usual emphysema treatment involves corticosteroids like Advair™
and prednisone, regular doses of antibiotics, to
fight off secondary infections and portable oxygen to supplement
the diminished lung function.
tell their patients there is no emphysema treatment that will
reverse the symptoms or cure the disease but that taking the
prescribed medications will slow the progress of the disease.
asked my mother's doctor why her emphysema was getting worse
so long after she quit smoking he told me that they simply
did not know. It was a mystery. I realized right then that
I was asking the wrong people for help. They were very nice
but they had no answers.
had taken graduate level courses in Pathology, Histology,
Human Genetics, Pulmonary Physiology, Cardiac Physiology and
Renal Physiology. After not getting any help from the medical
industry I turned to Pathology and began researching.
seemed obvious that something was proliferating in my mother's
lungs and no one was acknowledging or addressing it. They
kept blaming smoking which was not even in the picture anymore.
My mother had quit smoking more than two years earlier yet
her deterioration continued.
decided I would continue researching until I either solved
the mystery of emphysema, chronic bronchitis and copd or my
mother took her last breath. Luckily the former and not the