Many chronically ill people are super sensitive to light, sound, fragrances, food, medications, even other people’s negativity, not to mention a multitude of other challenges from our internal and external environment.

When the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) glands are out of balance, your body thinks that any type of stress is too much stress!  These people never feel safe.

When the HPA axis is dysfunctional our ability to adapt and respond correctly to the challenges in our life is lost, and the body becomes super reactive.

People who are this sensitive are usually surrounded by a world of people who don’t react, even though those people are subjected to the same challenges. It does not mean that the non-reactive people are necessarily not being affected, however it does mean, among other things, that they have a greater range of adaptability within the HPA system.

The wisdom of the body recognizes and responds, without our assistance, to any threat against us. Any attack by viruses, bacteria, or any other microbe, not to mention toxins and stressful life situations, activates the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Adrenal (HPA) axis to increase the body’s ability to respond correctly to the situation.

The pituitary is called the master gland because it controls and regulates all of the other glands in the body. It is a pea-sized gland straight back from the bridge of your nose. The Hypothalamus is in the core of the brain and actually regulates the pituitary, but is not called the master gland because it does not control all the other glands of the body as does the pituitary.

The adrenal glands sit atop both kidneys like melting scoops of ice cream. The adrenals are the primary stress response glands of the body. They motivate the rest of the body to prepare for battle against whatever perceived attack is present. You might say they are our body’s security alarm system.

The adrenal glands are one of the first glands to fatigue when a person is stuck for a prolonged period in the “fight or flight” mode of the sympathetic nervous system. This is because the adrenal glands are the primary driver of the entire sympathetic system.

Optimum health is that point where our body, mind, and spirit can adapt instantly and correctly to any challenge in our internal and external environment, without losing coherence.

If you feel that your body has lost the ability to adapt correctly to its environment, then stay tuned…this is a huge topic, and I am going to post more on this subject. It is important to know and understand all the players in the body when addressing illness, fatigue, stress, infection, and post-infection.