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The Blood Type Diet Archives Volume 15

I hate hormones

Posted By: Peter D'Adamo
Date: Thursday, 5 October 2000, at 3:35 a.m.

In Response To: Me, too. (Marilyn O+)

Rod: "If a higher ratio of cortisol to DHEA poses negative effects for A's, wouldn't supplemental DHEA help to equalize the ratio and thus help equalize immune function and stress function?"

Better to lower cortisol than raise DHEA in type A.

Marilyn: (About the following statments being contradictory)" Increasing DHEA by taking supplements of the hormone is a particularly bad idea if you are type A, since you will merely wind up with high levels of cortisol and DHEA, a bad formula for immune system health.… (and)…Keeping DHEA high in the face of elevated cortisol will dramatically improve your immune performance.…

In essence if you are producing excess cortisol (in type A's maladapted to stress) adding DHEA may well prime the pipeline for excess cortisol production. On the other hand, keeping 'endogenous' (internal) DHEA elevated (done by adaptogenic herbs, stress management or adrenal support, like vitamin C) will result in competition and negative feedback, thereby helping to blunt cortisol.


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