3 Tips to Make Your Job or Career Change a Healthy One!

There is no doubt that switching a job or career is a stressful event in anyone’s life often causing people anxiety and affecting their health when they need to be at their best. This is even worse if you were fired or laid off from your job. In this case, a person’s stress level ranks 8th out of all major life stressors on the Holmes and Rahe scale at a 47. To put that in perspective, number one at a rating of 100 is the death of a spouse. What is also amazing is how often people are changing careers and jobs in our current job market; the average person will change careers 5-7 times during their working lives. On top of that, about 30% of the total workforce will change jobs every 12 months. This is a lot of people who are walking around with a highly increased stress level and that is taking a serious toll on their health. For instance, increased and prolonged stress can cause higher blood pressure, heart conditions, sleeping problems, upset stomach, diabetes, decreased energy levels, brain fog, depression and anxiety just to name a few. So what can we do to combat the harmful effects of this stressful event but also help a person’s brain and body to excel in their next career chapter?

Adrenal Support

The adrenal glands are the factories for producing the body’s stress hormone, cortisol, and these glands work overtime to keep up with the racing thoughts and uncertainty. So to support these tiny glands, it is wise to avoid substances that are going to cause your adrenal glands to pump more cortisol before the well runs dry and a person is left in a state of constant fatigue.  Stay away from caffeinated beverages, sodas and coffee the best you can. On top that any substance that affects your blood sugars will have an effect on your cortisol levels, such things like sugary snacks and food, high carbohydrate foods and alcoholic beverages. Exercise is key to helping the body use up your stress hormones and decrease the effects of having excess cortisol in the system. Supplementation can also help keep these important glands health. The clinical research has several references to the health benefits of adaptogenic herbs. These herbs help to support your body and keep your body’s chemistry within range.

Brain training

Everybody has strengths and weaknesses in their brains; there are functional differences in the way certain pathways fire in the brain and how active or under active these pathways are. More importantly, a qualified healthcare practitioner trained in functional neurology can name this weakness in your brains function and then match it up with a treatment or exercise to make these pathways work better. This is not only important to help rehab the damage that is going on in person’s brain when they are under stress but to also getting that person’s brain firing better so they can do their next adventure.


This is a great treatment modality to help a person regulate the electrical activity in their brain. The first step is to do a brain map were a cap with 19 different sensors read the electrical activity in a person’s brain. It is then compared to a statistical analysis comparing 1000s of other people who are the same age and gender to see what parts of the brain have too much or too little activity. After we gather this information, it is time to train that part of your brain through operant conditioning. This is when we reward a person’s brain when it is in a good brainwave frequency. We reward through sound, a video or through a game. The overall outcome is a sharper calmer brain.

A new career or job is exciting.  Get yourself ready!

Dr. David Hardy, DC
February 21, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. David Hardy, Chiropractic Physicians

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11 Strategies for Dealing With Adrenal Fatigue

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What the Heck is Adrenal Fatigue & What Can You Do About It?

We all deal with stress in our lives in one form or another.  Our bodies deal with stress in many ways but did you know that the adrenal gland is the workhorse when it comes to dealing with stress??  Dr. Keith Ungar, D.C. states in his book, Your Thyroid Chemistry Doesn’t Lie, “The adrenal glands are the most overlooked and neglected glands in conventional medicine.”[1]  I have seen thousands of patients in my practice and I agree with Dr. Ungar’s statement.  When I first review my patient’s case history, I rarely see that any lab results that would allow me to do a proper adrenal evaluation.   Adrenal testing typically uses markers to rule out some underlying pathology, such as adrenal tumors, or are to check a single cortisol marker to make sure it is not at a dangerous level indicating a possible underlying life-threatening pathology.  As explained below, testing the adrenal glands in this way is not enough.
The adrenal gland is a magnificent organ that produces a variety of important hormones that many are familiar with such as the adrenaline hormone epinephrine.  So what’s the big deal about the adrenals anyway???  Adrenal fatigue is a problem that people often overlook when trying to seek answers about their own personal health.  Dr. James Wilson PhD describes some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue as trouble getting out of bed, feeling run down and stressed, chronic tiredness and the constant need for coffee or energy drinks for the caffeine jolt.[2] I agree that these are often symptoms associated with abnormal adrenal findings.
So you might ask yourself, how do I know if I have adrenal fatigue?  If you don’t feel your best self and feel as if your health is declining then maybe it is worth finding a qualified practitioner who will run a proper adrenal panel and who understands the physiology of the precious gland.  Cortisol is the key hormone to check when considering the functional health of the adrenal gland.  When checking the Cortisol level you must check the levels throughout the day.  This means that you have to check those levels at least 4 times throughout the day – not just once!   This is important because our body’s natural circadian will cause the cortisol hormone levels to fluctuate throughout the day.  Your cortisol levels need to be at certain levels at different parts of the day for you to feel your best.  As it goes, in a healthy adrenal panel, the cortisol levels are high in the morning and lower as the day goes on.  This means that a doctor who checks your level only one time during the day, is not getting the full clinical picture of how the adrenal gland is really performing. [Click to Tweet]
Adrenal fatigue is something that can be supported through lifestyle and nutrition. [Click to Tweet]  If your lab tests come back and objectively show that your cortisol is out of balance then try following these few helpful guidelines to allow the body to heal over time.
  1. Consider finding a functional medicine doctor who will order full functional testing to find out why your adrenal glands are not functioning properly and follow his or her instructions to balance your body’s chemistry.  Perhaps it’s a hormone imbalance or something going on in your digestive system.
  2. Avoid sugar, caffeine, and junk foods
  3. Avoid people who stress you out
  4. Avoid “The Grind”
  5. Avoid skipping meals
  6. Don’t be too hard on yourself
Here are some other things you can do to help heal the adrenal glands:
  1. Pace Yourself
  2. Do things you enjoy
  3. Drink more water
  4. Laugh more
  5. Don’t dwell on the future or the past.  Focus on the now.
As I said before we all deal with stress.  If you find yourself always thinking or telling people, “I’m so stressed,” then first evaluate your life and try to remove any unnecessary stressors over which you have control.  Once you have done that, consider running an adrenal panel to see if you have abnormal adrenal findings and if you do, run other functional testing to find out why. The results speak for themselves and if you do have issues then dig in and do the things you need to do for a better state of health.
Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
September 16, 2015
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
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[1] Ungar DC, Keith: “Your Tyroid Chemistry Doesn’t Lie” page 79.
[2] www.adrenalfatigue.org

Are Your Neurotransmitters Ready For The Holidays?


5 Tips for Maintaining Proper Brain Chemistry During The Holidays
The holiday season is approaching.  Have you given any consideration on how the holiday season affects your neurotransmitters?  I’m guessing probably not.  Read below and be armed and ready!
Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, most of us have experienced that sleepy feeling after eating too much turkey.  Did you know that turkey is rich in tryptophan, a neurotransmitter precursor to melatonin, a neurotransmitter that helps you sleep!!  Melatonin is derived from Serotonin, a well-recognized neurotransmitter responsible for a great part of our mood.  Serotonin and Dopamine are probably the two most recognized neurotransmitters across the board.  Little did you know but the things you do over this holiday season can have major impact on your neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body.  They relay signals between nerve cells, called “neurons.”  The brain uses neurotransmitters to tell your heart to beat, your lungs to breathe, and your stomach to digest.  They can also affect mood, sleep, concentration, weight, and can cause adverse symptoms when they are out of balance. Neurotransmitter levels can be depleted many ways.  As a matter of fact, 86% of Americans have suboptimal neurotransmitter levels. [Click to Tweet] Stress, poor diet, neurotoxins, genetic predisposition, drugs (prescription and recreational), alcohol and caffeine usage can cause these levels to be out of optimal range. (1)
But, there are positive lifestyle activities that can promote a healthy balance of neurotransmitters.  Just as easy as our neurotransmitters may come out of balance, the trend towards balancing them can be achieved by the following five recommendations.
  1. Regular exercise:  Exercise can have an effect on the channels that produce serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine and possibly others. (2)
  2. Healthy Diet:  Too many sweets over the holiday season disrupt the ideal fluctuations in brain chemistry and may deregulate our brain chemistry.  Make sure to eat plenty of vegetables and take it easy on the sweet stuff.
  3. Manage your Stress:  Stress raises free radicals, insulin, and blood pressure which all damage neurons. (3)  If we damage our neurons, then we damage our neurotransmitters.
  4. Just Breathe:  Sounds simple but breathing can have a major impact on our nervous system and its expression.  The vagus nerve is the nerve that comes from the brain and controls the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls your relaxation response.  (4) The more relaxed you are, then better response of neurotransmitters.
  5. Relax:  It’s so easy to get caught up in the holiday madness that we forget to relax.  Relaxation gives the brain time to rest, which in turn allows it to make the proper neurotransmitters. [Click to Tweet]  So when you don’t feel like fighting the holiday madness, kick back and forget about it!!
Neurotransmitters is an exciting or very boring topic depending on the audience.  Regardless of your interest, it is important to keep up a healthy relationship with them.  I tend to focus more on the eliminating the things that I know cause harm and focus on the things that I know cause balance in my neurotransmitter levels.  So when the holidays roll back around this year, keep in mind the above mentioned five factoids to create balance in your  own brain chemistry.
What is your biggest challenge at the holidays and how do you handle it?
Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
October 28, 2015
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
To schedule an appointment, click here.


  1. http://www.neurogistics.com/TheScience/WhatareNeurotransmi09CE.asp
  1. http://www.livestrong.com/article/96493-exercise-brain-neurotransmitters/
  1. http://robbwolf.com/2012/04/26/diet-stress-biochemistry/
  1. https://sites.google.com/site/stanleyguansite/health/health-tips/breathe-deeply-to-activate-vagus-nerve

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Are You a Victim of Stress? Stop and Be a Hero Instead!

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Making the Stress in Your Life Productive!

There is no such thing as a stress-free life! No matter who you are, how wealthy you are, or how successful you have become, you will always have stress in your life. Life is a beautiful thing that is full of different events and surprises! Instead of dreading these stressors, we should embrace life and all the opportunities it has to offer.
In my previous blogs, I have addressed anxiety and the power of positive thinking. This blog will take things a step further. In battling with anxiety, it is easy to become overwhelmed with stressful situations. Change and stress are inevitable; we will always meet them in our lives. Currently I am going through a lot of changes and dealing with a lot of stress. However, positive changes are causing most of it! I recently graduated with my bachelor’s degree, moved to a new house, was in my best friends wedding, and had family from out-of-town staying with me – all in a matter of two weeks!  But, even when it’s positive stress, sometimes our bodies and minds have trouble recognizing the difference. The trick is to control the stress and not allowing it to control you! Be the hero of your own life – not the victim of the stressful moments!
There is good stress and bad stress that are within and outside our control. By having a better understanding of these two types of stress, you can embrace and better adapt to stressful changes in your life.

Good Stress

Stress is the body’s response to changes that create taxing demands. Good stress, or eustress is the type of stress we feel when we feel excited. Typically during these types of stress, your pulse quickens, and your hormones change, but there is no threat or fear involved.  One good way to help identify eustress is listening to your first emotional response to the stress. Did you get excited?  Did you want to take part in the activity? If so, it is most likely a good stress. Embrace these changes and stress. Be careful though. If you allow even these good stressors to take over your mind they can convert over to bad stressors.[1]
Eustress is short-term.  It will motivate you and take the focus of your energy.  It will give you the feeling of excitement and can even improve your performance.[2] [Click to Tweet]
Examples of positive stressors include:
  • Receiving a promotion or raise at work
  • Starting a new job
  • Marriage
  • Buying a home
  • Having a child
  • Moving
  • Taking a vacation
  • Holiday seasons
  • Retiring
  • Taking educational classes or learning a new hobby
  • Graduating from school
  • Riding a roller coaster
  • Going on a first date[3]
Bad Stress
Bad stress, or distress, usually involves feelings of helplessness because you don’t have a lot of control over what’s happening and you may begin to feel compressed or trapped.[4] Distress causes anxiety, excessive worrying, and concern.  We consider it as outside of our coping abilities. Distress will make you feel unpleasant and decreases your performance. Chronic or prolonged distress can lead to serious mental and physical problems.
Below are some examples of stressors that may cause distress:
  • The death of a spouse
  • Filing for divorce
  • Losing contact with loved ones
  • The death of a family member
  • Hospitalization (oneself or a family member)
  • Injury or illness (oneself or a family member)
  • Being abused or neglected
  • Separation from a spouse or committed relationship partner
  • Conflict in interpersonal relationships
  • Bankruptcy/Money Problems
  • Unemployment
  • Sleep problems
  • Children’s problems at school
  • Legal problems
  • Relationship trouble
  • Ongoing high demands at work with little to no reprieve
  • Unhealthy thinking such as: fears/phobias, repetitive thought patterns, worrying about future events, unrealistic, perfectionist expectations[5]
Concurring Stress!
There are many ways we can help ourselves deal with and overcome stressful situations. The first thing we need to do is accept the things you cannot change and have the strength to change the things you can. Stop feeling guilty and start praising or motivating yourself to become better! Please avoid being a perfectionist and setting yourself up for failure. On the other hand, eliminate procrastination altogether. Prepare yourself as much as possible for events and situations.  That way, when they happen, you can sit back and enjoy them! Another great tip is to prioritize your life. This includes setting daily, weekly, yearly, and life goals! Helping others is another great way to take yourself out of a negative stress situation and into a more positive state.  [Click to Tweet]
Stress doesn’t is not always a bad thing, and it will always exist.  Embrace what life has in store for us, and live life to the fullest!
Missty Klinger
July 19, 2015
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
To make an appointment, click here.

[1] Elizabeth Scott, M.S. (2014). What Kind Of Stress Is Good For You. Retrieved from http://stress.about.com/od/stressbasics/a/Good-Stress-When-Stress-Is-Good-For-You.htm
[2] Id.
[3] Harry Mills, Ph.D., Natalie Reiss, Ph.D. and Mark Dombeck, Ph.D. (2015) Types of Stressors (Eustress vs. Distress). Retrieved from http://www.sevencounties.org/poc/view_doc.php?type=doc&id=15644&cn=117
[4] Kimberly Snyder. (2015). HOW CAN YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD STRESS AND BAD STRESS? Retrieved from http://kimberlysnyder.com/blog/2014/03/21/can-tell-difference-good-stress-bad-stress/
[5] Id at fn 3.