Thought I’d pop this up for interest. While my main interest right now is the buzzing over the recent NuSI study that appears to falsify Taubes’ alternative hypothesis (the comments are off the charts grand), I know that battlements are being manned. That’s a good thing and I aim to help. For example, Mike Eades and I have been in cordial email exchange. He thinks there’s more to it, is drafting his own post now, and in sporting fashion, I’ve emailed links to Jason Fung’s alternative take, as well as a transcript and image of Kevin Hall’s poster to help Mike draft his post with less time taking.
I’m anxious to read it. I also emailed him a link to the way I described Gary Taubes’ alternative hypothesis way back in January, 2008: 180 Degree Errors. Reading that, I hope I’m not getting dumber over time. Oh, and hey, Anthony Colpo weighed in and his gloating was mild and he didn’t go after Mike directly. Progress and more clarity on many fronts.
I’ll be posting a follow-up to the whole deal based on some of the great comments, Jason Fung’s post, Mike’s if it’s up by then, and other observations and integrations.
…So anyway, I’m up for almost anything. From what I gather, Ray Peat holds that one principle cause of problems is stress hormones and that those can be tempered with…get this…sugar! I’ve scoffed at the idea for years, and I admit I have almost zero knowledge of what he’s on about beyond bits and pieces gleened from Matt Stone and Danny Roddy over the years.
So completely unplanned, but Bea left Monday at noon, returns Friday. And I hadn’t had anything but coffee and so decided to do a little “Ray Peat Hack” with the half gallon of OJ and gallon of whole milk in the fridge. Other than a water-smoothie with my “Fart Powder” (something is coming on that, stay tuned) yesterday morning, a couple of crackers with some goat cheese and pate, and a grilled cheese sandwich last night, that’s all I consumed. High pulp not-from-concentrate OJ (the pulp is so high it’s rather like mashed oranges) and a gallon of organic whole milk (not raw, not available up here).
I feel and felt fucking awesome. Exceedingly calm. But I was mostly trying to discern the purported stress reduction element and I think I got some resolution. I have a couple of pending financial issues that are very unpleasant to even think about. Yesterday afternoon, I start diving in to tackle one of them as I do all the time, no problem.
I suddenly get hot & sweaty. Very profound. So much so that I ended up clicking away, left to tackle another day.
So what does it mean? Placebo, perhaps, but what if all the sugar via pretty whole-like intake is in fact calming to such an extent that you really have insight and resolution to stressful things coming on and so it’s acute, and not chronic from an unhealthy baseline. The thing is, you have to deal with your life too, and it can be stressful. Perhaps having the resolution of acute stress motivates you, over time, to have better means in deciding what you take on. Or, perhaps, those who raise stress to chronic levels burn brighter and accomplish more in a shorter life.
I welcome Peat fans to shed light on this in comments.