Keeping Up with Tara Grant

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Editors Note: Tara will be speaking and presenting at Paleo f(x) this upcoming weekend. On April 11th, from 10:00am-10:25am, she will be giving doing a magic dough recipe cooking demo. On April 13th, from 3:35pm-4:40pm she will be speaking at the Journey of Transformation session. You can purchase a pass to watch the Live Stream by clicking this link or, if you’re in the area, purchase passes to Paleo f(x) by clicking this link.   From Sarah: As my usual late night binge of working on responding to PrimalGirl emails wound down on Thursday last week, I texted Tara with a run down of what I did.  She didn’t respond for a while, which was strange, since usually she’s lighting quick. I had just started to get concerned when an image appeared…. I couldn’t believe it! There with Patricia Heaton, Reese Witherspoon, & Emma Thompson was my friend, confidant, and boss proudly declaring 112 pounds lost from a clean Primal/Paleo diet.  While I was instinctively proud of her and immediately called her so we could squeal like teenagers on the phone I also had a personal reaction that I wanted to share with all of you. I wanted to tell all … Continue reading

Your Questions Answered: Hidradenitis suppurativa and Autoimmune Conditions

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For the last three years, I have received (on average) about 30 emails a week with questions regarding Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), how to treat it, what foods are safe, what medications people should be taking, even questions on how to quit smoking and deal with the stress of in-laws. In fact, I’ve received so many questions that I wrote a book to try to answer them all at once. Unfortunately, since everyone’s personal situation is unique (and there’s no way I could cover everything in one book. And I have no idea how to deal with your mother-in-law) I’m still receiving tons of questions. In order to try to help everyone who needs help, we’re going to answer your questions here once a week. If you have any questions regarding your HS, achieving remission, taking supplements, or need information to take to your doctor, ask us! Just use the “Ask A Question” tab on the right hand side of the screen. We’ll try to answer them all in the coming weeks. Question 1 Hello Tara, I have been diagnosed with HS and for the last 18 months I have been prescribed antibiotics (doxycycline, clyndamycin and minocycine). They worked to clear … Continue reading

Letters From Tara: Hang Up And Talk

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We hope you enjoyed the last two week’s handwritten posts. This one kind of speaks for itself, so we’ll let it. Enjoy your week and don’t forget to let us know what you think. … Continue reading

Letters From Tara: Finding Your Learning Style

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Those of you that learn easily through visual and verbal means will love today’s post. Not sure what I’m talking about? Read on. Find your own unique learning style! Let us know what you discover about yourself by posting in the comments. Make sure to check back in to PrimalGirl.com this Wednesday – Donyel has a special report on what coconut oil can do for your hair, complete with pictures of her beautiful tresses. Coming soon we’ll teach you how to make your own infused coconut oil, give you some more great ideas of what you can make with our Magic Dough, and much more. Subscribe to updates to make sure you don’t miss a thing! … Continue reading

Letters From Tara: A Letter To A Couple

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Most of the time, we’re unable to approach strangers and ask them for their story without being told to ‘mind our own business,’ or being given a funny look and then ignored. Sometimes, we daydream about who those strangers are, where they’re going, and why they do the things they do. Usually our internal questions go unanswered, and we forget about them as we go about our busy lives. Sometime, however, the actions of a complete stranger can affect us deeply, and we wish we could just have said…something to them before they faded into obscurity. This is one of those times. Although I wrote this post several weeks ago, I feel that it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. How do you interact with your loved ones when you think no one else is watching? … Continue reading

Letters From Tara: We Need More Than That

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This is the first in a series of handwritten letters created by Tara over the holidays and early in the new year. As far as we know, something like this has never been attempted. Whether it’s because you can’t edit a handwritten letter, there’s no spell check available, most people have atrocious handwriting, no one’s thought of it, or no one actually uses a pen and paper anymore, we don’t know. What we do know is that Tara has been writing things by hand her entire life – and she has great penmanship. Whether it’s a shopping list, a note to a friend or a list of tasks, Tara prefers to write things by hand. She explains why this is in an upcoming post about learning and communication styles, which is, of course, handwritten. We think it’s wonderful to be able to see her personality and style right there on the page. This just doesn’t translate to a post typed on a computer and we hope you enjoy getting to know her on a more personal level. Although the ability to blog and update social media on the fly is now possible thanks to smart phones and WiFi hotspots, a … Continue reading

Living With HS: The Hidden Plague Giveaway Part 5

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We end our week of giveaways here at PrimalGirl.com with the final two winners of our contest. If you’ll recall, the original giveaway was limited to 5 books, but Tara had such a hard time choosing she decided to double that number. Changes in diet can often bring about a remission of sorts from HS, but there are other pieces to the puzzle that can take years to figure out. The information in The Hidden Plague: A Field Guide For Surviving and Overcoming Hidradenitis Suppurativa helps sort out those final, stubborn causes of flare-ups so that you know how to stay in remission. Today, we hear from two people who had a typical experience at the doctors – they were given lots of medication. Sadly, this is typical for those of us that visit the doctor’s office for our HS. These stories also tell another tale–about autoimmunity. Tara explains in The Hidden Plague how autoimmune (AI) conditions are connected. HS isn’t linked to any other AI condition; HS is an AI condition. When someone is suffering from more than one AI issue at a time, it simply comes down to the fact that their body is being attacked on more … Continue reading

Living With HS: The Hidden Plague Giveaway Part 4

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We continue our week long series with two more stories that were sent to us in exchange for a free copy of The Hidden Plague. Do these stories sound like yours? There are many things that HS sufferers share – including wanting to hide, and isolate themselves. Part of what Tara has enjoyed the most about the release of her book and her interaction with the HS community is being able to show people that they’re not alone! If you have HS, we know there was a time when you thought you were the only one with it. You’re not. Tara meets more and more people in her everyday life that are suffering from HS. Today we hear from two more of you. You are not alone! Submission #7: I remember asking my mother about the knots I felt under my arm pit. She said, “Don’t mess with them,” they are probably caused by the deodorant I use. Of course I was hard headed and irritated the knots under my armpit. That was the beginning of my journey with hidradenitis. Besides from the knots I had under my arms I had boils in my groin. I couldn’t understand what was … Continue reading

Living With HS: The Hidden Plague Giveaway Part 3

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It isn’t easy living with a disease like Hidradenitis suppurativa, but it’s even harder when you have children to take care of. Most of us with HS are frightened to death that we’ll pass our HS on to our kids. We’re also overwhelmed with medical bills, depression, and pain, which makes it harder to care for others. Our two winners today are mothers. Tara has received many emails from desperate moms, who are only hanging on because of their children. We hope that the information in The Hidden Plague will help them–and mothers everywhere–to overcome this disease and to regain their power. After all, we can’t properly care and give to others when we can’t properly care or give to ourselves. Submission #5: My dear friend (whose husband is dying in the hospital right now), just emailed me this link to your site and told me about your book, of which I was previously unaware.  I almost cried when I read the description of your book: “Have you been plagued with boils, cysts, ingrown hairs, and acne-like bumps that take months to resolve, leave embarrassing scars, and cause considerable pain? Have you been to the doctor, only to leave with … Continue reading

Living With HS: The Hidden Plague Giveaway Part 2

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Today we hear from two women who have been struggling with HS since the onset of puberty. Although 23 is the average age that autoimmune conditions strike, it’s becoming more common to see symptoms appear earlier. Tara’s HS first showed up when she was fourteen. The onset of puberty is a tumultuous time at best; imagine adding a skin condition like HS into the mix. The first story especially resonated with Tara–her connection to the military and her failure with military doctors (and their prescription-happy attitude) is mentioned in The Hidden Plague. We’re happy to be able to help these two women gain the tools they need in order to regain control of their lives. Submission #3: Where to begin… I was 14 and going through puberty the first time I had a boil flare in my armpit. My pediatrician gave me some antibiotic ointment and sent me home with mom. We had noticed a slight darkening of the skin in both armpits shortly thereafter. I’m not sure if that was a precursor of what was to come or not. Eventually my disease spread into other areas of my body like my groin, inner thighs and buttocks. I didn’t have too … Continue reading