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Has anyone achieved remission of autoimmune disease?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 04, 2012 at 3:05 PM

I have Hashimoto's thyroiditis - diagnosed officially in 1999 at age 25, although I self-diagnosed a year earlier. Been on Synthroid ever since during which time I took advantage of the fact I worked in a medical office - I didn't really see a doctor for several years. Convinced the docs I worked with to order my bloodwork and prescribe my Synthroid. I also would do stupid crap like not take my Synthroid for a week before my blood was drawn to falsely elevate my TSH and thereby convince the docs to give me a higher dose of Synthroid. Ended up at 265lbs on 275mcg of Synthroid per day.

After a combination of promising my mother on her deathbed that I would take better care of myself and being diagnosed with high blood pressure (and the doctor just shoving pills in my face) I started paying more attention to what I was eating. I started with the Zone diet, then a whole foods/clean eating approach. Lost about 25lbs. Also started going to the endocrinologist and taking my Synthroid properly.

In October 2010 my husband and I started Paleo, but for the first year was still kind of half-assed about it. I'd cheat a lot...a little bread wasn't going to kill me, right? And I still lost weight - down to 212lbs. And my Synthroid dose was decreasing.

I first read about the correlation between gluten and autoimmune disease in October 2011. First I went hog-wild with gluten free "treats," and gained 10lbs. Then I started cheating here and there. Finally, in March of this year, I asked my endocrinologist to order a blood test for thyroid antibodies and give me three months. Most of March and all of April and May I was 99.9% gluten free (there were a couple of accidental exposures when I wasn't clear in my ordering at a restaurant). I dabbled with cutting dairy, nuts and nightshades...but I just can't give up dairy (I do stick with grass fed raw milk products).

Blood test results today - thyroid antibodies have reduced from 512 to 320. My hemoglobin A1C, which was ALWAYS borderline at 5.7, is 5.3. So now I'm completely sold...gluten free for life. I consider myself Paleo (plus dairy and occasional non-GMO corn and rice) and I'm excited to see in 6 or 12 months if my antibodies will come down even further.

I know many people have seen improvement of symptoms related to their autoimmune disease when following a Paleo diet. My question is - has anyone seen a remission?

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on December 23, 2013
at 01:31 AM

In that case, +1 for the mention of Jimmy Moore

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on December 22, 2013
at 10:52 PM

I never had a reduction in my TPO antis via diet i been on LDN For 4 months and my TPO reduced from 2900 to 400, im very happy

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on September 06, 2013
at 01:13 AM

I think because the poster mentioned Jimmy Moore. lol.

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:41 AM

This was to staceychev's comment on Mystery Man X's post. :D

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on April 11, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Yes .

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on April 11, 2013
at 09:46 AM

Are you gluten/dairy and nightshade-free?

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:12 PM

I don't get it. Why the downvote?

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on January 27, 2013
at 03:12 AM

good point! I was soo addicted to wheat, especially pasta. I would always eat all the leftovers and still feel hungry.

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on November 11, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Update: 6 months later, Rheumatoid is definitely NOT healed. I have been VLC-LC and definitely been eating my greens. Still searching other ways. Paleo no doubt has helped significantly, but it is by no means causing remission.

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on November 11, 2012
at 03:57 PM

What does 70-80 level mean?

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on November 07, 2012
at 02:46 PM

You are my hero! Can you tell me a little about what life was like before you started doing the Paleo autoimmune protocol? Did you take Synthroid? Was your TSH normal? If it was normal, were you still feeling hypothyroid symptoms? Are you currently taking any thyroid meds? Are you male or female? Age? I have migraines, but only occasionally (thank goodness). I don't know how you lived with 20 per month.

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on June 06, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Keep with it, Dan! I only started to see results after 2 months.

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on June 05, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Thank you. It take some time to get used to the diet and to know what you can and cannot eat, but I wouldn't call it that hard anymore. I don't crave the high-carb foods anymore and I feel that I can enjoy many foods that are tasteful. Only in a social context (e.g. restaurant), I would want to be able to eat more, but considering I could barely leave the house before changing to the diet, it's not that bad. Once you get used to the diet (which takes a couple of weeks), I think you'll actually enjoy it.

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on June 05, 2012
at 05:16 AM

I also eat less fruit now, and I find it really helped to curb my binge eating!

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on June 05, 2012
at 04:55 AM

Great. I sure miss him. Best doctor EVER for me. Im so happy that his Audio lectures are still up.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:35 AM

Congrats on your success and taking the time and initiative to find the best thing for you. I know it goes beyond gluten and maybe someday I'll be inspired to do something more GAPS or autoimmune protocol.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Great news! I will be curious to hear your results in another 6 months. Its my understanding that it can take several months to heal the leaky gut, therefore I would expect it to take a minimum of six months to "cure" or put an autoimmune disease into remission. I have a herniated disc in my neck which caused me quite a lot of trouble for about 5 months. It has given me great empathy and respect for people who live with chronic pain. I hope you continue to feel better!

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:29 AM

Good to hear! I just read an article about MSG being fed to lab rats to get them fat for obesity research as MSG basically induces uncontrollable urge to eat. Since MSG is found in many (if not most) processed foods, I wonder if that is one way in which going Paleo curbs binge eating?

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:26 AM

This is awesome...Congrats!

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at 03:24 AM

Congrats to you! My mother suffered from Crohn's disease that was undiagnosed for more than 20 years (her symptoms were always chalked up to adhesions from multiple pelvic surgeries). She was diagnosed with Crohn's at the same time she was diagnosed with small bowel cancer and passed away 3.5 years later. I wonder if she had known about Paleo (and done it - which is a whole different issue) if she might still be here.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:19 AM

No need to forgive you...these are still terrific results! Congratulations!

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at 03:18 AM

Thank you for the info...I will check that out. My TPO was 512 and is now 320. I don't expect to ever be completely off Synthroid but I would imagine I would feel even better the lower I can get my TPO antibodies. I will check out Dr. Perrone's info.

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on June 04, 2012
at 04:30 PM

Ive achieved remission of crohn's, an autoimmune condition, by going paleo and more importantly, supplementing w vitamin d to 70-80 level.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:24 AM

Congrats to you! My mother suffered from Crohn's disease that was undiagnosed for more than 20 years (her symptoms were always chalked up to adhesions from multiple pelvic surgeries). She was diagnosed with Crohn's at the same time she was diagnosed with small bowel cancer and passed away 3.5 years later. I wonder if she had known about Paleo (and done it - which is a whole different issue) if she might still be here.

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on November 11, 2012
at 03:57 PM

What does 70-80 level mean?

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on June 04, 2012
at 08:33 PM

I am recovering from ulcerative colitis - Crohn's disease (the distinction between these two in the beginning stages isn't always clear) and it seems to be working.

I have been vegetarian for a long time, whilst thinking I was being healthy. My diet was based on carbohydrates, with very little protein and fats. Chrohn & ulcerative colitis are auto-immune diseases and I am convinced it was caused by my diet. I believe high carbohydrate diets with lots of grains and so on are one of the main causes of auto-immune diseases. Please bear in mind it's not just gluten, it's much more. The chemical composition of all foods is important; that's exactly what GAPS/SCD/Paleo diet creators took into account. Gluten is just one (well-known) issue, but definitely not the only one.

Now I'm on something of a low-histamine GAPS/SCD/Paleo diet (my own version; based on my own experiences and my own research). It's tough, but being ill and in pain all the time is much, much tougher. I am not completely cured yet, it has its ups and downs, but there have been many more ups than downs lately. I do believe I'm heading towards complete relief; it just takes time.

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on June 05, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Thank you. It take some time to get used to the diet and to know what you can and cannot eat, but I wouldn't call it that hard anymore. I don't crave the high-carb foods anymore and I feel that I can enjoy many foods that are tasteful. Only in a social context (e.g. restaurant), I would want to be able to eat more, but considering I could barely leave the house before changing to the diet, it's not that bad. Once you get used to the diet (which takes a couple of weeks), I think you'll actually enjoy it.

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:35 AM

Congrats on your success and taking the time and initiative to find the best thing for you. I know it goes beyond gluten and maybe someday I'll be inspired to do something more GAPS or autoimmune protocol.

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on June 04, 2012
at 09:20 PM

Forgive me. The auto-immune conditions I suffered from pale in comparison to the severity of the ones mentioned above, but I've achieved remission of three conditions:

-Acne. Yes, it is considered an autoimmune disease if you have chronic acne into adulthood.

-Arthritis. I had it in my toes for a couple of years and now it is completely gone.

-Seasonal allergies. Though not strictly an autoimmune condition, it is nonetheless an immune overreaction, and mine have reduced by about 98%.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:19 AM

No need to forgive you...these are still terrific results! Congratulations!

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on April 10, 2013
at 09:22 PM

I was diagnosed 2 years ago, and just found out I was pregnant, I just had all the necessary tests done and all my antibodies are with in the normal range, as far as my dr is concerned I don't have hashimotos anymore, I couldn't be happier at this point! :)

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on November 11, 2012
at 12:40 PM

When I was 52 y.o. I developed severe psoriasis on my hands/feet. It looked like I had leprosy, and the pain and discomfort was maddening. My condition improved substantially after going gluten free and dairy free. A couple years later (April 2012) I went full paleo. My psoriasis continued to improve, slowly but surely. Although I am not yet in full remission I'm getting rather close. Without question, dietary changes have enabled me to control my autoimmune disease.

I should add that prior to developing psoriasis I had severe IBS for a few years. Dietary changes improved the condition by about 70%. A few months ago it was determined I had an H. pylori infection. Upon successful treatment my IBS has seems to have cleared up 100%. It is possible that this H. pylori eradication has also made a positive impact on my psoriasis. If so, the impact has been minor compared to dietary changes.

And so based on my experience, autoimmune disease sufferers might very well be helped by going paleo especially if digestion maladies are present.

_Lazza

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on November 10, 2012
at 10:28 PM

paleo cured me of my addiction to the SAD, a disease in its own right.

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on January 27, 2013
at 03:12 AM

good point! I was soo addicted to wheat, especially pasta. I would always eat all the leftovers and still feel hungry.

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:03 AM

Yes! In 2009 I got connected with Tony Perrone, PhD who had expertise in autoimmune disorders including Hashimoto's. He was known for his expertise in oxidative stress and curing autoimmune diseases. My Tpo was 345 when I started with him and within 18 months it was in the negative range (under 35). It has been as low as 30. I had hoped to get it into the 20s but perhaps there was too much damage to my thyroid gland from years of autoimmune attack.
Sadly, Tony died last year but his Auto-Immune and Oxidative Stress audio lectures are still up on his site. The GI lecture is also very informative.
I was able to lower my thyroid hrt but still need it, which is fine. I would rather take some pills than suffer the affects of low thyroid hormones! http://drtonyperrone.com/ Audio lectures are on the Right.

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on June 05, 2012
at 04:55 AM

Great. I sure miss him. Best doctor EVER for me. Im so happy that his Audio lectures are still up.

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:18 AM

Thank you for the info...I will check that out. My TPO was 512 and is now 320. I don't expect to ever be completely off Synthroid but I would imagine I would feel even better the lower I can get my TPO antibodies. I will check out Dr. Perrone's info.

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on June 04, 2012
at 08:17 PM

My Ankylosing Spondylitis has gone into remission for the first time in 10 years (other than a few months during my last pregnancy). I think this is due to healing my gut and staying low starch, as starch in particular is bad for AS. If I eat gluten or too much starch, my symptoms come back. I do still have some pain from damage previously done, but I am med free for the first time in my adult life.

It is pretty awesome.

Good luck!

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:26 AM

This is awesome...Congrats!

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on March 01, 2014
at 12:51 PM

My wife had Graves just a few months ago with very high T4 and nearly zero TSH, now it's the exact opposite with no detectable antibodies.

Her endo put her only on methimazole, but she found a paleo-friendly doc as well, which unfortunately due to changes in Obamacare she can't see any longer unless we pay out of pocket.

The paleo friendly doc added LDN and L-Glutamine put her on a strict paleo diet. While neither her endo nor the paleo doc didn't recommend this, I also got her some collostrum which supposedly helps reset autoimmunity.

She's back seeing the endo only who lowered the methimazole dose and took her off LDN - IMHO, that's a mistake, and I see nothing but good results from LDN. Well, hopefully we can get her completely off the methimazole and retest in a few months to make sure it doesn't come back.

Originally she refused to go paleo and this was a struggling point for us. I heard "You're starving us" for many years while we have a fridge full of food and a freezer full of grassfed meats... I can't say I'm glad that she went through this, certainly not, but it's made life a lot easier when we're all paleo.

Sadly she's still lax with our kids and lets them eat bread, pizza, pasta and other junk from outside.

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on February 28, 2014
at 10:22 PM

My interstitial cystitis symptoms disappeared completely after starting the autoimmune protocol. They only come back if I eat something I shouldn't. In addition, lifelong constant anxiety completely disappeared, as did painful lumps in my legs, arthritis pain in one finger, swelling in my hands, bloating, aching all over my body, and other misc aches and pains. I've also lost 20+ pounds so far (been doing this for about 3 months). I'm very thankful!

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on December 22, 2013
at 10:53 PM

LDN has reduced my thyroid antis from 2900 to 400

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on December 22, 2013
at 06:06 PM

My doctor, an MD, recommended paleo w/AI protocol to me about 2 weeks ago. She said the research shows it works for Hasimoto's Disease. I have been suffering, and I mean SUFFERING, for 12 years. The last year has been horrible - I was afraid I'd end up getting fired from my job due to severe symptoms! In only 2 weeks I see a HUGE difference. I feel almost normal! I'm sold 100% on paleo! I can't wait until my dr. runs blood tests in a few months, to see the difference in my #s.

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on November 05, 2013
at 10:25 PM

I dont stick to 1 diet. However, it is similar in what i do to paleo. I am "in remission". I had Crohn's, I dont now. I supplement heavily and I am getting healthier as I get older.

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:39 AM

Because somebody can't give up coffee.

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on September 06, 2013
at 12:41 AM

This was to staceychev's comment on Mystery Man X's post. :D

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on April 11, 2013
at 07:29 AM

I wish paleo could cure my autoimmune diseases!

I have Grave's Disease and am post-ablation, so I am synthroid dependent for the rest of my life. But, I've always wondered if it hadn't taken doctors a decade to diagnose me with Celiac, would I have ever developed Graves in the first place? There is a strong correlation with Hashimoto's and Graves and undiagnosed Celiac disease!

Good luck!

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on April 11, 2013
at 01:30 AM

I am on the road to recovery through Paelo, I am at the baby stage but really feeling the benefits. I have celiac and was extremely sick prior to Paelo. Good luck. I have to stay 100 percent or our relapse within 45 minutes.

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:44 PM

paleo has helped my AI condition- ulcerative colitis- but not put it in remission. i still need medication, blood tranfusions, IVIG therapy. it is frustrating that i am so strict but i've gotten used to the fact that i have a chronic illness.

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on January 27, 2013
at 02:57 AM

I cured my severe psoriatic spondylitis with paleo in the late 1990s.

Not long after, my friend with terrible MS went paleo + supplements, & the MS is now gone: no symptoms, and the scans can no longer find the brain lesions.

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on November 10, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I was diagnosed with Dermatomyocitis in 2010. All of my symptoms have subsided via diet changes. Gluten was a big factor. :)) I have a whole blog on my experience- http://disciplineplushealthisgood.blogspot.com

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on November 07, 2012
at 04:42 AM

I achieved remission of my Hashimoto's Thyroiditis after following a strict Paleo autoimmune protocol for 2 years and agressively healing my gut. My auto-antibodies went down to 21. !!!

In conjunction with this I was relieved from my chronic migraines which were reaching almost 20 a month.

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on November 07, 2012
at 02:46 PM

You are my hero! Can you tell me a little about what life was like before you started doing the Paleo autoimmune protocol? Did you take Synthroid? Was your TSH normal? If it was normal, were you still feeling hypothyroid symptoms? Are you currently taking any thyroid meds? Are you male or female? Age? I have migraines, but only occasionally (thank goodness). I don't know how you lived with 20 per month.

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on June 04, 2012
at 10:24 PM

I have severe rheumatoid arthritis in my large joints, and after about 1 month of paleo, I can say that it has helped, but it has not gone all the way as to make it go into remission. I'll check back in a few months though.

58c33847c5b7ecbf6572075df2cdd002

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:32 AM

Great news! I will be curious to hear your results in another 6 months. Its my understanding that it can take several months to heal the leaky gut, therefore I would expect it to take a minimum of six months to "cure" or put an autoimmune disease into remission. I have a herniated disc in my neck which caused me quite a lot of trouble for about 5 months. It has given me great empathy and respect for people who live with chronic pain. I hope you continue to feel better!

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on June 06, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Keep with it, Dan! I only started to see results after 2 months.

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on November 11, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Update: 6 months later, Rheumatoid is definitely NOT healed. I have been VLC-LC and definitely been eating my greens. Still searching other ways. Paleo no doubt has helped significantly, but it is by no means causing remission.

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on April 11, 2013
at 05:26 PM

Yes .

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on April 11, 2013
at 09:46 AM

Are you gluten/dairy and nightshade-free?

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on June 04, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Mario seems to be managing his Hashi's pretty well...

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on June 04, 2012
at 04:55 PM

I am no longer celiac (but will be gluten intolerant for the rest of my life). But I still have my chronic gastritis to take care of. But life is definitely easier.

I have also cured my binge eating and insomnia. I don't have time to mention all the symptoms but I have cured many many bad things (at least 20 or more).

If you imagine a scale where 10 would be picture - perfect health and 0 is a very very sick person, I am getting to an 8 (I was only 4 last summer, before I started Paleo).

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on June 05, 2012
at 05:16 AM

I also eat less fruit now, and I find it really helped to curb my binge eating!

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on June 05, 2012
at 03:29 AM

Good to hear! I just read an article about MSG being fed to lab rats to get them fat for obesity research as MSG basically induces uncontrollable urge to eat. Since MSG is found in many (if not most) processed foods, I wonder if that is one way in which going Paleo curbs binge eating?

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on November 10, 2012
at 10:55 PM

It was seeing so many people cured of autoimmune diseases on a paleo diet that really helped turn me into a paleo diet believer. But I prefer the term paleo-lifestyle, as diet is just one component of human health. Sunshine, sleep, etc also play strong roles in optimizing human health via an evolutionarily appropriate lifestyle.

Lowish-carb paleo cured me of chronic GERD and hypoglycemia. I still suffer more fatigue than I would like, but feel that is partially due to not sleeping enough and eating too much fruit. I have been inspired by Jimmy Moore's increased ENERGY he got from full-blown nutritional ketosis, and am moving my diet more in that direction (Minus all the dairy-fat) to see if it helps with with my chronic fatigue.

But just getting off coffee has improved my chronic fatigue and irritability-attacks quite a bit.

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on April 10, 2013
at 11:12 PM

I don't get it. Why the downvote?

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on September 06, 2013
at 01:13 AM

I think because the poster mentioned Jimmy Moore. lol.

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on December 23, 2013
at 01:31 AM

In that case, +1 for the mention of Jimmy Moore

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