In his groundbreaking bestseller “The Stress of Life” Hans Selye outlined three phases of stress. His research shed a new light on how the body reacts to different stressful situations. The following is a summary of his research outlining the phases of adrenal fatigue.

  1. Alarm– known as the “fight or flight” stage. The autonomic nervous system kicks in, in particular the sympathetic nervous system. There is an increase in adrenaline and cortisol
  2. Resistance– adrenaline and cortisol output continue but it begins to become more difficult for the adrenal glands to keep up with the demand. As a result, the glands begin to enlarge, which is called hypertrophy
  3. Exhaustion– at this point the adrenal glands can no longer keep up and they begin to atrophy, which means they become smaller

There are tests available to determine what phase of adrenal fatigue someone is in, which can be helpful in determining the best treatment plan.

Available for Interviews: Donna Perillo, DC, CNS, NMD; creator of “Arthriticise for Low Back and Neck Pain”, “Decrease Stress and Anxiety in 21 Days, and the “Habits of Healing” podcast.

What Dr. Perillo Can Talk About:

-Stress- physical, mental, or emotional element that causes physical or mental strain

-Adrenal glands- integral part of the endocrine system that helps the body adapt to stress (physical, emotional, nutritional)

-Adrenal hormones- affect the function of every tissue, cell, and organ in the body  

-“Fight or flight” response- release of adrenaline to help in dealing with the stressful situation

-Cortisol- a steroid hormone released by the adrenal glands to combat inflammation including allergens such as pollen, dander, food etc. Stress increases the amount of cortisol in the body

To book and/or interview Dr. Perillo, please contact: 

Stephanie Barnhart

Socialminded Media Group

(412) 680-4222