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Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

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Find out how stress affects your body and what you can do to recover and protect your health in this comprehensive self-help book.

Are you:

* Tired for no reason?
* Having trouble getting up in the morning?
* Depending on coffee or colas to keep you going?
* Feeling run down and stressed?
* Dragging through each day?
* Craving salty or sweet snacks?
* Struggling to keep up with li
Paperback, 381 pages
Published January 25th 2002 by Smart Publications (first published 2001)
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Apr 05, 2009 Kathrynn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kathrynn by: My doctor
Very easy to read with cute cartoons to break up the topic. Adrenal Fatigue is divided into 3 parts: Part 1: Your Adrenal Glands and You; Part 2: Do I have Adrenal Fatigue?; Part 3: Helping Yourself Back to Health

There is a questionnaire in part 2, but it covered EVERYTHING and seemed to me that anyone that had a life would have results that indicated adrenal fatigue. What I found interesting was that adrenal fatigue could also be brought about by sickness (flu, cancer), trauma (car accident, di
Mar 29, 2009 Leah rated it it was amazing
This was a book recommended to me by a Doctor. After performing some laboratory testing, I came to realize I suffered from this syndrome. It helped me understand my situation and steps I can take to improve my overall health. I really enjoyed the book.
P.J. Sullivan
Aug 17, 2009 P.J. Sullivan rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: science, health, medicine, salt
I have some problems with this book:

1- It says repeatedly that salt is good for you and potassium is to be avoided. But salt is toxic. I know this from my own experience. Salt gives me nasty headaches. Charlotte Gerson said that salt promotes cancer. Dr. Albert Schweitzer said the same. So did Dr. Birger Jansson. (See Dr. Jansson’s studies on the intracellular potassium/ sodium ratio.) Dr. Max Gerson put all his patients on salt-free diets and gave them potassium supplements; he said that on thi
Jul 24, 2008 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has been having a tough time in life
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dr. Happy Babbish
Most important book I've read all year. It's helped me heal tremendously. Reading this along with a book about hypoglycemia (see read shelf) has helped me go from unmanageable life and illness to being normal again. Thank God for this book.
Sep 11, 2009 Lia rated it it was ok
Shelves: health
Read Feeling Fat, Fuzzy, or Frazzled? A 3-Step Program To Beat Hormone Havoc, Restore Thyroid, Adrenal, and Reproductive Balance, and Feel Better Fast! before you read this book.

Hmmm . . . well, this book needed an editor so badly that it almost could have won an award for the extremity of that need. Too bad, too, because the author is full of enthusiasm and goodwill. There are whole paragraphs that are repeated in slightly different wording three times within a few pages; there are places that
Debby Eubank
May 19, 2012 Debby Eubank rated it it was amazing
Shelves: healing
This book was instrumental in understanding how one's life and specific stressors can indeed result in adrenal fatigue. It's practical in nature and helped to decipher how to heal from adrenal fatigue and make lifestyle changes in all areas in life. My passion is authentic living and purpose and at the core of this book it is about living one's life authentically. When we are out of congruence with our authentic self we experience stress which ultimately will manifest on a physical level. Having ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Regina rated it it was amazing
I read about adrenal fatigue in another book and as they described the syndrome I was baffled because I thought they were describing normal every day life. The idea that it might be possible for me to have a day where I was not tired and cloudy headed definitely peaked my interest. This book was fascinating to me because it explained what causes these kinds of symptoms and what it would take to put things back in balance. The regimen of supplements suggested by this book was overwhelming and jus ...more
Mary Frances
Nov 29, 2014 Mary Frances rated it it was amazing
My life started to get better when I read this book. Every single improvement in my health over the past six months, and there have been many, have come from putting the advice in this book into action. I can not recommend it highly enough to people who want to do more, but just simply can not summon the energy and are tires of not knowing why they are so tired.
Nov 26, 2013 Monica rated it really liked it
This book was a huge step in the right direction for me. I'm so glad I found it. For me, one of the best parts of the book was that I walked away more in-tune with my body and feelings ... giving myself permission to slow-down and avoid anything and everyone who unnecessarily drained my energy. As of today, I would suggest Nutritional Balancing with Dr. Larry Wilson to correct Adrenal Fatigue. I discovered I actually had something called 4-lows through the use of Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. .. ...more
Apr 05, 2012 Carolina rated it liked it
Easy for the non-scientist to understand. Lots of obvious information, like sleep more and eat better. I used this book more for the supplements chapter. I increased my bit C and B6. I stopped taking DHEA because of this book (not recommended for women) and started taking pregnelone instead. Some stuff I didn't know is that salt is good for you and bananas are bad for you if you have adrenal fatigue.
Dec 15, 2014 Monica rated it really liked it
Shelves: health
This book was written about 13 years ago so I would say it was progressive then and also sparked many articles and interest in the area of adrenal fatigue and made the term common. Those who feel that the book does not offer them more than what they can find online fail to see that the online sites owe their knowledge to this book.

I found it informative especially on how the adrenals work and the anecdotal stories of other's suffering and recovery was encouraging. I especially like the sections
Margaret Metz
Aug 21, 2012 Margaret Metz rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reference
This is a very informative book with information on everything from symptoms to how to find relief and better health. Unlike other "health" books I've read, this one gives very complete information. An example is that many books will suggest you add or take away certain types of foods from your diet. This one gives lists of not just a category of foods - but the actual food items themselves AND tell you the best ways to prepare them.

When dealing with health books written by doctors, I often trip
Jun 04, 2014 Dominique rated it liked it
All these years I have been collapsing with
utter and complete exhaustion having no idea that adrenal fatigue is part and parcel of FMS and CFS. In addition, I had no idea that we can now test for the infectious organism(s) and get treatment. Why I have to read this info in a book is maddening! But I'm glad at least to now know. It is interesting that drinking salt water is one of the treatments for the adrenals as it is also a treatment for POTS. In the week I have implemented the eating, resti
Jul 13, 2008 Cindy rated it liked it
I've tried some of the recommendations in this book but it didn't work for me. It just seems to be another theory on the health breakdown of todays society. It's worth reading but I recommend seeking the advice of a "qualified" health professional before taking any action, aside from generally accepted health practices, suggested.
Nov 25, 2016 GlobeRunner rated it really liked it
This book was recommended to me by a kind friend of a friend, who generously devoted much time and effort to helping me recover after a diagnosis of burnout. Her efforts certainly helped me, but at the time I didn't read the book and wasn't prepared to give up hard physical training, which I felt was still the most effective "treatment" for me at the time. Only after a morning run did I have enough energy to get me through the day - days when I didn't push myself to go for a run in the morning ( ...more
Ingrid Verschelling
Was voor mij een eye- opener!

Ik heb een groep op Facebook over bijnieruitputting en HPU
Dawn Davies
Apr 30, 2013 Dawn Davies rated it really liked it
Are you tired of being told that you need an antidepressant when you feel sick? Or of being told that your fatigue is just part of the aging process ( when you are 30!)? This book will help you to put a finger on the origin of your fatigue, and if you are a thyroid patient, could help you break away from the Stepford Endicrinologist synthetic T4 protocol that has been our only option for years.

This book, written by a N.D., D.C., Ph.D. is the kind of book you wish you endocrinologist would read
Anne-Marie Faiola
Apr 06, 2016 Anne-Marie Faiola rated it liked it
A solid book on health and nutrition and how to live a good life. Basically, the author helps you determine what adrenal failure is. Most readers will probably find that you have some form of adrenal fatigue – which is a fancy way of saying we’ve been revvin’ our engines without the appropriate types of fuel or maintenance. Physicians don’t recognize ‘adrenal fatigue’ as a thing because it’s a catch-all phrase that describes a whole host of symptoms from feeling tired frequently, to not being ab ...more
Oct 28, 2015 Trisha rated it it was amazing

The big idea of the book Adrenal fatigue 21 st century stress syndrome is to educate the individual or physician about the less known disease of adrenal fatigue. Many doctors are not educated about this in medical school and don't believe it exists. Many Americans in this day and age are exposed to numerous stresses. If their lives continue with this constant stress or even one significant stress this illness will develop. The author, Wilson, wrote this book because none exist on this subject.

Rachel B
Dec 14, 2014 Rachel B rated it really liked it
This book is incredibly thorough. In fact, I had a hard time getting into it at first, since I've done a certain amount of research on my own, and the content in the beginning was all stuff that I knew. However, after getting past that point, I loved it! (There were several typos, which is always disconcerting, and part of why I rated this as a 4 instead of a 5.)

Wilson describes what adrenal fatigue is, along with symptoms, causes, and testing options. He includes a questionnaire to help you fig
Phil Syphe
Feb 26, 2016 Phil Syphe rated it it was amazing
I’d never heard of adrenal fatigue until a friend bought me a copy of this book on the basis that she felt I may have this condition.

Having read the early chapters that determine if you may or may not have adrenal fatigue I was immediately interested. I recognised most of the symptoms, read on, and found plenty of good advice on how to recover.

In short, a build-up of anxiety from numerous sources, which grew from mid-2012 onwards, are the main cause of my adrenal fatigue, and the same or similar
Apr 04, 2016 Brieanna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: health
This book is very informative and informational--but without being too dense. It discusses lots of real health problems that arise from Adrenal Fatigue. Unfortunately, adrenal fatigue isn't recognized by modern medicine--as it is not to the extreme of Addison's Disease (adrenals unable to produce hormones) or Cushing Syndrome (an overactive production of cortisol), even though the implications are grand.

Yes, towards the last third of the book, it is poorly edited in certain spots (as far as sen
Feb 16, 2017 Joana rated it it was amazing
This book was instrumental in understanding how one's life and specific stressors can indeed result in adrenal fatigue. It's practical in nature and helped to decipher how to heal from adrenal fatigue and make lifestyle changes in all areas in life.
Feb 15, 2017 Gary rated it really liked it
Very helpful and informative.

Just a shame it was only 301 pages. :)
Ingrid Verschelling
Feb 25, 2015 Ingrid Verschelling rated it it was amazing
In 2014 heb ik dit boek geleend van de bib en me verdiept in B12- tekort. Sinds juni 2015 heb ik injecties. In 2016 heb ik een groep gemaakt op Facebook over HPU, omdat ik erachter was gekomen dat te hebben. Later de naam aangepast, omdat bijnieruitputting ontstaat als er niets aan HPU gedaan wordt. Ook door stress kun je bijnieruitputting krijgen. Heb je dat eenmaal, dan ben je vatbaar voor van alles, zoals Lyme, Pfeiffer en wat niet allemaal. Het boek heb ik nu aangeschaft om het vaak te kunne ...more
Jun 28, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
What an excellent book. My nutritionist suggested that I might have adrenal fatigue. What is it? It is a decrease in the ability of the adrenal glands to carry out their normal functions that occurs when stress from a source either physical, emotional, mental or environmentally exceeds the body's capacity to adjust appropriately to the demands placed upon it by stress.

There is a saliva test that can confirm a diagnosis but most Drs know nothing about it. If you don't have Addison's disease, whi
Apr 21, 2014 Toni rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adrenal-fatigue
This is the book to read if you have, or suspect you have, adrenal fatigue. The most important thing about this book is that Dr. Wilson gives you all the tools you need to diagnose and heal yourself if your doctor refuses to help you, which is, unfortunately, so often the case when it comes to adrenal fatigue. It's absolutely packed with information, amazingly comprehensive in both scope and depth for a book of its size, and it's well organized and easy to understand. You can apply all of Dr. Wi ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Jaclyn rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who is always tired and wants to do something about it.
Recommended to Jaclyn by: Michelle Adams
My friend loaned this to me after I told her I'd read Tired of Being Tired and recommended it to her. I thought these two books were the perfect compliment to each other. I personally think it was better to read Tired... first because it's a little less intimidating, but this book was the perfect follow up. It goes into much greater detail about adrenal fatigue and it's many causes and symptoms, and it gives a more exact and detailed recommendation for alleviating the problem if you do have it. ...more
Apr 04, 2013 Lorna rated it really liked it
Very readable, if a little dull. Of course, if one of the cases is an "exact fit." I suppose it would be even more interesting. This book is full of anecdotal case studies. Not overly scientific and a little old-school, but the questionnaire is very complete and does seem to work for diagnosing. Also appreciated is the author's realistic understanding of "modern medicine" and what you're up against if you decide that adrenal fatigue really is your problem and you want to seek medical advice/trea ...more
Dec 31, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok
There are some good tips in here about changing aspects of your life to reduce overall stress. I liked many of the suggestions in the chapter on mental health and stress reduction. I'm not convinced about adrenal fatigue, and I found many aspects of his "program" dubious and destressing. Such as his admonition that in order to recover from adrenal fatigue (which, if you do the questionnaire, most people would at least score mild if not moderate) you will need to change your thinking (fine), your ...more
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“People with adrenal fatigue often look and act relatively normal. They may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet they are not well and live with a general sense of unwellness or “gray” feelings. They often use coffee, colas” 0 likes
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