Naturopathic Doctor Andrea Purcell explains how she uses Naturopathic Medicine to reverse fatigue. Produced by Larry Cook. Distributed by Tubemogul.
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A lot of people have fatigue, or just feel tired or depressed or unmotivated or unrefreshed when they wake up in the morning. And so eventually, they go to their conventional medical doctor, who will run a blood test, the results comeback and they are told that everything is fine, or that their blood work is normal and it's within the reference range. And so they go home, feeling frustrated, because they know they don't feel fine. Fatigue can be caused by any number of underlying conditions, anemia, caused by a deficiency in iron, B12 or folic acid, low thyroid or hypothyroidism, stress induced adrenal depletion, sleep deprivation, Epstein-Barr virus which causes chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, or any other disease state. When someone comes to me who has fatigue, I want to find out the underlying cause. First and foremost, I listen. I want to know about their daily routine, their level of stress, how they sleep at night. Secondly, I want to look at the labs. I will run blood work to evaluate anemia, thyroid function, Epstein-Barr or any other underlying chronic disease. Secondly, I will run a salivary test to test adrenal function through cortisol levels. What I have found in my practice for men, struggling with fatigue, is that they usually have low thyroid function or hypothyroidism, and elevated Epstein-Barr Virus Antibodies. Treatments for these include moderate to high dose Vitamin C, to boost the immune system, antiviral herbs such as Andrographis or Licorice, a low sugar or no sugar diet focused on eating real whole foods to support the immune system, and thyroid support in the form of herbs or thyroid glandular. For women, the cause of their fatigue could be any combination of anemia, adrenal depletion, low thyroid, Epstein-Barr, sleep deprivation or depression. First, I recommend a whole food plan, low in sugar. Second, if she is anemic, I prescribe iron, B12 or folic acid as appropriate. For adrenal depletion, I recommend adrenal glandulars or herbs, such as Licorice, Ginseng, or Ashwagandha. If she is low thyroid, it may be appropriate for me, to prescribe armor thyroid, a natural thyroid hormone or herbs to support thyroid function, or nutrients that support thyroid function, such as selenium or iodide. If she has Epstein-Barr, we need to support the immune system. How I support the immune system is with Vitamin C, Licorice, it's a great anti viral, and sometimes other anti viral herbs, such as Andrographis. If she is sleep deprived, I will recommend herbs that help promote relaxation. So for both, men and women, when the underlying cause is treated, the fatigue will go away. I have had great results treating people with fatigue, for those who follow my protocol, they get their energy back within 3-6 months. If someone has fatigue, I recommend that they adopt a natural living lifestyle. This includes eating whole organic foods, and avoiding processed foods. Taking supplement such as enzymes as fish oil, and visiting a naturopathic doctor, who can run the proper testing to discover the underlying cause and treat the fatigue.