The Health Consequences of Too Much Adrenaline

Hey Doc…

You have referred to problems related to excess adrenaline in a number of your columns.  Why is this important and what can be done about it?

                                                                                                                -J.T. In Indian Wells-

Dear J.T.,

Adrenaline is an extremely important hormone – it gives people energy and as a neurotransmitter it gives people intelligence.  For people that are “right-brained” (creative), adrenaline enhances their creativity and allows them to be intuitive, have premonitions or déjà-vu experiences – i.e. to have the same powers as clairvoyants and psychics.

The most intelligent and successful people in the world – for example the CEO’s of most corporations – can thank adrenaline for their positions.  Professional athletes and most doctors and lawyers have extra adrenaline.

However, excess adrenaline can create multiple health problems that are rarely recognized as related to hyperadrenalism.  For example, people who have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, or toss and turn at night or who have restless leg syndrome – are all problems most likely attributable to adrenaline.

In addition, adrenaline is known as the fight-or-flight hormone.  This means people can be quick to anger, have short fuses, experience road rage and wind up in anger management classes.  Very often excess anger leads to the need to drink too much or use drugs or smoke excessively, just to “chill out”.  It is probably safe to say that the majority of people in AA have excess adrenaline.

ADHD is always related to excess adrenaline.  This includes the creative-type ADHD which is not associated with hyperactivity.  However, they are hyperactive in the brain. When adrenaline excess is chaotic, ADHD can go into a bipolar disorder.

Other conditions intimately associated with hyperadrenalism include fibromyalgia, IBS, and chronic interstitial cystitis.  Internalization of anger from excess adrenaline is probably the most common cause of depression.  It can also be a cause for inability to lose weight and for elevated blood pressure.

The positive aspect to excess adrenaline is that it is easy to treat.  Interestingly, it is almost always related to the fact that the brain is not getting enough sugar – either through faulty nutrition or from too much insulin, or from other hormones ‘out of balance’.

I specialize in reducing adrenaline levels through the use of natural hormones plus using the correct nutritional approach.  If you are interested, more information about hormones can be obtained from my book, “The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones”.

I have also written a book called “Adrenaline Dominance” that is definitive book that deals with excess adrenaline. Aside from providing the brain with the correct fuel, such as green vegetables and coconut oil, the other missing ingredient to reducing adrenaline is the correct amount and dosage of progesterone cream. The book is available at  or on my website.

On my website: as well as on Amazon you can also order Platt Pro 5%, an all-natural pharmaceutical grade of progesterone cream that provides 50 mg per pump. It is the strongest progesterone cream that is available without a prescription.  You will be able to download a protocol for its use as well as an information sheet on progesterone.

“Hey Doc” is a weekly series of questions & answers pertaining to common medical issues. It was published in the Palm Springs area, as well as the Beverly Hills Courier, not too long ago. The answers are strictly my beliefs and are intended to inform the reader of possible alternative approaches. All questions regarding your health should be discussed with your own physician. ~Michael E. Platt M.D.


About Platt Wellness

My entire professional life has been devoted to getting patients well. However, my approach to wellness has been considered outside the standard of care by experts for the medical review board. Their concern was that I treated the underlying cause of a patient’s problem and weaned them off their synthetic medications. Instead of changing my approach to wellness, I have surrendered my license but I still have my M.D. My board-certification in internal medicine was taken from me by the American Board of Internal Medicine for failure to do a pelvic exam on a woman I treated for stress incontinence. How does one fight the mentality of doctors inhabiting medical boards? The medical system is a huge business. Unfortunately, it is not the business of wellness; it thrives on disease and illness. It is not only drug companies, but also hospitals¸ people who make medical equipment, certain doctors, etc. This is why they do not allow preventive medicine in this country. The medical boards I came up against are there basically to enforce the business of medicine. I have always wanted to change health care in this country, but in order to do so the consumer has to be educated, as do doctors who wish to change their approach to medicine. Please read the information that will be forthcoming in future blogs and through my online webinars for both the general public and for M.D.'s , naturopaths and others in the medical/health field. I have written a manual for doctors based on my 20 plus years of experience in bio-identical hormone therapy. My book, "The Miracle of Bio-identical Hormones" has won four national book awards, and has a worldwide circulation. I am also concentrating on educating the public to the role of bio-identical hormones in overall health, not just for women but also for men and, in some cases, children. Balanced hormones are part of the key to wellness and play an important role in the overall mechanics of the body. Wishing you hormonal balance! Sincerely, Michael E. Platt, M.D.
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35 Responses to The Health Consequences of Too Much Adrenaline

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  2. Kaylor says:

    I love what you are doing Dr. Platt! I am sure I have to much adrenaline. I’ve had a problem with anxiety all of my adult life, and high blood pressure for 20 years. I’m sick of pills, and not fixing the problem. Now, a tiny BCC on my nose. The most common skin cancer, and easiest to treat! Oncologist, biopsy, Radiologist, Dermatologist. I’m NOT liking their approaches!! My PCP is a pill pusher. After years he did some tests, and m cholesterol is 223. He’s having a cow over that, but not the rest! I don’t trust any of them any more. I’m online looking for answers, and alternatives. I’ve read some about bioidentical hormones for us older girls, thanks to a Suzanne Somers book. I’m getting your book too! Knowledge is power. Thank you. Don’t give up, we need more doctors like you! Kaylor

  3. Dear Kaylor – Thank you for your kind comments. I went to your website and can certainly relate to your dealings with alternate side-of-the-street-parking since I was born and raised in Manhattan.

  4. michael jordan says:

    i am a 55 year old man with high blood pressure i have adhd and i am dislexic my blood pressure is out of control i know i have to much adrelina but the doctors heres just put me on on blood pressure medicene

    • Welcome to traditional medicine. Your doctors are the same as all other doctors – they give out Band-Aids instead of treating the cause. Your elevated BP and your ADHD are related to your adrenaline. Your dyslexia sounds like you are left and right brained meaning you have two types of ADHD – the usual type plus a creative type. Thank you for reading my blogs.

      The Doc

  5. Dav says:

    At work i get constant adrenaline surges.During holidays i’m fine. What can i use?

  6. Tom says:

    I am the same could you email me?

  7. L. Stevens says:

    Dear doctor, on 2/28/13 my blood am cortisol was 20 and my dhea is 229 (normal less then 145)
    I am a 62 year old woman, the past month I have had a lot of stress and can’t sleep well. What natural steps would help???

  8. holytrauma says:

    Haven’t we missed something here aand verywhere. It is regarding high adrenaline for some profiles of the socially awkward type? Would the adrenaline created by some antidepressants be inducing a 24hr flight or flight response make a person paranoid and unable to socialize or make friends? or someone constantly up and unable feel pain as i suspect is the case with cymbalta. not to mention the fact that it and the class of brain zappers before it are do identical harm to a persons social life in a continuum without end not just affecting mood but behaviours including no sex drive forming sexual no relationship at least normal ones? towards sexless stressed isolation and suicidal tendencies?? sounds like cconspiracy. example. saving
    a person from drowning requires split second decisions fuel by adrenaline( held within the ssynapse) and with it no pain and possibly super strength. Would this not make a person highly susceptable to trauma. Am I way off base. What tthe hell have we done ddoctor. Or do I have it all wrong

    • Welcome to the world of too much adrenaline. You are correct in assuming that certain drugs, including the one you mentioned, Cymbalta, do raise adrenaline levels by blocking the re-uptake of norepinephrine. Too much adrenaline can make the brain numb. Could this effect interpersonal relationships and libido, one would have to assume so.

      The only way to rectify this is somehow to get doctors aware that there are ways to manage adrenaline without resorting to drugs. This is what I am attempting to do. Right now, my manual for healthcare practitioners is the only publication available in the medical literature that explains how to manage adrenaline. It is available at 1/2 price temporarily for non-medical personnel. My blogs on adrenaline are the most frequently viewed of the articles I have written – perhaps a start at educating doctors would be for my readers to prompt their doctors to get a manual. Or those with connections to medical or naturopathic schools to make my book and manual available to the students. I do need help to get my information out there.

  9. cnelson316 says:

    Any tips on what to do to reduce an adrenaline surge in the moment? Thank you

    • The quickest way to reduce the symptoms of too much adrenaline is to take some deep breaths.
      This, of course, is a Band-aid. The cure is to treat the underlying cause as to why the body is doing this.

      I have written a book called “Adrenaline Dominance” which will go over the approach. In the meantime, the only written material on this subject in the medical literature is in the manual I wrote for healthcare practitioners. I make it available to non-doctors for half-price. Or, get your doctor to purchase it if he has any interest in getting his patients well and in balance and off drugs.

    • Tom McDonnell says:

      Hi Doc

      I feel I have that problem like shakiness even when i dont want to be. Can it cause social anxiety disorder do you think.



      • The brain uses more sugar than any other part of the body. This is especially true of a right (creative-type) brain. When these people go too long without providing fuel for the brain, the body responds by putting out adrenaline to raise sugar levels for the brain. This can cause a person to get irritable and shaky. The most common cause of anxiety and anxiety reactions, as well as OCD and depression, is excess adrenaline.

        I hope this helps.

      • Tom says:

        Thanks that’s really interesting. Keep up the good work. So i need to eat more sugar..damn!

    • Please call my office for information – 760-836-3232, or e-mail me at:

  10. I was recently diagnosed with high adrenaline/epinephrine. I also have Interstitial Cystitis, Raynaud’s & Fibromyalgia. My adrenal levels weren’t off the chart, but were 2 times more than they should be. My Endocrinologist doesn’t think I have a tumour/cyst because the levels aren’t super high, but we ordered a CT scan to make sure. Eliminating wheat products has been a good choice for me, is this normal for most people with this problem? My Endocrinologist figured that I would be in a wheel chair when he met me because of my problems. I am a healthy looking sick person according to what I’ve been told. I was taken off my Lisinopril and put on Lebetatol to help with the blood pressure and horrible sweating. I’ve been on tLebetatol now for just over a week and haven’t had the horrible sweating. I’ve noticed that I don’t have that fuzzy sensation all the time, either. I am starting to feel normal? Maybe more normal than before. I found the information on this sight very promising. After going through what I have with doctor’s, it’s nice to know that I am finally getting the medical care I should.

    • Your interstitial cystitis, Raynaud’s, and fibromyalgia are all due to excess adrenaline. The treatment, of course, is to lower adrenaline, which will eliminate every one of the conditions you mentioned. I would also suspect you have issues with anxiety, depression, fatigue, anger, and insomnia. You are on a beta-blocker (Labetolol) which blocks adrenaline but does not lower it.

      If it would be of help, I do offer consultations in my office or by Skype or by phone. My website,, gives information on the program, or you can call 760-836-3232 for more information. Please keep in mind that it only takes 24 hours to lower adrenaline.

    • We need to talk. I am very remiss at looking at comments.

      You can e-mail me at:
      Or call: 760-836-3232

  11. natalie says:

    Hi i have just came across this site. For the past 10+ yrs my doctor has said i have ibs or possible crhons. I also got diagnosed with cluster headaches 3 years ago. In august last year i started shaking uncontrolibly for a few days and this happens every month now. Past 2 days iv had pins and needles in my left arm and tight chest and the shaking. Went to docs who has put in another referral to a cardiologist to see whats happening. I dont feel i have anxiety at all and the usual daily life stresses. What i found interesting about what youv said here is that for years iv been constantly tired and never had a full night sleep!! Could this all be linked to having to much adrenalin in my body??

  12. Britta says:

    Hello from Canada, Doctor Platt – it’s been so interesting reading through your sight. Thank-you for putting this great information out into the public!
    I’m seeing a bio-identical hormone specialist to help me through a 6 month battle with severe insomnia, which started when my child was in hospital. My progesterone was very low, epinephrine measured in the 98th percentile, and morning cortisol was high but dropped too low for the remainder of the day. I fixed my diet, eliminated stressors and my doctor has had me on Chaste Tree and 100 mg prometrium for a month now. I still struggle to sleep more than 3 hours a night. What are your thoughts on Beta-blockers, or alternatives?


    • Beta-blockers block adrenaline, but do not lower it. Your sleep will not improve until you lower your adrenaline levels. Oral progesterone will not help lower your adrenaline because it converts into allopregnaneolone. If your doctor is reluctant to give you an Rx for progesterone cream, get in touch with my office to get our pharmaceutical grade, high-strength progesterone, for which you will not need an RX.

      I strongly suggest that you get a copy of my new book called “Adrenaline Dominance” which will give you all the information you need to lower adrenaline. You can get it on or from my website:

      Michael E. Platt, M.D.

      • Britta says:

        Thank-you for this response, Dr. Platt. As suggested I bought your book from, and when I’ve read it I will pass it on to the Bio-Identical Hormone clinic here in Vancouver (they were stumped when they saw such a high epinephrine reading). I will bring your protocol into my doctor as well. My heart is so grateful for doctors like you, who have put so much effort into researching and disseminating this vital information. Wishing you much health and happiness,

      • I apologize – I answered you twice. I would like to get your feedback on the book, and it would be great if you could write a review on Amazon. Please keep me posted as to how you are doing. Did you get the cream?

    • Dear Britta,

      I apologize that this took so long. In order to reduce adrenaline you have to treat the underlying reason as to why your body is producing it. In the meantime, have your doctor switch you to progesterone cream rather than Prometrium. If he will not, you can purchase an excellent cream called PlattPro5% from my website. You should get a copy of my book called “Adrenaline Dominance” from Amazon or my website. If you prefer, I do offer Skype consultations.
      My website is: I do not recommend beta-blockers; it is better to lower adrenaline than to block it. It only takes 24 hours to lower adrenaline and cortisol.

  13. Sandy says:

    My daughter was using progesterone cream and it was working well in helping with her insomnia but in a short time she developed painful symptoms of ulcers/gastritis. Because of this she stopped using the cream and has now gone back to sleepless nights. Have you heard of this reaction before and do you have any recommendations?

    • Hi Sandy,

      Progesterone cream should not cause any gastrointestinal symptoms. However, if she obtained a cream over the counter, sometimes they put a variety of other ingredients or unnatural preservatives that she might be reacting to. She may want to try the cream that I developed called PlattPro 5% – the strongest one available without the need for a prescription. It is all natural with no parabens.

  14. krisbergh says:

    Can tourettes symptomes be a cause of too much adrenaline . My grandson has ADHD and tics.

    • Interesting question. I suspect that excess adrenaline might exacerbate Tourette’s.
      The best way of determining this is to lower his adrenaline by changing his meal plan
      and using progesterone cream. If nothing else, it will certainly help him to focus.
      My book, “Adrenaline Dominance”, describes how to eat correctly and use progesterone cream.

  15. krisbergh says:

    thank you and how should his meal plan be changed? possibly a low carb diet?

  16. The body releases adrenaline basically for two reasons – in times of danger or when the brain is lacking the correct fuel. Please keep in mind that the brain uses more sugar than any other part of the body, and it cannot function without sugar. When sugar levels are low in the brain, the body releases adrenaline to raise sugar through a process called gluconeogenesis. To prevent this, give your son low glycemic carbohydrates, such as green vegetables. Another good fuel for the brain are ketone bodies, which can be obtained via coconut oil.
    So the answer is not a low carb diet, it is a low glycemic carb diet. If your son is creative, ideally he should be eating every three hours while awake, up until bedtime. He needs progesterone cream before meals and at bedtime, if he is creative.

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