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0:00 Introduction: My experience with poison ivy
2:15 Prednisone explained
2:44 Side effects of prednisone
3:18 Cortisol explained
6:50 What to know about prednisone
8:25 How to reduce cortisol
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Every year, a few times a year, I have a bad reaction to poison ivy. This time, it has affected my eye.

Each time I was exposed and had a bad reaction, I was given prednisone. It got to the point where, after I was exposed, the effects of the poison ivy wouldn’t go away after using prednisone.

People typically take prednisone for its anti-inflammatory or immune suppressant effects. But, prednisone has side effects.

Prednisone is a synthetic version of cortisol. Cortisol has benefits. It’s a hormone that helps the immune system and prepares the body for stress. But, high cortisol levels can lead to a lot of health concerns.

You don’t want to be on prednisone forever. The more you take it, the more it weakens the system. But, if you stop taking it, your symptoms may come back. So, why don't we get to the root problem? Keep in mind that once you start taking prednisone, it’s important not to come off of it too fast. Prednisone and cortisol also deplete the body of numerous vitamins and minerals.

The best ways to lower cortisol:
1. Lower your stress (do physical work, exercise, spend more time on a hobby, and take certain nutrients)
2. Take ashwagandha
3. Try breathing exercises
4. Use an HRV device to better understand your stress

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis and 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, 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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  • @victoriaowens8455 says:

    For years my aunt got poison ivy without even being near it and once she had a child she never got it again. In fact she could be in a thicket of it and not get it.

    • @caustinolino3687 says:

      How do you get poison Ivy without being near it?

    • @BigRedCarVROOM says:

      @@caustinolino3687 Maybe it is like the herpes virus…… lays dormant in your system and then when you are stressed out with your life, it comes out to play and it adds a little more stress to your day.

    • @Walkeranz says:

      It doesn’t bother some people. It’s not an allergy but people refer to poison ivy as an allergy because some people get a mild reaction, some no reaction, some turn pink and puff up and itch uncontrollably all over their body.

  • @sevahasan8291 says:

    We do love you doc Berg any way! And thank you for your commitment to us. God Bless.

  • @winningvictory says:

    God bless you
    Dr. Berg to make a full recovery from the poison ivy!
    If you’re not in great health; how are you going to continue educating us to improve our health and wellness!
    Stay healthy and keep winning;
    Dr. Berg!

  • @experimenthealthyketo83 says:

    Thank you so much for making so many videos on so many subjects, helping so many people, despite such situations!

  • @CandyCoatedCaboom says:

    I’m so sorry that happened! Wishing you a quick recovery! Thanks for all the information as well, as always! 🙏🏻

  • @jacobslapinski3710 says:

    Growing up as a hillbilly in the woods, I would get poison ivy that would spread head to toe. I would use to use all kinds of over the counter treatments. Eventually I gave up on them and just dealt with it. Over the years my poison ivy reactions became very mild only by direct contact or no reaction at all.

  • @selinathekids says:

    I wish you quick recovery, doc. Will also keep you in my prayers! 🙏

  • @billwashington2014 says:

    Dr Berg, you are a man of integrity, nobility and honor in the field of medicine. Your knowledge as a physician surpasses many in your field of study. I’ve watched your videos over the years and you’ve matured like fine wine. I wish you a speedy recovery from whatever ailments you may have. Sending you healing rays of light and be well always.

    • @DrEricBergDC says:

      Thank you very much for your kind message. Appreciate it!

    • @lizzieb6311 says:

      I agree with your every word! Dr. Berg brings is the knowledge the Medical Industry refuses to let us know.

    • @nuntana2 says:

      Agree with all that. These ‘real’ doctors coming on YouTube refuting this and that are annoying. He is a doctor in everything but name and knows more about nutrition and how the body works than most of them, yet they ‘should’ be trusted because they are pharma based and passed a test lol. Many doctors have an agenda, this guy just wants to get people well through natural means first and foremost.
      All the best Dr Berg and avoid those bars. 😋

    • @LariatLady150 says:

      It really doesn’t look that bad. Don’t worry about it.

  • @angelash9156 says:

    You’re so hilarious,Dr!!Speedy recovery to you!!💪🏻🙏🏻Thank you for all your useful videos!Really appreciate them!Take care.❤️

  • @practicaldee says:

    I was prescribed four doses of prednisone in a six month period to treat a chronic cough (3 At emergency clinics and 1 by my PCP). It was a temporary fix bc a couple of weeks after I finished each dose, the cough returned. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes after taking prednisone. Nine months after I stopped taking prednisone and having switched to a low carb, low sugar diet, I no longer have type 2 diabetes. I never had high glucose levels nor had a type 2 diabetes diagnosis before taking prednisone so I suspected that caused the diabetes. I’m so glad I doubted my doctor and looked into this myself. She wanted to prescribe medication and I told her I wanted to try and fix this on my own. And I did.

  • @John-zs2eo says:

    Just wanted to stop by and say that as a result of watching your channel, I have improved my life 1000%! I went from 265 to 210. No more high blood pressure, diabetes, and other maladies associated with inflammation of the joints and hips. It’s winter now, so I am having trouble walking outdoors I had to move to the gym which is not optimal for me. I was up to 10 miles a day before winter, so this is killing me, lol. THANK YOU, DR. BERG!

    • @missmaria165 says:

      My dad used to drive to the mall in winter so he could go for walks. It’s just a suggestion. 😊

    • @kellyt5341 says:

      @@missmaria165 Are there any malls left, seriously most have shut down. Not that I care since I rarely shopped there after 1995 anyways. The only thing left in the malls were high priced boutiques.

    • @laurag.p. says:

      What have you changed/done that helped so much? I’m asking because I keep trying things and nothing works 😢

    • @sonnyuk100 says:

      Dr Berg will be back. The Berginator .. “The truth will be told”. No need for an Uzi machine gun or automatic shotgun. The glasses suit you Dr Berg 👍🏻😉

  • @allhimwithme5115 says:

    Poison ivy oils are very volatile; if you’re extremely sensitive you can get it from the air. No one is thinking about how bad you look, just concerned for how bad you feel – wishing you a speedy recovery, Dr. Berg!

  • @vincesza8464 says:

    My body has made/ experienced so much cortisol I have to internally be like 65 (I’m 32) however vitamin D, vitamin C and fish oil have been helping keep it under control. Hope your eye gets better Doc!

    • @nancyevans822 says:

      Me too. I’m sure my insides are a total mess from Cortisol mass production! Kinda scared to know the number that little machine of his would come up with. 😂

    • @pibblesnbits says:

      I spent five years working nightshift. Feels like I aged 30 years in those five. I feel you.

  • @viisions7 says:

    Dr Eric Berg. I owe you endless gratitude. You’ve educated me on so many levels. I’m someone who suffers from ulcerative colitis and you’re helping me heal more than any doctor I paid a visit to. Thank you so much for your time and effort. Your videos are valuable beyond measure. Sending you the best wishes. Thank you ❤

    • @davidmaco1 says:

      Though his advice I have been in remission for several months, fasting and meat only was the main thing I did. What is Ulcerative Colitis? – Causes, Symptoms & Treatment by Dr.Berg

  • @a.williams45 says:

    So sorry that happened to you, Dr Berg. You know how to treat it properly and I wish you a speedy recovery. Thank you for sharing your experience with us 🙏🏻

  • @jamesoconis4673 says:

    Dr. Berg, those of us that have been following you for any length of time know that you are the best and anyone is susceptible to any illness but if you are eating healthy you are less susceptible to illness… so that said don’t feel inferior in any way, you are awesome and that’s what you need to know. 😁

  • @onebluestone says:

    I feel so blessed to get to have you be my health teacher. Thank you so much for your dedication, Dr. Berg.

  • @Samseed says:

    This makes me reflect on my own health journey with Crohn’s/Colitis and how Dr Berg has helped me with his info since I have known about him.
    When I was a teenager, I was super aggressive and always getting in fights. I also had severe cystic Acne. I took Accutane which was a horrible drug for the cystic acne. My skin got a little better but I developed Crohns/Colitis and lost a lot of weight, developed severe ulcers.
    I was put on Prednisone which helped against the inflammation of Crohns and Colitis, and suppressed my immune system, along with immune suppressants. I remember feeling like the old me, the aggressive me, strong, getting in fights, losing friends, also my cystic Acne came back. The prednisone was a double edged sword, I had to learn to calm down. I turned to meditation and working out for many years, but suffered a lot of ups and downs.
    I have had Crohns/colitis for 25 years now. The biggest challenge and change in my life I have made is to control my aggressiveness and anger. My fight or flight is more just “fight”, and my mind is always trying to come up with imaginary scenarios that get my cortisol pumping. Not to mention I live in a dangerous neighbourhood. I’m now 45 and its a little easier than when I was young. I take it easy, smile a lot no matter the situation and balance my life spiritually, physically, and mentally. I’m lucky to not have had to have surgery and am still intact, just scarred up and dealing with this disease.
    The things I have learned about Cortisol (and nutrition) from Dr Berg have been life changing in that I have started understand some of the underlying mechanisms. Many of the blanks I have been trying to fill in my health knowledge are now filled. Had I had known this as a kid, it might have made a huge difference over the years. I believe a lot of my issues with Anger including the Cystic Acne had a lot to do with the high levels of Cortisol coursing through my body. I think I may have been addicted to Cortisol most of my life. The feeling of power and the intensity is hard to describe unless you have gone through it. So many sleepless nights over nothing.
    If I could offer any advice to people suffering Crohn’s and Colitis with anger and mental health issues. Ups and downs are to be expected. When things are decent, make the most of them. When things are tough, rest, heal, be easy on yourself. As hard as things are these days, it helps to keep perspective. When times are overwhelming as an individual, I try to keep an eye on the big picture and realize I’m just a blip in time. If I find myself overly detached, I remember whats important to me and work on those things. The balance is in between. Stress, and Cortisol are important when you actually need them. Not for imaginary situations. Some stress is good and important to teach lessons. But mostly, take it easy on yourself and others.
    Thank you Dr Berg!

  • @lovemypups341 says:

    Dr. Berg , your sense of humor is the best ! 😂😂
    I hope your rash heals quickly without creating too much discomfort .
    Thank you for your dedication and continuing to teach/guide us on ways to live a happy/healthy life. You deserve a humanitarian award.

  • @lizbbaker says:

    Dr Berg. I’ve been on IF and Keto for nearly 1 year. I’m 64 and my health and bloodwork has never been better. Thank you for all you do

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