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Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  914 ratings  ·  86 reviews
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
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Paperback, 381 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Smart Publications
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Kathrynn
Apr 17, 2009 Kathrynn rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Leah
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.
Chelsea
Jul 24, 2008 Chelsea rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
Debby Eubank
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
Regina
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
P.J. Sullivan
Jul 18, 2015 P.J. Sullivan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: science, medicine, health, 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 firsthand experience. Salt gives me nasty headaches. Charlotte Gerson said that salt promotes cancer. Dr. Albert Schweitzer said the same. Dr. Max Gerson put all his patients on salt-free diets and gave them potassium supplements; he said that on this regimen sodium deficiency was rare, and his patients did well. If sodium depletion is a problem
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Lia
Sep 11, 2009 Lia rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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Carolina
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.
Mary Frances Pickett
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.
Monica
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
Dominique
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
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Margaret Metz
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
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Toni
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
Monica
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
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Cindy
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.
Mie
It was a very very interesting and informative book since I have been suffering chronic fatigue since six months up and down. It takes so much time to recover once burn-out. So far combined with plenty of sleep (go to bed at 10;30pm ish and wake up /get out of bed at 9am) and herbs (ashwagandha), vitamins and exercises (jogging, yoga), my stamina is recovering day by day. How we perceives each situation influence our stress so severely. I mean 'reframing' is very important. I've been exercising, ...more
Rebecca
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
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Rachel
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
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Dawn Davies
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
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Xzs
The book is a useful reference tool. However, I found the grammar to be off putting. Is it me or did the book abruptly end? I'm wondering if my book is missing a page because the book seemed to end in the middle of a case study. In any case, I sought this book out as a reference for adrenal fatigue in my ongoing efforts to gain literacy in health & wellness...and self diagnosis! In short, the book contains valuable information, but the writing style & grammar are not up to par.
Jaclyn
Mar 20, 2011 Jaclyn rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Lorna
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
Justin
I didn't find too much practical advice in this book that wasn't common sense.
I much prefer Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms? When My Lab Tests Are Normal: A Revolutionary Breakthrough In Understanding Hashimoto's Disease and Hypothyroidism and Stop the Thyroid Madness: A Patient Revolution Against Decades of Inferior Treatment as in my opinion they had more testing/treating advice. That being said many people seem to like this book on curezone.
Betsy
This book contained a lot of information, but overall it was vague on step-by-step instructions to get your adrenals back in shape. I would have liked a better diet plan than just a general "protein, starchy carbohydrate, vegetables". Specific foods would have been helpful.

I did think the stress relieving recommendations and techniques were helpful. The supplements section was good too, although a lot of it did require a doctor's assistance in administrating them.

The section in the back of the b
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Mariesreads
According to this guy (Naturopathic Doctor, Chiropractor, PhD) your adrenal glands can get slap worn out. Too much bad food, too much work, too much negative thinking and your adrenals just get worn out. He says that it usually is cumulative and not just one thing that had stressed your body.

Worn out adrenals can even affect how well you react to and/or handle stress.

This book contains self tests to determine what state your adrenals are in and guidance on how to rebuild them. Of course one of h
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Iona  Stewart
This book is about a serious condition affecting millions, but which is generally not recognized by doctors.

Adrenal fatigue is caused by stress of any kind, physical, emotional, psychological, etc. etc. or various combinations of these.

James Wilson explains the syndrome in great detail - the cause, symptoms and treatment. A comprehensive questionnaire that can help you determine whether you yourself suffer from the condition is included.

Though it can be severe, adrenal fatigue can absolutely be
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Karen
May 14, 2011 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: health coaches, anyone who's Get up and Go, Got up and Went - without them.
I know "case histories" are used to personalize the experience. There were just too many of them. At one point there were 4 or 5 back to back. Some I read, some I skipped. I'm a "get to the point" type of person. :)

Otherwise this book is packed with information and is very easy to read. The medical information is clear and easy to understand. It clearly outlines the symptoms and signs of Adrenal fatigue and the steps necessecary to correct the situation, as well as what supplements are important
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Amanda the Book Nerd
I just found out from my Naturopathic Doctor that I have Adrenal Fatigue. This book explains what it is in very simple terms. It then gives you a very holistic view of recovery. I would highly recommend it to anyone who thinks they have AF, or knows someone who does.
Leah Cole
Fantastic ideas to for people suffering from adrenal fatique. Great for hypothyroid people as well. The book was more than a diagnosis and gripe session; it was an action plan to feel better. Great stuff!
Rhea
Specific advice to heal from adrenal recovery. I especially appreciate the nutrition information. Some parts are so specific it's worth re- reading.

Certainly a great book for reference.
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