I have recently had patient who came to me with severe fatigue. She had to quit her job and was basically bed ridden. This went on for over 6 months. She spent over 3500$ on lab tests and had all kinds of diagnosis. Fatigue of the adrenal glands, Vitamin B12 deficiency, Hypothyroidism and the list went on. She was treated for all of those and spent another 1500$ on treatments, medication and supplements. She was a vegetarian and received her Vitamin B12 shots, which improved her situation a little bit. I asked why she became a vegetarian. She told me that she did it because it is supposedly healthier. When I asked her how SHE felt after turning vegetarian she told me she felt great. She had more energy, felt more clearheaded, her skin cleared up and she slept better. For around 8 months, and then she crashed. This is a pattern I see often with vegetarians. When I asked her if she saw any connection to her current condition she refused to make any connection to her being vegetarian and her current misery. I said : „Look, you came to me because you tried everything else. You might be looking for the wonder diagnosis and the secret treatment that will turn you life around. But my first advice is to eat a steak every day for one week. See how you feel. That will be all you do.“„Look, you came to me because you tried everything else. You might be looking for the wonder diagnosis and the secret treatment that will turn you life around. But my first advice is to eat a steak every day for one week. See how you… Click To Tweet
She was highly sceptical, but was also with her back against the wall and had no choice, but to try this „unconventional“ and simple advice. It couldn’t be that simple, right? After a week she wrote me a 2-page E-Mail thanking me. She was able to sleep again, had her energy back, her positive mood returned, and she was able to (and motivated) to start moving again. To be honest, I really do not know what it is about the meat. But most (not all) people really need meat. It is not the B12. She supplemented that. Is it the fat? Maybe. Is it the protein? Maybe. Is it something we do not know of yet? Maybe. Her vegetarian dogma kept her from expressing her true potential.
The moral of the story? Listen to your body and not to dogmatic advice. Do not trust that documentary or „expert”, but trust your inner truth.
May the FLOW be with you brothers and sisters!
Gerrit Keferstein is a Medical Doctor specialised in Performance & Functional Medicine. He is most known for his work on the optimisation of recovery and adaptation in elite athletes.