- Did you know that women are twice as likely as men to say they had their health concerns dismissed by a GP?
- Did you know that women’s health is not as well researched as men’s health?
Advocates have called for a deeper understanding and better education around women’s health, including for doctors.
In her early thirties she went from doctor to specialist for exhaustion, muscle pain, and irregular periods.
Her GP diagnosed her with polycystic ovary syndrome but did not provide her with a treatment plan.
“Nothing was done about it,” she said.
“It was like ‘you have PCOS’ — that’s it.”
PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects between 10% and 28% or 45% (the studies aren’t clear!) of women of reproductive age.
It causes a range of symptoms from extreme pain to infertility to insulin resistance.
For years, Leah was left to navigate this complex and debilitating illness on her own.
Leah’s story had a happy ending, but that is as much as I am legally allowed to tell you.
I hope you can guess the rest.
(Hint: She left a testimonial in which she declared that “I wish I had come to see Pete years ago”.)
Another interesting study showed that women in ‘rich countries’ live on average 8 years longer than men.
I wonder if there is a weird connection between not being heard by your health professional, and living a longer life?
Regardless of there being a connection or not, feeling dismissed or ignored can be deeply emotionally scarring.
If you resonate with this and want to be heard and listened to like never before, please come, and see Pete and me at the Purple House!
Ring 03 64283007 to talk to my friendly team to discuss your needs and book a session.
Pete and I are avid health researchers.
Recently, we have been immersing ourselves in the benefits of the carnivore diet.
Our little grandson, Elijah, had to be on a very strict carnivore diet when he was 5, to restore his eyesight.
It worked, and within several months his eyes were free from scar tissue.
He is now a healthy 13-year-old.
This means that the carnivore diet has been on our radar for many years.
One of our clients ate meat and zero carbs to overcome her health problems, which included infertility, obesity and PCOS.
Like Elijah, she made great progress, but it wasn’t until she increased her fat intake to around 50% of her diet that she finally got rid of ALL her problems.
She conceived once she started her high fat diet and had a string of healthy babies since then.
By high fat I mean animal fats like butter, lard, dripping and meat fats.
In the video below, I explain why you, and everyone else needs meat fats to thrive. (Also check out last weeks video on ‘The brain needs animal fats’).
It is a very controversial topic in today’s world, where the big influencers are guiding people towards a plant based diet.
There definitely needs to be a more balanced debate.
Here is a great story for you that I copied from Dr Shawn Baker’s book: The Carnivore Diet.
This is Nicole’s story (page 158)
When I was 18, I decided to give up on all meat, egg, and dairy products.
I believed it was a good thing for my body and the environment.
During my first few years on the vegan diet, I felt very good.
However, when I was about 23, I started to have some issues with endometriosis and irregular periods.
A few years later, I started to struggle with my energy levels.
I was in a constant state of fatigue.
I tried adding vitamins B12 and D and iron to my routine, but I was extremely tired.
I experienced gallstones and pancreatitis, which led to me having my gallbladder removed.
I was also experiencing anxiety and depression at that time, but I didn’t associate these issues with my diet.
Since, I wasn’t feeling well, I decided to escalate my diet to a raw food vegan diet.
I thought this must be what I needed to do to feel better; and I believed that by eating only raw plants, I would get the most nutrients possible.
I ate only uncooked fruit, vegetables and sprouted nuts and seeds.
Everything I ate was either organic or grown at home.
Unfortunately, my health status steadily declined.
I began to get sick repeatedly with flu like symptoms and my anxiety and insomnia became more intense.
- I was constantly cold.
- I had systemic Candida that I could not get rid of.
- The fatigue became overwhelming.
- My hair began falling out, my stomach constantly hurt.
- I was chronically constipated.
Yet, I persevered through my vegan diet.
I could not fathom that it was causing my issues.
I continued this way for a few more years despite encouragement from doctors to add meat into my diet.
In 2012, a doctor diagnosed me with ulcerative colitis, a painful autoimmune disease that causes pain in the intestines, bloody stools and fatigue.
I had a very serious damaged gut lining and shifted my focus to doing whatever I needed to heal this disease.
I removed all root vegetables and legumes when I tried a low glycaemic diet.
I had some positive results, but the colitis symptoms were still there.
I explored all kinds of other diets – Macrobiotic, low FODMAP, like nightshade free, GAPS, paleo, ketogenic.
I’d get some relief from the ketogenic diet.
However, at that point, I was still eating a good amount of plant material, a lot of almonds and very little ruminant animal meats.
I continued the ketogenic diet for one year, but I would still have some symptoms of colitis and I was gaining weight.
In May 2018, I began the carnivore diet, eating only beef, lamb, fish, chicken eggs and some bacon.
My symptoms were reduced greatly, and within about four months, every symptom I had was gone.
- I no longer had insomnia.
- I no longer had thyroid issues.
- My hair stopped falling out and grew thick and long.
- My sex drive was stronger than ever and I felt calmer, happier and less stressed than at any time in many years, once I had eliminated all plant foods from my diet. “
It was a miraculous change that even I was shocked to see.
I share my message with anyone who wants to learn.
I was so fixated on a dogma of fruits and vegetables being the cornerstone of health, that it seemed impossible that I could be free of health problems by eliminating them.
I’m forever grateful to those who speak out and help spread the word that meat is healthy, and that meat heals.”
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Here are some really great resources/books on the topic of health:
- “The vegetarian myth” by Lierre Keith (who was a dedicated vegan for 20 years)
- “The Carnivore Diet” by Dr. Shawn Baker
- “Toxic Superfoods” by Sally K. Norton MPH
- “Lies My Doctor Told me” by Dr. Ken Berry
- “Good fat is good for women: menopause” By Dr. Elisabeth Bright