Author Archives: Dr. John Sherdon

Stress & Adrenals

We are living during very stressful times. Some stress is important to our normal physiology and survival. We all have a normal level of resistance when adapting to stressors. But when we are constantly bombarded with environmental and emotional stress, our health slowly declines. We have a finite amount of adaptation energy which decreases and declines with continuous exposure to stressors. The consequences of this are lower immunity, lower kidney function, fatigue, unregulated inflammatory response and poor blood sugar metabolism.

The Adrenals are a key part of the main Endocrine Axis; when they are taxed, a ripple effect occurs throughout the entire system, including the Reproductive and Autonomic Nervous systems, as well as the Hypothalamus, Pituitary, and Thyroid glands. Some typical signs and symptoms of adrenal depletion are: fatigue, need for more sleep, inability to cope with stress, irritability, anxiety, sighing and yawning, low libido, lower back ache, frequent colds or flu, and sugar or salt cravings.  Adrenal depletion may also present as low core temperature, sensitivity to cold and heat, poor digestion or IBS.

So how do we counteract the negative effects of prolonged stress to support our Endocrine System?

We can support our bodies with Adrenal Tonic Herbs, minerals and vitamins, and a diet made up of seasonal fresh vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins, and by removing ingredients like breads, pastas, dairy, and sugar to limit the inflammation in our gut. Frequent exercise, restorative practices like Yoga or Qi Gong, Meditation and breathing exercises, Acupuncture, Massage and other therapies also provide support.

Spring Cleaning

Routine Cleansing and Fasting with Dr. John Sherdon

 

Having grown up in the family that I did, with my Mom as my Mom, you can imagine that I have lived a pretty clean life. I grew up as a kid in the eighties with organic as the norm, no antibiotics, and never a vaccination. I was able to live this way because of the enormous  knowledge and incredible care that my Mom, Dr. Linda raised me with. At the first sign of a symptom, I was given Homeopathics and nourishing foods to bring me back to health. I did get sick but I also developed a functional immune system. I completed my first Milk Cleanse at the age of ten, and have completed many cleanses throughout my life as needed; sometimes cleansing to strengthen my system for prevention, and sometimes to balance my system when observed symptoms have manifested. 

There are many types of cleanses: juicing for detoxification, Milk Fasting with herbs for parasites, Apple Flushes for the Gall Bladder and Liver, Polarity Drinks to cleanse the Liver, Gall Bladder and Kidneys, and many other Detox Cleanses which can help to purify various internal organs. Timing of cleansing is also an important consideration. In Chinese Philosophy, each season corresponds to an Element and specific Internal Organs. For example, Spring is the time of the Wood Element and the organs Liver and Gall Bladder, which makes it a great time to cleanse those organs. Winter is the time of the Water Element and the organs Kidneys and Urinary Bladder. During any transitional period between seasons is also a good time to cleanse. I prefer to cleanse the Liver and Kidneys during the transition of Winter to Spring and the transition from late summer to Fall. 

For the past 5 years or so, one to two times in the year, I do the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Program. Dr. Linda and I recommend this cleanse often to our patients and do it ourselves as a reset to remove any potentially harmful ingredients that have made their way back into our daily diets such as sugar, baked goods, dairy, caffeine etc. You can easily remove these items from your diet and feel good because of it, but I’ve found that when you combine a clean and healthy plant based diet with supportive whole food supplement shakes, fiber and specific cleansing support, even more lasting results are achieved.