Free the Animal 4. December 2008 William Davis (10) Richard Nikoley from the Free the Animal Blog contributes this informative comment:'Bout 18 months ago, I was at 230 (5'10) and looked awful. I was on Omeprezole for years for gastric reflux, a variety of prescription meds since early 20s for seasonal sinus allergies, culminating finally in the daily, year round squirts of Flonase-esque sprays (the best for control without noticeable side-effects), and finally, Levothroid for about the last 7 years or so, as I had elevated TSH (around 9ish).My BP was regularly 145-160 / 95-110.I decided to get busy. I modified diet somewhat, cutting lots of junk carbs, and began working out -- brief, intense, heavy twice per week. BP began coming down immediately, such that within only a couple of weeks I was borderline rather than full blown high. Then after about six months, a year ago, I went to full blown low-carb, high fat, cutting out all grains, sugar, veg oils, etc, and replacing with animal fats, coconut, olive oil. You know the drill. Then, first of the year I felt great and simply stopped all meds, including the thyroid. I also began intermittent fasting, twice per week, and for a twist, I always do my weight lifting in some degree of fast, even as much as 30 hours.That's when the weight really started pouring off. Take a look:http://www.freetheanimal.com/root/2008/09/periodic-photo-progress-update.htmlhttp://www.freetheanimal.com/root/2008/08/faceoff.htmlIn July I figured it's about time for a physical. Here's the lipid panel, demonstrating am HDL of 106 and Try of 47, great ratios all around:http://www.freetheanimal.com/root/2008/07/lipid-pannel.htmlHowever, my TSH was even higher -- 16ish. It seems odd that I was able to lose 40-50 pounds of fat (10-15 pounds of lean gain for a 30 pound net loss at that time -- now an additional 10 pounds net loss).One disclosure is that I was drinking too much, almost daily, and quite a bit (gotta save some vices...). Anyway, I'm at the point now where I want to drill down. I know I need to see an endocrinologist and have T3 and T4 looked at, but in advance, I wanted to see if the recent changes I've made could make a difference:1. Stopped all alcohol.2. Stopped most dairy, except ghee and heavy cream, and cheese is now used as a "spice," i.e., tiny quantities -- no more milk.3. 6,000 IU Vit D per day.4. 3 grams salmon oil, 2 grams cod liver oil.5. Vit K2 Menatetrenone (MK-4) -- side story: getting off grains reversed gum disease for which I have had two surgeries, then supplementing the K2 DISSOLVED calculus on my teeth within days -- hygienist and dentist are dumbfounded. Stephan (Whole Health Source), who comments here, has an amazing series on K2.If you view his photos, you'll appreciate just how far he has come.Overall, Richard's program is wonderful and his pictures clearly display his success. However, Richard, thyroid function is indeed a problem, a problem that needs to be fixed ASAP. Remember, low thyroid function used to be diagnosed at autopsy at which time the coronary arteries and other arteries of the body were found to be packed solid with atherosclerotic plaque, even in young people. I'd recommend:1) Consider 200 mcg Iodine per day from kelp if you do not use iodized salt. 2) Seeing your doctor right away for thyroid replacement, hopefully with consideration of your T3 status. 3) A heart scan--Not to lead to procedures, but something for you to track over time as your program improves and thyroid function is restored.Beyond this, keep up the great work. Great blog, too!