BASIC ADRENAL BURNOUT, AND OTHER BURNOUT PATTERNS ON HAIR MINERAL TESTS

by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© February 2017, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.

           

All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.

 

            ÔBurnoutŐ refers to exhaustion of the adrenal glands.  However, it is also a more general indicator of lowered energy, lowered vitality, and a poorer overall state of health of the body overall.  It is a vague term in some ways, but is often very useful to explain a personŐs symptoms and even a personŐs psychological outlook.

 

Causes for adrenal burnout.  These include many factors such as nutrient deficiencies, overwhelming stress, emotional problems and other causes.  Overcoming burnout rarely occurs quickly if a person follows a nutritional balancing program precisely.  In most cases, it takes several years of healing work to undo the causes of the problem.

           

SYMPTOMS OF BURNOUT

 

            Among the many symptoms are fatigue, often unrelenting no matter how much sleep a person obtains.  Another is depression.  Others range from low blood sugar, anxieties, skin problems, headaches, constipation, impaired digestion, lowered immune response, infections, candida albicans and other fungal infections, chronic pain in the body, brain fog. mood swings, mind racing, insomnia and others.

            As the condition progresses, however, it can lead to almost any symptom or condition from simple allergies to cancer.

 

THE MECHANISM OF LOW HAIR SODIUM

 

            According to Dr. EckŐs research, the main factors responsible for the sodium reading on a hair mineral analysis are the level of aldosterone, an adrenal hormone, along with the activity of the rennin-angiotensin mechanism of the kidneys.  Low aldosterone is associated with reduced adrenal glandular activity.  In some cases, the kidneys may also cause reduced sodium in the blood, and eventually in the tissues of the body.

 

BURNOUT INDICATORS ON A HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS

 

The most important single adrenal exhaustion or burnout pattern on a properly performed hair mineral analysis is a sodium level less than about 8 mg% on a hair mineral analysis, but only when the hair is not washed at the laboratory.  This is critical for accurate sodium readings, as this is a water-soluble mineral that is easily washed out if the hair is washed at the lab, as is often the case.

            While a low sodium level on a hair test is considered Ňbasic burnoutÓ, there are several other indicators of adrenal burnout or exhaustion on a hair mineral analysis.  Among the most reliable are the following:

 

á           Four lows pattern.

á           A three lows pattern.

á           Potassium less than about 5 mg%.

á           A sodium/potassium ratio less than about 2, and definitely if it is less than 1.

á           A very slow oxidation rate.

 

When a person has more than one of the indicators for adrenal burnout, we refer to it as double burnout, triple burnout of even a quadruple or quintuple burnout pattern.  This simple way to quantify burnout is often extremely helpful to assess the degree of burnout in many cases.

 

BURNOUT INDICATORS VERY USEFUL

 

Assessing the number of burnout indicators that are present on a hair mineral analysis in which the hair has not been washed at the laboratory is one of the most important assessments to make when interpreting any hair mineral analysis.  Research is ongoing to identify ways to quantify burnout more precisely, but for now the simple method described above works well.

For many more details on adrenal burnout, read Adrenal Burnout Syndrome on this website.

 

 

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