I'm not picking sides, just interested in truth. I question the need to ever put someone on cortisol replacement except for the most extreme situations. I would bet that after a very stressful time, just about all of us would fail the Addison's tests. Even if that's an overreaction, at the very least cortisol replacement seems to be far over-prescribed for something that has no effect on what is causing the problem and for something that we don't fully understand the extent of the long term side effects.
You're right though. Understanding and education will eventually settle all of this but that doesn't help those who are currently relying on these authority figures and given harmful treatment advice. Maybe it's not THAT harmful I don't know, but when you're talking about steroid hormones it's more concerning than supplements. I think we can all agree on that right?