Carnivore diet to help cure myself of gallstones: 9 month report.
At the end of August I will be 9 months a carnivore. The reason I ended up on this very limiting diet was that I suffered from debilitating gallstone attacks while staying at my parent’s house. Both my parents are vegans, and in the month of November 2018 I suffered from at least 10 attacks that typically started at Midnight, which would double me over in pain for the next 5–10 hours before subsiding.
How I cured my Gallstone attacks with the Carnivore Diet
How I solved my Gallstone attacks cold by adopting a carnivore diet.
Towards the end of November I was having attacks every other day for around 10 hours each, leaving me covered in cold sweat clenching the bedsheets twisted from my writhing the night before.
Then, around 10 or 11 am I would get some blessed sleep…
The desperation started after the 3rd attack, and was properly motivating me to do all the research I could on causes and cures of Gallstones. I outlined my findings in my article “How I cured my Gallstone attacks with the Carnivore Diet.”
I looked into the various flushing recipes, and even joined a Gallstone flushing group on Facebook, but I couldn’t bring myself to do one. It made no sense to me that drinking a concoction of olive oil, lemon juice and epsom salts could rid one of gallstones. I could find zero evidence that it was proven to work. And the FB gallstone flushing groups I joined had a dishearteningly high number of folks who went ahead with the surgery despite having dutifully used these so-called “cures.”
Gagging down a concoction of olive oil, lemon juice and epsom salts seemed to be another version of “snake oil” to me. And, I could find no one in these groups showing any scientific evidence that flushing actually worked.
Talk about insult to injury.
The other thing was that while at my parents house I ate whatever they ate, or didn’t eat. Meaning a strict vegan diet: no meat of any sort, no milk products, including cheese, no honey — nothing that came from an animal. Something in their diet was acting as a trigger, which was possibly the large number of carbs in their diet, or in the plants themselves.
Between attacks I filled my hours with researching plant diets and discovered anti-nutrients, lectins, gluten, and oxalates. All the ways plants have of chemically destroying the guts of those impertinent enough to try to consume them.
My research also did seem to find a correlation between low calorie, low fat diets as being a cause of gallstones. In fact, that is how many studies induced the formation of gallstones. So, the opposite: a high calorie, high fat diet seemed to me a suitable curative. Another thing I was looking for was an elimination diet in case there was an allergic component involved as well.
The ultimate elimination diet, with the addition of also being a high calorie, high fat diet, was the Carnivore Diet. Meat, and water for the purists. I added, eggs and cheese — and oh yeah, a morning cup of black coffee.
My gallstone attacks, occurring every 2–3 nights for weeks on end — stopped cold.
I kept eating meat, beef, chicken, some fish as my mainstay, and for the past 9 months have had zero attacks. I haven’t been able to verify if the size of my gallstones have been reduced, but I only really feel their presence after I eat. A sort of dull ache, but bearable. Not the sharp pain that doubled me over, or had me arching and twisting — trying to find a position of relief.
I’ve since added some items such as low oxalate vegetables, as well as high fat fruits such as avocados, and minimal bread. I seem to do well on a sort of low fiber, keto-like diet with meat as the mainstay. I add different types of food with trepidation, fearing the resumption of my attacks — but so far so good.
I am starting to view meat as a sort of buffer to anything that could hurt me. With every day that goes by I feel less and less the sort of pressure on my lower right front abdomen where my gallbladder lies.
At the moment, I do not have health insurance, so I am averse to paying for a doctor’s visit in order to get a prescription for an ultrasound to confirm the reduction of gallstones I feel I have had. Once I resume my insurance come December I will have one done to see what state I am in.
In the meantime I am enjoying my painless days, and sleep filled nights.
I very specifically titled my previous article “How I cured my Gallstone attacks with the Carnivore diet,” because I knew that at the time I didn’t actually cure my Gallstones — only ridded myself of the resulting nightly attacks.
Here’s hoping, come December, after a year of on this very restrictive diet, I can show the world the results of my so-called “cure.”