I have to get my thoughts out here before I go to bed, or they might disappear forever.
I’m going to say some things that might appear to be disjointed and completely unrelated to anything…but bear with me.
Huntington’s Disease – according to the Mayo Clinic:
“…an inherited disease that causes the progressive breakdown (degeneration) of nerve cells in the brain. Huntington’s disease has a broad impact on a person’s functional abilities and usually results in movement, thinking (cognitive) and psychiatric disorders.”
It’s thought to be genetic. If a person has the Huntington’s gene there’s a 100% chance they’ll develop this devastating disease, and each of their children has a 50% chance of having the gene and developing the disease too.
At least, that’s what mainstream medicine says.
Ray Peat, however, says the following:
Other movement disorders, including akathisia and chorea, can be produced by serotonin. In autism, repetitive motions are a common symptom, and serotonin is high in the blood serum and platelets of autistic children and their relatives. … One of the side effects of oral contraceptives is chorea, uncontrollable dancing movements. Some research has found increased serotonin in people with Huntington’s chorea (Kish, et al., 1987), and positive results with bromocriptine have been reported (Agnoli, et al., 1977).
The neurosteroid, allopregnanolone, for which progesterone is the precursor, facilitates the inhibitory action of GABA, which is known to be deficient in some disorders of mood and movement. This suggests that progesterone will be therapeutic in the movement disorders, as it is in various mood problems. Progesterone has some specific antiserotonin actions (e.g., Wu, et al., 2000).
So while modern medicine gives Huntington’s patients a sentence of degeneration and early death, Peat says it can be fixed (or avoided) by reducing serotonin.
If you’ll recall, I mentioned I have a neurological type of “tic” that has shown up both times I tried to eat a lot of vegetables (see here and here). Well, I had the tic today. Out of nowhere…I asked myself why I would having this issue today? Well, yesterday I ate a bunch of gluten free pasta. I know, I know…It’s terrible food, terrible for me, but I spent all day taking care of people and was STARVING when I got home (poor planning), and that’s what was there so I ate it. It was yummy…but I digress. Today I braced myself expecting my mood to be terrible, as it typically is after eating starches. Well, it wasn’t terrible, but this tic showed up.
I UNDERSTAND IT NOW! I know why my mood wasn’t terrible and I know why my tic showed up. The tic showed up because serotonin was high from eating all that hard-to-digest starch. Starch = gut irritation = neuro tic (see Peat quote above). But why no mood symptoms? Well, this is the first time I ate starch or anything difficult to digest in over 2 weeks. My gut probably did some mending. Looking back, I was always able to get away with starches ONCE. If I continued eating them the next day I would have mood problems. So what I think is happening is my leaky gut sealed up a little so while serotonin was high from the starch, the endotoxin that probably resulted from the meal DIDN’T GET INTO MY BLOODSTREAM. If I continue to eat this way my gut will become more permeable, endotoxin will end up in the blood, and I’ll be a sad sack.
Movement (neurological) disorder = increased serotonin resulting from intestinal irritation
Mood symptoms = endotoxin + leaky gut (…and Ray Medina agrees.)
I’m so excited to understand this.
I LOVE RAY PEAT.
On a more somber note…I hope I’m wrong, but I’m afraid one of my parents has Huntington’s. If that is the case, I’m going to get genetic testing. If I test positive for that gene I’m going to prove they’re wrong about the prognosis. I’ll prove the disease can be avoided.