I felt terrible yesterday. I attribute it to taking NAC the day before. Nothing else was different.
Why did I take NAC? Well I decided to take N. Acetyl Cysteine for several reasons. First, I had a bottle of the stuff I got a while back. I don’t remember why…I think I was concerned about detoxing estrogen more quickly or something, so I got this as well as DIM and Calcium D-Glucarate, in the interest of helping my liver to function more effectively and eliminating excess estrogen. Well, my “enlarged spleen” is no longer enlarged most days, but I noticed it was back to being enlarged on Monday. Monday was Day 14 of my cycle – estrogen was probably at its highest and maybe my liver was having trouble detoxifying everything. I really have quite the fantasy life about processes I know little about.
Anyway, I decided to take NAC on Tuesday. The next day (yesterday) my lymph nodes were swollen and I became very depressed…just like the pre-garlic days! Awesome. I guess maybe I stirred things up and increased endotoxin in the blood stream or something. Anyway, it was a complete waste of a day. I got no work done, I did almost nothing productive, my concentration was terrible and I managed to delete the text of a file I needed for work, I had massive food cravings…just a mess all around. In the midst of my feeling like a squashed bug yesterday I entered “cysteine” into the search box on Ray Peat’s site. Guess what! Cysteine, like tryptophan, is anti-metabolic and anti-thyroid. NICE TO KNOW!
I feel better today but won’t be taking NAC again. In fact, you know what else? I won’t be taking ANYTHING again that Ray Peat doesn’t explicitly recommend (exception: dill pickle with liver gets to stay). I’m going full-on Ray Peat Groupie. Peatarianism. I’m gonna be a devoted cult following, light-bathing, orange juice guzzling PEAT FREAK. When I do what he says to do I feel great. When I start second guessing it because of labs or because someone on the internet has some great idea, I lose my footing and feel like crap again.
All you non-Peat internet people, I’m not listening to you anymore!!!
Edited to add….
Ok, I just remembered Ray Medina’s work has been immensely helpful to me as well. Ok, he’s the only non-Peat internet person who is an exception to my new rule. Basically if your name isn’t Ray, your authority is suspect!