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Stage III Adrenal Failure
Posted by: Melvin
Date: August 17, 2001 9:41 AM

I am in stage III Adrenal failure and I am taking adrenal extract and licorice as well as other supplements directed by my chiropractor.
I believe I also need ACE injections and/or hydrocortisone by mouth because the therapy seems to be ineffective at this point. How do I find a GP who is sympathetic to this kind of alternative health therapy for adrenal dysfunction and who can dispense ACE injections or hydrocortisone? Can I purchase hydrocortisone supplements over the counter? Can you recommend any other supplements other than the licorice extract and the adrenal concentrate I am taking?

RE: Stage III Adrenal Failure
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: August 17, 2001 1:24 PM

First you need to know that you have an accurate diagnosis. I have encountered many people who think they are in adrenal failure but are not. The tests are: 24 hour urine collection for adrenal steroids by AAL Labs and the ACTH Challenge Test. You can use Library Search for more about both of those. If the diagnosis is correct, the proper treatment is time release orthomolecular hormones, the exact formula determined by 24 hour urine hormone analysis of all hormones made in a 24 hour period. If you overuse licorice extract, you can actually get Cushing's syndrome (hyerpadrenalism). Keep in mind that heavy metal overload can block the production of adrenal steroids as effectively as unrelenting stress. You are not likely to find ACE (adrenal cortical extract) in California. Although it is a wonderful therapy, its use is a cause for great anguish by the Medical Board. I have never known why that is - blind prejudice I think. To find a doc in So. California, click on Find A Doctor above.

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