Dr. John Tintera, an endocrinologist, said in 1969 during a presentation to the American Society of Ophthalmologic and Otolaryngology Allergy,

“For the sake of credibility, we have previously stated that about 16% of the population has some moderate-to-severe degree of hypoadrenocorticism (adrenal fatigue) with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) but in actuality, the figure should read 67% if all the arthritics, asthmatics and hay fever sufferers, alcoholics and all other related groups are included.”

In his book, Adrenal Fatigue, The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, Dr. John Wilson set forth some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue that he has observed. They are:
* Difficulty getting up in the morning
* Don’t really wake up until 10:00 AM
* Afternoon low between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM
* After dinner start feeling good again
* Fatigue that is unrelieved by a good night’s sleep
* Craving for salt or salty foods
* Lack of energy
* Feeling that things you do take much more effort and you are less productive
* Decreased sex drive
* Constant anxiety
* Compulsive eating
* Slower than normal (for you) recovery from illness
* Mild depression
* Less satisfaction with life
* Less interest in things that used to interest you
* Increased bloating, cramping and craving chocolate during menstruation
* Necessity to have snacks, colas or coffee to have enough energy to get through the day
* Difficulty focusing on things
* Memory problems
* Decreased tolerance of people and things
Dr. Wilson believes that if you have three or more of these symptoms, then you should be tested for adrenal fatigue.

ADRENAL FATIGUE TESTS

Saliva Cortisol Test
This test measures the cortisol levels at least four times during the day, because cortisol levels are supposed to be highest in the morning and start declining until about midnight, and then start rising again.  The person uses a small tube to collect the saliva, marks the time and then at set times during the rest of the day and evening the person again spits in a new tube and marks the time.  If the person is feeling more fatigued at certain times of the day, then some doctors will also have the saliva test done when they feel fatigued.  The saliva samples are then sent to a lab and the cortisol levels for the testing period are shown.

TREATMENT OF ADRENAL FATIGUE

While many doctors are quick to prescribe drugs or surgery to address any type of adrenal problem, most alternative medicine doctors will try to use a non-pharmaceutical approach.  Here are some of the things that are outlined in Adrenal Fatigue by Dr. James Wilson:
• Do relaxation exercises
• Adjust your sleeping hours
• Physical exercise
• Change your eating times and habits
◦ 40% raw or lightly cooked vegetables
◦ 30% whole grains
◦ 15% beans, seeds and nuts
◦ 10% animal foods
◦ 5% fruits
• Supplements
◦ Vitamin C
◦ Magnesium (particularly if you crave chocolate)
◦ Vitamin E
◦ B vitamins
◦ Calcium
◦ Fiber
◦ Certain herbs