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James L. Wilson D.C., N.D., Ph.D. has helped thousands of people with Adrenal Fatigue regain their health and vitality during his 24 years of private practice.

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Power-up your fatigue today

 Everyday in my naturopathic practice at least half of my clients say that they are fatigued. I commonly hear people in general mention they are tired, and make statements like: “I’m so tired, and I push myself to keep on going.”, I get quite tired in the afternoon.” or: “I feel completely drained, even when I wake up in the morning I wish I could stay in bed for longer.” “I can’t move until I’ve had my coffee in the morning.” Comments such as these are much more commonplace than they were ten years ago, with many women now having to work full or part time jobs alongside their partners, as well as having to run the household chores like cleaning, washing clothes, ironing, etc and tend to their children. It is no wonder then that so many people complain of fatigue? Studies show, that at least 50% of adults who seek medical treatment self-diagnose themselves as being afflicted with fatigue.

If you were to examine your lifestyle right now; you may well recognise some of these three types of fatigue I mention below. They are: physiological fatigue, pathological fatigue and psychological fatigue. I have not found a person yet who does not suffer from the ravages of stress to some degree and the root cause can generally be attributed to one or a combination of these fatigue categories:
 
1.   physiological fatigue.   This can be simply from exercise or after a hard day’s work or going for a long walk. In the States you would call this hiking but in New Zealand we call it "tramping". Your muscles must have ample levels of glycogen, glucose and oxygen. These fuels power up your body and enable it to carry out any tasks you wish to carry out. However, waste materials which are the necessary by-products of energy production, such as lactic acid, sarcolactic acid and carbon dioxide gradually build up in your bloodstream. Interestingly, these toxic metabolites are so powerful that if the blood of a tired animal was injected into a very energetic animal, that animal too would quickly succumb to fatigue! Maybe your expectations are too great of your time, and you are just plain doing too much, not giving your body the rest and recuperation it so badly needs. Many people go to bed at 11.00pm or later, and only sleep until 6.00 or 7.00 am. Are you guilty of this? Not having had enough sleep is a real common cause of fatigue, and I am never surprised to find out that poor sleeping habits are quite common with many people we seen in the clinic. Remember – you are NOT a machine and you need plenty of sleep.
Are you sleeping enough?  A study done at the University of Chicago found that people who were living at the beginning of the twentieth century benefited from an average of nine hours of sleep. At the beginning of the twenty first century it has become apparent that we get just around seven hours each night on average. It could be argued that many of us actually suffer from the effects of sleep deprivation!
I generally recommend taking additionally on what you are already doing 1500mg calcium and an additional 500mg of magnesium and 500mg potassium each day for sleeping problems. Many women lack calcium as it is, and under stress almost everybody will have a magnesium deficiency to some extent. because it is the most frequently depleted of ALL minerals under stress. Interesting studies done in America years ago revealed that when the urine was checked of many species of animals, including humans, under stress, magnesium wasting was apparent at levels in accordance with the severity and duration of the stress. Potassium deficiency has become much more apparent in recent years, with many people opting for a more processed diet, lacking in fresh fruits and vegetables. And an American researcher, Dr. Palma Formica, studied over 100 patients who were complaining of ongoing tiredness. She recommended that they supplement their diets only with additional potassium, magnesium and calcium supplements and found that many felt quite rejuvenated indeed. I have seen some people recover remareable quick from fatigue just by having them increase the amount of
Herbal help for the initial stages of stress  (You will find these herbs in Dr. Wilson’s Herbal Adrenal Support Formula)
To mildly sedate: Withania (Ashwagandha): Unlike most other herbs which allow you to cope with stress, withania is slightly sedative rather than stimulating. It might be one of the most appropriate herbs to use in a person who is “hyped-up”, finding it hard to relax and slow down. This is a good herb for an anemic person, and is one of the most commonly prescribed herbs to build up a “depleted” person. Good for a breast feeding mother, a busy mother with children trying to juggle a job or a person who is in the initial stages of stress and feels depleted.
To mildly stimulate: Maca in particular, is quite a good herb for the initial, or “alarm” stages of stress. For long-term use, although it can certainly be used most effectively in the short-term for adults of any age as well as for adolescents who suffer from acute stress. As a herbal "adaptogenic herb" I find it probably the best herb for a person who needs “building up” after a long illness, or perhaps move into retirement village or loss of partner. As I mentioned,  Maca is considered to be an adaptogenic herb meaning it will work on the body according to needs, age and gender of the person taking it – allowing both males and females of all ages to benefit from taking it regularly by allowing them to adapt more easily to stress.Maca has generalised tonic effects on the biochemical functioning of the human, namely the nourishment and consequent enhancement of endocrine function. The endocrine system includes all of the glands and the hormones they secrete that control such functions as fertility and sexual function, effective digestion and absorption, brain and nervous system physiology (including mood moderation) and energy and the stress response.

 Co-Enzyme Q10 helps with stress. Your heart pumps about 100,000 times every day, and has very high demands on the cardiac muscle cells which perform their function effortlessly. It is just amazing how much the heart is affected by stress, with smoking and stress being the two main causes of heart disease. The highest amounts of Co-Enzyme Q10 are found in the cells of the heart muscle. Japan leads the world in the use of Co-EnzymeQ10, where it is medically prescribed to millions of heart patients, improving cardiac efficiency and giving significant benefits. An amazing 75% of heart patients significantly demonstrate lower levels of this enzyme than normal. A major advantage of CoQ10 is that no adverse effects are known – even after continuous use at very high doses, using many more times the therapeutic levels in clinical trials.

The usual therapeutic dosage for CoQ10, for otherwise healthy people is 50 – 150 mg per day, or more precisely, 2 mg of CoQ10 per kg of body weight. A study found that younger people or people with no obvious CoQ10 deficiency may be able to derive benefit by using 10 – 30 mg of supplemental CoQ10 per day in one non-divided dose per day. Even though this supplement is expensive, clinical studies have concluded that daily doses of at least 30 mg per day are required to significantly raise blood CoQ10 levels and dosages of 30 mg per day or greater are normally administered in two or three divided doses. But before you rush out and buy CoQ10, be sure that your adrenal glands are working optimally and look at Dr. Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Program to optimise your adrenal glands..
 
2.       pathological fatigue. By this I don’t necessarily mean disease, this can be a warning sign of an underlying disorder, and will need carefully checking out with your health-care professional. Your blood pressure may be elevated, there may be a problem with inflammation, immune problems, or you may even have a problem with your thyroid or adrenal glands. A good check-up with your health care professional, whether it is a doctor of naturopath, should reveal any underlying disease.
Adrenal function or thyroid function? You may want to get your adrenal glandular system and your thyroid checked out carefully by your Naturopath. Depleted adrenal glands can result in constant tiredness, irritability, poor blood sugar control, hypoglycemia, drowsiness, headaches, poor memory, and insomnia. People who experience physiological fatigue for to long, generally deplete their adrenal energy. This in turn can place additional strain on the thyroid gland, which in turn will become dysfunctional.
 How do you know that your thyroid is not functioning well? Well, you are probably at your beyond the stage where you react to everything, and at first, you may have few noticeable symptoms, or you may just feel plain” tired and sluggish”. The signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism vary widely, depending on the severity. Be careful before self-diagnosing: the below mentioned signs and symptoms can also be attributed to many other illnesses and may need checking out by your practitioner: Fatigue,. voice hoarse. Eyes can be gritty, burning, itchy. Skin dry, cold, rough and scaly. Sex drive: none or poor. Cholesterol high, Skin itchy in various places. Hair coarse, brittle and grows slowly or may even fall out. Eyebrows thinning, losing outer 1/3 of eyebrow. Sensitivity to cold, feelings of being chilly easily. Constipation. Difficulty in losing weight despite rigid adherence to a strict diet seems to be a common finding, particularly among women.  With thyroid depletion, I generally recommend the minerals iodine, selenium, zinc, copper, and the vitamins C, E, B12 as well as the amino acid tyrosine, which is an essential component of thyroid hormones. Tyrosine allows the body to produce stores of nor-adrenaline and build adrenal health up. A woman with an iron-deficient anemia may have a problem converting inactive thyroid hormones (T4) into the active kind (T3). This could result also in hypothyroidism. If you have a thyroid issue, then take Dr. Wilson’s amazingly effective product called ThyroBalance. It took Dr. Wilson many years to perfect this great product, you would be amazed how long it takes to make and perfect a product in a water-soluble form such as ThyroBalance. A hair analysis (Doctor’s Data in Chicago) will reveal accurately what the person’s levels of trace as well as macro minerals are. It is also worth taking your temperature morning and evening before bedtime for two weeks to establish your basal body temperature. Healthy people generally have a temperature between 36.4 – 36.9 C. Sorry – you will need to do the Fahrenheit stuff yourself if you live in America, LOL !
 

3.             Psychological fatigue.This very often comes from stress of some sort. Dr. Hans Selye, the German endocrinologist who pioneered the work with stress and the body’s responses to stress in the 1930’s, was able to demonstrate that a stress-induced breakdown of the hormonal system could lead to conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure, that he called “diseases of adaptation.” Doctors are the first to admit that stress-induced diseases such as headaches, heartburn, insomnia, high blood pressure and various heart diseases occur routinely in people under stress. The increasing incidences of cancer have even been linked indirectly to stress. Exhaustion occurs when the capacity for resistance to stress (or the adaptation) is overwhelmed. Exhaustion of adaptive capacity results in many of the stress-induced diseases we know of today like “chronic fatigue syndrome.” Do you know what amazes me? The fact that today over 60% of doctors now themselves are stressed and show signs of burn-out. I am sure that this figure would be the same in America and most developed countries. So, if your doctor tells you that adrenal fatigue is a non-existent condition, and that you suffer from depression, make sure that your doctor is not one of those who is stressed themselves! It is pretty hard to see the splinter in your brother’s eye when you fail to see the plank in your own. I think that one comes right out of the Bible somewhere. Do you want plenty of energy today? Then consider doing the Adrenal Fatigue Questionnaire available in Dr. Wilson’s book, or available from your health-care professional who is conversant with Dr. Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Program. This unique questionnaire will determine just how low your energy levels really are, then you can consider just how much benefit you will derive from this amazingly unique program designed to power you up so that you can once again live a life full of energy.
 
Eric Bakker ND

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