Polyunsaturated Fats, Sugar Restriction and Social Isolation.
“The psychopathology of social isolation has been studied in a variety of animals, and many features are similar across species, including humans. Aggression, helplessness, and reduced ability to learn are typically produced in animals by social isolation, and it’s clear that certain kinds of family environment produce the same conditions in children. Schools seldom help, and often hinder, recovery from such early experiences.
The “smart drug” culture has generally been thinking pharmaceutically rather than biologically. Behind that pharmaceutical orientation there is sometimes the idea that the individual just isn’t trying hard enough, or doesn’t have quite the right genes to excel mentally.
Many stimulants–amphetamine and estrogen, for example–can increase alertness temporarily, but at the expense of long range damage. The first principle of stimulation should be to avoid a harmful activation of the catabolic stress hormones. Light, play, environmental variety and exploratory conversations stimulate the whole organism in an integral way, stimulating repair processes and developmental processes.
If we know that rats nurtured in freedom, in an interesting environment, grow more intelligent, then it would seem obvious that we should experiment with similar approaches for children–if we are really interested in fostering intelligence. And since violence and mental dullness are created by the same social stresses, even the desire to reduce school violence might force the society to make some improvements that will, as a side effect, foster intelligence.” Ray Peat Phd
Chronic stress of any kind, including lack of light and play, starvation, persistent social isolation, inescapable exposure to authoritarian behaviour in its many forms (often a combination of the above), interact with biological processes which, particularly in the context of a high polyunsaturated fat, sugar restricted diet, tend to promote increasing levels of cortisol secretion and related hormones and other inflammatory substances.
Chronic release of adrenalin and cortisol (and a variety of related catabolic hormones) tend to interfere with energy systems and thyroid function, promoting the release of the polyunsaturated fats from storage, which directly and indirectly interfere with and slow digestive processes, further suppressing metabolism.
An under active digestive system promotes the growth of bacteria, further and further up the intestine, raising levels of endotoxin, and increasing intestinal permeability. This increases serotonin secretion and places greater stress on the liver, interfering with detoxification.
When the liver is overburdened, serotonin and estrogen levels start to rise systemically, potentially feeding a vicious cycle of stress, chronically high cortisol, and the release of the toxic polyunsaturated free fatty acids into the blood.
Although testosterone has often been unfairly blamed for aggressive and anti-social behaviour, studies show that exposure to chronic stress, and the resulting increasing levels of polyunsaturated fat in the blood, are not only directly responsible for increasing endotoxin and serotonin levels, they also promote the conversion of testosterone to estrogen.
Both serotonin and estrogen have been experimentally demonstrated to promote aggressive and violent behaviour (in animals and humans), as well increasing learned helplessness and other symptoms of depression. In this way, their rising levels can be seen as both the result of exposure to stressful environments, as well as a factor worsening the impact and perception of the particular circumstances faced.
Such issues can be approached in various ways including the improvement of environments, nutritional experimentation, as well as psychological and spiritual development. An improvement in one area is likely to be a helpful inroad into overall improvement.
When environmental or psychological conditions remain challenging, a significant amount of protection from the effects of chronically increasing stress hormones, and their many effects upon metabolic performance, can be provided through dietary measures.
Restricting intake of fat (particularly polyunsaturated fats) and increasing consumption of sugar from sweet ripe juicy fruits, fruit juice, white sugar and honey, in the context of a diet consisting of sufficient vitamins and minerals, as well as protein from milk cheese and gelatin, is one of a variety of possible approaches to limiting some of the anti-metabolic effects of socially isolating environments and behaviours, as well as potentially providing a greater capacity for discovery of new avenues for the promotion of improvements in outlook and mood, as well as overall intelligence.
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