Success Story Follow-Up: At 70-Years-Old I’m On a Roll!

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!

I almost died in 2006 when I was 59-years-old. Although my doctors saved my life from a stroke, they didn’t have the answers I needed to turn my life around. It took 7 years before I learned about primal nutrition and lifestyle. In April 2013, I changed my life, and I have never looked back.

Today, I am beginning my fifth year of starting over. On, April 27, 2017, I turned 70 years old. And, I am on a roll. I owe so much to so many. But, individuals like Dr. John Bagnulo, Kathie Swift, Dr. Loren Cordain, Mark Sisson, and Chris Kresser stand out as most influential. They’re my mentors and paved a path that I joyfully travel today.

I am healthier today than I have ever been. Some of my old friends think I am a fanatic because I have changed so much, and they haven’t. Oh well, I can’t change everybody.

With a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory diet and primal lifestyle, I have been able to maintain my weight at 157 pounds. The energy I have is contagious, and I incorporate my primal enthusiasm with the treatment I provide my patients with gum disease.

In_Text_Al leaning on pole 1_9_17As I was approaching my eighth decade of life, I began to think about what I could leave for others—my legacy. I wanted to share my knowledge and experience for all who would listen and learn. So, I started writing, and I haven’t stopped.

I created a website where I became known as the Nutritional Periodontist. In 2015, the College of Integrative Medicine contracted me to write a dental program for their 300-hour post-graduate program, which offers a Certified Integrative Healthcare Professional designation. My module describes the relationship between ancestral health, dental health, and overall health.

To get the word out to my dental profession, I wrote a continuing education program for dentists and dental hygienists called Beat the Beast of Dental Disease. It is a 5-part online course that is offered through, which is authorized to offer 7-hours of continuing education credits to those who complete it. My course teaches primal nutrition and lifestyle to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
I also wrote a book titled Crazy-Good Living that was published this past year.

One exciting thing I learned is that a person is never too old to make a difference in his or her life. Another exciting thing I learned is that it is easy to make this change. However, you must be motivated to make the machine we call our human body to perform at its best. Your body deserves to be taken care of just as you would take care of an expensive automobile. In reality, this body is the only thing that will take you around for the rest of your life.

Grok On!

Dr. Alvin Dannenberg, DDS

Primal Health Coach

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  1. I love to hear stories from the older crowd to show my mom (74) what is still possible. I wanted more details here but I am going to dive into your website. Thanks for sharing your story!!

  2. I love the success stories of the older Groks and Grokettes. It shows that it is never too late to become our healthier selves. Great story Alvin, thanks.

    1. This makes me so happy to hear of other folks my age. What a wonderful story. I will be 70 next year and am in better shape then my kids. The primal lifestyle is plain and simple and so easy to stick with. I have tried to persuade others to change their lifestyle also but unfortunately some things are so ingrained in us that they are not willing to try a new lifestyle.

  3. Thank you for getting the word out to your colleagues. Congratulations on getting your life back– and then some! Well done.

  4. Thanks for sharing your story Dr. Dannenberg! A great reminder that we can mitigate or even reserve life-threatening incidents with the right attitude and lifestyle changes. Fantastic the contribution you are making to dental health, which is such a big factor in our overall well being and a major component of heart health also.

    1. I reserve the right to switch the s and the v to create the word I intended … * reverse * 😛

  5. How inspiring! I am 57 and am doing great incorporating the primal lifestyle, however the one area I haven’t seen much success yet in is my dental health. I look forward to reading your book, website, to see if there is something I am missing to reverse the decay I am still experiencing (my gums are healthy).

  6. To me the bet thing about this contribution is Dr Alvin’s enthusiasm to give. To give information and inspiration.

  7. Alvin, it doesn’t count unless you pose for a photo with your shirt off!

  8. What an inspiration. I am 56 years young myself and I love hearing from other older Primals and how this lifestyle has changed their life. Thank you for the follow-up. In fact, I really like all of these follow-ups, regardless of age, because it is an ongoing process. We all face hurdles of one sort or another and I like to hear how other primals are able to overcome them.
    Hmm, my dentist is also the only health professional I have contact with at the moment that even knows what I am talking about when I mention paleo, let alone primal. Her father went paleo to address his pre-diabetes and she’s been sold ever since. I think this is great that the primal movement is influencing at least this segment of health care.

    1. Totally agree with Primal Plum…love followups because it is awesome to see the continued growth. And your energy is totally contagious…I could feel it just reading this!

    2. Stop with the “X years young,” already. It sounds desperate and in denial. And disrespectful of our elders and what they bring to the table, so to speak.

      Signed, 71 years OLD and proud of it.

  9. Very nice. I’ve just turned 60 and intend to be the oldest person in North America not on prescriptions…and you’ve confirmed for me that my dental health will also be protected to some extent. So… grok on, indeed.

    1. Don’t let your goal get in the way of being smart, Julie. I was prescriptionless until age 68. Even though of almost appropriate weight and eating mostly paleo, my body needs low dosages of a blood pressure and blood sugar medications. I know that this site has a lot of reactionary anti-pharma sentiments, but I’m grateful that such things exist. I know what I’m taking, there are zero downsides, and they will ensure a longer healthier life. As my genes pretty well guarentee a life into my 90’s and even past 100, I’m not going to spite myself by refusing small miracles.


  10. I found out the hard way that good dental health = good overall health. I wish there were more holistic dentists around that understood that connection. Thanks for your story 🙂

  11. Thanks Alvin for your motivating post . I recently turned 60 and started keto reset diet. I’ve been a on and off low carber for years, loosing and gaining 20 lbs. ready to reset and lock in. Thanks for sharing

  12. This is so awesome! I can feel your energy, enthusiasm and passion for improving the health of your patients and beyond, with your ancestral health education module. I love to see this movement reaching more health professionals. Thank you for your work.

    It is NEVER too late to change your life. I currently have an 81 year old client who is releasing a 70+ year old sugar addiction! It is very inspirational. 🙂

  13. The quote, “Oh well, I can’t change everybody,” resonates with me. I’m learning this lesson at 50. I’ve had to step back, focus on my own health and hope that I can be a roll model some day.

    Congratulations on your writing success! My dental hygienist and dentist are always surprised at how little cleaning I need and I go in once/year.

  14. You are certainly “on a roll” and it’s NOT the dinner roll that your friends are having!
    Thanks for all your hard work to promote change in the dental profession.

  15. Wow! Great story! I, too, suffered a stroke. An occipital lobe infarct which affected my vision. I truly believe eating primal will help in my recovery. Grok on!