Systematic review blasts “adrenal fatigue” diagnosis

Posted 26 September 2017

Some healthcare providers are using the term “adrenal fatigue” to describe an alleged condition caused by chronic exposure to stressful situations. According to this theory, chronic stress can lead to “overuse” of the adrenal glands, eventually resulting in their functional failure. Last year, two Brazilian endocrinologists concluded that “adrenal fatigue”—also referred to as “adrenal burnout” and adrenal “exhaustion”—should be regarded as a myth. Their review analyzed the 58 most relevant studies identified in a systematic literature search.

1. Cadegliani FA, Kater CE. Adrenal fatigue does not exist: a systematic review. BMC Endocrine Disorders 16:48(1), 2016
2. A Science-Based Medicine article describes the origin and danger of the “adrenal fatigue” concept. Gavura S. Adrenal fatigue: A fake disease (updated). Science-Based Medicine, June 29, 2017

Source:  Consumer Health Digest #17-37, September 124, 2017

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Hormone Health Network attacks myths

Posted 10 November 2015

The Hormone Health Network has issued five fact sheets intended to counter hormone-related myths:

  • One attacks “adrenal fatigue,” a condition allegedly caused by long-term mental or physical stress.
  • Another debunks the concept of male menopause.
  • “Fountain of Youth” hormones warns against using human growth hormone or DHEA for bodybuilding, weight control, or to counteract “aging.”
  • Another notes that the hCG Diet is either ineffective, unsafe, or both.
  • Another debunks the concept of “Wilson’s temperature syndrome,” an alleged thyroid disorder invented by a Florida physician who stopped practicing after he was disciplined by his state board.

Some of the exposed myths involve diagnoses that are claimed to be an underlying cause of dozens of common symptoms for which their advocates provide hormones and/or dietary supplements. The Hormone Health Network is the patient-education resource of The Endocrine Society, the largest international group of Read the rest

Clicks – “Adrenal Fatigue” – ASA ruling

Posted 11 May 2012

Professor F Bonnici (one of South Africa’s best endocrinologists) lodged a consumer complaint against a pamphlet available at the Clicks Pharmacy. The pamphlet contains information about “Adrenal Fatigue”.    Professor Bonnici submitted that the pamphlet misinforms the public about a condition that is not recognised by any health authority in the world. While there are well defined adrenal disorders, “Adrenal Fatigue” is not one of them. He added that he has encountered incidents where people insisted on consulting him in his practice as a specialist endocrinologist, based on the information conveyed in the pamphlet and the resulting self-diagnosis made. While the “treatment” recommended in the advertising is harmless, unrelated to adrenal gland function and ineffective, the fact remains that the information conveyed is untrue and potentially harmful.

Clicks submitted that it has removed all pamphlets related to this subject matter from its clinics, “without any admission of Read the rest

Solal “Burnout” – Adrenal fatigue

Posted 27 September 2010

Solal advertises on it’s website, a product called “Burnout“.

The website claims: “Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands, situated above the kidneys, become overworked or damaged, usually from long-term exposure to stress. As a result of being over-worked, they secrete reduced amounts of the adrenal hormones, the main ones being cortisol, aldosterone, pregnenolone, DHEA and adrenaline. The most important of these is cortisol, since when this is lowered, the body will no longer be able to deal with stress, a situation which can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome.”

The ingredients of the product are: 
Adrenal Chromium Complex™ (a proprietary complex of chromium polynicotinate, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B5) Inactive ingredients: Hypromellose (cellulose) vegetarian capsule shell (gelatine free), microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate (vegetarian – flow agent), magnesium silicate, silicon dioxide and colloidal silicon dioxide.

Here is a different point of view:

Hormone Foundation attacks Read the rest