20 Common Myths About Adrenal Fatigue – Part 2

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH


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Myth #11: Most people recover from Adrenal Fatigue if left to nature.

About adrenal fatigue and recovery In the article, learn the truth about adrenal fatigue myths an discover if what your doing is best for you. Most people do not recover from Adrenal Fatigue if they are in the advanced stages, but instead become worse with time when self-navigating. The most common reason is not having a solid education about Adrenal Fatigue, improper use of nutritional supplements, and inexperienced self-navigation. Optimum recovery is very much possible under professional guidance, but few seek help until the adrenals are quite damaged and weak. Despite this, the body has the ability to often heal itself, but only if given the right tools at the proper time with the correct dosage.


Myth #12: Adrenal Fatigue occurs mainly in men.

The 12th myth about adrenal fatigue is related to the vast majority of Adrenal Fatigue cases occuring in women. Over the past 50 years, women have taken on lifestyle changes well beyond what most can handle, bearing responsibility for raising a family and a career. The hormonal system is particularly stressed, and an ovarian-adrenal-thyroid axis imbalance is common.


Myth #13: Adrenal Fatigue only occurs in those with high-stress jobs and hectic lifestyles.

Stress is a trigger, and so is a lifestyle that does not make provision for rest. However, Adrenal Fatigue also occurs in low-stress jobs as well. Stress affects people differently. Adrenal Fatigue occurs in all groups, regardless of occupation, income, or educational level. Those with weak constitutions might develop Adrenal Fatigue with a minimal amount of what is considered stress. What is considered slightly stressful for one person might be unbearable to another. Some develop Adrenal Fatigue after a simple dental procedure, or after a routine cold.


Myth #14: Adrenal Fatigue only comes on slowly over years.

Adrenal Fatigue usually takes decades to surface, except if a person is constitutionally weak or experiences an acutely stressful event. Emotional traumas and toxic relationships occurring in rapid succession can trigger Adrenal Fatigue. Whether one goes into Adrenal Fatigue from an illness, accident, divorce, overwork or other stressors depends very much on one’s intrinsic ability to handle stress. That is a function of the constitution, rather than the absolute amount of stress.


Myth #15: Adrenal Fatigue is new and has no scientific basis.

Adrenal Fatigue is as old as humanity. However, it has only been recognized as a dysfunction over the past century. Due to the lack of medical education and standardized investigative tools sensitive enough to alert the physician, it has been written off as a bona fide medical condition. Just because Adrenal Fatigue does not show up on x-rays or certain blood tests does not mean it is not real.


Myth #16: Fasting and detoxification will help Adrenal Fatigue.

About adrenal fatigue and the benefits and costs of detox

Accumulation of toxins in the body can trigger and worsen Adrenal Fatigue. Once Adrenal Fatigue sets in, the body gradually grows weaker. Fasting and detoxifying requires gentle professional guidance and administration to match the body’s internal clearance state. Improper detoxification is a common recovery mistake. Aggressive detoxification and fasting not only drains the body of energy but can also release more toxins into the body. Most with advanced adrenal weakness are also unable to excrete and clear toxins from the body in a timely manner, leading to a state of retoxification and worsening Adrenal Fatigue. Gentle detoxification may be considered when the adrenal function is healthy, or fatigue is mild. However, most detoxification programs can be dangerous for those with advanced Adrenal Fatigue. A gentle and complete rebuild and nourish program for the body is a far better approach. As adrenal function returns, toxin elimination will proceed on its own.


Myth #17: Adrenal Fatigue only affects one generation at a time.

Children born to burn out parents are usually born nutritionally weaker and thus more prone to Adrenal Fatigue themselves due to weak constitutions. It is common to see Adrenal Fatigue in multiple generations. Mother-daughter occurrence is particularly common. Children today are thus going into Adrenal Fatigue at a younger age, starting at teens. High achievers, perfectionists, athletes, and those with toxic family relationships are particularly prone to developing Adrenal Fatigue.


Myth #18: Eliminating carbohydrates will help Adrenal Fatigue.

While refined carbohydrates have a tendency to affect the metabolism and often contribute to worsening Adrenal Fatigue, some carbohydrates are necessary for maintaining proper blood sugar balance. Total avoidance of carbohydrates is not a good idea unless under professional guidance. A customized diet incorporating the body’s metabolic and blood type is important to restore adrenal health.


Myth #19: Adrenal Fatigue can recover with rest only.

Although rest is a good start, there is more to know about adrenal fatigue recovery

While rest is a good way to help the body restore some adrenal function, it is seldom enough to effect complete healing other than in the early stages of Adrenal Fatigue. Those with advanced Adrenal Fatigue (Stages 3 or 4) have multiple organ dysfunctions and their bodies are usually depleted of nutrients. Sleep alone cannot lead to full recovery without the help of personalized nutrition, lifestyle and diet protocols.


Myth #20: My doctor has never heard about Adrenal Fatigue, OAT Axis Imbalance, Estrogen Dominance, and secondary hypothyroidism.

You need to educate your doctor about their existence so that she/he can give you the most comprehensive feedback about adrenal fatigue. Going through the articles on this website can answer many of your doctor’s questions. Do print out the relevant articles and take them to your doctor for his or her study. The first step to healing is knowledge.

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