May 23, 2012
Why do so many people suffer from adrenal fatigue and hormonal dysfunction? And how do you know if you are one of them?
In this video interview with Tina Rosenquist of Knowledge For Wellness, Dr. Bruley talks about the common culprits that lead to fatigue and a spectrum of other health problems. Dr. Bruley is a practitioner of both traditional medicine and a doctor of chiropractic, and is also board certified in holistic medicine. After practicing as a traditional M.D. for many years, both in primary care and emergency medicine, he took an interest in Functional Medicine, as it helped him recover when he developed adrenal fatigue himself.
Adrenal fatigue is a result of the body’s natural “fight or flight” mechanism being on overdrive for so long that the adrenal system cannot keep up. It results in low energy and a feeling of burnout. Advancing age, stress, nutritional deficiency and exposure to chemicals may all play a role in declining energy and well-being.
Dr. Bruley realized people often fall through the cracks when the symptoms they present do not show up as disease in standard test results. Yet they still do not feel well or sleep well, and their quality of life suffers. Hormonal imbalances and a challenged thyroid can create a cycle of fatigue and poor sleep that further impacts the body’s function.
Today, Dr. Bruley uses a variety of specialized tests to determine what is happening in the body, and then employs a functional medicine approach to help restore health. The methodology that makes the most sense is based on the individual’s unique health challenges, and can include some combination of Western medicine, Eastern medicine, chiropractic, detoxification and nutritional therapy, all designed to help the body work better and heal from the inside out, as naturally as possible.
In the video interview, Dr. Bruley shares that women frequently seem to be affected by adrenal fatigue more often than men. He speaks in detail about why the challenges of an over-taxed thyroid and hormonal imbalances can result in a higher risk of disease, and how functional medicine and a holistic approach can promote prevention and better health and overall improved vitality.
October 4, 2010
Summary Report – Parsinen Kaplan Rosberg + Gotlieb: Bruley Center Report on Stress Study Involving Joan Solomon Paintings
In the spring and summer of 2008, a study was done at the busy and renowned Minneapolis corporate and estate law firm of Parsinen Kaplan Rosberg + Gotlieb to examine how stress and adrenal function are affected by art and relaxation. Each participating attorney selected one painting from the work of the esteemed painter Joan Solomon, and those pieces were then hung in the attorneys’ offices. Four times daily — at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. — a gentle Zen bell sounded throughout the office, signaling the participating attorneys to spend 10 seconds in calming meditation while gazing at their chosen pieces of art (see “Ten Seconds to Calm,” below).
Once, at the initiation of the study of eight to 10 weeks, then once again at its conclusion, each participating lawyer completed a subjective stress-scale questionnaire and was then examined by Rob Bruley MD, DC. Dr. Bruley assessed participants’ pupillary reaction to light as a measure of adrenal function and, in particular, compared first their recumbent then their standing pulse and blood pressure. To most accurately and objectively determine the subjects’ stress response, the comparison of their systolic (upper blood-pressure number) pressures were utilized. Ideally, this systolic blood-pressure change should be an increase of six to 10 points (mmHg). An increase greater than this would imply over function of the adrenals; an increase less than this – or any decrease – would suggest adrenal hypo function.
Of the eighteen attorneys who were able to complete both phases of the study, 66%, or twelve, showed objective improvement in their stress responses.
Men were slightly more likely to improve (seven of the participating ten males, or 70%, were better) than women (five of the eight females, or 62.5%, were better).
The women were much more likely, however, to be able to accurately assess their subjective levels of stress
Five out of seven women, or 71%, were correct versus four out of nine, or 44%, for the men, making the women roughly 1.6 times, or 60%, better than the men at being attuned to their true stress status.
In summation, there was a definite and significant reduction in stress achieved by the majority of the eighteen attorneys from a busy urban law firm who participated in a study utilizing artwork and four brief periods of its contemplation daily.
Rob Bruley, MD, DC
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