharing.
Both are now recovered and continuing with carnivorish diets.

Reagan heals from stuttering, stress, anxiety, pain, aches, dizziness, sleep, insomnia, obesity

Before the carnivore diet I was suffering with chronic depression, stress,  and anxiety. I would have panic attacks at night constantly along with sleep insomnia. All throughout my younger years it would take me 5-8 hours to fall asleep as i couldn’t fall asleep no matter the medication.  I sufferd with asthma as well; all throughout my life I was being rushed to hospitals in the middle of the night because i couldn’t breathe and my rescue inhaler wouldn’t work. 

Later in life in my teenage years was when the depression started. I tried ending my life on multiple occasions. Along with the stress, depression, and panic attacks at night, I also was suffering with chronic pain, head to toes. I had migrains and headaches almost every day non-stop. My joints were always killing me. I took pain killers all the time and nothing seemed to work. I was at even balding as a teenager and had horrible skin, I broke out bad. 

The heaviest I got up to was 258 pounds. I was obese and suffering. Although not diagnosed by a doctor, my blood pressure would shoot up when I tested it, and I would get so dizzy that I would literally fall it was just random spikes throughout the day. I knew something was off when everything around me started spinning. 

I also have been stuttering since I first began talking and went to speech thearpy from before i was even in school to 7th grade. Eventually I stopped trying; I just figured I would be stuttering foerver. 

With carnivore my depression has completely gone away. My stress, anxiety, pain, aches, dizziness, sleep, insomnia, and obesity are all gone. My stuttering has improved drastically. I stutter only once in a while now, whereas before it was every single word. I haven’t had any asthma attacks or breathing problems since going on this diet over 2 years ago . My hair grows like weeds now. Also, no more balding, no more skin issues, just everything is amazing and I’m no longer suffering.

Ex-Plant Eater Josie Defeats Ulcerative Colitis

When Josie stumbled across a PETA tent at the tender age of 13, she was so moved by their content that she became a vegan overnight. Fast forward ten years later, and her health was going downhill—fast. After being admitted to the hospital multiple times, she was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis—a painful inflammatory disease of the digestive tract.The next four years she desperately tried to find a cure within the parameters of a vegan diet, but it eluded her. Finally—after years of suffering—she started to wonder if the vegan diet she so ardently believed in might be the problem.

Initially diagnosed with diverticulitis in her early twenties, Josie’s symptoms manifested as blood in her stool, fatigue, urgent diarrhea multiple times a day, and a constant low-grade fever. Six months after that, she found herself hospitalized with potassium levels so low—that had she waited even one more day—the doctor said she could have died. Josie was put on prednisone, which helped keep her symptoms at bay, but as she continued to tinker with her plant-based diet to heal herself—a flare-up would inevitably follow.

Four years later, a death in the family coupled with the sense of an impending hospitalization forced Josie to reckon with the idea that perhaps veganism wasn’t for her anymore. Throughout the years, her doctors rarely discussed her diet. Ironically, one actually told her to steer clear of meat and dairy—reinforcing her preconceived notion that they were bad for her health. Within a month—one month—of reintroducing animal products to her diet, her ulcerative colitis symptoms disappeared. Now, healthy and brimming with vitality at the age of 27, she extols the virtues of an animal-based diet on social media, happily sharing her story of transformation—and sounding the alarm bell to anyone considering a vegan diet.

Never the type to criticize those who ate meat around her—Josie admits it was still a bit uncomfortable telling her family and friends she was no longer a vegan. “It was hard in that sense because it was kind of admitting to everybody that I was wrong, because including animal products in my diet again healed my colitis.”  Josie says her family and friends were understanding and compassionate, and any hate she receives these days is from vegans who are unhappy with her newfound message of “meat heals.”

Another incredible side effect that Josie experienced on the carnivore diet? She says her mental acuity and self-esteem are through the roof. When asked if she would ever consider being vegan again, her answer is an unequivocal “No!”

“Seeing the way that my life-threatening autoimmune disorder has reversed itself…and every other health issue that I’ve had has completely turned around…I can only determine that this is my natural diet.” She hopes her story will be able to help others who may be going through similar health struggles. “People who shared their ex-vegan story…it helped me when I was considering not being vegan anymore. That was what made me want to share my story.”

Article by Jennifer McDowell

Jennifer Gains More Dense Muscle On The Carnivore Diet

Jennifer is a 45-year-old nurse & bodybuilder that has experienced significant healing effects on carnivore for auto immune diseases. She has rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis along with IBS-C, severe SPK in both eyes resulting from the diseases. She has 4 kids, ages 25-22-21-16. She trains fasted, and eating this way has put dense muscle on with zero supplements.

Lauri Is Pain-Free At 69 On The Carnivore Diet

From the time I was very young, I remember my extremities  hurting if someone would grab me by the arm or jump on my legs.  I believe now, from what I’ve learned that I have primary lipedema and possibly mild lymphedema.  I was a normal weight in high school (somewhat plump preadolescent), weighing 127 or so, having a very skinny waist and rib cage, though somewhat heavy legs but not abnormal looking.   After high school being less active, I began to gain weight.  However, I was fortunate to stumble across Dr. Atkins’ low carb diet book which set me on the path of being able to pretty much maintain a decent weight.  This was in the 70s.  However, after four babies, I found myself 80 pounds heavier.  I believe it was at this time when my lipedema developed.  Throughout the years I could lose 40 to 50 pounds doing low carb, but I always gained it back.  4.5 years ago, I got serious about low carbs again, and lost 56 pounds, but struggled to keep it off (aging 30, losing 20, etc.), yo-yo-ing back and forth.  So tiresome and frustrating!

 

I was so excited when my daughter came across carnivore!!!  I thought, “I might as well give it a try.  I’ve tried everything else.”  We both started carnivore August 11, 2021.  Since then, in eight months I’ve lost over 45 pounds.  I continue to lose just a couple a month.  I am now over 90 pounds down from my heaviest weight ever and still could maybe lose another 25.  But I am so thrilled to be where I am AND TO ACTUALLY KNOW I WILL NEVER GAIN THIS BACK, as long as I maintain on carnivore.  I am thrilled beyond measure.  This is not even stating the health benefits.  My back pain is nearly 100% improved.  My sel-diagnosed fibromyalgia pain is gone!  My knee pain is gone!  I can actually stand up for more than 10 minutes at a time and not hurt.  I was so debilitated that my husband and I were talking about moving from our two-story house of 44 years because of the stairs. I now go up and down without limiting my trips and without pain.  It’s actually unbelievable to me!  I no longer dread going to bed to toss and turn in pain, because I am not in pain anymore.  Oh, and I just turned 69 in April!  My husband says my jeans are saggy in the butt…🤷🏼‍♀️But he’s okay with it!  Sugar/carbs was poison to me —— and I am never going back!  

Nicole D Is Her Best Self On The Carnivore Diet

I am an aspiring Revero Health Coach. I began the Carnivore Diet July 1, 2019 after giving Keto a try to rid myself of recurring infections such as mastitis and UTI’s. Little did I know, my left kidney was holding on to a larg calcium oxalate kidney stone. 3 months in to Carnivore the stone tried to exit and got stuck in my ureter. It caused a back up in my kidney which began leaking. I became septic and had fluid on my left lung. Of course all the doctors and some of my family urged me to stop eating so much meat because they all believed a meat heavy diet would further damage my already failing kidneys. I had a decision to make and all I could do was listen to my body. My instincts told me to tune them out and keeping going. It took me almost 3 months to recover from my kidney situation, but recover I did and even though my left kidney has permanent damage from the stone, I was upgraded from 6 month Nephrology appointments to 12 months. In addition to overcoming kidney stones, Carnivore has also helped me lose weight, put my Hashimotos Autoimmune symptoms into remission, and has received me of my arthritis pain.

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