|testing of cortisol, DHEAS and blood sugar.|
It is a diagnosis of exclusion meaning that we rule other disease processes such as depression,
generalized anxiety, thyroid dysfunction, severe diseases of the adrenal glands, sleep apnea and
Conventional medical answer: There is no test that can detect adrenal fatigue. Many times, a
person will be told he or she has adrenal fatigue based on symptoms alone. Sometimes, a blood
or saliva test may be offered (but tests for adrenal fatigue are not based on scientific facts or
supported by good scientific studies).
Q: Do conventional medical providers even acknowledge adrenal fatigue as a syndrome or
No. Admittedly, it is controversial. However, just because you can’t test for it, does not mean it
does not exist. An indirect assessment is the measurement of a diurnal salivary cortisol level. If
the symptoms are there, and you have undergone all the tests to evaluate for other disease
processes then AF syndrome should be given consideration.
Q: So, if a person thinks they may have adrenal fatigue, how do they hook up with a provider
who will actually help them with their symptoms?
|Integrative medicine providers|
|Complementary providers such as chiropractor, some nutritionists|
|Alternative providers such as homeopaths, naturalists, ayurvedic providers|
Q: What is the underlying disease process that causes adrenal fatigue?
Chronic stress of body (disease), mind, or spirit
Q: What can we do to help ourselves recover from AF?
|Food: organics, vegetables, omega three fatty acids, low fat proteins, healthy fats; pay |
|attention to glycemic load; try to limit refined sugar, trans and saturated fats|
|Understand your food sensitivities and allergies through an elimination diet |
|Drink: eliminate fruit juices, alcohol and caffeine; increase green tea|
|Supplements: Melatonin 3 mg taken 3o minutes before bed; Calcium citrate 1000 mg daily, |
|Vitamin C, vitamin E, B complex,|
|Botanicals: valerian, hops, Kava, licorice, chamomile, ashwagandha, ginger, ginkgo, |
|Rest – be in bed before 10:30 and when you can sleep past 9:00|
|Exercise – 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily, stretching exercises|
|Change your Environment – get outside, back into nature|
|Mind-body changes – relaxation techniques, belly breathing, intentionally paying attention to |
|your breathing, affirmations, counting your blessings, progressive relaxation|
|Unstructured times - spend a day, week or month without an agenda. Turn off the |
|electronics, and just be in your silence, or read an uncomplicated book or draw or fish or do |
whatever eventually allows to turn the monkey brain off.
Following is a excerpt from a TalkShoe Podcast Dr. Paykel hosted on the subject of Adrenal Fatigue.
Her guest is holistic nurse practitioner, Cherri Schleicher.