Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Effective COPD Treatments

My mother was diagnosed with emphysema, chronic bronchitis and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in early 2003. I began researching the diseases and for more than 10 months my research did not reveal anything that gave me any hope of my mother's survival. I eventually realized that all the sites I had been looking at were owned or controlled by the pharmaceutical companies.

I watched as my mother took every COPD medication and performed every COPD treatments yet after two and a half years she was noticeably worse. She had not smoked during this time and had done everything her doctor prescribed! I was so puzzled by this so I asked her doctor,

"Why is her COPD and emphysema getting worse even though she quit smoking more than two and a half years ago?"

He first laid some pretty heavy medical rhetoric on me saying that it might be the alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency. I told him that he and I knew my mother's emphysema and COPD were the result of almost 40 years of smoking cigarettes. He finally looked me right in the eye and said,

"The truth is, we don't know why COPD and emphysema continue progressing so long after smoking cessation. It's a mystery." 

I decided right then and there I would continue researching COPD and emphysema until I either solved the big mystery or my mother took her last breath!

Alternative COPD Treatments

As I continued researching COPD and emphysema I found myself getting further and further away from the medical and pharmaceutical industries web sites. Neither of them had any solutions. The best they could do was supposedly, "slow the disease progression" with expensive COPD medications and treatments. 

I did not realize until my mother had deteriorated down to End Stage Emphysema that the COPD medications and treatments her doctor prescribed for her had one-by-one stopped working! All they had ever done was provide temporary "masking of symptoms." Once the drug wore off, the symptoms returned and she was right back where she was before taking it! These COPD medications and treatments were obviously not curing the disease! They were not even stopping the disease progression! The pharmaceutical companies that produced the drugs claimed they would "slow the progress" of the disease but at this point I doubted if even this was true!

Why Aren't the Doctors Addressing or Acknowledging This?

I had watched my mother deteriorate before my very eyes during this two and a half year period. She had not smoked and she had followed the doctors' orders to the letter. I made sure of this. It was obvious to me that there was something growing or proliferating in my mother's lungs! Why else would she be getting worse?! The doctors never addressed it or even mentioned it. I wanted information on why the emphysema and COPD was getting worse in the absence of smoking and they were at a complete loss in providing it. They claimed it was impossible to stop this disease progression!

Smoking Causes COPD but What Makes it Get Worse?

The doctors had said smoking caused the COPD and emphysema. I believed that wholeheartedly. There was no doubt in my mind that my mother's smoking had caused her COPD and emphysema. I also knew she had stopped smoking more than two years earlier yet her COPD and emphysema were progressing and no one could explain why! 

Logical COPD Treatment

Logically it seemed that something was growing in my mother's lungs. After all, she had quit smoking and was still getting worse more than two years later. Something was causing this disease progression. Maybe it was some pathogen left over from her years as a smoker. Maybe it didn't matter if you quit smoking. Maybe this pathogen continued proliferating anyway. 

I had taken a graduate course in Pathology a number of years earlier and remembered that sugar was their food supply. In humans, this is the systemic sugar resulting from overloading the body with sugar and sugary foods. This sugar floods the bloodstream where it waits for active transport across the cell membrane by insulin which is produced by the beta cells of the pancreas.

I decided that taking away the food supply for this possible pathogen, namely the systemic sugar resulting from sugar and sugary foods, should at least stop the pathogen from proliferating further.

The COPD Diet

I immediately took all of the sugar and sugary foods out of my mother's diet. I also removed anything that would convert to sugar in only a few biochemical steps which included potatoes, bread, cereal and pasta. This left only protein sources like beef, pork, chicken and fish and fresh vegetables in my mother's diet. Half the vegetables I steamed and the other half I cut up into salads.

After little more than 3 weeks my mother began showing improvements! Granted these were subtle improvements but I soon realized they were permanent and we were able to build upon them daily from then on! There was still a lot of work before she would be well but I was starting to believe this pathogen did, in fact, exist and more importantly, this diet was weakening it by removing it's food supply! I was shocked the doctors had not even suggested this simple diet change that had now produced the only improvements my mother had shown since her diagnosis!

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