I'm going to borrow a page from Mark Sisson and try something out. Anyone willing and able to help field some reader questions? I hope so, and with that hope, here goes. I'll alert each questioner to this post so that they can be prepared to add supplemental info where needed.
Q1. From Joe:
I have been reading the blog for about 6 months and had tremendous success eating Paelo style. I had a quick question – Sometimes when I eat refined foods (grains, bread, pretzels, hoagies etc…) my mood becomes nasty. I get angry for little or no reason. When I go back to strictly paleo, I am more patient and I am more pleasant overall. Do you know of or have you ever heard of anything about how food effect a persons mood?
Q2. From Marc:
Perhaps you can help me, I started eating paleo and following a plan very similar to yours about 3-4 months ago since then I have gained 12 pounds. Not muscle. Pants getting tighter. 220lbs to 232. Basically at a loss on what to do next. Any advice would be appreciated. Blood work good, thyroid ok.
[Ed: He goes on to detail some exercise & eating habits that seem completely appropriate to me.]
Q3. From Tom.
Richard, I'm a follower of Free The Animal. I happened to come across a blog site called Heart Scan and noticed a comment you'd sent about your thyroid and tsh levels. This caught my attention because I 'suffer' from thyroid problems. When I was 13, I had surgery for Graves Disease and a portion of my thyroid was removed. My levels appeared to be fine after until I started gaining weight in my late 30's. I went and had my tsh levels checked. All out of whack. I was placed on synthroid and my levels went down; however, I felt terrible and my heart would randomly palpitate making me think I was having a heart attack. I told my primary care physician about this and she said my blood test results were within 'recommended standards' and I needed to continue the regimen even though it didn't make me feel any better. I had her send me to the local endocrinologist. That turned out to be a waste of time! She had diabetes posters all over her office and that appeared to be her 'bread & butter'. She told me I just had to get used to being over weight and not feeling good. In fact, she said I might not even have any thyroid tissue left. Sounded like a life sentence to me from an 'expert'. When I got home, I chucked the synthroid down the toilet and went to a naturopath. I started taking a non-prescription thyroid supplement and also a daily kelp tablet. The heart palpitations went away. I started feeling better. About this same time, I stumbled across Art Devany's Evolutionary Fitness website and later Free The Animal. I also went and had an ultra sound scan and found out I still had thyroid tissue. I've lost weight and my eyebrows are growing back (another telltale sign of thyroid problems). I know I need to eventually have my tsh levels checked; but, I feel good and my cholesterol levels are lower now than when I was on synthroid. I'm hesitant to have the western medicine gurus get me in their clutches again. Any words of wisdom?
OK readers; anyone want to weigh in? I'll be happy to engage in comments as well. Thanks, as always, to the many of you willing to lend a hand to your fellow travelers.