Addison’s Disease

Posted on January 25th, 2013

Addison’s Disease was named after Dr. Thomas Addison in 1849.

He was British physician that discovered this adrenal cortex abnormality.

At that time and even now, an Addison patient, whether human or animal, Addison’s Disease was thought to be caused by a two layer adrenal cortex imbalance or adrenal exhaustion.

In reality, true Addison Disease comes from a deficiency of the hormone production of Aldosterone which is produced from the first layer of the adrenal cortex.

When this occurs there is an imbalance causing high potassium and low sodium among other problems.

This lack of aldosterone can also cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle weakness and a microcardia (small heart).

Often this hormone imbalance will cause the patient’s heart to stop in contraction and cause death if not corrected immediately.

The correction lies not only with proper testing  and identification of this hormone imbalance but also funding that imbalance with synthetic Florinef Acetate taken orally twice daily if the patient can absorb oral medication or a monthly injection of Percorten which both have mineral corticoid activity, in order to control this hormone deficiency.

More often, it appears that a middle layer adrenal cortex imbalance may also occur that also has mineral corticoid functions even though its glucocorticoid functions extend further into the actual regulation of the immune system.

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