Addison's Disease

Addison's disease, which is rarely seen in the society, but can be seen in all age groups and all genders, is a disease caused by the body's inability to produce certain hormones sufficiently. The incidence of the disease has been reported as 1 in 100,000.

Aim in the RTM system is not to relieve symptoms by directly suppressing the symptoms of Addison’s disease, but to reveal the factors that cause this disease specific to the individual and to detect and treat the source part of the disease. In the treatment, it is aimed to restore the infrastructure that causes the disease and to ensure the normal functioning of the system.

Let’s glance shortly at Addison’s disease…

What is Addison’s Disease?

Addison’s disease, also referred to as adrenal insufficiency, occurs due to the inability of the adrenal glands, located just above the kidneys, to function adequately. As a result of insufficient secretion, there is a decrease in glucocorticoid (cortisol) and mineralocorticoid (aldosterone) hormones in the blood.

Acute Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison’s Crisis)

In some cases, there is the possibility of appearing the symptoms of Addison’s disease suddenly in a very short time. This vital picture is called as Acute Adrenal Insufficiency or Addison’s Crisis. Addison’s patients can go into an acute crisis due to an infection, physical stress and injury, and in this case, urgent medical attention is required.

What are the Symptoms of Acute Adrenal Insufficiency (Addison’s Crisis)?

Since the Addisonian Crisis is life-threatening, it is necessary to seek immediate medical care when the following symptoms are observed.

➢ High level of fluid loss to deteriorate metabolic systems (Dehydration)

➢ Sweating, fever

➢ Getting cold of skin, faded and moist

➢ Frequent breathing

➢ Headache and dizziness

➢ Vomiting and/or diarrhea

➢ Weakness, numbness in the muscles

➢ Loss of consciousness

What Causes Addison’s Disease?

It is possible to examine Addison’s disease under two different topics.

➢ Primary adrenal insufficiency: Although it can be caused by various reasons such as bleeding in the adrenal gland, tuberculosis, infection, it depends on the immune system with a rate of 70%.

➢ Secondary adrenal insufficiency: It develops in relation to the decrease in the production of the pituitary hormone ACTH. In ACTH deficiency caused by a pituitary tumor or another reason, cortisol production is not stimulated and aldosterone production is generally unaffected.

What Are the Symptoms of Addison’s Disease?

Depending on the function of the hormone that is deficient, the symptoms of the disease also vary. Cortisol hormone is excreted by the adrenal glands due to the stress. Its most important function is to support the body’s response to stress. On the other hand, it is also responsible for regulating the use of fat, protein, and carbohydrates in the body. It maintains blood pressure and cardiovascular functions.

The aldosterone hormone is the hormone that is effective in removing potassium from the kidney and reabsorption of sodium, excreted from the outer part of the adrenal glands, and balancing the electrolytes in the body. As a result of a significant decrease in aldosterone, dehydration and low blood pressure occur because the kidneys cannot keep the water and salt levels in balance.

The symptoms of Addison’s disease usually develop gradually and can become severe over time. Symptoms that are mild at first may go unnoticed until they become severe, often due to stress, such as another illness or injury. Some of the most common symptoms are listed below.

➢ Loss of appetite and weight loss

➢ Weakness, fatigue

➢ Joint and muscle pain

➢ Low sugar (Hypoglycemia)

➢ Low blood pressure (Hypotension)

➢ Darkening of the skin color in certain areas (Hyperpigmentation)

➢ Fainting, loss of consciousness

➢ Increased salt consumption

➢ Nausea and abdominal pain

➢ Diarrhea and vomiting

➢ Irritable or depressed mood

➢ Loss of body hair

➢ Sexual dysfunctions

Who Gets Addison’s Disease?

Addison’s disease, which is rare, can be seen at any age and in any gender, starting from infancy. It is mostly seen in people with early menopause, those with anemia, and those with type 1 diabetes. In addition, when compared to healthy individuals, those with insufficiency or inflammation of the thyroid and parathyroid glands, and those with Vitiligo and Grave’s disease are at higher risk.

How Is Addison’s Disease Diagnosed?

First of all, an evaluation of the patient’s medical history and symptoms is made. In order to diagnose Addison’s, certain blood tests may be required to evaluate the hormones excreted from the adrenal glands and imaging of the adrenal glands may be required.

Approach to Addison’s Disease in the RTM System

An Outlook on the Cause of Addison’s Disease in the RTM System

Our body is in a constant balance against internal and external factors. With this balance, life continues by developing. The RTM System includes its own diagnostic and treatment protocols. Diseases in the RTM System; It is seen as a new balance or new adjustment points created in the body in order to continue life against internal and external negative conditions.

There is a source pattern called the Triad of Disease, which causes new settings to come into play in the body. This triple structure, which includes contamination in the body, system disorders and code changes in DNA (Epigenetics), functions as follows in Addison’s disease;

Contamination in the Body: Both the toxins we are exposed to from the environment and the metabolic wastes caused by various factors are discharged from the detox organs through circulation. Sometimes, the situation that occurs when this system is not sufficient may result in the body’s defense system trying to destroy it by targeting the organ where these wastes accumulate and ultimately organ damage.

Deterioration in the Systems: Confusion of the defense system with frequent infections can cause it to try to solve the problem in the hormonal flow. With the infections passed, the defense cells of the defense system circulating in high amounts and without any function in the blood, the malfunctioning events or disorders in the adrenal gland will be repaired, and ultimately, autoimmune events will occur and the picture of adrenal insufficiency will appear. Or, disorders of the pituitary gland, which is at the command level of the hormone production centers, will directly affect the adrenal gland.

As a result of the contamination of the body and the deterioration of the systems, the body will determine new normals in order to maintain the vitality of the adrenal gland. As a result of the new normals, less cortisol and aldosterone hormones will be secreted. These new normals will be encoded in the body at the information level, and eventually a code change (Epigenetic change) will occur in the DNA. This change in the fact sheet and the new set point are called Addison’s disease.

Treatment of Addison’s Disease in the RTM System

The purpose of the RTM System is not to suppress the symptoms of Addison’s disease directly, but to eliminate the Triad of Disease, which is the source of Addison’s disease, that we mentioned above. In the RTM System, this is called the Treatment Triad.

Treatment Triad; It includes processes aimed at initiating the detox process to return to the normal state of balance in the body, eliminating the imbalance in the failing systems and reversing the epigenetic changes in DNA. This process is planned completely individually.

The main part of the treatment triad is RTM Phytotherapy. The phytotherapy protocol is determined by evaluating the detailed anamnesis, laboratory and imaging findings of the individual, and measurements specific to RTM clinics. With the RTM Phytotherapy protocol, the disease trait, which forms the source part, is withdrawn and treatment is applied. It is aimed to normalize the epigenetic changes in DNA, which determine the new tuning constants, by informing the body with the seed parts of the plants. In order for the body to adapt to the normalization of this information, the treatment triad is activated by using the leafy parts of the plants, accelerating the detox activities in the body and regulating the systems. When the disease triad is withdrawn, it is aimed that the body will automatically return to the norm form.

In order to both support the body and accelerate the treatment process, in addition to RTM phytotherapeutics, nearly 25 traditional medicine methods such as Ozone, Hijama, Acupuncture, Magnetic field therapy are planned according to the needs of the patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Addison’s disease diet?

In Addison’s disease, a healthy life away from stress and an adequate and balanced nutrition system are of vital importance. Some recommended considerations are listed below.

  • ➢Against the signs of fatigue and weakness, which are frequently encountered in the course of the disease, it is absolutely necessary not to turn to energy drinks, some stimulants or coffee. Because these drinks, which contain high levels of caffeine, stimulate the adrenaline glands to a great extent. In addition, the stimulants and intense sugar they contain are harmful to the adrenaline glands. The same is true for tobacco and tobacco products.
  • ➢Especially in cases with low blood sugar, refined sugar and ready-made foods containing carbohydrates should be avoided. Such foods increase the symptoms of Addison’s disease by disrupting the insulin balance.
  • ➢Controversy continues as to whether salt is beneficial or harmful to Addison’s patients. It should not be forgotten that a certain amount of salt and sodium is needed in a healthy and balanced diet. Also, getting enough sodium helps keep blood sugar balanced. The important point is to obtain the required amount from natural and high quality sources such as Himalayan salt or sea salt.

➢ Craving for salt may stem from a real need. For example, in case of excessive sweating, in addition to consuming a lot of water, a little more salt can be consumed.

➢ Excessive stress can trigger Addison’s disease. At such times, it is recommended to increase the consumption of foods containing vitamin C. It is also important to consume more B vitamins, and for this, foods such as natural eggs, sardines and salmon can be emphasized.

➢ Zinc and Magnesium are also beneficial for the immune system and nervous system. They also support the production of necessary hormones. For this reason, it is recommended to include foods such as seafood, cookies, legumes, spinach, avocado, banana, natural yoghurt in the nutrition menu.

 When to Seek Medical Care for Addison’s Disease?

When symptoms of Addison’s disease are noticed, a doctor can be consulted. If these symptoms suddenly become severe and serious symptoms such as fever, severe abdominal pain, loss of consciousness are added, you may be experiencing an adrenal crisis that requires immediate medical care.

What happens if Addison’s disease is left untreated?

If left untreated, adrenal gland failure can cause a life-threatening Addisonian crisis. The most common triggers of this crisis are physical stresses such as infection, injury, trauma or surgery.

Which hormone causes Addison’s disease?

It is a disease that occurs due to damage to the scab above the kidney and the inability of the adrenal glands to produce enough hormones. The hormones in question are the steroid hormones Cortisol and Aldosterone.

Why is the suprarenal gland removed?

The main reason for surgical removal of the suprarenal gland, which is rare, is the formation of a tumor in the gland.

Is there any herbal treatment for Addison’s disease?

There are plants that are thought to have a positive effect in the treatment of Addison’s disease, but they should be used in a controlled manner in consultation with a physician.