Rarely do I see a patient that presents WITHOUT subjective complaints related to adrenal function (sleep disorders, salt cravings, slow starter, afternoon fatigue, dizziness when standing up too quickly, afternoon headaches, heavy perspiration, waking up tired after 6 or more hours sleep, under high stress, weight gain under stress). And even more rarely do I look at blood or saliva testing that that does not indicate adrenal stress.
So what are the adrenal glands and what do they do? The adrenal glands are two pea size glands located above the kidneys which are regulated by the Hypothalalmo-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis. The HPA axis originates in the primitive brain-stem area concerned with survival. The HPA axis controls the release of cortisol (a steroid hormone) that in turn controls adrenaline. Other hormones produced in the outer adrenal cortex include aldosterone, progesterone, and DHEA. The inner adrenal medulla produces epinephrine and nor-epinephrine related to sympathetic (freeze, fight, or flight) function. When the body suffers high stress and excess cortisol either in a severe stress period or sustained stress over a long period of time, there is a failure of the normal rise and fall of these hormone levels over a 24 hour period. These hormonel levels effect so many aspects of life including sleep and blood sugar.

Adrenal stress is usually secondary to failures in other systems of the body. Anemia, Diabetes, Liver and gall Bladder Disease, Thyroid problems, etc. can all cause stress that fatigues the adrenal glands. In America, we are culturally inclined to eat boxed and packaged foods loaded with partially hydrogenated fats and gluten, synthetic sweeteners (Aspartame, Nutrasweet, etc.), refined carbs, colored and dyed foods, and on and on. Dietary stress alone can lead to adrenal failure.

At Brown Chiropractic Neurology, and in Functional Neurology and Endocrinology, we evaluate a comprehensive metabolic and neurotransmitter health history and compare with the findings of a complete neurological and blood chemistry analysis. Only by looking at the individual and not a cookbook can we determine what is best for the person. And as always, our approach is drug or pharmaceutical free.
If you are looking for side effect free solutions to your neuroendocrine problems, I am Dr. Scott Brown DC, DABCN, FACFN (303) 986-7600 and I would like to help!

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