Symptoms & Treatment

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lyme Disease, Adrenal Fatigue

Month: November, 2013

What are the Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?

The adrenals are small glands that sit on top of each kidney. They are responsible for producing many hormones. One of the most important adrenal hormones is cortisol.

Adrenal fatigue” is a controversial condition. Doctors are taught in medical school that the adrenals are either fully functioning, or not functioning at all, which is a disorder known as Addison’s disease.

An increasing number of doctors are however forming the opinion that there is an intermediate zone of adrenal function where the adrenals are producing cortisol, but not in sufficient quantities for optimum health. This has been called “adrenal fatigue” or “adrenal exhaustion”. It is thought that this state can arise if a person is subject to high levels of stress over a long period.

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue may include lethargy, fatigue, reduced immunity, and reduced ability to cope with stress.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:

  • Tendency to gain weight and unable to lose it, especially around the waist.
  • High frequency of getting the flu and other respiratory diseases and these symptoms tend to last longer than usual.
  • Tendency to tremble when under pressure.
  • Lightheaded when rising from a horizontal position.
  • Unable to remember things.
  • Lack of energy
  • Feel better suddenly for a brief period after a meal.
  • Often feel tired, but resist going to bed.
  • Cravings for salty, fatty, and high protein food such as meat and cheese.
  • Increased symptoms of PMS for women; periods are heavy and then stop, or are almost stopped on the 4th day, only to start flow again on the 5th or 6th day.
  • Pain in the upper back or neck with no apparent reason.
  • Feels better when stress is relieved, such as on a vacation.
  • Difficulties in getting up in the morning.
  • Lightheaded.

Other symptoms include:

  • Mild depression
  • Food and or inhalant allergies
  • Lethargy and lack of energy
  • Increased effort to perform daily tasks
  • Decreased ability to handle stress
  • Dry and thin skin
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Low body temperature
  • Nervousness
  • Palpitation
  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea
  • Dyspepsia

How Vitamin C helps in Chronic Fatigue

Vitamin C is a powerful oxidant (free radical scavenger). Intravenous (IV) vitamin C is given by a drip into a vein in the arm. It is possible to give much higher doses of Vitamin C intravenously than it is by mouth, thus achieving very high levels in the bloodstream.

IV Vitamin C is an extremely safe form of treatment and very rarely has any side-effects. It is much safer than most drugs made by pharmaceutical companies.

When giving intravenously, IV vitamin C is often combined with other important nutrients such as magnesium, B vitamins, glutathione and lipoic acid.

Although considered by the medical community to be an unconventional treatment, IV vitamin C has been given in high doses to many thousands of people in many countries over the last forty years. Clinical experience has shown that IV vitamin C can be useful in the following situations

    • the treatment of chronic fatigue
    • the treatment of viral infections such as influenza, the common cold, glandular fever and shingles
    • the treatment of bacterial infections such as cellulitis (a common skin infection)
    • the treatment of burns and stings
    • for people who are feeling “run-down” because they are working long hours or doing a lot of travelling, and who would like an “energy boost”
    • to boost the immune system in people who are suffering from frequent infections, particularly viral upper respiratory infections
    • cancer

When used to treat influenza or a cold, IV vitamin C is most effective if given in the first twenty-four hours, as soon as symptoms first appear.

Some doctors claim that high doses of vitamin C cause kidney stones, but this has been shown to be untrue. IV vitamin C does not cause kidney stones. High doses of vitamin C should not, however, be given to people with poor kidney function.

IV vitamin is not a cure for cancer, but there is increasing evidence that IV vitamin C can play a useful role in the treatment of cancer. In the laboratory, high doses of vitamin C have been shown to kill cancer cells, but not normal healthy cells. In the high doses used in cancer patients, vitamin C is probably acting as an oxidant rather than an anti-oxidant.

Dr Dobie never advises patients to not have conventional cancer treatment, but IV vitamin C can play a role in cancer treatment in the following ways:

1. IV vitamin C can in some cases enhance the effectiveness of conventional cancer treatment such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

2. IV vitamin C can reduce the severity of some cancer symptoms and the unpleasant side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

3. Cancer patients having IV vitamin C often report an increased quality of life.

4. IV vitamin C can be used, along with a focus on diet and meditation, in those people who have chosen to not have conventional cancer treatment.

There have been reports of some cancer patients making a full recovery after treatment with IV vitamin C, but these may have been cases of spontaneous remission, so it is not possible to say with certainty that the recovery was due to the vitamin C.