Metabolic (energy) deficiency may be the cause of Parkinson Disease (PD)

The dogma that PD is just a simple dopamine deficiency manifesting in genetically vulnerable individuals is quickly becoming untenable. It is well-known among clinicians that administering dopamine precursors such as L-Dopa, or selective dopamine agonists such as pramipexole has limited therapeutic effects for PD patients and invariably become ineffective after a few years of use. … Read more

Niacinamide as treatment for scleroderma (systemic sclerosis)

Yet another “incurable” disease has been demonstrated to be nothing more but energetic deficiency in disguise. According to mainstream medicine, scleroderma (also known as systemic sclerosis) is an incurable chronic, autoimmune, progressive, fibrotic disease that attacks virtually all organs and can lead to significant disability and even death if it affects some of the more … Read more

Reduced pyruvate and/or increased lactate drive heart failure

I just did a post on the role of reduced glucose metabolism, lower pyruvate/NAM/NAD and elevated lactate in the pathogenesis of glaucoma. Just minutes later, another study popped up in my newsfeed. Namely, a study that demonstrates the exact same metabolic disturbances as the main drivers of heart failure. The study below demonstrates that heart … Read more

Glaucoma likely a metabolic disease, treatable by pyruvate and/or niacinamide

About a year ago, a publication came out that demonstrated therapeutic effects of raising the (mitochondrial) NAD/NADH ratio in glaucoma patients. That study used niacinamide (NAM) and suggested that the “irreversible” changes in eye structure seen in glaucoma patients are in fact nothing more than a downstream effect of metabolic (OXPHOS) disturbances. Now, a new … Read more

Low energy production (glucose metabolism) may cause andropause

As many of my readers know, aging men can also experience the equivalent of menopause and doctors informally call that state “andropause”. Its official name is age-related hypogonadism and most of that hypogonadism is of the “secondary” type – i.e. the gonads appears to be in fine shape but for some “unknown” reason they do … Read more

The Cure for Aging Might be the Cure for Alzheimer’s

Almost 25 years ago, Dr. Peat himself wrote a 2-article series in which he outlined arguments in favor of the hypothesis that aging and Alzheimer Disease (AD) are just examples of a more and less systemic sign respectively of declining energy production, and that curing one would lead to a cure of the other. http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/alzheimers.shtml … Read more

Red light therapy for Parkinson Disease (PD) begins human trials

A few weeks ago, I posted about a human study demonstrating reversal of age-related vision decline by staring at a red light for just a few minutes a day. The mechanism of action proposed in that study had to do with improved mitochondrial function and energy production. Now, it seems another branch of medicine – … Read more

Declining vision from aging can be restored by staring at red light

The rates of cataracts, glaucoma, and other vision problems continue to rise and the increasingly aging world population will likely see this problem worsen in the coming years/decades. As such, therapeutic interventions that improve vision are desperately needed. The study below now adds declining vision to the list of problems now known to be caused … Read more

Mad cow disease may be a mitochondrial/metabolic issue

Peat has mentioned the Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (CJD) / BSE in several of his articles and interviews and has explained how environmental stress, estrogen, PUFA, ionizing radiation, etc can cause metabolic derangements resulting in the same brain damage so characteristic of this pathology. The public is more familiar with that pathology under the name of mad … Read more

Raising NAD levels may be therapeutic for COVID-19

A rather timely study, which demonstrates once again the crucial role energy plays even in “non-metabolic” diseases such as viral infections. At this point, even mainstream medicine admits that every function of the organism requires energy, so it would be plausible to expect an organism with higher energy reserves to be better able to defend … Read more