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Man heals from prostate enlargement, hypothyroidism on carnivore diet

Bob is 83 years old (August 2019), and began the Carnivore Diet in late 2018. Bob’s weight loss journey began with the Paleo diet 2 and a half years ago, then a low-carb high-fat diet 18 months ago. He then began the Carnivore Diet 8 months ago (January 2019) and that is when most of his weight loss occurred. He has lost approximately 6 inches from his waist and roughly 50 pounds (from 230 to 180.).

In addition to weight loss, however, the Carnivore Diet has helped relieve Bob from symptoms of an enlarged prostate. For the past couple of decades, his symptoms included painful urination, occasional bouts of prostatitis, and restricted urination flow. Bob experienced immediate relief from these prostate symptoms since starting the diet in January 2019; no pain, no burning, and free flowing urine. For over 10 years prior to starting the Carnivore Diet, Bob’s PSA levels were on the rise, significantly exceeding the above normal reference of 4.0. By July of 2019, Bob’s PSA decreased to 3.1 points.

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), is a common condition that affects men as they age. About 50% of men between the ages of 51 and 60 have BPH, and that number jumps to 70% among men aged 60 to 69 and around 80% of men over 70 years of age. While there is not a consensus in the medical community as to the cause of prostate enlargement, it is believed to be linked to hormonal changes due to aging. The balance of hormones in the body changes with age, and this may cause the prostate gland to grow, bringing on a host of painful symptoms.

Notably, Bob had been taking Avodart to treat his prostate symptoms, but noticed no difference while taking the medication for 60 days or stopping it. The only other medication Bob takes is Synthroid for a thyroid condition he has managed well for more than 50 years. Bob remains active, and enjoys bicycling 3 times a week for a total of 100 miles.

Since following the Carnivore Diet, Bob has lost his taste for chicken, and has also eliminated eggs which seem to slightly increase his prostate symptoms. Now his diet mainly consists of high-fat dairy, lots of beef (mostly grass-fed), and some pork products.

Bob and his wife are so grateful to Dr. Shawn Baker and all those who promote the Carnivore Diet and lifestyle. He believes the public should be made aware of the wonderful benefits from eating this way, and his hope is that many more men will find relief from their enlarged prostate symptoms.

Michael treats coeliac disease on carnivore diet

Just 3 days after going carnivore, Michael was amazed by how good he felt!

Michael is 44 years old and grew up in New Zealand. Always known for being “tall and skinny” at 6’5”, Michael had a host of health problems including low energy, joint pain, coeliac disease, and depression.


At age 40, Michael found some success on a low-carb diet to help manage his coeliac disease, but still struggled with recovery after playing rugby at a competitive level. “After I stopped playing rugby, my weight went up to 158kg (348lb) which is the main reason I started the Carnivore Diet.”

Michael found himself in a rut working long hours at his job, and he suffered from depression and headaches. After learning about Jordan and Mikhaila Peterson’s success with the Carnivore Diet on Joe Rogan’s podcast, he knew he had to give it a try.


Just 3 days in, Michael was amazed at the changes in his body. “You know when you live your whole life feeling a certain way, you don’t know any different. I felt a thousand percent…easily 10 times better than I had ever felt!” In six weeks, Michael went from 132kg (291lbs) to 115kg (254lbs). “I just felt phenomenal, I was basically floating on air. I had NO joint pain, my mood was amazing…I was just loving life and excited about the things I got to do.”


However, six weeks after going carnivore, Michael veered off the path and fell back into his old eating habits with a visit to a popular fast-food restaurant. For two weeks, his joint pain and depression returned and he was miserable! “This experience made it clear that this is what I’ve got to do–the Carnivore Diet is not really a diet, it’s more of a lifestyle choice. It’s just something that’s gone to be done. I can’t go back to the way I was eating before.”


The decision to stay on the Carnivore Diet was a turning point for Michael. He found he was more productive at work, and even chose to walk 40 minutes there because he was once again free of joint pain. “My vision actually improved and my thinking was clearer. I do a lot of problem solving at work as a packaging designer and running the machines. I found everything was coming quicker and I was more productive.”


Given the success and improvements he has had, Michael is committed to this way of eating. “I can honestly say now that I wouldn’t have reached the age of 50 carrying on how I was before following the Carnivore Diet. I have a new lease on life! Meat does heal, and I’m walking proof of that.”

 

Brett heals depression, anger, nervous breakdown, insomnia on carnivore diet

Why I am a thankful carnivore

I was 1st diagnosed with major depression in 1990.

In 1995 I started taking anti-depressants.

This began a cycle of wellness vs illness that gradually tilted towards being ill most of the time.

In 2007 I had your text book nervous breakdown. Crippling insomnia & anxiety joined the party.
Doctor put me on much stronger meds that included Effexor, Wellbutrin, Ambien, Remeron, Lamactil, Abilify, Seroquel, Ativan, Trazadone, Latuda & many more!

From 1995 till the end of 2017 my brain chemistry was constantly under assault by these medicines that never really helped me for more than a few weeks at most.

In 2015 I discovered I could treat my symptoms successfully with cannabis. I began LCHF diet & started walking.

By the end of 2015 I was off the anti-depressants.

By the end of 2016 I was off the ativan (after 8 years of daily prescribed use)

By the end 2017 I was off insomnia meds.

But I was still dependent on cannabis. Even as a legal patient here in Florida it is very expensive to use & I hated being dependent upon it just to treat my mood.

Then I discovered Dr Jordan Peterson on Rogan talking about the Carnivore way of eating which led me directly to Dr Shawn Baker & this website!

On July 16, 2018 I began living carnivorously. I have only consumed meat & water since that day.

10 days into the experience I lost all joint pain.

Beginning on day 23 into day 24 I felt the depression symptoms all vanish. I am 100% of depression now!

My anxiety problem gradually improved every day to where now 6.5 months in, I have no anxiety issues now to speak of.

My skin which use to be VERY dry, cracked & peeling has cleared up immensely.

I lost skin tags. My quality of sleep has improved dramatically. I frequently get 7-8 hours of sleep now.

The background noise in my head is all gone. My ability to observe has improved immensely.

Every aspect of my life has improved since I began eating meat & drinking water. I am on zero pharmaceutical medications.

This is why I am a thankful carnivore now & forever!

See Brett’s success story on the carnivore.diet podcast here:

Shaun improves weight loss, digestion, and energy levels on a carnivore diet

Shaun has been following a 90% Carnivore Diet for four months. Aside from an occasional non-carnivore snack, his diet mainly consists of ruminant meats (beef and lamb), some chicken, tuna, and canned fish. He also consumes a half dozen eggs per day.

Shaun notes, “I’m not religious about my diet, but I try to stick to it as best I can.”
He doesn’t track macros or calories, but he has found this way of eating to be simple and effective. He reports that his digestion has reached a state of perfection. “As long as I eat carnivore-based food, I have no issues at all.”

 Since the beginning of his carnivore journey, he has not experienced any digestive issues: no diarrhea, zero constipation, no nausea, and no bloating. This was a huge improvement from where he started just four months prior. If you are struggling with any of these digestive issues, following the Carnivore Diet may provide you similar relief from an array of digestive issues. 

While the Carnivore Diet allows for the consumption of a variety of different meats, ruminant meat such as beef and lamb are particularly noted. Ruminants are an ideal source of nutrients such as Vitamin B12, B3 and B6, selenium and zinc. These animals have unique four-chambered stomachs. Unlike humans, ruminant animals have more flora to handle hard-to-digest cellulose found in plants. Humans cannot make cellulase, the necessary enzyme that breaks down cellulose, but microbes in the rumen produce it for these animals. Because of this, many people who previously had issues digesting vegetables notice a remarkable improvement when switching over to a meat-based diet.

During his first four months on the Carnivore Diet, Shaun has noticed a significant improvement in his energy levels. Increased energy is a common benefit to those who follow the Carnivore Diet, no matter your age or activity level. Like others have experienced, weight loss is another benefit of choosing carnivore-based meals. Shaun reports effortlessly shedding 2-3 kilos (4-6 pounds). Depending on your specific health goals and current body composition, the amount of weight you lose on the Carnivore Diet may differ from this, or fluctuate over time.

Shaun’s approach to the Carnivore Diet is keeping it simple! Unlike some eating plans, Shaun doesn’t worry about consuming 80% fat, counting calories, writing down his food for the day, or tracking macros. He finds the cuts of meat he chooses provide the perfect balance of nutrients for satiety. His simple approach to food creates less stress over what to eat and how much. With the Carnivore Diet, you can simplify things like grocery shopping, food preparation, and meal planning. Many carnivores also report feeling hungry less often, and only eating one or two meals per day. While this varies based on the individual, you can look forward to incredibly delicious, satisfying, and nutritious food choices!

Robin heals from epilepsy, seizures, and joint pain on a carnivore diet

Hello, my fellow carnivores (or the “carnivore curious!”) My name is Robin, and I live in San Diego. I am 57, and have been a carnivore for 2 years now. My story is not one about looking cute in a bikini and losing weight, although I did lose 35lbs and 5 inches off my waist. To me, that was a pleasant side effect of going carnivore!

My main story is about epilepsy. I’ve had a seizure disorder since I was 22, and I’ve tried multiple ways to control these seizure disorders: (multiple medications, no medication) with varying degrees of success. I’ve been on a keto diet to help control these seizures since 2008, and that was partially successful; the seizure disorders did partially improve with keto. However, since I’ve gone carnivore, my seizures have completely gone! Not just improved/better/marginally better, they’re GONE! That to me is like having a whole new life. It is amazing!

While I hesitate to pronounce officially “cured” of my seizure disorder, because I am not completely free of medications yet, at the current time I am taking one fifth of the medication I used to take on a daily basis. That is a major load off my metabolism! The anti-epileptic medications have multiple side effects, including things like osteoporosis that I would rather not get…

In any case, while working my way off that bit of medication, I am feeling awesome! I am back to my highschool weight and muscularity, I have no pains in my knee joints (they used to creak!) and something strange has happened…people keep asking me about my skincare routine. They say my skin is just glowing and luminescent! I am not using ANY skincare products at all at the age of 57. I don’t need them! I tell people I am “moisturizing from the inside out.” I think that’s what the carnivore diet does for you.

I hope as many people as possible will try the carnivore diet! What do you have to lose except your eczema, your IBS, your creaky joints, and all those other things that are wrong that we simply attribute to normal aging? That is NOT normal aging! For me, “normal aging” means feeling awesome at 57! That’s what I am doing. I wish you all the best success as you carnivore on!

Debbie improved kidney function, mental health on carnivore diet

My name is Debbie Butler, I am 68 years old.Over two years ago my sister asked me to keep an eye out for Keto recipes. As I began collecting Keto recipes my interest in the low carb approach to diet caught my interest and I decided to give it a try. My sister and brother-in-law had had some success with it. So I rid my kitchen of all the forbidden foodstuffs within reason. My husband of 30 years was having o part in the diet and continued to eat stacks of cookies, chips and other high carb snacks. I began losing weight. But then I stalled and I needed answers. I watched Dr. Ken Berry’s video on what causes a stall and I immediately gave up heavy whipping cream, artificial sweeteners, and limited my diet to the bare necessities. My weight loss continued once again.

After about a year I chose to go full carnivore. My diet consists of distilled water, black coffee and fatty animal protein including eggs. I omitted all dairy except butter, no packaged food products – too much crap – and I never cheated or had the desire to. I read testimonials of people who state that they could not help themselves and I have no sympathy for them. I made a commitment to a lifestyle change and I did everything in my power to achieve it. NO EXCUSES!

I have lost 102 lbs. My goal weight was 150, I am currently 141. My husband who is a former pro football player and 82 years old had a stroke on 8/5/19. I immediately placed him on a keto diet and he’s lost 83 lbs. He had complained of pain in his knees and hips, he no longer mentions it.

I have been able to discontinue seven medications. I have polycystic kidney disease. My kidney function has improved from 32% to 44%. That was last measured 10/1/19 due to the pandemic. I suspect it has improved even further. Giving up carbohydrates has changed my life completely. My mental and physical health have improved dramatically. I will NEVER return to such an unhealthy lifestyle again.

Thom improves joint pain, mood, sleep, and weight loss on a carnivore diet

Shawn, I found you on Twitter because Amy Berger (@TuitNutrition) mentioned you. I had just been insulted by two friends within 24 hours, both of whom said I was fat. In addition, I had been told by basketball officiating observers that if I wanted big games and tournament assignments, I needed to lose weight. One of the big problems for me was the head-spinning, confusing ways of going about it. Paleo and most LCHF diets require an encyclopedic-like recipe book. I HATE that. I want simplicity. So, I was at a bad point. I was paralyzed into inaction by the complex recipes, going to the grocery to buy a thousand ingredients, but I was also very angry that I not only allowed myself to get so out of shape and wasn’t doing anything about it. Vicious cycle. Then, I started following you on Twitter. It was a blessing from God, man. So simplistic to eat all meat (in my case eggs, too), yet it seemed it might be effective. I decided to give it a genuine shot. No cheating. No “kind of” doing it. I was all the way IN. At first, it was weird eating steak for breakfast. But I followed what I saw you saying to others. That was 20 weeks ago. In 20 weeks, I have…
  • Lost 49 pounds *
  • 38-40″ waist to 34″
  • Increased my energy (I used to want to take a nap at about 2:00 every afternoon. Now I feel energy throughout the day.)
  • Better sleep (Used to wake up at about 3:00 AM, and now sleep 7-8 hours straight)
  • Increased my cognitive sharpness (recall, analysis, etc.)
  • Improved my emotional state (Things that used to easily get me down now don’t)
  • Eliminated plantar fasciitis, which had bothered me for two years
  • Eliminated almost all of my knee pain
  • Increased my weight lifting numbers
  • Increased my desire to do work throughout the day
My diet every day is as follows:
  • Breakfast – 4-5 scrambled eggs and as many strips of bacon as I want, water
  • Dinner – 16-ounce steak OR 3 1/3-pound chuck burgers (occasional cheese added) OR 1 pound of roast beef OR a whole chicken from Costco or Boston Market with no sides, water (occasional ICE brand flavored water)
I don’t have to go to the store and buy a lot of things. I don’t have to look up recipes. I turn on the stove top or the grill. I have no intention of stopping, as I enjoy every meal. I can’t wait until the “friends” who insulted me see me again. Let’s see if those a**holes are as quick to compliment me as they were to rip me. Same with the basketball officiating observers. Thank God I found you, Shawn. I appreciate your insight, effort and encouragement to all of us trying to get better. Thom * Update: This post was written in mid-December 2017. Since then, Thom is now down a total of 57 pounds from his original weight.

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