COPD and Emphysema Research
I began researching optimal health it was primarily due
to my mother's diagnosis with emphysema and COPD. COPD
is an acronym that stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary
Disease and includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis
and bronchiectasis. My research continued from 2003 at the
time of her diagnosis until late in 2007. It resulted in
my mother's complete recovery from End Stage, or Stage
After complete recovery from emphysema and COPD.
had deteriorated down to weighing only 77 pounds and requiring
4 liters of continuous supplemental oxygen. Her meal size
had decreased down to about a cup of food at each meal.
If I urged her to eat more she would tell me that if she
did she could not breathe.
Early stages of recovery from emphysema and COPD.
I found was very little in the way of alternative COPD treatments.
I found Dr. Robert J. Green Jr., a Naturopath and author
of, "Natural Therapies for Emphysema and COPD."
Dr. Green had managed to keep his father alive for more
than 16 years after he was diagnosed with emphysema and
incorporated some of Dr. Green's therapies for my mother
but what I was really looking for was someone who had figured
out why emphysema and the other COPD diseases were progressing
so long after smoking cessation. I quickly realized that
quitting smoking did not stop emphysema and COPD from progressing.
I remembered working with a gentleman that had been diagnosed
with emphysema even though he had quit smoking more than
28 years earlier. Right now in 2014 Leonard Nimoy is suffering
with COPD after he quit smoking 29 years ago.
was this disease progressing at all if the cause of the
disease, smoking, had been eliminated?"
one seemed to have an answer for this question. One of my
mother's doctors told me that, "It might be the
alpha-1 antitripsyn deficiency." I reminded him
that she had smoked cigarettes for almost 40 years so I
was not buying that this was the result of a genetic disorder.
I wanted to know why her emphysema and COPD were progressing
2 and a half years after she had quit smoking and no one
had any answers!
Research Reveals Answers
noticed that none of the alternative research on COPD provided
any ideas on why the disease progression continued long
after smoking cessation. I observed my mother daily watching
as her supplemental oxygen requirement increased while her
food intake decreased. I watched her sleep diminish down
to about an hour at a time before she would wake up in the
middle of an exacerbation and was gasping for air. It was
very difficult watching someone I loved so much suffer so
Explains the Cause of the Progression of COPD
thousands of hours of research and observation I developed
a hypothesis which I believe explains the cause of the progression
of COPD. My hypothesis is,
introduces a pathogen into the lungs that begins proliferating
and will continue even if the patient quits smoking."
remembered from a graduate level course in Pathology that
all pathogens eat sugar so eliminating systemic sugar was
paramount in killing any pathogen regardless of which one
was causing the problem. I also remembered that pathogens,
including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and cancer, all have
a protective protein covering. I also remembered after reading
"Alkalize or Die" that no disease can
exist in an alkaline environment.
immediately began studying the findings of researchers having
success with treating other diseases as if they were a pathogenic
infection. I found cancer researchers who were starving
cancer cells with a restrictive diet which eliminated systemic
sugar. I found a practicing MD who had developed a cure
for allergies and asthma that most of his collegues did
not know existed. I found researchers who provided complete
methodologies for restoring the immune system after it has
been compromised by antibiotics and a poor diet. I found
researchers who knew exactly how to tear away the protective
protein covering on pathogenic cells. I found researchers
who were amplifying the immune response and killing pathogens
in the process. All in all, I compiled more than 30,000
pages of information.
Alternative Emphysema and COPD Treatments
Where it made sense to do so, I began systematically applying
these treatments to my mother's COPD and emphysema daily
treatment regimen, having already determined that the progression
of the disease must be due to a pathogen growing and proliferating
in her lungs that was there as a result of 40 years of smoking.
amazing part was that as soon as I began applying these
alternative treatments my mother began showing subtle improvements!
Even though they were small improvements they were significant
because they were the first improvements she had shown since
her diagnosis and they were permanent improvements which
we were able to build upon daily until her complete recovery.
additional information on these alternative treatments,
which have now been used by more than 6500 people in 19
countries to beat this disease, visit the Emphysema
page and the COPD page or visit
our sister site: Emphysema
Optimal Health Protocols
research led me to many researchers whose findings had been
obscured by the pharmaceutically financed and controlled news
media. I noticed that the research studies being done on supplements
were not the multimillion dollar, double blind studies like
the ones conducted by the pharmaceutical companies. The profit
margins were not nearly high enough for them to warrant these
types of studies on supplements besides, the quality supplements
are extracts from food. They are not synthetically manufactured
in a lab like medications.
Deficiencies in Our Diets
soon realized that most of us were deficient in vitamins and
minerals. We were not getting the right amount of healthy
fats or a reasonable variety of phytonutrients.
Most of us are dehydrated because we don't drink enough water
and most of us don't get enough sleep resulting in the use
of various stimulants for waking up and getting started in
the morning. For the most part, I found a mix of confusing
and contradictory information regarding most of these deficiencies.
Water Intake for Optimal Health
of the areas I found lots of confusion was on the amount of
water we need each day for optimal health. Most healthcare
profesionals say 8 to 10 glasses per day and leave it at that.
Do you really think an 80 pound woman needs the same amount
of water that a 300 pound woman needs? Of course not however,
since there is no money in researching water intake we end
up with an erroneous number that only a fraction of the population
reveals that the right amount of water is dependent on body
weight. The most accurate estimates for the right amount of
daily water intake that I found started with your body weight
in pounds multiplied by 0.66. Pounds (weight) are then changed
to ounces (fluid).
is an example using a 100 pound person.
lbs)(0.66) = 66
shows that a 100 pound person would need 66 ounces of daily
water intake for achieving and maintaining optimal health.
you getting enough water in your diet each day?"
be cogniscent of the water quality. Tap water is generally
the worst water available. You can have your water tested
but make sure you do not get it tested by someone selling
a water purification system. They have a vested interest in
showing you how bad your water is. I generally drink alkaline
water. It has a pH of 9.3+. (Remember, pH is the negative
log of the hydronium
ion concentration. pH=7
is neutral, below 7 is acidic and above 7 is basic or alkaline.)
Shoud Vitamins and Minerals Be Taken
people are confused as to when vitamins and minerals should
be taken. When we eat a meal, vitamins and minerals act as
catalysts which allow biochemical reactions to occur that
otherwise would not occur or would not occur to the same degree.
The end result is taking your vitamins and minerals with your
meals which allows them to perform their most important function
and allow you to extract more nutrition from your food.
of Vitamins and Minerals is Paramount
may have noticed the price of vitamin and mineral tablets
in health food stores is much higher than the vitamin and
mineral tablets at the local drug store or your local "Large
Mart" department store. The difference in price
is primarily due to the quality of the supplement not the
quantity the store purchases. The vitamins and minerals generally
found in health food stores are extracted from food and the
ones at the local drug stores and department stores are made
in a lab. Do you think your body knows the difference? You
better believe it does!
Does "L" and "D" Mean
When on a Supplement Label
may have noticed the "L" or "D"
before a supplement name and wondered what this stands for
or what significance it holds. Let me provide a simple explanation.
Chemistry is a section covered in the 300 level college Organic
Chemistry class. It refers to two different isomers of the
same coumpound, the "L" isomer and the
"D" isomer. It was noticed that when one
isomer was placed in a 1 decimeter tube and a plane of polarized
light was passed through it, the "L" isomer
would rotate the plane of polarized light to the left in a
"levorotatory" direction and the "D"
isomer would rotate the plane of polarized light to the right
in a "dextrorotatory" direction.
two isomers are identical in chemical makeup however, the
atoms are arranged in such a way that they are structurally
mirror images of each other much like your hands.
real important part of this is that generally speaking, one
of these isomers is made in nature and the other is made in
a lab. The chemist cannot make the one made by nature and
here again, your body knows the difference. In general, the
"L" isomer is the one from nature and you
will see it commonly on amino acids such as L-arginine,
L-carnitine, etc. and the "D"
isomer is made in a lab. This is not always the case.