It could be anything from a cough that won’t go away to a crick in your neck… but before you know it, you could be on a course of steroids, like corticosteroid, prescribed by your doctor.
These steroids is in a class of drugs that includes hydrocortisone and cortisone, which have become such a common cure-all that you’d think they’re perfectly safe!
That’s probably why — up until now — no one has looked at the risks associated with the short-term use of these drugs.
But a study just published in the British Medical Journal shows that you are taking some major risks by taking steroids like hydrocortisone and cortisone.
Researchers examined the medical records of over 1.5 million patients and of the 300,000 plus people who used corticosteroids for 30 days or less, they found a litany of scary, health-wrecking side effects.
The rates of sepsis (that horrible immune response to a bacterial infection that can kill you), bone fractures, and a life-threatening type of blood clot known as venous thromboembolism also skyrocketed in short-term users, compared to non-users.
Make no mistake: This is serious business. In the study, corticosteroid users were also admitted to intensive care up to FIVE TIMES MORE than non-users!
And they were twice as likely to die, too.
All that… just to treat an asthma attack… or an allergic reaction… or arthritic pain.
The problem with these steroids is they just suppress symptoms – they don’t address the underlying cause of the illness.
Many of the complaints that get band-aided with corticosteroids (like prednisone) are actually – asthma, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, for instance – so you’re better off trying to boost your immunity to keep it from turning on the healthy tissues in your body.
Since your health begins and ends in your gut, make sure you take a daily probiotic to keep a healthy balance of beneficial bacteria in your microbiome.
Vitamin D plays a strong role in regulating the immune system as well, and many of us don’t get enough of it. So, step outside and soak in the sun – because your body converts UV rays into vitamin D after just a few minutes of exposure!
In addition, there are a number of natural ways to reduce inflammation, starting with your diet. Cut carbs and refined sugars out, and you’ll eliminate a big source of it.
Bulk up on fatty fish (like salmon) to get plenty of inflammation-busting omega-3 fatty acids, but don’t stop there. Supplement with fish oil that’s packed with plenty of DHA and EPA.
Acupuncture is also a safe way to fight inflammation and has been shown to relieve pain more quickly and effectively than even morphine in emergency rooms.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Short term use of anti-inflammatories may be bad for your health, bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j1415