An early stool test revealed that I was indeed suffering from leaky gut and fat malabsorption issues. Something I had been struggling with was getting to the bottom of why my white blood cell count was always so low.
So essentially, my immune system was shutting down, which explains my low WBC even though I showed no outward symptoms (I never get sick) .
This also puts tremendous stress on one’s body, and can ultimately wreak havoc with one’s adrenals and thyroid. I took an adrenal saliva test and at first glance, it would seem that things look pretty good, other than a slight dip below optimal range in the afternoon. I really hate it when something is labeled as a “diet”, because people’s first reaction is that it’s all about losing weight when in fact it’s more of a lifestyle. In my original posts, I talked about the fact that I was actually over-training, and was switching to something more akin to Body by Science – short-duration, high-intensity workouts, in addition to playing soccer 2-3 times per week.
Do your research and find quality sources for your staple ingredients like grass-fed (and grass-finished!) meats and pastured eggs like specialty butcher shops and farmers markets. A few key things I learned were how to use my slow cooker (nothing like coming home from work to some grass-fed shortribs!) and making my own bone broth.
There’s a lot of debate currently regarding supplementation and while I agree that we should try to obtain as many of our nutrients as possible from our meals, there are certain nutrients many of us simply need to add (Vitamin D and Vitamin C are good examples). I’ve tweaked my supplementation regimen over time as my various blood markers reached optimal levels – in fact, I’ve actually reduced the number of supplements I take (stopped taking Vitamin A, for example).
For a short time after starting the diet, I began to notice some skin dryness, but it soon went away (most likely due to eating foods rich in vitamin A, such as kale). Earlier this year I started to grow out my beard, and to my surprise there were a bunch of gray whiskers appearing at the corners of my chin! I’ll admit that for most of my life I took rather poor care of my teeth, and have tons of fillings to prove it. Like the diet itself, which is ever-evolving, I consider my journey a work in progress, making slight adaptations here and there based on my own situation and progress with the various issues I described earlier. Increasing Carbs: Until my thyroid issues are resolved, I’ve increased my carb intake a bit. Protein Fasting: I consume a large amount of protein each day, and the latest version of the Bulletproof Diet suggests doing a protein fast 1 day per week (consume less than 15 grams) to trigger autophagy (allowing the body to rid itself of damaged cells), which has been shown to have tons of benefits. Also, I will continue working through my various protocols to continue healing my gut and undoing issues that I had unknowingly been dealing with for decades. I think that if you have any pre-existing thyroid, adrenal, or autoimmune issues, you may want to reduce any IF until you have tackled those problems first. You seem to be well researched so I wanted to ask you – did you at all check the long term results of Paleo diet (and its derivatives)?
Hi Rob, I just got back my last round of lab test results and things are looking good overall. Received The Bulletproof Diet book a few days back and have been trying to do the intermittent fast with the bulletproof coffee and can’t seem to do it, even with 3 Tbls. Great medical care is priceless - but wouldn't it be great if we didn't need doctors anymore?
Answer: A In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, God very clearly points out the following groups as being unclean. The ones which live all or part-time in water and do not have both fins and scales are unclean. Note: These chapters make it clear that most animals, birds, and water creatures people ordinarily eat are clean.
God makes it very plain that children and grandchildren (to the fourth generation) pay for the folly of parents who ignore God's health rules.
Answer: A Sincere Christians will bring their lives into harmony with God's rules at once, because they love Him. Answer: A The citizens of God's new kingdom will obey His health laws, and there will be no sickness or disease. He made it for the same purpose that He made the buzzard--as a scavenger to clean up garbage. Verses 3 through 6 are a discussion of those who eat certain things versus those who do not. On Tuesday, November 11th, 2014, Garth released MAN AGAINST MACHINE, his first new studio album in 13 years.
Blake Shelton has been very busy lately, not only in his personal life, but his professional life as well. Currently the Mayor of London, he previously served as the Member of Parliament for Henley-on-Thames and as editor of The Spectator magazine. Johnson was educated at the European School of Brussels, Ashdown House School, Eton College and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Literae Humaniores. On his father's side Johnson is a great-grandson of Ali Kemal Bey, a liberal Turkish journalist and the interior minister in the government of Damat Ferid Pasha, Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire, who was murdered during the Turkish War of Independence. During World War I, Boris's grandfather and great aunt were recognised as British subjects and took their grandmother's maiden name of Johnson. Try as I might, I could not look at an overhead projection of a growth profit matrix, and stay conscious. He wrote an autobiographical account of his experience of the 2001 election campaign Friends, Voters, Countrymen: Jottings on the Stump. Johnson is a popular historian and his first documentary series, The Dream of Rome, comparing the Roman Empire and the modern-day European Union, was broadcast in 2006.
After being elected mayor, he announced that he would be resuming his weekly column for The Daily Telegraph. After having been defeated in Clwyd South in the 1997 general election, Johnson was elected MP for Henley, succeeding Michael Heseltine, in the 2001 General Election. He was appointed Shadow Minister for Higher Education on 9 December 2005 by new Conservative Leader David Cameron, and resigned as editor of The Spectator soon afterwards. A report in The Times stated that Cameron regarded the possible affair as a private matter, and that Johnson would not lose his job over it.
The Conservative Party hired Australian election strategist Lynton Crosby to run Johnson's campaign. Johnson pledged to introduce new Routemaster-derived buses to replace the city's fleet of articulated buses if elected Mayor.
I believe Londoners should have a greater say on how their city is run, more information on how decisions are made and details on how City Hall money is spent.
Ken Livingstone presides over a budget of more than ?10billion and demands ?311 per year from the average taxpaying household in London. Under my Mayoralty I am certain that London will be judged as a civilised place; a city that cares for and acknowledges its older citizens. The Mayor’s biggest area of responsibility is transport, and I intend to put the commuter first by introducing policies that will first and foremost make journeys faster and more reliable. The premise is simple – eat a high (healthy!)-fat, low carb diet, getting 50-70% of calories from healthy fats, 20% from protein, and the rest from vegetables (with some fruits and starches).
However, notice how much my total cholesterol and LDL came down during my last blood test – I’ll talk more about this in a bit (has to do with fixing my thyroid). Additionally, I was completely missing certain types of gut bacteria, such as lactobacillus. I managed to contact a previous doctor I used some 8 years ago who still had the results of some prior blood tests and sure enough, my low WBC issues have been around for years.
Digging deeper, chronic infections such as H.Pylori can play a role in elevating one’s LDL, even when triglycerides are low. This tipped of my doctor that my cortisol numbers could be artificially inflated due to the chronic infections. I ended up doing a Crossfit on-ramp early in the year, which was right before one of my blood tests and sure enough my CRP skyrocketed! It mainly came down to some advance planning, such as searching for gluten-free(ish) restaurants on Yelp, and when in doubt I would just go for sushi (also, any authentic Argentinian steak houses serve grass-fed steaks).
In the summer I would even make my own adapted version of the “Get Some” ice cream recipe (my own adapted version can be found here).
Incorporating collagen protein and bone broth into my diet has also done wonders for my skin (not to mention helping to speed up healing of bumps and bruises from playing soccer). Gray hair is a natural part of aging, but there are strong ties between gray hair and thyroid disfunction (and micronutrient deficiencies such as selenium and zinc). However, over the past year and a half, I have had 3 checkups (every 6 months) and have found zero cavities. If you have any gut issues, ground meat is generally going to be much easier on your digestive tract. I’ve noticed a slight bodyfat increase, but that could also be due to my increased protein intake as I continue to train and try to gain some more muscle mass.
That was a long post, but hopefully you have gotten some value out of me sharing my experience so far. You probably don’t need to go through the level of testing I did, so just work with a good functional medicine doctor who can order up a blood test and interpret the results.
For me especially the cholesterol ratios were something I didn’t know (and makes so much sense). The n=1 public testimonials are impressive and I also feel amazing when I eat more animal stuff. Thanks for the post (and others) again, I don’t know if you hear this enough but it is a *very* informative and helpful blog.
I rarely cheat and never eat processed foods because I truly enjoy real food and cooking for myself and my family. The Bible has ample evidence that there were clean and unclean animals from the very dawn of Creation.
Those who break God's rules regarding the care of the body machine will reap broken bodies and burned-out lives, just as one who abuses his automobile will have serious car trouble.
The children and grandchildren inherit weakened, sickly bodies when mother and father defy God's rules for their lives.
They know that His rules greatly add to their happiness and protect them from the devil's diseases (Acts 10:38). He will joyfully give you a new heart and the power you need to break any evil habit and become a son or daughter of God (Ezekiel 11:18, 19).
They will be blessed with eternal vigour and youth and will live with God in supreme joy and happiness throughout all eternity. These meats, as we have already discovered, are the clean meats listed in Leviticus chapter 11 and Deuteronomy chapter 14. The passage does not say either is right, but rather counsels that neither pass judgment on the other.
But today, like so many in country music and beyond, hea€™s saddened by the death of yet another music legend.
He last played in East Lansing, MI on April 9-10, 1996, at MSU-Breslin Center and sold 28,393 tickets. It has been certified platinum by the RIAA, making Garth once again the #1-selling solo artist in US history with 136 million sold.
In reference to his cosmopolitan ancestry, Johnson has described himself as a "one-man melting pot" — with a combination of Muslims, Jews and Christians comprising his great-grandparentage. His father's maternal grandmother, Marie Louise de Pfeffel, was a descendant of Prince Paul of Wurttemberg through his relationship with a German actress. They have two sons—Milo Arthur (born 1995) and Theodore Apollo (born 1999)—and two daughters—Lara Lettice (born 1993) and Cassia Peaches (born 1997). Boris Johnson and his family currently live in Holloway, North London. In 1999 he became editor of The Spectator, where he stayed until December 2005 upon being appointed Shadow Minister for Higher Education. He is also author of three collections of journalism, Johnson's Column, Lend Me Your Ears and Have I Got Views For You. On 2 April 2006 it was alleged in the News of the World that Johnson had had another extramarital affair, this time with Times Higher Education Supplement journalist Anna Fazackerley.
Yet Londoners have little confidence in the Mayor spending their money with care and prudence. It was here that David Cameron and all his supporters gathered to congratulate him on becoming Mayor of London. By restricting carbohydrates, your body goes into ketosis, and starts to use fat as it’s primary source of energy instead of glucose. You get to “cheat” intermittent fasting by having a few cups of Bulletproof coffee in the morning – a combination of high-quality, single-origin, mold-free coffee beans with grass-fed butter and coconut or MCT oil, which does wonders to stave off hunger while increasing cognitive function over the final few hours of your fast.
The smaller particle size LDL is what has been shown to increase risk for heart disease and heart attacks by getting clogged in arteries, leading to things like plaque buildup. Having an underactive thyroid has been directly linked to lower testosterone – as I began treating mine, lo and behold it shot right up! My stomach pH was an acidic 5.8, which can often be an indicator of candida (my doctor at the time simply said I probably had a “candida-like” infection, but didn’t suggest any course of treatment or ask for additional tests).
After scheduling the blood, saliva, stool, and breath tests, sure enough some of the tests came back showing I had a number of lingering chronic infections, including Candida, h.pylori, Epstein-Barr virus (had mono in college), and Lyme Disease co-infection antibodies (still in my system after being bitten by a tick 10 years ago).
My doctor said I had what he called “functional hypothyroidism” – right at the bottom of the “normal” range. That being said, even while eating anywhere from 2800-3500 calories per day, early on my weight went down by approximately 10lbs , but proceeded to stabilize, hovering between 162-165lbs.
Over the past 3 months I have been working to get my weight up to 175lbs (increasing muscle mass), so as a result I have simultaneously put on a little bit of added body fat – I am considering increasing my carb intake to factor in the additional training.
I was then introduced to the folks at EVO Ultrafit, who are the pioneers of neurological-based strength training, built upon a foundation of what they call “iso extreme” exercises combined with a special electrical modality that literally retrains the way your brain and muscles send and receive information.
I would pack some MCT oil and a “go kit” for my coffee in my luggage (if it was a short trip, I would pre-ground it otherwise I’d pack my hand grinder along with packing a stick of grass-fed butter in a small tupperware bowl).
And paleo eggplant lasagna with a mixture of ground grass-fed lamb and beef is pure awesomeness! As I began working on fixing my thyroid, lo and behold I began to notice some of the hairs regaining their pigment as they grew out! In fact, during my most recent visit, after my dentist finished my cleaning he marveled at the fact that my gums did not bleed at all, and said my gums were the healthiest of any patients he’s ever seen! I’m curious if you always struggled with chronic infections or if you feel this was a result of fasting.
Did you check any long term effects of these diets before adapting it or was it more of a “I have slightly elevated LDL and slightly low HDL so this will fix it” sort of attempt? So I started Vit D3 supplementation, starting from 1000 UI, made blood tests on a 3 months basis and increase the intake up to 6000 UI. However, the study does indicate that Epstein–Barr virus lowers VDR activity so I will definitely look into having my 1.25 OH Vit D checked (even though I have very low inflammatory markers). Candida was relatively easy to knock out, but healing my gut is an ongoing process that could take a total of 1-2 years to restore.
According to God's rules, the following animals are unclean and are not to be eaten: hogs, squirrels, rabbits, catfish, eels, lobsters, clams, crabs, shrimp, oysters, frogs, and many others.
And those who continue to break God's laws of health will ultimately be destroyed by the Lord (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17). God's counsel and rules are always for our good, just as good parents' rules and counsel are best for their children. The scribes taught that eating any food without a special ceremonial washing defiled the eater. God gave Peter this vision to show him that the Gentiles were not unclean, as the Jews believed.
A But unlike almost EVERY other tribute we've seen he didn't decide to cover "Purple Rain".
Seal urged Urban to go, but the country singer recoiled when he found out what time Prince would take the stage.
A Jake Owen found out that someone was doing that to his female fans and did something about it! Today he has sold over 51,000 tickets for Van Andel ArenaA in Grand Rapids and tickets are still selling! A The carA went airborne, hit a tree then came to rest on its side in a ditch filled with water.A Jaws of Life had to be called in.
Through Prince Paul, Johnson is a descendant of King George II, and through George's great-great-great grandfather King James I a descendant of all of the previous British royal houses. His comic first novel Seventy-Two Virgins was published in 2004, and his next book will be The New British Revolution, though he has put publication on hold until after the London Mayoral election. He was nominated in 2004 for a British Academy Television Award, and has attracted several unofficial fan clubs and sites. In 2004 he was appointed to the front bench as Shadow Minister for the Arts in a small reshuffle resulting from the resignation of the Shadow Home Affairs Spokesman, Nick Hawkins. Fortunately, I was introduced to a great functional medicine doctor who quickly recognized my symptoms (having had successfully treated numerous patients with similar issues) and ordered up a battery of (but very specific) blood, saliva, stool, and breath tests. He was frankly amazed at how I was able to get by and still perform at a high level throughout the day (running a business, working out and playing sports, etc.).
I have barely lifted any free weights since I started working with them, yet I continue to gain strength and neurological efficiency. I also figured out “hacks” for Trader Joe’s (although I avoid most items in TJ’s, they sell ground grass-fed beef and steaks in the frozen meat section and you can buy Kerrygold butter by the case at a discount if you ask) and Whole Foods. I know there was a recent rat study by Bath University that suggests IF may weaken our immune system. The only thing I can recommend to anyone is definitely checking at least 25 OH and 1.25 OH Vit D in the same blood test. I’m finishing up my adrenal and thyroid support protocols next month (total of 1 year) and will then retest.
Your conversation above makes sense to me because I have recently been diagnosed with hashimoto’s autoimmune disease.
Scientists have sounded the ominous warnings about cholesterol, tobacco, stress, obesity, and alcohol, so why press your luck? After all, the mere eating of a piece of forbidden fruit by Adam and Eve, a sinless couple, brought sin and death to this world in the first place. The death of Christ had no altering effect whatever on these health laws, since the Bible says that all who break them will be destroyed when Jesus returns (Isaiah 66:15-17). Verses 14 and 20 refer to foods that were first offered to idols (and were thus ceremonially unclean)--not to the clean and unclean meats of Leviticus chapter 11. In 1995 a recording of a telephone conversation was made public revealing a plot by a friend to physically assault a News of the World journalist. I also upgraded my cookware (eliminating teflon) and cooked my food at lower temperatures (for longer duration) to minimize oxidation of fats. Definitely not a reason to give up IF, but wondering if you feel people should be cautious with that also and try to counteract it?
I’ve been eating a healthy Paleo style diet (not the lean version) for years and recently gave up the last remaining sensitive foods, dairy and nightshades. I know several people who have developed egg allergies and had to stop eating them for a period of time. Hospitals and psychiatric institutions are packed with people who have ignored the warnings - do you really want to join them?
If our bodies are misused, our minds and spiritual natures cannot become what God ordained they should.
Christ even commands us to clear up grudges that others may hold against us (Matthew 5:23, 24). But Peter would have refused to see them if God had not given him this vision, because Jewish law forbade entertaining Gentiles (verse 28). I did not realize for many years that protein can cause weight gain and I definitely think I overindulged in the protein and wasn’t eating enough fats, although I do not eat fat-free anything. In the next chapter (Acts 11), the church members criticized Peter for speaking with these Gentiles. In people with this mutation the level of 25 OH can be low or very low even if the 1,25 OH is good or high. I’ve also made new friends who get together periodically to go out for massive amounts of grass-fed steak! For amazing facts about how you can have abundant health and longer life, look over this Study Guide - but be sure to read it all before jumping to conclusions!
A Christian will completely avoid all things that are harmful and will be moderate in the use of things that are good. So for this people a supplementation of Vit D could be harmful because can increase a lot the active form in the body and produce an hypervitaminosis.
Ignoring God's health laws, however, may cause a person to be lost, because it will ruin his judgment and cause him to sin. God, in mercy, tells us what these laws are so we may avoid the tragedies that result from breaking them. Recent scientific findings confirm the fact that the use of tobacco often shortens the life span by as much as one-third. This is too plain to misunderstand: when we help the poor and needy, we improve our own health. The devil argues that freedom is found in disobedience, but this is a falsehood (John 8:44).
Medical science has confirmed the fact that tea, coffee, and soft drinks that contain the addictive drug caffeine and other harmful ingredients are all positively damaging to the human body. None of these contain food value except through the sugar or cream added, and most of us already use too much sugar. Stimulants give a dangerous, artificial boost to the body and are like trying to carry a ton in a wheelbarrow. The popularity of these drinks is due not to flavor or advertising, but to the dose of caffeine they contain.
Many Americans are sickly because of their addiction to coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks. But the real tragedy is that men and women seeking peace and strength are using tea and coffee as cheap substitutes for prayer and Bible study.
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