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Posted by tinark on 11/13/00 at 11:53 (032656)

Message Number 32657
Aerobic Deficiency Syndrome and Adrenal Insufficiency Syndrome View Thread
Posted by Mike W on 11/13/00 at 12:28

The following are the highlights of an interesting article about health disorders (that I have never heard of before) in our bodies that can be contributing factors that may promote Plantar Fasciitis and other repetitive use injuries. I have made an appointment on Wednesday with the Doctor to find out how he tests (beyond the symptoms below) for them and I will post this information after my meeting.


'Cumulative traumatic disorder is created by repetitive strain injuries, both ligamentous and tendonitis. The most common cause is the aerobic deficiency syndrome('ADS'). Classic symptoms of ADS are:
- Too tired to get out of bed in the morning,
- Tired between meals,
- Sugar or salt cravings,
- Eyes that are more sensitive than normal to bright lights,
- An unexpected slowed metabolism despite exercise,
- Dizziness after standing up quickly from a lying or sitting position,
- Multiple areas of tendonitis injuries that don't heal with
physiotherapy or rest,
- Clicking and popping of joints upon normal movement.

This aerobic deficiency syndrome was described by Hans Selye in his book 'Eustress and Distress' as the 'Adrenal Insufficency Syndrome.' The adrenal factor is the key to understanding ADS.
In response to stress the adrenal glands go through 3 progressive stages: alarm, resistance and then exhaustion. During the alarm and resistance phases, adreneline is being oversecreted, which we have all experienced in the fight or flight reaction. If too much adrenaline is required and secreted day to day, this can push the adrenals into exhaustion over time.

The adrenals affect the hormonal, digestive, cardiovascular, and the immune systems. Exhaustion of the adrenals can have far reaching effects and can contribute to the following:
- All foot, leg and knee injuries including Plantar Fasciitis, pronation
problems, shin splints, corns and abnormal callous patterns,
- Joint instabilities causing tendonitis and ligament injuries,
- Roller-coaster hypoglycemic and hyperglycemic blood sugar energy
- Candida yeast overgrowth directly associated with chronic fatigue
syndrome, fibromyalgia, and leaky gut syndrome,
- Mood swings, PMS, developing into anxiety and depressive states,
- All wrist, elbow, and shoulder injuries including carpal tunnel
syndrome,golfer's and tennis elbow and rotator cuff tendonitis,
- A sluggish metabolism causing weight gain despite exercise and diet.

Personal lifesyle considerations to help reverse aerobic deficiency syndrome, adrenal insufficiency syndrome and treat the cause of cumulative traumatic disoders:
- Reduce and eliminate consumption of hydrogenated fats, processed
carbohydrates, including pop, alcohol, deserts, and starchy foods. These
things provide empty calories which use up the storage depot of
nutrients required for processing carbohydrates. Because their glycemic
stress index is very high they are absorbed quickly and flood the blood.
This triggers the blood sugar roller coaster and has an effect on the
health of the adrenals, liver, and pancreas.

- Reduce and eliminate caffienated coffee and other caffeinated foods like
chocolate and colas. Caffine directly causes adrenaline to be released
by the adrenal glands, creating its cascade effect on all areas
discussed above. Caffine also inhibits the bodies ability to absorb key
vitamins and minerals.

- Try not to extend the time between meals or missing meals altogether.
This places additional stress on the adrenals and forces them to keep
blood sugar up until the next feeding time arrives.

- Try to eat and drink more alkalizing foods and less of the acidifying
foods. One of the ways the body maintains a neutralizing effect from the
acidifying sugar is to leech alkaline minerals out of our bones. When
bones lose important alkaline minerals, a dysfunctional joint enviroment
is created, which is conducive to the development of tendonitis,
ligamentous injury, osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease.

- The adrenals also draw high amounts of vitamin C from the body. If the
adrenals become exhausted, vitamin C levels are usually lower than
normal. This is especially detrimental because vitamin C also forms one
of the basic building blocks of collagen in the body. If this building
block becomes deficient, the collagen and and connective tissue of the
body become weakened, contributing to joint instabilities. Clinically, I
find that a lack of vitamin C is at the root of many cumulative
traumatic disorders.

- Use your Red Muscles. Try easy aerobic exercise and avoid too much
excessive anerobic exercise.

Why just treat the -ITIS when you can treat the actual cause of the tendonitis? Most people who develop injuries through athletics, occupation, or sedentary lifestyle, and then try to do too much too soon, are unaware of the associated lifestyle components described above. This combination makes many of the patients I treat in my office accidents waiting to happen.'

I hope this information is helpful.


Mike Wilmot,
Physical Therapist, Principal, Personal Foot Trainers,
Email maxhealth@nucleus.com

Re: PF sudden onset

Dr. Biehler on 11/13/00 at 18:05 (032673)

Sound like you are right, a bruise type unjurry. Support, compression and enough time off from running to let it heel.Don't run through the pain and do more damage. If it does not start to improve with the rest, then you will need an x-ray. Dr.B.

Re: PF sudden onset

Dr. Biehler on 11/13/00 at 18:05 (032673)

Sound like you are right, a bruise type unjurry. Support, compression and enough time off from running to let it heel.Don't run through the pain and do more damage. If it does not start to improve with the rest, then you will need an x-ray. Dr.B.