January update

I’m sorry for the lack of updates. And to be honest, not that much have happened since my last post. While my health has progressively declined; the biggest news is that I’ve switched health care center and been assigned a new doctor. My previous doctor wrote a referral to specialists at a medical clinic, but he did not mention my symptoms, so the referral bounced back – wasting another three weeks of time. In other words, almost nothing has happened since I was put on sick-leave in October last year.

I visited my new doctor this past Monday and had some new blood work and tests done. I’m still waiting for the results, which will take a few days and up to 2 weeks. The only tests I could get a quick feedback on was for Lactate Dehydrogenase (LD) and Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP). LD was elevated a bit above the highest reference value and ALP was just above the highest reference.
LD is present in all cells of the body with its highest concentrations in heart, liver, muscle, kidney, lung, and erythrocytes. Elevations in LD is a sign of abnormal cellular breakdown in one or several of these areas and is usually linked to cancer and diseases involving the heart, liver, muscle, kidney, lung, and blood.
ALP is present in mainly our liver, bones, intestine, and placenta. Elevations in ALP is usually a sign of liver damage or disorders of the skeletal system that involve osteoblast hyperactivity and bone remodeling.
Looking at my medical history since late 2016 and my symptoms, these elevations comes as no surprises at all. It should also be noted, that these values have always been at the most lower end for me – so a rise to the upper end and above is huge.

One week after MRI and the  leakage of contrast agent. Nasty stuff!One week after MRI and the leakage of contrast agent. Nasty stuff!

The MRI of the lump in my left leg has been forwarded to the orthopedic clinic in Västerås, where they will consult with experts in Stockholm. In other words, I’m still waiting for an opinion and surgery. And yeah, they punctured my vein with the contrast agent (see picture). I took four weeks for that nasty stuff to disappear(!)

As for my symptoms. My brain fatigue has slowly progressed to the worse, and on some days, I’m pretty much wasted as early as 10 AM in the forenoon. Same goes with my eyesight. It’s perfect in the mornings where I easily can make out things at long distances. But it rapidly declines trough the day by becoming blurred and I also get light-spots in my field of view. Combined with brain fog/fatigue and lack of energy, it makes it almost impossible to even play simple games or watch documentaries to pass the time. My afternoons and evenings are pretty much a living hell of boredom.
I’ve also noticed that whenever I have to do a lot of stuff (in the few early hours when I can), or when I meet with people and have to focus to find the right words and keep a conversation going, I get totally wiped out afterwards – sometimes to the degree that I’m still tired in the morning the day after. I especially noticed this after my last visit to my doctor. Even if I only where there for 45 minutes, it took a lot out of me.

So, if you write me on social media, by e-mail or on messenger and I don’t get back to you – don’t take it personal. I still have tons of people trying to contact me on a daily basis, but I only have energy to get back to a few of you – and some days I simply don’t have the energy to write or communicate at all – or sort through all the mail and messages. Same goes for calling me on my phone. Thank you for understanding this.

God bless you and your families!

By | 2018-01-17T08:46:55+00:00 January 17th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Quick little update

Being severely ill – update mid-December

 

As with anything within the Medical “Health Care” System in Sweden, every little thing moves at the pace of a frozen slug. In other words, nothing much have happened since my last update on November 30.
My health has decline a little more since my last update. It takes a little longer in the mornings to mobilize energy and my tiredness and brain fog set in a bit earlier, around 10 or 11 AM. I usually nap for 1 to 2 hours after lunch and then I hit bed around 8 PM and sleep 8 to 10 hours. Afternoons are like living in thick fog. Nothing gets done. I also started waking up with a stiff lower back and some minor pain. Still, I’ve never been bothered by a little pain and it’s nothing compared to walking around like a vegetable most of the day.
I’m still outdoors about 2 hours a day though – trying to move around and activate my body to the best of my abilities.

So, what’s more is new? I’m scheduled for an MRI (my leg and lower back) on December 19. And I’m still waiting for a referral to a team of specialists for more in-depth tests.

 Looks exactly like what was removed from my leg in January

And yes, I know what the “unidentifiable” dark blue/black spiderweb-like strings are. Being woke, I’ve known of its existence for several years. Unfortunately, it’s still frown upon by many. Funny enough, I’ve been contacted by several foreign experts, doctors and people in similar situations who are a little more awake than the brainwashed and programmed/conditioned medical community – and they all told me the same. Still, I do not know the severity of my condition, nor how badly damaged my organs are – and if there are more underlying problems.
From the few tests done, all I know is that my thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) dropped from 3.6 to 1.5 from the start of the year to October. Albumin and glucose are present in my urine. My blood albumin levels are at the higher end (45 g/L), still I only consume 60 to 100 grams of protein a day.
Lactate dehydrogenase (LD) is also in the upper range (3.4 µkat/L), which is a sign of tissue damage, mainly from organs.
And… my S-Vitamin D, 25-hydroxi status is good at 210 nmol/L, which is funny because I’ve only been taking about 3000 IU (75 mcg) D3 and 75 mcg of K2 about 3 times a week for the last 6 to 8 months. Before that I took about 6000 IU and 150 mcg K2 about 4 to 5 times a week. So, it’s suspiciously high for such a low consumption.
I’m still missing a lot of blood tests and data. They took some in October, which I never received. Then they realized that half of the tests were missing, so I went in for new tests in early December. And of course, they only took the ones that were missing – and not a whole new panel so we could compare to the old ones. Now they have some samples from October and some completely different samples from December, but no clue if anything changed during October to December. Such a bunch of amateurs.

So yeah, the few hours of mental clarity I have each day pretty much go to all useless crap like this – trying to keep the ball rolling and find out what exactly is wrong and what is failing.

That’s it for now. I’ll keep you all updated.

Much love for all the comments and wishes in Social Media and all the messages I’ve received about similar conditions.

By | 2018-01-17T15:27:33+00:00 December 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Update – being severely ill

Prologue and current status

 

 Me and my wolfie. Me and my wolfie.

In late 2016 I started to lose weight and I felt tired and lethargic. I also noticed a little lump on my right leg close to the hip on the Illiotibial band (IT-band) that grew rapidly.
In January of 2017 I underwent surgery and had a large stringy mass removed. The mass itself had a little fibrous center with small scattered elements of scar tissue and long black string-like growths, making it about 5 to 6 cm (2.3 inches) all stretched out. The experts who study it could not identify the black spiderweb-like strings. The statement from the surgeon and the experts simply said “a cancerous growth with unknown and unidentifiable mass”. That is very weird. Anyway, they thought it was benign and not malignant.
At the time when this mass was removed, I got a new hard lump on my other leg – also along the IT-band near the hip. As I did some prolonged fasting (7-day water/mineral fast) and then followed a ketogenic diet, it didn’t change in size and I started feeling better. During April to June I almost felt like my old self again.

Then in July I started to get cold/flu-like symptoms in the morning that went away after a few hours. I didn’t give it much thought until I noticed that my energy levels began to plummet in the afternoon. In September I began to have trouble focusing on tasks. Writing, for example, has always been fluid for me, but now I had to dictate what to write inside my head and I also had to re-read what I wrote to remember what to write next. My eyesight also started to blur in the afternoon or after longer periods of focusing on something. My thinking slowly started to feel sluggish and later in the day I couldn’t even read or watch a short video clip on YouTube without losing focus and interest.
In October I visited my doctor, got some basic tests done and received a long-term sick-leave. We also started a medical investigation. As I write this, (after 1.5 months) I’m still waiting for a remittance to a medical clinic that has the equipment and competence needed.

As I write this, I still feel somewhat lethargic upon waking at about 5 AM. But after an hour I feel pretty good and this is when I take my longest walk with my dog (1.5 hours). As I return home I have decent mental clarity and my energy levels are ok. I feel like 75 to 80 % of my old self.
However, this state rapidly declines as the hours passes. At about 9 or 10 AM I’m down to about half my usual pace, whether it be writing, reading/studying or doing anything else that need some kind of cognitive ability. At 11 or 12 AM I begin to feel sluggish (can’t focus or think clearly) and a few hours later my senses feel dulled, like moving through fog. My eyesight is reduced and slightly blurred, my motions when moving around feels like they’re lagging behind, like a movie that is out-of-sync. I have a hard time focusing and nothing really catches my interest – and if it does, I can only focus on it for a minute or two. It’s like being totally burnt-out, but then you feel almost normal again for a few hours the next day.
So… my days feel extremely short as I only have 4 to 6 hours of mental clarity and energy. As for the rest of the day, I could as well be sleeping.
This also means that my time for getting anything done such as communicating with doctors and hospitals, fighting with retarded government agencies, writing, studying, reading, talking with family and friends and simply living is extremely limited. Actually, this whole post was written during short periods spanning about 7 days.

In the past, I’ve always healed myself using nutrition and food supplements – and while I’m still uncertain about all the underlying causes for my illness, I know for certain that I have high levels of inflammation. If I do anything that increase the level of inflammation, my symptoms worsen and new arises.
If I eat grains or dairy, I get flares of psoriasis, severe cold-like symptoms and I get bloated. If I eat too much carbohydrates in one sitting (more than 50 grams), I get sugar in my urine, blurred vision and I can almost fall asleep standing (signs of diabetes). And for protein, if I consume more than 20 grams of protein in a sitting, I get noticeable amounts of albumin in the urine – to such a degree that it turns white. So, my kidneys are probably struggling. I also feel somewhat better in ketosis or when fasting – two scenarios that is very anti-inflammatory.  

However, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass since my first operation, close to 14kg (31 lbs.), and my body fat is really low – so fasting to heal a little is not really an option as I actually need to gain weight. Also, to try to gain (or even maintain) weight on a ketogenic diet is tricky for me; because if I eat too much fat, I get the runs, which means loss of both calories and a lot of vital nutrients and electrolytes. And I can’t go especially high on the protein because of my kidneys. Actually, I have to settle with about 80 to 100 grams of protein a day. So, for the moment, I try to balance my diet as best as I can. And yes, it’s challenging.
Since I feel better in the morning and carbohydrates make me tired and drowsy, I consume as much fat and protein as my body can handle in the morning and mid-day. And since I’m pretty much a vegetable in the afternoon anyways, I start to consume my carbohydrates towards the evening to up the calories. So far, this is what works the best.

Hopefully, I will get to visit a team of specialists soon and perhaps find out the underlying causes – so I can make a plan for total recovery. I’m also waiting for an MRI, to find out how bad the second lump on my leg is and if I have more that is hidden and not visible to the eye.
I will keep you updated through this website and my Facebook. Perhaps my journey can help someone in a similar position.

Much love to all of you!

By | 2017-11-30T10:19:19+00:00 November 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Important information

Important! I’m currently on long-term sick-leave due to cancer and severe complications.
Only contact me for future collaborations. Do not expect an immediate answer.

I will continue to write on The Body Transformation Guide II. More information will follow during November.

By | 2017-11-02T06:39:46+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Quick Diet Experiment: Day 15 – aftermath

The Aftermath and what comes next…

 

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Sunday, June 25. Day 15 – aftermath: ketogenic diet and the next step:

Day "0" versus Day 15. Higher resolution photos at Classic Muscle Newsletter Day “0” versus Day 15. Higher resolution photos at Classic Muscle Newsletter.

Guess what? Yeah, got home late again after collecting 10 big “dino bones” from a friend and staying 2.5 hours at the dog park in the evening. Had to make my last meal for the day at close to 10 PM and then hitting the bed just before 11 PM. Didn’t sleep too well and woke up at 5 AM as clockwork. Yeah, I usually don’t sleep in on weekends when I sleep alone. If sharing a bed, I usually get up early, get some important work done, and then slip back into bed.
But yeah, sleep this night was not the best. And my morning weight was slightly up by 300 grams (0.66 lbs.), putting the scale at 70.2 kg (154.4). It’s actually what I weighed on June 22.
I took new photos at 7.30 AM. Not the best of conditions and it was freezing having to open the balcony door to let some early morning light inside. But it had to be done. Hopefully you can notice some small changes (although it’s only been 5 days since the last photo).
I also got a new body comp done and I’ve lost yet a few millimeters at most measuring sites. According to the 9-site Parrillo formula, my subcutaneous body fat is now at about 6.29 % – quite a drop from 7.79 % in just 14 days – especially considering that my body fat was “low-ish” to begin with.

Day "0", day 5, day 10, and day 15. Day “0”, day 5, day 10, and day 15. Higher resolution photos at Classic Muscle Newsletter.

And speaking of body weight and body composition. Although fluid retention changes from day to day, I think I’ve actually gained some muscle mass during this experiment. When I started, I weighed 73.5 kg (161.7 lbs.) with a lot of muscle glycogen (which binds water inside the cells) and I had quite a lot of fluid retention beneath the skin. Now, after 14 days of a pretty restricted ketogenic diet (including three instances of 36 hours without protein and only about 200 to 300 kcal), I weigh 70.2 kg. That’s only a loss of 3.3 kg (7.26 lbs.) The skin fold caliper body composition test says I lost about 1.25 kg (2.75 lbs.) of body fat, which might actually be pretty correct considering that it’s only been 14 days – and that would come down to 625 grams (1.375 lbs.) a week on average. That is about as much as my body can release in fatty acids at this level of leanness. At the start, I had about 5.7 kg of subcutaneous fat. At my level of leanness, lifestyle and activity level, I probably have an additional 3.5 to 4.0 kg of intra-fat (the fat surrounding organs and residing behind the abdominal wall). So with about a total of 9.2 to 9.7 kg (20.2 to 21.3 lbs.) of total body fat, I should be able to release and burn about 644 to 679 kcal of fat a day, when using the standard of 70 kcal per kg of body fat formula. That’s about 585 to 617 grams (1.29 to 1.36 lbs.) of fat a week – if perfectly healthy and in an ideal world. And… This number goes down as your fat stores shrink. Today, with at least 1.25 kg less body fat, I would only be able to release and burn 557 to 591 kcal a day, which is 506 to 537 grams (1.11 to 1.18 lbs.) a week.

Body composition sheet.

Body composition sheet.

So yes, I think the “pure fat loss” is pretty accurate. It might look like I lost a lot more, but that would be pretty much physically impossible. And the fact that I look so much “sharper” and ripped is also due to loss of subcutaneous water. Remember that the main reason for doing this experiment was to reduce inflammation, which also reduces water retention.

Considering that I should have lost at least 100 grams of liver glycogen, and 500 grams of muscle glycogen (probably close to 600 grams since I carry more muscle mass than the average man), which binds an additional 1 400 to 1600 grams of water, and at least 1 250 grams of fat, and then adding in the loss of additional subcutaneous fluids/water retention, the math fails – as it adds up to more than the 3.3 kg lost. And that without even considering the water retention.
So only one answer remains. I’ve gained a little bit of muscle mass – on a restricted ketogenic diet with a total of 4.5 days without any protein out of 14 days. According to all the Facebook and YouTube Bro-experts, I would have withered away and lost muscle mass.

It’s a funny thing how the body actually work, respond, and perform when you know what you’re doing instead of following old dogma, myths and bro-science.

So what now?

Shameless selfie. Sucking in and contracting the abs make my arm look bigger. ;) Shameless selfie. Sucking in and contracting the abs make my arm look bigger. 😉

I went into this diet experiment thinking that it would be difficult and challenging at times, especially during the fat only fasts for 36 hours or more without any protein. But truth is that it was extremely easy – and I felt great the whole time. I can see and feel the difference it has done in lowering inflammation and that my body feel “lighter” and “fresher”. It will be interesting to take new blood tests this week and to see if my kidneys are operating better than three weeks ago.

Considering all this, I will continue with a ketogenic diet with the main goal to stay in ketosis most of the day. I will experiment with carbohydrates before and after my training sessions. In other words, I’ll start by adding about 20 to 30 grams of simple carbs before my workout and another 20 to 30 grams of complex carbs after my workout. On my days off from the gym, I’ll do a strict ketogenic diet.

My main goal is, and will be, my health and feeling as good as possible – with an energetic and clear mind. Keeping my body fat as low as possible without noticing any adverse effects is second on my list (since this will minimize inflammation and toxic load), and adding a bit more muscle mass comes third.

Speaking of keeping your body fat low. I’m planning an article about that. There’s simply so much misinformation out there, claiming that low body fat is bad for you; as it will wreck your hormones, contribute to mood swings, lowered attention span and learning difficulties, etcetera.
Still, the observations that exists and warn about these adverse effects are from people who have starved themselves – as in prisoners of war, people with anorexia, etcetera. It’s not the minimal amount of body fat that is the problem in these subjects, it’s how they got there by denying their bodies the nutrients it desperately needs – that is the problem. The diet they followed or was forced to follow destroyed their hormone production, microbiota, electrolytes, etcetera. The low level of body fat is only an effect of energy deprivation, not the causation.

Anyway, I’ll start increasing calories slowly over the coming weeks, but I’ll probably lose another pound of fat or two before I focus on a short muscle gaining phase. I’ll also continue with my fat fasts. At least twice a month, simply because the health benefits of autophagy is enormous. Being in ketosis and activating autophagy is one of the best ways to remove dysfunctional cells and prevent/reverse cancer and other modern diseases. The benefits are so great that not doing regular recurring fasts would simply be extremely stupid. It’s about investing in your health. Besides your family, it’s the most precious gift you have.

I will continue with a journal, documenting the things I’ll do next – and I’ll do my best to share useful and interesting information. Thank you for reading!

 

By | 2016-10-16T14:03:07+00:00 June 29th, 2016|The Diet Experiment 2016|0 Comments