I found the article to be excellent as well. The article strictly explored the issue of "adrenal fatigue/ adrenal insufficiency". As such, the article did a great job. There is a slight problem however. There seems to be a popular misconception expressed on this forum that low cortisol production is necessarily caused by adrenal fatigue/ insufficiency. There are other possible causes of low cortisol levels and global body fatigue. Many if not most of the forum members may not be experiencing adrenal fatigue/insufficiency, but rather some other bodily malfunction.
The article was incomplete as it failed to even mention the difference between "primary adrenal insufficiency" and "secondary adrenal insufficiency." Factually speaking, many people may have "signaling" problems of one sort or another. This problem constitutes secondary adrenal insufficiency. It could be a case that the problem originates in either the Pituitary Gland or Hypothalamus Gland, when they fail to tell the Adrenals to produce cortisol or other hormones (secondary adrenal insufficiency). Another possible signalling problem is when the brain waves are "locked" in a pattern of fight or flight thus fatiguing/exhausting the adrenals, and not allowing them to rest and recover (Jernigan). In my own opinion the reverse could also be possible, where the brain waves are "locked" in a pattern that prevents adrenal response. You can administer adrenal supplements until the cows come home, but if the problem originates outside of the Adrenals, then the problem may not automatically fix itself.
My own daughter, Heather, experienced secondary adrenal insufficiency as a consequence of a long duration fight with Lyme Disease, Coinfections, and Parasites. Her cortisol levels were close to the level of Addison's disease. The tests that were used to diagnose her fatigue condition were the Cortisol blood test, 4 point salivary test, ACTH challenge test, and proprietary Hansa Bioresonance Testing. The first two tests can only test cortisol levels, but they cannot identify where the problem originates. The other tests can provide more information. My point here is that low cortisol levels do not necessarily mean fatigued/exhausted Adrenals! I sense that many forum members just assume that the Adrenals are the source of their fatigue and low cortisol. I believe that some or many of them are mistaken.
Heather had been on replacement levels of hydrocortisone for over 4 years. She was "weaned off" of the hydrocortisone over an 8 month period that ended just 2 weeks ago. Shortly thereafter she finished her very stressful final exams with only feeling "a little tired" at the end. Hip,hip, horray!!! She will have her blood tested next week and meet with her physician to review the results and to turn the attention to getting her off of the low dose Thyroid medication that she is taking. Fine tuning is taking place and we are near closure. I will soon follow up with a lengthy blog to summarize the journey, identify and discuss the mistakes, and share what I have learned.
I disagree with a few of the comments that were made in this thread, but I will address them when I post my long blog.
On the other hand, I agree with most of the comments made in this thread:
1) HPA Axis dysfunction is a major component of LD.
2) Endocrinologists are about
as helpful for endocrine problems as ID doctors are for Lyme Disease.
3) Adequate rest and alleviation of stress factors are indispensable for recovery.
Here are a few links to articles that explore pertinent issues. First are a few articles that discusses the Adrenals and the distinction between primary and secondary adrenal insufficiency:
Last but not least is an excellent article that identifies several fallacies about
the Adrenals. Dr. Jernigan was not the physician that weaned Heather off of the hydrocortisol, but the Hansa Center's treatments were instrumental in optimizing her body's performance, thus alleviating a major source of stress and dysfunction. Their treatmments brought about
a level of healing that created receptivity to an accelerated "weaning off" schedule. I will explain the details in my future lengthy blog.
It's quite gratifying and exhilarating to experience intellectual growth and soundly based knowledge over time as we contemplate this illness. I see that some of our members are thinking in ways and expressing opinions that they wouldn't have expressed a year or two ago. These developments are exciting to me and I hope that all of our members obtain the health that they are seeking!!!
Post Edited (Heathersdad) : 5/5/2017 10:36:21 PM (GMT-6)