March 18 2019

Living a Life Like This Is Amazing

By Mark Sisson
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It’s Monday, 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 Monday as long as they keep coming in. Thank you for reading!

My Primal story starts in 2014. I had a one-year-old baby. I was healthy. I was taking vitamins and supplements and I did exercise. I jogged and lifted weights. I only gained 10 pounds during my pregnancy because of my exercise routine.

The problem was my diet. But I didn’t know that. It all started with my skin and my teeth. I had eczema, red inflamed skin on my face, neck, knees, etc. and I always had cavities every time I went to the dentist. And I had THE best, the Absolute BEST Dental hygiene. I flossed after every meal. I water picked at night. I brushed my teeth 3 times a day. And without fail, every time I went to the dentist there would be a new cavity.

So. I am at the dentist. It’s 2014. He tells me that I have a cavity and he was going to fill it. I was very upset. I said “NO.” I told him not to fill the cavity. I told him I was going to heal it. The dentist is taken aback. He laughed at me.

I went home and Googled “How to heal a Cavity”. And it took me to this oil pulling sight. And it was a domino effect from there. I bought a book called Heal Cavities and Cure Tooth Decay, and I read that book cover to cover. And that book mentioned another book called The Paleo Manifesto, and it also talked about diet and how cavities start from the INSIDE out. So I immediately went out and bought The Paleo Manifesto and read that cover to cover. And that book took me to (you guessed it) The Primal Blueprint. I read that book cover to cover.

I already had a good exercise routine. But those books helped me to clean up my diet which led me to clean up my makeup routine, soap, shampoo, dental routine. It was a complete 180. I went totally green. Also the Primal Blueprint helped me to raise my exercise game and take it from good to Great.

And from there, I gained lean muscle mass. I STOPPED having and getting cavities. My skin cleared up and my eczema completely went away.

After I read Cure Tooth Decay and Heal Cavities, The Paleo Manifesto, and The Primal Blueprint, I STOPPED brushing my teeth so often and so hard. Everything in moderation. I started oil pulling in the morning. I started brushing and flossing my teeth ONLY at night before bed. And I started using mineralized tooth powder. From Primal Life Organics or Raw Dakota Tallow. And just by doing these 2 things, my tooth sensitivity went away immediately. And I started to notice that I could eat hot and cold foods again without any pain. I did this same routine for 6 months and now this is my normal routine. Since I started taking care of my teeth like this, I have NO sensitivity. My enamel that I spent my entire life eroding has come back. I have NOT had a cavity since 2014 and my gums are beautiful and healthy. I no longer dread going to the dentist.

My skin care changed a lot. After reading those books and going Primal/Paleo. I stopped immediately using conventional skin care. I started ONLY using castile soap from head to toe. I started using an acidic toner on my face to bring back the acid mantle that I spent my entire life eroding. I mix up equal parts (1 to 1 ratio) of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother and water. And I spray that on my face at night after I wash my face with the castile soap. And I use tallow as my face cream. From Raw Dakota Tallow or Vintage Traditions. And I do use conventional makeup. I have tried healthy, green makeup, but that is expensive and doesn’t do the same job as the regular conventional makeup. But since I started taking care of my skin this way ALL of the redness and eczema went away completely.

So in these pictures you can see me without makeup and the top picture is my clear, healthy skin now and the bottom is the red, inflamed skin from before. And you can see the lean muscle mass in the gray dress as opposed to the portly me on the Ducati before I went Paleo/Primal.

I do lift weights every other day and I do cardio every other day. My cardio is walking with alternating sprints. And I never miss a workout. But I never train super hard. I stand at work all day and I do a lot of slow movement throughout the day.

I do eat organic when I can. But that is not always possible. So I do eat conventional produce and meats. But I eat nose to tail. And I eat a lot of colorful veggies. I stopped eating sugar entirely. Cold turkey. I STOPPED eating all carbs and sugar. I did that for 6 months and then started slowly bringing back carbs, but healthy carbs like sprouted and fermented sourdough breads with European butter. I follow and maintain a Paleo/Mediterranean diet. My family is from Spain so I do eat a lot of ancestral food and I do drink wine. I was always a steak girl but now I eat lots of healthy vegetables with the steak. I eat lots of dark chocolate. But my treat is white chocolate.

Since I went Paleo/Primal (and I ONLY did this to heal a cavity) I am the healthiest I have ever been. I am 41 and I look like I am 26, and I feel like I am 26. This lifestyle, this way of life is really a lifesaver. Looking back now, I can see how the Standard American Diet and health care and personal care (dental and skin) are slowly poisoning the American people and were slowly eroding my health. This journey is NOT easy for some people. It was easy for me. In order to do this you have to be comfortable doing your own research and you have to be comfortable questioning what you have been taught, conditioned to think and you have to be comfortable questioning what you have been told.

I always took a multivitamin. But after reading these books and doing my research I started talking Fermented Cod Liver Oil, and High Vitamin Butter Oil. I take collagen. I take Iodine (Triodine) I take a really good multimineral (Concentrace minerals) I take a good multivitamin, I take Fermented Skate Liver Oil. But NOT all at once and NOT everyday. Every other day. I take a combination of these.

Do what works for you. I am NOT orthodox paleo/primal/Mediterranean. Living a life like this is amazing.

I would NOT recommend this but, it in my experience it can be done. After having appendicitis, and routine (best case scenario) appendectomy you can snow blow your driveway. I had appendicitis and the appendectomy on Tuesday. I went home from the hospital on Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. I slept till noon on Wednesday and then I got up and started walking around. I had a good high fat, high protein lunch. And then I snow blowed my driveway (I live in Layton, Utah and we get a ton of snow where I live and it had snowed for 2 days straight). I did that because I figured that Grok did NOT have the luxury of being injured and then laying on the couch all day long and watching T.V. I figured that Grok would be up and walking around. At least foraging for food, for his tribe.

I am healthier than I have ever been in my life, and I have the energy to play with my 5-year-old and keep up with him.

I will Never, Ever go back to what I did and thought and believed before going Primal/Paleo. And it really is a domino effect. Once you start down this journey it will simply but take over every aspect of your life.

I want to thank MDA, The Primal Blueprint, Raw Dakota Tallow, The Paleo Manifesto and Cure Cavities and Heal Tooth Decay, as well as myself for my Amazing transformation. I was always skinny, but I am in PERFECT health because of this journey.

Elsha

The readers featured in our success stories share their experiences in their own words. The Primal Blueprint and Keto Reset diets are not intended as medical intervention or diagnosis. Nor are they replacements for working with a qualified healthcare practitioner. It’s important to speak with your doctor before beginning any new dietary or lifestyle program, and please consult your physician before making any changes to medication or treatment protocols. Each individual’s results may vary.

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  1. Elsha, thanks for sharing your journey and transformation. Everyone’s path is different in navigating through all the traps and misinformation promoted as good health practices.

    You did well, beat the system. Congrats and continued success! .

  2. Congrats and you look glowingly healthy.

    About the teeth. My story is exactly like yours, down to the books I read. The only exception is I added in the Weston A. Price stuff. Teeth remineralized and not a cavity in 7 years after having 3-4 everytime I went to the dentist. It was a minor miracle.

    1. Yes. I did and do read WA Price too. I should have mentioned that book. That is where I got the Cod Liver Oil from.

  3. Cool! Love hearing about your cavity and body/facial care routine! Also, love that you are customizing your diet to do what works for you rather than following a prescription! I want to try reintroducing some heirloom, sprouted sourdough, not sure if I can though.

  4. Elsha, I am a bit of a freak about keeping my teeth clean and healthy, so I totally get it that you changed everything for your teeth!! I do oil-pulling (with coconut oil – yum!), too, though I do it AFTER brushing, to get the last bits of stuff. It keeps my teeth nice and smooth and clean and white. I went through a period of about a year of eating no nuts or seeds to get phytates out of my diet and help my teeth to re-mineralize. It truly seems to have worked!
    Congratulations on your skin! I know how frustrating that can be. Coconut oil is a wonderfully simple moisturizer that you might want to consider, too.
    You look wonderful, and – better yet – look as though you feel wonderful!! Congratulations on your success!

  5. Congratulations! You really do look young and fit and healthy! I’m currently working on cleaning up my skin care routine and I’m definitely going to try some of the things that worked for you. I’m excited to not have a bathroom full of lotions and potions with questionable ingredients.

  6. Love this story and your transformation! It’s so interesting to see what different health issues bring people to primal living. For many people it is weight, but in your case teeth and in my case skin. Either way, this lifestyle works but it’s not the same for everyone. Thank you so much for sharing and you’ve inspired me to get back to oil pulling!

  7. Wow Elsha what a nice post, one of the best I have seen, congratulations

  8. I really loved hearing about your tooth and skin care routine. Do you do anything different with your hair? Love hearing about real women and what they have managed to go primal with. I tried to use organic makeup but just wasn’t worth it.

    1. I don’t really do anything different with my hair. I NEVER used hair spray. I never permed or colored my hair. I use the castille soap to wash my hair. And I use a dab. A small dab of Jojoba oil as conditioner. I work that into my hair when it is wet. And ONLY wash my hair every OTHER day. I ONLY blow dry my hair if I am going on a date. So that is NOT very often. Usually I wash it, every OTHER day with the castille soap. I work in the jojoba oil and then I go. My hair is naturally wavy so I just wash and go.

  9. That’s really amazing. Good for you that you’ve completely transformed your life like this!
    I healed a cracked tooth using recommendations from that same book you mentioned. It has good advice.
    A thought sprang to mind… Grok didn’t have access to surgery, so there’s no way to know what our ancient humans would have done post surgery. Definitely take it easy after surgeries like that!

  10. Well done Elsha! I struggle to go Primal on and off again. You’ve given me some great ideas.
    Having had periodontal disease, I immediately did a search for the book “Heal Cavities and Cure Tooth Decay”. Could you tell me who the author is please?, I couldn’t find one with that specific title.

  11. With respect to the book Cure Cavities and Heal Tooth Decay, is that the one by Ramiel Nagel?

    1. Thanks Kevin. Just had a look at Amazon books. There’s a number of books on this subject including the one you mention. May be Elsha’s got the title wording the wrong way round?
      Plus bookdepository.com has one “Holistically heal teeth & cure tooth decay”, Jessica Caplain, that I might buy.

    2. On looking at book contents, Ramiel Nagl one seems my better choice.

    1. BEFORE you eat or drink anything. Put a small spoon full of coconut oil in your mouth and let it melt (you can also use Un Toasted Sesame oil, avocado oil, or olive oil) swish that in your mouth, pulling it through your teeth for 20 minutes. Then spit the oil into the trash and rinse your mouth with warm water. I am sure there are you tube video out there.

  12. Thank you for sharing your story and giving us so much detail about your new lifestyle and routine. I love how you’re keeping it real and making it work for your life. You’ve inspired me to try oil pulling!

  13. I tried Vapour organic makeup about a year ago. (Out of Taos NM.) I love it! Even better than my conventional makeup.

  14. At some level, YOU knew what was best for your body and it wasn’t going to the dreaded dentist for yet another cavity. As the old saying goes, “Keep on doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve always gotten.”

    Super job on changing your life, your body, your attitude. A real-life incentive for us all.