Joint issues – arthritis
Leandro suffered from rheumatoid arthritis for years relying on Dr. perscribed medication to make it through a single day of work.
When Leandro moved, there was a delay in having his prescription filled. He was told he would need to wait for two weeks for his medication to be ready. Not knowing how he was going to deal with the pain for that long he ended up reading about the carnivore diet.
That decision changed everything. Leandro never picked up his medication and has been pain free for over three years!
Listen to Leandro’s success story on the MeatRx.com podcast.
Emily started to experience pain as a teenager. She went to several doctors who either didn’t know what was wrong with her or just put her on medications. She was inflamed and couldn’t keep up with other kids her age.
Emily grew up on a farm eating her vegetables and meat. As the pain became worse, she started to eat junk food which made her feel more tired and led to feelings of depression.
Her dad became interested in the keto diet and suggested that Emily and her now husband give it a try. Emily’s partner quickly lost weight and felt great but Emily didn’t have the same success. She lost a bit of weight but her pain did not change.
When Emily became pregnant, she started to read more about the carnivore diet. About half way through her pregnancy she gave it a try and within the first week she was able to start exercising and the pain she had felt most of her life started to improve. She continued with carnivore and had a successful pregnancy and a healthy baby.
Emily is so happy with her success that she is now a certified MeatRx.com coach who wants to help improve other people with their health!
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I have always struggled with my weight. At aged nine I was put on a 1000 calories a day diet; the first
of many attempts to be a healthy weight. In my twenties I was told I had a binge eating disorder and
that I should never try to restrict what I ate as this would lead to more bingeing. Apart from a brief
period when I was about 30 years old I had weighed between 210lbs and 270lbs.
In 2013, at the age of 42, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both my feet. Six months later it had
also started in both hands. I questioned how ‘wear and tear’ could start simultaneously in both hands
and both feet, but I saw three consultants who all confirmed that I had osteoarthritis and not
rheumatoid arthritis. Over the next few months I was given cortisol injections and an increasing
number of pain killers. By October 2014 I was on 8 Paracetamol, 8 Tramadol and 6 Naproxen a day
and Amitriptyline at night to help me sleep. I had to stop taking the Naproxen after two years as it
caused a stomach ulcer so they changed me onto Gabapentin instead (9 a day). Despite all of these
pain killers I could barely walk a hundred metres with a stick and I needed special cutlery as I
The first step on my journey to health came in September 2017 when my partner decided to go ‘gluten
free’ to help his stomach problems. For convenience I did the same, not expecting any difference in
my own health. Within a couple of weeks I noticed that the food cravings, which I had always had,
seemed to have ceased. I was amazed as I had always believed that it was part of me.
At the beginning of 2018 we saw Jordan Peterson being interviewed. I bought his book for my
partner’s birthday and we read about Mikhaila’s health conditions and how they had been helped by
an elimination diet. Then I saw both Jordan and Mikhaila on Joe Rogan’s podcast. The before and
after pictures of Mikhaila were staggering. I also found other carnivores on YouTube such as Amber
O’Hearn and Dr Shawn Baker. Their videos showed me that this diet was sustainable long term and
that I would not be alone on my journey. I had nothing to lose so I decided to give it a go, not
expecting any change in my own health as mine was not the same type of arthritis as Mikhaila’s.
At first I started on meat, eggs and green veg before dropping the veg and just having meat and eggs. I
went fully carnivore on 12 th June 2018. On 1 st July my mother in law had a party for her 80 th birthday
and, for the first time in five years, I left my stick at home. A few days later we had a day out in
Whitby and I walked much farther than I could have done before. By the middle of July I was walking
several miles without any pain. I bought a pair of hiking boots at the beginning of August and we
were able to return to our old hobby of hiking on the coast near where we live. We have a route of
about six miles which we started doing almost every morning. The first week in September we had a
walking holiday in the Lake District in northwest England. I was able to hike all day just like I did
before I got the arthritis. It felt like an absolute miracle.
During that summer, I started to wean myself off the pain killers. This was awful!! I had been taking
the Tramadol for almost five years and coming off them was not a pleasant experience. I couldn’t
sleep and my whole body twitched terribly. I probably weaned myself off too quickly, but they were
capsules so I could cut them in half. Not too bad when you go from 8 a day to 7, but when you go
from 3 to 2 it’s a big jump. I took it a little more slowly coming off the Gabapentin (and I hadn’t been
on them so long) so that was a little easier. Finally I came off the Paracetamol and by the end of
September I was finally on no medication. When I told my doctor that I no longer needed my repeat
prescription because I was no longer in pain she was astounded; saying that she had “never heard of
such a thing”. Strangely she didn’t really seem very interested in how I had done this nor did she think
I should return to see the consultant who had diagnosed the arthritis.
One of the most striking side effects of the diet was my weight loss. Between May 2018 when I
started the elimination diet and December 2018 I lost 70lbs. I am a mature student and started the diet
while on my summer vacation from university. When I went back in September, people I knew
literally walked past me without recognising me. The two photographs I have included were taken in
July and December 2018 (just 5 months apart!).
Before starting on the carnivore diet I had also been suffering from menopausal symptoms, including
hot flushes and tinnitus. These started around the same time as my arthritis and I do believe that there
may be some link between the menopause and osteoarthritis. I have found books from the 1950s
which refer to menopausal arthritis and Dr Blake Donaldson’s book Strong Medicine describes how
he used a low card/carnivore diet to treat menopausal arthritis. I had tried several different hormone
replacement therapies but to no avail. Since going carnivore I have had no menopausal symptoms at
all; the hot flushes disappeared and after a few weeks I noticed that I didn’t have tinnitus any more.
I have had one or two ‘flare ups’ of pain and inflammation over the past two years. These have been
when I’ve eaten something other than eggs, meat, cheese or heavy whipping cream. For instance, on
Christmas Day I had some Christmas Pudding and Brandy sauce which left me in pain for a couple of
days. Recently I used a spray weed killer and that too seemed to cause inflammation despite me
wearing gloves when I used it. Other than that I have been pain free for almost two years and I never
intend to go back to my previous life.
More recently I have been experimenting with fasting. When you eat a meat only diet you don’t need
to eat as often so fasting became easy. I have always had a large appetite, but after a concerted period
of fasting (2 or 3 40 hour fasts per week over 6 weeks) I have noticed that I have started to feel full on
less food. I had never really had that ‘full’ feeling before so it felt very strange!
I hope that my experiences will encourage others to change their lives. I will be 50 this week and I
have never felt fitter or healthier in my life. I hike, swim and exercise regularly and am looking
forward to a more energetic, pain free future.
Shortly after we were married, my husband and I found out we were already expecting our first baby. I wasn’t really “overweight”, but I wasn’t thin either. I weighed about 140. I’m 5’ 5”.
I was miserable! I tried Atkins/low carb. I just couldn’t lose!
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For Bechelli, a severe and sudden attack of pain and swelling in her right hand rudely awakened her one morning. She could hardly move her hand. Perhaps all the arthritis in her body had moved into her hand, she thought. “It felt like somebody had smashed it with a brick”, she said. She used her left hand to manually move the right hand fingers so they wouldn’t become stiff. The pain was so bad, she thought that bones in her hand had become broken.
She had a doctor’s appointment regular checkup scheduled for a few days later so she decided to take all inflammatory foods out of her diet: eat only meat and salad until then. Certainly the doctor would want to X-ray her hand. She kept up the meat and salad regimen and was feeling a little better each day.
Her doctor’s appointment that was only a few days away was postponed for another week. Then after a week, was postponed another month! She kept up the meat and salad routine and felt her hand getting better and better by the day. She came to the realization that what she was doing was something close to a Keto diet in which she became very interested because it kept the inflammation away. “I only take one pill and that is a thyroid pill. I’m thinking that my thyroid may have been hampered sometime in my life by dental X-rays” but she can’t be 100% sure of that.
Meanwhile, she attended a free seminar on autophagy presented by a lady at a local health food store. The speaker explained how the healing process had begun in her own body, noticing improvements each day. The benefits of intermittent fasting, eating only twice per day and cutting out snacking were emphasized. Bechelli thought that would be easy to do so both she and her husband decided to give it a try. She also realized that on a Keto plan, she could eat a lot more than just meat and salad. It reached a point where she wanted to take the next step and move up to a carnivore diet, at least to try it for a week. Himalayan salt became her friend as it helped her to stave off hunger and it also helped with the relief of muscle cramps in her feet and calves.
So, it seems that both the Keto and carnivore eating plans have helped her alleviate a number of health issues. Bechelli hopes her story will help others.
Katja started the carnivore diet in December of 2018 and believes that it saved her life.
Her depression and anxiety levels had reached a severe level. She feared losing her job due to repeated long-term absences. She became a recluse and wasn’t able to leave her home. She disliked being around people or getting anything done. She spent a year talking to her doctors trying to get an assessment for ADHD and Asperger’s syndrome among her other conditions.
She started becoming depressed about age 12. Friendships, family relationships and school became really difficult for her. To complicate matters further, Katja is dislexic which went unrecognized in her school system until the 80’s and 90’s. Her depression was undiagnosed until age 23. Her doctors cycled her through different drugs and drug combinations trying to find answers which none of them provided. So, by age 26 she had tried a multitude of drugs and therapies with no real results.
Finally, she developed a headache lasing 3 months which once again drove her to doctors who said they couldn’t help her. Eventually, she had to figure it out all on her own.
As an experiment, she stopped eating gluten and found that the headache had left her. This was the first time that she fixed a health problem by adjusting her food intake. Even so, she remained naive about what she had discovered. In an effort to overcome her conditions, she tried eating organic vegetables only to find that her hands would not function properly. This was devastating news to Katja who is an artist. She then discovered Mikhaila Peterson.
“I’ve already read about her in her dad’s book 12 rules for life which made me understand and trust what this girl was saying instantly” said Katja. She also came across Amber O’Hearn whom she felt was full of amazing information about diet and wellness. A colleague who had also switched on to the carnivore lifestyle impressed Katja so much that she thought she’d give it a try.
“I jumped right in … I started carnivore straight away. I had keto flu symptoms for about six weeks and they were pretty hard for me.” She started to feel great and is still getting better over a year later. She now advocates this diet on her instagram account. She tells stories from the background of her life to make people understand that depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and other immune illnesses are not life sentences. There is actually a way out.
Katja is now a certified MeatRx carnivore coach and encourages others to contact her so she can help them change their lives and health stories too.
Hello, my name is Marion. My partner ( he is 67) and myself ( 63) began the meat diet last March. If we hadn’t did this way of eating we would not have believed it.
Eating like our ancestors
I am of indigenous heritage and did believe we should eat as our people did, but somewhere along the line we are convinced this is wrong. Luckily we didn’t totally buy into it and still ate meat everyday and enjoyed the fat but when we went strictly meat, eggs and dairy the results were unexpected.
All the benefits…
We noticed right off the hop how much energy we had (almost ADHD..lol) Sex drive way up. As continued it was amazing, NO MORE BLOAT OR GAS.( I had taken up eating one particular salad with brussel sprouts and broccoli and the bloat was unreal). Going on:
- sugar cravings went away,
- sleeping better,
- no snacking & eating twice a day usually, sometimes once,
- different kind of hunger, the rumbling/shakes didn’t happen, just felt hungry,
- skin tags gone,
- no more hang nails,
- hemorrhoids gone ( I had for years),
- our arthritis went away,
- backpain decreased significantly,
- we both have more muscle definition, the muscle is harder/tighter & we are definitely stronger, (we don’t go to gym, our work over the years & daily living has given us good muscle)
- our eyesight has improved.
I apply beef/pork grease on my skin and people have commented on how amazing my skin looks. They thought I was wearing face makeup and one commented did I have surgery! Incredible. Not only that but my eyebrows are growing back in after going years with only half brows.
My partner is growing just not thicker hair, but brown hair & on places there wasn’t any, the white hair is turning brown on his head and chest. He was also taking high blood pressure and gout pills after appx. 3 months he discontinued use. ( I did not take any pills) Our attitude was happier ( not so cranky) and his depression decreased and eventually disappeared. My anxiety disappeared as well. When we have fallen off the wagon we notice the arthritis, hand nails, gas etc. return. Hence it is motivational for us to continue with the meat.
Other people’s opinions
Overall, we have found the majority of people think we are killing ourselves with “ so much fat /meat/butter etc.”
My brother was doing keto previous to our diet change and we thought wow, that’s a little too much meat and ignored the diet. Once again goes to show how manipulated we were even though we knew better.
My daughter decided to give it a go and she has had amazing results as well. She is 43 and when she went to her doctor for check up she stated her test results were “ off the chart” and what was she doing. When she said the Carnivore diet, the doctor didn’t say a word! Interesting eh?
Dr. Baker, thank you for all the info you provide. It is much appreciated.
Marion and Roy from Ontario, Canada
We did forget to mention , although we were not hugely overweight and that was not our reason for doing the meat, I lost 20 lbs. and Roy lost 26 lbs.
Basically, my full story is this: In 2006 I tore my ACL & medial meniscus in my right knee. The next dayI first saw my PCP, in hopes that he’d immediately refer me to an orthopedist before I could get in on my own. He diagnosed it as a dislocated kneecap, even after I questioned it multiple times.
In 2011, less than a month after turning 30, I began having significant swelling and pain in my knee. I scheduled an appointment with an Orthopedic Dr, thinking that I had a slight tear from my previous injury. After reviewing my XRAY, he said that he had to double check my DOB because my knee looked 80+ because of how arthritic it was. He said that I needed a replacement, but I couldn’t at age 30. He wanted to put me on Celebrex, which would require me to also have my kidney function checked annually. I told him that I’m no mechanic, but I know that you don’t fix a flat tire by tearing out the exhaust.
I went to orthopedic Dr number 2, who offered either an osteotomy (very invasive surgery with a limited lifespan) or an OA brace with de-rotation. I opted for the brace. While my pain & swelling reduced, I still struggled to be active. I couldn’t walk my dogs more than a half mile. I made it through work, but had too much pain to be active after work.
I was roughly 240 lbs when I initially injured my knee, close to 10 years of inactivity had me ballooning up to 360. I also had old shoulder injuries that were painful. In late 2017 I began having strong pain & heavy swelling in my left knee, probably from over compensation for my injured right knee.
In the spring of 2018, shortly before turning 37, I was practically begging my orthopedic doctor for a double knee replacement. He still wouldn’t do it. November 26, 2018 I began carnivore. After 4 days I had dropped 14 lbs. a weight loss of that much that quickly is primarily water weight, AKA inflammation and bloating. A week before beginning carnivore I had very limited mobility with my shoulders, mostly of which was very painful. By day 4 I had pain free full ROM with both shoulders.
I steadily lost weight. By July 2019 I was able to take 2-3 mile walks without my knee brace. I still wore it at work because I have a very physically demanding job. I continued to lose weight and change body composition. As of February 2020 I had lost 85 lbs. I had controlled the pain & swelling in my knees to the point that I stopped wearing my knee brace to work, and haven’t worn it since. I still occasionally have a tougher day. Some days my knees hurt quite a bit after 8 hectic hours on my feet, but those days are few & far between.
In March 2020, I vacationed in CO, and hiked a snow & ice packed mountain trail without my knee brace. My biggest struggle with that was the elevation, not my knees.
My weight loss has slowed down, hanging in the 95-100 lbs range, but I haven’t worn that brace in almost a year. I feel better as I’m about to turn 40 than I did as I was about to turn 30. I’m energetic, mostly pain free, with the libido of a 20 yr old. I can feel a difference in my muscle density despite no weight training.
I’ve been able to comfortably eat once per day, roughly 1.5 lbs of beef, 1/3 lb of bacon & 4 eggs. I usually add a little of cheese. I have one cup of coffee 3 or 4 days per week, otherwise I drink approximately one gallon of water per day. I occasionally mix in some salmon or shrimp or pork or chicken, but primarily eat beef & bacon & eggs & cheese.
I am 55, I’m 6-2 and 228 lbs. right now. Six months ago I was 283! I drive semi cross country for a living, big luxury truck with sleeper and all. Fridge, microwave, TV all that stuff. It’s very hard to eat right on the road. I’ve tried just eating grocery store food in the truck, but I still would overeat and rarely lost weight. Donuts and snackcakes and anything else. I used to go to Sheetz (gas station chain) and order like 8 loaded hot dogs with fries or chips and a half gallon of chocolate milk. I would literally eat myself sick but couldn’t stop! Acid reflux was always an issue, I would take Prilosec twice a day, Tums, Maalox whatever. Many of you know this all too well. I’ve known for years I’m grain sensitive but what can you do? They are very hard to avoid! I wore 2XL T shirts but they were getting tight.
One day I was ready to buy a 3XL shirt, but I stopped myself. I said “No, this has to stop right now!” I refuse to get bigger. I stumbled onto Dr. William Davis video and then stumbled onto maybe Dr. Jason Fung or some keto video. I said “hey maybe I can try this”. I started a keto-ish diet on Nov. 25, 2018. It morphed into mostly carnivore, and mostly once a day eating. I didn’t plan that. Chicken and turkey weren’t filling me up, so beef it is now! I eat 2-3 lbs. of fatty ribeye daily now with maybe cheese and walnuts or pecans as snack. Black coffee and water only. I take several minerals, fish oils and a few multivitamins. I fry in animal fat or butter only. Not much fasting so far.
- I’ve lost 55 lbs. in six months!
- I feel better than ever.
- My itchy dermatitis went away.
- My chronic sudden crap attacks are gone.
- My acid reflux(GERD) is gone
- My arthritis is improved but not gone.
- I swear my vision is slightly sharper, can’t be sure.
- I sleep better.
- The bloating and extreme fatigue are gone.
I do have some pancakes with syrup maybe twice a month. They are my weakness, but maybe one day I will stop that also. I am in control now of my life!
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