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Emphysema Diagnosis and Alternative Treatments

The Emphysema Diagnosis

My mother was diagnosed with emphysema and COPD in 2003. I had worked in a hospital years earlier and remembered the slow decline of the emphysema and COPD patients and their repeated hospital stays. I was very worried but felt sure the pharmaceutical companies and the medical industry had developed medications that would at least stop the progress of this disease. After all, it had been more than 25 years since I had worked in that hospital.

Emphysema Medications and Treatments

Within a few months the doctor precribed multiple medications and treatments. My mother seemed to think that these medications would stop the progress of the disease and heal her lungs. She also thought that since she had stopped smoking, her emphysema and COPD would not continue progressing.

At first the medications seemed to provide relief from the symptoms but I soon realized that this relief was temporary. Once the drug wore off, my mother was right back where she had been before taking the drug. I didn't realize this at first. I thought that maybe the treatments were slowly healing her lungs and stopping this disease.

Nebulizer Treatments with Albuterol Sulfate and DuoNeb™

One of the prescribed treatments was using a nebulizer machine with Albuterol Sulfate. This was increased over time from 2 treatments a day to 4 treatments. These treatments provided some relief from the congestion associated with emphysema and COPD.

Pulmonary Rehab Provides Noticeable Improvements in Emphysema and COPD

Along with these medications and treatments my mother was sent to Pulmonary Rehab. Even though this was only twice a week it truly inspired her. She would give it her all when she got there and made noticeable improvements in her ability to exercise. Being around other people with the same disease was helpful to an extent. Some of the patients that had already deteriorated down to End Stage created fear and horror in my mother.

End Stage Emphysema - Stage IV

After two and a half years under two doctors care my mother had deteriorated down to End Stage Emphysema, also designated as Stage IV Emphysema or Stage IV COPD. During that time I made sure she took all the prescribed medications and did all the ordered nebulizer treatments. I had printed checklists and kept accurate records making sure we did not miss anything the doctors had ordered.

Why is Emphysema and COPD Progressing So Long After Smoking Cessation?

I asked my mother's Pulmonary Specialist why her emphysema and COPD were progressing so long after she quit smoking. It had been more than 2 years yet this disease had continued progressing at an alarming rate! The doctor's response surprised me. At first he said that, "It might be the alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency."

I had covered the alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency in my research and knew it was a genetic disorder that generally materialized in patients before they turned 40. We both knew my mother's problem was from smoking cigarettes for more than 3 decades!

He finally admitted, "The truth is, we don't know, it's a mystery."

So there we had it! The whole truth and nothing but the truth! The doctors, the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry did not even understand why this disease progressed so naturally the treatments they had developed were ineffective!

The medical industry was relentless in their testing and quantifying of everything associated with this disease. They just had no idea what was causing the disease progression or how to stop it so they had no idea what to do with the information compiled through their exhaustive list of tests!

I realized that if my mother was going to survive emphysema and COPD I would need some alternative treatments. These conventional treatments did nothing more than temporarily mask symptoms! Some claimed they slowed the progress of the disease but not one claims their drug will cure the disease or even stop its progress!

I decided I would continue researching and either solve this big mystery of why emphysema and COPD progressed or my mother would take her last breath but I was not going to throw in the towel even though I was up against these impossible odds! How was I going to find the solution when the entire medical and pharmaceutical industries couldn't figure it out?

This was when I started praying a lot. I needed help and not just a little help from a friend. I needed a Divine Intervention and I was asking for it daily!

 

Alternative Emphysema Research and Observations

I continued researching emphysema and COPD but found almost nothing. Every path seemed to lead back to some web site controlled by the medical or pharmaceutical industry or was set up for their drug advertising. I eventually started looking into the necessary steps for restoring optimal health and searching for alternative treatments that were successfully being used in treating other diseases.

I also observed my mother daily and kept notes on her condition in a journal. I noticed that as the COPD and emphysema progressed she lost weight, her meal size would decrease, she would require additional supplemental oxygen and her sleep time decreased. This observation coupled with the research I was doing every day eventually led to the development of the hypothesis that, I believe, describes the cause of the progression of emphysema and COPD.

Emphysema and COPD Factoids:

  • Quitting smoking does not stop the disease from progressing.
  • Many people quit smoking and are diagnosed years or decades later.
  • It is just as easy to get emphysema from being in the presence of a smoker than to actually smoke.
  • As the disease progresses the patient’s meal size decreases.
  • As the disease progresses the patient’s supplemental oxygen requirement increases.
  • As the disease progresses the patient’s weight decreases.
  • As the disease progresses the patient’s ability to stay asleep decreases and exacerbations during the night increase.
  • As the disease progresses the patient's chest distends causing the condition commonly known as "barrel chest."

The Hypothesis Describing Emphysema and COPD Disease Progression

Following is the hypothesis I developed. Many will disagree with it however, the significance of this hypothesis is that when this disease is treated from the perspective laid out by this hypothesis, the patient begins improving almost immediately.

"Smoking (or breathing second-hand smoke) introduces a pathogen into the lungs that begins proliferating immediately and will slowly continue proliferating unless it is stopped!"

I believe this is the reason so many people quit smoking and are subsequently diagnosed years, even decades later with emphysema and COPD.

Expanding the Emphysema and COPD Disease Progression Hypothesis

As this pathogen proliferates it begins occupying lung volume needed by the patient. The patient's body, in an effort to adapt, distends the lungs which creates additional lung volume. The pathogen then proliferates into those areas and the body responds by further distending the lungs. This back and forth eventually results in the condition common to emphysema and COPD patients known as "barrel chest."

When this pathogen is allowed to continue proliferating, the lungs continue distending until they eventually begin crowding the stomach. When this happens the patient's meal size begins decreasing. In End Stage Emphysema my mother could only eat about a cup of food at each meal. When I would encourage her to eat more she would tell me that if she did she couldn't breathe.

Since I am not a doctor you may disregard this hypothesis as just some uneducated quackery but you should also know that as soon as I began treating my mother's emphysema and COPD as if it were a proliferating pathogen, she began improving!

First Signs of Recovery from Emphysema and COPD

The first signs of recovery came with a restrictive diet I put my mother and I on. I got the diet from a Microbiologist and Cancer Researcher. He stated that cancer was a pathogen and that all pathogens that invade the body ate sugar. The diet was designed to remove the pathogen's food supply which would begin weakening the pathogen and stop its proliferation.

Sure enough, it took my mom and I 10 days to transition to the restictive diet but in only two weeks after sticking strictly to the diet, my mother began showing signs of improvement! Granted, these improvements were subtle but the significance of the improvements was profound as they were the first permanent improvements she had shown since her diagnosis!

I did not realize it at this time but this was the first step in my mother's complete recovery from emphysema and COPD. She had deteriorated down to End Stage Emphysema so it was a ong journey. The entire timeframe was about 17 months for her complete recovery which all started with the restrictive diet I got from the cancer researcher.

I put my version of this diet into an ebook that I provide free to anyone signing up for the Alternative COPD Treatments newsletter. You can get the free download by clicking the book cover or the link below and signing up:

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New Menu That Began My Mothers Recovery from COPD and Emphysema

 

 



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