This post is going to serve as a sort of summary for the posts that I will be writing on the relationship between thyroid hormones and saturated fat. I’ve been working on ways to make things understandable and trying to develop some analogies so we can get a visual in the brain.
The first concepts I will be covering is the behavior of T3 alone, what it does to your metabolism and how it functions. I hope to dissolve some myths concerning the type of metabolism T3 promotes and why perhaps taking T3 on a low fat diet might be a mistake which can increase stress as well as making one more sensitive to stress.
From there I will work into the behavior of saturated fat alone, what it does to your metabolism, and how it functions. I hope to dissolve some myths concerning the type of metabolism that saturated fat promotes. I also hope to make it perfectly clear that there is a difference between a high saturated fat diet and a high fat diet that is high in polyunsaturated fats. And I also hope to make clear the difference between free saturated fatty acids and free polyunsaturated fatty acids.
At that point some light bulbs should be turning on and I will compare the similarities between the thyroid hormones and saturated fat. I will use that post as a jumping off point to make some predictions about things we should see in reality and the literature if this concept is true which I will follow up with examples and supporting literature.
Then I will write posts on longevity, metabolic rate, disease, and dovetail all of these concepts together. I was struggling with either wanting to write one large article or a series. I decided on writing a series because it will allow me to manage my time a little better with my work schedule. Plus I am getting ready to transfer to a hospital in Connecticut so with that pending move there might be some delays here and there. But the delays will give you a chance to start digging around yourself and poke holes in things that I may have overlooked. It is important to be vigilant. I have been very thorough in looking to find exceptions but I am only one person, and the literature is massive, and maybe you will look at things a little differently. And that is o.k., all we are after is answers to questions, and questioning assumptions.
Finally, always look for exceptions. It leads to great questions.