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Do you get sick?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 15, 2010 at 1:03 PM

I used to get sick monthly, not always major.. But icks cruds colds etc...

In 2 years I haven't gotten a sniffle excepting crud feeling from gluten/excess fructose that I can tie directly back to a poor meal choice

Is your immune system on overdrive yet?

Edit: I just got sick, wicked sinus infection. However, it was immediately the day after an inadvertent gluten exposure(mental note: be sure when you trust someone that brings you something gluten free that you still ask all the ingredients).

Still convinced in the absence of this inadvertent exposure, I'd still be fine.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on January 23, 2011
at 10:42 PM

I still eat cheese, cream and butter, but no milk or icecream. My immune system is much stronger now. ONly time I got sick was when camping when I was eating some bread and other less healthful food items prepared by others. Someone else in the club had a nasty flu and I caught it,b ut on the plus side, I was only mildly ill with it and it only slowed me down a little.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on January 23, 2011
at 10:39 PM

I'd have the doc check other things besides just cholesterol, like test for inflammation, plaque buildup, blood pressure, etc. If those things are good, then much less to worry about. THere are lots of people with high cholesterol and no problems so you have to look beyond just cholesterol as an indicator.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on January 23, 2011
at 04:46 PM

See now that we combined another, these comments look totally out of place :)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on January 23, 2011
at 04:31 PM

Sigh, sarcasm. Highly unappreciated in this context.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on January 18, 2011
at 02:51 PM

It's actually not at all encouraged to post duplicates. We regularly combine and delete duplicates...

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

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on December 03, 2010
at 03:04 PM

thanks for sharing everyone, i am sure you all knew i was tongue in cheek here. i think we probably all have varying immunity strengths. i very rarely get sick too, but when i do, i am a baby about it ha.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 03, 2010
at 02:51 PM

I have had this experience as well.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 03, 2010
at 02:50 PM

Almost 20 years ago I started dating a kindergarten teacher (we are now married). She was almost never sick. I got sick constantly for two years and then I was only sick when she was (but usually worse). I have been paleo for ~9 months - she is a carboholic and we are both overweight. She doesn't get sick often, but it will last for several days to a week. My daughters are usually sick at the same time for roughly similar timeframes. First one, then the other... About half the time, I don't catch anything - the other half, I get a much milder version, am over it within a day - 2 at the most.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 03, 2010
at 02:47 PM

Almost 20 years ago I started dating a kindergarten teacher (we are now married). She was almost never sick. I got sick constantly for two years. I have been paleo for ~9 months - she is pretty much a carboholic and we are both overweight. She doesn't get sick often, but it will last for several days to a week. My daughters are usually sick at the same time for roughly similar timeframes. First one, then the other... About half the time, I don't catch anything - the other half, I get a much milder version and am over it within a day (2 at the most).

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 03, 2010
at 02:41 PM

Haha! Could be 'induction flu'... Probably not fair to compare until you are paleo for a while and know your vitamin D levels. But I always enjoy a contrarian!

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 03, 2010
at 12:59 PM

Drop a sudafed tablet in a cup of mead.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 03, 2010
at 03:21 AM

good to know, i will have to keep on going. haha

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on December 03, 2010
at 03:08 AM

yup I am in high school with many sick friends. I also have younger sibilings in public school, one of whom was sick last week I'm fine :)

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on December 02, 2010
at 11:41 PM

@Jae, my experience has been very similar. I had one more virus recently, in late September, but I was seriously sleep-deprived; probably more than I had ever been in my life. And the reason I was doing the sleep deprivation, amusingly, was that I thought I could get away with it, since I had never been sick since switching to paleo. I thought "I'm paleo, there's no way I'll get sick." Of course I did. But it only lasted two days, and was very mild.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on December 02, 2010
at 11:35 PM

No worries, there's no rule against posting similar questions (and you can see that Patrik kind of encourages it, in the FAQs). I just like to always mention other threads, probably because I'm a dork.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 02, 2010
at 10:48 PM

Paleo is the diet that lets you drink wine and tequila!

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 02, 2010
at 10:47 PM

This is a tough one to nail down. Although my diet here was quasi-paleo, it was meat-free. So that's one variable. On the other hand, my ex doesn't believe in blinds (well belief has nothing to do with it...she just moved in and hasn't put any in) and I was getting a ton of light. Bought an eye mask for sleeping about the time I got sick. High carb? Sleep-deprived? Exposed to novel bugs? Hard to tease out cause and effect. Interesting to hear your experience though.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 02, 2010
at 10:44 PM

Interesting. I, too, felt the need for liver. Hard to say if it played a role in helping me kick the thing but it definitely felt good to eat. Even if my recipe was terrible. For the record I pureed the calf liver in my food processor and added it to ground beef that I had pan seared. Put the meat in with coconut milk and red curry paste and baked in the Dutch oven for ten minutes. With ground beef only, it's great. With liver, not so much...

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 02, 2010
at 10:41 PM

I did a search on this question and missed it. Thanks for the link. I'll look at the other thread as well.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on December 02, 2010
at 09:38 PM

Interesting on the caffeine. That would never have occurred to me.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on December 02, 2010
at 09:37 PM

We were trying to "gather data" on this a while ago: http://paleohacks.com/questions/10269/do-you-get-sick My answer by the way is: I'm definitely better off, but it's hard to say what it is: lower sugar intake, lower gluten, higher vitamin D, more meat, etc. But whatever it is, it's probably something to do with paleo.

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

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on November 15, 2010
at 08:00 PM

Ah, I see - someone who has to manufacture sick days - as do I! Haven't had so much as the sniffles in >4 years (that's when I started counting). Can't attribute it to paleo, though, because I am only moderately paleo now, and wasn't at all paleo (but I was low carb) starting four years ago.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 15, 2010
at 05:23 AM

Anyhow, give it a try. Go dairy-free for 30 days, see what happens.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on November 15, 2010
at 05:17 AM

I can tell you that I had some sinus inflammation/congestion that went away pronto when I cut dairy by about 90%. (Well, I kept eating butter, mix of goat and cow, but cut other dairy by about 90%: it's kind of like I'm orthodox paleo plus butter, but other dairy is in my 10% "gray area," along with occasional 90% dark chocolate and alcohol.) Cutting dairy could make a difference with viruses, but in my case the sinus inflammation was not viral. In your case it's not either? Sinus inflammation as I guess you already know can lead to coughing, when the icky stuff drips down into the throat.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on September 21, 2010
at 10:38 PM

My exercise didn't change, my sleep got worse as little as 2hrs/night, but I haven't been sick since I've been paleo and supplementing with o3, D3 and K, not even a sniffle. My husband and youngest child have also managed to stay well. Our other 2 kids at home who aren't so compliant? One has a cold right now.

3f61ba25dff05b513c7769a22408169a

on September 16, 2010
at 05:10 PM

I sometimes have the micro-cold after having an oaked/tannic wine. But I am allergic to oak so hey, 1+1=2 for me.

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on September 16, 2010
at 12:49 PM

Yes! Micro-colds! This is a good name for them. The few times I have been ill since going Paleo it's exactly the same: I feel like I'm getting a cold ("Oh no, I'm getting sick!") but then the next day I'm fine!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 16, 2010
at 09:33 AM

http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/why-eat-5-portions-3.html This article talks about that study

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 16, 2010
at 03:29 AM

So he's saying... if you don't get sick, then actually you ARE sick, with inflammation. SOunds like total bs to me. When you are in a chronic state of attacking mostly yourself and piles of pollen and food, you are NOT in a better condition to fight disease.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 16, 2010
at 12:45 AM

BTW, I couldn't tell if the "and if not" in your comment to your question referred to "do you get sick" or to "is your immune system on overdrive yet."

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 16, 2010
at 12:39 AM

I couldn't tell if the "and if not" in your comment to your question referred to "do you get sick" or to "is your immune system on overdrive yet."

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 16, 2010
at 12:18 AM

Agree 100% on comment, was kinda hoping to fish out some outliers

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 15, 2010
at 09:49 PM

All kinds of alcohol :) Well, except beer these days. I think wine makes me feel the worst though.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 09:16 PM

Red is my cheat,half glass 4+ days a week... Glad I don't have that allergy!

D0a103cafaf4768c6dc69b1772a55877

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on September 15, 2010
at 09:04 PM

What kind of alcohol- I recently had issue feeling like crap after having red wine... turns out to be a minor allergy lots of people have.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 15, 2010
at 05:28 PM

They seem to correlate with alcohol...actually, maybe I'm just hung over...LOL

8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

(2433)

on September 15, 2010
at 05:13 PM

Indeed. Micro-cold is the new cold.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 04:06 PM

Do these correlate with fruit/sugar intake? Do you foodlog?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 03:53 PM

Scroll down 2/3 of page to see why http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/why-eat-5-portions-3.html

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 03:11 PM

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=76

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on September 15, 2010
at 03:03 PM

Speaking of which, I just got called home to care for him since he was just sent home with "stomach flu".

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 01:04 PM

Oh and if not, do you have theories as to why?

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A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

on December 02, 2010
at 09:54 PM

I've wondered the same thing lately. I've been on mostly paleo (except some raw milk, heavy cream, keifer) since early summer and I haven't been sick since last winter. It's unheard of in my life. By this time of the year, with the weather changes and bouts of heavy winds in Southern California, and exposure to other sick people at work, I should be getting colds, hay fever, and so on. Nada.

Also as I go through various combinations of stress, less than optimal sleep, coffee, some alcohol (wine and tequila mostly) that normally guarantees I'd start feeling weak and down and eventually come down with something. Nothing. I'm the only one I know who isn't wearing a coat yet because the cold and the wind is way more bearable (I'm even just wearing t-shirts outside at night). I did workouts and sprints out on the windiest day lately. No flare ups or congestions. It's a little spooky. But then I remember reading about the Powhatan Indians who would pride themselves on going mostly clothes-free even in the winter months. So it can be done.

The only near-illness event was when I woke up one morning with the signs of needing to vomit. The strong tingly feeling in the back of the mouth, upset stomach feeling, and sudden feeling of heat coming from the head. I wander to the bathroom thinking it must be food poisoning or something. But by the time I'm standing over the toilet, it all goes away as quickly as it came. And that was it. Never had that experience before. When the signs are there, the vomit would always follow. What's up with that?

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 02, 2010
at 10:48 PM

Paleo is the diet that lets you drink wine and tequila!

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on December 02, 2010
at 09:39 PM

I used to get sick about 2-3 times a year. I haven't been sick in about a year. When I did get sick, it would take about 5-7 days to run it's course. I just got sick for the first time this week. It just so happened to be directly after Thanksgiving, where my diet fell off a bit, and I drank too much whiskey with my brother who was in town. The only difference this time was, I kicked it in 2 days (albeit, harsh ones) by cutting out all carbs, and making bone broth soup and grass-fed liver for dinner both nights. Felt like new this morning.

I heart Paleo.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on December 02, 2010
at 10:44 PM

Interesting. I, too, felt the need for liver. Hard to say if it played a role in helping me kick the thing but it definitely felt good to eat. Even if my recipe was terrible. For the record I pureed the calf liver in my food processor and added it to ground beef that I had pan seared. Put the meat in with coconut milk and red curry paste and baked in the Dutch oven for ten minutes. With ground beef only, it's great. With liver, not so much...

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on December 02, 2010
at 09:24 PM

This is absolutely true to my experience. I'm particularly interested that you found that high carb but mostly paleo foods made a (negative) difference. The thing that almost guarantees that I'll get ill is increased caffeine.

It's also striking that my immunity improved so much on paleo, whereas before, when I was eating plates of healthy raw cabbage and steamed carrot and lots of legumes daily, I was constantly getting sick to the constant amusement of my health-sceptic friends.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on December 02, 2010
at 09:38 PM

Interesting on the caffeine. That would never have occurred to me.

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8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on September 15, 2010
at 01:39 PM

I have had the exact same experience.

I used to get very very ill at least twice a year - lung congestion, coughing, stuffed head, sore throat, ending up with my losing my voice and, usually, an ear infection. i could be sick as long as two weeks during these bouts.

I also got every sniffle and cough that the kids or my hubs brought home from school (husband teaches public school) and these would last several days and make me miserable.

I can honestly say in the 3 years that I've been Paleo I have not been ill more than a single day at a time. I no longer have the big, nasty illnesses and if I DO get sick it is MILD and I'm fit the very next day. As a person who has been a "sickie" her whole life, this has been awesome and is one of the very very best things about Paleo for me. If the lifestyle did NOTHING else but make me this disease-resistant I'd still do it!

Oh, and I have suffered from bad asthma since I was a tiny child - humidifiers, drugs, had to carry an inhaler with me at all times, a few emergency room visits. Now I don't even know where my inhaler is. I have had only TWO asthma attacks since a few months into Paleo and both were mild.

Frickin' awesome!

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5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on December 03, 2010
at 06:55 AM

Immunity? No. Increased resistance? Yes.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 03, 2010
at 02:58 AM

I haven't been sick since I started paleo. In the last few weeks, everyone at work has one by one gotten sick and taken days off with some kinda nasty throat thing. Three days ago, I felt it starting to tickle at the back of my throat so I went to bed early that night and slept extra. The next day, I still felt slightly tired but no other symptoms so I went to bed early again and that seems to have been the end of it. Take that you germs!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 03, 2010
at 02:51 PM

I have had this experience as well.

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691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 03, 2010
at 01:15 AM

Nope, I am sick right now actually. Anyone here Paleo and a teacher and spends time with kids a lot? I'd like to hear you brag about your immune system then! Haha. Man I hate being sick. Is Nyquil paleo?

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on December 03, 2010
at 03:08 AM

yup I am in high school with many sick friends. I also have younger sibilings in public school, one of whom was sick last week I'm fine :)

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 03, 2010
at 03:04 PM

thanks for sharing everyone, i am sure you all knew i was tongue in cheek here. i think we probably all have varying immunity strengths. i very rarely get sick too, but when i do, i am a baby about it ha.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 03, 2010
at 02:50 PM

Almost 20 years ago I started dating a kindergarten teacher (we are now married). She was almost never sick. I got sick constantly for two years and then I was only sick when she was (but usually worse). I have been paleo for ~9 months - she is a carboholic and we are both overweight. She doesn't get sick often, but it will last for several days to a week. My daughters are usually sick at the same time for roughly similar timeframes. First one, then the other... About half the time, I don't catch anything - the other half, I get a much milder version, am over it within a day - 2 at the most.

691f120a3e7a1a036845d105d86c99a3

(3641)

on December 03, 2010
at 03:21 AM

good to know, i will have to keep on going. haha

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 03, 2010
at 02:47 PM

Almost 20 years ago I started dating a kindergarten teacher (we are now married). She was almost never sick. I got sick constantly for two years. I have been paleo for ~9 months - she is pretty much a carboholic and we are both overweight. She doesn't get sick often, but it will last for several days to a week. My daughters are usually sick at the same time for roughly similar timeframes. First one, then the other... About half the time, I don't catch anything - the other half, I get a much milder version and am over it within a day (2 at the most).

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on December 03, 2010
at 12:59 PM

Drop a sudafed tablet in a cup of mead.

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0242b468fe1c97997749db416c92e7ed

(4528)

on September 15, 2010
at 03:11 PM

I love this thread! I've been paleo for about 18 months now, and haven't been sick once - not even a mild cold (and I work in an office where everyone is sick pretty much constantly - they seem to take turns passing colds back and forth to each another). My husband hasn't been sick either - AND his crazy-bad seasonal allergies magically disappeared this year.

Coincidence? I think not!!

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1759614d2ac38131d8004c50da2d9899

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

I never got a cold for the past two years but I catched one recently after starting Paleo. Take that now.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 03, 2010
at 02:41 PM

Haha! Could be 'induction flu'... Probably not fair to compare until you are paleo for a while and know your vitamin D levels. But I always enjoy a contrarian!

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on January 23, 2011
at 10:24 PM

I just got a virus that has felled all of my co-workers with severe symptoms for a week+. In my case, I felt "kinda sick" for 2 days and then fine. No symptoms beyond that. It was that feeling in the beginning of getting sick where you know you're battling a virus, except in this case I routed the opposing army and slaughtered them as they fled. This was the first such problem in almost exactly 6 months, where I used to get fully sick every 2 months.

I suspect that vitamin D has a lot to do with it, but less inflammation and less available glucose for various pathogens to consume also helps.

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77732bf6bf2b8a360f523ef87c3b7523

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on December 02, 2010
at 09:42 PM

I want to add a partially contradictory note. This is one aspect of the Paleo experience that has failed me so far. I've gotten sick three times in 18 months, which is better than average (for me) but hardly bulletproof.

Those illnesses have coincided neatly with periods of sleep deprivation, though, so I think I know where my Achilles heel is.

On the bright side, two of those colds resolved much more quickly than in the past (3-4 days as opposed to 6-7), and the third lingered for about 7 days but was pretty mild throughout.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on December 02, 2010
at 10:47 PM

This is a tough one to nail down. Although my diet here was quasi-paleo, it was meat-free. So that's one variable. On the other hand, my ex doesn't believe in blinds (well belief has nothing to do with it...she just moved in and hasn't put any in) and I was getting a ton of light. Bought an eye mask for sleeping about the time I got sick. High carb? Sleep-deprived? Exposed to novel bugs? Hard to tease out cause and effect. Interesting to hear your experience though.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on December 02, 2010
at 11:41 PM

@Jae, my experience has been very similar. I had one more virus recently, in late September, but I was seriously sleep-deprived; probably more than I had ever been in my life. And the reason I was doing the sleep deprivation, amusingly, was that I thought I could get away with it, since I had never been sick since switching to paleo. I thought "I'm paleo, there's no way I'll get sick." Of course I did. But it only lasted two days, and was very mild.

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5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

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on September 18, 2010
at 05:53 PM

I'm not one who's ever gotten sick a lot - maybe once every two to three years. (Don't tell my bosses, okay?) Ask me again in five to ten years!

145d4b0f988af15acc6b26eccc1f4895

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on November 15, 2010
at 08:00 PM

Ah, I see - someone who has to manufacture sick days - as do I! Haven't had so much as the sniffles in >4 years (that's when I started counting). Can't attribute it to paleo, though, because I am only moderately paleo now, and wasn't at all paleo (but I was low carb) starting four years ago.

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47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 15, 2010
at 10:10 PM

Answer: one year paleo, only one minor case of the sniffles, and I'm pretty sure it was because I was away from work and felt like I had nothing to do. (Apathy --> Illness.)

Comment: This is a great question, I was going to ask it myself, in the tradition of the paleo polls we sometimes conduct here. Can I suggest also, in the tradition of our honest self-criticism, that if there are paleos out there who are just as sick as before or maybe even more sick -- that they let us know? I'd really like to see some data that is (are) as unbiased as possible.

And speaking of bias: I suspect that in many cases there are significant confounders: the improved health might be caused by improved sleep and exercise. But I can say in my case that sleep and exercise didn't change. It was only the diet. For whatever that's worth.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 16, 2010
at 12:39 AM

I couldn't tell if the "and if not" in your comment to your question referred to "do you get sick" or to "is your immune system on overdrive yet."

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 16, 2010
at 12:18 AM

Agree 100% on comment, was kinda hoping to fish out some outliers

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 16, 2010
at 12:45 AM

BTW, I couldn't tell if the "and if not" in your comment to your question referred to "do you get sick" or to "is your immune system on overdrive yet."

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on September 21, 2010
at 10:38 PM

My exercise didn't change, my sleep got worse as little as 2hrs/night, but I haven't been sick since I've been paleo and supplementing with o3, D3 and K, not even a sniffle. My husband and youngest child have also managed to stay well. Our other 2 kids at home who aren't so compliant? One has a cold right now.

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4a585ea8059f71614597a56805cc60c7

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on September 15, 2010
at 04:18 PM

I also used to get pretty ill at least every other month, we mainly attributed to auto-immune disease but since going into a more paleo focused diet I haven't had any rounds with it. Really, I don't care if it's a coincidence or not, I'm just HAPPY! :D

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9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 15, 2010
at 04:03 PM

Does anyone else get what I now call "micro-colds"? I'll feel like I'm coming down with something and then feel tired for a day or two, and then feel fine. In the past I'd end up with a terrible sore throat/runny nose/etc. but these days it seems to pass me by.

8e3782b68e033763485472f414f507a5

(2433)

on September 15, 2010
at 05:13 PM

Indeed. Micro-cold is the new cold.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 09:16 PM

Red is my cheat,half glass 4+ days a week... Glad I don't have that allergy!

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on September 16, 2010
at 12:49 PM

Yes! Micro-colds! This is a good name for them. The few times I have been ill since going Paleo it's exactly the same: I feel like I'm getting a cold ("Oh no, I'm getting sick!") but then the next day I'm fine!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 04:06 PM

Do these correlate with fruit/sugar intake? Do you foodlog?

D0a103cafaf4768c6dc69b1772a55877

(421)

on September 15, 2010
at 09:04 PM

What kind of alcohol- I recently had issue feeling like crap after having red wine... turns out to be a minor allergy lots of people have.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 15, 2010
at 09:49 PM

All kinds of alcohol :) Well, except beer these days. I think wine makes me feel the worst though.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 15, 2010
at 05:28 PM

They seem to correlate with alcohol...actually, maybe I'm just hung over...LOL

3f61ba25dff05b513c7769a22408169a

on September 16, 2010
at 05:10 PM

I sometimes have the micro-cold after having an oaked/tannic wine. But I am allergic to oak so hey, 1+1=2 for me.

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3eb3f79868b24b3df4450ea2d4f9a5d5

(2387)

on September 15, 2010
at 03:18 PM

I haven't been sick since going paleo more than two years ago. Meanwhile I even dropped my last, "mysterious" allergy that had accompanied me for 20 years. Not even the tiniest of micro-colds. That alone, man, that alone is worth it all.

Theories? I think it was Taubes who explained a few things about Vitamin C uptake versus sugar and I guess by now most of us will be able to guess that a healthy endocrine system has the power to accomplish almost anything in this regard.

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211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on September 15, 2010
at 03:04 PM

I haven't gotten sick once since I started eating paleo, but then again I almost never got sick back when I was eating crap. I don't know if it should even be considered a good sign.

Here's Art Ayers' take:

http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/2009/04/inflammatory-protection-from-swine-flu.html

"One of the symptoms of high chronic inflammation is many years without a day of sick leave. It is hard for a pathogen to get a foothold when the immune system is already provoked by inflammation. Even food and harmless pollen is attacked with vigor and lots of sneezing."

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 16, 2010
at 03:29 AM

So he's saying... if you don't get sick, then actually you ARE sick, with inflammation. SOunds like total bs to me. When you are in a chronic state of attacking mostly yourself and piles of pollen and food, you are NOT in a better condition to fight disease.

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on September 15, 2010
at 01:31 PM

I've been a lot more successful fending off illness the last year or so as well - especially impressive to me as I've got a toddler in day care who gets sick and brings illness into the house all the time!

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on September 15, 2010
at 03:03 PM

Speaking of which, I just got called home to care for him since he was just sent home with "stomach flu".

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42321851a87415b340d215f629e574dc

on September 15, 2010
at 01:28 PM

I actually have gotten sick, but the experience was quick and painless compared to how being ill used to affect me. There have only been two instances of this:

1) Nasty Head Cold - A really nasty cold went around the office. I was tired with a sore throat for a day and bounced back. My other coworkers were sick for over a week and for most of them the cold progressed to lung congestion and a nasty cough!

2) My wife and I were symptomatic this summer for 9 days including stomach aches, diarrhea, cramping, etc. The doctors rules out food poisoning, bacteria, and parasites. The entire time we kept eating right and maintained our energy levels. I only missed a day of work and she only missed two before things cleared up. I think this would have been much worse if we did not eat as well as we do. By the way, we are adventurous eaters so there really is not telling what we had.

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40831f2fbc8f921a6b394545f71bec2b

on January 10, 2012
at 10:42 PM

never used to be sick; removed dairy and now always have a cold...miserable

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on January 24, 2011
at 06:06 PM

I've been Paleo (not 100% compliant though, closer to 90%, increasing over time) since March. I still have gotten several colds and a few cases of upset stomach (diarrhea or constipation). I don't track it all that closely but I bet I could say the colds are caused by a few nights of less than 8 hours sleep, dairy, or sugar. And I'd say the upset stomach is caused by gluten exposure or foods that are too spicy. I'm hoping that my immune system will improve with my diet and I'll get sick less often!!

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Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

on January 23, 2011
at 07:02 PM

I feel much better though I may occasionally feel sick !

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239c765fa12bf9fa6b7a7bc0686e019d

on January 18, 2011
at 12:26 PM

I've noticed that since beginning paleo my immunity is much stronger.. for instance, last week i got run over by a tractor but, although a little sore, i got up and walked away and went to my dance class... and, just before christmas, i accidently fell from a 5 storey building, onto my head, but apart from a slight headache for the rest of the day, i was fine...

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on January 23, 2011
at 04:31 PM

Sigh, sarcasm. Highly unappreciated in this context.

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on November 14, 2010
at 11:47 PM

I'm depressed because I started being paleo in August, and had high hopes for not getting as sick this year (I almost always get a bout of bronchitis in the winter, even with high vitamin D supplementation) but now I'm hacking as much as ever, and we're going on the third week. I see no relief in sight.
A question for those of you who don't get sick anymore - have you eliminated the dairy too? I still eat cheese and cream and butter, it doesn't seem to affect me, but maybe it is affecting my immune system?
Any thoughts would be helpful. Anyone else out there on paleo who is still getting as sick as I am?

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(9647)

on November 15, 2010
at 05:23 AM

Anyhow, give it a try. Go dairy-free for 30 days, see what happens.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 15, 2010
at 05:17 AM

I can tell you that I had some sinus inflammation/congestion that went away pronto when I cut dairy by about 90%. (Well, I kept eating butter, mix of goat and cow, but cut other dairy by about 90%: it's kind of like I'm orthodox paleo plus butter, but other dairy is in my 10% "gray area," along with occasional 90% dark chocolate and alcohol.) Cutting dairy could make a difference with viruses, but in my case the sinus inflammation was not viral. In your case it's not either? Sinus inflammation as I guess you already know can lead to coughing, when the icky stuff drips down into the throat.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on January 23, 2011
at 10:42 PM

I still eat cheese, cream and butter, but no milk or icecream. My immune system is much stronger now. ONly time I got sick was when camping when I was eating some bread and other less healthful food items prepared by others. Someone else in the club had a nasty flu and I caught it,b ut on the plus side, I was only mildly ill with it and it only slowed me down a little.

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65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

on September 20, 2010
at 06:24 PM

I can't remember the last time I have gotten sick. I might have been 4-5 years ago. I only get the occasional hay-fever allergy when playing sports out on grass fields.

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(1227)

on September 20, 2010
at 06:22 PM

I tried to make a comment to WCC Paul's Answer, but it does not seem to have taken. I may not be as well as I feel. I have been feeling great on a month and a half of Paleo until early this morning when I woke up nauseous after having a supper of coconut curry with leftover pork roast. I went to the kitchen to get some ginger, but fainted before I could get it. I hit my head and ended up in the ER. They gave me an EKG, CAT scan and a chest X-ray plus 7 staples to close the wound on my scalp. All were ok. It's recommended that I see a cardiologist. I dread this because I took myself off 10 mm Statin in April. My Cholesterol w/o statin is high (325) HDL is also high. I refused an IV because I didn't want the glucose to be invading my system. I didn't tell the ER doc about my diet, but did tell him I didn't believe in cholesterol theory of heart disease. He takes the statins himself, but did not give me a hard time. Is anyone else on the fence about taking low dose statins?

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on January 23, 2011
at 10:39 PM

I'd have the doc check other things besides just cholesterol, like test for inflammation, plaque buildup, blood pressure, etc. If those things are good, then much less to worry about. THere are lots of people with high cholesterol and no problems so you have to look beyond just cholesterol as an indicator.

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A6e2b231f69366ce825476c5a6dcfff6

(1967)

on September 20, 2010
at 03:50 PM

I've just about kicked the back to school bug. This is the first time I've gotten sick since I started paleo in January. I had cheated and eaten a sandwich a day or two before I started feeling ill. This cold has been making it's way through my workplace. I did notice that most of the people who got it have had chest congestion and coughing for a little over a week. My symptoms are almost gone and I'm only on day 3. I didn't miss any work.
Since I've gotten used to listening to my body, I ended up fasting for the first 24 hours. When my appetite returned had a very hardy and spicy chowder, which helped flush my sinuses out.
I did use the old TB cure. I spent my day sitting in the sun, breathing fresh air, bundled up to stay warm. It was about 50F.

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06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on September 18, 2010
at 06:20 PM

Paleo eating as well as supplementation with Vit D3 has kept me free of illness for over two years. I suspect for me it is my Vit D3 level of 72 ng/ml more than it is paleo eating.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on September 16, 2010
at 03:36 AM

I haven't been sick since going paleo, maybe about 8 months ago. SIckness has traveled through the work place several times but I have not gotten it. I have not deliberately attempted to improve sleep. I had for a long time been making sure to get good levels of sleep because it is so important. HOwever, in recent months, I just sleep less and need less sleep, so in reality, I am getting less sleep than in the past. Exercise levels are similar but maybe I do a bit more hiking and a bit less gym. I just like hiking more than the gym and have found a really cool place to hike nearby.

Why do I think this is? I remember reading in a couple of places about how sugar levels in the blood profoundly influence white blood cell efficiency. I think it was a 12 times improvement when no sugar had been consumed for a long time than right after sugar intake. It was an amazing difference. THis alone could account for massively increased effectiveness of the immune system when sugar intake is low. Not to mention probably tons of other benefits to overall improved health.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 16, 2010
at 09:33 AM

http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/why-eat-5-portions-3.html This article talks about that study

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C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on September 16, 2010
at 02:37 AM

I haven't been "sick" since around 2006. I didn't really go paleo til this year so I'm unsure why. No colds, flu, etc. I don't count hangovers though ;)

Seasonal allergies are another story. This past spring was the worst.

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D0a103cafaf4768c6dc69b1772a55877

on September 15, 2010
at 09:03 PM

I really don't get sick anymore at all with 2 exceptions-

  1. If I let stress rule my life and I don't get enough sleep- no amount of healthy eating can save my rear.
  2. If I drink too much red wine (and I don't mean drunk). Turns out that red wine can cause allergy restricted breathing.

I used to get sick every month.

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37f1450fbce9bcbcf6736425936553d2

(415)

on September 15, 2010
at 04:12 PM

I haven't missed a day of work due to illness in over 10 years. I just don't get sick anymore (knock on wood). There's a nasty bug going around now in the office, and my wife has a sore throat and headache. I've not caught it. Paleo and proper excersize does wonders!

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F8fa4b0809d3b74fcf0361c0d53b60c1

(911)

on September 15, 2010
at 03:35 PM

Since going paleo a year and a half ago, I can count the number of colds I've had on one hand (before paleo this happened several times per year). Every single one occurred following a weekend of both traveling and breaking my otherwise strict diet.

In each case, I lost my appetite and inadvertently fasted for two days, and felt noticeable continuous improvement in my symptoms over the period, until my cold was essentially gone. My belief is that this is caused by the fasting (and studies do show increased immune function during fasting), but I don't get sick often enough any more to do a rigorous test of the theory!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 03:53 PM

Scroll down 2/3 of page to see why http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/why-eat-5-portions-3.html

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on September 15, 2010
at 03:08 PM

I am not sure it's been enough to say for sure, but I think it's much less. I have asthma and since I was a kid I had monthly strip throat and often bronchitis. I haven't had bronchitis in a while, and I hope it will stay that way. I still get stuffed nose sometimes or headache, or general feeling of being "under the weather", which might also be connected to my fibromyalgia.

I've been paleo for only a bit longer than half a year, and completely gluten free only two months, so I think my system needs more time to heal.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on September 15, 2010
at 03:11 PM

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/?p=76

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Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

on September 15, 2010
at 01:39 PM

Since February, when I went Paleo, I have not been sick; I thought that I might be getting an earache a few days ago but the symptoms disappeared overnight.

0
6dbc1629e32b9feabdbab548e92e2d97

on September 15, 2010
at 01:26 PM

I've noticed much the same thing. I've been on a mostly-paleo diet for the past 9 months, and have had no real illness to speak of, nothing past a minor sniffle. Not sure if it's just a coincidence or not, but certainly seems compelling.

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