Dr. Fuhrman on Getting Off Prednisone
Here’s a jewel I found in the Member Center of DrFuhrman.com. This member wanted to get off Prednisone and Dr. Fuhrman helped show her the way. Take a look:
I have an appointment to see you in 3 1/2 weeks but I'm writing hoping I can start doing something now. I am looking for help in getting off my Prednisone. I am a 59 year-old woman who was in good health, but under tremendous stress due to family crises (caregiver). I came down with pericarditis on Aug. 13, 2006, had a pericardial effusion and tamponade on Aug. 24th and emergency surgery - a pericardial window - the same day to drain the fluid. I began Prednisone 40 mg on Aug. 25th with a taper schedule. The pericarditis has persisted. I have not been able to taper down on the Prednisone. I have had 4 flare-ups since Aug. 25th. In the 78 days I have been on Prednisone, the majority of the time I have been on 30 mg and the rest of the time between 30 mg - 40 mg or 15 mg - 25 mg, depending on where I was with the taper. I am currently on 25 mg Prednisone, Colchicine 0.6 mg 2 x day, Motrin 600 mg 3 x day, Metoprolol 25 mg 2 x day (I had one episode of afibrillation 2 days after the surgery, but no past or current heart problems), Protonix 40 mg 2 x day, Synthroid 25 mcg (Hashimoto's disease, hypothyroidism, ongoing for 8 years).
I have read 'Eat to Live' and am reading 'Fasting and Eating for Health.' I did not eat sugar, white flour, meat or simple carbohydrates and recently went off wheat.
I was wondering whether you could tell me if there was anything I could be doing right now towards helping me get off the Prednisone in the period while I wait for my appointment with you.
You should start my dietary protocol right away. Eat the light diet described below and nothing else until you see me and do not drink any water. Do not use any salt or any product containing any sodium. Don't try to decrease the prednisone faster than 2.5 mg per week and do not start tapering further until following this protocol for at least a week.
Breakfast: Kiwis, berries, green apple and a glass of fresh squeezed carrot, beet, parsley, kale juice.
Lunch: Green lettuce, tomatoes, shredded red cabbage, watercress, shredded carrots and raw beets, with a dressing made from sesame seeds, orange and lemon. Eat two tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds. And a bowl of soup made with vegetable juice, leek, collards, kale, bok choy and zucchini.
Dinner: A blended smoothie made with banana, avocado, lettuce spinach and kale. Steamed green vegetable such as brussel sprouts, broccoli, baby bok choy, artichokes or asparagus. You can have a small amount (less than one ounce) of raw almonds, Brazil nuts or raw pistachio nuts. You can have one fresh fruit, such as papaya, mango, melon, apple or pear and another glass of fresh vegetable juice with dinner if you like.
Thank you so much for your reply and for giving me your protocol for me to start. I started the protocol yesterday. Really happy to be on it.
I just wanted to ask you one question now. I have a hypothyroid and the cruciferous vegetables in their raw form are goiterogenic. Is it OK if I steam them before using them in the parts of the diet where they would normally be eaten raw?
Please forget about the idea that raw cruciferous vegetables are goiteragenic. That does not happen in real life with real people and I assure you that the amount of raw greens you can eat will not hurt your thyroid.
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