Samantha called my office for help because she has been dealing with symptoms of yeast and adrenal fatigue for 40 years. She is a grandmother in her seventies who has battled the symptoms of rapid heartbeat, dizziness, blood sugar swings, weak immune system, and insomnia off and on for decades. The last four years have been especially rough on her, forcing her to use a prescription of hydrocortisone to fall asleep. Needless to say Samantha was looking for a better way to health that didn’t involve taking a prescriptions to sleep and living with symptoms of adrenal fatigue for years on end.

She lives in a part of the country where many toxic chemicals are used in the agriculture business. While she doesn’t live on a farm herself, she has been exposed to these potent chemicals for decades. Since many of these toxins kill off the good bacteria in our guts, they often lead to the growth of aggressive bacteria and Candida overgrowth. This hidden infection caused her to experience all the nasty side effects of a gut-based methylation problem.

Remember that the gut talks directly to the adrenal glands and any infection in the gut will constantly stimulate the “fight or flight” system.  Her body was being swamped with gut-based molecules like benzoic acid and other phenols, high amounts of folic acid and folate, and aldehydes – each one a potent toxin that can upset the methylation cycle and make adrenal fatigue symptoms drag on for years.

By addressing her gut with a comprehensive repair program, Samantha was able to see results immediately. After just a few days on our program she was excited to tell me that she was sleeping soundly through the night without any medication. And as her sleep dramatically improved, she felt better than she had in decades!

If you would like to speak with Dr. Rostenberg about how to optimize your genes, and change your life…you may reach him redmountainclinic@gmail.com or 208-322-7755

21 Comments

  • January 14, 2015 Reply

    Cathy

    You have several articles that sound just like me and I have the SNPs. My question is, regarding this patient, did she have OBVIOUS signs of gut imbalance? I have her symptoms and have been on Cortef for 5 years. I don’t have the obvious symptoms of any gut problems. No diarrhea, stomach aches/pain, reflux, constipation….none of that. Could gut issues still be the/a problem?
    Thanks, Cathy

    • March 15, 2015 Reply

      Dr. Rostenberg

      Hi Cathy,

      Gut issues can ALWAYS be a hidden problem. Remember the gut is place where infections can hide. When I say hide I mean they hide from our conscious awareness, but our body darn well knows the infection is present. This is why people with chronic adrenal issues NEED to make sure their gut is clean and not harboring infectious microorganisms. Any kind of chronic infection can drive the adrenals wild. Just listen to this testimonial I recently posted:
      Adrenal Failure, Hypertension, Sepsis and Fatigue

      If you would like help on an individual basis, please contact my office and my team and I will take great care of you!

      In Health,

      Dr. Rostenberg

  • May 29, 2015 Reply

    maria

    Hi Dr, i have severe adrenal fatigue-insomnia and a very leaky gut with high candida. Can you help me with a treatment option so i can sleep again?

  • November 9, 2015 Reply

    Teresa Skeleton

    I am curious to know what I can do for horrible, intolerable muscle pain? Thanks

  • March 4, 2016 Reply

    Christina

    Dr Rosenberg I would just like to say I can across your videos on you tube and you have enspired me I really look up to you and would like to get to the bottom of my health issues that I have wanted to figure out for Years and they are only getting worse. Do you take clients from Australia ? Thank you

    • March 7, 2016 Reply

      beyondstaff

      Hello Christina,

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, I work with many individuals in Australia via Skype. I can help you get to the bottom of your health problem and come up with an individualized approach that is right for you. The next step is to contact my front desk redmountainclinic@gmail.com and they will get you all squared away.

      Yours in Health,

      Dr. Rostenberg

  • March 9, 2016 Reply

    Elle

    I am wondering about the bloating factor with MTHFR. I also have Lyme and heavy metals toxicity, but even though I have chelated and been on a Lyme protocol, everything I eat makes me bloated. I also have CBS gene mutation, and have not started on my MTHFR supplements. I am wondering if the bloating is being caused by the MTHFR?

    • March 13, 2016 Reply

      beyondstaff

      Hi Elle,

      Thanks for your comment! When there is bloating we need to realize the gut is the area to focus on. Many people with MTHFR problems have also developed gut problems. These gut-based issues become sticky and difficult to treat; many individuals suffer with these symptoms for years. The big consequence is that as people try to heal from adrenal fatigue and other chronic health challenges, they struggle because food and supplements aren’t absorbed very well. If you haven’t already make sure to read the blog article called Gut Origins of Methylation Problems http://www.beyondmthfr.com/the-gut-origin-of-methylation-problems/. If you would like help with your bloating, heavy metals, immune system, methylation balance and more, then please reach out and contact my office 208-322-7755 and redmountainclinic@gmail.com. MTHFR cannot cause bloating per se, however people with untreated MTHFR issues often suffer from chronic gut dysfunction make us more susceptible to heavy metals, infections, and malnutrition in general.

      Yours in Health,

      Dr. Rostenberg

  • March 18, 2016 Reply

    Sebastian

    Dear Dr. Rostenberg,

    Would you strongly suspect that a decade long sinusitis, anusitis, fatigue, anxiety, neurological and brain symptoms be caused by a chronic gut flora problem? Assuming that all the other allopathic avenues were already explored.

    Patient has received Neurological Integration System (NIS) treatment from a homeopath which has identified overgrowth of fungus and bacteria. NIS temporarily lowered the inflammation and the patient felt better only for symptoms to return. Patient also did a week long Dr. Clark liver/gallbladder cleanse and felt the best he had in years, only for symptoms to return again.

    If it were you, would you start with your 10 day gut repair protocol or perhaps start with a coffee enema?

    Thank Doctor for your passion and time.

    • March 21, 2016 Reply

      beyondstaff

      Hello Sebastian,

      Thank you for your comment! Your symptoms describe the common ways that gut dysbiosis makes its impact on our system. Sinusitis and anusitis are both part of the GI Tract, just at opposing ends. The anxiety comes often from clogged liver pathways that are constantly strained trying to detoxify the GI tract. This causes adrenalin, dopamine and norepinephrine to stay in circulation longer. Gut infections strain the same pathways that remove catecholamines, histamine and serotonin. So you are absolutely on the right track!

      A good approach is to start with the 10-day Gut Program. Then at the end of ten days, simply reduce the dosage of the “bug killers” and glutamine by 50-60% and keep taking them for another 4-12 weeks. The length depends on symptoms, whether they return when the products are stopped, etc. As for coffee enemas it is best to perform them simultaneously to the gut program. Our recommended schedule is 1 coffee enema per day for 1 week, then 3x per week for a month. After than coffee enemas may be performed multiple times per week ongoing.

      You will be better!

      In Health,

      Dr. Rostenberg

  • July 10, 2016 Reply

    E Noelle

    Hi
    I have been ill for at least 36 yrs. I would like to try the 10-Day Gut Repair for Leaky Gut. I do have homozygous MTHFR and cannot tolerate L-Glutamine. I took 2Gms for a couple of days and had more energy so I increased it to 2Gms BID and my brain went crazy. I felt all revved up……with an inability to focus or concentrate and my physical body overly stimulated. Any suggestions on what could be done so I could try the gut repair protocol?

    Thanks for your help!

    • July 11, 2016 Reply

      beyondstaff

      Hi Noelle,

      Thanks for your comment. You can certainly do the protocol but keep the dosage of glutamine much lower at a level you better tolerate. I would suggest that if glutamine is hurting you, and remember that glutamine is very common in our every day foods like animal protein, soy protein, etc. So eating 2 grams of L-glutamine by itself may make you have symptoms, even though you probably eat more than 2 grams of glutamine each day in the other protein sources in your diet. So how do we reconcile the fact that glutamine is eaten as a part of whole food with no symptoms, but L-glutamine by itself can cause symptoms? In my experience this is due to a lack of Taurine and B6. Both Taurine and B6 are required to convert glutamate into GABA. So if people react to L-glutamine it usually means they are Taurine and/or B6 deficient. The product I recommend in cases like this is to take Trancor (by Metagenics you can find on the same website as the 10-day protocol supplements) which has B6, Taurine and some other good support for GABA/glutamate balance.

      Again, my experience has shown me that the intolerance to L-glutamine is usually a Taurine and B6 problem. Either take the Trancor at a dosage of 2-3 capsules 3x per day with food and limit your L-glutamine intake to 5-10 grams per day total; or just ignore the glutamine part of the instructions all together. For healing the gut the glutamine is very helpful, but the most powerful part of the protocol are the other supplements on the list – Candibactin AR, Candibactin BR, D3 10,000 w/ K2, Metagest, etc. Hope that helps!

      In Health,

      Dr. Rostenberg

  • August 24, 2016 Reply

    Tina

    I would really like to treat my insomnia I had guy dysbiosis and have never felt completely better

  • September 8, 2016 Reply

    Jordana

    Hi, I have adrenal insufficiency and my doctor has started me on hydrocortisone. I also have pyrolle disorder, parasites and candida. But as soon as I start any die off my body goes into stress mode, pumps out more adrenaline and more stress and get hyper. My insomnia has been extremely bad for 5 years. I don’t know how I can get better and kill the parasites if my body goes into stress at the slightest die off. Me and my two young daughters have this problem and it’s almost impossible to do anything. We can only tolerate meat, vegetable and limited fruit. Any information is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you

    • October 10, 2016 Reply

      beyondstaff

      Hi Jordana,

      Thanks for your comment. You are dealing with a very challenging situation and one that people sometimes face with adrenal fatigue. Pyrolle disorder simply means you don’t have enough B6 and zinc to metabolize the hemoglobin properly, and often this is related to oxalates. There is a great deal to discuss in a case like this, more than I can share on a comment. You need to work with someone who is going to look at the 30,000 foot view and take into consideration all the minutia and details like blood labs, history, symptoms, antiobiotic exposure, gut health, neurotransmitters, and of course genetics. We’ve helped many patients who were equally “stuck” and allowed them to move on and live a more fuller, healthier life. If you would like help with that, the best thing for you to do is contact my office directly. We can be reached at 208-322-7755 and care@redmountainclinic.com. We live to take better care of people, to solve problems and provide life-changing results. You will be better!

      In Health,

      Dr. Rostenberg

  • August 9, 2017 Reply

    Lilli

    Hey. 🙂
    I’m currently laying in bed with complete insomnia.
    It started over 3 weeks ago.
    I fell very ill this year in March. Head pains, insomnia and really bad panic attacks. I managed to catch a break for 3 months but still was dealing with extreme fatigue. I could hardly walk for 5 mins straight without feeling like I was about to collapse. I also travelled over seas at this time to be with my partner in Chile…which I was silty considering how ill I was, even the plane trip over and back was the most painful experience.
    Over there I fell pregnant. I instantly got morning sickness and it lasted for 11 weeks. I finally managed to fly home back to Australia.
    A complete shell of myself, 48 kilograms from 56 kilograms. Anyway since being home I started to gain strength and put on weight. But my relationship to food has completely changed. It scares me and makes me feel horrible. I always have acid reflux and my stomach always hurts. It’s a really sad thing because before all of this happened I such a foodie and absolutely enjoyed relatively healthy yummy food.

    3 weeks ago is when things started getting way way Harder and scarier. I woke up one night having a panic attack. Ever since then I’ve been riddled with Fear, Panic, Insomnia, body pain, feelings of going insane, paranoia towards food. I’ve developed a complete and scary mental illness over night.
    I’m laying here in bed unable to sleep with other weird symptoms like dry mouth, a constant choking feeling and the overall horrible feeling of going insane. Sometimes I just want to scream because I can’t escape this horrible feeling. The thing is I can feel where the chemicals are going wrong in my head. It’s on the right side of my brain and it constantly feels like someone is prodding needles into my brain in that one spot. I’ve had brain scans and everything this year because of this pain…even a nerve block because one doctor suggested occipital neuralgia. After getting the nerve block in April it caused severe stress and fatigue.

    I went to see a Specialist Dr here in Adelaide 2 weeks ago. He tested me for the MTHFR gene. I have one mutated gene. I can’t tell you the specifics right now because I can’t find my test results in the middle of the night.
    He’s started me up on folinic acid, b12 methylcobalamin, iron supplements because blood tests showed I was low, I am yet to start Vitamin D drops and tryptophan when they arrive from I-herb. It’s been a full week now since I’ve started taking these vitamins. I was told I would only start to feel different after 6 weeks.

    I guess I’m posting on here because my gut feels terrible, I’m not puking anymore, but I feel pregnancy has made me go insane.
    The paranoia towards food and really anything that enters my body is unbearable and so is the feeling my gut has when food hits it. 🙁
    The insomnia (no sleep to 3 hours a night every night for over 3 weeks) and the feeling of losing my mind is also terrifying and I can’t help but think my gut is the main culprit. I have no idea if the vitamins are going to work or if I’m doing the right things or eating the right things, the only thing that my gut has loved is non acidic fruit and acia bowls.

    I just don’t want to feel crazy for the rest of the pregnancy or life because I’m only at 16 weeks and I’m reaching out to find an answer and trying not to get too confused by everyone’s different opinions on the way. I’ve been fighting for 3 weeks now to find a holistic approach to healing myself before I start taking antidepressants.
    I’m on my last legs and I hope this message isn’t too long or too much. Or too confusing.
    Thank you.

  • August 25, 2017 Reply

    Debbie Mottaz

    Hello Dr. Rostenberg, I need your help ASAP!! My name is Debbie I’m. 50 years old with two grown children. A 20 yr old daughter, 25 yr old son and a 48 yr old boyfriend. All three are very frustrated with be being sick all the time. I truly believe I have adrenal fatigue. I have all 7 signs and I have be seeing doctor after doctor $$ with no relief. Not to mention I have even seen a sleep specialist.$$ I was told I had sleep apnea. I purchased a Cpap machine after using it night after night for 6 months nothing changed or got any better. My adrenal fatigue is affecting my daily life and my relationships with my children, boyfriend, friends, family and work. I can’t hold down a job. The worst part is my son is getting married in 4 weeks and I don’t want to miss out on his big day. Because I’m sick or to weak to get out of bed and function that day. Your help would be greatly appreciated I look forward to hearing back from you.

    Sincerely Debbie
    Mother of the Groom

    • August 27, 2017 Reply

      Dr. Rostenberg

      Hi Debbie,

      Thanks for your comment. What you describe is very common in people with Adrenal Fatigue. Nothing seems to work and despite money and effort symptoms aren’t changing. The best approach to remedy this is to look at the 30,000 ft. view – look at digestion, sleep, hormones, hidden infections, energy, brain, etc. This type of an approach makes sure that nothing is missed. Bodies never make mistakes and even though we suffer with symptoms, the body isn’t doing anything wrong. The body simply adapts to its environment to the best of its ability. When we change the environment, we can vastly improve our health. If you would like help putting these pieces together and coming up with a plan, then contact my office 208-322-7755 or care@redmountainclinic.com. You will be better!

      In Health,

      Dr. Rostenberg

  • October 28, 2017 Reply

    Stephanie B.

    This is the first time I have ever seen anything written even close to what is happening with me. I have been told I have leaky gut issues. I didn’t think they were that bad. I have Fibromyalgia and fatigue but the fatigue isn’t that bad now. I do have pain in my arms. The main thing that causes issues is when I ingest certain things like sugar alcohols, artificial sweeteners (even monk fruit). I will not be able to sleep at all that night and if I don’t figure out what I ingested the insomnia will continue until I eliminate it. I also get a dull stomach pain. It has happened before where I was so exhausted I could not even think properly. Once I figure out the culprit and eliminate it, I sleep fine within 24 hrs. The main problem in that the list that bothers me is growing. Last year I had no issues with sugar alcohols or splenda. Now I can’t go near them. This week I tried to drink an organic protein drink with monk fruit and I was up all night. People think I am crazy and this is in my head but it is not. I think it must be tied to the methylation cycle which I know I have issues with (was tested) and maybe the fight or flight response you talked about? It makes sense. I also have trouble ingesting anything that has high amounts of antioxidants like certain supplements (ashwagandha for example). Do you have any other information about this? I have tried to get help but even the naturopaths have no clue! Thank you.

    • November 9, 2017 Reply

      Dr. Rostenberg

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks for your comment. There are many other posts on this site that help to explain the methylation cycle, neurotransmitters, gut issues, etc. Of course your best option is to contact our office directly at care@redmountainclinic.com and 208-322-7755. We can help you uncover the root cause of your health concern and develop a healing protocol specifically for your needs. Your reactions to foods may indicate SIBO, Candida or some other intestinal imbalance. These types of digestive issues can absolutely impact your brain and change the way you think and sleep.

      In Health,

      Dr. Rostenberg

  • October 31, 2017 Reply

    Sandy S

    Hi Dr.Rostenberg,
    I saw your video on youtube and want to thank you for the information/knowledge you imparted. I need your advise I live in New jersey presently and cannot make it to see you. For over ten years I’ve suffering with pain all over my body, which my doctor determine its’ maybe fibromyalgia base on symptoms, chronic sinusitis, adhesive capsulitis in shoulder, chronic anosmia, hiatal hernia,ulcer and list goes on and on. I’m not even 45 years old yet. What can or what I should be doing to start the healing process. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

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