Meet Sandy, a 47-year old mother of three. She suffered from Adrenal Fatigue, and now she’s taking back her life.
Years of a busy schedule at home and at work resulted in her inability to stay motivated, prevented her from completing many of the daily tasks she used to take for granted, and eventually led to mood swings and depression. She would even lose patience with her grandchildren, and spent far too much time in bed.
Working with Dr. Lam and his team of Nutritional Coaches, Sandy has been able to achieve great strides towards adrenal recovery with changes to her lifestyle and her diet. The use of specialized nutritional supplements, together with the coaching and support of Dr. Lam, has allowed Sandy’s body to recalibrate and recover the life she had missed so much.
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Amazing book on adrenal issues, September 8, 2012
I have bought several books on adrenal issues and I think this is the best to date. It is extremely comprehensive and I've learned quite a few things I've already applied with good results. Even the things that most with adrenal problems already know are written in such a way that it serves to validate and encourage one on this difficult path to recovery.
By someone 22 (outer space)
Definative Guide for Adrenal Fatigue/Exhaustion, August 18, 2012
After years of trying to correct my adrenal exhaustion problems on my own, I have finally found the advice of Dr. Michael Lam. His book has helped me understand that I was tiring my adrenal glands even further by my use of adaptogenic herbs and glandulars. He supports their use in early stages of fatigue, but when you progress to a more depleated level of function, they can have an antagonistic effect. His use of various molecular forms of vitamin C, delivered at specfic times during the day has helped me progress more in two months than any other protocol I have tried in the past ten years. Dr. Lam is very adament about recognising not just the nutritional and lifestyle mistakes that lead to fatigue/exhaustion, but the mind/body/spirit conection to the problem, as well. This book will help you understand that finding healing is not about taking a few supplements and getting a little more sleep. It will help you understand that adrenal fatigue arises from deeper issues of how we approach other people, our attitude about life in general, and our views of self. I feel confident that I now have the right tools to approach the next year and a half of healing with a very positive outlook. I do beleive you will have to pay for the one on one coaching that Dr. Lam's office provides. You simply can't replicate the detail of the nutritional protocols from the book alone. I can tell you that after years of continuing adrenal decline, hormone imbalance, and various health issues, that the office consultations are money well spent. I have wasted time and money with protocols that, I know know, could never work with someone like myself in a more advanced state of fatigue. Had I known these things 20 years ago..... who knows how life might have been different. I truly wish you all the best in your journey to adrenal/hormone recovery.
Extremely informative even if you don't suffer from adrenal fatigue., August 16, 2012
This is a remarkably informative book. I read it as part of a commercial project, not because I have any health issues, and found it relatively easy to understand. Granted, there's quite a bit of medical terminology within, and some tongue twisters when it comes to the body's various systems and the hormones involved, but even if you don't really grasp quite what everything IS, you will come away with a firm knowledge of what it DOES.
I could characterize this book as dealing with holistic medicine, but Western medical solutions have not been discarded in Dr. Lam's proposed solutions to a syndrome that, by definition, cannot be identified through traditional medical testing. This will lead some to conclude that there really is no such thing as adrenal fatigue syndrome -- but obviously the people suffering from adrenal crashes and other health effects are suffering from SOMETHING. So what is that thing?
This book prevents a compelling case and outlines a series of assessments, solutions, and resources for learning more about the problem. It's quite lengthy (this is NOT a quick read) but also exhaustive in its coverage of the topic. I am in no way a medical professional and have only a layperson's understanding of the issues involved, but I would recommend the book to someone who expressed concerns such as those related by the adrenal fatigue syndrome sufferers in the text.
By Phil Elmore
excellent book, August 6, 2012
This is an excellent book, a ton of information, very detailed, probably more than most people want, but it is very helpful and should be part of your library for adrenal fatigue.
By connie c
The Rest of the Story, June 14, 2012
It's been over a decade since James Wilson's book, Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, came out.Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome That book seem to form the current basis of knowledge for doctors who address adrenal issues (holistic, functional, and alternative practioners). Western-trained Endocrinologists don't address, or even accept the notion that adrenal glands can be stressed and underperforming. It has to be Addison's Disease (non-functioning glands) before they will see you. But Wilson only told part of the story - mild and moderate adrenal fatigue. Only Lam addresses severe fatigue and pre-Addison's adrenal exhaustion. If Dr. Lam were not so generous with his writings on his website, I would still be too sick to get out of bed and at my wit's end as well!
As a fibromyalgia patient of 6 years, i seemed to finally have my hypothyroid and pain under control, but my doctor couldn't say why my energy was steadily decreasing. Not recognizing adrenal fatigue sooner and then being diagnosed and "mistreated" with adrenal supplements and steroids which backfired, I landed into the worst stage of adrenal stress, just short of failure. Dr. Lam's writings online and in his book Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome - Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality with Clinically Proven Natural Programs (With Online Recovery Module and Other Bonuses) (Dr. Lam's Adrenal Recovery Series) sounded like he was describing my personal case history when all other writings said supplements or gland extracts would be cure me. No one else even mentioned the possibility for the paradoxical reactions I had, while he wrote that they would be expected in my circumstances! He shared so much information at his website, I wasn't sure how much more his book could contain. But it does contain much more and it has been my constant companion since it arrived a month ago. I have dog-eared pages, underlined and highlighted passages in every chapter. The material is coherent and so thorough. I have put his suggestions to use and am now making progress. This book is the rest of the story about AFS, expanding Wilson's work, going broader, further and in an enormously helpful,digestable manner. Dr. Lam's book is a must read for every alternative practioner, internist, endocrinologist, and every patient suffering from extreme exhaustion!
Brilliant and life changing, June 12, 2012
I am fortunate to be receiving support and nutritional coaching from Dr Michael and Dorine Lam, and I can say with all honesty that they have brought me back from the brink. I reached an advanced stage of adrenal fatigue, and, after as many others have, suffering bewilderment about what could be wrong with me, was greatly relieved to find that indeed there is someone who understands, and what is more, can help me recover.
This book is a comprehensive explanation of the entire phenomenon of AFS, which, as Dr Lam says, could perhaps more accurately be referred to as stress-induced neuroendocrine syndrome. I especially love the respect shown to the reader's intelligence - the author's note says "....patients....are surely smart enough to take in the scientific information that explains what is going on in their bodies." And there is indeed a lot going on! Light is shone on the confusing array of AFS symptoms through the Lam's description of the chemical and physiological processes involved.
The book also provides detailed information on recovery from AFS, both what action to take and what to expect in the process. It is not a 'quick fix', but takes time and real life changes. And this is the final brilliance of the book -getting down to the need to genuinely simplify life and slow down. This book will help inspire you to do so.
By Sheila M
Full-bodied work for pervasive, widely unacknowledged syndrome, June 12, 2012
Having been a patient of Dr. Lam's for several months, and significantly helped by his program, I was eager to purchase his book. It is a fantastic deep-dive educating patient and care-taker on how to best handle this syndrome. The final chapter, in particular, is profound albeit hard to hear for a Type A personality - the classic AFS sufferer. I anticipate more attention will be paid to this syndrome as more and more people suffer from it - and this book will be the seminal writing on how AFS will be managed in the future.
By Cordila Jochim "Cor" (New York, NY)
Very helpful, June 8, 2012
This book, unlike many and most others of its kind, wonderfully accomplishes a technical and scientific discussion of the complex biochemical pathways involved in AFS as well as bringing to light all of the practical applications and effective protocols, so that anyone with a desire to learn can access it. I, myself, have struggled with AFS and extreme liver dysfunction for over a decade. I tried everything and worked with countless medical professionals over the years. I am a very well-educated person, with extensive experience in the health-related scientific fields and nutrition. Still, I failed to fully grasp the complexity of my own health problems. I have sought advisement from Dr. Lam and Dorrine Lam which has allowed me a greater recovery than I have ever experienced. Dr. Lam's understanding of the physiological nuances involved in AFS, comprehension of the difficulty in maintaining successful recovery, and the importance of nutrition is unparalleled. He is truly a pioneer in this field.
My only regret for the book is the title, for I feel that many people may write off the book due to the way it may be unfairly lumped in with the sea of not-well-validated and far inferior "adrenal fatigue" books and commentary already out there. I feel that what Dr. Lam is articulating in this comprehensive book is, in fact, very different from those other books. His technical understanding is unmatched. His cohesive narrative is clear and concise. And he delivers the best description and defense of a valid and severe medical crisis that very few doctors or medical professionals understand. Until encountering Dr. Lam, I hadn't met anyone (medical professional or otherwise) who comprehended the confusing and paradoxical nature of my symptoms or could understand some of the nuances that I knew in my body were real and significant. I didn't know how to get out of the dense forest of crash cycles, despite my best efforts. Without a doubt, if not for Dr. Lam and Dorrine Lam's invaluable consultation (both via phone and with the help of the book and articles they've written), I wouldn't be here today.
Wealth of Information---Finally!!!, June 2, 2012
I have been suffering from Adrenal Fatigue syndrome for many years, this book by far has the most up to date information. And clinical information. I think every Doctor and Practitioner should be required to read this book. The medical community has no clue on how to approach this and there are so many people suffering and think they are crazy. This book is awesome, thank you so much Dr. Lam for writing this book. Now, I completely understand what is going on and will be able to hopefully recover with the help of your services on your website.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
By LeeLee "smile4me" (Sacramento, CA)
A much-needed book for practitioners and others interested in this pervasive condition, May 27, 2012
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is the one book I wish had been available when I first started my naturopathic family practice over 25 years ago. Michael Lam has done all of us - holistic practitioners and lay people alike - a huge favor by writing this book.
In a clear, step-by-step fashion, this book lays out the complex neuroendocrine responses to stress. It starts with the early stages of the stress response, when the adrenal glands and the autonomic nervous system still have the capacity to handle stress. It then shows the reader how and why the warning signs of the middle stages of adrenal fatigue syndrome (AFS) begin to crop up, such as chronic hypertension, fatigue, hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia. Finally, the more advanced stages of AFS are covered in detail, including unrelenting fatigue, low blood pressure, anxiety and a bewildering array of other incapacitating symptoms. Ample graphs and diagrams help the reader easily grasp key concepts along the way. Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome will be easily understood by readers with a strong medical background. However, it is written as well for the lay person, who will find the repetition of primary concepts quite useful.
One of the most valuable contributions Dr. Lam has made with this book is his elucidation of how to effectively approach and manage the gradual healing process for people who are in the fragile, later stages of AFS. These are the people who are significantly incapacitated by adrenal fatigue in one or more ways. Anyone who has been in primary care practice for more than a few years is very familiar with people who have struggled for years or decades with intractable insomnia and/or anxiety and/or fatigue after all the standard lab tests fail to pin-point the root cause of their suffering. As Dr. Lam points out in his book, these people typically go from doctor to doctor, desperately seeking the help they never find, limping along with prescription sleep medications, and anxiolytic drugs. There are a great many people in our society suffering from the late stages of AFS. For the sake of these people, I highly recommend that you read this book, especially if you are a medical practitioner and as yet do not have a solid grasp of a) how and why AFS can present in many different ways, depending on the stage of AFS and on each individual's constitution, b) how and why the management and treatment of the various stages of AFS can vary tremendously, c) the importance of ascertaining whether hypothyroidism is secondary to hypoadrenia, and d) the core aspects of treatment for each stage of AFS.
AFS is a product of our out-of-balance, fast-paced, high-pressure culture. Indeed, it is so widely pervasive that it has, paradoxically, become difficult for even skilled practitioners to recognize, let alone treat effectively. And to make matters worse, orthodox western medicine still does not even recognize adrenal fatigue syndrome as a legitimate medical condition (ah, well, nothing new here!). Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome will go far in helping our society recover from - and shift out of -- a way of life that is unsustainable over the long haul.
There are a number of short-comings in Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, but they are insignificant in comparison to the overall value of the book. If you go to Dr. Lam's website, I encourage you to not let the unprofessional design of the site deter you from reading this book, or from exploring the educational materials on his website.
By Artemis Celt, ND
Definitely worth the read!!!, May 17, 2012
There is so much information in this book it is incredible. This is by far the most comprehensive book on adrenal fatigue, ranging from the basics of what Adrenal Fatigue is, to the fine details of how our bodies work and why we get adrenal fatigue, to recovering from adrenal fatigue and full lifestyle plans. Dr Lam lays it all out honestly. I am usually skeptical of these kinds of books, but after reading this book, I feel like Dr Lam knows me so well. It has opened my eyes to the stress I have had in my life and how it has affected me. I would highly recommend this book.
Dr. Lam has written the bible on Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, April 30, 2012
Most physicians give up on adrenal fatigue patients because they fail after trying to prop up the adrenal glands without any understanding of the other conditions affecting the problem. Dr. Lam maps out the adrenal fatigue syndrome problem, step by step. Then he provides a solution in the form of a how-to manual on how to recover. Since a syndrome is by definition several concurrent problems, Dr. Lam suggests treating all three legs of the "three legged stool."
So many of us have used coffee and sugar as stimulants to get going. Dr. Lam explains what to do instead, what to eat, when to eat it. When to exercise and when not to exercise. ADRENAL FATIGUE SYNDROME lays out the logic of the body's "ecosystem" in a story. The body was designed to fix itself but needs the right tools. Dr. Lam provides some diverse tools in his "Recovery Tool Box."
Read this book if you want to understand your fatigue, muscle weakness, brain fog, lack of enthusiasm or libido. Read this book if you want to mine Dr. Lam's vast experience and pearls. You can find more encouraging stories on how to take your life back on Dr. Lam's website.
By Lynne Farrow (New York)
Amazing!, April 25, 2012
Finally! A book that provides information about this often overlooked syndrome. It's written in easy to understand language. Recommendations with pros and cons. If you believe you may have this syndrome or a doctor with patients complaining of these symptoms, it's a must read!
By Jeannette Seibly "Author of "It's Time to Brag" (Colorado)
Natural, gentle approach for adrenal fatigue sufferers!!, April 17, 2012
I knew that I was suffering from some sort of fatigue, but was at a loss on how to address this debilitating syndrome without the use of pharmaceutical drugs or other harmful methods for my already stressed out body. Dr Lam in great detail explains all the syndromes that I have been experiencing, but he also gives hope in explaining how our bodies can recover - which is after all why I am reading this book! The natural approach using diet, exercise and natural supplements really appeals to me. But do not be fooled - it isn't your run of the mill kind of approach. Dr Lam is systematic and is constantly teaching us to be more attuned to our bodies, something that you don't hear often.
The book is written in a very user friendly format, and in easy to understand language. For those who think they may be suffering from adrenal fatigue but are not sure, this book will help clarify things for you, as it did for me! What a relief it was to read that I had legitimate reasons for waking up extremely tired, needed to nap almost everyday and was wide awake after midnight - that it wasn't because I was lazy. For years I lived with the guilt that I just wasn't as hardworking as my peers and that I just needed to 'buckle up'.
Now with this guide book in hand, I can better understand what my body is trying to tell me and how to help it heal. I am so excited that this book is available for the general public at such a reasonable price, and really hope that it will bring much hope to the many men and women out there suffering silently for so long.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Donna, April 14, 2012
Very good information on a subject that no one understands. I just love it thank you so much! Great infomration
By Donna L. Britten
Just What I Needed!, April 13, 2012
There is life saving information in this book, but it is written in a practical manner, easy to read, and put together so that it is a page-turner. Being a bit older, tired, and stressed out, I was excited that this book was just what I needed to get me on the right track! Thanks, Dr. Lam...I felt like you wrote it just for me!
By Georgann H. of Parachuting Publishing
GREAT INFO ON ADRENAL FATIGUE, April 12, 2012
Dr. Lam gives an in-depth look at adrenal fatigue. The book gives hope to adrenal fatigue sufferers and explains the science of why they are suffering and how to relieve the symptoms. The book is a must read for any one who has had or thinks they have adrenal fatigue.
By Travis Y.
very good and helpful read, April 11, 2012
Thought the book was a good read and helpful for me. I would recomend that others read this. Well worth the money.
Just what I've been looking for!!!, April 10, 2012
Finally!!! An in-depth book on Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome written in layman's terms. Dr. Lam's has written an extremely comprehensive book on this subject. His knowledge is vast and easy to comprehend. If your looking for a book to put you to sleep at night, this is not it. I found each chapter compelling. After just the first 50 pages I was calling my doctor to have him order some of the suggested tests. I am excited to have found a book that has provided me with more answers instead of more questions. I would highly recommend this book to anyone suffering from loss of energy.
By Maisha I
Reclaim Your Energy and Vitality!, April 10, 2012
WOW! I've looked at several books that claim to be comprehensive on adrenal fatigue--finally,I've found one. What sets Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome apart from others with similar titles is that they don't have the credentials of Dr. Michael Lam. A western trained MD, he merges the scientific side with nutritionally based practices and strategies. I've gone through his website on multiple occasions (DrLam.com)--a treasure trove of information. Anyone who is exhausted, tired all the time, feeling depressed, unable to lose weight--or for women especially--their menses are out of whack--get this book. It just may save your life. There's a reason why Dr. Lam is recognized globally. At last, his words are in print in a well-balanced and informational loaded book. Highly recommended.
By Judith Briles "Book Buyer, Author, Reviewer"
Your book is awesome - so much valuable information - worth every penny. I have sent several people to your website already and told them to get your book since I don't have all the answers. I have helped a lot of people over the years with AF but obviously have more to learn.
- Dr. C. Porter
Greetings, Dr. Lam
I am a naturopathic doctor. I am about 1/3 of the way through your new book and wish I had had this information 25 years ago when I began my practice! Thank you for writing such a clear book on such a complicated topic. Hopefully it will fall into the hands of many doctors who desperately need this information.
- Artemis C. ND
When we found Dr. Lam, I was what he called the living dead. I literally was on death’s doorstep. Not one person associated with Western Medicine could find anything wrong
with me, and my health was declining rapidly. I have been to over thirty doctors and not one of them has helped me in the slightest. Dr. Lam saved my life and set me on the
road to recovery. Thank you for saving my life!
I just wanted to thank you for bringing life back to me. I was so sick and now I am feeling as good as I did 20 years ago! It has been a long battle: no energy, aches and
pains going from one doctor to the next. They told me it was anything from arthritis to depression; they had me on steroids for three years… All behind me now!
I just don’t know how to thank you. I think it would be wonderful if you could just be everywhere with your caring heart, your information and the real reason behind all
of the bad, sick days that so many of us have had.
May I thank you for such speedy and efficient service in responding to my inquiries. I live in the UK and, to be honest, never thought you would offer to help from such a distance. I am very much looking forward to talking to your dietician, Dorine. You offer a wonderful service and I feel hope for the first time that a recovery is possible. Thank you, I wish more doctors in the UK would read your website and have open minds!!
I’m a licensed Naturopath practicing in Nova Scotia, Canada. I want to commend you on the wonderful information on your site. I refer many clients to it for references regarding Adrenal disorders, reproductive hormone imbalances and much more. One client contacted you with her adrenal questions and was excited to hear back from you. I want to thank you for taking the time to listen to her questions and for responding…
- Dr. Scott W., Naturopath
Your website is a huge help and I refer people to it all the time. I am a drug and alcohol counselor and always encourage people to do things with their diet and exercise. I have given many your web address and talked about your programs in groups and individual sessions.