Guest Author - Jim Lowrance
I bought this wonderful book on the subject of adrenal fatigue entitled; “Adrenal Fatigue The 21st Century Stress Syndrome”, about two years ago, at a Hastings book store. It was very interesting and hard to put down, so I finished it within a couple of days despite the fact it contains over 300 pages of reading. This book is authored by Dr. James L. Wilson, who has a PhD in Human Nutrition, having also completed studies in immunology, microbiology, pharmacology and toxicology. He also has master’s degrees in bio-nutrition and psychology and is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Naturopathic Medicine.
The Foreward for the book was written by Dr. Jonathan V. Wright MD, who cites the fact that there are other MDs who have dedicated time to medical research and helping to inform the medical community about this very real medical condition, including John Tintera MD and William Jeffries MD. These facts are contrasted by the mentions by Dr. Wilson, in which he points out the fact in this book, that many doctors still do not recognize adrenal fatigue and therefore will not test patients for it or recommend treatments. This is changing slowly however, with more doctors beginning to recognize this syndrome as a true illness that can seriously affect the quality-of-life of those who experience it. My own doctor for example, who is a Board Certified Family Practitioner, fully recognizes this stress syndrome and actually provides her patients who suffer adrenal fatigue, with sheets that outline some of the treatments recommended by Dr. Wilson in this book.
The book helps the reader to understand the importance of normal adrenal function in our every day lives and then addresses the stressors that can negatively affect adrenal function over time. Dr. Wilson more specifically describes these stressors that can cause the development of adrenal fatigue, which includes traumatic events, illnesses and simply prolonged, chronic stress from the accumulation of everyday stressors. The book includes line art charts/graphs that depict these stressors and their effects upon the adrenal glands, in lowering the reserves of the stress hormone called “cortisol”. This is the hormone that drops to sub-clinically low and sometimes even clinically low levels when adrenal fatigue (also called adrenal exhaustion and hypoadrenia) occurs.
Dr. Wilson goes on to describe signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue and points out the fact that “chronic diseases” are commonly associated with the syndrome. These include types of infectious and autoimmune diseases plus other syndromes such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia. I like to point out in my own articles, that thyroid disorders are among the chronic diseases that can trigger adrenal fatigue in some patients that have them.
Most importantly, Dr. Wilson recommends treatments that can help to resolve adrenal fatigue over time, including safe and effective supplements and lifestyle changes. My local pharmacy carries Dr. Wilson’s book on a display at their prescription counter and they also carry the line of supplements he recommends in this book.
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I highly recommend this book to my readers who suffer adrenal fatigue and are seeking answers for how to effectively treat it.