What's Your Nutritional Orientation?
Having spent nearly a decade in the "nutrition scene" I can tell you that there are some disturbing trends among those espousing different ways of eating:
- The Flip Flop: A faulty dietary paradigm allows a food to be labeled a "toxin" one month, and benign another.
- The Disease Causing Macronutrient: While few hold the idea that any one specific macronutrient causes disease, many subscribe to the paradigm that too much of a macronutrient (especially carbohydrate) absolutely does cause disease.
The "Evolutionary" Paradigm
Ancestral diets are great starting places, but have lead to some questionable therapies over the years. Speculating about the metabolic conditions of our ancestors leads to unanswerable questions, wild speculation, and dead ends.
The Real Food Paradigm
Consuming a diet of real food is a great starting place. However, this way of eating may or may not address specific concerns the user has about conquering stress, increasing virility, overcoming depression, and improving digestion.
The Moral Paradigm
Ideas of morality often get intertwined with different ways of eating. While people are free to consume whatever they wish, when facing specific issues "morals" are best kept away from your mouth.
The Golden Age of "Nutrition"
Before the advent of caveman diets, before fruitarianism, and before high-fat-moderate-starch-low-protein diets, cutting-edge "nutrition" was being done by physiologists studying stress, cellular energy, and adaptation:
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Nobel Prize in Physiology) noted there was a large difference between oxidative energy, a highly evolved way of producing energy and glycolysis, a drastically less efficient way of producing energy.
- Otto Warburg (Nobel Prize in Physiology) observed that energy created by cancer cells was very similar to that of stressed cells.
- Hans Selye (Pioneering Endocrinologist in The Field of Stress) noted that stress increased energy requirements and that the production of energy was the greatest factor in resisting the effects of excess stress.
- Broda Barnes (Pioneering Endocrinologist in The Field of Thyroid Health) noted that those with low thyroid (low energy production) were privy to digestive issues, depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia, low sexual desire, acne, poor cognition, and premature aging.
Physiologists of the past agreed that the organism's ability to produce energy was central against disease, aging, and inflammation.
- Efficient energy production
Nutrition gurus of today are convinced that a myriad of therapies are needed for good health:
- Carbohydrate Restriction
- Probiotic Supplementation
- Avoiding Fructose
- Intermittent Fasting
- Omega-3 Supplementation
Energy? Sounds Pretty Bogus....
Consider the metabolism of a healthy young child. They are warm to the touch, have a high pulse rate, high body temperature, are energetic, and their regenerative abilities are the defining feature of youth.
Some nutritional gurus of today are claiming that slowing the life process (the opposite direction of the metabolism of a child, a low pulse and low body temperature) is the key to happiness, recovering health, and longevity.
- What do you think?
- Does that sound right?
- Do you feel good when you're cold?
- Have you ever felt like having sex (a great marker for health) when you were freezing?
As we age our ability to produce energy diminishes due to factors in our environment. A low metabolic rate (estimated by pulse rate and body temperature) accompanies:
- Weight gain
- Intestinal infections
- Intestinal "leakiness"
- Sexual inadequacy
- Brain Fog
The Stress-Energy Connection
I'm step ahead of you. I've already anticipated that you're skeptical about the concept of energy production being an important factor in health.
But, I guarantee that you find excess stress to be a compelling factor in health.
- Stress, whether it be exposure to cold, a noxious allergen, or general malnutrition, can have a variety of negative effects on our physiology.
- When dealing with a chronic stressor or a great stressor, the cells respond by producing real biological energy and anti-stress hormones. In a sense, the body is vigorously attempting to "overcome" the stress by producing more energy.
- If energy production is insufficient, adaptation will occur, which involves a "higher functioning" of stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline, estrogen, etc.) to provide energy.
- A couple "hallmarks" of stress and low energy production are poor sexual function, poor sleep, low body temperature, and a low pulse (~60-70 BPM).
The Current "Alternative Approach" To Stress Is Ridiculous
While the health community unanimously agrees about the detrimental effects of stress, the tools used to combat stress, which usually involves a grabbag of supplements, are pathetic at best.
Real Food Diets: Missing The Point
Diets based on real food are great, but for those with low metabolic rates/excess stress (low pulse and/or low body temperature) adopting a militant real food diet may or may not help.
Paleo/Primal Diets: The Wrong Paradigm
Similar to diets based on real food, paleo and primal diets are great starting places. Unfortunately, the paradigm of 'recreating the metabolic state of our ancestors' leads to unanswerable questions and wild speculation.
The Visionary Work of Raymond Peat PhD
As Dr. Peat was growing up he was challenged with a variety of health issues including inflammation of the arteries, dental abscesses, asthma, migraines, and colitis.
He found that administering small doses of "youthful" hormones gradually caused his ailments to subside.
About 10 weeks later, Peat noticed that his face changed and he no longer had "chicken neck," bags under his eyes, and looked significantly younger.
Dr. Peat's research continued as he started studying thyroid hormone, pregnenolone, progesterone, and DHEA—all hormones that promote energy production and are associated with youth.
Later, Dr. Peat began manipulating his diet in order to maximize the production of youth-oriented hormones, avoid noxious allergens, and support the body's natural ability to produce energy.
Dr. Peat's physiological approach to nutrition is simple and elegant:
- Support the known factors which influence energy production.
It is not unreasonable to believe that doing this would not provide the same regenerative abilities associated with youth.
This can be measured through lab work, but it can also be estimated with simple self-diagnostics:
- Pulse rates in the 60-70s are consistent with a low metabolic rate.
- Chronic cold hands, cold feet, and cold nose is consistent with a low metabolic rate.
- Various other symptoms: anxiety, depression, "leaky" intestine, chronic fatigue, susceptibility to infection, insomnia, autoimmune issues (Hashimoto's), low libido, and poor cognition
The Peat Whisperer
Increasing The Metabolic Rate With The Visionary Work of Raymond Peat PhD
The guide covers:
- Why supporting energy production is more important than "eating real food."
- Why sugar (fruit sugar specifically) supports the metabolic rate and why running on fat does the opposite.
- Why unsaturated fats suppress the metabolic rate, while saturated fats support it.
- Why protein is a "double-edged sword" and can both inhibit and support the metabolic rate.
- Why dietary calcium is an important metabolic mineral and should not be marginalized.
- Why most forms of fiber are not supportive of energy production and can actually worsen digestion.
- What role serotonin & estrogen play in health and why you want to minimize your exposure to them.
- Why consuming salt, sugar, protein, and fat are supportive of the metabolic rate.
- What self-diagnostics can be utilized to measure the efficacy of any dietary philosophy.
- Why most supplements are trash, except a select few that support the metabolic rate (most are actually foods).
Who This Guide Is For
My audience is full of free thinkers who have adopted an experimental attitude towards health. They use self-diagnostics regularly and some may invest in regular lab work. They are evidence-oriented and progress at a rapid rate.
Who This Guide Is Not For
Occasionally I will run into someone who explains that nutrition is too complicated and that they would rather listen to their doctor or blindly adhere to a popular dietary paradigm. I did not write this guide for these people.
Who are you? What do you know? Why should I listen to you?
I began researching physiology after stumbling upon online forums populated by those using steroids for bodybuilding competitions, as well as those who were recovering, from using steroids for bodybuilding competitions. The optimization of thyroid, sex, and stress hormones was commonplace and naturally attracted me due to my interest in the hormonal connection to male pattern baldness (my main focus at the time).
Users would experiment with thyroid, testosterone, pregnenolone, DHEA, and in general, (verifiable by lab work) would make incredible improvements. Anecdotal reports after a few weeks of “hormone replacement therapy” ranged from extreme resistance to stress, the libido of their teens, alleviation of depression, increased fat loss (without exercise), and corpse-like sleep.
However, there was a problem: there was no cohesive “framework” on how these hormones worked or what their physiological functions were. Hormones and their effects were clouded by personal anecdotes (one week something has a positive effect, the next it has a negative one) and whatever the hottest antiaging doctor believed at the time.
Additionally, the individual response to gels, pellets, injections and supplements varied wildly and required frequent lab work to figure out user-created hormonal imbalances. I knew the forum-goers were on to something, but quickly saw the follies of attempting to manipulate our hormonal environment through excessive supplementation.
A few years later, I found the work of Dr. Raymond Peat, which I found to be truly visionary. Dr. Peat’s research provides context for the physiological effects of various hormones, as well as their ability to promote or inhibit the production of real biological energy.While health problems are often thought of as compartmentalized failures of the body’s systems, Dr. Peat’s research describes them as the result of a “destabilization” of the entire organism, suggesting that there are no closed systems anywhere.
The Peat Whisperer is the culmination of 7+ years of self-experimentation, thousands of dollars of lab work, hundreds of lonely nights researching, and the abandonment of a "normal" college-student-party-life in hopes of achieving something greater.
Since I began coaching others last December, I have been able to put Peat's research to practice. One thing is extremely clear, stress affects everyone and simple lifestyle and dietary tweaks can have a huge impact on one's quality of life.
What people are saying about The Peat Whisperer:
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Table of Contents:
- Competing Theories of Degeneration: The Metabolic Rate
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint #1: High Sugar/Fat Ratio
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint #2: High Saturated/Unsaturated Fat Ratio
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint #3: Nutrient-Dense Animal Protein
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint #4: Obtain Pro-Thyroid Nutrients
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint #5: Reduce Bacterial Endotoxin
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint: Specifics, Protective/Problematic Foods
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint: 12 Meal Examples (HD Photos)
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint: Arbitrary Menu Plan
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint: Shopper (18 HD Photos)
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint: Blood Tests
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint: Troubleshooting (11 HD Photos of "Supplements")
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint: Frequently Asked Questions
- Pro-Thyroid Blueprint: Resources
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1) You con artist! You are stealing money from the kindest most humble man on the planet, Dr. Raymond Peat!
10% of all sales go directly to Dr. Peat.
When I sent Dr. Peat an email to notify him of the existence of the Peat Whisperer, he replied:
"People have sent me links to your website a few times, and it looked very well done--I would enjoy seeing the book." - Ray Peat
He later sent me:
"I haven't had time to look at more than a page or two of the copy you sent, but what I saw is very good." - Ray Peat
2) Is this way of eating safe?
Online nutritional calculators suggest that this way of eating is akin to a potent multivitamin.
3) Is this way of eating expensive?
On average, I spend less than $20 a day on very high quality food supplying ~3,000 calories a day.
4) Is this way of eating complicated, requiring me to search for strange ingredients?
Everything in The Peat Whisperer can be purchased at your local grocer. Higher quality versions of the foods I suggest can be obtained at any "Natural Grocer." Nothing is weird, and traveling is easy.
5) Does this way of eating require me to spend an inordinate amount of time behind a stove?
6) Will I be able to understand the information in The Peat Whisperer?
The information in The Peat Whisperer was meant for the layperson. The regimen chapter is straightforward and is presented in an easy-to-understand manner. A glossary is included to help increase the readability of the guide.
7) How do I know that this is going to work for me?
Self-experimentation, self-diagnostics, and understanding how the body works, sets one up for success. Blindly following a dietary regimen based on some theory of evolution, ethics, or willpower usually results in failure or mediocrity.
8) I'm a woman, will The Peat Whisperer help me?
The Peat Whisperer was written for both men and women.
9) Is this the paleo/vegan/30 bananas a day/lacto-ovo vegetarian way of eating in disguise?
Absolutely not. This way of eating is based on the work of Ray Peat PhD and carries no ideology about what we should or should not eat based on an unknowable theory.
10) What are your credentials?
You can review all of my work on dannyroddy.com to see if it jives with your current understanding of health. The Peat Whisperer sports more than 262 references in 85 pages.
11) Does this way of eating require me to eat unappetizing raw food?
12) Does this way of eating require me to restrict calories or fast?
No and no.