Spiritual Warfare and Adrenal Fatigue

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We are mind, body, and spirit. When we encounter extreme stress, whether physical, emotional or spiritual, our body comes to our rescue. If the challenge goes on too long, our body goes into overdrive to meet our needs. The danger then changes from outside of us,  to within.

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Stress of life

This world is more than stressful, with demands of daily life. It has also become spiritually dangerous. Evil has invaded our society, our schools, our government, our homes and our families. Saints are experiencing many kinds of attacks against their lives and spirits.

Witchcraft is on the rise, and I see curses, Jezebel spirits, demonic oppression, crime, sickness, finances, mental strains, and broken relationships. On top of that, jobs are either stressful, or we lose them, causing the stress of finances.

We valiantly fight the good fight, pray for years to get victory. Even when the victory comes, we are temporarily energized, then suddenly we cannot go on anymore. If we have not gotten victory yet, the strain, and stress of constant failure, overwhelms us. Sometimes, the more we pray, the worse it gets. Where is the light at the end of the tunnel?

The longer we have to wait, the more trauma we experience. And all along, our body is trying to cope, and keep us going. Do we give up and not care any more, or do we force ourselves to keep caring? Finally our body fails us. We collapse.

Recall the story of Elijah, after he had successfully defeated the priests of Baal on Mount Carmel. There was a huge display of the power of God. But when Jezebel, just one person, threatened to kill him he panicked, and ran. He had just had a high stress situation, and he was depleted of all strength. So, even though he had a victory, his body could not handle any more stress. God had to take care of him by a brook, and send birds with food to feed him, until he recovered. He was undergoing temporary adrenal fatigue.

At this point, there are some who just think they are suffering from another spiritual attack, and pray against it. But they still feel badly.

What many get confused with is this: this increasingly heavy, fatiguing oppressive feeling is not a spiritual attack, although it resulted from dealing with one. It is a physical problem, and you need nutrition support, and an endocrinologist.

I can tell you from experience that most general doctors will do a thyroid test, and if that comes back negative, they quit thinking. When you tell them you are gaining weight and you are dieting, they just tell you to go on a diet, or cut back on food. They do not listen.

If you complain of total exhaustion, they will ask you if you are depressed. I went to various doctors over the years (probably about 10 different ones), and not ONE thought for 2 minutes about what I was saying. That is why I am putting this here.

Patients need to find out information for themselves, and take a role in directing their care.

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The body and its hormone response

Our adrenalin is high because of the danger we face. Our cortisol levels go up. Cortisol is the stress hormone. At first this is adaptive, and helps us cope. But at some point we will “crash.” At this point, the stress hormone becomes the death hormone, unless we get it under control.

Adrenal Fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands – 2 small glands that sit on top of your kidneys – become overworked and depleted. Your adrenal glands are responsible for handling the stresses of your daily life, whether that be physical stress, emotional stress, or psychological stress.

When your adrenal glands become overworked, they cannot keep up with the stresses of your everyday life. You then start to manifest the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.


Note that just because you have one or two of the symptoms of adrenal insufficiency does not mean that you have adrenal fatigue. However if you find you have the majority of these symptoms then you may want to investigate further.

You’ll want to learn some of the common causes of adrenal fatigue to see if you can identify with any of these causes in your own life. You’ll also want to see your doctor for a full medical workup and diagnosis of adrenal fatigue.

This post is only about environmentally induced stress- where the causes are social, emotional, spiritual threats. There are other reasons for adrenal, thyroid, dysfunction, example tumors, other diseases of the adrenal glands, etc. but I am not addressing them here.

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Here are the key symptoms of adrenal fatigue:


You’re Tired For No Explainable Reason- this does not mean a little tired, which is cured with rest.  This is total exhaustion, which even months of rest cannot eliminate.  Naps are needed just to get through each day.


People with adrenal fatigue experience extreme physical exhaustion and they don’t have an explanation as to why (such as a strenuous workout). This isn’t just everyday tiredness it is extreme exhaustion.


You Gain Weight Easily – Especially Around the Middle – and it won’t come off with dieting or exercise


People with adrenal fatigue often notice they gain weight very easily. They especially notice the extra weight around the middle – and it’s very hard to lose it, even during dieting and exercise.


You Have Difficulty Rising In The Morning


Those with adrenal fatigue often find they feel tired when getting up in the morning – even with a full night’s sleep. They often need stimulants like caffeine and sugar to ‘get going’ both in the morning and throughout the day.


You’re More Susceptible To Flus and Colds


If you have adrenal fatigue, you may notice that you seem to be catching every flu and cold that comes within 10 feet of you. You’ll also notice that it seems harder for your body to bounce back from illness.


You Often Feel Overwhelmed and Run Down


People with adrenal insufficiency often feel run down and overwhelmed with the tasks they have to accomplish. They may feel as if they can’t keep up and do it all. (This can lead to other symptoms like depression and social withdrawal)


You May Crave Salty or Sweet Snacks


This may include high protein snacks like meat or cheese. Some people with adrenal fatigue can have an increased craving for salt. You might also notice an intense craving for sweets and fast carbs like donuts, chocolate bars, pastries, ice cream etc.


You Feel Better In A Less Stressful Environment


Many people with adrenal insufficiency feel better when on vacation. Their symptoms may even clear up entirely but then return when they go back to their normal lives.


You Are Troubled By ‘Brain Fog’ or Inability to Concentrate


This may include things like the inability to remember certain details, appointments, etc. This may also include a feeling of confusion or difficulty concentrating.


Increased PMS For Women


Women with adrenal disorder may find their periods become heavier and/or irregular. They may also notice increased PMS mood swings and/or food cravings.


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Those are several key symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Other symptoms include:

Lightheadedness/Low Blood Pressure


Tendency to Tremble When Under Pressure

Reduced Sex Drive
Heart Palpitations

Nervousness/Raw Nerves

Poor Digestion – bloating, acid stomach

Feel Most Energetic in the Evening – takes most of morning to wake up

Sensitivity to cold

Difficulty losing weight

Fluid retention, thirsty a lot

Insomnia, un refreshing sleep – sleep only for a few hours at a time, need to take naps

Bad teeth, gums

Ulcers – due to stress

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Distinguishing between thyroid and adrenal problems, or a mix between the two:

The thyroid gland can not make enough T4 (hypothyroidism).

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If poor thyroid function is the only cause, we typically see a

reddish complexion,

thinning of the outer eyebrows,

easy weight gain,

depression,

sluggishness,

excessive sleep,

high blood pressure, and a

decreased ability to fight infection.

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Conversely, if poor adrenal function is the only cause, we typically see pallor,

full eyebrows,

difficulty gaining weight (if the problem is severe),

difficulty losing weight (if the problem is moderate), can’t lose excess

weight even while dieting

anxiety,

exaggerated startle reflex,

insomnia and un-refreshing sleep,

sleep poorly or less than seven hours a night

low blood pressure,

allergies and auto-immune problems.

bone loss (osteoporosis) because of excess cortisol

hypertension (high blood pressure)

type 1 diabetes – not all cases

kidney stones

unusual or chronic infections

use caffeine or carbohydrates as “pick-me-ups

skin pigmentation issues

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Adrenal fatigue is a likely factor in several medical conditions such as the following:

Hypotension

Fibromyalgia

Hypothyroidism

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Arthritis

Premature menopause

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Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:

Impaired cognitive performance

Suppressed thyroid function

Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia

Decreased bone density – osteopenia, which leads to osteoporosis

Decrease in muscle tissue

Higher blood pressure

Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, and other health consequences

Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body.

Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, the development of , higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problems!

Most people have a mixture of poor thyroid and poor adrenal function rather than purely one or the other, and therefore a mixture of symptoms.

In adrenal fatigue, the total cholesterol tends to run low to low-normal while the HDL tends to run high-normal to high.

In hypothyroidism, the opposite tends to occur with a high-normal to high cholesterol and normal-low HDL.

In the early stages of adrenal dysfunction, cortisol levels are too high during the day and continue rising in the evening. This is called “hyperadrenia.”

In the middle stages, cortisol may rise and fall unevenly as the body struggles to balance itself despite the disruptions of caffeine, carbs and other factors, but levels are not normal and are typically too high at night.

In advanced stages, when the adrenals are exhausted from overwork, cortisol will never reach normal levels (“hypoadrenia”).

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Remedies:

Get tested for cortisol levels. See if you need medication. There are more serious diseases that can develop, like Addison’s and Cushing’s, so get checked well.

Rest

Get a one week de-tox kit from a health food store and follow the directions.  Do this every few months.  The food you eat is not sterile, and contamination is there in some degree, so eventually you will get something that will compromise you.

Get nutritional support- take this list with you to a health food store. You may be able to get bottles of supplements that combine some of these together, which will help reduce the cost.

The amino acids, for example, may all be found in the protein powders that can be added to milk. These make good milk shakes.  Drink at least one glass of milk a day with protein powder.

Vitamin B complex

Extra Vitamin B5

Vitamin C with bioflavinoids

Vitamin E

Vitamin A + natural beta- carotene and other carotenoids

Selenium

Coenzyme A

Coenzyme Q

L- Tyrosine

L arginine

L Lysine

Manganese

A good Multivitamin – with minerals,    calcium, magnesium, natural beta-carotene, copper, and zinc

Kelp for iodine

7 keto DHEA – nonprescription strength – 10 mg/day

Get a “super foods” powder mix of fruits and vegetables- add to juice and make a drink – do once a day

For women over 40 – take at least 1000 mg of calcium a day, plus both D and K. The K will help prevent kidney stones created by the calcium intake.

Try to cut back on coffee. But if you can’t, then add fresh milk to your coffee, instead of non dairy creamer. At least you get fresh protein that way.

Exercise – not too much, you are exhausted – but try to move around some, and not just sit all day.   start with just walking around the house.

Do not try to fast or diet – it is a waste of time, and will only increase the cortisol levels, leading to more weight gain. Wait until you get your energy back.

Avoid stress if you can. Spend time alone, read the bible, pray, listen to music, etc.

Be patient. This could take weeks, or months, depending on how bad your condition is.

Do not forget that God is a healer. Pray, and ask God for wisdom in your unique situation, to control the stresses upon you, and pray for healing.

Remember, this is only for stress induced adrenal fatigue only. If you have a more severe situation, as in pituitary tumors, adrenal tumors, adrenal disease etc, then you need additional medical attention.

As I said, the fatigue can be a result of both the thyroid and the adrenal exhaustion, giving mixed signals. Here is a check list you can use, to see where you fit:

Signs and Symptoms: Adrenal Fatigue vs. Low Thyroid Function

Key: – generally absent; +possibly present; ++ often present;
+++ always or almost always present

Signs and Symptoms

Adrenal

Mixed (1)

Thyroid

Body Type

Mild: Gains weight easily;
Moderate: Can’t lose weight;
Severe: Thin, can’t gain weight

Gains easily,goes to tummy/hips first, very hard to lose

Weight gain, generalized or global, extremely hard to lose

Face Shape

Eyes, cheeks sunken when severe

Normal

Full, puffy around eyes

Eyebrows

Tend to be full

Normal to sparse

Very sparse outer 1/3 to 1/2

Tissue Around eyes

Sunken appearance, may have dark circles

Normal or some “bags” under the eyes

Puffy around the eyes, often bags under the eyes

Facial Coloring (2)

Tendency to pallor, especially around mouth. In dark skin, it darkens around mouth, forehead, sides of face

Pallor around mouth (more visible with light skin)

Ruddy or rosy complexion, including around the mouth

Hair quality

Thin and wispy. May become straw-like or straighter. Dry. Falls out easily. Sparse on forearms or lower legs.

Tendency to become sparse

Tends to be coarse, sparse, may become wavy or curly (rare) or change color. If severe enough, hair loss is common.

Nails

Thin, brittle

Break easily

May be thick

Skin Quality

Dry, Thin, Finger-prints often “smoothed out” or flat/shiny and may have longitudinal wrinkles over finger pads (probable cause is low collagen level)

May be thin, dry, bruise easily, poor healing.

May be oily or moist. Poor healing, May bruise easily. Skin thickness is normal (not thin). Typically good quality finger prints.

Fluids/Secretions

Dry skin, little secretions. Can’t hold onto water.

Mixed, e.g. dry body and oily face

Good secretions. Skin may be oily. Tendency to fluid retention.

Connective Tissue Quality (ligaments, tendons, skin, hair, and nails)

Lax ligaments or flexible (e.g. flat feet, double jointed). Joint strains/sprains are common.

Mixed

Poor flexibility.

Pigment Distribution

Vitiligo (white spots or patches) in late stage. May tan too easily. In dark skin, darker on forehead, sides of face, around mouth and chin/jaw.

Milder version of vitiligo (small patches or tiny white spots on arms and/or legs) and dark patches if dark skin.

In pure hypothyroidism, vitiligo and hyperpigmentation are very rare.

Connective Tissue Quality (ligaments, tendons, skin, hair, and nails)

Lax ligaments or flexible (e.g. flat feet, double jointed). Joint strains/sprains are common.

Mixed

Poor flexibility.

Fluids/Secretions

Dry skin, little secretions. Can’t hold on to water.

Mixed, e.g. and dry body and oily face

Good secretions. Skin may be oily. Tendency to fluid retention.

Light Sensitivity or Night Blindness

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After Image (e.g. seeing the image of a flash bulb or bright light moving by longer than others)

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+

+/-

Typical Pains

Headaches, migraines, muscles, carpal tunnel

Muscles, carpal tunnel

Occasionally joints, muscles, feet/lower legs

Temperature Pattern (see Metabolic Temperature Graph)

Thermal chameleon (hot when it’s warm and cold when it’s cool). Poor thermoregulation. Tends to low body temperature around 97.8 or lower. Fluctuating pattern.

Fluctuating pattern, usually averaging 97.8 but can be lower

Stable, non-fluctuating pattern, average can be from low 90’s to a little below 98.6

Cold Intolerance

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+/-

Heat Intolerance

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Cold Hands / Feet

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Happens often

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Warm Hands / Feet (in spite of low body temperature)

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Happens occasionally

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Sweating

May be excessive in early phase. Poor sweating in late phase.

May appear normal

Normal to increased, more oily than ‘wet’

General Reactivity: Emotional, physiological, immune, etc.

Hyper-reactive (over)

Moderate

Hypo-reactive (under)

Immune Function

Tendency to over-react results in allergies, sensitivities, autoimmune problems

Mixed

Tendency to under-respond results in infections (sinus, bladder, bowel, skin, etc.)

History of EBV or Mononucleosis

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+/-

Sensitivity to medications, supplements etc. Needs small doses

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+

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Intuitive (3). Picks up other peoples feelings (e.g. at malls, parties).

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+

+/-

Personality Tendency: Humor

+/-

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Personality Tendency: Serious

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+/-

Depression (10)

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Anxiety(11), panic attacks, worry, fear, insecurity, feelings of impending doom (any combination). “I thought I was dying…”

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+

Obsessive Compulsive Tendency (11) (12)

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+

+/-

Startle Easily

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+

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Tolerance to Change/Stress

Poor

Poor/Moderate to good

Moderate

Sleep Patterns

Tendency to one or more: Insomnia, light sleeper, waking up at 2-4 AM, unrefreshing sleep

May or may not have sleep disturbance

Tendency to one or more: Sleepiness, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, unrefreshing sleep

Mental Abilities

Poor focus, clarity, concentration, short-term memory. ‘Brain fog’

Poor focus, clarity, concentration, short-term memory.

Poor focus, clarity, concentration, short-term memory. ‘Slow thinking’

Energy Pattern

Complains of fatigue or exhaustion, “wired and tired”, can’t persevere, low motivation

Variable energy that can be good or poor.

Complains of being tired, sluggish, low motivation

Exercise Tolerance

Causes fatigue. Can’t persevere. If severe, body temperature drops after exercise.

Mixed

Can’t exercise much. Tires easily.

Edema (swelling), non-pitting in lower legs

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+/-

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Standing still is difficult or causes discomfort. Walking is easier.

+

+/-

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Fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue

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++

++

Orthostatic Hypotension (light-headed when getting up to stand from laying or sometimes, even sitting)

++

+/-

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Blood Pressure

Tends to run low, e.g., from 80/50 at the low end to 110/70 at the high end

Can be low, normal or high

Ranges from normal to very high and poorly controlled by medications

Heart Palpitations (“feels like my heart was about to jump out of my chest”).

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+/-

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Mitral Valve Murmur or Prolapse (4)

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+

+/-

Dietary Habits

Often lean toward being vegetarian or avoids certain foods

Tends to have fewer dietary restrictions than the pure adrenal type

Tends to eat everything

Digestion

Often has difficulty digesting meat, or other proteins. Some foods troublesome (5)

May be normal or difficulty with some foods.

Poor but they often think it’s good.

Bowel Function

Tendency to be irritable, or hyperactive, transit time may be too fast (food exits stomach too fast causing poor [enzymatic] digestion)

Poor/mixed

Tendency to constipation, hypoactive, slow transit time (food leaves stomach too slowly) and poor mechanical digestion.

Malabsorption

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Cravings

Sweets, carbohydrates, salt (any combination), black licorice

Mixed

Fats

Blood sugar. (Hypoglycemia = low blood sugar. Hyperglycemia = elevated blood sugar)

Tendency to hypoglycemia. May need many small meals or “crash”

Can range from mild hypoglycemia to hyperglycemia

Normal to hyperglycemia

Problems with menses and /or fertility (females)

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Typical Findings on Blood Tests

Blood Tests

Adrenal

Mixed (1)

Thyroid

Chem: Total cholesterol (6)

Usually low to low normal (e.g., under 160)

Mixed: Can be low, mid-range, or high

Usually over 200. Very hard to reduce.

Chem: HDL (6) (the good cholesterol)

Tends to be relatively high

Mixed: can be high, low, or midrange

Tends to be relatively low

Chem: Cholesterol/HDL ratio

Usually 3.0 or less

Can be high, low or mid-range

Usually 3.5 or more

Chem: Serum Potassium

Tends toward high normal (typically 4.0 or higher)

Tends to be under 4.0

Chem: Serum Sodium

Tends toward low normal (typically 140 or lower)

Tends to be over 140

Chem: DHEAS

Low to low normal

Sugar levels

Tend to be low, e.g. 60’s to 80’s

Tend to be normal or elevated

CO2

Tends to be at the low end (23 or less) (13)

Chem: Testosterone

Tends to be low-normal to low

CBC: WBC (7)

Tends to be low normal (e.g. 3.5 to 5)

Normal to low normal

Often in the mid-normal range or high end (e.g. above 7)

CBC: Platelets (7)

Tend to low normal

Normal to low normal

Normal to high normal

CBC: MCV (8) (mean corpuscular volume)

Often 93 or higher. Taking vitamin B12 regularly may normalize it.

Tends to be high or high normal. Taking B12 regularly may normalize it.

Tends to be 90 or less

CBC: RDW (9) (reticulocyte distribution of width)

Normal to high normal

Normal to high normal

Normal to high normal

Blood type

Most are type A

Often type O

Platelets

Typically under 200

Typically under 300

Typically over 300


122 Responses to “Spiritual Warfare and Adrenal Fatigue”

  1. [...] goes into overdrive to meet our needs. The danger then changes from outside of us to within. Click here for [...]

  2. these symptoms are incredibly similar to a disease known as ‘gettingfatandfeelingtiredandneedingsomethingtoblameitonitus’

    although the sufferer will not always manifest the incredibly specific symptom of ‘feeling better in a less stressful environment e.g. on holiday’

    p.s. i’ve heard prayer and miraculous healing are good cures for this

    p.p.s. don’t eat fruit. it is the devil’s way of tempting us in to sinful tasty pleasure.

  3. zarathustra,

    Do you equate sarcasm and foolish remarks, as a best effort peudo- intellectual response, to a medical topic that is obviously over your head?

    You are right about the prayer and healing.

    marianne

    PS. Adrenal insufficiency is a very serious problem and can end in crisis and death, if too advanced. So, this is an important topic for people to read.

    • THANK YOU for addressing zarathustra’s smart alec comments.I’m going to a group of doctors in Asheville NC called GSMC. Dr. Hoch went to school for and specializes in cranial sacral and osteopathic maniupulation (I forget the specific style) it makes a world of difference in my severe adrenal fatigue. I don’t know where you live or if there would be someone comporable, maybe you could call GSMC and see if Dr. Hoch knows anyone in your area? I have had severe food intollerances and haven’t been able to eat fruit so according to blood work my vit c is at scurvy level. Apparently according to Dr. James Wilson getting vit c in it’s natural form (from whole food) with bioflavanoids like in camu camu powder is crucial to adrenal function. Here’s the link if you’d like: http://blog.adrenalfatigue.org/adrenal-fatigue/dietary-supplements-adrenal-fatigue-vitamin-c-%E2%80%93-part-1/ I hope you feel better soon! Keep looking for what works for you – God wants us better! Cleanse your mind with the Word of God so you can resist and rebuke hopelessness and depression. I’ll pray for you.

      • hi restorationgirl

        Good for you!

        I am glad you are getting the help you need.

        I am in Raleigh, and I am getting better slowly, and thanks for the advice. I will look into it.

    • zarathustra, did you know that in Heaven, they will watch those in hell, once a week, and then, once a month? I used to think that evil people got away with shaming the righteous, but the funny part is that this is only for a short season-then, the evil spend eternity in total shame…interesting huh? I just thought I’d let you know about that seeing as how you seem to have absolutely no fear of G-d.

      Good luck!

  4. Thank you Marianne, for the very informative post. I’m pretty sure that is exactly what i’ve been experiencing. Hope you are doing well?

  5. Hi Corne,

    Well, I am well spiritually. Physically, I have adrenal insufficiency, so I am working on how to get better. :)

    blessings
    marianne

  6. Wow, this was really informative and I’ve suspected I have this for some time. Thanks for this well-stated info!

    Cindy

  7. Hi Cindy,

    many are going through this…..! we are at war with the enemy now…..but we can heal….so hang in there.!

    blessings
    marianne

  8. I have been thinking for a long time that there is a spiritual dimension to AF and I’m really glad I found this blog post. Do you ever read the AF info at Women to Women dot com? It has a pretty good balance of medical info and mind/body healing tips. I’ve found it quite helpful — especially for how to schedule meals for maximum energy. Here are a few links: Adrenal fatigue and Eating to support your adrenals. Good luck!

  9. I really enjoyed reading this article. Its been estimated that 80% or so of people in our country experience this, and having a clean diet is really important to get over this and prevent this. I’ve been researching this topic for a while now after experiencing heavy stress while getting out of an intense relationship. Its been over for a year now, but I just haven’t felt the same since (physically and mentally I’ve noticed my body has responded to this stress). Also, this may sound ridiculous to some people, but I live in an extremely over-developed tourist town and there is no where to enjoy nature on a daily basis. You have to drive at least an hour and a half in either direction to get out of the shopping plazas and I think this environment has exhausted my adrenals as well.

    • Hi Joy,

      Another thing you can try is a diet based on your blood type. At first, I thought this was silly, and did not believe it, because I did not believe the reasons for the diet – based on evolution. But after I tried it, I felt better also.

      The real reasons have nothing to do with evolution. People now like to do that – make everything because of that.

      But the real reason is autoimmune reactions to foods you eat, that are contraindicated by the antigens (proteins) on the outside of your cells.

      Do a search for diets and your blood type, and add this to the adrenal fatigue diet

      blessings
      marianne

  10. Yeah, I agree, I have had some warfare since I left my previous megachurch, not all the time, but I now look at it objectively (not always) and say hey “oh its just the enemy trying to distract us or whatever” and I try and have a laugh cause he can’t win and stop our progress.

    I try and rest as much as possible, pray, be with good friends, share, have a laugh and exchange tips on life etc

    God Bless

  11. My fatigue and stress sometimes comes from being around unbelievers at times. Most of them claim to be Catholic and don’t seem to have that relationship with Jesus just the traditions of the Catholic church.

    • Barry

      The biggest source of stress IS other people, not disease. Trying to deal with unbelievers, and shallow Christians who do not care much about anything, can be deeply stressful and disturbing. It is like you have to care to compensate for their lack of caring. This is too much of a burden.

      It would be better to be alone with God, than to waste energy on people who drain you.

  12. Too much detoxing can also cause adrenal fatigue…you should go slow, don’t do too many herbs at once. Interpersonal stress is a big factor, but hard to control. Need plenty of salt and vit. c. By the way, I am a born again Catholic. There are shallow Christians of all denominations!

    • Hi kathleen,

      Good advice. My comment about shallow Christians was not directed at Catholics. It was meant to be generic, all encompassing, even though Barry had a specific complaint against Catholics himself.

  13. Hi Kathleen, Marianne:
    Since when has Roman Catholicism been considered a legitimate Christian faith? What exactly was it that Marin Luther was “protesting” if we today have been embracing the the teaching of Roman Catholics. How is it you can justify: Prayer to Mary and acknowledging her as “the mother of God”, the “infallibility of the pope”, Penance, chanting, Idolatry just to name a few. None of these are consistent with understanding of Christ and His church. The watered down theology of “today’s gospel” is far removed of Christ’s challenge in 1 John 5:1-4.

    • I agree with you Ian!! Speak the truth and preach it brother!
      Well we found common grounds after all …

    • Ian

      Well, you have to take each person on an individual basis, as in any denomination.

      Martin Luther was also virulently anti-semitic. Was that christian love?

      Charismatic Protestants have made merchandise out of Jesus, preaching a prosperity gospel. Isn’t this idolatry?

      • I also agree with you marianne,
        When we are all standing before the judgment Throne of God …
        He will judge us NOT according to our denomination nor as a group …
        but individually and according to the works.

  14. Marianne:

    Martin Luther indeed was anti-semitic. He too will be held accountable for this, as Abigail stated above. That being said, one must keep in mind the “times” he was living in and the influence of the Jews during the fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries. During our times, many “anti-abortionists” mistakenly felt they could justify burning down abortionist offices or even shooting them. Or perhaps taking other issues into our own hands, like openly showing hatred towards Muslims today. You and I both understand that the right response is to exercise Christian love without jeopardizing or denouncing our faith in Christ. The battle is not over “flesh and blood”, but “hearts and minds” of all people.

    • hi Ian

      What you say is true. We should be spending our time showing the love of Christ to those who are on the wrong path, and teaching them truth, without condemnation.

      Sometimes people, in their zeal for the truth, condemn the person, instead of the false doctrine.

      We can say what is wrong, without hurting and alienating them.

      They need gentle guidance back to the Word.

  15. Marianne, so what your saying is that you don’t like shallow Christians, and you yourself thinks unbelievers are a burden? i don’t believe Jesus would have your same outlook of “I would be better to be alone with God, than to WASTE energy on people who drain you” You kinda come across as to what you say you dislike….. in other words a shallow christian. A lot of Christians today make a bad name for their religion and turn nonbelievers away with this attitude cause it goes against the religion itself and what Jesus would do. We have to be open and excepting of an unbelievers view (not just consider him or her a burden) Everyone is entitled to their own belief and their is no right way to force religion into someones life or look down upon this person because of that. We can encourage it but we know God is gonna have a plan for them and he will come into their lives when the time is right. I hope you take this message to heart.

    Sincerely, Steve

    • Steve,

      I don’t think I mentioned “shallow christians”

      There is only so much we can do for some people. And some people really are selfish and make demands on others, to the point that they drain all their energy.

      Imagine someone calling you 20 times a day, because they want you to hear their complaints about someone else. There is a time to call it quits with this kind of behavior. It is not about a superior attitude, but being wise enough to avoid being victimized by others.

      There are also people who are unbelievers who are not just innocent people who are not saved yet. Some are actively our enemies, and they attack us on all levels, socially, at work, etc.

      We have to have wisdom to know when there has been enough exposure to these people, and you have to cut it off, and heal.

    • @Steve: your response is what gives Christians a bad name, not Marianne’s article, research, sharing and being honest about her feelings as well as recognizing truth. People can be very draining and many have to learn to be accountable for their own heartburn without having to complain to others, which really does no good. Just “own it” and move on! Thanks Marianne for your excellent work! Hope you are doing better over the past year or more that this thread has been alive! Dave

      • dear DAve,

        Thank you for wishing me well. I am working on recovery, but as I am getting older, new issues do come up. So, I continue to study and work toward better health. On this issue, I do feel better. I discovered some medications were giving bad side effects that contributed to the situation as well.

    • Devil be gone man!! God dose not like lukewarm and I fallow no church I fallow the word off god shallow is this here this will not happen with the father the churches in the usa have fallen asleep and let stain take over forget about the brand what dose Jesus say about how you are acting right now oh and by the way you will come to the father throw buses not marry f s&by then ask for help to be sent by messenger fallow the bible not man there messed up any way and thats why we need Jesus.

  16. For those who would understand what it is to take responsibility.

  17. Thank you for your blog! Found on a google search and it was unexpected surprise! Adrenal failure and spiritual warfare? Who woulda thought? Great topic and great connection!! I have adrenal weakness (longer than I want to admit) and am a spiritual warfare hope-to-be (when I have more energy??). Thank you for your intent (helping people like me), your expertise (you’ve done a lot of research) and your tables. I have a couple of blogs and hope future ones are near as helpful as yours has been. Thanks!!

    • hi dawn

      thanks…have your hormones checked also….not just cortisol…..but estrogen testosterone progesterone…….you can have a panel done…

  18. This is a serious problem and most western docs have no idea about it.. Find a holistic doctor.. If you depend only on western docs to diagnose this you’ll be in trouble and nearly die like I did… Don’t be afraid to take low dose hydrocortisone.. You may really need it.. Get urine and saliva tests. Blood tests are not accurate.. Go to http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com and educate yourself.. Lots of people will say you have cfs but you really have adrenal fatigue.. Pay for private lab tests.. You’re worth it!

  19. The enemy has conspired against this great God fearing nation and the nations of the earth:
    There is none to stand in the gap and intercede for the people of the Lord. All seek their own gain. People roam over the mountains like sheep without a Sheppard. But the Lord God of Hosts will not allow the mischief of the evil one.
    The people relied on Corporate America for an unfailing check and have not prepared for these times. Corporate America became greedy, therefore transferring all the work the people had to places where they can profit not a 100% but over a 1000% if possible. They used the people to extract the sketches of what it took to build this great nation. Your children engineered the trains, the factories, the mining machines. Yet all has been taken, and the people are left to be slaves to greed and be consumed.
    The Government needs complimentary support we can provide. Governance is countered by selfish interests, legal manipulation and corruption. Blindly and unwilling they have been used in the exodus of Jobs, manufacturing and wealth to greener pastures.
    Where there is no vision the people perish. The country suffers for lack of knowledge to decipher the times. Where is the Church, the Body of Christ, and the Leadership of the Church?
    Church arise encourage the people. The state does not want to stand with you but you can stand for the People. Provide Manufacturing skills, help reopen factories, restore trade with developing countries. Quit criticizing the Government; use the little support they provide grow the country. “Occupy till I come” said the Lord Jesus Christ, engage for God’s sake.
    Watch what you listen in the News-media; Despite our advanced education, there has never been a people so misinformed as ours. Distortion of facts and control of knowledge as this is worst than Communist propaganda in the Cold War era.
    Help the people with raw material procurement, import and exporting. The world still buys and sells, or else China would not still be in business, we alone willow in politics and speculative financial demagogies. You can still afford homes, if only there were jobs and home values were not manipulated. China prizes our products, Africa, Asia and Mediterranea still need what we make, and Europe wants a competitor.
    Gather your strength, resources and knowledge. For the sake of the body of Christ, the Land and the People we will provide engineers, researchers and developers in any field there is. Engage for sake of the people. Contact us: vpinc@mail.com

  20. What is your source for the charted information?

  21. Marianne,

    Thank you so much for articulating here exactly what I felt in my spirit. This place I am in–physical exhaustion unlike anything I’ve experienced in the past–is linked to the spiritual warfare and desert season I’ve been in these many years. Indeed I have had to take serious heed to my diet, and have had to rest more. The economic challenges of being able to eat whole, energy-giving and sustaining foods finally pushed me to apply for food aid a few days ago–I felt so much shame around it, because I felt like I wasn’t allowing God to provide. But finally, I got to a place in God where I realized He is opening up a temporary door to sustain me physically, as He prepares for me the enduring sustenance He has promised. I feel so grateful to have time during the day to rest. I am a writer and do not work a full 9 to 5 right now. At this moment, I am truly needing to hear from someone that this fatigue will not last forever, and that with rest (physical and emotional, and of course spiritually in God), and good nutrition, I will fully recover.

    Thank you so much for what you have written here. I have no doubt it will bless so many, as many more of us are coming to the end of ourselves, quite literally, and have to surrender to God’s full restoration and healing power. May God continue to bless, heal, and restore you in every way, Marianne. AMEN.

    • hi Restoration

      The recovery time is directly related to the level and severity of stress. I have been in recovery for 5 years after a 30 year battle.

      Others may recover in a few months or less.

      make sure you double check all medical diagnosis as to accuracy. Most doctors and nurses miss this one.

      the most important thing you can do is rest.

      • Hi Marianne,
        I am currently in a very stressful spiritual warfare, I am praying for my husband who God is working on, I am standing in the gap and I believe that the Lord my God will bring it to finish the work that he has begun in my husband’s life. His name is Sunil. Can I please ask you to stand with me in prayer and strenghthen me spiritually to cast the demons away. These demons are using my very own husband to overpower my two children and my husband but the Lord is empowering me to give tham a tough time. The devil is not liking the sweet aroma of Jesus around me and wants to make it tough for me. I recently went through this phase of exhaustion to an extent that my prayer life suffered. God lifted me up and made me stand up on my feet again and I was able to praise him and worship him once again. God showed me these are the last slogging hours the devil is defeated and he is trying all his last minute resorts. Please pray and strenghthen me so that I stand firm till the end of this spiritual warfare.

        • dear Rene

          I understand the stress of loved ones being attacked, and they do not realize what is influencing them. The ones we need support from are working against us.

          If you can, gather anyone who will stand with you, friend, family, neighbor, to support you against him, until you can make him realize what he is doing is wrong.

          I am putting your husband on my prayer list for deliverance, and you for strength, protection, provision, and the presence of God to increase in your life, to witness to your husband the glory of God.

          I plead the blood of Jesus over you, and agree with you in this effort. I rebuke all demonic spirits in Jesus name, and declare the plan of God to be successful for you, and the devil defeated.

          pray these prayers each day:

          http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/prayer-closing-doors-against-witchcraft-control/

          http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/prayer-covering-for-your-life-and-family/

          I am in agreement with you in these prayers.

          • Thanks Marianne, You are indeed an angel of God I was fighting this battle all alone for 15 years in the four walls of my house. Out of shame I never talked about it to anyone because when I did try to speak to a couple of christian friends I realized they are not interested in praying for you, they want you around them to satisfy all their busy religious activities, they need crowd for prayer meetings and God opened my eyes to that reality and what I realize is there was a religious spirit out there which kept them busy with religious activities with no time to spend time at the feet of Jesus and cherish their relationship with him. , until recently God led me to a friend and this friend stood by me in prayer in front of the throne, she is my prayer partner in my spiritual warfare and I was able to give the enemy a tough time and fight this spiritual battle and everyday I see how God is working in my life and is in control. The two links that you sent me have equipped me with the power and armour of God and the Holy Spirit . I no longer feel weak in this warfare. Whoever is reading this can I ask you to join me in my spiritual battle and stand with me and agree to strengthen me.

            • hi Rene

              It is good to hear you are feeling stronger. Prayer is the key. Also read the Word of God and you will find strength in God’s promises written there.

  22. It really helped reading this, I would be greatfull if u send me info on what foods help with adrenal fatigue as I suffer from this

  23. Marianne – I can’t even tell you how reading this has brought peace to my heart. My husband deployed last year for 6 months and during that time I believe I was friends with someone with a Jezebel spirit and that she was influencing me mentally and physically. I had every single symptom described above and thought I was losing my mind and health. My husband is getting ready to leave today for another 5 month deployment, but I feel empowered because I no longer have her in my life AND because now I know what I can do diet-wise to help with my health issues. Thank you!!!!!!!!!

    • hi Always :)

      You are welcome. Fighting a Jezebel takes a lot of energy. keep a good support system around you. By the way, your husband is in my prayers. I pray for the safety of the troops every night.

  24. God is amazingly faithful! When my body and emotions crashed a few years ago, I was so confused, exhausted and generally debilitated. It was a totally new experience for me, as I have always been positive, active and pretty healthy. I thought I was dying or becoming mentally ill. My faith was securely fixed on the Lord and His goodness, however, so I prayed and said, “God, what is happening? What am I dealing with here? I don’t have the strength to try and figure it out. Please show me.” Seriously, the very next day, I was sitting in the waiting room at my son’s doctor appointment and picked up a women’s health magazine off the table. The first thing I opened to was a lengthy article about adrenal fatigue with a checklist similar to yours. I could check off every symptom. Since then, I have been reading everything I can about the subject, and am improving little by little.
    There is a plethora of amazing help out here on the Internet, and your article sums up alot of it. Thank you for the research you have done!
    One comment for those suffering through this … You must analyze the stressers in your life, whether nutritional, environmental, emotional, physical, and spiritual and make some serious decisions and changes. Most often, adrenals fatigue with a combination of an overload in all areas. These can even be “good” stressers. For me, the main one was being in a long, highly abusive relationship. God had tried to show me several times before that I needed to leave, but I thought it was my duty to stay. Had I left at God’s first prompting, my health may not have been seriously compromised.
    Please reduce your amount of stress as well as adding the nutritional component. Stay in the Word and prayer and God will lead you to information you need:)
    Thank you again!

    • hi susan

      I wish you a complete recovery.

      I am getting better, it is a slow process, but a positive one.

      hang in there and keep trusting God.

  25. Hi!! Thanks Marianne for all that you are doing…My husband gets tired easily…wants to sleep the instant he gets home from work…has muscle cramps in his legs and has white patches on his face…Could this be because of AF?

  26. Hi what do you think i have?For the past year or so I have been suffering symptoms that lead me to believe I have adrenal fatigue. About two years ago I noticed that my legs/ankles were a little puffy and red after running. I am a runner and I thought that it was kind of strange. I ignored it for a little more than a year and then it suddenly spread to my whole body about five months ago. I woke up swollen everywhere. Ever since then I have had hot flashes where I will be sitting tin class and out of o where my body feels like it’s on fire and I sweat a ton. I also feel tired all the time and am not able to run anymore. Any type of working out makes the symptoms worse. I have been to the doctor so many times and am told that I am perfect. I know I am not perfect. They have done every test in the world. I recently went to a homeopathic doctor that told me I have adrenal fatigue. I was given herbs and things to take and have been eating a perfect diet; only fruits and vegetables, no dairy or gluten or sugar. I don’t know what to do anymore so if anyone has any ideas of what it could be that would be a great help to me.

    • dear joe

      what tests were done?

      how old are you?

      if you are retaining fluid, it is either your heart or your kidneys

      do you take protein supplements?

    • I’m certainly no expert, just a ‘civilian’ that reads a lot. Eating vegetarian, I’d think would keep the adrenal system from repairing. Protein – if from ‘clean’, organic sources – is long-term energy, keeps our structure lubricated and brain functional. No way can that be obtained w/ a vegetarian diet. I strongly suspect I have this too, and feel even worse if I don’t get protein. God told us to eat meat; it’s what much of our body is made of. While I lean away from Western medicine and towards holistic, many of the latter promote a vegetarian diet and it’s so unnatural for all but a very few humans. Dr. Mercola has some good articles on what’s wrong w/ this; maybe adding some quality protein back into what’s probably a great diet otherwise, would give you the energy you need to return to exercise. Sounds like your body is fairly screaming that it’s missing something!

  27. Hi,

    Thank you for this wonderful post. Does anyone know of an effective physician in Los Angeles that can Help with my adrenal fatigue. Please. I will also pray for those in need of it.

  28. A minor matter, but for the sake of accuracy, the timeline of events in the opening of this article – where it begins with “Recall the story of Elijah . . .” – is somewhat out of order.

    The account of 1 Kings 17:3, where Elijah is told “hide thyself by the brook” and that God had “commanded the ravens to feed thee there” was not because of Jezebels persecution, but because there was a drought coming on the land.

    It is two chapters later (1 Kings 19:4) that Elijah, after ‘battling’ with the priests of Baal, and ultimately slaying them and then receiving a death warrant from the Queen because of it – fled to the ‘wilderness’ and was cared for.

    And even then, it was an angel that cared for him, not birds.

    In any case, interesting article.

  29. Im amazed at this. I have 95% of mixed symptoms. I thought I was going mad. I’ve been like this for 22yrs. And it all started at 17 when I moved to a big city away from my parents to study. I didn’t cope well.
    I googled spiritual meaning of sudden severe flu and ended up on your sight. Everytime I have extreme stress I seem to just take it in, show no emotion then bang. I’m sick. Please send me more info or put me on your newsletter list. Thank you Michelle Carson

    • hi michelle

      I put on here a relatively good summary. If you want to discuss your individual issues, you can contact me further by email ( hit reply to this message.) Blessings.

      • I know this is an old post but look up nettle infusion for adrenal fatigue. Austin Weed has EXCELLENT info about this. She is a pagan so tread prayerfully but as an herbalist she is invaluable. Marianne how can I get in touch with you privately. Had found you a few years ago then just today found you again. I am in need of prayer and feel “led” to speak with you. God bless

  30. Adrenal fatigue can be a real problem and lead to burnout and reduced ability to function. Supplements, herbs, exercise and avoidance of known stressors really help with physical recovery but it can take years.I had to be very patient and not overstimulate my body with too many energy supplements. Christ asks us to take up our cross and follow him so we can deduce that the path of Christianity is going to involve suffering, and persecution. This is certainly the case in an increasingly secularised society with growing atheism and immorality. The stressful attacks seem to come from every angle, via media, politically, socially.etc.But he promised to be with us always and encourages us ” Come to me all you who are heavily burdened and I will give you rest; for my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. If you’re experiencing burnout then it could be time to combat this in a more gentle way that wont exhaust you. Mainly through prayer and giving your worries and concerns about people and the culture, to God on a regular basis. Your prayers becoming intercessions for those who don’t know how to pray and need the grace of conversion. Meanwhile as you recover from adrenal fatigue, you can learn to be less emotionally disturbed by life’s drama and hold on to His peace. It is possible to be sensitive to others and pick up on their problems. It is a kind of empathy at work that can be a work of the Spirit. I was taught to pray for them and give this burden to the Lord. After a period of time which varies greatly from situation to situation, the junk is lifted away. That person is no longer in your thoughts or on your heart. Energy returns and normality until someone or something disturbs my life and calls me to cooperate with God’s grace again for the good of the other. It is a way to be a Spiritual Warrior and get on with the demands of ordinary life and family committments.

  31. A few things I think you could make more clear

    1. Most people do not get enough iodine
    The body has different pathways available to make energy.
    If the thyroid is slow (from a lack of iodine)
    Then the adrenal glands can kick to make adrenaline. (This is the way more and more people function on a DAILY basis, hence all the angry people who over react to the slightest provocation)
    How much iodine is ‘enough’? This is open to a lot of heated debate. But from my own personal experience, I haven’t started recovering properly from adrenal burnout until recently, supplementing with SSKI (potassium iodine)
    The RDA is 50 micrograms a day
    I am started out with 10mg (massively more than the RDA) this got rid of the anxiety, anger, depression, and improved my sleep
    However after dextoxing for several months I am now taking (40mg) and am feeling peaceful, happy, and am able to handle the onslaught of negative people around me without getting dragged into it.
    IODINE IS POTENTIALY LETHAL -treat it with the utmost respect.
    My goal is 6-8 drops per day, I cannot take more than 4 drops ATM (40mg) because my heart starts palpitating. ( bromine is still being excreted) see the iodine forums at cure zone website for more info

    2. People who have slow thyroids naturally begin to self medicate with more and more caffiene (larger and larger coffees, or energy drinks with caffiene) or nicoteine (cigarettes) , or even drugs. However, fueling your body on adrenaline or caffiene puts you into fight or flight mode. More cortisol is created and the body begins breaking down.
    Better to be taking iodine or ARMOUR dessicated thyroid (by prescription of a doctor) as this will get the metabolism moving in a healthy way.

    So Elijah was an amazing man of god. And likely even he was deficient of iodine to a degree that the stress he face overloaded him. I can’t say for sure that taking enough iodine will make us immune to these massive spiritual battles, but I like to think that it’s possible. However, while we do things in the natural world (take proper nutrition) to defend ourselves in the spiritual world (spiritual attacks) we must also undemonize ourselves simultaneously (work diligently on our patience) I’m this way we grow in both realms. We become healthy and successful in both the physical realm and the spiritual one.

    We can pray and pray and pray. And this is good. (Spiritual aspect) but we must also remember often that god has already given us success. And we must simply overcome the problems in our life through diligent work. (Physical aspect) Diligence is a godly value and trait. Never giving up and going into battle day after day to overcome he world in a godly way that inspires non-believers to ask us why we are so happy, and so healthy, and so successful. So that they might also be saved. A very difficult task that I work to master every single day. While overcoming all my hardships. And yet I make time to comfort myself every day. Showering myself with happiness. Making sure to laugh. To make others smile. Because emotions also can repair my body. Just as negative emotions can (and almost did) kill me. I know from personal experience that not taking time to rest leads to feeling of suicide and eventual death (both spiritual and physical). While I wish I was never there, now that I have climbed back up out of that dark place, I now have a genuine love and zest for life that I never had before. So it served a purpose.

    So lots of rest and taking time out to care for yourself will reduce your stress levels (physical) and allow you more time to grow (spiritualy) these two things go hand in hand.

    Good luck.

    I see more and more p

    • hi Will

      I agree about the iodine. At first, I started out taking kelp tablets each day, which helped immediately. then I could sense that was too much. Now I take the tablet about once a week.

      spiritual battles do have an effect on our physical bodies, and we have to learn to take care of them.

  32. Finding your article is an answer from God. I just asked Him last night to reveal the root cause of what’s going on with me. I was looking for something else for a friend and came across your article – Praise God!!! He constantly amazes me.

    I had gained weight after something very stressful happened in my life a few years ago. I was diagnosed with fibromyaliga, was taking vitamins a doctor prescribed and started on the Medifast diet. I started feeling better, lost weight and the doctor gave me the good news that my blood work came back normal and I didn’t have fibromyalgia anymore, but warned me it could come back.

    Soon after, something stressful happened again, so much that it was all I could do from keeping myself from falling apart, it was one of the worst times in my life. I noticed I was gaining a little weight, so I decided to get back on the Medifast diet to keep it from getting out of hand, but that’s not what happened. I gained 30 lbs while on the diet, which made NO SENSE at all. It’s very frustrating to be on a structured diet and still gain weight. I’m also not used to this, I’ve been thin all my life and out of no where, I’m blowing up and swollen.

    Doctors constantly check me for thyroid and it never comes back that there’s an issue. They also check to see if I’m diabetic because I’m always thirsty, but still comes back normal.

    Many of things on your list sounds like what’s been going on with me, even my hair has turned a little wavey and waking up in the mornings is horrible. It does take me all morning to wake up and I have to drink alot of coffee or take something to have any energy and motivation to do anything.

    It hurts when people judge me, I guess they just don’t understand, but I wish they’d try. I feel like if I’m not in a wheelchair or if it’s something they can see, they believe and understand, but if they don’t see it, they won’t listen to me and say I’m just in a depression and they don’t believe I’m really dieting. I know myself, I know my body, if I say somethings wrong, then something is wrong. I’m doing my best to leave it in God’s hands and not get hurt by others anymore.

    I’m so grateful for this article, Thank YOU so much and I’m extremely grateful God heard my prayers, answered them, answered very quickly and showed me what’s going on so I can get help. Praise YOU God!!!!!

    • hi lisa

      It sounds like the thirst issue is coming from your kidneys, which regulate water balance in the body.

      your thyroid can test ok, but if you do not have enough iodine in your diet the thyroid hormone won’t work. Take one kelp tablet each day for a week, then taper off to every 2-3 days, to finally once a week. see if that helps you feel better.

      sometimes drugs / medicines we take can affect our metabolism. what kind of drugs were you on when this started, and are you on anything now.?

      do you take any kind of herbal tablets?

  33. Hi Marianne, I’m so sorry, I didn’t know you responded to my post, thank YOU very much and I really mean that! Yes, I was on medication and still am on it, but I don’t feel comfortable sharing what it is on a site like this. I don’t have a problem in private though. I’m not sure, I’ll have to check because I don’t remember, but I think the medication I’m on can hurt my liver and kidneys, so maybe that’s part of the problem. I take a multi vitamin and omega oils daily, but I just started taking these a month ago.

    I will start taking the kelp like you suggested to see if it does help in any way. I had fibromyalgia and it feels like that may be coming back, but I don’t know. It sounds like Adrenal Fatique is very similar to fibro.

    Both times my body acted like this, something huge that was very stressful for me happened in my life, so I can see how stress is the trigger. I need a plan.

    Is there any way we could talk in private so I can speak openly?

  34. Hi Marianne,

    I have been having these problems just recently, I was seeing a Christian therapist who kept saying I had all these problems and I didn’t. At night I wake up from sweating a lot. Only at night. I stopped seeing the therapist and I’m continuing to have all these problems and they are getting worse. My stomach has bloated out in the last couple of days…my throat has been hurting for the last couple of weeks. I was going to leave my husband who had a sexual addiction a few months ago, he received healing but I took on all of his stuff, anxiety, obsessive compulsive thoughts, physical problems he had. But I couldn’t leave him because I kept having medical issues and can’t afford to pay for them. My sisters were blaming me for all the medical problems they were having, so I can’t rely on them. I am worse than ever. I feel like I’m being picked away at. I can feel spirits hitting me all day long….I don’t know what to do. But I will go to the doctor and get checked out. I don’t know where to turn and feel very hopeless. Any ideas? I’m grateful for your website! My kids have been sickly too!

    • dear denise

      I am not a doctor, but there are various causes of your physical ailments.

      night sweats

      http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/8-causes-of-night-sweats

      bloating

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloating

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003123.htm

      sore throat
      either bacterial or viral infection

      If others in your family are sick too and they do not live with you, then you are either infecting each other, or there is some environmental problem that is affecting all of you.

      If it is due to a spiritual problem of your husband, sexual addiction:

      http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/prayer-for-healing-and-deliverance/

      Since your kids are also sick, I would suggest going to the doctor.

      Take care of the physical issues first, so you can deal with any spiritual issues after you get treated.

      Make sure you get a throat culture, CBC, Urinalysis, and basic chemistry.

    • Denise,

      While you’re at the doc, have your GALLBLADDER checked too. All the stress you described could be affecting your gallbladder. Your gastric problems is what tipped me off; I had these for y-e-a-r-s; but didn’t eat the typical junky/fatty diet that most do who develop ‘cholecystitis’, I chalked up the symptoms and the upper GI problems to general stress and being a bit overweight. I had a full-blown attack in early Sept and a visit to the ER had me in surgery the next day, to remove a very infected gb plus having to have a stone-blockage procedure. I’m not saying this is “the” cause for your symptoms, but could be contributing to them; and/or, likely will eventually, as on-going life stress can attack this organ. Dr. Mercola’s site has great info on this, plus a cleans for the gallbladder. Had I know this was my problem, I’d have done that and might never have had the surgery.. Be blessed…

  35. Thanks Marianne,

    I will check out those links and go to the doctor. I appreciate your help and advice.

  36. Thank you so much Marianne. I will have my gallbladder checked. I don’t know why I allowed my self to get this stressed out…can I call it insanity. I think I am stressed out about all the unknown with my husband because things don’t add up. I keep having this nagging feeling that something isn’t right and end up getting stressed out about it. How do you trust someone that has lied to you for years? The only reason i ever found out the truth about him was when he would get caught. What do I do? How do I handle this in a Godly way?

    • denise

      first take care of your health.

      with unsaved loved ones, you have to finally submit to god and let him handle them.

      put all your cares in his hands, and he will be faithful to hear your petitions.

      I speak from experience, I have several unsaved loved ones who stress me out also.

  37. Happy Thanksgiving Marianne! I am so blessed to have found this site! I made an appointment yesterday to see the doctor next week! I also visited Dr. Mercolas site, and am considering them evaluating me too. Thank you for sharing your experience with your gallbladder, I am glad that you are ok! My eyes were open yesterday and today to some other things in my life that I wasn’t dealing with!

    God Bless!

  38. Oops, I meant to say Cindy! Thanks for sharing about your gallbladder…Happy Thanksgiving too!

  39. hi,
    good to read all (including the replies). facing same problem for the past 10 years or so. Please advise me what kind of doctor i must visit. I am currently in manila philippines. Cant travel to my country india coz of fatigue and dizziness. no confidence at all. 48 y/o male here.

    • dear satish

      I would need more information about you first.

      Have you had any laboratory tests? If so, what were the results?

      Have you seen a doctor, who gave you an opinion? What was the opinion?

      What kind of diet are you on?

      Do you eat salt in your diet?

      Any special spices or herbs?

      when does the fatigue and dizziness occur? all the time, or is do certain situations make it happen or get worse?

      do you sleep well?

      what kind of medicines do you take?

  40. thanks for fast reply.
    went for diabetes test, neuclear thyroid test, and almost all the other tests doctor asked, ( i think they were suspicios of diabetes or thyroid problem).
    but all these test are in normal range
    except
    low globulin: 23.00g/L
    low A/G ratio: 1.91
    high LDL cholestrol: 3.69
    high triglycerides: 2.04
    high VLDL: 0.93
    high uric acid: 0.45
    low vit D: 29.70
    useless to mention all the other million tests or exams came out to be quite normal.
    I am not hungary at all any time of the day for past 10 years.
    eating very very little for just going on but still weight is 118 kg (my height is 187 cms).
    I am not much perticular about any salt intake. Come what may as there is no apetite.
    just taking some herbal tea and isabgol (indian herb) in the night to little bit regulate my bowel ( which are bloated 24/7)
    fatigue is there all the time and attacks of diziness are quite often since past 5-6 years.
    usually i cant sleep before 2am-4am and wake up 10am – 12nn
    never fresh its like woke up and more tired
    (even i sleep around 9pm-10pm i wake up 2am-4am)
    i just started taking vit. c and some b-complex after i read about AF three days ago.

    • Having done the Atkins (Low carb) diet off and on for years, I’d suggest you could just not be getting enough protein or fiber. You might look into it; there is loads of good info online; and contrary to what most mainstream dr’s say, it’s one of the healthiest ways to eat if done properly. While on it the first time, it’s the only time in my adult life I actually felt normal and had energy. My mistake was not kicking in w/ exercise and sticking to the next two stages. Hindsight is 20/20! It’s not “high” protein, it’s ADEQUATE protein, has lots of veggies and takes care of all the hidden carbs that drive up LDL, triglycerides and uric acid. Drink GOBS of filtered water to avoid constipation!! I also discovered I was lacking digestive enzymes (likely, from sludgy bile from the gallbladder) and since I started one (NOW brand Super Enzymes), wow what a difference, I can eat meat and dairy again w/o stomach ache and little or no bloating, etc.

    • dear satish

      The lab values you gave look normal.

      it is possible to have normal thyroid hormone levels, but the hormones not work properly. Take 25 mg kelp tablet once a day for one week, then once a week. this will provide iodine for the hormones to work

      you did not mention any medications…do you take any?

      avoid milk products

      is your blood pressure normal?

      your metabolism sounds too low, which could be due to chemical imbalances, and not hormones.

      so take calcium pyruvate 1500 mg a day if you can find some. this is a natural source of energy normally produced in your body, unless there is some enzyme problem ….this will give natural energy to help you feel better.

      your vitamin D is low normal. Take calcium 1200 mg each evening, along with any level of Vitamin D supplement 400 mg is ok.

      the calcium is needed for sleep and your bones, which may feel stress due to extra weight.

      not eating during the day is making your metabolism go even lower, and causing more problems.

      eat small snacks or meals every few hours….

      each afternoon, drink acai berry juice or any other fruit juice that is dark red or purple……also eat 1-2 spoonfuls of raisins… this is providing natural sugars and a compound called ferulic acid…it helps brain function, and your brain is fatigued from lack of sleep….this will help calm your brain for sleep.

      in the evening, about 2 hours before bedtime, which should be about 10 pm, and no later, take 5 mg of melatonin, and 2 capules of valerian root. the melatonin is a natural product that helps to induce sleep, and the valerian root helps you to relax so you can fall asleep.

      do not drink coffee……

      also if you do not know, get your blood pressure checked…..if there is a problem, it might be EITHER your heart OR your kidneys…have both checked.

      see how this approach works, and let me know…..

  41. thanks marianne.
    i will try to find these medications here and post you the progress.
    B.P. is normal when ever taken.
    anyways lets see if above prescription works.

    • Wao what a write up.really impressed cos I’ve had most of these symptoms but some more cos my urine really yellowish and generally feel sick.these all started about 6mts ago when in a dream or trance someone hit me on the head and since these started. God has been good to us.we are still moving on

  42. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who had been doing a little research on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch due to the fact that I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some time to talk about this subject here on your web page.

  43. I became ill almost 7 years ago. None of my symptoms made any sense at the time, and every doctor I went to had no idea how to treat me so I became an experiment and a frustration.

    My mind gradually started to race with thoughts (extremely excessive). I would hear songs play over and over in the background of my head as if a radio was set to max volume and stuck on a broken record; this was very unpleasant and nothing I did would stop it. I developed a growing sensitivity to anyone’s internal emotions or insecurities that entered into my presence. My heart raced all the time, and I started to think I was going to die very young of a heart attack. ANY small stress that came into my life sent me into a severe fight or flight reaction. I sweat heavily all the time, and the smell was not pleasant. I became sensitive to light, heat, and cold. My body was always experiencing some sort of physical discomfort, pain, or mild to moderate tremors.

    I loved food my entire life, I felt it was one of the gifts we as humans were granted in this existence. My appetite completely vanished until food no longer tasted pleasant at all. I developed severe insomnia due to my mind and body racing despite the fact that I was desperately exhausted. My stomach developed severe IBS (it was painful, constant, and debilitating).

    I started to be able to feel (the best way I can describe it) the darkness that our world has fallen under. I could see that every form of reward our social system had to offer was empty and devoid of spiritual growth. It was purposeless aside from just surviving. I also could see the true beauty and evidence of intelligent design woven throughout our flawed emotions, reactions, interactions, communications, struggles, confusion; everything.

    At this point I thought I was completely losing my mind, and started to retract from society. I started to research what in the world could be happening to me, as I felt I was going through some sort of extremely painful transformation both mentally and physically. It was terrifying. I displayed so many different symptoms I fit the description of a myriad of different conditions. I researched tirelessly for months, and that is all I did.

    I was previously in sales for 8 years, made very good money, maintained a serious relationship, and lived a pretty stable life. I was wrapped up in my ego, my possessions, and my myopic state of mind.

    After several months of being unemployed and paying off previous debts to reduce stress my money was very low, this added to the stress. I had no family to help me and my girlfriend at the time was as lost as I was with what I was going through. After self diagnosing myself (mistake) I went to see a psychiatrist for medication; at the time I actually believed in medicine as I didnt know any better. The psych listened to me regarding the research I had done online, and to the level of my concern. We very very briefly touched on my internal emotions (which werent accurate because they were being influenced by the physical symptoms mainly). Without taking blood tests or referring me to other specialists or any further inquiry whatsoever as to what the root of all these issues coming seemingly out of nowhere could be from, I was placed on several heavy medications. He was a Dr. and I was in a vulnerable state of being so I trusted him. This was the beginning of a very very DARK time in my life that I try not to think about anymore.

    None of the medications worked, most exacerbated my physical symptoms and created new mental issues or side effects that led me to believe I had other conditions. I was now on disability, finding a cure was my lifes goal at this point.

    Years went by. I had seen over 15 Dr.’s. Some blood tests were taken but nothing in depth. I had been cycled through the majority of all medications in production; sleep aids, ssri, a-typical, blood pressure, anxiolytics, meds for IBS, stimulants, you name it. My symptoms grew in number and severity. Life felt pretty hopeless. I reached a point where I knew I had to overcome this on my own somehow or I was surely going to die. I weened myself off of all medications (that was a entire story unto itself). I employed a list of healthy living practices; homeopathic remedies, spiritual healing, dietary (I broke out in hives all the time). I had developed an extremely strong mental constitution and knowledge of myself (my body, my insecurities, my limits etc), and once the medications had all run there course through my system I could once more see the original symptoms that led me down this dark path to begin with but in a much different light and a much stronger understanding. I learned to live with it all for a time and was fairly successful but living was anything but pleasant.

    Longer story short I went back to my primary care physician I had as a child. Explained my symptoms once more but much differently this time. I went through what I had been through for the past 6 years. He had a few ideas as to what could be at the root and ordered a slew of blood tests. I came back positive for autoimmune hyperthyroidism (hashimotos) and was sent to a endocrinologist. I was given methizamole to slow down my thyroid. Within 5 days my whole world felt like it slowed down to a normal pace, my racing heart was almost at complete rest and many other symptoms started to improve. Months later some of my symptoms have returned but nowhere near as bad, I am much more vigilant of my body and capable of relaying my status clearly to my Dr.s. My endo has a strong suspicion that I may have a small tumor on my pituitary gland, but we are testing my cortisol levels and adrenal functions first. For the first time in what seems like a lifetime ago I am starting to live a normal life. I have become a completely different person since the beginning of this journey in so many ways and believe that everything happens for a reason.

    To the idiot who left the sarcastic comment at the top of this thread. You are the chink in the chain, the wrench stuck between the cogs, evolutionary dead weight. It is not always apparent what causes people to suffer but if someone is crying out you should listen. If they are being a hypochondriac, thats another story (though it is still a problem). Our survival and growth as a race is based on a collective effort and conscious. Kharma (or whatever you want to call it) is real. We all consist of energy, where you direct that energy is what matters; cause and effect. What you put out you get back ten fold in one way or the other.

    To anyone who was patient enough to read this all the way to the end I appreciate you hearing me out. I also apologize for any bad grammar and incorrect punctuation. If the person reading this is going through a similar situation feel free to ask me anything. I encourage you to do your homework before going to the Dr. so you know what to ask them. Dont give up hope, everything has an answer. The question is, do you have the patience and will to find it?

    • dear nameless

      I read everything you said. thank you for sharing your story.

      I hope anyone with the same symptoms will be checked for hasimoto’s and tumors.

      the same symptoms may be caused by different reasons in people, so it is good to keep pursuing the cause, and not give up.

  44. Exhaustion & Burn-Out: Natural Solutions for Adrenal Fatigue

    http://essentialsurvival.org/natural-solutions-adrenal-fatigue/

  45. I read what you wrote and just didnt know how to conclude. It feels like it is too much information but more important. What is happening when you have pains and you see so many doctors but they only discover the blood pressure high and begin treatment for it. But the blood pressure is control at most days only sometimes you found it pict up just a little to 145 over 90 and thats the highest but i continue to feel pains on my chest, under my left foot, on my waist and on my left side of my head near the left eye? Nothing show on the blood and on the scanners they used on me. Tried pain tables the doctors gave me but still not difference.

  46. what a great joy to find your article this morning!
    I have been in a spiritual battle for 8+ years and counting. I expect this battle to continue til my dying breath. In the battle I have won countless victories and will continue to thwart the enemy and gain my Victory.

    But my health failed under the pressure, stress and strain back in 2008. No help was found, but by the grace of God, I was lead to a herbal remedy, dandellion root which I make myself… that allowed me to get up each morning and fight the good fight. (I don’t know why it works but it does). One and 1/2 years ago my health was restored through a novena to st.Joesph as per the direction of St Andre…Last summer I took some borage, it appeared to recreate the symptoms of my ‘sickness’. I later found out that borage affects the adrenal glands. My suspicion from the beginning was that this ‘sickness’ was affecting my adrenal glands . Every time someone attacked me, I would instantly get what I would call “scary sick”. the fight or flight seemed so obvious, but my doctor was sidetracked by a anemia issue and could never get his eyes to focus anywhere else. The low rbc was fixed in no time but he just could not look beyond it. He has since retired. and I have not bothered with a doc since.

    I have always believed that there was a clear spiritual aspect to this though I always keep that to myself. This past two week in addition to it flairing up due to a family member being sick. I was faced with days of petty spiritual attacks that have kept me off balance and keeps threatening to drain me. I have fought way tougher battles but this pettiness and the nuisance caused a sleepless night which I can’t afford to continue without consequences. So this morning in order to feed the soul I went searching for a small truth I recall from St.Therese and St Andre in regards to spiritual attacks giving a believer evidence of a forecoming victory that is causing the enemy to kind of ‘act out against you’ and increase the attack.

    I was not looking for a correlation between spiritual attacks and adrenal meltdowns but only some spiritual food to help get me through the next two days of stress I must endure. When I happened upon you. :) spiritual food! thank you for feeding my soul for the battle. Thank you for being my God sent. I feel so much better just have this verification.

    p.s. when my heart would go on like a washing machine with a pair of sneakers in it…prayer led me to a radio program …in it a man went on about the electromagnetic field….long story short ….when ever my heart would beat eratically, I would take two magnets and place them on the spots that hurt over my heart >instantly< my heart beat would restore to normal. before that I would suffer days in bed trying to get my heart to return to a normal beat after some stressful situation.

    the Lord bless you and your

    • dear kat

      I am glad the post was helpful to you. We are both physical and spiritual beings, so we need to look at solutions for both before we can heal.

      the method of using 2 magnets was interesting. I am going to have to remember that one.

      If you are still fighting fatigue, add 1500 mg of pyruvate ( capsules) to your morning regimen. it provides an alternate energy source.

  47. Adrenal fatigue is a symptom of demonic wrestling and this exhausts the body’s energy reserves. Evil spirits aim for the glandular system and mainly the adrenals. It is advisable to switch to an alkalizing raw food diet which includes raw vegetables, pulses, rice and raw fish. Reduce red meat intake. Opt for non-dairy alternatives to milk Eliminate refined sugar, alcohol, coffee and chocolate, which acidify the body reduce energy. If you need caffeine, green tea is better. The asian diet is superior to the western diet for warfare. If you want something sweet, eat licorice, because its a tonic for the adrenals. The tempting snacks lining the check-out queue at the convenience store are last minute efforts by Satan to entice you into acidification.
    http://www.truthofspiritualwarfare.blogspot.com

  48. Great article but also funny. I am homeless and have no way to get all of those vitamins or medical care. So I just have to trust God with all of that. But I do agree the Spiritual battles and forces I experience everyday makes a huge impact on my physical body.

    • rachel

      I am so sorry to hear you are homeless. Is there a shelter you go to? A rescue mission of some sort? May God be with you, and protect and provide for you.

  49. Please by kind how we speak about the CAtholic Church. We all will find out on our judgement day how ours and my disrespectful behavior to the Universal Church affected Christ who died for her.

    The permanent instruction of the alta vendita ( type in google) or the protocols of Zion ( tyipe in google) explains what will be done to the Cahtolic Church, the Bride of Christ. It has all been accomplished by the Illuminati, freemasons and communists and the ZIONISTS the world banking families who run the show. The Pope needs to consecrate Russia to Mary’s Immaculate heart in order for communism and her errors to leave the world and retract. Russia will be converted to Catholicism and come back home being out of schism since 1054 and before this.

    Catholic or Protestant lets pray many OUr Father’s a day for the Pope with all the bishops around the world to consecrate Russia to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. The Rosary and the Brown Scapular will save the world in the end. Wear the brown scapular don’t have to be Catholic.
    deborahjudge44@aol.com

  50. Good Idea because when Russia is consecrated by the Pope and all the bishops around the world then Russia will be converted to the Catholic Faith not Orthodox and then peace will spread through out the world. The Evil of communism, free masonry started in Russia and the Peace must begin with Russia being converted to Catholicism. The whole world will be at peace eventually in a period of time with only small pockets that are not Catholic. The Whole world will be mostly Catholic. Mary taught this to three children in Fatima during her six visits in 1917. This was published in the NY Times paper.
    We must pray for the conversion of the Jews, Muslims and pagans as well as the Protestants and Catholics who are not practicing their faith which only about 1/2 percent really are today.
    For more informationon the consecration of Russia visit the website fatima center .org

    http://www.fatima.org/

    http://www.fatima.org/essentials/opposed/cvrup3.asp

    Why Russia is not consecrated yet. One hundred years will be coming up in May 13,2017. Mary said if this doesn’t happen a major chastisement worse than the flood will happen and the living will envy the dead.
    Our Lady of Akita apparition supports the Fatima apparition. Both are Church approved.

    Also check out Rianjo Spain apparition Jesus in google. He mentioned that the ministers of the Catholic Church will go the way of the Kings of France due to the Kings of France did not consecrate France to Jesus’ Sacred Heart.

    Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary pray for us.

  51. Hi Marianne.,
    By the grace of God I found your site. I have spent hours on it since, now cannot find out how to contact you. I am trying to send a personal email. Could you please contact me when able?

    What a labor of love, this site! Thank you . Blessings, Leah

  52. My email address is deborahjudge44@aol.com

    Also homeopathy works really well for adrenal fatigue and also taking an all organic fruit powder or vegetable powder from Nutrition Express gives a person healthy energy. The powder mixes are 21.00 a piece I mix both powders in my hot water and drink as a tea each morning and then also drink detox teas throught out the day.
    Linborg Red Plus Organics and Lindborg’s Green Plus organics 21.00
    search online Nutrition Express. Also Nature’s plus makes a red organic powder drink as well that works also. Swanson Vitamins

    deborah

  53. Thank you for this post. It is wonderously informative and helpful. I pray that God richly blesses you.

  54. I thank the Lord for this site as well. I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue after chronic stress and burnout from a spiritual wilderness season, fighting Jezebel, and others

    I’m still recovering, it’s no joke by the grace of God I’ve found a good Holistic Doctor and I’m taking supplements now.

    Everyday I’m praying for complete healing and restoration

  55. Tim,

    I preferred Cezar’s Palace buffet and Sport’s Book.

    Time to but those things in the past, pressing forward, “toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14).

    Blessings
    Psalm 27

  56. This is the BEST, MOST ACCURATE, INFORMATIVE reading EVER, on my suspected symptoms. All the way to the Narcolepsy & Apnea, Fibromyalgia, hypothyroid, mid-weight gain, hair change and blood work I couldn’t decipher. “Only the Killer/Unsub would know the intimacy of these details”. So much more sense to my life for the past few years. Coupled with my chronic pain induced after a very severe case (8/2004) of viral meningitis (research suspects a correlation with patients experiencing Narcolepsy) as a result of the virus. Only migraines with vertigo (& n/v), common cold prior to viral meningitis. Mostly healthy & active. Even body building, 13% body fat as I turned 30. I will not be defeated by this. The more knowledge I have & pursue, the more power I have. I have a great PCP& team of doctors almost complete with newest referral to sleep specialist with 28 years experience and own the buildings & business. Fortunately, I’m not a high maintenance patient in this case compared to the others rolling in on gurneys. Thankful for THAT! Feel confident this doctor is competent.
    Thank you for your information made available to me. So glad to find & read. Will go back & compare with my labs.
    Sincerely, Pacita Bristow

  57. Wow, marvelous blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is great, as
    well as the content!

  58. Finding this blog is like, wandering around for 4 years thinking, “I’m the only one alive on Earth!” Then, all of a sudden, coming upon a group of other living beings…who fortunately speak my language!

    Like everyone else here, I have my own story. Four years ago, at the age of 54, I had lived a life many only dreamed of. Sure, I had problems, divorces; bankruptcy; failed businesses; etc., but I figured “that’s life”, right? The highs were high and the lows were low. Then, one day, despite being in the best physical shape of my life (my trainer even suggested I compete in an Over 50 bodybuilder show)…I just crashed!

    I started getting debilitating migraine headaches. Then, became weak and extremely fatigued; sleeping 16-18 hours a day. Panic attacks followed along with severe depression. My internal systems began to shut down, including my endocrine (adrenals shot, high liver enzymes, under active thyroid, and gastrointestinal problems including digestion shut down). In the first 3 months, I lost 40lbs. For 6 months, I was stuck on my couch, as I didn’t have the strength to climb the stairs to my bedroom. My ex-girl friend had to move back in to take care of me. Not only did I want to die…I actually believed I was!

    It was over a year before I found a doctor who understood what was going on. After an initial examination and multiple tests, he explained to me how stress can literally shut a body down. He said, “This happens to a lot of people. Your’s just happens to be an extreme case. Your adrenal glands are completely shot and you literally have the hormones of a 100 year old man. I don’t know how you can even walk.”

    He also explained how this condition had affected every part of my being. Consequently, my subsequent treatment has focused on my physical; mental; emotional and spiritual wellness. The best results have come from practitioners outside the traditional medical field. Those who practice a holistic or naturopathic approach provided me the most progress in my recovery. Traditional medical schools do not teach about, or prepare physicians to deal with, this condition. At least that’s been my experience. During the last 4 years, I’ve seen 27 doctors; 3 ER visits; 2 hospital stays; almost 100 tests/assessments; hundreds of supplements (56 per day at one point); and 3 overnight sleep studies. Oh, yeah…I’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and sleep with a CPAP mask/machine. Hasn’t done much for my sex life!

    As we all know, one of the keys to recovery is to reduce stress in our lives. Challenging, as this condition creates and contributes to stressful situation. Unable to work for the past 4 years, combined with medical expenses exceeding $100,000, financially…well, let’s just say I’m beyond broke. Adding insult to injury, I just received notice of Court Order to vacate my home on August 8th, due to foreclosure.

    I’ve exhausted every financial support system available including personal; family; government; religious; and private charities. I get a small disability check; Medicare medical coverage; and some food from a local non-profit. I can’t believe I’ve become one of those people who decide, “Do I eat today…or pay for my prescriptions? Hard to swallow for a former executive who used to travel in corporate jets.

    I’m not telling you all this for sympathy, or to say my situation is worse than anybody’s. Everybody has the worst situation…because it’s your own. I’ve shared these details to provide background because I’ve reached a plateau; I feel stuck in making any more progress. And I don’t know how to move beyond. I’m hoping you or someone has “been here, done that”.

    I’ve made significant progress physically, mentally and emotionally but, spiritually, I feel stuck. When I say spiritually, I mean, energetically. My zest for life went AWOL! Before I got sick (crashed), I lived a life of passion. I found excitement everywhere and if it wasn’t fun, I didn’t do it. But when I crashed, it was like my spirit died. I had no drive, no passion, no desire for anything. It’s different than the lack of interest in doing things that comes with depression. This state seems to go much deeper.

    There are 2 key issues. The first is that, I don’t want to do anything. The other is, when I force myself to do something, I get overwhelming anxiety. Even about little things. Things, I could’ve handled in the past. I tried to work a few times. Doing things that were far from the stressful type of work I came from. It doesn’t matter…I still get stressed.

    Of course, I know it’s all in my head; but it doesn’t change the fact that I’ve not been successful in getting through it. No matter how small the baby steps I take, sooner or later, I end up crashing again.

    In summary, my questions are:
    How do I heal my spirit so that I want to live again? Where I feel inspired, motivated, excited, energized…from within? Yes, I have a relationship with God. Yes, I pray. Yes, I do everything I know to do. I began my career as a psychotherapist…so, I’ve got a toolbox and I use it!
    How do I eliminate the anxiety that accompanies each of my actions? Yes, I take meds; yes, I meditate, yes, I do anxiety reduction exercises. No, I’m not patient (4 years is long enough!)

    I just want to function again. Contribute something to society. It feels like it’s over but, I don’t believe I’m done yet! Any suggestions?

    • dear Gordon

      My sense is that there is something still wrong with you physically. the disability also creates a physical,situational reason for stress, rather than it being due to psychological reasons. And trying so hard just generates more anxiety and more exhaustion.

      To cure a symptom, you have to know its cause, and treat the cause, not the symptom. to cure a physical symptom, you have to do something physical. to cure a legal problem, you do something legal. to cure a psychological symptom, you then do something psychological to reverse it. etc.

      If you are taking meds, and they are not working, then the meds are wrong for the real cause of the problem. the meds and the cause don’t match.

      so if the meds don’t work, then quit them.

      I am a medical scientist, retired, so I take a logical approach to things. :)

      what kind of meds are you taking?

      btw, when you get this email, you can write to me directly by hitting the reply button.

      what kind of diet are you on?

      were you taking any meds at the time you got sick?

      if yes, what were they?

      what actually were the tests done on you, and what were the test values?

      have you gained weight since this started? or just lost weight? ( CPAPs are many times used on overweight people, who have trouble breathing due to the weight)

      do you crave certain foods?

      what kind of liquids do you drink?

      I think you should stop the anxiety exercises and meditation. you have a full plate just trying to function, and you are working yourself into doing more activity which is more stress.

      sometimes it is best to rest, sleep and do nothing.

      since you are exhausted, this reply is long enough.

      give me some feedback, and we will go from there.

      Contact legal aid for foreclosure help.

    • gordon

      Healing your spirit is a process that involves giving your heart to God and turning over everything to HIm. He loves you, and wants you healed. Spiritual healing is a big topic. The psychology you are using will not really help much, unless it is tied in to bible principles and how God does things.

      It seems like you had so much talent, and everything crashed. I would like to see you get better and use your talents in a way that will really fulfill God’s plan for you, and still give you happiness in this life in a practical way.

      I am really concerned that you are having trouble breathing….I think if you start healing, the anxiety will decrease also.

      I can relate to crashing for 4 years, and unable to hardly get out of bed because this happened to me also. This is another reason I am taking an interest in you, to see how much your problem is similar to mine. If I can get better, so can you.

  59. Gordon,

    I’m a little older than you are and as you say – “been there done that” with a previous household income of 1/4M, living in Scottsdale, travel, etc. MS degree, taught college courses in the evening, while working my professional day job, and spoke at national conferences, etc.

    All of the above is gone. Everything the world counts as “success” and a top shelf martini life style is over. However, I have more joy, peace and love within me than ever before – without the 6 figure income, comfortable house, eating at great restaurants 2-3 times a week.

    We also have this in common – years of professional help with the note pad and chair, meds, and counseling etc.

    Then, the Lord did His work, beginning in 2009 through today.

    Last week – I was about to write a letter to my board certified psychiatrist who “has been practicing for over 30 years. His knowledge has advanced along with the evolution and refinement of the neurosciences. He is able to translate this new psychological data and better knowledge of brain functioning into improved treatments for his patients” from his Scottsdale office. I was going to share with him the change within me since our last visit (May, 2009), explaining that I don’t take the 200mg of whatever and the 50mg of whatever every day.

    The Lord healed me – body, mind and spirit. The board certified doctor probably would not believe me and want to see/evaluate me – no one can stop taking that cilice or level of meds and function? Thank you Lord.

    You wrote –

    “How do I heal my spirit so that I want to live again? Where I feel inspired, motivated, excited, energized…from within? Yes, I have a relationship with God. Yes, I pray. Yes, I do everything I know to do. I began my career as a psychotherapist…so, I’ve got a toolbox and I use it!”

    Your tool box is good but misses the root cause – what operates behind the emotional state in the subconscious. I know from my experience in the chair, meds and reading many books on practical mental health (stress reduction etc). There is more at work and working than we realize.

    My good friend is a MS councilor to foster parents and adopted kids. He knows and applies your tool box at a “practical level” with families and kids. But, he just realized within the past 3 years that there is a force of “darkness” operating (oppressing) the mind and body that is unseen.

    I tell you a bit about him because his work is the application of the tool box you are familiar with, however he now applies spiritual discernment. So – if you don’t believe me, then my respected professional friend will back up what I share with you.

    You seek help, advise?

    Suggestion:

    Purchase these books by Derek Prince ASAP:

    Entering the Presences of God
    Rules of Engagement
    Thou Shall Expel Demons

    Basics:

    The Word was with God and was God (John chapter 1).

    Please read this chapter within the link (NKJV and ERV).

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%201&version=NKJV;ERV

    Also see this passage:

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20John%205%3A1-15&version=NKJV;EXB

    The Word is alive – believe that it is, starting now.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Hebrews+4%3A12-16&version=NKJV;ERV

    God does not give us “a spirit of fear” (or anger, anxiousness or depression, loneliness, etc) – believe this, starting now.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Timothy+1%3A7&version=NKJV;ESV

    He is the Way, the Truth and the Life – believe that He is, starting now.

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2014%3A5-7&version=NKJV;ESV

    I encourage you to watch this video message. I found this presentation within the past year. It is a study of one of the most important passages within the Bible.

    The evidence of its importance is found throughout Scriptures.

    You could study the verses presented within this video message for days on your own. I pray that you desire to read those verses as if they are “alive” – speaking to you. Savvy?

    If you want to reply and continue a dialogue – I look forward to doing so.

    I believe the Lord is waking you up – spiritually. Your reply/comment was an encouragement to me, seeing a great work unfolding in your life (Psalm 40).

    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+40&version=NKJV;EX

    Also, meditate upon this –

    “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

    He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.

    He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:1-3).

    “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NKJV).

    Blessings
    Psalm 25

  60. […] Spiritual Warfare and Adrenal Fatigue […]

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  63. Hello to all of you, I stumbled across this site and have read all of your stories . Much like mine… I can relate to most if not all of the sentiments expressed. I to am being healed daily from adrenal exhaustion after an almost 5 years battle. I have had this happen to me before several years ago first when I went through a difficult divorce and 3 times after difficult romantic relationships that ended badly and also in times of intense stress and warfare. Thanks be to God that the Holy Spirit is leading me to what to do, how to pray and what supplements to take, because my finances have been completely exhausted in this battle as well. Please keep me in your prayers and I thank God for complete healing for all of us. Thanks be unto God who CAUSES US TO TRIUMPH.

    Aggie.

  64. Thanks Marianne, God bless you. I am inspired and blessed.

  65. This is exactly what is happening to me,almost i have all the symptoms …its so stressing especially the extreme fatigue ..ive just becomes very close to God,so im wondering whats going on…

  66. Just revisited this again, today. (found you some months back) First of all, thank you for the info. . .

    I’m discouraged. I have been fighting this battle for a few years. :( I am actually tired of trying, if that makes sense?? I have faithfully (and not so faithfully) done all that I can (and yet there always seems we can do MORE), but the unrelenting fatigue just won’t leave. If I slip, even a little, it seems I’m back to square one again. Sometimes the ‘slip’ isn’t my fault. Sometimes, it’s just a lack of having the right supplements/organic food.

    So many suggestions. “Try this, take that, go to this Doctor”. All require money that most people suffering from this, just don’t have. How do you pay for expensive treatment, or hire the right doctor, without a job? How can you work, without your health.? It’s an endless cycle of despair for some. I am on 2 – 3 Facebook forums for Adrenal Fatigue. Endless information, overwhelming, actually. What does one believe?

    I want God to heal me, but I also what to know what to say to others once He does . . .

    I’m also concerned for so many that don’t have the $$ to do what it takes to heal from this. We read; “eat a clean diet” . In order to do that, it takes mega cash. I know, I have tripled my food bill in an attempt to heal.

    Lately, it has occurred to me that all this emphasis on healing has become almost an idol. I think more about how to get well, and how bad I feel, than the Lord. And this is not what I want!

    There has to be a better way?! Lord Jesus, please come, heal your people, counsel us in YOUR ways, and show us how to give out from the abundance of what You give us.. Give us answers and hope!

    • dear discouraged

      there are many things in life I cannot explain that I wish I could. One is why we do not get healed when we ask or when we want. Why does not god do something right away? I do not know. Sometimes, people are healed quickly, and others are made to wait…sometimes a long time.

      but our focus has to be on submission to His will….we do not understand it, only He does.

      I can say all this because I have been sick since 2006. For 4 years, I saw nothing good. To make it worse, the doctors are useless and so stupid they cannot verify I am sick enough to get government help. Since then I have seen very tiny improvements….

      But my hope is in what lies ahead, not where I have been or where I am now. I am going to send you a collection of prayers for healing…print them out and say them each day.

      I will be in agreement with you….I pray for the sick every night.

      if there is anything you think you are doing in life that is a mistake, then fix it….otherwise, do not beat yourself up blaming yourself, or stressing out making yourself even MORE tired.

      Whatever must be must be….and in Gods timing you will see positive changes…..

      so do not give up….at least on God….just get the rest you need, and save your energy.

      and do not be discouraged…someday things will be better

  67. 80% of illnesses have spiritual roots. Usually, it starts w/ fear, stress and anxiety; these are the body’s way of dealing w/ the “negative” our brains were not wired to receive. We can spend $ and over-focus on symptom-relief…OR we can go for the root of our condition and get some tangible results. I got the biggest confirmation, and the most help ever, from Dr. Henry Wright’s book A More Excellent Way – Be In Health; found it on Amazon way cheaper than new. It’s a big book, a great read and nearly every condition known to man is in there. We refer to it all the time, for our Healing Rooms ministry. Wright started out in pre-med, but the Lord had other plans; he has pastored and taught on healing for over 30 yrs. You can also look up some of his videos on You Tube.

    I’m all for symptom-relief – do a lot of that myself, including essential oils (Ananda Apothecary in Boulder, CO has great stuff, and cheaper than most other sources) – but we can’t mistake symptom-relief for true healing. You take care of the root, you find less and less that you’re lopping off the fruit . Get a copy of this book, and find your true healing!

  68. *warning I feel I need to say this– and it will be long..and I am sure I won’t be welcomed here after what I say…but I feel I have to say this……*

    Hi Cindy, I am born-again, Spirit-filled..so please do not take this comment as a defensive. However, in an effort stay Biblical.. I must ask you this..as others will read this and perhaps no one will challenge your comments.

    I have seen comments like yours above, tossed around for years. “80% of illnesses have spiritual roots” “usually it starts with stress, fear, anxiety”. Can you please show me a valid documentation to back that up? Also, can you provide me with chapter and verse in the Bible that says that “80% of all illnesses have a spiritual root”? Please do not quote what Henry Wright says, but give me a scripture that says that term word-for-word. And also scripture references where we KNOW FOR SURE the person healed, was either fearful, had anxiety, or stress in their life, before they got healed. I think that’s pretty important, and a valid question to confirm because if there ISN’T one, then we can’t go saying that as fact. SCRIPTURE must be our source!

    One scripture that comes to mind is John 9:2 where Jesus was asked “who’s sin caused this man’s blindness?” Was it his parents, or his own? Jesus answered and said: “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus; “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him”. This scripture seems to indicate that we as humans won’t really know, who sinned, or not. We see the affliction/sickness, but only GOD knows the reason. This would have been a perfect place for Jesus to have counseled his disciples that MOST sin has a spiritual (read: sin = stress, anxiety, fear base ) aspect to it, but he doesn’t do that. To me, that is very significant.

    Let me continue . . .

    Also, Paul had an affliction that he asked God to remove THREE times —
    2 Tim 12:7. We don’t know what Paul’s thorn was, but many scholars believe it was an affliction in his flesh (perhaps a sickness, some say eye problems). Why did God answer Paul and say; “My grace is sufficient for you?” Instead of telling him to deal with a sin in his life? Paul lead a pretty stressful life in the past as a Bounty Hunter for Christians. ha ha I’d think if ANYONE might be a case for Adrenal Fatigue, it would be him! :) I would also think HE would qualify as one that had a sickness marked by his ‘stinkin thinkin”? But, scripture doesn’t say that there, either. And, worse yet, for Paul, God didn’t remove it. In fact, he asked him to live with it and give God glory, THROUGH it. Again, why is Paul not telling us that MOST sickness has a spiritual component to it? Again, I think it would be a great place for him to teach that principle.

    Paul also made mention of Timothy taking a little wine “because of your stomach and frequent illnesses”. 1 Timothy 5:23 Again, no mention of Timothy getting Paul’s book and going through it to see why he’s getting frequent stomach aches? Apparently, Timothy’s illness didn’t have a spiritual component to it either.

    I’ve mentioned three examples, where they weren’t spiritual causes. Can you show me one, where scripture clearly states that MOST sickness is because of sin, fear, un forgiveness, stress, anxiety etc.? I haven’t found one, single, verse that gives a statistic like you quote. But, on the contrary it is a case-by-case incident. Sometimes, like in the case of David, where his flesh was literally rotting away until he repented, it was clearly because of sin. He was confronted and his anxiety stopped. Please know that I am not saying that people aren’t sick because of sin…that does happen….this case of David is proof.

    Sometimes the masses are just healed! Other times, like in the case of David, he was confronted. Sometimes, they were told to “go and sin no more” and other times they were children, or lepers, brought to Jesus and the disciples. There IS not statistic in the word of God saying that 80 percent of all illness is spiritual. It’s just not there.

    Here is the reason I don’t like when we toss out percentages like that. I feel it’s like like saying that pretty much 80 percent of the believers that are sick, are sick because of something they have done. i.e. you mention fear. Again, I ask, where is that in the Bible?? Where does it say if you fear, you get sick?

    And what about the other 20 percent of diseases. . .

    Also, the other 20 percent that are sick have NOT sinned (feared been bitter, traumatized and reacted badly etc), but their sickness have only a physical component ? Huh? Are we really saying what I think we’re saying? That there are 20 percent of Christians today that are sick, ..and but they have never once feared, or had bitterness, etc, etc, well, not enough to land them sick?! That makes no sense at all. ALL Christians sin, ALL Christians fear at times. All. Not 20 percent, ALL!

    How does that fly with Jesus words that “while you are in this world, you shall have tribulation” ? Is at the very least, some of that tribulation, sickness? And do ALL non-believers get sick? But, I thought that 80 percent of ALL sickness is spiritual. Why are not 100 percent of all NON believers sick? If it’s spiritual? Wouldn’t they be the most unhealthy people on the planet? This is where it totally breaks down for me. I do not believe there is enough in the Word of God to apply cut-n-dried principles to healing. But, whole books are written and mega $$ are made for ministries.
    And I have yet to meet ONE person who went to these seminars who are totally, and 100 percent healed. Healed like I see in the Bible. Healed like the Word of God models. But, I see countless Christians who read this stuff, walk around preaching this stuff ..AND do a little of the other “practical stuff” on the side. And still, they are not 100 percent healed, if they are honest.

    However, what I DO believe about sin and sickness at times. . .

    I know many people, personally, (yes myself) that have gone this route and ended up very discouraged, disillusioned, and broke. The Word of Faith movement has caused many a ship-wrecked saint and many of these ministries believe this doctrine. Too much to get into here, but do a study of that for those of you that don’t know what the Word of Faith doctrines teach.

    The healing that the Spirit of the Living God brings should not have a price tag on it. Beware when your cure causes someone that claims to work for God, to become wealthy selling their books and seminars.

    Whenever I see in the Bible that Jesus, or his followers prayed for people, I do not see that they had to go read someone’s book to get healed. They either got healed, or they didn’t. I don’t know that there are many examples of ‘partial healing’ or processional healing in the Bible. But I could be wrong.

    Bottom line, God HEALS today! But please stop saying quotes that can’t be backed up without looking up the reference in the latest: “How To Book”.

  69. Disciple,

    I’ll back up with Scripture on the issue but pass on the percentage.

    The passage is written by Paul to the infant assembly of Believers in Corinth.

    This is how Paul addresses those reading this letter:

    “I…could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it.

    And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh.

    For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?” (1st Corinthians 3:1-3, ESV).

    Later in the same letter, Paul warns these Believers with an important spiritual lesson.

    “Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.

    Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

    For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.

    That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.

    But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.

    But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world” (1st Corinthians 11:27-32, English Standard Version).

    Who knows the percentage of those who are weak or sick and those that died young (before their time) in this assembly.

    But, Paul wrote “many” have – which means it was significant enough to conclude there was a spiritual issue for these on a spiritual milk diet to consider and apply.

    Here is a list of items given by Paul that may apply to judging ourselves before taking communion.

    “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:30-32).

    One of the issues to be addressed before taking communion is forgiveness or holding bitterness and un-forgiveness. It’s a good list to keep in mind daily and pause, reflect before taking communion.

    The consequences for not judging oneself is becoming weak, illness or dying.

    Thoughts?

    Blessings

  70. Someone may have already cited this above (thread’s so long..), but this is THE best article I’ve read so far on it. It gives laymens terms on the problem, how to deal w/ it and how to treat it naturally. WOW.. http://draxe.com/3-steps-to-heal-adrenal-fatigue/

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