About Us

Nerd Organics was born from a realization that I had to address my personal health issues to stay alive.  If I didn’t make a change and I continued on the path I was on, I would have left behind my beautiful family consisting of my wife and three children.  Heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure are very common in my immediate and extended family.  I have struggled with high cholesterol since my early twenties.  My weight has fluctuated throughout my life and based on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) standards I was borderline obese.  Interestingly, I would have never considered myself obese at the time.

According to the CDC the majority of the population is overweight or obese:
For adults, overweight and obesity ranges are determined by using weight and height to calculate a number called the “body mass index” (BMI). BMI is used because, for most people, it correlates with their amount of body fat.

  • An adult who has a BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered overweight.
  • An adult who has a BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese.

See the following table for an example.

Height

Weight Range

BMI

Considered

5′ 9″

124 lbs or less

Below 18.5

Underweight

125 lbs to 168 lbs

18.5 to 24.9

Healthy weight

169 lbs to 202 lbs

25.0 to 29.9

Overweight

203 lbs or more

30 or higher

Obese

In late 2012 the health issues seemed to be growing.  I went to change my eight month old daughter’s diaper on the floor.  When I bent over, I felt a tearing spasm-like feeling in my lower back.  I hurt my lower back changing a diaper!  Prior to the back injury, I had a 2-3 day episode of abdominal pain under my right rib cage followed by a couple days of shooting pain to the same area.  My doctor scheduled an ultrasound of my gall bladder.  The gall bladder looked OK but they I was diagnosed with a fatty liver.  Triglyceride deposits on my liver.  The fat that accumulates can cause inflammation and scarring in the liver. Fatty liver disease can progress to liver failure similar to what happens to alcoholics.

In addition, I had been feeling blood rushing to my head on a daily basis causing headaches.  I knew immediately what it was and just need a doctor’s visit to confirm my fear.  A medical checkup confirmed I had elevated blood pressure.   As stress elevated, I could feel the blood going to my head.  This scared me because this was a symptom I could feel every day.  I found out I had other issues to.  I was borderline diabetic and Vitamin D deficient.   Things were going bad quick.  The accumulation of medical problems ignited my spark to make a drastic change immediately.

I have an engineering background with a focus on Quality Assurance.  In short, I find problems and ensure they get fixed for a living.  What better problem to solve than my own health issues?  I read through literature on all sorts of diets.  My number one risk for a shorter life was heart disease.  A key factor was to understand how and why heart attacks occur.  The standard low fat diet with exercise was not good enough for me.   I had known and read about a lot of skinny people that had high cholesterol and heart attacks.  What was the point of a low fat diet and excessive cardio if it didn’t ease my worries of heart disease?

One lifestyle change caught my eye and made sense based on real life experiences and the literature I read.  The paleo lifestyle.  While many call it a diet, I prefer to call it a lifestyle change.  At the surface it sounds like a crazy, gimmicky, fad diet.  Eating red meat, eggs, and saturated fat is the answer to my chronic health problems?  Are you trying to kill me faster!  This is the typical reaction received when you first present the paleo way of life to someone that has never heard of it before.  Admittedly, I myself would have the same reaction if someone explained paleo to me prior to my lifestyle change.

Once you dig further into the literature, data, and read about all the real life experiences, you will be hooked.  What really got me were the ideas and data being presented by people all over the world including medical professionals.  This type of lifestyle is growing.  I see the change around me on a daily basis.  Take a trip to the grocery store lately?  Grassfed beef and pastured foods are becoming common place in grocery chains.  Organic options are presented by the aisle instead of in a small hard to find section.  Restaurant menus are incorporating gluten free choices.  Fast food options are changing.  Why?  Because mindsets are changing and this is the future of truly living.

In a series of blog posts I’ll regurgitate all the information that I have consumed in an easy to understand format.
I’m convinced the information and products we offer will help you with your quest for health.  This site would not have been born otherwise.  Attention to detail and a common goal for better health drive our purpose of assisting you reach your goals.