"Your body has a natural ability to handle stress and remain healthy, in fact, a certain amount of stress is beneficial. It is only when the stresses are overwhelming in quantity, duration or intensity that the systems in your body start to break down." ~ James Wilson
The effects of long-term stress on the body can often result in physical and mental fatigue, unexplained weight loss or gain, cravings, interrupted sleep patterns and other health issues that for many, remain unaddressed. These seemingly separate and unrelated symptoms have long been plaguing a significant part of our population, and many have spent decades searching for relief. Some rely on traditional means and healthcare professionals for answers, and some take years to research their own symptoms, only to find an unclear path to wellness.
Dr. James Wilson, ND, DC, PhD, has committed his life as a professional healer to searching for ways to help people with many of these issues. Several of his patients finally came to him with all options exhausted and still fighting the continued negative impact on their lives. As a result of his passion and inquisitive mind, Wilson spent more than 30 years dedicated to the study of human physiology, psychology and the pathways that connect them together. As a clinician in private practice, not only did he successfully treat individuals plagued with ongoing conditions, but also spent his lifetime creating ways for patients and everyone to understand how environmental stresses are directly related to harmful reactions in our body.
As a researcher, Wilson has focused on and written about the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis). The HPA axis is an interactive neuroendocrine unit comprised of the hypothalamus, the pituitary gland and the adrenal glands. Evidence shows that the HPA axis plays key roles in basal homeostasis and in the body's response to stress. The adrenal glands are necessary for the body to produce hormones that it cannot live without. Cortisol is one of the primary hormones produced by the adrenal glands and, as a result of stress over time, can become dysfunctional and produce too much or too little of this essential hormone.
In Wilson’s book, Adrenal Fatigue: the 21st Century Stress Syndrome, he aims at educating the reader and providing the most effective ways to support adrenal glands and address other health issues through the direct connection between diet, exercise and mental well-being. Not only has it been a blessing to many individuals, but healthcare professionals also refer to the book’s information as a basis for treating patients and understanding the underlying links between the environment and our wellness.
Some may say that Wilson’s most important legacy is his formulations. Generated through years of clinical treatment, research and continued education, he has successfully created not only a line of products that address adrenal fatigue, but also other physical ailments that are all connected to the synergy and homeostasis of the body, including immune health, blood sugar balance and digestive system wellness.
Using the finest quality raw materials, and sourced from around the globe, Wilson's formulas contain only vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are selected for their bioavailability so that the body is able to absorb and utilize these nutrients most effectively.
These days, Wilson can be found serving as the President and Chief Formulator of Dr. Wilson’s Original Formulations, and has successfully carried on his work through the company he founded in 1997. Both the company’s corporate office and distribution centers are owned and operated locally in Tucson for over 20 years.
Ryan Brown, General Manager, has been working with Wilson for more than 12 years and continues to support the legacy established through a passion for helping individuals who suffer from various issues and providing the highest quality and most effective products available.
Brown is cGMP compliant and certified, and ensures that all products are FTC and FDA compliant for product integrity and quality assurance. He has worked with a team of professionals to reach as many individuals as possible who can benefit from the products, as well as the educational and protocol platforms available.
According to Brown, Dr. Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Protocol is now sold in over 50 states and 13 countries, including Canada and Australia. Through continued work with other healthcare providers, these products are also used as a foundational protocol for many naturopaths, chiropractors, pharmacies and other natural healing professionals.
“The brand has been in growth mode for 23 years,” says Brown. “We continue to serve significant portions of the populations who have searched for help through traditional channels with no success. Oftentimes, we are a last resort for those who cannot find help elsewhere.”
Brown says, “Most of the company’s growth can be attributed to word-of-mouth and product efficacy with our customers." Natural and homeopathic supplements are not subject to the rigorous process that other over-the-counter drugs or pharmaceuticals are. So, this suggests that the credibility and success of these products can only be attributed to its true ability to successfully address the issues that afflict people and provide substantial evidence for a clearer path to health.
As we are all aware, this year has been trying for many. The consistent correlation between how we manage our health and the environment can be seen in almost everything we do. It is satisfying to know that there are ways to keep our bodies as healthy and safe as possible during the many stresses we encounter. Being well educated and understanding how we can all serve our bodies to ensure the highest level of health possible is the key to continued wellness.Dr. James Wilson’s book, Adrenal Fatigue, as well as supplements and quizzes to help the reader understand these connections, can be found at AdrenalFatigue.org and DrWilsons.com. For more information, customers in Tucson can call 520-748-0388, as well as toll-free 800-357-5027. See ad, page 9. Tavi Meketon, MBA, SPHR is a local author and business executive who focuses on supporting individuals and organizations through proactive strategies and comprehensive solutions. Connect at [email protected]