Adopting Peat-a-tarianism last December left me akin to a confused, feeble, incoherent street-junkie when deciding what to eat.
Luckily, like all the ways of eating I've adopted over the years, I fell into a rythym. I figured out that eggs and fresh orange juice go great together, that sugared milk tastes really great, and that oxtail soup is never a bad idea.
While diet is the foundation of Peat's philosophy, what happens when diet isn't enough? Luckily, there are several "tools" Peat frequently mentions that can be of benefit when attempting to quickly ameliorate chronic, complicated, conditions.
While we're all starting from different degrees of deterioration, using these Neolithic-agents may be useful for those who are capable of monitoring their vitals and adjusting accordingly (mood, motivation, pulse, and body temperature).
When I first read Peat's thoughts on aspirin, I cannot say I was instantly convinced. I, like many others, was quite resistant to the idea of aspirin being a health promoter:
"When people with cancer ask for my recommendations, they usually think I'm joking when I tell them to use aspirin, and very often they don't take it, on the basis of what seems to be a very strong cultural prejudice."
While I was able to accept that aspirin is an anti-inflammatory, I didn't understand the multitude of other physiological benefits attributed to aspirin:
- Aspirin is an aromatase inhibitor. Peat has noted that both polyunsaturated fats and prostaglandins stimulate the expression of aromatase (testosterone into estrogen). Aspirin acts in opposition to estrogen by inhibiting COX enzymes (producers of prostaglandins), but also by suppressing inflammatory cytokines (which also increases aromatase) with salicyclic acid, a major component of aspirin.
- Aspirin is an antioxidant that protects against lipid peroxidation and at high doses is able to "uncouple" mitochondria causing hyperpyrexia (increased body temperature; releasing energy as heat instead of ATP).
- Aspirin decrease inflammatory cytokines (especially IL-6), which suppress thyroid, and increase prolactin, PTH, and estrogen.
- Through a variety of mechanisms, Peat has suggested that aspirin protects against the harmful effects estrogen, prolactin, serotonin, cortisol, histamine, and radiation.
If you've been following my research on hair loss, you can quickly see how aspirin can benefit hair in numerous different ways. I didn't pick up on it the first time around (cultural prejudice?), but Peat even mentions that aspirin is "pro-hair" in an interview with KMUD.
I've only been experimenting with aspirin for a few months, but it has definitely been interesting. Besides getting rid of a joint paint that has been on/off for a couple of years now, I've noticed that nothing has ever made me feel as warm, in my life, than taking a high-dose of aspirin (hyperpyrexia?). A few 325 mg tablets, along with vitamin K, caused an increase in pulse, body temperature and mood that far exceeded anything I've ever experienced from thyroid (desiccated or otherwise).
Being nervous about my experience I turned to a gentleman who has been taking 7,200 mg of aspirin for the last five years. He explained that aspirin (along with Peat's other recommendations) saved his life by decreasing his estrogen, lactic acid, and insulin. The gentleman noted that the hyperpyrexia associated with large doses of aspirin has eliminated his cold-intolerance allowing him to be in fridgid environments without a jacket.
While Peat recommends aspirin to a lot of people (it seems to be a base recommendation besides a raw carrot, diet, and thyroid), one should note that taking high-doses of aspirin, too fast, can have some downsides. I've experienced temporary hearing loss and a gnarly "aspirin-hangover" after taking very large doses (~5 grams) when I first started out.
Some things to note about experimenting with aspirin:
- Stop or pullback if you notice tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Tolerance to higher doses (if you need them) can develop overtime.
- Make sure you're taking it with vitamin K and other fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E). Higher doses require more vitamin K.
- Peat uses aspirin USP or the Bayer brand when he can't get it in bulk (I'm not sure if he still does this).
- Dissolving aspirin in hot water may help if you experience digestive issues when starting out.
Like aspirin, niacinamide reduces free fatty acids in the blood focusing on the utilization of sugar. Niacinamide has numerous overlapping effects with aspirin:
"Niacinamide, used in moderate doses, can safely help to restrain the excessive production of free fatty acids, and also helps to limit the wasteful conversion of glucose into fat. There is evidence that diabetics are chronically deficient in niacin. Excess fatty acids in the blood probably divert tryptophan from niacin synthesis into serotonin synthesis."
A couple of other things to note about niacinamide:
- Niacinamide is also a potent anti-inflammatory and has been noted to decrease IL-6 (a player in hair loss and disease).
- Several people have written me suggesting that niacinamide the largest factor in stopping their hair loss.
- Peat has suggested that as little as 100 mg twice a day can be an effective treatment to reduce free fatty acids in the blood.
- Niacinamide can decrease parathyroid hormone (PTH).