Sick and tired? New book may offer hope for the weary

Is stress making you sick, fatigued, forgetful, grumpy, depressed or overweight?

A new book, “Are You Tired and Wired? Your Proven 30-Day Program for Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue and Feeling Fantastic Again,” by Marcelle Pick, MSN, OB/GYN NP, explains what stress does to deplete your adrenal glands and what you can do about it.

Pick, co-founder and owner of the internationally known clinic, Women to Women in Yarmouth, is also the author of “The Core Balance Diet.”

In her new book, which hit bookstores March 15, she shares case histories of hundreds of patients, some in their 20s and 30s, who have come to her with symptoms of fatigue.

But before racing out to buy this book, check with your physician.

“Fatigue is a complex, common and very non-specific symptom that can be caused by many issues,” says Dr. Stacia Baker, Brunswick family physician. “Before assuming that the adrenal glands are the issue, there should be a medical evaluation performed by a physician to rule out other conditions.”

Marcelle Pick could not agree more. But, as she says in her book, “In my opinion, adrenal dysfunction will be a completely accepted diagnosis within about 25 years or so, and it will then be ‘standard of care’ for physicians and practitioners of all types to properly test for it and treat it.”

Her book is based on scientific, medical research in journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine, Psychoneuroimmunology, and Neuroscience Biobehavioral Reviews. (See the back of the book for 58 resources.)

As Pick explains, it sometimes takes medical practice 25 to 50 years to catch up with research.

Frank Lipman, M.D. at the Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center, NYC, agrees: “‘Are You Tired and Wired’ is exactly what the many women suffering from undiagnosed adrenal fatigue need. I’ll be recommending it to my patients.”

So, is this book just for women? Yes and no.

If you’re a man who has a fatigued mother, sister, daughter, wife, or significant other, this book might be important to you, too.

And some of Pick’s suggestions for dealing with stress (and who doesn’t have stress?) such as exercise, meditation, diet and yummy recipes will be helpful for anyone, man or woman. However, other supplements and medications need to be prescribed.

I, for one, at age 69, have been following Pick’s program for exactly 30 days and although I cannot say that I have the energy I did in my 20s, when I was what Pick describes in her book as a “Racehorse,” my friends and family have noted an improvement in my mood and my get-up-and go. I am now ready to resume many activities that I had dropped a year ago because I was too “tired and wired.”

After completing Pick’s detailed questionnaires to determine if adrenal fatigue might be an issue for me, I realized that in my 20s and 30s, I was a “Racehorse” who went on to become a “Workhorse” (Pick’s description) and for the last year or so, I have been a “Flatliner.” No energy. No zip. No get up and go.

But well, hallelujah! There is hope for me. Age doesn’t have to slow you down. And although I hate to admit it, I had come to the conclusion that I was done for.

I had been diagnosed by several physicians over 30 years ago with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and chronic sinus infections, but I had never let that slow me down until recently.

After years of antibiotics (for which I am grateful because I could have not been a “Racehorse” or “Workhorse” without them) and continuing stress, I had reached this low point.

In fact, a month ago, if one more person asked me to volunteer for another thing, I would glare at them angrily, and of course, neither they nor I would know why.

Now, my friends and family want to know when my next appointment with Women to Women is. Tomorrow? Good! They like the new energetic, happier person I am becoming.

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What are the adrenals, anyway?

According to Marcelle Pick, “These little triangular-shaped glands sit on top of the kidneys, (and are) responsible for giving us extra surges of vitality that we need to cope with unusual challenges, new demands, and heightened levels of stress.

“Ideally, as evening comes, our adrenal production is supposed to steadily decline, allowing us to relax in sleep . . . But when we’re chronically under stress, our adrenals are forced to behave differently.”

Stress, according to Pick, can come from demands at work, home, environmental toxins, chronic infection, asthma, dealing with sick and aging parents, motherhood, noisy unpleasant surroundings, pain and allergies and many other stressors such as being the primary breadwinner.

If not dealt with in a healthy way, “adrenal dysfunction is likely the result.”

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