I’m Beverly Meyer – a gluten free Paleo Nutritionist and Natural Health practitioner. I’m a blogger, podcaster, patient, animal lover, and sometimes a pretty funny person. My goal? To help you (and me) feel better!
I’ve Been There, and I’ve Worked With Your Issue Too
As an Alternative Health patient since the 1970’s, I know what it’s like to want answers. I’ve tried dozens of modalities and traveled widely to get help for my anxiety, chronic fatigue, pain, adrenals, digestion, insomnia, immune problems and more.
After my health crashed in the mid-80’s, I made a major career and lifestyle change. I closed multiple businesses, took several years off to study, and began a naturopathic health practice as a gluten free and paleo nutritionist at my Diet and Health Center in San Antonio. It’s an amazing privilege to see clients change their lives and be rewarded with hope and renewed energy. And weight loss!
In Practice Since 1985
My approach to helping myself and others is to first REMOVE anything causing the body stress or harm, such as sugars, toxic dental fillings, vegetable oils and grains, excess or inadequate exercise, excess prescription drugs and hormones. Once lifestyle changes are in place, I do extensive muscle-response testing to help determine what labs are needed and what supplements might be useful to target that person’s health priorities.
It’s an amazing privilege to help people of all ages and with innumerable health concerns. My Diet & Health Center clinic is in San Antonio, Texas.
What Did I Do Next?
In 2011 I started this blog, filmed my “Diet For Human Beings” DVD, and began my popular “Primal Diet – Modern Health” podcasts.
Smart, Yes, But Maybe I Missed Some Clues
I’ve always been smart, and I’ve always been thin. Too thin, actually.
What I didn’t know was that my “thinness” was part of being “not well”. I didn’t have dramatic symptoms. What I had was chronic bowel problems, chronic neck pain, and a very anxious mind. I didn’t recognize these as symptoms and just assumed everyone felt that way!
I concentrated on school and the menagerie of animals I lived with. I wouldn’t know until 2001 that I had Celiac Disease – gluten intolerance that damages the intestines and affects all body systems, including the brain and nervous system.
School Is Good!
I loved Physics, Economics and Archaeology and graduated in 1973 from Duke University. With a cum laude degree in Economics, but an increasing sense of physical and psychological poor health, I began seeing Chiropractors, Rolfers, Homeopaths and Herbalists. They missed my diagnoses of Celiac Disease, TMJ Disorder and chronic anxiety, but the supplements and body work brought me some relief.
In 1977 I received a Master’s in Finance from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. I was a magna cum laude student, and bravely ready to open my next business. (I’d had an Import and Wholesale company from 1973 to 1975).
Learning About Healthcare the Hard Way
In 1978, at the age 26, I opened the DinnerWareHouse – the largest dinnerware and cookware store in the Southeast. It was a big success, but exhausting. With 9 employees and a 3200 foot store, I wasn’t eating or sleeping well.
Still not facing the truth about my health, I sold the DinnerWareHouse in 1983 and promptly opened a chain of retail stores that became a franchise. I was featured in magazines such as Glamour, Inc., Money and Entrepreneur and was a runner-up for Small Business of the Year by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
By 1987 (at age 35) my health was in serious decline. I finally “crashed”, sold the businesses, and began to seriously study natural health full time trying to figure out what was wrong with ME! I was Certified as a Clinical Nutritionist in 1989 by the IAACN Association of Clinical Nutritionists. Clinical Nutritionists are NOT Nutritionists or Dieticians. We are similar to Naturopaths, and specialize in the chemistry of the body, high-level lab work, and solving health disorders that regular physicians might miss.
Answers at Last!
I became gluten free, then grain free and finally dairy and egg free over a 10 year period. Basing my diet on the decades-old Specific Carbohydrate Diet (but without the dairy, eggs or legumes), I had amazing changes in my health. I named this new diet “The Diet For Human Beings” and began teaching it to my clients – years before the Paleo Diet craze began!
I loved seeing all the new Paleo books come out! I totally agreed with the basic philosophy – eat what we ate before we began to farm and eat grains and dairy….
“That Gluten Free Lady” and then “that Paleo Nutritionist”!
Finally diagnosed with Celiac Disease and a severe TMJ disorder that affects me neurologically, I have more answers and tools I can use to forward my recovery. It’s amazing to watch my body and mind improve, even now in my 60’s! Truly, the body wants to get well, and any help we give it will be rewarded.
After 28 years in practice, and over 40 years as a dedicated alternative health patient, my joy is passing that information on to YOU. Here’s a little more of my professional history….
My “Primal Diet – Modern Health” Podcasts
My popular iTunes podcast has over 100 live shows to hear for free. They’re on the website at the Podcast page, and on iTunes. Many shows feature me alone, speaking from clinical or personal experience. Others include amazing world-class authors, chefs, doctors and practitioners.
My shows are “topic-oriented”, rather than “questions of the day”. This lets me talk for an hour on any topic I choose, such as: Headaches; Weight Loss; TMJ Disorders; Sleep and Insomnia; Adrenals and Thyroid Issues; Heartburn; Allergies and more.
“Top 5 Science-Oriented Paleo Blogger”, Paleo Magazine, Best of 2014, Best of 2015. Nominated with Mark Sisson, Chris Kresser, The Paleo Mom and others.
“Top 5 General Health/Wellness Blogger” Best of 2015 nominee by Paleo Magazine readers.
“Top 5 Science-Centered Paleo Podcast” Best of 2015 nominee by Paleo Magazine readers.
From Systemic Formulas of Ogden Utah: Recognized for my “Outstanding contribution as a wellness facilitator for the Southern Region of the United States” 1997 and in 1998.
“Relieving Anxiety: Using Paleo Principles to Unlock Emotional Freedom” – Lecture at Paleo f(x) 2014
- Paleo FX 2014 Symposium: Presentation on Anxiety. April 13, 2014. Austin, Texas
- 210 Cross Fit: Featured Speaker for Paleo Diet and Lifestyle Challenge. October 5, 2013. San Antonio, Texas
- Paleo FX 2013 Symposium: “Women’s Hormones and the Paleo Diet” MasterMind Panel. March 29, 2013. Austin, Texas
- Paleo Fx 2013 Symposium: “Improving Lab Results on a Paleo Diet” MasterMind Panel. March 29, 2013. Austin, Texas
- Paleo FX 2012 Symposium: “Ancestral Wellness for the Metabolically Challenged” MasterMind Panel. March 17, 2012. Austin, Texas
- Paleo FX 2012 Symposium: “Bloodwork, Body Composition and Hormone Analysis” MasterMind Panel. March 17, 2012. Austin, Texas
Guest Appearances on Other’s Podcasts
- Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint Podcast host Elle Russ spoke with me about Vitamin K2 in this 9/30/16 interview. Join us!
- Robb Wolf had me on his wonderful podcast, talking about Vitamin K2, anxiety and gluten’s impact on the brain. Listen in to us from this 3/02/16 interview
- Melissa Curtis of “Fat To Fit: My Quest” interviews me on health problems that stop weight loss 10/12/14
- Evan Brand of “Not Just Paleo” interviews me on Facial Structure, Sleep and Anxiety. 12/16/2013
- Wendy Myers of “Live to 110” interviews me on Optimizing Your Feel-Good Brain Chemicals. 7/23/2013.
- Jimmy Moore of “Livin’ La Vida Low Carb” interviews me on Resolving Anxiety with the Paleo Diet. 7/03/2013.
- Jordan Reasoner and Steve Wright of “SCD Lifestyle” interview me on How To Fine-Tune the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. 5/16/2013.
- Evan Brand of “Not Just Paleo” interviews me on Is Your Brain Broken? 4/22/2013
- Sarah Fragoso and Jason Seib of “Everyday Paleo Lifestyle” interview me on Helping The Thyroid and Adrenals. 2/12/2013
I’ve taught dozens of Classes at my Diet and Health Center, San Antonio Continuing Ed, at Crossfits and more. Some of my topics include:
The Diet For Human Beings; The Paleo Diet and Weight Loss; Planning and Preparing Multiple Paleo-Inspired Meals at One Time; Anxiety and Gluten; Resolving Insomnia; The Paleo Diet for Moms and Kids; Triglycerides, Glucose and Diabetes; Help For the Thyroid and Adrenals; Natural Health Care For Pets; Gluten Free Foods; Women in Their 40’s and 50’s: Anti-Aging, Osteoporosis and More; From Fatigue to Energy; Correctly Choosing Vitamins, Herbs and Natural Therapies; Breakfast, Snacks and Smoothies; Stress Management in a Stressful World; Preventing and Reversing Chronic Health Disorders; Learn Muscle-Testing Now!; and many more!
Watch for my posts on www.primaldocs.com, www.paleolifestylemagazine.com, and Natural Awakenings magazine in San Antonio, as well as on other well-known health blogs.