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00:00 Welcome to this month’s Ask Your Herb Doctor. My name is Andrew Murray. My name’s Sarah Johanneson Murray. For those of you who perhaps have never listened to our shows which run every third Friday of the month from 7-8pm, we are both licensed medical herbalists who trained in England and graduated there with a degree in herbal medicine. We run a clinic in Garberville where we consult with clients about a wide range of conditions and we manufacture all our own certified organic herbal extracts which are either grown on our CCUF certified herb farm or which are sourced from other certified organic supplies. You’re listening to Ask Your Herb Doctor on KMUD Garberville 91.1 FM and from 7.30 until the end of the show at 8 o’clock you’re invited to call in with any questions either related or unrelated to this month’s topic. The number here if you live in the area is 923-3911 or if you live outside the area the toll free number is 1-800-568-3723. We can also be reached toll free on 1-888 WBM Herb for further questions during normal business hours Monday through Friday. 01:09 So this month we’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Ray Pete onto this live show. I know our listeners are keen to hear what 40 years of experience has revealed concerning areas of your expertise Dr. Pete in progesterone and related hormones and how physiological differences can be made in one’s health by relatively simple dietary changes along with in some cases alternative treatments and particularly in some cases the addition of thyroid hormone supplementation. So Dr. Pete, thank you for being our guest speaker this month. Yes, hello. Hi, for those listeners who are perhaps not familiar with you Dr. Pete could you just outline your academic and your professional career? Oh, first I was studying the humanities, literature, linguistics and I worked on master’s degrees in several departments and it was about 12 years in which I taught humanities 02:14 and worked at several universities before I went back to graduate school to work in biology. I had been interested in biology all through the 1950s and 60s but I considered the dogmatism to be more than I wanted to deal with but after going through five or six other graduate departments I learned that just keeping your mouth shut you can get through just about any department if you don’t ask questions and challenge people. Alright, well perhaps then to start I know we’ve mentioned on previous shows in the last month and the month before that I know we’ve mentioned the importance of thyroid perhaps would you explain the physiological importance 03:16 of a correctly functioning thyroid to our listeners and what symptoms would be experienced by a person with a low thyroid state? All of the higher animals require thyroid to survive and differentiate without any thyroid function we would just be basically like a fungus and the brain is the organ that’s most responsive to the thyroid hormone and it’s the one that uses the most oxygen and burns fuel at the highest rate and all of the oxidative processes that are required for high sensitive functioning of any organ all of that depends on the thyroid hormone so really the difference between us and a bacterium or a fungus is the thyroid largely. 04:20 So it’s really a master controller? Yeah, it’s the master gland and it even is more basic than the tuitri which they often call the master hormone. Because the thyroid hormone will affect the pituitary function, correct? Yeah, the pituitary depends on the metabolism of the brain and gets signals from the whole body but the thyroid is what’s regulating the brain and what governs the signals that the other cells send out. So if a person’s brain isn’t utilizing oxygen efficiently then their thyroid, that’s probably because of their thyroid gland and then their pituitary won’t operate correctly, do I understand this? Yeah, and the thyroid keeps the energy of all cells up and makes them ready to work but a lot of people have thought of the thyroid as an exciting hormone. 05:22 They have heard that it’ll make them burn calories faster and lose weight and so on and so they think of it as similar to speed or adrenaline but actually it works in the opposite direction. People who are low in thyroid usually have defective sleep, often insomnia and taking the right amount of thyroid can bring on deep sleep in an insomniac, sometimes just in a few minutes. And is that because it helps balance the adrenaline and lower the adrenaline levels? Gradually over a period of days it will lower a person’s adrenaline, sometimes 40-fold down to a normal or low level and at the same time it’s raising the cells’ stores of energy and letting the cell get into its readiness, relaxed condition. 06:30 When you have a cramp in a muscle, often that’s because the energy is depleted and low thyroid people tend to get muscle cramps very easily. Yes, I have several clients who have calf cramps and they think it’s down to them being hypothyroid. And one of the old, very meaningful tests for hypothyroidism is to have a person kneel on a chair and thump the Achilles tendon and rather than looking for the extent of the reflex, you look for the speed of the relaxation because to relax the muscle has to restore its energy and get ready for another twitch and the brain and all other organs are the same way when the energy is down it can’t relax, it has to build up energy to get into the relaxed condition. 07:34 Okay, perhaps would you explain in the Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome of something that’s fairly related to that if we’re talking about people who are over-spared up, if you like, over-sympathetically stimulated by a low thyroid compensating or trying to compensate with adrenaline. How the adrenal glands can become very tired out after? One of the ways that you can measure a low thyroid is to measure either the urine, adrenaline breakdown products or the blood adrenaline and it’ll often be 20, 30, 40 times higher than normal in a hypothyroid person and that’s because adrenaline is the emergency compensation for low energy. And when the adrenaline is high it tries to bring the energy back to normal and it first draws glucose out of the liver 08:42 and so if you’re low thyroid you tend to deplete your glucose stores and when those are gone your adrenaline goes even higher and starts pulling fats out of storage and the fats poison your ability to burn the glucose and create a diabetes-like condition. But when your thyroid is low you tend to run out of sugar stores more easily and so you are more likely to be in the high adrenaline and high fatty acid condition and when the fatty acids aren’t providing adequate energy then you resort to producing cortisone and the cortisone usually follows just a few minutes after the surge of adrenaline. The cortisone starts breaking down your tissues, muscles are the first to go. 09:46 The thymus is dissolved sometimes in just a few hours with high cortisone and the breaking down of your tissues provides sugar to help you restore energy so the cortisone should be just a very quick instantaneous reaction otherwise it starts destroying all of your essential organs. Did this be the classic kind of wasting of a hyperactive or sympathetically stimulated or overstimulated person? I’ve seen several very hypothyroid men who no matter how much they ate couldn’t put on weight. People weighed 130-135 pounds and were very frail looking. When they took thyroid they didn’t have to eat so much that they could suddenly put on muscle because the cortisone went down. At the same time that your adrenaline is driving your adrenal glands to produce more cortisone 10:55 your adrenals need the thyroid hormone to convert cholesterol into cortisone and so the low thyroid person, well the destruction of your muscles to turn them into food liberates tryptophan and cysteine amino acids which are signals to turn your thyroid down so that you don’t totally destroy yourself in the first two days. So it’s a vicious cycle. The stress turns your thyroid down and when your thyroid is low then you can’t convert cholesterol into cortisone and that’s what is called adrenal failure but it’s really thyroid failure. Is this why also people that have high blood pressure sometimes low thyroid people can end up with high blood pressure because they have too much adrenaline? Yeah you can find dozens of articles in PubMed showing that high blood pressure goes with hypothyroidism 12:01 and very quickly you can usually lower the blood pressure by correcting the thyroid. And this is contrary to popular opinion when you think of thyroid people think oh it’s a stimulant it’s going to raise your blood pressure it’s going to give you heart palpitations and all these adverse effects but in reality you’re saying that if people don’t have enough thyroid their body will start over compensating with adrenaline and the adrenaline is what gives you all those stimulatory effects. Yes and the adrenaline and lack of energy increases the tendency of the blood to clot and for the red cells to become rigid so that they don’t go through the capillaries very easily and so the blood is thicker and harder to pump and that tends to cause high blood pressure and heart problems such as rhythm problems. And even increase the possibility of a stroke correct? 13:03 Yes and the meanwhile since you aren’t able to produce the anti-stress hormones when your thyroid is low the cholesterol instead of being turned into protective or anti-stress hormones the cholesterol simply rises in an attempt to compensate for the lack of protective hormones. And that’s why people with low thyroid have a high cholesterol? Yes it’s a mirror image of your metabolic rate that’s been known since the 1930s that if you take out a person’s thyroid the cholesterol zooms up and if you give them a supplement the cholesterol comes down in just a matter of a few days. The longevity and intelligence and resistance to cancer and so on are assisted by the high cholesterol 14:05 so lowering cholesterol without correcting your thyroid is exactly the wrong thing to do. And that’s what the statin drugs aim to do correct? Yes and when you force your cholesterol down you’re unable to make progesterone and pregnenolone and DHEA and the whole range of protective steroids. There was a recent study that came out a Harvard study I think that actually proved that cholesterol less than 200 was actually likely to cause more cardiovascular accidents than cholesterol of 230 say. What’s your opinion on the reference range being less than 200? The Framingham study showed that people over 50 are much more likely to have dementia if they have less than 200 cholesterol. And there are several indicators that 260 or 270 is the best for longevity and resistance to cancer. 15:14 What is your view Dr. P on why so many Americans seem to be low thyroid? Is it radiation, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides? More than that it started back in the 30s or earlier. Already the food industry was starting to convince people to use vegetable oil, synthetic butter and synthetic cooking oils made out of cottonseed oil was one of the first to use for margarine. And in the 1930s George Kryl and his wife did surveys around the world of people’s oxygen consumption and thyroid function. And he showed that in almost every other country except where they have a high incidence of tuberculosis, cancer and heart disease in the relatively healthy populations, people averaged about 25%!h(MISSING)igher metabolic rates than Americans. 16:25 And they didn’t offer a theory of why Americans were hypermetabolic, but it was pretty well established that 40%!o(MISSING)f Americans benefited from taking a thyroid supplement and they were the ones with the high cholesterol and low metabolic rate. It’s probably the grain-centered diet because in the Yucatan and in Alaska among the Eskimos the people had higher metabolic rates and those are cultures that are not bread-centered. So you’re saying that the Eskimos who ate lots of saturated fats and didn’t have the fields to grow the grains, they had a better utilization of oxygen? Yeah, but the Americans with their bread and other starchy foods tended to eat only the muscle meats 17:31 where in the more primitive, less affluent cultures such as Yucatan and the Eskimos, they economize and eat the whole animal, the brain, the thyroid glands and the blood and feet and skin. Everything is used. So you’re saying they have a more balanced ratio of the proteins, not just the muscle meat like we eat in America, just muscle meat? Muscle meat is very powerful at suppressing the thyroid because that’s its function. When we resort to cortisone, we destroy our muscles and so it’s the muscle dissolution coming into the bloodstream that suppresses the thyroid. And so when you eat a simple steak or hamburger, your body can’t tell the difference between stress or eating simple meat. 18:32 It suppresses your thyroid because of the imbalance of amino acids. So what can people do if they are meat eaters or if they aren’t meat eaters to eat a protein that isn’t going to be suppressing their thyroid? The balanced proteins are, if you stew a chicken, for example, and skim off the fat after it has cooked the meat loose from the bones, you will get gelatin out of the skin and bones and connective tissues, which will be about half of the protein of the whole chicken. And that would be what the primitive cultures were eating every day, a perfectly balanced set of amino acids. And you can approximate that by eating shellfish, shrimps, and oysters and such things where you eat the whole body of the animal. And milk and cheese are pretty good for the protein balance. 19:38 The cheese is slightly better than milk because the milk is designed for a growing individual and the tryptophan happens to be a growth stimulant. And once you’re full-sized and adult, you don’t need very much of the tryptophan and cysteine. Okay, I’m wondering. Excuse me. Every now and again, it’s a little difficult to hear you. I don’t know if you’re speaking into the telephone directly or if you’re on a speakerphone. Just sometimes I hear you much more clearly than other times. Okay, I’ll put it closer. Okay, thank you. Thank you. Perhaps I wonder, for some people, how they would understand this best. Would you just explain the methodology of testing thyroid function and why perhaps so many people fall through the cracks? In the 1940s, when the drug industry was really getting economically important after the Second World War, 20:51 a new type of thyroid hormone was synthesized containing only T4. And around that same time, a blood test came on the market which measured iodine bound to protein. And they assumed that it was the same as the synthetic hormone, which they were promoting as a supplement in place of natural thyroid glandular material. And the synthetic hormone was tested only on young men who are the least likely to have a hormone problem. But the range of people showing a deficiency of protein-bound iodine, since they thought they were measuring the thyroid hormone when they measured the iodine carried on a blood protein, 21:52 they found that only 5%!o(MISSING)f the population had low protein-bound iodine. And that went through the culture to sell the test. They said, this is the scientific measure of the thyroid hormone. And they convinced doctors that 95%!o(MISSING)f the population didn’t need thyroid, even though the symptoms established up to about 1940 showed that everyone with that cluster of symptoms, dry skin, falling hair, constipation, insomnia, lethargy, and so on, benefited from taking thyroid. They were no longer given thyroid because of this idea that only 5%!w(MISSING)ere deficient in iodine. But in the 1960s, it turned out that this protein-bound iodine had almost nothing to do with thyroid function. 22:57 And it was found that the real thyroid hormone was T3, not thyroxin. And it’s present in a very small amount in the blood. And so it took a very sensitive test to really measure how much T3 was in the blood. And they were able to do that by the late 1960s. But they said that they standardized the new test against the old idea, which had been established with a completely meaningless measurement. Protein-bound iodine didn’t measure anything, but the new test was standardized according to this meaningless 95%!n(MISSING)ormal. So now it doesn’t matter how accurate your test is, and if you’re really measuring the right substance. If you keep the idea that statistically only 5%!a(MISSING)re hypothyroid, then you’re not going to be treating the people who need it. 24:07 Absolutely. Okay, I think this is probably a very good time to lead on to the same finding as it were. Things being set 50, 60 years ago as being fact and not being challenged until relatively recently. And I think one of the most probably going to be controversial and shocking to a lot of people, but we have talked about it before in the past. The whole controversy of polyunsaturated fats, the good for your heart, good for your cardiovascular system and good for your heart, versus the saturated fat of our ancestors using lard, cooking with beef fat, etc., being bad for you and heart destructive or bad for your heart. Well, this really started with the paint and plastics industry, 25:10 learning how to make paint varnishing plastics out of petroleum, where previously fish oil and seed oil, linseed oil in particular, had been the basis of paints, varnishes and plastics. And linseed is the same as flaxseed, correct? Yes, and the petroleum chemists learned how to make paint very cheaply out of petroleum. And so the farmers and the industry that had been producing paint stock had no market. And first they used some old research which had already been disproved in the 1940s. The George and Mildred Burr claimed that unsaturated fats were essential nutrients. And in the early 1940s at the University of Texas, 26:12 people working on the B vitamins showed that what the Burrs had created was a B vitamin deficiency not feeding their animals a balanced diet. And Burr himself demonstrated that animals without the unsaturated fats had an extremely high metabolic rate, about 50%!h(MISSING)igher than average, sort of like the Yucatan or Eskimo people relative to Americans. And even though Burr demonstrated that his fats lowered metabolic requirements, it apparently didn’t occur to him that maybe the diet he was feeding didn’t have enough of some other nutrients. The lab in Texas showed that it was specifically vitamin B6 and zinc, 27:13 which were deficient in the diet that George and Mildred Burr… And not actually the polyunsaturated oils. No, the polyunsaturated oils were simply suppressing metabolism so that rats didn’t need so much food. And the pig farmers knew about that and they applied it by giving the polyunsaturated fats to their pigs to fatten them by suppressing their metabolism so they wouldn’t need so much food. So polyunsaturated fats actually increase your weight, increase your fat. While lowering the number of calories you need and can burn. Is it right to assume that polyunsaturated fatty acids have a slowing effect on thyroid function? Yes, a group of experiments in France showed that they block the secretion of the hormone 28:15 from the thyroid gland itself, block the transport on proteins in the blood, and block all of the cells’ functions in response to the thyroid hormone. So there are three or four very specific places where the polyunsaturated fats directly block the function of thyroid. So it’s good for fattening pigs, but this research was useful to the industry who didn’t care about the health of the pigs or how long they lived, just that they were very cheap to get fat. And can you outline for our listeners, please, or list the different types of oils that are in our food chain today that are very high in polyunsaturated fats? Safflower oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, and flax and soy canola isn’t quite so bad, but it’s still toxic. 29:22 What about sunflower? Sunflower is pretty bad. And what about fish oils? It’s worse, but the good thing about fish oil is that it’s so unstable that most of it doesn’t survive to reach your bloodstream where it would inhibit your thyroid function. So it breaks down into other compounds which are actually toxic, and the first thing you see affected is the immune system. The breakdown products of the spontaneously oxidizing fish oil include acrylion, which is a carcinogen, and ethane, which you can measure on the breath after people eat fish oil. But all of these or several of these toxic breakdown products are immunosuppressive, and so they have an anti-inflammatory effect that in the short run makes them seem beneficial. 30:25 And that’s why people who take fish oil say they notice the benefit that their joints are easier to move or their skin conditions have resolved maybe things like psoriasis that are due to an overactive immune system. Yeah, 50 years ago they used to treat arthritis and psoriasis and other inflammatory conditions with X-rays, and the X-rays worked. You could stop just about any inflammation for a while with X-rays. Well, like doctors do today, our dermatologist at school, he told us there’s nothing we can do for skin disorders besides steroids. It works, but is that what you want? Do you want to depress your immune system so your skin gets better? Steroids aren’t as bad as X-rays or polyunsaturated fats. The polyunsaturated fats work by exactly the same mechanism that the X-rays do, creating an immune deficiency inability to produce inflammation. 31:29 Right. Now, how about the other news that these polyunsaturated fats are so unstable and so liable to oxidation because of their unsaturation that the adipose tissue in our bodies just beneath our skin that we all have stores. The fat tissue, adipose tissue is fat tissue. That stores the fat. This product can remain in a body for several years posing direct problems. Yeah, the turnover rate between if you totally change your diet from saturated to unsaturated, it takes about four years for the complete change to be reflected in your stores. So you can figure that the average fat molecule is four years old. And if you’ve ever left your cooking oil or salad oil bottle out of the fridge for a few days, 32:35 you’ve noticed that it gets sticky. And if it was at body temperature, that hardening oxidizing process would be much, much faster. Just at room temperature, I once did an experiment. I think it was corn oil, a bottle of salad dressing. I put a cork in the top and a small rubber tube down into a cup of water. And the water began rising in the tube showing that spontaneous oxidation was consuming the oxygen in the bottle. Right. And is this, can you comment on these oils once they’re in our bodies? Are they oxidizing and becoming very sticky? Is this what plaque in the artery is? Yeah. For 30 or 40 years, people have been demonstrating that the chemicals in the lining of the artery are identical to age pigment. 33:41 Age pigment is produced in proportion to the unsaturated fats in your diet versus the ratio of unsaturated, desaturated fats and the amount of oxidants such as heavy metals in your diet. And the bloodstream is constantly oxygenated and your whole body is at a high temperature that makes it easy to oxidize the unsaturated fats. But in the bloodstream, every time you draw fats out of your storage, they have to circulate through the bloodstream. So they’re exposing the lining of the arteries constantly to free radicals. And there’s plenty of iron circulating in the blood, which is the catalyst for starting the oxidation. And besides breaking down and leaving the residue or age pigment in the arteries, 34:46 recent experiments have shown that polyunsaturated fats poison a mechanism that normally is causing cholesterol to be taken out of the arteries. So there are several mechanisms by which the polyunsaturated fats increase atherosclerosis, the food industry who wanted to couldn’t sell their product for paint to help the pigs consume their product. So it’s time to throw out the corn and sunflower oil and start eating butter and coconut oil, right, Dr. Pete? Yeah. I mean, so often, so often our grandparents had it right. Yeah, we keep getting told that the fish oils now, even though it’s pretty well established that those seed oils are carcinogenic and cause heart disease, they’ve shifted over to say that real essential fatty acids are the fish oil type, the omega minus three. 35:54 Okay. And that basically comes from a study of Greenland people that didn’t really have any data, but they said there’s very little heart disease there and they eat fish. So it must be fish oil. Okay. A more recent study just two or three years ago of Alaska, Eskimos showed that they eating fish have the ones who eat a lot of fish have no less heart disease than the ones who don’t eat fish. And a study on the other side of Canada found that if you look at the amount of omega minus three fats or fish oil in their tissues, the Eskimos pollution such as PCBs and mercury exactly correspond to the amount of fish oil in their tissues. Right. Yeah, I’m sure. Okay. 36:55 Well, very briefly for people that may have just tuned in. It’s ask your doctor came UD 91.1 FM. This month they have a very special guest speaker Dr. Ray Pete. 40 years of experience teaching in universities and PhD and physiology and biochemistry have with very good results produced. Simple dietary changes have produced very good results rather with people and it’s a testament to having you on the program. Dr. Pete that we have in fact of the last five or six months been implicating or implementing sorry some of your recommendations to clients that we consult with. I’ve actually seen very good results for ourselves. So not just reading its actual firsthand witness of what you’ve recommended that we’ve consulted with other patients or clients rather and sin in our own clinic results with people. 37:56 So very pleased to have you on the show tonight. I wanted to just continue from the next 20 minutes. The lines are open now. I do. I do see the lights flashing. So I think there’s probably people wanting to ask questions. But if we don’t, I think we have somebody’s right on the line now. So go ahead. You’re on the show. Hello. Hi. Hi. Okay. There’s a couple of things I want to ask. One is on a different show, you had talked about how cholesterol itself was not the problem, but there was something else. Histimines are not that’s not the right word, but some some some it is to mean of something was the culprit because if you had a high or low level of those, the cholesterol would clog the arteries. And if you didn’t, the cholesterol wouldn’t hurt you. And you said if you took at least 500 milligrams of B12 and a certain amount of B6 and something else. Yeah, B2. What was it B2? 38:57 B2, yeah. Not B6? There was B6, B12 and B2. Oh, B2. Yeah. And how much of each do you need? The minimum amount. I think you said 500 on the B12. Yeah. Well, perhaps Dr. Pete, how do you how do you equate the B vitamin to cholesterol? I know you’ve already mentioned it actually. So the liver is constantly detoxifying all the chemicals that you absorb from your intestine. Anything in your bloodstream is processed through the liver. And if you’re deficient in thyroid, the liver can’t handle the cholesterol or free fatty acids. The liver treats the polyunsaturated fats as toxins and destroys them, causes them to be excreted. The cholesterol is recycled and used for making the digestive bile acids or reused for making steroid hormones and such. 40:06 But the liver can’t process these things without adequate protein and B vitamins. Thiamine B1 is one of the essential for making the liver work efficiently. And low thyroid function makes it impossible to use these B vitamins and protein. And so the liver, for any of these deficiencies, will fail to detoxify and will allow estrogen to accumulate. The estrogen activates the mobilization of free fatty acids, exposes your arteries to more oxidative damage while suppressing your thyroid function and creating a vicious circle. So I usually advocate eating a high natural, naturally rich in vitamin diet. 41:07 And eggs and liver are probably the richest sources of all of the essential nutrients for liver function. But if you eat too much liver, it can act like too much muscle meat and suppress your thyroid. If you eat too much keratin or vitamin A, it can also suppress your thyroid. So I recommend lots of liver and eggs in the diet, but only if you’re balancing with the right amount of thyroid function so that your liver has all of the factors that it needs to process out the toxins. And how much vitamin B12, B6, and B2 do you think a person needs? It varies according to your metabolic rate, like the birds’ experimental rats. If they were eating a lot of unsaturated fat, it had very low metabolic requirements. Well, let’s say if you’re not really into the… So is it okay to eat butter? Is it better to eat butter than you say? 42:09 Oh, very good. Yeah, butter and coconut oil. What about olive oil? It’s not as good as butter. And why do you say butter is good for you when so many people say it’s bad for you? Well, for example, people have demonstrated that the polyunsaturated fats are what cause alcoholics to get cirrhosis and hepatitis. It isn’t the alcohol. These researchers, Nanji’s group at several universities in recent years, is showing that he can cure liver disease caused by polyunsaturated fats by adding butter and other saturated fats to the diet. Well, what about the glop in your arteries that you don’t want? How do you get rid of that? That’s caused by the vegetable oils, primarily. Now, you say that omega-3s are not good for you? Yes, they’re not. But we’ve been told that they’re so good for you, and it’s supposed to be good for your brain and antioxidant and good for your… 43:12 Well, Alzheimer’s disease is now definitely associated with inflammatory processes and pre-radical oxidative processes which are supported by the polyunsaturated fats. Is omega-3 a polyunsaturated? Yes. Well, then why did they say it’s so important to have it and you got it? Well, they have to sell their products. They were saying the same thing about safflower oil and cottonseed oil for about 50 years. Those were the essential oils and you should eat a cup full a day. Well, it does seem to make the arthritis in my knee better. Well, it’s anti-inflammatory, but those are the oxidized breakdown products that suppress your immune system. At the same time, they suppress inflammation. They also suppress your ability to stop infections or to stop the spread of a tumor if there is one. So you’re saying that omega-3s will depress my immune system? 44:14 Yes, that’s very quick. This has been proven in several studies. How I like to look at this situation is what did your ancestors eat? Did they eat processed fish oil that they had to have all these fancy machinery and vacuum sealers and everything to put this fish oil in a capsule? Or did they just eat some fish occasionally? When a person, some of the studies that saw fish eaters were healthy, they had the product, the refined fish oil that they wanted to sell. So they said, oh, this is why the fish eaters are healthy. But the fish also are one of the best sources of selenium, other trace minerals, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin D. All of these are tending to be risk factors for the chronic degenerative diseases if you’re deficient in them. So ocean fish are a very good source of the nutrients. 45:18 But you want to eat the ones with the least fat because the fat is their worst component and the most likely to contain PCV. Absolutely. And also, I think you’ve commented before that you want to eat the smaller fish because they have less of the heavy metals. Yes, they haven’t collected so many metals such as mercury. Can I ask you for our listeners, how many times a week would you suggest eating eggs or how many eggs a week or liver or the shellfish or fish? You can eat as many eggs as you want if they’re well fed chickens. But they feed most chickens now the same thing they feed pigs, a lot of corn and soy. So I currently, for Americans, I advocate only one or two eggs a day because of the polyunsaturated fats. But if you have a farm and can get your own chicken feed, let them eat bugs and whatever they find, grass, sprouts and so on. Well, what would you feed? 46:20 I raise chickens and ducks myself. And what would you feed your animals? What would you feed them? My friends in Mexico feed them lots of stale tortillas and table scraps. We’ll eat most things, won’t we? Well, what about just buying bird feed? Well, a mixed diet is better. Chickens love sprouts and the sprout doesn’t have as much fat as… Good. …bugs and so on. Pat, use animal fat. Beef, beef primings and so on. Okay. We have another caller. Hello. I think there’s another caller. There was another caller on the line. I know the lights are flashing. Hello. Hello. Hi, Andrew. Yes. Hi, this is Rosa. 47:21 Hey, Rosa. I was curious to hear what Ray Pete thinks about the Ayurvedic oil change. I found it very interesting that he says it takes four years to change out the fatty acid composition of yourself. And would doing an oil change where you’re actually drinking a lot of oil speed up the changeover? Dr. Pete? Dr. Pete, are you there? Oh dear. He seems to have lost Dr. Pete. We’ll see if the engineer can… The engineer has just stepped away from his desk. The phones are going crazy, but… That’s a very good question to ask Dr. Pete. Is Dr. Pete still there? Hello? And I can’t hear you either. Hello. Hello. Hello. Hi. You’re on the air. 48:22 Yes. I got cut off. Just about the time the engineer stepped away from the phones. I had a question for Dr. Pete. I have Hashimoto’s disease, which is a disease of the thyroid. And I’ve been on 175 micrograms of thyroid since 1976, although it goes up and down as Hashimoto’s does. And I would really love to find somebody who knows what the heck is going on because MDs are not doing me any good. I really understand. And Dr. Pete has offered to consult with clients through either Andrew or myself. We can consult with Dr. Pete on your behalf. That would be wonderful. And at the end of the show, we will announce the telephone number to call and then Dr. Pete is willing to consult with clients. Also, could you spell his name and could you tell me of any books he may have written on? Yes. He has written several books and he has a website and we will also give that information out at the end of the show. And he says butter, coconut oil, and what did he say about olive oil? 49:27 In moderation. It’s got 10%!o(MISSING)f the polyunsaturated fats on average and so a teaspoon or two per day isn’t enough to hurt. Okay, because I’ve only been using olive oil and occasionally sesame oil. I had high cholesterol, 330 and I thought I’d better bring it down, but I’ve been using plant sterols. Cholesterol is very good for a person. If you take an adrenal gland or an ovary and run blood into it, the amount of progesterone coming out the other side is directly proportional to the amount of cholesterol in the blood. And that depends on vitamin A and thyroid be converted. And so when a person takes thyroid and sees their cholesterol quickly coming down, that’s because they’re making the defensive hormones like prognanolone and progesterone. 50:31 Right. Okay. And Dr. Pete, we have another question for you. Someone called in earlier and asked if, because you said it takes four years for these oils to convert over. If you have been eating polyunsaturated, then you start, you stop eating polyunsaturated oils and you start eating only butter and coconut, very saturated oils. You only see a big problem in someone who’s very fat. They’ll take thyroid or use coconut oil, which can boost your thyroid while it’s in your bloodstream. But as soon as your blood sugar falls and you draw fats out of storage, then your thyroid is suppressed again. Right. So if you eat an excess of amount of oil, does this speed up the change? Well, one lawyer who weighed over 300 pounds thought he would lose weight in a hurry, so he drank a cup of coconut oil. And he said he really believed he might explode or start a fire because he was so hot for about an hour. 51:37 So you don’t want to take more than about a tablespoon at once because you can notice your heart rate goes up. You breathe harder and get pinker for about 30 minutes to an hour after you take a tablespoon full. Dr. Pete, would you be able to suggest any safe way of, I don’t know, how to call it, dieting in terms of replacing your polyunsaturated stores with your saturated diets? Is there any way to actually increase that change or you just have to wait for years? Well, just taking a little bit of coconut oil at a time, it depends on your body weight. I added just a tablespoon per day and lost a pound a week and stabilized 12 pounds lower. And people who are fatter might use a little more or they might need a thyroid supplement to fill in when they’re not using the coconut oil. 52:39 I had another question, Dr. Pete. I know you talked 15 or 20 minutes ago when you were mentioning liver for that one person who phoned with the cholesterol question. And you mentioned the B vitamins and also the supplier of these B vitamins, especially in liver. Would you have any advice for hepatitis patients and how thyroid hormone for them and or other information would be useful? Yeah, having a doctor who understands thyroid is convenient. And Mary Shulman’s website has a list of doctors in all over the country with patients’ comments on what experience they’ve had with the thyroid prescribing doctors. And I’ve seen people with terminal cirrhosis who after six months of using saturated fat, thyroid, and in some cases progesterone, 53:44 the doctors saw no evidence of cirrhosis left even though their liver had been very enlarged and rubbery. It was normal after six or eight months. Fantastic. That’s incredible. Well, it is four minutes to eight. So I think we should probably better start to wrap the show up right now and give out information for people who’ve listened to this show. It’s been a real pleasure to have you on the show, Dr. Pete. Thank you very much for joining us. Okay. And how many books have you written, Dr. Pete? Well, published four or five, I guess. And they are available to buy on your website, is that correct? Yeah, you can see a description of them on the website. And Dr. Pete’s website is www.repeat.com, and that’s spelled R-A-Y-P-E-A-T dot com. And like I mentioned earlier to the other caller, if people would like to consult with Dr. Pete, they can consult with either Andrew or myself, 54:48 and we will consult with Dr. Pete on their behalf. Our toll-free number is 888-926-4372, and that translates as 1-888-WBM for Western Botanical Medicine, ERB-H-E-R-B. So once again, Dr. Pete, thank you so much for joining us and sharing your wisdom with those people who’ve tuned in today. Very much so. To those of you who have ears, let them hear. I’m always very happy when the traditional dogma is overturned by the truth, and the truth is out there. There’s plenty of information, so just don’t stop searching if you get an inclination, just follow it, and you know what, you might just get some very good results from it. So, until the same time on the third Friday next month, Sarah? Thank you, Dr. Pete, for giving a lot of clients and patients hope that with proper nutrition and some supplements and a good diet, 55:56 they can overcome and become much more healthy. Like I said at the beginning of the show, the reason that we invited you on as much as anything else of your wisdom and your experiences is because we’ve actually seen the difference ourselves, so thank you very much. Okay, thank you. Thank you very much for joining us. Good night.

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