The Brain/Adrenal Connection:
Understanding the HPA axis

featuring Christina O'Brien, DC, IFMCP

Audio Only:

Season Two - Episode 15

Published January 24, 2023

Sometimes a traditional diurnal cortisol test isn’t enough to properly evaluate a patient. With the DUTCH Plus, the cortisol awakening response (CAR) gives additional insight into your patient’s stress response. A “mini stress test” the CAR takes snapshots in the minutes and hours after waking to paint a clearer picture of HPA axis function.

In this episode of the DUTCH Podcast, Drs. Jaclyn Smeaton and Christina O’Brien discuss the value of the CAR in finding hidden points of dysregulation in patients. They cover typical cortisol testing procedure and dive into the benefits of measuring the CAR to enhance patient care.

About our speaker

Dr. Christina O’Brien, DC is a chiropractor, Institute for Functional Medicine certified practitioner, and is board-certified in functional neurology. She is also a registered nutritionist dietitian and is certified in acupuncture. Dr. O’Brien uses a "whole person approach". This approach is a combination of detecting underlying interferences which may inhibit the body's natural ability to heal itself along with the inspiration, knowledge, and support for people to achieve better health through better living. Dr. O’Brien is dedicated to helping people reduce their risk of lifestyle-related preventable chronic conditions including chronic pain as well as encouraging them to become more responsible for promoting optimal health and well-being.

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