Hopefully, this one won’t get me in trouble but I’ll put it out there because I haven’t found any info on it anywhere else online. And I did google it when I was wondering.

Unfortunately, this inability to consume basically anything except for pure distilled alcohol, water, beef, and salt, also means I can’t do any fun drug.

About two months ago I had a terrible cold, and I can’t take any painkillers so I was laying there (basically dying) and figured I’d smoke some weed. I had already reacted to a puffer months before that but I figured I’d give the weed a go.

I had autoimmune symptoms for about 3 weeks after smoking that joint. They weren’t terrible like trying to reintroduce a new food, but it looks like I can’t inhale anything. Even marijuana. A vaporizer probably would have been a smarter idea but I didn’t have one on hand.

(UPDATE: not entirely sure if this was actually just a reaction to the cold. Colds give me flare ups so it could have been that, not the weed. Probably won’t test it out though.)

Other drugs:

I’m a pretty open individual and I’ve tried a lot of different recreational drugs, especially as a university student. Cocaine is also a no go. Obviously coke isn’t good for anyone but I can’t do any without three weeks of skin breakouts, joint pain, back pain, and brain fog. Not nearly as bad as a food introduction (funny eh?) but still not worth it at all. Haha, it’s also difficult to feel sorry for yourself if you’re reacting to cocaine… So I do not recommend.

It looks like the only substances I can abuse are bourbon, vodka, and silver tequila. And trust me, I’ve tested everything else out.

Just to reiterate:

Bourbon, vodka (unflavoured), and silver tequila are the only alcohols that don’t have added ingredients after distillation. Bourbon is stored in wood which gives it its flavour and colour but that doesn’t seem to bother me.

Other whiskeys (like scotch) can have added caramel colouring. I react to this. So if you’re super sensitive those are three alcohols that are the least reactive. Silver tequila (gold tequila has added caramel colouring), bourbon, and unflavoured vodka.

Good luck out there. Don’t let anyone complain at you for trying to fix yourself. It’s hard enough as it is.

107 Comments

  1. Nicole on August 9, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Hey! Have you looked into CBD oil?

    • Josh on August 9, 2018 at 11:12 am

      What about MDMA?

      • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 11:22 am

        I tried mdma on the low carb elimination diet and it seemed to be okay.. I haven’t tried it since going carnivore and again, I’m not sure if I will because of the risk of 3 weeks of reacting. But I’m also kind of curious. It’s technically a salt right? And I seem to be able to ingest many different forms of salt… Who knows.

    • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Nope! I don’t trust anything and it’s such a pain to react for 3 weeks. I haven’t tested it out. I thought inhaling would be better than ingesting anything… But who knows. I probably won’t test it out though to be honest. I used to use marijuana (not cbd though) to help with reactions when they were really awful, and it helped, but I can’t seem to do that anymore.

      • Kristina on August 9, 2018 at 11:38 am

        If you can describe the reactions and symptoms you experienced after smoking weed in a bit more detail, I would find it extremely useful and interesting. Thank you.

  2. Vic on August 9, 2018 at 11:18 am

    FWIW, Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum seems the only AB I can drink.

  3. Krystal on August 9, 2018 at 11:19 am

    Have you tried consuming cannabis in other ways besides inhalation? Like tinctures, etc?

  4. James on August 9, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I’ve generally found that 4-8 pills per day of vitamin C decreases cold symptoms and duration quite a bit. You might be allergic to the binders and fillers, but it might be worth a try.

    On a zero sugar diet, your cells are going to be very sensitive to Vitamin C intake, so a smaller dose may help you as much as the large dose helps me.

    I have a completely different set of allergic triggers than you, its interesting that you say the wood smoke flavor in bourbon is fine for you. Wood Smoke flavor is a major headache cause for me.

    • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 11:23 am

      It’s not added flavouring though, it’s just from the wood. I can’t tolerate liquid smoke. But yeah, I’m surprised too.

      • dsaulw on August 11, 2018 at 10:00 am

        Charcoal is actually an excellent detoxifier. Not sure if that is the explanation. It also helps prevent a hangover. Check out this product.

        http://toxinbuster.com/

    • MethylEthel on August 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Just FYI, you *can* get straight-up Vitamin C powder (it’s tiny crystals) that does not have any binders.

      • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm

        Yes! I have a ton of vitamin c powder at home.. Very tasty. I haven’t tried it since low carb to see what happened to my vitamin c levels naturally. But next time I get sick I’ll do that

  5. Geraldine Byrne on August 9, 2018 at 11:38 am

    That is so interesting. You’ve been so thorough in you assessment I believe that you have analysed your condition with the observation of a scientist! You are your father’s daughter. Well done. Stay well and good luck.

  6. Mahsa on August 9, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Have you tried shrooms?

    • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      I haven’t because I know I wouldn’t be able to tolerate them.. I know people who have. Throws them off for at least a week. More like 2. Wouldn’t really recommend if you suffer from mood issues.

      • AK on August 9, 2018 at 2:28 pm

        I second that about staying away from psilocybic mushrooms if you have mood issues. I don’t have mood issues at all I get splitting headaches and the blues when I come down from mushrooms. MDMA is another one that is fucking awful for the brain. Stay well clear if you have mood issues (or simply appreciate your neurological health in general).

  7. Lotan Kritchman on August 9, 2018 at 11:46 am

    That sucks. Ive smoked weed basically every day (I’m an artist so it’s ok ;)) since I’ve been on the carnivore diet and I’ve still experienced all the benefits of the diet, such as energy, clear skin, and fat loss. I did coke at comic con a few weeks ago but I was so hungry the next day from not eating that I cheated. I stay away from liquor and beer mostly, but it seems recreational drugs, for the most part agree with me while on the diet. I only do coke like once a year so next time I’ll prepare food beforehand 😉
    I think mushrooms might be the only rec drug that might throw me off as it’s actually a food… but technically a fungi, not a vegetable. If I encounter some and decide to take another trip I’ll report back.

  8. Michael on August 9, 2018 at 11:48 am

    I had done DMT for the first time 2 weeks ago. I did it through a spiritual journey.

    my first trip everything was okay and then the second trip my immune system decided to have none of that and sent me into a high fever, puking and defecating. my pain levels for the next 4 days was nothing like I have never felt before with the Ankylosing Spondylitis that I have.

    Well I do it again? Yes but I won’t take as many heads so my immune system does not try to purge it again.

  9. Jim Kennedy on August 9, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    For me (T2D) I avoid booze. Most have too much sugar and for me it is a health hit. Also I would be tempted to overdo it and then chow down a couple of pints of Ben and Jerrys with a large fry. I have not gone the pot route due to where I work they do not allow it and can do drug testing. (even though it is legal where I live)

  10. Abigail on August 9, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Totally unrelated to this post but I was wondering if normal drugstore makeup affects your skin. Nontoxic makeup is so expensive and I’m not sure if it’s worth the cost Do you use nontoxic makeup or is diet all that matters when it comes to clear skin?

  11. Herb Cochley on August 9, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    I found out that I am allergic to weed, along with blue agave and peanuts, among other things. I had a reaction of arthritis in my chest that put me in the hospital. Costochondritis they call it. On low carbs, the effects are aggravated, apparently. The doctor told me once a month at the most. Honestly, I’m not sure it’s worth the trouble, so I am pretty much weed free now.

    This is an important topic, in my opinion…

  12. AK on August 9, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Fun fact – tobacco is a nightshade!

  13. Adam on August 9, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    What about cigarettes?

    • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      I would definitely react to these. If I react to weed there’s no way cigarettes are going to be okay.

      • AK on August 9, 2018 at 1:47 pm

        Was the weed smoked pure?

        • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 2:11 pm

          Yeah but it was in a joint, so there’s always the paper. But I think it doesn’t matter for me.

          • AK on August 9, 2018 at 2:20 pm

            I’ve knew one person with very severe autoimmune problems and they found smoking weed was one of the few things that calmed them down (physically) and I don’t think it was a placebo. But everyone is different.

            Obviously it could be a number of things in the weed that you are reacting to but it’s very possibly the pollen in the weed buds. I heard some mention **cough cough** that they were working at a desk a few days ago that had a fair bit of weed drying out on it in an open plastic container and they noticed that if it was right next to them when they were sitting at the desk that they would start sneezing. However, that person also mentioned to me that they don’t have hay fever so they might just be reacting to cannabis pollen.



  14. EV on August 9, 2018 at 1:59 pm

    Thanks for posting. I’m starting to get symptoms of RA and will be tested soon. If positive, I will be going carnivore and I was also wondering about W. Anywhere on your site where others can post their journeys in following along with this diet? The more success stories out there (with data) will help with the nutritional skeptics. Change minds.

    • EV on August 9, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Oh, testimonials. Sorry, new to the blog.

    • Kristina on August 9, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      I second that. I could not find regular types of carnivore chats online. Only one way social media. I’m looking to share my experience on the diet as well and converse with others who do it to learn and share

    • AK on August 9, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      There is always http://meatheals.com/.

  15. Beth on August 9, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Have you tried CBD cannabis oil for pain control? I use Avidekel from MedReleaf (Tikun Olam) for inflammatory pain caused by my cancer meds. It is a medical grade oil, used in clinical trials at the Hadasah Hospital in Israel, for various inflammatory diseases.

  16. Marilyn on August 9, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    You tried cocaine? WOOH, you are going down the wrong road, girl. Glad you were allergic.

  17. Fern on August 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Hi Mikkhaila,
    Thank you for the wondeful work you do, helping so many people.
    I’ve been on a keto diet, almost zero carb, for about two years.I’d like to go carnivore but I feel I can’t afford ribeye every day. Unfortunately that’s the meat I love!
    I use to drink -and love- wine but now I feel awful after having even a small glass. When I read you mentioning bourbon I decided to try it..Omg, what a divine drink..To me nothing compares to bourbon!
    What is your favourite? I guess you’re an expert, I want to try the one you like?
    Sending love❤️

    • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      I love Elijah Craig! And Basil Haydens

    • david ryno on August 9, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      try Buffalo Trace

  18. Geno Tessitore on August 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I have this issue and have been on the beef, salt, and water diet. For anyone wondering, I absolutely react to cigarettes (I’ve tested this multiple times in an attempt to find any vice I could). The reaction lasts about 2 weeks. I react to smoking pot, even out of a bowl (not sure about a vaporizer). This reaction took only about a week for me. I also definitely react to Scotch. I was given a high end 18yr aged bottle of Scotch and decided to try it. I reacted for 3 weeks from it. And slightly off topic, for the love of god, probably avoid soy. I am in the middle of my third reaction to soy since starting this. It is the worst bout of depression and anxiety I’ve ever had. Feels like being in a nightmare for weeks on end

    • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Scotch has the caramel colouring added! Every scotch does. Bourbon man! I’m so sorry about the soy. It was my worst one too. Find an infrared sauna and sweat it out. It helps so much. Seriously it’s worth it.

  19. EV on August 9, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    Are you still breastfeeding? That and alcohol do not mix. What’s in your blood is in your breastmilk. I’m reading neuroscientist Matthew Walker’s Why We Sleep right now, and just read a few pages on it. Chapter 5, he talks about alcohol-laced milk and the suppression of REM sleep on the infant, which they need while developing their neural pathways in the brain. Think about it, and maybe read that chapter! I’m a nanny too, so I know how important the first years are for the child’s development. So much information, so little time. Hope this is helpful.

    • Mikhaila on August 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm

      I’m not breastfeeding at night anymore. So having a couple of drinks before bed isn’t a problem while breastfeeding. Definitely less dangerous than feeding babies iron fortified cereal 🙂

  20. Johnny on August 9, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Oddly enough, I’ve noticed that tripping out (LSD, psilocybin, or mescaline) will often end a flair up for me. I’m not sure if they tweak some of the neurotransmitters in the gut, or maybe there is an overcompensation or immune modulation that happens. Or some of the other compounds in mushrooms and cactus may also act as antimicrobial agents. I’ve had good success breaking RA flairs + fatigue & depression/anxiety with antibiotics and herbal antimicrobials as well as with any diet that starves out bacteria so I wouldn’t be surprised if they affect the gut microbiome in some way.

    • johnnyrepass on August 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm

      I’ve also noticed any kind of cold or virus will ramp up joint pain and symptoms for me. Have you noticed if airborne allergens flair you? Dust, pet dander, mold? I’ve noticed a correlation but it is hard to tell if the flair is causing allergies or if the allergies can cause a flair.

      • Mikhaila on August 10, 2018 at 3:14 am

        Yes! When I get sick my arthritis comes back. And body odour.. I haven’t noticed if pollen does it. I’ll find out next spring. I try really hard to avoid it.

  21. Braham Young on August 9, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    Hi Mikhaila you also mentioned “psoriasis”…did you get any comments? Thx braham..

  22. Terri on August 9, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    I tried making a tea with cannabis scratchings and a bit of the bud, but it still made my face break out in pustules. I was hoping I could use it to help me sleep as I was one of the ones who has a hard time sleeping more than 2-3 hrs when in deep ketosis; it’s better now, fortunately. Ah well, it’s probably better in the long run that we need to stay so clean even if it sucks at times…Thanks for these updates, Mikhaila, it really helps.
    P.S. I’ve been watching a lot of your dad’s videos because I was tired of seeing so many contradictory, love him/hate him comments on my TL on Twitter. I think he’s highly misunderstood and even though I’m a moderate liberal, I agree with the majority of his positions–go figure 😉 Hope he’s doing well, too! I can really relate to so many of his and your symptoms and am just so happy we’ve all found a way out of the nightmare.

    • Herb Cochley on August 11, 2018 at 12:41 pm

      It triggers arthritis in me. FWIW, the doctor told maybe I could get away with it occasionally, like once a month, but I really need a reason to smoke it anymore. Not a casual thing.

      • teedee126 on August 14, 2018 at 5:56 pm

        Hopefully, you’ll either figure out a way to use it when you really feel like you need to, or be fine without it as you keep healing from the diet. 🙂

        • Herb on August 15, 2018 at 7:33 am

          Thanks. I have adjusted the diet into a lifestyle at this point. I avoid the allergens, limit carbs to about 20g/day and I seem to tolerate it well. I have little desire for alcohol and really don’t seem to have any real vices left. That was never a goal particularly. As far as weed, I can easily live without it but it is occasionally fun . I tend to be paranoid more than before and find myself making low-carb treats when I’m stoned. Imagine that. So far, no arthritis outbreaks that a dose or two of ibuprofen hasn’t cleared right up. I AM allergic to blue agave cactus…so no tequila for me. Which explains a few things.

          • teedee126 on August 15, 2018 at 10:59 am

            That’s good to hear, then. I’ve cut out alcohol (except for the rarest occasion) because it stalls my weight loss, which I’m still working on. I can’t tolerate anything plant-based right now, but it’s ok, not complaining. I’m just glad there’s beef and water. That’s interesting about the agave. I remember reading somewhere that agave isn’t good as a sweetener because it’s almost pure fructose and taxes the liver as much as alcohol..



  23. David Xavier Lam on August 9, 2018 at 9:46 pm

    Please try a vape and let us know how you react.

    I exclusively use a vape and would love to have something to compare to to avoid health issues.

    • Aes Sedai on August 10, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Vaping lowers your immune system more than alcohol and traditional smoking does. So I am not sure that is the smartest advice to someone who has severe autoimmune disorders… research it.

      • Mikhaila on August 10, 2018 at 5:23 pm

        I’m not going to try it. It’s not worth the risk. Plus I have no reason to smoke.

        • Herb on August 15, 2018 at 7:39 am

          If the original vape suggestion was regarding cannabis, the allergic trigger to my arthritis isn’t affected by how I smoke it. Sativa seems to trigger it more, but I prefer it to the indicas. Remember, THC goes to the cannabinoid receptors, and CBD from the indica goes to the opioid receptors. Also, I run every day. The endorphins from running also fo the the cannabinoid receptors and will knock the THC right out of there. So a good runner’s high will sober you right up from a sativa hangover quite nicely.

  24. fabian on August 10, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Did you use tobacco in the joint?

    i still smoke cigarettes to help with the depression until i get better, now i’m scared i won’t get better on all meat because of that 🙁

    • fabian on August 10, 2018 at 8:48 am

      I should be able to get rid of the worst depression by just eating beef+water right?

      and then i drop the cigarettes once the nightmare is over?

      • Mikhaila on August 10, 2018 at 11:52 am

        I think so yes. It’s hard to say though, I haven’t smoked myself.

        • fabian on August 10, 2018 at 12:01 pm

          Ok, but your reactions from inhaling things were never enough to trigger the severe debilitating depression right? just ‘minor’ reactions?

  25. Dave on August 10, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Might want to edit this entry, focus only on booze and put your observations on rec drugs in an anonymous comment…. Then delete this comment.

    • Cory on August 11, 2018 at 1:31 am

      Why? She’s sharing her experience so others can hopefully get some useful information about it, like those that do recreational drugs. I don’t think it should be such a taboo subject…what you put into your own body is your choice and doesn’t make you bad, it’s the actions you choose to do that affects others in a negative way.

      • Nancy on August 11, 2018 at 10:22 am

        Beautiful!

    • Herb on August 11, 2018 at 2:18 pm

      I assume that we are in a forum where children and underage people don’t have access? And we can discuss adult topics like drug use? Am I wrong in that?

  26. James Alexander on August 10, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    I think the rule is that even if you don’t have an autoimmune reaction to cannabis or a more harmful drug, you should still avoid them…

  27. Kisame on August 10, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    Ever consider psilocybin or LSD? I know in addition to mitigating your autoimmune issues, your dietary alterations have also greatly reduced your depression. Coincidentally, research into the therapeutic uses of psychedelic drugs for depression (amongst other psychological conditions) is currently undergoing a Renaissance at places like Johns Hopkins and NYU, and there is evidence that these compounds may even benefit “healthy normals”. Michael Pollan recently released a book on this very topic, titled “How to Change Your Mind,” which is a fascinating read.

    • Mikhaila on August 10, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      My depression is completely gone. I wouldn’t trust shrooms just because of the amount of it I’d have to consume. LSD transdermally maybe? But later. I’m in a great place and not particularly interested in anything other than bourbon 🙂

      • Phredd on August 11, 2018 at 5:16 pm

        Please share your brand of bourbon. Thanks!

  28. Annika Johansson on August 11, 2018 at 6:14 am

    What autoimmune symptoms did you have for about 3 weeks after smoking that joint?

    • Mikhaila on August 11, 2018 at 9:19 am

      Minor in comparison to a food reintroduction. I had a bit of a mood dip. After about a week my skin broke out, I couldn’t think as clearly, I got a bit stiff in my wrists and my lower back started to hurt. Not worth the weed but not dramatically awful.

  29. Ville Raatikainen on August 11, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for sharing this!

  30. Rich Durante on August 11, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Hey Mikhaila!

    I was looking into different types of bourbons, which type do you drink that you’d recommend being the least mixed with other types of flavoring? Most seem like they have added notes but I’m curious to see if any have affected you? I was planning on experimenting later tonight, for science of course…

    • Mikhaila on August 11, 2018 at 6:22 pm

      Bourbon doesn’t have added flavours! As long as it’s bourbon (not scotch or other whiskeys). I drink Bulleit, Earl Craig, Basil Hayden, etc.

      • Rich Durante on August 13, 2018 at 4:47 pm

        I tried some Bulleit the other night along with other Bourbons, I’ve never drank without having zero effect on my mood the next day. I’m typically a Scotch/Whiskey drinker, this….is a game changer!

        • Mikhaila on August 13, 2018 at 4:53 pm

          Yeah, I like Bulleit too. But man, drink enough water!! Hangovers can be incredibly awful in ketosis. I drink about a pint of water to an oz of liquor. And then more water before bed. And I’ll wake up fine. But if I don’t do that I’m so sick.

          • Rich Durante on August 14, 2018 at 11:04 am

            I’m pretty sure I had enough water that night, but I could be wrong. I’m also not in full ketosis yet, as I’m still in the process of eliminating carbs in my diet and figuring out a plan of action. I have several items I consume that could be triggers for my issues.

            I’ve been having dry skin and thought it was the alcohol, or occasional herb that I would smoke (also went from smoking cigarettes to a JUUL, which I feel has been almost as bad on dehydrating myself(also quit)) but I’m thinking it could of been the soap I switched to recently that has almonds/random plant based products in it. Trying to maintain a normal social life while not making myself worse mentally is proving to be difficult, but I know it will be worth it in the end! Thank you and your father for the inspiration!



  31. VB on August 11, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    Have you taken a gander with essential oils (there are brands out there which are therapeutic grade and not distilled using chemicals of any kind) to help with cold symptoms or other ailments?

  32. Fabian on August 12, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Are the reactions dose-dependant?

    Like if you accidently had a almost invisible piece of gluten on a steak would that put you in nightmare mode for 3 weeks or would it be not as severe than if you had eaten a piece of bread or fruit?

    • Mikhaila on August 12, 2018 at 9:07 am

      It’s dose-dependant. More is definitely worse but it also depends on the type of food. For instance, a small amount of gluten seems to be far worse than something like an apple.

      • fabian on August 12, 2018 at 9:11 am

        Ok, that makes me a bit more at ease, i’m so paranoid in the kitchen because my mom eats a lot of bread and there could be invisible gluten residue everywhere.

        i’m on day 12 now, i didn’t have any gluten or grains in months, but i still didn’t get better with a lot of fruit and vegetables in my diet, i ate up to 300g carbs from those in a day.

        Can’t wait until it’s over.

        I feel a bit better already but still pretty bad, i assume the ‘magic’ happens around 3-4 weeks?

        • Mikhaila on August 12, 2018 at 9:49 am

          Are you just doing beef, salt and water? What diet are you on?

          • fabian on August 12, 2018 at 10:04 am

            Yes right now 12 days only beef and water, no salt cause it gives me water retention. i do still smoke cigarettes with filter (so i don’t accidently eat tobacco) but i’m stopping that once the horrible depression lifts.

            Before the 12 days i ate a little beef, salmon and chicken but mostly fruit (dates, grapes, figs) and veggies (loads of broccoli, sweet potato, spinach).

            I’ve seen some improvement the last 12 days but i’m still nowhere near ‘normal’



          • Fabian on August 13, 2018 at 6:10 am

            I also have a hard time finding fatty beef cuts here, but i try to get what i can.



          • fabian on August 13, 2018 at 12:35 pm

            When i was preparing my steak today i noticed there was a miniscule piece of what looked like lettuce on it, i’m scared now that i could get a reaction from that, or that pieces of other foods could also be cross contaminating my meat, although it’s from a quality source and the packaging was unopened.

            the paranoia is real x(



          • Herb on August 14, 2018 at 9:41 am

            I’m beginning to think that a little paranoia is normal very low carb. I’m trying to divert it to being better at details in things I do that are important.



          • fabian on August 14, 2018 at 10:00 am

            Herb, it’s paranoia that things like gluten or plants residue will find their way into my meat and keep triggering my symptoms.

            It has nothing to do with low carb.



          • Herb on August 14, 2018 at 10:13 am

            Interesting. I tend to work with the changes in me rather than orchestrate them. I like the results for the most part. But it’s not like I am using this to do anything other than improve my overall health.



  33. Marco on August 13, 2018 at 11:13 am

    Hi Mikhaila. This is a great blog and thank you for being so open and honest! I was one of the lucky guys to have stumbled across your father’s interview with Joe Rogan and am now on the diet with great success. I do find that certain activities or chemicals can push my body “over the edge” a little and cause inflammation (or brain fog) the next day. This can sometimes, for me, be counteracted by sleep quality. I’ve started to experiment with melatonin myself and just wanted to ask you “How’s your sleep” ?

  34. Kelly Kerr on August 16, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I am a big fan of your father but I have to say that I am shocked at some of the things you have said and promoted in your blog. You commented before that “iron-fortified baby cereal “ is garbage. Don’t you think making blanket statements like that is ignorant ? You’ve said before that this is your personal experience and that everyone needs to listen to their own bodies- so why are you knocking down other ways that people eat, especially when you don’t like it when people knock down your way of eating? You should also be very careful what you are saying as truth , when you admittedly, have no experience in this field. I have worked with registered dietitians for many years and they have a lot of knowledge and were not merely educated by the “pharm/food industry”. I find it also a bit disturbing that you are pushing this very restrictive diet on your baby. Can you explain how you think it’s okay for you to drink alcohol and still breastfeed your daughter, yet you think gluten should be illegal??
    How do you know for sure that gluten is the culprit? Do you think that perhaps some of your issues with your gut (as you stated before about when you were in university) were from surviving on “ichiban, pizza, and beer”? Maybe it was the over abundance of these things that were the problem and I wondered if you ever considered that before concluding that it was gluten. A lot of what you say I agree with, such as the over abundance of sugar and carbs not being good for people, but I don’t understand how you can make broad statements about food without being educated in this field. I understand your experience was different, and hellish from the sounds of it, but there are still a lot of people in the health care field who actually care and are doing their best to help people to be well, and they should not be undermined.

    • Mikhaila on August 16, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      I think you should do some research before you criticize me.

      • Mary on August 16, 2018 at 1:18 pm

        If you are wondering how these registered dietitians get their education it’s from Pharma and big food. One keeps you sick and the other will medicate you. No cures!

    • TeeDee on August 16, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Kelly Kerr: I’m not going to attempt to get between you guys in this discussion, but your reasoning is way off in one area. You’re trying to blame Mikhaila’s health issues on too much pizza and beer in college (btw, I find her stark honesty about herself refreshing), but how do you explain her devastating health problems as a very young child? Also, it’s incomprehensible that you would even attempt to defend gluten when there are so many provable cases of gluten intolerance and a great deal of evidence that it is inflammatory and damaging in the body..

      • Kelly on August 16, 2018 at 2:52 pm

        TeeDee: if you read my post properly you will see that I did not “blame” her health issues on one thing. I asked her whether she thinks “some of her issues” were from said diet ( of beer, pizza) and how it was that she arrived at her conclusion that it was from gluten alone.
        I also acknowledged how hellish and awful her journey was and may still be. I am also well aware about gluten intolerances and how damaging that can be. I was asking some thoughtful questions to help me understand better. And my point for Mikhaila was to be careful how she promotes entire food groups being cut out of one’s diet when this will be different for each individual. She has acknowledged this herself.

        Mikhaila: I am sorry for criticizing you- that was not my intent whatsoever. I asked questions to help get clarification on some of these things. I am trying to understand this a little more. And I know I do not have all the answers. It’s good that you are doing vey well.

        • Mikhaila on August 16, 2018 at 3:03 pm

          Okay, fair enough. I do think that this diet would be helpful for anyone. I don’t think people differ that greatly (just like we don’t assume different species of animals need different diets). There’s absolutely no doubt that what I ate in university made me sicker, very quickly. But I grew up eating a “healthy diet”. Whole grains, lots of milk for strong bones, meat, eggs, very varied because it was rude to say no to anything. As for my baby, what would you do if everything other than beef gave you an autoimmune disorder? What would you do for you kid? Feed them the foods that were killing you? After finding autoimmune disorders are actually “curable” with diet? She’s related to me. I don’t know how much of this is genetic, so I’m very careful with her. As for iron fortified cereal being garbage, I stand by that. How brainwashed are people if they think that’s a good baby food!? When something like meat that’s naturally high in iron exists. I don’t think humans should eat grain. I think there’s quite a bit of evidence to back me up. I think sugar is poisonous. I think in 100 years we’ll look at it like we look at cocaine and think “how come it was in absolutely everything?”. I don’t believe dieticians and nutritionists and doctors are evil. Obviously they want to help people. They should be careful though, and do their own research and not just repeat other people’s bad information. Because that kills people. I promote going down to beef, salt and water if you’re sick, or if you’re curious. It seem to give you a baseline for how you should feel. Then people can do what they want. But after living sick for decades, it’s hard to know what being healthy feels like until you get there.

          • teedee126 on August 17, 2018 at 10:05 am

            I’d love to see your reply posted somewhere in your ‘about me’ section or something similar so I could point it out to others who defend certain substances in our culture like grains and sugar. Well said, Mikhaila. Hope you and your little sweetie have a great day..



          • Kelly on August 19, 2018 at 6:29 pm

            Thanks Mikhaila, for your response. I understand, and that makes complete sense, especially about how you’re being very careful with your daughter regarding her diet. As well, given all the suffering you endured as a child and basically most of your life. That’s awful 🙁 I’m sorry you went through all of that. Depression is such a debilitating thing and nobody can truly understand it until they’ve been down that road themselves.
            I also agree with you about sugar. We’re seeing more and more the dangerous effects of it and it’s scary.
            It’s wonderful to read about how healthy you’ve become. Hope you have a great day.



          • Greg on August 31, 2018 at 12:44 am

            I have been in the exact same boat as you Mikhaila. I have been autoimmune heavily since 2008 and still have issues. Can you not eat Salmon or Organic chicken with your diet? Even Brown rice triggers something for you?



  35. Gasem on August 16, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    I’m not surprised recreational drugs nail you. Many are at some level plant based or an alkaloid for example caffeine is an alkaloid. Pot is loaded with alkaloids, Cocaine is an alkaloid. Most “cold medicines” are alkaloids. Alcohol is not an alkaloid but sometimes contaminants called fusel oils survive distillation. Gin comes to mind. Bourbon distills cleanly especially the early distillate, what they call the “sweet mash”. All of this alkaloid stuff can mess with allergy. Maybe the way to view yourself is kind of like an alcoholic (not that you are an alcoholic but consider this process story, maybe an alkyloidoholic) A recent paper found an error in a GABA protein pump in the Amygdala (brain chemistry and anatomy) that may be the genetic basis for alcoholism. The error is in 17% or so of the population which is pretty identical to the population of alcoholics in the general population, though not all 17% are active at any given time. The discovery was in rodents but also appears to be in humans. I won’t go into it but the long and the short is given the internal milieu in the brain of the possessor of this protein pump error, it looks like the solution to alcoholism is don’t drink. Don’t let what is outside of you mess with what is inside. So it’s a choice. After a while it’s a habit and then a trait and the history of the specific life you lead is good. A good history does not = getting gypped. Not to preach but sometimes having a biochemical reality to hang your hat on is useful to embrace realty in a positive light. Helps me anyway. God loves you, he gave you bourbon. 17% are hosed. One other fact in a couple year ago Duke study of pot use was associated with an up to 8 point decline in I/Q. It’s just a correlation but a worth while data point given you now possess a mini-me.

  36. K Wood on August 19, 2018 at 10:06 pm

    For decades I have not touched alcohol since it caused immediate allergic reactions (swelling, headache, rash, etc) Mostly wine, because that was what I once enjoyed with meals (sulfites, likely). I smoked pot a long time ago, but didn’t enjoy it so stopped. It was mostly light recreational use on weekends with friends, but it seemed like it was causing some depression during the rest of the week. I have a tad of depression, mostly seasonal, but this was different. Hell, even the epinephrine in the shots for dental work causes an unpleasant reaction, so my dentist leaves it out.

    Good to know about the alcohols that you can use. Worth a try if needed as a painkiller. I hate the traditional otc painkillers (aleve, ibuprophen, etc) and use them only after a root canal or something like that.

    I’m considering trying the type of diet you are on, so just information gathering right now. Thanks for the good blog.
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  37. K Wood on August 19, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    About food sensitivities. As I write, I sit here itching all over! Not sure of the trigger this time. I carry an epi-pen. I get allergy shots every two weeks, which help a lot. I’ve been scrupulously gluten-free for probably eight years and it did away with some big problems including frequent migraines.

    In addition to scratch tests, I have a list of foods from Meridian Valley Labs that tested high to low for allergy sensitivity. I’ve followed it closely for a couple of years.. The test measures IgG4 antibodies for food sensitivity. These tests showed that eggs and milk were big problems and when I stopped them.some digestive problems resolved, problems that prevented me from leaving the house in the morning if I ate breakfast. Still, I have many health issues, too numerous and boring(!) to list.

    The thing is the blood test for IgG4 antibodies also showed that beef and chicken were problems, high reactivity (beef) to moderate (chicken). Lamb, pork, bison and turkey are on the low reactivity list. Some seeds are ok, some not. But some foods that show low reactivity on the list cause burning, itching in my mouth when I eat them (most nuts but some fruits). So, probably other factors not tested by IgG4, but it’s been pretty helpful.

    But because I still have problems after trying all this stuff, I’m inclined to try the meat-based diet, but in my case eating the meats that are on the low reactivity list, so not beef, but lamb, pork, bison and turkey, perhaps fish, which are low reactive. I may also start out with a few greens that are lowest for me. I really like greens, and intuit they are good for me. Not in the same sense that I really like coconut milk ice cream :), So, I’ll try it and see how it works, expensive and even more limiting socially, but so worth it if it works.

    I’ll post an update once I’ve done it for a while. It will take a week or two to gear up and figure how how to take this food to work, etc.

  38. Aleks on August 30, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    “Gold” tequilas (I.e. reposado and añejos) get their coloring from aging. But okay.

    • Mikhaila on August 30, 2018 at 2:09 pm

      Nope. Google it.

  39. Patrick on August 30, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    So, at the risk of sounding like a substance abuser, you talking freely about your experiences with substances makes it so much easier for me to commit to the diet. Thank you. Do you find any noticable difference between brands or qualities of bourbons? Are you at liberty to share which you prefer if you do in fact notice differences. I’ve heard many of the cheaper bourbons have Carmel coloring added but i don’t know. Thanks very much.

    • Mikhaila on August 30, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      As long as it’s bourbon there’s no caramel colouring! Whiskey sometimes has it and scotch always has it. As long as it’s bourbon you’re good to go! Make sure you drink enough water when you drink it though or you’ll end up with a hangover from hell. No. Autoimmune problems or depression though.

  40. Bill on August 31, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Some allergens dissolve better in alcohol and that can speed up an allergic or food sensitivity reaction. I have a sensitivity to barley (actually glutens and gliadins in general). If I eat malt especially malt vinegar I get digestive distress. I found out 30+ years ago that I if I drink a beer I get a horrible headache in a matter of minutes. Heavy beers like Schlitz are worse than light one like Coors which I believe if due to the barley content. I was surprised that Guiness Stout made me react more on the level of a Coors than a Schlitz. I gave up pot smoking because of headaches which now I believe that I was usually drinking beer when I smoked. Never took it up again because I am also sensitive to smokey things. Because of the smoke, bourbons are not good for me. My rule is to stick to clear liquids, like vodka. Watch the the vinegars, I believe they too put allergens into solution. I am really sensitive to fruit pectin (citrus peal, apple peal), I can feel hemorrhoids forming as soon as it is my mouth though the mouth swelling is not very severe. I found this out from baking two pies, one for vegans with pectin as the thickener. The pure pectin was toxic to me. I stay away from apple cider vinegar. Good luck and thanks for your blog.

  41. Matt on September 1, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Well done holding your ground on JRE the other day Mikhaila. I see both sides of exercise/nutrition debate and I don’t think you can necessarily assert one before the other so good on you for maintaining your position.

    I recently became a Nutritionist from a progressive independent chain of schools here in Canada that, I’m hoping, would be open to your dietary changes as being correct for you and others, especially where digestive issues and AI disease are concerned. You’re right to be skeptical though: my understanding is that Dietitians, who are employed at most hospitals and referred to by MDs, are bound by the Canadian Food Guide where as Nutritionists are not. That being said, I think your experience has taught you all you need to know.

    I tried the carnivore diet for 10 days and had good digestive symptom relief before I got bored and abandoned ship. After hearing you reiterate the benefits again, however, I think I’m ready to try again for the full 4-6 weeks recommended. Especially since my symptoms have fired up again. Wish me luck!

    All the best from Ottawa : )

    • Terri/teedee126 on September 1, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Matt, Congratulations (from a fellow Ontarian) on becoming a Nutritionist and good luck with the carnivore diet. I’m sure you’ll do very well. 🙂

  42. flo on September 3, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I was thinking about this recently and it occured to me that the ‘glue’ on rolling paper is arabic gum, so you probably ingested some of that while licking it, maybe that’s also why you got a reaction

  43. Michael skora on October 2, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    I Have Ankylosing Spondylitis and i’m 95% in remission being on the Beef, salt and water for a year now.

    I had to give up vaping oils and distillates that I used for sleeping as they too would cause flare-ups. However there is something that doesn’t give me a flare-up. I dab THC-A isolate. Its 99% THC that is not activated. Meaning its not psychoactive until you heat it. If you consume it in the isolate form you will not feel any THC effects. I use this for sleep and replacing alcohol. Make sure it is CO2 extracted as it removes any excess plant material. Ethanol extract leaves excess plant material in the isolate.

    Also on a strange note when it comes to food sensitivities, I cannot have ground beef. Each time I eat it I get a flare up that lasts for a few days. If I have dry aged beef I also get a flare up. I can only have fresh prime rib and steak. I assume the ground beef has lots of bacterial which might also be why I can’t have pork as pork has a lot of bacteria in it. It sucks because it’s expensive eating it 3 times a day. However my choices are Pain or no pain.

    • Viktor Suomi on November 13, 2018 at 1:31 am

      If you cook your food it will kill the bacteria so that can’t me the cause

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