Sorry about the delay!

After eating only beef, salt and water since January 2018 it’s basically completely normal – with slightly raised ferritin levels). That’s 9 months of only meat, and 8 months of only beef, salt, and water. Crazy.

Here are the pictures of the tests:

I’m going to test testosterone next,  just out of curiousity. Comment about what else you want to see and I’ll write it all down and get it tested for the next round.

The ONLY thing that was abnormal was slightly raised ferritin levels. No, I’m not concerned. But this is interesting. People are told to introduce solids to babies when they’re 6 months old because there’s not enough iron in breastmilk and many mothers are anemic. I didn’t introduce solids until she was 8 months. She wasn’t really interested before then. Clearly, I’m not anemic at all. Just thoughts. At the time this blood test was taken I also hadn’t resumed menstruating. That’s a year of no periods. My thoughts are that this also has something to do with the raised ferritin levels but who knows.

What I find the most interesting about this is:

  1. My cholesterol is completely normal. I wasn’t sure what the cholesterol would show, and I wouldn’t have been concerned if it was abnormal but it’s not even, so that’s cool.
  2. I used to have high levels of lymphocytes (which is a sign of infection). Now they’re low but in the normal range. That’s amazing. I’ve always had high lymphocyte numbers (and other white blood cell numbers). This is a great sign. I’m really happy about this.

I had my vitamins tested through a naturopath. Still waiting for results. Prior to any dietary changes, I had low zinc, low vitamin D as a child, and as a 20 year old all my B vitamins were low (except for B12). Not ridiculously low but kind of. After going low carb my zinc and vitamin D went up but my B vitamins (other than B12) stayed low. Perhaps the beef, salt, and water diet has fixed my B vitamins. Perhaps they are still low. We will see soon enough.

142 Comments

  1. Abigail on August 7, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    I’m interested in liver enzymes. Mine are always high and have recently gotten even higher and I don’t drink at all. I also have chronically elevated white blood cells and low b-vitamins. So awesome that you’re feeling well and that your blood work is looking good.

    • Mikhaila on August 7, 2018 at 10:10 pm

      I had high liver enzymes, chronically elevated wbc’s, low b-vitamins, low zinc and low vitamin D3 before as well. I’ll add that to the next test.

  2. Austin Bachurski on August 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    Are you sure you want your phone number displayed on there? Thanks for sharing though!

  3. Daniel on August 7, 2018 at 9:54 pm

    You should remove your home phone number from the document photo!

    • Daniel on August 7, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Congratulations though!

      • Mikhaila on August 7, 2018 at 10:01 pm

        Omg yeah thanks

        • Danjel on August 7, 2018 at 10:34 pm

          No prob. I’m really curious about the vitamin/mineral level results when you get them. I’m glad to see the clinical data here, now backing up the results you have experienced thus far. The healthy cholesterol levels and lymphocyte normalization especially!

  4. Matthew on August 7, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Their range for ferritin is off. Over ~150-200 is where it might be concerning. http://www.healtheiron.com/iron-science-library

  5. Don Teunissen on August 7, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    I’m curious about your inflammation markers I believe that would be Ha1c. In 2005 I went through cardiac rehab and at the time was told blood glucose over 5.0 was considered diabetic now I see 5.0 to 7.0 is normal.

  6. Humanoid_3 on August 7, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    i want to try this… to get my vitamins and minerals checked… and other stuff.. i have some strange problems that dont make sense for my age (25). Im guessing its to do with my auto immune Disease (RA/ JRA). Im anemic so Im taking iron and Vitamin B12 everyday for the past 2 yrs to feel normal again.

    • Humanoid_3 on August 7, 2018 at 10:41 pm

      My blood rest showed i was anemic when i did the tests 2 yrs ago but vtamin B12 was just a suggestion made by a girl at a health food store and damn did it help 100%…. they seem more knowledgeable than trained dpctors to me lol…

  7. Lotan Kritchman on August 7, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Yes! Congrats! I’m going on a month now and I’ve never felt better. I’ve had to find and use tips and tricks to keep myself full on a budget, and I have been adding pepper, as well as salt, to my steaks, but I feel great and, even though I’ve been extra stagnant for the last month, look great! I seriously haven’t worked out for a month, with the exception of walking my dog, and I have a 6 pack… what???

    • Mikhaila on August 7, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Haha that’s awesome!!

  8. lisa sherry on August 7, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Great results, Mikhalia! I have always wondered about vitamin C deficiency resulting from this diet…scurvy more precisely.
    What do you know?

    • Mikhaila on August 7, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      Nothing yet! Waiting on the vitamin results. I have zero concerns though regarding vitamin C. It looks like most of the reason we need it is to help us process carbs.

  9. Becki Ewy on August 7, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    You should probably redact your home phone number. There are a lot of maniacs out there ?. But thanks for the updates. So amazing!!

  10. Becki Ewy on August 7, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Never mind!! Haha. Didn’t see others’ comments.

  11. Zad Chow on August 7, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Tanielle on August 7, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    With your B vitamins being low, have you tested for THE MTHFR gene mutation?

    • On The (Lower) Level on August 8, 2018 at 1:38 am

      I second this. Mikhaila, your B12 actually looks fairly high, which can be a sign that the body isn’t properly converting it to the methyl (usable) form. MTHFR is also implicated in depression. It’s easy to test for, and can even be determined from a service like 23andme.

      • Lan Kosta (@Lann5000) on August 8, 2018 at 3:02 am

        I doubt MTHFR mutations have anything to do with it. If that was the case she would have had a lot of problems with the baby. There is also a lot of snakeoil type scams with MTHFR testing online because it was once thought that polymorphisms in that Gene was the root cause for many types of diseases.

  13. Stephen Hunter on August 8, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Thank you for sharing all your experiences Mikhaila…very helpful.
    Could you please expand a bit re the vitamin testing. I have been dealing with pain from extensive heterotopic ossification in my hip following a hip replacement in June 2015. I’m basically grasping at anything that may improve my day to day life.
    Have been following a rough ketogenic diet for a couple months and it is ok but increased pain still recurs (last 5 days) intermittently
    Thanks and keep it up.
    Stephen
    Edmonton

  14. Johnny on August 8, 2018 at 12:16 am

    “I used to have high levels of lymphocytes (which is a sign of infection). Now they’re low but in the normal range. That’s amazing. I’ve always had high lymphocyte numbers (and other white blood cell numbers). This is a great sign. I’m really happy about this.”

    This has always been my issue which is interesting since our symptoms are nearly identical. Are you also seronegative for rheumatoid factor, like me? I’m only 4 days in but i’ve seen joint improvements equivalent to what I experience when fasting or doing an elemental diet for the same amount of time.

    • Mikhaila on August 8, 2018 at 1:00 am

      Yes I’m seronegative too!

    • Lan Kosta (@Lann5000) on August 8, 2018 at 3:09 am

      I was involved in a research project looking at inflammatory cytokines and noticed that some people have higher levels of generalized inflammation. Their wbc counts were also higher and correlated with unspecified joint and connective tissue disorders. Now I wonder if those people have certain dietary issues that causes the elevated cytokines wbc levels. We were never able to figure out what the exact cause of these abbarent cytokine levels.

  15. Vicky on August 8, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Hi mikhaila, so interesting! So glad you’re not suffering like you were.
    I’d be interested to see your nutrient results too when they come in. Did you have high cholesterol before? Curious as my ldl is up slightly but more importantly my lipoprotein (a) is high and after a blot cloy I’m keen to get it down. Haven’t tried carnivore yet but definitely not ruling it out either.
    Keep up your good work!

  16. Rikard Waldner on August 8, 2018 at 1:56 am

    How about vit C? Don’t get scurvy! It will take about 6 months to a year to develop if deficient. Humans, guinea-pigs and fruit-bats lack the enzyme to produce vitamin C. Ptc.

    • David R. Knowles on August 8, 2018 at 2:12 am

      You only require trace amounts of Vit C when you omit carbohydrates, when carbs are present they compete on the same pathway as Vit C and the amount of Vit C required to push through becomes far greater. I have known people who have been ZC 20+ years without getting scurvy, i did it for over 1 year without any symptoms.

  17. K on August 8, 2018 at 1:57 am

    Well let’s see how many scientific journalists pick this up and use it against you!

    Look forward to seeing the next round of results on vitamins. I’ve been told not to cut out milk due to menopause, for bone density and don’t want to get osteoporosis as a result. I only have a small amount with tea and have natural bio yogurt as I can’t do meat for breakfast!

    Have your parents had blood work done too?
    All the best
    Karen

  18. István Magyary on August 8, 2018 at 1:57 am

    You might have diabetes 2 for after 12 hours of fasting this blood sugar level is pretty high, and the increased ferrium also can be an indicator of it. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4386204/

    • Ralph on August 8, 2018 at 3:25 am

      Pretty high? 4.8 mmol/L if perfectly fine, in the [3.6, 5.5] range. Btw, the report goes as high as 7.0 mmol/L for the normal range.

  19. MikeMikeUK on August 8, 2018 at 3:06 am

    Send this to Joe “did you do blood work” Rogan.

  20. Fern on August 8, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Random Glucose is a non-fasting test

  21. Tay on August 8, 2018 at 4:28 am

    I have been suffering from IBS for a long time. My blood tests showed high ferritine levels twice, this is a sign of inflammation.

    • Mikhaila on August 8, 2018 at 7:49 am

      Nah. I hadn’t got my period since the baby. That’s almost 18 months of no period. It’s probably that. Trust me, I’m not inflamed.

  22. Kobe van Reppelen on August 8, 2018 at 4:47 am

    That’s a 132mg/dl cholesterol, for us Europeans, who were wondering. (if my math is right)

  23. A.R on August 8, 2018 at 4:58 am

    I’ve been following this for a while, I think it’d be super beneficial for the more sceptical among us if you could post bloods from prior to beef only – Just to see the marked improvement. Maybe worth highlighting just how much better it has gotten for you personally in comparison with before you started this at all.

  24. Tom on August 8, 2018 at 5:33 am

    You should quit salt, most long term users don’t add salt, many people say they feel better and when evolving we wouldn’t have had access to extra salt https://zerocarbzen.com/salt/

    Thanks for changing my life

  25. Konstantin Neumann on August 8, 2018 at 5:41 am

    Ferritin is als elevated in inflammation (as an acute phase protein), so it is always good to measure CRP in parallel.
    However, eating a lot of beef gives you plenty of iron and elevations of the iron storage protein ferritin should not be surprising.

    Best,
    Konstantin

  26. Milan Đurović on August 8, 2018 at 5:57 am

    You can add Fibrinogen to the list of things to test. Elevated Fibrinogen has been connected with increased consumption of meat.

    • Jason P. on August 8, 2018 at 6:34 am

      At 26 you have had multiple joints replaced and had severe arthritis? Did you happen to get a diagnosis for the underlying condition that you have/had that caused such destruction to your joints?

      • Mikhaila on August 8, 2018 at 7:47 am

        Yeah, I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis when I was 7. The diagnosis was later changed to juvenile ideopathic arthritis.

  27. Beau Christensen on August 8, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Give blood if you want to lower your ferritin levels. But I wouldn’t be too alarmed. A few years back when I was zero carbs my ferritin was at 449! I felt fine, gave blood and have no health issues.

  28. Francesca on August 8, 2018 at 8:18 am

    The vegans are going to have a cow over this!

    • JimK on August 8, 2018 at 9:52 am

      But by eating beef she is preventing those cows from eating more grass! 🙂

  29. Jacques Paquin on August 8, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Agree with the other comment about giving blood to lower your ferritin levels.

  30. brigitte martin on August 8, 2018 at 8:41 am

    you should hide your home personal phone number…

  31. Rose on August 8, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Do you still recommend IgG testing? I have become somewhat obsessed with thinking about this test and what if I’ll have an IgG towards beef and other meats… It is so expensive this test…

    • Mikhaila on August 8, 2018 at 11:12 am

      It’s really really really really rare to react to beef. I do recommend the test if you’re going to include other foods though.

      • Samantha on August 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm

        I did a test and reacted to beef, peanuts, vinegar and dairy. Maybe this isn’t the diet for me

        • fabian on August 8, 2018 at 2:23 pm

          I wouldn’t trust these tests. things you eat frequently can show up as ‘reaction’ on these tests. check r/zerocarb or the carnivore facebook groups, 1000’s of people are healing on meat only. you can always eat chicken, lamb or pork instead if you want to be sure

          • Samantha on August 8, 2018 at 4:08 pm

            I do trust the test, the vinegar intolerence was extremely accurate, I’ve done other tests and they also come up with these food intolerances for me



          • Mikhaila on August 8, 2018 at 4:32 pm

            Beef shouldn’t show up as an igg food… I’d be concerned if I were you too unfortunately. It’s pretty rare to have it show up. You could give yourself some time and then try it again? Or try other ruminant animals depending on where you live?



  32. Trav on August 8, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Very interesting. Just listened to you on Primal Edge Health. I’m so glad I stopped being vegan and started consuming meat, eggs and dairy. I am 85%+ animal products at this stage.

  33. Jase on August 8, 2018 at 9:52 am

    I’ve been plant based (around 95%) for over 3 years. Get blood work every year. Total Cholesterol has been 131, 117, 135. Started Zero Carb last week and will be getting my blood work done at end of the year. Will be interesting to see the difference of being ZC for 4-5 months.

  34. Nick Stumphauzer on August 8, 2018 at 9:53 am

    I’m in month 2 of the diet and this is encouraging to see!

    Homocystine levels would be very good to see. It’s directly correlated to the consumption of animal protein and has a lot of damaging results.

  35. Dee on August 8, 2018 at 10:23 am

    What a help to view your test results. Thank you very much for sharing these!

  36. William Eley on August 8, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Have CRP and Sed rate added to your next test. If it’s possible ask to see your earliest blood work where they checked these two inflammation markers to compare.

  37. David Ricks on August 8, 2018 at 11:21 am

    What the nit pickers fail to consider is that Mikhaila’s quality of life was, as I understand it, non existent at times. That quality was also deteriorating. I can’t speak for her, but I doubt the blood test meant a lot to her, as she now has a life with this diet. It seems from everything I’ve seen her do (including the blood test) has been to get others to consider alternatives. To share her experience, that others might benefit. This may not be for everyone. We are all responsible for our own health, and the decisions we make.

    I fortunately don’t have any health issues (except dealing with being overweight my whole life), but hearing her dad on the Joe Rogan podcast got me looking into this. This type of diet has for the first time allowed me to fill satiated and at the same time shedding pounds quite quickly.

    • Mikhaila on August 8, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Yeah, spot on. I don’t care about the blood test at all haha. It’s cool that it’s pretty normal but even if it wasn’t I would never go back.

  38. Mountains and molehills on August 8, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Please do a microbiome map!!

  39. Christy on August 8, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    Hi Mikhaila, I’m really happy for you!!! You and your dad are an inspiration in many ways. I’m trying a carnivore diet because I’ve had increasing inflammation, pain, joint problems, and depression. My version is currently not quite as strict as yours, and I’m still tweaking it. Unfortunately I am often getting bad leg cramps at night, which seems to be an electrolyte deficiency. I’m salting all my food heavily with Himalayan pink, and putting it in my water, and it’s still hard to get enough to avoid the cramping. How much salt do you use? Have you had this problem also? Thank you in advance for any insight you may have.

    • Mikhaila on August 8, 2018 at 12:20 pm

      I’m measuring my salt intake tomorrow to see but I definitely eat over a tablespoon a day. I had foot and calf cramping in May when I reduced my salt intake. It seems to be quite common (and unpleasant). I’ll update you when I’ve measured salt intake

    • Fern on August 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Magnesium also help with cramp problems.

      • jmes on August 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm

        Second on the magnesium, and even potassium too. Here’s Robb Wolf’s recommendations when it comes to keto – equally applicable here too: https://cl.ly/sYHd

  40. michael on August 8, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Maybe add a TSH test next time, to see if your thyroid is doing well.
    Agree with other poster that donating blood would be a good way to lower your ferritin.

    • jmes on August 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      I’d be interested in thyroid health too, but an entire panel (including the likes of reverse T3) would be more insightful I think.

  41. John on August 8, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Your B12 sure looks sufficient! But apparently, it’s always been good for you. A lot of folks are low in B12, even needing injections.

  42. Cynthia B on August 8, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    jesus christ, you are the picture of health according to your blood work. this is insane!

  43. Alyssa Cullen on August 8, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    I’m really looking to try the carnivore diet, but my boyfriend is highly skeptical. I’ve been sleeping 10+ hours per day for a while now and I also have depression and anxiety that I have been dealing with since I was little. I just want to feel healthy, even if that means going on a crazy diet. I think it will help convince my boyfriend if I show him before and after bloodwork, but what should I ask my doctor for as far as blood and vitamin testing goes? they didn’t seem to know what I was wanting when I called them last time.

  44. Lawain C Cooley on August 8, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    I’m so thrilled for you, both for your medical health and your happiness and wellbeing!! Thank you for sharing your results! What a transformation! My celiac husband (also big fan of your father) has been on the beef, salt and water diet for a few weeks and is doing very well! He seemed to be more tempted to “cheat” at first but I notice he is finding it easier and easier to resist. I’m going to try all meat after I’m done breastfeeding and having babies although your bloodwork is making me wonder. I consider myself healthy, just a bit pleasingly plump. I get brain fog but I usually blame that on lack of sleep from breastfeeding at all hours. 🙂 Thank you for taking time to share your story and updating us on your health and happiness!

  45. Niki on August 8, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Incredible transformation! Thank you for sharing and helping others.

  46. Dave Feldman on August 8, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Greetings, Mikhaila! You may have heard about my work at CholesterolCode.com or through the low carb/zero carb community.

    I did want to give you a heads up that I believe there is a decent possibility that you’ll see your LDL cholesterol (and potentially your HDL cholesterol) rise well above the numbers you post above within the next year or two.

    You provide an interesting test case on this as I rarely have someone coming from a place of chronic illness to possible resolution through the carnivore diet — thus, it’s a fantastic, “natural” N=1 experiment. While theoretical, I suspect as your body improves in health (assuming it does, of course), your LDL particle endocytosis will lessen given a lower overall demand by tissues — leading to a higher balance remaining in the bloodstream. How big or small that margin is certainly up in the air, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it even turned out to be very dramatic.

    Needless to say, I’m be very interested to see if this comes to pass. And if so, whether your profile will match that of a Lean Mass Hyper-responder (see blog).

    • Mikhaila on August 8, 2018 at 6:50 pm

      Hey! Nice to e-meet you! I’ll definitely be repeating bloodwork, and will update everyone over the next number of years.

      • Dave Feldman on August 9, 2018 at 2:50 am

        Nice to e-meet you as well, Mikhaila. And may I say personally how incredible your story of recovery is. I certainly hope it continues as it has to this point!

        I’m very glad I’ve gotten a chance to let you know about this in advance as this is a phenomenon I’ve seen quite often in the low carb community, particularly with those coming from a metabolically unwell state to a healthy one. Initially, LDL cholesterol can actually drop and remain low for a while until they reach new benchmarks of health and then with great surprise they see their total and LDL cholesterol rise (even though their triglycerides and remnant cholesterol remains low).

        I’m far more interested in HDL and triglycerides, even more now than I did when I began this research (it can tell quite a story on what’s going on). And of course, each of these markers in your most recent blood work look very good. Plus, your remnant cholesterol sitting at 11 mg/dL is also quite excellent.

  47. steven v on August 8, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Wow, great news!!! I’m going for a blood test in about a week. Now been on the meat diet for about 11 weeks. I was tested 2 weeks into the diet and I had high LDL. Hoping LDL is lower this time. I bet the beef industry would love to hear these stories!!!

  48. Glen on August 9, 2018 at 4:38 am

    This is very interesting indeed. May I ask (and perhaps I should read your other posts first) whether you are eating only organic/grass fed ‘high quality’ meat or are these results based on eating any type of meat, organic or otherwise? Fascinating!
    Thanks.

  49. Bradford Townsend on August 9, 2018 at 6:00 am

    I am wondering about all the stats that everyone wants to see. The AMA has changed to proper level of cholesterol a few times so how do we know which is correct? I figure if we eat correct it will be what it should be. I am a big fan of you Mikhaila and have started the carnivore diet for one week now and have noticed a big difference already. I find Dr Barry Groves info quite interesting and believable. One thing I wonder about is can we introduce some safe veggies to make it not so bland of a diet and if so what ones? How do you feel about MCT oil?
    Thanks for taking the time to share with everyone.

    • Trav on August 9, 2018 at 6:07 am

      Probably best to stick with the diet for a while until you stabalize then experiment by adding in some fruits or veges or whatever and see how you react.

    • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 8:42 am

      The diet gets less bland! After about a month. You’re right in the middle of the boring stage. It just gets better and better.

  50. Fabian on August 9, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Mikhaila, i was at the doctors office and i noticed i had something very small on my tongue, i couldn’t spit it out cause i was at the doctors.

    now i’m super paranoid that it was some plant matter or something and that it will trigger a reaction again, is this level of paranoia unnecessary?

    if it wasn’t gluten it would probably be fine i hope?

    • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Don’t worry! You can’t control everything. I try to keep worries like this to a minimum. Keep it up!

      • Fabian on August 9, 2018 at 9:06 am

        ok 🙂 thx!

  51. jmes on August 9, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Great to hear about your results, and thanks for sharing! I’m on week 5 of beef-only and I’ve finally turned a corner. It’s still not consistent, but I’ve managed to experience non-depression and elevated energy for the first time in years (frickin ready to cry as I write this)! Relieved and grateful to finally see progress, thanks again Mikhaila.

    Regarding the ferritin, you might find Nourish Balance Thrive’s content useful. They talk about using regular blood donations to effectively reduce your ferritin. They did a podcast on it here: https://cl.ly/3K441X2K3P0a, and here’s an email citing the studies and benefits (all cause mortality, cancer, etc.) of donating blood and it’s impact on ferritin levels: https://cl.ly/442E2c1o2J03. Chris Masterjohn details his experience and recommendations here too: https://cl.ly/1y1E242H0R2N

    As for blood tests, I think it’d be great if you could get the additional tests needed to use their Blood Chemistry Calculator tool. It takes some basic markers and, using machine learning algorithms, accurately predicts the results you’d get from more advanced testing (from heavy metals, to stool analysis, toxins, etc.). It has very high sensitivity and specificity, and would help elucidate things further without having to spend so much on advanced tests – or at least lead you to choosing the right ones.

    If you’re curious, it’d be worth checking out their podcasts on it (their own and where they’ve been interviewed about it) to understand how it works. Here’s my report if you’re curious as to what it looks like (use the sidebar to see the advanced analysis and recommendations): https://cl.ly/tNYu

    • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 9:11 am

      That’s great news!! Thanks for all the info.

      • Celeste Kelsey on August 9, 2018 at 6:40 pm

        I suspect you are correct, Mikhaila, that there is a relationship to your lack of menstruation. I suspect when menstruation returns your terrific levels will return to normal. Blood donations can take the place of menstruation for post menopausal women. You and your Dad are my heroes.

        • Celeste Kelsey on August 9, 2018 at 6:42 pm

          Terrific levels…not terrific levels…silly autocorrect

          • Celeste Kelsey on August 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm

            Arghh!!! Ferritin



  52. Bliss on August 9, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Thanks, Mikhaila.

  53. Martha Forrest on August 9, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,
    It would be interesting to find out what your ferritin levels were prior to going on the carnivore diet. Do you have the numbers? The reason I’m bringing this up is because rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism and other inflammatory conditions in the body can raise it. Perhaps it is now lower than it once was. In any event, I doubt you’d have to worry about excessive amounts of iron building up, but keep an eye on it.

  54. Matt on August 10, 2018 at 12:09 am

    Ferritin could be a number of things, Alcohol can raise it, so can low vit d. Also, I think the number one condition in all of this is copper, it’s the elephant in the room and no-one talks about it because it’s got such a bad rap, every health guru thinks we have elevated levels. It’s actually the other way around. Most people are deficient in it.

  55. Albert Eyd on August 10, 2018 at 11:15 pm

    What about a1c. I know Dr. Baker has somewhat elevated a1c but he does eat like 4 lbs a day… But he packing on the muscle so … i dont know.

  56. Anne on August 11, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    There is a clinic in Florida that helps folks with RA , depression, auto immune diseases. They do many tests and they do not have a one size fits all, like some clinics. Some people did well with vegetable juice only fast like the guy in “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead” . However some were not given a juice fast but told to stop drinking so much soda.

    I am thinking of eating one thing for a few days to see if the swelling in my joints go down. I’m glad to see your beef diet is helping , that is wonderful. I will try anything at this point, RA is a lonely wretched disease. I was diagnosed with RA just weeks after having my baby. Congrats on your baby, children make life so much better!Mother Teresa said one of the best gifts you can give your child is a sibling 🙂

  57. Kairu on August 11, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    So I’ve started this diet after a friend recommended it to me. One thing am trying to find out is can I mix different meats – fish , chicken and beef. I was off beef for a while and am finding the taste a bit weird. But reading your blog seems this is strictly a beef diet is that correct and why only beef?

  58. Kristy on August 11, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing this information Mikhaila. Do you get your inflammation (CRP, ESR) levels checked? Id be interested to see the diet’s effect on your inflammation as I’m personally trying to treat Ankylosing Spondilitis with this diet and my CRP and ESR are an objective indication of my current inflammation levels. Mine have gone down since going on this diet 6 weeks ago 🙂

  59. Scott Brewer on August 12, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Would be great if you could get your fathers blood work. I am starting this myself because of the way it helped with anxiety, depression and sleeping troubles. Has anyone used this diet to help IBS?

    • Francesca on August 13, 2018 at 9:20 am

      Hi Scott, I have IBS-D and on this diet I don’t have any of my usual symptoms and my bowel movements are finally normal and down to once or twice a day. No more abdominal pain, no more bloating, no more intestinal irritation (burning sensation), and best of all… no more diarrhea or urgent bowel movements which means I don’t have to live chained to a bathroom anymore. And this might be two much information but I’ll add it anyway because it might help others who know exactly what I mean lol – it no longer takes half a roll of toilet paper and 15 minutes of wiping until I almost bleed to get clean after the fact. 🙂

      • Mikhaila on August 13, 2018 at 9:40 am

        Congratulations!!

      • Scott Brewer on August 14, 2018 at 6:20 pm

        Hi Francesca, thank you for replying to my comment. I am 3 days in and already noticing no more pain which is an extreme relieve as I lost my previous job due to the pain and inconvenience caused from it. I have even quit sports that I love and running due to the emergencies. Thanks again and thanks to Mikhaila and her father for sharing their experience, I will definitely be continuing this.

  60. Andrew Weisheit on August 12, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    If your HDL is above 40 mg/dL and Triglycerides are below 150, you’re fine. LDL and Total Cholesterol are useless markers. Ask Ivor Cummins about ferritin.

  61. foobarbaz849 on August 14, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Breastfeeding mothers in indigenous tribes usually do not get pregnant, FYI. Your menstrual lapse may just be due to your breastfeeding schedule, and the fact that you are eating meat.. 🙂

    • teedee126 on August 26, 2018 at 8:49 am

      I was going to say roughly the same thing. Often, breastfeeding mothers don’t get their periods, so the high ferritin number could also be because you’re not losing that extra blood each month. Perhaps the next lab results will show a difference.

  62. Jenn on August 14, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    I have Adult Onset Still’s Disease, the adult version of Systemic Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. High ferritin levels are one of the main blood test results doctors look for in diagnosing AOSD, so it’s likely that’s also the case for SJIA. Your ferritin levels could very well be related to your arthritis, even if you’re not having symptoms at the time.

  63. Matt Stone on August 15, 2018 at 12:11 am

    I’d kill to know your vitamin A levels. As you may or may not know, there is a theory (by Grant Genereux) starting to circulate about vitamin A being the root cause of autoimmune disease (and related inflammatory disorders). A diet of beef, water, and salt should be almost 100% devoid of vitamin A, and 8 months on the diet should be enough to get your vitamin A levels to near zero. Testing this would be huge as it would, at the very least, pretty much prove that vitamin A actually isn’t an essential nutrient, which would undo 100 years of scientific belief about it. Please keep me posted!

  64. Elle on August 16, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Were you fasted for this blood draw? If so, for how many hours? Thanks!

    • Mikhaila on August 16, 2018 at 2:50 pm

      Yep! About 14 I believe

  65. Gasem on August 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Any “body” that eats some pounds of beef is going to have a slightly elevated ferritin. NBD and certainly not a sign of disease given an obvious reason. Cholesterol is made by the body. Dietary cholesterol simply reduces the body’s production. Cholesterol is in every cell in the body, required for life. In disease it seems to be hyperinsulinemia that causes cholesterol imbalance. A carnivore diet like yours in fact is one cure for hyperinsulinemia. Hyperinsulinemia or Insulin/glucagon imbalance may be a factor in your auto-immune issue. I’ve thought this for decades but it’s completely against what I was taught in medical school, but the half life of medical knowledge is 4 years. That means every 4 years you have to unlearn half your stuff to be current. If you want something to assay, assay your insulin level. It’s a standard $30 test in the US. I’ve always viewed high cholesterol as a possible marker of inflammation and a result not cause of heart disease. My feeling is hyperinsulinemia based on a grain based diet is the cause and is just a different expression of inflammation. Listen to youtube by Ben Bikman PhD if you want some scoop that not just political opinion. The dude is righteous. Your honesty is inspiring.

    • Mikhaila on August 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Thank you! I’ll check him out

      • Andrew Weisheit on August 16, 2018 at 8:32 pm

        Mikhaila, I think you should contact Doug Reynolds and do a talk at Low Carb USA next year. That’s a big conference. They’d love to hear from you I’m sure.

    • teedee126 on August 26, 2018 at 8:53 am

      I love Ben Bikman. Good, honest man who really knows his stuff. Would love to be at University again just to take his classes! 🙂

  66. Johnny on August 19, 2018 at 4:04 am

    What about your CRP and ESR levels? Beyond a complete CBC, I’d love to see where your inflammatory markers are at, before and after! Thanks

  67. Jolon on August 21, 2018 at 5:41 am

    If you want to have less iron in the diet but still eat beef there are traditional food preparation techniques which reduce the amount of blood in the meat (where most of the iron is). One kosher preparation technique is to coat the meat in coarse kosher salt which draws out the blood. Roasted meat is also kosher as the blood drips out. Cured meats also draw out the blood.

  68. Ivan on August 21, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Hello from rural Russia and thank you for your blog! I’m only beginning to wrap my head around the carnivore diet stuff but it’s already been really helpful with my depression and IBS. Starting to see some health improvements after all.
    As for the hormones, please consider testing the thyroid T3, T4 and TSH among the other ones. Thanks!

  69. stonemax11 on August 25, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Today, I caught Joe Rogan & your dad having the 7/2/18 discussion and how great his health improved. It was so uplifting to hear your discovery and blog info for my 24yrs old son Max who has suffered from symptoms of fibromyalgia and a sleeping disorder since his teens. It hurts me that his dad and I didn’t listen to his complaints. We made him suck it up and keep going through high school. After a year of sleeping all day and night in the doom room, he came home from Florida and I took him to 7 doctors. We didn’t recognize him looking like a Wilda Beast. He was huge and could barely walk from hurting joints, depression, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy. He had surgeries and lost the weight but doesn’t want a social life due to this embarrassing health issues. It is painful for me to watch my youthful handsome kind and smart son waste away with this disorder. The Lyrica or Cymbalta meds make him just as sick. Marijuana helps, but he doesn’t want to do the drugs and Texas is legislatively behind in THC so he uses the CBD oils. Sometimes he just can’t walk. He crawls. It’s debilitating to his mind, body and soul. His friends made him go out of the house today and I called him to tell him about you minutes ago. My hope is we can find a pattern of a similar remedy. Our country is sick from all of this chemically engineered and crappy fast food. Thank you Mikhaila Peterson for your courage and blog. We will be going through it for knowledge.

    • Mikhaila on August 25, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      Good luck. Seriously delve into diet. It’s changed my life. Get rid of sugar, grains and dairy ASAP. Even doing that much should help. That’s a rough story.

    • teedee126 on August 26, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Oh, I’m hoping your son will try this diet; it could change his whole life! So sorry you’ve had to deal with this because our governments, researchers and health practitioners can’t get it together and stop with all the conflicts of interest and b.s. That’s why we’ve had to take the bull by the horns and reject their dietary advice as well as all the garbage food that surrounds us on every corner and heal ourselves. I hope you’ll let us know if Max changes his diet and starts feeling better. All the best!

  70. krish a on August 25, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Mikhaila – Love your story and the courage you have shown overcoming the odds. have you seen anyone with Vitiligo benefit from trying carnivore diet. I have it for 10 years and over 10 years i figured i have Pernicious anemia, eating sugar and diary causes severe dandruff and itches and grains make me feel bloated. I tried Paleo on and off and for a month now i am trying to ease into meat only diet. I see a lot of people report progress with Psoriasis, RA, etc and gives me hope given all auto immune conditions are somewhat related at the root. I will nevertheless try it but looking for some encouragement if anyone with vitiligo tried Carnivory.

    many thanks
    Krish

  71. Angel Reyes on August 30, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Do you only eat beef? I’ve read a healthy carnivore diet consist of eating other parts of the animal too, not just the muscle meat. such fat, liver and bone marrow. Also fish and fish eggs are healthy too. Have you tried eating any of these?

  72. Bliss on August 30, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Enjoyed you talk with Rogan tonight….curious where to buy tallow & the taste also, what is the taste like? its funny but tallow is used for some odd remedies is why I ask about the taste. I feel 100% better on a high protein diet, always have and then I fall to carb cravings. I am going to disipline myself to go this route to measure my response. I wish beef wasn’t so pricey but when one factors in all the other products one is not spending money on, perhaps this isn’t as severe money wise afterall.

    • jmes on September 2, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      Just ask a butcher. Often they’ll give it for free.

  73. Levi on August 31, 2018 at 6:08 am

    Hi Mikhaila! Have you heard anything about vitamin D yet? I’m wondering if I should increase my intake, but I don’t want to get bad reactions from the supplements themselves (cause of the additives). Love to hear back from you, Levi.

  74. Brent on August 31, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    Just saw your interview with joe and wow, couldn’t be further from Clint Paddison’s program which I thought I’d try for RA. I have a freezer full of moose meat and some MCT oils, so this is great!

  75. celeste kelsey on September 1, 2018 at 10:07 am

    I just “attempted” to watch your interview with Joe Rogan. I got up to 40 minutes during his rant about “anybody can exercise,” and just couldn’t take anymore. He was so condescending to you throughout the entire so called interview. I did not find him to be so when he interviewed your Father. He treated you with disbelief as if you were an “hysterical woman.” I was happy to see that the vast majority of comments agreed with my criticism. You, on the other hand, remained unflustered…I applaud you for that. Don’t know if it got better after the 40 minute mark…I hope so for your sake but I will look for your presence elsewhere. As a fellow-carnivore I appreciate your voice. Thank you for being concernd about and wanting to help others.

    • Terri/teedee126 on September 1, 2018 at 10:51 am

      Funny, I couldn’t watch the whole thing, either. Just got fed up with Joe; he seemed to be in a defensive, antagonistic mood and it just got tiring. But like you, I was so impressed with Mikhaila’s calm, cool demeanor throughout that I hung in there as long as I could.

      • ted on September 5, 2018 at 10:24 am

        the end of the interview its like he doubles back around and almost gets that some people carrying 40+ pounds of weight could have trouble with having energy to exercise, but he stops just short of admitting he was wrong for the rant. i have seen a lot of people put of by that rant. at first i turned it off then too, but then wanted to see what the rest of the interview was like, he may have been testing to see if he could intimidate her, he does that at times with some people, tries to rattle their cages, i think he saw that he wasnt going to budge her and calmed down.

        • Zach on September 5, 2018 at 3:14 pm

          Not sure if you watch many of his podcasts but he seems to hit that nerve every time something comes up about exercise and being healthy. To a degree i understand it, it is called discipline. But what he fails to include in his “idea” is that people aren’t just tired from being out of shape, they are emotionally tired from work, finances, and everything else in the world. Most of which, is safe to assume, Joe doesn’t have to deal with any of the three on a daily basis.

  76. Alex on September 2, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    What are your CRP and ESR at? I couldn’t see them but but maybe you weren’t tested. Do you have any CRP or ESR results from relatively close to before you started your diet and after? Very interested.

  77. Tina M on September 2, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Maybe have your stool tested for Klebsiella bacteria overgrowth? It has been shown directly related to RA (among others) and once resolved and bacteria back to normal, other foods could be introduced. I have been doing research for a friend with AS and found this yesterday!
    Check out Fix Your Gut’s article in your “free time.” 🙂 This overgrowth is related to the HLA-B27 gene.
    https://fixyourgut.com/klebsiella-cause-rheumatoid-arthritis-alkalizing-spondylosis-part-1/

    Keep being the best you for that little girl, mama!

  78. Dave on September 6, 2018 at 12:23 am

    How did they work out the TC/HDL-C ratio? I get 0.48 which is great, but they print 2.5 – I cannot work out how they got to that?

  79. Bianca on September 11, 2018 at 4:39 am

    What you are doing is amazing.

    Thank you for inspiring people, sharing what you have learnt through your experience and really challenging and changing what we think we know about nutrition. I am studying a bachelors degree in health science and I find it absolutely fascinating what you are doing especially with regards to your health outcomes. I actually really want to trial your diet for six weeks and see what happens as I have struggled with adrenal fatigue, depression, acne and hormonal imbalance since I was a teenager, obviously in no comparison to yourself and your health journey, still I am curious.

    Keep up what you are doing its truly fascinating and wonderful, I am sure there are a multitude of medical professionals scratching their heads at this concept, which is great! Because something needs to change…too many of us are sick, fat and tired.

  80. Angelica on September 15, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Hi! Has anyone ever mentioned Still’s disease? Ferritin levels are usually a good indicator. It is very similar to RA but can be more aggressive.

    • JeanMD on October 15, 2018 at 7:24 pm

      In medicine, ferritin is a measure of ones “iron stores” and can also be used as a non-specific biomarker for inflammation as it is also an acute phase reactant ( your ferritin levels will go up during inflammation). Therefore, in iron-deficiency anemia alone, we would be expect ferritin levels to be low or low normal (not high). Ferritin can be falsely elevated in patients who are not iron-deficient if they are in an inflammatory state (sepsis, RA, pretty much any illness). Since your blood work indicates that the number (hematocrit) and size (MCV) of your red blood cells are normal, you are not iron-deficient or anemic. Your elevated ferritin could be associated with your backround of autoimmune disease. It is likely that your ferritin levels were MUCH higher in the past when you were very sick and are now downtrending as you are doing better. Hope this helps and I’m glad that you are doing so much better!

  81. Damon on September 17, 2018 at 11:22 am

    So many questions, but have you tried a pescatarian diet? Fish seems petty hypoallergenic. I have eczema and allergy issues, and fish doesn’t impact me from what I can tell.

  82. Sergey Kovgan on October 9, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Would nice to check ur micrombiome test

  83. Ann Marie on October 18, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Ask for a fasting insulin test. I know they tested your glucose but it would be great to see what your diet does to your insulin levels so those starting out can compare and see it make it very low. Most doctors don’t do this test unless you ask but you can have elevated insulin levels for decades until one day it spills over to your glucose level and that’s when they tell you that you have diabetes when you could have saved yourself years of feeling like death if you’d only known. Thanks for sharing your story and results. You’re helping others in ways you’ll never know! God bless you!

  84. Lori Wagner on November 3, 2018 at 7:16 am
  85. Noah on November 7, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    I was on board until I saw “naturopath”. I’m open to being convinced, but from what I’ve seen of naturopathy, it seems foundationally unstable as a practice.

  86. Nicky G on November 15, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    What blood type Is everyone here and also Mikhalia?

  87. […] august of this year, she posted her blood work, which included lipid markers. They are as […]

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