My Personal Energy Crisis


Emily consulted me for what she called her “personal energy crisis.” She was 39 years old, and she felt that with each passing year she was getting more tired. Some days she said she just wanted to stay in bed, but she has little ones, so she has to get up.

She went to her doctor, and she ran the regular tests—but found nothing wrong. She refused to take the offered antidepressant and left the clinic somewhere between angry and confused. “If everything is normal, why am I so tired?” she asked me. She resorted to self-medication by drinking caffeine several times a day, but that gave her a temporary lift, followed by a bigger crash. Slowly gaining weight, she was to the point of just not caring about life anymore.

We ran other tests. We call it “Energy Enhancement Testing”. Here’s what we found:

Her thyroid level was in the “low normal” range, which is why her doctor ignored it. Her cortisol was high, meaning she was living under a constantly stressed situation, causing her adrenals (the stress-handling glands) to burn out. Her progesterone was low normal, causing insomnia and PMS. Her testosterone was “in the basement” so she had no real motivation to do much of anything. Her ferritin (iron) level was so low we considered sending her for an iron IV.

So here is the question: How could this poor woman have any vigor, vitality or energy with her hormones all so low?

Answer: She can’t. It’s impossible.

Here is the other question: Why didn’t her doctor test any of those hormones to see the real reasons for her fatigue and lethargy?

Answer: Because doctors either don’t see the necessity of testing for hormone deficiencies, or because insurance companies sometimes won’t pay for the tests to be run. That’s the reality of it.

At the Utah Wellness Institute, we specialize in looking at men’s and women’s hormones to find out why you are so fatigued. We know you don’t enjoy living life in the “low normal range.” 

Want vigor and vitality? Get your hormones checked by the specialists. Visit

Dr. Robert Jones is the Clinic Director at the Utah Wellness Institute in Draper, Utah. (801) 576 -1155

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