List of tests here. Did they do any of these?
Atherosclerosis - Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment of Atherosclerosis - NY Times Health Information
What does a "holistic doc" mean anyway? Certainly people's problems should be looked at in a holistic manner, but that doesn't mean that anyone who calls himself "holistic" is actually doing that. Perhaps all they mean is that they're not M.D.s. Now the official medical profession has its drawbacks certainly, but when it comes to testing for some specific condition they can probably be relied on—so long as you can get them to do it.
Why believe a chiropractor when it doesn't come to bones (they do know about that) ... and on the basis of what is he saying this?
I think it wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing in the short term. And you'd possibly get some energy while doing it because you weren't having to use much energy to digest your food. But (a) feelings can be deceptive (a shot of raw alcohol would certainly feel like it was doing you good at the time, when all it was really doing was providing a brief flare of energy), and (b) keep at it and even if it were good in the short term for at least some people for some purposes you could be doing great harm in the long term.Long ago I tried to be a vegan raw foodist and was never very good at it, but whenever I did a 30 day raw foods detox I'd feel great afterwards.
I'd say that's a pretty good indication.But the deprivation did me in ...
Then I'd agree that you probably have got deeper problems. What they are is another question.On primal, I've lost about 20 of those pounds, but still feel like hell.
As I understand it this can often be insufficient stomach acid. You may have problems digesting the protein and the fat in Primal meals—specially if you haven't been used to that kind of food because of your previous regimen. You may need enzymes or even HCL. Or possibly there's some deeper problem.I can't even exercise anymore - can't even take a walk - as it leads to GERD symptoms and chest pain issues, and I'm only 20 or 30 pounds overweight.
You must do as you think best. But I do think there are serious problems with going that route. Some of your problems, such as digestive/acid-reflux issues, may not be unconnected with veganism—although there again they may not be.The best I've felt in the last ten years has only been after doing a vegan detox. I'm wondering if raw vegan is the way to go for the short term, to get over some health issues, then maybe try slowly getting back into primal at some point. I know there are many who have had lots of health issues arise from being a long-term vegan, but maybe it would be good for short-term healing.
Have a listen to the Primal Body, Primal mind podcast on vegetarianism—the one listed at number 31 (The Pitfalls of Vegetarianism). I think if you eat enough eggs and dairy products and take a few supplements you can probably do OK, although it's not an ideal diet; but cut those out as well and I think sooner or later you risk doing yourself some major damage. Apart from anything else, you really have to be low-fat, high-carb if you eat like that, and that in itself is hugely damaging. Your body (and brain) need that fat, but don't need all that sugar raging round them, spiking your blood-sugar and causing glycation damage. You will also be exposed to high levels of lectins from the wholegrains and legumes you'll need to eat instead of real first-class protein.
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The lady who does that podcast, Nora Gedgaudas, as well as dealing in nutrition does neurofeedback, and she says—I think in that episode—that when you actually look at the brainwaves of people who are hooked up to neurofeedback software the people with the worst and most intractable problems are very often vegetarians. This doesn't surprise me, because by eating like that you are depleting yourself of vital nutrients and may even find it difficult to make the neurotransmitters your brain needs. (The point about neurotransmitters is made by the authors of Lights Out.)
Nope....William C. Roberts MD, author of 1300 scientific publications, numerous cardiology textbooks, and editor of the American Journal of Cardiology for a quarter of a century said it best.
In his 2008 editorial, "The Cause of Atherosclerosis," published in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice, Roberts says that, "Atherosclerosis is easily ...
In other words, any creature that can get atherosclerosis is meant to eat plants.
(1) If you feed an animal a diet that it hasn't evolved to eat, it will get problems. The rabbit isn't built for that food.
(2) Humans are not herbivorous: their whole system from the teeth down is basically that of a carnivore. This is why their gut is so short (and their brain so large). Humans can eat some plant food, if it's suitably processed (meaning often lactic-fermented, cooked, etc.), but they're not herbivores.
(3) Study after study has shown that there is actually no correlation between the consumption of fat and heart disease. The Maasai who have one of the highest proportions of fat ever recorded in a diet don't get heart attacks and autopsies have shown them to be free of atherosclerosis, too. Atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction in humans may actually be linked to excessive consumption of refined carbs, or it may be something far more complex and multi-causal, but it isn't down to fat consumption. The diet-heart hypothesis is a busted flush. The original 7 countries study only gives a graph because the other 12 countries for which data was available were not plotted on the graph—which would have resulted in a scatter not a line. The latest and largest metadata study show absolutely no correlation between consumption of fat (or saturated fat) and heart disease.
I'd get a second opinion on your symptoms. Try a conventional doctor, or a doctor with a primal bent or both. the only one I've heard of is Chris Kresser, who has a Paleo/WAPF focus:
Doubtless there are many others.