Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Mitochondrial Health

Does Adrenal Fatigue Really Exist? with Dr. Anna Cabeca and Ari Whitten | TGFD Show Ep. 44

Red light therapy is the energy hack we need to support our mitochondria and re-energize our bodies. Ari Whitten goes into the science of the Energy Blueprint system and breaks down the myths around adrenal fatigue. Learn how we can repair our cells, increase our energy, and reduce inflammation with light therapy and by working with our body’s natural hormonal and circadian rhythms.

Show notes:
[0:00] Introduction
[0:50] Ari Whitten has done his PhD work on energy, is the host of the Energy Blueprint Podcast, and the author of the Energy Blueprint System.
[2:40] Health science has been Ari’s passion since the age of 12 when he was into fitness and exercise, but he differed from traditional bodybuilders in their pursuit of muscle mass at any cost.
[6:15] Ari was always fit and healthy until his early 20’s when he was diagnosed with Epstein-Barr Virus and was floored for over a year with chronic fatigue.
[8:50] He got so deep into natural and alternative medicine in his effort to treat his adrenal fatigue, that he became very frustrated with traditional medicine’s treatment of the condition.
[10:20] Chronic fatigue syndrome is the wastebasket diagnosis of the conventional medical world.
[11:25] Ari spent a year researching the topic and found a number of adjacent conditions.
[13:55] It turns out that most people’s fatigue has nothing to do with their adrenal glands.
[18:15] Medications can cause HPA axis dysfunction, as well mood states like depression and anxiety, being overweight and sedentary, and more.
[19:30] Most people believe they are night owls, but a study done in the journal Nature revealed that simply being in a more natural environment will reset a person’s biological clock.
[22:20] Ari’s paradigm on energy levels involves the mitochondria and the brain.
[25:15] The research of Dr. Robert Naviaux has shown that the mitochondria have two modes depending on the cell danger response.
[26:50] Mitochondria can detect a number of physical and biological signals that are risks to the cell.
[29:30] Any source of stress in the environment can shift mitochondria out of energy production mode, and light deficiency or toxicity can have the same effect.
[33:20] Light isn’t just one thing. Like nutrition, we need many different parts of the spectrum of light for our bodies to function optimally.
[36:40] There is both light deficiency and toxicity. Most people are deficient in blue light during the day when they need it, and overexposed to blue light at night.
[39:15] UV light from the sun is responsible for the creation of Vitamin D in the body which is related to many different hormonal processes.
[41:20] Sun exposure increases nitric oxide. Sun exposure has been shown to prevent cardiovascular disease in rats even in the absence of vitamin D.
[43:10] You can’t replace the benefits of sunlight exposure with a Vitamin D supplement.
[44:00] Red and near-infrared light play important roles that differ from other light nutrients.
[47:40] Red and near-infrared light is a critical nutrient for the mitochondria.
[48:35] Hormesis is the concept that transient metabolic stress leads to beneficial adaptations at the cellular level.
[52:05] Your body interacts with your environment. Things like exercise create a cytokine cascade that builds resilience in your body and makes your immune system stronger.
[54:40] Red and near-infrared light switch genes on and off, particularly genes responsible for expression of inflammation and genes responsible for tissue growth and regeneration.
[56:40] Pairing infrared light with exercise can amplify the effects.
[1:00:00] Another study showed a close relationship between red light therapy and fat loss as well as insulin resistance.
[1:02:30] There is evidence of a systemic impact, but in the case of exercise the optimal use of red light is to expose the muscles being exercised.

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Always seek the advice of your own physician or qualified health professional before starting any treatment or plans. Information found here and results are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and are not intended as medical advice.


Dr. Anna Cabeca is an Emory University trained and board certified Gynecologist and Obstetrician. In addition, she is board certified in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine and an expert in Functional Medicine and Women’s Health. She specializes in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and natural alternatives, successful menopause and age management medicine.




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  1. New Sub here!!! So glad to have found you. You have a wonderful light and energy about you. Im a subscriber over at Ben Azadis Keto Lamp channel and saw your recent interview. Thanks for the colab! I appreciate you!

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