What is Paleolithic Diet?

Category: Nutrition/Diets

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Also known as the caveman diet. A dietary regimen which emulates the diet of wild plants and animals that humans consumed during the Paleolithic, a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Multiple sclerosis 12 11
General health 8 2
Fibromyalgia 7 5
Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome 3 2
Rheumatoid arthritis 3 3
Bipolar II disorder 2 3

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 1
Mild 4
None 25

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Paleolithic Diet

Side effect Patients
Weight loss 2
Abdominal cramps 1
Decreased appetite 1
Improved vision 1
Strongly increased hearing sensitivity, bilateral 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently using Paleolithic Diet

Dosage Patients
daily 9
five times daily 1
three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Paleolithic Diet

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 7
Did not seem to work 2
Side effects too severe 2
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Duration

Currently using Paleolithic Diet

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 6
10 years or more 1

Stopped using Paleolithic Diet

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 4
1 - 2 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 19
Usually 10
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 14
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 5
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 1
< $25 5
Not specified 16
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3 patient evaluations for Paleolithic Diet

Dec 25, 2016 (Started Dec 26, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Stopped eating bread now two months.  My digestion and usual inflammation is better.

Jul 16, 2016 (Started Dec 26, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: The only meat I eat is fish now (pescetarian), mostly sashimi or either salmon, tuna, shrimp, scallops, and swordfish.

Feb 16, 2016 (Started Dec 26, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I now occasionally eat bread and rice now.

Apr 2, 2012 (Started Dec 26, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I've been on the paleolithic diet for over a year. The previous growing numbness in my right leg, dizziness, and the few other specific problems I had before I started the diet remain minimal.

Jan 17, 2011 (Started Dec 26, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: The only difference between the Paleo-diet and the Swank-diet I have been on for two years is the additional elimination of all dairy, legumes, and grains. Within 1 week on the Paleo-diet, I have become more mentally acute and most inflammation on the right side of my body has ceased. Within 3 weeks on the Paleo-diet, the ceased inflammation has been slowly replaced by soreness on the right side of my body.

  • 3 helpful marks

May 1, 2012 (Started Apr 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: For the last 3 weeks I have been on a strict Paleo diet. However, I have noticed no cessation or slowdown in my progression. In fact I have had a noticeable decline in my left arm and left leg strength The first week I felt very good but by the third week I was feeling fatigue on a level I have not felt in a long time. I have lost about 10 lbs in the three weeks. It is very difficult to maintain body weight with this diet. I have decided to discontinue with the Paleo diet. I will continue to keep my intake of fruits and vegetable high but I have no choice but to supplement my diet with Ensure which is made with corn syrup.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

Apr 23, 2012 (Started Apr 11, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (weight loss)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Inspired by Dr. Terry Wahl's experience with MS I am trying the Paleolithic diet. Of all the crazy stuff I am trying this is probably the riskiest because it is very hard to maintain weight on this diet. After the first week I feel like I have more energy but I am wary that while this might be true it could mask accelerated progression. I have already lost about 5 lbs since starting and I am trying to find high fat foods that are paleolithic friendly. The problem is that the body usually doesn't store these kinds of fats readily.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 1, 2010 (Started Oct 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: Felt better in general due to healthy diet, which helped make the onset of my MS less intolerable.

  • 0 helpful marks
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