yes but excess ammonia causes fainting spells and may require hospital attention
so personally i don't believe his theory
I totally agree. The entire hypothesis makes absolutely no sense.
First of all we produce ammonia as part of our own metabolism throughout the day from the breakdown of amino acids from food and old cells. So why doesn't everyone have adrenal fatigue?
High ammonia levels also can put someone in to a coma, which is why our bodies have ways to deal with ammonia, such as conversion to uric acid, which is then hydrolyzed in to urea and passed off as urine.
As for the claim that smelling salts are an adrenal stimulant, this is rather misleading. The ammonia in the smelling salts is a LOCAL irritant. In other words it irritates the nasal membranes. As with other sources of irritation/pain there is a signal sent to the adrenals that stimulate them to release hormones and neurotransmitters in response. For example, if you hit your thumb with a hammer your epinephrine levels are going to go up from the pain. Does this mean that being exposed to hammers will cause adrenal fatigue? Of course not. The ammonia does not have the time to reach the adrenals to cause such a reaction. Keep in mind that the ammonia would have to travel through the bloodstream to get to the adrenals. And the most common use of smelling salts is for fainting, in which there is lowered circulation. So it would take even longer than normal to reach the adrenals. Bottom line is that it is the local irritation leading to nerve impulses, not ammonia, reaching the adrenals that cause the release of epinephrine.
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