Adrenaline and Vomiting

I get nauseated a lot which prevents me from eating breakfast.  Any suggestions?

-S.M. in Rancho Mirage-Dear S.M.,

Welcome to the world of too much adrenaline.  Adrenaline is a powerful hormone which can have significant effects on the GI tract such as IBS, and it can certainly cause nausea and vomiting.

You may have heard of performers who have to vomit before they go on stage.  Many people before giving speeches get nauseated.  There is a condition called cyclical vomiting syndrome in children manifested by protracted vomiting when they get excited, often requiring hospitalization.  Again, the cause is excessive adrenaline.

There is a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum – a situation whereby a woman vomits throughout her entire pregnancy – which is also caused by excess adrenaline ( and is only found in creative women).  I’ve had a male patient, 50 years old, who told me he vomited every morning of his life because of adrenaline.

It is not unusual to feel nauseated in the morning since adrenaline can accumulate during the night.  So your question is, “Do I have any suggestions for this?” Well, as you probably know I am a specialist in wellness.  I do not give out band aids; I treat the underlying cause of problems.  If the problem is excess adrenaline, wouldn’t it make sense just to lower the levels?

Fortunately, it is very easy to reduce adrenaline levels, usually within 24 hours.  The gentleman, who had vomited every morning of his life, has not had one episode of vomiting since he left my office 6 years ago.

Other than when facing danger, there is basically only one other reason why the body will produce excess adrenaline – it occurs when the brain does not have enough fuel in the form of sugar.  In this case the body will release adrenaline to raise sugar levels through a process called gluconeogenesis. There are two reasons why the brain is lacking sugar – it is either not getting enough from the diet in the form of carbohydrates, or the body has too much insulin which is lowering sugar levels.

The brain utilizes more sugar than any other part of the body.  Very often these problems are found in creative people whose brains require more sugar than normal people.  Providing the correct nutritional approach and using bio-identical hormones to lower insulin levels, can provide the required relief very quickly.

For more information, you can read my book called “Adrenaline Dominance,” or call my office for an appointment in person, by phone, or Skype.