Thank you Ray Peat. Tribute and Resources
Dr. Ray Peat passed away 24/11/22.
So hard to put into words the impact he had on my life, and the enormity of this loss to the world, especially to someone unfamiliar with his work, but I’ll try …
He had a Ph.D. in Biology with a specialisation in Physiology, and an understanding of hormones, thyroid and cell metabolism like no one else. He saw health from a 40,000 foot view and taught us what it takes to reduce biological stress, increase energy, and function more youthfully. His key idea: that energy and structure are interdependent. He inspired the “Pro-Metabolic” perspective. He blew my mind and gained all of my attention when I first stumbled across this article in 2011. Although he wasn’t a “Nutritionist” and never claimed to be, he gave me more clarity on the topic of Nutrition than any “Nutritionist” ever did. Not only was he a brilliant Scientist, he was a natural Philosopher, and a passionate Painter. A true genius decades ahead of his time, yet the most humble man, generously giving his knowledge for free, to anyone who would email him. Not an ounce of ego about him, with a level of integrity so rare these days. He touched, improved and enlightened the lives of so many. Hear some of the many heartfelt tributes here.
I am forever grateful to him for the kindness and generosity he showed me over the years, as he did for countless other health/truth seekers. He enabled me to expand my thinking which improved my career and life in every way. I was lucky to connect with him directly, participating in group discussions and podcasts with him. The way I’ve been able to help clients through the knowledge he shared, I never would’ve been able to do with the standard University “education” I had.
The year after I first found his work I was pregnant with my first child. What I learnt from him early on I attribute to my easy pregnancy. He did warn me though that all the progesterone, milk and sugars would lead to having a baby with “a large head and a big brain” that will be “precocious”. Well that happened, my daughter being born with a head circumference 7cm larger than average! So too with my son. And both of them precocious indeed.
If it wasn’t for Ray I don’t think I would’ve continued down the path of health consulting, and I wouldn’t have been inspired to create Saturée with Kitty Blomfield (nor would Kitty and I have met!) Ray graciously helped me when it came to researching ingredients and encouraged what we were doing.
What I actually admired most about Ray was his courage to question the standard narrative, not only in the realm of food and Pharma, but with everything going on in the world. He was wide awake. Anti-authoritarian. The original critical thinker. He could think outside the system. Inspirational beyond words.
Thank you forever Ray.
I and others who remotely knew him feel a huge urge to compile all of the Ray Peat resources out there to preserve his legacy. He has left us with enough information to keep us learning for lifetimes. This list is by no means exhaustive; I will add to it over time.
Ray Peat Resources
Ray Peat’s website and articles here
Extensive list of links to Ray Peat audio interviews here * not completely up to date
And more Ray Peat interviews:
with Danny Roddy here
with Jodelle Fitzwater here
Search topics discussed on Ray’s interviews here
Ray Peat Quotes on Twitter here
Other practitioners and researchers, fellow students of Ray, to follow for more:
Rob Turner of Functional Performance Systems
Dan of Cows Eat Grass