The man with the biggest influence in the health industry, but whose name is never mentioned

The question is, why isn’t credit being given where it’s due?

Arnold Schwarzenegger most likely wouldn’t have achieved success, or in the way that he did, if it wasn’t for Joe Weider. Now I’m not saying that Arnold wouldn’t have been able to achieve success at all, but the credit still goes to Joe for having such big influential guidance in Arnold’s life and choices.

Likewise, people like Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison would not have been as “famous” as they are today if it wasn’t for people like Nikola Tesla whose work had a huge influence on their findings.
Sadly, however, to this day, Tesla still doesn’t get the credit for most of the work that was actually his.

Now I know a lot of people might say “yeah well, it wasn’t exactly Tesla’s work because he learned a lot from the Egyptians.” But then Einstein and Edison should have stolen it from the Egyptians and not from Tesla… See the point is, Tesla still distilled the knowledge and brought it back to life, but still, the wrong people get the credit for his hard work.

If you were the person to help someone take the right path on their journey and warn them to avoid the dangerous paths that would lead them astray, wouldn’t you appreciate it if that person at least acknowledged you for helping them on their journey? That way others who also journey on the road can also find you and ask for your help/guidance/advice.

The thing is, most people become “experts” because they follow a “nobody’s” advice, and because they now know what road to follow and what roads to avoid, they rather want everyone to see them as the “all-knowing guide” and don’t want to give credit where it’s due, otherwise many other people will acknowledge the “nobody” instead of acknowledging them.

Being an independent researcher myself, I always try to give credit where it’s due, especially when it comes to people, or a person, having an influence on my findings and/or change of view on things.
I also appreciate it when people are open and honest to mention if I had an influence on their findings/change of view. It just says a lot about them as a person not trying to take all the credit for themselves.

And yet giving credit where it’s due seems to be one of the hardest things for people to do.

Because it’s important to me to give credit where it’s due, I decided to write this article about a specific person who had and still has a big positive input in my life and work. It’s mainly because of him that I started to change my point of view on certain things a few years ago and this led me to greater success in my health journey. This person’s knowledge and insight are so valuable to me that it still has a big influence on my research and the way I filter and apply information.

This man started putting out health content roughly 50 years ago, showing the benefits and harms of various foods, supplements, compounds, and other things.

This man’s name is Dr. Raymond Peat.

I was mainly inspired to write this article about Peat to make people more aware of some of the major things and principles that Peat talks about and has talked about for many years. I, and many other people like me who also love Peat’s work, have started noticing that more and more so-called experts have been taking Peat’s work and even quoting him (verbatim) without giving him any credit.

Even well-known health and fitness experts have started changing their views on certain things and using the same science that Dr. Peat has used for many years to back his claims up; all based on Dr. Peat’s work without ever mentioning his name.

A bit of background

Raymond Peat (or as we know him, Ray Peat) got his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon, with a specialization in physiology between 1968-72. He conducted many experiments in the lab and also dug up tons and tons of research on various subjects. He taught many classes at different universities (including the University of Oregon, Urbana College, Montana State University, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Universidad Veracruzana, the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico, and Blake College), wrote articles on his website, and is currently focusing on writing newsletters for those who are interested in his knowledge.

From his website:

I started my work with progesterone and related hormones in 1968. In papers in Physiological Chemistry and Physics (1971 and 1972) and in my dissertation (University of Oregon, 1972), I outlined my ideas regarding progesterone, and the hormones closely related to it, as protectors of the body’s structure and energy against the harmful effects of estrogen, radiation, stress, and lack of oxygen.

The key idea was that energy and structure are interdependent, at every level.

Since then, I have been working on both practical and theoretical aspects of this view. I think only a new perspective on the nature of living matter will make it possible to properly take advantage of the multitude of practical and therapeutic effects of the various life-supporting substances–pregnenolone, progesterone, thyroid hormone, and coconut oil in particular.

“Marketing” of these as products, without understanding just what they do and why they do it, seems to be adding confusion, rather than understanding, as hundreds of people sell their misconceptions with their products. The very concept of “marketing” is at odds with the real nature of these materials, which has to do with the protection and expansion of our nature and potential. A distorted idea of human nature is sold when people are treated as “the market.”

It seems that all of the problems of development and degeneration can be alleviated by the appropriate use of the energy-protective materials. When we realize that our human nature is problematic, we can begin to explore our best potentials.

For a long time, his work was the opposite of what was being taught in the mainstream, and he was ridiculed for what he believed in. However, as time went on and Dr. Peat kept on preaching what he believed in, more and more people started to realize that he was correct all along. A lot of people (“famous”/well-respected people) in the health and fitness industry realized that he was right all along and started adopting his views.

A lot of health “professionals” have lately made a 180-degree turn in what they believe, whether it be shunning PUFAs, avoiding gut-irritating foods, getting more sunlight, adding carbs back into their diet (even fruit!! gasp!) and so on. As if they were right all along.

But the worst of all is that they have been reading Peat’s work for many years now, and since making the switch, they don’t give him any credit for being ahead of his time. They write, copy and speak about Dr. Peat’s work, concepts and methods as if they came up with it. Sometimes they copy paragraphs straight from his articles or use multiple references he used to back up his claims.

And they never even mention him once.

The problem I have with this is that people want to make money from Dr. Peat’s work, whereas Dr. Peat only wanted to enlighten and help people.

Furthermore, most people don’t understand Peat’s work at all so their foundation is built on sand.
A lot of Instagram “stars” are ripping his work off with no understanding of biology or physiology. Because in this day and age, knowing how to market is much more important than actual knowledge.

I personally think another reason people don’t want to admit they follow/use Dr. Peat’s work is because they are doing many other things that Peat has warned against. So now, they can compromise, make money from his advice (which is advice no one has ever heard of before, right?!), while still doing things Dr. Peat doesn’t advocate.

The ethical aspect

We in the health industry read and learn a lot from various sources. We (a lot of us) do our own work. We read something interesting, and then do more research regarding that topic to learn more. So our work is a mix of work from various other people, right? Does that then mean that we have to give every person credit?

Not necessarily no. It depends on how much influence that person has on your work. For example, if a single person has influenced you to take a 180-degree turn in your belief and then you create content on that new belief but never mention the person that made you realize it in the first place AND you use his research work to back up your claims, then that is just pure unethicality in my opinion.

Now this article isn’t to point fingers, name names and make others look bad, but rather to bring awareness.

If you’ve been reading some of these topics I’m going to discuss in this article in the mainstream, then you should know that Dr. Ray Peat talked about them decades ago, yet no one believed him. And no one mentions him because for some reason people think he has a bad reputation.

Here’s an email reply I got from Danny Roddy when I mentioned to him that I wanted to write an article on this topic and wanted to know his thoughts on the matter:

What I’ve seen seems to be this kind of stealth commandeering of Ray’s main points. For instance, someone will be vehemently against sugar, dairy, or in opposition to the idea that PUFA or a low metabolic rate massively contribute to disease, etc. — only to change their mind at some point and to start progressing “new” obviously inspired Ray talking points — without ever mentioning where they first heard them.

A few years ago, someone with this orientation emailed me, and I asked him why he didn’t ever mention Ray on his website. He told me that he thought Ray had a bad reputation and didn’t want to be associated with him.

I suspect the real reason many people commandeer Ray’s work without giving him credit is that people in the health world tend to want to protect their brand and their role as a nutritional authority. If an authority-type admits they were really wrong about some aspect of health that they had been progressing for years, and that Ray has been right about that subject for the last 50 years — that would be bad optics. Since I don’t care about protecting a product brand or being an authority, I’m happy to shout Ray’s name from the rooftop.

Again, this article is only to bring awareness of Dr. Peat’s work and how more and more people are making it as if it’s their own. I’ll now be covering a few of the topics that are busy going mainstream, a few reasons as to why that is, and then link to the articles that Dr. Peat has written to show that he brought awareness to these topics many years ago.

#1 Polyunsaturated fat

Many prominent health gurus have suddenly (in the last 3 years or so) really started writing and talking about the importance of eliminating polyunsaturated fat, specifically omega 6. You will typically hear them say that it’s important to avoid seed and nut oils, such as canola, soy, corn, sesame, safflower, sunflower, etc.

Some even say that PUFAs are the cause of obesity and disease in modern society.

Main side effects of PUFAs

These oils are highly inflammatory, cause cellular dysfunction when incorporated into cell membranes in excess and are highly reactive. Some people will say that it's only the oxidized omega 6 that's harmful, but it's actually the non-oxidized and oxidized omega 6 that's harmful to the body. 
And the problem is not only that these fats are easily damaged by reactive oxygen species or can be turned into inflammatory prostaglandins (via COX), but they in themselves can negatively modify the structure which reduces its function. 
There is also an inverse correlation between the ingestion and storage of PUFAs and longevity (R). 

Here are some of Dr. Peat’s articles on PUFAs:

#2 Importance of carbohydrates

How many people do you know of who were keto and are now eating a fair amount of carbs?

Some eat about 100-200 grams daily, whereas others recommend at least 20% of your total calories from carbs.

There is an overabundance of anecdotes of people who went on keto or carnivore that initially experienced health benefits but then quickly started to feel worse. Some symptoms include “electrolyte balance” issues, feeling cold all the time, mood is at an all-time low, stress tolerance is zero, and much more. All of which are symptoms of hypothyroidism and adrenal overactivity due to a low carb intake.

It’s fine if you change your mind along the way, we’ve all been there, but when someone suddenly starts to preach about the importance of carbs for thyroid, testosterone, longevity, stress management, and never mentions Dr. Peat, then you should know they’ve been aware of his teachings all along.

I suspect the popularity of a higher carb diet, especially from fruit and honey, is going to get more and more popular very soon, especially since lots of people are crashing on the keto and carnivore diets.

Dr. Peat has long stated the importance of carbohydrates from milk and fruit for example, for many of the reasons I’ve mentioned above. But one of the main benefits of eating a high carb diet is because of higher carbon dioxide production. And that brings me to my next point.

A few of Dr. Peat’s articles on carbs.

#3 Fruit is good

Fruits are much easier digested and assimilated compared to vegetables (which contain many digestive inhibitors and toxins that can be negative to our health).

Fruit is also a good mix of glucose and fructose. The benefits of fructose (from honey and fruit specifically) are also starting to become more mainstream all of a sudden.

A few benefits of fruit (and fructose):

1) Fructose is the least insulinogenic, so fruit doesn't spike blood sugar the same way as starches. 
2) Fructose has an insulin-mimetic effect, which helps to shuttle glucose into the cell, preventing high blood sugar. 
3) Fructose, because it can enter a cell independent of insulin, can restore proper dietary thermogenesis in insulin-resistant individuals. 
4) Fructose also stimulates the enzyme pyruvate dehydrogenase, which promotes the proper oxidation of glucose, thus restoring metabolic flexibility.
5) Fructose oxidation creates 8% more CO2 compared to glucose oxidation.

Dr. Peat hasn’t written any specific articles on fructose, but he talks about fructose a lot in many of his articles (and newsletters), especially the ones I linked above in the carbohydrate section.

#4 Carbon dioxide

Do you remember a time when carbon dioxide (CO2) was thought to be a toxic gas? That was only like 3-5 years ago right?

And suddenly it’s all changing!

Suddenly everyone is doing breathing exercises to increase their CO2 levels lol.

However, the ideal way to increase CO2 permanently is to oxidize mostly carbohydrates, since carbs produce a lot more CO2 than fat oxidation. So instead of having to do breathing exercises or focus on your breathing all the time, rather eat a higher carb diet and produce a lot more CO2. I’m not saying proper breathing shouldn’t be mastered, I’m just saying that eating carbs is the foundation to having high CO2.

A few benefits of CO2 includes promoting proper tissue oxygenation (Bohr effect), promoting vasodilation, anti-inflammatory, promoting the oxidation of glucose, preventing glycation and excitotoxicity, stimulating breathing, and much more.

A few of Dr. Peat’s articles on CO2.

#5 Coconut oil

Opposite to polyunsaturated fats is saturated fats. Polyunsaturated fats contain 2 or more double bonds, whereas saturated fats contain no double bonds.

The benefits of saturated fat took a while to catch on. Initially, people were talking about the benefits of coconut oil and the harms of omega 6 but were never making the connection that you have to replace omega 6 rich foods with saturated fat-rich foods.

Have you ever wondered how coconut oil (which is mostly saturated fat) is good, but saturated fat is still being demonized in some corners of the interwebs? Truly mysterious.

A few benefits of coconut oil

Coconut oil:
1) doesn't interfere with the oxidation of carbohydrates and can provide energy when cellular function is compromised. 
2) has strong anti-fungal and antiseptic effects. 
3) strengthens the immune system. 
4) has antioxidant properties as it prevents lipid peroxidation. 
5) protects cells against energy failure or toxic insult. 
6) stimulates the metabolic rate and supports thyroid function.

Dr. Peat’s article on coconut oil

#6 Sunlight/bright light

Similar to CO2, sunlight was shunned just a few years ago. Back then, getting sunlight was as bad as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. Now, if you don’t get sunlight, it’s the same as smoking a pack a day lol.

Sunlight is much more important than just vitamin D, although vitamin D plays a big role here.

Dr Peat has talked about bright light exposure for a long time now, how important it is for minimizing stress, keeping stress hormones low, preventing winter sickness, supporting the metabolic rate, disinhibiting energy production, reducing inflammation, structuring water layers in the cell, speeding up regeneration, and more.

#7 The importance of stress management, play, and avoiding learned helplessness

Stress management has been huge for a while, and the act of “play” is becoming more and more popular. Play, as in the sense of doing something with others or by oneself that is considered fun, enjoyable, exciting and perhaps also adventurous.

By now we all know that chronic stress is terrible for us.

Chronic stress causes/contributes to organ shrinkage (such as the brain, thymus, kidney, etc.), insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, mental conditions (such as depression, learned helplessness, anxiety, OCD, etc.), digestive conditions (IBS, IBD, colitis, indigestion, GERD, etc), hypothyroidism, hypogonadism, and much more. 

The importance of play…

Play helps with proper brain development, lowering excess cortisol and serotonin, upregulating brain energy production, increase IQ, curiosity and dopamine, 

One of Dr. Peat’s articles talking about the importance of play.

#8 Avoiding gut-irritating and inflammatory foods

This one is huge at the moment. Multiple books have popped up and many gut specialists have erupted.

Dr. Peat has been talking about keeping the gut healthy and clean and avoiding anything that can cause intestinal irritation for many years.

A few reasons to avoid gut irritation is because anything that can cause gut irritation can cause oxidative stress, leaky gut, endotoxin absorption and intestinal serotonin production just to name a few. When serotonin production and endotoxin absorption increase, inflammation, oxidative stress, vasoconstriction, spasms and organ damage increase and energy production becomes defective. It's in such a state when disease starts to occur.

Although most people still think that brain serotonin is good for you, pharma companies are creating peripheral serotonin blockers. They realize that peripheral serotonin is bad (causes insulin resistance, liver dysfunction, osteoporosis, sarcopenia, high blood pressure, vascular leakage, etc, etc), but somehow, the exact same molecule in the brain is beneficial. But regardless, Georgi Dinkov talks about how these peripheral serotonin synthesis inhibitors can also block brain serotonin synthesis here (starts at 29:13).

A few of Dr. Peat’s article on gut health, serotonin, and endotoxin.

#9 Cholesterol importance

Doctors have been freaking out about cholesterol since Ancel Keys demonized saturated fat.
We know by now that saturated fat is not the cause of cardiovascular disease, but still, most doctors are concerned about high cholesterol.

Recently the FDA in the US quietly changed its cholesterol guidelines. After decades of fearmongering that dietary cholesterol contributes (or even directly causes) heart disease, diabetes, etc now FDA says dietary cholesterol does not contribute much to these conditions so the recommendation to limit dietary intake of cholesterol has been removed. No major news media reported on this, it is only available through specialized Google searching and on FDA’s website. (reference) – Georgi Dinkov

Dr. Peat has been talking about the importance of cholesterol for a long time and that high cholesterol is actually a sign of hypothyroidism.

A few benefits of cholesterol (or the proper utilization of cholesterol) include steroid production, used for optimal cellular structure and function (especially in the brain), has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, reduce mortality from cancer and infections, 

Dr. Peat’s article on cholesterol.

#10 Thyroid for life and survival

The importance of thyroid has been known for centuries. Broda Barnes made a big impact on bringing awareness to the importance of thyroid function.

Every tissue in our body is influenced by thyroid hormones and becomes sluggish and even pathological in the absence of thyroid hormones. Over time, the reference ranges for thyroid hormones have been changed to match the current “healthy” population. Meaning, the reference ranges for TSH and T3 have increased and decreased respectively so that people with completely insufficient thyroid hormones are thought to be just fine.

Thyroid is still heavily ignored amongst the low carb community, but the importance will become better known as more people crash on low carb diets.

Here are a few of the articles that Dr. Peat has written on thyroid.

#11 (Bonus) Youthful hormones

The youthful hormones include pregnenolone, progesterone, and DHEA. These hormones are already big in the anti-aging and TRT community but are catching on in the mainstream as well. Some are much more popular than others, such as DHEA vs progesterone.

Testosterone and DHT are also very important and they increase after puberty. Their decline with age has also been linked to multitude of disease and demonstrates the direct link between thyroid and gonadal function, and also the inverse link between thyroid and adrenal (HPA) function. Namely, people with good thyroid produce a lot of gonadal hormones and stay in good health, while people with poor thyroid produce little gonadal hormones but a lot of adrenal ones, and are generally in poor health and age prematurely. – Georgi Dinkov

Dr. Peat talks a lot about the importance of these hormones (and doesn’t think of them as hormones (discussed here at 48:30) in many of his articles and newsletters.

Here is an article Dr Peat wrote on them.

Note of thanks

Just want to give a special thanks to Georgi Dinkov and Danny Roddy for their input/contribution to this article. Also, much thanks to Anya Amato (my wife) for helping me craft this article into something much better than what I could have written on my own.

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One Reply to “The man with the biggest influence in the health industry, but whose name is never mentioned”

  1. Thanks for doing that. I was reading your texts and also watching videos of one guy on YouTube wondering when are you going two thanks Ray Peat… you are right that some people prefer take credit for them self.

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