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An Intrinsically Tricky Dilemma... How should I proceed with my brothers and sisters?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I have a large family. I have always been very influential in my family, especially with my brothers and sisters.

I am also the most fit and perceived as the most "healthy" (it's very difficult for me to say that at the moment) amongst my brothers and sisters. Word is spreading even beyond my brothers and sisters about my success with eating healthy foods and getting ripped.

So what happens when you have a lot of siblings that see your physical appearance and are encouraged enough by it that they want to duplicate it? Well.. naturally, they come a'knockin for advice.

I have 2 full blood brothers and 2 full blood sisters (same mother and father). They ALL have made serious 'corrections' to their diet based on my recommendations. As I've eluded to in other posts, one younger brother is a large guy. He's 6 foot 2 inches and was 260 pounds. In June, he sought my advice and I put him on low carb Paleo. He's in Seattle. He's doing great. Lost 30 pounds since June and still losing weight like a bandit.

My sister, in Virginia, is 5 foot 4 inches and 210 pounds. She wants to be about 160 or better. All week we've been exchanging emails and I am recommending low carb Paleo. She wants to go all in.

This "question" would seem pointless at this point.. like a story... like.. "ok great Jack.. thanks for letting us know, but can you make this into a question, because I don't see a problem here."

Everything seems fine right? How can you go wrong with low carb Paleo?

Given my results that I shared this morning, I need to be careful not to lead my family down the wrong path. I think losing the weight is first and foremost important, and if they were unrelated "friends", I wouldn't be reluctant at all. I believe in this stuff. I STILL believe that the foods I eat and the foods I am recommending to them are good and healthy, but these are my bros and sisters, so I bet they'd have at least similar if not very similar reactions that I've had. What if we all have genetic familial hypercholesterolemia?

If I told them about my concerns, what if that inhibits their confidence and ruins their motivation to lose the weight? Each day brings new questions from them. Each day I answer based on what I've learned and they believe that I know what I'm talking about. I have given them multple articles from Harris, Kresser, CMast etc so they know where I am getting my info, but they are not up on the intricacies of individualism yet like I am. They are looking at things as many 'new' people look at them... like "here is what humans need to eat", which is the way most of the information out there is presented.

Can you imagine how vexed I am about this? At this time, none of them know about my labs, because I don't want to scare them into thinking that I'm a whack job and giving them terrible advice, but maybe I am!

What should I do? If you were me, what would YOU do?

10/12/2011 - UPDATE including Thyroid issue information! - My brother has now lost 40 pounds!! My sister began following a LC Paleo protocol Oct 1 and has already lost 7 pounds.

She sent me this email this morning. If anyone has any great ideas for her please post an answer.

Alright, so the Endocrinologist called it Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. It's an autoimmune disease, which means my body is producing antibodies that are killing the hormones my thyroid is putting out. He spelled it out like this:

There's the T3, T4, and TSH. When everything is normal, all 3 of these are in a normal range. When the T3 and T4 don't produce enough hormones, the TSH kicks into overdrive to make up for it. That's why my labs showed lower than average results for T3 and T4, but higher than average results for TSH.

He gave me the same prescription that the primary care doc chose: 50mg Levothyroxin (daily).

The meds will never fix the problem. They'll act like insulin does for diabetics. For the rest of my life, these meds will supplement what my body isn't making. And as the problem worsens, the meds will increase. It's possible that eventually I'll have to get my thyroid removed, in which case I would then rely solely on meds.

On the upside, he said this isn't a life-threatening condition, and that the symptoms are more annoying than anything else. Some of them may be helped with the meds, and some may not. But apparently, this is often the cause of symptoms like fatigue, lethargy, weight gain, dry skin, forgetfulness, and depression. Aside from depression, I have all of those, so I'm hoping the meds help at least one or two of them.

He sounded like he knew what he was talking about. He was actually really impressed with my food log (he was impressed with my cycle and ovulation log too!) and told me to keep it up. He said this is one of many prescriptions I could try, and that we can change it later with no problems. Since there was a difference between my labs in July and my labs in August, we did some more today to check the progression. He made me feel better about the meds, and since we can change them with no problem, I started taking them this morning. I have more labs in December and a follow up appt in January to see if the meds are working and at the level prescribed.

DEC 16,2011 - UPDATE - So my sister tested for TSH at 5.59 in June, then 9.29 in Oct, and has been on 50mg Levothyroxin (daily) since Oct now. She just got her thyroid tested again and her TSH came back at 14.19!! Yes, that's fourteen point one nine. Her Endo is gonna "adjust the meds". I told her to not be passive with this and to diligently work toward a solution. She said her thyroid looked completely "jacked" on the monitor.

By the way... my brother has now lost 60 pounds since June. He is at 190, and feeling excellent!

DEC 20,2011 - UPDATE: Doc upped her Lev prescription from 50mg to 75mg. Whew. That was a close one. Now I can surely sleep better at night. [face palm]

If your sister gave you the same news, what would you tell her?

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

the faster she fixes her thyroid the faster she'll lose weight and feel good :)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on December 23, 2011
at 04:45 PM

cliff - good answer... just noticed that the bounty is over and the system auto-chose the top voted answer. Anyway... you are correct, and I have read Peat's thoughts on Hypo in detail (remember this question? http://paleohacks.com/questions/54092/can-we-paleohackers-hack-hypothyroidism-long-question ). The thing is though, that my sister is trying to lose weight. Now... I know that I am talking to the king of carbs right now, but she has indeed been trying low carb to lose weight. So far, she has about 17 pounds in 3 months. Not exactly a scorchingly hot pace, but still some progress.

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on December 21, 2011
at 05:48 AM

TC is meaningless. Blame the neighbors. Blame climate change. Blame papaya. Just don't blame TC.

Medium avatar

(8239)

on December 21, 2011
at 05:46 AM

"Gluten intolerant to some extent or other" is an apt description of our species. Let's get this fact dialed, people.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 19, 2011
at 02:37 PM

At the very least, get your sister to try natural porcine desiccated thyroid instead of levothyroxine. I feel a lot better on it.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on December 16, 2011
at 04:37 PM

So cool you put bounties on your personal questions !! I hope it's gonna be a trend, cuz I really believe it could improve the quality of this website.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on October 13, 2011
at 02:54 PM

yah true dat Travis. Even if people 'believe' they do well on gluten containing foods, the real consequences of consuming it may go unrecognized or just unnoticed. fact has been proven that many-a-time the human gut doesn't interact well with gluten proteins.

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on October 12, 2011
at 08:08 PM

I think it's safe to assume that all humans are gluten intolerant to some extent or other. It may evidence itself as celiac, hashimoto's, arthritis, villous atrophy of one extent or another, allergies etc. etc.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on October 12, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Travis - Would that mean that she is gluten intolerant if wheat gluten essentially played a huge role in causing Hash? Yah I let her know about the iodine fueling the fire so to speak. Also, I think Selenium would be a good thing and I am not aware of any negatives so long as the amount is within range (not overdosing). Regarding temp... nope. I have not yet measured my temp upon waking. I kinda forgot about that advice. I will do so. Thanks.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on September 16, 2011
at 02:11 PM

Melissa - I've never tried it. Maybe I'd get sick too. But I seem to do just fine with raw milk. And I'm not completely positive it definitely would be a good thing to do (hence I haven't done it), but when you are having a serious look at your diet like I am, and trying to eliminate certain things, drinking a whole complete food like milk sounds like a possible avenue to eliminate a lot. I've heard people have had success with it so I've considered it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 16, 2011
at 06:50 AM

So, do you feel good ? Make sure that you will not be seduced by the every-day problems people have declared as normal because of aging or high incidence among friends.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 16, 2011
at 06:47 AM

I wouldn't be concern (maybe a little, but not too much). I don't look at TC at all, its meaningless. Also, if there is anything i liked GCBC for is that it showed me how cholesterol measurements and its 'health-surrogative-status' depend on level of technology. Your LP(a) is good which is most responsible for CVD. Your Tg is OK and since you are highly active person I think occasional fruit to recover glicogen or CHO in general will not be hard on you. In any way, having good markers and vice versa may not mean anything - the main thing is how you feel.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 16, 2011
at 05:09 AM

why would milk be a good starting point? Even Matt Stone got sick off the all-milk diet.

F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on September 15, 2011
at 09:33 PM

Isn't possible for dairy proteins to cause leaky gut? Also I'm not sure, but I thought you had to be *completely* gluten-free (so no beer) for 2 months at least, to start it healing.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on September 15, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Rob - "a high safe starch diet".. Trust me mate.. I'm considering it. Some people say I need to go low carb, because it's carbs causing my trigs, skewing my LDL to small dense. Others think it's the high fat, and possibly the dairy specifically that I need to drop. Then again, I have also considered doing a 2 week all milk diet (raw GF whole milk). I don't advocate living off of only milk for life, but it could be the ultimate elimination diet to bring me back to some kind of ground zero. There's a lot of avenues I could take. I am gonna have to test my way out of this.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on September 15, 2011
at 08:12 PM

35? Maybe if my TC was 180. But it's 265. That's a 7.5 ratio! with a pathetic 6.4 trig/hdl ratio. Don't lie and say that you wouldn't be concerned if it was you majk.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on September 15, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Yah I know Rogue, and I agree. To us here on PH this makes sense. But people get into routines and they are completely altering their diet. If it causes poor cardiovascular conditions for them as well, they will then be in the same boat I'm in, and they'll be searchign right along with me for a solution. That's why I am proactively trying to get to the bottom of what is going on as soon as possible. If it wasn't for PaleoHacks, and for all the great people in this community, I would be stuck with whole grains and statins.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on September 15, 2011
at 08:02 PM

Exactly. No need to intimidate the newbies, making everything all complex...

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on September 15, 2011
at 08:00 PM

Jack, what you just said is, I believe, the best answer to your own question...get them onboard with weight loss, and then they'll be less apprehensive about you suggesting that they start getting all sorts of testing done. Keep it simple, baby steps! I also have a huge family, and I dream of them not just thinking of me as some kind of hippie west coast weirdo with no expertise...you are blessed to have family that respects you!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 15, 2011
at 07:49 PM

Your HDL might not be optimal but its in range. I don't see why such a problem about it ?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on September 15, 2011
at 07:21 PM

I'm sorry I don't mean to be too sarcastic above. I'm just confused when I compare my actions/results to everyone else.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on September 15, 2011
at 07:18 PM

Doc - I think after 23 more years of testing... I might be at the frustration point.. oh wait.. or I could be there right now actually. How do I know if I have a leaky gut Doc? And how can my diet be causing that? Isn't it gluten, fructose, and/or pufa that causes leaky gut? I am low on all 3. And if 1 beer per week and the fructose in a handful of organic strawberries is causing leaky gut, high trigs, high small dense VLDL, low HDL, pattern B LDL, then I need to just move to the mountains like ol Might-o-Chondrial and drink spring water and hunt tatonka and be done with it.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

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on September 15, 2011
at 06:58 PM

That is probably true, but if you are going to be anxious about it it seems worth it to know if you are even worrying for a reason or if you just are an outlier in your family.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on September 15, 2011
at 06:54 PM

Yah fair point, but as Tom mentions in his answer... this is confusing even to ME, and almost turns me into a deer in headlights. I don't even know what I should eat for dinner tonight. I think having them get to a healthier weight is more important than analyzing their lipid numbers first.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on September 15, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Lisa - I understand what you mean, but that is not an accurate way to think in this case. Most people do not show the same results as I am showing. Some Paleos have high LDL, but high HDL too, and low trigs. So the whole high LDL thing can at least be allayed with the other markers that seem to balance it out. In my case, it's more of a puzzle, and I don't see very much to be positive about in my VAP numbers. If you had the same figures spit out, you might feel differently.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on September 15, 2011
at 06:50 PM

Leaky gut is the number one cause of low HDL in my clinical experience.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on September 15, 2011
at 06:49 PM

my bet its your gut......but you have got to get to the frustration point until you decide to find out why its low.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on September 15, 2011
at 06:48 PM

optimizing my HDL sounds like a farce to me at this point. Mine went from 40 to 35! Something is inhibiting my HDL. And I wouldn't be surprised if my siblings experience the same thing. It's either thyroid connected, LDL receptor, FH, mineral deficiency, or some combination of multiple factors, but I tell you... NOTHING is helping my HDL. Gah!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25477)

on September 15, 2011
at 06:13 PM

And if the have FH they need this more than you can imagine. They also need to have their HDL and thyroids optimized to protect themselves. That is what I would be worried about.

F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

(1187)

on September 15, 2011
at 06:12 PM

agreed. don't get worked up over cholesterol.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on September 15, 2011
at 06:11 PM

the sister needs ketogenic paleo in my view with the leptin Rx added on to the Keto Paleo diet.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on September 15, 2011
at 05:58 PM

it has been discussed in multiple circles recently, and we all know in the back of our minds that there is no "One Size Fits All" diet, but it becomes increasingly apparent when it hits home on a personal level.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on September 15, 2011
at 05:44 PM

First, I would ask the question: do the pros of leading your siblings down the road you have gone (i.e. getting in shape and "ripped" with the resulting other effects) outweigh the cons (i.e. remaining overweight)? Put another way, is presuming the "worst" (i.e. genetic familial hypercholesterolemia) better than the possible improvement?

I don't think I would get into the weeds with those new to the diet with blood tests and hypercholerolmia). Introduce the concept of lowering carbohydrates, eating "clean," non-processed foods and getting some exercise. Then, after some progress has been made (like with your brother), you might suggest getting regular blood tests just to make sure all is going well.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on September 15, 2011
at 08:02 PM

Exactly. No need to intimidate the newbies, making everything all complex...

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on October 12, 2011
at 06:58 PM

Your sister needs to get off of all wheat permanently. I can't really conceive of circumstances under which Hashimoto's arises in the absence of gluten/WGA. The tricky thing for her is that taking iodine will actually exacerbate it, though selenium supplementation may be OK (not totally sure) to upregulate the conversion of T4 to T3.

On the subject of thyroids, did you ever measure your oral temperature upon waking?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 12, 2011
at 07:28 PM

Travis - Would that mean that she is gluten intolerant if wheat gluten essentially played a huge role in causing Hash? Yah I let her know about the iodine fueling the fire so to speak. Also, I think Selenium would be a good thing and I am not aware of any negatives so long as the amount is within range (not overdosing). Regarding temp... nope. I have not yet measured my temp upon waking. I kinda forgot about that advice. I will do so. Thanks.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on October 12, 2011
at 08:08 PM

I think it's safe to assume that all humans are gluten intolerant to some extent or other. It may evidence itself as celiac, hashimoto's, arthritis, villous atrophy of one extent or another, allergies etc. etc.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on October 13, 2011
at 02:54 PM

yah true dat Travis. Even if people 'believe' they do well on gluten containing foods, the real consequences of consuming it may go unrecognized or just unnoticed. fact has been proven that many-a-time the human gut doesn't interact well with gluten proteins.

Medium avatar

(8239)

on December 21, 2011
at 05:46 AM

"Gluten intolerant to some extent or other" is an apt description of our species. Let's get this fact dialed, people.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on December 23, 2011
at 03:52 PM

She shouldn't be taking straight t4, she needs a combination of t3 and t4. People who are hypothyroid can not convert t4 effectively and it can actually make you more hypothyroid(which seems to be happening to your sister). Check out this article by Peat http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/thyroid.shtml

I don't know how great a low carb diet would be for hypothyroid person either as if she goes to low carb it can down regulate T3, something like PHD would probably be cool. A peat style diet would be best in my personal opinion from what I've seen with my mom who suffers from a autoimmune disease.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on December 23, 2011
at 04:45 PM

cliff - good answer... just noticed that the bounty is over and the system auto-chose the top voted answer. Anyway... you are correct, and I have read Peat's thoughts on Hypo in detail (remember this question? http://paleohacks.com/questions/54092/can-we-paleohackers-hack-hypothyroidism-long-question ). The thing is though, that my sister is trying to lose weight. Now... I know that I am talking to the king of carbs right now, but she has indeed been trying low carb to lose weight. So far, she has about 17 pounds in 3 months. Not exactly a scorchingly hot pace, but still some progress.

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

the faster she fixes her thyroid the faster she'll lose weight and feel good :)

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742ff8ba4ff55e84593ede14ac1c3cab

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on September 15, 2011
at 08:33 PM

Jack, why don't you take a complete dietary 180 and consume a high "safe starch" diet? I was never able to get tested when I was on a super high fat diet but I did have a lot of weird symptoms, such as a small gulping feel in my heart, and some chest pressure here and there. Now most of my calories come from safe starches supplemented with veggies and lean meats. I get most of my fat from coconut milk, and always drink it in between meals, separately from my other meals (I don't know if this matters). Either way, most of my annoying symptoms disappeared. I just wish I could have been tested to know what was going on in the inside.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on September 15, 2011
at 08:49 PM

Rob - "a high safe starch diet".. Trust me mate.. I'm considering it. Some people say I need to go low carb, because it's carbs causing my trigs, skewing my LDL to small dense. Others think it's the high fat, and possibly the dairy specifically that I need to drop. Then again, I have also considered doing a 2 week all milk diet (raw GF whole milk). I don't advocate living off of only milk for life, but it could be the ultimate elimination diet to bring me back to some kind of ground zero. There's a lot of avenues I could take. I am gonna have to test my way out of this.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on September 16, 2011
at 05:09 AM

why would milk be a good starting point? Even Matt Stone got sick off the all-milk diet.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on September 16, 2011
at 02:11 PM

Melissa - I've never tried it. Maybe I'd get sick too. But I seem to do just fine with raw milk. And I'm not completely positive it definitely would be a good thing to do (hence I haven't done it), but when you are having a serious look at your diet like I am, and trying to eliminate certain things, drinking a whole complete food like milk sounds like a possible avenue to eliminate a lot. I've heard people have had success with it so I've considered it.

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on September 15, 2011
at 06:11 PM

I would ask them to get full blood panels and share them with you.

This way you can see how they are doing and then address it if it is a concern instead of shooting in the dark.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on September 15, 2011
at 08:00 PM

Jack, what you just said is, I believe, the best answer to your own question...get them onboard with weight loss, and then they'll be less apprehensive about you suggesting that they start getting all sorts of testing done. Keep it simple, baby steps! I also have a huge family, and I dream of them not just thinking of me as some kind of hippie west coast weirdo with no expertise...you are blessed to have family that respects you!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on September 15, 2011
at 08:09 PM

Yah I know Rogue, and I agree. To us here on PH this makes sense. But people get into routines and they are completely altering their diet. If it causes poor cardiovascular conditions for them as well, they will then be in the same boat I'm in, and they'll be searchign right along with me for a solution. That's why I am proactively trying to get to the bottom of what is going on as soon as possible. If it wasn't for PaleoHacks, and for all the great people in this community, I would be stuck with whole grains and statins.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on September 15, 2011
at 06:58 PM

That is probably true, but if you are going to be anxious about it it seems worth it to know if you are even worrying for a reason or if you just are an outlier in your family.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on September 15, 2011
at 06:54 PM

Yah fair point, but as Tom mentions in his answer... this is confusing even to ME, and almost turns me into a deer in headlights. I don't even know what I should eat for dinner tonight. I think having them get to a healthier weight is more important than analyzing their lipid numbers first.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on September 15, 2011
at 05:53 PM

I have been wondering about this too, is it possible to get genes tested? I have these strange lipid results and i am also worried it might be FH. Should i go low fat, fish, high tuber, kitavan style diet? I was essentially on this kind of diet before higher fat paleo, and my lipids and all measures were perfect. Or if one has FH would it be possible to see it from the old blood tests?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18452)

on September 15, 2011
at 05:58 PM

it has been discussed in multiple circles recently, and we all know in the back of our minds that there is no "One Size Fits All" diet, but it becomes increasingly apparent when it hits home on a personal level.

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on December 24, 2011
at 03:39 AM

Hear this.

Compared to family dynamics, nutrition is easy.

Take all the warring nutrition paradigms, as intense as they are, and come to terms with the fact that they are way less complex than the politics of family.

Would you agree that most of the challenging issues related to your family, predated any serious consciousness on your part regarding nutrition?

My point: It is possible to love your family without feeling the need to save them from their lifestyle choices as adults.

More than possible. It's crucial.

Holidays are a fantastic time to get this straight.

Take a deep breath....

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7d189666820da6f61b9d0b90976185e9

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on December 23, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Yeah, I struggle with the same issues. My little brother's a textbook case of ADHD, but I'm still pretty torn about medicating it.

It's easy to write off medication from a paleo perspective, merely from an idealogical viewpoint. It's important to remember the legitimate viability of medication in the modern day, however.

(My advice would be to) Give the medicine time. If the increased dosage seems to be correlated with these adverse symptoms, obviously: take her off the meds.

Mind you, I have no medical training whatsoever. My advice is to follow the apparent correlations between the two.

It might not hurt to voice her concerns with the doctor.

Sounds like your advice has been a god-send for your siblings! Thanks for serving as a great example for both your family and the community here!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 15, 2011
at 05:40 PM

What if you all have genetic cholesterolemia ? THey need to do tests before starting the diet, then follow it 6 months, then do the tests again. NO guessing. Use numbers. Numbers don't lie. Simple.

Plus, cholesterol is not risk factor for woman.

Also, you need to tell them that they need to do it on their own, you are there to put some directions.

F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

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on September 15, 2011
at 06:12 PM

agreed. don't get worked up over cholesterol.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 16, 2011
at 06:50 AM

So, do you feel good ? Make sure that you will not be seduced by the every-day problems people have declared as normal because of aging or high incidence among friends.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 15, 2011
at 07:49 PM

Your HDL might not be optimal but its in range. I don't see why such a problem about it ?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on September 15, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Lisa - I understand what you mean, but that is not an accurate way to think in this case. Most people do not show the same results as I am showing. Some Paleos have high LDL, but high HDL too, and low trigs. So the whole high LDL thing can at least be allayed with the other markers that seem to balance it out. In my case, it's more of a puzzle, and I don't see very much to be positive about in my VAP numbers. If you had the same figures spit out, you might feel differently.

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on September 16, 2011
at 06:47 AM

I wouldn't be concern (maybe a little, but not too much). I don't look at TC at all, its meaningless. Also, if there is anything i liked GCBC for is that it showed me how cholesterol measurements and its 'health-surrogative-status' depend on level of technology. Your LP(a) is good which is most responsible for CVD. Your Tg is OK and since you are highly active person I think occasional fruit to recover glicogen or CHO in general will not be hard on you. In any way, having good markers and vice versa may not mean anything - the main thing is how you feel.

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(18452)

on September 15, 2011
at 08:12 PM

35? Maybe if my TC was 180. But it's 265. That's a 7.5 ratio! with a pathetic 6.4 trig/hdl ratio. Don't lie and say that you wouldn't be concerned if it was you majk.

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on December 21, 2011
at 05:48 AM

TC is meaningless. Blame the neighbors. Blame climate change. Blame papaya. Just don't blame TC.

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