The Best and Safest CORTICOSTEROID Alternative

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Corticosteroids can have some extreme side effects. Thankfully, there are some fantastic natural corticosteroid alternatives—learn more!

Adrenal Body Type Videos:

0:00 Introduction: The problem with corticosteroids
1:45 Corticosteroid side effects
3:30 The best corticosteroid alternatives
8:27 Learn more about vitamin D!

The long-term effects of corticosteroids can be nasty. Today, I want to share some potential natural alternatives for corticosteroids that you can talk to your doctor about.

If a person takes something like prednisone long-term, they are susceptible to developing corticosteroid resistance. This means that it could stop working over time.

Potential side effects of corticosteroids:
• Cataracts
• Moodiness
• Weight gain
• Cushing’s syndrome
• Diabetes
• Osteoporosis
• Immunosuppression (immunodeficiency)
• Secondary infections

Natural corticosteroid alternatives:
1. Vitamin D3 (at least 20,000 IU)
2. Plant steroids (false unicorn root, licorice root, and fenugreek)
3. Adrenal glandular extract (grass-fed and freeze-dried)



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Dr. Berg, age 56, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps increase your awareness of natural corticosteroid alternatives. I’ll see you in the next video.

59 responses to “The Best and Safest CORTICOSTEROID Alternative”

  1. Great… 🙁 I just got put on prednisone last month for Behcet’s Syndrome. I hope 3 months is considered “short term” use. I looked it up but saw different opinions on that. I’ve been taking the high vitamin D as you said, and the ox bile. I’ll try the other things too.

    • @Lisa Miller I was on extremely high doses for many years….I took Prednisone by mouth, given a shot, inhalers, and in my nose all at the same time for years….I had it going in my body many different ways at the same time not even spaced apart….it was hell….I couldn’t sleep, angry all the time for no reason, nervous and stressed out, put on well over 100 lbs…etc etc etc…it was living hell for me and my family….but I took all that at the same time for years….

    • @Debbie Sidebottom That is a very, very, very, very, very,very, very long time. They should have been trying to find the root cause instead of pulling out RX pad.

  2. Yeah my doctor put me on prednisone for 5 days about a week ago for my allergies because the sinuses were starting to mess with my ears, or at least that’s what he thinks is happening. And then as a result I got sick right after finishing the cycle🙃. It was the worst I’ve ever felt from a normal flu🙃. Still recovering from it. I then learn about what prednisone does. Safe to say I’m going to use these alternatives from now on🙃

  3. Years ago when my kids were little, a hospital doc prescribed Prednisone for asthma for 4 or 5 days. *NEVER again would I do that!* I couldn’t even focus or feel like I could function correctly, so I asked my parents to take my kids for a few days, and when I finished, it didn’t even accomplish what it was supposed to, I was in the same congested position.

  4. The doctor kept me on corticosteriod for year my body had many side effects he never warned of side effects and when confronted he started giving excuses.

    • I’ve found doctors are extremely poor in telling side effects! This is in my personal and family experiences AND my observations as an RN.

  5. Dr. Berg, I too am very allergic to poison ivy. Once we burned trash and weeds in a huge pile on our property. We didn’t know there was poison ivy in the pile. I inhaled the smoke and got poison ivy internally. I ended up in the hospital. I had it coming out of my body from every exit way – ears, nose, tear ducts, sweat glands and other if you can imagine. I got through it but it was an awful experience.

  6. Thirty years ago, a doc put me on Prednizone (along with Theopheline, Ceftin, inhalant steroid, and Robutussin with Codeine) for asthma and borderline pneumonia (I was breathing at 28% lung capacity) and the flu. The side effects were horrific! I said never again then, and I’ve stood my ground since. I learned about natural healing from a client of mine and the only pharmaceutical I take now is Breo Ellipta (Fluticasone Furoate 100mcg and Vilanterol 25 mcg inhalation powder) but I only take one puff every 6 days. It’s amazing to me that the doctor wanted me to take two puffs every morning and evening, and I do just fine with one puff every 6 days!!! I’ve already had the cataract surgery, and I have adrenal and cortisol issues. I’ve been trying to ween myself off Breo as well, hence the 1 puff/6 days, so this video is perfect for me! I already upped my Vitamin D to 20,000 iu/day, 40,000 iu when I remember to take my two evening capsules. Thank you Dr Berg for this info! It is greatly appreciated!

    • Just a thought but I got the gummies in D3 and everything else as I can not absorb vitamins…it made all the difference in the world those vitamin gummies…I only take gummies but a couple don’t come in gummies….huge difference…maybe that might help you and others

    • @Debbie Sidebottom – I used to take Nordic Naturals D3 plus K2 gummies all the time. I still have one bottle left, but I’m trying to cut out all sugar that I can, and the gummies have more than I care for, so I’ve been taking Dr Berg’s D3/K2 capsules for the last several months. It’s an option, though, for those who are not reactive to sugar.

  7. A lot of people don’t know that there’s a small percentage of people that have allergic reactions to prednisone. My daughter was one of them. It made her out of her mind and she ended up in a crazy hospital. She is fully recovered but not from any doctor but from God!

  8. I have been on a asthma inhaler that contains a steroid, I developed cataracts at age 40. I just learned that my eyesight has dramatically deteriorated the past few years! So do I breathe or go blind, thank you for this information Dr. Berg!

  9. I stopped my daughter from steroid creams for eczema. She’s getting better but goodness lost more than half her hair, sheds ALOT of skin at night, swelling… I know it looks worse but internally is getting better. Do you think the plant based items you mentioned would help as well? I’ve added beet and tumeric juices, biotin and collagen supplements- My research points to TSW and while she’s getting better, I’ve basically been trial and error to this point. Not taking her to the derma because I just get ‘yelled’ for not using the steroids argh. She is still taking rupall for the itch though

    • I am not a Dr. but I would suggest she remove all grains, sugar including fruit, dairy and processed foods.
      I personally have gone to a 99% meat diet with some lettuce that i grow.
      I stick mostly with sirloin patties, petite steaks, chicken breasts and bacon. I use a sugar free, no preservatives, uncured bacon.
      I was diagnosed with MS and several other autoimmune diseases beginning over 20 years ago.
      I am 67 now and still up and going. If I cheat on this eating plan things worsen quickly, if I stay on it, my pain and balance issues go away.
      I love Dr. Berg and follow his nutrient protocols and I also follow Dr. Mark Hyman and Dr. Terry Wahls who are medical Dr’s and functional medicine practitioners.
      I cannot follow a Keto plan as it includes rice and other foods I cannot eat without my body slipping back into pain and imbalance.

    • During the summer you can easily find
      ..they use it for sunburns’s pure aloe and lidocaine which numbs the skin while the aloe heals…I use it because I’m in kidney failure and when toxins are high you will itch and scratch so bad it breaks the skin…so I get several bottles to keep on stops the itching by numbing it slightly and the cooling effect of the aloe also helps heal…great on burns, big bites and itching works for me and everyone I have told about it….good luck

    • Definitely watch her diet. Cut glutens, sugars, carbs, food dyes … you can eat as healthy as possible and use all the best supplements but if you also have these things in your diet they inhibit the absorption of vitamins.
      For hair growth look into Rosemary or peppermint oil. And use shampoos without SLS, Parabens, fragrance etc. Giovanni is a decent brand, but there are others that are even cleaner.
      As far as immediate eczema relief- I am studying on colloidal silver and skin issues. Maybe look into that! Also- gut health plays a big part in skin health. Find some good probiotics for her – Jarrow has a great children’s blend I use for my kids.

    • Hey Micere, I am hopefully towards the end of TSW journey and wanted to share some steroid alternatives, recommended by Dr. Peter Lio, such as black tea compress, Dermaleve and zinc oxide cream mixed with coal tar (prescription) to help with itching. Trial and error is very much part of the process but it sounds like you are doing all the right things to help your daughter. Feel free to reach out and I’ll be happy to share my experience. Stay strong, it does get better.

  10. Hello Dr.Berg, i am watching your videos for 1 year they were very helpful, i had type 2 diabetes since 5 years, by watching your videos i did keto diet and i avoided sugar for 6 monthes, last week was my appointment with doctor, they tested me and told that now i have no diabetes, i was so shocked and happy to hear this news, by help of strict diet diabetes has disappeared… So thanks very much for helping all of us,by the way i want to know that which cooking oil and spices are organic in USA, and which one do you eat, so plz plz make a video on that, that will be very helpful for me…

  11. Boswellia serrata (frankincense) is a great alternative to steroids.
    in research it worked as well as steroids when patients were on chemo therapy, without any of the side effects.
    it is a miraculous substance.

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  12. Great and timely video. I think CV19 has messed with a lot of peoples immune systems. My partner and I both have had what we beleive to be a viral infection in recent weeks. She had all mandatory tests done at hospital due to chest pains and breathlessness. Mine started out with cold/flu like symptoms but the cough has persisted for 3 weeks, chest pains also, worse skin/hair problems, inflamation and tendonitis (which may have occured naturally due to training but recovery feels compromised). I’ve been watching a lot of your videos trying to piece things together. My vitamin profile is now well balanced through diet and supplementation. I do take meds for anxiety and for myself being quite a caffeine drinker I worry that I may have burned out my adrenal gland response. If there is anything more you can suggest based on adrenal gland fatigue and immune system weaknesses I’d love to see more.

    • Did you take the tea ? If you did. And it sounds from your description. You both have. Then yes you are in trouble.

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  13. When I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis they gave me 1000mg for 3 days. I knew from the beginning that it wasn’t good for me. I haven’t been going to the hospital because they want to give me prednisone for my symptoms. I’m about to get some fenugreek and licorice root now

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  14. Hello Dr. Berg, great channel, I learn so much each day. I also recently started using a few of your supplements (hair vitamins/vitamin D/cod liver oil), so far so good. Can you focus one of your videos on “creatinine” what triggers it to go beyond the max #, natural ways to bring those levels down especially when the “reported causes” of high creatinine is not something that you are plagued with.

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  15. I have been having body wide joint pain. My doctor thought I had rheumatoid arthritis but thank the Lord it came back negative. She prescribed me a steroid however I am leary to take it. I am incredibly thankful that you post this video I truly need it! Thank you Dr Berg, you are a Godsend!

  16. You mentioned taking high doses of Vitamin D3 – is that daily? Also, how many milligrams of Licorice Root and the others you mentioned do you recommend on a daily basis? Thank you!!

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  17. You described my experience with poison ivy. I used to get it annually starting at age 8. I can’t believe I was not sugared on what it looks like after being doctored with prednisone and everything.

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  18. Wish I knew all of this years ago when my grandma was suffering from COPD. She knew the prednisone was harming her overall, but couldn’t find anything natural. (At that time I was still teaching myself natural health.)
    She passed 6 years ago, but she outlived her life expectancy by about 9 years. Her positive outlook on life played a big part in that! ❤️
    Thank you Dr. Berg for your tireless efforts to re-educate the masses. God bless you!

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