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Dr. David Graham
The standard assessment for fatigue is a thyroid and red blood cell analysis; both are tested in our Standard
Blood analysis. This is to diagnose hypothyroidism, which is traditionally treated with hormone therapy,
and/or anemia, which is treated nutritionally regardless of the type of health professional you consult.
naturally if it is low functioning. The thought process is that if your thyroid could make hormones last year
using protein, iodine and trace minerals, why not try to get it going again using higher doses of those
nutrients? I would also evaluate if adrenal or liver stress is allowing an imbalance of hormones, such as
estrogen or cortisol, which can affect the thyroid. Then I would treat the source of the stress nutritionally to
regain balance resetting the thyroid as well.
If you are anemic, we have to consider B6, Vitamin C, and folic acid, along with B12 and iron. The simple test
(through lab testing), is to check what the MCV (Mean Corpuscular Volume) is doing. If it is high, then folic
acid or Vitamin B12 would help the most; if it is low, then iron and B6 would be most appropriate.
Another cause of fatigue is a problem with making ATP or energy from sugar (glucose). As we vaguely recall
from chemistry class, the production of ATP from sugar requires several minerals and vitamins, such as
magnesium, B1,2,3 and others. A deficiency of even one will impair your ability to make energy and result in
a tired feeling.
Adrenal gland stress can also cause a feeling of fatigue, exhaustion, wired and tired or some other
manifestation of low energy as a result of abnormal production of the hormone cortisol. Sometimes just
feeding the adrenal glands will help normalize energy, but often you have to address stressors, such as belief
systems, self talk, stimulants, food additives, low grade infections, or conflict. Any stress, repeated over and
over can stress, fatigue, or exhaust your adrenal gland function resulting in problems with energy.
Are you tired or toxic? Perhaps your liver is the stressed organ. It has to metabolize all those hormones you
make and chemicals you eat and breathe, not to mention if you are on a medication. Tylenol has a dramatic
effect on the liver, slowing the processing of all chemicals through your liver. Liver detoxification, when
applied using knowledge of biochemistry, involves adequate protein, sulfur, and many nutrients that the liver
uses to process and eliminate the variety of chemicals we make and are exposed to.
Other considerations include heavy metal exposure and food allergies, which need to be diagnosed and
treated or eliminated.
For a full energy evaluation, along with recommendations to improve your energy, call our office today.
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