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Doctor refused to test for adrenals/cortisol as meaningless

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 06, 2013 at 5:02 AM

I gave my mother a list of tests for her to get done, tests that I've heard many on these forums get done, tests that many luminaries in the Paleosphere recommend for their patients, tests that I would get ask for myself were I to go in for a reason.

Her doctor is trapped in the medical school knowledge of the 1980s it seems. He's trying to get her on statins even though her total cholesterol is under 200, LDL is under 105, HDL is above 45.

Her doctor refused nearly every test I asked for her to ask for, but one refusal stood out as particularly curious. Her doctor said that he refused to do an adrenal panel because they "are meaningless".

What type of medical background would posit that adrenal panels are of no (zip, zero, nada) benefit for troubleshooting health concerns? I would honestly like to know.

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

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on June 06, 2013
at 07:10 PM

I think the issue was that for insurance to pay for the tests they needed to be order by her doctor, insurance wasn't going to cover these tests if from an ND. But his refusal in being a partner with my mother is galling and angering.

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

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on June 06, 2013
at 07:01 PM

This is my last straw for her. He pressures her to take statins, disbelieves my dietary/lifestyle recommendations were what lowered her cholesterol, blood pressure, normalized her blood sugar, got her down 20 lbs, ended her joint and muscle pain, and improved her memory. When I said his medical school knowledge was from the 80s, he truly is. I have no medical training at all, I'm just some fool "who read it on the Internet" to him. Yet I'm the one who actually helped my mom's problems, not him.

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

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on June 06, 2013
at 06:45 PM

Very true... I have adrenal fatigue myself and did ALL of the research and basically told the dr what was wrong and she didn't understand. I feel better now from a good diet, being OFF of medicine I didn't need, plenty of sleep, exercise, etc. Also realized I was gluten sensitive by paying attention to my body, which attributed to the fatigue, and I'm going to be good to go before I know it!

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on June 06, 2013
at 05:57 AM

I'm into the same situation. I suspect reversed cortisol pattern and adrenal fatigue from overtraining but my doc didn't want to check for it, said that it was meaningless...

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on June 06, 2013
at 05:04 AM

Time for a new doctor

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

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on June 06, 2013
at 07:01 PM

This is my last straw for her. He pressures her to take statins, disbelieves my dietary/lifestyle recommendations were what lowered her cholesterol, blood pressure, normalized her blood sugar, got her down 20 lbs, ended her joint and muscle pain, and improved her memory. When I said his medical school knowledge was from the 80s, he truly is. I have no medical training at all, I'm just some fool "who read it on the Internet" to him. Yet I'm the one who actually helped my mom's problems, not him.

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on June 06, 2013
at 05:22 AM

"What type of medical background would posit that adrenal panels are of no (zip, zero, nada) benefit for troubleshooting health concerns?"

The standard medical school curriculum.

Get your mom to see an ND. They treat patients as true partners in health.

5583b82f29a6b24264ca4b9836abd925

(261)

on June 06, 2013
at 06:45 PM

Very true... I have adrenal fatigue myself and did ALL of the research and basically told the dr what was wrong and she didn't understand. I feel better now from a good diet, being OFF of medicine I didn't need, plenty of sleep, exercise, etc. Also realized I was gluten sensitive by paying attention to my body, which attributed to the fatigue, and I'm going to be good to go before I know it!

D7cc4049bef85d1979efbd853dc07c8e

(4029)

on June 06, 2013
at 07:10 PM

I think the issue was that for insurance to pay for the tests they needed to be order by her doctor, insurance wasn't going to cover these tests if from an ND. But his refusal in being a partner with my mother is galling and angering.

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