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What health problems have you SOLVED and how?

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Created January 20, 2012 at 11:52 AM

This forum has a dearth of problems without definitive answers or at least we don't get to see the results of many of the suggestions long-term.

So what health problems have you solved by making a specific tweak? No general 'paleo has changed my life' answers as this doesn't really tell us anything we haven't heard before.

I'll start:

Giving up caffeine has greatly reduced my propensity to panic attacks, though it took about 1 month to properly kick in now. I've been caffeine-free for three months now and I can't remember the last time I've had one.

Eating more carbs (and more calories in general) has improved my occasional vertigo.

PMS has been greatly improved by vitamin E and CLO. No more deathly depression for 2 days a month!

Your turn!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 24, 2012
at 01:00 PM

Crepitus lessened for me too! I have no idea what it was, maybe the fish oil like you say :)

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:59 PM

I only had a small episode of gout once, when eating only white bread and candy. When I changed my diet it went away.

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on January 22, 2012
at 11:28 PM

I eat butter, organic yogurt, keifer, a little whole organic milk (not much though) cottage and cream cheese. Maybe a little mozzarella or cheddar but tend to stay away from the really aged cheeses because of the migraines. I also have a history of chronic yeast infections so the probiotics are good. Once in awhile I get ambitious and make my own yogurt, otherwise Stoneyfield is readily available here. I probably don't go over 8 oz. dairy, and as I said, some days none.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 22, 2012
at 04:21 PM

I've eaten chocolate in so many forms, including raw, that I feel confident that the trigger is chocolate itself.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on January 22, 2012
at 12:54 PM

Usually one meal might cause bloating but not ibs unless large quantities of dairy or wheat specifically were consumed. However, the gas and bloating will surface 4-6 hours after ingestion.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on January 22, 2012
at 09:51 AM

My DD (and her little friend) get constipated when they eat dairy, wheat gives my DD sloppy poops.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on January 22, 2012
at 09:49 AM

Do you find it's the chocolate itself or something in the chocolate itself? My sons eczema is triggered by dairy & was wondering if chocolate was another trigger.

1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

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on January 22, 2012
at 09:23 AM

Do you eat dairy maybe? And if so, what kind of dairy and how often? I am asking, because after one month of having regular bowel movements my constipation has returned. I was eating lots of cream, butter and kefir ( which helped me getting rid of constipation ) before and during this month, but later I have started adopting cheese ( like 100g a day ) and not always hard, raw.

1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

(175)

on January 22, 2012
at 09:17 AM

When you happen to eat some of the no-no foods, the recurrence of IBS and bloating show up immediately or after few/several days?

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 20, 2012
at 10:37 PM

I still miss the chocolate, but there's no going back for me!

A1081af52b61372dbb3ed572d88968f4

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on January 20, 2012
at 07:50 PM

+1... Wow, you're a true hacker! Especially loved the last one - hacking ignorance by asking questions and trying answers and seeing what works. That could be a model with much value well beyond paleo!

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on January 20, 2012
at 07:42 PM

Chocolate gets me too. :(

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:56 PM

I'll trade ya...I have completely flat feet, and let me tell you, it's no hobble in the park.

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:56 PM

I'll trade ya...I have completely flat feet, and let me tell you, it's not hobble in the park.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:52 PM

You and I have had nearly identical experiences with Vitamin D and magnesium. Interesting!

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Vitamin D3 knocked down the last big health problem that remained for me: asthma. Still looking for a solution to my ridiculous high foot arches, lol.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Funny you'd say that, I have a mold allergy. I don't think I live in a damp house, though I live very very close to a highway. Pollution is extremely high around our house. When my parents bought the house, nature was everywhere.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 20, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Mainly gluten, sugar and chocolate.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Korion, do you live in a damp house? Mold is about the only thing that will give me a sinus problem (very minor now though). Wheat and dairy used to give me terrible sinuses (before I went paleo) but I'm assuming you don't do those now.

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:15 PM

So what did your eczema triggers turn out to be?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:13 PM

I had the same problem with carbs causing problems with gout. I had to cut out carbs because of candida and my gout went away as a nice side effect. :)

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:40 PM

@Rogue: I take one drop of Thorne D/K2, which gives 100 mcg. @Andy: perhaps a different deficiency for you? Have you tried zinc? That's the other suggestion I've heard. And genetics also come in to play, unfortunately-

1096aa84d006fe967128ffbd37e8070e

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:35 PM

+1 for a great question, and for being so specific about what you want to hear. Also +1 for Rogue because I like that point.

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:33 PM

My n=1 - k2 has been no help for my tarter. I still get quite a bit of daily buildup regadless of diet.. low carb (which I ate before), or moderate carb (PHD which I eat now). I have only tried the LEF K Complex.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:31 PM

sorry Joy, forgot to write "don't". That should be "no, depressed people don't just want attention". I also didn't say nuts cause depression, but they certainly slowed down any improvement. I had more skin problems etc. when eating paleo with a high nut consumption than when eating vegan or SAD.

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Also what about nuts causes depression? I have never heard that before?

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:14 PM

I find it interesting that you discovered that "no, depressed people just want attention". I think I misread what you wrote there, but since you were depressed didn't you already know that your need for attention was not making you depressed? I have never heard a person with depression say 'oh yea I wanted more attention so I became depressed'. That seems to be something people who have never been depressed always say.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 20, 2012
at 05:06 PM

I just think that sometimes when we make a huge shift in diet/lifestyle, and many symptoms are eliminated, we don't neccesarily know EXACTLY what we did that helped, only that one of the many things we've been doing has helped, or a combination of some or all of these changes, so we just keep doing all of it!

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 20, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Curious as to how much k2 you're taking? I just started taking it for tartar as well...

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 20, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Better skipping skills makes it all worthwhile!

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on January 20, 2012
at 03:01 PM

Unfortunately, most of the answers so far are answering the question "what all has changed since going paleo", whereas the question here is "what specific change did you make that solved a particular problem". I'm looking forward to seeing more answers with specifics.

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on January 20, 2012
at 12:11 PM

+1 for being so specific, and for such changes helping you so much!

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 20, 2012
at 02:52 PM

  • Gout. By not eating bread and candy.
  • Depression. By simply going paleo without nuts. No need for more.
  • Acne (not 100%, I still get the occasional zit when I'm stressed out). By eating no nuts, taking the right supplements (magnesium and fat-soluble vitamins) and by eating a good diet with lots of veggies and omega 3s.
  • Hives. By not eating high-glycemic stuff like white potatoes and bananas.
  • Mood swings. By incresing fat intake and keeping sugar and protein low enough.
  • Fatigue. By eating paleo with moderate amounts of fructose.
  • Being bored. By eating paleo with enough omega 3s.
  • Libido. By eating enough, and enough sugar.
  • Constipation. By eating gelatin.
  • Big pupils (probably hypoglycemia). By eating enough, enough sugar, lots of fat.
  • Paleness. Vitamin k2 and an auto-immune paleo diet.
  • Being skinny-fat : by eating paleo.
  • Body odor. By eating paleo.
  • Shyness/Autism. I'm not 100% sure about this, but I really had a lot of the symptoms. I really behaved like one. But anyways, my shyness went away by eating paleo. The month after I started, I couldn't shut up anymore. I'm still a bit shy, but I make jokes easily, don't stutter and can look people straight in the eyes with no problem.
  • Lazyness. I became workaholic by going paleo. Can't ... stop... working (for real, I work 12 hours a day non-stop and relax while I'm eating or before going to sleep).
  • Ignorance. By reading lots of things on this website (it's my favorite website :) ). I've learned that "no, fat people aren't lazy" and that "no, depressed people don't just want attention".

Not all of these are causes of diseases, but are symptoms. I wish I could remove my last 2 health issues : sinus pressure and stress (high cortisol). Just can't seem to get rid of those.

I'd also like to add today's anecdote at the butcher's : they told me they have more and more clients "like me" (= a meat-freak who wants all the fattiest cuts they have, asks for fish organs and bones, and who freaks out when they say "you can put that on your bread in the morning"), and that one person healed her MS by eating grass-fed and veggies (and apparently some fruit). They didn't know their own meat was so healthy :). So that's another disease to put on the list.

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

(1368)

on January 20, 2012
at 05:14 PM

I find it interesting that you discovered that "no, depressed people just want attention". I think I misread what you wrote there, but since you were depressed didn't you already know that your need for attention was not making you depressed? I have never heard a person with depression say 'oh yea I wanted more attention so I became depressed'. That seems to be something people who have never been depressed always say.

D1728f99db66ff91d695a6df5cd38b02

(1368)

on January 20, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Also what about nuts causes depression? I have never heard that before?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Korion, do you live in a damp house? Mold is about the only thing that will give me a sinus problem (very minor now though). Wheat and dairy used to give me terrible sinuses (before I went paleo) but I'm assuming you don't do those now.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Funny you'd say that, I have a mold allergy. I don't think I live in a damp house, though I live very very close to a highway. Pollution is extremely high around our house. When my parents bought the house, nature was everywhere.

A1081af52b61372dbb3ed572d88968f4

(425)

on January 20, 2012
at 07:50 PM

+1... Wow, you're a true hacker! Especially loved the last one - hacking ignorance by asking questions and trying answers and seeing what works. That could be a model with much value well beyond paleo!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 20, 2012
at 05:31 PM

sorry Joy, forgot to write "don't". That should be "no, depressed people don't just want attention". I also didn't say nuts cause depression, but they certainly slowed down any improvement. I had more skin problems etc. when eating paleo with a high nut consumption than when eating vegan or SAD.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 20, 2012
at 03:34 PM

Asthma: Gone when my Vitamin D level is over 80 ng/ml. (I need 8000 IUs D3 to achieve this.)

Eczema: same as above

Bloating: Avoiding FODMAPS did the trick

Nasal stuffiness: Limiting histamine-generating foods and taking more Vitamin C.

Insomnia: Gone with 300 mg Mag Citrate

Perimenopausal symptoms: gone by supplementing all of the above, plus 50 mg Zinc picolinate and 400 IUS Vitamin E

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:52 PM

You and I have had nearly identical experiences with Vitamin D and magnesium. Interesting!

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on January 20, 2012
at 04:09 PM

My rosacea is gone, eliminated all Rx topical meds that were controlling it. It was either the grains, refined sugar, legumes. I believe it was the grains.

Deeper and more restful sleep due to adding ZMA at bedtime. Crepitus lessened with daily Fish Oil caps.

My skipping has improved. I suspect the addition of offal :)

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 20, 2012
at 05:01 PM

Better skipping skills makes it all worthwhile!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on January 24, 2012
at 01:00 PM

Crepitus lessened for me too! I have no idea what it was, maybe the fish oil like you say :)

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on January 20, 2012
at 03:52 PM

Anxiety, mild depression, extremely underweight: solved by moving from a vegan diet to a "paleo" one - animal protein, more calories, better nutrition

Bloating: stopped eating raw cruciferous veggies (yucky)

Acne: very strict elimination of gluten and seed oils, plus supplementation of zinc and A+D

Toenail fungus: disappearance seems to have been correlated with zinc supplementation and vinegar+alcohol foot soaks

Hair falling out: this was stopped fairly quickly by increasing carbs to 200g+ and eating more fruit

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on January 20, 2012
at 04:26 PM

IBS and bloating GONE - only recurrence seems to happen when accidentally (or intentionally, as in a wagon-fall-off scenario) consuming some no-no foods. This seems to happen if I adopt a legume/lactose/grain-free diet and not necessarily paleo. I kinda miss farting, but my bulldog puppy takes up the slack.

Skin/scalp disorders under control (not exactly cured) - Balancing my fats has went a long way towards cleaning up my dry/flaky skin issues... but my scalp and beard both had a tendency to flake, itch, and burn. This was resolved with two items... no shampoo and a bi-weekly hair and beard rinse with Apple Cider vinegar to kill any "bad" bacteria.

Binge eating GONE - this went away once I changed to a starch-free diet. I consume up to 70-80 carbs a day now, but these are in the form of veggies and berries, not starchy foods. For some reason the impact of starches on me, personally, turns off my "I'm Full" switch and I can't stop eating.

Which brings me to...

Obesity - On it's way out the door. I still weigh twice as much as your average PaleoHacker and I don't plan on being a total lightweight until I'm much older (I still compete in a few strength sports) but I would like that weight on my frame to be functional weight. I've lost over 100lbs following Paleo principles, and despite setbacks from experimenting with re-introducing certain foods or brief returns to SAD, I'm still on the right track.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on January 22, 2012
at 12:54 PM

Usually one meal might cause bloating but not ibs unless large quantities of dairy or wheat specifically were consumed. However, the gas and bloating will surface 4-6 hours after ingestion.

1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

(175)

on January 22, 2012
at 09:17 AM

When you happen to eat some of the no-no foods, the recurrence of IBS and bloating show up immediately or after few/several days?

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on January 20, 2012
at 02:22 PM

I "cured" my recurring shin splints by changing my running form.

I used to heel-strike when I ran. I'd try to restart running maybe once or twice a year and after a month or so have screaming pain in my shins.

I now practice POSE running in minimalist shoes (e.g., moccasins or water shoes...haven't bought any cool expensive shoes yet). I have been running for over 6 months with no problems with my shins. I had a problem with Plantar Faciitis, but I think my feet just needed strengthening because that has gone away.

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on January 20, 2012
at 12:55 PM

Used to have really painful bloat on a daily basis- avoiding gluten, corn, and legumes keeps it away.

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on January 20, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Acne: Severe acne was completely cured by eliminating nightshades.

Depression: At least 40% calories from fat. I used to be depressed nearly all the time and I've discovered that my mood and the percentage of calories from fat are directly related.

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C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on January 20, 2012
at 02:49 PM

Before going paleo I went low carb and added a flaxseed supplement. My keratosis pilaris cleared up with the flaxseed supplant.

I was still drinking milk in my tea for a long time. I developed Lichen Sclerosus 6 months postnatal after my DS was born. This is partly when I cracked down on paleo & started gluten free rather than low carb.

It wasn't the gluten though, it was when I switched from cows milk to goats milk that I stopped having the monthly flare ups.

I've since eliminated goats milk too and haven't had a flare for months and months. I can't say that I'm cured as I don't know if I'll have flares in the future. But, most of my skin is back to normal, I'm due a check up & hoping I'll have improved since the last time.

And FWIW, LS has been found to be an autoimmune disease linked to autoimmune thyoid disease.

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on January 20, 2012
at 02:28 PM

Dental health

my last check up was awesome, i dont even brush that often

swollen prostate

i used to get up and piss 3x a nite, i don't do that anymore. most likely due to the anti inflam stuff paleo does.

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on January 20, 2012
at 12:39 PM

Biggest change post paleo for me was getting rid of acid reflux, for which I had to take half a zantac each night. It wasn't enough to get off grains and legumes, but also had to give up dairy. (I can do goat's milk/cheese, but not cow's, not even raw.)

I've noticed other changes too, no longer have knee pains, I suspect it was arthritis, though I did notice even before going paleo, that if I worked out harder, it prevented them. Post paleo, they're completely gone. I was able to tell when the weather changed just by joint paint, no more.

The usual stuff too, fat loss, muscle gain, overall more energy, better sleep, immunity to cold, no more brain fog, no post lunch food coma, viewing an up-staircase as a challenge to run up two steps at a time, when previously I'd take the escalator, or be completely winded half way up. I'm not sure if it's just in my head, but I think my vision improved a little bit too.

My T levels are probably much higher as I now tend to be a bit more aggressive. For example, I'd normally wait for the green light to walk across an intersection, now I just time the speed of the incoming cars and run across the intersection. :)

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on January 20, 2012
at 12:33 PM

My gout seems to be gone. I still have to get my uric acid level checked, but the symptoms are non-existent. I had it pretty bad on a regular basis in my former life.

How? by doing the opposite of the conventional wisdom. I eat lots of meat, some fresh carbs, and no processed carbs.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:13 PM

I had the same problem with carbs causing problems with gout. I had to cut out carbs because of candida and my gout went away as a nice side effect. :)

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:59 PM

I only had a small episode of gout once, when eating only white bread and candy. When I changed my diet it went away.

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on January 23, 2013
at 07:53 PM

I have Meniere's disease. It is a constellation of symptoms including vertigo, tinnitus, fullness in the ear (feels like a constant low grade ear infection) and eventual hearing loss. My personal set of symptoms involves absolutely brutal occasional vertigo attacks, with the rest of the symptoms a constant low grade annoyance. A low sodium diet is the standard medical advice, along with diuretics which I can't take due to hypotension. I follow a low sodium paleo diet as a way of eating awesome food while controlling my sodium... which is to say I'm probably 80-20 or 90-10 paleo. All that is nice background.

However doing a Whole30 helped me identify the culprit behind the worst of my vertigo attacks, artificial sweeteners. When I eliminated them from my diet completely (even stevia and other "natural" ones), I stopped getting the really horrible attacks, and was even able to tick my sodium intake up a bit with no ill effects. I still have attacks sometimes, but they are milder and I have to take less meds to control them. When I cheated with even a single starbucks skinny latte I got slammed with the worst attack in a year.

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:44 PM

Getting sick/allergies: Vitamin D3
Reactive hypoglycemia: Chromium
Preventricular contractions (for the most part): Magnesium, copper
Low testosterone/inability to build muscle: Zinc, carbohydrates
The big boost to really good health in general: Lotsa exercise

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:56 PM

I'll trade ya...I have completely flat feet, and let me tell you, it's not hobble in the park.

Medium avatar

(39821)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:56 PM

I'll trade ya...I have completely flat feet, and let me tell you, it's no hobble in the park.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on January 20, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Vitamin D3 knocked down the last big health problem that remained for me: asthma. Still looking for a solution to my ridiculous high foot arches, lol.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 20, 2012
at 04:58 PM

I like this question for the more specific reflection...

I used to be constipated more often than not for my entire life, eliminating gluten helped some, eliminating dairy took care of the rest. I hated to travel anywhere, I'd get pretty severely constipated, and that hasn't been an issue for a couple of years now at all...

I used to get eczema on a regular basis from dietary triggers, now that I've identified and eliminated the triggers, this never happens...

My libido was so low after my first child was born that I was definitely having anxiety about my marriage~today, my libido is pretty well matched to my husband's(which is pretty high), thanks to the addition of animals to my diet and the subtraction of grains and sugars...

I was shy for so long that I just thought of shyness as who I was, and now I really don't think of myself as a shy person anymore, again, thanks to feeding my body what it really needed...

My mood is also much more stable nowadays, used to be up and down and all over the place in reaction to wonky blood sugar...

I also used to have severe(ED severe) cycles of binge eating, purging and restricting which are gone now as well...

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on January 20, 2012
at 07:42 PM

Chocolate gets me too. :(

F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:15 PM

So what did your eczema triggers turn out to be?

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 20, 2012
at 10:37 PM

I still miss the chocolate, but there's no going back for me!

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 22, 2012
at 04:21 PM

I've eaten chocolate in so many forms, including raw, that I feel confident that the trigger is chocolate itself.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 20, 2012
at 06:26 PM

Mainly gluten, sugar and chocolate.

C4134ed417dbc0a6b79ab2cee32632d3

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on January 22, 2012
at 09:49 AM

Do you find it's the chocolate itself or something in the chocolate itself? My sons eczema is triggered by dairy & was wondering if chocolate was another trigger.

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1c7f48b2a066fb8fc5927ec31aa3e391

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on January 20, 2012
at 04:45 PM

So far, in chronological stage-progress order:

  • After adopting Perfect Health Diet without dairy ( mostly eggs, red meat, veggies, occasional fruit, coconut oil, white rice, potatoes, beef broth ) many of my gut symptombs like bloating, abdominal pain, flatulence etc has been at least partially cured. Probably big part of this is achieved with supplements ( D3, magnessium, probiotics )
  • My mood swings, and in consequnce food obsessions, got better.
  • After running a short bone broth fast and then slowly reintroducing certain foods, more or less accordingly to GAPS protocol, my gut issues got even better and I was able to tolerate more foods.
  • Then I did an Acupuncture treatment that improved my digestion and overall well-being.
  • In the second half of the december at the same time I have started meditating and drinking homemade kefir. I am not sure which of them brought bigger contribution, but after several days practically all of my digestive problems were gone. I didn't experience constipation no more, I could tolerate all foods, so even when christmas came I could eat all the unwanted food.

Unfortunately, when I thought that my struggle with disease was over, some symptoms came back and some new showed up:

  • constipation returned
  • problems with sleep have started to occur almost every night ( I wake up in the middle of the night - sometimes very sweaty - with the need to urinate, then when I come back to the bed I can't fall asleep again at least for few hours and usually it is accompanied by stress/cortisol release of unknown origin )
  • stress/cortisol release of unknown origin at random times during day
  • lack of libido, but with this issue I am struggling for like a year or more

Of course there are other things that improved, like partially gaining weight ( still underweight though ), having more energy etc, but they are all probably stricly connected with gut issues.

Atm my usual day consists of:

  • for breakfast omelet with some veggies and ground meat or raw cheese from unpasteurized milk
  • for dinner beef broth soup with veggies, meat, fat ( usually raw cream ) and some white potatoes/white rice
  • for "supper" white rice/potatoes with meat or fish, veggies and fat

I eat a lot of offals ( livers, hearts, kidneys, brains ). My fat sourcers are mostly raw cream, raw butter, some fatty parts of meat, occasionally coconut oil/milk and olive oil ).

Other things that are also important in maintaining and improving my health:

  • Everyday meditation ( very important and helpful )
  • Everyday walk for at least 30 minutes
  • Yoga ( just started )
  • Not hanging on too much to my health status, at least in the sense of negative thoughts

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D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

(2486)

on January 20, 2012
at 04:00 PM

Eliminating gluten fixed my IBS-C.

Eliminating coffee, both reg and decaf, and chocolate fixed my anxiety.

Adding K-2 has given me tartar-free shiny teeth.

I also have thicker, faster growing, and simply MORE hair. And nicest of all, lots more emotional resilience and no more 'bitchy wife' moments unless I'm glutened.

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(1436)

on January 20, 2012
at 05:33 PM

My n=1 - k2 has been no help for my tarter. I still get quite a bit of daily buildup regadless of diet.. low carb (which I ate before), or moderate carb (PHD which I eat now). I have only tried the LEF K Complex.

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on January 20, 2012
at 05:02 PM

Curious as to how much k2 you're taking? I just started taking it for tartar as well...

D5a4ff096a452a84a772efa0e6bc626e

(2486)

on January 20, 2012
at 05:40 PM

@Rogue: I take one drop of Thorne D/K2, which gives 100 mcg. @Andy: perhaps a different deficiency for you? Have you tried zinc? That's the other suggestion I've heard. And genetics also come in to play, unfortunately-

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on January 23, 2013
at 09:31 PM

Allergies / Nasal polyps: Cutting out dairy and bread

Mono + Mono relpase: Vitamin C, D, less caffeine, low stress, smarter workouts, specialized supplementation

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(78467)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:41 PM

Sinus problems and cough virtually eliminated by cutting out dairy and wheat (minor attacks now but not bad enough that I need a tablet).

Lower back problems. Eased a huge amount by cutting out starches.

Mood swings. My energy would suddenly give out on me about 2 hours after eating starch based meals. This made me extremely irritabe.

Candida. Gone after cutting way down on carbs.

Gout. This went after I had cut down on carbs to get rid of candida. I really didn't expect this to happen because I had never heard of carbs being linked to candida in any way.

Dry skin. My skin used to be very itchy all the time. I think this has been eased by eating whole eggs and fatty meat and cutting out wheat and/or dairy. In other words my skin probably improved by going paleo did it.

Dandruf or some sort of flaky scalp thing. Not sure why this went but something about paleo must have done it.

Belly aches. Loads of non paleo foods will give me a belly ache but so will quite a few FODMAP paleo foods so it's just been a process of elimination.

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(715)

on January 20, 2012
at 06:12 PM

Irritable gut, bloating, reflux and chronic constipation went away when I went on a gluten free diet almost two years ago. So also did eczema that I'd get every single winter. Only took about two weeks.

Had migraines pretty well under control for a year and a half with Nadolol and occasional Physical Therapy, but felt like a walking corpse because of fatigue and low BP. Tried to switch to a Calcium Channel blocker and ended up having PVCs. I went back to physical therapy weekly for awhile which seems to be helping (I have C4-5 and C6-7 disc issues which I think play a big role in this) Currently on Topamax. Right now the headaches aren't totally under control, but improved. I think Paleo diet is definitely helping.

Foot fungal infections. I've had a running problem with this for about the past 3 years or so. Tried creams, powder, changing out my entire sock wardrobe, getting new shoes, drying between my toes with a hair dryer etc. Since I've cut the carbs drastically, it started clearing up and is now gone. I've never been diagnosed with diabetes, but I'm thinking the higher carbs from some of the gluten free breads and other foods might have been part of the problem.

Anxiety, stress and Worry-Prayer, Devotional Reading, Relaxation techniques, more rest.

More positive relationship with spouse with more date nights, going for walks, canoe trips. Not that there was ever any real trouble, but I think we both just get buried in the business of our responsibilities and forget that we need to take time for our marriage.

Weight on the way down with less carbs, better health-more energy, more exercise. Have lost some inches so the clothes are fitting better.

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(1811)

on January 22, 2012
at 09:51 AM

My DD (and her little friend) get constipated when they eat dairy, wheat gives my DD sloppy poops.

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(175)

on January 22, 2012
at 09:23 AM

Do you eat dairy maybe? And if so, what kind of dairy and how often? I am asking, because after one month of having regular bowel movements my constipation has returned. I was eating lots of cream, butter and kefir ( which helped me getting rid of constipation ) before and during this month, but later I have started adopting cheese ( like 100g a day ) and not always hard, raw.

Bece741db5f5fed6bafa12e3548f973f

(715)

on January 22, 2012
at 11:28 PM

I eat butter, organic yogurt, keifer, a little whole organic milk (not much though) cottage and cream cheese. Maybe a little mozzarella or cheddar but tend to stay away from the really aged cheeses because of the migraines. I also have a history of chronic yeast infections so the probiotics are good. Once in awhile I get ambitious and make my own yogurt, otherwise Stoneyfield is readily available here. I probably don't go over 8 oz. dairy, and as I said, some days none.

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on December 10, 2012
at 11:41 AM

Those are great stories. I've read of people experiencing relief from prostate problem in Super Beta Prostate reviews. It has worked for many because of the high amount of Beta-sitosterol it contains.

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