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I’ve been writing about my journey to adrenal health (first article found here), sharing my research, and explaining what has worked for me and the countless sufferers I’ve met over the years. In my previous article, I talked about the importance of daily meditation. In this and future articles, I’m going to begin to answering all the questions I’ve received since starting this series.
The #1 question I get is where to get more information about this syndrome. Because, if you’re a researcher as I am, you won’t just take my word for it. I’ve only begun to scratch the surface in these articles, so it’s important you consult other sources besides me. If I were you, after learning adrenal fatigue is a real thing, I’d read as much as I could about it, too.
When researching health topics, especially frustrating ones that persist with no explanation from the traditional medical community, I have certain criteria for what I read and the sources I actually trust. I hate wasting time and like to get right to what I need to know from people who know what they’re talking about. If you’re like me, you’re also done waiting for answers, and want them now.
So, for me, what that looks like is finding the stories of people who’ve healed lots and lots of other people, over a period of years, of exactly the same kind of thing I’m suffering from. Newcomers to the scene don’t warrant my trust on health matters. At least not yet, so I go with people who’ve been healing for a while.
Also when doing research, I look for people who’ve first healed themselves, before starting to heal others. It’s just important to me that my sources truly understand the thoughts and emotions of the kinds of people they’re dealing with.
All that being said, I’m comfortable recommending the following 3 books that match this criteria. These authors are definitely not the only people who know about adrenal fatigue, and there are plenty of other professionals you can trust out there (another great title in this article). But, I’m recommending them since I’ve been following these folks for a number of years and I think their work is solid. Plus, each of these books is easy to obtain with an internet connection or access to a decent book store.
Dr. Alan Christianson: I just love Dr. Christianson! He’s very high energy and positive, and exudes the kind of attitude and energy I want from someone giving me health advice. Dr. C suffered a myriad of frustrating symptoms as a child, then healed himself, exactly the kind of person who understands that kind of suffering. Then, as is common in situations like that, he purposed to use his life to heal others. Dr. Christianson writes extensively about the adrenals, but in other books and articles also deals with the thyroid and other conditions, too. His book, “The Adrenal Reset Diet” is excellent, and I highly recommend his web site and webinars, too. The adrenal diet book deals with the onset of adrenal problems and the way to address healing in a simple way by eating right. The eating plan is remarkably easy, so I encourage you to dive into this book and try it for yourself.
Fawne Hansen: I remember reading some of Fawne Hansen’s blogs years ago when searching for something else. Her work didn’t click with me at that time, but when I needed adrenal help, I returned to her work, since that’s where her real experience lies. She recently wrote a book with Dr. Eric Wood that is well worth checking out. The book doesn’t just discuss the medical aspects of adrenal health, but so many other topics that are important to generate healing. I love the way they’ve organized their book since it matches exactly the way I want to learn about adrenal health. You can only buy the book on Fawne Hansen’s web site, “The Adrenal Fatigue Solution” but I do recommend it for a thorough yet approachable introduction to adrenal health. It’s probably one I’ll read more than once; you might too.
Dr. Sara Gottfreid: I admit to not loving Dr. Gottfreid’s personality or writing style. She bristles me in a way I can’t really explain, and she writes some outrageous things in her books that, to me, are a real turn off. On the other hand, her work is researched-based and incredibly solid. As a Harvard-trained doctor (which she continually reminds the reader), she’ll only recommend supplements, products and protocols that have been proven through valid research. And if something doesn’t meet her [high] standards, she provides caution so you don’t waste your time experimenting on protocols that might not work. Hers is one of the few books that actually contain dosages and instructions on taking/using herbs, supplements, techniques, and that actually provides guidelines for lab readings and blood work analysis. Another part of the value of this book is a list of labs you can use if your traditional doctor/insurance won’t request/pay for the labs you want. Dr. Gottfreid’s high achieving, hard-driving need for perfection fully explains how she found herself in such poor health and set out to help others suffering similarly. Her story so accurately describes how I found myself with adrenal fatigue, so I can easily relate to how she was motivated to figure this all out. The book is, “The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital, and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol“.
I’ll keep writing these posts as long as you keep reading them. Share with friends who also need this information and be sure to leave comments about your journey, below.
To vibrant health,
As a coach, writer, recovered over-doer and busyness addict, I understand the challenges of creating a balanced, healthy lifestyle while the mind tries to sabotage your success. In my journey to vibrant health, I created a personalized health system of nutrition and supplementation, lifestyle changes, and I retrained my mind and the energy of my body. I view my success as the formula to my happy, healthy life. I now empower other women to create their own personalized formulas, including the tools and strategies just right for them! Amazing life shifts come from our relationships. I look forward to helping you, too!
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