The Adrenals – Functional Medicine Back to Basics

The Adrenals – Functional Medicine Back to Basics

In this segment of Functional Medicine Back to Basics Dr. Rutherford discusses the adrenals and their roll in chronic conditions.

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Hi, Dr. Martin Rutherford, we’re here today, continuing the series on functional medicine back to basics, and today we’re, going to go on to speak about the notorious adrenal glands, and I kind of I’m kind of Looking forward this, you could talk about the adrenals forever, but there’s there’s, several things that I did.

I several points that I really want to hit, because when I first got into this, I got into it in a different way than a lot of people get into alternative medicine. And I wasn’t brought up on the. If you can’t fix the adrenals, you can’t fix anything much from, and in fact I had a I had a doctor one day.

I was sitting here in my doctors quarters and he he was just going into functional medicine and he he was coming over here to see. If we had some extra equipment, we could help him with and, and he looked in the door, it said doc I’m.

Going into functional metastasis can’t fix anything. If you don’t fix the adrenals, and I went like oh yeah that’s. True, it’s kind of not true. We already have a presentation online from several years ago on, I think it’s called the adrenals or the wrong target.

I mean if I would, if I would edit that I would probably say they aren’t, always the initial target and meaning that my experience with the adrenal glands prior to the then, where have been any functional medicine doctor that you went to well, There was no functional medicine, then any alternative doctor or alternative medical doctor that you went into two things they always did.

They always gave you something for your thyroid and they always gave you something for your adrenals. Either they gave you a cortisol boost for your adrenals. They give you a shot for your adrenals. They gave you a supplement support.

They gave you something for your adrenals because duh everybody ‘ S stressed out right. So it’s. The adrenals you can’t fix anything because the adrenals do a lot of things. The adrenals are the they really are given their dubai, being called stress, glands, because then it makes everybody think that it’s, all about emotional stress, and certainly it’s about emotional stress that can be about.

Eventually, it can be about mental stress, it can be about unhealthy relationships. All of those things can create stress hormones that will or situations where your pituitary glands time your adrenal to put out stress hormones, but it’s, but there’s.

So many things that affect the adrenals and so, for example, you you can have food sensitivities. If you have food sensitivities, let me let me step back on this. So what happens when they? How do how the adrenals get activated? Basically, something happens where you either hit the fear center of your brain.

We’ll, go with the mental stress first, that hits the fear center of your brain, so that is called the amygdala. So your frontal lobe here goes there’s. Danger I don’t like this. I don’t like that person.

I’m, not happy with this situation, and and – and it tells this part of your brain called the amygdala to that and that’s. The fear center, your brain, that we need energy. We need energy because I’m, going into kind of a little fight flight response here or a big fight flight response, and then that amygdala tells the party a part of your midbrain.

Your brain stem. Where your fight/flight response neurons are, your sympathetic nervous system is what it’s called to tell your adrenals be to start putting out stress hormones, and then they puts out the stress hormones of it puts out aldosterone, which raises your blood pressure, puts out Glucocorticoids cortisol cortisol has a tremendous effect on your blood sugar.

When you’re, a fight flight, you want blood sugar going to your certain parts of your brain, your big muscles in your legs. You want you want going to the big muscles in your and your butt and your thighs and your hand strings everywhere, that you need to fight or flee.

Okay, yeah it puts out it puts out up a nephron. It puts out hormones that will that will cause your lungs to cause you to start breathing dilate. Your bronchioles so puts out a number of things. It’s at that point.

It literally shuts down your sex hormones and a lot of people. Aren’t aware that their adrenal glands during their productive years or their secondary second sex glands, and for those of you who are female once you have stopped your your productive years and you’ve morphed over into menopause.

The baton has now been handed over to the adrenal glands as your primary sex glands, and you cannot make stress, hormones and sex hormones at the same time, and you can maybe see where that’s going okay, so the adrenal glands are highly underappreciated.

Okay, if you get stressed and and and and then – and they put out all these all these hormones and and and and so one of the hormones being cortisol when that goes up, that stress hormone will also mobilize sugar from your liver.

Okay, you have your store sugar and your liver, mainly for when you’re asleep, so that you can drip it out and keep your brain functioning, because your brain needs blood sugar and when that cortisol spikes up your blood sugar spikes up and eventually It’ll sensitize, your your your receptor sites, to where you end up developing high blood sugar from stress okay.

Now most people know that most people know that the adrenal glands or stress glands, and they wear you out, but almost almost everything forget the other hormones for now. Almost everything in your in your physiology, almost anything that happens to your system that creates an inflammatory response.

Is going to stress your adrenal glands, so stressing just stresses and just emotional stress it’s like if you’re. If you’re talking in the science world, you know, if you’re talking in the world of engineering there’s.

You know they talk about the world of stresses on on beams as they’re building. Buildings here think of stress as like, like that it’s like if you have a bad intestinal problem. If you have leaky gut our air and and and and you start to develop inflammation in your intestines, that’s, going to raise cortisol that is going to and that’s, going to raise your blood, sugar and and that’s going to put a lot of stress on your system.

If you have a viral or a bacterial infection, and your immune system excuse me, and your immune system is trying desperately to get that. Maybe so we’re working. Usually there’s, a little inflammatory response with it.

First gonna have stress on your dream: glands, because that’s. Gon na raise cortisol inflammation raises cortisol. Cortisol then does its thing: okay, which in which which creates more inflammation and it and and it messes up your blood sugar.

If you have food sensitivities and – and we already talked about blood sugar, bio – you’re gonna hear me mention blood sugar – a number of times here, because blood sugar tracks with your adrenal glands.

So if your adrenal glands are initially activated and and you’re excited and your stress – you’re, putting out blood sugar. If you do that for long enough, we’re going to talk about that, then what happens? Is your adrenal glands are going to go to in what people like to call adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal exhaustion I’ve, heard all kinds of names for it, but that takes a while to happen. It could take 20 years for that to happen, and when that happens, then your blood sugar drops, because you can’t put out cortisol and it’s.

Gon na be hard for you to get your blood sugar up. If you have low blood sugar and low blood sugar is a big big problem, you can look at ours. You can look at our presentation on low blood sugar so back to the things that can cause that everything you can.

You can have food. You can have food since activities, you’re gonna have food sensitivities, and these food sensitives will create an inflammatory response, and next thing you know your blood. Sugar is all over the place, because your adrenal glands have been stressed.

They’re, putting out cortisol, your cortisol is flying up and down and and and I could go on – you cut your left – toe cut your left toe it’s. Stress on your adrenal. Glands pain is stress on your adrenal glands.

Those of you are in chronic pain. Those are your fibromyalgia patients, peripheral neuropathy patients, people who are worried because they have a problem. This is now back to the mental stress, so so the adrenal glands they take a lot of hits.

Is why the reason your blood pressure goes up is because the adrenal glands put out aldosterone that works with with with some chemicals, in your kidneys and, and that throws your blood pressure off. They should call the adrenal gland glands the homeostasis glands, and they and and and sometimes they should be, the first target and many times they shouldn’t be the first target, depending on how you’re.

Going about this. I have a lot of people that come in here and they’ve, been to alternative government medical doctors. I have nothing against alternative medical doctors just for they’re just so you know.

So you know I refer to alternative medical doctors for things that are not within my parameter. Okay, we have several of them here in Reno Nevada, where I live, and but I I’m gonna say one of the first things they do is.

Is they they give people these adrenal shots? If they’re, you know, drean all fatigue, okay and we’ll talk about adrenal fatigue in a second here’s, a problem with that. I just have one of these. Like last week, so here’s, the problem with that, what they’re saying, is your adrenal gland.

What the doctor is saying to you is your adrenal. Glands have been under strained for a long time. From all of these things, I mean our – I mean, like our whole society. Right now is attacking our adrenals, so you know like so from all of these things, so the first thing they want to do is they want to make you feel better because, like a lot of a lot of practitioners or in a medical field, they’re used to like acute care, so it’s like get the person feeling good today.

Okay, that’s; fine, but if, if you give a person an adrenal shot and they have adrenal fatigue that adrenal shot isn’t going to bring him out adrenal fatigue because it takes. You could be in an cute adrenal response, which is like the initial response.

Where you’re, all shaky and jittery, I can’t fall asleep perspires easily under high amounts of stress weight gain under stress because it’s. Spiking up your blood sugar wakes up tired, even after six or more hours of sleep, excessive perspiration or perspiration, with little or no activity.

These are acute symptoms. These are like when you’re like in fight flight, and you can make a fight fly for twenty years before you move into adrenal, exhaustion or adrenal fatigue. I like to call it adrenal Malaga maladaptation, okay, and basically, at that point, if somebody gives you a somebody’s, not somebody’s.

Not gonna want to give you adrenal shots. They’re gonna want to give you they’re gonna want to calm you down, but once you have started to move morph into now, your adrenals, your dreams just like. If they’re like a hormone factory, they make hormones.

Okay. All of these are hormones that I’m. Talking about and your brain says, make those hormones they make them, and then they empty out, okay and over a long period of time. These these hormones basically empty out and eventually they can’t produce.

The factory can’t produce the product anymore. So what happens as you go into adrenal maladaptation. The adrenal has lost its ability to adapt to all the things that are hitting it, and now you start going into that.

I’m. Exhausted. Can’t stay asleep, I wake up in the middle of night. I wake up and I can’t and I can’t stay asleep. Why can you not stay asleep in the middle of night because you need blood sugar in the middle of the night to stay up so that you have? Because you’re fasting right? You’re, not eating.

In the middle of the night, you’re supposed to eat like every couple of hours, unless you’re, doing the keto giant, ketogenic diet in a minute fasting. For those of you who aren’t, which is most of you, you should be eating every couple of hours.

You know like grazing snacking because you’re on about a two and a half hour cycle with your blood sugar, and so your blood sugar stays out for about two and a half hours, so you eat. When the middle of night, you don’t, do that, so there’s, a mechanism in your adrenal glands, the stress, glands, okay and your adrenal glands that you’re.

Also, the blood sugar glands because they work with your pancreas and your liver to control your blood sugar. So now you get this, you get this dump in your blood sugar because you’re, not eating, and usually you make it through the first phase, which is about two and a half hours, and you and and your brain says we don’t know Fletcher, and it puts out this thing called cortisol.

What does cortisol do? It raises your blood sugar because it moves blood sure how to liver. This is the main reason it does that to keep you sleeping okay, but usually by the time. If people were compromised and their and their adrenals not and not adapting there’s.

What I like the term mal adaptation, then what happens is the second phase they drain the blood sugar starts to drop because we’re, not eating, and what happens is the the the adrenal can’t? Do it they’re too weak? They don’t have enough, they don’t have enough to do it, but they have a backup and the backup hormone is adrenaline, and so you wake up and you go and you can’t get back to sleep.

Most of the time, waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep is, is low blood, sugar and or low adrenal function. Low adrenal function may not be able to move the blood sugar, the blood sugar may be low and that’s, causing this whole cycle.

Other things crave. Salt, if you crave salt, that’s because you’re, maybe because your adrenals aren’t working, because you need salt for that mechanism between the adrenals and the kidneys to work, to keep your blood pressure up.

If you’re craving salt – and you might be one of those folks who has low blood pressure, I should probably do a talk on low blood pressure, because low blood pressure is not good. Okay, high blood pressure, bad low blood pressure, bad normal blood pressure are good.

If you have low blood pressure, you’re, not getting enough. You’re, not getting enough oxygen to your extremities, particular brain, and then you can get dizzy when standing up quickly. If you have that, and you’ve been checked to see, if you have a trans ischemic attack and and and you don’t, it’s, going to be that your adrenals or mal adapting okay and so your adrenals.

So when you’re stand up quickly. Your Bloods not going through your head because the adrenals don’t have the pump in there because you’re because you have a low function and your aldosterone, which is the blood sugar.

What I’m, sorry, the blood pressure or hormone isn’t connecting properly with your adrenals and the blood stays here. You go up. The blood doesn’t, go up there, everybody’s. Checking your blood pressure.

Should be checking it laying down sitting and standing and seeing if it’s relatively the same if it’s low, if you’re laying down and it’s good and by the time you get up, You’re standing. It’s like it’s like 20 points.

Less, do you have an adrenal problem if it’s like 40 or 50 points less, that’s, a whole different story. That’s like pots disease, but but and that’s it, and that is adrenal, and that’s adrenal. So other things for fatigue, slow starter in the morning.

Those of you who can’t get out of bed first thing in the morning. We do adrenal index adrenal stress index on that person and and if their cortisol it’s, all about cortisol, isn’t it mostly their cortisol, is low in the morning.

This is your adrenal glands. If your adrenal and those these things are hard to fix that people get they get up, and you’re like hopping around and you have to have coffee first thing in the morning and all that type of stuff yeah.

We actually have a. We actually give people like like licorice it’s like first thing in the morning. Get up take this licorice because it ‘ Ll raise your blood pressure and I want you to get up and I want you to vigorous activity for anywhere from two to seven minutes and and then take a cold shower.

I mean literally, that’s like what these folks have to do. It’s that’s. Normally, that’s, going to be your adrenal glands, okay, other things that are your adrenal glands slow starter morning afternoon, fatigue afternoon fatigue again, I look at it more as a blood sugar thing, but again we did blood sugar already and I’ve talked about some of this because we’re, going through functional medicine, as it classically is practice and in functional medicine.

There are foundational things and one of the foundational things that a person should do before they do. Anything else is check. The person’s. Fuels make sure that data on low blood pressure because they’re, not getting oxygen.

It’s, it’s, oxygen and sugar, oxygen and sugar, oxygen and sugar are the fuels to every cell in your body. If you don’t, do those first, you’re gonna have a hard time getting a lot of other things better, so so so blood sugar, though, and adrenals again they track together.

I’ve. Had a lot of people coming here with low in high blood sugar and they’ve taken medication. They’ve taken herbs, they’ve taken botanicals, and it was that they had Noor degeneration in their brain.

They were kind of like they were kind of getting brain fog and they were maybe some of them were like going in the early Alzheimer’s. Maybe they just had neuro degeneration from years of not taking good care of themselves and and and and once we were able to get that under control their blood sugar corrected, because that got their adrenals.

They get to do better and then that got their blood sugar. To correct so this is pretty cool stuff that I don’t see a lot out there, so I thought I would share this with you afternoon. Fatigue is usually, I usually think of it as blood sugar, but it could be.

It could be that you have a blood sugar problem and and your blood Sugar’s dropping in the afternoon, or it could be that you have this. I’ll use the term adrenal fatigue because that’s. What most of you are familiar with this adrenal malla that patient your adrenals aren’t working, so your adrenals can’t, get up to bring your blood sugar up in the afternoon and by that time, those cycles of, even though you’re eating if you have the adrenal fatigue, even though you’re eating those cycles of eating every couple of hours.

By the time you’re in mid-afternoon, it’s hard for your adrenals to keep up with that. For those of you have adrenal fatigue and don’t. You get that afternoon. Dump afternoon headaches afternoon, headaches it’s kind of, like all goes along with the afternoon fatigue, because, basically afternoon headaches, the adrenals are down the blood sugars down.

You’re, not getting enough oxygen to your brain. If your adrenals are low, your blood pressure is going to usually be low yeah and your blood pressure is low. Your blood Sugar’s low. You don’t. Have you don’t have enough of either one of those foundational things get into your brain.

There’s, a good chance that you’re, going to have afternoon headaches, headaches, which stress that’s. That’s. I think that pretty much would be understood from that. Most people get, this stress, stresses the adrenals and then the adrenals won’t allow if the if the adrenal been stress for a year or five 10, 15 20 years.

However long it takes to get into the adrenal fatigue, then you’re, going to have a problem when you get stressed, because your adrenals can’t produce properly again your adrenals, they they work. They work to keep your blood sugar normal.

They work to keep oxygen in you. The last one is weak nails. If you’re, not getting. If you’re, not getting. If your adrenals are low, you might not be able to. You might have weak nails because you’re, not getting oxygen.

Your adrenals work with your blood pressure to get the the physiology to get all the chemicals that you need once your food is broken down and it gets into your system. It has to get to your extremities and your extremities are hard to get to, because your feet are a long way away from your heart, and your in your arms are a long way from your heart and your brain.

The heart has to pump up like this. So if you have low blood pressure, your load renals you don’t have to have low blood pressure, but most patients would come in here by the time they get here. They usually have low blood pressure too.

You’re, not getting enough pressure to get it out to your hands, your feet and your head, so it could be causing your headaches. It could be causing the fungus on your toes. If you have fungus on your toes, I’m test me.

It’s because you’re, not getting enough oxygen to your feet, and this could be the reason why, if you’re, not and if you have weak nails, it could be because of this. Now I go all the way back to now, where I say you know you go into the doctor and it’s kind of an acute situation and and then they give you a shot of cortisol once you’ve gone into adrenal Exhaustion – and that usually makes the person feel better and and then they usually have to do it every week.

Okay! Now, because that adrenal, those are those that person’s, adrenals are in exhaustion, fatigue maladaptation, whatever term you want to use it. Doesn’t mean they can’t come back okay, it just means they’re in exhaustion, and here’s, a problem there’s, a feedback between your brain and the adrenals through from your Pituitary gland it’s called a HP, a axis the hypothalamus pituitary adrenal gland for those of you who are who are like computer nerds and look at all this stuff and and that’s.

That’s. The HP axis is is, is, is another name that a lot of people like to use for a stress response, okay, so the so the pituitary gland has to detect that you, don’t have enough of some of these hormones, whether it’s, cortisol or dosterone, or whatever it, and it has to tell the pituitary gland hypothalamus to text that it’s.

That’s, a part of your brain that detects that and then it tells your particular hey. We don’t have enough cortisol going around and then that tells your adrenal glands to to make cortisol okay, even at that, so and and so basically that is a really like inviolate able loop in my mind.

In other words, if you give a person cortisol, if you start giving cortisol shots or you give them certain supplements that just jack up their cortisol, the person’s. Gon na feel better, but here’s. The problems like any other.

It’s like taking thyroid hormone or any other hormone. Okay, once you start taking that hormone from an external force, okay, then, then it’s, going to tell that part of your brain that hypothalamus, that you have enough of that hormone.

In there that is then going to tell your pituitary gland to take a vacation and then go to a Perry. Gland is going to stop talking to your adrenals. Now they’re, going to atrophy that part of the adrenals is going to atrophy, and now you will not be able to fix your adrenals and you’ll, be to having to take those shots once a week for the rest of Your life so the point, the big, the big takeaway from this is when people come in here, I certainly adrenals or one of the top things I look at, but you’ll notice.

I’m pretty far down the line here in in in in the back-to-basics, and for those of you who’ve been watching this series I’ve, been emphasizing. That is a hierarchy of care. Okay, there is a relative hierarchy of care as to how you attack these chronic cases, and so so I’ve already talked about.

I’m talking about small intestines. I’ve talked about intestinal permeability too much ass in your stomach too little acid. In your stomach, multiple chemical sensitivities, I’ve talked about pancreas, SIBO, gall bladder liver and I ‘

Ve talked about sugar before all of those, and now we’re to the adrenals that’s. Going back to the, if you can’t fix the adrenal, as you can’t fix anything all of those things if they’re out of kilter out of whack, if they’re, if they’re dysfunctional biochemically are stressing your adrenal glands out, so when a person comes in, I try to assess this.

What we call the brain, adrenal axis, that HPA axis and and I try to assess that person now, if that person comes in here’s, where I think the practical things that I’d like to share with you, come in.

If that person comes in and they are in a bad relationship, whether it’s with their with their significant other or their child or their boss, or they hate their job, like one of those types of things are going through a divorce and it’s, just they’re.

They’re battling it out in court. They’re, going through a bankruptcy. Something like these. These are massive things. These are massive stresses or if the person has like you know, maybe panic attacks, something that’s, really significant.

That is directly just hammering that adrenal gland, then I and – and I also practice functional neurology too. So I think those have you been watching forever, probably know that that’s kind of where the functional neurology comes in in a sense of you know what maybe we need to hit that brain? First, maybe we need to the diet.

You know we have diets, we use like 12 different diets we might use. You know we might look at a. We might look at a keto diet for that particular person, but what we’re gonna do. Is we’re? Probably going to help that person’s brain we’re gonna get into the herbs and the botanicals that will dampen those the ash.

When God does the adaptive grins, the the phosphatidyl calling all the types of things you’re, probably familiar with I don’t get it. I’m, not getting into specific prescriptions. Here. I’m, just giving you a general idea, but I would probably go and if you look at all the adrenal stuff, that’s out there on the market, all these products are in it III that’s.

When I would probably go for the adrenals first, okay, because if you don’t calm down that fight/flight response, that is, that is being caused by your brain, telling your adrenals to vomit out all of those hormones, the aldosterone, the epinephrine and norepinephrine.

All of those things that are causing you to be heart, palpitation or your and your journey, all those types of things, though those those chemical processes are affecting all the other things I just got done talking about small intestines, large intestines, the stomach, the pancreas gallbladder.

All that so it’s kind of hard to take care of those when the adrenals are the case and that’s, where, like you can’t fix the adrenals you can’t fix anything, however. However, if that, if that level of stress – and I forget to mention one other stress – overtraining overtraining – I’ve – had I’ve had two trainers come in here now and I know I have a patient coming in next week who or Who I can’t get one of them.

I’ve. Gotten understand that overtraining was was was what was what was really getting their or their adrenals under control um? How distinct and they were lucky that they took a two and a half week. Vacation couldn’t train and they came back feeling so much better that they altered their their physiology, but overtraining actually goes in there with all those other things.

Okay, so we’re training will bring. You ultimately damage your for all. You 80 year-old marathoners out there. So so, basically, though, if the? If so, if the stress it doesn’t raise to the point where I feel like it’s going to interfere with the other things I’m.

Doing I’m going to do all those other things. First, because they’re each and every one of those that that gets better is going to decrease inflammation and it’s all about inflation right. It’s, going to decrease information.

It’s, going to it’s, going to decrease cortisol it’s, going to take pressure off of the of the adrenal glands and the vast majority of the time those adrenals are gonna start working again. I prefer that okay, but people come to me and – and we set out kind of initial programs for several weeks or sometimes several months, and then we reevaluate.

If, if I were to be along the way, go boy, those adrenals are not kicking in, then I would do a the adrenals and I do an adrenal stress index test and there’s, several of them out there that measure the core.

You probably familiar with them a lot of you who are in and who are who are conversant in this world or where you take the cortisol. You take the saliva or the blood first thing in the morning and then at noon and edit for that night and and those can be helpful to kind of let you know where you are on that scale and maybe when you should intervene, it is my preference, Not to intervene unless, unless it’s, going to alter that case, where I can’t get where we can’t get there, leaky gut better, because when you’re in fight flight, when you’re in fight flight – you don’t need to be you don’t need to be peeing or pooping right.

So when you’re in fight flight, you’re. Your stress response shuts down the acid. In your stomach, it shuts down the valve between your large and small intestines so that you can’t poop. It’s. It shuts down your bladder so that you can pee.

This is the fight flight syndrome, but if you’re in chronic fight flight, it’s still trying to do that to a certain degree, and then that will stop you from fixing. Somebody’s intestines, because if the brain is continually putting out stress hormones that it’s telling the intestines not to move it’s, usually like the number one cause of constipation and so and then that causes back to Home balances and off to the races you’re, trying to fix somebody’s, leaky gut.

That came from all of that. Good luck and you go online and you do all the you know. You do all the leaky gut stuff in the diet and you’re better for a week and then it comes back because the the fight/flight responses is his his is engaged, and so so there’s that balance there.

Okay, so that’s, why I take a little bit of issue of if you can’t fix the adrenal. Just can’t fix anything, I would say if you can, if, if you’re, not in like if your stress level it’s not like at a level of seven, eight or nine or ten, maybe even eight nine Or ten, if you’re stressed a little not up there, you fix everything else.

First and then the adrenals have come back and that’s better because you’re, not going to mess with that feedback loop and you’re gonna be able to have your adrenals for the rest of your life. But if you’re, taking exogenous hormones for your adrenals, eventually, your adrenals are not going to be good and and and then you have to depend on that person, giving your adrenal supplements forever giving you adrenal shots forever.

Then you have to depend on them, giving you the right amount of adrenal shots and, and and that’s and that’s. A tough one. Remember, ladies, it’s, the adrenals that are causing you all of your female hormone problems when you are when you’re in menopause.

So if you’re a menopause and you’re going like or if you’re having a bad perimenopause, it’s, it’s, it’s, adrenals and blood, sugar and and And and so, and because because your brain has cut out of talking to your ovaries, okay, because you don’t need to maybe make babies anymore and has now said.

Okay, we’re just going to go with the adrenals. You either make stress hormones or you make male and female hormones and the adrenals and it’s just and and it’s, one or the other. So so, and stress hormones put a pressure on the adrenals screws up the blood sugar that’s, usually what is in menopause, and so so you’re, usually in our world we usually handle the stress in the adrenals and the blood Sugar before we start even throwing herbs and botanicals at you for estrogen or any of that type of stuff, so the adrenal glands are are a big factor, so you want them.

You don’t want the early on. You know, you know having them. You know given medications for them and then having them not work, and now you’re, getting some menopause now you’re gonna have to take all of these herbs and botanicals and/or drugs.

For for to help, you feel better when you’re when you’re in menopause, so the adrenals are like and they are, they are like our homeostasis glands, I mean like they keep us balanced everything that happens, screws them up everything.

It happens, causes them to go up eventually, if too many things happen that cause them to go up and being excited and all that eventually the factory like the machinery starts to break down, and then you go into mental and mental.

You’ll, go into mental exhaustion too, because you’re, not getting blood, sugar and and you’re, not getting oxygen to your head. But then you go into adrenal exhaustion and then there you are and then there you are so your dreams are important.

They’re, hugely important, but again to recap: if you’re not like, if your stress levels, aren’t like a like, I’ll, go eight nine ten. Most people can gauge your own stress levels and go yeah that’s me seven.

It’s kind of borderline. Okay, then it’s, everything else. It’s. Everything else you need to you need to it. You need to take care of the other things and the adrenals will come back and and that’s. What you want! You want to do that if, at all, if it’s all possible that you can’t and and then there’s, there certain cases, your balance and then there ‘

S are cases where you just got. Ta hit those adrenals first, so I just want to kind of clear that whole thing out, like you man, you could talk about the adrenals for hours and hours and hours, but I think this kind of this kind of I think it.

This encapsulate all the basic principles that that I would like you to understand about the adrenals. I think I’ve, hit most of the major symptoms and and and issues with the adrenals, and eventually they got to be better.

Eventually, they have to be better for you to be a normal, functioning, human being and and and from that perspective they are important. So, okay, so adrenals. So let’s, see so the next time we come back and yeah.

Next time we come back. We’re gonna talk about thyroid. Okay, we’re going to do it. We’re gonna do kind of I we have. I have so many presentations online on thyroid. I mean hours and hours and hours and hours and hours and a lot of them are under the under the titling of hypothyroidism, because that’s.

What people used to be looking for all the time. Many of them are now under the under the title of Hashimoto’s because we’re finding, yet that that’s, mostly what it is. So we’ll, be talking about thyroid next time.

It’s, gonna be kind of an encapsulated thyroid that one. But if you’ll notice, I ‘ Ve talked about everything else. Before I’ve talked about thyroid. We’re gonna talk about why that is the next time that I talk to you so until then thank you for watching.

I’m Dr. Rutherford, see you next time. You

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