This archived forum used to be called 'Peatarian' (in reference to Ray Peat).

Your Favorite Ray Peat Article?

Do you have a favorite Ray Peat article? 

I used to have several, but after reading some of his new articles, my new favorite is, "Glucose and Sucrose for Diabetes".

He talks about  Drs. Budd and Piorry's work with diabetic patients, and I found an old online book containing information about them.

On page 19 of Peat's article, he states that, "The free intracellular calcium that can become toxic is normally bound safely by well-energized mitochondria, and in the bloodstream it is kept safely complexed with carbon dioxide."  I find this interesting because I've been trying to understand soft tissue calcification.  He then expands on the inflammation and calcification process and other nutrients that prevent them.

It's just such an all encompassing paper that it has become my favorite.  But now we get to the best part of the whole paper. 

  "Drinking coffee seems to be very protective against developing diabetes. 


  "Chocolate is probably protective too, and it is a good source of magnesium and antioxidants."

What more could you ask for?  (Ice cream..... the reason for eating ice cream.)

Do you have a favorite?


asked May 31, 2012 by Violeta
recategorized Jun 1, 2012 by

4 Answers

I will not mention a specific article (but his late "Pathological Science" was great) but rather what appeals me so much theoretically : the energy/structure dialectic, and the central concept of re-generation as an intrinsic property of life. Then RP is able to link such theroretical insights with practical recommendations, to develop a "technology of life" as he says. That's amazing.
answered Jun 1, 2012 by Roquefort

Thyroid, insomnia, and the insanities: Commonalities in disease

Omg, I love this article. I've been thrilled to read Peat's explanation how "the insanities" (I love even the sound of the term) are actually caused by BRAIN DAMAGE related to various metabolic factors:

The frontal lobes of the brain are hypometabolic in schizophrenia. Serotonin can cause vasoconstriction in the brain....

Prenatal malnutriton or hormonal stress or other stresses are known to damage the brain, and especially its most highly evolved and metabolically active frontal lobes, and to reduce its growth, relative to the rest of the body.

He explains the utter uselessness of DMSR definitions of mental illness, with its hodgepodge of symptoms and tendency to call things which are similar (autism, schizophrenia)by different names; and also that they (apparently) have no intention of ever understanding them:

The strictly medical/psychological definition of insanity is still, despite the existence of the International Classification of Diseases, and in the U.S. the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, which enumerate a large number of “mental disorders,” a crazily indefinite grouping of symptoms, and hasn’t made diagnosis more objective.. For example, in the last 30 years autism has been separated from childhood schizophrenia, but now the tendency is for both of them to be called developmental brain disorders. Both schizophrenia and autism are now often described in terms of a “spectrum of conditions,” which hardly matters, since they are not understood in terms of cause, prevention, or cure.

It amazes me how older generations and the so-called educated have bought in to ideas like serotonin, essential fats and the general, wholesale medicalization of daily life, and all the various mental illness labels -- discussing that one is "on the spectrum" is normal, everyday, and has given people a kind of fake language in which to define their own wacko little worlds, while being unable to discuss real, biological things like minerals, micronutrients (and sometimes even macronutrients; my dad indicated he wasn't really sure what carbs are the last time we talked, and he's a lawyer!), or the basics of metabolism. It seems to me that there has been a huge profit from the scapegoating, excluding and marginalizing of whole segments of society, while pretending to create a culture that inclusive and "caring". Some people are sick, probably even from birth, and this hateful, evil culture does all it can to make sure things stay that way!

Do so unto others as you would have them do to you; you reap what you sow, ETC.

One day you might be "insane" also!!

answered Feb 13, 2015 by raintree
edited Feb 14, 2015 by raintree