Adrenal fatigue treatment: The Kalish Method in Australia

Adrenal fatigue treatment: The Kalish Method in Australia


Ever since completing my training with Dr Dan Kalish in 2011, I utilise his adrenal fatigue treatment method in my practice on a daily basis helping people of all ages from stressed teenagers to adults in their 60s and 70s to restore their energy levels and zest for life. In particular, many clients working in corporate environments who are under stress from working long hours, eating poorly and often skipping meals, lack of sleep and/ or rest, and not exercising enough, are at a high risk of developing adrenal exhaustion at some stage.

It’s estimated that up to 80% of adults experience adrenal fatigue (adrenal burnout or adrenal stress) during their lifetimes, yet it remains one of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in Australia and other developed countries. In fact, the most common cause of any fatigue is adrenal exhaustion. This means that because of some long-term period of stress, your cortisol levels became depleted (see information below).

Even if the stress was in the past you could still be suffering from depleted adrenals right now, having never fully recovered from the effects of that stress. Unfortunately, most conventionally trained doctors are not aware and/ or don’t recognise the adrenal fatigue syndrome and thus are not aware of existing methods restoring adrenal function. Subsequently, many people suffer unnecessary for years with no relief or solution in sight.

What are adrenals and cortisol?

Adrenals are small glands located above each kidney and they produce a number of vital hormones including cortisol, aldosterone, adrenaline, DHEA and sex hormones such as estrogens, progesterone and testosterone (sex hormones are produced in smaller amounts). Cortisol is produced by the adrenals in response to any stress in the body – physical or psychological/ emotional.

Cortisol also has many other essential functions such as stabilising blood sugar, neutralising inflammation and allergies, promoting fat burning, helping regulate emotions, and interacting with the ovarian hormones (estrogen and progesterone) and balancing them. Moreover, it helps to regulate blood pressure and cardiovascular function – most people with adrenal fatigue have a low blood pressure as this is one of the symptoms of having depleted adrenals.

Importantly, cortisol levels rise under stress but if stress continues without enough rest for recovery the adrenal glands become depleted and unable to produce enough. If elevated stress continues for months or years, adequate cortisol levels can no longer be maintained and start to plummet. This has a chain-reaction impact on other hormones, organs and body systems. In short, adrenal hormone production is an indicator of overall body function and an imbalance in this system is a sign of chronic illness. It is therefore vital to address and treat any adrenal dysfunction as a priority.

The Kalish Method overview

The Kalish Method, designed and taught by Dr Daniel Kalish based in the United States, integrates scientific testing with natural health solutions to heal your adrenals and restore their normal function. It’s a clinically validated method that’s been used for a long time, yet most practitioners, both naturopaths and conventional doctors, are still not aware of it.

This adrenal protocol is effective and capable of restoring health in most individuals in as little as six to 12 months. The treatment can be compared to recharging the body’s batteries (adrenals) and this process can last to up to two years in some people who are very depleted having suffered for many years or decades.

When applied in the USA, the Kalish Method adrenal protocol involves replacing the depleted adrenal hormones, including DHEA and the precursor to cortisol called pregnonelone, with bio identical equivalents. In Australia and other countries where DHEA and pregnonelone are not available to be prescribed by natural therapists (these are prescription only products), naturopaths use powerful adaptogenic and adrenal herbs getting consistent results.

Moreover, these herbs have additional beneficial and synergistic actions allowing to address other imbalances at the same time such as digestive issues, hormonal imbalances or impaired liver function, to name a few.

As stated above, the basis of adrenal fatigue/ burnout is prolonged stress and the three main sources of stress in adrenal fatigue are:

  • Intense emotional stress – such as the death of someone close, accidents, work or financial stress. According to Dr Kalish, approximately 95% of his patients report having experienced major emotional stress around the time their health began to falter. For example having a second or third child is often a significant source of stress for women and can be a time when the adrenal glands burn out and fatigue starts.
  • Poor diet – skipping meals, eating too many carbohydrates and sweets, overusing stimulants such as coffee and soft drinks, indulging in processed foods and generally overeating, will interfere with cortisol production.
  • Pain and chronic inflammation – chronic pain substantially depletes cortisol. Muscle pain and fibromyalgia are particularly common in adrenal fatigue.

Unfortunately most of my adrenal fatigue clients have all three factors going on at the same time, making the treatment more complex and hence taking extra time to correct the imbalances.

An abnormal adrenal function also impacts:

  • Sleep quality – leading to trouble falling and staying asleep. I have compiled a free guide to sleeping better for individuals with adrenal fatigue, please see the
  • Sleep and adrenal fatigue section below for a link to download it.
  • Depression, foggy mind and memory problems – up and down moods throughout the day as well as irritability often reflect unstable cortisol levels.
  • Muscle and joint function – leading to achy arthritis-type joint pain and neck, shoulder, and lower back pain.
  • Weight gain and inability to lose weight – when cortisol is out of balance the body will store fat rather than burn it for fuel.
  • Hormonal imbalances – the more stress you are under the more female and male hormones imbalances will occur. Most signs of female hormone imbalances including PMS and menopausal hot flushes can be traced to the adrenal fatigue.
  • Digestive problems – manifesting as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion or parasitic infections. One of the most important things that cortisol does is regulating secretory IgA (sIgA is part of the immune system and is often called ‘the first line of defence’) in the gut – see my post on sIgA here.
  • Immune function – leading to frequent illness and low sIgA levels exposing the body to assaults from pathogens, viruses and bacteria.
  • Skin regeneration – causing wrinkles and premature aging.
  • Bone health – promoting osteopenia or bone loss.
  • Thyroid function – especially underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism).  As the cortisol levels go up to cope with prolonged stress, one of the normal body mechanisms is to down regulate thyroid. So, almost everybody with high cortisol is going to have lower than ideal thyroid hormone levels. The good news is that, according to Dr Kalish, more than 90% of the time his adrenal program is enough to restore thyroid function without other medication.

Adrenal fatigue treatment overview and steps

The Kalish Method involves testing the adrenal function by taking four saliva samples over the course of a day. This maps out your circadian rhythm, showing how your cortisol levels rise and fall throughout the day and in the evening. Saliva is collected at approximately four-hour intervals: first thing in the morning upon waking, then at noon, late afternoon, and again at night before going to bed. Both cortisol and DHEA levels are being measured at the same time.

If it is determined that your cortisol levels are too low or too high, the practitioner then develops a personalised program of specific adaptogenic herbs, vitamins and minerals that will help your body to begin again producing cortisol and DHEA on its own. Other hormones, such as testosterone and pregnonelone levels may also be checked and addressed with supplements, if necessary.

Importantly, the test also reveals the level of stress that you’re under and how much you need to focus on the lifestyle changes – which are an integral part of the program. The more advanced the adrenal stress is, the more thorough and careful you have to be about nutrition, sleep, exercise and daily stress management. Stage 3 (the most advanced phase) clients are tired all the time, are unable to lose weight, are depressed, have low sex drive and a multitude of other health problems as stated above.

If you want to find out more about The Kalish Method, watch this video where the natural health physician and founder Dr. Joseph Mercola interviews Dr. Daniel Kalish about “The Kalish Method”.

May 2016 update

Dr. Kalish released a new study with Sue Cutshall and Larry Bergstrom currently practicing at the Mayo Clinic. This research study was conducted using The Kalish Method approach, utilising lab-based supplement programs as well as lifestyle and nutritional counselling. The study showed the positive correlation between a holistic, functional medicine approach to addressing fatigue, stress and digestive orders.

Read the full press release here.

Sleep and adrenal fatigue

Sleeping better is the key to adrenal fatigue recovery; however, it’s one of the most underrated as well as the easiest and most simple things you CAN do to improve your health and energy levels – starting today. There is no way to get around sleep in order to be and stay healthy, and there is no substitute for it.

Having seen many fantastic outcomes of just improving sleep in my clinic, I was compelled to write this short guide to give you the most important, simplest and common sense steps you can do right now to get sounder and more restful sleep tonight. 

Free guide: Get a Good Night’s Sleep Tonight! sleep free guide
What you CAN do today to fall asleep easier, sleep longer and wake up rested and refreshed, a step-by-step guide

What will you gain from this guide?
If you’re currently suffering from insomnia and/ or sleep difficulties, especially if they are related to adrenal fatigue, this guide will provide you with what you need to do to sleep better.

In the past I also experienced significant sleep problems myself whilst suffering from severe adrenal fatigue. I spent time researching and applying various remedies and healing strategies to find the answers. Since then I’ve helped many of my clients to sleep well again, utilising the following three keys outlined in the guide:

  • Key #1: Nutrition for better sleep
  • Key #2: Sleep patterns reset
  • Key #3: Daily sleep promoting activities

Your benefits of applying the 3 keys will include:

  • Sounder and uninterrupted sleep and rest
  • More energy and vitality, feeling refreshed and relaxed
  • Clearer thinking, feeling calmer and less stressed

Download the Get a Good Night’s Sleep Tonight! Free Guide here and start sleeping better tonight!


Reversing adrenal burnout is possible and the adrenal fatigue treatment offered by The Kalish Method is very effective. However, it certainly requires individual’s commitment and determination to persevere for a period of time (approximately 6-18 months depending on the stage of adrenal stress).

In addition to a tailored supplementation and nutrition program combined with lifestyle modifications such as improved sleep habits, stress reduction and detoxification – a dose of self-realisation regarding the importance of our emotional and spiritual lives is required and indeed very beneficial. If left unchecked, fluctuations in cortisol have profound effects on your health and wellbeing leaving you with little or no energy to enjoy your life fully.

If you recognise and/ or experience any of the above symptoms and related conditions indicating possible adrenal burnout, please contact me to discuss your concerns and ways of taking the first step to recovery. Although I mostly treat patients who are based in Sydney, many of my clients live in other Australian cities or in the country and we communicate either via Skype or the telephone – find out more here. 

At present I’m able to consult with Australia-based clients only; however, I’m currently developing a 3-month adrenal fatigue online program with the aim to share my knowledge and experience in this area with a global audience. Stay tuned!

Start improving your energy, moods and overall health today! I look forward to hearing from you and to helping you to feel healthier and happier soon!

Good health and blessings

Joanna Sochan
Adrenal Fatigue and Digestive Health Expert
Naturopath || Herbalist || Nutritionist || Reiki Practitioner


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  1. Linda Loveridge March 26, 2015 at 2:03 pm - Reply


    I have just recently been alerted to the Kalish method by a friend who sent me the link to this website. Listened to the interview with Dr Kalish and I suffer from most of what is mentioned above, particularly lethargy. I am interested in perhaps making an appointment with you Dr Sochan but I do not have private health insurance and for now, I wonder if you could give me some idea of consultation cost please. Many thanks Linda

    • Joanna Sochan March 26, 2015 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Hello Linda
      Thank you for your message. I will send you details of my treatments and fees to the email address you provided for this post.
      Best of health

  2. Brooke March 26, 2015 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’ve just finished reading The Kalish Method book and would love to see a practitioner here in Sydney… Hoping you can help please?

    • Joanna Sochan March 27, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Brooke

      Thank you for contacting me. I just sent an email to you with information re adrenal fatigue treatment.

      All the best

  3. Tanudja Gibson March 30, 2015 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    HI Joanna.
    I have also read the book and now I’m very interested in getting treated with the Kalish Method- do you know any practitioners in Melbourne or can you take on an interstate patient?
    Mrs Tanudja Gibson

    • Joanna Sochan March 31, 2015 at 10:14 pm - Reply

      Hi Tanudja
      Thank you for your interest. I’m afraid I don’t know any Kalish Method practitioners in Melbourne. I do have patients based interstate including in Melbourne; however, at present the first consultation needs to be in person, after that we can communicate via Skype or telephone. Please contact me via email at if you’d like to discuss options.
      Best of health

  4. David Boles April 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Joanna,
    Can you please inform me of the costs of going through a treatment plan to treat Adrenal Fatigue.


    • Joanna Sochan April 6, 2015 at 6:07 pm - Reply

      Hi Dave

      I have sent treatment information and cost schedule to your private email address.
      All the best

  5. Natalie May 17, 2015 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    Hi can you please advise of practitioners in Sydney (CBd, south, inner west, east) thank you

    • Joanna Sochan May 20, 2015 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Hi there

      Thank you for your enquiry. I’m the Kalish Method practitioner based in the Sydney CBD (Pitt St). As for other practitioners, I’m afraid I don’t know of any based in Sydney; however, you may contact The Kalish Institute in the US ( and ask about practitioners. They have a list of all practitioners in Australia who completed the course with Dr Kalish.

      All the best

  6. Carol June 4, 2015 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    I sent a message asking about fees and how your programs work (booking etc) but didn’t realise to look here :-0
    Can you please send me more information about lead time to booking appointment and fees.
    Many thanks,

    • Joanna Sochan June 5, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

      Hi Carol
      Thank you for getting in touch. I sent you an email to your private address.
      All the best

  7. Joanne June 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    Hello Joanna,

    I have been diagnosed with AF and am currently on a treatment plan. However, I feel worse now than I did initially. Would you be able to explain the Kalish method and how it differs to other forms of treatment please? I’m also interested in your consultation/treatment fees and availability.

    Many thanks,

  8. Donna June 19, 2015 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Hello Joanna,

    I am in Western Australia and have had adrenal burnout / shut down etc for many many years.
    I have type 2 diabetes and am hypothyroid – I take armour and a trouche for NHRT. I have been taking methyl prednisone about 4mg – 6mg daily for about 4 years and now am down to 1mg twice daily of prednisone. I have gained so much weight around my belly and am sooo tired all the time. Do you know if anyone in WA practises the Kalish method please?

    • Joanna Sochan June 20, 2015 at 1:26 am - Reply

      Hi Donna

      I’m afraid I don’t know of any Kalish Method practitioners in WA. I suggest you contact The Kalish Institute in the US, they have a listing of all practinioners globally.

      All the best

  9. Louise June 21, 2015 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Hi Joanna,

    I suffer from adrenal fatigue and I am reading Dr Carri Drzyzga’s book on fatigue and she mentions amino acid supplementation/urine testing for getting the levels of dopamine and serotonin right.
    Do you do this kind of testing?
    Kind regards,

    • Joanna Sochan September 22, 2015 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Hi Louise

      I use the Kalish Method to treat adrenal fatigue which uses saliva testing, as well as other tests such as gut and hormones, to ascertain the current state of adrenal health and the stage of fatigue. Most of serotonin is produced in the gut so improving gut health is paramount.

      All the best

  10. Joanna Sochan October 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Hi Mary

    Thank you for your email. I’m afraid I’m only able to treat patients based in Australia as I need to spend face-to-face time with them to provide my best solutions and treatment.

    I suggest you contact the Kalish Institute in the US and ask if there are any practitioners near you.

    All the best

  11. Deborah October 21, 2015 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’d like to make an appointment for an evaluation please, when would be the soo eat you could see me?

    • Joanna Sochan October 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      Hi Deborah

      Thank you for your email. The first available appointment is on Wed, 4th of November (unless I have a cancellation for next week, 28 Oct). Please call me to discuss it further.

      All the best
      0412 130 401

  12. Alice Edwards December 21, 2015 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Joanna,

    I was hoping you may be able to send me the consultation fee. I am located in wagga wagga and was wondering if there are any known local practitioners following the Kalish method? Or if not, I’m interested in booking in for a Skype consultation.

    kind regards,

    • Joanna Sochan December 21, 2015 at 1:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Alice

      Thank you for your enquiry. I’ll send you my response and consultation fees information to your private email.

      All the best

  13. Mary Phillips January 22, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Hi Joanna

    I am 50 and suffer from low blood pressure and hypothyroidism. I am very interested in the Kalish method and would like further information about your practice. I live in North Queensland.


  14. Mary Phillips January 22, 2016 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Dear Joanne,

    I am 50 and suffer from low blood pressure and hypothyroidism. I am very interested in the Kalish method and would like more information about your practice.


    • Joanna Sochan January 26, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      Hello Mary

      I will send you an email to discuss this further.

      All the best

  15. Carly March 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Good afternoon

    I would like to discuss your treatent methods and cost as I am very interested in the program.

    I have already completed my cortisol testing and have the results.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Kindest Regards


    • Joanna Sochan March 29, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Carly
      Thank you for your comment and phone call. I will send you information on the consul;tation fees shortly.
      All the best

  16. Claire April 2, 2016 at 10:29 am - Reply


    Could you send me some information on costs and also a brief outline on how The Kalish protocol differs from general naturopathic treatment of adrenal fatigue please.

    Kind regards


  17. Renata Righi June 14, 2016 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Please may I have your details, including costs, length of consultation etc


    • Joanna Sochan June 14, 2016 at 11:40 am - Reply

      I will email you the requested information shortly.

      All the best

  18. Kym Moore June 23, 2016 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Good Morning, could you please email me the details of costs associated with adrenal fatigue testing and treatment and whatever fees you charge in relation to your treatment. Thankyou

    • Joanna Sochan June 23, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply


      I’ll email you information you requested today.

      All the best

  19. Cheryl Jacobson September 14, 2016 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Hi Joanna, i have read the kalish method book and need the testing to move forward with my health. i am in Melbourne so would need to fly to NSW for initial appointment, so can you please email me information: Cost, & appointment availability. After booking my appointment would i be able to email you my history and copies of tests i have had for your perusal to save time at appointment? i have never skyped, what do i need to do it? Thank you.

    • Joanna Sochan September 15, 2016 at 2:40 pm - Reply

      Hi Cheryl
      I will respond to your private address shortly.

  20. Jan McKenzie September 23, 2016 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Joanna
    I believe this could be what I am suffering with and have been for some time. Could you send me the details of how to move forward from here? I normally live in Sydney but am on the North Coast at present.
    The costs would also assist me so I know if this is going to be possible.

    • Joanna Sochan September 23, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      We could do Skype consultations and meet in Sydney further down the track. I’ll send you information on pricing to you private email address shortly.

  21. yq October 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Hi, Joanna

    Have you developed that online program for international patients yet? I’m interested in benefiting from it. I live in the US

    • Joanna Sochan October 5, 2016 at 5:38 pm - Reply

      I’m afraid I’m still working on it! Check again in December, please.

  22. cazz November 10, 2016 at 8:46 am - Reply

    Hello Joanna.. I live in Sydney and am interested in coming to see you .. Could you please send me an email letting me know about the costs associated with this type of therapy… Many thanks from Cazz

    • Joanna Sochan November 10, 2016 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Hi Cazz
      I’ll get in touch with you via your email shortly.

  23. Melissa kent November 14, 2016 at 12:32 am - Reply

    I need a holistic program to cure my total body imbalance. Do you set a dietry plan, complete herbal suppliments including time of day to take, dose and everything. I need someone to pretty much dictate my schedule for what i consume to heal myself. I find doctors wanto to treat symptoms and lots of alternative practitioners are not able to holisticslly cover everything. I have done extensive research but my brain fog wont allow me to retain it all snd i feel swamped. I have nasty parasites, hormonal imbalance, adrenal fatigue, hypothytoid, rising cholesterol, gall stones, leaky gut and multiple food intolerances, amongst other things.I need a strict protocol tailored to my specific condition to lead me out of this hole. Do you fit this criteria snd if do what sort of costs would i be looking at. I have many test results already its a matter of putting it all together in a plan to heal and cure.

    • Joanna Sochan November 14, 2016 at 2:43 pm - Reply

      Hi Melissa, I’ll respond to you via email shortly.

  24. Fiona November 17, 2016 at 9:04 am - Reply

    Hi Joanna,

    Could you please email me costs too. I’ve had an undiagnosed chronic illness for past 12 months, which came about straight after the birth of my second child.
    I’m in Melbourne.
    Thank you

  25. Irene January 10, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Hello I’m interested in the Kalish method. Can you please email me the cost at my email address
    I have test results available for review.

  26. Chris April 6, 2017 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Hi Joanna,

    I am interested in your services. Would you please send me through some details on your practice including costs and treatment plans.


  27. CAM April 15, 2017 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Hi Joanna

    I’m very interested in the kalish method. Currently suffering from brain fog and have days when I’m completely exhausted and anxiety is also present. Last year I was diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis. Eat a very clean diet with no known allergens. Wondering if it is all interrelated. Haven’t been able to find an overall solution and it is becoming tiresome. I live in Brisbane.


    • Joanna Sochan April 18, 2017 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Hi there!
      I’ll respond to your comment to your email address.

  28. Crystina O'Brien June 11, 2017 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I have Hashimoto’s and Fibromyalgia. What is the cost of consultation and tests. I live in Melbourne

  29. Dee June 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    I would like to know the costs of seeing someone in Sydney for adrenal fatigue treatment.

  30. Brad July 4, 2017 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    I am certain that i have adrenal fatigue and would like some more details regarding costs of consultations, medications etc.

  31. Marissa July 4, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

    I am certain that my husband has adrenal fatigue and would like some more details regarding costs of consultations, medications etc.

    • Joanna Sochan July 5, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Hi Marissa
      Thank you for your enquiry. I’ll respond via email shortly.

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