What if your doctor is right? What if there’s nothing you can do about your chronic exhaustion.
Well, let’s start with me bringing you up to speed on some recent research on adrenal fatigue that has medical doctors saying, “I told you so,” and holistic doctors screaming, “But wait, there’s more!’
It turns out “adrenal fatigue” doesn’t exist.
According to current research published in BMC Endocrine Disorders, it actually doesn’t exist. According to the BMC’s systematic review “there is no substantiation that ‘adrenal fatigue’ is an actual medical condition…adrenal fatigue is still a myth.”
Then why do you feel so drained and worn out? Isn’t that adrenal fatigue?
To properly understand the adrenals, you need to understand something called the HPA axis. Your adrenals are controlled by a feedback loop called the HPA (Hypothalamus Pituitary Adrenal Axis). For your adrenals to work properly, you need a healthy hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands.
When a doctor tells you that your adrenals are not the source of your fatigue, all that means is that the adrenals alone do not control your energy. The whole HPA axis has to be functioning normally in order for you to have energy.
This is a very critical point.
Too many people with hormone problems fail to understand that the endocrine glands don’t work as individuals, they work as a team. I see this all the time with thyroid problems. Most of my thyroid patients don’t have a thyroid problem. They have a breakdown in communication between all the organs required to manufacture the thyroid hormones needed for metabolism to happen properly. Fixing this communication is the only way to get an endocrine organ to function normally again.
So how do you fix the communication of the HPA axis?
Well, it all starts with the HP part of this axis, which is your brain. If you want to get your HPA axis communicating properly, you have to focus on resetting your brain and bringing health back to the most important organ in your body.
What is destroying your hypothalamus and pituitary?
If you have been to any of my live events you know that I talk about this part of the brain a lot. The hypothalamus and pituitary are not only key players in hormone production, they also control your sleep, appetite, moods, and temperature. And they are the only parts of the brain without a protective covering, which makes them very vulnerable to environmental toxins.
The most damaging toxins to the hypothalamus/pituitary area are heavy metals such lead, mercury, aluminum, cesium, cadmium, thallium, tin, and palladium. These are metals that we are exposed to every day and don’t even know it.
Heavy metal exposure comes from:
- the soils that are food is grown in
- air pollution
- cigarette smoke
- beauty products
If you listened to my interview with Dr. Daniel Pompa on Cellular Healing TV you also know that the most damaging metals like lead and mercury are passed down through generations from mother to child.
Stress also damages your hypothalamus/pituitary area. Increases in cortisol from stress tell the pituitary that there is a crisis going on and that it needs to shut down until the stress passes. That means as long as your stress stays consistently high, your metabolism, sleep, and hormone production will be altered.
What do you do if you can’t control your stress levels?
I see it all the time with the over-scheduled, high-performing Silicon Valley families I work with. Their stress levels are crazy high and it’s nearly impossible to get the stress to slow down. Although it’s great to have mental tools to handle your incoming stress, equally as important is having a healthy brain that can react to stress appropriately.
You need to stress-proof your brain.
How do you do that?
Here’s a list that I go through with my patients to help reset their brain and get their HPA axis communicating well again:
- Test Heavy Metal Load
- Detox metals if the load is high
- Repair blood-brain barrier with B-brain
- Balance neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin, and GABA with Neurosyn and Calm
- Fix leaky gut so toxins don’t have access to the brain with Restore, D-Digest, LGUT
- Re-establish healthy sleep patterns with DReM
- Increase good fat load (greater than 60% of daily food intake)
- Teach your body how to get into ketosis
- Get chiropractic adjustments to stimulate frontal lobes and detox brain
- Utilize a brain laser to reduce inflammation and heal past brain traumas
In my practice, I work with a lot of very ill patients. Many of them are so chronically tired that we work to reset all parts of the HPA axis. Along with the list above, I test adrenal function with a simple in-office orthostatic blood pressure test.
I find that there are two types of situations going on with the adrenals: sluggish or hyperactive.
My patients with sluggish adrenals are the ones that crash at 3 pm and wake up at night at 2 or 3 am. Sluggish adrenals tend to result from chronic, long-standing stress. I have also seen such sluggish adrenals that people have no energy throughout the day but have trouble sleeping at night.
These patients will follow a one to four-month adrenal reset protocol that works magic for their energy.
My patients with hyperactive adrenals have trouble relaxing. Hyperactive adrenals are usually due to a recent stressful event or time period. Getting to sleep can be hard for these patients and waking up multiple times throughout the night seems to be a common symptom. Their cortisol levels are at such an all-time high that their bodies don’t know how to calm down.
The good news is that if you catch the hyperactive adrenals early, these patients often need just a quick one-month adrenal reset. I use a supplement called Seriphos to help them.
So there you have it. Everything you need to know about your adrenals and why they stop giving you the energy you deserve. Doctors don’t call it “adrenal fatigue” because there are more moving parts than simply addressing your adrenals. But your fatigue is real. And we can help.
Knock on wood, but there hasn’t been an adrenal problem we haven’t been able to help in my office. And that’s because we don’t look at the adrenals as an individual organ, we address the whole HPA axis.
Having insane levels of energy is the path to an extraordinary life. As always, reach out if you need any help.