Marcel is working on completing his Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) training and is focused on health. But, health was something that was eluding him. Perhaps his health challenges were one of the things that made him decide to be a healthcare provider as well.
Having suffered from psoriasis for 17 years, Marcel’s condition had gotten worse as it gradually spread to almost completely cover his hands and torso. Due to the fact that psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, it can cause the joints and other tissues to be attacked. Marcel developed psoriatic arthritis five years ago. Things got more complicated when Marcel began to experience sleep apnea, a vitamin B12 deficiency, problems with lactic acid buildup in his muscles, and other health issues, which sped up the progression of his ailments.
Four years ago, Marcel began taking medications for psoriasis. The drug was an immune system blocker, known as a TNF blocker. This resulted in some control of his psoriasis and eliminated the inflammation in his joints. However, it left Marcel “Always tired, with muscle cramps. Just struggling with the symptoms of an autoimmune disease.”
Sometimes bad things can force us to make good changes, and Marcel was about to experience this paradox. His son became ill, and Marcel had to work from home so that he could take care of him. “That week, I felt just fine, and that week I took my psoriatic arthritis medication.” One of the problems with immune-system-blocking medication is that it can leave you very vulnerable to other infections that the immune system would normally protect you from.
The result was quite severe for Marcel: “The next day I became ill; I got a fever and a sore throat. I got a throat infection, and as a result a huge psoriasis flare up. I was covered from my scalp to the bottom of my feet. Feeling utterly hopeless and tired of being sick, I just went searching for possible solutions. Being an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Training, being sick does not compute with the way I want to live.”
As many of us have, Marcel began a desperate search for answers online. He found the now-famous Joe Rogan podcast, where he was interviewing Dr. Shawn Baker. He wondered if the carnivore diet could be the solution. Marcel talked it over with his girlfriend, and they decided he should commit to trying carnivore for one month, staying very strict. The results were very promising, and his psoriasis began to vanish! Marcel’s joint pain eased as well, and for the first time, he began to have hope. He continued on the diet.
Experiencing some inflammatory flare-ups because of two “cheat days” around Christmas, Marcel found his body was not forgiving about his diet. Nine weeks after starting his carnivore journey, his psoriasis is completely gone! He still has some scarring from the lesions, but perhaps these will fade over time. Marcel is now a carnivore diet believer!
Results are not typical. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.