I am taking prednisone for a health condition but do not like the side effects. What do you think about taking adrenal cortex extract instead and which brand do you recommend?
Answer (by Tom Cowan – this excerpt is from the WestonAPrice.org site):
Let me widen your question a bit to make it more general for our readers. That is, what is the best approach to weaning one's self from the long-term use of prednisone and other steroid drugs? Interestingly, about 10-20 percent of the new patients who come to see me have this very concern. These can be people with a wide variety of complaints from asthma (steroid inhalers), rheumatoid arthritis (often maintained on long-term prednisone), colitis (usually they are using cortisone enemas), skin rashes (usually long-term topical cortisone preparations), polymyalgia rheumatica, lupus, many kidney diseases, and so on.
The initial reaction of these patients to the use of these medicines was nothing short of miraculous — pains vanish, bloody diarrhea clears up, and difficult skin problems melt away.
Unfortunately, for most people this is the classic Faustian bargain. For within a short time, not only do the original symptoms return, necessitating higher doses, but the side effects of cortisone begin to show up.
The side effects of cortisone, prednisone, and similar drugs are legendary.
They include diabetes, osteoporosis, edema of the face, mood swings, stomach ulcers and, very importantly, adrenal suppression. In other words, your own adrenal glands shut off their production of these valuable hormones. Why not, since they essentially have been “told” by the prednisone that the adrenals are no longer needed. This bargain, then, becomes a nightmare as the effectiveness of the drugs wears off, side effects become more serious and the patient is unable to stop taking the medication. Of all the tragic situations I have dealt with in my practice, this all-too-common occurrence stands at the top of the list. What are we to do? The first answer is to recognize that by definition, if a certain condition will improve with the use of cortisone, then somewhere in its etiology must be an adrenal weakness.
That this fact is denied by the medical profession does not make it less true.
Therefore, for any condition that is treated in normal medicine with steroid drugs like prednisone or cortisone we should instead be strengthening the adrenal glands.
Read the rest of the article to find out how to strengthen the adrenal glands: Ask the Doctor about Steroid Drugs.
***Have you had to wean yourself off steroid drugs in the past? Let us know how you did it.
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