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Tracy manages her weight and cancer treatment on keto and carnivore

Keto and carnivore have changed my life beyond anything in my wildest/hopeful dreams. I was introduced to Keto, or should I say re-introduced to Atkins, by a coworker who had lost a noticeable amount of weight. Because it came from a woman’s magazine I really wasn’t on board with it and felt the need to research it. Keto has benefited my life way beyond weight loss: I have a few auto immune diseases, I’m insulin resistant, and I’m obese.

After about three months research I started keto in January 2018. I stayed below 20 total carbs. Weight loss was slow, but weight loss was not my number one priority after having done the research to learn how to manage my auto immune without meds and lower my A1c and my fasting insulin. In August 2018, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and went back to YouTube and the books to learn about keto and cancer. The most valuable thing that I learned was sugar is cancers favorite fuel. I oncologist does not agree with me on this but I don’t need his blessing. Not throwing him under the bus, he is very open minded and one of the few MDs on board with me and Keto.

I had a bilateral mastectomy and 27 lymph nodes removed on the right side. The chemo protocol was Taxol and Adriamycin + Cytoxin. Pretty mean shit. Of course, I had all the side effects that go with chemotherapy from hair loss to vomiting and loss of appetite, but my overall health was far better because I existed on a diet of pastured eggs, olives, avocado, liverwurst and Swiss cheese. I know that sounds like pregnancy kind of food but it kept me in really good shape. My plan was to eat two meals a day for the three days leading up to chemo and then I would fast for 2 to 3 days following chemo. I did use an electrolyte replacement. LMNT had some really good flavors that agreed with me or I would just have sea salt in water.

Unfortunately, I could not finish the second chemo protocol because I developed bilateral pulmonary embolisms and was 80% on room air. So, I missed the last two treatments of Adriamycin Cytoxan. My oncologist was confident that I would do well even though I had also opted to skip radiation. I was taking an aromatase inhibitor from July 2019 through August 2022.

In July 2019 I was told that my cancer was gone. I would have to do 10 years of the aromatase inhibitor which prohibits the body from making estrogen from testosterone. My cancer was HER++. Estrogen loves fat and now I became more focused on getting rid of my excess body weight. Visceral fat secretes all sorts of things that also make you sick. I was sarcopenia & post menopausal and could not even do curls with a 2 1/2 pound weight!

Luckily, I live alone and I’m not tempted by other foods and I started to learn more about the carnivore diet as the extreme elimination diet. As a sidenote, I have suffered from depression since childhood and was hopeful that this would help manage depression. I knew I was low in protein and wanted to get my protein only from food: I do not eat shakes or snacks or bars. I might try Ben Bikman’s Hlth Shake (more to come on that.)

At any rate, I did not gain weight during Covid and I am probably down around 80 pounds. I weigh in Measure once a month but I just have a simple bathroom scale so I don’t live and die by that number. My A1c is 5.1 and my endogenous insulin is down to 11. My goal is to get my A1c into the high 4s and get my endogenous insulin below 5. My endocrinologist is not on board with any of this; therefore, I simply lie to her. I did ask for Metformin though during chemo because my A1c shot up to 6–insulin was sky-high, too.

This spring I enrolled in a breast cancer study for patients with metastasis. I learned that my cancer has metastasized beyond the lymph nodes. I was gutted. It is liver Mets and obviously there’s nothing that can be done except to take the oral chemo and a shot (IM) as long as I can tolerate it.

I’m having a very hard time eating anything. This is where I think I’m going to consider Ben’s shake. My blood glucose is fine and I still have ~30 pounds to go and could certainly fast, but I miss eating something besides the electrolyte. I’m very strict with the diet it’s more than lifestyle now because it’s part of my medical protocol.

Shawn, thank-you so much for being on YT & cutting through all of the BS. You may not know how much we, or at least I, rely on you for guidance because it just can’t be found in the local community and these doctors have their head so far up their arses. One doctor asked me if I were challenging her medical degree with my Google degree. WTF?! I told her I am with the patient 24/7 and am the one who ensures compliance. I won’t do anything that I don’t understand, and I’m sorry I don’t have some type of a medical degree.

Thanks for going against the grain.

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!!

Sami Manages Stage 4 Colon Cancer With A Meat Diet

I am Sami from Japan. I am or was a terminal stage 4 colon cancer patient. A Carnivorous diet helped save my life. I’m writing this email because I would like to help people who have the same condition by sharing my story.

Let me tell you about my colon cancer survival by meat-only diet story. I was a vegan since I was 6 years old. I developed a severe eating disorder at the aged 15. The reason for such was due to my self-abusing with horrendous amounts of laxatives on an everyday basis. I now believe that what caused the onset of my illness, was fiber and laxatives. Having been bulimic for 35 years I finally concurred with my eating disorder. In 2016 I started the keto diet. My health in general improved by it yet still I was constipated.

In 2018 June I finally dove into a carnivorous diet. I really liked it. My bloating issue was almost cured, or at least so I thought.

In 2021 March there was a lot of publicity about microbion in the gut. I was convinced by the idea of ‘feeding my gut’ theory. I started to incorporate vegetables into my diet. Of course, all my gastrointestinal symptoms made a comeback. But I pushed it believing that my gut was going to adjust to the new fibrous environment.

On April 7th, 2021, after eating some mushrooms I had a dull yet uneasy sensation in my stomach. The next morning I went to our neighbor’s hospital but they couldn’t finger out. I was sent to one of the biggest hospitals where they gave me a diagnosis of stage 4 colorectal cancer metastasized liver.

I had an intensive operation following chemotherapy. I was dying and hospitalized. But I didn’t eat hospital food looking rubbish. I ate meat secretly. I kept a carnivorous diet during my hospitalization.

When my medical team discovered a reoccurrence of cancer in my liver l sent an email to Professor Seyfried. It states:

Dear Dr. Thomas N. Seyfried,

I am writing this because I am going to have to decide on my cancer treatment. My name is Masami, 48years old female from Japan.
I had an enormous surgery in May this year. I had my accenting colon, one-fourth of the liver, appendix, and four lymph nodes taken out.
Three months later, they found another cancer cell growth in the liver.

I have been on chemotherapy since July. It’s so tough.
My surgeon is thinking that she has to give me another operation at the end of the year or January 2022 following stronger chemo.
I don’t think it will extend my life in a meaningful way.

I have watched several YouTube videos where you explain the cancer metabolism theory which I am impressed with.
I have been on a keto / carnivore diet for more than 5 years. My glucose level is well controlled. I am thinking of buying keto mojo. But I am not sure how much Gluconeogenesis is influencing cancer growth.
When it comes to Glutamine, without pharmaceutical intervention, I don’t think I can reduce the level from my system.

I would appreciate it if you could suggest any supplements or medications to create the condition where I can starve the cancer cells.

Kind regards,
Sami

 

He kindly replied to me with piles of documents for me to study. Suggestions were given. Some of which I followed. Actually I couldn’t follow deep keto, because I’m lifting weights and it’s my passion. My performance was compromised by the therapeutic level of ketosis.

I started to bump up my meat intake. I have been eating 120-180g of protein a day for more than 6 months while I took MRI twice to check my cancer cells. The results showed that the cancer cells in my liver didn’t change their size AT ALL. My surgeon always said that she would give me another surgery but my cancer cells are too small. Professor Seyfried’s theory and the nutritionist who Professor referred me are not big fan of high protein intake. But I gave high meat consumption a try and It’s been successful. MEAT DOES NOT CAUSE CANCER. MEAT DOES NOT HINDER CANCER TREATMENT.


I don’t think what works for me works for every cancer patient. But it is much more effective than surgeries, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy.

I’m eating eggs and ground meat. I go to the gym at 4:00 am and lift weights.

Could l help people who are devastated cancer patients realize that a carnivorous diet is a clinically healthy way to fight cancer?

Sami

Tabitha Chose Therapeutic Ketosis Over Standard Of Care Treatment On A Carnivore Diet

My name is Tabitha and I reside in the Lake Norman area, a suburb of Charlotte, NC.  I’m 47 and I’ve been married for 25 years, this month, to my best friend and biggest supporter.  We have three fur babies.  I work full time as a real estate asset manager.  I self discovered I was pre-diabetic in 2014 at a “normal” weight after juicing and eating vegetarian.  At the same time my father-in-law was battling stage 3 colon cancer and I became a student on metabolic disease.  My mother was also a type two diabetic.  I read many books, watch documentaries, and listened to countless podcasts soaking up as much information as I could.  That’s when I decided to do a ketogenic diet for myself.  In August of 2020, I ended up in the ER with severe abdominal pain.  Within 24 hours I had emergency surgery for a ruptured colon, had my sigmoid colon removed, and an ileostomy in place.  All thought to be diverticulitis.  Two weeks later pathology relieved stage 3 colon cancer with positive lymph nodes.  The same cancer we lost my father-in-law to in 2017.  I refused chemo and any other treatments beyond surgery.  I used combined natural therapies along with therapeutic ketosis to heal.  My diet consists of mostly animal foods and animal fats.  The more plants I eliminate the better I feel.   Today, no test show any active cancer whatsoever and I’m thriving, living a high quality life.  I hope my story can help others.  

 

German Shepherd diagnosed with cancer thriving on carnivore diet

In May of 2019 my beloved German Shepherd was diagnosed with colon cancer she was just 6 years old.  The vet told me that it was not curable even with surgery, chemo and radiation.  With all those things she could possibly live 12 months, without them I was looking at 2-5 months tops.  

Heat broken, I decided not to put her through those things since they could not cure her.  I decided to make her last months the best I could and I accidentally put her on the carnivore diet.  I figured if she only had a few months to live I’d spoil her with steaks, burgers, chicken and pork.  And that’s all she ate with occasional cheese.     

Now 16 months in she’s still thriving.  She’s great, you wouldn’t even know she was sick if you didn’t know.  Every three months I take her to the vet and they 

1) can’t believe she’s still with us and; 

2) when I tell them what she’s eating they try and get me to put her back on dry dog food telling me her diet isn’t giving her enough nutrients?  

It’s so crazy, I mean she’s lived long past their guess, why would I do that?  So crazy!!  And I feel they are a good vet?  So confusing?  After seeing her success I decided to join her in solidarity and have started my own journey and have never felt better.  I hope to write you back again soon with my own sucess story.

Watch or listen to Tiber’s success story on the MeatRx.com podcast below: 

Trudy lost weight, and came off medications on a carnivore diet

Shortly after we were married, my husband and I found out we were already expecting our first baby. I wasn’t really “overweight”, but I wasn’t thin either. I weighed about 140. I’m 5’ 5”. 

I gained nearly 90 lbs during my pregnancy. Don’t know why, I just did.
 
I lost a little after she was born, but not much. Then my weight started to climb!
By the time our daughter was 5, I already weighed 300 lbs.
 
A few years later, I was 400 lbs, wearing 5X clothes that were rapidly getting tight.
This last photo was taken Christmas 2010.
 
July 2011 I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and spent 2 days in ICU, then 2 more days in a regular room.
 
I immediately quit sugar. It was a shock to my “southern girl” system to give up sweet tea, biscuits, and all the wonderful carb-y goodnesses I grew up on. But I did it!
 
In 18-24 months, I lost 100 lbs!
I was able to maintain that for a few years. Then I started having difficulty walking. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees. I had arthritis in my knee joints and under both my kneecaps. For almost 4 years, I walked with a cane. I was only in my mid-30’s.
 
I gained back about 80 lbs in 2 years.

I was miserable! I tried Atkins/low carb. I just couldn’t lose!

August 2018 I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. I had no idea that obesity could cause cancer!!!
 
September 24, 2018 I had a complete hysterectomy. They removed my uterus, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes. My gynecological oncologist said that my ovaries probably hadn’t worked correctly in years.
 
I recovered from surgery, but still could not lose weight.
 
My primary care doctor and I talked about me having weight loss surgery, but we found out my insurance didn’t cover it so we started trying to raise the money. We asked my doctor if we should try to get on disability. She said that could take years, and I “didn’t have years”. We knew that meant I’d die if something didn’t change soon!
 
Even my oncologist worked to try and help me get bariatric surgery, but I couldn’t find help due to insurance problems.
 
I contacted a hospital in Mexico where several of my family members and friends had gone for bariatric surgery. Even though it was considerably less expensive, I still couldn’t come up with the money.
 
In faith, I started the pre-op diet they sent me. 3 of my siblings had to have bariatric surgery to lose weight so I just assumed I was next.
 
I followed that pre-op diet. It was very strict, but I followed it to the letter. After 3 months on that diet, I had lost only 5 lbs!
 
I was beyond frustrated, and very close to giving up, and just going back to eating whatever I wanted since I wasn’t losing anyway.
I prayed! I asked God to show me what to do.
 
One week after my 39th birthday, I woke up and said “I’m starting keto!”
 
(I had come across Thomas DeLauer on YouTube, and I started doing tons of research on it, reading/watching testimonials about people getting off all kinds of meds, dropping weight, and so much other wonderful side affects of keto. I also started watching Dr. Ken Berry and Dr. Eric Berg.)
 
Within 3 weeks of going strict Keto, I was off my diabetes meds, thyroid meds, and I no longer needed my cane!!! (I haven’t used it since! That was August 2019!”)
 
Within 6 months, I’d lost 60 lbs! That wasn’t a lot for most keto people, but that was a LOT for me!
I felt great, better than I had in years, but I still had high blood pressure, severe anxiety, and some joint pain.
 
I had heard about Carnivore/Zero Carb, and I had been doing research. I’ve always loved vegetables, and it had been drilled into me all my life, and on Keto, “EAT YOUR VEGGIES!” So I was struggling with the “only animal products” way of eating.
 
I came across Judy Cho, Laura Spath, Kelly Hogan, Dr. Shawn Baker, Charles Washington, and a few others in my YouTube searches.
 
After LOTS of research, I decided to go without veggies one evening for dinner. Then I didn’t have veggies the next day. Then I realized I hadn’t eaten veggies in a week or so, and I was feeling great!
 
In that first week, I lost 10 lbs that I’d gained after stalling on Keto.
I’ve lost 2 lbs since this last pic was taken. I’ve lost a total of 99 lbs from my highest weight!
 
Since going ZC, I’m now off my blood pressure meds (Lisinopril 30mg) and nearly off my anxiety meds (Lexapro 20mg). When I do feel I need something, I take only half a Lexapro, and only once a week or so. I also only need my acid reflux meds (omeprazole 49mg) every few days instead of every single day!
 
I continue to watch and read everything I can to learn more about why we thrive on this WOE. I’ve had hundreds of people contact me since I started losing weight. They all want to know what I’m doing, and can I guide them. As I learn, I share my new-found knowledge and wisdom!
 
My husband and I just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. I came across a photo from our 10th anniversary. I weighed 400 lbs, could barely walk, on TONS of meds, and I was wearing 5X clothes from Catherine’s (which is 6X most places), and they were almost too small.
My husband has lost about 40 lbs, even though he’s not 100% ZC.
 
I am so thankful to have found this WOE, and I share this with anyone who will listen!!! We can hardly wait to see where we’ll be down the road!
The Miller’s 20th Wedding Anniversary 03/04/2020
Joseph, size 58 suit (and it’s way too big).
Trudy, size 24 dress (and it’s too big).
 
7.5 weeks ZC/Carnivore so far, and life/health gets better and better and better!

Listen to Trudy’s interview on the MeatRx.com podcast here:

John lost weight, improved his pain and skin on a carnivore diet

A Carnivore Swashbuckler 
 
I have had a very unique career. I was a sword-fighting comedian who performed more than four thousand shows in sixteen countries around the world at Renaissance festivals and USO shows. I have done stunts in live stunt shows and have generally abused my body. This, I thought, was the cause for my debilitating knee, ankle and shoulder pain that plagued me daily. I went on to become a motivational speaker who is still very active on stage using whips and nunchucks to convey my message. The pain only increased.
 
I have always struggled with my weight my entire life  and have been “successful” in losing weight on a myriad of diets. I tried Herbalife, Vegan, Natural Hygienics (Fit for life), 60 day juice fasts, slim fast, and more. My brother being celiac, I went gluten free. After eventual failures with them all, I decided I must be “allergic” to carbohydrates. I got rid of sugar and sweets from my diet, but my weight still ballooned. I went Keto and saw limited results, but I was still in a lot of pain.
 
My weight continued to increase. My health declined. Topping out at 362 lbs at 6’1” and 55yrs old. I started not being able to tie my own shoes (so I bought slip ons). If I sat down on the floor it was a painful struggle to stand. I became less and less mobile. I would wake every morning with horrible headaches that would last for hours. I struggled to breathe.  I went to the doctor. He told me he thought I had a blood clot in my left leg. Several medications and tests later, he told me its not in my leg, but possibly in my lung. After that proved wrong he told me I might have congestive heart failure, then lung cancer. After many more tests and more prescriptions he decided it was all sleep apnea. I got a CPAP machine and the headaches went away. The pain persisted. I lost faith in modern medicine that shoots in the dark trying to treat symptoms rather than causes.
 
In the summer of 2019, I went to the beach with my fifteen year old son. We have a jeep and go to a secluded beach to get away from the crowds. The water was a little rough that day and I couldn’t catch my breath while in the water. I decided to get out. I caught a wave to shore a body surfed all the way to the sand. Once there I almost couldn’t get to my feet. After a very painful struggle, followed by dizziness, I got scared. I wasn’t scared for me, but for my son. I realized I was potentially putting him in a scary situation. If I had collapsed in the water, he never would have been able to get me out. If I collapsed on the shore, he wouldn’t be able to get me into the Jeep and at fifteen doesn’t drive. I apologized to him that day and promised I would lose the weight. I searched for solutions for months. I was then inspired to do a google search for, “carbohydrate allergy diet” and quickly found the carnivore diet and decided to give it the thirty days that everyone suggests.
 
As of  today, I have been on this way of eating for twenty four days. I have lost twenty five pounds. The spot of eczema I have had on my face completely disappeared. My dandruff has completely stopped. Most miraculously, in my opinion, all of my ankle, knee, and shoulder pain have completely gone away. I am so grateful for the carnivore diet. I can say that it didn’t take 30 days for me to decide to continue. I am going to the beach this summer fearless.

Listen to John’s interview on the Meatrx.com podcast here:

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