Crina Cosac

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How can we increase testosterone level in the brain and decrease the cortisol level (other than through body movements or medication?

Based on the fact that body changes mind, mind changes behavior and behavior changes outcome, how could we be more aware about our postures, hence increasing automatically testosterone level in the brain and decreasing the cortisol level consequently becoming more successful?

I would be interested in maybe an application that based on the human heat could read the levels of the testosterone and cortisol and based on that we may be able automatically in critical times to redress our posture.

I would also like to know based on Amy's talk, if the reverse is possible, basically if the outcome can change the behavior, the behavior change the mind and the mind change the body, so like this when we want to work on our body language it is just enough a certain outcome from a certain source.

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    Nov 16 2013: Well, that our thoughts have influence on our body isn't new. You might want to check out "The biology of belief" by Bruce H. Lipton for example.
    Now, to your question. How do you relate Testosterone and Cortisol to success ?
    Beside, meddling with hormones, isn't such a good idea in any case unless you actually have a disease that requires hormone therapy.
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    Nov 17 2013: Quite frankly, I think some people do not need even an ounce more testosterone so to suggest ways to increase it could be detrimental to the rest of us!
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    Nov 20 2013: What does it say about our current determinants of success, that we have to alter our hormones to achieve it?

    If you feel you have to distort your testosterone balance through deliberate intervention to go beyond what is deemed natural, then aren't you just pandering to the pervading patriarchy?

    Are you saying that the patriarchy we have right now is the acceptable norm and that everybody, including women, have to effectively distort gender in order to achieve success?
  • Nov 17 2013: A N C H O R I N G
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    Nov 16 2013: Have a listen to this TEDTalk.
    While I remain a little skeptical about some of the things Zak mentions in the talk, increasing oxytocin will reduce cortisol production.

    There are many website that suggest ways of naturally increasing testosterone, such as this one that discussion food as a method.
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      Nov 17 2013: Cortisol is an important hormone in our body as is testosterone and all the others. So artificially increasing or decreasing any of them only makes sense if they are out of balance in the first place.
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        Nov 17 2013: What is it, if anything, about my comment are you taking issue with?
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          Nov 17 2013: Not taking any issue with your comment. It's more a general comment stating that reducing cortisol makes no sense if not put into some context.
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        Nov 17 2013: Cortisol can weaken the activity of the immune system.
        Cortisol reduces bone formation, favoring long-term development of osteoporosis.
        Long-term exposure to cortisol damages cells in the hippocampus; this damage results in impaired learning.
        There's more:
        Correct balance numbers are here also.
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          Nov 18 2013: This is all true if there is a cortisol imbalance. Any hormone out of balance causes a series of issues.
          But cortisol is also important.. For example, it's the body's anti inflammatory drug and it also is necessary for gluconeogenesis.
          In sports, Cortisol is important for the break down of muscle protein which then will be rebuilt (using other hormones such as testosterone, hGH, iGF, etc).
          Hormones are like the cogs in a clockwork. If one is out of sync, the whole clockwork gets into trouble.
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        Nov 19 2013: Define "imbalance

        "In fact, Martina Amanzio et al. (2001) demonstrated that "at least part of the physiological basis for the placebo effect is opioid in nature" (Bausell 2007: 160). We can be conditioned to release such chemical substances as endorphins, catecholamines, cortisol, and adrenaline. One reason, therefore, that people report pain relief from both acupuncture and sham acupuncture is may be that both are placebos that stimulate the opioid system."
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          Nov 19 2013: An imbalance is if there is not enough of a given hormone (applies to all active chemicals in our body not only hormones) to accomplish what it is supposed to do or if there is too much so it interferes with other physiological processes. There is no general "normal" concentration of a given hormone because it depends on many factors.
          For example engaging in strength training results in an increase of testosterone, hGH, iGF, and others during a certain period of time in order to take care of the metabolic requirements created by the exercise. If you got an inflammation, cortisol will increase to deal with the problem. Those are physiologically normal fluctuations in hormone levels.
          However, if one supplements the natural hormone production with hGH, or anabolic steroid injections, damage can occur very easily. Why ? Because everything is linked together. Physiological processes are not taking place in an vacuum but one event leads to another and so forth.
          It's a bit hard to explain here without writing a book about human physiology.
          Yes, to some degree the mind can play a role in physiology, bur you will find it pretty tough to increase for example your testosterone level by will power or other mental exercises.
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        Nov 19 2013: *Yawning.........

        Is this all your opinion?
        I have supplied several references, including the Wiki link that specifically states,
        " Normal levels
        Normal values indicated in the following tables pertain to humans (Normals vary among species). Measured cortisol levels, and therefore reference ranges, depend on the analytical method used and factors such as age and sex. Test results should, therefore, always be interpreted using the reference range from the laboratory that produced the result."

        I am guessing you have not reviewed them.
        Where are your references?
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          Nov 19 2013: No, that's not my opinion, but facts which you can look up easily in any physiology textbook.
          "Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance" by Scott Powers & Edward Howley
          or maybe this one>
          "Essentials of Exercise Physiology" by William D McArdle Bs. M. ed PhD & Frank I. Katch & Victor L. Katch.

          Beside, my background is in biochemistry, so I have a hint of an idea what I'm talking about.
          Feel free to check out the reference provided and if you disagree I'm sure you could contact the authors directly.
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          Nov 19 2013: Theodore, I'm not trying to convince you. I just gave you literature references. Whether or not you check them out is up to you.
          My source of information when it comes to highly specialized topics is not Wikipedia.
          However, anybody truly interested in this issue will be able to search Google for topics on Cortisol and/or other hormones. I'm sure there are lots of them.
          Btw, reading data is one thing, interpreting them is an entirely different story.
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          Nov 19 2013: Theodroe, I gave an answer, but you choose not to believe what I say. This is fine, so I gave you literature references where you can corroborate my comments. If that is too much work for you then I can't help you. I could go searching on the internet, but so can you. Why aren't you doing it ?
          Btw, I'm not here to collect "thumbs up", so this point is totally irrelevant.
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          Nov 20 2013: I answered to the creator of this discussion. There were no doubts or questions from her side so far. The only one questioning my comments and refusing to refer to the literature I mentioned for corroboration is you.
          So yes, it's about you.
          Btw, you don't even specify what part of my comment you are doubting or questioning nor do you provide an argument why my comments would be wrong.
          As to weak contribution. I'd say the one sitting in a glass house shouldn't throw stones. I contributed facts. That you don't like them is a different story. Question remains, what did you contribute.
          Sorry, but unless you become more specific about what you are having an issue with I consider this conversation as over.
          Have a nice evening.
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        Nov 20 2013: The is a list that outlines ten rules of discussion. This is the one that applies to your answers.

        8. Thou shall not lay the burden of proof onto him who is questioning the claim. ("Burden of Proof Reversal")
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          Nov 20 2013: 1) You are talking in circles without actually saying anything.
          So far I'm still waiting what part of my comments you disagree with and why.
          2) I gave you the proof in form of literature references. I cannot do the reading for you. You will have to do that on your own.
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    Nov 16 2013: Crina: Your question is very interesting. There must be something more than body language and hormones shaping who we are. And, in my opinion, just as Harald says, hormones, only for therapies.