Sometimes 1000 Words Are Better Than Pictures

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!

real_life_stories_stories-1-2As you can see by the picture below, I haven’t changed much on the outside since going Primal. However on the inside things have never been better.

I was first introduced to Mark’s Daily Apple around March 1st, 2012, while trying to figure out the rules of a Whole 30 challenge a friend had conned me into. I will admit I found the ancestral health movement silly and arbitrary at the time. I had done a gluten-free challenge before with no results, and it was only selfish vanity and dreams of 6 pack abs that convinced me to try a Whole 30.

before_and_now

When I first started I had no intention of maintaining the Primal Blueprint diet as a lifestyle, but by the end of my first month I felt so good I realized I could never go back to the SAD way of eating.

Afternoon naps became a thing of the past and energy levels skyrocketed. I learned about the carbohydrate curve and at the end of my 30 days dove into ketosis. As one month became three months, I noticed that my painful cyst and warts had disappeared. This was amazing considering the amount of time I had spent at the doctor’s office trying to get rid of the things. I also noticed that I no longer had periodic breakouts of acne. And, miracle of miracles, the lactose intolerance that I had developed in college turned into a full blown tolerance. It was at this point that I really got into everything Primal. I checked out all the paleo/primal books at the library, started a garden, got some chickens, and really started to dig into the pros and cons of different oils and fats.

Primal was fun! I started cooking Primal group dinners with friends and espousing all the benefits to anyone who would listen. I convinced my mother to go Primal about six months in, and after a year got my dad to join in too. In the last year and a half, my Primal tribe has grown to include aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and neighbors. As with me, the rest of the family doesn’t appear much different after a year of Primal eating, but I thought I would let them say a few words about their success.

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Mom:

I always thought I knew a lot about nutrition until my son started reading diet and health books that threw into question all the things that I thought I “knew.” I have never been overweight, but I have always tried to eat reasonable amounts of “healthy foods.” I limited my fat, soda and dessert consumption. This all seemed to work fine for me and I didn’t really have health or weight issues other than that I needed to take thyroid hormones to supplement my under-active thyroid. My husband’s dietary habits included lots of sugar, ice cream and cookies if they were available, so I tried to keep those things out of the house. In restaurants he would always have at least three large glasses of root beer, something that always made me cringe. He never seemed to have any health issues either, but he did carry around an extra 20 pounds.

I just turned 60 years old and that feels like a major milestone. I never felt old at all until my early 50’s, after getting a chronic sinus infection and rheumatoid arthritis. The funny thing is that there are still occasions when I feel pretty much like my young self, unaware of pain, stiffness, and strength and agility limitations. Was it the water aerobics and walking that I did with just the right intensity and duration? Was it the laughter, joy and carefree hours I spent socializing with people I enjoy? Or was it what I ate? These are all mysteries to me. None-the-less, I can report a few positive things since I tried a very low carbohydrate, grain and sugar-free diet with lots of saturated fats, at my son’s urging. I felt buzzed. I lost weight immediately (more than I wanted) and found that my thyroid gland suddenly kicked into gear and my thyroid dose became too strong. I naively thought that I would not need thyroid replacement at all but that turned out not to be the case. I also found that my cholesterol levels became quite elevated and I decided that the ultra-low carbohydrate diet was too intense for me. Then, my son challenged my husband to a low carbohydrate, grain-free diet for 30 days along with cessation of his prescription of statins.

Dad:

I think being overweight is part of our family. My sister, brother and I have been overweight for quite some time. About 18 months ago, Eric challenged me to try a low-carb, high fat “paleo” diet for 30 days. Since I crave sweets, I thought it would be difficult to give up so much that I like, but I accepted the challenge. The pounds seemed to melt off, and I was eating bacon and
eggs for breakfast. I’ve stayed on the diet since then, and am now down to a reasonable weight.

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Mom:

My husband promptly lost about 20 pounds. Unfortunately, his cholesterol levels became so elevated that he decided he would go back on the statins. However, we have both continued with a mostly paleo diet ever since. My husband still has no health issues but continues to take statins. We both sleep well and have good energy levels. My sinus congestion is almost completely gone. I am gradually weaning myself off of the ibuprofen. I keep thinking that my RA is greatly affected by my gut health and I hope that getting off of ibuprofen will help that. Though I am not at risk for diabetes, periodically I test myself with a glucometer and I can clearly see that when I stick with a low-carb, paleo diet (limiting fruit and high carbohydrate vegetables) my blood glucose levels (and triglycerides) stay very low. That in itself is a huge reason for people to eat a low carbohydrate, paleo diet. I also feel more sated having more fat in my diet (though now I don’t include as much saturated fat as I had consumed initially). The last time I checked, my cholesterol levels had gone back down. I believe I’m on the right track now diet-wise, but I continue to seek answers to the mysteries of good health.

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Eric:

Three years of Primal living has fundamentally changed me. The more in touch I have become with the origins of my food, the more aware and caring I have become of social and and environmental problems in the world. In short, for the first time I feel connected with the rest of the world. I still read MDA every day and have started to implement all the other lifestyle changes like blue blockers, meditation, and movement practices. It is my greatest hope that by being an ambassador of Primal living, I can spread health, happiness, and a care for the environment to others.

Thank you MDA and the Primal community for all your support,

Eric and Family

P.S. I’m still working towards that 6 pack.

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  1. I noticed that once I started focusing on eating better, my whole family slowly fell in line. We aren’t primal, but my Dad went from being sedentary to running marathons in his 40’s and I followed suit and ran my first one at 29. I went vegetarian 8 years ago and now Mom is a pescatarian. Dad is 100% grain free. It’s amazing how one small change can ripple through an entire family!

  2. I hear Peter Attia is going to be writing soon about the substantial minority of people (including me, sadly) whose LDL heads in the wrong direction on a primal/paleo diet. That’s a group that to some extent mirrors those with apoe4 genetic status. I gained so much that was really positive from going Primal but have had to make some serious adjustments to make it work for me. I am glad Mark has mentioned this group now and then but hope he comes back to this topic and deals with it in more depth. These are issues that can’t be pushed aside with a couple “large and fluffy!” comments and dismissal of all bad news as just CW. It’s really getting to be the gorilla in the room. If your LDL shoots up on Primal, beware a Pollyanna attitude about it.

    1. I agree, Martha. I don’t think the human genome is a single monolithic block that has been transmitted unchanging since we became Homo sapiens ~195,000 years ago. There’s good evidence to the contrary. Further, even if all humans share 96% of our DNA, we have 10 million SNPs, so that 4% difference is not actually negligible. It means any 2 people can vary by 400,000 SNPs. A single difference in one SNP can make the difference between lactose-tolerant and lactose-intolerant, for example.

      In the case of the apoE4 variant, this is of particular interest to women. Women, but not men, who carry this allele and who eat a high-fat diet, are at double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease than their non-genetically-challenged sisters. http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2014/04/14/having-a-copy-of-apoe-gene-variant-doubles-alzheimers-risk-for-women-but-not-for-men/.

      I’m thinking that people who find their LDL shoots up on a Palaeo/Primal diet would benefit from a 23andMe test. If they’re carrying this mutation, then they’ll know how to tweak their diet to optimize their personal health, without abandoning the principles that make Primal such a healthy way to eat.

      I think each of us has to become the expert on our own body, and experiment while paying very close attention to its feedback.

    2. It’s tricky. LDL in a standard lipid test is basically useless. Total cholesterol not much better. My LDL went from 80s to 120s but HDL from low 20s to 44 at my last test. All much better. And looking back a few years ago I had a hideous trig/HDL of 7.

      Now it is 1.5, trigs are 67. Women especially over 200 total cholesterol they do much better.

      There is a new movie out called Widowmaker. I don’t know how much it is but you can actually test for calcification of the arteries. I too am glad though that we are not one size fits all. I heard a more ‘Mediterranean’ style Paleo is better for some folk.

      I guess I just don’t want people to think low LDL is necessarily good. The country with the highest CVD in the world has the lowest LDL.

      In fact I can’t get my total cholesterol over 200. I went to give blood recently and they reported my total non-fasting cholesterol (they don’t break it down) as in the 150s. Basically the same before I started loading up on saturated fat.

      I guess my ‘natural’ state is low total cholesterol. But that trig/HDL of 7 really scares me. Yikes, that could have been bad.

      1. Hey Larry,

        Please check out Nina Teicholtz’s book “The Big Fat Surprise” and you’ll be amazed (or is that aghast?!) at the whole ‘Mediterranean Diet’ SCAM! I describe her book as a nutritional ‘action/adventure’ story — because that’s how it seemed to me! Fantastic and amazing — and really (REALLY!) opens your eyes to how completely we’ve been misled!

        1. Yeah, first off, there is no THE Mediterranean diet. That is a pretty big sea… got any idea how many different cultures developed around it? I’m guessing they mean some version of Italian cuisine–thing is, they made the same mistake with the Italians as they did with the Okinawans, completely missing the fact that both cultural groups eat lots of pork! Neither is traditionally vegetarian. But some people just get stuck in that fantasy world and never find their way out again. It’s a shame.

    3. Assuming your LDL being elevated actually means anything. There are lots of people who get heart attacks and had normal cholesterol at the time. Even reading up on people with familial hypercholesterolemia, I hear a lot of dancing around the issue of whether they actually get more heart attacks. (BTW, people with FH get pretty high numbers, not just somewhere between 200 and 300. “I have 300 total and so did my dad” is not FH.)

  3. Awesome job, Eric! I can only hope that at 70+ years of age I’ll be setting the pace for family hikes!

  4. Wow!
    Nicely done you guys!
    It took nearly 3 years to get my parents to ACCEPT my primal lifestyle. They are not interested in making any changes. (You never know though… maybe someday…)

  5. My goal exactly!
    “It is my greatest hope that by being an ambassador of Primal living, I can spread health, happiness, and a care for the environment to others.”
    Anyone have tips on this? I think it Is time to influence policy to construct a more ancestral-conscious society.

    1. For the most part you just need to bite your tongue until you see the proper opening to bring up the subject. “You know what really helped my (friend, family, member, me) in your situation is going Primal. I can tell you all about it if you’re interested.”

  6. Martha:

    I agree that increased LDL in subset of population disturbing. My advice to these people is: 1) check coronary calcium score (or carotid artery intima-media thickness) and LDL subtypes, 2) If evidence of atherosclerosis, then consider statins, 3) if LDL profile pattern B, then consider statins, but if 4) no atherosclerosis and pattern A LDL profile, may opt against statins. Bottom iine: if you don’t have atherosclerosis and your diet results in positive TG/HDL ratio and pattern A LDL, then don’t worry. But if pattern B and increased LDL along with evidence of atherosclerosis, I’d consider using statins until more information available. If no evidence of atherosclerosis and pattern A LDL profile, not sure…tough one…really no answer but, conservatively, may consider statins.

    This issue has not been thoroughly addressed in the literature, nor have I found a sound model that explains the variability in LDL subtype pattern changes with LCHF diet. I’m sure it has to do with individual LDL receptor profiles, insulin receptor profiles, various apolipoprotein profiles/interactions and other considerations.

    I’d love to see Dr. Krauss or Dr. Attia address this issue. It is the elephant in the room.

    1. “If no evidence of atherosclerosis and pattern A LDL profile, not sure…tough one…really no answer but, conservatively, may consider statins.”

      It isn’t ‘conservative’ to consider statins in my opinion. I am biased because my uncle got dementia after statin use. But dementia, diabetes, and ironically possibility for MORE heart attack with statin use? Especially with no evidence of atherosclerosis?

      Statins are a wrench into the whole body. ARTIFICIALLY lowering LDL is a good thing? I’d make sure I had enough sun exposure/vitamin D, high quality omega 3s, basically everything in the world before ever considering statins. They have been shown to have maybe some very small utility in men only that have already had a CVD event.

      But Dr. Wendell Berry has much better results with grain free, low carbs, vitamin D, and omega 3 then anyone using statins. Very few patients have a repeat event.

      These are two different issues BTW. Yes people are different, agreed. But statins? Not a good choice I believe under virtually all circumstances, IMO. Not at least without trying the other stuff Dr. Berry does first.

      1. Wendell Berry? Really? You’re not talking about the poet/farmer/philosopher/novelist are you?

        1. Davis. And William. Doh. Good thing I am not on statins. Apparently need every brain cell.

          I don’t follow him that closely. BTW to add to the above now statins are being linked to increases in Parkinson’s.

          http://drmalcolmkendrick.org/2015/03/13/nice/

          Statins to me are like pummeling your body with a gigantic sledge hammer. No bueno.

      2. My mother died last summer at 81 of an autoimmune blood disorder (catastrophic anti-phospholipid syndrome) that came out of nowhere. It is often associated with lupus, but the doctors said it was almost unheard of for someone her age to suddenly develop lupus. While she was hospitalized I did hours of internet research and ran across something called “statin-associated lupus-like syndrome.” She had been on statins in one form or another for 14 or 15 years. Now that I look into it I realize she had many of the known side effects of statin usage, including severe muscle and joint pain and weakness (her ligaments in one knee loosened so much her leg appeared bent to the side and she had a total knee replacement), nighttime urge to urinate (she never got more than two hours of sleep in a row), cataracts, constipation, and acid reflux. I have read reports of some statin users developing Parkinson’s-like symptoms and my mother was diagnosed with “probable” Parkinson’s Disease a couple of years before she died. A friend of hers stopped statin use recently when he ran into an old friend who experienced so much muscle wasting while on statins that he is now working with a physical therapist to try to recover some muscle strength. The kicker is that while she lay dying, the doctor on duty looked at her cholesterol numbers and told me that she didn’t need statins and shouldn’t be on them. I think statins are another of those blanket prescriptions that doctors, especially those who treat the elderly, write to cover themselves just in case their patient develops heart issues later. I would say that if you can at all avoid them, do so.

        1. That is so horrible (what happened with your mother)! I’m so sorry… I worry a lot for my grandmother, who is also in her 80s, has had a cardiac event (and was given stents), has been on statins ever since (several years now), has recently been experiencing a lot of muscle weakness and now is being tested for some sort of unknown issue with her blood. I know she’d NEVER listen to me if I told her she should get rid of the statins (after all, I’m not a doctor, let alone a god-like cardiologist), let alone stop eating grains. All I can do is stand by and watch as her health, and that of my grandfather’s, slides further and further into decline. It’s especially heart-wrenching, knowing that it could be prevented..

    2. There isn’t any known benefit for statins in females and in males who’v never had a heart attack. That’s per studies that statin manufacturers have funded, but of course we have to look this up ourselves, our doctors won’t tell us. I wouldn’t go on a statin on a bet. They waffle a bit about the whole thing and say that statins have an anti-inflammatory effect. Know what else has an anti-inflammatory effect?

      (“MY MOM!!!”)

      …Eating Paleo! Or generally watching out for what fats you eat (yes to animal and fruit fats, no to seed fats, generally) and avoiding foods to which you have an intolerance (gold standard test: elimination diet and then reintroduction, per both Paleo practitioner and mainstream medical sources).

  7. Eric: There were 2 really high points to your story: (1) so glad to hear someone is a great ambassador for primal (it’s either me or my family or both but I couldn’t get anyone interested except my husband and daughter who is too young to object) and (2) going hiking/kayaking with your Dad at 70 – how awesome — I hope to be doing the same when I am 70 and my daughter is your age.

  8. Thank you for sharing, Eric. It’s my hope to get my siblings and my wife’s siblings and parents to embrace the Primal lifestyle, so your story was really inspirational to me. P.S., you’re not alone on still trying to get a six pack. 🙂

  9. Yes, great story. A true Primal family. I used to be skinny-fat, so I know the health benefits of the lifestyle. Not all success stories need to be about losing 100 pounds.

  10. Awesome that you got your tribe to go along. I keep trying to grow it around me, but mostly wait for people to ask for help now.

    One thing I want to point out is I think my propensity to put on weight, I was 275 to 340 for most of my adult life, over 20 years (now 165 coming up to big 5-0), actually was a health ‘benefit’.

    My body was very good at taking the carbs from SAD eating and getting it out of my bloodstream (thank goodness). I actually never had a fasting glucose reading over 100 and my blood pressure was always good. LDL was also very low, but HDL was very low.

    I think I would have gotten CVD or cancer very soon though. My trig/HDL was 7. And the mode for CVD with LDL is in the 80s which mine always was. In other words if you look at the group with the most CVD of anyone they have LDL in the 70s.

    What I am getting at is you can be profoundly unhealthy without being obese on the SAD. In fact if my fat cells were not so good at storing fat I most likely would have gotten diabetic. I have co-workers who are diabetic they never got nearly as big as me.

    Just something for people to keep in mind if they are not getting obese. The SAD is going to get most everyone, one way or the other. It just is what it is, and it doesn’t have to be from obesity.

    1. Word. I also despise the term “skinny-fat”. Either you are fat or you aren’t, quit making every bad health thing about obesity. It’s a symptom of health going south, not a cause, at least not til you get into the 500-1000 pound range, give or take 100 or so depending on your height.

  11. also curious about the ldl issue. My last blood test also show elevated LDL AND VLDL along with high HDL, which surprised me. I feel pretty good and and definitely not overweight, stronger than I’ve ever been. I was told that its not to unusual to see elevated cholesterol but the fat bodies are less adhesive; is this true?

    1. Jack,
      How about a thought experiment, if your LDL went up to the 500-600 range would you still feel the same way about satins? What about if your father had died of a heart disease? It seems that the decision to take or not take medication is a very personal one that is best made in consultation with a physician rather than on what is good for the general population.
      Eric

      1. My Dad does have heart disease and was prescribed statins and it ruined his health. It’s kind of an issue with me.
        The doctors say that only a percentage of people get side effects. But the math is that the longer you take them the more likely you are to get the side effects.
        Muscle and bone waisting, cancer and senility are very common. He cannot stand up straight anymore and can barely walk and got skin cancer. It only took a couple years of the poison that is called medication.
        Check out some info on statin drug side effects.
        If you hear of someone dying of melanoma, there is the possibility that they were on statins.
        My understanding is that there a 4 types of cholesterol: HDL, MDL, LDL, and VLDL. VLDL is the only one that should be of concern.
        But even then, cholesterol is not the problem, cholesterol is deployed by your body because there is a problem caused by sugar and starch.
        I respect everything you and your family have done Eric and thanks for the great article today and we’re both going down the same path.
        Let me phrase it this way: since you guys are big time Primal your numbers are bound to get improve, so get off the statin as soon as humanly possible for your own health.
        Thanks for giving me the chance to vent.

      2. I don’t care what my LDL does, I’m never going on statins. At least if I got a blockage they have a fix for that. They can’t fix Parkinson’s or statin-derived muscle wastage or any other brain damage I might get. But I don’t have familial hypercholesterolemia so guess what, my cholesterol is not going to go that high. Neither will yours. Give it a rest.

  12. Hi, I’m Eric’s overweight aunt who has been dipping my toes into the Primal life. As mentioned, Eric’s father, my brother, has a sweet-tooth and he has been working hard in his test-kitchen, creating the most incredible Paleo-peanut “butter” cookie ever. He sent me the ingredients and I’ve made several batches that are outstanding. Check with Eric and see if his dad will part with the recipe

      1. 2 cups Peanut Flour (also called defatted or powder should not contain anything but peanut)
        1/3 cup Erythritol
        1/3 cup Splenda
        10 baby spoons Stevia (pure stevia powder no filler)
        1 tablespoon Cocoa powder
        1 teaspoon salt
        2/3 cup Avocado Oil
        1 egg

        Stir together dry ingredients
        Add Avocado oil and stir until mixed smoothly. You should have a thick soup mixture now.
        Add the magic egg and mix thoroughly.
        Roll into balls, and pat down to a fairly thick cookie. No greasing of the pan is necessary (at least not on my Teflon coated baking pans). As with most gluten-free items, these cookies tend to be somewhat crumbly, so a thick cookie helps to give strength.
        Bake for about 20 minutes at 300 degrees. Allow to cool about 2 minutes before removing from the pan to a cooling rack.
        After the cookies have cooled, I like to freeze them this brings out the peanut flavor.
        If you make 20 cookies, each cookie has about
        120 calories
        9.4 g fat
        6.7 g protein
        3.4 g carbohydrates

        1. Peanuts aren’t Paleo. If you deal well with eating them then fine, but they’re legumes. Legumes can be considered post-Neolithic ancestral, and that’s about it.

  13. Larry:

    My mistake. I meant to say “if no evidence of atherosclerosis and pattern B (small dense particles) LDL profile”…that’s what I’d consider a tough call, based on data or lack thereof.

    I wish there were definitive data demonstrating safety of high LDL with pattern B with or w/o CAD. I wish there were data definitively linking statins to AD. There just isn’t. And while I agree that statins are over prescribed and that the pharmacological lowering of cholesterol is in general a bad idea, I’m not certain that it’s correct to make a blanket statement that statins are contraindicated in all situations.

    1. Ivor Cummins is a master at this stuff. Find him as theFatEmperor on Twitter, YouTube etc.

      I think his conclusions are maybe use for men (only) who have already had a heart event who are not willing to make dietary changes: grain free, low carb, sun, omega 3, no seed oils etc. Might possibly be indicated there.

      Pretty small group. They’ve clearly hurt more than helped at the population level though. 46% higher rate of diabetes for instance.

    2. Something causing brain and muscle damage? Yeah, that’s contraindicated in all situations. It is easier to recover from a mild heart attack than it is from what statins do to those patients who get side-effects, and you have no way of knowing ahead of time whether you will.

      Someone who refuses to change their diet is not necessarily going to be compliant with drugs anyway. So what you end up targeting are the patients who ARE willing to be compliant and go along with what Doc says to do. Those patients would be willing to try diet but they get recommended the AHA diet which will do squat for them, and then they’ll be blamed for not trying hard enough and then guess what.

      Best just leave it alone.

  14. Love your work Eric (and family). I too really think it wonderful that you and your dad are hiking together even though he is at a an age where many people are “winding down” and watching TV while eating ham sandwiches and junk food. What a great advertisement for a healthy lifestyle you all are.

    I have also found myself more environmentally aware. I am more thoughtful about chemical use in my garden (I don’t!) and checking the contents of my cleaners (using mainly bi-carb soda & vinegar) and my face cleansers, moisturisers, soaps etc. Not buying food that is pre wrapped/packaged, growing my own vegetables, and seeking out shops selling products with the least possible processing. Every little bit helps!

    1. Thanks HillyM!
      I’m still working on the household chemicals / cleaners. I’ve gotten to shampoos, but still need to work on some of the others around the house.
      I completely agree with boycotting over packaged products. I’ll pick the bulk over individual any day.

  15. THINK ABOUT IT! One Stops eating sugar, excess carbs, and processed food and loses 20 lbs and feels remarkedly better but some arbitrary number on a blood test goes up. So one starts taking a drug that has numerous proven degenerative side effects and little if any benefit. The lipid hypothesis has been proven wrong…HELLO?

  16. In the 2 years living Primal my own “LDL” has gone up from 83 to 159, total 178 to 247, Trig still 50, HDL still 80+. BP still 115/75. Body fat from 16+- to 12+-.
    You can’t tell me I’m worse off because I quit sugars and grains and processed crap.

    1. Snake Plissken,
      How about a thought experiment, if your LDL went up to the 500-600 range would you still feel the same way about satins? What about if your father had died of a heart disease? It seems that the decision to take or not take medication is a very personal one that is best made in consultation with a physician rather than on what is good for the general population.
      At least we can all agree that the “processed crap” isn’t helping anyone.
      Eric

      1. One should definitely consult with a physician. Diet wouldn’t cause those levels and hopefully one’s doctor could find the cause instead of throw a bandaid on it like statins. A bandaid that significantly raises ones risk of dementia and diabetes.

      2. His LDL is not going to get that high. My paternal grandfather died of heart disease and every other grandparent died of stroke or similar (we’re not sure about Maternal Grandfather, he might have had an aneurysm), and I’m still not turning to those drugs. They make too many people’s health worse for pretty much no benefit.

  17. Jimmy Moore has written some excellent book on Cholesterol and statins, have you read it? Cholesterol Clarity? Perhaps it might shed some light on some of the issues brought up in the comments.

    1. As a family we have consulted with and worked withe several of the experts in the book.

  18. Before resorting to statins (as though that’s ever a good thing) there is an enzyme product that combines serrapeptase and nattokinase that cleans out the plaque from the blood vessels and lowers cholesterol in the process. It also helps scars heal (as in the interior of the vessels) and surgeons in the know are prescribing it to help patients heal from surgery faster and with less scaring. A quick google search will turn it up.

  19. Be very careful with these health “markers”, for example, they are designed to give the optimal reading for the statistically average person, on a statistically average diet, with statistically average health, which basically fits almost no one as a result.

    For example – go measure your BMI, are you overweight – or do you have high muscle mass to weight ratio. I’ve started doing a lot of “primal” street bar gynastics training, and as I progress, I can see my body fat dropping, and muscle increasing (and I can gauge from the fact thatI can pull off harder and harder bodyweight exercises), and my BMI is going up – nearly to 27 – oh no, I must be obese…

  20. Great story!

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the brain 90+% cholesterol?? So what happens when doctors put us on statins? The drugs can’t tell the difference between cholesterols. So what is happening to the brain?

    1. Or your cellular integrity. Cholesterol is incorporated into the membrane of every cell in your body. I figure that is where some of the muscle damage comes from on statins. The cells can’t keep it together and they just kind of quit. Only reason you don’t just die is statins don’t stop ALL cholesterol production.

  21. My cholesterol went up when I was primal too! But in a good way.

    Before I started my HDL was 56, LDL was 112, and my Triglycerides were 96.

    Now my HDL is 96, my LDL is 114, and my triglycerides are 49! So TC went up, but my ratios are so much better. I would like to get my particle numbers checked, but my doc says it isn’t an issue (military medicine).

    My A1C also dropped from 5.5 (close to that 5.7-6.0 pre diabetes mark) to 4.9. I maintained my current weight of 200lb but I lost fat and gained muscle.