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How Steroid Drugs Work

Four topics today are   1.  Steroids    2.  Heartworm    3.  Vaccination   4. Antibiotics



Steroids are called either "Cortisones" or "Prednisone"

If you look at prednisone and compare it to cortisone one major difference will pop up. And that is prednisone is a much stronger glucocorticoid than cortisone. And, as you saw above, a glucocorticoid is something that knocks down the immune response and inflammation.

So, in asthma, which is a disease characterized by inflammation. Prednisone would be the preferred treatment because it’s – on average – five times stronger as a glucocorticoid.

Are used many times for many different illness - disease, the reason for using them is to reduce inflammation and swelling only, they do not heal the animal. They work by suppressing the body’s immune system not healing the body of the disease or illness! Inflammation and swelling are a normal part of the body’s immune response. ….. Steroids do not cure anything, they only suppress the symptoms and drive them deeper within the system.

The sleaziest of drugs

John Mills, former professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and chief of infectious diseases at San Francisco General Hospital. Says ……. Doctors tell you that steroids only cause side effects after many years. But new research shows that permanent damage is immediate and devastating.

Steroids are fast catching up with antibiotics as the most abused class of drugs in your doctor’s black bag. There’s no doubt that the discovery of steroids a half century ago was a major advance in medicine – a life-saver for those like the late President John F Kennedy, who suffered from Addison’s disease, a disease of the adrenal glands causing insufficient hormone production.

Steroids mimic the action of the adrenal glands, the body’s most powerful regulator of general metabolism. John Stirling, director of the vitamin company Biocare, credits a very short course (three injections) of steroids with jump-starting his failing adrenal system after anaphylactic shock and saving his life. The problem is, like antibiotics, steroids appear to be a miracle ‘cure’.

Patients with crippling arthritis or asthma seem to be instantly better on steroids. The wheeze, the swelling, the pain go away. So doctors turn to steroids as the first, rather than last, line of attack for their anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic effects.

But we do know that steroids are known to damage kidneys. We also know, from the drug manufacturers’ own data sheets, that steroids can cause liver damage, brittle bones, diabetes, adrenal insufficiency, an inability to deal with stress, and damage to the immune system.

As with antibiotics, what was once reserved for the extreme emergency is now being used on the most trivial of conditions. Steroids are now handed out as readily as antibiotics, even to babies, at the first sign of inflammation of any sort. The latest drug set to replace gripe water for babies with croup is a steroid (budesonide); hydrocortisone is included in the latest over-the-counter medication for piles. Steroids make up many OTC skin drugs, and are considered the drug of choice for asthma, eczema, arthritis, back problems, bowel problems like ulcerative colitis-indeed, for any and all inflammations or allergic reactions-and new uses are still being invented. The sole exception is Addison’s Disease, where steroids act as a replacement therapy of cortisone, much as insulin is given to diabetics.

Far from being a wonder drug ‘cure all’, steroids cannot cure one single condition. All they do is suppress your body’s ability to express a normal response. In a few instances, this type of suppression will give the body a chance to heal itself. But more often, the effect is immediate, devastating and permanent damage. And we are only now realizing just how quickly damage can occur. Despite what doctors say, that steroids only have side effects after many years of use, there is no such thing as a safe dose.
Studies show that steroids cause permanent, debilitating effects after a single dosage. Steroids are probably the most sleazy of modern day medications.




Heartworm Drug (insecticide drug) – Does it harm my Dog ?

You should always remember that Heartworm Medications, no matter what kind you use, are a drug with possible side effect. We will discuss the drugs in Heartguard, Intercepter, Sentinel, and what you can do to minimize the side effect.  Type of Drugs Milbemycin is the active ingredient in Intercepter, which is marketed by Novartis Animal Health.  Novartis came up with Program for flea problem. Program uses Lufenuron as active ingredients. Later, the same company introduced Sentinel, which combine the Milbemycin and Lufenyron together. Heartguard-30 is an Ivermectin-based drug.

Sides Effect

Checked with USDA’s data, there are many possible side effects listed for these drugs. The major side effects are depression, lethargy, vomiting, convulsions, anorexia, ataxia, elu-species (in cat), hyperactivity, even death. There are long list of minor (less occurring) side effects. These include shaking, eye problem, slow heart action, tilting of head.

Alternative Approach of Heartworm Medicine, there are a number of natural remedies, many use Homeopathic Heartworm Nosode as a preventive and used as a treatment also without any harmful effects. You can give your pet a herb called Milk Thistle as a liver tonic for repairing damage to liver if you have been using the chemical drug, and has been used by many pet owners with success. Some pet owners use a herb like Black Walnut liquid in place of heartworm drug, this is also very effective and inexpensive. Herbs are always added to daily meals once a week.



Vaccinations

You can also give Homeopath oral nosodes as a safe alternative to vaccine injections.  The importance of strong immune system cannot be forgotten, and all drugs serve to weaken the immune system dramatically. Strong immune system cannot be built in few days. It is a result of everyday good care of natural diet and avoiding toxic drugs.




Are Antibiotics making your dog sick?

Diarrhoea, abdominal pain, severe inflammation of the colon (colitis), irritable bowel syndrome, skin problems, fever, elevated white blood cell count, weak immune system, vomiting, dehydration, potassium deficiencies, allergies, colon perforation, bad breath, excess stomach gas, yeast problems, nutritional deficiencies and constipation are just some of the many side effects and problems linked to antibiotics.

In 1928, when Alexander Glemming discovered antibiotics, everyone was raving at this incredible breakthrough in medicine. However, over the years, this breakthrough which was heralded with curing disease is now creating disease and problems of its own. Bacteria now has built resistance to many antibiotics. Hence, stronger and stronger antibiotics are needed to do the job and if weaker antibiotics create problems, can you imagine what more powerful antibiotics will do? It’s a vicious circle because ultimately bacteria will build resistance to the new and more powerful antibiotics too! New forms of bacteria and disease are being created.

These new problems are very dangerous and the flesh eating disease is the best example of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Antibiotics literally means against life (anti = against and biotic = life). In a healthy body, there is both good and bad bacteria in the intestinal tract. There should be about 80% good bacteria and about 20% bad bacteria. When antibiotics are used, both good and bad bacteria are destroyed in the intestinal tract. Once the antibiotics are stopped, the bad bacteria grows back first and faster. The result is a very unhealthy and weakens the body with no friendly bacteria.

It takes on average 1 year to recover from antibiotics if you are feeding good food and supplementing with friendly bacteria. If the diet you are feeding is bad, then your pet will take even longer to recover and may never fully recover. The funny thing is that antibiotics relieve symptomatic problems. But after the antibiotics are stopped, the symptoms come back. So what happens now? They give more antibiotics. What’s ironic is that antibiotics are then given to help combat the problems that the antibiotics created in the body.

Antibiotics are definitely over prescribed and over used. Antibiotics for example do nothing for a virus and yet are often administered anyway. Hopefully soon, common sense will prevail and medical practitioners will realize  what is happening. But, it is up to you, the people to put pressures on vets to become more careful about their practice of administering antibiotics. In fact, encourage your vets to learn the alternatives. Make them aware that there are side effects that can no longer be ignored.

Before antibiotics, what did people do? In World War 1, medics put garlic cloves, which have long been acclaimed for their natural antibiotic properties, in the wounds of soldiers. Some use bee propolis which has natural phagocystosis properties. Phagocystosis is the ability to encourage white blood cells to destroy bacteria. There are certainly many other natural antibiotics which have no side effects (except bad breath in garlic’s case). In general, natural antibiotics only attack bad bacteria and leave the friendly bacteria alone. Become aware that although antibiotics have helped save many lives, they are not a cure by any means.

Conclusion – The body should have 80% friendly bacteria and about 20% bad bacteria inside the intestinal tract. After the use of antibiotics, the body will have no more than 20% friendly bacteria and 80% bad bacteria if not more. Most illness, disease and problems begin in the intestinal tract. Thus, antibiotics create the potential for serious illness to begin. You may not be giving your pet antibiotics, but if it has ever eaten foods with preservatives, you have been giving your pet what I call ‘hidden antibiotics’. The job of preservatives is to control bacteria and once your pet eats food with preservatives, it will ultimately have an effect inside the intestinal tract too and kill the friendly bacteria. – You should expect it will take at the very least 1 year to recolonize the intestinal tract with friendly bacteria after the use of antibiotics. – Recolonze the intestinal tract with friendly bacteria by using supplements and feeding natural foods. Written by Jesse Dallas.

Note: Feeding your animal a diet of raw food (meat, fish, nuts, fruits, grains and vegetables) will provide ample supply of friendly bacteria. I noticed that dogs are fond of rotten food items from compost piles. The reason is probably because rotten foods are rich in friendly bacteria. The worst it smells, the better she seems to enjoy eating it. To an animal, spoiled vegies may be similar to what yogurt is to humans.