What is Adrenal Fatigue?
The adrenals are important glands that sit on top of each kidney. They produce many key hormones that influence everything from water balance to stress response to sexual health. Adrenal fatigue (also known as HPA axis dysfunction) is a collection of symptoms that results when the adrenal glands become unbalanced and produce either too much or too little hormone. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged physical or emotional stress, the most common symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep. Many people with adrenal fatigue also report feeling “wired” or anxious, despite being very tired. Sleep is often a problem as well, with early morning awakenings and non-refreshing sleep being the most common sleep-related issues reported by people with this condition. Many people also experience weight gain, brain fog, and worsening memory and concentration. Unfortunately, adrenal fatigue is not recognized as a medical condition by many physicians and patients often suffer for many years–or worse, are misdiagnosed with conditions like depression–prolonging their suffering.
How is Adrenal Fatigue Diagnosed?
A simple saliva test can determine if you have adrenal fatigue. At four defined times throughout the day, you simply collect your saliva into tubes in the test kit we provide you with. As with all WellnessScript tests, this test can be completed in the comfort of your home whenever it is convenient for you.
If I Have Adrenal Fatigue, How is it Treated?
Most types of adrenal fatigue can be treated with nutritional and herbal support. The herbs that are used for adrenal fatigue, called adaptogens, have been used for hundreds of years to help people manage stress, and are quite safe and effective. Rarely, prescription medications are needed to help severe adrenal fatigue. But the most important part of treatment is learning to manage stress and workload effectively. Your WellnessScript clinician will develop a personalized treatment plan including supplements, dietary recommendations, herbal medications and stress coping strategies. All of your recommended supplements and herbal medications will be packaged into convenient daily packets and delivered to your home. We use physician-grade supplements and only the highest quality herbs in our daily packets.
What Happens Next?
Recovering from adrenal fatigue is a journey, and we are here to help you every step of the way. People who are able to make lifestyle changes early on–such as decreasing caffeine use, actively managing stress and eating nutritiously–improve quicker than those who don’t participate in these changes. Most people will see improvements in their fatigue and sleep within the first few months of treatment and are fully recovered within 12-18 months. Your WellnessScript clinician may recommend repeat saliva testing 1-2 times per year to track your progress until you are better.
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Dr. Julie Briley, Functional & Naturopathic Medicine
About Dr. Julie Briley
As a naturopathic doctor, I am dedicated to helping you reach your health and wellness goals by identifying the underlying causes of your symptoms or conditions. We will work together to find the best approach to support your body’s natural healing process. As an expert in holistic health care, I blend the best of modern science with traditional natural medicine to help you optimize your diet, lifestyle, energy, sleep, mood, digestion, and hormones, so you feel great every day.
Following the naturopathic principle of “doctor as teacher”, I strongly believe that one of the most effective tools I provide is education. Understanding your body’s physiology and natural response when things are out of balance is empowering, and an essential part of reaching optimal health.
My longstanding interest in natural medicine and health education was first sparked when I served as an Environmental Education Specialist for the Peace Corps in Paraguay. That interest deepened when I returned to the U.S. to have my first child and struggled to find a medical provider that could provide compassionate, holistic health care for my family. I believe that everyone should have access to the health care approach they desire, and thus, becoming a naturopathic doctor not only combined my interests and experiences, but has allowed me to help fill a gap in the health care field.
I earned my undergraduate degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM). In addition to my clinical practice, focused on addressing hormonal imbalances and digestive disorders, I co-founded the Food as Medicine Institute at NUNM, which provides community-based nutrition and cooking education for underserved populations. I also co-authored the book, Food As Medicine Everyday: Reclaim Your Health With Whole Foods, which is a practical nutrition guide to help shift your diet from processed foods to whole foods.
I look forward to hearing your story and getting started on your wellness journey, together.
Functional & Naturopathic Medicine
$200 Initial Consult - 1 hour
Dr. Julie Briley
Follow-up Appointment: $100 for 30 min/$200 for 60 min
Expertise: Food sensitivities, gut health, detoxification, hormone balancing, adrenal fatigue.
Clinical Experience: 10+ years practicing naturopathic and functional medicine, advanced training in digestive disorders & food as medicine.
Happy & Healthy Patients
I don’t think I’ve ever had better medical care in my life. I have been working with Dr. Julie Briley for about 6 months and she is so patient, thorough, and a critical thinker. To her, I am not just a thyroid issue, but a whole body! Not once did I ever feel like I was being rushed. Dr. Briley took as much time as I needed to answer all of my questions. She is super great at explaining how things work and why she thinks we should do certain treatments.
I have had the privilege of meeting Dr. Julie Briley and now my husband, family and a few friends are seeing her now too. I am finally feeling better and I see a light at the end of the tunnel. I was dealing with menopause symptoms and only feeling worse as time went by, but getting no relief from my usual doctor. I brought my recent tests results to Dr. Julie. She looked them over and immediately realized some of the issues I was having and why. She did a full hormone test, full lipid panel, food sensitivity and a test of my neurotransmitters. I feel that she finally has me on the right track. She is personally interested in my well-being and getting me to a happier, healthier place. I’m grateful I found her. As good as mainstream doctors can be, sometimes we must dig deeper to solve health issues. I prefer to do it the healthiest way I can. I don’t believe in taking drugs that cause more harm than good. Taking a holistic approach will yield excellent results.