Corticosteroids can be life saving. That was the case with me and severe asthma. Steroids are anti-inflammatory; they decrease pain, swelling, and relieve itching. The problem is that what should have been a very short term treatment turned into 14 years, until I was introduced to Transfer Factor which I have often written about on this blog. When treating our dogs, horses, cats, and ourselves, it is imperative to be informed.
The negative side effects of corticosteroids are the reason they should be used as briefly, and in as low doses as possible. They decrease the ability of wounds to heal. They increase the chance of infection.They can contribute to destruction of joints by decreasing collagen. They suppress the immune system. They increase appetite and thirst. In cats, an increase in diabetes has been seen. Steroid use can also upset laboratory tests, causing misdiagnosis of other problems.
A holistic approach to replacing toxic steroids will include nutrition, omega fatty acids, antioxidants, Vitamins such as C, A, E, glucosamine, MSM, yucca, bromelain,and so many more. These approaches are safe and non-toxic. You will save money on drugs and vet bills.
Many people seem to accept as fate that they will become less active as they get older. They believe that it’s normal to be plagued by stiffness, soreness, and pain as they age. Well, I’m here to tell you that this false belief can cause you to suffer unnecessarily.
Staying Active Is the Fountain of Youth
Here’s a simple truth to remember. Nothing does more for your quality of life and longevity than staying active as you age. And what usually keeps people from staying active is some combination of believing that aches and pains are a NORMAL part of the aging process, and quite simply, bad advice from their doctors. Despite what your doctor might tell you, there’s an underlying cause for joint pain that may have nothing to do with your age.It’s important to understand that the conventional approach to joint pain is basically to band-aid the issue with painkillers.
The current medical mentality on pain management has spurred a multibillion-dollar industry for Big Pharma. However, studies show that long-term use of seemingly “harmless” over-the-counter pills, such as ibuprofen, can actually weaken your joints over time, and prescription pain pills have a well-established track record of causing serious damage and even death. You may recall the tragedy that unfolded around the FDA-approved painkiller Vioxx, which claimed as many as 55,000 lives(and possibly up to 100,000) before the FDA banned it.It makes me wonder, is the next Vioxx lurking out there?
I’m on a mission to let people know that they have a choice when it comes to managing joint pain. Despite what your doctor might say, you don’t have to stop exercising and take painkilling medications just to maintain an acceptable quality of life as you get older. And any way you slice it, taking painkillers long term, even ibuprofen, is NOT safe.