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Dr. Wilson’s Supplement Reduction Schedule

To achieve the most satisfactory results, it is important to continue taking each supplement in Dr. Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Program (the Adrenal Fatigue Quartet) for the recommended length of time. Decades of clinical experience with adrenal fatigue and stress has shown that staying on the program long enough is what leads to lasting success and the ability to maintain healthy stress hardiness and adrenal resilience without the supplements.

Dr. Wilson found that for mild adrenal fatigue this typically takes about 6-9 months using the dietary supplements along with the lifestyle and diet changes recommended in his book, Adrenal Fatigue: the 21st Century Stress Syndrome. For moderate adrenal fatigue it takes about 12-18 months, and for severe adrenal fatigue it can take as long as 2 years or more. However, people vary widely in the speed with which they rebound once given proper support.

When your energy has been good and steady for at least six weeks straight and you think you are ready to decrease your supplement intake, carefully follow the suggested reduction directions below to gradually eliminate the supplements while maintaining that energetic zest for life.

After each reduction step, if you do not maintain energy and continue to feel good, go back one step and stay there for three more weeks before trying again. It helps to note the time of day when you feel lowest and reintroduce the supplements from about two hours before that time.

For example, if your low is between 2:30 and 4:00 PM, reintroduce the noon supplements you had eliminated. If you feel like you are slipping back after being off the entire program for several weeks, we suggest using the mild adrenal fatigue protocol for about three months before trying the reduction schedule again. The goal is that at some point you will maintain optimal results without the supplements.

Important Notice – If your life continues to be stressful, we recommend staying on this program as long as significant stress continues. You can begin cutting back gradually once you have been feeling good for at least six weeks straight, but there is no need to rush.

Reduce or eliminate products one at a time, in the order given below. After each reduction, maintain the same amounts of everything else and continue on the reduced regimen for three weeks before proceeding to the next step:

Mild Adrenal Fatigue Supplement Reduction Schedule Directions
Moderate Adrenal Fatigue Supplement Reduction Schedule Directions
Severe Adrenal Fatigue Supplement Reduction Schedule Directions
Trouble Shooting

Mild Adrenal Fatigue Supplement Reduction Schedule Directions:

Most people experiencing mild adrenal fatigue get optimal results by staying on the Mild Adrenal Fatigue Program for at least 3 consecutive months. Many take 6 months or longer. However, after a minimum of 6 weeks of consistently feeling good on the Mild Adrenal Fatigue Program, if you want to try reducing the supplement levels, follow the guidelines below. Note that the products are eliminated in consecutive order, one at a time, not simultaneously. The first to be reduced is Product 1, followed by Product 2, etc.

Product 1 – Super Adrenal Stress Formula

Eliminate the morning Super Adrenal Stress Formula
If after 3 weeks you still feel fine, eliminate the noon Super Adrenal Stress Formula
If after 3 weeks you still feel fine, eliminate the bedtime Super Adrenal Stress Formula
If you begin to experience a need for more support for energy, mood or concentration, go back to the supplement level where you felt fine and hold it there for another 6 weeks before eliminating any more Super Adrenal Stress Formula. It may help to continue taking 1 or 2 Super Adrenal Stress Formula a day for as long as desired*

Product 2 – Herbal Adrenal Support Formula

If after 3 weeks you still feel fine, eliminate the morning Herbal Adrenal Support Formula
If after 3 weeks you still feel fine, eliminate the bedtime Herbal Adrenal Support Formula
If you begin to experience a need for more support for calmness, steady energy or hormonal balance, it may help to continue taking 10-15 drops of Herbal Adrenal Support Formula once or twice a day for as long as desired*

Product 3 – Adrenal C Formula

If after 3 weeks you still feel fine, eliminate the noon Adrenal C Formula and noon magnesium (if taking magnesium)
You can continue taking 1 Adrenal C Formula and 1 200 mg magnesium citrate, morning and night, indefinitely*

Product 4 – Adrenal Rebuilder

If after 3 weeks you still feel fine, eliminate the morning Adrenal Rebuilder
If after 3 weeks you still feel fine, eliminate the noon Adrenal Rebuilder
If after 3 weeks you still feel fine, eliminate the bedtime Adrenal Rebuilder
If you begin to experience a need for more support for restful sleep, it may help to take 15 drops of Herbal Adrenal Support Formula, 2 Adrenal Rebuilder and 400 mg of magnesium, half-an-hour before bed for as long as desired*

Moderate Adrenal Fatigue Supplement Reduction Schedule Directions:

Most people experiencing moderate adrenal fatigue get the best results by following the Moderate Adrenal Fatigue Program consistently for at least 9 consecutive months. Many take 12 months or longer. However, if after a minimum of 6 months on the Moderate Adrenal Fatigue Program you have had good steady energy and have felt back to your old self for at least 6 weeks, you can try reducing the level of supplementation.

Simply switch from the Moderate to the Mild Adrenal Fatigue Program supplement directions and stay on it for at least 6 more weeks. If, after at least 6 weeks, you still feel just as good, follow the instructions above to gradually eliminate the supplements of the mild program. At any time in this process if your energy and wellbeing start diminishing, go back to the supplement levels from 3 weeks before.

Severe Adrenal Fatigue Supplement Reduction Schedule Directions:

Severe adrenal fatigue supplementation is the trickiest to reduce. Most people experiencing severe adrenal fatigue get optimal results by following the Severe Adrenal Fatigue Program consistently for at least 18 months. Many take 2 years or longer. However, if you have been following the Severe Adrenal Fatigue Program for a minimum of 6 months and have had good steady energy and felt back to your old self for at least 6 weeks, you can try reducing the level of supplementation.

Simply switch from the Severe to the Moderate Adrenal Fatigue Program supplement directions and stay there for at least 6 more weeks. If, after at least 6 weeks, you still feel just as good, switch to the Mild Adrenal Fatigue Program supplement directions. After at least 6 weeks on the mild program, if you still feel just as good, follow the instructions above to gradually eliminate the supplements of the mild program. At any time in this process, if your energy and wellbeing start diminishing, go back to the supplement levels from 3 weeks before.

Trouble Shooting:

Lack of Progress or Increase in Symptoms: If you find that any reduction in the supplement levels causes an increase in symptoms, begin looking for a body burden – something that could be pulling your adrenals down. It could be a chronic illness, tooth infection, constant life stress or other hidden stressor affecting your adrenals. If you suspect a physical source, seek help from your physician to locate and treat the body burden.

Slow Progress: Some people experiencing adrenal fatigue take 2 years or more of consistent, targeted support to fully maintain optimal adrenal health. Make sure you follow the recommendations in the lifestyle and diet sections of Adrenal Fatigue: the 21st Century Stress Syndrome. Most people can and will rebound with the proper care – it is often just a matter of time and it is important to continue and to be patient with your body. We have received numerous success stories from people who were where you are now and persevered.




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