WHY AM I SICK?
The majority of new patients that I see in my office with chronic health problems have FUNCTIONAL ADRENAL STRESS. Suggested reading for more in depth information about adrenal stress is The Stress Of Life by Hans Selye.
1. Most doctors do not consider that there
is adrenal gland hypo function until Addison's disease is present. This is a
serious medical condition that will shortly result in death if there is not
immediate medical intervention.
This is the progression of the adrenal glands toward exhaustion while we are under stress.
1. Alarm Reaction: Increased adrenal hormone production. This occurs when we are under a form of stress (structural, chemical, emotional, thermal). Our adrenal glands secrete hormones to help support our body so that we can function normally while under stress.
2. Resistance Stage: This is the stage where the physical symptoms of the TRIAD OF ADRENAL STRESS start. This triad consists of adrenal enlargement (hormonal problems), atrophy of lymphatic structures (immune problems) and gastric/duodenal ulcers (digestive problems). This stage occurs when we have been in the alarm stage and the stress that we are exposed to is not relieved. The adrenal support plateaus and the constant stress will weaken the glands.
3. Exhaustion Stage: Finally, the adrenal glands become exhausted because they cannot adapt to the stress. This is the stage where we will notice extreme problems in our health because our adrenal glands have quit. The tired horse was whipped for too long without rest and replenishment.
Secondary health issues caused by adrenal insufficiency:
Poor adrenal function can cause almost any problem in the body directly or indirectly. One of the most common issues that are involved with the adrenals is THYROID problems, from a functional point of view. Another common problem is any condition that ends in "...ITIS". This includes, but is not limited to myofascitis, bursitis, arthritis, iritis, colitis, dermatitis, etc. This is because 85% of adrenal medulla output is cortisol. If you go to a conventional doctor for any chronic inflammation they usually want to give you some sort of cortisol medication. This can be very bad for the adrenal glands because if you supply cortisol from an outside source, then the adrenals will eventually alter their own cortisol output. What we want to do is to get the adrenal glands to function normally again and not to make any more problems.