How to Overcome Adrenal Fatigue

Is stress making you sick, fatigued, forgetful, grumpy, depressed or overweight?

A new book, “Are You Tired and Wired? Your Proven 30-Day Program for Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue and Feeling Fantastic Again,” by Maine author Marcelle Pick explains what stress does to deplete your adrenal glands and what you can do about it.

Pick, co-founder and owner of the Women to Women clinic in Yarmouth, Maine, is a nurse practitioner certified in obstetrics and gynecology. She also wrote “The Core Balance Diet.”

In her new book – which hit bookstores March 15 – Pick shares case histories of hundreds of patients, some in their 20s and 30s, who have come to her with symptoms of fatigue.

Pick is a well-respected authority on women’s health, but before racing out to buy this book, check with your physician.

“Fatigue is a complex, common and very non-specific symptom that can be caused by many issues,” said Dr. Stacia Baker, a Brunswick, Maine family physician. “Before assuming that the adrenal glands are the issue, there should be a medical evaluation performed by a physician to rule out other conditions.”

Pick concurs. But, as she says in her book, “In my opinion, adrenal dysfunction will be a completely accepted diagnosis within about 25 years or so, and it will then be ‘standard of care’ for physicians and practitioners of all types to properly test for it and treat it.”

Her book is based on scientific, medical research in such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Psychoneuroimmunology, and Neuroscience Biobehavioral Reviews.

As Pick explains, it sometimes takes medical practice 25 to 50 years to catch up with research. Dr. Frank Lipman of the Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City supports that position.

“‘Are You Tired and Wired’ is exactly what the many women suffering from undiagnosed adrenal fatigue need,” he said. “I’ll be recommending it to my patients.”

So, is this book just for women? Yes and no.

If you’re a man who has a fatigued mother, sister, daughter, wife or significant other, this book might be important to you, too.

Some of Pick’s suggestions for dealing with stress – and who doesn’t have stress? – such as exercise, meditation, diet and tasty recipes will be helpful for individuals regardless of gender. However, other supplements and medications need to be prescribed.

Personal experience

I, for one, at age 69, have been following Pick’s program for exactly 30 days. After completing Pick’s detailed questionnaires, to determine if adrenal fatigue might be an issue for me, I realized that in my 20s and 30s, I was a “Racehorse” who went on to become a “Workhorse” (Pick’s description). Continuing along the trajectory Pick lays out, for the last year or so, I have been a “Flatliner:” No energy. No zip, no get-up-and-go.

I’ve also come to realize, with Pick’s help, that there is hope for me. Age doesn’t have to slow you down. She’s helped me overcome an earlier conclusion that I was done for.

I had been diagnosed by several physicians more than 30 years ago with chronic fatigue and chronic sinus infections, but I had never let that slow me down until recently.

After years of antibiotics – for which I am grateful because I could have not been a “Racehorse” or “Workhorse” without them – and continuing stress, I had reached a low point.

In fact, a month ago, if one more person asked me to volunteer for another thing, I would glare at them angrily. Neither they nor I would know why.

Now, my friends and family want to know when I’m off to my next appointment with Women to Women.

“Tomorrow? Good,” they say. They like the new energetic, happier person I am becoming.

(This article first appeared in The Times Record, Brunswick, Maine.)

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