Dr James Wilson PhD: Adrenal Fatigue

Dr James Wilson PhD

Dr James Wilson PhD

Dr Wilson and Michael Ash presented an informed and clinically relevant day of lectures at the Royal Society of Medicine on 6th October 2007. This presentation was recorded using Articulate.

You can now buy the seminar from £12 and listen to the presentation, and see the slides at your own leisure, providing 3.25/3.75 CPD credits and the opportunity to hear a world leader in Adrenal Fatigue explain his methods of evaluation and treatment.

Just call +44(0)8450 760 402 to order and a link will be sent to you for the following:

  • Articulate versions of the four presentations (5.5 hours: slides + audio)
  • Seminar slides used by Dr Wilson and Michael Ash
  • Adrenal Fatigue Questionnaire
  • Adrenal Protocols
  • Chapter from Dr Wilson’s “Adrenal Fatigue”
  • Basal Body Temperature Chart
  • Salivary Cortisol Information Sheet
  • Thyroid Hormone Visualization Sheet

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Adrenal Fatigue - book cover

Dr James Wilson wrote his clinically successful book, Adrenal Fatigue in March 2000 identifying a particular state of health disruption commonly seen but poorly diagnosed in clinical practice.

What are the Adrenal Glands?
Why Are they Important?

The Adrenal Glands are two triangle-shaped glands that sit atop the kidneys. Their primary function is in regulating the release of energy, especially in periods of stress. The Adrenal Glands are responsible for producing sudden bursts of energy during emergencies, also known as the ‘Fight-or-Flight’ response. This response is a valuable tool in human survival since it enables the body to perform at increased strength, energy, and levels of awareness during moments of possible danger.

In addition to emergency response, the Adrenal Glands are also vital in the body’s reaction to stress. The body reacts to minor stressors in the same way it does to large stressors, just to a smaller degree.

Today we are often subject to an almost endless number of daily stressors, from emotional stressors: children, money, marital issues; to physical stressors: fatigue, diet, lack of exercise. Whenever the body is stressed, it reacts in order to adjust to the stimuli. In the case of stress, the body releases cortisol, a stress hormone that allows the body to cope with stress and attempts to eliminate it?

As the Adrenal Glands are responsible for the production of Cortisol, they are also key in the production and regulation of various other hormones, including dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, aldosterone, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal Fatigue is the state at which the Adrenal Glands may be unable to perform at their optimal levels of hormone and steroidal production.

When the Adrenal Glands are continuously taxed from overuse of stimulants, lack of sleep, poor diet, lack of exercise, stress, and other lifestyle factors, the glands are forced to work harder to keep up with the levels that you are demanding.

As your Adrenal Glands continue to work in ‘overdrive’, the Adrenal system is eventually unable to maintain fully functional at such a demanding pace; the result is an uneven hormonal balance. Since the Adrenal hormones are vital for many of the body’s processes, Adrenal Fatigue is generally accompanied by persistent fatigue, feelings of depression, cravings for sugar or salty foods, and sleep problems.

What are the Warning Signs of Adrenal Fatigue?

  • Morning fatigue. Not seeming to “wake up” until 10 am even though you’ve been up for 3 hours.
  • Middle of the afternoon “Low”. Sluggishness and clouded thinking in the middle of the day.
  • Burst of energy around 6 pm.
  • Sleepiness around 9pm, but a “Second Energy Burst” around 11 pm till 1 am.
  • Mild depression, decreased sex drive, lack of energy and lack of focus/concentration
  • Muscular weakness and declining endurance
  • Weight gain (especially around the midsection), with extreme difficulty in losing it
  • Unrelaxing or unfulfilling sleep

What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal Fatigue typically results from the combination of several lifestyle factors and stressors, each of which requires the body to work longer and harder. As a result of these lifestyle factors, the Adrenal Glands become ‘exhausted’ and may be unable to function properly. When the Adrenal system is unable to function properly, the body’s natural energy levels decline, mood often declines or is unstable, sleep disorders may arise, and other problems can be typical.

The most common factors that contribute to Adrenal Fatigue are stress (physical and emotional), stimulant use, nicotine, poor diet, lack of exercise, insufficient sleep, and a lack of relaxation. Most people will not have every one of these factors present in their daily life; each of these can cause unbalance in the body, which leads to Adrenal Fatigue.

For instance, it is possible to exhaust your Adrenal Glands without the use of stimulants or even without excessive stress. A combination of multiple factors will accelerate the rate at which the Adrenal Glands are fatigued. Adrenal Fatigue does not rely on a certain protocol to cause exhaustion. An overabundance of stress along with lack of sleep and relaxation is enough in itself to cause fatigue issues.

How can Adrenal Fatigue be Reversed?

Adrenal Fatigue may be overcome when healthy choices are made in lifestyle, diet, exercise, and stress avoidance. Depending on the severity of your Adrenal Fatigue, restoring your Adrenal health can take anywhere from a few months to over a year.

With lifestyle changes, most people can restore their energy levels within a short period of time. While natural energy production might return within a short period of time, it can take significantly longer for the Adrenal System to function properly, produce normal hormone levels, restore natural function, and repair Adrenal damage.

The most important thing aspect to take into consideration is your lifestyle. Stress, stimulants, lack of sleep, improper diet and exercise, and stressors all place a significant toll on your Adrenal Glands. By reducing the number of stressors in your life and reducing the amount of stimulants (ie coffee, nicotine, cola’s, etc) that you ingest, you will allow your Adrenal Glands to operate at more healthy levels.

Dr Wilson and Michael Ash explore the role of the adrenal glands in human health and dysfunction and present a compelling explanation for many of the symptoms our patients present with. This seminar will fill in some gaps, inspire you with information and give you practical tools for your Adrenal Fatigued clients and patients.

Continuing Professional Development

CPD Approval Credits/hours
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy
The Royal College of Physicians has awarded CPD credits for the seminar:Royal College of Physicans (RCP) 3.25
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