This needs to be considered along with the quality and form of the nutrient. Presence Saint Joseph Hospital-Elgin. Ive had excema when i was a child to teen. Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. All animals more advanced than sponges have nervous systems. It is not uncommon to have significant Adrenal Fatigue symptoms presented with "normal" laboratory results.
Interference fields can cause referred pain
If an interference field is found, it can be easily treated by injecting it with a local anaesthetic. Caine anesthetics are cell membrane stabilizers and act on interference fields in the same way that lidocaine does in treating supraventricular arrhythmias. The effect of injecting interference fields is immediate. In recent years a non-injection therapy has been developed which seems to work as well as the -caine anesthetics. More often than not, response to treatment of an interference field is temporary, sometimes lasting even less than a day.
However, even a very short response is encouraging and indicates that treatment should be attempted again. Each time an interference field is treated, there should be a longer response. Treatment is then repeated until it is no longer required. Neural therapy is a remarkably safe medical treatment. The most commonly used anesthetics procaine and lidocaine rarely cause allergic reactions. Allergic reactions to these anesthetics in the past seem to have been caused by preservatives such as methylparaben.
These preservatives are no longer used by most physicians practising neural therapy. Occasionally, patients will feel faint for a few minutes after neural therapy injections. This may be caused by "needle fright" or by a short-lasting lowering of the blood pressure caused by the -caine anesthetic itself. Puncture of an internal organ is a theoretical possibility with certain injections. Because the needles used are of small caliber, this is rarely if ever of any consequence.
The one exception is the lung which, if punctured, may cause a pneumothorax. For this reason, special care must be taken with any deep injection into the chest wall or near the lungs. Another area of injection that carries a slight risk is the head and neck. Injection of a large volume of anaesthetic into an artery could precipitate a seizure. To avoid this, injections in the head and neck are always performed slowly, drawing back on the syringe from time to time to make sure the needle has not penetrated an artery.
Neural therapy was developed in Germany beginning in the s. See the FAQ for details. A considerable body of scientific research supports its basic principles; unfortunately, almost all of the literature is published in German and has never been translated into English. Neural therapy is a remarkably safe and simple method of treating many medical problems and is taught in German medical schools.
Only in recent years have some in the English-speaking world of medicine become aware of neural therapy. Kidd Bio Request a Review Copy. Neural therapy defined Neural therapy is a method of diagnosing and treating illness and pain caused by disturbances of the body's electrophysiology. What characterizes interference fields? Interference fields can cause referred pain Interference fields can be found almost anywhere in the body and are often far from the part of the body experiencing symptoms.
How to find interference fields 1. Look for an injury, operation or illness preceding the patient's problem. Palpate possible trouble spots while testing the patient's muscle strength. On top of this, modern medicine has a tendency to lean towards laboratory-based rather than body-based to be the best scientific approach to healing.
In many clinical settings, modern diagnostic testing is absolutely necessary. It is in fact life saving. However, in the case of Adrenal Fatigue, accurate and dependable testing has yet to achieve the level of correlation with the body's symptoms to be fully recognized by the medical community at large, despite significant development in recent decades.
The more advanced the adrenal weakness, the lower the clinical correlation with laboratory results. A large number of presenting symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue are vague and unusual because the adrenal glands affect almost every major system of the body. Dysfunctions of the adrenals therefore have wide influences with symptoms that often defy conventional medical logic. Imagine a patient presenting himself with symptoms of fatigue, insomnia, hypoglycemia, heart palpitations, salt cravings, sugar cravings, joint pain, sore muscles, exercise intolerance, low libido, and dizziness concurrently.
To the untrained physician, sorting out this maze of complaints is challenging to say the least. These symptoms, however, can often be explained under the unified umbrella of Adrenal Fatigue.
For example, a weak adrenal is often associated with clinical or sub-clinical dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system ANS and its various sub-components. Symptoms such as postural hypotension, fragile blood pressure , cardiac arrhythmias , POTS and temperature intolerance can be caused by sympathetic nervous system SNS dysfunction which is part of the ANS.
F ainting, low body temperature, hypoglycemia and anxiety can be caused by over stimulation of the adrenomedullary hormonal system AHS and its chemical messenger, adrenaline. Similarly, hypoglycemia , fluid retention, metabolic imbalance , low blood pressure , muscle ache, joint pain , sugar imbalance , frequent infection , IBS and CFS are regulated to a large degree by cortisol.
A weak adrenal with accompanying low cortisol level can present itself with these symptoms. Because dysfunctional adrenals affect virtually every system of the body including the central nervous system, a thorough understanding of the following areas of medicine is needed: Most medical specialists are trained in their respective narrow scientific fields and few are experienced enough in all of the disciplines to fully comprehend the Adrenal Fatigue condition.
Unable to understand or solve the problem at the root level, most well-intentioned physicians tend to prescribe anti-depressants and anti-anxiety agents in their best attempt to help their patients. These medications are usually prescribed after basic stress reduction techniques are recommended and laboratory tests have turned out to be unremarkable. Referrals are made to endocrinologists and other specialists if the symptoms fail to resolve. Unfortunately, this is often futile.
Nutritional supplementation may be recommended, but due to the lack of systematic approach, most nutrients are dispensed in a shot-gun attempt to control the symptoms rather than focused on allowing the body to use the nutrients to help heal the adrenals. As a result, the symptoms usually get worse with time. After extensive workups that generally turn out to be negative, steroids are often prescribed quickly to control the symptoms. While steroids can be used short term in severe cases under experienced medical hands, addiction often becomes a major issue in the long term, regardless of the clinician's best intention.
Chronic use of steroids is often the end result. This can lead to a catabolic state with systemic organ resistance and breakdown. Our current understanding of adrenal function is still at its infancy at best.
It is therefore very difficult for any health professional to have a good grasp of the Adrenal Fatigue condition from a purely pathological and physiological perspective. The number of physicians with true expertise in advanced Adrenal Fatigue is very small. Those who are good in this gain their expertise not from textbooks, but from years of clinical experience. There is no short cut, because text-book cases are few and far between. Because the full recovery cycle can take years to complete in severe cases, practitioners with little experience will find it hard to handle cases other than the most mild and straight forward ones.
Excessive use of prescription drugs often makes the Adrenal Fatigue condition worse. We live in a world where symptoms are often classified as diseases and the control of symptoms is considered to be the cure in many chronic conditions.
In other words, we don't know the root cause of the disease. All physicians can do is treat the symptoms because they cannot treat the root cause if they don't know what the root cause is. In the case of Adrenal Fatigue, one should respect the body's signs and symptoms as they are valuable sensitive indicators to help guide us in the recovery process.
Just as pain is a warning signal from our body that says something is wrong, suppressing pain is not the same as a cure for the condition that causes the pain. Pain suppression is therefore a masking mechanism at best. In the case of Adrenal Fatigue, this will not work long term, as the body will continue to be punished by the worsening symptoms. The logical approach is to give the body the tools to heal itself, while monitoring the symptoms and using them as a barometer of the body's healing efficacy.
This approach is all but abandoned by many health care providers. Modern medicine has a tendency to suppress symptoms under the mistaken belief that the absence of symptoms is the same as being cured. This may work in the short term, but fails over the long term as the body decompensates in one form or another with worsening symptoms requiring an ever increasing dose of medications to control.
The following are common prescription drugs used to relieve symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue: Thyroid medications are widely prescribed by physicians to symptomatically control sluggish metabolism associated with hypothyroidism. Their use is justified by conventional medicine based on laboratory tests that show reduced thyroid function evidenced by high levels of TSH and low levels of Free T3 and Free T4.
Dysfunctional adrenal glands are often totally ignored. Those suffering from Adrenal Fatigue and hypothyroidism are treated for hypothyroidism alone.
Over time this approach backfires and causes the Adrenal Fatigue condition to worsen for several reasons. First, thyroid replacement medications increase the overall basal metabolic rate. The body is put into a state of over-drive. No organ system is spared. Pushing the adrenals to work harder when they are already fatigued can unmask adrenal exhaustion or even trigger an adrenal crisis.
At the same time, weak adrenals can lead to a state of blunted response by the body to thyroid hormones. Weak adrenals are often associated with reduced availability of free thyroid hormone to the cells as well. As a result, symptoms of hypothyroidism often fail to improve over time and may in fact get worse with this single organ approach to healing.
The patient remains symptomatic even when placed on thyroid replacement therapy. Physicians focusing on the thyroid without considering the adrenals frequently find themselves administering ever higher doses of thyroid replacement medication or switching from one medication to another without success.
It is important to remember that those who are placed on thyroid medication should not abruptly stop the medication without professional help due to possible unpleasant withdrawal effects. Anti-depressants are often prescribed when physicians are at a loss of what to do. Many patients do not respond well and develop paradoxical reactions. Physician often find themselves changing from one medication to another in their best effort to help.
Over time, addiction issues may also arise. Anti-anxiety agents are prescribed to help calm the patient. This works only temporarily at best, with ever increasing doses needed for long term. Sleeping medication is frequently prescribed to help insomnia. Inability to fall asleep and frequent awakening are hallmark signs of Adrenal Fatigue and the long term use of the medication can also lead to addiction.
Blood pressure medication is often prescribed by physicians. Early on , the patient can be presented with reactive hypertension at first, to be followed by hypotension as Adrenal Fatigue progresses.
This is often due to aldosterone and electrolyte imbalance as well as reactive adrenergic responses secondary to dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system. Physicians may find themselves constantly having to adjust the dosage of medications and changing the medications to normalize the blood pressure, only to find the blood pressure becoming more fragile as the Adrenal Fatigue condition worsens.
Hormone replacement , whether it be synthetic or natural, is often prescribed. These include estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. They are frequently prescribed to manage irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes and increase in energy.
Physicians are often misled to prescribe these medications based on laboratory test results. They may be helpful at first, but the body's response is often blunted after a while. Hormone replacement has its place, but timing is important. The best time to consider such replacement is when the adrenals are well on their way to recovery. Thyroid hormones are also commonly prescribed. Using hormone replacement to suppress Adrenal Fatigue symptoms seldom generates desirable long term result, though there may be transient and short term periods of improvement.
It is no surprise that the majority of patients taking thyroid replacement still are symptomatic. The symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue and hypothyroidism are very similar.
As mentioned earlier, focusing on the thyroid without concurrent attention to the adrenals is a failed recovery strategy if Adrenal Fatigue is in fact the problem.
The reason is simple - thyroid medications can mask adrenal weakness by artificially propping up the metabolic rate. Those who require an ever larger dose of thyroid medication to maintain their energy level over time should be especially on the alert. If hormones are deemed to be necessary, it is better to give the adrenals the gentle nutrients they need to generate their own desired level of hormones rather than using external hormones.
This approach is far more effective and will lead to ultimate healing instead of risking dependency on drugs. In fact, it is interesting to note that it is not unusual for many sufferers to find their need for thyroid medication reduced, as their adrenal function strengthens.
Antibiotics are prescribed to help overcome the frequent infection. However, they can worsen the irritable bowel condition that often accompanies Adrenal Fatigue, leading to gastrointestinal upset and internal dysbiosis. Irritable bowel symptoms are prevalent and systematic infection such as candidiasis can be exacerbated. Steroids are commonly prescribed to suppress symptoms of chronic fatigue, irritable bowel, auto-immune conditions, skin rashes, severe fatigue and frequent allergies.
These symptoms are commonly associated with Adrenal Fatigue. While short term use of steroids has its place in Adrenal Fatigue if carefully monitored, chronic intake of steroids leads to a catabolic state of function where proteins and systemic organs are broken down, further weakening of the body and ever increasing dose of steroids being taken to achieve the same degree of relief of symptoms. Prescription medications often have multiple side-effects. Common side-effects of anti-depressants include dry mouth, urinary retention, blurred vision, constipation, sedation, sleep disruption, weight gain, headache, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of libido, agitation and anxiety.
The more medicine that is given, the more side effects are to be expected. It is not unusual for the average sufferer to be on three to four medications at one time or another.
Just to process the medications alone poses severe stress on the adrenals and the liver. Instead of giving the body the tools to heal itself and using the symptoms as a guide on how well the body is recovering, the body is not given a proper chance to heal as symptoms are being suppressed. It comes as no surprise that most people with Adrenal Fatigue never fully recover. A paradoxical reaction is when medical treatment, usually a drug, has the opposite effect to that which normally will be expected.
An example of a paradoxical reaction is when a pain relief medication causes an increase in pain. Some sedatives prescribed for adults actually cause hyper-activeness in children.
Experienced clinicians know this and are on high alert for these abnormalities. Paradoxical reactions are generally more prevalent in natural compounds. The reason for this is not known. The more decompensated the body is, as in the case of advanced Adrenal Fatigue, the more frequent such paradoxical reactions will occur. Nutrients that are suitable for one body are therefore not necessary good for another one. In fact, it can be toxic for another body.
Nutrients can become toxic and paradoxical reactions can surface after a period of time of indigestion. This can range from weeks to months. The body may also reject these nutrients immediately from the onset. Instead of feeling better with energy boost, one may feel worse in what is known as a paradoxical reaction. Severe fatigue may be precipitated, setting off an adrenal crash. One can have any combination of the above.
Collectively, they point to an adrenal that has lost its ability to maintain the fine control characteristics of a stable internal homeostasis environment. It is like taking a shower with either very hot or very cold water but not the comfortable warm water. The exact etiology of many of these paradoxical and unusual reactions is not known.
Scientists suspect a variety of factors may be in play, including defective receptor sites, dysfunctional transport messenger system, improper clearance of metabolites and reactive adrenaline responses of a dysfunctional autonomic nervous system.
Self-directed recovery programs following the standard textbook approach normally fail in such cases because normal healing tools and rules do not apply and in fact may make the body worse off. As stated earlier, the more advanced the Adrenal Fatigue, the more paradoxical and unusual reactions tend to surface.
In addition, there can be concurrent paradoxical as well as overreaction that occur close to each other in time. One may feel worse for a few days or weeks, followed by a short burst of well-being, only to relapse back into a fatigue state without doing anything significantly different. The body goes into a phase of homeostatic instability characterized by wild swings in emotional and physical states. This is the worst of both worlds, as the body is caught in a vicious cycle of cascading downward state of functions with its own violent attempt to rebalance itself.
Eventually, this leads to severe incapacitation of daily functions Symptoms can include severe fatigue, bed bound most of the time, fragile blood pressure, reactive hypoglycemia, unexplained palpitation, severe anxiety attack, profound dizziness, extreme brain fog, frequent infection and severe insomnia, just to mention a few. This experience is akin to a state of the "living dead".
The clinical picture becomes extremely convoluted and confusing to all but the most astute and experienced clinician. Failure to recognize the multi-organ involvement associated with Adrenal Fatigue often leads to a narrow focus that makes the condition worse off over time.
The adrenal glands are regulated through the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal HPA axis. The adrenals themselves are then intricately connected to many other organs in a variety of axes. One such intricate relationship ties in with the thyroid and the ovaries.
These three organs are intimately co-dependent on each other for optimal function. They must be balanced if a woman wants to feel good. In men, the balance between the adrenals and thyroid is critical. In the case of the ovarian-adrenal-thyroid or OAT axis, when a medication alters one of the organs' functions, it will invariably lead to an often unrecognized change in the other two organs.
For example, if thyroid medication is administered, it is not uncommon to see concurrent menstrual irregularities, a function of the ovarian hormones and reduced ability to deal with stress and worsening fatigue, a function of the adrenals.
Let us consider this OAT axis more closely. The adrenal glands contribute about 35 percent of the female hormones pre-menopausal and almost 50 percent post-menopausal. Today, women often have exhausted adrenal glands by the time they reach their mid-thirties or early forties due to their stressful lifestyle. In Adrenal Fatigue, cortisol output becomes imbalanced. Excessive cortisol output can lead to multiple undesirable effects.
A cortisol induced organ resistance can occur and this applies to nearly all other organs regulated by hormones including the ovaries and the pancreas. Few hormones are allowed to work at their optimal levels in the presence of Adrenal Fatigue. For example, cortisol blocks progesterone receptors, making them less responsive to progesterone. Insufficient progesterone production leads to an imbalance of estrogen as compared to progesterone. With reduced progesterone to offset estrogen, the body may experience estrogen dominance and a host of undesirable side effects associated with excessive estrogen, including PMS, irregular periods and fibroids.
Over time, Adrenal Fatigue is often associated with sub-clinical hypothyroidism as well, as the thyroid tissues fail to respond as efficiently to hormonal signals.
That is why chronic stress can make one feel so rotten, like a slow-motion train wreck in progress. Few hormones are allowed to work at their optimal levels. Sugar levels can become imbalanced, blood pressure regulation is affected and menstrual flow can become irregular.
Often times, the use of anti-depressants, thyroid replacements and ovarian hormones such as estrogen and progestin or even natural hormones make women with OAT axis imbalance worse off. Estrogen replacement often becomes ineffective. Symptoms of estrogen dominance like hot flashes, weight gain at the hips, water retention and moodiness are commonly observed despite normal estrogen levels.
Patients become frustrated as it appears that nothing can help when a downward spiral of multiple symptoms commonly surface, including depression, insomnia, fatigue, metabolic and thyroid imbalances.
When multiple organs are involved and decompensate concurrently because of Adrenal Fatigue, the body's ability to recover is made much harder. Processing and assimilating nutrients are often compromised. Absorption of nutrients in the GI track is reduced, as leaky gut, irritable bowl, food sensitivity, and internal dysbiosis overwhelm the normal flora.
Liver function is reduced, despite normal liver function laboratory test results. Good nutrients, if not processed and metabolized properly, become toxic. Toxic metabolites circulate in the body and if not properly cleared, can lead to brain fog, joint pain, skin rashes, allergies, muscle discomfort, and multiple chemical sensitivities among many other symptoms.
No organ system is spared of dysfunction when the adrenals are not in optimal condition. As a result, an adrenal recovery program that does not factor in other organ involvement invariably will fail as the condition worsens. In addition, dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system ANS , often times sub-clinically, can exaggerate the imbalances of these axes. A thorough knowledge of how to normalize and rebalance these axes is of paramount importance in trying to achieve Adrenal Fatigue recovery.