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Walking Quiz
Which of the following in NOT a direct benefit of a regular walking regimen?
erbal Medicine
Herbal Therapy & the Adrenal Glands

© David L. Hoffmann BSc (Hons), MNIMH

Weight gain: Restrict calorie intake; may require a change in steroid medication: may require a diuretic.

Edema: May require diuretics and potassium.

Potassium loss: Use potassium supplement.

Acne: Treat with topical medications.

Urinary frequency and nocturia: Check for evidence of genitourinary infection or diabetes mellitus; urinalysis

Insomnia, headache, fatigue, euphoria. Treat symptomatically.
Side Effects of Steroid Therapy - considered undesirable and dangerous by the prescriber,

Nature of Effect Action

Allergic reaction to ACTH or steroid: Withdraw drug promptly. Substitute steroid or synthetic ACTH.

Cardiovascular system effects

  • Hypertension: Suggest reduction in dosage of steroids.

Thromboembolic complications

  • Arthritis

Infection: Suggest anti-microbial medications as indicated.

Eye complications:

  • Glaucoma - refer to ophthalmologist.
  • Corneal lesions
  • Subcapsular cataract
Musculoskeletal effects:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Pathologic fractures
  • Growth suppression
  • Myopathies

Central nervous system

  • Seizures: refer to neurologist.
  • Neuritis
  • Psychotic reactions
  • Adrenal insufficiency (after steroid withdrawal)

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Whilst working in conservation and lecturing in ecology and the eco-crisis for the University of Wales, David Hoffman became convinced that to heal the world, to embrace planetary wholeness and responsibility for it with hope, he as an individual had to be whole within himself....more
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