The Biotype System in a Nut Shell
Take charge of your health and life in the most effective and powerful way possible. The Biotype System profiles 8 biotypes, their body shape, metabolism, and behavior patterns, and strongest and weakest hormones. It defines hormone and disease patterns for each biotype, including: high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, reproductive problems, poor immunity, mood disorders, chronic fatigue, premature aging, and more. In their book, Dr. Laura Power and UCLA professor Dario Nardi then offer 8 scientifically proven programs for optimizing hormone health using: diet, supplements, exercise, lifestyle, environmental therapies, and detoxification. The Biotype System can take you from hormone imbalance to health and longevity in 30 days, and promote longevity as well.
The Biotypes framework empowers you in 5 steps:
Maximize Your Genetic Potential
In a perfect world all of us would be healthy, balanced, and energetic. You would have a beautiful trim, muscular body with efficient organs and great endurance. You would have a sharp intelligent mind, acute awareness, great charisma, a loving heart, calm wisdom, deep spirituality, psychic powers, and of course, terrific sex appeal. You would be Einstein, Conan the Barbarian, Betty Boop, and Yoda all rolled into one.
But, alas, none of us is perfect. Each person has a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Some people are tall; others are short. Some are fat, others skinny. Some have fast metabolisms; others are frustratingly slow. A few have great musculature, while most of us struggle at the gym. Some are brilliant, others slow. Some are charismatic, others shy. Some are sexy, while others are funny. Some are emotional, others calm or cold. Some are spontaneous, others deliberate. Some are highly aware or even psychic, while others haven’t a clue. Everyone has some special assets. But no one has them all. Likewise everyone has weaknesses.
Nearly all of our variations can be explained by hormones. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Some may be obvious. Others are invisible even to ourselves until we realize we are struggling with low energy, a thyroid deficiency, premature aging or other physical or emotional symptoms. The problem is that some hormones are too high while others are too low.
The result is imbalance, resulting in many common health problems including: high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, reproductive problems, poor immunity, allergies, acne, mood disorders like anxiety, chronic fatigue, and premature aging.
We love our strengths, but our weaknesses can make life hard, especially as we age or are under stress.Thus, we look for therapies and strategies to improve our health. The good news is that our imbalances are not random. They form patterns – in body shape, metabolism, personality, toxemia, and evolutionary origin. And these imbalances are not a mystery – they are formed by our hormones.
People have pressing reasons to be concerned about their hormones:
As we age imbalances grow. In youth variations are often mild and our strongest hormones are usually the greatest cause of health problems and risks. However, with age low hormone levels decline even further. At first, these show up as chronic low-grade irritants: fatigue, digestive problems, low blood sugar, poor immunity, infertility and impotence. With age, stress and toxemia, however, hormone variations become more extreme, unbalancing metabolism and leading to greater health risks, and eventually to disease and earlier death.
The Biotype Solution
Biotype Benefits – Vitality and Youth
Based on the Latest Science
The 8 biotypes is the only book to organize all the body's hormones into 8 biological types based on the latest scientific understanding and 20 years of documented research, including original measurements and statistics. These types are based on a comprehensive picture of the body’s hormone-producing endocrine glands. These glands are located throughout the body and head. They make some 80 different hormones and release these hormones into the bloodstream every single day. Hormones act as chemical messengers. They signal target areas of the body and brain into action. These signals aren’t arbitrary – they form 8 distinct biological types – or biotypes.
As you explore which biotype best conforms to their attributes, you will encounter familiar hormones like estrogen, testosterone, adrenalin and melatonin. For example, you may know that stress causes the adrenal glands to release adrenalin, tensing muscles and focusing the mind for a “fight or flight” response. What most people don’t know is that other adrenal gland hormones support a “feint or flurry” response that causes many people to do the opposite – eat, sleep or become catatonic under stress. Which stress response is more like you, and when? And how can you rebalance?
Along with surprising new facts and insights, you will discover numerous other hormones that dramatically affect many of your personal health issues. We are all aware of controversies like estrogen-replacement therapy or fountain-of-youth claims for hormones. But the 8 Biotypes is supported by the detailed research of thousands of scientists in the fields of genetics, endocrinology, neurology, biochemical individuality and nutrition.
So why 8 biotypes?
Gland size and function are not black-or-white or one-size-fits-all. Hormones are a complex jungle of interactions that vary with genetics and environment. One person’s glands can be larger or smaller than another’s. A man’s adrenal glands are two to four times as large as a woman’s and release two to four times more hormones. Other hormone output varies up to twelve-fold between two people!
Scientific research and medical laboratories document wide variations in endocrine gland size and normal hormone levels.
Hormones also vary in daily, monthly, and seasonal cycles. The nerves that connect mind and body stimulate our glands to differing effect, and the number of receptors around the body that receive our hormone signals also vary. Finally, hormone output also goes down or up with age, disease, lifestyle, environmental influences, nutrient intake, and other interactions. It is tempting to decide this complexity is random, or is too much to comprehend or control.
But there is a secret!
From complexity, predictable patterns emerge. Consider how the weather differs daily, but seasons and climate are predictable. The mathematics of Complexity Theory support the observation that biological patterns exist in nature and in human biology. Professor Nardi shows how these patterns form consistent types. Similarly, individuals differ uniquely, but there are consistent biotypes. Dr. Power’s clinical research demonstrates eight biotypes based on the endocrine glands. Her research is based on body measurements, metabolic measurements and psychological interviews. She analyzed the results and 8 distinct, statistically-significant types emerged.
Some of you may be familiar with Dr. Henry Bieler’s still-popular 1966 book on 4 gland types. Or some may have read Dr. Abravanel’s 1983 work based on Bieler. Today, the 8 Biotypes system offers you updated scientific information substantiating how the entire endocrine system of the body works and affects your ability to function every day.
Determine Your Biotype Profile
Each person has a profile of dominant, intermediate, and recessive gland function. Most people have one dominant gland and one secondary gland. A fortunate few have four or five strong glands – flexibility means survival. Most people also have one or two recessive glands that are under-performers.
Fill out the electronic form to help your discover your Biotype Profile and use the illustrations and snapshots to further clarify.
Knowing your biotype profile is a powerful tool. The 8 biotypes accounts for individual patterns over a lifetime. It is a holistic approach – body shape, personality, metabolism and toxemia. It is grounded in evolutionary biology – it doesn’t trumpet just one ideal but acknowledges human variations, strengths and weaknesses. And most importantly, it provides tools to moderate dominant glands and high hormones (your strengths) as well as compensate for recessive glands and low hormones (your weaknesses).
Our research presents a probable distribution of biotypes in the population:
Dominant glands can over-express – the pancreas type who needs to lose excess weight. Recessive glands under-express – the skinny thyroid type who needs to improve pancreas function to gain weight. So every biotype has at least TWO reasons to know their profile!
There are five primary ways people vary hormonally: body shape, metabolism, personality, toxemia, and evolutionary origin. Your dominant gland’s hormones will be most active over other hormones, affecting:
With a Biotype Certified practitioner you will find all the practical ins-and-outs related to your dominant gland:
It is not enough to know our dominant gland or glands. It is vital to know our recessive (weakest) glands because our bodies are only as strong as our weakest link, which is where our aging and stress patterns will show up. To balance our bodies, we must make the recessive glands stronger.
“Every individual organism that has a distinctive genetic background has distinctive nutritional needs which must be met for optimal well-being.” – Roger Williams
Use Strategies to Recover from Stress
With your gland type profile in hand, you can locate the cause of your health problems and determine which balancing program is best for you. Learn how to:
Hormones are powerful and Dr Power brings twenty years of life stories, personal caring, statistical confirmation, and the latest scientific research to her insights about them. Exercise, sleep, relaxation, meditation, nutrition, light therapy and other lifestyle changes are known to alter body shape, blood pressure, pulse, blood sugar, moods, endorphins, insulin levels, and so on. The body’s hormones are made from nutrients and are activated by environmental stimulus – they respond to what you eat and how you live.
Your body functions best when it is balanced. Your dominant gland needs minor support, except under stress or toxemia. However, your recessive glands will be the first to fail under stress. So it is important to support them. You will learn how to identify and support your strongest and weakest glands and balance your body, mind and behavior. You will learn how to get the best results from six tools:
The 8 biotypes is not the very first book to address hormones and health strategies, but it is the very first to present scientifically-researched facts and advice organized into 8 biotypes that answer many questions other books can’t. Some strategy pointers:
Love Who You Are
Evolution and adaptation to specific ecosystems may have emphasized and favored one endocrine gland over another among our ancestors, thus increasing their chances for survival. We have inherited these patterns. This means all 8 biotypes are useful and necessary, each has a built-in survival mechanism that will work best in a particular environment.
Sometimes due to some emotional trauma, injury, or disease, our dominant gland type was suppressed. What is a suppressed biotype? It is what should have been the dominant gland type for an individual – based on genetic potential. This is still the individual’s potential, and can with time, patience, nutrient therapies, and exercise, be improved and perhaps even become a dominant gland after all, particularly if the person is still relatively young.
In a perfect world all of us can be healthy, balanced, and energetic – for the biotype that evolution has gifted to us.
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