7 Apr

These are powerful anti-inflammatory hormones, produced naturally by the body during times of stress. Stress places the body on red-alert to potential physical danger and cortisone is released by the adrenal glands to reduce possible pain and inflammation from what the body sees as a potential threat.

The way in which long-distance runners tend not to feel sprained and inflamed ankle and knee joints until after the race is an example of how naturally released cortisone works. Similarly, footballers tend not to feel bruises until after the match. In both cases stress has abated after the sporting event and cortisone levels have returned to normal, no longer being high enough to act as a buffer against pain.

Nature never intended cortisone to stay in the blood any longer than the time of the stress, nor were we designed to endure prolonged stress. When high levels of cortisone are in the blood for too long, major imbalances in the metabolism develop. If unchecked, these metabolic imbalances become irreversible and the cells become addicted to or dependent on the cortisone.

The use of cortisone drugs for the treatment of allergies, particularly asthma, eczema and arthritis, will produce these major metabolic imbalances if used for too long.


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