— Update August 2016 —
I did post a protocol update – click here.
— Update January 2016 —–
After having some success but many failures on this protocol, I wound up discovering a new protocol that is working much, much better. If you would like more detail about what I’m doing, please email me directly. I may put up a post later this year about it.
—- original post —–
Well, it’s been about a year since my last post on Adrenal Fatigue / Adrenal Exhaustion. You can find my first blog post on this subject here. The Part 2 is here.
Again today someone asked me about my protocol. She has AF, and a daughter. She also suffers from nausea.
Here’s what I wrote. I make no income from the links below; I’m merely sharing my life with others. I hope it can help others to educate themselves. Doctors dismissed my symptoms for years, only now can I find doctors who know how to recognize and attend to AF and AE. The more we can share experience, the more we can all learn and find answers.
I’m sorry you’re having such problems. Especially with a daughter, it’s not good.
Please know – I am not a doctor – and I had to treat my own level of AF (there are 4 Stages, and each stage must be treated differently). I had a very bad stage – Stage 3C Adrenal Exhaustion where I was bedridden for 45 days – which is now better. I need to run new tests, but I think I’m around stage 3A or stage 2 now.
If you’re nauseous, you need to identify why. Is it a toxin? Is it dehydration? Is it food allergy or food imbalance? Or a supplement mistake? Or something else? I can’t help you with this – you need to find it. I did have some nausea from dehydration but when I started my electrolyte drinks and diet protocol (see below) then it stopped. I also had nausea once from a bad iron supplement and when I switched it went away.
I cannot be responsible for any outcomes from what you choose to do – I can only report what I did. Please do your own study and discover what is best for your body and your situation. Please call doctors who are trained in adrenal exhaustion like I did and get help too.
I am not yet finished healing my AE. I would be better but I was inconsistent with my protocol. Healing adrenal exhaustion can take years. I’m only now able to take small amounts of ginseng and other restorative adaptogens, but only because I’ve gotten so much better.
My protocol includes diet changes, life changes, sleep changes, and exercise changes.
Also – I had other issues – fibroids, estrogen dominance issues (my nipples turn black and I had terrible mood swings), I have low blood sugar issues, and I had many infections. I also had electrolyte imbalances that caused me migraines. I also drank too much water – 4-9 liters a day – which saturated my body so the cells could not get bathed in the nutrients they needed and I had to urinate all the time. Also, my metabolism had slowed – I had frequent constipation and low thyroid counts (see below). I also had exercise intolerance – I would get dizzy and black out if I stood even to cook, and I couldn’t do more than 5 or 10 minutes of any exercise without having trouble (blacking out and having muscle pain in my arms and legs).
I built my protocol after a lot a lot a lot of research. Now, I am rebuilding my exercise endurance, I don’t have infections, I am able to cook and clean my house again… In the summer and fall I would take my bike out and ride 6 miles 2 or 3 times a week. Until late fall I could walk a half mile or 3/4 mile 3 times a week.
But – Please do your research. The wrong choices can make you worse.
I did this:
– I went to an osteopath who would give me a comprehensive blood test to determine any deficiencies – I had many deficiencies – Magnesium, Vit A, D, E, K, Iron, B-12, all were too low. I had to fix this problem first.
– I took my results to 3 sources to confirm I was stage 3C Adrenal Fatigue.
– I called Dr. Lam to get help by phone – I got phone and email consultations from him.
– Finally Dr. Lam told me I was too extreme in AE and he couldn’t help me more. I used information I learned from his site and Dr. Wilson’s site to build my own protocol of supplements, I changed my diet, changed my life habits, and after many adjustments and experimentation I started to see results.
This is the majority of my protocol:
– I retired my business and changed my life to a Low Stress one, part-time work only, no commuting in traffic, no arguments with friends or family; I started spending less time with stressful people and got help to get things done (grocery delivery, home care, etc).
– I am supposed to go to bed by 10pm, sleep in total darkness with an eye mask (except for the days around the full moon where I use no eye mask), and then I sleep until my body is ready to wake – usually 10 or 11 hours. Sometimes I do wrong and I go to bed too late. I always pay a price for this.
– 30 minute walk – not too fast – 3 times a week. At first I could only do 5 minutes each exercise day. I built up over time. I am still recovering my stamina. Now I am beginning the 12-minute Athlete program but I can only do the first set of exercises so far, and only a few each.
– Get at least 20min of sunshine a day, as often as I can. When I do, I feel better. When I don’t, I feel worse.
– Reduce water intake to only when I am thirsty; keep electrolytes balanced by taking 8 oz electrolyte drink 3 times a week or whenever I have headaches or whenever water doesn’t taste good anymore – Electrolyte drink: 1/2 fresh organic squeezed lemon juice + 1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt in 8 oz water.
– Every meal, 2 fistfulls of above-ground organic vegetables – cooked, not raw. Mostly cabbage family – cauliflower, broccoli, chinese broccoli, brussels sprouts. Also avocado (raw), asparagus (cooked), kale, chard, bok choi, spinach.
– Every meal, high fiber. I eat a lot of avocado, coconut flour, hemp seeds, chia seeds, hemp protein powder (high protein and high fiber). I also add inulin fiber to meals and drinks when there isn’t good fiber in the meal (ex: when I’m eating rice or brown rice pasta).
– Every meal, some Good Fats – and only good fats – butter is good, and olive oil, coconut oil (always only organic sources, cold-pressed, extra virgin, etc.) and omega oils higher in omega 3 than omega 6 and 9
– Until 6pm, each meal I eat 20g protein each meal (about the size of my palm of meat, organic, grass-fed animals only), up to 60g/day.
– No protein after 7pm. Only veggies + good fats or fiber + good fats (ex: coconut flour muffin with butter and low protein).
– Low Carb – each meal, no more than 30-50g carb – and only complex carbs (sweet potato, whole brown rice, etc.)
– If I could drink raw milk and eat raw butter, I would do that too.
– I eliminated all toxins and eat only healthy organic natural foods – No more wheat with gluten (only brown rice pasta), no more refined sugar (only raw organic honey, and very little, or blueberries or raspberries only, or maca powder or lucuma powder for sweeteners – whole food), no soy, no corn, no more caffeine, no more alcohol, no nitrates/nitrites…. no additives ….no dyes…no toxins. No more fish/shrimp (mercury load) – if I must eat them I try to eat them with a clove of cooked garlic to eliminate the mercury. Sardines are ok though. No pork. I hope to return to 1/2 glass of wine per day after I heal more.
— 3 weeks on, 1 week off, then repeat —
– Thyadine Colloidal Iodine drops (I started with 1 drop a day, now I am up to 5 a day).
– 1 Centrum Silver multivitamin (if I forget a day, I take 2 the next day)
– 500-1000mg Vit C with Bioflavinoids (at first it made me jittery, so I had to take less or switch the kind of Vit C)
– 1000 mcg Chromium Picolinate
– 200 mcg Selenium
– 15,000 IU Palmitate Vit A (competes with Vit E, so don’t take A+E together)
– For breakfast I usually have 2 eggs cooked with butter, 1 slice of gluten-free toast, 1 cup of hemp protein shake with 1 tsp Collagen powder in it (link above).
– 27 mg Chelated Iron as (for my anemia – calcium interferes with iron uptake so don’t take them together)
– B-17 for my fibroids (Novodalin), B12, B-complex with B-6 and other B vitamins
– 1000 mcg Folic Acid
– 800 IU Vitamin E (competes with Vit A, so don’t take A+E together)
– 200 mg Alpha Lipoic Acid (makes free radicals so I take 2 Vit E tabs, 800 IU)
– 5K IU Vit D
– 2200 mg Vitamin K complex with K1, K2
– Biotin (I’m sorry I can’t find the bottle)
– 200 mg CoQ10 for anti-aging and to help my metabolism
– Zinc (I’m sorry I can’t find the bottle)
– 800 mg DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice)
FOR ESTROGEN DOMINANCE
– Dim Pro – 3-4 capsules if I see any symptoms or mood swings; 1-2 a day otherwise.
– 1000 mg Calcium Citrate
– 500mg elemental chelated Magnesium
– 500 mg L-Glutamine
– 1000-2000 mg L-Lycene
– Omega oils with 3 times as much Omega 3 as Omega 6/9.
– Collagen powder in my food
When I used to have lots of infections – I treated any infections with high quality 10-20ppm colloidal silver (not ionic silver). As a result I don’t have infections so much anymore. I ingest 1-3 Tbsp colloidal silver per day, I spray colloidal silver on topical issues, and I use colloidal silver for ear infections. I spray it in my eyes if I have eye infections. I inhale colloidal silver when I have any breathing problems or a cold. I use colloidal silver as a mouthwash. I feed my dog a few drops colloidal silver in her water each week to prevent tooth decay. Colloidal silver gets rid of infections very quickly – it also makes me thirsty so I have to drink more water when I use it.
I had trouble with candida (urinary tract infections). For this I took 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar in 8oz water, and eat plain yogurt, and my symptoms go away in 24hrs. I also occasionally drink 4-8oz Kefir to help with intestinal flora balance.
– I had a melatonin deficiency – so I sometimes take .5mg Time Release Melatonin at night. Melatonin also helps prevent many diseases.
– Sometimes I wake with night-time hunger / insomnia. In this case I take Omega oils and magnesium, a bit of water or sometimes an electrolyte drink, and go back to sleep. Because I started to gain a lot of belly weight and pounds from cortisol issues, now I’m also trying 1 Irvingia tablet if I wake in the night.
As you can see, this is not easy. Most of it I had to start little by little and built up. It didn’t take me long to get off refined sugar, but it took me a long time to get gluten-free. It took me a while to learn how to eat and buy organic. I also often hate taking this many supplements. But when I stop taking them, my energy levels drain away. I’m convinced that food no longer carries the nutritional value it used to, and I’m having to repair lost stores in my body.
So I hope this answers your question. Again, please do your own research, so that you can best understand your own body. Do not outsource your thinking.
Wishing you many blessings for quick and easy recovery,