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Two-Time Stroke Survivor Matt Lowers Blood Pressure On A Carnivore Diet

Matt suffered two cerebral strokes about three years apart.  The first was an Ischemic stroke that happened in 2015, and the second one was a hemmorhagic stroke that occurred in 2018.  He was battling high blood pressure for close to two decades and it culminated to these two incidences.

When he had the second stroke he was rushed to a hospital to have brain surgery, because of a brain bleed that resulted from the hemmorhagic stroke.  After the surgery the doctor gave him a 40 percent chance of survival.

Prior to the first stroke Matt was primarily a vegetarian and   during the second stroke he was a strict vegan. Fortunately, a year after the 2nd event he revisited the carnivore diet and started eating meat again (thanks to Dr. Shawn Bakers podcast interview with Joe Rogan) .  This is where he saw his blood pressure finally make its way down and eventually to normal. 

Matt attributes much of the carnivore way of eating  to his physical wellness and recovery. 

Ray’s Scale No Longer Dies Beneath Him

Age: 65

Very Low Carb , meat heavy “Ketovore” for 2 1/2 years.

Was formerly athletic, became morbidly obese, peaking at least 365 pounds I actually don’t know HOW HIGH my final weight went because my scale DIED beneath me one morning. Within half a year of this dietary change (heavy meat ketovore) , I was down to 332 pounds and feeling great.

My food before Ketovore was primarily ‘rice and something’. Lots of veggies, peppers, onions ginger/garlic and often a few slices of meat, but always half a plate or more of Indian Basmati rice or Japanese ‘sticky’ rice. If I ate a pound of meat per WEEK it was unusal. Using Indian spices, the food smelled and tasted terrific. However, my sweet tooth was strong. SWEET coffee, a “healthy” muffin or other snack with more sweet coffee at intervals less than 2 hours. My endurnce was very poor: having to refuel at two hour intervals during the work day or my energy and concentration would decay badly. Being an engineer, concentration and endurance are critically important. My eyes were rapidly decaying (posterior uvitis/”bird shot” Rx = predinisone 60mG/Day) to delay my eventual DIAGNOSED impending blindness!!! Rapidly increasing obesity and blood pressure.

My good friend Al suggested that I might consider “Keto” helpful (I was morbidly obese) for him, he took off 20-25 pounds his first month and felt GREAT. I am a “why guy” I need to know WHY something works, before I will even consider it valid to test. I studied all I could find online about the theory of why Low Carb WORKs. Internet and books by Drs. Jason Fung, Ken Berry, I began to understand the HORMONAL response to my high carb, refined sugar and “vegetable oils” diet. Nina Teichulz was a wealth of information on fake oils and real meat. Your channel was in there BUT I can tell you that – at that time- I thought that I would never go full carnivore because I was so conditioned to believe that it was unhealthy. Now, here I am.

Initially my dietary rules were simple: zero surgars, absolutely 20gm of carbohydrates or less per day, no fake oils. I measured my morning/fasting blood sugars, blood pressure and more, my Wife (a very good nurse) assumned that if this worked, I would eventurally need to reduce or eliminate some medications: that was indeed a correct assumption. We were both VERY concerned about my eventual ‘need’ for insulin injections looming in my future as a T2 diabetic; we both knew that we could not afford it with my greatly reduced retirement income.

I noticed the loss of fat and was amazed, to be satisfied. If I became ‘snacky’ I’d make bacon and eggs or a burger patty and the problem was solved. I began eating more meat and above ground veggies in rich butter/heavy cream sauces with caramelized red wine for flavor (Remember the “French paradox”? They eat full fat everything and are generally slim. 🙂 I was still doing breakfast, so 3 – 4 egg, butter omelets with some

chives and garlic, with cheese started the day with coffee. Red meats at meals were rapidly introduced in increasingly larger amounts. 1 – 2 pounds becoming normal.

1. Ribeyes = I finally understood what being ‘sated’ at mealtime meant!

2. My energy between meals was excellent – no slumps as when I was carb fueled. It was like having a huge fuel tank once I was ‘fat adapted’. My Wife noticed that my energy level was ‘through the roof’: house projects and more were getting done.

3. My morning fasting blood sugars dropped from the 200’s to below 100 for the first time since I began monitoring them a year earlier.

4. Due to light-headedness, I went off Metformin – which required a few tries before I stabilized.

5. BP was far too low 117/70’ish and I worked with my Doc to get a ‘baby dose’ of Losartan, which I still seem to require. (I’ve been hypertensive since my thirties – high stress jobs…)

Before diet change – my diagnosed ‘conditions’ and symptoms were:

> Severe Sleep Apnea

> Dangerously high blood pressure

> Posterior uvitis (“birdshot”) retinal flashes, and bleeding inside my eyes!

Retina Doc mentions: “Where is ALL this inflammation coming from?”

> CPAP required for sleep

> GERD

> Constant tooth decay and very red and swollen gums. My dentist hated what he saw.

> Constant and increasing 2+ pitting edema on shins

> Fatty liver. Doctor: “Sooo, tell me about your drinking?” and I wondered did where THIS came from?

> Slow or no healing – example: a hole on my shin remained unhealed for many months.

Even routine scratches remained for many weeks or more.

> Peripheral neuropathy on outside three toes on both feet.

> Infections in odd places, wound edges, skin folds. (Glycated body was probably TASTY for pathogens?)

> 6x daily meds – before diet change:

> Losartan 125 mG w

> HCTZ 25 ?

> T2D

> Metformin 500 mG to increase if needed later – never needed 🙂

> Anti-inflammatory Rx: Tramadol and more as their effectiveness diminished.

> Pain meds PRN for knee injury.

> Couldn’t slide into some restaurant booths, would have to squeeeze behind the car’s driving wheel. Very sore joints and chronic body aches (was told that this is “normal” aging)

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.  

 

Amy Came Off Her Meds On A Carnivore Diet

Amy is a mom to 9, lost over 115 pounds and got off all antidepressants and anti anxiety medications with diet change after being taken away from her family by her doctor. 

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.

Emily maintains 150 lb weight loss

Emily is a passionate Health Coach who loves to inspire people and see her clients transform their minds and bodies by helping them discover and implement their best individual nutrition and lifestyle choices.  Her highest weight was 300 pounds reached many times during her 30’s and 40’s.  At age 46, Emily lost 150 pounds over 4 years by implementing an intermittent fasting lifestyle, a carnivore diet, and getting support through accountability.   She is maintaining her 150 pound weight loss and health transformation through the same habits that established her own successful transformation: carnivore diet, intermittent fasting, and accountability. 

Kevin is fighting off multiple sclerosis on a carnivore diet

Kevin is a lifelong juggler whose world was turned upside-down when he was disabled with Multiple Sclerosis. He has spent the last decade finding his way back to health. With a treatment protocol that has the Carnivore Diet at its base, Kevin is experiencing healing, remission of symptoms, and has started coaching others in this way of eating/way of life.


As a Certified Hypnotherapist, Kevin helps assisting and empowering his clients, carnivore or otherwise.

Annette gets rid of IBS on a carnivore diet

The overriding reason I have come to this point is ‘Gut Pain’ and not the need to lose weight.


I am a 61 year old wife, a mother of two grown-up children and the owner/trainer of a young, high spirited Working Cocker Spaniel! 


Being the youngest of 3 daughters in a working class family, I grew up on mothers home cooking and baking, with a dinner and pudding every evening and homemade cakes in the cupboard.


“As a child I had no digestive issues that I was aware of, although food played an enormous part of daily family life, especially around celebrations and get-togethers.


At the age of 24 I got married to the wrong person and experienced a life changing trauma.  I struggled with an eating disorder (age 24 to 34), raging gut pain, constipation and terrible GAS (age 34 to 56). My children and husband observed my issues, but just sympathised. I became a recluse every day after I had eaten lunch.  Celebrations were an absolute nightmare, always ending with tremendous pain caused by gas I couldn’t pass.  My life became very restricted socially.


I began the low FODMAP diet after seeing a Dietician and began to understand that some plants contain fermentable carbohydrates that can cause some people gut pain and gas!


With no proper answers to my problems, I turned to You Tube and never looked back! I did Keto, but couldn’t handle the leafy greens.  When I found Shawn Baker I was over joyed because he gave me permission to simply leave out all the foods that gave me gut grief, and just eat the delicious meat, eggs and some fish that I love.  Shawn and others like him on You tube, literally gave me a second chance at life.


It’s been a process with lots of experimenting along the way.  Thank heavens for Shawn Baker

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