By Andrea Lewis
Despite the medical controversy surrounding its validity and even its very name, Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is all too real for those who have been affected by it. Dr. James L. Wilson, N.D., PhD., who coined the term “adrenal fatigue” to describe a specific kind of chronic tiredness that results when the adrenal glands no longer function normally, has estimated that 80% of the population will experience it at least once during their lifetime.
The symptoms of adrenal fatigue syndrome include low blood pressure, low blood sugar, greater intolerance to cold, moodiness, anxiety, unexplained aches and pains, recurrent infections and, of course, fatigue. Another symptom of adrenal fatigue, an unusual one that may be overlooked, is high “good” HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.
Most allopathic physicians deny that adrenal fatigue is a real syndrome, much the same way they denied the existence of Fibromyalgia until about twenty years ago (some still do). Others, like Dr. Lena D. Edwards, M.D. and Dr. Thomas G. Guilliams, Ph.D., believe that it is real, but take issue with the name Dr. Wilson gave the syndrome. In their paper, Beyond Adrenal Fatigue: From Anecdotal to Evidence Based Medicine, they stated, “While this term has helped to dispel the notion that only extremes of cortisol production, namely Cushing’s disease or Addison’s disease, are clinically relevant, it does not adequately describe the complexity of the cascade of events involved in the stress response and should be replaced by more appropriate evidence based terminology. ”