I know you may have heard this before, but it is so crucial to your success that it bears repeating: When the body is too often in a stress response, or “fight or flight,” your entire physiology shifts, like the sides of an imbalanced seesaw.
This shift aggressively activates the fight or flight organs (heart, lungs, metabolism), and simultaneously and aggressively shuts down the rest and digest organs (immune, digestion, reproductive, thyroid, etc.). This shift, used acutely, is not a problem, and it returns to balance once the stress is removed. Chronically over-activated because of perpetual “all-cause” stress (physical, mental, emotional, toxic, etc.), and we begin to suffer symptoms of the suppression of those particular organ systems.
The immune system is more “dysregulated” than completely suppressed. Research and clinical experience proves that there is a shift (a Th1 to Th2 shift) in the immune system that causes:
- an inhibition or weakness on one side (the side that fights infection)
- Technically called decreased cellular immunity
- an up-regulation or over-activation on another side (the side that creates antibodies and reactions)
- Technically an increased humoral immunity
- a shift toward general cellular inflammation
- Technically: Increased pro-inflammatory immune chemicals (cytokines, interleukins, and complement)
This shift creates the majority of the immunologic symptoms that we see in patients with Adrenal Dysfunction, CFS, FM, Chronic Lyme, etc. We see a susceptibility to germs such as the herpes viruses (EBV, CMV, and HHV6), parvovirus, chlamydia, mycoplasma, Lyme and its co-infections, Candida, chronic staph, and strep infections.
At the same time we see increased antibody production in the form of allergy, intolerance, and sensitivity to many things: environmental factors, Hayfever, food allergies, asthma, and eczema. The increased antibody is a major underlying cause of autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and more.
The chronic inflammation leads to chronic pain conditions; therefore, we see poor wound healing, poor repair from injury, fibromyalgia, arthritis, tendonitis, RSD, and neuritis.
If you are dealing with two or more of these symptoms and/or conditions, I strongly recommend that you have Adrenal Dysfunction ruled out as an underlying cause, or at least as the major contributing factor to your condition.
By managing and healing the Adrenal Dysfunction, any other treatment that you may utilize for your condition will have a stronger effect and be much more beneficial. Remember, though the immune system is compromised, the main underlying cause of this dysfunction is the Adrenal Dysfunction. Treat it, and you’ll be far more successful in balancing your immune system.