What do you think is the most pressing health problem facing Americans today?
Those are certainly serious problems — but they pale in comparison to the health crisis that’s being caused by the unprecedented stress bombarding us every single day — and the widespread fatigue it is causing among Americans of all ages!
I was speaking with Dr. Alan Pressman at a medical conference recently and he expressed how alarmed he and other doctors are by the health damage all this stress is doing to their patients.
And it’s absolutely true.
Americans are so stressed-out about losing their jobs … their pensions … their healthcare policies … their homes … (not to mention the dangerous state of international affairs) … it is creating an epidemic of fatigue that’s sapping their energy, stamina, and optimism.
A new national poll shows that people’s moods are at new low, with 70% saying things are “headed in the wrong direction.”
As a result, millions of adults are slogging through the day, feeling tired and worn-out — half-awake and chronically “pooped.”
To give you an idea of how big this problem is, sales of caffeinated energy drinks will top $9 billion this year! This is a product category that didn’t even exist in 2002!
Dr. Pressman explained to me that the underlying problem is that our adrenal glands have hit “burnout” due to the relentless stress we’re under.
Consuming these energy drinks is like flogging an exhausted oarsman to make him row harder. “That’s the real danger,” he said, “because this can cause a serious breakdown in the body’s protective immune system. That’s the beginning of real health problems.”
Even more troubling are the unhealthy ways people are coping with this epidemic of fatigue.
They’re eating more to calm themselves (mostly fattening carbohydrate “comfort foods”) … drinking more alcohol and using recreational drugs … turning to tobacco for stress-relief … and gulping tranquilizers, painkillers, and sleeping pills in record numbers.
Of course, none of these can solve the “adrenal crisis” that’s at the heart of the problem.
“When the adrenal glands are burned-out, the only solution is a ‘re-charge,’” Dr. Pressman told me, “like when you car battery is too weak to start the engine.”
“Usually, the most effective remedy is a two-week vacation in the mountains or at the beach,” he continued. “But few people can afford that these days — so I came up with a solution that’s the next best thing.”
What Dr. Pressman went on to tell me held me in rapt fascination…