Also, to be honest, I had no idea whether my serotonin was low or high, but I identified with the symptoms of high serotonin when I read Ray’s articles about serotonin. I can’t remember which one I read, but this one gives a close enough idea of how that neurotransmitter relates to stress and the kinds of mood imbalances mold exposures create in me via the stress mechanism. http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/thyroid-insanities.shtml
I remembered that Dr. Rea (EHCD.com) told me he uses serotonin and histamine to control reactions to environmental toxins. So I was open to doing things to lower serotonin and estrogen.
Except there is no way in hell I was going to take aspirin!!! Even though it lowers serotonin and estrogen according to Peat. http://raypeat.com/articles/aging/aspirin-brain-cancer.shtml But eventually I bought some aspirin (it has to be the uncoated kind and pure as well so you can dissolve it in liquid). So far it hasn’t burned holes in my stomach. I’m pretty cautious though and take a very low dose.
Why did I stop PUFA’s first? It was easy enough, although I really missed snacking on nuts the first two weeks. But I read stuff in Peat about a relationship between PUFA and oxidative stress measures like MDA. Mine was high on my first Genova NutrEval test and I thought it was from a mold exposure. Of course the doc recommended I increase even more, and when I took my second test, I was even higher but I knew I wasn’t being exposed. Worse, I’d tripled the amount of fish oil I was taking. Hmmm, if Ray Peat is right, then cutting out fish oil and PUFA foods should lower inflammation. That’s why I took that step first. Plus it was easier NOT to snack than to make a radical turn about in diet.
You can read more about PUFA’s here, and I promise you this synopsis is easier to follow that Ray’s work on sugar. http://pranarupa.wordpress.com/tag/pufa/ But if you want to hear what Ray Peat has to say, go to http://www.functionalps.com/blog/2012/04/22/fatty-acid-composition-of-diet-reflected-in-fat-tissue/
http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/unsaturatedfats.shtml (and then search for more and more)
One principle I understood early on is that the liver needs to rebuild its store of glycogen if you’ve been on paleo or something similar for a long time (I was 15 years on raw foods,raw vegan, no amylase, Pat Kane, Weston Price, paleo so I knew my liver glycogen stores had to be in the basement). If you don’t have sugar to burn, your cells won’t be able to use thyroid. If you take thyroid hormone and get palpitations or worse, you probably aren’t getting enough sugar needs.
If you starve yourself with a low calorie diet your metabolic rate will go down and your adrenal hormones will have to kick in to burn up amino acids. Maybe I’ll talk about this stuff in the future in a Part 2. No promises. I'm too annoyed with the spammers leaving comments to want to post much.
Back to sleeping before I end. I had one week of three consecutive nights of six solid hours without waking for anything. I even drank water before going to sleep. The next week I had one night where I slept eight continuous hours, so soundly I didn't hear neighbors trucks or voices or even my guy waking up and going in and out. That's progress!
If you want to learn more, here’s my brief guide to the world of Peating, Peatarians, and his maverick views on metabolism, hormones, and diet.
www.RayPeat.com technical articles to keep you busy learning for at least 5 years
www.DannyRoddy.com less technical than RP but still pretty complicated; free book on male pattern baldness (Hair Like a Fox) interesting to women too and anyone wanting to understand cellular biology a la Peat; lots of great links too
Matt Stone at 180degreehealth.com not at all technical, not strict Peat but inspired by him, easy to read, sends out free books if you subscribe to his blog
If you have the patience for interviews, search for RayPeat on YouTube (I haven’t watched any of them but I hear they are worthwhile)
Somewhere in between Matt Stone and Ray Peat you can get some informative essays at pranarupa.wordpress.com
And here’s a great index, getting close to comprehensive, for everything video and audio on Peat http://caramellamorbida.blogspot.com/