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Newsletter May 14/03

Stress-Related Illness and the Adrenal Glands

Stress-related illnesses are very common today. Patients in this category have a reaction to stress, which is either causing their illness or aggravating it. It is well known that the adrenal glands are the anti-stress glands of the body -- the reserve tank the body falls back on when faced with stressful situations.

When the hypoadrenic patient becomes sick, he becomes sicker for a longer period of time, and with a greater likelihood for recurrence of the problem than if his adrenals were functioning at full capacity.

The patient gets into a chronic state of ill health and that is when we see him in our office.

There are four major categories of stress:

  1. Physical stress - such as overwork, lack of sleep, over-training in an athlete, etc.
  2. Chemical stress - from environmental pollutants, diets high in refined carbohydrates, allergies to foods and additives, endocrine gland imbalances (which implicate the adrenals due to the interaction of all of the endocrine systems.)
  3. Thermal stress - overheating or over chilling of the body
  4. Emotional and mental stress

Early studies by Hans Selye, M.D., identified a pattern of stress-related illness in both test animals and humans. This pattern is called the "triad of chronic stress." This series of events is known as the General Adaptation Syndrome (G.A.S.). The three stages of G.A.S. are: 1) the alarm reaction, 2) the resistance stage, and 3) the exhaustion stage.

  1. The alarm reaction. The body's initial response to stress involves an increased amount of adrenal activity. The adrenals produce extra amounts of hormones. The adrenals are working harder to respond to an immediate stress situation. That is a function for which they are designed.
  2. Resistance stage. After a period of time of continued, severe stress, the adrenals begin to adapt and to re-build themselves. The adrenals have a great capacity for increasing their size and function. If one adrenal is surgically removed, the other adrenal can hypertrophy to twice its normal size, giving the person the same amount of adrenal tissue he previously had.

This capacity for increased size and function is the basis for the resistance stage. The prolonged alarm reaction starts as a hyperadrenia, which leads to a hypoadrenia, which then progresses into another state of hyperadrenia, as the resistance stage takes over. If the stress is prolonged and severe, it will overwhelm even this resistance stage adaptation, and the adrenals will eventually lose their ability to respond. The patient's adaptation to stress will continue beyond the resistance stage and into the third stage of the G.A.S.

  1. Exhaustion stage. The exhaustion stage of the G.A.S. is a hypoadrenia to the point where the patient loses the ability to adapt to stress. The adrenal cortical enlargement of the triad of chronic stress is due to the hypertrophy of the resistance stage. However, adrenal function in the exhaustion stage is severely limited. The body has little or no ability to resist any further stress. This is when the patient will surely seek a doctor's help because he or she has symptoms which will not go away. Most of the hypoadrenic patients we see are in this third or exhaustion stage of the G.A.S. The anti-stress mechanisms are lost and there is no more reserve tank potential for the patient to fall back on.

Fatigue, Low Energy, Tiredness

The adrenal glands are the body's reserve tank. The most common symptom we see in the hypoadrenic patient is that of low energy. The patient may have barely enough energy to make it through the day, or may be tired all the time. Many middle-aged or older patients will attribute their low energy to "getting older." A more accurate assessment of the situation is that they have had more years to accumulate stress's adverse effects on their health. A person may slow down a little as he gets older, but it is not normal for a person to be fatigued all the time merely because he is past 40, or 60, or 80.

We must also suspect hypoadrenia and stress-related illness in any patient whose symptoms begin after a stressful event. How often have you heard that so-and-so "was never the same after the accident, flu, pregnancy, etc."? Or how often do patients tell us in their history that they began experiencing their symptoms during marital turmoil, after the death of a loved one, or after recuperating from surgery?

It is not necessary that the symptoms originate during or immediately following one of these stressful situations. They may develop several months later. Or there may not be a specific event, but merely prolonged exposure to stress. How many men in their twenties do you see playing softball and going out afterwards drinking beer until all hours of the morning three times a week?

How many do you see who are 30 or 35? The human system can take only so much abuse, and after years of abuse many people become the so-called "arm chair athletes." This need not be the case, but it is accepted behavior in our society.

People take such a change of life style for granted, never understanding the reasons behind the change and the associated long-term adverse effects on their health. If they would eliminate the unnecessary stresses in their life, they would be able to continue playing softball three nights a week (and occasionally drinking beer till dawn) for a much longer period of time. But the body will only take so much abuse before it makes the person stop.

Adrenal Gland Related to Muscle

Dr. Goodheart has identified no less than five specific muscles, which are related to adrenal gland function. These are: 1) sartorius, 2) gracilis, 3) posterior tibialis, 4) gastrocnemius, and 5) soleus.

Many patients with hypoadrenia seek our help for the care of sacroiliac pain and/or low back pain, which is due to the lack of pelvic stabilization normally provided by these muscles.

Due to the relationship of the posterior tibialis, gastrocnemius, and soleus to the stability of the foot and ankle, many hypoadrenic patients will complain-of symptoms of tired feet, weak ankles, or aching calves.

The adrenal gland cortex produces three major categories of hormones: 1. mineralocorticoids, 2. glucocorticoids, and 3. gonadal (sex) hormones (testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, etc.)

Depending on the relative amount of depletion of each of these hormone groups, we will see varying symptoms in people suffering from stress-related hypoadrenia.

We will discuss the symptoms created by each group separately.


Aldosterone is the most important mineralocorticoid, but corticosterone and desoxycorticosterone are also included in this category. The effects of aldosterone depletion are observed in a large number of hypoadrenic patients. Aldosterone depletion may create one or more different symptoms, which are specifically, related to the diminished mineralocorticoid levels. The patient may also have musculoskeletal symptoms or fatigue, as discussed above, and a combination of other symptoms related to adrenal dysfunction.

When there is inadequate aldosterone, the kidney allows sodium (and chlorides and water) to spill into the urine, and maintains ionic balance by retaining, rather than excreting, potassium. Some of these low aldosterone patients present with symptoms of dehydration. If the tongue is rough like sandpaper, or if you feel friction, with your finger catching or sticking to the tongue's surface, it is an indication of inadequate tissue hydration.

Another problem related to lowered mineralocorticoid levels in hypoadrenia is a paradoxical, non-pitting edema of the extremities. When the patient with hypoadrenia spills sodium and water into the urine and perspiration, and has a tendency to be dehydrated, we would hardly expect him to show signs of holding water, such as edema. But that is exactly what can occur in some hypoadrenic patients.

Often, these patients are placed on a diuretic by an unenlightened physician, whose only basis for this prescription is the patient's symptoms. The diuretic in these patients rarely helps the condition and often aggravates the tendency toward dehydration. Further, many diuretics act as adrenal (aldosterone) inhibitors, adding even more stress to the adrenals and tending to make the patient worse in the long run.

Sodium restriction in the patient in the exhaustion stage is probably ill-advised. However, instead of adding salt as a source of sodium, we rather recommend more natural sources of organic sodium. We would supplement the patient with Plant Derived Colloidal Minerals (American/Canadian Longevity).

Adrenal Sex Hormone

The adrenal glands make male hormones in the female and female hormones in the male. Actually, the adrenals produce both male and female hormones in each sex. Any masculinizing in the female or feminizing in the male can be due to adrenal stress-related states.

The only source of estrogen in the male is his adrenal glands while the pre-menopausal woman has a usually abundant estrogen supply from her ovaries.

It is more common to see female patients with secondary sexual characteristics of men than vice versa, although we encounter both. Women with excessive body hair, particularly on the face, or men with gynecomastia, seem to be the patients who seek help for their problems most readily. These symptoms result from excessive production of the sex hormones by an overactive adrenal cortex. The common medical approach to the woman with facial hair is to prescribe prednisone or some other cortisone derivative in an effort to suppress the pituitary drive of the adrenal, thereby hopefully decreasing the output of testosterone.

Although this sometimes relieves the symptoms, the patient must put up with the side effects, both seen and unseen, of the cortisone derivative. If we look at the patient from a holistic, long-range viewpoint, we can see the likely imprudence of such therapy.

A far better approach is to aid the patient in his ability to adapt to stress by identifying and eliminating (as much as possible) the sources of stress, and by treating the adrenal glands (and the entire endocrine system) with the nutritional and other natural therapies at our disposal.

During menopause, as the estrogen levels begin to decrease, the adrenals are supposed to increase their production of estrogen to help make up for part of the estrogen deficit. In many patients menopause hits "like a ton of bricks." Menopause frequently takes place very rapidly, not allowing the adrenals adequate time to increase their capacity to meet the increased estrogen requirement. This is further complicated by the fact that many of these patients are already on the verge of adrenal exhaustion.

The menopausal hypoadrenia patient will have a variety of symptoms --from just feeling poorly to severe psychosis. This is because the adrenals are not able to take the extra load that has been dumped on them without any warning by the ovaries. Any patient who has a rapid menopause with accompanying symptoms must be checked for hypoadrenia. The patient may complain of low back pain that started about the time of menopause, or a knee problem, or eyes which began to become sensitive to light, and so on.

Pregnancy is quite a stressor for many women. A common occurrence, however, is the woman who, upon reaching her third trimester of pregnancy, says that she all of a sudden "feels better than I have felt in years." This is often the case when the first two trimesters were particularly difficult.

The fetus's adrenal glands mature to the point of being able to produce hormones at about the beginning of the third trimester. If the mother is in the exhaustion stage of the G.A.S., it is not uncommon for the baby's adrenals to try to make enough adrenal hormones for both the baby and the mother. The mother feels great. The baby's adrenals are really supporting the mother's adrenals. But the baby's adrenal glands are being stressed before it is even born! The results are doubly negative. The baby is born in a state of adrenal depletion and often exhibits symptoms of hypoadrenia. These symptoms may be varied, but two of the more common symptoms are allergies and recurrent infections. Remember also that during chronic stress states, the thymus and other lymphatic structures atrophy, lowering the capabilities of the body's immune mechanisms.

Likewise, with the support of the baby's adrenals pulled out from under her, the mother is dropped back into a state of adrenal exhaustion. This accounts for the common occurrence of "post partum blues" or even psychosis. Quite frequently, both mother and child must be treated for hypoadrenia.


The patient with stress-related illness might also have symptoms from lowered output of the adrenal glucocorticoids: cortisol, corticosterone, and cortisone. Of these, cortisol is the most important.

These hormones cause a variety of reactions, which increase the blood glucose levels. A brief review of the simple factors affecting blood glucose will put the adrenal glands' role into perspective.

After ingestion of food, the blood glucose levels rise. This rise causes the beta cells of the pancreas to produce insulin, which lowers the blood glucose by carrying it into the cells where it can be used or stored. As the blood glucose subsequently decreases, the adrenals are stimulated to release glucocorticoids in order to prevent glucose levels from dropping too low and too fast.

A rapidly rising blood glucose level whips the pancreas into rapidly producing more insulin. A rapidly dropping blood glucose or outright low blood glucose whips the adrenals into rapidly producing more glucocorticoids.

The most common factor we see interfering with the normal function of this system is the diet high in refined and concentrated carbohydrates. Repeated ingestion of foods in this category causes repeated rapid elevations in the blood glucose, hence overwork of the pancreas in its insulin-producing capacity.

The resultant hyperinsulinism causes the blood glucose levels to rapidly drop following the initial rapid rise. This rapid drop puts an extra load on the adrenals and pushes them to make the glucocorticoids necessary in order to prevent hypoglycemia. Over a period of time, a person eating a diet high in refined and concentrated carbohydrates may deplete the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas and become diabetic, or may stress the adrenals to the point of exhaustion, or both.

As the adrenal glands become depleted, the blood glucose levels will tend to drop below normal levels. In an effort to counter this potential low blood glucose, the person will get cravings for any agent, which will rapidly increase the blood glucose. He will eat a candy bar, drink a cup of coffee, smoke a cigarette, or drink a soft drink. It might be added that the abuse of alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs fits this pattern as well. But the rapid rise in blood glucose provided by the "fix" only serves to re-initiate the whole cycle again.

The symptoms of the hyperinsulinism - hypoadrenia - hypoglycemia patient are too numerous to mention here. Basically, though, epithelial tissue, nervous tissue, and the retina of the eye do not store glucose. Hence, these tissues are the most likely to be affected. Low blood glucose creates symptoms of blurred vision, headache, nervousness, unstable behavior, allergies, and so on and so on.

It is interesting to note that several of the books that are available on the subject of hypoglycemia suggest that a trial period on a hypoglycemia diet often brings relief of symptoms in patients who have all of the classical signs of low blood sugar, yet have normal 6-hour glucose tolerance tests.

Experience dictates that this occurs in people who are on the verge of hypoglycemia, but whose 6-hour glucose tolerance tests appear normal because the blood glucose levels are being maintained at the expense of depleting the adrenal glands. The symptoms, which the patient displays, are usually those of hypoadrenia, not hypoglycemia, although there is obviously a great deal of overlap in the specific symptoms created by these two problems. Many patients and many doctors are great advocates of fasting.

Yet many of these same people have considerable difficulty when on a prolonged fast. They will always rationalize the problems encountered on a fast as being due to the body detoxifying. However, many of these people are really showing symptoms of hypoadrenia during their fasts, and actually may be doing themselves more harm than good.

Cortisol and Epinephrine

The adrenal cortex and the adrenal medulla are the two parts of the adrenal gland. Although each has separate functions, it is no mistake that they are placed next to each other anatomically, since some of the functions of one are dependent on the other.

Epinephrine is a vasoconstrictor. But for epinephrine to have its vasoconstricting effect on the body's arterioles, it is imperative that cortisol be available. Cortisol sensitizes the arterioles to the constrictive action of epinephrine. If there is low adrenal cortical output and adequate cortisol is not produced, epinephrine will have a reduced effect in its function of constricting the blood vessels.

These two hormones work together in affecting blood pressure. Therefore, in the hypoadrenic patient one of the major findings observed on physical examination is related to blood pressure.

Normally when a patient goes from lying down to standing, the systolic blood pressure should elevate 4-10 mm. Hg. {millimeters of mercury). In hypoadrenia, the systolic blood pressure from lying to standing will either stay the same or drop. This systolic drop is usually between 5 to 10 mm. Hg., but sometimes as much as 30-40 points. This is a classic sign in the hypoadrenic patient which is known as the Ragland effect, and which has been reported in over 90% of hypoadrenic patients.

Blood pressure should always be checked in three positions: sitting, then lying, and then standing. From recumbence to standing, the systolic blood pressure should rise 4-10 points. If the blood pressure drops, hypoadrenia is suspect. There are valves in the veins of the lower extremities, which keep the blood from pooling in the feet when a person maintains an upright position. The fact that there are no valves in the veins of the abdomen and pelvis means that the only mechanism, which prevents the blood from pooling there when the body goes from lying to standing is the vasoconstriction of the local vessels. If there is a low cortisol level, epinephrine cannot function correctly and there will be inadequate vasoconstriction in response to upright posture. This causes the blood to pool in the abdomen and pelvis and the systolic pressure in the arm to drop.

This same patient may complain of dizziness or light-headedness, especially when arising from a seated or lying position. Or he may experience transient spells of dizziness during the day or he may be dizzy all the time. The patient may be complaining of headaches, which are due to the pooling of the blood in the abdomen and pelvis, interfering with the supply to the head.

Frequently these patients have had totally normal neurological examinations or some have been diagnosed as having Meniere's disease. Some are being treated unsuccessfully with manipulation to the upper cervical areas. But all therapeutic approaches are ineffective in relieving the symptoms until the hypoadrenia is treated.

Some of the patients who have postural blood pressure dumping are being treated for hypertension. The hypertension is from another paradoxical body response. When the patient changes positions from recumbence to standing and the systolic blood pressure drops 10, 20, or 30 points, the body senses this low blood pressure and reacts. The body does not want all the blood pooling in the abdomen and pelvis because it decreases the amount of blood in the head and other areas.

In an effort to change this situation, the body may elevate the systolic pressure to an extremely high level. The systolic blood pressure may go as high as 180 mm. Hg. or more. Then, when the patient changes positions from lying to standing, the systolic blood pressure will drop to only, say, 150 mm. Hg. If the blood pressure is taken only in the seated position, the patient will show a very high systolic pressure. But when you change the patient's positions, he will show the dumping blood pressure on arising from recumbence to standing.

These patients are often treated with diuretics when the real problem is with the adrenal glands. Combine this with the fact that many hypoadrenic patients are also dehydrated, as previously discussed, and you can see the senselessness of diuretic approach in these cases.

Practitioners have observed patients who had continuous bloody noses due to high blood pressure. In the midst of acute nosebleeds, the patients’ adrenals were treated, their blood pressure dropped, and the nosebleeds stopped immediately.

Heart Sounds and Hydroapenia

Another common finding during the physical examination of the hypoadrenic person is made during auscultation of the heart. Normally the first and second sounds of the heart make a "lub-dub" sound, with the first sound being louder than the second. If you record the heart sounds on a phonocardiagraph (such as the Endocardiagraph), the second sound should be one-third the intensity (height) of the first sound. In the hypoadrenic person, the second sound will be equal to or greater than the first sound in the pulmonary valve area. The same may be true in other valve areas also, but in hypoadrenia, at least, the pulmonary second sound is greater.

This accentuated pulmonary second sound is due to the pulmonary valve slamming shut because of pulmonary hypertension. Epinephrine causes vasoconstriction throughout most of the body, including the lungs. In the lungs this vasoconstriction causes a shrinkage of the mucosa and decreased mucus secretion.

Epinephrine also relaxes the bronchiolar musculature, creating a bronchodilation. This is why epinephrine inhalers are so helpful for asthma sufferers. The bronchodilation, which normally occurs with epinephrine cannot occur in a patient with hypoadrenia. Instead he gets a bronchoconstriction -- a constriction of all the bronchial musculature with subsequent symptomatology.

Likewise, the hypoadrenic person does not have the benefit of epinephrine's action on the pulmonary capillaries and mucous membranes, with a resultant swelling of the mucous membrane and an increase in mucus production or secretion. In the hypoadrenic patient, physical evidence of this is heard as the loud second heart sound at the pulmonary area. The bronchoconstriction, combined with the vasodilation and mucous membrane swelling, creates a backpressure in the pulmonary circulation that causes the pulmonary valve to slam shut, thus creating the louder second sound over the pulmonary area.

Any person who has abnormal lung function, especially asthma or bronchitis, should be checked for hypoadrenia. This is particularly true, if the patient's symptoms are relieved by using an epinephrine inhaler. The muscles related to the lungs (deltoid, serratus anterior, etc.) are usually strong in these patients. Many lung problems are related more to the adrenals than to the lungs.

Treatment for Hypoadrenia

To correct Hypoadrenia, several things must be considered. Any structural interferences must be removed, the patient must be supported nutritionally and emotionally, and any underlying stress factors must be addressed.

Structure: All structural faults must obviously be corrected. Structural misalignments will actually contribute physical stress to the patient by decreasing biomechanical efficiency. There is a dual importance in correcting structural and mechanical faults in the stressed patient. It is in this regard that many non-manipulative practitioners miss a golden opportunity to help speed their patients’ recoveries by not employing manipulation. A simple postural analysis will clearly point out the need for correcting structure in these patients.

Another structural effect of stress, which can initiate a vicious cycle and become a contributing stress in itself, is that of grinding of the teeth. Many people clench their teeth when confronted with a stressful situation. Over a long period of time, this clenching and grinding of the teeth can develop into severe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) problems. To break this vicious cycle, dental intervention is sometimes necessary.

Chemistry: the hypoadrenic patient usually requires a glandular preparation. Most often this is the protomorphogen or the whole tissue concentrate. Adrenal hormone should be avoided whenever possible, due both to its short-term and long-term side effects. Some of the products containing adrenal tissue are:

We use Priority One Vitamins, a nutraceutical company in Washington State, for our American clients. In Canada we use Professional Health Products, Thorne Research, BioActives and Canadian Longevity. American clients can order Priority One from our website. All other products must be ordered directly from our office. Email: or phone 604-272-4325.

ADRENAL 80 MG, 160 MG & 250 MG (Priority One) are sheep glandular support supplements. Benefits result from supplying low levels of adrenal hormones and promoting improved adrenal functions. Sheep glandulars have been chosen because of genetic similarities with the glands of humans. By using glandular concentrates, failing organs, glands, and tissue can be treated biologically using corresponding material from similar glands.

MEGA STRESS FORMULA (Priority One) is glandular therapy for the adrenal gland and provides extra help for maintaining good health in today’s stressful world. This combination of herbs and vitamins, including ginseng root and B complex vitamins, has proven helpful for naturally increasing energy.

Two (2) tablets supply the following ingredients:

Adrenal Concentrate 1000 mg
Licorice Root 500 mg
Pantothenic Acid (D-calcium pantothenate) 500 mg
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid and rose hips) 500 mg
Ginseng Root (Korean panax) 250 mg
Lemon Bioflavonoids 250 mg
Choline (choline bitartrate) 100 mg
Inositol 100 mg
Niacinamide 100 mg
Vitamin B-1 (thiamine HCl) 100 mg
Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin) 100 mg
Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine HCl) 100 mg
Vitamin B-12 (cyanocobalamin) 500 mcg
Zinc (picolinate) 80 mg
Para Amino Benzoic Acid (PABA) 50 mg
Folic Acid 400 mcg Chromium (picolinate) 200 mcg
Biotin 100 mcg

In a base of alfalfa, lecithin, parsley, rice bran, rose hips, watercress, and water hips.

ADRENAL CHELATE-PRIORITY (Priority One) provides extra help for maintaining good health in today’s stressful world. This combination of nutrients, including Hesperidin Complex and Vitamin C, has proven helpful for optimal sickness recovery.

Each capsule contains the following ingredients:

Raw Adrenal Concentrate 80 mg
Hesperidin Complex 150 mg
Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbate) 120 mg
Calcium 5 mg (as 60mg of D-Calcium Pantothenate)
Potassium 2 mg (as 30mg of Potassium Aspartate)
Bioflavonoid Complex 75 mg
L-Isoleucine 20 mg
L-Leucine 10 mg
Chlorophyll 10 mg

Other ingredients: Rice Powder, Gelatin, Di-Calcium Phosphate.

RAW ADRENAL CONCENTRATE (Professional Health Products)

This glandular is from bovine source. Glandular concentrates, failing organs, glands, and tissue can be treated biologically using corresponding material from similar glands.

Contains 80 mg of raw bovine adrenal.

CORTREX (Thorne Research)

Cortrex provides a comprehensive combination of adrenal glandulars and additional nutrients for complete nutritional support of the adrenals.

Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) 50 mg
Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5) 50 mg
Thiamine HCL (Vitamin B1) 10 mg
Pyridoxal 5’ Phosphate 5 mg
Zinc (Citrate) 10 mg
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) 75 mg
Adrenal (Bovine) 125 mg


A combination homeopathic for regulation and stimulation of the adrenal, hypoadrenia, asthenia, fatigue, hypotension, hypoglycemia, anorexia, anemia, constipation, allergies, arthritis, colitis, weakness, bronchitis, hay fever, pneumonia, nausea, vomiting, pigmentation, neuritis, neuralgia, coronary insufficiency, ulcers, hot flashes, sweats, nervousness, insomnia, mental depression, alcoholism, asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

ADAPTAGEN (BioActives)

A combination homeopathic for temporary relief of tiredness, weakness, general fatigue, all types of stress, and weakness of memory.


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Other chemical stresses to the adrenals can come from dietary indiscretion in regards to refined and concentrated carbohydrates, from systemic endocrine imbalances, and from environmental pollutants. Hair analysis is valuable in identifying these environmental toxicities. Most hypoadrenic patients are benefited by eliminating or drastically reducing the level of refined and concentrated carbohydrates in their diets. We provide the patient with a glycemic index. They are instructed to stick to the moderately low to low end of the glycemic scale. If you would like a glycemic index, please request by email.

A commonly encountered chemical stressor to the adrenal glands is marijuana. The chemical reason for this is not known, although it may be due to marijuana's effects on the blood glucose levels, but clinically it is borne out over and over again. Anyone who has smoked marijuana at least once a week for several months or more will surely show signs of hypoadrenia. The only exceptions to this pattern are people in their teens who were particularly healthy prior to taking up marijuana. Some of these teenagers have enough reserve so that they can tolerate weekly marijuana smoking for a year or more before its effects on the adrenals are noted. But they will eventually develop a hypoadrenic pattern.

Psychological: Recall that the third factor in the "triad of chronic stress" is the development of stomach and duodenal ulcers. Not all patients with stress-related illness develop ulcers, but the relationship of stress, particularly emotional stress, to the gut is well documented. There are various methods used to help people with psychological stress, one of which is Emotional Freedom Technique (EMT). For more information, please contact us.

Above information adapted from:
"Common Glandular Dysfunctions in the General Practice: An Applied Kinesiology Approach" by Dr. Walter H. Schmitt, Jr., DC


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