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Most of the testimonials are from people that have lost weight on Paleo. Is there anyone who has had a revearsal or a vast improvement in a serious disease situation?

Answered on December 21, 2014
Created October 14, 2013 at 11:49 PM

I have systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disease.

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on October 16, 2013
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I lost over 130lbs last year, and after getting the flares in check, I have been stable at the same weight for the last 5 months with out the gym visits since the program ended. So overall, I was glad for the program, I know more now then I did then and think I'm doing things better that I did at that rocky start.

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on October 16, 2013
at 10:14 PM

Long story short, yes, though I was trying to keep it short and not write a novel and there's a lot of that program that was just bad and to be clear it wasn't a paleo program to begin with, just the instructor that taught the night class encouraged paleo foods from the list of foods the weight loss program allowed.

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on October 16, 2013
at 08:38 PM

Also, the gout was exacerbated by doing Paleo wrong... to be frank.

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on October 16, 2013
at 08:37 PM

It's an interesting response because while Paleo didn't fix it (actually made it worse) it gave you the opportunity to fix it. Also, it sounds like your gym trainer does NOT understand Paleo. I suggest if you're serious about losing weight and being healthy long term, consider reading the book "Perfect Health Diet". I'm not big on book reading but I read that one cover to cover and it's changing my life.

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on October 16, 2013
at 06:50 PM

So basically everything I was ingesting was medium to high contents of purines. And the initial flares, not knowing they were flares, I attributed to the workouts. Now that I know what I have, have meds, I haven't had a flare in 4 to 5 months. I've eaten alot of bacon and chicken and not had flares, and just about avoid spinach and mushrooms like the plague and miss them dearly. Also, my meat intake of poultry and pork has gone down while beef has increased.

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on October 16, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Well not knowing I had it for one thing. My diet change also included a gym workout program, I have a bad back and so to do the workout, I was taking alot of asprin. The paleo food list the program had us on, relied a lot on chicken and spinach. I used mushrooms and turkey a lot at the time too. That month long flare consisted of a week build up to very painful flare, exacerbated by increased use of turkey broth, chicken/mushroom soup and more and more asprin for the pain. Took a week for the blood work to come back gout, and then week to get it under control with meds.

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on October 16, 2013
at 06:25 PM

thats interesting. My friends gout went away when he switched to Paleo. What do you think it was about Paleo that worsened your gout?

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on October 16, 2013
at 01:13 PM

My husband reversed metabolic syndrome using a vlcd, he was determined to not take metformin and cholesterol lowering meds

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on October 16, 2013
at 12:33 AM

Needless to say, after hearing all these positive reports, I will definitely stay on Paleo. Thanx guys!

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on December 21, 2014
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Essentially reversed ulcerative colitis and GERD.

I may have done enough damage by living it up that I managed to develop NAFLD and now PN (peripheral neuropathy) which has motivated me to drop the every day partying with cigarettes, wine and pot, plus I have essentially eliminated most all carbs in an effort to reverse/halt NAFLD and PN.  I may be crazy but I am hopeful focused and dedicated.

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on October 23, 2013
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I had horrible eczema before, and it's 90% gone now. It comes back when I go out of ketosis, which is pretty strong encouragement to stay in ketosis.

I also seem to be suffering from MS-like symptoms, the cause of which doctors cannot seem to pinpoint. The symptoms are reduced on this diet, especially the crippling fatigue which has almost evaporated completely.

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on October 16, 2013
at 05:35 PM

Goeing Paleo caused what had been written up over the years as sprained foot, twisted ankles, kicking stuff in my sleep to finally be diagnosed as Gout. Within a month of going paleo, I began having ever increasing flares that wouldn't go away like they did in the past. Culminating into a month long flare in my wrist that finally prompted the tests and finaly diagnosis of gout.

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on October 16, 2013
at 08:37 PM

It's an interesting response because while Paleo didn't fix it (actually made it worse) it gave you the opportunity to fix it. Also, it sounds like your gym trainer does NOT understand Paleo. I suggest if you're serious about losing weight and being healthy long term, consider reading the book "Perfect Health Diet". I'm not big on book reading but I read that one cover to cover and it's changing my life.

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on October 16, 2013
at 06:25 PM

thats interesting. My friends gout went away when he switched to Paleo. What do you think it was about Paleo that worsened your gout?

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on October 16, 2013
at 04:32 PM

My 30 years of GERD went away never to return, the first day I stopped eating bread. Also, all my blood lipid levels moved dramatically into a better direction. Blood Pressure dropped some, and of course I lost some weight too. 20 of the 30 I want to lose so far. I think my skin improved some.

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on October 16, 2013
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Got my D3 blood level up to 80 ng/ml and goodbye chronic asthma! I live in the Pac NW, so I supplement with 8,000 IUs daily to achieve this.

Also, going grain-free got rid of my IBS symptoms and eczema.

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on October 15, 2013
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I've had a huge turn-around for my fibromyalgia, exhaustion, and neuralgia symptoms that were making life very, very difficult.

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on October 16, 2013
at 12:33 AM

Needless to say, after hearing all these positive reports, I will definitely stay on Paleo. Thanx guys!

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on October 15, 2013
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I have significantly reduced my seasonal allergy symptoms along with my digestion (no more major gas or bloating issues), and my wife has fully cured her asthma! She was on a daily steroid puffer for a number of years prior to going paleo, and had emergency puffers since she was a young girl. Within a year of going fully paleo/primal/ancestral, she tried fully eliminating the puffer, and has not looked back. Every now an then if it is really humid or if she is around smoke (mainly cigarette) symptoms flare a bit, but still no need for a puffer even in those situations. Pretty amazing actually!

http://www.thebarefootgolfer.com/

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on October 15, 2013
at 04:48 PM

Google "Terry Wahls TED talk" for some inspiration. Her protocol is essentially Paleo.

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on October 15, 2013
at 02:52 PM

Would you believe it literally cured my ADHD?

I've been on prescription amphetamines since I was in the 3rd grade and thought I had become dependent on them for the rest of my life. Adult ADHD is a tough issue to deal with as a working professional in an office environment. Also, friends and family can get pretty irritated when you can never focus on a single topic and fluctuate between lethargic/apathetic and jumping around in people's faces like a 9 year old, asking yourself "WTF is wrong with me? I can't control this!"

I'm all better now! The biggest drawback is that kicking the stimulants has aggravated a pre-existing problem with constipation but I'm working out a natural fix for that.

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on October 15, 2013
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Thank you for all of your encouraging replies. I have been on paleo autoimmune for only a month and with Gods help I will get thru this systemic scleroderma. I have no problem with staying on this program. Of course, dr wahls ms cure using paleo AIP is miraculous!

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on October 15, 2013
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Before I went paleo I had arthritc knees and fingers. I have no pain or swelling now. I experimented with bread and cake once and all the pain and swelling came right back so now I just don't do it.

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on October 15, 2013
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I started eating primal / paleo hoping to improve chronic asthma. And it did; within 3 months I was able to reduce and then stop taking steroid inhalers and prednisolone tablets. Over three years later, I am still steroid free and functioning well. Asthma has not gone, but is so much easier to control. Also, the psoriasis which I had put up with for years has almost entirely cleared up.

So far, there has not been much improvement in symptoms of IBS D but I live in hope!

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on October 15, 2013
at 04:36 AM

Marks Daily Apple and Robb Wolf sometimes have success stories with people reporting relief from stuff like diabetes, GERD, etc. I find the health transformations more inspiring than weight alone - though very often they go hand in hand.

Personally I started paleo only for health - I was already a healthy weight and in fact had been too skinny in the past. It's improved my energy, raised my body temperature, helped my blood sugar problems (I used to get ravenous and emotionally unstable whenever I went too long without food) and has given me a head start in fixing my gut problems (still working on that but it is improving and has already improved leaps and bounds above how it was). In addition I am physically stronger than I was, and my depression has lifted. Previously I felt a general sense of lowness most of the time. Now my normal state is pleasantly cheerful. I cope with stress and difficulties a lot better too. It has also completely fixed my worries about what to eat and when. I used to always worry about how much and what I should be eating, and working out when I would be able to have my meals. Now I find it so easy to just eat what I want when I feel hungry.

Btw, you should know that before being paleo I was a vegetarian ( ate some dairy - yoghurt and ghee - but no eggs). I had also suffered from eating disorders in my teenage years. I was severely B12 deficient which basically made me feel brain dead. In addition I wasn't getting enough protein or fat (I wasn't intentionally restricting it - it just happened as I focused my diet on beans and grains) and several micronutrients too. So eating a more nutrient dense diet really turned my health around. Some of the effects were very immediate, but bear in mind that I also started to supplement B12, vitamin D and a couple of other things like omega 3.

I still have stuff to fix because my body was very sick for 10 years and I've only been paleo for 3 months. But it's made such a huge difference for me already. I'm so happy I stumbled across stuff about it on the internet otherwise I would still be so unhappy and dragging my way through life.

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on October 15, 2013
at 03:12 AM

Almost continual debilitating sinus infections, even with constant steroidal nasal sprays and nasal saline irrigation multiple times a day. With this was a constant brain fog, confusion. I am almost two years without grains & sugar, no more sprays, no more sinus troubles.

My wife had intestinal inflammation that caused her to be unable to eat eggs as an adult, several months off the grains and she eats 3 eggs most days for lunch without issue. Celiac runs in her side of the family and I believe she has found a way to avoid the Parkinson's that her mom has. Not a sure bet, but I'd take the odds.

I've lost weight, lots of it.

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