What Patient’s Are Saying

See what both patients and physicians are saying about their experience with Microdose Therapy. If you’d like to leave your own feedback, fill out the form below.

My pain level has dropped dramatically since starting the cortisol. I haven’t felt this good with energy to spare for years!!!
THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH for your help and support!!
Lee, Moorehead, MN.

I feel pretty darn good. I used to come home from work in tears from the pain. Now I hop on the bike and peddle for a few miles. That’s a major improvement.



Ashley, CA.

“With Parkinson’s disease, everything was slow. Thinking was slow. Body movements were slow. I shuffled when I walked. My gait was slow. My posture was bad. My speech was bad. My volume was low. I drooled. My face was a mask. Using Microdose Therapy, my thought process is better. I think better. My walking is better, I don’t shuffle. I smile a lot. My face mask is pretty well gone. My posture is better. Life in general is better.” Dr. Owen’s wife adds “He thought that doctors don’t get sick. Him, being a doctor, he thought that doctors don’t get sick. When his health was going down, we had some tough times. He was in a very, very deep depression. Now he always has a project – finished a disk, did painting, planted tomatoes. He is happier.”

Physician who used Microdose Therapy for his Parkinson’s disease.

J Owens, MD
Patient, Physician

“My wife asked me to get a hip replacement like I had done for others. I replied, that is alright for them. There is no doubt that cortisone is the best treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. However for fifty years, conventional medicine has used it in a manner that resulted in circa­dian rhythm over dosage problems (Cushing’s syndrome). Dr. Stenberg theorized that the basic problem was a deficiency of cortisone, but only in the “pulse” mode of cortisone production, and not the circadian rhythm cortisone production. Subsequent scientific experimentation and clinical testing corroborated this the­ory over ten years ago. Why has main stream medicine ignored this “simple solution?” Using Microdose Therapy, pain in his hip subsided. He cancelled hip replacement surgery.

>Orthopedic Surgeon who used Microdose Therapy for his psoriatic arthritis.

Kieth C. Soper, MD
Patient, Physician

Update: I’m now on the 24th week of the program and still doing well. I have felt so great that I’ve had a renewed joy of life. The pain reduction has inspired me to exercise more and lose the extra weight that has been dragging me down.

I have been suffering from osteoarthritis for well over 10 years. On bad days, I couldn’t bend over because my back hurt so much. I had pain in my hands, feet, back, knees, and neck. Alcohol and too much carbs/sugar in my diet makes my pain worse. After the holidays this year, I was miserable. My kids would say “Dad, what’s wrong with you” and I’d reply “It’s just how my arthritis gets when I party too much”.

I have seen numerous arthritis doctors over the years but none offered any real hope. I have been taking Celecoxib (aka Celebrex) for the past 5 or 6 years, Vioxx before that. The problem with Celecoxib is that it is linked to a number of serious side effects including heart attack, stroke, hypertension, hyperkalemia (high blood potassium), liver and kidney damage to name the worst of them. Vioxx was worse. Even with all of those side effects, Celecoxib only dampens the arthritis, it doesn’t “fix” anything.

Under the care of Professor Virgil Stenberg, my improvement has been transformative. I feel so great that I have been able to stop taking Celecoxib altogether. In order to be a patient, Prof Stenberg requires you to keep a daily pain/stiffness diary that calculates a score. When I started the protocol, I scored a 70 even while taking Celecoxib twice a day. Within 2 to 3 weeks of his Cortisol “shower” (a 4 week tapering dose), my pain/stiffness score plummeted. Within a month, my pain score was 10 most days. It’s now at 6.

The benefits have been significant. My pack pain is gone. Hip joint pain – mostly gone. Metatarsalgia (ball of the foot pain) significantly improved. Pain in my hands from a pinched nerve in my neck – nearly completely resolved. Admittedly, some stiffness remains.

Speaking of that pinched nerve in my neck, my doctor’s diagnosis was “Cervical Radiculopathy”. For the past two to three years, my hands would go numb then start throbbing in pain when I tried to sleep in bed. Ultimately, the pain would get so bad I resorted to sleeping in a recliner. My doctor recommended spine surgery but first tried an expensive steroid injection into my neck that did nothing. My neurologist said “It will not go away so learn to live with it”. Well, shortly after starting Cortisol Microdose Therapy, I was able to return to sleeping in bed and I haven’t had to sleep in the chair for nearly 3 months now!

I see Cortisol Microdose Therapy as a form of hormone replacement therapy not unlike testosterone therapy or estrogen therapy. The difference is that cortisol therapy targets inflammation. It is the inflammation that causes so many of our aches and pains especially as we get older.

If you think about cortisol as a hormone replacement therapy, then avoiding overdose is critically important and that is where Professor Stenberg’s research has proven most important. It is also the reason why anyone on this therapy needs to follow the protocol. Prof Stenberg acts as your coach, tracking your daily scores on a weekly basis and providing guidance as you learn how to take control of your pain. His ultimate goal is to teach you how to use the lowest possible dose to provide the best symptomatic relief possible.

I pray that I’ll never go back to the daily aches and pains that I had just 4 months ago.

Mike W, Age 70, Woodside CA

Mike Wise

I’m a retired high school teacher who has been suffering from fibromyalgia. One day after an appointment with my physician, he requested to see me in two months. Instead I said “No, Doctor, you call me if you have something new for fibromyalgia!” Later I asked my still friendly Ex if he knew of anything that helps fibromyalgia. I told him I feel terrible. I have pain all over. All I want to do is lay around. Moving to sunny Arizona didn’t do it. After listening, my Ex told me of an 80-year-old sufferer who had gotten help from a program called Microdose Therapy at a University of North Dakota demonstraion clinic. . My Ex found the 80-year-old planting a tree in his back yard. The 80-year-old explained Microdose Therapy worked fine. He was well satisfied with the results. So I decided to enroll in the program created by Dr. Stenberg. In a few weeks, I felt like I died and went to Heaven. Over the years, my fibromyalgia disappeared. Fifteen years later most if not all of my pain is gone. I haven’t had to use hydrocortisone for the past four to five years. I never experienced hydrocortisone side effects. The program has been like a miracle for me!

Jean Lee Brown

I suffer from arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome and fibromyalgia. I attended one of the educational sessions for Microdose Therapy at the Helen Foundation. People spoke who were in much worse shape than I. After the session, I shed tears thinking of the changes I witnessed in peoples’ lives. So, I bought Dr. Stenberg’s book, Arthritis. The Simple Solution, which told of the many years it took to develop this safe plan. I decided to go on the program. To my surprise, I lost almost all pain, stiffness and fatigue within the first weeks of Microdose Therapy.tm

Years ago, my husband was put on hydrocortisone. He put on weight and lost his voice. I told myself “I will never take hydrocortisone.” Now after five years on the program, I have not lost my voice, gained weight or any other side effect. I am comforted to learn that hydrocortisone is a regulator of my body put there by the Creator. With the relief the program has given me I am able to exercise, golf, and bowl. My advice for other chronic pain sufferers is to learn what Microdose Therapytm is doing for people. Try it, faithfully follow instructions and learn which foods are giving you trouble. All you have to lose is the pain. I have thanked God many times for the steadfastness of Stenberg and the dedicated people who worked with him to develop, test and apply this program that has helped thousands of people.

Lyla Dahl

“People with arthritis can achieve dramatic relief from pain and tender joints by taking less medication. The new approach, now called Microdose Therapy, is based on the simple principle that you should take mediciation when your body needs it most.”

Principal investigator for the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine double-blind clinical trial; Division Chief of Rheumatology.

JJ Fiechtner, MD

“I was educated, practiced and taught medicine in Russia before coming to the United States. I am pleased to observe quick, dramatic improvement in arthritis patients. Microdose Therapy has a unique pattern of using hydrocortisone that allows patients to avoid possible side effects and control their disease. Microdose Therapy is an important advance in medical treatment.”

Helen Foundation physician administering Microdose Therapy

Nadya Libby, MD

“Microdose Therapy is a new system for treating arthritis using tiny amounts of cortisone thus avoiding its side effects. It is built upon the idea that the arthritic’s body produces an inadequate amount of cortisone when the body should stop inflammation, and cortisone should be given only as needed to terminate inflammation and not at other times”.

Physician, UND Microdose Therapy demonstration clinic.

JB Irwin, MD

”On Microdose Therapy, patients finally have found something that works really well. They are guite grateful. By being able to take the medication when they need it and not taking it at other times, they feel like they are in control. They like the idea of having control. The cortisone holiday that we employ in Microdose Therapy is absolutely crucial for its effectiveness. Ninety percent of people who come into my office and start using Microdose Therapy feel better than they have for a long time.

Physician using Microdose Therapy in his Minnesota clinic practice.

Francis LeBlanc, MD

“After using Microdose Therapy for two years in my practice, 80% of my patients experienced dramatic relief (based on a minimum symptom reduction of at least 50%). By using small doses of cortisone over a 5-day period, it markedly decreases the worrisome side effects of long term and high doses of steroid administration.

Because of the intermittent administration of cortisone, there is much less suppression of the patients’ own cortisone production and allows cortisone-free days. The Microdose system gives control to the patient in treating their diseases. It actually gives them a numerical value as to when to treat and how much to dose. It takes a lot of the guesswork out of the treatment plan and allows the patient to initiate treatment quickly with lower doses. This in turn reduces the severity of arthritic flares because they can be ‘nipped-in-the-bud.’ It is my impression, based on a personal small sample of patients, that by using the microdose technique, patient seem to have less severe flares during the treatment period. It is effective, easy to follow, and very economical. It is a good program.”

Physician using Microdose Therapy in his Texas clinic practice.

RJ Koval, MD

“About 10 years ago I was diagnosed as having osteoarthritis. The pain in both knees steadily increased. Back pain was also bad, and I needed pain medication every four hours. After scheduling a knee replacement surgery, I attended a lecture on Microdose Therapytm. It sounded good, and I decided to try it. Immediately after starting Microdose Therapytm, my osteoarthritis pain began to lessen. Each day became better than the day before. After completing the first few weeks, my back and right knee pains were gone. Now except for a minor pain in my left knee, I have no pain! Needless to say, I cancelled the surgery. I got a bonus — the digestive problems that were bothering me improved. I just feel so much better! I think Microdose Therapy is a great program.”

Phillis Wright

With fibromyalgia, I was unable to play with or care for my 1-year-old and 3-year-old granddaughters. I couldn’t go shopping, I walked with a limp, I quit golfing, and had difficulty getting up from a chair without assistance. Even quilting was painful. After having a complete knee replacement surgery, my knee had not healed properly. After attending a lecture held by the Helen Foundation, my husband and I decided I would enroll in the Microdose Therapy program. Then the almost unbelievable began. In three days my pain significantly improved. After one week, I was amazed at how good I was feeling. My knee replacement even healed. Now I am able to get out of a chair by myself. I no longer limp. I sleep without waking up in pain. Now I can play with my grandkids. I feel great! The help I needed was only a phone call away. The Helen Foundation has a knowledgeable and friendly medical staff ready to assist you!

Pam Bellows

While at a faculty dinner in 1976 at Huntington College I noticed stiffness in my body. I went to stretch my legs downstairs, my knees became so weak that I had to crawl to the stairwell and call for help. I spent the next five months bedridden. Suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, I had both knees and my shoulder replaced in the next years. Despite the surgeries, I remained in constant agony. It seemed my only option was to just live with the pain until I discovered Microdose Therapy. The relief from the excruciating pain I felt that first day was not a fluke. During the first weeks, my pain levels dropped from around 80 to 15. Seven years later, my pain levels remain between 0 and 15. I have had no apparent side effects during these seven years. I am a firm believer in Microdose Therapy. My daughters exclaimed, “We have our dad back again!” I have regained much of my former independence and am enjoying my retirement years!

Robert Baker
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