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The Potbelly Syndrome: How Common Germs Cause Obesity, Diabetes, and Heart Disease Paperback – December 7, 2012
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About the Author
Per Marin, M.S., Ph.D. is a distinguished scientist, physician, and clinical teacher from Sweden. He has been writing about obesity since 1985, and many of his eighty-two publications deal with the effects of cortisol on weight and health.
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Cortisol is one of three important natural products of the adrenal glands. Cortisol is always present in the bloodstream, so even small changes in stress result in corresponding changes in cortisol levels. Chronic infections can also stimulate the production of cortisol to levels high enough to cause insulin resistance, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes - four conditions associated with the "potbelly syndrome", a term coined by the authors.
Corticosteroid medications used to treat inflammations and autoimmune diseases introduce more cortisol into the bloodstream, resulting in increased appetite and weight gain. These drugs also lead to various forms of serious heart disease and high blood pressure because they tip the healthy cortisol balance. Thyroid deficiencies may be blamed for health problems that are really the result of excess cortisol.
This book recommends specific steps to treat chronic hypercortisolism. It provides dozens of useful references and is well footnoted. The title chosen is unfortunate, because the important words "obesity", "diabetes", and "heart disease" don't turn up in a keyword search because they are buried in the subtitle.Read more ›
Chief of the infections discussed is that induced by Chlamydophila Pneumoniae (distinct from the well known Chlamydia). According to the author, this bacteria is "not a rare parasite, it is one of the most common germs on the planet". The author claims that this germ is one of the major sources of inflammation and heart disease.
The author presents an original and provocative theme throughout the book; namely, feed back loops. Here is an example:
Germs trigger acute phase response - leads to inflammation - leads to release of cortisol - leads to success of some germs that do well with cortisol - leads to another acute phase response.
Another example is the claim that hypercortisolism and atherosclerosis "cause each other". A six step loop process is described in support of the claim.
The book is original, well written, highly readable and provocative. I would recommend it to anyone interested in heart health, metabolic syndrome and cortisol.
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The authors write that "Germs not Hamburgers cause heart disease." This is an interesting book that is worth the read. Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by John Buckley
shedded light on alot of stuff, liked the book, easy to read, good introduction to a big fat problem, definetly recommendPublished on July 28, 2013 by D. Graham
I didn't know this interesting fact that germs are causing many of our common problems with health especially when we are becoming older. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by Savoi Alit Sjöberg
In this book abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar were unified under a new clinical entity: the potbelly syndrome (PBS). Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by Yinsheng Qu
The beginning of answers for chronic illnesses are found in this book. I have a diagnosis of chronic fatigue syndrome, autoimmune thyroid disease and abnormal rapid weight gain... Read morePublished on August 29, 2008 by Yankee Lady
First and foremost, this book made me think. It opened up perspectives I would never of stumbled upon otherwise. Read morePublished on July 23, 2007 by Paul Theodorescu