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Re: The correct way to LOWER cortisol davpet

Posted by jrbecker on October 15, 2003, at 21:49:33

In reply to Re: The correct way to LOWER cortisol, posted by davpet on October 15, 2003, at 17:03:06


apologies. I am really not trying to be antagonistic but just trying to add some clarification to the subject.

My point of making the clarification in the first place comes out of the current research that depression's relationship to the HPA axis (CRH, ACTH, cortisol) is still being explored, and at this point, is not fully understood. Perhaps you are only speaking to the very small minority of individuals who are currently seeing an endocrinologist to measure basal levels of cortisol. But to the rest of the board, who are either a) unaware of HPA's divergent role in relation to mood disorders, or b) have never had their cortisol levels drawn (the large majority), and would thus, never know if their cortisol levels are normal, high, low; your statement seems misunderstood/incomplete -- but you're right, not incorrect. Lastly, I also wanted to clarify your thread, b/c as you know, ~most~ of us on this board have the unfortunate circumstance of being the "best of the worst," meaning we are what clinicians have labeled treatment-resistant types. That is of course, why we have all sought out and found PB in the first place, and made it our home. Most of us, on this board are also extremely resourceful, we have been around the psychopharmacological block enough to know how to get what we want out of docs. To me, this is a dangerous combination, being desperate and resourceful, and this is why I would like to make sure I clarified your statement before anybody might impulsively add RU-486 to their treatment "wish" list without having all the relevant information needed to make such a rash treatment decision.

So once again, I only meant my reply as a caveat, not as a challenge.


> I'm sorry jrbecker you seem to have misunderstood my thread ,it was entitled "The correct way to LOWER cortisol" and not the "The DEFINITIVE cure for depression" . I wouldn't worry about it too much we all make these mistakes.




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