That sounds like a jokey question, but I'm serious. Although I'm not a follower of WAPF, I was very impressed a few years back when I read Price's "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration," and realized I had been born with or developed nearly all of the symptoms he noted among the non-traditional eaters, plus a few others:
As time went on, I noticed or developed these:
I know, I sound like Quasimodo; pretty sad, eh? But. Some of these issues have been reversed or halted through dietary manipulations (obesity, joint pain, depression, seizures, cavities), some through supplementation (asthma), and some obviously aren't going anywhere -- my feet are still my feet, my jaw didn't grow larger, etc.
I'm just curious: How many PaleoHackers have how many of these signs of "physical degeneration," whether present at birth or developed throughout life? And which of these have benefitted from your change in lifestyle, whether dietary, exercise, or other?
I realize this is an enormous question, and it could be said that this entire website is a compendium of exactly these "screwed up" issues and their resolutions. But I'd like to see people's individual, personal lists, in single posts, to get a sense of how much of our healthy birthright we've bartered away for cheap stockyard "food," and how far we have to go as individuals to get as much of it back as we can. -------
My parents were major gourmets so we had very little processed food in the house but we did eat a lot of pasta and white bread from the bakery. But we often had organic free range eggs, natural bacon, always used extra virgin olive oil and real butter, Everything was made from scratch, my mom made bone broth once or twice a week, never had dessert or snack foods in the house and my parents were always buying big hunks of stinky raw cheese.
That said, I struggled a lot with obesity and I had some major pallete expansion work done in elementary school and in middle school but I've never had a cavity and I rarely got sick except one summer I spent with my grandmother i developed asthma and looking back she used margarine, fed me kool-aide almost every day and used all sorts of crappy processed ingredients.
The asthma went away two years later when we moved to California and my parents started buying groceries from the farmers market every week. My mom was an early adopter of organic foods, but she said she didnt really get in to it until I was a baby. I think she ate pretty crappily while she was pregnant which accounts for the small jaw. At least she breastfed me for a year and made her own baby food. I was stupid and went vegan forna couple years in high school (and then wondered why I was so depressed!!!) butkept the weight off until college when I went lacto ovo vegetarian and was too poor for all the fresh fruits and veggies so I relied on beans, rice, soy products, and sandwiches. I blew up. My kryptonite is soy and wheat.
depression, awful mood swings, acne!
My childhood was basically gluten-free because my mother is celiac and thus the whole family ate what she did. she rules the house, you know...
I grew up in Sweden and every Swede loves, loves, loves SUGAR. My mum is no exception. All the lovely baked goods at the bakery were always very tempting but my mum made sure I stayed away from gluten. She always thought her kids might be sensible to gluten as well. Homemade buckwheat cookies with loads of sugar instead. I'm not surprised that I was quite unpredictable as a kid.
All of the symptoms went away immediatly as soon as I cut out every form of sugar (fruits included). Sugar, see you in hell!
All this has gone away. My mood could be a tiny bit better though, I'm thinking that's the vitamin D (had a severe deficiency and I'm waiting for iHerb supplements).
lifelong IBS,narrow pallet/messed up teeth/cavities,severe teen acne,severe sinus infections for 14 years(pasteurized dairy),depression since childhood,swollen lymph nodes removed twice as a small child,low T/lack of facial hair.
The only thing that finally fixed my IBS after trying EVERYTHING was raw eggs/high fat paleo for a period of time.Everything else is gone or greatly diminished on Paleo,I quit wheat 6 years ago and havent had a cavity since and I was getting them every year.
On the positive side-tall/6'3,single digit bodyfat,fast metabolism,above average athletic ability and perfect vision
Chubby as a kid till 16 ish.
Bad teeth but never had braces.
Need eyeglasses for distance.
Always thin but weak as an adult.
My mother Fed us SAD but no sodas in the house ever. Meat and potatoes nearly every night. Cereals and bread in the AM though. No alcohol in the house. We played outside in the city all day. Wasn't bad in terms of our discussions here.
anorexia was my biggest health flaw, I had a lot of digestive issues too (which have since been relieved), and mild anemia (which has also been relieved) thats really all, I have always been a health nut so I didn't get the worst parts.
Two big things...
Since dieting.... - Under the impression that I've actually shrunk a little - Have felt really free of brain fog, but it comes and goes, and it seems completely correlated to how my diet is.
Near-sightedness, eating disorder, migraines, hypothyroid, eczema, depression, ibs...Eating the way I do keeps a lot of these issues in check, still not 100%, but I am at my healthiest when I am striving for 100% with diet and lifestyle choices...recently started intermittent fasting, and am amazed at how much has happened in a very short period of time with my body and my mood...
However, I have great teeth (mostly straight, one cavity ever despite a 6-year period with no dental visits), and I've always been slender but put on muscle fairly easily and am rather strong for my size. 5'4, so average height as well.
I was formula-fed, but ate a diet low in processed foods as a child; both my parents came from poor Southern stock, so food was homemade, lots of vegetables and animal fats. However, I believe my mom smoked while pregnant and also suffered from anorexia and bulimia.
Had IBS but cleared it up by cutting gluten; I also had major orthodontic work done, never made the diet connection until now. Had an expanding device from 3rd thru 8th grade, had to have 4 teeth removed and still ended up with braces all thru high school. My mom wasn't into getting us a lot of processed stuff, but there was no shortage of rye bread, cheese, margarine, etc. There were usually potato chips and a few Little Debbies around, we were allowed a little soda on weekends, but we generally ate stuff that was deemed healthy by conventional wisdom. I'm guessing she ate that way while prego, and I know she smoked as well (I guess that wasn't a big deal back then haha).