I was given lots of cortisone as a kid for allergies and asthma. I know very well the nasty side effects of this drug. Long term side effects. Yes, it is a natural hormone, but just like estrogen, you don't want to take too much, and sensitivity varies greatly among individuals. It can cause damage to many different systems in the body. This is from drugs.com:
"Side Effects by Body System - for Healthcare Professionals
Cardiovascular side effects including myocardial rupture following recent myocardial infarction, fluid retention, sodium retention, congestive heart failure, potassium loss, hypokalemic alkalosis, and hypertension have been reported with cortisone therapy.
Gastrointestinal side effects including peptic ulcer with potential perforation and hemorrhage, perforation of small and large bowel, pancreatitis, abdominal distention, nausea, increased appetite, and ulcerative esophagitis have been reported.
Musculoskeletal side effects including muscle weakness, steroid myopathy, loss of muscle mass, osteoporosis, vertebral compression fractures, aseptic necrosis of femoral and humoral heads, pathologic fracture of long bones, and tendon rupture have been reported.
Psychiatric side effects including euphoria, insomnia, mood swings, personality changes, severe depression, and psychotic manifestations have been reported.
Nervous system side effects including convulsions, increased intracranial pressure with papilledema, vertigo, myalgia, arthralgia, malaise, headache, and psychic disturbances have been reported.
Endocrine side effects including development of cushingoid state, suppression of growth in children, and secondary adrenocortical and pituitary unresponsiveness have been reported.
Ocular side effects including posterior subcapsular cataracts, increased intraocular pressure, glaucoma, and exophthalmos have been reported.
Thromboembolism has rarely been reported.
Increase/decrease in motility and number of spermatozoa in men and menstrual irregularities in women have been reported rarely."
When you go in for a cortisone shot, does a doctor sit down and discuss all this with you? Doubtful. Therefore, you are not really making an "informed consent." Read up on the forums about experiences with cortisone. I wish I had never been given this stuff, but I was a kid and had no say in it.
However, it works really well for some people to relieve pain, if used sparingly, not repeatedly! It also is really being "sold" right now. I think (?) doctors can bill for a surgery, not just an injection. And since cortisone lowers your immune system, you better make sure everything is REALLY sterile. Something that isn't a priority in many doctor's offices these days… just sayin!
And yes, all things are made from chemicals… but Mother Nature probably does it best in most cases. (Yes, labs gave us strong antibiotics derived from natural remedies like molds - but now we have super-bugs too.) The labs take simple remedies from nature, refine them and tweak the chemistry so they can get a PATENT and MAKE LOTS OF MONEY. For example, cannabis is illegal in most states, but I read the labs are working on tweaking the natural molecules to make drugs for various conditions. We COULD grow a plant for free. It's a valid, well proven medicine for many things. But no, that's illegal. Eventually we will have to pay plenty for something similar - and probably a lot more serious side effects than the natural substance.
The SSRI antidepressants were born from LSD - not completely natural, but a close cousin. If you read the research, LSD did NOT have the side effects the current SSRI and SNRI antidepressants have, nor did it have withdrawal symptoms like they do. LSD was used with very effective results in therapy - a small number of sessions required, and people got better. (Check the NIH research.) You did not have to take LSD every day. (Nor COULD you - it wouldn't work, so it had a built-in anti-addictive property.) The problem was it became an uncontrolled street drug and was abused. Just like many prescription drugs today.
The media was used to whip people into a frenzy against these natural remedies. Now they are altered a bit and sold as drugs. Just like the tobacco we buy in cigarettes is not the original natural tobacco of centuries ago; rather it is filled with addictive chemicals that cause cancer. Why? Why don't they sell the natural substance? ADDICTIVE SUBSTANCES make MONEY.
"Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find money cannot be eaten."
~ Cree Prophecy