- Q: What is adrenal fatigue?
- Q: What causes adrenal fatigue?
A: This is when your body isn’t producing enough of the hormones that are needed to keep you awake and mentally sharp. Anyone who is under constant stress can be susceptible to adrenal fatigue. The body responds to stress whether emotional or physical in the same way. Cortisol, Epinepherine, Norepinepherine are good when produced in small amounts. Over a period of time if the body has to constantly put out and keep up with the stressor signals then the adrenals go on burn out. Because the body doesn’t get any down time the demand gets to be too much and you will be forced to take down time.
- Q: Signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue
A: Fatigue and weakness, especially in the morning and afternoon, A suppressed immune system, Increased allergies, Muscle and bone loss and muscular weakness, Depression, Cravings for foods high in salt, sugar or fat, Hormonal imbalance, Skin problems, Autoimmune disorders, Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms, Low sex drive, Lightheadedness when getting up from sitting or lying down, Decreased ability to handle stress, Trouble waking up in the morning, despite a full night’s sleep, Poor memory, Needing to be on coffee or some sort of stimulant to keep you away.
- Q: How to test for adrenal fatigue?
A: Testing is through salivary or blood. Samples are needed at 8 am, 12pm, 4 pm and 8-9pm. This will let the doctor know what is going on with your adrenals and how to best get your adrenals working at optimal strength. Normal results are where cortisol levels are high in the morning and low in the afternoon. It usually takes a couple of days to get the results back to your physician. Your doctor might also want to test thyroid function and hormones as well.
- Q: What treatments are there for my adrenal fatigue?
A: There are many different treatments that your naturopathic doctor can do for adrenal fatigue. Depending on the severity of the adrenals fatigue treatments can range from botanical medications, glandulars, intravenous nutrients, diets, and/or natural hormone replacement.
- Q: How long before I see results?
A: Results can vary per person it could take any where from 6 months to 2 years, or longer, depending on the severity of the adrenal fatigue.
Bio Identical Hormone Therapy
Bio identical Hormone Therapy or known as BHRT or natural hormone therapy has gained popularity over the last few years. For some people this natural treatment is still a mystery.
- Q: What is the difference between synthetic and bio identical hormones?
A: Bio identical hormones work with the body due to having the same molecular structure as the body does. The hormones are naturally metabolized and excreted from the body. Natural progesterone is made from either soy or wild yams.
Synthetic hormones are foreign to the body making it harder for the body to metabolize the chemicals. The animals that are used to help make these hormones aren’t treated humanely. There are more harmful side effects that can last years from the synthetic hormones.
- Q: How do I know if I need hormone replacement?
A: If you are getting to the point to where you are pre menopausal, menopausal, or post menopausal if would help to me on some sort of BHRT if you have the following symptoms included but not limited to:
Hot flashes, Fatigue, Weight gain, Poor memory, Dry hair, Easily irritated, Mood swing, Anxiety, Depression, Food Cravings, Low Libido, Pain with intercourse, Night sweats, Stiff or painful joints, Urinary incontinence.
- Q: Do men ever have a decrease in hormones?
A: The answer to that one is a big YES!! It is now termed Andropause. Men’s hormones cycle like women’s. What the symptoms of Andropause?
Fatigue, Reduce muscle mass, Night sweats, Low libido, Sleep problems, Poor Memory, Difficulty concentrating, Reduced self confidence, Reduced testis, Swollen breast, Increased in body fat.
- Q: I am not going through menopause can hormone therapy help me?
A: Yes. If you have PMS, heavy cramps, painful periods, and etc. you can still qualify for bio identical hormone therapy. Only if the hormone test say that there is an imbalance.
- What testing is there for hormones?
A: There is blood and salivary are two most popular tests to use to see if there is an imbalance in hormones. For women it is usually best to test around day 21 of a 28 days cycle. Even with that recommendation nothing in the world is perfect and just making time to just get your hormones checked is key to helping to know how to ease symptoms.
Come in and see us today for your hormone therapy evaluation.
This information is from Meridian Valley
FoodSafe Bloodspot Panel
The newest development in food allergy testing is the FoodSafe Allergy Test, which requires only a small amount of blood for testing of 95 food antigens. This allows the patient to do the test at home or for the doctor to do in-office without a venipuncture. The finger is pricked with a lancet and then drops of blood are placed on a blood spot collection card. The card is air-dried and returned to the laboratory for assessment. IgG results are ranked according to their concentrations, and then reported as safe, moderately safe, or avoid. These results can then be used to design therapeutic elimination or rotation diets.The FoodSafe Allergy Test (Bloodspot IgG Antibody Assay) is a finger prick test that you can do yourself. It measures the total IgG antibodies that cause adverse food reactions or allergies to common food allergens (95 foods tested).
The information provided in this report enables the client to design an appropriate diet to exclude the reactive foods. With this test you can determine the primary cause of adverse food reactions. A food that causes an IgG response is referred to as delayed hypersensitivity, which may come and go in cycles, depending on whether the food is eaten or avoided.
Food IgG levels increase in response to the presence of the food antigens in the bloodstream, especially those foods eaten often such as corn, wheat, soy, and egg. IgG responses may cause delayed symptoms, such as joint or muscle pain, chronic headaches, fatigue, eczema, and psoriasis.
Since IgG reactions often occur hours or days after particular foods are consumed, correlating symptoms can be difficult. The reactions can be subtle or severe, and may lead to chronic (long-term) symptoms and chronic degenerative conditions.
When an IgG food is avoided it may take 3 to 9 months for the antibody level against that food to decrease significantly. However, for the antibody level to return to the previous level, the food may have to be eaten frequently for weeks to months. For that reason, these foods are often less problematic when reintroduced; when consumed infrequently in a rotation diet, they seldom have to be avoided for life.
Food Allergens Tested For In Your Food Safe Allergy Test
- Q: What is hypothyroid?
A: This is when your thyroid is under producing or doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone.
- Q: What are the sign/symptoms of hypothyroid?
A: Signs and symptoms can vary per person, but some of the most common signs are
Fatigue, Weight gain, A puffy face, Cold intolerance, Joint and muscle pain, Constipation, Dry skin, Dry, thinning hair, Decreased sweating, Heavy or irregular menstrual periods and fertility problems
Depression, Slowed heart rate
- Q: What is hyperthyroid?
A: This is when your thyroid is over producing or making more thyroid hormone then what is needed.
- Q: What are the sign/symptoms of hyper thyroid?
A: Signs and symptoms can vary per person, but some of the most common signs are
Being nervous or irritable, Mood swings, Fatigue or muscle weakness, Heat intolerance, Trouble sleeping, Hand tremors, Rapid and irregular heartbeat, Frequent bowel movements or diarrhea, Weight loss, Goiter, which is an enlarged thyroid that may cause the neck to look swollen.
- Q: How do you test for thyroid issues?
A: Normally thyroid issues are detected through blood tests plus signs and symptoms that you give to your doctor.
- Q: What type of treatment is there for my thyroid issue?
A: Depending on the issue you could be taking synthetic or natural thyroid, surgery or radioiodine therapy.
- : Are there other issues with the thyroid then just hypo/hyperthyroid?
A: Some other issues are goiters, thyroid cancer, thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid), Grave’s disease (autoimmune disorder), Hashimoto’s (autoimmune disorder). Only through proper testing that best determine what the best treatment will be for you.
IBS and other gut issues
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is sometimes called the syndrome of elimination. When all else fails and all the tests come back inconclusive then it must be IBS.
This is one of the most frustrating issues to have to deal with. Inflammation of the colon can come in many different forms. People have “flare ups” when things are really bad and they have all the symptoms to having periods of remission for months to years. Then you have those who have inflammation all the time.
There are different types of irritable bowel syndrome.
IBS-C this is the one that causes constipation. Everything is dry in the colon. There is no rhyme or reason why the colon doesn’t want to move. This can create pain, nausea, stomach infections, lack of appetite, depression, anxiety, and fatigue from wanting to go to the bathroom but nothing happens. The colon hardly is up for wanting to work.
IBS-D this is the diarrhea type. The colon is over active and doesn’t know when to stop. Some times this condition can be due to over growth of foreign bacteria in the gut. The good gut flora is little to non existent in some of these cases. Other possible explanations could be that the inflammation is so bad that the colon tries to dump whatever is in there and doesn’t want to have anything to do with the inflammation. This can also create symptoms of unpleasant gas, bloating, anxiety, depression due to that fact that you have to plan your day around where the bathrooms are or what can you eat so that way you don’t have to rush to the bathroom every 4-5 minutes.
IBS-B (I classified this one) which is alternating constipation diarrhea. This is the type that there are good days and bad days. There is less anxiety or depression but when the colon decides to “flare up” it could last from hours to days.
There is still debate about if people have Celiac’s Dz or gluten sensitivity. Called non-celica gluten sensitivity. May people say they feel better after being on a gluten free diet.
Dr. Doug Seidner MD stated that not much is known about gluten sensitivity and if maybe there is another component to wheat, rye, and etc. that is creating the gluten sensitivity. Dr Seidner estimates that 9 out of 100 people could have gluten sensitivity.
A lot of the symptoms can be the same gas, bloating, pain, fatigue, low libido, headaches, joint pain are just a few of the symptoms.
If you were tested for gluten sensitivity and the test came out negative there is still a chance of a person having gluten sensitivity. If the symptoms still persist. It takes 21 days for the gluten to be eliminated from the body to really see how a person feels.
- Q: What is it?
A: Lymphedema is a collection of fluid in the arms and/or legs.
- Q:What causes it?
A: Lymphnode removal from surgery is the #1 reason for lymphedema. Lymph drainage is a system the body uses to get rid of foreign bacteria and viruses. It’s part of the immune system. If the lymph drainage is disrupted then fluid can accumulate. Radiation, some medications, liposuction and allergies can also cause lymphedema.
Oddly enough puberty or adulthood can also cause lymphedema, but researchers really don’t understand why this can happen sometimes.
- Q: How is this treated?
A: Compression garments help out with lymphedema to help keep fluid from accumulating. Also, lymphatic massage, light exercise, raising the limb above the heart can help.
Homeopathic drainage and botanical medicine is also helpful with lymphedema and circulation.
Lymphatic massage: you need to be careful with this one. There are many massage therapists claiming to do lymphatic massage. Interview the massage therapist before getting it done. Find someone who is trained and certified in doing lymph massage.
Homeopathic drainage: this is a method that helps drain the lymphatics at a cellular level.
There are different types of homeopathics that can work on lymphatic drainage depend on what the cause is.
Botanical Medicine: this is using plants to help target the lymph system and circulation this is very beneficial for lymph edema.
- Q: What are the symptoms/signs of lymphedema?
A: Included but not limited to feeling as though your clothes, rings, wristwatches, or bracelets are too tight; a feeling of fullness in your arms or legs; and less flexibility in your wrists, hands, and ankles. There can also be pain, redness involved with the fluid build up.
- Q: What can happen if left untreated?
A: Skin tightening and thickening can occur or even infection. Applying lotions helps to keep the skin pliable if not the skin can become hard and it can crack due to not enough oxygen getting to the skin. The skin has to exfoliate in order for the skin to breathe. If it doesn’t, all sorts of trouble can happen. If you get a cut check it often to make sure it is healing properly and putting on antibiotic ointment. If not, an infection can set in.
Wear sunscreen and/or insect repellent to help protect your skin when outdoors.
Also, make sure that no one does any blood pressures or drawing blood on the effected arm.