Saliva Testing for Adrenal Fatigue

Medical doctors rely on laboratory tests which can be contradictory or confusing. Traditional medical doctors can order testing for adrenal fatigue by blood tests; however under-diagnosing is a problem. Saliva testing, which is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), is a very accurate test.

 A saliva test is done four times in a day – morning, noon, early evening, and around midnight.  The test is performed by simply spitting into a test tube.  When you have completed a day of testing you mail the tube into the laboratory for analysis. 

The saliva test measures the levels of your stress hormones and cortisol and how these levels have changed throughout the day you tested.  This test can discover imbalances that can be the underlying reason for adrenal fatigue. 

 Because adrenal fatigue symptoms are very vague and so broad-based – from unrelenting fatigue yet you can’t sleep to sugar cravings and body aches, and so many in between – that getting diagnosed may be unlikely unless you, as the educated patient, request a saliva test from your doctor. You can download a free symptom matrix from

 There are laboratories that will allow you to order your test directly from the them. You can search online for these labs.  However, you need an experienced, qualified professional to help direct your treatment, and you should be looking for the tools to help your body heal itself because a medicated approach, over time, can backfire and cause adrenal fatigue to become worse.

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Dear Jennifer…………

Dear Jennifer,

I believe there are no coincidences in the universe.  It was such a happy day to receive and read your book ALL IN MY MIND?  Like you, I had several large (by anyone’s standards) stressful events occur in my life within a two year period.  I normally enjoyed a level of high vitality and energy and just chalked up my lack of energy, sadness, and loss of enjoyment for life to hormonal changes as I was just entering my 50′s.  I had had some hormonal testing at 48 knowing the “change”was coming.  My hormonal test results revealed that I did have some imbalances-but at that time I still functioned well.  At 51-feeling terrible, with increased symptoms and scared-as a physcian I just could not seem to heal myself.  I submitted for extensive testing to learn in addition to non-existent hormonal levels, I also was gluten intolerant, had mercury toxicity, and my adrenal glands were exhausted and not functioning.  WOW!  Now I had all these challenges- a complete laundry list.  No wonder I felt so bad.  I started a course of treatment with some improvement thankful to know that maybe someday I may feel better and that there was a reason for how I felt.  Somedays I thought I felt better, other days I seemed back at ground zero.  Those ground zero days made me feel like something psychologically was amiss.

And that my friend, was when I had the blessing of meeting you, inquiring  about the book you had written(which you generously gave me a signed copy).  I was so amazed to learn the title and topic just having found out two months earlier that with the adrenal exhaustion I had the same problem.  I started to read the book that night and flying home the next day I could not stop reading it.  I shared several passages with my husband, also a physician.  Incredulously over and over I exclaimed, “Oh my gosh-this is me!”.

Understanding what had been happening, the fear, the dreams, the anxiety, the scaly dry feet, the withdrawing, the events leading up to it, and that someone else had also suffered and made it through the process of recovering, gave me such relief and hope.  I expereienced such a feeling of joy and freedom to know exactly where my symptoms and feelings were coming from, key changes to make, and what to expect during this recovery process.

Thank you Jennifer for writing this book and being so willing to share.  I can see clearly now-other patients of mine, friends, and pysicians and their patients who need this book to read and share it with those they love.  I suspect, given the tumultous times we live in-this book needs to be in the hands of many people.

God Bless you and thank you,

Dr. Sylvia M. Smith, D.C.

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It May Have Been Easier to Dismiss Me Than to Look for Zebras

A few weeks after the birth of my second child, I felt terrible – as if I were dying.  My OBGYN patted my knee and said, “Typical case of postpartum depression.  You’ll get over it.”

A few months later, I was feeling much worse than terrible.  Extreme and unrelenting exhaustion, nausea, and insomnia were just a few of my symptoms. At this point, I was left to find my own answers, after standard tests showed I was in the normal range for every area. It was highly suggested my problems were “All In My Mind.”  And perhaps I should see a counselor. 

Why didn’t the doctors just dig a little deeper?  Why didn’t they order more extensive testing?  Why? I simply didn’t fit into their line of thinking and the philosophy of the popular medical adage, “If you hear hoof beats, think horses – not zebras.” Generalizing this means, a patient is most likely to have a common problem rather than an unusual disorder.

 I wonder if the following quote of Dr. Robert Lambert from A Letter to Patients with Chronic Disease doesn’t give some wonderful insight?

“But chronic unsolvable disease stands square in our way.  You don’t get better, and it makes many of us frustrated, and it makes some of us mad at you.  We don’t want to face things we can’t fix because it shows our limits.  We want the miraculous, and you deny us that chance.”

After becoming my own patient advocate, and by the grace of God, I discovered what my problem was – Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.  Not adrenal failure which would have been easily diagnosed from standard tests. I simply had low-functioning adrenals.  By this time I had suffered for over four years.  It was  a lonely and confusing journey for me, the chronic, unsolvable patient.

It may have been easier to dismiss me to a counselor than to look for zebras. 

You can download a free adrenal fatigue symptom matrix at

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Adrenal Fatigue…Stress-Related Conditions Not All in Your Head

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Adrenal Fatigue and Forty Ways to Respond to Negative People

I had a Great Aunt Agnes who always advised that there were forty ways to respond to a negative comment or situation, and the responses were with just one word – “Oh”.  You just use different inflections – oh, OH! OOOH! Oh? I think you can see where this is going. Just smile, but keep emotionally level.  Don’t say anything but an “oh”.  If more is required, say “Oh, that is too bad.”  If you must, then leave the conversation, leave the room, or you will slip into other problems before you know it. 

Negative people may not ever realize they are downers, and that is exactly how you may feel when you are around them.  I think being consistently negative is one simple thing – “A Very Bad Habit”, and because I am “Fixer”, it could almost drive me crazy when I am with someone who always has a complaint, yet he or she won’t take one step to mend or alter their own situation. 

However, my characteristic of being a “Fixer” may have well contributed to my Adrenal Fatigue.  Therefore, I strive to practice a good habit for me, and that is I will empathize, remotely if possible, and then I will ask if there is anything I can do.  Generally, there isn’t one thing I can do, and I must accept that they needed an ear and not a solution.  However, I must not let others’ problems dominate my time, my mind or my life – so I determine that I have done all that I can do, and “Let Go and Let God.”

It feels negative to talk of negative people.  However, negative people can affect you emotionally, especially if you suffer with Adrenal Fatigue.  An Adrenal Fatigue patient may already suffer from negative emotions such as hopelessness and guilt.  So when you are with someone and you immediately start feeling negative or diminished have an action plan to put in place – practice forty ways of saying “oh”.  It will soon become a natural response, and this may satisfy everyone’s needs.

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Great Chronic Pain blog! Great support!

I had the opportunity to speak with Jennifer Busch, the author of “All in My Mind.” She has Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue, and Fibromyalgia. Her book is a very honest recount of her recovery. She shares her good days and bad days, revealing her inner self. I found it to be a book written from the heart and I even teared up a bit at the end. It is also very insightful in many different ways. I feel it is a must read for anyone living with a chronic illness. It will give you insight to some areas we are all probably aware of yet might deliberately avoid. I know for myself I have thought about some of those things, yet hesitate to act upon those feelings sometimes. Thank you Jennifer for sharing with us.
To read about author Jennifer Busch and her bestselling book, All In My Mind? go to
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Superior Chronicle

80% of Population Suffer Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

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Woman Gives hope for Adrenal Fatigue Suffers

Local woman hopes book inspires others
Prior to being stricken with adrenal fatigue, Busch led a busy and full life and with her husband, Dr. Richard Busch III, founded and developed a

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Why is Adrenal Fatigue Missed by Traditional Doctors?

Adrenal fatigue has been around since the 1900’s, but traditional medicine is not acquainted with the condition because is not easily diagnosed with standard blood tests. Regular blood tests are to determine or detect absolutes such as Addison’s disease which is an absolute deficiency of adrenal hormones.  High levels of adrenal hormones can also be found by blood tests and this is Cushing’s disease.

The standard test used adrenal function is going to recognize extremes of underproduction or overproduction of adrenal hormones.  Adrenal fatigue sufferers can test within the normal ranges – not in the high-highs or the low-lows – and still have adrenal hormone levels low enough to cause adrenal fatigue. 

Traditional medicine isn’t taught the consequence of low adrenal function, and when adrenal levels show in the “normal range”, and the operative word is “range” of standard blood testing, the patient is considered normal even while the symptoms are clear indicators of adrenal fatigue. 

For a free download of a comparative symptoms matrix of Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia go to

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Adrenal Fatigue and Stress

I was an invited author for a stress blog: Great information forward to anyone who may be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue, Chronic Fatigue, or Fibromyalgia. Stop the silence and understand the condition.

via Adrenal Fatigue and Stress.

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