Generative Energy: Protecting and Restoring the Wholeness of Life, Ray Peat

As little as one or two spoonfuls of coconut oil per day appears to have strong protective effect against obesity and cancer.

The physiology of aging (especially reproductive aging) overlaps the physiology of stress.

Both the intensity and the efficiency of respiratory energy production in the brain increase with evolutionary level and with the degree of alertness.

"The basis of life is the search for truth, and the real task is to tell this truth without any retreats." - Vernadsky

In the 1920's an economist, S.G. Strumilin, showed that money spent on education gave a 27-fold return. J.K. Galbraith said that the return is about 100 times the investment.

The useful part of education is that which stimulates imagination. The useful part of knowledge is that which expands human possibilities.

The ideal therapy is one which restores the cellular energy thoroughly, so the organism regains its full capacity to adapt, and seeks appropriate stimulation.

Besides fasting, or chronic protein deficiency, the common causes of hypothyroidism are excessive stress or "aerobic" (i.e., anaerobic) exercise, and diets containing beans, lentils, nuts, unsaturated fats (including carotene), and undercooked broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, or mustard greens. Many health conscious people become hypothyroid with a synergistic program of undercooked vegetables, legumes instead of animal proteins, oils instead of butter, carotene instead of vitamin A, and breathless exercise instead of a stimulating life.

Avoiding excessive intake of unsaturated fatty acids and iron will decrease the damage caused by unavoidable stress (including darkness).

The things which sustain fertility, in its simple sense, also are the things which optimize the life of the child.

"As the true method of knowledge is experiment, the true faculty of knowing must be the faculty which experiences."

W. Blake

There are now many people who argue that a low metabolic rate, a low body temperature and slow heart beat indicate that you should live a long time: "your heart can beat only so many times." Most of these people also advocate "conditioning exercise," and they point out that trained runners tend to have a slow heart rate. (Incidentally, running elevates adrenalin, which causes increased clumping of platelets and accelerated blood clotting. Hypothyroidism--whether pre-existing or induced by running--slows the heart, raises the production of adrenalin, and is strongly associated with heart disease, as well as with high cholesterol.)

Grain-based diet of the United States and Europe which suppresses brain metabolism, in the same way that the "normal" animal diets suppress metabolism (and decrease longevity).

Low thyroid function, relative over-feeding, and the presence of unsaturated oils in the diet are known to accelerate sexual maturity.

Early sexual maturity was associated with a shorter life-span.

Progesterone, closely reflects the quality of environmental support and is intimately involved in realizing and sustaining our most characteristically human evolutionary features,

High adaptability and low aggressiveness are characteristic human and primate traits.

If we optimize the known factors which improve energy production (red light, short-chain and medium-chain saturated fats, and pregnenolone, for example), to the extent that our metabolism resembles that of a ten year old child, I don't think there is any reason to suppose that we wouldn't have the regenerative, healing abilities which are common at that age. I suspect that both brain growth and remodeling might proceed indefinitely.

More life and more energy can solve many of the basic problems of life.

A person's vitality is drawn forward by meaningful work, that is, we grow to meet the demands of an important opportunity.

Deep involvement in the problem, investment of some of your life in the work, reveals that the truth is everywhere, and is clarified and arranged through the technical actions of the worker.

Our intelligence develops as we grow into the world, such as it is, and our world includes things that we learn about, and the people that we learn from.

Giving maximum meaning to our lives should be one of the basic things that we demand of our work.

"Rather than look for more beautiful melodies, everyone's purpose should be to find blind spots." - Keith Jarrett

Some people put great energy and concentration into their hobbies, because they find the activity intrinsically interesting. Such intrinsic value and interest is what should be demanded of our work. But for many people, free time is routinized too. To them, Jarrett's suggestion sounds like nothing but hard work. This is where the whole person has been affected by a certain approach to work, and work is seen as something to avoid--the idle rich seem to have found the only satisfactory life.

We are not defined by an "occupation" or "profession," but by the work we have achieved, and the problems we have confronted.