Bronchitis is a respiratory condition that is characterized by inflammation of the bronchial airways.
Caution: Left untreated, bronchitis can result in the development of pneumonia, a potentially fatal health condition. If you develop symptoms of chronic bronchitis, seek immediate medical attention.
Types of Bronchitis
There are two types of bronchitis—acute and chronic. Acute bronchitis is characterized by deep, dry, or wet cough that tends to resolve within one to two weeks. Acute bronchitis usually results from a cold, flu, or, in some cases, sinusitis, although it can also develop due to exposure to bacterial or viral infection.
Chronic bronchitis typically occurs without exposure to infectious agents, and can often develop as a progression of acute bronchitis. It can linger for months and/or recur on a regular basis. In addition to coughing, chronic bronchitis can also be accompanied by wheezing and/or sensations of breathlessness.
Both acute and chronic bronchitis symptoms include deep, dry, or wet cough and inflammation of the bronchial airways. Other symptoms can include chills, fever, excessive production of mucus, and the frequent need to expectorate phlegm and sputum. Both forms of bronchitis can also result in diminished immune function, leading to greater susceptibility to other conditions, including infections and pneumonia.
Acute bronchitis is usually caused by bacterial or viral infections, food allergies, environmental allergies, and environmental toxins. It can also be caused by exposure to cold. Chronic bronchitis can be caused by all of the above factors, as well as smoking and regular exposure to second hand smoke. Both forms of bronchitis can also result from cold, flu, or sinusitis.
Things to do:
- You need to be screened for food allergies and sensitivities, and then avoid eating those foods you are allergic or sensitive to. Go to NAET www.naet.com
- During the onset of symptoms, eat hot, spicy organic foods, such as chili peppers, garlic, ginger and onions, in order to open the air passages and encourage the elimination of mucus. Spices such as mustard and horseradish can also be helpful for this purpose.
- Emphasize organic, whole foods, especially plenty of fresh, raw organic vegetables, nuts and seeds, organic poultry, and wild-caught fish.
- Garlic and onions should be staples in your meals, due to their powerful health benefits for the lungs and overall respiratory system.
- Drink plenty or pure, fresh water each day (at least eight ounces every two hours).
- Organic, extra virgin olive and coconut oils should also be used liberally.
- Homemade soups, such as turkey or chicken, vegetable, and barley, can be consumed in order to help thin mucus.
- Drink plenty of pure, fresh water each day; a minimum of eight ounces should be drunk every two hours.
- Vegan diets have been found to significantly improve symptoms of most respiratory conditions, including bronchitis. According to leading naturopathic physician and researcher Joseph E. Pizzorno, N.D., a vegan diet can significantly improve symptoms of most respiratory conditions, including bronchitis. Dr. Pizzorno reports that over 90 percent of all people who follow a vegan diet for at least one year experience notable improvements in their health.
What not to do:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Avoid all sugar and sugar products.
- Avoid bananas as they encourage mucus production.
- Avoid wheat and wheat by-products.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants and commercially processed foods.
- Avoid all canned food and all foods containing artificial ingredients, such as additives, colorings, flavorings, and preservatives.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey. Check out www.grasslandbeef.com.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take Fivelac Probiotic – three packets a day, do both of those for 60 days.
- Take Alli-C (garlic capsules which have super powerful antibacterial properties) 4 capsules three times a day. 1 capsule is the equivalent to 40 cloves of garlic (without the breath to go with it!!).
- Coral Calcium
- Able Heel
- Deer Antler Velvet www.royalvelvetforlife.com
- MMS1 and MMS2 – Miracle Mineral Solution
- Vitamin B3 (niacin), B5, B6 and B12 are important for immunity and controlling inflammation.
- Vitamin C protects lung tissues and fights infection.
Other useful supplements for preventing and reversing bronchitis include vitamin A, Vitamin E, selenium, and zinc. Bromelain, N-acetylcysteine (NAC), thymus gland extract, and proteolytic enzymes taken in between meals are recommended.
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications, but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
Physical and mental/emotional stress has been found to be associated with bronchitis. Stress has been shown to cause white blood cells known as leukocytes to stick to bronchial cells. When this occurs, inflammation of the bronchial airways can often occur. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr. Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – http://www.ichingsystems.net/
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
- Meditation has been scientifically shown to relieve stress, as well as to improve overall health and immune function, and to reduce the pain and suffering caused by chronic disease. In fact, in 1984, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recommended meditation as the more appropriate and effective choice for treating mild cases of high blood pressure, instead of commonly prescribed blood pressure medications. Meditation can offer new insights and improved coping strategies, better enabling you to meet the challenges of the day. Some types of meditation, such as Transcendental Meditation (TM), have even been shown to produce deeper states of physical relaxation than ordinary sleep.Although there are many types of meditation practices to choose from, all of them have one thing in common: focused attention on the breath. If you are new to meditation, you can begin by sitting up straight yet comfortably and closing your eyes. Place your attention on your breathing as you inhale and exhale. Each time you find your attention starting to wander, simply refocus on your breath. Though doing so may seem difficult initially, with practice it will become easier and easier, and you will easily spend 20 to 30 minutes meditating in this manner. The key is to be gentle with yourself and not force. At first, you may find yourself unable to sit still for more than a few minutes. If that is the case, don’t continue. Instead, each day seek to add to the length of your meditation practice until you reach your goal of 20 to 30 minutes per session.
Further Information (links and books)
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – Aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – Organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – Meditation, stress
Judith Hoad [email protected] – Herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – Reiki, Tai Chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – Aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic practitioner.