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9 Sep

How I Lost 130 Pounds and Fell in Love with Bacon

It’s Friday, everyone! And that means another Primal Blueprint Real Life Story from a Mark’s Daily Apple reader. If you have your own success story and would like to share it with me and the Mark’s Daily Apple community please contact me here. I’ll continue to publish these each Friday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

My story of how I gained and lost 130 pounds is intertwined between psychological drugs and diet. First, I’d like to give a bit of history. I’ve been on different medications for “ADHD”, “Insomnia”, and “Bipolar” disorder since I was 8 years old. I’m now 24, so two-thirds of my life has been neurologically influenced by drugs.

It started when I was 8. I was having issues concentrating at school, and rather than looking at my diet or questioning the educational merits and practices at my public school, a neurological disorder was determined to be the culprit. I was sent to a psychiatrist who – after some “tests” – diagnosed me with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder; in order to cure this “diseases”, I was put on Ritalin which is an amphetamine that is similar to another well known drug – cocaine.

When I was on Ritalin, I began to respect and never question authority. Much like a zombie, I just existed without actually living. About 5 years later, at the age of 13, I was put on Adderall – another type of amphetamine. This can cause issues with temper, heart problems, and insomnia.

My emotions began fluctuating more often and going through puberty didn’t help. I got into a few fights and got into more than a few arguments. As a result, I was then sent to another psychiatrist who diagnosed me with Bipolar disorder, at the age of 13. I was then placed on a bipolar drug, known as Depakote, that would begin to truly destroy my individuality.

Depakote, normally prescribed to patients to prevent seizures, causes massive weight gain as well as, in my case, a drop in IQ and ambition. I had always been quite energetic, but this completely wiped me out. In order to compensate for the drop in IQ, my dosage of Adderall was raised. And then, in order to compensate for insomnia due to Adderall, I was put on an anti-schizophrenia drug called Zyprexa that also causes weight gain and severe drowsiness. All this happened within a year.

Then the inevitable happened, and my body crashed. One night, at the age of 14, I collapsed to the ground. I was suffering from atrial fibrillation – i.e. severe irregular heart beat – brought on by the mixture of drugs, the largest culprit being the Adderall. I was sent to the hospital, where an electrical cardioversion – the restoration of the heart rhythm through the use of electrical shock – was used to get my body into working order.

As a result, I was taken off of Adderall and put on a heart medication. Adderall, being a stimulant, was the drug that prevented the weight gain side-effect of the other drugs that I was put on – which I was on due to the side effects of Adderall. On top of this, the heart medication I was given slowed me down even more. By preventing my pulse to get high, the drug didn’t allow me to exert enough energy while exercising, and a lowered my ambition to do anything. So the inevitable happened again, and I began putting on a massive amount of weight. From the ages of 15-18, I went from being 180lbs to 330lbs.

(320LBS at the age of 18)

When I got up to 320LBS, I was incredibly unhealthy. I had such severe acid reflux, that I was vomiting twice a day and had chest pains all the time. I couldn’t do a single pushup; I had terrible skin and severe sleep apnea as well. As a result, I switched psychiatrists again. The psychiatrist I saw didn’t deal with insurance companies, normally dealt with the elderly, and wasn’t as keen to giving children drugs. He looked at my drug history and was shocked. He began weeding me off of all my drugs, and gave me a very light mood stabilizer so that my body wouldn’t go into shock. I immediately began losing weight.

At first I simply switched my diet to predominantly whole foods (still consuming grains, though) and started losing 2-3LBS a week. Within a year I lost 80LBS.

(At 260LBS)

My weight loss stopped, so I took an unhealthy approach of almost starve dieting. I was going all out on the elliptical machine for 2 hours a day, while consuming a high carbohydrate low-fat diet. I felt like hell, but I continued to lose weight.

Once I was at 230LBS, my body refused to lose any more weight. Then a friend told me about the Low-Carb Diet and Mark’s Daily Apple, and everything got better after that. I knocked out all grains, table sugar, processed food, and the majority of post-agricultural food. I began eating a lot of fatty meat, which I had always been told to not eat, and plenty of fruits and veggies. Though I do not have the budget to only eat grass-fed beef, pastured raised chickens, and organic veggies – college students do not make much money – I still do the best I can to live the Primal life. After I implemented these changes the weight began shedding quickly, I was able to get off my heart medication, my skin cleared up, my joints stopped hurting, and my acid reflux issue diminished significantly. I recently cut out dairy (except for whey protein) and lost even more weight and my psoriasis and acne – which I have had issues with my whole life – went away.

(Left: Costume Party :) (Right: Doing a little gardening)

I’m now at 200LBS and feel amazing – I can do one armed pushups and pull-ups and run a half-marathon without the need or want for neolithic junk. The majority of my health issues are gone and the Primal Blueprint diet, along with other positive life changes, has helped my concentration and depression tremendously.


– Carlos

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  1. FIRST! Another terrific story, congratulations Carlos.

    I love Fridays.

    Peter wrote on September 9th, 2011
    • AGREED!!

      Aileen wrote on September 10th, 2011
  2. You look awesome!! You completely turned your life around :) It’s so amazing what the right nutrition can do for a body. Congrats!

    Salad Maggie wrote on September 9th, 2011
  3. So inspiring! I’m sorry you had to go through all of that, but it’s wonderful to hear you’ve been able to achieve such an amazing recovery and sense of vitality through your own means and on your own terms! Congratulations to you and be well!!!

    Jen wrote on September 9th, 2011
  4. Happy for you that you found this lifestyle. The mental health issues you had as a child probably point to a gut imbalance that you’ve probably had since birth. It is really unfortunate that the medical establishment just turns to drugs.

    Pam S. wrote on September 9th, 2011
  5. Your story is awesome and is a must read for my bro. I was arguing with him the other day that 99.9% of all diseases and cancers can be prevented through a healithy lifestyle. He though it was crap and I told him HELL NO! First off, why NOT believe that you can prevent almost all diseases? If you don’t then you probably won’t try. If you do believe then chances are you will live a happy, healthy, vibrant lifestyle for up to 100 years. I think thats pretty cool.

    Anyways, he said bipolar disorder was “Genetic.” I said no way. He went online and read that it was. Ok, maybe it is a little bit. I am still not sure. But, as this shows… if you live a healthy lifestyle then you will NOT suffer from bipolar disorder which is my main point!!

    And, yes BACON = HAPPINESS!

    Primal Toad wrote on September 9th, 2011
    • Toad,

      Bipolar gets the genetic label because it often occurs down family generations, just like depression. But what that really means is that family members have a susceptibility that produces bipolar symptoms in combination with chemicals in our foods and other foods that are purported to be good for us. It’s easier to say it’s genetic (i.e. we can’t do anything about it) and of course ignoring the diet component to the problem just makes so much sense. (I’m being sarcastic.)

      When my son was the age Carlos was when he started being prescribed drugs, I learned could turn my him ‘bipolar’ with one meal if I chose…

      It’s scary what we do to little kids…

      Alison Golden wrote on September 9th, 2011
      • A genetic propensity can be activated by epigenetic factors. For example, onset of schizophrenia in genetically susceptible individuals is associated with the use of the cannabis sativa plant.

        correcty fairy wrote on September 9th, 2011
        • BS!

          Big Red wrote on September 12th, 2011
        • Double BS!

          Randy Clere wrote on September 13th, 2011
        • No BS, there are many studies and anecdotes that link cannabis intake and schizophrenia, although it’s a complex relationship. Check out,8599,2005559,00.html for a good, recent summary of research and issues.

          PaleoNat wrote on February 8th, 2012
      • I just finished a book by a guy name Whitaker called “Anatomy of an Epidemic” where he describes the advent and rise of bi-polar disorder on a combination of marketing and use of anti-depressants. There is good evidence that many people diagnosed with depression and started on them later have a manic episode that labels them as bi-polar…good read at any rate. Amazing story Carlos! You are an inspiration.

        John T wrote on September 10th, 2011
      • It is frightening what the medical establishment is doing to our precious children. Children are the future, and Satanic charlatans are harvesting our future so they can party down with the money they have sucked out of us. If people understood what the medical-pharmaceutical complex was both doing and allowing to be done to us, there would be a revolution before the morning. A revolution more closely resembling the French, ass opposed to the American one.

        Tom Crush wrote on October 14th, 2013
    • Toad, it’s kind of like this. You have a gun pointed at your head from birth. This gun has a big label on the barrel called “diseases of civilization”. The trigger is rigged to a scale, which when tipped causes the gun to go off and give you diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, dementia, IBS, etc.

      On one side of the scale, weighing it down so that the gun doesn’t fire, is a pile of weights labeled “genetic resistance”. Some people are born with bigger, heavier weights on this side of the scale, and some people only have little bitty ones. The other side of the scale is labeled “neolithic lifestyle”.

      Obviously, if you never eat neolithic foods, never miss sleep, and never get chronically stressed out, nothing ever piles up on your neolithic scale, and the gun never fires, no matter how little genetic resistance you have to neolithic agents of disease. Your genetic ability to handle neolithic foods could amount to one single grain of sand compared to someone else’s 40-lb bag, and you would still be healthy. But nobody lives a perfect lifestyle, so we all have some load on our scale. And some people’s triggers get pulled way more easily than others.

      So sure, bipolar and lots of other pathologies are “genetic”. But everything is genes + environment. And if your environment doesn’t include the foods and behaviors that cause disease, then you won’t get sick, even if you are genetically predisposed to get sick in the presence of said foods.

      Uncephalized wrote on September 9th, 2011
      • Really great way to explain it. :)

        Abby C. wrote on September 9th, 2011
      • Hey excellent way of explaining that Uncephalized, thanks! And CARLOS, muy guapo!!! You look amazing, I’m so happy for you bro :) Keep on livin the good life!

        Jase wrote on September 9th, 2011
      • Brilliant analogy! It’s difficult to understand, let alone explain the interaction of genes and environments (even genes themselves form an environment to each other). This is a job well done!

        DeyC3 wrote on September 9th, 2011
      • There IS no such thing as ADD… How can a human NOT not pay attention? There may be INTENTION Deficit Disorder, Get the kids off of the video game/TV trance…. incorporate Primal Blueprint, get ’em out side and moving… These are great alternatives to this stupid label… Keeps kids/people victims…”oh, I “am” ADD…. please…. boring!

        Randy Clere wrote on September 13th, 2011
    • I’ve been doing a lot of research on this Primal Toad, as me and all of my siblings suffer from some sort of mental illness, either depression or anxiety or both. It is very much a genetic disease but that does not mean it is incurable!!
      Watch this video:
      Robert Sapolsky does an excellent job of explaining the interaction of genetics, biochemistry, and life experience. He explains how life experiences and hormonal responses can effect the way our genes express themselves.

      This is the new direction genetic research is taking. Before we thought of our genetic code as “set in stone” but now we are learning that our choices can have an effect on how our genes express themselves, even though we can’t change the genes themselves.

      I think the next step would be to study the effects of diet and lifestyle on our genetic expressions. We already know nutrition effects hormonal balances and we are beginning to see that hormones effect our genes so the obvious next step is to learn how to manipulate genetic expression through nutrition, and possibly herbal, and other natural, remedies.

      This is what I am experimenting with on myself right now. I think genetic code is so complex that the solution to one disease could be different for each individual.
      I hope this explains things a bit for you.

      Robin wrote on September 9th, 2011
      • Sapolsky has written some great books about baboons, stress, and social hierarchy as well.

        shannon wrote on September 10th, 2011
    • I ate around a pound of bacon from my parents’ fridge right before they kicked me out because I knew I had to stuff myself with food when they started talking about getting rid of me. I was fattening up a bit and trying to max out my nutrient reserve. I hadn’t eaten bacon except for a couple pieces here and there in almost a year because of the huge mix of preservatives (there’s none around here available without it) but it was so tasty.. I didn’t overcook it so it was just the right juiciness and chewiness. I don’t know why so many people cook bacon to a black crisp. That ruins it, in my opinion. I probably could have eaten another pound and still not felt sated. Can’t wait to find bacon without preservatives.. I’ll pig out!

      Animanarchy wrote on September 9th, 2011
    • ADD, ADHD, bipolar, depression and even schizophrenia are neurological brain disregulations caused by a deficiency of essential fatty acids, primarily a deficiency of eicosapentanoic and docosanoic acids (EPA & DHA) from the omega-3 side of the eicosanoid production pathway, but depression can also be caused by an over intake of omega-3. Schizophrenia has been reduced and resolved in as little as 2 or 3 weeks with proper supplementation of EFA’s.

      For more info and studies just google ‘fatty acid deficiency and bipolar ADHD ADH’ or similar search terms.

      cancerclasses wrote on September 9th, 2011
  6. Amazing! Way to overcome adversity. You done good!

    Caleigh wrote on September 9th, 2011
  7. I saw ADHD and Depakote and I had to jump to the positive end of your story, Carlos, because those words (and several more) have been used in reference to my family, too. And it’s just too painful. I read backwards.

    I’m so, so happy you found this path. You look great and healthy, with a gorgeous girlfriend. I hope my sons turn out the same!n :-)

    Alison Golden wrote on September 9th, 2011
  8. I just LOVE the title of this one – it says it all!!

    Crunchy Pickle wrote on September 9th, 2011
  9. Wow! What a transformation! Every time Mark shares these stories it’s truly an inspiration! Keep it up!

    Ryan wrote on September 9th, 2011
  10. Carlos, that’s amazing! A healthy life, plus bacon? Almost too good to be true!

    Timely coomentary on Adderall, too–which is being prescribed and abused with greatly increasing frequency.

    Anne wrote on September 9th, 2011
  11. Fantastic job Carlos! Very inspirational.

    Harry wrote on September 9th, 2011
  12. Good for you Carlos…I hope that your story inspires more young men and women to take charge of their lives. Obviously Big Pharma(Docs too)/Argra can’t(or more to the point, won’t). Rock out with your Grok out!

    Dennis wrote on September 9th, 2011
  13. My older diabetic brother has decided that he is just a “big boy”. He can’t drop below 290 and “the cardio isn’t helping no matter how much I do”. I watch his eyes glaze over when I try and talk to him about my success with PB – we share the same blood type as my dad who is on dialysis. I think the same thing that happened to me will happen to him (probably has nothing to do with blood type but it is interesting – my younger brother has my mom’s type and doesn’t have the weight or blood sugar issues). I will be sending this to big bro along with tons of other links from MDA to hopefully open up that hard stubborn head of his. Congrats on your huge success (my brother a lot of those same issues in his school days but back then they were just labeled “trouble-makers”.

    Heather wrote on September 9th, 2011
  14. I honestly think your original psychiatrist should be in jail for drugging you at 8 years old.

    You are the man for overcoming everything society threw at you! Congrats on breaking free.

    Doug wrote on September 9th, 2011
    • WOW! I know, that was like reading a horror story. I guess I had no idea what they are doing to kids (and adults) these days. Horrific, to say the least.

      Carlos: way to take charge of your life & your health!! we are all so proud of you for overcoming all those obstacles – especially the ones forced upon you at such a young age.

      peggy wrote on September 9th, 2011
    • That is EXACTLY what I was thinking!

      Kel wrote on September 10th, 2011
  15. Your story exemplifies our bodies’ capacity to heal, even from the worst abuse. It also shows how intelligent you are to have found your way! Bravo!

    rose wrote on September 9th, 2011
  16. Awesome story. But doesn’t the shirtless gardening picture remind you of Adam in the Garden of Eden with the fig leaf :)

    samui_sakana wrote on September 9th, 2011
  17. Wow! Congrats! Very inspiring story! Keep up the great work!

    Joe wrote on September 9th, 2011
  18. Awesome. I’m interested in what you eat to train for half marathons while staying primal?

    AlyieCat wrote on September 9th, 2011
  19. This story really PISSES ME OFF because it embodies so many things that are wrong with the fields of medicine, psychiatry and education in this country. To take a perfectly normal, healthy child and drug him into submission so that he can tolerate the mind-numbing blandness of public schooling…ARGGGH! Words cannot describe my outrage.

    I’m so happy that you finally got your life back. I hope you make up for lost time by living life to the fullest.

    dragonmamma wrote on September 9th, 2011
    • Yes, of course, let’s blame the schools. You know, as a public school teacher, I’m really tired of all the education bashing that goes on. If you had any idea how much we do each and every day to help kids, you wouldn’t be so quick to judge. The problem is societal which includes bad parenting, and I spend my days trying to fix what I can.

      Sorry, first week at school and already dealing with a kid labeled as ODD and the mother isn’t a whole lot of help. Would that I could at least control what he eats…

      me wrote on September 9th, 2011
      • Teachers are really bad at defending the public school system. I’m sure that most teachers have the children’s best interest at heart and truly connect with them to help them learn.

        The problem is the system itself. The one that teachers are trained to participate in and accept unquestioningly. Sitting perfectly still, passively consuming, being trained to be a good worker some day. Some kids just don’t belong in an environment like that but we have a 1 size fits all system. Anyone who doesn’t fit is a problem child. And now we drug those kids.

        Do your best as a teacher, sure, but you’re working inside a flawed system and there’s only so much you can do.

        Matt wrote on September 9th, 2011
        • Right. That’s why I quit teaching…in schools. There are other ways to be a teacher.

          shannon wrote on September 10th, 2011
        • I agree completely. High school was always boring and very easy for me (high IQ or so I’m told). I discussed dropping out with the principle at one point because I couldn’t stand it anymore. He offered me an alternative program which let me work at my own pace, walk around during my work periods, and sit on the floor if I wanted to. I passed a year early with a full diploma and thank unconventional teaching methods highly.

          Ryan wrote on September 12th, 2011
      • Yes the system is flawed. I spent some time in public school and homeschooling and I definitely rediscovered my love of learning when I home schooled. But it wasn’t my teachers fault. I actually had some very good teachers, one in particular, who had a huge impact on my life, and who I loved very much.

        So please keep on being a good teacher, because yes the system is flawed, and that means those kids need you even more.

        And please try not to take it personally when people bash the education system. They are as frustrated by societies many failings as you.

        Robin wrote on September 9th, 2011
      • I DON’T blame the teachers; many of them are just as pissed and disillusioned with the educational system as I am. (Yes, I HAVE worked in the system; two years of it is all that I could handle.)

        dragonmamma wrote on September 10th, 2011
      • I haven’t been teaching long, only 5 years, I have found that the biggest problem with the education system is that those who actually spend their lives learning about human growth, education, and development (the teachers) have very little power over policy. While those whose with the power (politicians)will develop logical arguments based on faulty premises that the public will buy and vote for. This is largely due to their inexperience in education (i.e. the only time they spent in classrooms was as students).

        I agree that there is a need to get kids out of their seats sometimes, and teach them the difference between productive and non-productive noise, but we also have to prepare them for success within the system. I am a high school social studies teacher. If I ask my students how many of them plan to go to college, they all will raise their hand. That means if all I do is the fun, arts and crafts, gallery walk, act it out type of activities, I am setting them up for failure in college if I don’t also teach them how to take notes, study, analyze sources, write a persuasive argument, and learn from a discussion or lecture.

        I share in the frustration expressed by this anonymous author. Most everyone thinks they are an “expert” in education these days, and I often feel like my profession plays the scapegoat. The only thing I can say to console this “me” is this: Politicians, Administrators, the media, random folks, and even some parents may be quick to insult what we do, but we don’t do it for them. It’s about doing what is best for the kids. When students talk to me about becoming a teacher the advice I always give them is “Don’t do it, unless it’s the only way you’re ever going to be happy.”

        MikeGEO wrote on September 11th, 2011
    • I share your outrage. My daughter would have ended up in the same situation if I wasn’t so anti medication and not afraid to go toe to toe with the teachers that were trying to shove an adhd diagnosis and medication down her throat. Her half brother wasn’t so lucky. His Mom just said well the “professionals know best” and he’s been on various adhd meds since the age of 6 and at 9 was institutionalized to “adjust” his meds because he had a major meltdown at school ARGGGH (good word)

      bbuddha wrote on September 9th, 2011
      • I share the outrage too! A few months ago, a good friend of mine commited suicide. Three months after giving birth to her first child and fourteen months after getting married. She had never been a depressed girl.Always the outgoing, party-starting girl, with a big smile on her face.

        After the baby was born, she developed an ulcer in her colon (something she’d also suffered from as a teen) and was put on a heavy dose of prednisone for it.

        Either it was the prednisone, or the hormones from the pregnancy, or a combination…but she got severely depressed. They put her on even more medication and she got even more depressed. So depressed, that she finally convinced herself that she was a bad mother and wife and the world was better off without her.

        I can’t help but think that this beautiful young woman was robbed of her life by all the medication. And it really pisses me off that people with whatever sort of pain are put on medication right away, instead of trying something as simple as a diet change…

        Carlos, I am thrilled that you’re doing so well and that you didn’t become another victim of modern medicine. Keep up the good work, you look totally awesome!

        Anna, Fair Flavors wrote on September 10th, 2011
        • You know what? This pisses me off as well. I can’t even fathom the loss, or how the family feels! I can understand how she feels, because I have been there (in the depression) as well, with the doctors pushing their pills on me.
          As luck would have it, I accidentally came upon Claire Weekes, a small little book called, “Hope and Help for Your Nerves.”
          While Claire didn’t get into diet as much, she did get into and explain all the symptoms of depression and panic. Best yet, she had you face the feelings and “float” through them first. BEFORE medication.
          Today, her books are notoriously hard to get a hold of. (Ever wonder why?) They are worth a read though, as they really helped me in my darkest time.
          I just wish that poor young lady would have gotten a hold of them.

          Jason Sandeman wrote on September 10th, 2011
        • I’m sorry for your loss. I had postpartum depression with my first child and was given all sorts of drugs that just made me numb. I just had my second baby seven months ago, and I am seeing a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Leu if any one reading this could use some help he’s great just google him, and taking amino acids. Between that and finding PB shortly after number two’s birth, my life is completely different this time. It’s unbelievable how connected our bodies are to our minds (really one in the same).

          Sarah wrote on September 10th, 2011
    • ditto @dragonmamma!

      Patrick wrote on September 12th, 2011
  20. congrats carlos, looks like two different people. I guess it is in a way. I agree with samui

    chuck cotton wrote on September 9th, 2011
  21. Wow. Just wow. What a great story. I can’t believe you were put on so many drugs at such a young age. I am so impressed that you were able to overcome all of that.

    sqt wrote on September 9th, 2011
  22. Wow, wow, wow. You look SO happy and SO healthy in the last pictures. Congratulations to you, you did it. You found your life! You are such an inspiration.

    Lucia wrote on September 9th, 2011
  23. Fridays are my favorite, Carlos! Your story gave me goosebumps. It’s so sad to hear examples of how our culture pumps our kids full of drugs, instead of analyzing underlying issues. Congrats for taking your health into your own hands. Truly inspiring. I can see the difference in your expression in the photos – you just look happier! Way to go, man! Super inspiring, and it’s so nice to see someone get off the meds!!

    Nick wrote on September 9th, 2011
  24. I got emotional reading how you were put on combinations of insidiously dangerous drugs as a child. I feel so angry at how screwed up things are so that children are subjected to such horrible things.

    Very happy for you Carlos! You turned everything around and are on the healthy road now. Congratulations!

    HillsideGina wrote on September 9th, 2011
  25. Wow!Great story..congratulations on all of your success and here’s hoping the next 20 are AMAZING!You deserve it!!!!!!!!!

    Anjelina wrote on September 9th, 2011
  26. Carlos,

    The look of genuine happiness on your face is truly priceless. I am sooo happy for you! Cheers to health and happiness!

    Brooke wrote on September 9th, 2011
  27. Wow, straight up, this is an inspiration. TO go from 300+lbs to just under 200, that is impressive. Did you encounter any resistance along the way from your practitioners?

    Jason Sandeman wrote on September 9th, 2011
  28. Fantastic Carlos! I am sending a link to my son (hee hee, from my kitchen to his bedroom) because he is trying hard to lose weight right now, he has ADD, and you both looks so much alike. I think he will be very inspired by the after pictures.
    Yes, how do you primally fuel your 1/2 marathons?

    Milemom wrote on September 9th, 2011
  29. Great survival story Carlos. Lucky you for finally finding a shrink who did not believe in drugs and helped you wean off them. The ADHD industry has much to answer for. At least you have escaped the clutches of Big Pharma and Friends.

    Congratulations and have fun in college (especially now that you have your IQ back!)

    Diane wrote on September 9th, 2011
  30. Carlos, your body looks amazing in those recent photos. What’s really an astonishing transformation though is the emotional expression on your face in the before/after photos. I’m so happy for you that you have reached a better place after such a rough journey through childhood. Thankfully you still have so much youth ahead of you!

    Sylvie wrote on September 9th, 2011
  31. Amazing story Carlos and great comments by everyone. What about disorders such as PTSD and borderline personality disorder that stem more from interactions with life and/or human beings? Does anyone have experience with how much a diet can help sexual abuse victims/war veterans?

    Mat wrote on September 9th, 2011
    • The only thing I know of that effectively treats PTSD is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) it sounds scary but it’s not at all. It has something to do with mimicking REM sleep which is when our brains process events from the day.
      It was the only thing that stopped the terrible flashbacks for me, where I relived traumatic events, which is something many war vets experience; so I believe it could be helpful for them as well.

      Robin wrote on September 9th, 2011
    • I’m not sure if diet alone can help, but traumatic experiences such as in your examples leave “anchors” in the subconscious which create a loop in the system. This can lead to strong reactions that can be triggered by a sound, smell, or even something as simple as a movement or your eyes moving to a certain position in your head (perhaps related to the therapy described by Robin). In order to get over the psychological issues it is necessary to break these anchors. A good therapist and/or NLP practitioner (preferable somebody able to do both) will be able to remove these anchors and deal with the subsequent traumatic release (ideally without the need for drugs).

      John Little wrote on September 9th, 2011
      • P.s., well done Carlos! Truly inspiring. You go enjoy that bacon!!! :-)

        John Little wrote on September 9th, 2011
  32. Holy Smokes! What a great story. I am thrilled that you were able to turn your health around at a relatively young age instead of waiting another 10+ years. You have your whole life ahead of you now! Awesome job.

    Jeanette wrote on September 9th, 2011
  33. Amazing! Congratulations. You look amazing and I cannot even begin to imagine how much better you must feel. What a horrible history to give a child – a childhood of drugs, disorders, and weight issues (not that you may not have some lovely childhood memories, but – WOW). I am thrilled and inspired to hear your story and know that you have conquered them all. Way to go! You deserve to eat bacon. 😉

    Mrs. Griffin wrote on September 9th, 2011
  34. My jaw dropped as I read through this and saw more and more drugs dumped upon you. I am so, so sorry that you had to go through that; to me, that would have been a nightmare. But it makes your return to good health all the more amazing and inspiring 😀

    cTo wrote on September 9th, 2011
  35. Carlos, great job and congrats!

    This story just brings home the fact that I am SO glad I discovered Primal before I had children. Fiance and I are diving into Primal full-force with the upcoming 30-Day Challenge and will go into the future from there. Children aren’t on the calendar for at least a year or three, so from the beginning we’ll have plenty of practice with Primal and be able to introduce the best way of eating and living from the start.

    Abby C. wrote on September 9th, 2011
  36. Unbelievable story, I cannot believe what was done to you as a child! You are one strong guy Carlos to have continued seeking solutions after all the drugs you were given. Your story is amazing, and I know you’ve inspired lots of people- and you look fantastic!

    spincycle wrote on September 9th, 2011
  37. Carlos congratulations on getting off the meds and taking your life back! I’m so happy for you! This has been the most inspirational success story for me yet!

    I’d love to hear more details about your recovery from mental illness, what benefits in your mental health you’ve seen since going Primal, and what other changes you have made that you feel helped in that recovery.

    Robin wrote on September 9th, 2011
  38. I am outraged on your behalf. Congrats to you for overcoming all that you have.

    Ambo wrote on September 9th, 2011
  39. You look great Carlos. Keep that smile on your face as you continue to live primal and healthy.

    debbie_downer wrote on September 9th, 2011
  40. You brought a tear to my eye, Carlos. I have a very similar story, being on tons of psychiatric drugs (including Depakote) for my “manic depression.” Can you say, blood sugar issues? Doctors are so stupid sometimes. To think of what you went through as a child is unfathomable. God bless you, and keep up the good work.

    OH – and can we get a T-shirt? Bacon=Happiness will make you a lot of $$ in this community. :) Money for your grass fed beef!

    Twyla wrote on September 9th, 2011

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