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Battling the scourge of Adrenal fatigue!

4 stages of adrenal fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is one of the most rampant issues that I see in my office. While generally not present as a stand alone issue, it has a very far and wide reach to your over all health.

Below I have listed and given you links to some of the recordings I often use for my own patients. So if you have any of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue listed below, scroll a little farther, click on a link and do a little relaxation to start yourself on the way to healing.
Adrenal fatigue symptoms:

  • Blood pressure:  High or low blood pressure.
  • Food cravings and weight changes:  either salty or sugary, but usually salty.
  • Energy:  Or lack there of.
  • Emotions and coping ability:  nope. Not there either. Short fused, ready to blow, can’t cope with any excess stresses in life.
  • Thinking:  brain fog, not feeling like yourself, feeling disconnected, can’t concentrate or think.
  • Immune response:  Getting sick a lot, not getting over being sick fast, or just being sick all the time.
  • Sleep:  Having a hard time falling asleep or having a hard time staying asleep. Or even sleeping well but then waking up and still being tired.
  • Hormones/Libido:  Poor sex drive, mood swings, irregular cycles, perimenopause like symptoms.

Guided Imagery - Guided imagery meditation is a gentle but powerful technique that focuses and directs the imagination in proactive, positive ways.

Guided Relaxation - Guided meditation is a process by which one or more participants meditate in response to the guidance provided by a trained practitioner or teacher,[1] either in person or via a written text, sound recording, video, or audiovisual media[2][3][4] comprising music or verbal instruction, or a combination of both.

Guided Meditation - Guided meditation is a process by which one or more participants meditate in response to the guidance provided by a trained practitioner or teacher, either in person or via a written text, sound recording, video, or audiovisual media comprising music or verbal instruction, or a combination of both.

Grounding - Grounding connects you to the energy of the earth or attempts to anyway. It is said to aid in healing and is a great way to connect with nature when you can’t be there in person and free your mind.

Calming your body - Pretty self explanatory.

Anchoring - Anchors are mental objects you associate with a particular state of mind, in this case meditation. By remembering the anchor you automatically recall the state of mind with which it is associated

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Difficulty Losing Fat? This May Be the Cause

Difficulty Losing Fat? This May Be the Cause
toins love hidding in fat

Obesity has hit epidemic proportions and the world is desperate to do anything to lose their unwanted fat.Although eating a healthy diet and exercise is paramount to losing fat, there is one little unknown fact that will prevent millions of people from ever losing fat.
According to the US government this one thing is the considered the number one pollutant in the human body and it will put a quick halt to ever reaching your desired level of fitness and fat loss.

One of the major causes of the obesity epidemic is the unprecedented level of phthalates or plasticizers.
toxins in environment

The problem with these toxic environmental toxins is the fact that they are difficult to impossible to avoid. They are even found in every species even in the most pristine wild.

In fact, we have so damaged the chemistry of even animals in the wild that the polar bears in the Arctic have human diseases such as hypothyroidism and osteoporosis.

Phthalates are the highest pollutant in the body being over 10,000 times higher than any of the thousands of other environmental toxins. Side note - as of 2014 it was estimated that there are over 80,000 chemicals used in manufacturing, and we have no idea the types of side effects they have)

In fact they are so pervasive that now children six years of age have levels that used to take adults until the age of 40 to accumulate.
The government agencies, scientific and medical literature have clearly documented that a huge amount of these environment toxins (phthalates) come from our water, soda and infant formula bottles, food packaging, cosmetics, nail polish, mattresses, couches, carpets, clothing, medications, styrofoam cups, IVs, vinyl flooring, construction materials, home wiring, computers, industrial and auto exhausts, etc.,
The sad point is the fact that these toxins stockpile in the body and overwhelm our ability to detoxify them.
We routinely measure them with a wonderful test called Phthalates & Parabens Profile(
In addition to the damage these environmental toxins do to the biochemistry of losing fat they have also been known to be associated with difficult to treat chronic fatigue syndrome,fibromyalgia, ADDsyndrome X, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, allergies, and much more.
In fact the label that a disease has is now unimportant. All we care about is what caused the disease and what biochemical corrections are necessary to get rid of it and actually bring about a true solution, a word you rarely hear in drug-oriented medicine.
What is even worse is the fact a pregnant mother's phthalate levels (look at how many are continually drinking from plastic water bottles, etc., thinking that it's something healthful) hugely influence not only the development of the child's brain and glands, but even future fertility and cancers in their unborn children, not to mention, of course, obesity.
What you need to understand and something the researchers have forgot to mention is the fact that fat stores a huge amount of our chemicals, so the fatter you are the more the difficult it is to lose fat. Interesting and at the same time depressing.

The bottom line is many people will never lose weight or solve their medical problems because they have not gotten rid of the phthalates and other environmental pollutants that have damaged their chemistry and genetics.

One of the key ingredients to ridding the body of these harmful toxins is first to do what you can to avoid it (STOP DRINKING OUT OF SYROFORM CUPS and PLASTIC BOTTLES) and invest in a far infrared sauna, stainless steel or glass water bottle, get tested and do a detox.
Before starting any self treatment Dr. Mortensen recommends that you consider consulting with a doctor trained in functional medicine.

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The Hundred Year Diet in the Wall Street (May 10, 2010, A I5)
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Jaakkola JJK, et al, The role of exposure to phthalates from polyvinyl chloride products in the development of asthma and allergies: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Environ Health Perspect 116:845-53, 2008
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