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Postby HappyDaddy » Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:58 am

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Postby Shayk » Mon Feb 06, 2006 7:54 pm

Thanks for making this available. I've found the first two segments (as far as I've gotten so far) interesting as well.

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Re: Link between cortisol, gut, immune system, ...

Postby NHE » Tue Feb 07, 2006 3:13 am

In some of my prior posts I've mentioned books by Dr. Nicholas Perricone who has linked diet to inflammation. He has a new book out and is promoting it with talks on PBS. The following is an excerpt from the linked page...
This 60 minute pledge program is presented in three acts: 1. The Inflammation-Obesity Connection - why we tend to put on excess weight as we age; why diets always fail; and how to control levels of hormones, such as insulin and cortisol, to lose weight; 2. Anti-Inflammatory Foods - what foods accelerate weight gain; what foods cause our bodies to store fat rather than burn it; what foods and supplements increase insulin sensitivity and decrease cortisol levels; what foods and supplements enable us to lose fat while maintaining muscle; and how to maintain youthful, toned skin on the face and body during weight loss; and 3. Nutritional Supplements - how supplements can help control food cravings; what supplements increase your metabolism; and what supplements reduce inflammation.

Many of the PBS air dates are listed for last December. However... for anyone in the greater Seattle area Dr. Perricone's talk is scheduled to air on Friday February the 24th at noon on KCTS Channel 9. Now KCTS's schedule can be flaky at times. For example, sometimes shows are scheduled but are not shown and sometimes they are listed as being only 90 minutes when they are 120 minutes (this latter example happened with one of Dr. Perricone's other talks on the Perricone Prescription). So, if you want to record it via VCR or DVR then set it for two hours and keep checking the schedule. The air time info was from (search for Perricone). By the way, for anyone outside of the greater Seattle area, you may wish to search your local PBS station's schedule to see if they are going to replay this show.

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Postby SarahLonglands » Tue Feb 07, 2006 5:28 am

This also is interesting in this context:

Russell Farris and Per Marin MD PhD book review by David Wheldon MB FRCPath


This book explains how common, non-resolving intracellular infections can, over long periods of time, subvert the body's defences by causing chronic elevation of cortisol while provoking chronic activation of pro-inflammatory cytokines; this has serious repercussions, including type II diabetes, atheroma and heart disease. Much of what we put down to ageing is caused by chronic infection.

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