Hi Renee! So sorry it has been a while since I have been in touch. How are you doing with your PKD?? I had my third (and final?) consult with Paleomedicina. It was very interesting, and I’ve decided to keep going with the PKD. Regarding your questions about sodium and protein intake for older folks, they said no need to worry about it at all, that there was no need to tweak anything for age.
I ended up after our last exchange, adding in more vegetables and some iodine, and I did notice a direct pick up in energy, mood, etc. I sent my labs in, and Dr Clemens told me (to my great surprise) that my labs were “absolutely perfect”. She said to go ahead and wean off the rest of my thyroid med, and of course this is probably going to take another 3-4 weeks to adjust. I haven’t decided whether I’ll cut the 15mg in half first, or just dive in and be miserable for another month! Once again, she doesn’t know how many of my symptoms are Armour related, but guesses a lot of them are–especially the chronic low energy, anxiety, plugged ears, itchy skin.
She really emphasizes keeping the amount of food low. They use the glucose and ketone measuring heavily, and find that symptoms (of course once the person weans off the medication) are correlated with rises in glucose and dips in ketones. So ideally always keeping glucose below 80 and ketones above 2. I am going to play around with what types of vegetables and amounts I am able to add in to stay within these parameters. She said I’m very healthy (surprising to me!) according to my labs, and that I can tolerate some small amount of vegetable (mostly for my mood and immediate energy) but that for long-term, everyone is better off not eating vegetables at all.
I also asked her about autoimmunity–because I have the markers showing up in my bloodwork for lupus (but no symptoms). She said that the autoimmune markers often just stay the same in people, so they simply ignore them and don’t add them to bloodwork. Rather, they simply target markers of inflammation and nutritional balance. But when people stay on the PKD the leaky gut heals, and all the autoimmune symptoms just go away.
Also, I told her I had added some iodine drops in, but they don’t recommend it. They recommend getting ALL nutrition from organ meats. But I still may go ahead and add a few drops in while I am transitioning off the rest of my thyroid med, because I thought it really helped.
I am really struggling with liver, and the pate makes me gag, so I am considering doing raw liver “pills”–deep freezing for a week, and then cutting into daily 30-40gram doses with some added fat. By the way, I tried cutting back on lard and replacing with pork belly (non-rendered fat) and that made a big difference in my diarrhea too. I am going to order some of the beef suet that you mentioned, and try that next.
Btw, how much do you sleep on this diet? I’ve been sleeping only 4-5 hours/night…and Dr Clemens said around 5 hours/night is pretty normal for many people on the PKD. I have to get past my mental association that I am going to be exhausted for the rest of the day…I also have bleeding gums which she said would subside over time.
I’ve already come this far…I feel I need to keep going through the process to see where I end up. Its great though to have a connection with someone else going through this process! I’d love it if you kept me posted on your progress…
Happy New Year to you!!!