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Steroids Can Be Dangerous, Even Short-Term

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  • The first patient to use steroids was in 1948 and had rheumatoid arthritis; today, corticosteroids are prescribed freely for conditions ranging from back pain to allergies
  • Documented side-effects of the drug and withdrawal symptoms include a long list of reversible and irreversible damage; but, researchers have now identified greater risk with short-term use than previously thought
  • Natural options, with few side effects or risk of health damage, are available to help reduce the inflammatory response in your body that steroids are meant to address

By Dr. Mercola

The first record of steroid use can be traced to 1930, when an extract of animal adrenocortical tissue was used to counteract human adrenal failure. After more than 10 years of testing and research, the first patient with rheumatoid arthritis was treated with steroids.


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