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I agree with Matt in that Ray Peat has to be respected for his strange, albeit fascinating research and the amount of time he has for responding to his followers. I commend him for thinking outside of the box.
That being said, I think most of what he says should be taken with a grain of salt as following too closely within his “recommended guidelines” could cause someone to become insanely fanatical and lose their minds. It’s a very dogmatic approach.
I recall reading a post on one of the Peat forums with a girl who posted about “giving in” and eating a potato and how she felt screwed up and guilty afterwards and how would it effect her health. Sad really.
I think the biggest concerning point is, all of his followers are strictly following the dietary guidelines of one man’s opinion, none of which have been strictly followed by people before him, only Peat himself. I see no studies of healthy centurians who followed a similiar Peat-like diet.
What would his followers say if he only makes it to 78 years old?
“So sad… but look at his skin!”Egon_SpenglerParticipant
Some of these posts are hilarious and quite frankly make me feel a little better that I’m not the only one out there who has tried a multitude of strange therapies with little to no results.
I think my top most crazy-ass shit I’ve tried has to be the time I visited this alternative health clinic that specialized in “Bio-Energy Field” medicine, in which the practitioner feels out the energy fields with his hands and then determines which organs systems are dysfunctional and need healing. (This sounds so ridiculous the more I read it… I was pretty desperate then.)
I’m sitting in this office made up to look like a Dr’s waiting room… and in walks this middle-aged asian man who sits down in front of me, closes his eyes, and then begins slowly motioning his hands in front of me, without making any contact.
His left hand then sits, motioning in front of where my liver is. He grunts and looks displeased… he then blurts out “I sense a disturbance.” (In the force?)
Suddenly his left hand begins trembling mightily and he starts letting out this slow-burning yell, almost super-saiyan style a la Dragonball Z, and without warning, he one-inch jabs me below my right rib cage. (WTF!)
He then opens his eyes with this ridiculous grin and goes “Did that hurt!”
I’m respond with, “What the hell man! Of course it did?!”
And he goes “Then there’s something wrong with your liver”.
He then tells me for $1000, he will provide me epsom salts, olive oil, grapefruit juice and will monitor the therapy at the clinic to cleanse my liver (Which I later figured out was the infamous “liver cleanse” on CureZone).
Luckily I declined and left asap. Good thing the consultation was free!
And I really wanted to jab him back!