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What are the top 15 diseases you would like to see bio hacked from a primal/paleo optic?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created December 06, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Several of us, behind the scenes, are working on a project that may help our community. It is designed for the mainstream patient to begin to open their mind and begin a national conversation of the primal/paleo lifestyle to improve over all healthcare for all people. We would appreciate you listing the top 15 in order of importance to you or the community at large. If you would like to comment on why you think it is important too we would be interested in this as well. Thank you for helping us with this Hack.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on December 21, 2012
at 06:39 AM

And vice versa. The mind and body are one.

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on April 20, 2012
at 09:14 AM

I'm not convinced that the meat/gout correlation really exists. I believe it does have much more to do with fructose, as Dextery notes. I still have not had a single flare up since switching to a paleo template. However, I also quit drinking any and all types of alcohol, and I believe this may be the biggest factor in holding my gout at bay. I am living proof that if you eat a healthy diet and stop drinking booze, you can control your gout without drugs. It's too bad nobody in the gout community will listen, as most still believe gout is directly tied to red meat consumption which is BS.

A4216f1b1e1f5ab3815bd91700905081

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on April 19, 2012
at 06:40 AM

Curious on the gout front, since I have two friends diagnosed. Given the uric acid correlation with meat consumption, have you noticed removal to be effective in reducing or eliminating flare-ups? Or is the high-level correlation with fructose enough to mitigate the meat factor?

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 16, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Well, hopefully we eradicate polio soon!! World will be a better place :)

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 16, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Sorry, I do appreciate that there is a considerable amount of relief for those who have autism spectrum disorders associated with a healthy diet and lifestyle. I am for that 100%. This kind of language that it is some disease that should be prevented so these poor people don't have to suffer through it take away from the fact that it is a condition- a state of being, that is a core part of who the person who has ASD is, and if you remove ASD you would have a fundamentally different person. We just need to be sensitive about the language, otherwise it can seem demeaning.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 16, 2012
at 10:54 PM

That seems a little extreme- every bad feeling is caused by eating? I mean, I have an extra AV node in my heart I've had to have operated on (birth defect), surely that doesn't have to do with eating. My red-headed father got melanoma from sun exposure- not really related to food. We all die, any animal with dividing cells could get cancer, and I think it's a little crazy to think we can play "the-evolutionary-equivalent-of-god".

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on March 16, 2012
at 10:51 PM

ARG, as someone who's been diagnosed with Asperger's and with a brother with Autism I am not "suffering" and neither is he. Yes, some of the physical repetitive/obsessive behaviors associated with certain kinds of autism can be treated by eliminating sources of discomfort and some therapy (esp. for motor skills). Eating well can be a management tool for behaviors and improve functioning, however autism cannot be "cured"- it is a state of being, a physiological and mental state, that is fundamental to who you are. It's not bad- it's just different.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on January 20, 2012
at 02:42 PM

yes. what's with these comments. i agree with Nemesis.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on January 19, 2012
at 08:49 PM

nice one.......

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Thanks for noticing. I was at your AHS talk - ur pretty funny too!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:14 PM

Thanks for noticing.

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

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on December 08, 2011
at 06:32 AM

1000 downvotes because it looks like useless, detractng spam

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

(3703)

on December 08, 2011
at 06:31 AM

dave, ur so funny sometimes

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on December 07, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Also, the HPA axis and the connection to modern chronic stress.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 07, 2011
at 01:25 PM

If I downvoted every answer that didn't directly address the question, I would be downvoting 80% of the answers on PaleoHacks. Dr. Kruse seems both brilliant and wacky, and has trouble communicating in a clear manner. Giving him tips on how to write more clearly (use fewer/more common words when possible, for example) is advice that he could use. Using the word optic in this context is not as clear as "viewpoint" or "point of view" or even "lens". It's a valid answer and should not be downvoted IMHO.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 07, 2011
at 01:14 PM

Nope, although as a T2 diabetic I do have concerns about going blind. Just a smart-alecky answer riffing on the work "optic" from the question.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on December 07, 2011
at 06:58 AM

Would be great to know more about Grave's disease, the only reference I found to it is zinc deficiency, but I don't really understand why/how.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on December 07, 2011
at 06:56 AM

I really want to learn more about allergies too. I read so much conflicting information. I grew up in a place where allergies are unheard of, besides fava beans (is is because of poor cooking, I believe), so I'd like to understand what can be done to prevent allergies.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

(6244)

on December 07, 2011
at 03:40 AM

These are all eye diseases - are you in that field?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 07, 2011
at 02:54 AM

Either way, Olivia did not bother to answer OP's question.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 07, 2011
at 02:48 AM

Who the hell cares? Everyone understands what he's trying ask, how about contributing to OP's question instead of debating on which synonym for "optic" would have been more appropriate?

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

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on December 06, 2011
at 11:47 PM

Your success is tied to limiting sugar and fruit. Fructose in table sugar and fructose in fruit are known to cause gout.

724ba4f39f7bbea7f74b45c0a79615f2

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on December 06, 2011
at 08:13 PM

+1. Add moderate depression and anxiety to the mix for adults, and you have some of the most heavily medicated problems, medicated with some of the scariest drugs, and so often (though certainly not always) solvable through more holistic living/eating.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on December 06, 2011
at 07:09 PM

No, optic is poor word choice. Lens would have been better, but then again, lens is not as fancy a word. However, perhaps he arrived at optic using a thesaurus and looking at synonyms of lens.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on December 06, 2011
at 06:31 PM

It's hilarious because not only is the use of 'optic' pretentious but it is not as accurate or precise as 'point of view' or 'perspective.'

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 06, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Thank you as well.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 06, 2011
at 06:14 PM

Thank you for helping us be able to better help you soon.

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:39 PM

Don't get me wrong, I resepct what you do Jack.

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:38 PM

I definitely had success with suppressing my seasonal allergies through Paleo.

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:37 PM

Can you just say "point of view" instead?

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Um, "optic" in this context conveys the idea of "viewing through a paleo/primal lens", so it absolutely makes sense. Lens/optic, see?

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Thank you for the awesome question and the intention behind it. It's a true community service. I've been working on attempts to help friends and family for a while, but my resources as an individual are limited and I can immediately see the value in the project you propose.

Of course, this list is informed by my personal experience and that of my close friends and family- I???m pretty protective of them and would love to have better resources to help hack their health.

  1. Osteoporosis- my mother has lost 5" and deals with considerable pain...
  2. Heart disease- lost both of my grandparents
  3. Alzheimers/dementia- participated in the care of multiple family members and friends-simply scary.
  4. stroke...
  5. Diabetes type 1- several members of my family
  6. Crohns- my cousin is only 42 and is already severely osteoporotic and in constant pain as a result
  7. Colitis-cousins
  8. Macular degeneration- mother losing sight and I have "interesting" issues with my retina since I was 16 years old.
  9. Primary hypertension & hypertensive renal disease- mom again...
  10. Nephritis- kidney disease
  11. Chronic Liver disease- Grandfather
  12. Lupus - multiple friends in constant pain
    Various cancers, particularly:
  13. Lymphomas- it's shocking how many people I know with various Lymphomas
  14. Breast Cancer- mom
  15. Colon Cancer- cousins

Many of my family and friends are suffering through these conditions with only a bit of symptom alleviation and management, and no true prevention or cure available... it's scary to see them go through this and just as scary to contemplate what might be in store for me (hopefully prevented by a Paleo diet.)

Thanks-I hope you get a lot of useful answers!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 06, 2011
at 06:14 PM

Thank you for helping us be able to better help you soon.

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:50 PM

  1. Depression
  2. Asthma
  3. Weight issues (other than obesity, which still sounds extreme)
  4. Obesity
  5. Diabetes/Type 2 diabetes
  6. High cholesterol
  7. ADHD
  8. Acne
  9. Migraines
  10. IBS
  11. Crohn's disease
  12. Cancer
  13. Addictive behaviors
  14. Hypothyroidism
  15. Autoimmune diseases

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on December 06, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Thank you as well.

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0b75543c87b5ac7c01714d79c1da502c

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:22 PM

In no particular order:

  1. Crohns/IBS
  2. Lupus
  3. Sjogrens
  4. MS
  5. Fibromyalgia
  6. Graves Disease
  7. Hashimoto's
  8. Rheumatoid Arthritis
  9. Lyme Disease
  10. Alzheimer's
  11. Depression
  12. Psoriasis
  13. Ankylosing Spondylitis
  14. Scleroderma
  15. Alopecia

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on December 07, 2011
at 06:58 AM

Would be great to know more about Grave's disease, the only reference I found to it is zinc deficiency, but I don't really understand why/how.

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8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

on December 07, 2011
at 03:52 AM

There is overlap in much of these.

In no particular order:

1) Allergies - nasal, food, eye, asthma, eczema, etc.

2) Brain issues - ADHD, bipolar, depression, Alzheimers, Parkinsons', dementia, senility, schizophrenia, MS, eating disorders, etc.

3) Metabolic issues - diabetes, PCOS, obesity etc.

4) Eye Diseases - Cataracts, Age Related Macular Degeneration

5) Thyroid issues - autoimmune, hypo, etc.

6) Heart Disease - atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, stroke, heart attacks, hypertension, etc.

7) Infertility, Reproduction, and Pregnancy complications, ED, menstrual cycle issues, sex hormone issues, etc.

8) GI issues - constipation, bloating, gas, GERD, diarrhea, IBS, celiac, Crohns, colitis, antibiotics, etc.

9) Autoimmunity, gut permeability, psoriasis, lupus

10) Cancer and tumors

11) Hormonal Imbalances - melatonin, sleep, circadian rhythms, cortisol, etc.

12) Hearing loss and smell loss

13) Infections

14) Physical Trauma - burns, cuts

15) Aging and nutritional deficiencies - which probably includes all of the above!

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

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on December 07, 2011
at 06:56 AM

I really want to learn more about allergies too. I read so much conflicting information. I grew up in a place where allergies are unheard of, besides fava beans (is is because of poor cooking, I believe), so I'd like to understand what can be done to prevent allergies.

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on December 06, 2011
at 08:24 PM

It's hard to list 15 because I think certain groups of disease have the same root cause, so I'll list the diseases I think need the most attention in terms of root cause:

1.Developmental disorders- in my future practice I hope to focus a lot on things that negatively impact development. I think this is the #1 aspect of health that is being hurt by modern society in terms of lack of education. Toxic chemicals from canned food, plastic toys, water bottles, hospital equipment, etc are having a huge effect on the development of our kids. I think many people who have had mysterious illnesses all their lives or had one that was triggered once they reached a certain age could have them explained by something that hurt them during their development either directly or by the lack of something. For example, now about 1 in every 3 women have a C section birth, and a CDC report found that only about 1 in 3 women were breastfeeding after 3 months. The implications of these numbers are huge. It means that all the babies born by C section and who aren't breastfed aren't getting the good bacteria they need to populate their gut and thus protect them from infections in the future, allow their immune system to recognize the difference between good bacteria and everything else and tolerate the good bacteria, and even allow their brain to develop properly in many cases. So I think if a baby has a mom who ate healthy, had low stress while pregnant, and avoided all these things, it's much more likely he or she won't have many of the other diseases I list below (of course it depends on the environment they grow up in and the diet/lifestyle they have as well).

2.Digestive disorders (leaky gut, dysbiosis, crohn's, UC, etc)- the root cause of most diseases imo is either located in the gut or started out there and spread to other areas. If you have a properly functioning gut with the proper balance of good and bad bacteria it's hard to have a chronic illness of any kind.

3.autoimmune disorders (food allergies, thyroid, MS, etc)

4.neurological disorders (depression, anxiety, ocd, adhd, autism, insomnia, etc)

5.metabolic disorders (obesity, diabetes, etc)

6.imbalanced hormones (thyroid, chronically elevated cortisol, estrogen dominance, etc)

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76c885d7d27e6c83542ea493ca866dcd

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:26 PM

Items 1-7: Autism

Items 8-15: ADD/ADHD

I think autism is important because there is certainly an indication that it is preventable, or is at least made more or less probable thru diet and other choices. It would be amazing to cut down on something that's so devastating to those who suffer from it.

I think ADD is important because it is SO quickly medicated, without any look to potential dietary changes. The blog posts I've seen parents write as to the immediate behavioral changes in their paleo kids when they have SAD foods is incredible.

724ba4f39f7bbea7f74b45c0a79615f2

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on December 06, 2011
at 08:13 PM

+1. Add moderate depression and anxiety to the mix for adults, and you have some of the most heavily medicated problems, medicated with some of the scariest drugs, and so often (though certainly not always) solvable through more holistic living/eating.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 16, 2012
at 10:51 PM

ARG, as someone who's been diagnosed with Asperger's and with a brother with Autism I am not "suffering" and neither is he. Yes, some of the physical repetitive/obsessive behaviors associated with certain kinds of autism can be treated by eliminating sources of discomfort and some therapy (esp. for motor skills). Eating well can be a management tool for behaviors and improve functioning, however autism cannot be "cured"- it is a state of being, a physiological and mental state, that is fundamental to who you are. It's not bad- it's just different.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 16, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Sorry, I do appreciate that there is a considerable amount of relief for those who have autism spectrum disorders associated with a healthy diet and lifestyle. I am for that 100%. This kind of language that it is some disease that should be prevented so these poor people don't have to suffer through it take away from the fact that it is a condition- a state of being, that is a core part of who the person who has ASD is, and if you remove ASD you would have a fundamentally different person. We just need to be sensitive about the language, otherwise it can seem demeaning.

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Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on December 06, 2011
at 08:56 PM

Since I haven't seen it mentioned, and for personal reasons, Gout. Paleo is counterintuitive to a lot you're told about treating Gout, but it's been an amazing turnaround for me in the last year or so. I'm hoping to be completely off the Allopurinol one day, but now, I still do need it to keep my UA levels down. Basically went from a vegetarian suffering from horrific attacks to a heavy meat eater who hasn't suffered one attack since making the switch to Paleo.

3a567c1637db69f1455ce35e78201a2c

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on December 06, 2011
at 11:47 PM

Your success is tied to limiting sugar and fruit. Fructose in table sugar and fructose in fruit are known to cause gout.

A4216f1b1e1f5ab3815bd91700905081

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on April 19, 2012
at 06:40 AM

Curious on the gout front, since I have two friends diagnosed. Given the uric acid correlation with meat consumption, have you noticed removal to be effective in reducing or eliminating flare-ups? Or is the high-level correlation with fructose enough to mitigate the meat factor?

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on April 20, 2012
at 09:14 AM

I'm not convinced that the meat/gout correlation really exists. I believe it does have much more to do with fructose, as Dextery notes. I still have not had a single flare up since switching to a paleo template. However, I also quit drinking any and all types of alcohol, and I believe this may be the biggest factor in holding my gout at bay. I am living proof that if you eat a healthy diet and stop drinking booze, you can control your gout without drugs. It's too bad nobody in the gout community will listen, as most still believe gout is directly tied to red meat consumption which is BS.

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on December 06, 2011
at 07:37 PM

  1. Depression
  2. Anxiety
  3. ADHD
  4. Pancreatic and other cancers
  5. Autoimmune disorders
  6. IBDs
  7. Schizophrenia
  8. Pneumonia
  9. Osteoporosis
  10. Arthritis
  11. Fibromyalgia
  12. Alzheimers/dementia/MCI
  13. Stroke
  14. Heart Disease
  15. Thyroid disorders

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95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on December 06, 2011
at 09:07 PM

Heart disease and hyperlipidemia

Osteoarthritis

Gout

Degenerative disc disease

NAFLD

Obesity

Fibromyalgia

Thyroid troubles (hypo and hyper)

Cancer

IBS

Hypertension

Prostatitis

Depression and anxiety

PCOS

Celiac disease

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on December 07, 2011
at 05:00 PM

Also, the HPA axis and the connection to modern chronic stress.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 06, 2011
at 09:03 PM

Several that would benefit myself and people close to me are:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Alzheimers
  3. Multiple Sclerosis
  4. Hypothyroidism
  5. Depression
  6. ADHD
  7. Testosterone/Hormonal problems
  8. Brain cancer

Others that seem to be common are pancreatic cancer and heart/blood pressure problems.

6
Cd717290eb43a6e17061f9920deed977

on December 06, 2011
at 04:32 PM

Osteoarthritis; Hypothyroid; Seasonal allergies

I'm listing these because I suffer from them, and I've found relief through paleo, so I know that a Paleo diet can actually address them.

Also, a LOT of people have these conditions, they are considered by mainstream healthcare to be conditions that can't be cured, and the medications used to help manage them truly suck!

I think in general that Paleo has promise dealing with any of the autoimmune diseases. Also, I'm guessing, cancers.

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:38 PM

I definitely had success with suppressing my seasonal allergies through Paleo.

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on December 06, 2011
at 11:23 PM

I want to see information put out there about the Paleo diet related to mental disorders. Life changes when the veil of deep depression/mania/anxiety/bipolar/etc. is lifted. If the general population could finally see and understand that eliminating neolithic agents of disease resolves their issues instead of band aiding them, many many people's lives could change for the better.

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on December 06, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Hepatitis C . I've seen lots hacked already on many of the aforementioned ailments. I've seen almost NOTHING on any of the hepatitis' and liver disease.

I've wondered if this might be because fat and protein are not so great on the liver in large quantity. While paleo is macro-nutrient agnostic (as RW says), it has a bias in the online forums for fat and protein.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on January 19, 2012
at 08:49 PM

nice one.......

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C4f1a0c70c4e0dea507c2e346c036bbd

on December 06, 2011
at 06:39 PM

Chrohns, Male Pattern Baldness Depression Insomnia GERD Epilepsy Temporal Brain Lesion Sciatic nerve pain Damaged Tail bone from sitting Cancer

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Huntingtons - because it seems as though there is not much help out there for people with Huntingtons, just a wait and see and then suffer which is unacceptable - is there anything a paleo/primal diet can do to alleviate the symptoms?

Lupus - I've had 2 family members pass from complications from Lupus - so sad what they went through from diagnosis to passing - so many terrible drugs and blank looks from the medical community. Also unacceptable. Especially since diet was NEVER discussed!

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:35 PM

For selfish reasons: Parkinson's (my mom) and IBS (me).

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

If you've been ancestral for more than 6 months, it's probably a true lifestyle by now but many people initially experiment with ancestral eating because of either nutrition or disease issues.

I think it's good to emphasize nutrition, because the competition re: weight loss is both intense and fragmented.

Educating people about sensible nutrition based on science that debunks recent myths would be a powerful step toward better disease management in the future.

Helping people "re-discover" fermented foods, cleaning up our meat and produce supplies and pressuring the food industry to use better preparation/fermentation of grain products are examples of nutrition-related initiatives that would have great leverage for all of us.

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on January 19, 2012
at 06:54 PM

I chose these because they either effect me or family members. In no particular order of importance.

  1. Psoriasis
  2. Depression/bipolar
  3. Eating disorders
  4. ADHD
  5. Allergies
  6. osteoarthritis
  7. Pcos
  8. Endometriosis
  9. Fertility/breastmilk production
  10. Prostate cancer
  11. Alcoholism
  12. Cavities/tooth decay (I'd love some good science here Nagel has a lot of quackery mixed with the good)
  13. Anxiety
  14. Menopause/perimenopausal symptoms
  15. PMS/PMDD

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on December 06, 2011
at 07:49 PM

  1. Glaucoma
  2. Cataracts
  3. Retinopathy
  4. Optic Neuritis
  5. Conjuctivitis
  6. Scleritis
  7. Keratitis
  8. Uveitis
  9. Macular Edema
  10. Ophthalmoparesis
  11. Myopia
  12. Astigmatism
  13. Presbyopia
  14. Xerophthalmia
  15. Nyctalopia

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 07, 2011
at 01:14 PM

Nope, although as a T2 diabetic I do have concerns about going blind. Just a smart-alecky answer riffing on the work "optic" from the question.

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on December 07, 2011
at 03:40 AM

These are all eye diseases - are you in that field?

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

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on December 08, 2011
at 06:31 AM

dave, ur so funny sometimes

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:14 PM

Thanks for noticing.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 08, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Thanks for noticing. I was at your AHS talk - ur pretty funny too!

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:23 PM

Attention deficit disorder

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on December 06, 2011
at 04:51 PM

Hypothyroidism, breast cancer and colon cancer.

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on January 19, 2012
at 06:16 PM

Most of my families history with low-mortality comes from direct correlation to alcoholism or drug abuse, so even though I am strongly concerned about the CHD, liver failure, diabetes issues... most of the things I think would make a profound impact would be the issues that my son (7yo) and myself have had to deal with in our lives.

Most notably - in the case of myself and my son, the following 4 are all related.

  1. ADHD
  2. Aspergers
  3. Depression
  4. Social Anxiety

As a secondary - but still along a psychological route.

  1. Food addiction

Finally - to share what personal ailments I've had and what I feel has helped to resolve them (or if it's still a struggle, hinted with the "ongoing"), I would still like to know the "why":

  1. IBS (diet)
  2. Obesity (diet and lifestyle) - Ongoing
  3. Chronic fatigue (diet and lifestyle)
  4. Carbohydrate Addiction (diet)
  5. Alcoholism (diet and lifestyle)
  6. Muscle Spasms (diet and lifestyle)
  7. Back pain (lifestyle) - Ongoing
  8. Early-onset arthritis in hips and shoulder (lifestyle) - Ongoing
  9. Skin irritations (diet and lifestyle)

MEH - PH changed my numbering - the intent was to have 1 - 14 ailments but the bulleting (even though I didn't select bulleting) decided to re-number between every paragraph. Oh well...

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2f6369abde3db516547dfab9dc8092b8

(48)

on December 07, 2011
at 05:05 PM

There are 2 areas I would like addressed even though I think these both are SYMPTOMS of other things:

  1. Insomnia. This tortures many people but the more I read and learn I think insomnia is a symptom of some other underlying issue. People are put on all sorts of medications including psychiatric medicine to help with this. I just read how insomnia can be a side effect of thyroid problems. hmmmm.......

  2. Gallbladder disease. Gallbladder removal is one, if not THE, top surgery performed in the US on a yearly basis and they target women age 40 and up for this. Again, I think gallbladder attacks and problems is really a SYMPTOM of some underlying problem.

It would be good to learn about what to look for that could be causing these two things since I believe many people have one or both.

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D45e43b08cd99a04f5d4294a871e1078

(1010)

on December 06, 2011
at 07:33 PM

Everything.

Every bad feeling we experience is caused by eating things we don't know how to digest. Learn that you must have respect for all the things we consume, because they will attack you, but since you are told that everything we eat is good, you lose your instinct. Humans are just a blob of ugly cancer, and that rare biodiversity on earth is the small amount of good left in the world.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 16, 2012
at 10:54 PM

That seems a little extreme- every bad feeling is caused by eating? I mean, I have an extra AV node in my heart I've had to have operated on (birth defect), surely that doesn't have to do with eating. My red-headed father got melanoma from sun exposure- not really related to food. We all die, any animal with dividing cells could get cancer, and I think it's a little crazy to think we can play "the-evolutionary-equivalent-of-god".

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13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on December 06, 2011
at 08:24 PM

dental issues stroke diabetes dementia

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E0250b1e6dc5ec1539ffb745042b4d80

(3651)

on March 02, 2012
at 11:46 AM

  1. Thyroid, general.
  2. Thyroid, advanced (rT3)
  3. Chrohn's, IBS
  4. Colitis
  5. Sinusitis
  6. Inflammation (high CRP)
  7. Chronic fatigue
  8. Insomnia/sleep apnea
  9. Alzheimer's
  10. Gallstones, kidney stones
  11. High blood pressure
  12. Low testosterone, for guys
  13. Low Progesterone, for women
  14. PCOS, also for women
  15. Infertility

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A03adfdd71be77f20e07d800bc19e3c4

(390)

on March 02, 2012
at 11:44 AM

So-called incurable diseases, for instance polio, muscular dystrophies (e.g. Duchenne, becker, limb girdle), hemophilia, terminal cancers.

I know it's a lot to ask for, but some of these diseases get very little attention from a medical/pharmaceutical point of view, because they are not very common. As a result the sufferer doesn't have a lot of options. Help, any help, will be greatly appreciated by patients and their families.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 16, 2012
at 10:58 PM

Well, hopefully we eradicate polio soon!! World will be a better place :)

1
319cdfcd8ec0467f34a3c5aeb2a5e045

on March 02, 2012
at 10:48 AM

Alzheimer's Macular Degeneration, ADHD/Add and Autism spectrum.

1
6651ee423be90b1bfc1e600ef0c53a5e

on January 20, 2012
at 05:33 AM

Epilepsy, Hepatitis C, Cancer. The first two because of loved ones. The third because it's way too common.

1
9f32a7a26645ba59321d4f38b7128bcf

(36)

on January 19, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Any mental illness, because they are physical illnesses.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on December 21, 2012
at 06:39 AM

And vice versa. The mind and body are one.

1
3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on December 08, 2011
at 03:41 AM

Stop treating diseases. Start treating health.

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006ca81dc32bffe07e580a62b092845d

(60)

on December 08, 2011
at 02:21 AM

diabetes anxiety depression adhd insomnia peri/menopausal weightloss cataract & eye issues aging brain

0
85b77a82134f27505431f42f4d4812eb

on December 21, 2012
at 03:06 AM

Lupus (several family members suffer from this), Cluster Headaches (I've had cluster headaches for 12 years now), and all forms of cancer

0
522e97b2363cc982e10d1202025b1763

on May 04, 2012
at 12:19 AM

This is completely selfish (because I have it), but it would be interesting to hack because it involves so many organ systems, and is a single-gene recessively inherited disease: cystic fibrosis, caused by a mutation in a membrane bound protein called CFTR--influences ionic transport across epithelial membranes (and probably other things--but that is what kills). Median age of survival, 37. My age, 51.

related (secondary) illnesses: obstructive pulmonary disease, with eventual need for transplant vs. pulmonary failure systemic inflammation secondary to ongoing lung infections pancreatic insufficiency with malabsorption and risk for distal bowl obstruction biliary issues from hell cholelithiasis and "sludge" often requiring cholecystectomy renal problems secondary to antibiotic use gut dysbiosis secondary to same osteoporosis, almost guaranteed if you are female and live long enough hemorrhoids if you live long enough depression and anxiety (gee, why?) So...I'm thinking of dunking my body in ice and eating butter (with a lot of pancrease) What say you, Dr Jack? I'm loving your blog. Just found it a couple of weeks ago. BTW: my guess on Factor X is carbon dioxide:-)

0
2a01aeff01392a730bf32c7dbea99d4e

on April 19, 2012
at 06:14 AM

1.ulcerative colitis 2.yeast infections 3.eczema 4.Autism 5.Mental Health Disorders, esp. schizophrenia and adhd 6.arthritis 7.Bacterial infections 8.The flu 9.Type 1 Diabetes 10. Gout 11. Cancer 12. asthma 13. Allergies 14. Alzheimer's and Dementia 15. Damage from lightening strikes (this is not a joke, now several people who have been struck- seems to cause transient neurological and other issues).

0
B2ed5c2c1eac1f16594a2cad23361ccd

(0)

on March 16, 2012
at 08:58 PM

Stroke recovery (as opposed to prevention). In other words, would stroke patients in recovery benefit, physically and/or cognitively, from the Paleo Diet, and if so, to what extent? Cheers.

0
56f582b9732391185932dc324c3b64f5

(0)

on March 02, 2012
at 02:39 PM

I suggest fibromyalia and chronic fatigue syndrome because allopathic medicine just prescribes pain killers and muscle relaxers, which does nothing to address the heart of the matter--healing the body. I was diagnosed seven years ago when it was so bad that I literally had to crawl from my bed to the bathroom. My health has improved since that low point, but I know that there is a lot more that I could be doing to help my body heal itself. All the doctors I've seen know nothing about how to do it though.

I would also suggest autism because I have friends with autistic children who want to know how to best help their children with these special needs.

0
B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 02, 2012
at 11:00 AM

Sleep issues, Allergies & Acne. That is all.

0
3fe2bf1367970868757ddf7ed7c62531

(817)

on January 19, 2012
at 06:25 PM

Asthma and COPD

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7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on December 06, 2011
at 04:10 PM

Using words like "optic" instead of something that makes sense like "viewpoint".

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on December 06, 2011
at 07:09 PM

No, optic is poor word choice. Lens would have been better, but then again, lens is not as fancy a word. However, perhaps he arrived at optic using a thesaurus and looking at synonyms of lens.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 06, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Um, "optic" in this context conveys the idea of "viewing through a paleo/primal lens", so it absolutely makes sense. Lens/optic, see?

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

(3703)

on December 08, 2011
at 06:32 AM

1000 downvotes because it looks like useless, detractng spam

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on December 07, 2011
at 02:54 AM

Either way, Olivia did not bother to answer OP's question.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 07, 2011
at 01:25 PM

If I downvoted every answer that didn't directly address the question, I would be downvoting 80% of the answers on PaleoHacks. Dr. Kruse seems both brilliant and wacky, and has trouble communicating in a clear manner. Giving him tips on how to write more clearly (use fewer/more common words when possible, for example) is advice that he could use. Using the word optic in this context is not as clear as "viewpoint" or "point of view" or even "lens". It's a valid answer and should not be downvoted IMHO.

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