While we’ll be interrupting “Ray May” for a guest post by Brock Cusick later this week on the role of TXNIP in body weight and glucose regulation – today is the official start of Ray May. So kick back and let’s eat some hay, sit by the bay, we just may, whaddya say?
I asked the peanut gallery if they would be interested in a month of Ray Peat immersion, scrutiny, translation, and celebration, and the peanut gallery threw back many a thumbs up, often two at a time. One gentleman threw 3 thumbs up, getting excited about the ice cream cone, shown left, that sometimes appears on Ray’s site – http://www.raypeat.com/. While I’m not looking to spark anyone’s new orthorexia or guru-itis, I will say, my honest opinion of Ray Peat and his work is that it is at the highest magnitude of excellence.
I spent years looking at every perspective I could, only to determine that stress hormones and low metabolic rate were the predominant causes of disease – both minor and major. By the time I got to Peat, well, he was already there and had been for years – but he was able to put forth all kinds of new layers of complexity that I had never before put together. It was humbling, but has also been vastly re-affirming (which is quite dangerous, haha!).
If you understand anything about Peat – and few understand ANYTHING about Peat because his writing often strikes people as overly complex and off-the-wall while in total disharmony with mainstream beliefs about, well, everything… understand that Peat, while imperfect like all of us in his ability to make conclusions, is a truly big thinker.
Peat, more than any single researcher before or since, really understands the relevance of cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, and endocrinology in terms of the complexity of their relationship with nutrition, stress, lifestyle, thoughts, learning, seasons, light and darkness, and just about any other stimulus you can think of. Taking all this into consideration in the most comprehensive view of human health and function his mind is capable of grasping, Peat has come up with some very interesting thoughts, viewpoints, tips, and pointers on how to restore and maintain health and vitality. In my opinion, his work will one day receive the true recognition it deserves, perhaps decades from now in the way Weston A. Price’s work has been so fully resurrected. It’s really that good, and as his understanding continues to grow, so does the comprehensiveness and clarity of his work – the mark of a true man of science.
So, brace yourself as I put together dozens of mini-posts celebrating, translating,scrutinizing, and discussing small snippets of Ray’s work. By the end I think you’ll admit, while Ray isn’t right about everything (who could be?), the old timer is really onto something with most of his conclusions. And some of the quotes I’ve gathered are just plain legendary…
“Once we accept that knowledge is tentative, and that we are probably going to improve our knowledge in important ways when we learn more about the world, we are less likely to reject new information that conflicts with our present ideas.”
How to RAISE YOUR METABOLISM.