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Cynthia
Friday, August 10, 2007, 4:10pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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With the Lord's help I've weaned off of coffee, and pain relivers.  Yeah!  Now I need to know what others do to wake up in the AM.  Some times it takes me over an hour to get going.

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Are you are getting enough sleep?

You can try green tea.

I also suggest that you just give it some time and see if your body heals and adjusts to being coffee and caffeine free.


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Thanx, MoDon.  I do drink green tea, but it doesn't seem to phase me.  I think I need to try harder to get to bed earlier.  I seem to be a night person.  I want to be a morning person.  It's like I get switched on at about 7pm and then I want to clean house, do the laundry, exercise, etc.  Every night I'm determined to get to bed by 10, so I start, but always seem to find something to do on the way, and the next thing I know it's 12.  Sheesh!
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It sounds like you may have adrenal fatigue problems.


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Well girl...you need to get to bed earlier than 12 midnight.  10:00 or earlier is ideal, but try for 11:00.  Set al alarm clock at 10:00 p.m. if you have to.  I am a night person also.  I have learnt to make myself go to bed most nights by 11:00.  Remember there will always be something to do.    A good book for you to read is 'Lights Out' by T. S. Wiley.  Check it out at your local library if you can.   And...the O exercise...I don't do it at night as it gets me going on to other things and then I am in trouble.    I do mine when I first get up which is 6:00 a.m.  so that I am ready for bed when it is time.   If I don't do it first thing it doesn't get done and then I am in trouble for the rest of the day and the ones to follow.  Eat a good protein  (red meat especially or fish....the ones that build muscle) and green breakfast within an hour after your workout.  If you can...get yourself some Harmonia from NAP.    Another good thing to check out is the oil pulling thread.  
http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b=alttreat,m=1157377389  You may also want to invest in some Catechol from NAP to get your cortisol levels to slow down somewhat.

Good luck and sweet dreams.

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HeyyYy! I'm right there with you.. coffee was my life, love , and happiness! I was convinced I couldn't play tennis in the morning without my coffee... but guess what? in May I gave it up.. started doing green tea.. mind you I put about 6 green tea bags in my cup! but now I no longer need that coffee to get going.. I'm  doing FINE.. I do try to drink it straight, but some days I slip and put some sugar and Westsoy unsweetened soy milk in it... I'm weening off of that too.. some days a bit of honey.. I've tried agave nectar, but I put way too much.  But.. give yourself some months of no coffee.. I promise, you WILL feel better, but it does take time!
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Cynthia, I feel your pain.    
did you  look at the article re: Adrenal Fatigue at http://www.drlam.com?  Did you look at the list of symptoms? If you have alot of them, please try to address your adrenals. Sleep, a good night's sleep, is sooooooo important. As is a good amount of Vit C. Only YOUR body knows how much it needs. Start w/ 500 mg the first day and up it by 500 mg each day until you have loose stools. Then back down 500 mg. That is what you'll need daily.   Re: sleep........it is really important to be in bed and asleep by 10 PM.   Between 10 and 1AM is when our adrenals are healing.  If you're up past this, your adrenals kick in again, thus exhausting them even more, exhausting you even more. Your adrenals kicking in is what gives you the energy to stay up so late, however, not so good for YOU.  
http://www.amazon.ca/Adrenal-Fatigue-21st-Century-Stress-Syndrome/dp/1890572152
Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome
and
http://www.amazon.com/Your-Bodys-Many-Cries-Water/dp/0962994235
Your Body's Many Cries for Water
are 2 great books to read along w/ the one debra suggested. The 'link' for that is http://www.amazon.com/Lights-Out-Sleep-Sugar-Survival/dp/0671038680
Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival

Sleeping in a completely dark room is so restful and if I can do it, anyone can. I am really not comfortable not being able to see what's going on around me at night, but now I 'hug' my mace can and sleep like a baby

Water is another big thing..........the above book really drives home it's importance.
Hope you'll be feeling better soon.
If you really feel you have adrenal issues, there are some good adrenal threads on this forum.



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What Italy said is so, so true!  That second wind you get a night that makes you think you are a night person is just your adrenals doing a second spike.  The way I look at it is my adrenals are aging two days for every one day I live, whenever they have to spike a second time!

It will take some time for you to re-train your body, but it's very important that you get to bed earlier and stay off the coffee.  Too much caffeine is like running your car off a battery that is not getting recharged.



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Cynthia
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What supplements does Dr. D recommend for adrenal recovery?


Thanx Italy for the article.  It was very helpful.
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Dr. D doesn't have a protocol specifically for adrenal exhaustion.  There is this protocol for fatigue:
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Also he has a great Health Series book on Fatigue with more extensive discussion for each blood type.



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I sure needed sleep last night.. I hardly ever get sick, but I felt that "sore throat" thingie trying to sneak in... anyway, I went to bed at 10pm ( I , too, used to be a horrible night owl) and slept till 9 am..  now  I'm having my green tea, sans anything...
I now see how I used to  "whip " my body awake with coffee and sugar... I'm glad I'm finally free of that!
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Quoted from Victoria
The way I look at it is my adrenals are aging two days for every one day I live, whenever they have to spike a second time!


Exactly!! Every day that your adrenals kick in twice instead of once, you are cutting the life of them in half. IMHO        From what I understand, failing adrenals leads to a failing heart.  

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Dr. D doesn't have a protocol specifically for adrenal exhaustion.  There is this protocol for fatigue:
CLICK
Also he has a great Health Series book on Fatigue with more extensive discussion for each blood type.


I started a thread some time ago requesting he write a book specificially on adrenals. I'm getting ready to 'revive' it because I'm seeing more and more people w/ this problem and also know some new people to this forum who have this issue. Really interested to see how many people are interested in the book. And yes, I know..........Doc is resting from his last book.     That's okay..........I just figure there will be another book on a specific illness, may as well be Adrenal Fatigue

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I sure needed sleep last night.. I hardly ever get sick, but I felt that "sore throat" thingie trying to sneak in... anyway, I went to bed at 10pm ( I , too, used to be a horrible night owl) and slept till 9 am..  now  I'm having my green tea, sans anything...
I now see how I used to  "whip " my body awake with coffee and sugar... I'm glad I'm finally free of that!


do you feel that long night of sleep helped w/ the sore throat? I keep Proberry and Astragulus on hand when I feel things creeping in.



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I find that if I've been exercising, it's easier for me to get up in the morning. Often, I can bound out of bed and be refreshed for the day, even if I haven't gotten my 7-8 hours of sleep. But when I have a spell of not exercising, it doesn't seem to matter how much sleep I've had...


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I'm definately on board for a book on adrenal fatigue.  I'll buy one.  After reading that article that Italy suggested I made myself get up and get my exercise over with, and got myself into bed at 10:30.  YEAH!  I slept until 8 am, and I definately felt the difference.  Old habits are hard to break, but new knowledge has stirred me to action.  Thanx!
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I'm definately on board for a book on adrenal fatigue.!


http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?,v=display,b=Suggest,m=1167308914

this is the thread re: the Adrenal book request. your "I do" will let Doc know more and more people are interested in it.



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Healing of the body takes place during 10PM & 2 AM

Sherri- did you happen to eat anything with sugar in it before you started your sore throat?
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Speaking of staying up late and  the adrenal  fatigue... I used to be computer addicted.. I'd stay up really late.. and still get up early... I bet I aged 10 years for the time that I did that.. and I'd drink coffee to stay awake!  What was I thinking????
Anyway, yes, I had more sugar than usual before the sore throat.  I ate a lot of  red grapes and a lot of blueberries... and some sugar in  green tea...   but none of that is very unusual for me...  I do eat  red grapes when I crave something sweet.. and some blueberries.. and  the sugar in whatever morning drink I am having is not unusual.. I'm just trying to go sans anything in my morning tea.. and if I feel I need some sweet.. I'll have pinapple juice...
I just can't figure out why I felt so bloated  and slept so long last night.. maybe I really am fighting off something... I'm going to bed early again tonight...
but even though I know there are  bennie fruits.. I may be overdoing them at times.. I just think that  overdoing fruit can be bad.. sort of like a diabetic.. even if something is ok for you, too much is not good... it's the glycemic load.. just my hypothesis..
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After reading that article that Italy suggested I made myself get up and get my exercise over with, and got myself into bed at 10:30.  YEAH!  I slept until 8 am, and I definately felt the difference.  Old habits are hard to break, but new knowledge has stirred me to action.  Thanx!


Cynthia, glad you just did it!!!! ............you're so right, old habits are hard to break. When we get this new knowledge, things just get better and better and for me, there is no turning back to eating the way I used. Even if I falter, I get right back up!!  I can never ever thank Dr D enough. And my sister for introducing me to BTD.

sheri, so true, sometimes if we have sugar issues, even the bennies can cause problems. Sounds as tho you may have some candida issues. Have you done that spit test?            I'm having some candida issues and any kind of sugar, even fruit, stirs it. My throat and ears are the first targets.  




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Quoted from Cynthia_Siemon
I'm definately on board for a book on adrenal fatigue.  I'll buy one.  After reading that article that Italy suggested I made myself get up and get my exercise over with, and got myself into bed at 10:30.  YEAH!  I slept until 8 am, and I definately felt the difference.  Old habits are hard to break, but new knowledge has stirred me to action.  Thanx!


Good job, Cynthia!  You're on the right track.  



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I went to bed at 10:30 again last night but I didn't sleep well.  After I'd been asleep for about 2 hours I woke up, but couldn't get all the way back to sleep.  I would just doze and wake and doze and wake until 6 am  when I had to get up.  I guess my body has to get used to going to bed at a new time.

Say, how do you do those smiley things?
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I went to bed at 10:30 again last night but I didn't sleep well.  After I'd been asleep for about 2 hours I woke up, but couldn't get all the way back to sleep.  I would just doze and wake and doze and wake until 6 am  when I had to get up.  I guess my body has to get used to going to bed at a new time.

Say, how do you do those smiley things?


do you have blood sugar issues? I was told if your blood sugar drops thru the night, it can cause sleeping problems

the smiley faces are to the left of the window in which you write a reply. just click on one and it'll appear in the reply window. the Add More Smiles will take you to another screen w/ ........welll..........more smiles.



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Thanx Italy, I'll give it a try.

The blood sugar thing might be it.  I had spagetti for dinner that night and a couple of choc. chip cookies.  A meal I don't usually eat.  When I do that I uaually eat some protien a couple of hours after, but I didn't that night.  Everything I ate though was type O friendly, but it was very high on the carbs.

Ok, I don't see any smiles.  Just a box that says FORUM RULES, and it won't let me click on anything.

I'm still pretty computer illiterate, but I'm learning.  Smiley face, smiley face, smiley face.
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Ok, I don't see any smiles.  Just a box that says FORUM RULES, and it won't let me click on anything.

Just above and a little to the left of the Forum Rules box is a box that you can click for More Post Options. Click that box and it will take you to a page full of tools to customize your post, including access to smilies.

The reply box at the bottom of the thread is called the Quick Reply box/method.



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With the Lord's help I've weaned off of coffee, and pain relivers.  Yeah!  Now I need to know what others do to wake up in the AM.  Some times it takes me over an hour to get going.

Well, I was going to include green tea in the suggestions I'm about to make, but you mention it doesn't do it for you.  Are you using a nice, pure brand of green tea?  The commercial brands of green tea tend to be watered down, pathetic affairs.  I like Haiku brand Hojicha roasted 100% organic Japanese green tea.  The name is a mouthful but the tea is wonderful!  I have also branched out into another variety of the Haiku line, which is their Kukicha twig tea*.  To energize you in the a.m., I also recommend:

- A high-quality, sublingual B-12 supplement.
- KAL brand nutritional yeast flakes (also very high in B vitamins)
- CoQ10 (30 to 60 mg)
- Be sure to start your day with a nice, protein-infused breakfast

* Tip for chocolate lovers:  for some reason, if you steep a bag of this tea with a bag of Celestial Seasonings pure peppermint tea, it ends up have a distinctly chocolate tone to the flavor.  Very nice.  It is kind of inexplicable how the two flavors marry to form such a chocolate one, but they do!



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