Response to the Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert and Independent Article

I’ve decided to write a response in response to Rhiannon Lambert’s Instagram post mentioning me. (And the subsequent article scene here). The Instagram post doesn’t bother me that much, but even the picture of her posing with a pen is a tinyyyyy bit aggravating. I’m getting pretty sick of hearing about my “reported” arthritis…
I’ve copied parts of her Instagram post. They’re in bold:
“More energy. Less body fat. You can even cure depression and arthritis’, well that’s what American psychologist Jordan Peterson and his daughter @MikhailaPeterson say whose social media is scarily going viral. Mikhaila reportedly had arthritis, now she doesn’t (or at least, she thinks she doesn’t!)
Are you kidding me?! I’ve had my hip and ankle replaced due to arthritis. This isn’t a case of some minor joint pain that I “think” went away. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and the diagnosis later changed to juvenile ideopathic arthritis, after my joint replacements. I had 37 joints affected. I could barely walk in grade 2. I was put on Methotrexate and Enbrel (I was the first kid in Canada to be put on Enbrel). I took them by injection, weekly. I took painkillers to sleep because I couldn’t sleep on my shoulders. This isn’t some minor joint pain that I could placebo away, that maybe didn’t even exist in the first place. This was the worst arthritis my rheumatologist (at Sick Kids in Toronto) had ever seen in her 20 years of practice. I have scars to prove it and medical notes. This isn’t a discussion.

Secondly, my Dad is eating this diet because the other option is serious suffering. Not because he’s particularly happy about. He’d rather be left out of the whole “diet” conversation.
“Mikhaila has absolutely no nutritional qualifications.”
This is true. I’m very open about it. I’m also not concerned about it. I’m not going to go to a school run by either the pharmaceutical companies or the food companies to learn about how eating grain is healthy. Or that the cause of most disease is unknown but here are some drugs that’ll fix you!
The only animals that are really sick in the animal kingdom are us, and the animals we feed. Doesn’t that tell you something? Maybe we don’t know everything yet?
“One thing you can’t ignore is there are some nutrients you just can’t get from meat!”
Explain why this worked for me. And don’t use the explanation that maybe I didn’t have arthritis. Come on. Explain why other people who have been eating this way for decades are healthy and thriving. I didn’t start this diet. I came across it out of desperation. If there are nutrients you can’t get from meat, why does it work for people? Or are they just placebo-ing themselves out of their obesity and misery too?

“Most people’s lifestyles and traditions make it difficult to follow a restrictive diet. Rigidity can lead to a distorted attitude towards foods and social isolation too”
This is true. It is hard to keep up restrictive diets. It’s not fun. I’d rather go out with my friends and eat cheesecake. This is part of the reason I run the blog, to give people who are alone a community. It’s not like eating this restricted is fun socially.
“Folate, vitamins C and E all pretty much only come from veggies – that’s why sailors used to get scurvy with not enough vitamin C in their largely fish diets.”
Vitamin C is used up in abundance when you consume glucose. Here’s another great article that goes into depths about glucose vs vitamin C. It looks as if the reasons sailors got scurvy was because they started surviving off of carbs and fish and didn’t get enough Vitamin C to help process the carbs. If you don’t consume carbs, you don’t need the vitamin C. I’ve been doing this for 8 months and my vitamin C levels are fine. Not low at all. Explain that!? Or do I just not have scurvy quite yet? Is it not possible that maybe we don’t know everything about diet yet?
There’s folate in meat, particularly liver. So that’s wrong too… As for Vitamin E, there isn’t much, if any in meat. But I’m not low in it. Obviously, we don’t know what we’re talking about if people can literally survive (and thrive) on an only meat diet. Obviously, we’re missing some key information here.
“Then there’s fibre. The #CarnivoreDiet has none of it, yet we know fibre promotes a good gut health and research suggests your microbiome impacts everything from digestion to your immune system to your mood. You need fibre, and meat can’t give it to you.”
You don’t need fibre in your diet to be healthy. In fact, it looks like it might cause more problems than it solves. We’re not cows or gorillas. We don’t have four stomachs to digest this stuff, or a long hindgut that ferments plant matter much better than ours (notice how gorillas have big bellies and that’s considered healthy – unlike humans). There are populations of people who have survived with no fibre and they’ve been fine (Inuit and Maasai for instance). I’m not an expert in this field, obviously, nor do I make myself out to be one. I’ve just read a lot. Fiber Menace by Konstantin Monastyrsky is a great read though, and full of information that isn’t widely recognized enough.

“Meat also tends to push the balance of our good and bad cholesterol (called HDL and LDL) towards the bad end.”
This is so outdated. Even HuffingtonPost knows better than that. And it doesn’t look like cholesterol, in general, is bad.
These articles kind of give an overview of more current thinking:
There’s information out there that people can read for themselves, and make up their mind. I don’t advocate trusting anyone. Do your research, be extremely sceptical. Read everything. Dave Feldman runs www.cholesterolcode.com and has a lot of good information, and breaks down a lot of studies for people.
As for meat pushing your supposed balance towards “the bad end”, I’d like to see ONE study that concludes that (after controlling for variables such as sugar consumption, exercise, smoking, and dairy consumption). There aren’t any. Not that “the bad end” is even a thing anymore.
“There’s no one way of eating but be wary of any claims of “curing” conditions thought of as treatable only with medicine. Please never ignore medical recommendations in favour of food-based treatments.”
Medical recommendations put me on more medications than I can count on my fingers, and left me with a hip and ankle replacement at age 17. I’m permanently damaged from these surgeries. There is no going back for me. You can’t heal when your joints have been removed. My goal is to (at least) get people to start looking at their own diet for answers. Try eliminating foods and see what happens. The “beef, salt, and water diet” is what works for me. It seems to be the ultimate elimination diet. After a month, reintroduce foods! I don’t care. Just try and figure things out yourself before you also suffer irreparable damage. I want people to hear my story so that they know they have a choice. That there’s hope. That the responsibility for getting better is on them, not with the medical system. Research, explore. Don’t take anyone’s word for it, including mine. I don’t advocate quitting your medications irresponsibly. Talk to your doctor. I advocate doing the research and testing things out yourself. That’s what worked for me.
And last but not least, I’m not about to be called a fraud by someone who thinks avocado toast is a health food or bananas on toast is an actual way to healthily refuel in the morning… Reasons I don’t plan on becoming a nutritionist…

133 thoughts on “Response to the Nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert and Independent Article

  1. Natalie Krause says:

    “I want people to hear my story so that they know they have a choice. That there’s hope.” Mikhaila this is exactly what you did for me. I had lost all hope. After 7 long years and trying every medication, surgery, procedure, even acupuncture etc… I was done I had lost all hope. Then I heard your dad on his first podcast with Joe Rogan talk about you. It was like a gift from God. You are an absolute Angel that is Changing and Saving Lives. Anyone that has a problem with that should take a long look in the mirror. I hope that she and others like her Never get sick as I wouldn’t wish this kind of debilitating illnesses on anyone. If one of them ever does get sick then they might understand. I would rather them not understand then get sick if that’s what it takes. I am so sick of people trying to discredit your illness it is beyond DISRESPECTFUL. Haven’t they ever seen Bambi? “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” A great quote especially when it comes to talking about someone’s struggles and personal hell that is so kind and open about it because she wants people to know that they are not alone and that there is hope. I would say to this girl look so what if it doesn’t work for everyone, you know what, its the hope and the chance that it might that helps people almost as much as the diet working. It keeps people from completely giving up on life altogether. Take a look at the numbers for people with chronic pain diseases, autoimmune diseases etc.. that attempt suicide and that die by suicide. Mikhaila is giving people hope and literally, that saves peoples lives. So please try to put yourself in their shoes. I can bet that No One that lives with these types of diseases would ever wish it on you so why try to call someone that was extremely sick and just trying to help others a liar? Shame on you! Anyway, so that’s what I would say to that girl. Mikhaila thank you for everything.
    You’re an Angel Sweetie please know that you are Changing and Saving Lives,
    Sincerely, Natalie Krause

  2. Flávio Vaz says:

    You can not generalize your experience. In your case, a diet provenly wrong for most people, is better than eating foods that bring macro and micro nutrients known fundamental. You are an isolated case, which I read may have been concerned some coincidences, bad information among other things …. There are several cases similar to yours, or even the same, but that does not mean that a wrong diet, which is a better solution for you in a limit situation like yours, is ideal for everyone ….

    • Gabriella says:

      Where did you exactly find her claim (in this blog post or in previous ones) that her diet “is ideal for everyone”? People should learn to read properly, meaning actually reading and understanding what’s written in a text…

  3. Tom R says:

    ‘provenly wrong’ is not true. Not even English for that matter Thousands of people now, especially very recently, are proving it ‘right’ Check out meatheals.com or any of the other testimonials

  4. Luke says:

    Just took a look through her instagram to try and find the original post and it made me cringe so hard, the vanity, abundance of emojis and typical narcissistic posing found on accounts like hers actually saddens me. It also made me laugh that after reading her condescending piece I happened upon a video of her saying ‘the best diet out there is what works for you as a unique individual.’ Anything for some instagram clout though, even if it means contradicting yourself.

  5. Joel McIntyre says:

    Hey Mikhaila,
    Saw you on jre and I was wondering if you’ve looked into systemic candiditis? Ive been dealing with all the same symptoms as you for almost my entire life and the only things that has helped me was finding low carb diet by process of elinination and then treating the infection with antifungals once I found the root cause. I think the reason you are experiencing these issues is that the candida feeds of carbs and the only food not containing any carbs is meat. I really hope this info can help you like its been helping me.

  6. Herb says:

    CAPRYLIC ACID. Solaray has one they call capryl. It really knocks it out well. Safer than ketoconazole I would imagine but it’s not hard to eradicate. I take capryl for a few days every few months. Be careful, a big die-off reaction can disrupt your system for a few days…

  7. Doug says:

    Mikhaila,

    Thanks for informing people about this stuff. After hearing you on JRE i started looking into the diet and fell into the rabbit-hole of the explosion of auto-immune diseases, one of which i think my family is predisposed to, Hashimoto’s Disease. I found out that everyone on my dad’s side of the family seems to have hypothyroidism, the main symptom of this auto-immune disease. After multiple years trying to control this with levothyroxine (TSH down to between 8 and 10, from an original of like 65. Normal levels are like .5 to 1) and the medication have no other effect than changing the number on my blood test (actual symptoms of hypothyroidism still exactly the same), i’m starting to research the path you’ve chosen and am trying out the carnivore diet. In researching the science behind why the diet works i came across Nora Gedgaudas. She is the founding member of a couple of nutritional health organizations and is a board-certified nutritional therapy practitioner. She wrote a number of books and has a few youtube lectures where she goes VERY in-depth into the causal relations between most non-meat foods and how they cause auto-immune diseases, which are spreading across industrialized nations like mad. I haven’t seen her mentioned on your blog and thought the information might be very useful to you.

    Best of luck and thank you for doing what you do.

  8. I love this article it’s really inspiring to see your results standing against what media says about diet and health! Going to try and cut down to meat and vegetables to try and deal with a lot of bloating I’m having. (Although if you get a chance to edit it please fix the spelling of maasai)

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