Hello, my name is Steve. I’ve had liver cirrhosis since mid Nov. 2017. My body retained massive amounts of fluid (ascites). After the first few months of suffering while taking the prescription diuretics (pee medication) with no good results, finally I got an appointment for a paracentesis (fluid draining procedure). The fluid kept coming back, so we scheduled a paracentesis for once every week. In total I had 21 paracentesis procedures done to remove fluid, it was months and months of once a week. My body was retaining more and more fluid every week (while taking my medications) till it got to the point where I was retaining 20+ lbs of fluid every week.
The whole time this was going on I was in massive pain and could not eat solid food. I’m 6ft tall, and went from 175lbs down to 132lbs. The lack of food made me weak, along with the pain I could barely move around. If i stood or walked for five minutes or more my shins would swell and the pain was so much that it felt like my shin bones were going to snap in half.
A chicken saved me
I read that protein helps manage water in the body, and also I was feeling very depressed, so I decided to make my grandma’s homemade chicken soup recipe: whole raw chicken, carrots, celery, onions, salt, pepper, thyme, rosemary simmered in a pot of water for 2-3 hours, strained of bones and skin, chicken and vegetables put back in bone broth. The recipe makes around 8-10 servings and I ate all of them. It took three days to finish the pot, but by the second day I was peeing more fluid out then the entire six months of treatment. Overnight i was convinced that protein was the answer. I immediately bought value packs of pork chops and beef and would just fry them up with butter and chow down. Also because I was ill not many things agreed with me so I naturally switched to drinking more water instead of other beverages.
Fluid retention down
By the first full week of eating more of grandma’s chicken soup and frying up cuts of meat, my fluid retention went down from:
10.3L removed, 75mg albumin (7/17/2018) (low average every week)
5.9L removed, 0mg albumin (7/24/2018) (I refused the albumin)
6.7L removed, 50mg albumin (7/31/2018)
0.0L no hospital visit, appointment canceled (8/7/2018)
After the 7/17/2018 paracentesis is when I started eating grandma’s homemade chicken soup and then cuts of meat. I believe my refusal of the albumin may have been why there was a 0.8L gain the following week on 7/31/2018. By 8/7/2018 I had zero fluid retention, and that has been true till today 9/20/2018.
My medications were/are prescribed as follows:
Furosemide (Lasix) 40mg daily
Spironolactone (Aldactone) 100mg daily (I took 150mg daily)
Multivitamin once daily
After the first week of no fluid retention I reduced the Spironolactone by 50mg. Then I reduced it again another 50mg. Now I do not take the Spironolactone against my doctors orders (who said I would have to take it for the rest of my life) and I have zero fluid retention.
What’s this ‘carnivore’ thing?
I did not know of the Carnivore diet during my chicken soup and meat dietary change. All I knew was that meat was helping me stay out of the hospital, reduce my meds, and gain my appetite back, and feel healthy.
I started the Carnivore diet on 9/17/2018 Monday and I’m feeling great. The reason I want to share this is because I was already a person who didn’t eat breads and pastas, but I loved my fruits and veggies and I didn’t eat a lot of meat. Broccoli, collard greens, onions, tomatoes, apples etc didn’t help me at all. Only when I started eating large quantities of meat as a comfort food my grandma used to make did I start seeing and feeling physical recovery. Now I’m on Carnivore and my recovery is improving daily. I can walk again, eat again, and be a normal person again simply because of eating meat.
Not advice, but inspiration
I have not heard from any other persons who have liver cirrhosis who use the Carnivore diet. I can’t recommend people with liver cirrhosis switch to a Carnivore diet, but perhaps my story may help them decide what’s best for them.
I would be more then happy to post updates on my recovery while on the Carnivore diet, and I will post images of the hospital reports on the paracentesis procedures to validate my claims.
Meat has saved my life. I did not switch to the Carnivore diet to lose weight, to build muscle, or to simply eat bacon and steak all day. I switched to the Carnivore diet because meat was keeping me out of the hospital, and allowed me to be a person again.