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16 Mar

Complete Recovery Within a Week

real life stories stories 1 2There’s nothing like a receiving an email from a reader that chronicles their Primal journey. It makes my day. This one, from active forum member Timothy Williams, was sent in a couple months ago (and then an update last week). Timothy has seen tremendous results following the Primal Blueprint principles. Read his inspiring success story and then begin (or continue) your own. Grok on!

Hello Mark,

Thank you for your kind email. I’m a little star-struck to be addressed in person! I want you to know that I am a huge fan of your web site, and it has radically changed my life, even though I’ve only known about it for a few weeks. Allow me to explain a bit.

I stumbled across MDA a few weeks ago on the recommendation of one of my favorite writers, Karen de Coster. I was blown away by the wealth of practical conclusions on MDA, all drawn from the simple premise that our bodies are finely tuned for an environment of evolutionary adaptedness that existed before agriculture.

I studied anthropology and early humans for many years in the context of economic and social behavior. For some reason it never occurred to me to apply the same context to nutrition. Palm on forehead, I felt like Thomas Huxley after learning about Darwin’s theory — how stupid not to have thought of that! But I guess all great ideas seem obvious in hindsight.

So I was very eager to read all I could about primal fitness and implement it immediately. I read some research on grains and couldn’t believe that it never occurred to me that the human body might have trouble digesting monocot grass seeds when it was adapted to meat and dicot plant foods, and that the USDA recommendations might have more to do with politics than nutrition. Then I read the MDA success stories and was entranced by the testimonials. I couldn’t stop until I had read them all.

Grains, it turns out, have been destroying my body for years. Since my mid-twenties I suffered with horrible intestinal symptoms, diagnosed with IBS, then ulcerative colitis, and maybe celiac disease. All I knew was that when I ate some foods such as bread, my abdomen swelled up as if I had swallowed a beach ball. The only doctor-prescribed solution that did anything for me was psyllium husk. (Needless to say, I never touch that stuff now.) Last year, my wife got pregnant and I became extremely motivated to get fit. I shed the first pounds with grueling exercise, grim determination, and replacing most of my diet with kefir, but my symptoms doggedly persisted and I did not feel well. I thought I was permanently damaged.

To make a long story short, I made a complete recovery within a week of discovering MDA. A week! After seven years of illness!

Please feel free to use anything I write on the success stories page (or anywhere else). I’m also looking forward to producing some before and after pics eventually. I’ve only been doing the PB for a few weeks, but having gone from 200 pounds a year ago to 160 now on a 5’9.5″ frame, the difference is already dramatic. I had to throw out my entire wardrobe and buy all new clothes! Everybody in my life seems amazed at my physical transformation, but only a couple have inquired about the method. I send them directly to your site, which speaks for itself.

Thanks again, Mark. I look forward to reading and implementing your crucial insights for many years to come.

Update: 03/08/10

Dear Mark,

About four weeks ago, you published my story and I set myself a goal of living as primally as possible and taking progress pictures. It’s been quite a month!

The black and white photo is from my wedding in 2002. The second photo is from December 2008, when I finally decided to buy a tuxedo instead of rent one because my body composition was so inert. My waist was 38″ and my weight was somewhere above 200 (I wasn’t checking). Not surprisingly, I can’t find a swimsuit photo of myself. But I think you know what moobs and an enormous belly look like.

The third picture is from late 2009, after I had launched an all-out fitness effort for about seven months. Our son was about to be born and I was really proud of what my hard work in the gym had achieved. I plateaued at 185 and a 34″ waist, and as you can see, I was feeling pretty good about it.

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Then I discovered the Primal Blueprint. I have described it as a second puberty, and better by far than winning the lottery. I hope these photos from this afternoon, demonstrating two months’ progress, will show that I am not exaggerating.

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Today I weigh 153 pounds, my waist is 30″, and my body composition is still changing rapidly.

I would like to emphasize the ways I did not achieve this transformation. I did not ask my doctor if Lipitor was right for me. I did not call 1-800-GET-SLIM. I never counted a calorie or calculated my protein-to-fat ratio. I did not hire a personal trainer to goad me, nor did I join a class to keep me consistent. I didn’t buy any exercise gadgets or meal replacements. I no longer went to the gym to perform narrowly targeted exercises under fluorescent lights.

All I did was extensively study your articles, draw inspiration from the many successful and supportive MDA forum members, and buy a sledgehammer and a pair of Vibrams. Then I did what came naturally.

When I first started the Primal Blueprint, my goal was to lose body fat and gain muscle. But that has proven only the tip of the iceberg, the most visible manifestation of a full spectrum of health benefits that have left me feeling reborn.  So I would like to share my top ten most unexpected benefits of going primal:

  1. Endless energy. Sure, I expected to feel a bit more peppy.  But I did not expect to find myself, on a whim, running shirtless for miles through winter rain after a 24-hour fast on a day I’d already exercised.
  2. Ironclad immune system. I used to get sick every couple of months.  Since going Primal I haven’t had so much as a sniffle, even as the other office workers have succumbed to winter sickness left and right.
  3. No more migraines. Who knew that my crippling migraines were a function of diet?  I never figured that out.  I thought they were due to skipping meals or not getting enough sleep.
  4. Tinnitus no longer noticeable. If you’ve ever had constant ringing in your ears, you know how annoying it can be, and how much you wish there were a way to make it stop…
  5. Mad chef skills. My whole life I resented cooking.  I didn’t mind cleaning up as my contribution towards the tedium of home-cooked meals.  But now I find that with a few simple ingredients, I can easily make things at home that are far more delicious and nutritious than the finest restaurant fare.  This has been extremely empowering.
  6. Food bills slashed. You would think that buying grass-fed, organic everything would be more expensive.  But actually I eat a lot less often, deriving far more nutrition from what I do eat, and consequently I have already saved a great deal of money on pre-cooked, unbalanced meals and snacks.  I can and often do go for a whole day without hunger after one well-planned feast.
  7. Connoisseur’s palate. Just like a man who eats nothing but spicy food fails to appreciate any other taste, so I had been blinded by my carb-centered diet to the full range of flavorful fats and proteins.  I eat all sorts of stuff now that I previously considered inedible: kimchi; sauerkraut; sardines; chicken liver.  And I realize that far from depriving myself of my favorite foods, I have discovered new favorites that are much tastier than the toxins to which I had been habituated.  When I eat a piece of fruit these days, it is a treat as stupendously delicious as it is rare: just as it was for Grok.
  8. Hormonal balance. I never realized it at the time, but my body was drowning in cortisol and insulin, and that threw off my entire hormonal balance, particularly by suppressing testosterone and HGH.  My secondary sexual characteristics (facial hair, musculature) were quite weak.  Now that the proper balance has been established, I feel the unmistakable effects of testosterone coursing through my veins.  My beard is thicker and I’m having to get used to feeling particularly confident and intense all the time.  But that’s a problem I welcome solving!
  9. Near-immunity to sunburn. Throughout my life, a half-hour’s direct sun exposure left my skin looking and feeling like it had been scalded with boiling water, and it took weeks to recover.  Now, I spend hours in the sun shirtless without even a patch of tender skin afterwards.  I can only conclude my body has become orders of magnitude better at protecting and repairing tissue.  To me, this suggests many startling implications, not least among them the prevention of cancer and senescence.
  10. Food is medicine. I never suspected that the world’s greatest medicines, the cures for almost every disease, the elixirs of strength and youth, are freely available in nature’s most delicious foods.  I used to be a ward of the medical industry, plied with expensive prescriptions and intrusive diagnostics and lectured on my blood pressure by morbidly obese doctors.  Now that my health is in my own hands, I am a free man at last.  I don’t expect to take another pharmaceutical as long as I live.

I still can’t believe it’s been only two months since I started the Primal Blueprint. I look, feel, and think like a different human being. I feel connected as never before to the vast chain of human existence, all the way back to our early hominid ancestors. My life is now filled with a sense of adventure and possibility.

To all those thinking of giving the Blueprint a try for the first time, especially those who, like me, have grappled with health and weight issues all their lives: I eagerly invite you to join me.  For this is not the end, but only the barest beginning!

Timothy Williams

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. For the probiotics, I say rather than go for a pill to take, start finding sources for your own lacto-fermented foods – food as medicine, remember?

    Nancy’s Organic Whole Milk Yogurt has all five major probiotics in it, and makes for a great dessert with some fresh fruit.

    You can also make your own Sauerkraut or eat some Kim Chee – all traditional fermented foods rich in probiotics.

    As for alcohol and sunburn – I’ve noticed I’m far more tolerant to sun exposure now, and I’ve also found that unless I go on a completely ridiculous bender, I don’t get hangovers anymore.

    At a social event, I can drink 6 beers, 4 drams of whiskey and wake up the next morning raring to go without even a trace of any ill after-effects.

    Prior to going Primal with my diet, this was definitely not the case.

    Dave from Hawaii wrote on March 16th, 2010
  2. That is really great! I have been primal since Dec 1 and it has had dramatic improvements for me too. I was really good Come Jan 1, and have lost 35 lbs, feel sooooooo much better, and do not crave sugar like I used to (I used to have no choice but to eat doughnuts – seriously – I would find myself at the checkout line at the grocery store every night). I credit all of this to Primal Blueprint living.

    Matt wrote on March 16th, 2010
  3. Has anyone noticed any difference in their bowel habits on a primal diet? Instead of diarrhea every day, I now only take a dump every 3 days or so (at least its more solid). I eat lots of vegetables (=fibre) so I don’t understand why it takes so long between dumps. Any ideas?

    Bruce wrote on March 16th, 2010
  4. Also its a MASSIVE dump when it comes so I don’t think its lack of fibre. Seems my colon is a bit slow for some reason. How can I speed it up so I can go every day (but not diarrhea)?

    Bruce wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • Hey Bruce. Did you read my reply about the candida? Candida can also cause constipation. It sounds more and more like you have too much candida in your body. Once again, a good probiotic to restore good bacteria and a few products to directly kill candida, like olive leaf extract, oil of oregano, garlic capsules, and the others that people have suggested will probably do wonders for you.

      When did you begin eating primally? Primal eating actually decreases candida in the long run because there are almost no high-glycemic foods and no gluten, but I find that when beginning the clean diet one often struggles with rampant candida. I’m not sure exactly why this is. It’s possible that the candida has simply found a good homeostasis with your body and when it starts to die from lack of sugar it causes trouble.

      Once again, the triple symptoms of a yellow tongue, swelling of lower abdomen, and constipation all point to candida.

      Ian wrote on March 16th, 2010
      • Thank you Ian. I’ve only been primal for a week and a half (though had a massive slip up last night – about 20 caramel crunch bars, a big bag of doritos and a load of lemon&vanilla cakes my friend baked!).

        I’m back on the wagon today, I have banished all wheat and carbs from my diet like St Patrick banished the snakes from Ireland. How long should I expect the candida (and symptoms) to disappear through diet alone (I don’t know where to get all those extracts and oils etc)? Days, weeks, months??

        Thanks again!

        Bruce wrote on March 17th, 2010
  5. Wow, I just started on the PB lifestyle this week and this is a great motivation to me. Congrats!

    AlamoJack wrote on March 16th, 2010
  6. FREAKING AWESOME! If most people would only listen to what we (MDAers) have to say, they would solve so many of their own health problems. Congrats Timothy on a wonderful new life and incredible transformation.

    Sterling wrote on March 16th, 2010
    • Sterling, thanks a ton! Yours was the first success story I read on MDA and my original inspiration. I want you to know that I listened very carefully to what you had to say, and now my health problems are only fading memories.

      My greatest wish is to inspire others the way you inspired me. Who will be next…?

      Timothy wrote on March 16th, 2010
  7. Congrats!!! your story is really inspiring.

    Angie wrote on March 16th, 2010
  8. Interesting about the sunburns…

    Living in Hawaii and being quite light skinned, I’ve had quite a few bad burns. BAD.

    Was out surfing from 12-4:30, sunscreen used, of course (Typically, I go out after 4pm without sunscreen). Granted, I’ve been going more often as of late so my skin is lightly tanner…but…yeah, no burns. Face had a *hint* of red. It actually surprised me that night/next morning…

    Could going primal help protect against skin damage via the sun???

    Mr.M wrote on March 16th, 2010
  9. Timothy- food IS medicine! That’s the most succinct sentence I’ve heard yet about why the PB works. I’ve internalized this message so well that my friends make fun of me: if anyone complains about an ailment, I suggest that it must be something they ate or didn’t eat. They love me!

    slesca wrote on March 16th, 2010
  10. Wow. Very inspiring! Simply amazing story.

    Samantha Moore wrote on March 16th, 2010
  11. “might have trouble digesting monocot grass seeds when it was adapted to meat and dicot plant food”

    “monocots” as a group actually includes many food plants besides grasses – like bananas, plantains, coconuts, sugar cane (not paleo i guess but no gluten there either), pineapples, taro, anything related to onions (garlic, chives, etc), ginger, turmeric……….

    sammy wrote on March 16th, 2010
  12. Timothy: Wow! Just Wow! I’m speechless and humbled AND I’m so glad that my story inspired you to change your life. Incredible!

    Shoot me an email and we’ll stay in touch.

    sterlingpurdy@gmail.com

    Sterling wrote on March 16th, 2010
  13. Wow, Timothy. You are a huge inspiration. Your transformation is amazing physically, but it is fantastic how the changes have permeated so many aspects of your life. People can be naysayers however the photographs speak for themselves, but more importantly, your health has improved so much. Thanks for sharing, you inspire me to keep going after sucummbing back to the dark side for a while…thank you.

    Mog wrote on March 16th, 2010
  14. Thanks Timothy for sharing. I am just starting PB as well. I am also on my own not knowing anyone else who does it but found Mark by accident on the internet. Or was it destiny :)
    I have been on PB for about a month now. I think my problems will take a little while longer but I can see some improvements already. Unfortunately, my adrenals are damaged from years of sustained high stress situations (along with all the other problems you mentioned, including the bloating stomach from taking any form of carbs). I will not give up hope though. Your story certainly helps to keep going :)

    Angelina wrote on March 16th, 2010
  15. Timothy, what an amazing and inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing with such detail and such heart. I couldn’t be more thrilled for you!

    Lisa wrote on March 16th, 2010
  16. Amazing! You are the man! I am so inspired by you and at the same time disappointed in myself, because though inspired, I just cannot stay on track. Every week if not every day some weeks, I lose my way. And it all seems SO EASY to me, but I just cannot seem to stick to it! I thank you for posting another great story of proof evident of what I can look forward to if I ever did actually get my crap together.

    If I could ask you one question, in your reply of how you did it above, you wrote that you ate “loads of fatty meats” and also stated that Sterling’s story was an inspiration for you-so I went back and reread Sterling’s story and noticed that he stated that he eats “lean meats”….why did you decide to eat fattier cuts and if you had any advice to offer on the subject for a 5’2″ hourglass figure that weighs 185 (most people guess me at 150-I guess because my waist is so small in proportion to my chest and hips, but I am extremely overweight (obviously)). Sorry to conclude my congratulations to you with a question…I feel desperate at times as to why I just cannot stick to this way of life that makes me feel 100% better when I am at my best with it!!!

    Again, many thanks and Grok on!

    pauleygirl wrote on March 17th, 2010
    • Pauleygirl, to loose body fat you would have to keep the carbs low. That means the bulk of the calories need to come from fat and protein. Now, if you eat too much lean protein, that can cause an insulin spike as well. So, you need a good bit of fat in your diet. It also helps with hormone production, skin health, joint health etc. If you follow the primal eating pattern, so some strength training and interval cardio, there is no way you can go wrong. If you can spare some extra $$, you can get a full panel blood test done that will show you how you hormone profile looks like. You could be doing things right, but if you have say, low DHEA and high cortisol levels, that’s very catabolic. Hope this did not confuse you! Good luck.

      Kishore wrote on March 17th, 2010
    • Pauleygirl: Kishore and Sterling make important points in their replies. I eat fatty meats to compensate for the fact that I don’t get hardly any carbs, so I need the fat as fuel. Also I like the abundant nutrients and vitamins in animal fat. I don’t seem to gain fat when I eat just fat and no carbs, no matter how much fat I eat, although some say it’s different for them. Depends on your personal body chemistry and hormonal state, I suppose. Also, lately I’ve wondered if the best primal nutrition might not vary a bit by gender, considering typical human roles 50,000 years ago — most males might do better with a very meat-centered diet; most females might do better with a wider variety of foods.

      The biggest gains for me came from eliminating grains and sugar and reducing carbs to what’s in dark green veg. But like I said earlier, diet is only part of the story. What made it work for me is going full-bore on all 10 primal laws at once.

      In the past, I’d made little tweaks to my diet and exercise here and there, but I never stuck with it because the results were so insignificant. When I took on the whole PB at once, the changes were so obvious after a week that I was never really tempted to fall off the wagon.

      It’s a bit of a discovery process to find out what works for you, but when you’re eating right and exercising right you’ll feel it in your energy levels and mood when you wake up in the morning. Then it will be easy to stick to the program, because you’ll enjoy what you’re eating and doing with your body. Good luck finding out what works best for you and sticking with it! It’s more than worth the initial discomfort.

      Timothy wrote on March 17th, 2010
    • Pauleygirl – Get rid of all the non-primal food in your house, and stop eating out for a month (if you can). If you have to eat out, try to go to completely different restaurants. You may just need some time to break your old habits and form some new ones.

      I’ve read that it takes about 3 weeks to establish a new habit. If you can get yourself out of your old groove and into a new one, it will be much easier.

      Good luck, I hope this helps!

      DianeC wrote on March 17th, 2010
  17. pauleygirl: My story stated lean meats because that’s mostly what I ate during that time. However, since then I eat lots of fatty meats but probably eat chicken more than anything. Lean meats were not the magic though; moving more and eating less were (as far as fat loss). Ridding all the crap food and grains was the magic for my health and allowed the eternal wave goodbye to pharmacological intervention.

    Sterling wrote on March 17th, 2010
  18. Timothy,
    Your comment #9, near immunity to sunburn, is quite intriguing to me as a biochemist. The reddening and pain associated with sunburn can be associated with the inflammatory response, more so than the DNA damage response that people generally associate with exposure to UV light. In fact some of the molecular mechanisms of DNA repair and immune response are shared. Some people report “sun allergies” in which even after brief exposure to sun, much less than would be required to cause a traditional sunburn (and associated damage to the DNA), reddening, itching and pain are reported. Conventional treatment with antihistamines can mitigate this effect. I suspect that this is linked to either a low-level immune response to grains in the diet or to an imbalance in the internal fauna of the digestive system. Adopting the PB in your case has eliminated this response allowing your immune system to target pathogens as you note in observation #2. Academic research in this field is just in it’s infancy but your story is the type of observation that spurs research towards a better understanding of the complex system that is the human body.

    Matt B. wrote on March 17th, 2010
    • Thanks for the science, Matt! I wondered what in the heck was going on with that. I always sunburned very badly since I was a little kid, so this change really shocked me.

      I think you are right about the chronic immune response and imbalanced intestinal microbiota contributing to the “sun allergy” effect. I had both those problems in abundance.

      For me, the sunburn thing is a dramatic representation of what’s going on in the rest of my body that I can’t see. It feels like I am growing an entirely new body, slow in some areas, faster in others.

      Going on the PB has illustrated for me how little we understand about how the body really works, and how our biology is so complex that we have to be conservative about what we think we know. I’m happy to do my part as an ongoing guinea pig.

      Timothy wrote on March 17th, 2010
  19. The sunburn factor was one of the most surprising benefits for me as well. I’m very light-skinned with auburn hair, and even 15 minutes in the sun could leave me with a burn…and eventually, I started getting rashes from sunlight. Once I discovered I was gluten intolerant and began this WOE (very low carb, in my case, andd a lot of sat fat) I got a tan for the first time in my adult life. I can hang out in the sun for hours on end now, and I’m fine. I bring a shawl with me, or some natural mineral sunscreen if I am going to be out all day, so I can cover up when I start to redden a bit.

    My overall skin tone actually improved, and I no longer look ‘so white I’m blue’. I still can’t compete tan-wise with my part-native bf though, durn it.

    Also…in addition to all of the other benefits you mentioned Timothy, my carpal tunnel completely vanished (and I am a writer, who spends all day typing and mousing); and, my low-level depression/anxiety went away all on it’s own. I not only felt like I grew a whole new body, but a whole new brain! Simply amazing.

    Tracy wrote on March 17th, 2010
    • Now that you mention it, Tracy, I used to get the tingles in my fingers from carpal tunnel restriction. I still type a lot, but that tingling has gone away completely.

      Also, today it occurred to me that I used to get acne around my upper lip, and that has completely gone away since going primal.

      The unexpected benefits really are amazing!

      Timothy wrote on March 17th, 2010
    • So white that blue is beautiful <3

      C2H5OH wrote on March 21st, 2010
  20. Great story — thank you for sharing this one. It’s an incredible feeling when you think your body is broken and then your health returns. I struggled with asthma for several years and thought my lungs were damaged — all symptoms went away after going paleo (within a matter of days!)

    JD Moyer wrote on March 17th, 2010
    • JD…. I experienced the same thing with my asthma. Got off the grains and pasta and within 48 to 72 hours no more symptoms. I haven’t need any medication in over 6 weeks.

      Joel wrote on March 17th, 2010
  21. I am really amazed by all the talk of sunburn prevention through the PB. This is an important one for me, as I am a fair skinned woman who has drowned in SPF 30plus for years. I remember getting one really bad sunburn as a teenager (probably had something to do with baby oil!), but as a child I grew up near a beach and never recall getting overly burned. Now I burn all the time if I don’t bathe in SPF 30 plus! I live for playing in the sun, and have been avoiding it for years in my overweight and doughy state, but maybe it’s time I get out and play in the sunshine again while eating Primal and following the PB.

    Like Pauleygirl, I am trying to stay on track and really embrace the program, but have veered off a few times and am now trying to remotivate myself and get on track. My biggest commitment was to sign up for the Primal Con to truly be surrounded by people like all of you…but also to finally do something for myself for a change!

    Miss Kitty wrote on March 17th, 2010
  22. Wow, congrats on your success. I can see you’re really happy with your life now.

    I have one question (bear with me cause I’m new) and it is posed at everyone who can help…

    Is being THAT skinny really healthy? I can see that the “Irish potato chub” isn’t a good thing, but I was taught women should have curves(not folds) and I’m kinda concerned that following the PB I’d wind up hard & bony.

    To put it bluntly, I don’t want to loose my sex-appeal with my gut.

    Please show me where I’m missing info that will clear this up in my head.

    Thanks.

    Willow NyteEyes wrote on March 17th, 2010
    • Willow – Each person’s results will be different. In general, it’s a lot harder for women to put on muscle bulk than men. We also generally tend to keep a higher % of body fat than men, which is why we’re curvy.

      Also keep in mind that your body will probably change fairly gradually. If you find yourself starting to get too bony or thin, you can always back off.

      Good luck, I hope this helps reassure you a little bit. :)

      DianeC wrote on March 17th, 2010
    • Haha! My wife was a bit scared I’d become thin as a rail. But the sad fact is that even though I started with a substantial frame, the lean mass underneath it all was pretty weak. Melting off the fat simply revealed my true scrawniness. But the muscle is building up faster now, and from the last couple of weeks, I seem to have bounced off my low point of 152 pounds and begun gaining good weight (which is a very new experience for me).

      The truth is if you treat your body just like a superstar hunter (or a superstar gatherer) with the right kind of diet and exercise, your body will find a way to rise to the occasion. Don’t worry that you’ll end up looking like me — primal females tend to look like ballerinas or gymnasts. Fit, but feminine. Good luck!

      Timothy wrote on March 17th, 2010
      • I could deal with the gymnast look. ;)

        Thanks Timothy & Dianne C.

        Willow NyteEyes wrote on March 18th, 2010
  23. I posted a blog entry a couple weeks ago showing my progress:

    http://swiperbootsdora.blogspot.com/2010/03/before-and-during.html

    Though I’m not yet where I want to be, I’m getting there.

    What I still can not believe is how I’m just not that hungry. Quality versus quantity.

    Thanks for sharing the success story – it’s great to hear!

    Gretchen wrote on March 17th, 2010
  24. Congratulations! It’s amazing how much chronic (and mysterious) illness disappears when you switch to Primal. :)

    Celiac and all these digestive illnesses are diseases created by agriculture, plain and simple.

    Keep up the good work!

    Miss Alpha wrote on March 17th, 2010
  25. Gosh! What a great writer! Such an easy read. Not to mention extremely inspiring!!! Thank you!!

    Robert wrote on March 17th, 2010
  26. Congrats on your success! Definitely inspirational, it looks like you’re really enjoying life now!

    All the best

    Jesse Bastide wrote on March 18th, 2010
  27. Congratulations on getting rid of your tinnitus. This is the first link I have seen between tinnitus and Primal. Have you contacted the ATA? They say that there is no cure.

    ATA member wrote on March 18th, 2010
  28. Congrats on your success! Changes can happen very quickly. My mother is 74 and arthritic. She has only spent 2 days with me, eating my food, and she was able to make a fist for the first time in probably a decade. It’s not rocket science, people. It’s pretty basic.

    Emily M. wrote on March 19th, 2010
  29. I’m going to keep this simple:

    I love this article.

    Mike wrote on March 19th, 2010
  30. Awesome story!!! I am starting to see similar results after just a couple of weeks, although not as dramatic (I had already started cutting down on carbs after starting P90x) but after applying what I’ve learned from MDA I feel like I’ve finally found what I’ve always been looking for! I weigh as much as I did when I ran track in high school! (I’m 30 now). I’m forwarding this post to my brother as he has been complaining about the effects of decreased testosterone (facial and chest hair greatly depleted, no sex drive, no energy). His doctor can’t find anything (surprise). I’m really hoping the Primal Blueprint will help him, too. Great post!!!

    Jared wrote on March 21st, 2010
  31. Thank you for your explanation. There really useful information.

    travesti wrote on May 2nd, 2010
  32. Timothy–Just now reading this article (and I’m new to the PB in the last month). You are a great inspiration!

    QUESTION RE: TINNITUS–How long after you started eating a Primal diet did you notice improvement in the tinnitus? Mine has become quite substantial over the last year (and is, perhaps, stable right now, but not yet improved)?

    Will wrote on September 8th, 2011
  33. Thanks for sharing your story, Timothy. I’m just now reading it after Mark posted your update on 12/23/2013. Your story/message is still loud and clear for relatively newcomers like me (since Oct. 2013) and I love your list of improvements.

    I never connected going Primal with diminished Tinnitus, but that is true for me as well, thankfully!

    Much continued success with PB and enjoy Primal Con.

    Grok On! :)

    Darlene, San Francisco, CA wrote on December 23rd, 2013

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