The thing about adrenal fatigue is that there are different stages in how we adapt to stress, and I think that may be the source of the disconnect. Let me find a link...http://www.chronicfatigue.org/ASI%20Normal.html
I don't know of a better link that shows all the graphs on one page, but basically when our adrenals are just a bit stressed, we start overreacting and producing more cortisol than we need. And that gets worse and worse, and then our bodies just can't sustain that anymore, and so we get to the point where we under-respond, and end up with less cortisol than normal. And that eventually gets worse and worse, but with cortisol being low rather than high.
Stage 5 seems to be where a lot of adults hit a point where they know something's wrong and they start seeking help. So they've got a lot less cortisol than they should, but they just didn't really realize all the years when they had too much. It's only in retrospect that I've realized that I _did_ react physically more strongly to stress than other folks (and I thought I was just mellowing later when, say, a car would almost change lanes into me and I'd have to swerve to miss and I didn't have any reaction).
I've read about exactly how the cortisol-adrenaline thing works, I forget the details. They both help us deal with stress, I think adrenaline is more of an immediately stressful situation type of response.
re: TMG, I am not sure if it's ok for nursing moms to supplement, my HCP mentioned glycine as one of the several choices given that I was asking about doing more (vs a higher dose of ALA) recently.
I will look for a better place to read about aluminum, I was surprised at all the cookware, though obviously you're not eating the high-aluminum foods. But maybe the issue is more on the detox side for you two, given that you may not be exposed to much now (but in general most people are exposed to so much, you probably were exposed for years) and with your foods so limited for so long, maybe that's the only issue (not enough detoxification bandwidth), and it will correct on its own as you work on this.
I'm responding out of order, sorry. I don't think Cutler has studied lactating women enough to know if everything skews down proportionately--I wouldn't think so, I haven't see anything else that makes me think everything moves together in the same way. It all seems individual based on the element (but that's just my impression, fwiw).
My HCP recommends a lot of Aubrey's Organics personal care products. The deodorant smells pretty good--my body's been weird a while, I don't sweat much, so I can't testify to how well it works.
The manganese is interesting, my multi has a ton of manganese, I have low cholesterol and a slightly odd vitamin K situation. I guess I need to re-read this section of his book.
The problem with many minerals (and you should look them all up individually) is that most are more tightly controlled in the blood than elsewhere, so mom supplementing changes the amt available for milk fairly slowly (unless mom is really deficient). Magnesium, iodine and selenium are exceptions, they're proportionate to mom's intake, I don't remember if I even looked up manganese, but it would've been 2 years ago regardless. I have no idea what foods contain manganese, or if it's soil-dependent.
Always be cautious supplementing copper, you get a lot from the liver you consume (well, probably, most livers are high in copper but I haven't looked up lamb) and high copper is more normal than low.
Iodine--Iodoral is fairly high dose, 12.5mg (12,500 mcg, note the units) and you've read the warnings elsewhere. There are kelp supps, or lots of dried seaweed foods (some folks put kombu or others in stock).
I need to re-read about the ratios, the adrenal one is the one I'm most familiar with, and I'm still not an expert there.