Holistic Medicine Series HANDOUT #6 - Holistic Adrenal Health & Support


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Holistic Medicine Series HANDOUT                Thursday - April 30, 2009

 *** Session #6 ***

Holistic Adrenal Health & Support          Aumdoc (Richard J. Clofine, D.O.)   770-633-4257


Vitality  1) the capacity to live and develop; 2) Energy or vigor; 3) That which distinguishes living from nonliving things                 

Passion  1) Any great, powerful emotion, especially love or hate; 2) fervor, determination 3) An object of passionate love or strong interest


Intro to Adrenal Glands

What affects Vitality?

        Modern Living & Repeated Stressors

                Finances & livelihood; family & other relationships; pollution; food & water issues; driving & commuting; world news


        Lifestyle Balance & Habits

                Work & relaxation; sleep & exercise; hunger & eating; smoking; alcohol; caffeine; drugs


        External Circumstances (too stuck or too much change):

                Births & deaths; moving; job change; relationship change


        Internal Circumstances:

                Emotional & Spiritual stress; trauma; isolation; fear; negative attitudes & belief; feelings of  powerlessness; anxiety


        Health Issues

                Aging; Allergies; wound healing; prescription drugs; toxic lifestyle; infection or disease

Stress ...the unconscious response to a demand.


        We experience some degree of stress in everything we do and everything that happens to us.

        Eustress & Distress

Adrenal response to stress:   Alarm > Resistance > Exhaustion

Adrenal Medical Conditions: Addison’s Disease      (adrenal failure)       Cushing’s Disease (adrenal excess)

Adrenal Anatomy and Physiology

        Adrenal Medulla (center):     faster neuro-endocrine control for rapid response

                                        Hormones are adrenaline (epinephrine) & noradrenaline (norepinephron)

                                        Function is respond to ‘fight or flight’ situations0

        Adrenal Cortex (outer part): slower hormonal control with delicate balance mechanisms


                Zona Reticularis-      DHEA, pregnenelone, progesterone, estrogens, testosterone;  androstenedione

                                        (antioxidant, tissue repair, sex hormones, cortisol balancer, anti-aging)


                Zona Fasciculata-     Cortisol

                                        Protects cells from stress  (blood sugar regulation; anti-inflammatory action; immune response modification; heart & blood vessel                                                         toning; central nervous system stimulation; stress reduction normalization)

                Zona Glomerulosa-    Aldosterone

                                        (regulation of sodium, potassium and fluid volume) 

        Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis:  Circadian cortisol rhythm

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue (Loss of Vitality)


Lethargy (lack of energy); difficulty arising in morning; fatigue not relieved by sleep; increased effort to do everyday tasks; decreased sex drive; salt cravings; light headed when standing quickly; mild depression; loss of motivation & enjoyment; increased PMS; slow and fuzzy cognition; less tolerant;

Testing for Adrenal Fatigue

        Physical Tests for Adrenal Fatigue:  Iris contraction test, Postural Hypotension, Sergent’s White Line 

        Saliva Tests for Adrenal Fatigue:   “Adrenal Stress Profile”

        Blood Tests for Adrenal Fatigue:    testosterone, DHEA-S, pregnenelone, TSH, freeT3, freeT4,

                                                Complete blood count (CBC), metabolic chemistry panel

                                                (many other tests are available)


Recovery from Adrenal Fatigue:      What drags you down?  What lightens your load?

        Regularity & Routine!!

        Identify Vitality Leaks & Energy Drains:  Find it first >>> Leave It or Change It or Reframe It

        Reframing  reFRAMing  ReFrAmInG  rEfRaMiNg  ReframinG  REframiNG  (Seeing it differently)

        Lifestyle               Active Pursuit of Relaxation & Passion       Vacation & Unstructured Time        Playtime Sleep          Inner Work                    Relationships


        Diet            food choices           eating patterns & style        allergies              salt


                Vitamin C with bioflavanoids; B-complex; magnesium (“Be Calm”), Calcium with Vitamin D3; trace minerals, and many others depending on the issues.



Ashwagandha Root and Leaf (Withania somnifera); Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), Siberian Ginseng Root (Eleutherococus senticosus); Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Holy Basil (Ocinum sanctum), Maca (Lepidium meyenii), Cordyceps mushroom (C. Sinensis), Reishi mushroom (Ganoderma lucidum), Agaricus mushroom (A. glazei)

                Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)                Ginkgo Leaf (Ginkgo biloba)

        Adrenal Extract

        Hormone Replacement:        Cortisol; DHEA; Progesterone; Pregnenelone; thyroid        


        Laughter, Sex & Physical Activity

Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

        By James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D.




Om Lotus



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