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OK for beginners but not enough for most,
This review is from: Are You Tired and Wired?: Your Proven 30-day Program for Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue and Feeling Fantastic Again (Paperback)
This is a great introduction to adrenal fatigue, addressing a wide range of diet and lifestyle issues, including mental/emotional. If you don't really know much about good nutrition and self-care - if you don't really know much about adrenals or why you might be exhausted and drained, why you wake up tired every morning - start here.
However, I have followed a careful lifestyle and diet for well over a decade - closer to 2 decades now - with little improvement in my health. Yes, there has been some benefit which always keeps me hopeful for more, but there is so MUCH more improvement I need that I can say quite definitively that the advice in this book, while excellent, will only work for those who are mildly challenged with adrenal fatigue.
The easiest home test for serious adrenal deficiency is in Wilson's excellent 2001 book (still a classic) called Adrenal Fatigue: all you need for this test is a ball point pen. Drag the dull end of a pen across your abdomen for about six inches (my guess would be about 2 fingers' width above your belly button) but don't press overly hard or scratch the skin. If your adrenals are functioning normally or are only mildly affected, the mark will turn from white to red within about 10 seconds. If your adrenals are fatigued, however, the line will widen and stay white for about 2 minutes. The author explains that this test isn't terribly accurate as only about 40 per cent of people with low adrenal function test positive. It generally tests positive only if the adrenal fatigue is fairly severe. So if you do test positive (as I did, despite over a decade of careful lifestyle and diet), it's almost certain you have low adrenal function.
A much much better book than this one is "Stop the Thyroid Madness" (STTM) by Janie Bowthorpe. She has a lot of detailed information, including on adrenal issues, on her website of the same name so you can browse there before deciding whether or not to buy her book. Although her book is about thyroid, at least 50% of those with low-thyroid problems also have adrenal issues and her book has over 40 detailed and practical pages on adrenals too. The Thyroid Madness book has impressive numbers of 5-star reviews on both Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.
One of the points made on the STTM website: there are some who claim that sluggish adrenals can successfully be treated with herbs, vitamins and a change in lifestyle. But patients who have wholeheartedly tried the former for a length of time will state that it simply didn't help...granted...if there is simply need for support in stressful times, or if sluggishness is very slight, there may be value in using herbs, vitamins like C and B, sea salt, and de-stressing. But individuals with moderate to severe adrenal insufficiency find they need more than herbs and vitamins [and lifestyle changes]. STTM offers several self-tests and also advice on the alternatives that are good for low, moderate and severe issues respectively.
Finally, those who suspect a thyroid problem but are not sure, can do a FREE self-test before spending this kind of money. The FREE basal (at rest) temperature test is THE gold standard for low thyroid problems and - with your symptoms - means more than any lab test (although most conventional doctors won't agree). It will pick up conditions that current lab tests don't, such as thyroid resistance. The stopthethyroidmadness website has excellent instructions for this self-test, as well as several for adrenal fatigue, which often goes hand-in-hand with low thyroid.