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I gave this to my whole family in conjunction with coconut oil when my daughter had a case of pinworms and it really does work. Thanks for any advice! Margaret, I was in that very same boat…. I had to address candida, parasites, and hormonal imbalance including adrenal fatigue and thyroid issues. If you are allergic to foods then GAPS is really good — for a period of time.

Include lots of fruit and honey on GAPS, and introduce whole soaked grains and other starches when you can. And starches and dairy and whole soaked grains can be introduced as soon as you are ready for them. I also think with severe cases of PCOS or other conditions, medications or medicinal herbs can support recovery. Further, physical activity plays a huge role in PCOS. So does adequate sleep. The one thing that I want to ask is about your digestive system — I know you did GAPS and had leaky gut — so do you think it was healed and this is why you can eat freely?

Also, according to The Fiber Menace fiber will wreak havoc on your digsetive system — are you eating relatively low fiber? My eyebrows have become a little fuller and my mind is sharp. Curious about whether you take synthroid, armour or nothing and if you have any liver issues. After all of what I have been doing, my eyes show some liver issues so trying to reduce stress and eat more always had this problem although I have almost always been overweight — and adding in what I suspect is a leptin issue, things are getting better.

Now just to hit the gym to tone up as I have a lot of loose flesh after losing 60 lbs — about lbs from highschool weight. I did GAPS a few years ago for a month or two. I healed my digestive system and gluten intolerance back when I was 25 mid 90s.

I feel like my thyroid still needs some nourishment. I have horrible mood swings, lethargy, and back pain with gluten! Such a great post, and certainly one that I wholeheartedly agree with. Matt has freed me from a lot of unhealthy thought patterns and practices. We can get so crazy about food. I feel very free now. Finding Matt Stone has helped me achieve balance and stay in the middle.

Wow, just eat the raw Primal diet, and eat all of everything you want — raw meats, dairy, eggs, fruits, veggie juices, raw honey, raw raw raw, and you will have perfect health, and be the perfect weight.

Not over, not under. Overweight is a sign that the body is fighting toxins. Thanks for the suggestion but no thanks! I like going out to restaurants when we want to. I like not worrying so much. I wrote a nice detailed response but then the application crashed. Sorry, I need to be fairly low carb. His theories on reversing diabetes are just that: Agreed, we are all different. I do think diabetes is probably largely hormonal. Have you had your thyroid checked?

You are right Anneliza! Gaining pounds if you are a fairly normal weight is fine but I am at pounds. I wish that Matt Stone would have talked in a little more detail about people who are very overweight. I love you Ann Marie! So happy to see you happy and worrying about food and weight is just a life killer and no fun..

Matt helped me out of that hole too. Well my temp went way up on a very low carb diet. In fact I felt much worse eating moderate carbs. Have you tested aldosterone? That being off can explain your temps going up and that is very difficult to treat. The body temperature is good enough for me. I suspect that it makes you feel better emotionally rather than physically. And potentially gives you a way to rationalize some of the unhealthy foods you are eating. We typically eat eggs and sprouted toast with butter for breakfast, a sandwich on sprouted bread for lunch, and dinner is either meat or fish with whole grains and vegetables.

We eat lots of grass-fed meat and dairy, wild-caught seafood, properly prepared whole grains, good fats such as coconut oil and whole foods. And we take cod liver oil and fermented foods and probiotics. I feel better emotionally AND physically. It is not every day.

It takes time for the body to heal. In fact, if you go back and read the work of Broda Barnes who fed his patients desiccated thyroid, not one of them had heart disease. Not a single one. Read the blog, look at the recipes. We fry our tortilla chips and chicken nuggets etc. This is how people recovering from eating disorders are taught to eat.

Tune into your body, listen to what it needs and feed it. It actually results in eating less junk, counter-intuitively. For me, doing this made binges stop, and has resulted in excellent body composition.

It took several years. My husband knew a gal in high school who was anorexic. She had to go to a clinic to be treated for it. They had her eat LOTS of pizza and ice cream. There is nothing healthy about extra weight before during or after pregnancy. Women with extra weight, and who put on more than 30 lbs. Chris Kresser just put up some good info about calorie intake. Keeping my fat high, but reducing my calories worked beautifully for me. At 46 I still have great muscle tone and lots more energy than I had when I weighed Also, because I look good naked my libido is higher.

I too had tried all myriad of diet protocols and nothing worked until I dialed back my calories. I love this approach. Starches, properly prepared grains, even pizza honestly was never my weakness make into the pic these days and I can still shimmy into my skinny jeans. And I was I had a perfect pregnancy and ate mostly traditional and gained 40 pounds.

Labor was a whopping 2. I think that there are many other factors other than weight gain that effect labor duration. Provider bias being one, and amount of physical exercise being another. Not to mention position of the baby…I could go on and on. I was 5 ft 6 inches lbs when I got pregnant. Not sure what your point is. Clearly it was a question and asked out of interest. You were slender when you got pregnant. Loosing the weight was probably easy for you.

AnnMarie would not enjoy similar benefits based on her body composition at this point in time. Struggling to loose lots of baby weight is a drag. Putting on 30 lbs from lots of whole milk, potatoes, liver, etc. I was average weight for my height before that pregna ncy. I am almost 5 months pp and I have 15 pounds left to lose. Happy hormones are more important to me than a number on a scale.

If you believe it is that is your business. I have no interest in being skinny-fat. My job right now in my opinion, is not to have a perfect body — but to create a perfect child. In fact, I remember reading that you had the entire birth planned around the dates of the WAP conference.

Are you not able to conceive? Who says higher temps accomplished through extra weight equals a perfect baby? I did not have health insurance for a while — it has not been easy to get as a self-employed person who wants maternity coverage. We also made a lot of decisions regarding where we wanted to live Vegas or here and about how we are going to grow the company. I gained weight in order to bring my body temperature up and help heal my hormones.

It absolutely worked for me. As of April, I never use them. I really do not think this is a big deal, and I do believe the weight will come off, especially as I start being active again. Unfortunately working hours right now is a fact of life until we get our revenue up. I thought that would never happen but it finally has!

Thank you so much for the very detailed reply. Mentally it took a real toll and I gained 5 lbs. It seems to work best for people who have lots and lots of weight to loose. I used to be really jealous of the success first time dieters seem to have instantaneously. I appreciate the healing of your hormones clarification. Being able to work the number of hours you do with sustained energy is fantastic!!

I guess I just find it quite sad to scroll through the comments and see many recovering orthorexics within the WAP group. Once I discovered those principles I was completely liberated. We are a foodie family. I am forever indebted to Sally Fallon Morrell for all she has taught me. Charlotte turned 11 this year and her body composition and bone structure is drastically different than most of her peers.

I feel badly for these children. That is what has gotten us into this mess. No kidding, of course we all have to die. But instead of dying the way most people do today, we can simply fall into a very deep sleep in our old age.

The human toll and suffering caused by needless illnesses is huge. I lost both of my parents in my mid-thirties. Barring an awful accident this is not something anyone my age should have been familiar with. On the flip side, parents have a responsibility to be alive as long as possible for their children.

It is cavalier to be flippant about something as important as our health. One needed be strident and fixated to embrace the wisdom handed to us by Dr. I really look forward to hearing more about your progress! You mentioned elk velvet as possibly helping with not need reading glasses. Do you mind telling what dosage you took and how often, also, or do you just recommend following the recommended dosage on the bottle?

Lauren, you need to read Ancel Keys Starvation study. See what happened to the men after they started eating again. Gaining a lot of weight and then it started coming off naturally was indeed part of the healing process.

I was hardly on a starvation diet. Even though my calories were restricted my fat intake was quite liberal. I have no fear of eating starches with fat and that worked out quite well for me. I made sure never to loose more than two pounds a week. Adding extra calories is very simple thus ensuring weight loss happens in a predictable smooth way. Sarah Pope had her friend Paula Jaeger do a series on how she lost 10 lbs.

If it works for her, great, but I would not want to live like that. I was actively following a high-protein diet and Bradley exercises through the pregnancy, slept through the first 6 hrs of labor, and had my baby 6 hours after waking up in hard labor. Sarah, you were really petite. We heard so much about their struggles to loose weight afterwards. Any thoughts on what you might do differently.

In fact, Kate Hudson completely changed her eating plan with her most recent pregnancy. I focused on being a mommy without any hard exercise, and it took about a year and a half to return to my ideal weight.

I have a slight diastasis recti that I am now attacking with T-Tapp. I allowed myself to eat some limited sugar. I always enjoy reading the comments on your posts, Anne Marie. Following what stars purport to do to lose weight or during their pregnancies would be dangerous IMO. Secondly, both of the hollywood stars you named smoke cigarettes. So, focusing on weight being the most important health factor is perhaps misguided. I ate what my body craved and although i gained weight lbs for each — eating raw milk, ice cream, grass-fed meat, milkshakes, fruit, etc , i birthed 3 healthy babies — 2 of which had a very short labor time.

And lost the weight afterwards. If that were the case, runway models and bulimics would be excellent role models. We need to stop focusing on fad diets, People Magazine and BMI charts and start getting in touch with our own individual needs. That begins by listening to our bodies. Granted, sometimes food cravings can be misleading, but I think that if we pay attention to the way we feel after eating certain foods for a few months our bodies will start to remember, and the cravings will start to diminish.

A high quality, non-restrictive, whole foods diet seems like the best thing to aim for from a nutritional standpoint. For both my pregnancies I gained 50 lbs I normally weigh The first labor was long, the second was super short. The first I labored in a hospital which was very uncomfortable for someone as private as me.

The second I had at home, with only my husband present. I need to loose 50 pounds. I need to understand how and when the weight will come off. Will the pounds really come off? When I first crashed from zapped adrenals, I was a size 6. When I put on a bit of weight and went to a size 8, I was fine with it. Within a year, I was up to a Still, I went with it because I could pull it off with my height.

I went shopping to buy some clothes and left in tears. Every sundress I put on looked like a whale in curtains. Every size pants gave me a muffin top, my belly is so big now. When I first started my adventure with Matt, I initially felt great. Soon, I was right back to being weak, tired and sore all over.

I kept eating however believing it would heal my frazzled adrenals and thyroid issues. But I just never saw the relief I was looking for physically. I have appreciated that Matt made me calm down about being so anal about what we eat. Stuff like that is the last thing I want to hear. Especially because I know its true. Adrenal fatigue has taken 3. So here I am, pushing a size So much for that experiment!

Are you sure you have adrenal fatigue? Have you been checked for thyroid problems by a reputable specialist? I am SO sorry to hear about your story. I do not advocate for a very low-carb diet, but sometimes a short term avoiding excess starch and sugar can be very helpful to resetting blood sugar levels- and you CAN NOT address hormonal imbalance if blood sugar levels are dysregulated up OR down.

It is so much more complicated than just the food, calorie counting or food groups…. My husband always me he loves me no matter what. He loves me just the way I am. I know he means it, too. I feel the same way about him. And that should be OK with you and your husband! And how sad that you run into a friend and the only thing he can think to say to you is how heavy you look. You are worth more than your body shape and size.

Body shape and size and appearance is all just temporal. Why not go behind that, on to more important things? Hard to go onto more important things when there are days I am crawling to the toilet because I am so dizzy that I fear falling when I am in the house alone.

I literally have been in my house for 3 years now. Even a trip to the store puts me in bed for days. Of course I believe my husband loves me no matter what. Funds are tight and we are losing our home. I was in that kind of shape although maybe not as bad in my 20s.

For me, an elimination diet and then going off gluten and sugar for 2 years and taking probiotics worked. I can concur with where you are at. One thing you might really want to consider doing, mainly because it cannot hurt to try, is to add real traditional lacto-fermented veges to every meal. A great many of us have changed over to whey free ferments, ones that are done in a type there are several kinds of airlock vessel with only salt and the veges of choice. Minimum time to ferment is 2 weeks, with kraut being best at 4 weeks.

All of my extreme fatigue vanished within 3 days of making this change. I feel whey is fine to add to ferments to speed up the process if one has no health issues, but if one cannot get better, then it should be vital to make them in a traditional manner. No one has regretted making the change yet.

Paula, I really appreciated your helpful suggestion to Susan to make traditional lacto-fermented vegetables a part of every meal. Cabbage, mixed veggies corn, peppers, beans, onion, etc. You can get pretty inexpensive airlock lids from Pickle Pro that fit on any wide mouth jar I suggest quart jars. Susan, you might also look into the work of Julia Ross. Specifically, her book called The Mood Cure and website of the same name http: It was widely known and used before the advent of milk pasteurization, even by the founder of the Mayo Clinic.

No more edema in my ankles, my range of motion is much better, etc. This is easy to try if you have access to milk. I hope you feel better soon! Susan, I was in as bad a shape as you are a couple years ago. I was completely bedridden for 6 months, and very ill for about 3 years, gained 60 lbs while eating a low calorie diet and exercising hours a day in the year prior to becoming unable to stand or sit up.

I self treat my thyroid with T3 meds. I treated severe adrenal fatigue confirmed with 4x saliva test with hydrocortisone for 2 years. Changing diet was a critical first step, but I ultimately needed medication, too. Do your own research and heal yourself.

If u cant find a doctor to treat you there is a lot of info that can help u self treat at stopthethyroidmadness. Janie has lots of info on how you can get natural desicated thyroid, including without a script if necessary. Also, there is a lot of good info on nutrition as pertains to hypo or hyperthyroid at ithyroid.

Mineral deficiencies are correlated with both particularly iron, copper zinc, selenium and manganese. Interestingly, the symptoms of anemia and hypo are identical. The creator of this site believes there is evidence that these deficiencies predate onset of thyroid symptoms and are a big part of causing them, whereas mainstream medicine considers anemia for example, to be caused by the hypo.

If it works, you should feel better quickly and have it stay that way. I hope you can get some medical help. Susan, I am so sorry to hear about your troubles. Can you afford organic virgin coconut oil. I take about My energy levels are so much better and stable throughout the day and coconut oil can also help with thyroid issues.

I do hope you feel better soon! I feel your pain. I too am overweight and nothing seems to work. And to top it off I am having terrible joint pain.

It seems to help people with all sorts of ailments. Also there is something called that a friend recommended adrenergize by enzymatic therapy. I hope this helps you. This is not the case, you eat what your body wants and sometimes candy and ice cream helped me keep my temps up but I now have a freezer full of ice cream and candy in the house that I have no desire for.

I wanted full, satisfying meals over high-calorie snacks. I am not going to waste my time thinking about it. I am healthy, feeling energetic, and in a much better mood. The only problem is, i never hear the whole thing ; Another great post and thanks for the update. Also, as an anecdotal note to Lauren G, I gained 70 and 50lbs which each of my girls. We have bags of candy around here from b-day party pinatas and such , and loads of ice cream in the freezer.

I probably eat chocolate less frequently than most people I know on low-carb diets. I think people who are off grains are quite often craving the magnesium. Yup, same with me. If I want something I eat it, and that is a very powerful thing. Yesterday I was craving summer squash. In secret, of course. Not that she is deprived. We make homemade jello, and she gets homemade ice-cream and popsicles and homemade cookies and what not.

My anxiety gets so much worse on low-carb. Having kids made the problem worse. As Ann-Marie said I would have to cut carbs and calories more and more just to lose weight. RRARFing has definitely made me less obsessive about food. Phew, what a relief! This has been the best summer ever! I am not to that place yet.

Wouldnt be caught dead in a swim suit, much less let anyone see me in it. But, I have broken free from the need to weigh myself and the obssesing over my weight. Regarding the woman who posted who was bemoaning how she has gained and wears a size 16, I guess she means pants I dont think she says, and taking about how huge a 16 is, anyone who thinks a 16 is huge has been seriously brainwashed.

Did you know that for most of her career, Marilyn Monroe was a size 12? I believe during some of it she was even larger. It has gotten to the point where many people think that larger than a four or six at most is huge. The rational seems to be that the closer to zero the better. With each move up in size from zero the anxiety goes up. By size 10 anxiety over weight is already high and by it is off the charts. This is really skewed and most dont seem to realize they are being conditioned to see things in this unrealistic, unhealthy, skewed way.

They think that their warped perception is based on reality. They have a milder form of anorexia it seems. They dont waste away, but they have the same mental distortions that cause them to starve and restrict and obssess about their size. And while true, clothing sizes have gotten larger as we have- manufacturers call it vanity sizing. They know people are more inclined to buy the clothing that reads a smaller size.

I am a fan of the Degree Health facebook page, and everyone always seems to be posting that they are upset they are gaining. I agree there is extreme emotional benefit to not stressing about food, but is that all this diet is really providing?

And an increase in temps which may or may not just be an increase in inflammation. I am not trying to be a brat—I am really curious. Body temps above 99 would be inflammation fever. Anything lower is indicative of low thyroid function. Go over to Degree Health and you can comment over there about who has lost weight.

I do know that it takes some time to lose the weight you initially put on. Wow, 20 lbs is a lot. THAT alone is worth every single pound. You are so right. I just wish I could stop worrying about those extra pounds. Some days are better then others that way. One thing that comes to mind is maybe this losing weight by rarrfing thing works for men but not for women???

Men naturally have more muscle and the more muscle you have the more you naturally burn fat. Just curious, maybe it worked for Matt but will it work for us ladies??? It is all about a mind shift. I really like the way he writes and I already feel freed from my diet obsession. I highly recommend him, he is so understanding.

Another point is, what really is the ideal weight?????????????????? Nicole, one way to find out if you are carrying extra weight is to calculate your BMI.

You can find out how to calculate this by just googling. The ideal weight can very with each person, depending on height especially. In addition, waist size is very important as extra weight around the middle is extremely dangerous so I think you should measure this as well. I concur with the following numbers I have read: These numbers may sound unattainable for some, but they are not. The size of our skeletons underneath our skin hardly varies at all when it comes to the waist area, so these are ideal numbers for everyone.

Extra weight even for a time is never a good thing, on so many levels, for ideal health. I would personally never follow a regimen that caused me to gain excess weight. That would be a clear sign for me that this is not working for my body, but against it. As a health conscience person, I would never expose myself to x-rays to assess if I am overweight, so I would have to disagree with you highly on that point.

BMI plus waist measurement is something someone can measure at home and know right away if they need to get to work. BMI is a joke. It takes no account of whether the weight is fat or lean muscle or other lean mass. Celebs who have high muscle mass from working out have been labeled overweight or obese. I think the bmi is a scam used to classify more people as sick so that meds can be pushed just like the ever lowering cholesterol recommendations.

The bmi is much more stringent than the older weight and height charts. I would find an older chart and go with that. Better yet I would refuse to weigh myself and focus on building health. I have come to the same conclusion as matt that doing things to restrict for the purpose of forcing the body to a particular weight is harmful and counterproductive jerry rigging in the long run.

I am not advocating for gluttony, but for the eating to satiety of healthy foods, and also targeted supplements for healing deranged metabolism and hormones. Agree with Lisa here — BMI is very vague and assumes we all have the same body composition.

My mom is a great example. Her frame, however, is large. I look more like I weigh or so. Thank you for this really encouraging post. Where did you find it? Were you aware that every time gluten is ingested in these cases that the immune system launches an attack, not only against gluten, but also on the thyroid gland. This immune response can last up to 6 months each time it is ingested. Are you not concerned that weight gain will affect your future attempts and health with pregnancy?

What about health issues that come along with such weight gain, such as heart health, imbalanced cholesterol and possible insulin resistance leading to diabetes? Is a simple temperature reading really the be all end all gauge in indicating you have now become healthy and recovered from thyroid issues? What about your adrenals? These are all very important and valid concerns that need to be addressed before assuming that what you are saying here has any credibility as well as any validity for others to follow suit.

I do believe I am hypothyroid. I am not gluten intolerant. I may even be in the normal range. I have not checked. As he healed their hypothyroidism, NONE of his patients had diabetes or heart disease. I think my adrenals are MUCH better. My temps used to swing wildly from low to high from hour to hour. I know this is your journey and not mine, so regardless of your quest to heal your hormones, etc, you may want to check out what is considered obese.

Most people think obese means very very large, and that is not the case. Based on BMI and waist measurement I mentioned above. I have found those are the best guides to go by. I truly believe my body temperature and other symptoms are much more important than numbers on a scale, BMI and waist measurement.

Anyway, temperature is not a good enough indicator that all is well is really what I am getting at — it concerns me to see this all being promoted because the long term affects of a high carb diet are not pretty.

Bottom line is this: People who run into difficulty from low-carbing are more likely to give up on carb restriction and return to daily intake in excess of grams of carb.

I do not believe that insulin resistance is caused by carbohydrates. I know this debate is going on right now at AHS. There are literally billions of people eating high-starch diets worldwide, and you can find many examples of cultures that consume a large percentage of calories from starch where obesity, metabolic problems and moder, inflammatory disease are rare or nonexistent.

The Tukisenta diet is astonishingly high in carbohydrate: All of these cultures are fit and lean with low and practically non-existent rates of heart disease and other modern chronic disease.

I do respect Cate Shanahan and her work. I have been talking to her about this issue. I plan to have her on my upcoming podcast show. Blood sugar trumps here it is one of the two most tightly regulated systems in the body — have you used a blood glucose monitor daily to chart your BGL like you have regularly with your temperature? Both were optimally healthy. I had my blood sugar work done when I did my hormones tested a few years ago — no problems whatsoever.

What do you mean by this? Weston Price was always an advocate of whole grains based on his research. What I mean is, that the people Price studied were not dealing with metabolic syndrome.

Lydia, I have not eaten that way since I changed my diet in and reversed adrenal exhaustion, arthritis, gluten intolerance, and chronic fatigue syndrome. The introduction of the WAPF teachings in upped my game when I learned about healthy fats — at which point I switched from low fat organic milk to full-fat raw, etc. It is not the way I choose to do things. You are missing the point. Yes, they got healthier in many ways by upping fats and recovered from things after ditching processed foods, but still hung on to endocrine issues because they never got their blood sugar regulated and to do that, you have to cut down on starch.

Anyway, I felt it an important point to bring up here and to discuss so others might consider that as well. Sometimes after coming off low carb for a long time and limiting your bodies ability to covert t3 requires a recovery of heavy carb consumption to re-balance the body. Those lower in water content are more helpful because of the bodily environment hypothyroidism creates. Any time you eliminate a macro-nutrient carb, protein, fat, there is going to be a re-adjustment period.

And with carbs it is a blood sugar issue that takes time to sort out. These issues take time, we should not avoid a group or limit based on problems re-introducing. As I am an NTP too. I would too if I gorged on potato chips all the time. I am sure you can appreciate that. Of course no one has to listen to her, but they do, they look up to her and trust her and that concerns me when the advice is to eat without consequence.

Me pressing to share my concerns was based on that. I am not advocating removing all carbohydrate sources, just the starchier ones for the most part but not completely and definitely grains since as you know having any type of insulin resistance damages the gut. So my comments are for those people who might be reading. Can you say looking to drive traffic? I think there are ways to refeed and deal with metabolism that one does not have to possibly sabotage their blood sugar.

Lydia, you have some very good points. Soaking them does not solve this problem. Most Americans are coming from a long line of SAD diets and even if we changed ours when we were in our 20s, we still have the inherited DNA that can cause issues with blood sugar, not to mention those first 20 years of our lives that got our bodies off to an iffy start which can then reappear later as causing problems. Getting off grains helped me finally get to my prepregnancy weight after having four children, and also stopped carb cravings.

I should add that even natural sugars like maple syrup and most fruits raise blood sugar as well. Overall, a lot of people ignore blood sugar issues when it comes to gaining weight, as they feel they are eating healthy with such natural foods. But those foods, coupled with even whole grains, can suddenly wreak havoc with the blood sugar, that was previously not a problem even. Sometimes it takes the body years to show the affects of this type of eating.

Other cultures who do not have negative issue with a rise in blood sugar do not have such a terrible, long lineage of eating bad foods. This is my thinking, anyway, from all I have read, and to me, it makes total sense and I have seen it work in my life. I have diabetics in my family, and I had no blood sugar issues till a few years ago. No weight gain from that protocol, and it works great.

There are so many herbs that help balance the hormones. Americans ate plenty of grains for hundreds of years and there was no diabetes or obesity epidemic. It is not logical. Moreover, it is a fact that a very low carb diet exacerbates hypothyroidism. So going low carb is not really a good long term solution. Many traditional cultures develop extreme obesity and type 2 diabetes within a single generation of adopting a typical western diet. Generations of healthy eating with plenty of physical activity offered them zero protection.

That post was not written to drive traffic. If I wanted to drive more traffic to this blog, I would be writing search-engine optimized posts with long-tail keywords. Those are the types of posts that bring gobs of traffic month after month. Nine times out of 10, people say no. I wrote that post to give others permission not to eat paleo — because I think the paleo diet is extreme and unnecessarily restrictive.

Wow, you sound very definitive with your statements. If it works for you, great. Not that I would trust most modern hybridized wheat, since it likely contains more gluten than is good for anyone, but regular grains, considering their clean history of use, are getting some seriously unnecessary bad rap by fad-diet zealots these days.

Hi Ann Marie, I agree, it sounds so great to be relaxed about food, and enjoy all those yummy carbs. However, I just found out my 5 year old has several cavities in his molars, which freaks me out cause: Our entire family has begun the GAPS diet for this reason.

We eat what we want but we just eat foods that are prepared properly: You can still eat yummy foods on this diet but they should be prepared correctly most of the time. Dont be freaked out. Do you see big rotten spots on the childs teeth? More often than not, you can barely see anything when dentists say you have a cavity. I am a very distrustful and skeptical person. I think dentists exagerate and make things up to make money.

Years ago before I knew better I went to a dentist because I had some dark lines at the gumline on my very back molars. They were nothing, but the dentist put big fillings that had to be replaced with crowns. I wish I had never gone. I dont go to dentist on any regular basis anymore. Cavities they told me I had 10 years ago, but of course could not really see had to take their word for it they existed, have either healed or not gotten any worse as they cause.

I focus on minerals from healthy eating, cal mag supplentation, vitamin d supplementation, celtic and real salt, sea weeds mainly wakame which is very mild and I add it to my families food a lot, and herbs. Herbal infusions of a cup of oatstraw to a coffee pot of water made in your coffee maker, put herbs in pot and let water tricle on them and let steep on burner an hour or three are very good.

You can use other herbs like nettle. Would you entertain the possibility of reading Dr. Carla, I think you have to separate long term to short term benefits. While this system might have short term benefits, check videos of Doug Graham now and 10 years ago. He looks like a old lizard. I fear he might hide many of his health issues because of his public image.

Besides, there was no recorded attempt to emulate such diet in human history and we made it until now, that must mean something right?

That would not work for me. Did you read the name of this blog? No way am I ever giving up cheese! Oh yes I am very aware of your blog name Ann Marie. I gave up eating most cheeses especially the stringy kinds: Maybe cheese is troubling you, like it did me, more than you think.

My omnivore friend who just visited for 4 days lots 5 pounds eating with us and never felt hungry. Graham, yes he is lean, yet so strong. It works well for me and my family. Not just my size, but the way I feel in my body: Good luck to you Anne Marie. I pray you are able to achieve your baby dreams!!! But right now, my tums seems to do best on fruit-based diet. Mind if u post it in a reply? After reading Hypothyroidism type 2, that you have read too Ann Marie, I believe diet is not enough.

There are just too many hormons disruptors in our world — chemicals, food supply, environmental toxins etc. I believe we have, unfortunately, past the point in time where we can heal ourselves with diet only — the gene pool is weaker and the environment is bombarding us with unknown sustances.

Just my take on it anyway…. If you recall in that book and in the books by Dr. It can take several months to years to heal from low thyroid.

I am myself looking for a good doctor who could prescribe it to me…Not easy to find one. Hope to get there myself too! Going to start working with him next month.

He does amazing work neuro cranial restructuring that greatly impacts the shape of the pelvis. He can actually help the pelvis be wider by the time you deliver. As someone who has dealt with an eating disorder, food is never worth your peace of mind.

That is so important because I have news: We are all going to die. No diet will ever change that reality. Life is about the relationships and people in our lives. I love food and am always striving to eat healthier but never at the cost of my joy or peace.

Also, dramatic changes never stick. Habits take a lot of time to stick. You look lovely, Ann Marie. If you feel good, have the strength and stamina to live your life in a way that makes you happy, why worry about your weight?

WRT obesity maybe the answer is in the gut microbiome. Obese people might benefit from fecal transplants to heal gut dysbiosis and achieve healthy weight. Seems to work with experimental mice. I was thin most of my life and ate pretty much what I wanted. But my periods were never regular. I went through three years of infertility treatment, culminating in two IVF procedures just to conceive my first child.

During the infertility treatments the weight began to pack on, and after her birth it was out of control. Eight years later, lbs, miserable, I began a low carb diet. I lost 40 pounds easily. But more importantly, I began regular menses with my first ovulatory period EVER within 30 days of beginning low carb. I had an easy, healthy pregnancy and a quick, easy birth. I increased my carbs during pregnancy, but still moderated them. There are a few videos and podcasts with Dr.

Michael Fox, a fertility specialist. He also finds that there is less morning sickness I had NONE and fewer miscarriages on a low carb diet. If your goal is to conceive, you might want to take a look at what he has to say, particularly if you are having no luck. I should add that i think my thyroid was always an issue. I was always cold, even when pregnant except hot flashes from heavy fertility drugs Yet I conceived with no problem while low carbing.

Thanks for this post! My husband has even worse hormone problems than I do mostly because of a surgery he had 6 years ago , and his temps were in the low 96s when we started following Matt Stone. Thanks for being so brave about sharing your story! Yes, low water content foods and plenty of salt. People are so afraid of salt these days! But we really need salt! I cringe when I see low-sodium recommendations for everyone including kids, who absolutely need salt for neurological development.

Eating plenty of salt has stopped my blood sugar crashes. A deficiency in vitamin A, for example, increases the risk of dying from diarrhoea, measles and malaria by 20 to 24 percent. Deficiencies in three key micronutrients - iron, vitamin A and zinc - each caused an additional to deaths. Reductions of 60 percent in levels of underweight accounted for 16 percent of the decline in child mortality in Latin America and 27 percent of the decline in Asia, the Near East and North Africa.

In sub-Saharan Africa, immunizations, antibiotics and other improvements in health care helped reduce child mortality despite the fact that levels of underweight increased. Looking ahead, the study estimated that reducing the prevalence of underweight by 5 percentage points could reduce child mortality by about 30 percent. Malnourished people who survive childhood often suffer from lifelong physical and cognitive disabilities.

Around 50 percent of DALYs caused by diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria in high-mortality developing countries can be attributed to underweight. When the impact of micronutrient deficiencies is added, the proportion of DALYs from these diseases attributable to malnutrition rises to between 60 and 80 percent see graph.

As might be expected, underweight and micronutrient deficiencies rank lower as risk factors for death and disability in more advanced developing countries with lower mortality rates. Among low-mortality developing countries - a group that includes China, several other countries in Asia and most of South America - underweight and iron deficiency remain among the top ten risk factors.

They are joined on the list by overweight and a number of other diet-related risks that contribute to non-communicable chronic diseases such as ischaemic heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. These chronic diseases are generally associated not with hunger but with overnutrition. In China, more than 30 percent of diabetes and around 10 percent of both strokes and coronary heart disease are estimated to be caused by childhood undernutrition see graph. Overall, not including their contribution to adult chronic diseases, childhood and maternal undernutrition are estimated to cost more than million DALYs in developing countries.

When other nutrition-related risk factors are taken into account, the toll rises to almost million DALYs, fully one half of all DALYs in the developing world. That total represents a loss of productivity equivalent to having a disaster kill or disable the entire population of a country larger than the United States of America. It also highlights the immeasurable suffering that the ongoing disaster of world hunger inflicts on millions of households and the crushing economic burden it imposes on countries throughout the developing world.

Estimating the millions of human lives cut short or scarred by disability leaves no doubt that hunger is morally unacceptable. The costs of hunger to society come in several distinct forms. Perhaps the most obvious are the direct costs of dealing with the damage it causes. These include the medical costs of treating both the problem pregnancies and deliveries of anaemic, underweight mothers and the severe and frequent illnesses of children whose lives are threatened by malaria, pneumonia, diarrhoea or measles because their bodies and immune systems have been weakened by hunger.

Provisional estimates suggest that these indirect costs range into the hundreds of billions of dollars. Both the direct and indirect costs represent the price of complacency, of allowing widespread hunger to persist.

Both are unacceptably high, not only in absolute terms but in comparison with estimates of a third type of costs - the costs of interventions that could be taken to prevent and eliminate hunger and malnutrition. Numerous studies suggest that every dollar invested in well-targeted interventions to reduce undernourishment and micronutrient deficiencies can yield from five times to over 20 times as much in benefits.

Estimates of the indirect costs of hunger are generally based on studies that have measured the impact of specific forms of malnutrition on physical and mental development and have established correlations with reduced productivity and earnings see chart. These studies have shown, for example, that:. LBW, stunting and micronutrient deficiencies have all been associated with reduced school attendance. One study that closely monitored children affected by a drought in Zimbabwe found that malnutrition during critical months of development cost children an average of 4.

Those seemingly small losses in height and education translated into estimated losses of 12 percent in lifetime earnings. Iodine deficiency, which affects an estimated 13 percent of the world's population, has been associated with losses of 10 to 15 points on IQ tests and 10 percent in productivity. Combining these findings with available data on the prevalence of various forms of malnutrition in populations makes it possible to construct provisional estimates of the costs of hunger on national and global scales.

These benefits include estimates of reductions both in the direct costs of neonatal care, illness and chronic diseases and in the indirect costs of productivity lost as a result of shortened working lives and impaired physical and cognitive development.

Since the benefits are estimated as the current value of increased productivity over the course of a lifetime, a discount value must be applied to account for inflation and the probability that any given individual may not survive or work throughout the normal span of working years.

A similar exercise estimated the long-term costs incurred for every year that iron deficiency remains at current levels in a different set of ten countries. The present discounted value of costs associated with iron deficiency anaemia ranged from about 2 percent of GDP in Honduras to 8 percent in Bangladesh see graph, next page.

If the cost of anaemia to Bangladesh is estimated to be equivalent to 8 percent of GDP, for example, this does not mean that anaemia slashes output by 8 percent every year.

Rather it means that for every year that the prevalence of anaemia remains unchanged, the present value of costs spread over the lifetimes of the current generation of five-year-olds amounts to 8 percent of one year's GDP.

None of these estimates present anything like a full accounting of the costs of hunger. Among other limitations, the calculations:.

Yet even these partial and provisional estimates make it clear that the costs of hunger are extremely high. Take the low end of the estimated range of lost productivity and earnings for each individual form of malnutrition.

Adjust for the likelihood that there may be considerable overlap among them. Losses of that magnitude clearly represent a significant drag on national development efforts.

AED's estimates at the country level demonstrate that they dwarf the costs of action to reduce or eliminate malnutrition. For the 25 countries for which AED data were made available, the benefits of interventions to reduce PEM outweighed the costs by a factor of 7.

For actions to reduce iron and iodine deficiencies, the benefits averaged 9. This calculation, too, almost certainly underestimates the true costs of hunger. But like the AED estimates it clearly demonstrates that the costs of allowing widespread hunger to persist are extremely high and far outweigh the costs of decisive action to eliminate it. F AO's estimates of the number of undernourished people in the world are the most closely followed and widely cited element of The State of Food Insecurity in the World.

News reports invariably headline the latest figures as a gauge of progress towards the targets set by the World Food Summit and the Millennium Development Goals - to reduce hunger by half by the year Given the attention focused on these annual estimates, it is not surprising that the methodology employed to calculate them has been subject to close scrutiny and debate.

Experts within and outside FAO have pointed out limitations in both the underlying data and FAO's methods of analysing them. In , FAO hosted an International Scientific Symposium to review different methods of measuring food deprivation and undernutrition and identify ways to improve FAO's estimates. Since then, FAO has taken action both to improve its own methodology and to validate alternative, complementary approaches. FAO's estimates are essentially a measure of food deprivation based on calculation of three key parameters for each country: Similarly, since a large adult needs almost twice as many calories as a three-year-old child, the minimum requirement per person for each country takes into account its mix of age, gender and body sizes.

FAO reports the proportion of the population whose daily food consumption falls below that minimum daily requirement as undernourished. This allows comparisons across countries and over time. But the FAO methodology also suffers from several obvious limitations.

For many countries, the reliability of the underlying food balance sheet data and measures of inequality is uncertain. A relatively small variation in just one of these parameters can make a big difference in a country's estimated level of hunger see graph. Furthermore, estimates based on national production and trade figures cannot be used to pinpoint where hunger has become increasingly concentrated in specific geographic areas and socio-economic groups.

Many of the proposals to improve the FAO estimates put forward at the Symposium called for increased reliance on data obtained from household budget surveys. Such surveys, which are available from an increasing number of developing countries, provide data that can be used to calculate two of the parameters used in FAO's estimates - daily food intake and the degree of inequality in access to food.

They can also be used to measure other dimensions of hunger and food insecurity, including poor diet quality and vulnerability to food deprivation, and to monitor them over time within different areas and population groups. Surveys also suffer from certain weaknesses. Data are not collected regularly in all countries. Even where they are, the surveys are usually updated only once every three to five years and the results are often not comparable across countries or even from one survey to the next.

Nutritional status can be impaired not only by lack of food but by frequent illness, poor sanitation and other conditions that prevent people from getting full nutritional benefit from their food. FAO's estimates of undernourishment measure only food deprivation. Other indicators, such as the proportion of children who are stunted short for their age or underweight capture all the dimensions that affect nutritional status.

Most countries regularly collect such anthropometric data, though only every few years and only for children. Although the prevalence of stunting or underweight rarely matches the level of undernourishment, the relative magnitude and overall trends generally coincide see graph. Anthropometric data are extremely valuable for highlighting trends and evaluating interventions among particularly vulnerable groups, such as children and pregnant women.