Oysters: an Aphrodisiac, Ability to Regenerate the Adrenals, Copper Nutriture, and a Deficiency of Copper Cure

Oyster Shell Painting by Pam Talley
Image: Pam Telley, “Oyster Shell Painting”
  1. “I placed the shell on the edge of her lips and after a good deal of laughing, she sucked in the oyster, which she held between her lips. I instantly recovered it by placing my lips on hers.” Casanova
  2. “An oyster, that marvel of delicacy, that concentration of sapid excellence, that mouthful before all other mouthfuls, who first had faith to believe it, and courage to execute? the exterior is not persuasive.” Henry Ward Beecher
  3. “Oysters are the usual opening to a winter breakfast. Indeed, they are almost indispensable.” Alexandre Balthazar Laurent Grimod de La Reynière
  4. “small and rich, looking like little ears enfolded in shells, and melting between the palate and the tongue like salted sweets.” Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) ‘Bel Ami’
  5. “As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.” Ernest Hemingway, ‘A Moveable Feast’
  6. “Did you know copper actually helps to convert inactive thyroid to active thyroid hormone! Eat right (shellfish, whitefish and liver) and don’t over supplement on it as it can be toxic!” EastWest Healing
  7. “Eating low-fat seafood (sole, whitefish, turbot, scallops, oysters, lobster, shrimp, squid, etc.) once in a while can provide useful trace minerals, without much risk. However, fish from some parts of the ocean contain industrial contaminants in the fat, and large fish such as tuna, swordfish, Chilean sea bass and halibut contain toxic amounts of mercury in the muscles.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  8. “When the environment is too stressful, or when nutrition isn’t adequate, the organism may be unable to mobilize the opposing and complementary substances to stop their actions. In those situations, it can be therapeutic to use some of the nutrients as supplements. Calcium carbonate (eggshell or oyster shell, for example) and vitamins D and K, can sometimes produce quick antistress effects.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  9. “Anemia, like cold feet, is a common sign of low thyroid function.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  10. “Eating some liver and oysters will provide the iron and copper that are needed for making blood cells, but you should check your thyroid function too, because hypothyroidism reduces red cell production.” Raymond Peat, PhD, Email exchanges from readers, 2013
  11. “The adrenals can regenerate well if the conditions are good (reduced stress and increased thyroid function); nutrient rich foods are also helpful–eggs, liver, oysters, etc.” Raymond Peat, PhD
  12. “A deficiency of copper causes our tissues to retain an excess of iron, so foods such as shrimp and oysters which contain abundant copper should be used regularly.” Raymond Peat, PhD, Iron’s Dangers
  13. “It is necessary to have adequate vitamin A and zinc for efficient protein synthesis…Estrogen promotes copper retention and copper tends to displace zinc. The high levels of copper, iron and lead which are found in many people with mental problems may be secondary to a hormone disturbance.” Raymond Peat, PhD, Nutrition for Women
  14. “Zinc status influences the enzymatic conversion from T4 to T3 and helps facilitate the transport, storage, and utilization of vitamin A. Copper is crucial for the production of the mitochondrial enzyme cytochrome c oxidase, which functions as the last step in the production of oxidative energy. A low metabolic rate or high estrogen levels can inhibit the absorption and utilization of copper, while active thyroid hormone is needed for proper copper absorption.” Danny Roddy, The Peat Whisperer
  15. “Copper nutriture also has been reported to influence thyroid hormone status and thermogenesis. Among infants and children with a genetic impairment in copper absorption, a condition termed Menkes’ Kinky Hair Syndrome, hypothermia at room temperature was a characteristic feature.” “…the activity of cytochrome c oxidase, a copper-containing enzyme, in the liver and skeletal muscle was decreased.” Body Temperature and Thyroid Hormone Metabolism of Copper-Deficient Rats, 1995

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