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Re: tired of supplements
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Re: tired of supplements

Hydrocortisone is a rx medicine. It is identical to the cortisone your adrenal glands produce. The ideal senario is to have the saliva test, confirm the cortisone defficiancy and supplement with the hydrocortisone.You would need to work with a GP.

It should be divided up through out the day, anything up to 20 mg. I take 5mg in the morning and 5 mg in the afternoon.This is a very very small dose.

Hydrocortisone has a checkered history in medicine. , when it became available in 1949 doctors had no idea what dose was "physiologic," i.e., natural. They guessed and, by and large, guessed wrong. While a physiologic dose is between twenty and forty mg. per day, divided into four doses, the usual dose given in the early days of adrenal steroid therapy was 100 to 200 mg. and in some cases much more. Anything, even a hormone natural to the body, is toxic in high doses. Even water, in excess, can kill you.
Predictably (in retrospect), many side effects were noted, and the medical establishment became phobic of hydrocortisone. This trend was heartily supported by the pharmaceutical houses, which were busy developing synthetic, patentable substitutes for hydrocortisone, the most famous of which is prednisone.
Since then, two generations of doctors have been trained to fear hydrocortisone while prescribing Prednisone and its cousins with their many harsh side effects. The truth is that physiologic doses of hydrocortisone, in distinction to "pharmacologic" (i.e., arbitrarily large) doses, are highly effective and extraordinarily safe for a variety of conditions. Because they are natural adrenal hormones they are without adverse side effects when given in physiologic doses. The same cannot be said of prednisone and its unnatural cousins. For disease states brought on by stress, adrenal support or supplementation is clearly the safest and most natural approach.

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