Chronic Fatigue, Fatigue

Detoxification Methods for Adrenal Fatigue

man suffering from adrenal fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a condition in which the adrenal glands take on too much chronic stress than it can bare and as a result, is unable to release enough stress hormones to help individuals deal with high pressure environments. Stress is a normal emotional feeling that someone deals with when handling a life crisis, and if it happens from time-to-time, it’s actually a good sign that the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis is performing its job. However, an extensive amount of stress can eventually lead to fatigue symptoms due to a reduced amount of cortisol hormones being produced. This temporary shutdown of the adrenal glands has a potential to turn permanent if it is not immediately treated.

In addition to stressful environments, adrenal fatigue can be facilitated with exposure to toxicity. One major heavy metal that can directly impact the adrenals is an overload of copper. This is because copper has a direct effect on the endocrine system and the nervous system. The aldosterone that is released helps the body retain sodium and copper as the kidneys excrete magnesium and zinc. High levels of exposure to copper can lead to an eventual buildup if the liver cannot naturally detox the body on its own, and as it continues to be retained, it will disrupt the hormone balance and correlate with hypothyroidism or cause eventual adrenal fatigue. With the excessive free radicals in our system, copper exposure can cause oxidative damage that can weaken the adrenal glands. Other symptoms one might experience are diarrhea, headaches and even kidney failure.

While most conventional doctors won’t recognize adrenal fatigue as a condition, LifeWorks Wellness Center understands patients suffering with low energy due to a drop in cortisol levels. Additionally, we also acknowledge the drastic effects of environmental toxicity and can treat it accordingly. Sadly, when patients come in for their first visit, they are unaware that they have toxicity buildup or adrenal fatigue. What they do know is that they suddenly woke up one day feeling fatigued and previous doctors were unable to diagnose their condition. If, after the testing process, results reveal signs of bacteria, inflammation, a hormonal imbalance or low cortisol levels, they will be diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and toxicity. From there, a practitioner will arrange a treatment plan to help the patient restore their health and hormone balance. Detoxification will help eliminate the heavy metals or other toxins that are adding on more environmental stress to the adrenal glands, thus worsening the condition, which is why a practitioner might recommend some of these detox therapies during the treatment process.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone therapy is a practice that uses ozone gas to fight off inflammation and bacteria in the body. The element is made of oxygen with an extra atom, making its abbreviation O3. Evidence shows that it has natural healing abilities to boost the immune system, recharge the cells, improve blood circulation, and increase cellular metabolism. While this detox treatment can help improve fatigue symptoms, it can also clean the body of bacteria or toxins. Therapies such as Major Autohemotherapy (MAH) (a blood ozone treatment) can reboot mitochondria and help regenerate the weakened adrenal glands. Hyperthermic Ozone and Carbonic Acid Transdermal Technology (HOCATT) will hone in on the inflammation caused by the heavy metals in the body.


Chelation is mainly a detoxification treatment used to remove chemicals, pesticides, or heavy metals from the body. For adrenal fatigue patients, if there is an excessive amount of toxicity, it’s likely that a LifeWorks practitioner will add a few chelation treatments to their program. Chelation is an intravenous therapy that uses EDTA (a special amino acid), vitamin B complex, vitamin C, and magnesium to attract all metals and toxins within the body and remove them via the urine. While the treatment has no direct effect on the adrenal glands, it can help with fatigue symptoms and eliminate the initial bacteria from the body that instigates the inflammation adding stress to the adrenals.


Glutathione is an antioxidant that has an assortment of benefits for the body. Interestingly, it’s a substance made from amino acids glutamic, cysteine, and glycine that is produced naturally from the liver and within the cells of our system. However, if the body doesn’t produce enough glutathione, this can bring on problems within the immune system, endocrine system and digestive system. For those with adrenal fatigue, glutathione adds an extra boost during the treatment and recovery process. As a treatment, glutathione is an intravenous therapy that provides the body with more of this antioxidant to boost energy levels, detoxify the body of bacteria, repair cells, strengthen the immune system and combat inflammation. Furthermore, glutathione can also help protect against autoimmune diseases, including those caused by adrenal fatigue such as Addison’s disease. This treatment often goes hand-in-hand with MAH and Chelation therapies to enhance the detoxification process.

Other Adrenal Fatigue Treatments

Patients with adrenal fatigue may have differing treatments depending on the symptoms or other conditions that they’re experiencing. Along with detoxification, patients may be ordered other treatments such as peptides, hydrocortisone, dietary changes, and supplements. Afterwards, most patients feel like a new person with new energy. They can wake up and finally feel good, be productive throughout the day, and have a better attitude towards their daily lives. Best of all, they’ll know that all of their therapies were noninvasive and used all-natural remedies rather than antidepressants or antibiotics, which can lead to other chronic illnesses.

If you or someone that you know are currently sufferiang from chronic stress, inflammation or adrenal fatigue, please call to schedule an appointment with one of our practitioners at 727-466-6789.

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.