Why is SARDS Always Confused with Cushing’s Syndrome?

Posted on May 13th, 2016

These are two separate conditions that have very little to do with one another, however they do have similar side effects.

SARDS is an autoimmune disease that causes blindness.

Cushing’s syndrome (CS) causes the production of excessive amounts of functional cortisol.

SARDS is an autoimmune disease, and part of the development of SARDS, comes from the production of a deficient or imbalance, non-functional, cortisol.

Part of the therapy for SARDS, is replacing the deficient or non-functional cortisol, with functional cortisol.

Cushing’s syndrome produces excessive amounts of functional cortisol, which is used to correct SARDS and other autoimmune diseases.

What the medical profession does not realize, is that even if a patient is producing large amounts of cortisol, without checking if adrenal estrogen is being overproduced, due to a negative feedback imbalance, there is no way to determine, if the cortisol that is produced, is functional or non-functional.

In this case, imperial values mean very little, and comparative values are the only answer.

If a patient has SARDS, and an elevated amount of non-functional cortisol, testing for Cushing’s syndrome is NOT the answer.

It is much easier to test for total estrogen, and if it is elevated, which it normally will be with a SARDS patient, the final diagnosis will have nothing to do with Cushing’s syndrome.

SARDS patients normally do not have the hair loss like Cushing’s syndrome patients do, unless their endocrine immune imbalance, that caused the SARDS, allowed them to develop a prior allergic dermatitis.

Their elevated adrenal estrogen will bind their thyroid hormones, which can also cause some hair loss.

For more information on this, on this subject and on this website, please read Metabolic Hypothyroidism.

Both SARDS and Cushing’s syndrome patient’s often drink excessive amounts of water.

The Cushing’s syndrome (CS) patient, drinks excessive amounts of water, due to the over production of elevated amounts, of functional cortisol

The SARDS patient also drinks an increased amount of water, not because of elevated amounts of non-functional cortisol, but due to the low IgA inflammation in the intestinal tract, that is caused by the elevated adrenal estrogen.

When this occurs, the inflammation that extends into the colon, disallows the 90 % of water resorption, to occur.

This causes the SARDS patient to drink large amounts of water.

Both SARDS and CS patients will often have a distended abdomen, from drinking, to much water and over eating.

Both SARDS and CS patients have increased appetites.

The CS patient has an increased appetite, due to production of excessive amounts of functional cortisol.

The SARDS patient develops an increased appetite, because when their non-functional cortisol cannot fund the negative feedback mechanism to the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, the Corticotropin Releasing Factor (CRF) that is produced by the hypothalamus that is in excessive amounts, will stimulate the pylorus and the duodenum of the gut, which causes an increase in appetite due to these hunger pains.

If your pet has seen a veterinary ophthalmologist and an electroretinogram was done and it was flat lined, your pet has SARDS and NOT CS.

As opposed to having your veterinarian do an ACTH Stimulation Test, or a Dexamethasone Suppression test, please have them do an endocrine immune blood test, in order to properly treat your pet’s SARDS, and have a chance for vision to return .

If you can have your veterinarian treat your SARDS pet properly, and if your pet has had SARDS for less then, one month, there is a 90 % chance for sight to return.

Please remember, the far vision will be the first vision that will occur.

As treatment progresses it is simple to merely shine a light into your pet’s eyes, in order to see if any pupillary constriction is beginning to occur, because if it does, it means the retinal tissue is beginning to function.

However for sight to return, you must remember the following;

. How well has your pet hidden this oncoming blindness from you?

. How soon were you, able to determine that your pet had a sight problem?

. How soon was your pet, properly treated for SARDS?

For those of you that are truly interested, these are the only tests that are necessary to identify and correct SARDS;

. Total estrogen

. Cortisol

. T3.

. T4

. IgA

. IgM

. IgG.

At this time, National Veterinary Diagnostic Services, is the only laboratory that can do all of these tests.

If you and your veterinarian are willing to do these tests, I would be more than happy, to consult, at no charge.

My only interest in doing this article, is to share this information that I have found with my clinical studies, for you, the pet owners and your veterinarians, in order to show your veterinarians how to successfully treat your SARDS pet, even if what I have discovered, has not been taught in schools of veterinary medicine.


Dr. AL Plechner