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Monday, February 23, 2009

Prednisone, Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Adrenal Fatigue

"My question is about a "syndrome" my mother has been diagnosed with and still struggles with even despite my recommendations, she has been on prednisone for at least 8 months now. The Rheumatologist diagnosed her with Polymyalgia Rheumatica which as far as I'm concerned is just a fancy name for a lot of muscular pains in different places in the body.

She is 68 yrs. old, overweight, overly stressed because she was a caregiver of my 94 yr. old grandmother who just passed away and before that helped take care of my grandfather who passed away 6 yrs ago. Being a caregiver induced incredible amounts of stress despite the fact that she is a pathological worrier and doesn't sleep. She takes prednisone (being tapered off), toprol for an arrythmia and had been hospitalized about 1 yr. ago for passing out with no know etiology.
Might you have some nutritional recommendations?"

Nancie, USA
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Gary:
Nancie; You are right: Polymyalgia Rheumatica is a fancy word that is part of the process to disempower the patient and render them to a state of dumb compliance.  This is necessary to get away with administering dangerous drugs such as prednisone and Toprol.  Both drugs would be either temporary (like a few weeks) or completely unnecessary if the causes and not the symptoms were properly treated.  Gosh!  I am getting cynical.

Cynical because in the best part of 30 years, I have yet to see any real cases where drugs have been anything other than short term benefit for cases such as your mother.

It is most likely that the constant stress that you describe has caused a condition in your mother called Adrenal Fatigue.  Her heart issues are probably symptomatic of an adrenal cortisol insufficiency: Toprol merely blocks the symptoms.

Prednisone works for muscle pain when there is adrenal insuficiency because it is a synthetic source of natural cortisol that is produced by healthy adrenals.   Muscle pain and fatigue is one of the symptoms of cortisol insufficiency. The problem is that prednisone causes the adrenals to further shut down production of cortisol, causing increasing dependency on the drug.  The final result (before death) is a condition of complete adreal shutdown called "Addison's Disease".

Your mother needs to steadily reduce her dose of prednisone.  Better still, she can switch to cortisone (5ml of cortisone = 1ml of prednisone).  It is easier to minutely reduce the doses with cortisone.  This needs the cooperation of her doctor.  Stopping this drug suddenly is not an option - Okay!  Stopping the Toprol is easier but still best done under medical supervision.

Adrenal fatigue is a widespread condition that you and your mother need to get a thorough understanding of.  The first step is to get a copy of Adrenal Fatigue by Dr Wilson.  This excellent book explains the condition and guides the reader, step-by-step, through the steps taken to achieve recovery and restore full health.  It includes the dietary advice that you have inquired about.

Once your mother has read the book, she can decide, based on the information provided, whether or not to commence Dr Wilson's recovery programme.  I can assist with that including providing Dr Wilson's specially formulated adrenal products - Distance is no barrier.


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