by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath In the spirit of Halloween… The truly scary tale of the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of adrenal function! Before we move on to the adrenal version, let me first summarize the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story from years ago. “The dual title character is a doctor who has covered up a secret life full of cruel deeds. He feels as if he is constantly battling within himself between what is good and what is evil, and is pushing away people dear to him. After drinking a potion of his own creation, Jekyll is transformed into the smaller, younger, cruel, remorseless, evil Edward Hyde, representing the hidden side of Dr Jekyll’s nature brought to the fore. Dr Jekyll has many friends and has a friendly personality, but as Mr Hyde, he becomes mysterious, violent, and secretive. As time goes by, Mr Hyde grows in power. After taking the potion repetitively, he no longer relies upon it to unleash his inner demon i.e. his alter ego. Eventually, Mr Hyde grows so strong that Dr Jekyll becomes reliant on the potion to remain himself.” Let’s look at our story… Many generations ago we had a friend with us at all times. This friend, your Dr Jekyll, assisted us on so many levels of our health to the point that we would say this friend was our holistic mediator of health and happiness. After all, this friend plays a major role in the function of your thyroid, ovaries, pancreas, gut lining, metabolism of fat and protein, regulation of body weight and fat, detoxification, immune regulation, pro and anti-inflammatory states, energy production, blood sugar balance, muscular/skeletal health, quality of sleep and mood, memory and learning and overall neural connectivity. So this is a true friend indeed! This friend was so much more to us though. Dr Jekyll also helps you in times of stress and during potential life threatening situations. If you are ever attacked by a person or an animal or if you are in some type of an accident, he is there to help you. If you are stuck in a challenging mental/emotional conundrum, he is also there to help you. To be honest with you, this friend can actually save your life. Yes, your friend, Dr Jekyll, is one of your best friends! But something happened generations ago. This friend, Dr Jekyll, that helped you on so many levels was exposed to a new and threatening life, which brought out the Mr Hyde. When Mr Hyde, your evil friend, enters the picture, everything changes. Now, the normal function you enjoyed with Dr Jekyll has been thrown into chaos. The balance you once enjoyed is now engulfed by the evil Mr Hyde. Mr Hyde throws your body into a state of chronic turmoil to the point that your health and happiness is now just a fleeting memory from the past. This may be such a distant memory that you cannot even conjure up the feeling of how good you had it with Dr Jekyll, your old best buddy. After all, Mr Hyde is running your life right now, and he’s running it into the ground. The only way to get your life back is to create an awareness as to what changed in your life that brought Mr Hyde into existence and take the necessary steps to move away from the evil Mr Hyde back to your true friend, Dr Jekyll. Dr Jekyll is your friend indeed! So do everything you can to find Dr Jekyll in your life and absolutely remove Mr Hyde from your life. If not, this could be one of the scariest Halloween stories you have ever heard and lived through in your life. Remember, Mr Hyde is always lurking in the shadows, just waiting to change your life, and you guessed it, not for the better! The End There is a lot of truth in this story, so let me explain who Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde are, and more important, how they show up in your life. Dr Jekyll, your friend is your adrenal glands functioning optimally. As mentioned in the story, your adrenals play a major role in the function of your thyroid, ovaries, pancreas, gut lining, metabolism of fat and protein, regulation of body weight and fat, detoxification, immune regulation, pro and anti-inflammatory states, energy production, blood sugar balance, muscular/skeletal health, quality of sleep and mood, memory and learning and overall neural connectivity. On top of this, when you are in either a life or death situation or a high mental/emotional stress moment, your adrenal function will either help you save your life or move through your stressful situation in the highest level of balance possible. Your adrenal function, while working properly, is your Dr Jekyll and your best friend! Mr Hyde though is your adrenal function stuck in a chronic stimulation or even worse, a completed exhausted position. Either of these will move you out of balance in your body and eventually lead to a lack of desired health and happiness. This is truly the evil Mr Hyde. Thankfully though, you can change this. You have the ability to remove Mr Hyde from your life and enjoy the friendship and benefits of Dr Jekyll for the rest of your life. Take this FREE assessment and see for yourself if you are living with Dr Jekyll or Mr Hyde. I’ll give you a little hint, if you score under 40 Dr Jekyll is your friend and he is working diligently in helping you achieve your health and happiness goals in every moment of every day. But every point above 40, moves you closer and closer to living with the evil Mr Hyde. I think you get the picture… If you have any comments or questions regarding this article please post this on our Facebook page or on our Twitter page for us to address personally.