1. [00:32] Sleeping Pills
2. [4:32] Dandruff
3. [7:39] Shingles
4. [9:39] Systemic Yeast Infections
5. [12:17] Nasal Cellulitis
6. [18:38] Female Facial Hair
7. [22:52] Decreased Reaction to Grains and Dairy
1. Sleeping Pills
Doug Says: Hi, I have a question about sleeping pills. My wife and I are 40 and 42 years old respectively. We have twins that are 2 and a half years old. When my wife gave birth to the twins, her doctor prescribed her sleeping pills to help her deal with the sleep deprivation of being a mother of twins. Fast forward two years later, and my wife is still taking the pills. I’m sure this is not good, and is probably messing up her body’s chemical balances. Sometimes, she forgets to pick up her prescription; she then has a crappy night sleep.
How can I help her to get off of these pills? Going cold turkey seems like it’d be too hard core, and I (we, my kids and I) would be dealing with a grumpy mama bear during this process.
This would be a huge first step as she is also on high blood pressure medicine. Her family has a history of diabetes and stroke. I have read your book and continually tell her we need to go 100% paleo, get more exercise, better sleep, etc. She is slowly coming around. She has dealt with weight issues most of her life. She has lost a lot of weight in the last two years, but needs to lose about 30 more lbs. I’m thinking getting off of the sleeping pills and getting better, longer more natural sleep would help tremendously.
Thanks for all you do. Love the blog, the podcast, and all the “extra” commentary between you and Greg 🙂
Josh Says: Since starting Paleo I noticed my dandruff problems have come back. When I was vegan and fruitarian this issue resolved and so did many others. Could it be that im eating to high fat or possibly inflammation from something. I did a juice fast (fresh vegetable juice with very small amounts of fresh fruit juice) last week and the dandruff started going away, i was not eating anything else, just juice. Then I went back to eating Paleo and instant dandruff. So bummed. Im gonna go to this new functional medicine Doctor, only one in Birmingham, AL, and check some other issues im having and maybe they are related. Im having some weird pressure, sometimes slight pain, on my lower left side of my abdomen and weird pressure in my neck also in certain positions, and some weird clicking/popping in my middle chest area, im hoping its not serious. Any advice or direction would help, just trying to get some possible ideas to run by the Doctor.
Matt Says: Recently I was diagnosed with shingles. I’m 30, paleo with the occasional cheat, and active (Programming via OPT). After I got shingles I googled ofcourse to understand what the crap it was. Found out that it’s the chicken pox virus that flares up again later in life. Typically elderly people get it or people with immune deficiencies. Also stress could be a trigger for this. I consider myself a relatively stress free individual. Not much bothers me. I recently had a very uncomfortable shoulder problem that I let get out of hand with a lot of inflammation before resting it, then a couple days later a rash from the shingles showed up on that side of my neck. Asked the doc and she insist it was stress related. Could the injured shoulder possibly trigger this or just one of the things that happens with no explanation? It was also fun walking into the pharmacy to pick up my herpes medication not knowing that’s what I was getting. I felt judged. Later man.
4. Systemic Yeast Infections
Stacy Says: Is this something you are familiar with? I think that I am suffereing from a systemic yeast infection and was curious what your philosophy was on that subject. I loved the book and it has helped me with my symptoms thus far.
5. Nasal Cellulitis
Bryan Says: For the past several months, my nose has been swelling up on and off. It’s not terrible to look at because it isn’t extremely noticeable, but it does hurt a lot. The inflammation occurs at the lower area of the nostrils where all of your boogers and hairs go, on the inside. I know that area of the nose is full of bacteria but normally this doesn’t cause swelling in most people. I think the infections happen whenever there is a break in the skin. When I get a dry nose while sleeping, a tiny cut is formed and then that area is probably invaded with bacteria and I get painful swelling for about a week. I looked up the issue of nose cellulitis online, and I only found references to treating it with antibiotics. Since I am getting this problem every month, I do not want to take antibiotics each time it occurs. There must be an underlying problems in my body that is causing this condition all of a sudden, since we always coexist with the bacteria in our noses and usually don’t have problems. Normal people are also able to have breaks in the skin of their inner nose from dryness and they do not suffer from swelling (I was one of those people until a few months ago).
PS: My doctor said I wouldn’t have so many nose infections if I just kept my finger out of there.
Just kidding. That’s a Ralph Wiggum joke.
PPS: I occasionally use nasal tobacco but the infections started when I hadn’t used it for ages.
6. i am a super hot babe with strange facial hair help
Stella Says: Hi Robb,
I’ve been strict paleo for 6 months, despite a little bit of butter, chocolate, and tequila (duh) here and there. I transitioned from strict vegan to paleo and I’ve experienced all the benefits- weight loss, better sleep, constant energy levels.. the one thing that hasn’t improved is my sporadically growing facial hair… as an otherwise sexy female this somewhat annoying. I saw some improvement with this problem after losing some weight, but recently I’ve been at a loss of what to do.
I’ve tried eliminating all sorts of things from my diet to no avail. Wondering if you have some idea as to what the cause of this could be. The doctors I’ve seen think my hormones are ‘average’ and that this is simply a cosmetic problem… but I can’t help but feel that my hormones are not ‘average’ and something is up.
5’3″ 120 supplement with natural calm, omega 3s and vitamin D. Do sprints and short rounds of interval training during the week, and walk a bunch. Eat a lot of vegetables, lean meat and peaches now that they are in season. Get most of my fat from coconut and avocado, occasionally butter and I eat 1g of protein per pound of lean body mass.
please let me know if you can help!!! also thanks so much its really rad not being vegan anymore, especially since I still live in a vegan co-op! HAH!
7. Decreased Reaction to Grains and Dairy
Carlo Says: Hey Guys!
I’m a strength and conditioning coach and holistic nutritionist out of Toronto, Canada (by the way, thanks for making Toronto one of your stops on the Paleo Solution Seminar tour, it was great seeing you then and as well when you were here the year before through those other guys, lol). I’ll try to make this quick since I don’t want to use up a lot of you time and on top of that, the more that I write the more likely it is that I’ll drive Greg insane with bad grammar.
So I have a client who, believe it or not, actually listens to everything I say! She stopped having grains, dairy and legumes about a year and a half ago, puts Rip Van Winkle to shame when it comes to sleep, exercises smartly and although she was in great shape before she started, she’s in AWESOME shape now! She lost fat, gained muscle and is turning more heads than Dave Castro would explaining what an eccentric muscle contraction is. Following her change, the very rare time she had either grains or dairy, she experienced digestive distress. Now recently (within the past two months), she had both grains and dairy on 3 occasions (she was at functions and didn’t want to offend her hosts), one of them involved significant amounts of them as well. She didn’t experience any discomfort after any of these three exposures. Could this be that her gut has been healing and she is more tolerant to grains and dairy? We’re both pretty perplexed, and that’s the only thing I can think of, so I thought I’d pass this by you guys, since you seem to know what you’re talking about, ;). She’s not looking to going back and having them regularly again, but we’re just curious of what’s going on.
Thanks again for everything you guys do to help make this world and healthier and funnier place.