I don't really have anything to add to this article. I almost wrote on Depo Provera today and realized I need to save that topic for another day when I have a whole lot of time to share because I have a slight passion on that topic that will keep the font flowing.
On the topic of adrenals, the only thing I would like to add is that there is a massage your massage therapist can do for you that will help your adrenal function. I highly recommend getting this done once in a while but be prepared to need to rest for at least the day after you've had it done. All that yuck that has been stopped up and stuck is now moving through your body so you're going to feel the effects of the toxins being flushed out.
Eighteen Overlooked Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
by Patty Donovan, citizen journalist
(NaturalNews) More and more alternative health practitioners are beginning to recognize how widespread adrenal fatigue (hypoadrenia) is in the general population. In mainstream medicine, doctors refuse to recognize there is a problem with the adrenal glands unless you meet the diagnostic criteria for Addison's disease (extremely little adrenal function) or Cushing's disease (hyper adrenal). These diseases together affect less than 2% of the population, but some experts believe that upwards of 80% of the population suffers from some level of adrenal insufficiency. Besides the usual symptoms of overwhelming fatigue and inability to handle stress, the symptoms listed below provide a more complete picture of adrenal fatigue and are often overlooked even by alternative practitioners.
• ASTHMA, BRONCHITIS or CHRONIC COUGH: Any person with lung problems, especially asthma and bronchitis should be checked for poor adrenal function. The lungs cannot respond appropriately to stress, allergens etc because of lack of cortisol. Asthma is often considered an emotional disease because stress can trigger an attack. Fix the adrenals so the body can respond normally to stress and the asthma will disappear.
• ALLERGIES: Most allergies involve an inflammatory process. As the adrenal function decreases, allergies worsen. Generally, if the adrenal glands were functioning properly, the body would not respond to the allergen. This same anti-inflammatory effect is important in asthma also. As the adrenal glands heal, allergies are markedly reduced.
• RECURRENT INFECTIONS: Severe and/or recurrent infections (especially respiratory) often indicate adrenal problems. The more severe, the more frequently it occurs or the longer it lasts, the more likely adrenal fatigue is involved in the infection.
• MUSCLE WEAKNESS AND BACK PAIN: Dr. Goodheart identified five skeletal muscles which can indicate adrenal function. These are 1) sartorius, 2) gracilis, 3) posterior tibialis, 4) gastrocnemius, and 5) soleus. When the adrenal glands are malfunctioning, there will be weakness in one or more of these muscles. The sartorius and gracilis attach on the pelvis. Weakness in these muscles can cause the sacro-iliac joint to subluxate posteriorally (toward the back) leading to low back pain. In persons with adrenal fatigue, low back pain is frequently caused by instability of the pelvis rather than an actual back problem. These same two muscles also attach to the knee and help provide support. Weakness will cause knee pain, weakness and instability of the joint. Any person with knee problems should be checked for adrenal fatigue. The other 3 muscles mentioned stabilize the feet and ankles. Weakness of any of these muscles leads to complaints of tired, aching feet, weak ankles or aching calves. The symptoms related to the muscle weakness will improve when the adrenal glands are treated.
• SLEEP DISTURBANCES: Cortisol production follows a curve from highest levels around 8am, dropping throughout the day until the lowest levels are reached about 11pm. In early stages of adrenal fatigue the body compensates with high night time cortisol. In this case the person finds it difficult to relax from the stress of the day and has trouble going to sleep. High night-time cortisol results in reduced REM sleep which is neither restful nor restorative. This can lead to depression and reduced energy levels the next day. In later stages of adrenal fatigue, the body may produce adrenaline ("fight or flight" hormone) in an attempt to compensate for low cortisol. This too will result in insomnia.
• DIZZINESS (POSTURAL HYPOTENSION): When a person stands from a sitting or lying position, the systolic blood pressure usually rises about 10 points as blood vessels in the lower body constrict to force blood to the heart, lungs and brain. This is a result of the action of epinephrine on the blood vessels. In people with adrenal fatigue, the blood vessels are unable to respond to the release of epinephrine because of lack of cortisol, so blood pools in the abdomen and pelvis and blood pressure drops. This systolic drop ranges from 10 to 40 points and is present in over 90% of those with hypoadrenia. Dizziness is usually present on standing; however, in some people it is present intermittently or constantly throughout the day as even resting blood pressure is low. Paradoxically, in order to prevent pooling of blood in the abdomen and lower extremities, the body may keep blood pressure extremely elevated. Pressure will still drop when the person stands but only to around 150. Remember, it may have been 180 or higher before standing. Treating the adrenals will lower blood pressure whereas anti-hypertensives and diuretics will make the adrenal problems worse in many cases.
• INFLAMMATION: Cortisol and other glucocorticoids produced by the adrenal glands are the body's own anti-inflammatory hormones. People who have responded to injections of corticosteroids into joints or to taking them orally are usually those whose adrenal glands produce insufficient amounts of these hormones. Any person who responds to corticosteroids should be checked for adrenal fatigue.
• HYPOGLYCEMIA: As adrenal fatigue progresses, blood glucose levels will tend to fall too low. The body responds to hypoglycemia by causing the person to crave anything that will rapidly raise blood sugar levels, such as a soda, candy bar, a cup of coffee or even cigarettes. Often adrenal fatigue leads to the abuse of alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs because of the need to "fix" recurrent hypoglycemia. Unfortunately, the rapid rise in blood glucose provided by the "fix" only serves to start the whole cycle over.
• HEADACHES: This is caused again by blood pooling in the abdomen and pelvis leading to inadequate blood supply to the head.
• BEHAVIOR AND MEMORY PROBLEMS: Cortisol even regulates the electrical activity of neurons in the brain and thus influences behavior, mood and memory. Behavior changes frequently occur in both excess and deficient cortisol levels. Sleep disorders for example, are common with both high and low cortisol. Symptoms more closely related to adrenal fatigue involve decreased tolerance (quick to anger), decreased clarity of thought, poor memory and memory retrieval.
• SALT CRAVING: The adrenal glands produce many more hormones than just glucocorticoids. One very important hormone is aldosterone, a mineralocorticoid. Aldosterone regulates fluid and electrolytes (sodium, chloride, potassium and magnesium) in the blood, between and in the cells of the body. As adrenal fatigue progresses, the production of aldosterone lessens. This causes "salt-wasting". As the salt is excreted by the kidneys, water follows leading to electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. Those with adrenal fatigue should always add salt (preferably sea salt with its trace minerals) to their water. Soft drinks and electrolyte drinks like Gatorade are high in potassium and low in sodium, the opposite of what someone with low cortisol needs. Commercial electrolyte drinks are designed for those who produce high cortisol when exercising, not for someone who produces little or no extra cortisol during exercise. You need to add ¼ to 1 teaspoon of salt to a glass of water or eat something salty to maintain fluid/electrolyte balance.
• EXCESSIVE THIRST AND URINATION: A person with low aldosterone may also urinate 15 to 20 times a day and drink excessive quantities of water. Unless salt is added to the water, the fluid/electrolyte balance in the body is further disrupted.
• SWELLING: As the body tries to keep the ratio of electrolytes and fluid balanced, fluid may pour into the tissues and cause swelling. Most doctors will only see the symptom and not the cause and prescribe a diuretic which further compounds the dehydration and electrolyte imbalance and making the patient worse.
• HEMORRHOIDS: Hemorrhoids are basically varicose veins of the rectum and are caused by blood pooling in the abdomen and pelvis. When a person presents with hemorrhoids, it is usually do to adrenal fatigue, but can be caused by liver congestion. Once again, listening to the heart can help determine the cause. If the loud second sound is over the pulmonic valve, it is indicative of adrenal problems, while a loud 2nd sound over the tricuspid valve is indicative of liver congestion.
• VARICOSE VEINS: Varicose veins of the lower extremities result from the same pooling of blood in the abdomen and pelvis that causes hemorrhoids.
• INDIGESTION: The same sluggish circulation in the abdomen can cause symptoms of indigestion and poor absorption of nutrients.
• HYPERPIGMENTATION: Although more often seen in actual Addison's disease, hyperpigmentation is occasionally seen in adrenal fatigue. This increased pigmentation of the skin may show up as "bronzing" somewhere on the body or as unusual brown patches.
• HEART SOUNDS: The heart normally makes a "lub-dub sound, with the second sound being much quieter than the first sound. In a person with hypoadrenia, the second sound will be equal or louder than the first sound over the pulmonic valve. When the body is stressed, it produces epinephrine which will cause vasoconstriction throughout most of the body, including the lungs. This vasoconstriction decreases the production of mucous in the airways. At the same time, epinephrine will relax the bronchi (bronchodilation) allowing more air to reach the lungs. In those with adrenal fatigue, the body cannot respond to the epinephrine because of lack of cortisol so they experience bronchoconstriction instead, leading to symptoms of asthma. The bronchoconstriction, along with vasodilation and swelling of the mucous membranes create a back pressure in pulmonary circulation (pulmonary hypertension) that causes the pulmonary valve to slam shut, hence the accentuated second sound over the pulmonic valve. Lung diseases such as tuberculosis or tumors can also cause this loud 2nd sound.
The adrenal glands are very complex parts of the endocrine system producing glucocorticoids (cortisol is the most important), mineralocorticoids (aldosterone), epinephrine, norepinephrine and even sex hormones. Adrenal fatigue affects every part of the body and every aspect of life. If you are experiencing the symptoms described above it is imperative you find a practitioner and get tested and treated. It may be helpful to print this out and take it to your practitioner. Saliva cortisol testing usually includes the sex hormones too and can be ordered from several on-line sites without a doctor's order. If you do it this way though, testing will not be covered by insurance. Saliva testing is the most accurate test because it shows the rhythm of cortisol production and because it shows how much cortisol is present that the body can actually use. Blood tests only show bound cortisol which gives no indication if that cortisol is actually available to enter the tissues. Many people test "normal" on blood cortisol yet very low on saliva.
Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by Dr. James Wilson
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Patty Donovan was in a wheelchair and could only walk around her house with a cane. She was on over 20 medications. When told to "take the morphine, get in the wheelchair and learn to live with it" by a neurosurgeon, she knew her life had to change. She is now almost a fanatic when it comes to healing through the use of "whole foods" and and natural remedies. Since that time, she has spent countless hours researching nutrtion and alternative health. After spending 30 years in the allopathic health care industry in both pharmacy and as an RN, she brings a unique perspective to Natural News readers. Since committing to this new life style, she no longer uses even a cane, has gotten off over 20 medications, lost over 50lbs and returned to work.
I decided a long time ago that I would never subject myself to the torture of a mammogram. I really don't understand why thermography hasn't become the way to go for breast exams since it does not injure the breast and can detect more than a mammogram. Yet, here we are still being forced to squeeze our poor breasts into pancakes by insurance companies.
Mammograms Are a Bust!
by Raymond Francis
Evidence continues to accumulate that mammograms cause cancer, while doing little to save lives.
Unfortunately, the medical establishment, including the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society, has brainwashed most of us into thinking the opposite. As a result, millions of women march off to get mammograms every year, exposing themselves to cancer-causing x-rays.
The misinformation is so bad that when women were asked in a poll what they could do to prevent breast cancer, the number one response was "get a mammogram." (Exactly how mammograms are supposed to "prevent" breast cancer was not explained.) In truth, mammograms cause cancer; they are the leading cause of breast cancer. Mammograms have put a very large number of women at risk for cancer and many have died as a result.
Mammograms are routinely performed without the patient being warned of the radiation hazard. Yet Dr. John Gofman, a medical doctor, nuclear physicist, and noted radiation expert, in his 1999 book Radiation from Medical Procedures in the Pathogenesis of Cancer and Ischemic Heart Disease, concluded that 60 percent of all cancer and 83 percent of all breast cancer is caused by medical radiation.
As early as 1974, Professor Malcolm Pike of the USC School of Medicine warned the National Cancer Institute that, "...giving a woman under age 50 a mammogram on a routine basis is close to unethical."
In 1992, Dr. Samuel Epstein, professor of medicine at the University of Illinois said, "The high sensitivity of the breast...to radiation induced cancer was known by 1970."
In 1995, the Lancet (one of the world's five leading medical journals) reported that since mammographic screening began, the incidence of one type of breast cancer (ductal carcinoma in situ) had increased by 328 percent and that the incidence in women under 40 had gone up over 3000 percent. The report's conclusion regarding mammograms was, "The benefit is marginal, the harm caused is substantial, and the costs incurred are enormous..."
Similarly, Dr. Charles Simone, a former researcher at the National Cancer Institute said, "Mammograms increase the risk of developing breast cancer and raise the risk of spreading or metastasizing an existing growth."
After hearing all these negatives, is there any justification for mammograms? This question was answered in the September 2000 Journal of the National Cancer Institute, which reported on a study of 40,000 women between the ages 50 to 59. The mammograms found tumors that were smaller, but finding the tumor when it was smaller had no effect on the mortality rate. The study concluded that mammograms are no more effective at saving lives from breast cancer than regular breast examinations.
With findings like these, on what basis can anyone recommend a mammogram to you or anyone you care about? While there are occasions when medical x-rays serve a necessary purpose, regular mammograms do not help prevent and even contribute to breast cancer.
It looks to me like mammograms are an expensive bust. In addition to causing cancer, and not saving lives, regular mammograms can also result in useless and painful breast biopsies.
Alternative Medicine, in January 2001, pointed out that for every one case of diagnosed breast cancer, between 5 and 10 women will undergo a useless and painful biopsy. Statistically, a woman getting annual mammograms for 10 years will have a 50 percent chance of undergoing at least one biopsy.
Not only do mammograms result in useless biopsies, the clinical interpretation of mammograms often misses an existing cancer. According to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 1996, doctors missed finding an existing cancer 21 percent of the time.
What to do? Avoid medical radiation in all forms, including mammograms and other types of x-rays, because these procedures cause cancer.
Also, watch out for certain lifestyle habits. New research on breast cancer, published in Epidemiology, found that women who drink alcohol and do not get enough folic acid (primarily found in fresh vegetables) are 60 percent more likely to develop breast cancer. You can go a long way toward preventing breast cancer (and every other manifestation of disease) simply by eating a good diet, taking high-quality supplements, and getting plenty of exercise, sunlight, and sleep.
In my opinion, mammograms constitute a criminal assault against women. Instead, have physical breast exams by your doctor, using manual examination techniques, as well as thermography (not mammography). Thermography is a noninvasive, safe technique used for measuring differences in temperature in the breast. Not only is thermography much safer, it appears to be far more accurate than mammography.
And, as always, diet is critically important in preventing breast cancer; eat plenty of fresh foods and avoid nutritionally deficient, processed foods.
Reprinted with permission from: Beyond Health® News
Copyright 2001, Beyond Health
Cynthia is a certified personal trainer and women's health advocate. She has studied Natural Medicine at Everglades University and has been researching hormone health since 2006.
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