Podcast #181 Dr. Alan Christianson on Types of Testing For Adrenal Fatigue

Dr Alan Christianson
Dr Alan Christianson

Alan Christianson is a New York Times Bestselling Author and a Phoenix, Arizona-based Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) who specializes in natural endocrinology with a focus on thyroid disorders. He is the author of The Adrenal Reset Diet, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Thyroid Disease, and Healing Hashimoto’s – A Savvy Patient’s Guide.

As a child raised in rural Minnesota, Dr. Christianson was an avid reader. He loved spending time with his family’s encyclopedias and medical textbooks. His health, however, was a struggle. Cerebral palsy left him with seizures, poor coordination, and obesity.

In 7th grade, he was compelled to change after a classmate made a cutting comment in gym class. He became determined to reset his health and his life. Over the next few weeks he devoured dozens of books on nutrition, fitness, and health and created his own recovery plan.

At age 12 he gave up sugar and processed foods and created an exercise plan that was easy enough for him to start on. He stuck with it and built on it. With no prior sports experience, he became a varsity football player and his classes’ best endurance runner by 9th grade. This experience taught him that being healthy transformed both how you feel and how others treat you. He also learned that the tickets to health were knowledge and persistence.

Dr. Christianson was a member of the premier class of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) graduating in 1996. He  is the founding president of the SCNM alumni organization and continues to be an active board member. He is also the founder and acting president of the Endocrine Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

He frequently appears on national TV shows like Dr. Oz, CNN, The Doctors and The Today Show as well as print media like Women’s World, USA Today, Newsweek, and Shape Magazine. When he’s not maintaining a busy practice, his favorite hobbies include mountain unicycling, technical rock climbing, and watching the stars.

Dr. Christianson resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife Kirin, and their two children.

Today we discuss:

  • The various types of lab testing for adrenal fatigue and cortisol
  • Urine testing and the lack of research
  • How saliva tests rank in importance for adrenal cortisol rhythm
  • How blood tests factor in for thyroid and other hormonal health