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World Carnivore Month

World Carnivore Month

Sent by JUDY CHO | January 15, 2022

I can’t believe we are already halfway into January. Thank you for all the kind messages for our family. We are all past the virus and getting back to normal life.

STUDY OF THE WEEK — Carboxymethyl Cellulose (Cellulose Gum) Additive Linked to Gut Damage

A new Gastroenterology study found that additives in foods can cause an array of chronic inflammatory diseases and adverse impacts on our gut health.

Carboxymethyl cellulose or cellulose gum may not be something we are familiar with but most people consume it often. Cellulose gum is a synthetic food additive that is used to thicken, bind, and emulsify foods and other products. It is made by reacting natural cellulose (plant fiber) with chloroacetic acid in an alkaline solution.

Some of the products that contain carboxymethyl cellulose are ice cream, yogurt, drinks, desserts, and baked goods. It is also used in tampons and studies have found that the additive appeared to feed bad bacteria that increase the risks of toxic shock syndrome.

Initial research on the use of carboxymethyl cellulose in tampons found that the compound appeared to feed bad bacteria that can increase risks for toxic shock syndrome (Tierno 1981, Hanna 1982). Toxic shock syndrome is a life-threatening condition caused by bacterial growth on tampons left in for too long.

The new Gastroenterology study shows that the use of carboxymethyl cellulose can contribute to an array of chronic inflammatory diseases by altering the gut microbiome. This study further demonstrates how processed foods contribute to inflammatory diseases and that both IBS and metabolic syndrome are adversely impacted by alterations in the gut flora.

TAKEAWAY: If you struggle with gut issues and have been eating processed foods for a while, you may need to do some gut healing. For some people, meat alone isn’t enough. For all my clients that have taken several rounds of antibiotics, I always recommend my probiotic restart kit.

For my clients that are just beginning to heal the gut with a meat-only diet, I recommend my gut healing kit. I would also add intenzyme (proteolytic digestive enzymes) to the gut healing kit for most efficacy.

If you suffer from gut imbalances, this includes taking PPIs and heartburn medicines, meat-only or meat-based is a huge step in the healing direction. I’ve yet to have a client that didn’t heal gut imbalances on a meat-based diet. Sometimes extra support is needed but the more the gut is imbalanced, the more meat-only shines.


Red meat has been demonized for too long when it is a superfood. And make sure to get the red meat with extra fat!

😓I’m grateful that the fattier cuts of ground beef are cheaper but it shows how wrong our nutritional guidance is currently.

⛑We need fat for so many reasons, some including hormone health, immune health, skin health, and mental health.

💡If you cook ground beef on the pan, make sure to use all the drippings in the pan, otherwise, you’re eating lean ground beef.

🦠And if you get loose stools when you consume rendered fat, it’s time to heal your gut.

⚠️You should be able to tolerate any amount of fat — even 80% of total calories. Yes, if you can’t, you need some gut healing.

❓So why is digestion so important?

🔄Just because an 8 oz serving of meat has 142% of your DV% for vitamin B12, that does not mean you are absorbing all of it. We are all different. There are many co-factors and enzymes in the body that need to all play nicely (and be present) together for nutrients to do their job.

🧬Let me give you the example of digestion. B12 is primarily created in the large intestine (some B12 can be absorbed in the small intestine). If your digestive process is not functioning optimally, much of the B12 may not get absorbed.

🚽If you ate low-fat and now switching to meat-based, your gallbladder may be struggling. Your gallbladder has to release bile in order for fat to break down. (Liver has bile too). With a low-fat diet, the bile can get old and when fat needs to be broken down, the gallbladder tries to contract but is unable to release the viscous bile. Enter rancidity in the colon and the runs.

💊If you have a leaky gut, it’s likely you need digestive support. Fix your gut to really ensure you’re absorbing your nutrients.

🥩 But even if you have a health condition, metabolic disorders, or autoimmune issues, you’ll have a better chance at absorbing nutrients from meat than from vegetables, especially nutrients like iron and B12.

Oh, wait, vegetables don’t have B12. 😅

CATG PODCAST: Judy’s COVID Experience

In this week’s Cutting Against the Grain podcast, Laura and I talk about my experience with Covid.

  • Judy’s experience with COVID-19
  • What Judy did as early treatment
  • What Judy’s 70-year-old parents did for early treatment
  • How Judy’s children dealt with Covid
  • Follow the science
  • What to eat during Covid
  • Monoclonal antibodies
  • Be prepared

Listen Now!


Carnivore Cure is the first elimination protocol to explain how to adopt a meat-based diet to bring about healing. Get back to optimal health by finding the perfect foods to fuel your individual body.

Carnivore Cure starts with meats that have the least number of allergens and sensitivities. Once you reach a baseline of health, then you can incorporate other meats that may have previously caused a sensitivity. As you heal the gut, if you choose to, you can slowly add back plant-based foods.

This book provides you a step-by-step protocol to optimal health while also providing you extensive nutritional information and support for a meat-based diet, including debunking nutrition misinformation and providing lifestyle support through the lens of holistic health.

YOU CAN HEAL. Because the right food is medicine.

Eliminate the wrong foods and eat the right foods for you, and you alone. Take your life back with the Carnivore Cure.

NwJ PODCAST: World Carnivore Month 2022 with Dr. Shawn Baker

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Shawn Baker. We talked about the carnivore community and what’s recently been going on.

  • Harvard questionnaire study and the future of additional studies
  • Donation to clinical trial
  • Celebration of World Carnivore Month (WCM)
  • Thoughts on carbohydrates and thyroid health
  • Testosterone levels on a carnivore diet
  • Thoughts on the movement of fruits, honey and sugar as not the cause of insulin resistance
  • Concerns with a carnivore diet adding fructose and sugary foods to the diet
  • Name change from MeatRx to Revero
  • Tips for people getting started on carnivore
  • How to join Revero

You can listen here and watch here.

Watch Now!


Recently, Laura and I were on the Keto Diet podcast with Leanne Vogel. We share why we started the podcast and what we hope the podcast brings for our community. Make sure to check out the episode as we share the behind-the-scenes of the Cutting Against the Grain podcast!

If you didn’t have a chance to listen to the Carnivore Cure on the Keto Diet Podcast, make sure to listen to episode 306 or watch it on YouTube.

I am attending the Low Carb Boca Raton conference to learn more about the latest science, as well as mingle with like-minded people. My CATG cohost, Laura Spath and I will both be in attendance and we plan to share a recap of our experience in an upcoming CATG podcast episode.

I will always be a student at heart. I love learning and sharing what I learn to help my clients and the community find levers to get to root-cause healing.

with ♥️ and hope for healing,

While I am a nutritional therapy practitioner and provide nutritional support, I am not providing medical advice. Any information provided in regards to nutritional therapy should not be considered medical advice or treatment. Always consult your primary care physician or medical team.

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