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252 6/24/12 1:35 P
Well, the world is flat and the sun revolves around the earth, right?! Only in the last few decades has western medicine begun to recognize eastern practices that have been around for thousand of years (before the west was even discovered!) like acupuncture, chiropractors and hypnotherapy.
In all of my time on SP, I have never encountered such negative responses! SP is one of the rare places on the internet where everything is positive and encourages personal growth/well being.
As someone who has been recently diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, the negative responses below are disheartening to read.
I am curious though...of the negative comments, what possessed you to search for and comment on something that you believe doesn't exist?!
It's only "bogus" to those who haven't had to deal with it. Your best bet in finding a diet would be to Google "Hypoglycemia Diet". They usually deal with exchanges and are easy to understand and implement into your own lifestyle.
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382 9/16/11 5:20 P
I don't know much about it but read some blogs by SP member ANDREA409 who was suffering from adrenal fatigue. I think she did lots of research if you want to email her directly or at least read her blogs. Good luck.
I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue myself over a year ago. My cortisol levels were extremely low, I was borderline hypothyroid and my estrogen to progesterone levels were off whack.
While the doctor did prescribe me with some remedies, I found the biggest overall "cure" to adrenal fatigue was to reduce the sources of STRESS in my life.
My story may be a bit extreme, but the hugest stress I had in my life at the time was my marriage. I was married to a verbally abusive substance abuser who also cheated (probably to the point of his suffering sex addiction). I did try to take every possible path to see if the marriage could be salvaged, but without any willingness on his end to change, I eventually requested a divorce. Fortunately he didn't fight me on it so the divorce went well.
Once that giant source of stress was removed from my life, everything else started to get better. I slept through the night (a sign of adrenal fatigue is waking a couple times in the middle of the night). As a result of getting better quality sleep and just overall feeling happier, my cortisol levels improved (blood tests to prove it), and I'm feeling like I'm back on track again.
Yes, I was given a prescription to progesterone and thyroid meds. I've since ceased the progesterone (again, blood tests have shown I don't need it anymore). Also, my doc had recommended I take ashwaghanda and an item called Adrenal Rebuilder. I took it maybe for the first six months of the diagnoses, but due to the cost of the Adrenal Rebuilder, and my lack of remembering to take the ashwaghanda, I didn't take it very often, so I have my own doubts as to whether those remedies do much good other than suck money out of my bank account.
All of this has been proof-positive for me that the best cure to adrenal fatigue is to remove stress, and everything else will follow suit. I honestly got the best support from attending support group meetings for other people in similar situations re: living with a substance abuser.
PS - I'm vegetarian and was able to recover from adrenal fatigue just fine without having to go back to eating meat.
Important is the last sentence... "Unproven remedies for so-called adrenal fatigue may leave you feeling sicker, while the real cause — such as depression or fibromyalgia — continues to take its toll. "
Adrenal fatigue...there is no scientific evidence to support this and it is not an accepted medical diagnosis.
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61 9/16/11 8:42 A
Medically unrecognized doesn't always = bogus. I was just diagnosed with adrenal fatigue by an MD. I do, however, understand your wanting to help by pointing out that this isn't medically recognized as it is an area to be careful with, self-medication can be dangerous or at the very least, a waste of money.
If you have a diagnosis then please ask your medical provider for a referral to a Registered Dietitian for diet instruction. If you are searching the internet, be very careful that you are not self diagnosing since many things like thyroid dysfunction or other metabolic related issues can all be very confusing. Please seek medical help to identify what you are experiencing and follow a healthy eating and exercise plan while you do.
If someone's telling you that you have adrenal "fatigue," that's a sign that you really do need to see a regular MD to get a more complete checkup. If there is something wrong with your adrenal glands, it's important to make sure it's not the first sign of Addison's disease or a kidney problem. There really aren't any minor adrenal problems. For the most part, your adrenal glands either work or they don't, and if they don't, that's a serious problem that you can't fix with diet or home remedies. (Also, one of the symptoms of adrenal problems is uncontrollable weight LOSS, so if you're not losing weight that you don't want to lose, the diagnosis is definitely wrong.)
A healthy diet with lots of vegetables will help you feel better regardless of what's really causing your symptoms, but if you really do feel like there's something wrong, please see an MD to find out what the real problem is. "Adrenal fatigue" is kind of like "tummyache"-- it's not specific enough for you to know what to do about it or to know whether it's serious.
Hi RRJ, I'm so sorry you're battling adrenal fatigue. I had a friend who suffered from it a few years ago. I remember that she was a vegetarian at the time, and her doctors strongly encouraged her to incorporate animal proteins into her diet (meats, eggs, etc). She also ate fewer wheat/gluten products, although I don't remember if she gave them up completely or not. She worked with a homeopathic doctor after having limited success with traditional medicine. It took a few years to fully recover, but she's now pursuing yoga certification!
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