Adrenal Glands

We've all been driving down the road when another driver suddenly cuts us off.  Immediately, your heart jumps, your eyes widen, your senses sharpen, you are ready to react, and react NOW.  What causes all these reactions in your body?  The Adrenal Glands.

The adrenal glands are triangular-shaped glands that sit on top of the kidneys.  They are chiefly responsible for releasing hormones in response to stress.  These hormones include cortisol, aldosterone, androgens, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.

In our society, many of us are under some sort of stress; whether physical, emotional, or psychological.  You could be recovering from an injury or surgery causing physical stress or grieving the death of a loved one causing emotional stress.  You can be suffering from psychological stress wondering how you are going to pay this month's mortgage or rent.  Your adrenal grands must respond to each and every level of stress you have or perceive to have.

When your adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress, you suffer from Adrenal Fatigue.  With adrenal fatigue, your adrenal glands function, but not well enough to maintain the balance your body needs to feel well.  This is because their output of hormones has been diminished, usually by repeated over-stimulation.  This over-stimulation of your adrenals can be caused either by a very intense single stress or by repeated stresses that have a cumulative effect.

"More people are in adrenal fatigue that you would realize.  My friend Glen Depke is a nationally recognized adrenal specialist and, to quote him, 'I've seen about 3,000 adrenal function tests over the years and only two have come back normal.'  There is a pretty good chance your adrenals are not working optimally." - Dr. West Conner

Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue?

I don't know without proper testing.  But here are some questions for you...

  • Tired for no reason?
  • Having trouble getting up in the morning?
  • Need coffee, colas, salty or sweet snacks to keep going?
  • Feeling run down and stressed?
  • Crave salty or sweet snacks?
  • Struggling to keep up with life’s daily demands?
  • Can’t bounce back from stress or illness?
  • Not having fun anymore?
  • Decreased sex drive?

Did you answer "yes" to more than one?  Then chances are, you have some sort of adrenal fatigue and may not even know it.

Adrenal Function is Dependent Upon Your Lifestyle Choices

That's right, here are a few known causes of adrenal fatigue:

  • Lack of sleep (less than a 7 hour a night average)
  • Poor food choices (white flour, low fiber, sugar, lack of fruits/vegetables, fast food)
  • Using sweet or salty food and sweetened or caffeinated drinks as stimulants
  • Staying up late even though tired
  • Constantly "burning the candle at both ends"
  • Too few of enjoyable and rejuvenating activities
  • Not being able to relax

To sum it up; adrenal fatigue occurs when the amount of stress or combined stresses over-extend the ability of the body to compensate for and recover from that stress.

How to Fix Your Adrenal Glands

Many people do not hear about adrenal fatigue because, for the most part, it cannot be fixed with prescription drugs.   The adrenals can be fixed with a few simple supplements, lifestyle changes, and time.  There is no "quick fix" here.

What To Expect When Meeting With Dr. Conner

Dr. Conner has years of experience with adrenal function and regulation.  He will to be able to supply you with information about treating your particular symptoms and to answer all your questions.  Before your cortisol saliva test, you will fill out a simple check-list of your symptoms.  This is crucial as this is an important part of your total analysis.  Remember, each person is unique and the symptoms are reflective of your individual hormone levels.

Adrenal function is best checked with a saliva test taken four times during the day.  Dr. Conner uses a simple, take-home saliva test.

You and Dr. Conner will go over the details of the program and what is involved in bringing your energy and health back.  You will be sent a saliva test with instructions for your testing.  The results come back in about 7 business days after UPS shipment to the lab.  Dr. Conner will lay out your plan and contact you to discuss the therapy.

If you feel you need adrenal testing instead of hormone testing, we will adjust the costs and/or tests to accommodate you.

The Next Step

Your next step is to fill out the Patient Intake Form and submit it to Dr. Conner.  There is no cost at this point, this is just a way for us to get a feel for what you need.

You will get an email confirming that we got your intake form and schedule a time for a short phone call.  After our short call, we will send you a bill for the service you request.  Once payment is received, we will mail out your testing kit and get things going.

Health and hormone coaching is a process, not a band-aid approach.  If you live in the Nashville area, face-to-face sessions are an added bonus to the process.  However, with the magic of technology, Skype and video chat are becoming more common, so distance is not an obstacle to your success.

Click here to go to the Patient Intake Form page