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I decided to address some of the comments and questions that came up from the original blog. The main point I want to get across is that Stress, both emotional and physical, is what weakens the Adrenal glands. That controls 35-50% of hormones in women over 40.

Once the Adrenals weaken, the hormones become affected and then no matter how much you deal effectively with the Stress, your glands are still underperforming.

Handling Stress
Many people wrote me or commented about some of the ways they handled stress, tension, depression etc. Some did it with prayer, some with exercise and some with meditation and relaxation. Those are all wonderful ways to respond. The best way is to avoid or stop the stressors, whether they be a bad relationship, financial problems, your perception of stress, dietary stressors and physical pain and/or inflammation. All of these things weaken the Adrenals. We’ll address methods for that in future blogs.

Handling Depression
For anyone that's been sad, "depressed" or feeling blue, they've often been able to push themselves out of that funk using many different means. But for those who have been literally "chemically imbalanced" you know exactly how that feels and that you usually can't just "snap out of it" like all the well-intentioned friends and family tell you to do. Balancing those chemicals is what gets you out of it. Those unbalanced chemicals are the Neurotransmitters which get out of balance from the Adrenals and Female Hormones being off. As I said previously, some people need strong medications but many people can also do that with natural, plant-based supplements that don’t have so many of the side-effects of prescription medications.  

Depression-Weight
I had a lot of women tell me that they just can't seem to lose that weight around their waists or it's very difficult to lose any weight the older they get. That starts a cycle of feeling bad, which makes them eat more, which makes them feel worse, which makes them eat more etc.
If your Adrenal glands are weak, your metabolism is directly affected. It slows down and it's way harder to lose weight. The only real ways to successfully do then are to severely restrict calorie intake or to seriously over-exercise. Ironically, both of those things further cause stress and weaken the Adrenals even more so that when you eventually stop those methods, not only does the weight come back but you often gain back even more.

If any of this rings a bell, the first step is to do a saliva test to check the Stage of your Adrenals. That test will also check the available working female hormone levels you have. You can do this with your own Doctor but make sure they do a saliva test NOT a blood test. You can do these tests yourself by having the kits sent to your home. I have patients around the country besides the ones in San Diego so I don't have to be in the same city to assess your situation. Let me know if you have any questions by going to my website for contact info.

www.drmichaelmadden.net

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      Deovolente wrote Nov 30, 2009
    • Okay, this is me and I’m 43, three kids and things are busy!  The last five years I experience the loss of a 45 yr old sisterinlaw, sudden 67 motherinlaw, afair that resulted in loss of all relationships and finances, total disgrace after being a public figure with successful platform impact...that’s just to mention a few so thru it all went on Lexapro.  Always been a size 0 and ate anything I wanted.  I also exercised. Now I have gained 20 pounds and no energy and ache constantly. Bloodwork, says nothing serious.
      I just recently weaned off of the Lexapro and the DARK cloud is back. What could I take naturally to help?
      Many thanks for your articles!



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      Owlmaria wrote Nov 30, 2009
    • Thank you Dr.Madden! You have mentioned something I’ve believed has contributed to my depression that my Dr. will not help me with. I have always had low to zero levels of testosterone and an imbalance with my estrogen. After my hysterectomy 26 years ago I had an incident where my left lower lobe collapsed (2 weeks in hospital) and after several rounds of blood work they found that I had zero percent body fat. This was from my imbalance in my hormones. My GYN at the time put me on the correct dosage of hormones & also vitamin B12. It made all the difference in the world.
      I have a GP but have been told I no longer need a GYN and noone will prescribe hormones & B12 for me. I wish I could find someone who would read this blog and understand how much I need them, especially now. My depression has become clinical but anti-depressants do not help. Most I have been on either do not work or I have severe reactions to them.
      I called my Psychiatrist today for help w/ my crying jags and other serious needs due to other things going on right now and his answer was to increase the dosage of my current med. “Give it time, there aren’t any miracle pills that will cure you overnight. Call me in a few weeks and let me know how you‘re doing.”
      I called him today because I needed his help, yeah, I got it alright, take more of the same pills but not the right ones.
      Sorry this is so long. You just wrote the thing I’ve believed in my heart was right but no one else will listen to me.
      Thank you for your time.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Nov 30, 2009
    • To Deovolente
      Your adrenals should be checked to see how far off everything is. If they‘re exhausted, you‘re also not getting the right amount of cortisone produced by the adrenals which help with pain and inflammation. Your metabolism is off probably because all the stress exhausted the adrenals. Do a saliva test to see what Stage they‘re in.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Nov 30, 2009
    • Dear Maria,
      The right saliva test will tell you not only where your Adrenals are and what they need but also the levels of your female and male hormones to see what kind of balancing they need. You can take natural plant-based supplements that will balance out those hormone levels. There are also natural amino acids that can balance your Neurotransmitters which could possibly help you with the depression.



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      UK Girl wrote Dec 1, 2009
    • I’m so off to the doctors about the adrenal gland ........

      Thanks so much Dr. Madden for your words of clarity and wisdom



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Dec 1, 2009
    • Here’s the saliva testing information. If you can’t get it done with your doctor, I can have kits sent to your home and go over the results with you.
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      Drmadden, Your links have been removed, please consider upgrading to premium membership.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Dec 1, 2009
    • Dear Ellen,
      I agree that the bioidentical Hormones are a wonderful improvement over the synthetic hormones they gave out to women for years that ended up causing lots of serious health problems. But there are plant-based supplements that convert to estrogen and progesterone as well that don’t have to come from a compounding pharmacy.  

      The other factors you should take into consideration is that taking the bioidenticals won’t do anything to help improve your Adrenal glands. And that’s usually the system that caused the imbalance in the first place. If you fix that part of you, the hormones can take care of themselves sometimes and then you may not need to take them forever.



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      Violet09 wrote Dec 1, 2009
    • I have been diagnosed with Bi-Polar disorder since 1998, I have been put on so many different medication over the years. I am currently taking lamictal 100 mg. trazadone 100 mg. and 30 mg, of prosac daily. I hate taking medication that I feel is only helping my insomnia. I believe that my hormones are out of balance and just before my monthly cycle I am so angry and just plain mean. My husband is usually the recipient of all this. Obviously the medicine helps me sleep. If not on meds. I sleep very little.which drives my husband crazy. I have been told that if I stopped taking the meds. my condition will worsen and might not even be helped with meds. as I age. I’ve always felt that there are natural, healthier ways to address my illness. I just haven’t known what my alternatives are.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Dec 1, 2009
    • Dear Violet,
      One option is to check what your hormone levels actually are, in a saliva test as opposed to a blood test. The saliva test has been shown to tell you how much of the Estrogen/Progesterone etc are available to use in the system. It’s a more accurate representation than a blood test is for that. You wouldn’t have to stop taking the medications.If the treatment program would begin to help you, you could slowly go off of the meds under the supervision of your doctor.



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      Michael Madden DC wrote Dec 2, 2009
    • Good information Sarah. I also use the Wild Yam as the basis of the bioidentical hormones I give to my patients.
      Most OTC stuff doesn’t work in the long run because it’s only working on the symptoms, NOT the cause. And in most cases, it’s the weak Adrenal glands that are the cause of the female hormone imbalance. That’s why the saliva test is so important.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Dec 3, 2009
    • Once again great info! I am better prepared with questions when i head into the Drs. Thx!!!!



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      Violet09 wrote Dec 4, 2009
    • Thanks! Dr.Madden for your suggestions. I will discuss it with my nurse practitioner. it gives me hope.



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      Faye43 wrote Dec 10, 2009
    • Very interesting! The Adrenal thing is new to me. Thank you so much Dr. Madden for the information. If I ever get the $$$ I may check this out. I think it may be the answer for my maladies, Faye



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      Msj wrote Apr 11, 2010
    • thank you for the great info



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