Nora Gedgaudas — author of Rethinking Fatigue — stopped by the show last week to discuss what your adrenals are really telling you and what you can do about it.
As usual, Nora was truth bombing the entire show. Unfortunately, my audio was a bit shaky. The BlogTalk Radio connection is working on my last nerve. If adrenal fatigue were really, I’d say it was killing my adrenals…
I think this Tuesday’s episode will be the final live broadcast. Too many technical challenges when broadcasting live.
Anyway, here are my show notes:
2:53 – Only Nora could work on 4 or 5 books at once!
5:05 – What are your adrenals and why is cortisol important?
9:19 – How “self abuse” like heavy training schedules and burning the candle at both ends sends cortisol into overdrive.
10:58 – The natural cortisol rhythm — getting you out of bed in the morning and winding you down at night.
Quick story for ya.
It was the Spring of 1996 — freshman year of college.
I was hanging out in front of the dorm with my roommate and one of his fraternity brothers, complaining about about my professors and a brutal round of midterm exams coming up.
You see, exams were just two weeks away and according to my syllabi I had 4 (yes, four) midterms scheduled on one day.
Back to back to back to back.
I went on and on criticizing my professors, each of whom seemed to act like their class was the ONLY class I was taking.
They were setting me up to fail.
It wasn’t fair!
Then, when my 10-minute grumble finally came to an end, the frat bro looked at me and said this:
Gut bacteria is all the rage.
Never thought I’d say that…
Nor did I ever think I’d see celebrities pitching probiotics on TV, kombucha becoming a trendy beverage, or “active cultures” becoming a household term.
But this isn’t just some passing fad.
Every day, more and more people are finding out about the connection between digestion, healthy poops, and the good guys within.
Like any other organism, gut bacteria require a healthy diet in order to thrive and optimally carry out their tasks of bolstering your immune system, controlling yeast overgrowth, and synthesizing critical vitamins.
But how do you make sure you’re feeding them what they need?
I like gluten-free beer.
So, every so often I’ll mosey down the road to the local health food store and score myself a six-pack before the big game.
A couple months ago, while swiping my debit card to complete my purchase, the guy bagging my brewskies initiated an awkward discourse. It went like this…
Bagger: Do you have celiac?
Me: No, I don’t.
Bagger: Then why are you buying gluten-free beer?
He had that I-should-be-rolling-my-eyes-but-I’m-at-work look on his face, as if I were some dunce just following the gluten-free crowd.
If I had the time I would have broken into full YouTube video mode and dropped some truth bombs on him, but the checker was already handing me my receipt.
So I replied…
I’m kinda torn on this one.
Last summer, the State of Colorado passed a bill drastically limiting the scope of practice for Certified Traditional Naturopaths, barring them from working with cancer patients, pregnant women, and children under the age of two.
This bill does not apply to licensed naturopathic doctors who graduated from accredited natural medicine schools like Bastyr or NCNM, but to the “traditional” types who can earn their credentials through sometimes-shady-looking websites requiring not much more than a GED and a credit card.
Understanding that there are always two sides to every story, part of me feels like the objective of this bill is to protect the public from unqualified practitioners posing as health gurus.
I mean, if someone I loved had cancer, there’s no way in h#ll they’re working with a practitioner with a degree from the Naturopathic University of Google.