Sunday, May 3, 2015
We have all seen the advertisements on television where an elephant sits on the guy’s chest showing how hard it is for him to breathe with COPD. In the ad they claim, “Nothing can reverse COPD” yet that may not actually be true.
New evidence is showing that COPD might actually be reversible! Mounting evidence now exists that some specific alternative treatments are producing amazing results for thousands of people in 26 different countries and actually reversing their COPD and emphysema!
There is even a working hypothesis explaining why COPD and emphysema progress long after smoking cessation. The funny thing is, this new working hypothesis is completely logical and makes perfect sense especially when compared to what the medical industry is saying about the progression of COPD and emphysema.
The medical industry says they do not know why COPD and emphysema progress so long after smoking cessation. They say that it is a mystery. I asked my mother’s doctor why her emphysema was progressing more than 2 years after she had quit smoking.
“We simply do not know why emphysema progresses so long after the patient quits smoking. We do know if you take the prescribed medications they will slow the progress of the disease.”
The pharmaceutical companies are making $50 billion annually on the medications for treating COPD and emphysema so I doubt they are even looking for a cure or a way of stopping or reversing COPD and emphysema. It just wouldn’t be cost effective.
Diagnosed With COPD and Emphysema
My mother was diagnosed with COPD and emphysema in 2003. Her doctor prescribed a number of medications, Pulmonary Rehab twice a week and 4 nebulizer treatments daily with albuterol sulfate. He made no mention of the terminal nature of COPD and emphysema. They now call all terminal diseases “progressive.” I think people are more likely to take their medications if they have a “progressive” disease rather than a “terminal” disease. There again, it’s better for pharmaceutical profits to call terminal diseases, progressive.
End Stage Emphysema
I made charts for keeping track of all the medications and treatments she had been ordered to take each day by her two doctors. We did not miss one pill, nebulizer treatment or Pulmonary Rehab session yet after two and a half years she had deteriorated down to End Stage Emphysema. I had a medical person online tell me I did not know what End Stage was. The point he missed was that my mother’s Pulmonary Specialist had put “End Stage Emphysema” in her medical record and he definitely knows what it is.
Upon reaching End Stage Emphysema, my mother weighed only 77 pounds, required 4 liters of supplemental oxygen 24/7 and could only sleep for about an hour and even then, only if she was propped up on 4 pillows. After an hour or so she usually woke up in an exacerbation (extreme shortness of breath). I would have to talk her through her breathing exercises at 3 or 4 in the morning. She would only eat a cup of food at each meal. When I prompted her to eat more, she would tell me that if she did she could not breathe. This sounded like the lungs and stomach were competing for space. How could that be? Keep reading!
I realized my mother did not have much time left. I was making coffee at 11 pm so I could stay up all night checking on her every 10 or 15 minutes. This allowed lots of time for me to research COPD and emphysema.
Conventional Medicine – No Help to COPD Patients
By this time I realized the medical and pharmaceutical industries did not have any real solutions for reversing COPD and emphysema nor did they have any idea how to stop their progress, for that matter. They did not understand what was causing the disease progression so it is no surprise their treatments did nothing but temporarily mask the symptoms of COPD and emphysema.
I saw no slowing of the progress of my mother’s COPD and emphysema. In fact, I saw her deterioration accelerate the year she was given multiple prescriptions for prednisone, a steroid, and was already taking Advair which contained fluticasone, another steroid.
I asked her doctor why her COPD and emphysema were progressing in the absence of smoking. He first tried to snow me by stating that it might be alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. When I let him know that I had researched alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and I was almost certain it was not that. He then told me that they just simply didn’t know why COPD and emphysema continued progressing long after the patient quit smoking. He said that it was a mystery.
Alternative Treatments for COPD and Emphysema
I noticed there was not much in the way of alternative treatments for COPD and emphysema nor was there any research that I could find that provided any hope.
I found a Naturopath that had kept his father alive with COPD and emphysema for 16 years. This was a start. I began applying some of the treatments he suggested. They provided a natural substitute for some of the prescription medications that had serious side-effects.
This Naturopath offered no answer to the big looming question of,
“What was causing the progression of COPD and emphysema?”
He did offer a few supplement suggestions which helped some but did not stop or reverse the disease so I continued researching.
What Causes the Progression of COPD
Without knowing what the cause of the progression of COPD and emphysema was, I saw no way of finding a treatment that would stop or reverse this disease. It seemed to me that you would have to understand what was causing this disease progression before you could realistically expect to find a treatment that would affect it. Otherwise, it is a total crap shoot.
The cause of any disease must be determined before a viable treatment protocol can be established. This is common sense. Yet we are asked every day to trust in drugs that were manufactured for COPD and emphysema by people that do not understand what is causing the progression of COPD and emphysema.
The conventional treatments the medical industry prescribes that were manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry temporarily mask the symptoms of COPD and emphysema. Treating the “effect” or symptom of any problem instead of treating the “cause” of the problem is a recipe for diseaster.
Imagine running into a burning building and turning off the fire alarm as a means of putting the fire out. People would think you were crazy yet we treat disease every day with these drugs which mask the symptoms while the building burns to the ground.
Some Amazing Alternative Medicine Researchers
My search for alternative treatments for treating my mother’s COPD and emphysema eventually led me to some amazing researcher who had made unbelievable advancements in the use of alternative treatments to actually “cure” disease. Some were treating cancer, some were treating heart disease, some asthma and still others providing a preventive optimal health approach to avoiding disease altogether.
The Microbiologist and Cancer Researcher I found at the University of Nevada School of Medicine was certainly credible and he was absolutely curing cancer for the last 15 years, yet nobody even knows he exists.
I found a practicing MD in New York City who is successfully curing asthma and allergies and has been for a number of years while other doctors continue prescribing asthma medications, keeping them in the potential group of 60,000 asthma patients that die every year instead of providing this doctor’s 8-step cure.
I found a researcher who details a fail safe method of making your body disease-proof. I found researchers detailing the difference between the therapeutic dose of a supplement and the dosage recommended by the FDA.
I found a famous Cardiologist who now recommends certain supplements at much higher dosages than the posted FDA’s “Recommended Daily Allowance”.
I found a Cancer Researcher who was using diet and certain supplements taken in a specific way to actually cure cancer!
I was absolutely amazed at some of the research and researchers I found in my 4 and a half years of research. During this time I gathered 30,000 pages of information that I began sorting through. I also had the chance to closely observe my mother’s deterioration very closely. I noticed that as her meal size decreased her supplemental oxygen requirement increased. As I mentioned much earlier in this article, it appeared the lungs and stomach were competing for space. When she got down to only 77 pounds she was only eating about a cup of food at each meal. When I prompted her to eat more she would tell me that if she ate more she couldn’t breathe! Her stomach and lungs were never competing for space before! What is going on? (See if this doesn’t make more sense than what the doctors and nurses are telling you!)
Hypothesis Describing the Cause of the Progression of COPD and Emphysema
After a number of years of research and observation I developed a hypothesis which, I believe, describes the cause of the progression of COPD and emphysema. My hypothesis states that,
“Smoking introduces a pathogen into the lungs which then proliferates very slowly over decades until it causes major medical problems. As this pathogen proliferates it begins occupying lung volume the patient needs for gas exchange (breathing). The body adapts by distending the lungs in an attempt to create additional lung volume. The pathogen then grows into those areas. This back and forth goes on for decades until causing the condition common to COPD patients known as Barrel Chest. The distending lungs eventually crowd the stomach making normal-sized meals impossible!”
There it is! The reason the lungs and the stomach are competing for the same space as this disease progresses is because the pathogen has proliferated into the additional lung volume created by the distended lungs. As the meals get smaller and smaller, severe weight loss occurs. We have all seen these people sitting in their wheelchairs with their oxygen cannula in their noses and looking like “skin and bones.” At this point, the patient is not too far from End Stage Emphysema or Stage IV COPD.
I began treating my mother’s COPD and emphysema as if it were a pathogen that had entered the lungs from smoking cigarettes and was still proliferating even though she had quit smoking more than 2 years earlier.
I realized that if this was a pathogen like I was thinking it was, anti-pathogenic treatments should cause her condition to improve. If the progression of COPD and emphysema is not due to a pathogen entering the lungs through smoking then these anti-pathogenic treatments would do nothing and my mother would not survive. I realized that under the doctors’ care she would die anyway so we truly had nothing to lose and everything to gain. All the evidence I had compiled over more than 4 years of observing my mother pointed to this disease progression being the result of a pathogen in th lungs. I was very hopeful.
One of the Cancer Researchers I found stated that cancer was a pathogen and he had developed a diet that would starve pathogens. I immediately adopted the diet for my mother. This same researcher was providing his patients with supplements that restored the immune system.
I followed suit once again providing my mother with this supplement. He also gave his patients supplements that would amplify the newly restored immune system and supplements that would tear away the protective protein covering present on all pathogens.
I found other supplements that would treat the symptoms without side-effects, essentially taking the place of dangerous and very expensive drugs. I found supplements that would directly attack the pathogen and a novel approach of preventing the pathogen from adapting to the treatments.
After 17 months of relentlessly sticking to a restrictive diet as well as taking a host of supplements multiple times each day my mother had completely recovered from COPD and emphysema!
She could eat a full plate of food with no distress and had regained all of her lost weight! She no longer needed any supplemental oxygen even at night and could sleep through the night without waking! She was fully coherent and no longer seemed like she was in a daze! She was alert and able to drive a car for the first time in more than 6 years! She hadn’t driven a car since a few years before before her COPD diagnosis!
I shared this information with a friend of mine who had suffered with asthma for nearly 40 years. A little over a year later he is off of all medications and can go outside for the whole day without a sneeze. He said for the first time in his life he lays down to go to sleep and he is not wheezing.
After his recovery he insisted I write a book detailing these treatments for the millions of people suffering and dying from COPD and its related diseases every year. I did finally complete the book and it is now in its 3rd edition. The book is titled, “How I Reversed My Mom’s Emphysema” and has now sold in 26 countries and is available on Amazon and Amazon Europe.
I had gathered over 30,000 pages of information in my research. I said many prayers asking God to help me locate something in my giant stack of research that would help my mother. I realize the book is the result of His grace, not my research. Without His help I would probably still be going through that huge pile of information.
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"The Overlooked Cause of COPD"
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