Try doing a Google or Bing search on the internet on ways to test the adrenals and you will come up with everything form Ragland’s postural orthostatic tension test to Pupillary Response test to Salivary Adrenal Testing. What do these tests tell us? and which one should I get if I have chronic fatigue syndrome, Brain fog, dizziness, or sleeping problems?
I will briefly explain each one, however neither of these tests (Ragland’s or Pupillary Response tests) show me how to customize a treatment protocol unique to you. While these preliminary tests may be a good screening test, they can and do miss many cases of adrenal fatigue. Also, they offer no information about how and what kind of support you would benefit from the most.
The most effective and accurate assessment of the adrenal glands are discussed in Today’s video.
Pupillary Response Test for Adrenal Fatigue
- Stand in front of a mirror in a darkened room (best done at night) for at least 15 seconds.
- Look straight into the mirror without blinking.
- Using your penlight or small flashlight, hold the light at eye level and by the side of your head pointing at your ear (see chart). About 8 inches away to avoid damaging the eye.
- Slowly move the light around your head toward your nose, staying 8 inches away at all times.
- Stop once the light is at a 45 degree angle to your retina. The light should NOT be pointing directly into your eye but should come in at an angle. hint: you shouldn’t feel like a deer in headlights.
- Hold the light steady and count how long your pupil can hold the contraction, up to 20 seconds. Once it starts to ‘pulse’ or loses the contraction, the test is over.
- Repeat on other eye.
0-4 seconds | Adrenal Exhaustion |
5-10 seconds | Adrenal Fatigue |
11-19 seconds | Adrenal Dysfunction |
Ragland’s Blood Pressure Test For Adrenals
Ragland’s sign is an abnormal drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number) when a person arises from a lying to a standing position. There should be a rise of 10 mm. in the systolic (top) number. A drop or failure to rise, indicates adrenal fatigue.
Example: Someone takes your blood pressure while you’re lying on your back. The systolic number is 120 and the diastolic number is 60 (120 over 60). Then your blood pressure is taken again immediately after standing up.
The systolic number (120) should go up 10 points (from 120 to 130). If it doesn’t increase 10 points, this indicates adrenal fatigue. Note: It’s not unusual for the systolic number to drop 10 or more points, a sure sign of adrenal fatigue.
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