Dr. Weyrich's Diary for January 22, 2010 - Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids and glucocorticoids such as prednisone, cortisol, hydrocortisone, dexamethasone, and prednisolone have been touted as wonder drugs that are highly effective in treating a broad spectrum of inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus (SLE), and traumatic brain and spinal injury.

However there are also significant side-effects associated with the high-dose prescribing protocols used by most allopathic medical doctors, including adrenal suppression (loss of the ability of the adrenal gland to make cortisol), osteoporosis, immune suppression, diabetes, fluid retention, and muscle wasting.

While high-dose allopathic prescribing protocols are sometimes necessary and indeed may be life-saving, Dr. William McK. Jefferies, MD, FACP and others have demonstrated that the low-dose prescribing protocols used by Dr. Weyrich, while initially slower-acting, are effective and free of the side effects associated with high-dose prescribing protocols. more.


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[FDM] Lecture notes from Functional Medicine University.

[SCNM] Lecture notes from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

[UT] Lecture notes from the University of Tennessee graduate programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry.