How we all live a lie

I’ve spent 10+ years with IBS-D, and when I finally managed to kick it away 3 weeks ago, I’m still surprised about how something so simple as a diet change is not prescribed by doctors by default. Very few doctors and nutritionists so far align themselves with some form of the Original Human Diet (e.g. Paleo, Primal, GAPs, SCD etc). And yet, there are thousands, maybe millions so far, who have had their auto-immune & inflammatory disease under control, or even healed, using these diets. So why isn’t modern medicine more open on the actual explanation as to why modern diet is so bad? That is, when lectins, gluten and bacteria inflame the gut, make holes on it, and toxins/feces enter the bloodstream. Then, the whole body goes haywire and the most weird illnesses appear. Illnesses and allergies that didn’t happen, or were very rare in the pre-Agrarian era.

But let’s go back to IBS.

We have to ask ourselves, except humans, are there any other animals that have IBS? And the answer is “yes”. Domesticated cats & dogs. The illness does not appear on their wild counterparts! IBS appeared in large numbers in the human population in the last 50 years only (before that time it was more rare), while pets started having IBS about 20-25 years ago. What’s the only thing that changed in the last 50 years for us, and 25 years for pets?

Enter FOOD. Food that contained more and more grains in various shapes and sizes, and more and more sugar. Pet food originally was mostly meat, but in the last 25 years, vegetables and flour appears on your pet’s cans. When was the last time you saw wolves grinding flour out of wheat in the wild? Feed these animals their natural diet (pieces of bones, and real meat), and you will see their symptoms reversed in the vast majority of cases.

So all what humans have to do, is simply go back to their original diet: veggies, meat, fish, eggs, fruits, and a bit of nuts & honey. Maybe some lactose-free goat cheese/yogurt IF they can tolerate it (cow dairy is even less tolerable).

The idea is so simple, and it makes so much sense. And yet, I spend 10 years trying to find the magic pill, trying to understand why this was happening to me. I was thinking along the “common wisdom”, that some of these “unexplainable” and “incurable” auto-immune/inflammatory diseases are just mysteries of nature that some day medicine & science might provide answers. I was thinking that I was simply unlucky for having gotten IBS. Maybe it was stress, as my doctors said, or maybe it was some old food poisoning that kicked it in.


I was daily abusing my body with grains and sugar (like 99.9% of you who read this). I was eating unnatural foods, foods that the human stomach does not have the right enzymes to break down. We are not hens. We are not pigs. We evolved to eat specific kinds of foods. Not the addictive grains or the even more addictive sugars. These are products of civilization, products created to be able to sustain unnaturally large numbers of population. But at what cost? Today, almost 50% of Americans have one of these “mystery diseases”! And the other half are on their way to get them later in their life. 97% of us are undiagnosed celiacs up to a degree! So, ditch the damn things. Do the work now, so you won’t regret it afterwards.

As for the medical & political world not seeing any correlation between “diseases of civilization” and grains/sugar, this would be one of the few times that I will have to sound like a conspirator. I do think that they know all they need to know about grains & sugar, but Big Pharma likes people to be sick, and politicians want citizens with a full belly. A full stomach always makes an obedient citizen, while a hungry one is nothing but trouble (since there are no resources for everyone to follow the Paleo diet — at least not for cheap).

Romans did exactly the same btw. In order to keep their population from revolting, they were feeding them with free-of-charge wheat products, and why not, kill a few people in the arena too, just for the fun of the masses. So tonight, go sit in front of TV, and enjoy your cheap drug: pasta, rice, bread… Top it all with a slice of chocolate cake. Oh, have a beer on me too.


Mat wrote on September 27th, 2011 at 2:00 PM PST:

you probably seen this

all the best in getting healthy!

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Eugenia wrote on September 27th, 2011 at 3:29 PM PST:

Thank you Mat. That’s a good video, thanks. What he says is correct, the guy understands the whole food thing. He even mentions the SIBO aspect of bacteria overgrown when carbs don’t get digested.

Ivan wrote on September 27th, 2011 at 6:49 PM PST:

I’m just back from my cardiologist. I have high blood pressure and I need to lose weight. I asked his opinion about the paleodiet. He considered it a ‘fad’ diet like all the rest, and he was mostly against it because it will be hard to keep up (for the rest of my life, actually). Also, he said that a varied diet is easier and healthier (just eat less, and less salt). Leaving out dairy products, for example, gives us less calcium, which is good for our bones.
From personal experience, I know that it very hard to ‘eat less’ on a long term basis, too…
So my conclusion is that I’ll give the ’30 days of paleo’ a go, and see how I feel after that, and what it has done with my blood pressure.

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Eugenia wrote on September 27th, 2011 at 7:56 PM PST:

“Eating less” is not possible. “Eating as much as you want from a specific pool of foods” is much easier. I personally have no problem staying on the Paleo diet at all. On the low-fat/low-calorie diet I did in 2006 I was always hungry and often felt sick (mostly muscle & stomach pain). On Paleo, after I got over the adjustment stage (2-3 days in the 2nd week), where you feel a bit off as your body adjusts, it’s been a VERY easy ride! And I feel healthier than ever. Don’t cut dairy though, just try to find aged lactose-free goat cheese, if you can’t make your own lactose-free goat yogurt.

Ivan, I’m very interesting to see what your numbers will look like in 30 days! I hope you find back your health too just like I did. Just make sure you also drink enough water as you will be losing weight, and toxins from the fat will be released to the body (this is normal for any weight loss diet).

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