I have read some posts here and feel that I should share a recent discovery. I have had CFIDS or something like that for about 16 years. I won't go into the gruesome details, it was awful. Then about two years ago my MD tested my adrenals, and I got the diagnosis of adrenal exhaustion. I went on Cortef, which helped for awhile, but as I got involved with Natural medicine, I realized that was a bad solution. So I tried several other approaches. The one that worked best was Licorice root, I learned about it in Poesenecker's book (at www.chronicfatigue.org). Very helpful, I now could take either Cortef or Licorice (deglycerinated only), they work the same for me.
Finally a year ago I was tested with the new test for Lyme Disease (www.bowen.com). New research shows that most chronically ill people have LD, and in many cases that is their major problem. I tried a few treatments, and did notice some improvements, but still had adrenal exhaustion. Then about a month ago I started a new treatment for LD, a salt therapy with vitamin C (www.lymephotos.com). It is now emerging as perhaps the best alternative treatments for LD, and probably most affordable as well.
The surprise was that the salt actually seemed to finally correct the adrenals. I'm sure the salt is killing the Lyme bacteria also as advertized, but unquestionably it is also supporting my adrenals. Before the salt I could not sit in a chair for 8 hours and work at the computer, because of the adrenal exhaustion. Now, when I take 2-4 G of salt a day (natural salt), I have the energy to sit and work a full day. I have found the salt equivalent to taking Cortef, or Licorice, the only other two adrenal supports that have worked. In fact, on days when I don't take the salt, I have to take the Licorice...
I don't know the details, but this is WORKING. For those unfamiliar with LD, it is a slow infection and the treatments work slowly, taking up to a year or more to reverse the disease. But the salt gives me energy within a half hour. So the salt is definitely working on the adrenals.
Mineral salts, as those found in kelp, and good fats and oils, like a good ribeye steak and olive oil dressing on your salad, feed the Adrenals. Celery would be a natural with all its sodium. Tell us more about how you personally ingest 2-3 grams of salt daily. Thanks for your info and how pleasing to hear of your success. Everybody should check out the creepy crawlies at lymephotos.com and I myself will further explore their resources. I take the non-hormone forming type of DHEA, Keto-7, for Adrenal Collapse symptoms--anxiety, shallow breath, cold extremeties, low blood pressure, sensitivity to loud noises or Sugar and stimulants--and am anxious to improve to be able to work more comfortably. Thanks for the inspiration.
I tested positive for Ehrlichia which is a tick borne disease. I have read that it is a co-infection of lyme but on the Western blot I was negative for lyme.
I have been considering being tested by the Bowen test but I don't know how to go about it. Doesn't a dr. have to perform or order the test? How did you find one who would do this?
Did you test positive for any co-infections?
I am thinking of trying the salt & vit. c treatment too. Have you felt really bad on it? How much a day are your taking. I have ordered the sodium chloride that they recommend off the internet from a place in New York - Americarx, I think is the name. My local pharmacy said they couldn't get it.
Anything info you could give me about the bowen test and salt & vit c treatment would be greatly appreciated.
I have Fibromyalgia and was diagnosed with adrenal exhaustion as the root cause of my fatigue, upon further inspection (blood test results) my doctor determined that I have fairly severe salt deficiency. He believes that if I add salt back in to my diet, mixing Sea Salt with water - daily, my energy will come back. The blood test revealed that my potassium level was perfect, indicating that my adrenals are doing what they are supposed to do - but that my salt level was severely low. I have been adding salt to my water daily, for weeks now, and am waiting (with fingers crossed) to get my energy level back. I've been on a detox diet for FM, and have been clearing viruses from my body so I was also dehydrated for a period of time (with significant weight loss) so it may take me a bit longer to get the salt level up and experience the energy increase you've mentioned. I'm glad to see your post, it gives me hope that we are on the right track!
HI Sandra - it would be great to hear your feedback on the effects of taking more salt as you go along. I have just started taking Isocort but have noticed that I definitely feel better by adding a lot of seasalt into food etc.