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?over the past 6 months I’ve been following a low carb candida diet 20-30 grams of carbs a day??

??my severe constant runny nose got better but i still had days when I was having constant post nasal drip all day-I’m itchy at times, every few weeks I am up all night-insomnia but otherwise, I am also very tired and sleep 10-11 hours a night, hypoglycemic feeling/low energy-(I can barely work too low energy), low weight, I lost weight and can’t seem to gain muscle despite working out, body odor, bad breath, i cant tolerate cold temperatures that well, occasional diarrhea-i thought this was yeast die-off, upset stomach. I still have mild acne, and bad dandruff especially if I don’t wash hair…

This was written to me in a personal email recently, evidence of what I’ve seen happen with a low-carbohydrate diet. This is not a totally unusual response. All of these symptoms are classic signs of low active thyroid levels, induced by the drastic reduction of carbohydrates below 50 grams, considered the magic number that separates a low-carb diet from a ketogenic diet (that induces the metabolic state known as ketosis).

Dr. Fatkins himself was even aware of the hypothyroid pitfalls that his diet could induce. On page 303 of Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution he states?

??remember that prolonged dieting [including ‘this one?] tends to shut down thyroid function. This is usually not a problem with the thyroid gland but with the liver, which fails to convert T4 into the more active thyroid principle, T3. The diagnosis is made on clinical grounds with the presence of fatigue, sluggishness, dry skin, coarse or falling hair, an elevation in cholesterol, or a low body temperature.

Sounds like my email eh? These are real issues, and this can happen to a long-term low-carber. It’s these kind of stories and personal encounters that has always made me very wary of a low-carb diet that dips below 50 grams of carbs. That and the fact that my most-respected health advisor, Endocrinologist Diana Schwarzbein, states that if you don’t have insulin resistance or type II diabetes?

‘then you can’t go that low (15 grams of carbs, five times per day), and you certainly can’t go lower than that. I don’t care who you are or what you think.

But even the almighty guru of hypothyroidism, Dr. Broda Barnes, recommended a low carb diet, but with the provision? ?at least 50 grams of carbohydrates to prevent ketosis.

Will my experience help to somehow solve the standoff between the low-carb haters that insist that going really low in carbohydrates is dangerous and the almost purely carnivorous folks who speak of their diet as if they’ve found the holy grail? Well, probably not, but it can’t hurt (anyone but me that is).

Still going strong on day 3. Ate like a barbarian today (and up to the next belt loop already)?

Breakfast 6 eggs with 1 slice fatty bacon and 5 medium shrimp

Snack 8 ounces fatty ribeye

Snack 3 ounces raw milk cheddar and 4 ounces fatty ribeye

Lunch 8 ounces fatty ribeye

Dinner 10 ounces fatty ribeye