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Below is a recent success story from a paleo follower:

Dear Dr. Cordain,

My name is Chase. I am writing this to thank you for your work on The Paleo Diet. I have only been on the diet for 12 days, and already have had success that I have never had on any diet or fitness program I have ever done.
I have struggled with weight since childhood, however I got it mostly under control by my last year of college. But within a year and a half of starting my career, I was gaining once again. However, through much effort and trial and error, I returned close to what I wanted to weigh and maintained that until a few months ago. I had heard of The Paleo Diet, but did not fully research it. However, after a very busy very unhealthy week of fast food, alcohol, and every unhealthy food that I could eat, I had some downtime on a Sunday and someone close to me asked me if I had heard of this diet because they were thinking about it. In researching it for them, I gained interest while they lost it, and resolved to start it and stick with it. That was the day before I started.
I have exercised vigorously for four years prior to this diet. However I could never get past 183 lbs. Within a week of reading your book and starting the diet, I broke that number, am the lowest I have weighed in five years, and recently recorded a body fat percentage of 9.8%, the lowest I have ever recorded. I have increased energy and am actually exercising less now than I have in months.
I’ve read your book daily as my guide. Without your assistance through this work I do not think I could have achieved this success. Thank you for your efforts in this field of study. If anyone asks me about this diet, I will refer them to this book as the best way to understand The Paleo Diet, and succeed at it.

Respectfully Yours,

Chase

Curing Rheumatoid Arthritis With The Paleo Diet | The Paleo Diet

Below is a recent success story from a Paleo Diet fan:

Dr. Cordain,

Thank you for answering questions I’ve had for the past 15 years about why this diet makes my RA better.  I just wish you could get the point across to all the rheumatologists out there!

I have had RA for 35 years….  first onset 1978 at age 37, finally diagnosed as adult onset Still’s Disease in 1983.  My rheumatologist had me on just about every high powered RA drug available for the next 20 years.  I was truly blessed by having side-effects to most of them and that kept me from taking them long enough to really shatter my health.

About 1997 or ’98 I decided I really needed to lose weight.  I felt I was already doing about all I could for the RA with medication and just getting rid of the excess pounds would at least make me feel better about myself.

I chose my own modified version of the Atkins diet.   I didn’t want to do ketosis so left meat and fat levels at the same moderate amounts I’d been eating and just left out all the starches (grains & white potatoes), sugars and fruit juices, legumes and milk products he recommended.  I did lose weight, but in the process noticed my RA was much better except when we would eat out or celebrate a birthday and I momentarily fell off the diet.

I asked my rheumatologist why this diet affected me like that but he had no answers.  At least he said, “If it works, go for it.”  So I have been on-again/ off-again with this diet since that time.  Anytime my RA flares, the diet works much better even than any of the new biologic drugs (such as Humira, Enbrel, etc).

Through the years I have read everything that has come my way looking for the reason this diet has this effect on me.  In the past year I began to notice more and more references to the Paleo Diet and decided it sounded like the diet I’ve been using.  I looked it up on your website and bought your Paleo Answer book and  IT IS THE SAME !  And then I found your research articles  Modulation of immune function by dietary lectins in rheumatoid arthritis and Cereal Grains: Humanity’s Double-Edged Sword in particular.

THANK YOU!  THANK YOU!  for making them available on your website!  I printed those and gave them to my rheumatologist in July.  I will be interested in hearing his opinion at my next visit.  If this information had been available  when I first came down with RA, I can only imagine the pain and suffering I would have been spared (plus 2 artificial knees, 2 artificial hips, and reconstructive surgery on both wrists).

If I had known about lectins, saponins, etc. 15 years ago, perhaps I would have also avoided the on-again/off-again use of the  diet.  Or maybe this on-again/off-again pattern was the necessary proof that it really is the diet that is working!  (I’m thinking the healing of my body, because of the diet, is what allowed me to drift off the diet for extended periods of time.)  One thing I have found is that when initially beginning the Paleo Diet, depending on the degree of pain and inflammation, it may take 4 to 6 weeks for the symptoms to really clear.  And it is most important to not forget about the legumes and milk products…..  I was concentrating on starches and sugars and I had a tendency to forget them for a while until I read your research.

I am trying to spread the word about this diet to my many friends and acquaintances with RA as well as those with other medical conditions.  Sad to say, many of them feel they must rely only on what their doctor recommends…. after all the doctor is the “expert”.

What can be done (what can I do) to re-educate these “experts”?  Will you be having any seminars in the Austin, TX area in the near future that I can recommend to my doctors?  What can I tell them to spark their interest?  Do you have any new research coming up on this topic?

Dr. Cordain, thank you again for your research and for making it available.  I will be “on-again” forever thanks to you.

Sincerely,

Linda