Cortisol is an Important Hormone and Yet Feared

Posted on October 23rd, 2014

Cortisol is one of the most important hormones produced in the body, and yet it is the most feared.

Cortisol is a very important, natural hormone that is produced from the middle layer adrenal cortex, and must be produced in an active state, and in normal amounts, otherwise allergies, autoimmunity and cancer will occur.

Unfortunately with the history of the misuse and misunderstanding of cortisol supplementation for many, many years, by the medical community, people are often horrified when a cortisol supplement is suggested.

Did you ever wonder why different forms of cortisol are used as inhalants, and for oral and injectable supplementation, and for so many different medical conditions?

Hopefully it will make sense, that these cortisol supplements are funding a cortisol imbalance in a patient, but long term use of a cortisol supplement in a patient is definitely misunderstood.

Dr. William McK. Jefferies found that once a cortisol imbalance is identified, and a patient uses Cortef, which has a short half-life, Cortef supplementation had no long term side effects, because it only lasted a short time in the patient’s body.

For more information on this subject, please read his book titled The Safe Uses of Cortisol.

Other synthetic, cortisol replacements, may last up to 24 hours or even longer with injections, which means the cortisol replacement in humans and in canines, must be supplemented with a thyroid hormone to enhance the metabolism of the liver for cortisol breakdown and kidney excretion in 24 hours, otherwise a certain quantity of cortisol will remain, and eventually lead to an overdose.

However, most health care professionals do not realize this.

For those patients that have had only their cortisol measured, without measuring the other hormones and immune functions your cortisol controls, there is no way to determine if you have a cortisol imbalance or not.

The use of salivary tests and 24 hour urine tests will determine if free cortisol is present, along with many other hormones, but the tests will not indicate if the free hormones can be used by the body, without doing comparative hormone and immune tests. The salivary and urine tests may be suggestive, but are not indicative.

For further information on how to determine if you or your pet have a cortisol imbalance, please see the ANIMAL and HUMAN protocols, which will help your health care professional help you to decide.

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Natural, active cortisol works with the hypothalamic pituitary axis, and when the cortisol has performed its regulation in the body, and is broken down by the liver and excreted by the kidneys, the hypothalamus will release its hormone. This will cause the pituitary gland to release its hormone referred to as ACTH, which will cause the middle layer adrenal cortex to release more cortisol.

Unfortunately, if the middle layer adrenal cortex is exhausted or damaged genetically due to harmful environment exposures, cortisol will not be released, or released in insignificant amounts, and the inner layer adrenal cortex will respond with an excess production of androgen and estrogen.

The medical profession is worried about the bad effects that estrogen may cause, but is not measuring total estrogen, which needs to also include adrenal estrogen.

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Hopefully this article will help you realize how important a cortisol supplement is, and how to determine if you are your pet have a cortisol imbalance.


Dr. AL Plechner