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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, 361 pages
Published January 25th 2002 by Smart Publications (first published 2001)
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Apr 05, 2009 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
P.J. Sullivan
Aug 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: salt, science, health, medicine
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. 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 very well. He c
Jul 24, 2008 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.
Mar 29, 2009 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.
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Very helpful, even if you don't have adrenal fatigue.
Sep 11, 2009 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 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
Feb 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: brim-course
This books needs a good editor! I read it cover to cover, but I recommend scanning the table of contents and index and jumping around based on interest. I'm grateful to my copy's previous owner, as the best bits are already highlighted. A lot of the material is over my head and I still can't precisely describe adrenal fatigue, but I understand that we all experience adrenal fatigue at some point. What's important is how we recover from stressful situations, be it from predator attacks (ancestral ...more
Aug 03, 2011 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
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Very clear, medical explanation of adrenal fatigue and why today's doctors prefer to ignore it (no big pharma money in it). The questionnaire is thorough, and there's an extremely detailed guide to how to recover, especially using diet. I need to read this part again to absorb it properly - it's overwhelming at first. I may return and give this five stars when I'm able to absorb and maybe even implement all the details on how to recover.
Margaret Metz
Aug 21, 2012 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
Dec 31, 2016 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
Apr 05, 2012 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.
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
If you think you may suffer from adrenal fatigue, read this book now. I thought I might have it, and have gone though tons of tests to see what’s going on. This book helped me rule adrenal fatigue out, thankfully. But it helped my friend find answers to nagging questions and issues she has faced for years with her body. This book is great and very informational.
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I was hoping for more usable information in this book. It might be because the information is a little old (2002), but there was really nothing new for me in this book. Perhaps the information might be good for someone totally new to information on adrenal fatigue.
Dawn Davies
Apr 30, 2013 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 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
Phil Syphe
Feb 26, 2016 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 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
Dec 15, 2014 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
Jun 28, 2015 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
Jun 04, 2014 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
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: staff-reading
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
May 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
I found out I had adrenal fatigue 6 weeks ago. I was having all sorts of weird things happening withm y body. This book has been extremely helpful for recoving. There are many ways to help yourself in this book, from getting rid of the "energy drainers" in your life to breathing exercises. One thing the book is lacking is a detailed listing of symptoms. The adrenal glands regulate so many aspects of our bodies, you can't even imagine.
Most regular doctors don't know about or diagnose adrenal fat
Marci Stone
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
At one point a pharmacist ran a spit test for me and discovered that I had adrenal fatigue. I didn't think much about it at the time, but over time I did. The pharmacist asked me if it took me almost all day to fully wake up. I found this question interesting because many times I feel like I'm not fully awake until 6 PM. She gave me Dr. Wilson's adrenal fatigue supplements and within a few months I was recovered and felt like I was back to normal. I think between drinking caffeine, alcohol, and ...more
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
For anyone suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, this is an important book. It well help you understand your symptoms and realise that they are not 'normal'.

Unfortunately (perhaps due to its age), this book fails to identify how gastro-intestinal issues, such as parasitic infection, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) or Chrohn's disease can be the root cause of chronic fatigue in many people. Where that is the case, Wilson's suggestions for treatment
Elizabeth (Liz)
Dec 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Very enlightening and helpful. As an individual suffering from a severe case of adrenal fatigue, this will be a reference book for me. I will add it to my bookshelf so I can consult it regularly. I am thankful that an expert MD on the subject had to foresight to put in writing such compassionate and specific direction in lay-man terms; with the understanding that given the present state of medicine and insurance, most individuals, like myself, would not have ready access to the many tests and re ...more
Tami Stackelhouse
Jul 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tami by: Dr. Maggie Yu
This is an excellent book. You need to lay your literary prejudices at the fro t cover and remember that this guy is a doctor, not a writer. =)

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia back in 2007. Addressing my suffering adrenals has been a huge part of how I've gotten well. I highly recommend using this book - along with a good doctor or naturopath - if you suffer from any of the indications of adrenal fatigue.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was purchased in an effort to try to figure out just what is wrong with me in addition to MS. In anticipation of an upcoming appt. with an endocrinologist, it was quite instructive. As a result of the book, I sent in a saliva test kit to an OR lab used by naturopaths,and discovered that my adrenal system is most assuredly malfunctioning.

I hope the endocrinologist can assist in rectifying this problem, as I am sick of losing hair and feeling worse than MS normally makes one feel.
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
A must read for all you stressed out puppies out there. Difficulty waking up, or waking up feeling unrested? Putting on weight around the abdomen even though you eat right and exercise? Feeling anxious or sad for no specific reason? It's your body doing the right thing for you. This book answers it all. This was me before I rediscovered wanderlust and started a regular yoga practice. Props to Jeannie King for helping dig me outta the hole by dragging me to yoga and showing me how to eat right.
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