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September 09, 2011

How I Lost 130 Pounds and Fell in Love with Bacon

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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.

Bacon=Happiness.

– Carlos

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Peter
Peter
5 years 15 days ago

FIRST! Another terrific story, congratulations Carlos.

I love Fridays.

Aileen
Aileen
5 years 14 days ago

AGREED!!

Salad Maggie
5 years 15 days ago

You look awesome!! You completely turned your life around 🙂 It’s so amazing what the right nutrition can do for a body. Congrats!

Jen
Jen
5 years 15 days ago

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!!!

Pam S.
Pam S.
5 years 15 days ago

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.

Primal Toad
5 years 15 days ago
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… Read more »
Alison Golden
5 years 15 days ago
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… Read more »
correcty fairy
correcty fairy
5 years 15 days ago

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.

Big Red
Big Red
5 years 12 days ago

BS!

Randy Clere
Randy Clere
5 years 11 days ago

Double BS!

PaleoNat
PaleoNat
4 years 7 months ago

No BS, there are many studies and anecdotes that link cannabis intake and schizophrenia, although it’s a complex relationship. Check out http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2005559,00.html for a good, recent summary of research and issues.

John T
John T
5 years 14 days ago

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.

Tom Crush
Tom Crush
2 years 11 months ago

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.

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
5 years 15 days ago
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.… Read more »
Abby C.
Abby C.
5 years 15 days ago

Really great way to explain it. 🙂

Jase
Jase
5 years 15 days ago

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!

DeyC3
DeyC3
5 years 15 days ago

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!

Randy Clere
Randy Clere
5 years 11 days ago

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!

Robin
Robin
5 years 15 days ago
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOAgplgTxfc 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… Read more »
shannon
shannon
5 years 14 days ago

Sapolsky has written some great books about baboons, stress, and social hierarchy as well.

Animanarchy
5 years 15 days ago
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… Read more »
cancerclasses
5 years 15 days ago

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.

Caleigh
Caleigh
5 years 15 days ago

Amazing! Way to overcome adversity. You done good!

Alison Golden
5 years 15 days ago

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 🙂

Crunchy Pickle
5 years 15 days ago

I just LOVE the title of this one – it says it all!!

Ryan
Ryan
5 years 15 days ago

Wow! What a transformation! Every time Mark shares these stories it’s truly an inspiration! Keep it up!

Anne
5 years 15 days ago

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.

Harry
5 years 15 days ago

Fantastic job Carlos! Very inspirational.

Dennis
5 years 15 days ago

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!

Heather
Heather
5 years 15 days ago
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… Read more »
Doug
Doug
5 years 15 days ago

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.

peggy
peggy
5 years 15 days ago

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.

Kel
Kel
5 years 14 days ago

That is EXACTLY what I was thinking!

rose
rose
5 years 15 days ago

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!

samui_sakana
5 years 15 days ago

Awesome story. But doesn’t the shirtless gardening picture remind you of Adam in the Garden of Eden with the fig leaf 🙂

Joe
Joe
5 years 15 days ago

Wow! Congrats! Very inspiring story! Keep up the great work!

AlyieCat
AlyieCat
5 years 15 days ago

Awesome. I’m interested in what you eat to train for half marathons while staying primal?

dragonmamma
dragonmamma
5 years 15 days ago

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.

me
me
5 years 15 days ago

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…

Matt
Matt
5 years 15 days ago
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… Read more »
shannon
shannon
5 years 14 days ago

Right. That’s why I quit teaching…in schools. There are other ways to be a teacher.

Ryan
Ryan
5 years 12 days ago

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.

Robin
Robin
5 years 15 days ago
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… Read more »
dragonmamma
dragonmamma
5 years 14 days ago

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.)

MikeGEO
MikeGEO
5 years 13 days ago
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… Read more »
bbuddha
bbuddha
5 years 15 days ago

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)

Anna, Fair Flavors
5 years 15 days ago
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… Read more »
Jason Sandeman
5 years 14 days ago
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.… Read more »
Sarah
Sarah
5 years 14 days ago

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).

Patrick
5 years 12 days ago

ditto @dragonmamma!

chuck cotton
5 years 15 days ago

congrats carlos, looks like two different people. I guess it is in a way. I agree with samui

sqt
sqt
5 years 15 days ago

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.

Lucia
5 years 15 days ago

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.

Nick
Nick
5 years 15 days ago

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!!

HillsideGina
HillsideGina
5 years 15 days ago

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!

Anjelina
Anjelina
5 years 15 days ago

Wow!Great story..congratulations on all of your success and here’s hoping the next 20 are AMAZING!You deserve it!!!!!!!!!

Brooke
Brooke
5 years 15 days ago

Carlos,

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

Jason Sandeman
5 years 15 days ago

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?

Milemom
Milemom
5 years 15 days ago

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.
p.s.
Yes, how do you primally fuel your 1/2 marathons?

Diane
Diane
5 years 15 days ago

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!)

Sylvie
Sylvie
5 years 15 days ago

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!

Mat
5 years 15 days ago

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?

Robin
Robin
5 years 15 days ago

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.

John Little
5 years 15 days ago
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… Read more »
John Little
5 years 15 days ago

P.s., well done Carlos! Truly inspiring. You go enjoy that bacon!!! 🙂

Jeanette
Jeanette
5 years 15 days ago

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.

Mrs. Griffin
Mrs. Griffin
5 years 15 days ago

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. 😉

cTo
cTo
5 years 15 days ago

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 😀

Abby C.
Abby C.
5 years 15 days ago

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.

spincycle
spincycle
5 years 15 days ago

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!

Robin
Robin
5 years 15 days ago

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.

Ambo
Ambo
5 years 15 days ago

I am outraged on your behalf. Congrats to you for overcoming all that you have.

debbie_downer
debbie_downer
5 years 15 days ago

You look great Carlos. Keep that smile on your face as you continue to live primal and healthy.

Twyla
Twyla
5 years 15 days ago

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!

Olly
5 years 15 days ago

Wow, way to go, Carlos. So pleased for you.

I wish I could say that what you went through could never have happened in the UK, but I’m afraid it’s just as bad, if not worse here. We just about accept that diet influences our weight but, generally, if people aren’t obviously obese but get ill, we blame genetics rather than question the diet our government advises us to eat. And here too, drugs are always a first resort with most physicians.

Jana
5 years 15 days ago

wow…fantastic…it’s so sad what they do to kids. Glad you are enjoying your life now and I’m sure your story will inpsire a lot of people.
Jana

evadnefrances
evadnefrances
5 years 15 days ago

Carlos — wonderful story. Like a BOSS!

Mike
Mike
5 years 15 days ago

Congrats Carlos! What a great story!

Your story highlights the fact that too many medical professionals treat symptoms instead of causes and whom many are willing to do so to children. I am an engineer and we call this the ‘build-test-fix’ cycle where it’s just trial and error and a shoot from the hip approach. This approach by a medical professional practicing with real people, should be criminal!

Congrats again!!!

jinushaun
jinushaun
5 years 15 days ago

I swear, generations from now, ADHD, Aderall and Ritalin will be revealed to be one of the biggest medical blunders in history.

Congrats on getting off the drugs and fixing your life.

correcty fairy
correcty fairy
5 years 15 days ago

There is a long, failed history of treating hyperactivity disorders with special or restricted diets. The final chapter on ADHD has yet to be written.

Madelyn
Madelyn
5 years 15 days ago

I think this is one of the best stories to date. Congrats, Carlos. How amazing!

It’s always astonishing to me the way prescribing one medication turns into a cascade. Side effects treated by drugs, more side effects treated by more drugs, etc. etc.

I almost fell victim to this when I started taking Zoloft for PPD. I’m really lucky to have found PB in time.

Kyle
Kyle
5 years 15 days ago

Wow, awesome story. You’ve provided some great motivation.

I peaked at 310 lbs when I graduated college. I’m now 25, loving primal, and down to 235, but still have more of a gut than I would like.

Those after pictures of you, after being around the same weight as I was, are incredibly inspiring. I feel like I will always have extra skin around the stomach, did you do anything special to fix that?

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
5 years 15 days ago

Well, 235 is still pretty heavy unless you are REALLY tall or bodybuilder/professional powerlifter-level muscular. So I’m sure your gut will continue to shrink along with the rest of you as you keep improving your health!

Congrats on your progress so far, man.

Peter
Peter
5 years 15 days ago

Well…there always has to be at least comment that is complimentary but just has to include a backhand.

bbuddha
bbuddha
5 years 15 days ago

Gut? What gut. He looks awesomely hot to me 🙂

Anne
Anne
5 years 15 days ago

Your story is amazing and I am sure other people struggling with the same issues will learn from you. The way doctors are medicating kids is criminal. I am so glad you found MDA and are enjoying better health and strength. AWESOME!

David
David
5 years 15 days ago

Another amazing story! Congratulations Carlos, you look great!

Rozska
Rozska
5 years 15 days ago

Congrats Carlos! I have a niece, as well as a 20 year old friend, who I am sending your story to. They’ve both been “diagnosed” and are now being “treated” for many of the same things. It’s heartbreaking. Best of luck to you! And I’m so very, very happy that you found PB!

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