Researchers in The Netherlands just wrapped up a study that "proved" something you and I could have told them long ago: People don't want to take prednisone. Especially not on a continuous basis, which is what many mainstream physicians prescribe for cases of rheumatoid arthritis (and inflammatory bowel disease).

According to the lead researcher, "Dislike for prednisone seems to be strong and widespread." They blame prednisone's less-than-stellar reputation on misinformation regarding the steroid's side effects.

Just to avoid any possible "misinformation" I looked up the side effects associated with prednisone as they appear on the National Institutes of Health website. According to the NIH, prednisone may cause:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • inappropriate happiness
  • extreme changes in mood
  • changes in personality
  • bulging eyes
  • acne
  • thin, fragile skin
  • red or purple blotches or lines under the skin
  • slowed healing of cuts and bruises
  • increased hair growth
  • changes in the way fat is spread around the body
  • extreme tiredness
  • weak muscles
  • irregular or absent menstrual periods
  • decreased sexual desire
  • heartburn
  • increased sweating

And these are just the "mild" side effects. They go on to list 23 more "serious" adverse reactions, not the least of which include difficulty breathing, seizures, and "loss of contact with reality."

Even when half of the study participants on prednisone reported that they disliked taking it, the researchers skirted around the issue, implying that this opinion was largely psychosomatic and that "there is a need for better patient education about the efficacy…of steroids."

I don't know about you, but they can educate me about how great steroids are until the cows come home, but knowing that they're supposed to work wonders is hardly consolation for the uncontrollable shaking, extreme swelling, and other problems I could potentially face. Particularly when there are many safe, natural alternatives that are just as effective as prednisone (if not more so). (The SCD helps with arthritis as well)


Taken from:  www.wrightnewsletter.com


Kay's Note:  Prednisone and immune suppresants are typically the drugs of choice to treat unresponsive inflammatory bowel inflammation. When they eventually stop working . . . AND THEY WILL . . . surgery is the next option. Surgery sets a whole new set of problems into motion:  Risk of the surgery itself, scar tissue buildup that OFTEN causes pain and blockages, malabsorbtion of nutrients because of lacking intestines (our guts are there for a purpose), and the fact that the bacterial overgrowth that CAUSED the inflammation in the first place can and usually will (if the patient has very many years left in his life) cause inflammation/ulcers in other parts of the intestinal tract. 


Doesn't it just make more sense to make changes in your diet in order to eliminate intestinal inflammation and completely heal the gut . . . giving you the ability to maximize digestion of nutrients and rebuild the immune system . . . and feel better than you have in most of your lifetime . . . instead of continuing your suffering for the rest of your life?!!? 


FANATICAL COMPLIANCE TO THE SCD IS BY FAR YOUR BEST SOLUTION! It's a little "inconvenient" at times to cook; but, believe me, the side effects of a lifetime of drugs and surgeries are MUCH MORE "INCONVENIENT" AND WILL QUITE POSSIBLE SHORTEN YOUR LIFE!