Here are my new thoughts about the carnivore diet since Dad’s improvement

1. If you are quite sick (by quite sick I mean you have an autoimmune disorder or autoimmune symptoms, or mental health issues) – going straight carnivore might save you a lot of pain and suffering. I went extremely low carb and basically fixed my issues and dad’s, and my husbands, but basically, everything we reintroduced made us incredibly sick, and the last 3 years have been hard. Not as hard as being really ill, but quite emotional, and quite frustrating. I never lost hope that food was the answer (and it is), but it was difficult. If you’re really ill, you might want to start with: meat and water and salt for at least 30 days. Then see how you feel, and decide what to do next. You need to get healthy before you can start listening to your body and learning what you need. I really believe all meat can do that the quickest. 30 days isn’t much if a time commitment to solve something seemingly unsolvable.

Obviously, there are no scientific studies on an all meat diet, not really anyway. You’re not going to be able to go to a doctor and have them tell you it’s a good idea. They’ll probably tell you you’ll die. Who knows. Everyone will judge you. Everyone judges you when you stop eating gluten or dairy, try not eating vegetables and see what kind of judgment you get.

But it’s only a month, and man is it effective. Then you can reintroduce different plants (I’d probably start with berries and greens I guess), wait a couple of days and see how you feel. But I think this is the fastest way to stop suffering. You can do step by step elimination – gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, etc. But honestly, fuck being sick. Get rid of it fast. Who cares about the foods you like.

2. If your only symptom is weight gain or problems gaining weight, I also think the easiest thing to do is to go carnivore and see how you feel. But this seems to be less of a complicated issue than mental health and autoimmune problems. Going low carb should help you lose or gain weight anyway.

3. I’ve been worried about suggesting an all meat diet to people (for obvious reasons). All I can tell you for sure is: I feel great, Dad is getting better, moms arthritis is gone, and it seems to be extremely effective for basically any health problem. Check out meatheals.com to see a ton of testimonies. There are no studies to back this up, so going the science route isn’t going to help. Maybe in the future, there will be. I believe there’s a company in Hungary testing out the meat diet to treat autoimmune disease so hopefully those studies will be available asap. I’m not worried about cholesterol. I was worried about dying from the multiple autoimmune disorders I had. I was worried about suicide from the depression that runs in my family. I was worried about my mom eventually needing her knees replaced. I was worried about my skin basically falling off my face. Idgaf about cholesterol, and I don’t think there’s enough evidence anywhere to claim any health problems related to eating meat. (Feel absolutely free to comment below with links to articles that show what your concerns are.) Being sick is horrible. Being alive is amazing. Not being exhausted all the time, not trying to cover up acne, not being miserable, bloated, overweight, arthritic, angry, and hopeless is awesome. Not waking up and laying in bed waiting for the doom to envelope you is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. You can try it out and go back if you want, but if you’re suffering, what is there to lose?

4. For those of you who have had only moderate success with removing things from your diet, I see absolutely no downside (except socially) to eating meat for a month.

5. All this being said, I do believe you can solve most (and some people may be able to solve all) of your food problems going low carb. I’m going to write a post roughly outline what I believe are the worst foods to the least damaging foods. Cutting out the top ones will improve you. I’m just starting to believe that carnivore might be best for really sick people.

Thanks for the support. It’s so nice to hear from people who have managed to fix their anxiety. Going the food route is a hard road, and you get a lot of flack for it. So good for you guys. Keep it up. And if it’s not working, try carnivore. Good luck to everyone.

Also, I will post more testimonies, if yours isn’t up, it will be.

More soon!

98 Comments

  1. Sariade Gawain on April 20, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Bravo Mikaila!

    If it’s working for you then who cares what anyone says! The results you and your family have gotten are the only proof you need.

    Keep spreading the word. Keto is awesome!

  2. Zana Brower on April 20, 2018 at 10:16 am

    If you eliminate everything except meat, how do you get all the other nutrients that you can get only through vegetables and fruit? Supplements?

    • Annlee on April 20, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      There are none that are needed when you go carnivore. This is the case for two reasons. First, when you remove harmful items from the diet (see Dr. Georgia Ede’s material), your micronutrient need changes. Fundamentally, all our nutrient need analyses have been done on populations eating a substandard diet, and so cannot be trusted. An easy example is vitamin C – there is enough in muscle meat to meet our needs *when it’s not competing with glucose for entry into our cells*. (See Amber’s info at http://empirica.ca.)

      The second reason is that fruits and vegetables actually increase our need for some nutrients because they degrade our ability to absorb nutrients, especially minerals, from other food. It’s effectively a double-whammy – you get less when you need more, in both cases because you consumed those plant materials.

      There are thousands (literally) of people eating straight carnivore, and seeing health improve – check out the Facebook group Zeroing in on Health.

      • Leslie on April 20, 2018 at 9:56 pm

        Also see Meatheals.com for testimonials.

    • Jay on April 21, 2018 at 12:08 am

      Overcooked meat loses vitamin C, keep a pink line in the middle.

  3. Mike on April 20, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Great info.

  4. Sariade Gawain on April 20, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Herbivores have already done the assembly of those nutrients. Witness the Inuit and Masai. Plus genetic variations will influence the type of diet one is best suited to. Perhaps the Peterson’s have a lineage not too far from Ice Age peoples, so their nutritional needs skew almost entirely to meat. “Primal Body, Primal Mind” (Gedgaudas) is a good place to start.

    • Ken Macdonald on April 20, 2018 at 11:01 pm

      and continue with “Primal Fat Burner” also by Nora Gedgaudas (a Canadian by the way)

    • Healthy Living on April 21, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Inuit people have an extremely small life-span.
      Long lifespan = More plants.

      • Sariade Gawain on April 22, 2018 at 6:13 pm

        Statistical citations would be helpful. What are your stats on Inuit lifespans in what era, what group of “plant eaters” are you talking about and when? Is that lumping in death by accident? Infant mortality? Stats need careful parsing when you cite them. The same thing is used to say ancient humans didn’t have long lifespans. There was a problem with infant mortality, but if a kid made it past five, barring accidents, they seemed to have lived as long as “modern” humans.

  5. Jim Tassano on April 20, 2018 at 10:57 am

    This is a supportive article, with good references:
    http://www.diagnosisdiet.com/all-meat-diets/

  6. Hugo on April 20, 2018 at 11:06 am

    What is the relaxation between anxiety and low or no carb?

    • Jay on April 21, 2018 at 12:11 am

      *relation*?

  7. Doug Evans on April 20, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Really like your blog and looking forward to the post mentioning the most damaging foods to the least. Thanks!

  8. Remy on April 20, 2018 at 11:29 am

    While I’m happy that this has worked for you and many other people, I’m skeptical about the low carb thing working for everyone. I personally never was able to feel full eating a high fat diet, and anyway, it actually worsened my depression in the past (think mental fog, feeling hopeless, and feeling very dull and stupid for not being able to think quickly). It wasn’t until I started eating a relatively high carb diet (at least 60-70% calories from carbs) that I started having enough energy to not nap and think clearly.

    By the way, I completely agree with you about dairy – I think it’s horrible, and you can’t even realize how awful for you it is until you completely ditch it. I would also agree that grains and beans (though split lentils, oats and pseudo-grains like buckwheat seem to be perfectly fine, for me at least) are not great for digestion. However, I find that I feel my best when I eat ample amounts of starchy fruit and vegetables, honey, palm sugar, and fruit, especially sweet tropical fruit. I eat meat extremely rarely for no reason other than it smells awful to me, especially the fat (pork is the worst, followed by beef and duck). I do eat fish, again, for no other reason than it smelling appealing to me and me feeling well after eating it.

    I’m only writing this here because I feel like it’s the other side of the story. I really don’t think that carbs are a problem for most people, unless they do have some awful autoimmune diseases (you being a perfect example of that), especially carbs coming from fruit and starchy vegetables.

    • Hugo on April 20, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      I think it can be the problem: a low carb diet can cause weakness, anxiety, maybe depression… and then, blaming the carb, people cut them all, when what they have to do is to eat more carb.

      • Ken Macdonald on April 20, 2018 at 11:06 pm

        just goes to show you folks, that we are all different. If you need to eat carbs, try to eat organically grown if you can, and enjoy!

      • Ken Macdonald on April 20, 2018 at 11:33 pm

        Mikhaila, congratulations and all the best to you and your extended family!
        I understand your concern about scientific backing for your diet (especially considering your dad’s(and others) science based thinking), and I myself still browse through pubmed looking for items of interest. But it is such a pain once I find a study, to determine who funded it, examine the actual food (eg. there is a rat food company that manufactures what they call a ‘high fat rat chow’, and I looked into it and it is a high fat AND high carb chow! so it is designed to get rats fat (works for humans too! ;-), the length of the study, the participant numbers, etc.to determine if it valid or not. I know social science is poorly done, but it is that way for most sciences! eg. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/01/rigorous-replication-effort-succeeds-just-two-five-cancer-papers
        I haven’t given up on studies, but the field seems so corrupted. The way I look at it now is WE are the experiment, and WE have been around for what, a million years, through how many ice ages? and we survived and thrived on the only food available in an ice age, and that is animal protein/fat.
        I think I have mentioned Jack Kruse before, and my take on him is that he basically recommends that people follow a lifestyle as similar as possible to our paleo ancestors, focusing on cold, light, circadian rhythm, animal protein/fat. He pulls info from current research and papers/books that have been forgotten, consilience in action! You’ve got the diet right. Maybe, or maybe not, you’ll want to look into the other aspects as well.
        I guess I am trying to say not to worry about the science so much, your body knows, although if you just want to try and understand what is happening, more power to you!

    • Hunter on May 28, 2018 at 12:28 am

      I have no autoimmune disease or anything; And whenever I eat carbs, my mental acuity drops massively. I also have a harder time falling asleep. That’s the only problem I have with carbs, but that’s more than enough reason for me to get rid of them, as my brain is the most important part of me. If I cut out carbs for a day, and then start the next morning with high fat and protein, not only is my body able to handle more, but it seems like my IQ raises dramatically. I no longer stumble for words or have to stop and think. Processing carbs takes way too much out of your body

  9. Mia on April 20, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    This blog is great, I am a big fan, thanks a lot for the information! I I’m still experimenting with this diet, introducing and getting rid of different foods to see what works for me and what doesn’t. I follow it for mental health (I’m on medication for insomnia), chronic back pain (because of the extra weight) and weight loss (I gained weight very fast as a side effect of the medication for insomnia!). About 36 days ago I started this way of eating and it’s great! A few days ago I got the courage to cut in half the medication and I’m doing quite well, thank God for that! I also lost a few pounds and I’m very happy about that. Two days ago I had the stupid idea to reintroduce dairy and it was really bad. Anyway, I’m done eating cheese or any other dairy products for good. I do eat berries from time to time and I’m OK with them. I also eat only fish, chicken and turkey, no other type of meat. I actually think that I started to have health problems because I used to be a lacto-ovo-vegetarian for such a long time (11 years). After reading this I will definitely eat more meat and less veggies/fruit etc. I just want to see how I feel. Mikhaila, thank you again for this blog and in a few months I hope that I’ll be able to write a happy testimonial. All the best to you and your family and take care!

  10. matthew burton on April 20, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    i’ve got nothing but love for what your doing, your coming from the right place and its very easy to see the negative comments as pure misguided hate and aggression. I know you won’t let this get to you as you’ve been through way more than most of us will ever know. Please know what you are doing is more important than perhaps any of us even know. Get involved in none corporate medical trails, I think its something you could crowd fund for sure. I work in film and tv so can help with that side of things if you ever need a hand. Big love anyways you’ve already done amazing things 🙂

    • Sairey on May 1, 2018 at 3:05 am

      I exercise everyday. I think I need carbs. I am needing to change something because my arthritis is ruining my life. Does anyone have enough energy to exercise while on a low carb diet?

  11. steven v on April 20, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Well, you have convinced me. I am going to do 1-2 months of meat only starting tomorrow. Been having chronic problems for a very long time. Very excited about trying this and think it is going to work very well. Thank you for your honesty and hard work.

    • Mikhaila on April 20, 2018 at 10:35 pm

      Let me know how it goes! Good luck!

      • steven v on April 21, 2018 at 6:52 am

        Well, the latest problem I am having is a spinal stenosis diagnosis in the lower back and also a diagnosis for a right hip replacement. I believe this problem started out very innocently over 20 years ago as just a subtle “knot” in my right adductor and has progressed rapidly the last couple years into sciatica and trouble with my walking gait. Definitely feel this is all soft tissue dysfunction and improper circulation creating muscle imbalance.
        Your writing and videos with your dad has been a HUGE help in giving me more insight. Want to add that with this subtle disease that anxiety is a physical symptom that has not originated from emotional problems. The tension and stress that this disease creates is similar to being tortured or interrogated under bright lights. Where to be subtly under this “stress” 24/7 is obviously going to bring out depression and fear somewhere in this process for the body can only take so much continuous stress.
        You and your dad are awesome, there is a great place in heaven reserved for you both. KEEP BRINGING IT!!!!!

        • Sariade Gawain on April 22, 2018 at 6:16 pm

          Have you thought about getting some bodywork to help with the sciatica and gait problems? Rolfing, Alexander Technique, and other modalties can go a long way to giving you relief from symptoms. As a former athlete, I really recommend them, especially Rolfing.

          • steven v on April 22, 2018 at 7:19 pm

            For about a year I have been going to a really good deep tissue massage therapist and have gotten significant relief but the symptoms haven’t completely gone away. Also I have had periods where the back and hip improve then a relapse. Have had digestion problems for over 25 years and believe these problems are connected. Just getting started on the zero carb diet and feel pretty confident that my inflammation and tension will be solved. Fingers crossed.
            Never heard about the Alexander Technique I will look into it. TY



          • Sariade Gawain on April 23, 2018 at 9:39 am

            That’s great to hear. You might really like Alexander as a followup to the deep tissue work. Even when the body has good deep work, the adaptive movement patterns you developed to get around the pain can persist. Something like Alexander Technique or Aston Patterning (a rolfing followup) would help develop new, more efficient ones.



      • steven v on May 2, 2018 at 6:45 pm

        Hey Mikhaila,

        Ridiculous and surreal improvement on only 8-10 days of carnivore diet!! Haven’t felt this well in over 25 years!!
        I want to start a monthly payment plan like your dad’s Patreon program. Are you going to start something like that???

        Gratefully, Steve

  12. Sarah on April 20, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    The disclaimer: “…going straight carnivore might save you a lot of pain and suffering.” …… or it might make you very very ill.

  13. Sarah on April 20, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    Just saw this:
    ” Disclaimer
    The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only.

    • Paulette on April 21, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Mikhaila has been very transparent in admitting that her diet is based on experience, not scientific data. IMHO, science has been corrupted by corporate dollars — most people are skeptical. Look at the paid-for food pyramid that has left a whole generation overweight and diseased.

  14. Paula on April 20, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    Mikhaila, There HAS been a once-famous study on the all-meat diet. Gary Taubes’s in Good Calories, Bad Calories, writes about it extensively. Here are the results pub. in 1930 (2 famous Arctic explorers took part – tested for ketones during that year, etc.):

    http://borntoeatmeat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Steffanson-Bellvue-Experiment.pdf

    CLINICAL CALORIMETRY.
    PROLONGED MEAT DIETS WITH A STUDY OF KIDNEY FUNCTION AND KETOSIS
    BY WALTER S. MCCLELLAN AND EUGENE F. Du BOIS.

    (From the Russell Sage Institute of Pathology in Affiliation with the Second Medical (Cornell) Division of Bellevue Hospital, New York)

    (Received for publication, February 13, 1930.)

    INTRODUCTION:

    Two normal men volunteered to live solely on meat for one year, which gave us an unusual opportunity of studying the effects of this diet. The term “meat,” as used by us, included both the lean and the fat portions of animals. The subjects derived most of their calories from fat…It is well known that the Eskimos have lived on an almost exclusive meat diet for generations.

    Certain explorers in the North also have subsisted for long periods on meat.

    Dr. Vilhjalmur Stefansson in particular has demonstrated that it is feasible for travelers in the arctic region to “live off the country,” which means living on meat alone. The experiences of Stefansson and his companions have been given in his book “The Friendly Arctic”

    He spent over 11 years in arctic exploration, during 9 years of which he lived almost exclusively on meat. Stimulated by this experience, Stefansson and Andersen, the latter a member of one of the expeditions, voluntarily agreed to eat nothing but meat for 1 year while they continued their usual activities in the temperate climate of New York…. [etc. Entire study is contained in the pdf above]

    Lost a few pounds, even better blood pressure, lost gingivitis. NO ILL EFFECTS WHATSOEVER, ONLY GOOD. From Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories, p. 456, reminds reader of pp. 320-26 where it was discussed that animal products contain all the amino acids, minerals, and vitamins essential for health. Issue of needing exogenous Vit C? Only a problem in presence of high carb.

    • Ken Macdonald on April 20, 2018 at 11:48 pm

      Yes! Isn’t that study mind blowing! Actual historical experience of cultures (Inuit, Masai) is treated as anecdotal. But this studies was done with ‘western’ science, in a hospital for a year! Amazing. We have much to learn from Evolutionary Biology.

      • Healthy Living on April 21, 2018 at 5:36 pm

        Inuit life expectancy is extremely low. The longest living people in the world had a plant-based diet with a small amount of meat.

        Remember. Healthy eating does not include fast food, sugar or other processed types.

        Homecooked food is the best.

        • Spartacus on April 25, 2018 at 8:05 pm

          It’s extremely low *now* because they don’t eat the way they used to.

  15. Harriet Kerman on April 20, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Read Upton Sinclairs Book The Fasting Cure. He talks about beef in it

  16. Sariade Gawain on April 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    As I said above, there’s a ton of genetic variation in nutritional requirements, so fine-tuning is needed. I know a gal with an immune disorder who can only tolerate beef and tallow. Literally. It’s the only thing that keeps her functional and the smallest deviation can put her in bed for a week or more. One the other hand, I eat very high fat and medium protein but need a bit of carb (and I mean a **bit**, like 1/4 cup of white rice every 3 or 4 days) otherwise I tend to get ‘keto cramps’ even with mineral supps. So it’s totally and individual thing. I am a ‘young senior’, on absolutely no meds whatsoever, and most people guess my age at ten years younger. Carbs are the devil!!

    Mikhaila’s idea of paring down to the minimum for a month, then testing foods one at a time is sound. There’s plenty of books and blogs out there for guidance. What do you have to lose but your aches and pains?

  17. Rose on April 20, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    What if the IgG test shows beef intolerance?

    • Mikhaila on April 20, 2018 at 11:12 pm

      I’m not sure what to think about this. I’ve had one person message me saying their IgG test showed a sensitivity towards beef. I had horrible horrible reactions from the food that showed up high on my tests, so my gut feeling would be avoid it. Try other meats? Try to reintroduce it later and see what happens? But I’m not sure what to think about this to be honest.

      • Tommy Tenney on May 15, 2018 at 10:37 am

        My family were ranchers and we raised and ate lots of beef plus an occasional pig. My mothers cousin Honey was also raised on a ranch too. She was a teacher and in her twenties got real sick and it took years to find she had acute porphyria that required a low protein high carb diet. She had 3 daughters with same condition. Eating too much protein injured their nervous systems. Sad. Goes to show all people are different.

        I am on low carb high fat and meat and feel better with more energy than for a long time. Ranch raised meat eater.

  18. Mikhael on April 20, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Love your blog Mikhaila. What you guys are doing actually kind of sounds like the original diet of “wild” humans before our agricultural domestication ~10,000 years ago. There are still lots of people in the world that hunt and forage for health, and fun! I’m no expert but I enjoy a lot of podcasts on the topic. One good one is Rewild Yourself with Daniel Vitalis. It’s easy to find on iTunes. Just wanted to share that because I have the feeling you might be interested!

  19. Marina on April 20, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Really looking forward to the ‘best to worst’ list! Thank you for your work and making it public.

  20. Kathy Miller on April 21, 2018 at 12:53 am

    Mikhaila,
    I SO appreciate your deep cutting honesty..your laying your soul and “journey” bare for us to see and learn from…
    Abundant blessings to you!!!!
    Upward and Onward!
    Kathy Miller

  21. Tom R. on April 21, 2018 at 11:47 am

    That’s why we try it for ourselves. Carnivore for 5 months now. Able to drop all meds, sleep better, exercise stronger, mood stable. Benefits are many. Try it and see or keep believing dogma and confirming bias by reading ‘studies’. We are all responsible for ourselves.

    • Healthy Living on April 21, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Here are the different options for eating healthy:

      Plant-Based:

      – No Meat

      – No Sugar

      – No Dairy

      – No Eggs

      – No Nuts

      – No Oil

      – No processed, GMOs, Preservatives or anti-biotic based food.

      *Vegan diets are different. You can eat sugar and processed foods. Plant-Based is a removal of the processed food.

      A study from Australia showed cleary wild game meat is 3-4 times healthier than factory farmed meat.

  22. beryl on April 21, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    curious; when you say meat diet, does that include all animal based protein ? including poultry and fish? and i suppose other animal based proteins present in non-western diets ?
    also, have you tested for differences of effects from “organic meat” ? and non-organic meat ?
    when my son was a pre-schooler he was placed on a yeast candida diet for a year; then an elimination diet for a year. he was finally given a food sensitivity blood test. it revealed that he was sensitive to 16 out of the 18 foods tested. he was also allergic to almost all contact items e.g. fabrics except soft 100?% cotton, natural items e.g. grass, expected items e.g. soaps (even non-allergenic soaps). etc. we had one book that helped, to make sense of the relationship between diet and physical e.g. eczema , emotional, physiological and behavioural symptoms, by Dr. Doris J. Rapp, M.D. titled Allergies and the hyperactive child. this experience was 30 + years ago. a much more recent diet i found interesting is the GAPS diet by Dr. Barbara McBride. associating a broad range of symptoms to gastro intestinal health. very interesting . this diet literally saved the life of a friend. also it gives guidance on elimination of foods and symptoms of toxin die off. i imagine that any person that has researched diet and allergies or sensitivities has also explored environmental effects on health and well being. for me the latest is the Irlen Syndrome. how the brain processes light spectres and the effects on a person when their brain processes, or does not process, all light spectres . it is difficult to identify the root reason when our amazing bodies do not function within the expected norms. certainly a good thing that you are helping to bring awareness to living/eating outside the box.

    • Healthy Living on April 21, 2018 at 8:08 pm

      Here is my favorite video on “how not to die”

  23. Jay on April 21, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    Google? – no thanks…

    • Healthy Living on April 22, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Jay – The presentation was to the Google employees. The Dr. has nothing to do with Google. Your reaction tends to point to an inability to learn.

      • Jay on April 23, 2018 at 6:01 am

        …no thanks.

  24. MaryG on April 21, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    A total meat diet is environmentally unfriendly because the carbon footprint of cattle in particular is highly polluting. Eat veggies to save the planet.

    • Glen Nagy on April 22, 2018 at 10:00 am

      Herbivores like cows on pasture create healthy grassland soil which sequesters carbon. Plowing the soil and planting annual monocrops like corn, wheat and soy destroys topsoil. Look into the work of Allan Savory. It is common sense that producing food in an ecosystem that has been naturally occuring for thousands of years ( herbivores on grasslands ) is better for the environment than producing food in an ecosystem that has never occurred in nature. ( thousands of acres of monocrops )

      https://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_reverse_climate_change

      • Healthy Living on April 22, 2018 at 7:47 pm

        Glen –
        – Animals eat enough harvest to feed 3 billion people.
        – 61% of the deforestation in the world is for the factory farming.
        – 70% of the probiotics are injected into factory farm animals to keep them alive.
        – Pigs eat dead pigs.
        – Preservatives enable a two-year-old Bigmac to look the same.
        – 68% of the USA is obese (The USA has the highest consumption of meat on the planet)
        – Japan and countries with low meat consumption, live much longer.
        – The longest recorded lifespans are in areas with a 90% plant-based diet.

        I can go on, while the facts do not have feelings.

        If you are unable to stop eating meat. At least be honest enough to compare factory farming against game meat. Not all meat is equal.

        • Tom R. on April 22, 2018 at 8:57 pm

          Associational (rather than causal) and cherry picked statistics. India eats about 1/10th as much meat as Japan, but is ranked 125th in life expectancy. Australia, 2nd leading meat eater, is fourth. But everyone will ‘explain’ these anomalies in terms of their own confirmation biases. Not science.

          • Frode Berg Hanssen on April 23, 2018 at 10:03 am

            Factory farming is just shit in general for all sorts of reasons, I try to as much as possible support “ethical farming” such as farmer’s marked, local farms and hunters (where that is possible) and similar.

            It was a bit of a shock to find out that cows are producing an inordinate amount of the gases (among the highest portion of producers) due to how their multiple stomachs work. While I do not support factory farming (until basically we need it to feed an overpopulation, which is still a long ways off if we even get there) I do support genetic engineering to for example figure a way to alter that process as long as it does not have an adverse effect on either the animal or the meat. The modern domestic cow and sheep wouldn’t really exist as we know them (nor would dogs or cats) if not for selective breeding after all, the primitive version of just that. At the same time it’s important to be vigilant and take it step by step and see long term consequences rather than rushing, in case that altered cow is suddenly passing on secondary detrimental effects via the meat or milk. Fortunately such safety precautions are becoming better and better.

            For more information on those walking tasty sacks of methane most of us love, check out this; https://animals.howstuffworks.com/mammals/methane-cow.htm



  25. Frode Berg Hanssen on April 22, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Something to keep in mind always is that we are genetically very different by now, and people from different genetic backgrounds can handle different types of food. Here in Norway for example we take in dairy products at a rate that essentially few other people in the world would literally be able to stomach, because this is what we have been doing for generations, and same goes for wholegrain bread with butter and something like cheese or meat or nougat on it (this is very common here, yet an American team that did a report on our diet had no word for it and had to call it single-side sandwiches) and yet globally we rank fairly high on health. As we as a culture started introducing more and more sugar however that obviously started changing gradually (traditionally even fruit and berries are rare here due to the climate, strawberries, blueberries and cloudberries are the only common ones, fruit all has to be imported also, and in the hardier spots only tough root vegetables like carrots and potatoes can grow properly, so we never had all that much fructose sugar even), and even though I struggled with depression decreasing my sugar intake helped immensely.

    The meat diet is the same manner, you give that diet to someone from Thailand for example and it could be physically dangerous to them, as dangerous as giving the same person the same amount of dairy products that Norwegians regularly consume. But on the other hand if you take someone of traditional Nordic stock and you swap them over to a vegetarian diet someone from Thailand could easily thrive on, then without some heavy vitamin supplements without access to the nutrition eating meat, fish and dairy products give us we can easily get very sick. I say this specifically because I have a Thai stepmother, who DID get that sick from most of traditional Norwegian food, and who also quickly realized she had to start putting more meat and less spices into her traditional Thai dishes if my father was to consume them.

    And at the same time this is different within even such a relatively small subset as the population of Norway (around 5 million as of 2018 in the whole country that’s as long as Britain and Scotland combined, less than in many of the world’s large cities), we don’t all share the same diet, most don’t have any physiological (or psychological) changes in removing Gluten from their diet, some recover from all sorts of things by doing just that, and some have severe reactions to the dairy products the rest of the country consume without issue, and as our population becomes more diverse (we have been a very insular people traditionally) these variables just expand. This is why I think there’s never going to be made comprehensive all-inclusive scientific studies on the benefits of diet (beyond obvious stuff like limit your intake of sugar and saturated fat), because it’s not going to be applicable for everyone, and it’s going to be too hard to easily tell what food groups should avoid beyond personal experimentation, maybe some time in the future it’ll be possible to tell for sure what your diet should be from a blood test or the like, but until then trial and error seems like the best bet…

    Personally I’m going to try just that, and try cutting out things one by one and see what improvements if any they make. Dairy is the first stop, drop it for a month (which will be hard, as I love cheese and butter and milk with a loaf of bread or a nice wild berry yoghurt, kinda hope this will do nothing so I don’t have to drop them lol), then see how I feel. Sugar and sodas and wheat products are the first thing to go though regardless.

  26. gordon redwood on April 23, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Suffering is hard, changing is hard. I decided that I had suffered enough and would do whatever it takes to ease it, no matter what it would be. You have to ask yourself, what do I believe and why do I believe it. Then really explore the question. After months of experimentation and reading, I came to the conclusion that there is so much propaganda surrounding this issue you have no choice but to finally ask yourself,how did we survive as a species. When your most basic bodily functions don’t work, how did we get here? When I started changing things and got increasingly better results, that proved I was on the right track. The journey continues. Fasting? All meat? Why not? Results are all that matters. My health is better than it has ever been. I eat no grain, no sugar, no booze, no fruit, very small amounts of vegetables and the rest is meat. If this offends your ideology, that is your problem. At a very basic level, its about what you believe. Is this life worth living? Can I make it better? Who am I? What if I try everything and it fails? What if it succeeds? If the answers to these questions strengthen you”re resolve, then you’re going ahead. I’m 57 years old and I feel fantastic. Now what? That’s a question I’m working on. When I heard mikhailas story, I was touched by how open she is talking about very personal things. I’m very happy for you and your family. Be well. Life is a gift.

    • hhh hh on May 18, 2018 at 10:36 am

      I feel like crying. I’m wondering if this carnivore thing could be an answer to prayer. I have suffered from horrible debilitating health issues since I was a child. my dad had them, also, and my mom. but theirs were more tolerable. My sis and I both have auto-immune issues and are debilitated and in bed on most days and we’re only in our 30s. her 2 kids have bad anxiety and adhd also. I wonder if this could actually help us? I’m so tired of my entire family being so sick and tired and all of the suffering. I want to try this. why not? 30 days? I can do this. is there a website that i can go to to see how much fat and meet and salt I need? I don’t know what this is so scary. I just want to be well. I want my family well.

      • Chris on May 23, 2018 at 8:22 pm

        It’s not that complicated, just cut out any non-veggie carbs. What you’re left with is meat and veggies. Another thing that has been known to have healing properties is fasting. Eating 2 big meals is better than having multiple meals. There are studies that suggest autophagy (your body’s breaking down of useless particles) is enhanced when within a fasted state.

        If you are interested in what I said, the diet is called Keto (high fat, moderate protein, low to no carb). The fasting principle is called Intermittent Fasting. Take care.

    • Mikhaila on May 24, 2018 at 3:04 am

      Give it a go. Be prepared for about 3 weeks of transition symptoms (digestive, etc.) Check out zerocarbzen.com. I’d suggest spoiling yourself and eating a lot of ribeye (it has enough fat). Ribs are fatty too. And if you get tired on the diet, eat more. A lot of people don’t eat enough when they first start out.

  27. Tom R. on April 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Really well said – thank you for that. I feel quite the same as you. I’m 65, been a total carnivore for 5 months, and I’ve resolved several health issues that have been with me for decades. We can sling ‘studies’ and ‘meta-analyses’ back and forth until we’re 90. But if you really want to know for your self, get off the intellectual fence, and do an actual experiment. The rest is just academic head-spinning.

    And congratulations to both Mikhaila and her dad for being open and vulnerable enough to risk all the inevitable negative feedback.

    • Chris on May 23, 2018 at 8:23 pm

      I’m 22 and interested in doing this diet to prevent any disease that may come my way. Have you done any blood tests after being on this diet for a while? How did they come out?

      Thanks!

      • Mikhaila on May 24, 2018 at 2:58 am

        I’m doing blood work in June and I will update everyone then. I’m assuming everything will be normal except my cholesterol, but I strongly believe being healthy and having a high cholesterol isn’t a bad thing. We’ll see soon

        • Nadezhda Dimitrova on May 24, 2018 at 3:51 pm

          Are you not worried about the cholesterol at all? I have recently scored positive in the rheumatoid factor blood test and I am strongly considering going on the diet but I am scared if it will not just kill me in another way 😀

  28. […] Mikhaila Peterson – I am currently reading Dr Peterson’s book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos so I found this post from his daughter about the Carnivore diet very interesting. […]

  29. Zak on April 30, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Hey so I’ve done Keto and all meat and green diets before and had real issues with low energy and muscle weakness. Pretty much Keto flue symptoms. I tried supplementing with magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium but it didn’t seem to make much of a difference. I also started getting nauseous at the thought and smell of meat after like a week when doing all meats and greens. I want to try all meat but I’m afraid of running into the same problems. Am I just mentally weak or is this something other people have dealt with and if so is there anything you did that helped you overcome these issues?

    • gordon redwood on May 1, 2018 at 12:37 am

      It’s a process from what I can tell. I don’t know how long it would take if you are healthy to start with. It took me about a year to get to where I am now. I have had episodes of low energy, but salt turns that around quickly. I was slow recovering for quite awhile, but fine now. I’m surprised anyone can follow a strict diet, with the amount of pressure that is applied at every turn. Keep trying, watch your results, feel good about improvements. Don’t get down on yourself, there is always lots of people ready to do that for you.

      • Sariade Gawain on May 4, 2018 at 11:18 am

        I would look into Nora Gedgauda’s material. She written about supplements and strategies for making the transition. Primal Body, Primal Mind is a good start. If you’re older (say 40-ish and up) it does take longer to switch your metabolism over than a 20-year-old. You might want to start by removing gluten, then dairy, then sugar, then gradually lowering your carb allowance to keto levels. That’s how I worked into it, and the transition was fairly smooth. You may not need to go to that extreme either. Most folks seem to do well at the 70 gms per day of carbs as opposed to hard-core 20 or lower. Also remember it’s ***not the meat*** that provides energy, it’s the fat. A lot of folks up their meat too much and overdo the protein content. Fatty meat is what you’re after. Chuck steak, oxtails, bacon, beef shanks, pork belly etc. You may need ox bile or some other supplement that will support your liver/gall bladder while it adjusts to making higher levels of enzymes to metabolize fat. It took me about a year to make friends with my gall bladder after decades of low-fat eating. Remember to stay away from vegetable oils too. They are terrible for you. Lard, butter, and tallow provide the lipids the body needs for creating strong, flexible cellular walls, the bricks of your structure.

        • Tom R. on May 4, 2018 at 11:23 am

          Excellent and informative note. I went to carnivore via keto, and also needed some time for my gallbladder to handle the fat. I’m better off with carnivore (I’m 65), mostly beef, than with keto, but I second the recommendation to work up to it and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Way too much noise out in the blogosphere – you could wring hands and ‘research’ forever. Give it a fair try and don’t confound with other foods, and see what works.

      • steven v on May 4, 2018 at 3:54 pm

        Can you talk more about salt intake. Why does salt help your energy? My arthritis and inflammation are doing great on ZC diet but I still get deep episodes of “wizard of Oz” sleep during the day which lasts about 20-50 minutes. Sometimes my energy improves after the sleep, sometimes it doesn’t.

        • Chris on May 23, 2018 at 8:27 pm

          Carbs cause the body to retain water and salt, less carbs = less salt retained. That is why you should supplement salt. Take care Steven.

        • Mikhaila on May 24, 2018 at 3:06 am

          Are you sure you’re eating enough? Fat especially? People sometimes do this diet and eat 1.5-2 pounds of meat a day, and as a man you’re going to need more than that. Most of the people I’ve spoken with who experience fatigue aren’t eating enough. Also beware of bacon and cured meat – it generally added sugar that can give you a crash.

  30. JoelG on April 30, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    We’re all biochemically unique (with some clumping around ethnic populations), so you must listen to your body more than any doctor. I had actually read about all-meat diets before, so I’m sympathetic to the idea. I’ve only read a couple of articles on this site, so I’m not sure if it’s been covered yet, but do you concern yourself with meat quality? There is ENORMOUS difference between factory-farm beef and 100% grass-fed beef….it’s like they’re different animals. Same for poultry, maybe more.

  31. lenny on May 1, 2018 at 11:06 am

    It would seem then that your father is the version of Nietzsche that overcame their stomach problems hehe:

    “Returning for a late luncheon at the Hôtel Alpenrose, Nietzsche, who detested promiscuity, avoided the midday crush of the table d’hôte in the large dining-room and ate a more or less ‘private’ lunch, usually consisting of a beefsteak and an ‘unbelievable’ quantity of fruit, which was, the hotel manager was persuaded, the chief cause of his frequent stomach upsets. ” –Conversations with Nietzsche, p.170

  32. Cory on May 4, 2018 at 7:15 am

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  33. John Smith on May 6, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    @Mikhaila

    I’ve been eating 4-8 eggs + 1-2lbs of ground beef per day with respites of salmon once a week. I cook it all with grass-fed butter and throw on himalayan pink rock salt.

    However, I’ve been having a lot of muscle cramps when working out and when sleeping I sometimes wake up to visceral pain that goes away after 3 minutes of torture.

    Do you supplement for electrolytes or simply eat more meat if you cramp? I’ve cut down on water to only be 1.5 liters to retain more minerals. Thanks for any advice!

    • Mikhaila on May 8, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      I have a terrible response to eggs. I would assume it’s that. I don’t supplement electrolytes, just a lot of salt. Definitely don’t cut down on water! Try seeing if you feel better with more meat and no eggs.

    • Chris on May 23, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Cramps = dehydrated. Carbs cause you to store water and salt. No carbs = no storage. Supplement electrolytes.

  34. Vicky on May 8, 2018 at 6:15 pm

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  35. Rishi on May 9, 2018 at 10:01 am

    I suffer from IBS and few health issues. I doubt being vegetarian is the worst thing you can do, because at least 500 million Indians are vegetarians. It is common for non-vegeration Indians to only eat meat once a week. It is more balanced diet compared to western diet. The japanese and chinese eat rice. Most asian countries eat grains. Indians eat roti/chapati for carbs which I think is healthier than bread. I suspect it is simply the way the asian food is cooked with low fat and high herbs and spices. The Indian/asian diet has lentils and lots of vegetables too. I must stress though that the Indian food in restaurant food is quite high in calories and different compared to Indian homecooked meal. It might as well be genetic factor that allows asians to eat starchy carbs. However, it has been proven asians do lack ability to process lactose. My point being, it may not be vegetatrian diet necessarily but the way westerners cook or consume vegetarian diet.

    Having said that, as an Indian living in the west, going on a low carb diet significantly helped to lose weight and make my IBS managable. Cutting out soda/carbonated sugary drinks is a must. I only ate boiled chicken or grilled fish with little bit of sweet potaoes (as i needed some for gym workout) and some greens. For IBS or gut health, I highly recommend taking probiotics in capsule form and prebiotics/probiotics like kimchi, sauerkrat, yakult, miso, etc. Fixing the good vs bad bacteria imbalance in my gut has been one of the best things I have done for my health and I recommend it to everyone.

    By the way, it was great pleasure meeting your dad during the book signing in Sydney, Australia.

    Kind regards,
    Rishi

  36. Joel Gehman on May 9, 2018 at 11:34 am

    I have no auto-immune issues (that I know of), and no food allergies (that I know of), but I do believe that almost everyone is allergic to a wide variety of modern food, just at a level below what is noticeable. This causes inflammation, which seems more and more to be the cause of every modern disease. My issues were being obese for the last 20 years and having significant trouble sleeping for the last two years. I had actually heard of the carnivore diet before and was not aghast on the topic, so reading your experience prompted me to try it out for myself. I had immediate positive results in that my trouble sleeping cleared up WITHIN ONE DAY, and my skin became noticeably more supple within a couple of days. I’ve also quickly lost the latest bit of weight I’d gained which had been making me feel very uncomfortable (as opposed to the excess weight I’ve been carrying for 20 years that I’m largely used to). I have hopes that I’ll begin losing the 20 years worth of weight quickly also, although I’m aware that the longer you’ve carried it the harder it is to shed. We’ll see.

    I expect that cutting out dairy had the most immediate effect, followed by gluten. (I have been limiting grains for a long time, just not religiously.) I’ve replaced dairy in my coffee with cacao butter, which really works, and eliminated yoghurt and cheese.

    Currently my version of the carnivore diet is all meat (although I’ve always avoided pork and shellfish) plus sauerkraut. I’ve always felt better on meat than on anything else, but I find that pure meat doesn’t satisfy my appetite. Sauerkraut helps my satiety.

    I’m up in the air on eggs…I’ve always felt good on eggs, no indication that I’m allergic at all. At the same time, it’s one of the primary allergens that people have, so I’m undecided if I’ll include them. I need to get that food allergy test done.

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  38. Tiffany on May 23, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    What about organ meats? You say you eat a lot of ribeye (which I totally understand, as it’s amazing), but do you include organ meats in your diet at all? I personally find that beef heart and liver have helped a lot with my fatigue and anxiety attacks, and I eat about 12 oz of liver and 20 oz of beef heart per week (I make my own organ sausage and eat it for breakfast). However, I’m wondering if less would be needed on a zero carb diet, assuming some/all of my anxiety and fatigue is coming from carbs. Any thoughts?

    • Mikhaila on May 24, 2018 at 3:08 am

      I don’t eat any, I haven’t found the need to? I feel fine as is and I prefer the taste of ribeye. I really like the fat, so I’m loathe to eat the organ meats 🙂

  39. Hunter on May 28, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Do you get all your fat from the steak? I see that your father also eats low fat meats along with beef, so I was just wondering if I should include olive oil. Thanks!

    • Hunter on May 28, 2018 at 12:22 am

      (also, do you take vitamins?)

  40. Anna on May 31, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Mikhaila Peterson, if you read this, please respond. I watched the interview in which you talked of your sicknesses and diet etc; I’m impressed, and wish you and all your family the best. I got fixated sort of on the phrase “autoimmune” because my husband has sclerosis multiplex, which is also autoimmune disease. Do you think that diet can fix him too? In general, everywhere you go, you hear it is an untractqable disease; and ofcourse the interferons don’t really help. Sorry for my English btw, I am not a native. Right now he decided to drastically reduce carbs, cause he is addicted to sugar… So he is overwheight, has tendency to naps, like he switches off. And I didn’t believe he just collapses on the bed, I was sure he went to bed to late (which might partially still be true). Have you heard of any cases of SM being kinda “cured” by diet? I can’t really go through all the testimonials, it’s a lot. Please help, if you can, and have some time, cause with a little baby I’m sure it’s rather difficult to have time for oneself. Anna

  41. Anna on June 1, 2018 at 5:44 am

    It’s so good reading all these stories. I have been struggling with my health for years. It started off with mental health issues like severe mood swings, aggression, exhaustion, confusion, depression. In the last few years I developed problems with my gut, which the doctor reckoned is IBS. Recently my partner came across Mikhaila and her meat diet. I’ve been on it for 2 weeks now and am pain free for the whole 2 weeks! Such a incredible feeling after feeling pain in my guts or being nauseous continuously for the last few years. I even think I feel a bit more energetic. The judgement is sometimes quite hard to deal with, but because of my good results so far I just leave everyone be. The ones that judge me never had any debilitating problems, so let them judge, for they don’t know any better. A very few are actually supportive (they do exist :), those are the ones I cherish. Thanks Mikhaila for sharing your story! I think a lot of people in the future will need this information!

  42. Thomas Barton on June 4, 2018 at 4:18 am

    Mikhaila – do you generally eat fatty meats or do you try to go lean? Any idea what percentage of your calories are coming from fats and whether you are in a state of ketosis on your diet?

  43. Nick S on July 3, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Hey there, ^^

    After listening to Joe Rogan’s Podcast with Jordan Peterson, I got very curious and decided to read this blog. I can’t believe all the positive feedback this has gotten.(As in how effective this diet really is) I want to give it a try but I’m curious what a typical day looks like. For example: What does your average day look like? Do you eat mulitple times a day like you would with a regular diet. Or do you only eat once a day etc. I’ve been reading the comments on this blog to find more information on this but I can’t seem to find an answer.

    Have a wonderful day everyone!

  44. Tom Ronayne on July 3, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I’ve done this religiously for 7 months now. Based on my experience, but also TONS of reading more experienced people (Shawn Baker, Charles Washington, Joe/Charlene Andersen, Kelly Hogan, and MANY other long term carnivores), this is what I’d offer: just eat until you’re not hungry. If you’re not sure, eat more. It will stave off cravings at first, and those will disappear after a few weeks. Most people don’t eat enough. You just WON’T get fat on a carnivorous diet. And as far as frequency: eat a big, filling meal (beef is best, ideally just beef and water, but some do fine with eggs and pork, etc., also), then eat again when you’re hungry. Don’t ‘count’ or ‘time’ anything. I usually eat twice, around lunchtime and dinner time, but I could probably go to OMAD (one meal a day) easily. I’ve just found that my body’s hunger signals have become more natural and I simply follow them.

    I’ve been able to drop ALL my lifetime allergy meds, migraine meds, I need less sleep, have much more energy, more stamina than ever, and my lifts at the gym are better than they’ve been in decades, plus many more bennies. I’m 65, and it’s been life changing. But that’s just my story, you have to decide for yourself and do the ‘N=1’ experiment. The first couple weeks are often challenging because you may still crave things, and your body has to ‘fat-adapt’ (‘keto-adapt’), which may make you cranky and tired for a bit. Also, most people have loose bowels at first as they adjust to digesting more fat and their gut biome changes its profile. But 30 days will tell you what you want to know. I’m willing to bet what on you’ll see if you stick to it.

  45. azmt on July 14, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I’m couple of weeks in. It’s all good and I feel like cravings apear if I eat something less fat that beef. I gahd couple of days of liquid bowel movement. It was gone within 3-4 days. But now I’m almost not having movement almost at all. I don’t feel worse but I wonder if it should be so or I need to step on salt or more fatty meats (that’s what I was reading)? About the salt how much on weight and in what way do you take it? I feel like salting already cooked piece of meat won’t help much or will it?

  46. PatriciaBustos on July 17, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I am the first one on my family to have a diagnosed autoimmune disease; I have juvenile RA and lupus. I was diagnosed when I was 19 but my symptoms started up when I was 11. My mom took me to a homeopathic doctor who put me on an only meat and dairy diet for about 4 months and all my symptoms went away for about 3 years when the swollen joins came back. I never really thought of that until I heard your dad talk about your diet and read your blog, and now it makes sense why I felt better back then. I am on week two of the carnivore diet now, I have lost 4 pounds and my right knee looks normal (It was the size of a big grapefruit) the only side effect I have experienced so far is I am sleeping more, I am not tired but as soon as I sit or lie down I am out. Thanks for sharing your experience, I am glad this is working for you and I hope it works for me too.

  47. amanda kopta on July 19, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    i just watched your dads interview with joe rogan. a co worker recommended it bc she said it reminded me of my own story that i have shared with her. i dont have your same issues but i did go through a very arduous journey in the last handful of years and have managed to find my ideal diet and healed myself. about 6 years ago (age 25) i started experiencing many symptoms, seemingly unrelated, that i had never had to deal with ever in my life before. I always ate whatever i wanted to. i was generally a healthy female, although i suffered from anxiety, ADD, PTSD. All of a sudden i was very reactive to many things like medications, specially hormonal birth control. i had to completely stop that after being on it for many years. i started having IBS and chronic candida. i had tests done and all the doctors could tell me was it was food allergies. it was such a long list of foods i couldnt eat it was very difficult to understand and change my life. however even tho i tried so hard to avoid those foods i still had symptoms. it made no sense. i went to other doctors, nothing else seemed to be wrong with me. a few years had gone by and still i had no answered and suffered everyday. my IBS was so intense it was unbearable. major stomach cramping, bloating, constant diarrhea, leaky gut. my other symptoms were candida, acne, eczema, fatigue, brain fog, joint pain (lower back), light headed, night sweats, insomnia, hot flashes, depression, anger/aggression. i kept sinking in deeper and deeper into this symptom pit. after 4 years from when this all began i went to a naturpath doctor. She had a new idea i had never heard of before: Sulfur Intolerance. this is not allergies. it is actually about the liver not being able to metabolize sulfur. sulfur turns to ammonia when it is not metabolized. the sufferer actually experiences toxicity and ammonia poisoning. most of the time it caused by a genetic mutation(s) and in rare cases parasites. the easiest way to test it is by low sulfur diet for 2 weeks and supplementation. she said to take molybdenum (a mineral that helps the liver to process the sulfur) and the diet. Natural sulfur is in many foods which are actually healthy for most ppl: garlic, onions, cruciferous veggies, dairy, eggs, and legumes. other sulfur foods are, corn syrup (which i gave up long ago bc of adverse reactions) artificial sugars, cured meats, alcohol. within a few days i could tell an improvement. after the 2 weeks i was almost non-symptomatic and felt better than i ever had my whole life even. i still need to have genetic testing to confirm the sulfur mutations. but everything made sense now- finally i had the answer i was looking for. the thing about sulfur intolerance is that you have to find your tolerance level. a person cannot live without at least a small amount of sulfur in their diet. after clearing my system i am able to eat 1 sulfur food with each meal. foods i were reactive to before i could again- im sure its bc i had healed my leaky gut. sometimes i get greedy and have to much sulfur and symptoms comes back. it take 24 hours after eating the foods to get a reactive and about 48 hours for your system to clear. thats why it was so hard to figure it out before. allergic reactions are instant- sulfur intolerance is delayed bc im reacting to what happens when my body doesnt metabolize sulfur. it explains random and weird things that i have always dealt with. for one thing i could never drink a lot of alcohol- before i felt drunk i would get VERY SICK. my friends were always very worried for me- it was an issue early on when i was teenager. the first time i drank a beer i felt nothing was instantly threw it up. alcohol has a lot of sulfur that your body and instantly reject it. the first time i drank a shot of liquor i threw up in my sleep at age 14. in your dad’s interview with rogan he mentioned that you are both reactive to sulfites- which is derived from sulfur. and that when you stopped eating greens you felt better. most green veggies have sulfur- those are called cruciferous veggies (broccoli, spinach, cabbage, etc) but other veggies are still good: romaine lettuce, cucumber, tomato, zucchini/squash and others. i was wondering also if you have tried any home grown veggies with no pesticides/ chemicals. after everything i have gon through and researched about diet i am a firm believer that there is NO UNIVERSAL DIET that is good for everyone. everyone should go through their own diet experiments to see what makes them feel best. some ppl think they are healthy- until they eliminate something and they never thought they could feel so good. im very happy for you and your family for going through this very difficult journey and finding something positive in the end. although its never over and it never gets easier- we are motivated by how much better we will on our specific diets. id love to hear your feedback and an update on you and your dads diets and lab work.

  48. Brian Merkosky on September 26, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    IBS and autoimmune diseases are quite often caused by a condition called SIBO or small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Eating a low fodmap (fermentable carbs) diet does help with symptoms and going full carnivore effectively eliminates fodmaps but instead of going so drastic and just managing symptoms you could look at ways to cure your condition. The most commonly used pharmaceuticals are rifaximin and neomycin or you could try herbal formulas containing berberine, allicin, and neem. The only diet that has ever been proven to cure SIBO is an elemental diet so you could also look at that as it does have an 80 to 90% success rate. You are compromising long term health for short term relief of your symptoms. The hardest cases of SIBO to treat are the ones where people have gone low fodmap to manage symptoms for long periods of time. When you starve the bacteria they tend to go into hibernation and develop a protective biofilm that then makes it harder to treat. Over 10% of the population has SIBO so a lot of people would experience short term relief from going carnivore. I had SIBO too but instead of managing my symptoms with diet I proactively treated it. If I went carnivore I would have experienced the same benefits you all have except it’s not a cure. I’d rather cure my condition and then eat the foods I want to eat rather than live with eating such a restrictive diet the rest of my life.

    • Mikhaila on September 26, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      I don’t have SIBO. I was tested. And I would also prefer to eat a less restrictive diet but my problems aren’t solved as easily as taking rifaximin.

  49. Maximilian George on November 14, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,
    like many I have come across your blog after the Jordan Peterson Interview with Joe Rogan. Your father mentioned his Psoriasis cleared after eating only beef, salt and water. I also suffer from quite severe psoriasis. My question is: How do you prepare your meat? With coconut oil or other oils/fats? Thank you so much for what you do and I wish you all the best from Mallorca, Spain 🙂
    Cheers, Max

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