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What Is COPD?

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of serious breathing disorders that includes chronic bronchitis, asthma, and emphysema, or may be a combination of two or more of these conditions. It is a progressive, irreversible and debilitating lung disease that often begins with a morning cough that produces mucus, and, as the disease progresses, shortness of breath and increasing difficulty breathing. It is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control and affects more than 16 million Americans. Most of the deaths, estimated at 3-5 million per year, are due to cardiovascular complications.

Chronic asthma is a recurring spasm of the bronchial tubes, often a reaction to infection, smoke, cold air, exercise, pollen or other irritants.

Other triggers for COPD are environmental pollution, chemical fumes, including most household cleaners and sprays, dust, mold, and, of course, smoking or second-hand smoke. Coal miners and people who handle grains are also subject to chronic bronchitis.

Chronic bronchitis is the permanent inflammation of the bronchial tubes caused by a bacterial or viral infection. It is accompanied by chronic coughing that lasts at least two or three months and excess mucus. Helicobacter pylori, better known as H. pylori, causes an infection that is associated with chronic bronchitis. Over 9 million Americans have chronic bronchitis, and the number is growing rapidly.

Emphysema is caused by damage to the walls separating the tiny air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs. As this process progresses the lungs lose their elasticity and become so weak that breathing becomes difficult. Smoking is the main cause of emphysema. In addition, research from Columbia University Medical Center in New York City concluded that ingestion of nitrites is associated with COPD, and emphysema in particular. The study indicated the correlation with the ingestion of 14 or more servings of cured meats a month. The study did not say nitrites were a cause, just that there is an association. Other dietary factors were involved. So if you have COPD, one of the lifestyle changes to make is to stop eating hot dogs, bacon, and lunch meats!

Symptoms

  • Chest Tightness
  • Cough with Mucus
  • Shortness of breath that gets worse with mild activity
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent respiratory infections
  • Wheezing

COPD is characterized by a shortness of breath while climbing stairs, doing light exercise, and even walking across a room. In severe cases one will have extreme difficulty in the ability to breathe at all. In addition, COPD may cause coughing, wheezing and chest tightness as well as shortness of breath.

A team of researchers at the University of Virginia led by Dr. Benjamin Gaston has discovered that high levels of acid in the lungs can trigger asthma attacks. Additional research has shown that the pH balance in a person with COPD is sometimes affected by ineffective breathing and a build-up of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is acidic. With the CO2 build-up the acid level increases and can exacerbate the COPD condition. CO2 must be eliminated to maintain the body’s proper pH, so the respiratory system responds by increasing the rate and depth of respiration. The use of steroids will help return the pH level to normal. However, steroids cannot be used long term due to their side effects, especially loss of bone (osteoporosis). Here again, the solution is done after the problem has arisen. We here at Health911 try to get to the root of the problem and use changes in lifestyle and supplements to help prevent the condition from worsening and even stop it from happening in the first place. As part of our Wellness Program outlined below, we stress watching the foods you eat and monitoring your body’s pH. We suggest that you buy a pH monitoring kit (test strips) (PRODUCT). If you see that your body’s pH is too acidic we offer Supplement Charge that will help increase your body’s pH level. (SUPPLEMEBTCHARGE)

Although there is no known cure for COPD, lifestyle changes and nutritional supplements can slow down, and in some cases, partially reverse the condition. If you have recently been diagnosed with COPD you will have much better long term results if you begin rehabilitation right away before more damage is done. In the following pages we will give you some therapies to try and a list of nutritional supplements to take to aid in this process.

Traditional Treatments

Bronchodilators are generally the first line of defense used by conventional medicine. Albuterol (Proventil) is one of the most common, but there are others. These are the inhalers you see people use.

A startling study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that COPD medications could greatly contribute to deaths from COPD. It reported on inhaled anticholinergic medication and indicated that they lead to an increased risk of heart attack of more than 50%, and of an increased risk of cardiovascular death of more than 80% These findings are so staggering that if you use one of these inhalers, be sure to work closely with your doctor!

Steroids can be an effective way to control lung inflammation, but they cannot be used long term, and they often have side effects such as weak bones (osteoporosis), stomach irritation, cataracts, and bruising. For this reason, they are prescribed only for those with acute breathing problems and should only be used for a short duration.

Antibiotics are used when there is an infection. However, over-use of antibiotics can lead to other health conditions and make the user less responsive to them in the future. If you do use antibiotics, make sure to also take probiotics during your course of antibiotics and for a week or more afterward to help re-build your intestinal flora. (IFlora) This will go a long way in restoring your over-all health.

Wellness Programs

A multi-faceted approach is probably the best way to deal with COPD. You can take the shotgun approach and do a drug or supplement when needed, but in the long run combining lifestyle and dietary changes, breathing techniques, stress reduction and relaxation techniques along with a moderate exercise program and nutritional supplements will result in a much more beneficial outcome. Look at the big picture and try to deal with the underlying causes rather than dealing with the symptom du jour.

Lifestyle Changes
  • Stop smoking! If you smoke, or are around those who do, STOP smoking and stay away from second-hand smoke. Your recovery begins here.
  • Avoid scented candles and personal care products (cosmetics, perfume, soaps, deodorants, etc.)
  • Don’t drive during rush hour when fumes dramatically increase
  • Avoid all types of sprays and sources of strong fumes. These will irritate your bronchial tubes and exacerbate your condition. This will include almost every cleaning product you use around the home! We suggest switching to all-natural non-spray products. You can make your own with baking soda or vinegar.
  • If you have your clothes dry cleaned, take them out of the plastic bag and air them out before putting them in your closet. They can trigger headaches or other allergic reactions.
  • If you live in an area with a lot of air pollution, limit your time outside. Ozone levels can trigger a COPD attack.
  • Avoid being around people who have colds; people with COPD are much more susceptible to infection and can easily pick up a cold. For whatever reason, rhinovirus, one of the major causes of colds, is known to exacerbate complications of COPD. Infection can lead to pneumonia, a leading cause of death for people with COPD. You know you have a bacterial infection if you begin to cough up greenish, yellowish or brownish phlegm. Seek medical assistance right away! A cornerstone of our Wellness Program will be to increase your immune system. More on that later.
  • Eat several small meals a day. Eating a large meal will cause the stomach to push against the diaphragm, which will make breathing more uncomfortable.
  • If you have mold in your house or workplace, eliminate it or change locations. Mold is a major trigger of COPD conditions.
  • If you have forced air ducts in your house, make sure they are cleaned at least yearly. It is amazing how much dust settles in the ducts and circulates when the system is running! You may also want to consider adding an electronic precipitating filter or a HEPA filter to your system to remove pollens, dust, mold and other particles.
  • Use a HEPA vacuum to reduce dust & pet dander. Vacuum your carpets frequently.
  • Keep the humidity at the optimal level of 30-55%. You can buy an instrument to monitor the humidity levels. If they are too high, use a dehumidifier, or too low, use a humidifier.
  • Buy a negative ion generator. It will cleanse your air by adding negative ions, which will attract positively charged dust, dander, and other irritants. This device will be especially important if your house or apartment is tightly sealed.

Dietary Changes

According to Kal Sellers, MH, a master herbalist, the most common reason for lung distress is a highly congesting diet. In basic terms, your body has a reaction to everything you ingest even though you may not be aware of it. Obvious ones are peanuts, milk, gluten and sugar, but other foods are less noticeable but can have a great effect on your lung health. Go to www.kalsschool.com, hit the Freesource tab, then look for the link to Understanding Food Reactions. This is the best discussion of this issue we’ve seen and is easy to understand. The bottom line is that some foods you are eating may cause inflammatory response in your body that leads to mucus build-up. Or, as he discusses, the food may lead to constipation, which causes thick, congested mucus in the lungs. He suggests colon cleansing to relieve the constipation, which in turn will cause lymphatic drainage and thinning of the mucus. Dr. C. Samuel West, a noted lymphologist, has written Golden 7 + 1, a very interesting book that discusses both the lymphatic system and breathing.  It is available on www.amazon.com {Ed: I spoke to Dr. West in 2001. It was one of the highlights of my research career!}

A good diet for pulmonary conditions will include, fruits, vegetables (preferably juiced), be high in fiber and omega-3 fats, such as olive oil, and include fish and chicken. This diet is rich in natural anti-inflammatories and antioxidants and won’t over-tax your digestive system. One study showed an inverse relation between consumption of vegetables and chronic bronchitis. Avoid foods that are acidic as you will want to maintain an alkaline pH as a method of reducing events that can trigger an attack. Although fruits are generally acidic, it is the reaction in the body that counts – so fruits are beneficial to eat. The reaction in the body can be totally opposite of the pH of the food. Although this may not make sense to the layman, it is a quirk of body chemistry. Dr. D. C. Jarvis, in his outstanding book, Folk Medicine, explains this phenomenon in great detail. It was this book that got me interested in natural medicine 50 years ago!

Monitor your body’s pH by buying test strips (PRODUCT). Keep a chart and plot your pH and any exacerbations of your condition. If you have an attack what was your pH before (and after) and what were you eating or drinking prior to the attack? See if there was a correlation. Many food and lifestyle choices can trigger an attack, so you will want to learn to monitor this situation. If your pH is on the low side, use our SupplementCharge to help normalize it. Monitoring your pH should be part of your daily routine, especially if you have a chronic condition. Can we make a chart in PDF? BANNER

Stop eating processed meats: hot dogs, bacon, and lunch meats. They are loaded with nitrites, which have been associated with an increased risk of COPD. Other dietary factors are involved, too, such as a lower intake of vitamin C and other antioxidants.

A 2007 study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology concluded that eating a diet high in fiber was very beneficial in managing your risk of COPD. Those in the highest total fiber group had a reduced risk of 15%, and those whose fiber was mostly from fruit had a reduced risk of 38%. This is truly significant, and once again indicates how important diet is to your health. As part of your Wellness Program, increase your intake of fiber.

A study from Johns Hopkins Medical School reported on the need for antioxidant protection in the lungs for those suffering from emphysema and that a compound called sulforaphane, which if found in cruciferous vegetables such as bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale and wasabi, proved helpful in protecting the lungs. The highest amount of sulforaphane is found in broccoli sprouts. It appears that this compound helps protect the lungs from inflammatory damage, especially in smokers. Further research needs to be done, but initial research looks promising.

Additional antioxidants that you can add to your diet are found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, carrots, etc. You can also take a supplement with carotenoids lycopene, lutein, and beta carotene and a bioflavonoid supplement.

Avoid:

  • Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners (diet sodas, too!)
  • Dairy – eliminate all dairy
  • Fast food (uses a lot of omega-6 fatty acids from soybean oil)
  • Meat
  • MSG and other additive products containing glutamate*
  • Omega-6 oils such as canola, corn, peanut, safflower, soybean, and sunflower. Most omega-6 oils tend to increase inflammation.
  • Processed meats
  • Saturated fats
  • Snacks, cookies, crackers (soybean oil)
  • Sodas (very acidic)
  • Soy proteins
  • Wheat – eliminate all wheat products

*We strongly suggest you visit www.truthinlabeling.org for a list of over 40 different ingredients that contain the chemical in MSG (processed free glutamic acid) that cause the reaction people get from MSG. From dairy products, processed foods, chewing gum, restaurant food, protein powders to some shampoos, insect repellants, sun block, vaccines and more, you will be shocked at the frequency of use of this product! Due to insufficient product labeling laws, food companies use many ingredient names to disguise free glutamic acid. Free glutamic acid is really a toxin and causes over-excitement of the cells and can affect nearly all of your body’s systems and organs. If you have COPD, this is a must read!!

Breathing Techniques

One of the most important things you can do to help your COPD condition is learn a breathing technique that will strengthen your lung function and keep your pH in balance. Most people don’t breathe properly anyway, so learning to will greatly enhance your well-being. Breathing properly will help keep a proper balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide. If your balance is bad it will result in decreased alkalinity, which can lead to an exacerbation of your condition. Talk to your doctor to find a system that is right for you. We have found in our years of research that there are many “breathing techniques” that have been developed. The Chinese have used breathing techniques to overcome many health conditions, and yoga and meditation also use various breathing techniques.

Exercise Program

It may seem counterintuitive to do exercise when you have trouble breathing, but one study published in Circulation in 2001 stated: “A six-month endurance-training program reverses the equivalent of thirty years of aerobic decline.” Just don’t overdo it and be aware of the condition of the air so that you are not breathing in irritants. Work with your doctor to develop an exercise program that is right for you.

Supplements

A comprehensive nutritional program will usually stop the progression of the disease and may partially reverse it. Our Wellness Program will increase antioxidant capacity, reduce inflammation, and boost the immune system to guard against infection. Our nutritional protocol is based around these three elements:

  • Antioxidants – important protection for the lungs
  • CoQ-10 (Product)
  • Glutathione    
  • Green tea (EGCG) (product)
  • Resveratrol PRODUCT
  • Vitamin A (PRODUCT)
  • Vitamin C (product)
  • Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) PRODUCT
  • Anti-inflammatories – reducing inflammation in the lungs and bronchioles is absolutely necessary in controlling and improving COPD conditions                                                            
  • Borage oil (Health from the Sun)
  • Bromelain PRODUCT
  • Curcumin PRODUCT
  • NAC (N-acetyl–L-cysteine) (PRODUCT)
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids (DHA in particular- see below)
  • Quercetin (PRODUCT)
  • Vitamin D-3 (PRODUCT)
  • Immune boosters - to reduce the risk of infection. This is especially important for people with chronic COPD conditions, as infection can lead to pneumonia, which is the leading cause of death.
  • AHCC PRODUCT
  • Maitake D-Fraction PRODUCT
  • Vitamin C (Product)

 

AHCC – AHCC, developed in Japan in 1984, is derived from a blend of several mushrooms and has been used successfully to treat a wide range of health conditions, from minor ailments such as colds and flu, to serious diseases such as cancer, hepatitis, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. It is the world's most researched specialty immune supplement with over 80 supporting research studies. AHCC is a highly effective immuno-modulator used in over 700 clinics as a standard preventative regimen for all incoming patient to reduce the risk of hospital infections. (ImmPower))

Beta carotene – 300 mg per day

CoEnzyme Q-10, better known as CoQ-10 is an excellent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, boosts energy at the cellular level, and helps fight infection. This supplement is especially important if you are taking any statin drug, as they greatly deplete the CoQ-10 levels. Dose: take 50 mg twice a day. (Product)

Curcumin, the component of the spice turmeric that gives it the yellow color, has been shown in several studies done a few years ago to reduce airway inflammation and protect against the progression of lung cancer. Since many patients with COPD have been heavy smokers, this supplement may benefit them in two ways. {Ed: We first read about curcumin in 2004 in some research about its benefit for cystic fibrosis. At that time it was found to be beneficial for reducing airway inflammation and reducing infections in the mucus. By helping to reduce inflammation, breathing is made easier, and by helping to reduce infection, the threat of pneumonia is also reduced. That is very positive since pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death in COPD patients. We strongly recommend you add this product to your Wellness Program if you get frequent infections.} (PRODUCT)

Enzymes – enzyme deficiency leads to a multitude of health conditions, including acute and chronic bronchitis, asthma, inflammation and food allergies, all of which are part of the general condition, COPD. Enzymes regulate all chemical reactions in the body, and people with COPD have reduced chemical reactions. Correction of enzyme deficiency will help digestion and assimilation of nutrients and help bring the body’s functioning back into balance. (IFlora)

Flaxseed oil – 1.5 tablespoons to improve the “surface properties” of all cells. Flaxseed oil is a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. You can take this or the DHA product we recommend below.  (PRODUCT)

Glutathione There is a high concentration of glutathione in healthy people, but a deficiency in people with COPD. The object here is to correct this deficiency. Dr. Jonathan V. Wright. M.D., one of the truly great giants in the natural medicine field, uses nebulized, inhaled glutathione as the #1 treatment for COPD in his practice. Glutathione, an amino acid molecule, is the most efficient free radical scavenger in the airways, and dozens of studies have confirmed that free radical damage is a primary player in COPD. It helps make breathing much easier. Dr. Wright recommends 120-200 mg twice a day, while others suggest 300 mg twice a day. This product has to be prepared by a compounding pharmacist with a physician’s prescription. You will also need to buy a nebulizer which can cost from $50-300 and is sometimes covered by insurance. If you don’t have a compounding pharmacy near you, have your doctor contact ApotheCure, Inc. at 800-969-6601 (US) or 800-203-2158 (Canada). You can also check their website at www.apothecure.com.

Iodine can greatly help with COPD. It permeates and loosens up mucus secretions, making them easier to dispel and also helps fight infections. It comes as an iodine/iodide liquid or tablet or as SSKI (potassium iodide). Use as directed or take 3-6 drops of SSKI if you use that form. Have your doctor monitor your thyroid function regularly if you use an iodine product. PRODUCT

Lecithin 1.5 tablespoons, along with vitamin E and flaxseed oil, to improve “surface properties” of all cells (PRODUCT)

L-carnitine – has been shown to exert demonstrable benefits for COPD – 2,000 mg twice a day (Product)

Lycopene – 15 mg twice a day (Product)

Magnesium – this will help relax and dilate the smooth lining of the bronchial tubes. Dr. Wright recommends taking 300-400 mg daily of magnesium citrate, aspartate, taurate, or glycinate. You can try to increase this to 400-500 mg twice a day. Magnesium can cause loose bowels, so you will have to adjust accordingly. (Olympian Labs)

Maitake D-Fraction is a powerful immune enhancer derived from the Maitake mushroom. It is one of the most highly recommended immune enhancers. (PRODUCT)

NAC (N-acetyl-L-cysteine) – Dr. Jonathan Wright recommends 500 mg 3/x/da to loosen thick, bronchial secretions. He also recommends taking 30 mg of zinc picolinate and 2 mg of copper sebacate if you take NAC for more than a few months. Take the zinc and copper (and NAC) separately, as they will bind together and be excreted. NAC, an antioxidant, reduces inflammation in the airways, is a pre-cursor to glutathione, and has been used for chronic bronchitis for nearly 40 years. (PRODUCT)

Quercetin - the flavonoid quercetin has shown remarkable properties in keeping rhinovirus from replicating and causing inflammation in the airways, a very significant factor in aiding breathing. In addition, it is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. With these two properties, quercetin should be part of your Wellness Program and used by everybody with COPD. PRODUCT

Vitamin A – 50,000 IU daily to maintain the health of the bronchial tube cells. It is very important to take vitamin A during periods of exacerbations of COPD due to the fact that it catalyzes removal of the most reactive oxygen radical. (PRODUCT)

Vitamin C – a study at Nottingham University in the UK found that those who consumed higher amounts of vitamin C had better lung function, and those who had a diet rich in vitamin C and magnesium, had significantly improved lung function. Start with 1 g per day. This level can be increased to bowel tolerance. Optimal level may be around 10 grams per day. (Product)

Vitamin D3 – Dr. Wright recommends 5-10,000 IU daily. Vitamin D is often depleted in people with COPD. At the American Thoracic Society’s 2011 International Conference there was a presentation concerning the use of high dose vitamin D to help people with COPD. The study used 100,000 IU monthly for three months and found that exercise capacity and respiratory muscle strength showed significant improvement when vitamin D3 was added to a pulmonary rehabilitation program. (Healthy Origins)

Vitamin E 400-600 IU of mixed tocopherols to improve the “surface properties” of all cells. Research from Cornell University indicated that high intake of vitamin E lowered the risk of COPD in women (no men in the study). Future research needs to be done to see how vitamin E is beneficial for those with COPD. (PRODUCT)

 

There are two other supplements we feel will dramatically help those with COPD. Taken in conjunction with the rest of our Wellness Program, you should see significant improvement in your condition.

DHA One supplement that has shown to be of particular benefit to helping those with COPD is an omega-3 fatty acid called DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). Omega-3 fatty acids are clearly associated with a reduction in chronic bronchitis according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. A study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology indicated that DHA improves ventilation in chronic lung disease. Omega-3 fatty acids, and it appears DHA in particular, significantly reduce inflammation and improve breathing function due to the reduced prostaglandin E2 levels. The study also mentioned a negative association for lung function for a fatty acid that comes from dietary saturated fat. Further studies need to be done to investigate the relationship with saturated fat and lung function, but, in the meantime, it might be wise to reduce your intake of saturated fat (and, of course, increase your intake of fruits and vegetables). We are quite sure there will be a significant change over time. Take 2 g twice a day. Each 1 g should have at least 500 mg of EPA and 500 mg of DHA. PRODUCT (Neuromins).

Mucolyxir is a homeopathic liquid form of DNA that is taken sublingually and helps dissolve airway-blocking mucus. The mucus comes as the immune system’s response to the bacterial infection. Both the infection and the immune system’s response lead to more mucus as the body fights off the invaders, and it turns into a vicious cycle. The only way to resolve this cycle is to break it, and this is where Mucolyxir comes into play. It breaks the cycle so that the immune system no longer produces excess mucus, AND it helps clear mucous from the airways, making it easier to breathe. The end result is that it makes the symptoms of COPD more manageable and increases the quality of life. (PRODUCT) Make this a featured product w/banner –  see Health Sciences Institute for info

Seanol, considered a flavonoid, is a standardized complex of 13 active fractions of polyphenols/phlorotannins which are extracted from red and brown algae. Its three key functions are:

  • a powerful antioxidant and helps lower oxidative stress 
  • reduces inflammation by inhibiting pro-inflammatory enzymes
  • improves blood circulation, blood viscosity, and quality of blood by reducing LDL cholesterol and triglycerides

Initial studies have shown Seanol greatly reduces inflammation in the lungs and frees them of mucus and has the potential to prevent or reverse the chronic progression of asthma and possibly other COPD conditions. Developed by Korean researchers over a period of 15 years and backed by $35 million in funding, Seanol has been found to be very beneficial for many other conditions as well, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, hypertension, erectile dysfunction, neuropathy, obesity and diabetes.

SEANOL is the only ingredient in a product called FibroBoost from the company that brought this product to market. (PRODUCT) BANNER

Another supplement that has shown promise is the paste used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) known as Xiao Chuan, or XCP. It was found that putting this paste on certain acupuncture points on the back in the summer prevented COPD exacerbations when the patient breathed cold air in the winter, a common COPD problem.

Remedies

Halotherapy – also known as Salt Therapy or Speleotherapy, uses a dry micro aerosol salt mist that is inhaled. This therapy was first identified in the mid-18th century in Poland when a health official noticed that workers in salt mines didn’t have lung diseases. As a result salt sanatoriums sprang up in Eastern Europe. Halotherapy developed into a successful treatment for asthma, chronic bronchitis and the full range of upper and lower respiratory tract conditions. This is an important therapy for pregnant women with respiratory diseases since there are no side effects and can be used without harm to the unborn baby.

Clinical studies have shown salt therapy to have bactericide and anti-inflammatory properties, and, by absorbing edema from the mucosa lining the airway passages, it widens these passages, restoring normal transport of mucus and unclogging bronchi.

To do speleotherapy you have to go to one of the salt caves in Europe that are set up for this kind of treatment. This is inconvenient and expensive. We are very pleased to have found a product that “brings the benefits of a salt cave to your house.” Ultrasonic Salinizer Saltair (PRODUCT) BAnner

 

Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy - two forms of oxygen therapy are the use of hydrogen peroxide and ozone (ozone therapy). These therapies are not sanctioned by the main stream medical community, but they work well in many cases. Ozone therapy, for instance, was developed in Germany more than 100 years ago, and has been used successfully to treat many health conditions.

Using intravenous hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) for asthma and other forms of COPD has been written about for many years in natural medicine literature. Both Dr. William Campbell Douglass, M.D. and Dr. Richard Schulze, among others, have described its uses in cases of asthma, bronchitis and emphysema with quite remarkable results. We suggest that you contact ACAM – the American College for the Advancement of Medicine – at 800-532-3688 – or visit their website http://www.acamnet.org - and ask them for a doctor near you who practices alternative medicine. {Ed: some people have found this therapy to be a miracle. From what I have read, this is true. Try it and let us know.}

One possible way to improve COPD is to use hydrogen peroxide in a nebulizer. We read about someone who had used 35% food grade H2O2 in his nebulizer (not sure of the mixture) in the morning and evening and had totally gotten off his 24/7 oxygen. This seems very strong and normally H2O2 is diluted. The drug store variety is only 3% If you are interested in trying this therapy, we suggest finding a doctor who is knowledgeable about it. Experimenting on one’s own can be dangerous!

 

Insulin Potentiation Therapy, known as IPT, is a very interesting and powerful therapy. When virtually any medication is given along with insulin, the effect of the medication is significantly enhanced. This therapy was discovered in the early 1920s by Dr. Donato Perez Garcia, Sr. and has been used for many health conditions, but primarily as an adjunct therapy to chemotherapy. It has been used successfully for conditions associated with COPD, such as asthma, allergic bronchitis and emphysema, as well as many, many others. For a comprehensive list of doctors who practice IPT, go to www.iptforcancer.com.

Magnetic Molecular Energizer - Another therapy that has been used with great success with COPD patients is called Magnetic Molecular Energizer (MME). It is safe, painless, and non-invasive. What it does is accelerate normal chemical reactions, including oxygen carrying capacity, nutrient assimilation, metabolic waste removal, reduction of free radicals, tissue regeneration and healing. This technology takes advantage of both the biochemical and electromagnetic aspects of the body to positively enhance the body’s healing capabilities. Patients who experienced substantial improvement needed 100 treatments. Of course, each person’s condition is different. Unfortunately, there are only a few clinics in the US that offer this treatment at the present time. Go to www.amri-intl.com/clinics.html for more information. 

Oxygen Therapy - Although most people with COPD do not need supplemental oxygen, if testing shows that your oxygen levels are too low, oxygen therapy can prevent excessive strain on your heart. The traditional oxygen therapy uses a cylinder of oxygen and plastic tubes that you insert into your nose. This works well but greatly limits your mobility. You can track your oxygen levels by buying a finger meter that measures your oxygen levels and heart rate. This will help you monitor your progress with each therapy.

Final Note: Please remember that your health condition took a long time to develop and it will take weeks or months for you to see results. Be patient and stick with your Wellness Program! 

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