Cortisol and Weight Gain

Cortisol is an adrenal hormone mimicked by Cortisone, the wonder drug used to battle inflammatory and allergic reaction.  Side effects of cortisone include “rapid weight gain,” among many other not-so-appealing impacts.  Think there might be a connection between cortisol and weight gain?  If you said “yes,” you’re right! But what are the causes of high cortisol levels? To...

Belly Fat, Cortisol, and 11Beta HSD

Oh yeah, nothing like some good old fashioned 11Beta Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase.  I know it was on everyone’s mind lately, so I thought I’d bring it up.  Thanks to Shawn Talbott (shown left), author of The Cortisol Connection, as well as Jon Gabriel of the The Gabriel Method for turning me on to this intracellular enzyme that takes inactive corticoids and converts them into...

Omega 6, Cytokines, and the Cortisol Loop

As we continue to explore the potential role that omega 6 fatty acid overload plays in the creation of the most major modern disease epidemics – such as asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes, it’s an appropriate time to closely examine one of Russ Farris’s Cortisol Schematics. Farris has been led to believe that the hormone cortisol,...

Leptin and Reversing type 2 Diabetes

As most of you have heard, my new eBook, 180 Degree Diabetes – Preventing and Reversing Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, and Type 2 Diabetes, has been published. In that book, I fail to talk about the connection between the hormone leptin and type 2 diabetes, although I’m fully aware of it. The book was complicated enough, and the bottom line is that overfeeding HED-style has the ability...