Sock Doc 11: Is Adrenal Fatigue a Myth or Misnomer? A Deep Look At What’s Really Going on To Get You Relief

December 4, 2020


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Welcome back to another episode featuring Dr. Steve Gangemi, aka The Sock Doc. Steve is a holistic alternative health care doctor who runs a practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Learn more about his practice at and visit his many resources at

On this episode:

  • The Sock Doc wears Xero Shoes for his trail runs
  • Adrenal fatigue may not be the best term to use
    • But if you have pain, inflammation, fatigue, or endocrine-type problems, it is probably affecting your adrenal glands
  • Hans Selye’s concept of biological stress
    • General Adaptation Syndrome
    • Eustress means beneficial or “good” stress
    • Distress means negative or “bad” stress
    • Certain stresses can affect the adrenal glands
  • In the Sock Doc’s practice, he’s seen that the adrenal glands are typically secondary issues (rather than the primary issue)
  • Adrenal fatigue is an intricate problem; theoretically, it actually stems from the brain (HPA axis)
    • “H” in HPA stands for the hypothalamus
    • “P” stands for pituitary
      • The brain, to the pituitary, to the adrenals
  • Adrenal glands are circadian rhythm-based
    • Ideally, the adrenal glands are secreting the most amount of cortisol between 6 to 8 am with a big drop off at 12 pm, then slowly dwindles down
  • If you push yourself too hard – mentally, physically, emotionally – most likely you have an ailment telling yourself you’re pushing too hard
  • Your feet are a great representation of your health
  • Breathe by James Nestor (please help support the podcast by using this link!)
  • Previous episode: Lawrence Van Lingen: Discover Your Inner Ability – Run Better, Move Better, Breathe Better, Feel Better
  • And so much more!

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