According to Dr. Lam – the body can heal itself given the right tools. Monday’s night’s fascinating and empowering interview is now posted. So how many of us have been give a diagnosis and a prescription with no hope? The science of medicine is becoming a very exciting path. Dr. Lam is also a proponent of digging deep to get the right diagnosis of systemic disorder… not labeling and medicating the symptoms. Everyone needs to know about her hormone and adrenal health. And then share what she has learned with her doctor. Thank you Dr. Lam for a very informative interview.
Holy Hormones Journal: Do you feel tired all of the time? Is your body showing early signs of aging? Join Leslie Carol Botha and Dr. Michael Lam, MPH co-author of, Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome – Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality with Critically Proven Natural Programs on Monday, June 24 from 6 to 7 pm MST on KRFC FM Fort Collins.
Dr. Lam co-authored this book with his wife, Dorine Lam, R.D., M.S., M.P.H., a registered dietitian and holistic clinical nutritionist in Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome and natural hormonal balancing.
Michael Lam, M.D., M.P.H., A.B.A.A.M., is a western trained physician specializing in nutritional and anti-aging medicine. Dr. Lam received his Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health. He is board certified by the American Board of Anti-Aging Medicine where he has also served as a board examiner. Dr. Lam is a pioneer in using nontoxic, natural compounds to promote the healing of many age-related degenerative conditions. He utilizes optimum blends of nutritional supplementation that manipulate food, vitamins, natural hormones, herbs, enzymes, and minerals into specific protocols to rejuvenate cellular function.
Dr. Lam was first to coin the term, ovarian-adrenal-thyroid (OAT) hormone axis, and to describe its imbalances. He was first to scientifically tie in Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (AFS) as part of the overall neuroendocrine stress response continuum of the body. He systematized the clinical significance and coined the various phases of Adrenal Exhaustion. He has written five books: Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome – Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality with Clinically Proven Natural Programs, The Five Proven Secrets to Longevity, Beating Cancer with Natural Medicine (Free PDF version), How to Stay Young and Live Longer, and Estrogen Dominance. In 2001, Dr. Lam established www.DrLam.com as a free, educational website on evidence-based alternative medicine for the public and for health professionals. It featured the world’s most comprehensive library on AFS. Provided free as a public service, he has answered countless questions through the website on alternative health and AFS. His personal, telephone-based nutritional coaching services have enabled many around the world to regain control of their health using natural therapies.
According to Dr. Lam, AFS refers to a complex medical condition where a person is tired and fatigue while medical workups are normal. It is usually triggered by stresses which can be physical (ie. overexertion), or emotional (ie. a stressful relationship). Additional symptoms include: low thyroid function, brain fog, low blood pressure, hypoglycemia, heart palpitation, anxiety, PMS, insomnia, and loss of libido. In advanced stages, one can be incapacitated and bedridden while conventional laboratory tests continue to say normal. After thyroid or hormonal medicines are unsuccessful to increase energy, patients are put on anti-depressants. When all else fails, patients are usually abandoned by their treating doctors.
At the root level, AFS represents a continuum of how the body’s neuroendocrine system responds to stress. This system is first activated, then put on overdrive, and then eventually breaks down.
Surviving in the modern world is no easy task. The need to achieve balance between work, home, exercise, social life and spiritual life is challenging. Many of us are working ourselves well beyond our body’s stress handling capacity. When the body is overstressed, over time it starts to breakdown at the cellular and hormonal level. AFS, at the root level, represents the body’s cry for us to slow down in order to conserve energy. The only way the body knows how to conserve energy is by down regulating organ function. The neuroendocrine system is the key conductor, as it orchestrates a systemic slowdown of all organs, and with that we experience fatigue and lethargy.
Here is a checklist of common symptoms associated with Adrenal Fatigue. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms -then you need to listen to Dr. Lam on on Monday night.
1. Tendency to gain weight especially at the waist and inability to lose it.
2. High frequency of getting the flu and other respiratory diseases that tend to last longer than usual.
3. Reduced sex drive.
4. Lightheaded when rising from a laying down position.
5. Unable to remember things and unclear thinking.
6. Lack of energy in the mornings and also in the afternoon between 3 to 5 pm.
7. Feel better suddenly for a brief period after a meal.
8. Need coffee or stimulants to get going in the morning.
9. Crave for salty, fatty, and high protein food such as meat and cheese.
10. Increase symptoms of PMS for women; periods are heavy and then stop, or almost stopped on the 4th day, only to start flow again on the 5th or 6th day.
11. Pain in the upper back or neck for no apparent reasons.
12. Easily startled.
13. Decreased ability to handle stress and responsibilities.
14. Body Temperature is off balance – hands and feet feel cold, or face feel warm, or hot flashes.
15. Unexplained hair loss.
16. Tendency to tremble when under pressure.
17. Multiple allergies such as asthma, hay fever, skin rashes, eczema, hives and food sensitivity.