The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidney and receive input from the pituitary. They are the main producers of adrenaline and cortisol, necessary for a healthy stress response. Unfortunately, over time, usually due to chronic stress, toxicity exposure and other factors, these glands can be become stressed, and either produce too much cortisol or too little.  This is often the cause of either unexplained weight gain or weight loss. 

Adrenal dysfunction is often misdiagnosed by conventional medicine; and, as a result, often antidepressants, antianxiety medicine, and thyroid medicines are inappropriately prescribed. Unfortunately, these medicines either have no effect or they make the situation worse and the person may become either more anxious or fatigued. Dr. Lam MD summaries this process as well as the stages of adrenal fatigue here: Dr. Shallenberger, MD, who has been practicing Integrative Medicine for many years,  has a great presentation as well. See Please note: Adrenal fatigue is usually dismissed by conventional medicine because it lacks a way to test for it; however a functional saliva cortisol test can usually detect adrenal fatigue. A good test for both hormones and adrenal fatigue is called the DUTCH test. See A more simplified, inexpensive, and standalone adrenal stress test may be determined using saliva samples measured throughout the day. See Herbal supports are sometimes necessary to support adrenal health until the body becomes more balanced. Nevertheless, sometimes pharmaceutical support is needed. Please contact our office for further evaluation. 

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