I’ve decided to write a response to Rhiannon Lambert’s Instagram post mentioning me. (And the subsequent article seen here). The Instagram post doesn’t bother me that much, but even the picture of her posing with a pen is a tinyyyyy bit aggravating. I’m getting pretty sick of hearing about my “reported” arthritis…

I’ve copied parts of her Instagram post. They’re in bold:

“More energy. Less body fat. You can even cure depression and arthritis’, well that’s what American psychologist Jordan Peterson and his daughter @MikhailaPeterson say whose social media is scarily going viral. Mikhaila reportedly had arthritis, now she doesn’t (or at least, she thinks she doesn’t!)

Are you kidding me?! I’ve had my hip and ankle replaced due to arthritis. This isn’t a case of some minor joint pain that I “think” went away. I was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, and the diagnosis later changed to juvenile ideopathic arthritis, after my joint replacements. I had 37 joints affected. I could barely walk in grade 2. I was put on Methotrexate and Enbrel (I was the first kid in Canada to be put on Enbrel). I took them by injection, weekly. I took painkillers to sleep because I couldn’t sleep on my shoulders. This isn’t some minor joint pain that I could placebo away, that maybe didn’t even exist in the first place. This was the worst arthritis my rheumatologist (at Sick Kids in Toronto) had ever seen in her 20 years of practice. I have scars to prove it and medical notes. This isn’t a discussion.

Secondly, my Dad is eating this diet because the other option is serious suffering. Not because he’s particularly happy about. He’d rather be left out of the whole “diet” conversation.

“Mikhaila has absolutely no nutritional qualifications.”

This is true. No background in nutrition. Just years of studying and testing things out that work. I’m very open about that. I’m also not concerned about it. I’m not going to go to a school run by either the pharmaceutical companies or the food companies to learn about how eating grain is healthy. Or that the cause of most disease is unknown but here are some drugs that’ll fix you!

The only animals that are really sick in the animal kingdom are us, and the animals we feed. Doesn’t that tell you something? Maybe we don’t know everything yet?

“One thing you can’t ignore is there are some nutrients you just can’t get from meat!”

Explain why this worked for me. And don’t use the explanation that maybe I didn’t have arthritis. Come on. Explain why other people who have been eating this way for decades are healthy and thriving. I didn’t start this diet. I came across it out of desperation. If there are nutrients you can’t get from meat, why does it work for people? Or are they just placebo-ing themselves out of their obesity and misery too?

“Most people’s lifestyles and traditions make it difficult to follow a restrictive diet. Rigidity can lead to a distorted attitude towards foods and social isolation too”

This is true. It is hard to keep up restrictive diets. It’s not fun. I’d rather go out with my friends and eat cheesecake. This is part of the reason I run the blog, to give people who are alone a community. It’s not like eating this restricted is fun socially.

“Folate, vitamins C and E all pretty much only come from veggies – that’s why sailors used to get scurvy with not enough vitamin C in their largely fish diets.”

Vitamin C is used up in abundance when you consume glucose. Here’s another great article that goes into depths about glucose vs vitamin C. It looks as if the reasons sailors got scurvy was because they started surviving off of carbs and fish and didn’t get enough Vitamin C to help process the carbs. If you don’t consume carbs, you don’t need the vitamin C. I’ve been doing this for 8 months and my vitamin C levels are fine. Not low at all. Explain that!? Or do I just not have scurvy quite yet? Is it not possible that maybe we don’t know everything about diet yet?

There’s folate in meat, particularly liver. So that’s wrong too… As for Vitamin E, there isn’t much, if any in meat. But I’m not low in it. Obviously, we don’t know what we’re talking about if people can literally survive (and thrive) on an only meat diet. Obviously, we’re missing some key information here.

“Then there’s fibre. The #CarnivoreDiet has none of it, yet we know fibre promotes a good gut health and research suggests your microbiome impacts everything from digestion to your immune system to your mood. You need fibre, and meat can’t give it to you.”

You don’t need fibre in your diet to be healthy. In fact, it looks like it might cause more problems than it solves. We’re not cows or gorillas. We don’t have four stomachs to digest this stuff, or a long hindgut that ferments plant matter much better than ours (notice how gorillas have big bellies and that’s considered healthy – unlike humans). There are populations of people who have survived with no fibre and they’ve been fine (Inuit and Maasai for instance). I’m not an expert in this field, obviously, nor do I make myself out to be one. I’ve just read a lot. Fiber Menace by Konstantin Monastyrsky is a great read though, and full of information that isn’t widely recognized enough.

“Meat also tends to push the balance of our good and bad cholesterol (called HDL and LDL) towards the bad end.”

This is so outdated. Even Huffington Post knows better than that. And it doesn’t look like cholesterol, in general, is bad.

This article kind of gives an overview of more current thinking.

There’s information out there that people can read for themselves, and make up their mind. I don’t advocate trusting anyone. Do your research, be extremely sceptical. Read everything. Dave Feldman runs www.cholesterolcode.com and has a lot of good information, and breaks down a lot of studies for people.

As for meat pushing your supposed balance towards “the bad end”, I’d like to see ONE study that concludes that (after controlling for variables such as sugar consumption, exercise, smoking, and dairy consumption). There aren’t any. Not that “the bad end” is even a thing anymore.

“There’s no one way of eating but be wary of any claims of “curing” conditions thought of as treatable only with medicine. Please never ignore medical recommendations in favour of food-based treatments.”

Medical recommendations put me on more medications than I can count on my fingers, and left me with a hip and ankle replacement at age 17. I’m permanently damaged from these surgeries. There is no going back for me. You can’t heal when your joints have been removed. My goal is to (at least) get people to start looking at their own diet for answers. Try eliminating foods and see what happens. The “beef, salt, and water diet” is what works for me. It seems to be the ultimate elimination diet. After a month, reintroduce foods! I don’t care. Just try and figure things out yourself before you also suffer irreparable damage. I want people to hear my story so that they know they have a choice. That there’s hope. That the responsibility for getting better is on them, not with the medical system. Research, explore. Don’t take anyone’s word for it, including mine. I don’t advocate quitting your medications irresponsibly. Talk to your doctor. I advocate doing the research and testing things out yourself. That’s what worked for me.

And last but not least, I’m not about to be called a fraud by someone who thinks avocado toast is a health food or bananas on toast is an actual way to healthily refuel in the morning… Reasons I don’t plan on becoming a nutritionist…

136 Comments

  1. fabian on August 13, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Don’t let it get to you 🙂

    i responded to your reply from yesterday on the drugs and alcohol post.

    “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’.”

    and also

    “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(“

  2. MethylEthel on August 13, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    “After a month, reintroduce foods! I don’t care. Just try and figure things out yourself before you also suffer irreparable damage.”

    Amen!

  3. Mahsa on August 13, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    I’m glad you wrote a reply. Thanks for sharing the great info. Dr. Shawn Baker also said that if we stay silent the truth will NOT come out on its own, so it’s important to speak up. Great job on writing this.

  4. K. W. Jeter on August 13, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Your beautiful baby is your best evidence for what your diet has done for you.

  5. Kitty Wilson on August 13, 2018 at 12:55 pm

    Totally agree with Mahsa! Totally back you 100%. Our bodies can take nutrition from sunlight for heaven’s sake. Protein can turn into glucose. CoEnzime Q10 can turn into any vitamin the body needs. “Journalists” are mocked for a reason these days.

  6. Carol Ridley on August 13, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,

    I missed the original post, but your response to it is spot on. Can I just point out a little niggle with your blog? Which maybe nobody else agrees with. Maybe it’s just my eyesight but I struggle to read it sometimes. I don’t know whether it’s because of the contrast or the font size or a combination of both, but I do strain sometimes. Just a bit of feedback on the visuals. I enjoy the content.

  7. Spyder Webb on August 13, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Thanks for writing this. We can’t let these things go unanswered. As the all meat diet (re)gains popularity, the pushback increases. It has to be challenged politely, calmly, intelligently, but firmly.

  8. Brett on August 13, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Excellent response, Mikhaila! The livelihood of these ‘experts’ depends on maintaining the lie regarding what we should & should not eat. The push back against you, your Dad & the rest of us who’ve been so blessed to discover this way of eating/healing will only increase as our number grow & the food establishment sees it’s revenue stream decrease.

    The good news is our numbers are growing significantly on a daily basis. They cannot hide our good health message on any level now.

    Day 29 ZC & so thankful. Will have my 30 day testimonial posted by afternoon tomorrow 🙂

  9. Chris Watson on August 13, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I wouldn’t spend another second worrying about her. My cholesterol has been bad since I was 5, after 65 days of keto, it’s normal without statins. What’s that, a coincidence?!

  10. Bliss on August 13, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Good job, Mikhaila.

  11. ingeniero residente on August 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    metabolism is different for everybody, and people should try and have whatever works best for them, it’s also tiring even if by coincidence to see a lot of vegans being unsatisfied sad and suicidal

  12. The COW on August 13, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    It seems like a weird diet but if it works, who cares? That was a really enjoyable read. I decided to try it on whim and WOW! I’m still wondering what the catch is. Too many good things have happened to list, but there must seriously be something wrong with what the average joe is eating.

    You and yer dad are like a dynamic duo making many, many people’s lives better 🙂

    So, fuck the begrudgers 🙂

    • Ville Raatikainen on August 13, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Ohhh yes the combination of both of them saved my life. My god we’re lucky that we have internet and these kind of amazing characters.

      • The COW on August 13, 2018 at 4:26 pm

        Aye, sometimes there are rays of positivity that break through all the garbled noise. It’s good to distrust everything, but also to have an open mind, I think 🙂

  13. Carole on August 13, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Oh Mikhaila
    Some people just don’t have a clue, don’t get too angry just do what is best for you. I was diagnosed with R.A.about six years ago was put on hydroxychloroquine, methotrexate and sulfasalazine, I could hardly walk and my hands were so painful, After looking into diet I gave up wheat and dairy, the got rid of the walking stick, hydroxychloroquine and methotrexate, I have lost stones in weight and have much more energy. I still get a bit of pain and still take sulfasalazine. Diet makes an amazing difference, the drugs they give and their side effects are horrific and are not that effective. I owe the improvement in my health to people like you so keep up the good work.

  14. Kenn Macd on August 13, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Just a comment about Rhiannon’s picture. She is shown with a laptop on her lap She probably does not realize (or give credence?) that she is irradiating her eggs (ovum) and damaging them. I hope this is not her practice, and this was only one promo picture.

  15. joanne munro on August 13, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I really enjoy reading about your journey to better health, and cannot understand why some people get so upset and feel so threatened by your choices! My husband and I have begun eating much more meat and a lot less carbs (I have pretty much totally eliminated carbs; he still has the odd bowl of cereal now and then), and we are feeling much healthier and have both lost quite a bit of weight without any exercise (my husband had polio as a child and finds walking difficult, so when I say no exercise, I mean it, haha) So keep up the good work ! P.S. Your daughter is adorable!

  16. Charles Miller on August 13, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Relax, she’s a poser (literally, and a bad one) not a journalist. She attacks your credentials, but doesn’t disclose hers, not exactly ethical. Writes that Jordan is American, can’t even get the simplest facts right. Much as I’d like to be able to say she must be the worst “journalist” ever, well sadly the bar has been lowered to where that’s just not the case any more. What I bet Jordan would call narcissism. I mean, just look at that picture.

    I’ve always read this blog as being very well balanced, and very clear that its offering information not advice. Very, very helpful information. Unlike what comes out of this poser.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Tiffany Tracy on August 13, 2018 at 6:18 pm

      She isn’t a Journalist and has never professed to be. She is a highly educated Nutritionist and a simple Google would show you her credentials. The picture is her making fun of herself and if you took the time to look into her you can see that. She is simply trying to give a counter balanced argument. This diet may have worked here but could equally be dangerous for others.

  17. Beth on August 13, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    I got my autoimmune disease into remission by applying AIP diet, supplements and lifestyle changes. My regular doctors could care less. Not a comment or a question. Keep spreading the word of what worked for you!!

  18. Nancy Lewis-Watts on August 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    So irritating. Clearly this is jealousy. If it weren’t she would have approached your findings with respect and something new she could learn. I am thrilled you are different – who wants to be like the rest!!!! Turn your Dad loose on her ?. I will contact you soon for coaching – better you than some arrogant avocado-and-toast graduate!!
    Nancy

  19. Jhean. on August 13, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Relax, Mikha. You said you weren’t offended, but you sounded very angry. You’re helping people, that’s what matters.

  20. Michael B on August 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    The article on Vitamin C is very interesting. Since “Nearly every animal converts sugar into ascorbic acid (Vitamin C)” it seems to me that the fact that humans do not have that ability indicates that we evolved NOT needing to do so because our carbohydrate consumption was so low – no glucose / vitamin C competing because there wasn’t that much glucose.

  21. Kelly R Day on August 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I’ve never used this phrase…but…preach it girl! You are bang on. These people need to get a little more of a life and stop preying on you, and your dad. I thought it would be the vegans that would gang up on you, but apparently it’s an open game. Glad to see you so confident in your decisions. If I’ve learned one thing over years of chronic illness and diet changes…no one knows your body like you do. Period. And there is no one-size-fits-all diet that fits everyone, including these nutritionist fancy-pants ideas. People are different and we respond differently. To claim you didn’t have your health condition is reprehensible. These are days I hope karma is real (and that it is, indeed, a b*tch) so that this nutritionist can experience a morsel of compassion, or at the very least learn to shut up and stay out of other people’s business!!

    And by the way…thank you for making this site for us restricted foodies. Because it isn’t fun, at all. You are on the right path.

    And now my advice is to throw away that article and never look back. Don’t give these folks another ounce of your awesome energy.

    Blessings to you!
    Kelly

  22. Gunnoe, Lisa on August 13, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    The author didn’t even bother to research your background. “The American” Mikhaila Peterson. We love you and we will happily make you an honorary American, you sure have the can do spirit we need more of here. But come on, that is such an easy thing to research.

    Nutritionists, Dietitians, Dr, have such a huge financial stake in what they have been taught being correct that they can’t see past what they have been spoon fed through college and training. It becomes an emotional investment in that thing being right even when it isn’t.

  23. Kenn Macd on August 13, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    It’s striking similar how Rhiannon’s “attitude” mirrors the “attitude” of many commenting on Jordan Petersons work. Misinformed opinions, little research, un-examined assumptions like “Please never ignore medical recommendations in favour of food-based treatments”. as if Mikhaila was ignoring the medical recommendations, and as if food can not have drug like affects.I can see why “the pen” is irritating. It’s a visual signal that Rhiannon is ‘thoughtful’, when her artcile contains little in the way of thought. Maybe she had a tight deadline? 😉

  24. Keith Schroeder on August 13, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    My guess is you did research and discovered a possible way to cure medical issues in your life. And it paid off! You found a way to cure, or at least radically reduce, the symptoms. My hat off to you on that. Good health is more important than money.

    My suspicion is the people irritating you have been sold on some other diet, such as vegan, while suffering a serious case of self-righteousness. All the power to them. They may benefit from such a diet. Your unique circumstances required a different path. You searched for said path until you found a dietary solution.

    You may not remember Dr. Atkins, but he proposed a similar diet years ago, high in protein and low on carbs. Atkins took plenty of heat for his advice. When the good doctor grew old and was dying, low-lives said some truly nasty things about him. One thing to note: Dr, Atkins was a medical doctor with plenty of research behind him.

    Now, if I can have a moment, I’d like to share a personal story. Twenty years ago (mid-30s) I was pushing 220 pounds. I have always been active, but the weight was hindering my quality of life. I started running. It helped, but the dietary change to high protein, fats and oil while virtually eliminating carbs (basically a carnivore diet) is where I started to gain muscle and lose weight.

    A decade of good diet lulled me into a sense of false security. I wanted to gain more muscle mass so I ate like crazy, including more carbs. The weight slowly added back up. I heard your dad on a podcast talking about your diet and finally decided to go back to what I knew worked. The good news is that I lost 15 pounds already and have more energy. I’m lifting MORE at the gym. For a guy in his mid-50s I’m in pretty good shape. I have more muscle mass now than I did in my 30s due to a continued exercise regimen. It is because of you and your dad that I am returning to better health, reaffirming a healthy diet.

    You’re going to catch all kinds of hell when you start making a difference. People have their own agenda. Your dad is a perfect example of how hard people can push back against good ideas. Keep up the good fight. BTW, when I went carnivore under the Atkins diet my blood pressure dropped and cholesterol improved. Who knew you could eat steak and eggs and get healthier? The processed food companies, I guess. They have a lot to lose if people buy into this dietary plan en masse.

  25. Kristina on August 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    If I were you I’d feel the same way about responding but on a sort of different note and for fun, if people keep dissing you and your Dad for your diet habits and sharing (let’s face it they’re attacking both of yours entire persona(s)) doesn’t that mean more meat for the rest of us? Haha I sure hope so, I’m at a point in the cross over to meat where eating a steak more often than not literally fills me with a “good mood,” for lack of a better phrase.

  26. Vicky on August 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Wow. Go Mikhaila. You see when you pay a lot of money for so-called medical education (of whatever kind) then that education quickly becomes universal truth – and not to be questioned. So you’ve found what works well for you, and you’re able to share that with others. That’s what matters.
    On another note, that was so interesting about Vitamin C and fiber.

  27. JEFF on August 13, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    I, for the life of me, can’t understand why people become so divided even when speaking about nutrition. You’d think from your hardships early on in life to the positive outcomes you’ve experienced it would generate happier responses. I guess I’m too gullible and have a huge misunderstanding of human life. A golden rule of mine is this “just because you do something a different way doesn’t mean you can’t have good results or sometimes even better results than others.” All anybody wants out of life is happiness and purpose.

  28. scottie35 on August 13, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    She’s like a noisy poodle. You are a lioness. Enuff said.

  29. Janey on August 13, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Those people are so frustrating – and ideological. You’ve experimented on yourself, out of necessity, carefully engaging in laborious trial and error. You’ve found something that seems to be working, have had blood work done to get another reading and now you’re sharing your personal journey with others who might be suffering. There are thousands of people who are suffering from acute and sub-acute health issues. They might be encouraged to try your method for a month or more. I see zero harm in what you’re doing and plenty of possible good. It’s great that people are keeping food diaries and experimenting. Good thoughts to you and your dad. Keep doing you! 🙂

  30. joggingpop on August 13, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Well said! I am creating a link to you.!

  31. Andrea Kats on August 13, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mikhaila. Keep your voice up and clear! Your journey is truly inspirational.

  32. Fran Meyers on August 13, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    I was made severely ill from taking prescription drugs for conditions that I found were tied to having a severe case of candida which is a recognized illness but is all but ignored by mainstream medicine unschooled and untrained in safer treatments or even finding the causes of symptoms. Still many mainstream doctors today say they don’t believe in candida as if it were a religious belief. I did the research and pursued natural treatments for candida that brought my health back. I applaud Mikhaila for sharing her story on a wide scale. She and her father merely have made known what has worked for them and have encouraged others to not solely depend on the medical establishment.

  33. Annlee on August 13, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    The “nutritionist” is unlikely to explain human survival in the wild – i.e., sans supermarkets and rapid global transport of non-local plant matter. There is nearly always local animal matter (meat, fish, shellfish) of some sort. By her standards, we’d never have made it out of the Pleistocene.

  34. Tom Ronayne on August 13, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    SOOO well said. I’m also 8+ months into carnivore, just meat (95% beef), salt, water. Period. So many things have gotten better, and still no downside at all. No particular lab value or institutional dogma could make me go back to taking the meds I used to take, or feeling like I used to feel. Took me 65 years to nail it, but no regrets – I’m feeling right now and only looking forward. Your contribution to this discussion, as well as others, will help countless people. Don’t be discouraged.

    • Mikhaila on August 13, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      Congratulations!!

  35. Anna Brozyna on August 13, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Good and reasonable response. Facts do not lie.

  36. Kristina on August 13, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Also wanted to convey over to you via this comment – and anyone else reading- the best benefit so far from eating mainly meat (i eat dairy at well) for me has been no more over eating, I usually feel full within 10 minutes of eating. I was literally addicted to stuffing myself full around 9pm every night. It was not good! I hope these articles slamming you do no t send you down a bad road… I would be neurotic as fudgems.

  37. Simone van Breugel on August 13, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Dear Mikhaila,
    In the Dutch language there’s a proverb, that translates as: high trees catch lots of wind. It means that if you have a high position or importance, you have to deal with more shit. You have become a high tree, so you’re bound to have opponents. On the positive side, they generate more attention and hopefully nutritionists and scientist will study the carnivore diet. I’m curious about the science.

    Personally I tried your meat, salt, water (without the bourbon) because of you and your story. I’ve only been on it for the last three weeks now and my depression, that was present for most of my life, has disappearded. I don’t have to tell you about the despair that was my daily reality. You know. I don’t even really know who this new, non-depressed me is. I was never not depressed. Anti-depressants never cured me. Therapy did not help. Eating meat did.

    I never saved for a pension, cause I had no intention of suffering through for that long. I was ALWAYS hungry. That’s gone. I’ve lost weight. I’ m moving. I’m laughing. I’m living.

    Scientists may once prove the carnivore diet is unhealthy, but there has been proof for ages that being severely and chronically depressed for decades is horrible for health. Nobody can deny only eating beef is a lot healthier than committing suicide.

    You’ll always have opponents, even if it’s just the vegetarians/vegans. But you saved my life and I can not thank you enough for being strong enough to stand tall and face the wind and getting the message out there to people like us, who are desperate as we were.

    Thank you. I hope you’re happy. I am now.

    • Mikhaila on August 13, 2018 at 8:41 pm

      That’s amazing. I’m so glad for you. I wouldn’t wish depression on anyone. And I’m doing incredibly well! These articles don’t really bother me. And it’s true that they just spread awareness really. My mood keeps stabilizing and its been 8 months. It just keeps getting better.

  38. puddleg58 on August 13, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Excellent. You also need less vitamin C on an all-meat diet because an important function of vitamin C is to help synthesise carnitine; and there is carnitine in meat.
    Captain Cook knew that fresh meat cured scurvy in the 18th Century, even in people eating ships biscuits..

  39. Lewenz on August 13, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Brilliant writing. Stand strong as you are! I have had eczema all my life with flare ups getting worse the last two years. Being Celiac I’ve been gluten free for a long time (thank God) but my skin condition was getting worse until I started a mostly carnivore diet a month ago.. and within 24hours my skin began to heal…
    Thank you!!

  40. Fran Meyers on August 13, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Among the problems that went away was arthritis. I went to the top arthritis specialist at a major NYC hospital and all he had to offer was pain medication. I didn’t listen to him and found an alternative nutritionist who saw the candida in my blood under a dark field microscope and that was the beginning of the recovery of my health. I read “The Yeast Connection” and another book, I think called the “Yeast Syndrome”. and changed my diet. My symptoms including waking up with depression and extreme fatigue went away together with the arthritis. All cleared up with no prescription drugs. My gut feeling (no pun intended) served me well — going outside mainstream medicine.

  41. meadowgirl on August 13, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    And as we all know, the food pyramid led to such a healthy population in the US. Oh wait, obesity is out of control. Just sit in an airport before your next flight and try to keep track of the number of people who cannot even tie their shoes. And they are busy eating sugar-laden foods for which they overpay. Loved your comment about not going to school to learn…..inspiring:)

  42. Gypsyrozbud on August 13, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Hi Mikhaila,
    I have been following your story (and the Carnivore Diet) for a couple of months and it is interesting how my views have changed. My husband and I have been KETO/paleo for 5 years and will never go back to eating grains/sugar/processed foods. We have also eliminated almost all fructose ie, fruit, except for our homegrown berries. We have never felt better. My eczéma of 40 years completely disappeared!!! The beginning Signs of arthritis, gone! We are in our mid 60’s and live a very active lifestyle. We are heading out in 2 weeks for our third year in a row of cycle touring for 3 months in Europe! We ski (cross country and downhill) every winter every day for 4 months. We have 11 acres where we build trails, have a huge garden, and go swimming, mountain biking and hiking in the nearby mountains.
    As I have been reading and researching more about the Carnivore Diet, I am convinced it is the way to go…for many…I am just not ready to give up the variety of flavours and textures that some vegetables, herbs, spices, berries and nuts provide. But I am so very happy for you! Food is our medicine and we need to spread the word!
    Also, here is something interesting in regards to today’s post. I just watched some interesting footage….
    “Rare footage of Vilhjalmur Stefansson the Arctic explorer” on YouTube. Perhaps you could include the link in your next post?
    Good luck with your journey! There are lots of us out here cheering you on!

  43. meatyourself on August 13, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Great job Mikhaila!
    How does “research suggests”, outweigh individual results?
    I am 3 weeks in and loving the changes already, I read enough to decide to try it, I am confident I will now LIVE carnivore.
    Thank you again!

  44. Anna-Marie Kunneke Carstens on August 13, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Due to her babies allergies and food sensitivities, my daughter (Who exclusively breastfeeds) is (after much experimentation) now on a diet of unprocessed meat, white rice, potatoes, carrots, peppers, bananas and coffee with coconut milk. She is glowing and lost all her “baby fat” and then some and her baby is healthy. People are completely unique and diet is very, very personal. (Why is it not OK to criticize people’s sexual practices, but it is totally ok to diss someone’s personally chosen and tested diet or tell them what they should and shouldn’t eat?) Dietitians do not have the right to prescribe diets to people. Those of us from hunter-gatherer backgrounds do great on meat!!! Power to you!

  45. Anna-Marie Kunneke Carstens on August 13, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    *baby’s

  46. Dave on August 13, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    You can be sure some of this persons followers (likely suffering some of the same symptoms you were) will look closer at the carnivore diet/lifestyle, observe all the positive outcomes and end up giving it a go.

    The relevance of people spouting “conventional” dietary advice is slowly eroding!

    • Mikhaila on August 13, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      This is true!

  47. Jimmy Jim on August 13, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    I saw a video on YouTube by someone researching the history of the diet industry who has found evidence that the “healthy” food pyramid was based on cost to produce, not health.

    • Kimmy on August 31, 2018 at 2:30 pm

      The government heavily subsidizes the industries linked to the largest sections on the pyramid as well. Corn, soybeans, grain.

  48. Jan S on August 13, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    I, for one, have been on the Earth longer than your father Mikhaila. I saw my own father socially outcast for his awareness. I have seen so many lies (some of them carried on by mistake) throughout my life and believed too many of them. I also have learned to examine what I am told and oftentimes another – unpleasant – truth is revealed.
    I have observed since perhaps two years ago the public backlash against Prof P. and yourself. I saw the interview with you and your father who stated he would not recommend dietary change to his patients since there has been no independent research applied. I saw the changes recorded in your elimination diet. I notice how so many people ask you if they can eat this or that and you are so patient since they seem to not trust their own experience and want a regime that can be standard for everyone. I have noticed how many people ignore my own dietary limitations and even try to sneak in cane sugar etc as if they are trying to prove I am ‘wrong’ instead of trying for themselves. That has been an eye opener and close minded acquaintance screen for me.
    If what you have published were some sort of scam it is highly well designed for credibility, and my own elimination diet trials bear it out as valid. I speak from experience since I at long last in the end stage of my time can determine truth from fiction.

  49. JimTassano on August 13, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    The comments on that Instagram post are hugely supportive of Mikhaila. I’d recommend everyone here, who has seen improvement from the carnivore diet, to post there and say so. Let her know it works for you. Share your experiences here AND there, and help others find a way out of their misery.

  50. Jim on August 13, 2018 at 8:47 pm

    Hold the line Mikhaila. Haters gonna hate. Do what works for you. And thanks for taking a leadership role for the rest of us.

  51. Doug Evans on August 13, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    Wow. This lady makes it sound like your doing this for fun and to lose weight! She just doesn’t get it. Desperate situations call for desperate measures! Who , their right mind would choose to eat like this unless NOTHING else worked or they are feeling better!!??! And, yeah, duh about the social isolation issues but if it’s working, it’s well worth it! Thanks for your blog. It does help with the sense of community.

  52. Petrea A on August 13, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    I am one week into a totally ‘carnivore’ diet of beef (luckily live in a country where good quality grass fed beef is usual). Even after a few days I have already experienced great relief from severe joint and muscle pain, awful digestive pain, suspected ME relapse and depression. I have experimented with the paleo diet previously, but never gone ‘full carnivore’ before. Have had such a decline in health these last few months, i was very inspired to go beef, water, salt by Mikhaila’s blogs. Thank you Mikhaila for your excellent response to the nutritionist. You have addressed so many of the issues that so called experts challenge ‘carnivore’ diet followers with. I am totally convinced now that so much ‘expert & medical’ nutritional information is absolutely NOT correct & does not account for much individual difference. Mikhaila’s mention of different cultural groups diet’s such as Inuit & Masai which were virtually plant free, makes me think of my own Norwegian ancestry. My Norwegian father & his mountain farm family lived on a very ‘limited’ diet of meat, fish, goat cheese, berries & berry cordial and root veges when available (potatoes, swedes, carrots). No green veges & no fruit (except berries). In 1970’s when first in rural Norway, I found the diet to be the same. Individual differences due to ancestral dna, culture and climate must play some role, surely?
    Again’ THANK YOU so much, Mikhaila in being so courageous in publishing your experience and supporting others.

  53. david ryno on August 13, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Mikhaila, you rock! Great rebuttal.

  54. Bob C on August 13, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Keep writing, Mikhaila. Your points are getting across to more people.

    I stopped eating grains, nuts, dairy, and sugar three weeks ago out of desperation because after each meal, I felt full, but not satisfied and was developing some annoying inflammation symptoms. I thought if I ate any more fiber, I’d be pooping wicker furniture. I stopped eating almost all fruits and vegetables, and now eat mostly beef, with some occasional chicken, fish, olives, and lettuce. I feel much better, eat and sleep less, inflammation symptoms are slowly going away, and have lost 11 pounds.

    Today, I was at the hospital to help my 93-year-old mother-in-law and went to the hospital cafe for a small sandwich. Big mistake. I felt like garbage for seven hours afterward. Lesson learned.

  55. Marietta Pellicano on August 14, 2018 at 12:22 am

    Mikhaila, First, your rebuttal was excellent. That nutritionist’s article was typically arrogant and condescending from one, as you pointed out, is educated by Big Pharm/Phood. I am not “educated” that way either, like you, I am from the school of experience. I’m female, age 65. My second child, now almost 40, was born a tiny pre-mie with lots of health problems (mainly CP).I knew I couldn’t “fix” her and I knew the Doctors couldn’t either, but I set out to make the best of a bad situation, and I started to educate myself regarding nutrition for someone who would never walk and forever be confined to a wheelchair. I learned early to make sure she had as healthy a “diet” as possible. The gut flora balance was important, but the matrix of where those good bacteria came from was even more important. I provided breast milk for her from the beginning, even when she had to live at hospital and then I procured farm fresh milk that I fermented into kefir thereafter and before she was on solids, which took much longer as she was not normally developing. I never fed her industrial prepared foods! Farm fresh dairy, farm fresh organic veggies and meat. Procuring fresh food is not convenient, but so what, it is what she needed!
    You live in Canada which is home to the “Gandhi” of farm fresh milk, namely, Michael Schmidt. Please, if you haven’t looked
    him up, it is worth just reading about him. I get you don’t consume industrial dairy, I don’t either, because it is just so much slop! But you might consider trying fermented raw milk (kefir), as it is a perfect probiotic as well as an excellent food.
    Also, you might look up: Natasha Campbell-Mcbride. Gut and psychology syndrome…large web-site on the health of the gut.
    Another excellent “teacher” of mine is Stephanie Seneff…she has a lot to say on the subject of cholesterol sulfate, plus non-gmo…and other health topics. What you DO for yourself is so much better for YOU, than listening to the “experts.” I have read from many professionals and have been grateful for the things that I have learned from them, but at the end of the day, the fact that we take charge of our own health is THE most important thing we can do for ourselves. I wish you all the health and happiness that you can ever be blessed going forward. And I have no doubt, you are doing just what you need to be doing for yourself and your family. God Bless.

  56. Matthew Day on August 14, 2018 at 4:28 am

    A brilliant response. You are leading the way to show that we should listen to it own bodies and trust our own experiences with food

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  59. Marcel L. on August 14, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Hi Mikhaila,

    Thank you for your time and effort to write on this blog. it is very appreciated.

    I have a theory that a beef diet works for everyone without exceptions. The only thing what is unique for individuals is the way they respond to other foods. In your case it is very severe. On the other end of the spectrum people may notice no difference because they don’t get ill as much. Not based on science, just my own thoughts.

    A lot of people in the nutrition/health business are afraid of the outcome that beef is the only food we need.

    I’m doing this diet for six months now. I hope to get/feel better from Multiple Scleroses, extreme fatigue and depression.
    No longer I have extreme fatigue and depression is much better now. I don’t know if it’s doing anything for the MS. Time will tell. I’m thinking of quitting the AD. But will still take my MS prescription drugs though.

  60. daveketo on August 14, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Thanks for the mention, Mikhaila. As it happens, just yesterday was the six month-aversary of my #LCCholesterolChallenge without a single non-gene/non-drug study submitted showing high LDL = high CVD when TG is low and HDL is high.

    I’ve now announced I’m literally looking to give away $300 for studies that meet this critera. https://twitter.com/daveketo/status/1029114824448401408?s=21

  61. Susan Pierce Freeman on August 14, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Mikhaila, I wonder if you’ve ever been properly tested for celiac? All your historic symptoms totally point to it.
    AND, I love how you responded to the ultimately clueless and quite arrogant ‘nutritionist’.

  62. Herb on August 14, 2018 at 9:46 am

    IT’S A BLOG. People share ideas. I have had issues with costochondritis and I think the diet helps with that.

  63. Sini on August 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

    What you say makes a lot sense. However, there is one thing that I’m wondering. I am not a biologist and do not know the answer to this question, but are you sure wild animals do not get ill? I think I have read somewhere that they do suffer from illnesses, such as cancer, but there might be some reasons why the illnesses are not so easily detected in them. So I’m not pretending that I know better here, but just asking how certain you are about this information.

    • Mikhaila on August 14, 2018 at 11:20 am

      They don’t suffer like us: obesity, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, etc., unless they’re the ones we raise or feed in zoos. They do get bacterial and viral infections which can make them very sick and sometimes cause cancer. But the rate of ideopathic disease is extremely low.

      • Jesse on August 14, 2018 at 1:30 pm

        I assume animals get eating or can’t hunt once their health dips below a certain point. Therefore, no obesity, autoimmune, etc.

  64. Nat on August 14, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    I am torn about food but I have narcolepsy that becomes unmanageable when I eat carbs. The less I eat the better I feel and the fewer sleep attacks I have. I don’t know where to turn for help except for my own experiences because the doctors want to prescribe medication and the nutritionists question my strict eating. Last week I ate Tim Horton’s timbits And was reduced to a human stain on the carpet. It’s been nearly 10 days and I can still barely keep my eyes open.

    I’m to the point where I’d choose death over the depression and sleepiness. If eating meat negates the symptoms *even just a little bit* then it’s a win for me.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Mikhaila on August 14, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      Do what makes you feel best!

  65. NB UK on August 14, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Bravo Mikhaila! Please keep up the good work. Inspirational and actively useful.

  66. Jesse on August 14, 2018 at 1:32 pm

    I didn’t read every comment, so maybe it was already addressed, but have you thought about how fibre affects the gut flora? I like the idea of a carnivore diet, but I feel there is something missing here. Thanks.

  67. Linda on August 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    Great response! Thank you

  68. Lawain C Cooley on August 14, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Amen!! Clearly, like 95% of the people out there, that person doesn’t READ. Keep doin’ what you’re doing if it works for you.

  69. Tommy Tenney on August 14, 2018 at 8:00 pm

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  70. Kaisu on August 14, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    So, after miraculous results with eating strict carnivore for almost two months, I went on vacation. Did not control my diet (not prepared with steaks and roasts) and ate carbs because I was stressed and hungry. Immediately bloated and woke up the next morning with depression and anxiety. I have also had diarrhea all day. I have learned my lesson. I must eat beef and only beef if I want to avoid debilitating depression and an inflammatory response in my body. I don’t give a rat’s ass what the so called nutritionists say. I know what works for me.

  71. Julian Jaramillo on August 14, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Mikhaila, I’m just starting to check your blog, so probably you already talked about this elsewhere. But I’ll pose the question anyway: why only beef? Why not fish or seafood? And coffee or tea?

  72. Elinor on August 14, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Great reply Mikhaila! Thank you for sharing your story

  73. Kennedy on August 14, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Great response Mikhaila! You rock!!

  74. Herb on August 15, 2018 at 8:33 am

    BTW 1.5kg a day? Seriously? I don’t think I could eat half of that…

    Do you ever force it or is that what you seem to eat naturally?

  75. Shelby on August 15, 2018 at 8:51 am

    So much yes. What a perfect, mature response to a completely ignorant social media blast. Proud of everything you’re doing and for the information you’re putting out there! Keep it up!

    • Brittany on August 15, 2018 at 9:33 am

      A profound yes to your response to that woman’s blast at you mikhaila! Your story of your continuing life’s journey is inspiring. It brings tears to my eyes. I am a single mom and have spent the last 13 years doing self study in nutrition and holistic healing and I currently work for a major health food company. There is a slow trickle of people who are searching for better in their lives- and not just blindly following the advice from pharmaceutical pushing practitioners. Thank you for being a light in the darkness- so to speak. Kindly, Brittany

  76. Carl Daley on August 16, 2018 at 3:22 am

    Rules for being a nutritionist:
    1) Have strong genetics whereby you could eat the Twinkies and donuts diet and still look fit and healthy
    2) Promote sugar bomb foods like bananas on toast as if they are health food, just because they don’t affect you
    3) Add a “love and light” attitude and push the social media narcissism meter to 100%

  77. steven v on August 16, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Some really good topics this week Mikhaila!! “Let food be thy medicine and and medicine be thy food” Hippocrates 431 BC.

    Amazing that the father of western medicine who stated the most important thing to learn about disease is to determine what the patient is eating. And todays modern doctor still doesn’t put much attention to what the patient is eating two thousand years later.

  78. Gail Lewis on August 18, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    You’re awesome Mikhaila. Thank you

  79. David S. on August 19, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Funnily enough, I never post comment, but the mail article annoyed me, so I left this:

    “that’s why sailors used to get scurvy with not enough vitamin C in their largely fish diets”.

    False:

    Red meat has dehydroascorbate, which doesn’t show up in most vitamin C tests. The need for vitamin C seems to drop in line with lowered carb/vegetable intake.

    Sailors mostly ate barrels of preserved salt beef. This kills the dehydroascorbate. Hence scurvy.

    It was known at the time that introducing fresh meat would alleviate the symptoms in the absence of veg/fruit.

    This is why you should think carefully before trusting anything a nutritionist says. Most is junk science at best. Or certainly most studies are observational and/or used to further an agenda.

  80. EmBP on August 20, 2018 at 10:17 am

    *applaud* Thank you! Couldn’t have said it better.

  81. Jim Kennedy on August 20, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    I am highly skeptical to RDs. I have been told for decades that I should be eating like 130 – 150 grams of carbs a day. (I am type 2 diabetic). I kept getting sicker and sicker (more meds. ) That is the ADA (American Diabetes Association) recommendations. Who pays for their association? Those companies which produce those meds they were pushing.
    I went on LCHF (via Virta Health) and got off meds. So I don’t have a ton of respect for RD’s. Sorry but they and the ADA are not helping reverse T2D but making it worse. 🙁

  82. Spider Lockhart on August 21, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Most religions ask that you believe. They offer that, in spite of your own experience and understanding of the world, you accept what is taught. What is dogma. This acceptance brings everlasting rewards. A few religions suggest that only personal experience matters. You can know for yourself. Priests and holy men hate that shit as they hope to reap the rewards now, not in the everlasting. Blind faith, marketing and money interests will fight what you know and are sharing. You have no right to know just because you can speak to your experience. As a person, I value what I experience. I experience food – what I eat- as profoundly effecting who I am at any given time. I’d gladly join your congregation.

  83. brainspanking on August 25, 2018 at 1:34 am

    Love what you’re doing here Mikhaila. Thanks.

  84. sharon on August 27, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    AMEN Mikhaila! Don’t ever let your voice be silenced!

    I have been sick with autoimmune disease for twenty-two years. I now have chronic, unrelenting, lymph node pain among other things. Going to a carnivore diet is the only pain relief I’ve gotten in the last twenty-two years. The last twenty-two years of my life have been a nightmare. The first elimination diet I did was twenty-one years ago, but I never got answers because I was led astray by nutritionists, doctors, friends, … and the overall dogma. You and your dad inspired me to try a carnivore diet and I am so thankful that I did. I am on day thirty and am thankful to be on a path that shows some promise of relief … the only path that has so far.

    I love what you are doing Mikhaila … keep up the good fight!

    • Mikhaila on August 27, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Yes!! That makes me so happy.

  85. Joy on August 27, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Brilliant reply. Very well done.

  86. Owen Gibson on August 28, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I am here because of the interview with your Dad. I know he is not a shill and is an honorable man who stands up for us all. My heart goes out to you and your family and wish you good fortune. I started the CD today because i need to try something. At 64 I think I still have a lot to offer but not under my current health issues and depression. My family thinks i’m crazy but I will give this a fair trial. I actually stayed awake all day today after a nice steak for breakfast and pork chops for dinner.

    • Kenn Macd on August 28, 2018 at 10:03 pm

      good on you! try it for 30 days if you can. I don’t know your health issues, but I think this beef only diet makes a great elimination diet It will provide the nutrients you need. After 30 days you can start adding back in foods, one at a time, and see how it goes from there.

  87. TOFU on August 28, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    “The only animals that are really sick in the animal kingdom are us, and the animals we feed. Doesn’t that tell you something?”

    Except that’s NOT true AT ALL. Animals do get cancer and other sickness.
    If only you only killed yourself, with that diet your daughter will be gone before she turns 4. Good job!

    • Mikhaila on August 29, 2018 at 7:05 am

      Animals get bacterial and viral infections, they don’t all grow up, get fat and depressed and die of heart disease. If you could show me some examples please do!

  88. XXDDD on August 28, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    “Physiologically, it would just be an immensely bad idea,” Jack Gilbert, the faculty director at the University of Chicago’s Microbiome Center and a professor of surgery, told me during a recent visit to his lab. “A terribly, terribly bad idea.”

    Gilbert has done extensive research on how the trillions of microbes in our guts digest food, and the look on his face when I told him about the all-beef diet was unamused. He began rattling off the expected ramifications: “Your body would start to have severe dysregulation, within six months, of the majority of the processes that deal with metabolism; you would have no short-chain fatty acids in your cells; most of the by-products of gastrointestinal polysaccharide fermentation would shut down, so you wouldn’t be able to regulate your hormone levels; you’d enter into cardiac issues due to alterations in cell receptors; your microbiota would just be devastated.”

    While much of the internet has been following this story in a somewhat snide way, Gilbert appeared genuinely concerned and saddened: “If she does not die of colon cancer or some other severe cardiometabolic disease, the life—I can’t imagine.”

    Please, I’d love to read your scientifically-based arguments in response to an actual doctor and researcher!

    • Kenn Macd on August 28, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Hey! I have an idea! Why don’t you go to Mikhaila’s first post, and read them all until the present. Then you would not ask such an uninformed question. If you haven’t got the time for that, then you really don’t want the answer to that question.

      • XXDDD on August 28, 2018 at 11:07 pm

        So no answer to those specific facts? Thanks guy-who’s-def-not-a-doctor!

    • Harry Lockhart on August 28, 2018 at 11:26 pm

      Yeah, all that “expected” stuff happens unless it doesn’t. Chasing Biome’s is like herding cats. Mine, from a nationally recognized “Doctor and Researcher” have been tested twice with two different results each time. My cardiologist from the University of Michigan finds it odd but my improved health led him to the conclusion “…keep doing whatever you’ve been doing for the last 6 months. I’d appreciate If Gilbert could tell me when to expect these consequences so I could do some needed planning.

  89. ILOVECAULIFLOWERS on August 28, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    I’m really curious of how you feel about an all-beef diet and it’s environmental effect. You must know by now that the current way in which beef is raised to be transformed is in no way sustainable. It’s in top five bad things to do for the Earth climate’s. Are you okay with destroying the planet considering you just had a kid? What will be left for her?

    • Bob C on August 28, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      You are overstating the case. She is not advocating that most people should convert to a beef-only diet. She is an extreme case, stating her early childhood problems, how medicine did little to help, and how gradually eliminating various foods allowed her to conclude what works *for her*.

      I don’t follow the strict all-beef diet, but due to consistently annoying (and sometimes very painful) symptoms over many years, I began eliminating foods to see what would happen, allowing at least two weeks between changes and changing just one thing at a time (e.g., change the food I ate, but don’t change the amount or nature of exercise, the amount or type of fluids drank, etc.). Over the span of 7-8 months, I determined that not eating grains, nuts, dairy (except butter), and most fruits and vegetables alleviated most conditions (blood pressure, skin issues, serum glucose levels, kidney problems, etc.). And some foods I cannot eat due to their high oxalate levels and my susceptibility to kidney stones (most nuts, kale, spinach, most teas, pears, oranges, blackberries, and other foods).

      The point is: if you don’t have any problems, fine. Eat what you want. But if you have chronic problems, don’t totally ignore your doctor, but start carefully experimenting with what you eat and keep detailed notes about how your body responds. That’s what Mikhaila did and she is sharing the results to get other people thinking.

    • Mikhaila on August 29, 2018 at 6:18 am

      Someone else can worry about the planet. I’m worried about the fact everyone’s suffering now. We could unpoison people and I’m sure someone smart can figure it out. Or should we let everyone die from autoimmune disorders and obesity and heart disease in the meantime?

    • Carlo Censi on September 4, 2018 at 9:01 am

      The problem with eating meat then is not about someone eating it, is about 7 billion humans on a planet with limited resources. So instead of blame everyone about how people need to stop eating as humans (at least as we always did as a specie) start questioning “why there are 7 billion humans on the planet?”… I think we both know why, and is not about people eating meat in the past, is about people growing a lot of grains on the ground telling that they could feed the world, well the world has double or even triple the population because of that. And now what? should I stop eating meat because you can produce some more rice on the same area, “Hey, let’s find out what’s the best grain to produce more food per square meter and let’s only eat that”… Or should I stop eating meat because if 7 billion humans do the same is bad for the planet? What about the rest of the animals? Should the lions stop eating meat too because it’s bad for the planet? and don’t bring me that crap about the way we produce meat, I’m the first one to be against that, but the answer is not stop eating meat the answer is producing it differently and again the problem aren’t some animals eating as they should, the problem is that at this point anything we do will cause a big impact on the world.

  90. Kathy on August 30, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    My son has severe RA and stomach problems and depression,anxiety. However several years ago he became allergic to beef of any kind by vomiting immediately after. Would chicken or pork work the same?

    • Mikhaila on August 30, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Oh my goodness. Has he tried bison?

  91. Bob Coleman on August 31, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Keep up the good work. I’d don’t trust meat production, but I’m 62 and primarily plant based. Really appreciate your perspective though.

  92. Natalie Krause on September 2, 2018 at 8:54 am

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

  93. Flávio Vaz on September 2, 2018 at 2:51 pm

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

    • Gabriella on September 9, 2018 at 6:36 am

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

  94. Tom R on September 2, 2018 at 3:51 pm

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

  95. Luke on September 2, 2018 at 7:16 pm

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

  96. Joel McIntyre on September 4, 2018 at 3:08 am

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

  97. Herb on September 4, 2018 at 11:51 am

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

  98. Doug on September 6, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    Mikhaila,

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

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

  99. Sam Marrs on September 12, 2018 at 7:03 pm

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

    • Mikhaila on September 12, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      Omg okay thank you

  100. Anna on September 19, 2018 at 4:58 am

    The inuits consumed quite large amounts of fibre actually.

    • Mikhaila on September 19, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Nope.

    • Brother Boles on October 26, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Because edible plants are scarce in the Arctic, the Inuit ate mostly meat they got from hunting. They ate animals such as caribou, seals, walruses, polar bears, arctic hares, musk oxen, birds such as ptarmigan, and fish such as arctic char, salmon and whitefish.

  101. Tracy Lynn on September 22, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I am so inspired by you and your father. I read his book last year and just opened it up again. Our bodies are so individualized as I have discovered over my 15 years of being a coach. What ruined my own body was paying too much attention to what was popular vs what was potent. I am studying up a bit on this WOEing as I have been keto for a bit now but still struggle SIGNIFICANTLY with autoimmune issues, pretty bad IBS-C, and fatigue. One thing I will say is that the high fiber diets don’t work for me. Sure…for some….but not for me. So for elimination I am cutting back to 3 types of veggies for a month and then one by one, reduce. I was reading that the benefits of this carnivore diet (or whatever label you want to put on it) regarding IBS is that a low fiber/no fiber diet allows for clearing of the intestines which allows the gut to heal and repair itself. Honestly I’m more excited to take this to the next level. Just keep being you and doing your thing. This was a great blog and it’s good to call out those who are “reportedly” do not understand what real nutrition is all about…..it’s about giving YOUR body what it needs…. ❤️

    • Marietta Pellicano on October 26, 2018 at 11:25 am

      “it’s about giving YOUR body what it needs…”. YES! I’m 65 yrs. and have been doing that since my 30’s. I have had autoimmune issues since my early teen years, got pretty bad by my 20’s and got serious about managing it in my late 20’s.
      My body reacts negatively to MANY foods, so, staying away from those foods is most important (even if I “love” them)! And when I say the word “foods” I mostly mean industrially prepared “phoods.” Pretty much, if you can just open the package and eat the contents it isn’t food, it is “phood.” Organic, fresh veggies, (those I don’t react to) and pastured eggs/meat, RAW Dairy,
      and only decent, quality fats make up my diet. I still enjoy gardening, bicycling, helping others with projects that require physical movement, and I care for my adult daughter who is affected by Cerebral Palsy! Yes, I lift her from the bed to her electric chair or bath chair. I know I would not be able to do that IF I had not taken charge of what I put in my mouth for nourishment over these past 40 years with her! So, thank you coach Tracy…I would have gotten along with you very well! And hang in there, Mikhaila, independent thinkers rule! 🙂

    • Enkill_Eridos on November 26, 2018 at 11:26 am

      I was a medic in the Army.

      • Enkill_eridos on November 26, 2018 at 12:35 pm

        Sorry I left my comment unfinished..I was a medic in the Army. I have a little training in nutrition (it was actually something I had to know the basics about.) as well as physiology. You are absolutely correct Tracy. Each individual body is individually unique. Some people CAN’T digest sugar. A lot of the people I know who are obese (I know a lot I come from the US South.) can’t really digest sugar, their bodies don’t know what to do so it converts the sugar into fat deposits. A lot of people whom I know who was obese all their lives have gotten to a healthier weight, by completely cutting all carbohydrates from their diets. North America also seems to have a huge amount of people who are prone to being Diabetic. I was married for nine years, and my ex wife was one of these people who can’t digest many sugars. Going on a meat only diet really made her happier. It made me happier too. When I went on a carbless diet My pain was less both mental and physical. My thinking is clearer and I pay more attention. Sometimes I use past tense because the last couple of years has been consistent pizza. My health has gotten worse, my cholesterol is up and I have a family history of late age diabetes so by eating carbs and other sugars I run the risk of my pancreas not working as it should.

        I, myself have found a huge improvement when I go carbless. That means cutting a lot of vegetables and fruits. Corn really isn’t that good for you. Our bodies also do not process fibre at all. Fibre intake is good for cleansing out your colon. It’s a really nifty way to lessen the symptoms of constipation. At least at the beginning. I am carbohydrate/sugar sensitive so I try to not reintroduce very sugary fruits, and most of the good vegetables i already prefer. (Cauliflower and Collard Greens in particular can be made into some interesting things. You can use Cauliflower to make a kind of crust like for something like a pot pie. (I reintroduce dairy as I myself find it helps me personally. But I tend to only go and buy from amish types of communities. The kind of milk you have to shake and only lasts five days at most and old world style cheese.) I have reccommended this type of diet for years. The reduction part is the hardest, but if you monitor your ketone levels you get an idea of what your body is doing, and what you need to eat to keep that in check.

        • Kenn Macd on November 26, 2018 at 1:33 pm

          good points. It seems carbs are converted to glucose, which if the amount is over our needs, the liver then converts to fat for storage. About fiber, there’s an interesting book called “The Fiber Menace” which is a bit over the top but he makes seem really good points. I haven’t touched vegetables or any fiber for a while now, and I am regular with no diarrhea or constipation. Generally fiber is not needed, though our gut microbiome can use it if it is the type you get from vegetables and not form legumes or grains. but everyone is different, we do what works for us.

  102. Caro on September 30, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    I’ve suffered varying degrees of depression almost my whole life, starting at puberty, and lots, lots of anxiety (and poor self confidence, etc, etc). After a 36 year lifetime of being an ‘everything in moderation’ person (with normal, even exceptional PHYSICAL health), I always considered myself and my eating habits ‘healthy’. I have never been on meds. Buuuuuut my mood swings were getting worse and I just had the worst summer in terms of said mood swings… the worst of these swings happened the morning after eating pizza and ice cream, both of which I hadn’t eaten in long time. Although my serious depression lifted about a year ago (probably due to a very toxic long term relationship ending- that was such a mental/physical/emotional drain), many mornings in the last few years were ‘doomy’ mornings, like you say, full of anxiety, which I was still experiencing. The morning after the pizza and beer was THE WORST, mostly because I KNEW it (it being the loooooooooow mood, the ‘I hate my life for no valid reason’) was NOT ME. That day I was more sick of the ups and downs than I had ever been…. Like not even a day later I came across your dad in my thruther (conspiracy) videos on YouTube (because of the transgender stuff) and was BLOWN AWAY when he started talking about eliminating his anxiety/depression with the beef only diet! I’m happy to report that I’ve been doing my own version of the carnivore diet with AMAZING RESULTS since that day! (it’s been about 3 weeks.) The anxiety is gone and I feel like myself, vibrant like I was when I was a kid!! The quality of the sleep I’m getting is OUTRAGEOUS. Deeeeeeeep sleep. I feel happy about my life and myself in a way I can’t remember feeling in the last 18 years. It’s bananas. Thank you to you and your dad for being pioneers in this subject!! You are the coolest, cutest chick I’ve come across on diet matters EVER. And I love how grounded and focused you and your dad appear – and I am feeling as well- just another benefit of this way of eating: BEING GROUNDED. (And I’m also Canadian, living in LA). Keep on with this subject!!!! Thank you so much!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Mikhaila on September 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm

      Yes!! Fantastic

  103. Brother Boles on October 26, 2018 at 7:57 am

    I watched you on Joe Rogan and have heard your father speak of the horrors you went through. On Joe Rogan you simply knew too much to be making this up and anyone who disputes your father with his credentials is not worth listening to. Keep going and your following will grow as more people realize they are not alone with their particular health issues. You are a inspiration to a lot of people and Dr. Peterson is my intellectual Bromance. People can be cruel but only because they can hide behind a keyboard.

  104. Brother Boles on October 26, 2018 at 10:40 am

    “More energy. Less body fat. You can even cure depression and arthritis’, well that’s what American psychologist Jordan Peterson and his daughter @MikhailaPeterson say whose social media is scarily going viral. Mikhaila reportedly had arthritis, now she doesn’t (or at least, she thinks she doesn’t!)“ Sure does sound like slander to me. She’s inplying you are lying and with your medical records I would talk to an attorney. Don’t get mad get even.

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