What I found initially after 2 weeks of study online, was a study from WW1 US doctors who did a study on the soldiers that had the influenza that killed millions. When they autopsied the men that died, they found that their adrenal glands had atrophied.
Looked up what prednisone does and it shuts down the adrenal glands, and if you stay on it long enough, they will atrophy. You need your adrenal glands to live. They produce a natural STEROID. What I found out in several articles, was that the adrenal function is compromised and weakened from several factors, such as fatigue, stress, caffeine use, sugar, long term infections. All of these things were factors in what ended up in me being put on prednisone.
So what the GI doctors found out was that, when they gave a test group natural adrenal extracts taken from bovine (cow) adrenal glands, the test group DIDN'T DIE. Cow DNA is very close to human, so apparently it was good enough to supplement.
So what I found was a company that manufactures the adrenal drops in New Zealand. They only sell to osteopaths, so I found a natural supplement company that apparently has an osteopath on staff, and THEY sold the same company's product.
I told my doctor to take me off the prednisone (after 14 months-I waited too long to research, that part is MY fault), and he initially refused saying I would die. I said you already told me I'm dying in 3-4 months, so if so, then I'll die the way I choose. He dosed me down and I immediately started the drops. I was unsure of dose amount, and read a conversation online between a doctor and patient and he recommended 6 drops sublingual twice a day for severe cases of adrenal fatigue.
Since I didn't know how much, I cut it to 3 drops twice a day. The first 2 days off prednisone were rough; I literally didn't know if I would survive. The inflammation increase in my lungs was immediate, although all the infection from pneumonia was gone a year before. This is why I finally decided to research, much too late. I couldn't understand why I went from no meds, healthy as a horse at age 52, to a death sentence with no real diagnosis of why, a few months later.
Pneumonia was gone, so why do I still have to take this stuff, and why am I not better, not knowing the drug was creating the very problem I was trying to shake off! Every time they would try to take me off of it, I would get worse immediately, so they'd put me back on it. OF COURSE, I got worse. My own adrenal glands were so compromised by the drug shutting them down, I was lucky they revived at all and were not atrophied already.
When this started, I had never been on any medication in my life. When they got done dosing me with massive amounts of the stuff, I was on 18 overnight, nearly. One by one, as I recovered from pneumonia, I started to simply not take them. I finally, after months, told my doctor I had not taken x,y,z in months and was fine, except could not shake off the prednisone.
The drug companies are slick. This drug creates it's own dependency, thereby making them millions. You have to have adrenal function to live, it shuts yours down and "replaces" it, and your glands don't resume working immediately after going off of it.
I asked my doctor just how long did it take for my own adrenal function to begin, and how did they know for a fact it would? He looked thoughtful, paused for a few and said, "I really don't know the answer to that question, I'd have to research it."
Therein lies the problem. Doctors are busy people, and even the best ones are trying to see as many patients as possible, which puts them at risk for believing everything every pharma rep comes peddling, because after all, didn't our FDA approve it for them to have it to sell in the first place?
And now, as the class action lawyers found out, it has been out there for so many years, that despite the growing numbers of people who are having severe problems with it and are literally dying from the effects of it and don't realize it, there is no chance of bringing justice to the peddlers of it. And yes, it's IMO........
So I survived the 14 months of it, the drops started working and within THREE DAYS I could breathe normally and the inflammation was gone. Second time they snuck it in on me, it threw my heart into AFIB. God healed it in 3 days. Then another go round with it, and I'm waiting on that healing. Did I mention prednisone weakens muscle tissue? That's why people on it long term usually die. My friend's cousin was only 41 and he was on it for 2 years. It damaged his heart, just like it did mine, and he died. Blessings....