Beating Eczema By Removing Plant foods on Carnivore Diet

Disclaimer:

Everyone is different and so is their issue with eczema and cause. I am just documenting my own journey to recovery so that it may help someone in a similar situation

I have what doctors call contact eczema since young. In other words, skin areas with high contacts is why my skin problem would manifest. So most of my problem since young is around my feet, hands and elbows. I don’t really remember the details very much when I was young, but I strongly remember that at least once around 6 or 7 years old, I had to take injections because of the puss from my left foot, due to constant scratching and broken skins. Over the years, the different skin areas then to come and go. Overtime, I will have very itchy right ankle, a constant itchy, dry and cracked left feet, especially between the toes. My elbows would be constantly white due to dry skin and itching. When I starting working and since computer is a daily affair, my palms and fingers will start getting worst. They are constantly dry, peeling, cracking and bleeding. It got so bad that I had to moisturize daily and wear gloves at work. My friend would constantly poke fun of me because I would be scratching or peeling the dry skin on my feet unconsciously.

In my journey to solve this problem, I have looked up skin doctors, Chinese medicine and tried many moisturizers. I know that steroid cream works for me to relieve the symptoms, but I need to keep applying which I read that it is not a good idea and I don’t find them very effective over time. Closer to my late 40s I did chance upon a Chinese eczema cream. It was very effective in relieving my symptom and even after I stopped using it for a few months after I got better, I did not have a relapse. But a relapse it did after a few months and I found that it was no longer as effectively on second try.

My journey to solve this problem was actually unexpected. Due to health issues, I had gone onto a ketogenic diet for about 1 year and lost some 10 kg and got much more healthier. However, I would still have my eczema outbreaks. Over that one year, I begin to learn more about plant toxins like oxalates and antinutrients and had gradually also reduced the amount of vegetable intake and eating less raw vegetables. It was during one of those last eczema outbreak and me wanting to push my health progression further that I decide to move to a carnivore diet. Stopping eczema was really the last thing on my mind as I never thought that its even possible given that nobody knows why it happens.

Much to my surprise, after 1 week of not eating any more plant foods, I found that the outbreaks stopped and the skin started healing! It only since this once happened and this was with the use of a Chinese eczema cream. Within 1 month, itching, cracking and peeling stopped. I recovered so well that I even noticed that I no longer think about scratch any parts of my skin. This was a constant affair previously. Of course, even though the outbreak stopped patches of skin that had constant outbreaks since young continued to be rough and healed slowly.

But was I cured? I don’t think there is a cure for a genetic disposition in my body which cannot process vegetable food too well; its like peanut or seafood allergies, I am somewhat allergy to plant foods and not able to process the toxins that comes with them too well. This is the same problem with the Asian flush in which the body will try to detox alcohol through the skin. I have to come understand that this is what my body is doing with plant toxins, it pushes it to patches of skin and body attack the skin causing the reaction.

Over the years, I have experimented to understand what my body can and cannot tolerate too much of. It is actually quite easy, because my skin will start itching and sometimes even with small outbreaks which it doesn’t like what it has consumed. A good example is in 2020, I ate quite a large amounts of Yu Sheng with my friends and family in February to celebrate Chinese New Year. For those who are not aware, Yu Sheng basically a salad of various vegetables, raw or preserved with raw fish, which we tossed and eat during the Chinese New Year in this part of Asia. Within 1 week, I had a full outbreak of eczema and this lasted for a long time. At the same time due to COVID outbreaks, I had eaten much more food deliveries during that period. I only decided to document my progression in photographs in April 2020 because I was always embarrassed about my skin condition and showing it to people, but this time round I thought documenting it could help people understand this better.

For myself, I understand relatively well my triggers: Vegetables, most nuts, beans and even spices. For vegetables, the more greener and the more raw ones tend to give me more problems, so I would avoid salads whenever possible. Non-green vegetables like cauliflowers or cabbages don’t seem to have cause too much problems. As for nuts, I know the almond doesn’t work for me when too much. This is especially prevalent in a refined form in “keto” treats like cakes and cookies. I can tolerate a few pieces, but I had experiences of outbreak when I indulge just too much of them. As for spices, it really hard to tell which ones cause issues, but if I have a meal over a few days which are spiced like curries and middle eastern rubs, I will have some minor outbreaks. Lastly, beans in general don’t work for me too. Twice I had meals that were bean-centric like Mexican and Middle eastern and I had outbreaks the next day.

I am glad to say that there are some plant foods that don’t seem to cause too much problems for me. Coffee, fermented vegetables, rice/wheat, soy and its products like tofu, mushrooms and chocolate seems have little to no effect on my eczema. Being a coffee home barista, it was a good think that coffee was not part of my problem. However, the freedom on being on carnivore diet is that you just don’t need to eat them on a daily basis or at all. Apart from coffee and chocolate, all the rest of them are just part of a meal on occasions.

Health and nutrition are very personalized. I am documenting my own journey hoping that this can be a reference and help to someone out there. Eczema will never go away for me, but it can be kept at bay. For someone who suffered this from young, it is such a mental relieve not to have to scratch some parts of the body every other minute.

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This is in April 2020, the outbreak had started in Feb 2020.

This is in May 2020… you can see it gotten worst. Mind you that I there are other parts of the body that had outbreaks too which I am not showing here. But you can see that my feet gets most of the hits

This is in June 2020. You can see that feet has healed quite a lot

And finally, this is one year later in April 2021

A conversation with ex-gays?

Recently after the Joanna + Jaime + 666 devil worshipping gay pride video got a lot of traction. The FB page Dear Straight People decided to be objective and talk to the people in this group.

As much as I want to applaud Dear Straight People for trying to stay objective, this sort of reminds me of the early days whenever we have a panel discussing gay issues, the organizers will add an opposing voice in that panel, aka ex-gay, to legitimize their diversity agenda. To me diversity means coming together despite differences, it doesn’t mean that all voices need to be hear or should have a platform on the diversity agenda. They need to be acknowledged for sure, as it would be dangerous to ignore such elements. These programs aka religious agendas (not the people or blur sheeps) are out to instill hatred and violence (I will get to this). They are NOT part of diversity because they DON’T celebrate differences. PERIOD.

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Why standard fasting glucose cannot detect acute hyperinsulinemia: Glucose and Insulin response over time

This charts are taken from the talk by Dr. Paul Mason. I paraphrased his notes for this article. I have a link to his full talk right at the end of this article. Do note that this is NOT medical advice

How do we understand the body’s response to glucose and its insulin response over time?

Level 1

The above chart shows a typical fasted blood glucose and insulin response over years constant high glucose intake. The blue vertical dotted line shows that your fasted insulin and glucose initial, i.e. when you are young and healthy or in a healthy individual. The fasted glucose and insulin response normal and it usually takes about 4+ hours after a carb heavy meal for the insulin to return to a normal level.

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Does the China Study really show that animal proteins promotes cancer and heart disease?

The China study has often been cited as the case of eating animal proteins means you are more likely to get cancer and heart disease, that is why you should avoid animal proteins especially red meat. Vegans love to cite this study as proof the animal protein is deadly. However, one must note that the study is only associative, even if positively correlated, as there are no explanation on the causation or mechanics. Below is a summary of one of the articles criticizing the study (caveat, there are other articles out there that supports the China study’s conclusion).

https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/abcs-of-nutrition/the-china-study-myth/

  • Campbell had several experiments that showed that when the aflatoxin-exposed rats were fed wheat protein or soy protein in place of casein, they didn’t develop any cancer—even at the 20 percent level that proved so detrimental with casein.
  • Critics pointed out that humans don’t eat isolated casein separately nor are they subjected to such high dosage of aflatoxin.
  • One of Campbell’s most relevant experiments—not mentioned in The China Study—showed that when wheat gluten is supplemented with lysine to make a complete protein, it behaves exactly like casein to promote tumor growth
  • Campbell’s research actually showed that a low-protein diet increases the acute toxicity of aflatoxin, resulting in cell genocide and premature death. Because protein deficiency prevents the liver from successfully doing its detoxifying duties, less aflatoxin gets converted into cancer-causing metabolites, but the end result is massive (and eventually deadly) tissue damage.
  • Throughout this chapter, we learn that the China Study data found associations between cholesterol and many cancers, as well as cholesterol and animal protein intake—implying that animal protein and those same cancers must themselves be intimately linked.
  • But the direct relationship between animal protein and diseases isn’t discussed in The China Study for one monumental reason: that relationship doesn’t exist.
  • An examination of the original China Study data shows virtually no statistically significant correlation between any type of cancer and animal protein intake.
  • Ironically, when we look at plant protein— which The China Study argues so vigorously is cancer-protective—we find almost three times as many positive correlations with various cancers as we do with animal protein, including colon cancer, rectal cancer, and esophageal cancer. Likewise, for heart disease and stroke, plant protein has a positive correlation while animal protein and fish protein have negative or nearly neutral correlations—meaning the animal-food eaters in rural China, if anything, are getting less cardiovascular disease than their more vegetarian friends.

Is the “bad” LDL hypothesis wrong?

The 1st 2 parts on cholesterol introduces you to the complexity of the cholesterol debate. It is necessary to prepare one to understand why the “bad” LDL hypothesis (or lipid hypothesis), that is so commonly practiced in the health industry, could be barking up the wrong tree.

LDL is not entirely off the hook; we know that oxidized LDL do and can contribute to plague in your arterial walls, aka atherosclerosis. However studies have shown that LDL do come in different sizes and its the smaller LDL that we may need to worry about more. In general, the longer the LDL stays in circulation, the smaller it becomes. Basically, the longer it stays in circulation, more stuff gets off-loaded, i.e. the cholesterol. As a result, the become smaller and smaller in size, these are termed small dense LDL or SDLDL. One must wonder why would an LDL stay in circulation for longer than expected? Could it damaged by glycation or oxidation such that it cannot get reabsorbed by the liver receptors? As a result, it circulates longer in your blood and become smaller.

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What is cholesterol and its role?

Caveat: This is not medical opinion, this is my opinion. I will try over time to add any study links where possible, but in the meantime, these are my opinion gathered over years of exploration. Please do your own research to compare notes.

Please read part 1 first.

What is cholesterol and what use does it have in our body? Cholesterol is a type of fats that is essential to maintain cell wall functions, the myelin sheath along your nerves and it is also essential for synthesis of vitamin D and other hormones like Testosterones, Estrogen and Corticosteroids. It is also use to produce bile from the liver, the substances that helps you digest fats that you eat. Cholesterol is so important for the brain that it makes cholesterol itself and so does the liver. It is also used for repair functions as cells signal their need for cholesterol for repair so that it can be transported to them. Given that cholesterol is so essential to the body, if you don’t have enough of it, you will literally die, so why is cholesterol bad?

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Interpreting blood test results on LCHF

Dr. Paul Mason talks about what cholesterol results means for people on LCHF. Here is a quick summary

  • Cholesterol is transport via Chylomicron, VLDL, IDL, LDL and HDL.
  • Chylomicrons are sort lived and appears when we ingest food.
  • LDL starts as VLDL, then to IDL and lastly to LDL as they off load their triglyceride cargo.
  • When LDL is exposed to glucose, it can become glycated and then oxidised. Each damaging steps makes LDL fractionally smaller, i.e. small dense LDL.  This oxidative process has been shown to be significantly accelerated if we have an access of omega 6 fats (aka mostly from vegetable seeds oils)
  • In a standard blood test, VLDL and LDL values are estimated; IDL are ignored. Only HDL is actually measured. 
  • For lipid sub-fraction test, you want to achieve a pattern A LDL and avoid pattern B LDL as it means you have damaged LDL in your blood.
  • Triglyceride levels of < 0.5 mmol/L (40 mg/dl) = Pattern A. Levels > 2 (180) = Pattern B
  • HDL level  > 1.6 (65) = pattern A. Level < 0.3 (25) = pattern B
  • TRI/HDL level < 0.8 (1.8) = pattern A. Level > 1.8 (4.2) = pattern B
  • In interpreting blood test, first look at triglyeride, then HDL and then TRI/HDL. If at least 1 of the levels is good, its a good indication of pattern A LDL. 
  • Increasing the amount of calories which increases insulin also increases LDL receptors in the liver, which is why the Feldman protocol using high carbs to lower LDL works. In the reverse. LDL receptors reduce when fasting, which explains why you may have high LDL count if you are doing long fasting before blood test.

What’s the deal with cholesterol?

Caveat: This is not medical opinion, this is my opinion. I will try over time to add any study links where possible, but in the meantime, these are my opinion gathered over years of exploration. Please do your own research to compare notes.

What is the deal with cholesterol? We all know what bad cholesterol is right?

We all grew up hating bad cholesterol and doctor says bad cholesterol is bad [duh] for you. I bet some of us even wished cholesterol never existed; “Damn with those statin drugs to lower my cholesterol, but with those drugs I can still eat whatever I want without worrying of heart attack”. Some may even feel that zero cholesterol is probably what all humans should aim for.

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Where to buy Specialty Coffee beans in Singapore

This list is not a ranking list. Its just a place for me to keep track of the growing list of coffee bean sellers.

Those whom I buy on a regular basis:

Those whom I buy occasionally:

Other local roasters online:

Those who sell online from other roasters:

Here is a comprehensive list

https://www.alliancecoffee.net/coffee-roasters-singapore/

Why the carnivore diet is not an extreme opposite of veganism?

Many people like to compare the carnivore diet with veganism as two diets on the extreme ends. Where in people on carnivore diet avoids plant sourced foods, people on veganism avoid animal source foods. However, this is where the difference ends and they are not the extreme of each other.

Most vegans do it for a belief system and a built in shame and guilt over eating and killing animals. Of course, there are some vegans who do it because its been part of their lives and there are some for health reasons, based on the constant marketing in the media.

However, people on carnivore diet mostly do so because they have tried many other way of eating and only after going carnivore did they find that their health improved. In fact, there are many ex-vegans who turned to this way of eating, I can’t say if there are too many ex-carnivore who turned vegan due to health problems. Of course, there are also those who went directly into carnivore as the first diet they try or other do it because of other benefits and not because they became desperate.

Vegans, due to their belief systems, would “break” their veganism if they ever ate any animal product. Its almost a religion to them, just like how Jews and Muslims have food restrictions. You can see this play out on youtube, where one can see many angry vegans attacking ex-vegan youtubers despite supporting them so well before that.

Yes, there are many arguments in carnivore space too, but they don’t attach guilt or shame over eating plant matters. The reason is very simple, people avoid plant matters that gave them health problems not because they don’t want to see plants being kill or eaten. If a plant food doesn’t give them any health problems, there is little harm taking them. The most common are coffee, tea, spices, chocolates and even the occasional salad or fruit. In fact, many of them do experiment with adding back plant food to see which ones they can tolerate and which ones they cannot. However in most cases, because the eating and cooking choices became so much simpler, most people just stick to eating meat.

It is well established even in the vegan community that veganism is an in-complete diet lacking of essential nutrients that require supplementation. Further more, many of the nutrients are of lower quality, needs to be converted in the body to a useful form and less are bio-available. Also, vegans need to eat a variety of plant in order to get all the nutrient they need. However, for some, going vegan from a SAD diet is a good way to reset the body. This is why people report health improvements after going vegan, especially if they stick to a low carb vegan diet or a whole food plant based and avoid refined carbs and sugars and processed foods. However, many long term vegans, as can be seen on youtube, begin to draw down on their body’s own stored nutrients and start getting unhealthy over time, if they don’t supplement well or understand about plant toxicity.

Carnivore diet on the other hand is simpler. Some just eats rib-eye steaks. Some adds organ meat and bone broth. Some just steak, bacon and eggs. There are hardly any variety or a need for variety. As the animal food provides high quality nutrients and are easy absorbed and used by our body. There are few reasons to supplement unless there are imbalance in the body in the first place or due to the quality of the food that one can only afford to eat or procure. There is a run in period for most people when switching from SAD diet to carnivore; this is even true for those on keto/LCHF switching to carnivore. After the run in, things almost always gets better and healthier.

So please stop comparing veganism to carnivore diet. They may look like the exact opposite, but one is a religion and the other is a way of eating for health through hard science.