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By 100000986593 10 Oct, 2017
In 2014 Tina consulted her Doctor, she was feeling tired, rundown, wasn’t sleeping well and while she had a history of feeling anxious she had recently become more irritable. After five minutes of listening to Tina the Doctor prescribed Cymbalta a drug used to treat major depression, it is a serotonin and noradrenalin reuptake inhibitor.
Despite suffering many of the known side effects every day including diarrhoea, nausea, dry mouth, constant headache and brain fog, Tina continued to take the drug because her husband felt she was less irritable and easier to live with. She was still feeling anxious, tired and run down and wasn’t sleeping well, the constant headache and daily diarrhoea had become draining and worsened her inability to cope.
Tina came to see me desperately seeking a solution to her symptoms. After listening to her story I discovered she had experienced hormonal imbalances dating back to her teens with irregular, heavy painful periods and migraine headaches. She had been through a traumatic first marriage and divorce with court proceedings continuing for three years. She stayed in a very stressful job for 7 years and then had three job changes in 2 years, she also remarried and built a new home.
Tina had been pushing through on very low cortisol levels for 4 or 5 years, she felt ungrateful because she still wasn’t happy despite a new home with a new supportive husband. She did her best to conceal her high anxiety but it would erupt as irritability.
I suspected Tina was suffering from adrenal fatigue, her Doctor didn’t recognise it on her first appointment or indeed on any of her subsequent appointments because as I said in a previous post the mainstream medical community doesn’t recognise Adrenal Fatigue as a real condition.
Adrenal fatigue is related to the deficiency of one particular hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is your daily energy hormone, it is a long acting hormone and you get lots of it in the morning when the sun comes up, this breaks your sleep cycle and you wake up. It begins to fall off around 5.30pm allowing serotonin to rise, this is your relaxing and digesting hormone (just in time for dinner) and this will covert to melatonin your sleeping hormone. Cortisol is also your stress coping hormone and it helps you to adapt to stressful situations and it will convert to cortisone to dampen inflammation.
If a stressful situation continues the body will increase cortisol production, if it goes on too long the adrenal glands will fail to produce enough to support your energy and help you cope with stress.
Tina had decided to stop taking the Cymbalta and had been weening off them with her GPs guidance for 4 weeks when I first saw her, she was very worried and in a state of high anxiety. Her GP had suggested she go back onto her original dose but she didn't want to turn back.
After explaining the role of her adrenal glands and putting her life events into perspective she gained confidence and we put in place some dietary and lifestyle changes along with a prescription of appropriate herbal and nutritional medicine.
In Tina’s case it was very important to address her female hormone imbalance; Tina described her PMS as feeling evil and she suffered with period pain and migraine headache for 2 to 3 days each month.
After 5 weeks Tina was feeling very much better. She was sleeping well, the night sweats had stopped, her bowels were normal, the brain fog had lifted, she was waking in the morning feeling more refreshed, her energy had increased and she had just begun exercising regularly. Her period was better with no PMS and only a slight backache. Her headaches were different, she was feeling some slight tension but there had been no migraines. She was feeling much better emotionally with a huge reduction in her anxiety.
On her first appointment with me Tina’s Blood Pressure was high at 140/95 with a heart rate of 85 beats per minute, this was a clear indication of the stress she was under. After 5 weeks it was down to 130/86 with a heart rate of 65.
Adrenal fatigue can be treated successfully with herbal and nutritional medicine, it may take several months to regain optimal function but significant improvement can be expected in a few weeks.
By 100000986593 11 Sep, 2017

Every day, more and more people with chronic symptoms and conditions are failing to find a well informed natural medicine practitioner who can actually make an impact in reversing their condition. This is especially true for residents of Adelaide, South Australia.

The internet has really opened up access to medical information and new research to people across the globe.

In America a new generation of medical practitioners has emerged. Known as Naturopathic Physicians or Functional Medicine Practitioners Doctors like Josh Axe, Chris Kessner, Ben Lynch, Joseph Mercola, and Peter Osborne are gaining popularity through their informative websites, blog posts, webinars, publications podcasts etc.

These doctors do the standard medical training to become our equivalent of a GP but then go on to study Herbalism, Naturopathic Philosophy and Nutritional Medicine. They are able to prescribe drugs but they think like a Naturopath and will treat the patient holistically, often prescribing diet and lifestyle changes first, nutritional and herbal medicine next and prescription medication only if necessary.

If you are one of the many people in Adelaide who have turned to the internet for an alternative to the treatment prescribed for Migraine headaches, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Reflux, Asthma or an autoimmune condition like Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Psoriasis or any other chronic condition,  you may have been surprised at how much you can learn thanks to these dedicated practitioners.

So now you may understand that diet and lifestyle changes will make a big difference and natural medicine alternatives are available, where do you turn for support and guidance?
By 100000986593 02 Sep, 2017
It is estimated that 250,000 Australians suffer Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) with many more going undiagnosed. While Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been recognized by the Medical profession it is still poorly understood because many doctors are not aware of the relationship to the adrenal glands. CFS is often treated by GPs with medications for individual symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain, infection and digestive disorders while the underlying cause continues to be ignored.
There are several causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome including underlying viral infections, chronic pain, physical or emotional trauma and food sensitivities. All of these things put an extra burden on the adrenal glands; little glands that produce stress coping hormones and anti-inflammatory hormones to name but a few. In the beginning these glands are working overtime but eventually they can’t keep up production and that’s when people start noticing the above symptoms.
If the cause of the fatigue is due to chronic stress herbs and nutrients that tonify the adrenal glands can quickly turn things around. I remember one patient, Laura, who had been suffering with fatigue, unrefreshing sleep, brain fog, anxiety, panic attacks, dizziness and nausea for several years. She pushed through her daily struggle on week days and would sleep most weekends away. The emotional stress actually had begun many years earlier while travelling overseas when she was involved in a natural disaster, later her marriage broke up resulting in 2 years of court hearings which coincided with working very long days.
While most people will look around to see what has changed recently, you can see that the events that lead up to the fatigue may have taken place many years earlier. At first the body will adapt to the stress and keep up with demand for more stress coping hormones like cortisol. In this phase people are dealing with the stress, often feel fine and have plenty of energy. As time goes by production of hormones becomes diminished and symptoms can begin to slowly creep in. Symptoms may include energy fluctuations and afternoon slumps leading to sugar cravings.  Insomnia and anxiety can start to show up sometimes leading to panic attacks.
Just prior to seeing me Laura had been hospitalised when her symptoms had become severe; her heart was racing and her blood pressure was very low. Despite a few days in hospital and a number of tests she was discharged not feeling any better and with no answers.
I offered Laura an individual prescription of herbal Adrenal tonics, some vitamins and minerals and other herbs to support her liver and detoxification pathways and within four weeks Laura reported that she was feeling about 70% better .
For more information click here
By 100000986593 28 Nov, 2016
Do you ever feel like the hardest part of your day is getting out of bed in the morning, no matter how much sleep you have had? Ever catch yourself dozing off at work? Is your brain in a fog and unable to focus on tasks? Like many others, you are probably clueless as to why you continue to experience this unrelenting fatigue, and the only probable explanation you can think of is that you are not drinking enough coffee.
The mainstream medical community doesn’t recognize Adrenal Fatigue as a real condition; a systematic review published online by BMC Endocrine Disorders in August 2016 stated “This systematic review proves that there is no substantiation that "adrenal fatigue" is an actual medical condition. Therefore, adrenal fatigue is still a myth.”
If that is so why are there so many articles about it online, so many books written about it, so many websites dedicated to it and why is Doctor Oz talking about it?
Let’s back up a minute, they said “medical condition”, it can’t be a medical condition unless there is a blood test or other form of testing to diagnose it and most importantly a prescription medication to treat it.
If you are one of the many people feeling chronically tired and getting no help from your Doctor then please read on.
The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of the kidneys, perhaps best known for the production of Adrenaline for the fight or flight response, they produce many more hormones that help the body regulate every major physiological process in the body including metabolism, blood sugar balance, immune competence and inflammation.
Adrenal fatigue is related to the deficiency of one particular hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is your daily energy hormone, it is a long acting hormone and you get lots of it in the morning when the sun comes up, this breaks your sleep cycle and you wake up. It begins to fall off around 5.30pm allowing serotonin to rise, this is your relaxing and digesting hormone (just in time for dinner) and this will covert to melatonin your sleeping hormone. Cortisol is also your stress coping hormone and it helps you to adapt to stressful situations and it will convert to cortisone to dampen inflammation.
If a stressful situation continues the body will increase cortisol production, if it goes on too long the adrenal glands will fail to produce enough cortisol to support your energy and help you cope with stress. One of my patients developed adrenal fatigue after a 12 month period that included caring for a sick relative, a death in the family, extra hours at work, a bout of the flu, and a broken wrist.

Symptoms can include any or all of the following:
• Morning fatigue. You don’t really wake up until 10 a.m., even if you’ve been up since 7 a.m.
• Afternoon “low” (feelings of sleepiness or clouded thinking) from 2 to 4 p.m.
• A burst of energy at 6 p.m. when you finally feel better from your afternoon lull
• Sleepiness around 9p.m. to 10 p.m. However, you resist going to sleep
• A “second wind” at 11 p.m. that lasts until about 1 a.m., when you finally do go to sleep
• Waking at 4am and retuning to sleep at 6.00am
• Cravings for foods high in salt and fats
• Chronic low blood pressure
• Sensitivity to cold and feeling chilled
• Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
• Mild depression
• Mood swings
• Mental fog
• Memory problems
• Lack of energy and feeling rundown
• A decreased ability to handle stress, anxiety or panic attacks
• A decreased ability to recover from illness
• Muscular weakness
• Increased food allergies
• Light-headedness when getting up from a sitting or lying down position
• Decreased sex drive
• Frequent sighing
• Inability to handle carbohydrates unless they’re combined with fats and protein
• You crave sugar

In the beginning you may experience highs and lows in energy over the day and be wakeful at night but if the condition continues for many months or years you may be flat and tired all day, napping in the afternoon and sleeping soundly all night only to drag yourself out of bed feeling like you haven’t slept a wink.
Your Doctor might test your iron levels and thyroid function and some people may get a B12 injection but mostly you will be offered a lot of excuses, antidepressants, sleeping pills and/ or Hormone Replacement Therapy.
So how is it that we can know so much about a condition that Doctors say doesn’t exist? In 2001 a Naturopathic Doctor in America Dr. James L. Wilson D.C., N.D., Ph.D., released a book called “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome” and has been lecturing to physicians and the general public on the subject for 15 years.
If you are still with me and have ticked off your symptoms and suspect that you are suffering from a real condition and it’s not “all in your head” after all, no doubt you would like to know what to do about it.
If you can’t take 6 months off to go and lay under a palm tree on a pacific island then your next best option is a tailored Naturopathic approach. This starts with food selection (notice I didn’t say “diet”); taking out foods that stress the adrenal glands and the immune system like sugar and processed foods, and choosing to eat more nutritionally dense foods.
Herbal medicine, as liquids, tablets or capsules along with nutritional medicines, especially vitamins, minerals and amino acids will tone up the adrenal glands and get them running on their own steam in a matter of a few months for most people.
For more information contact Linda Lowen

By 100000986593 29 Sep, 2016
Gastrointestinal upsets are responsible for most days off work and are the most common reason people seek medical attention. Commonly assumed to be caused by infections they can often be the result of food reactions.
By 100000986593 10 Oct, 2017
In 2014 Tina consulted her Doctor, she was feeling tired, rundown, wasn’t sleeping well and while she had a history of feeling anxious she had recently become more irritable. After five minutes of listening to Tina the Doctor prescribed Cymbalta a drug used to treat major depression, it is a serotonin and noradrenalin reuptake inhibitor.
Despite suffering many of the known side effects every day including diarrhoea, nausea, dry mouth, constant headache and brain fog, Tina continued to take the drug because her husband felt she was less irritable and easier to live with. She was still feeling anxious, tired and run down and wasn’t sleeping well, the constant headache and daily diarrhoea had become draining and worsened her inability to cope.
Tina came to see me desperately seeking a solution to her symptoms. After listening to her story I discovered she had experienced hormonal imbalances dating back to her teens with irregular, heavy painful periods and migraine headaches. She had been through a traumatic first marriage and divorce with court proceedings continuing for three years. She stayed in a very stressful job for 7 years and then had three job changes in 2 years, she also remarried and built a new home.
Tina had been pushing through on very low cortisol levels for 4 or 5 years, she felt ungrateful because she still wasn’t happy despite a new home with a new supportive husband. She did her best to conceal her high anxiety but it would erupt as irritability.
I suspected Tina was suffering from adrenal fatigue, her Doctor didn’t recognise it on her first appointment or indeed on any of her subsequent appointments because as I said in a previous post the mainstream medical community doesn’t recognise Adrenal Fatigue as a real condition.
Adrenal fatigue is related to the deficiency of one particular hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is your daily energy hormone, it is a long acting hormone and you get lots of it in the morning when the sun comes up, this breaks your sleep cycle and you wake up. It begins to fall off around 5.30pm allowing serotonin to rise, this is your relaxing and digesting hormone (just in time for dinner) and this will covert to melatonin your sleeping hormone. Cortisol is also your stress coping hormone and it helps you to adapt to stressful situations and it will convert to cortisone to dampen inflammation.
If a stressful situation continues the body will increase cortisol production, if it goes on too long the adrenal glands will fail to produce enough to support your energy and help you cope with stress.
Tina had decided to stop taking the Cymbalta and had been weening off them with her GPs guidance for 4 weeks when I first saw her, she was very worried and in a state of high anxiety. Her GP had suggested she go back onto her original dose but she didn't want to turn back.
After explaining the role of her adrenal glands and putting her life events into perspective she gained confidence and we put in place some dietary and lifestyle changes along with a prescription of appropriate herbal and nutritional medicine.
In Tina’s case it was very important to address her female hormone imbalance; Tina described her PMS as feeling evil and she suffered with period pain and migraine headache for 2 to 3 days each month.
After 5 weeks Tina was feeling very much better. She was sleeping well, the night sweats had stopped, her bowels were normal, the brain fog had lifted, she was waking in the morning feeling more refreshed, her energy had increased and she had just begun exercising regularly. Her period was better with no PMS and only a slight backache. Her headaches were different, she was feeling some slight tension but there had been no migraines. She was feeling much better emotionally with a huge reduction in her anxiety.
On her first appointment with me Tina’s Blood Pressure was high at 140/95 with a heart rate of 85 beats per minute, this was a clear indication of the stress she was under. After 5 weeks it was down to 130/86 with a heart rate of 65.
Adrenal fatigue can be treated successfully with herbal and nutritional medicine, it may take several months to regain optimal function but significant improvement can be expected in a few weeks.
By 100000986593 11 Sep, 2017

Every day, more and more people with chronic symptoms and conditions are failing to find a well informed natural medicine practitioner who can actually make an impact in reversing their condition. This is especially true for residents of Adelaide, South Australia.

The internet has really opened up access to medical information and new research to people across the globe.

In America a new generation of medical practitioners has emerged. Known as Naturopathic Physicians or Functional Medicine Practitioners Doctors like Josh Axe, Chris Kessner, Ben Lynch, Joseph Mercola, and Peter Osborne are gaining popularity through their informative websites, blog posts, webinars, publications podcasts etc.

These doctors do the standard medical training to become our equivalent of a GP but then go on to study Herbalism, Naturopathic Philosophy and Nutritional Medicine. They are able to prescribe drugs but they think like a Naturopath and will treat the patient holistically, often prescribing diet and lifestyle changes first, nutritional and herbal medicine next and prescription medication only if necessary.

If you are one of the many people in Adelaide who have turned to the internet for an alternative to the treatment prescribed for Migraine headaches, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Reflux, Asthma or an autoimmune condition like Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Psoriasis or any other chronic condition,  you may have been surprised at how much you can learn thanks to these dedicated practitioners.

So now you may understand that diet and lifestyle changes will make a big difference and natural medicine alternatives are available, where do you turn for support and guidance?
By 100000986593 02 Sep, 2017
It is estimated that 250,000 Australians suffer Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) with many more going undiagnosed. While Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been recognized by the Medical profession it is still poorly understood because many doctors are not aware of the relationship to the adrenal glands. CFS is often treated by GPs with medications for individual symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain, infection and digestive disorders while the underlying cause continues to be ignored.
There are several causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome including underlying viral infections, chronic pain, physical or emotional trauma and food sensitivities. All of these things put an extra burden on the adrenal glands; little glands that produce stress coping hormones and anti-inflammatory hormones to name but a few. In the beginning these glands are working overtime but eventually they can’t keep up production and that’s when people start noticing the above symptoms.
If the cause of the fatigue is due to chronic stress herbs and nutrients that tonify the adrenal glands can quickly turn things around. I remember one patient, Laura, who had been suffering with fatigue, unrefreshing sleep, brain fog, anxiety, panic attacks, dizziness and nausea for several years. She pushed through her daily struggle on week days and would sleep most weekends away. The emotional stress actually had begun many years earlier while travelling overseas when she was involved in a natural disaster, later her marriage broke up resulting in 2 years of court hearings which coincided with working very long days.
While most people will look around to see what has changed recently, you can see that the events that lead up to the fatigue may have taken place many years earlier. At first the body will adapt to the stress and keep up with demand for more stress coping hormones like cortisol. In this phase people are dealing with the stress, often feel fine and have plenty of energy. As time goes by production of hormones becomes diminished and symptoms can begin to slowly creep in. Symptoms may include energy fluctuations and afternoon slumps leading to sugar cravings.  Insomnia and anxiety can start to show up sometimes leading to panic attacks.
Just prior to seeing me Laura had been hospitalised when her symptoms had become severe; her heart was racing and her blood pressure was very low. Despite a few days in hospital and a number of tests she was discharged not feeling any better and with no answers.
I offered Laura an individual prescription of herbal Adrenal tonics, some vitamins and minerals and other herbs to support her liver and detoxification pathways and within four weeks Laura reported that she was feeling about 70% better .
For more information click here
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