Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
People with COPD have difficulties breathing, primarily due to the narrowing of their airways, this is called airflow obstruction.
COPD is the third leading cause of death in America, claiming the lives of 124,477 Americans in 2007
In 2011 research was published which revealed that this was the eight consecutive year in which women exceeded men in the number of deaths attributable to COPD. In 2007, almost 64,000 females died compared to almost 60,000 males.
In 2010, the cost to the US for COPD was projected to be approximately $49.9 billion, including $29.5 billion in direct health care expenditures, $8.0 billion in indirect morbidity costs and $12.4 billion in indirect mortality costs.
The symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) usually develop over a number of years, so at first you may not be aware you have the condition.
COPD does not usually become noticeable until after the age of 35. We recommend you see a licensed health practitioner straight away if you suffer from any of the following:
- increasing breathlessness when exercising or moving around
- a persistent cough with phlegm that never seems to go away
- frequent chest infections, particularly in winter
With COPD sufferers, the airways of the lungs become inflamed and narrowed. As the air sacs get permanently damaged, it will become increasingly difficult to breathe out.
Symptoms of COPD are often worse in winter, and it is common to have two or more flare-ups a year. A flare-up (also known as an exacerbation) is when your symptoms are particularly bad. Other signs of COPD can include:
- weight loss
- tiredness and fatigue
- swollen ankles
Chest pain and coughing up blood (haemoptysis) are not common symptoms of COPD, they are usually caused by other conditions, such as lung cancer.
There are several things that may increase your risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – many of which can be avoided.
You can change some of the things that make COPD more likely such as:
Smoking: Smoking is the main cause of COPD. At least four out of five people who develop the disease are, or have been, smokers. The lining of the airways becomes inflamed and permanently damaged by smoking. This damage cannot be reversed. Around 10-25% of smokers develop COPD.
Passive Smoking: Exposure to other people’s smoke increases the risk of COPD.
Fumes and Dust: Exposure to certain types of dust and chemicals at work, including grains, isocyanates, cadmium and coal, has been linked to the development of COPD, even in people who do not smoke.
The risk of COPD is even higher if you breathe in dust or fumes in the workplace and you smoke.
Air Pollution: According to some research, air pollution may be an additional risk factor for COPD.
There are a few factors for COPD that you cannot change, including:
Having a Brother or Sister with Severe COPD: A research study has shown that smokers who have brothers and sisters with severe COPD are at greater risk of developing the condition than smokers who do not.
Having a Genetic Tendency to COPD: There is a rare genetic tendency to develop COPD called alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency. This causes COPD in a small number of people (about 1%). Alpha-1-antitrypsin is a protein that protects your lungs. Without it, the lungs can be damaged by other enzymes that occur naturally in the body. People who have an alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency usually develop COPD at a younger age, often under 35.
- Stop smoking. Alternative therapies only work if you discontinue smoking and avoid exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Inhale steamed vapors of the essential oils of eucalyptus and pine; massage the essential oils of cedarwood, eucalyptus, or peppermint into the chest daily.
- Ayuvedic physicians recommend boiling two to three cloves of raw, organic garlic in water; when tender, crush them, add them to the water and drink.
- Be screened for food allergies and sensitivities, and then avoid eating those foods to which you are allergic or sensitive.
- Do not eat sugar, wheat, or soy products, soft drinks, commercially processed foods, and all foods containing artificial ingredients. Avoid commercial milk and dairy products, coffee and caffeine products, red meat, salt, refined carbohydrates, corn, chocolate, and hydrogenated and trans fats.
- Drink eight ounces of pure, filtered water every two hours. Enjoy freshly-made, organic vegetable juices throughout the day using combinations of carrot, celery, spinach, wheatgrass, watercress, and one clove of garlic.
- Eat organic, whole foods such as fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, soaked raw nuts and seeds, free-range, grass-fed meats, poultry, and wild-caught fish. Regularly have garlic, cayenne pepper, chili peppers, mustard, and onions. Use coconut and extra virgin olive oil, or raw, organic butter.
- Useful herbs include coltsfoot tea and thyme, peppermint tea, anise oil mixed with honey, mullein, comfrey, fenugreek, licorice root, rosehips, rosemary, slippery elm, and white horehound.
- Helpful homeopathic remedies are Aspidosperma and Carbo vegetabilis.
- Try hydrotherapy treatments by applying water, ice, steam, and hot and cold temperatures through full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, and sitz baths.
- Buy a negative ion generator, a humidifier, and add air filtering house plants to your home and work. Keep your place well ventilated.
- Useful nutrients include Vitamin C, Vitamins B6, B12, Vitamin E, chlorophyll, coenzyme Q10 (CQ10), folic acid, lecithin, and the amino acids L-cysteine, L-methionine, and L-glutathione.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com/ Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- Try an Enerhealth Botanicals cleanse. Click here to discover more
Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the program drink alkalized water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. 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:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- 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 towww.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
To help ease respiratory symptoms, Ayurvedic physicians recommend boiling two to three cloves of raw, organic garlic in water. Once the cloves become tender, crush them, add to the water and drink the entire mixture in order to relief chest pain and ease breathing.
The following ayurvedic herbs are also often recommended: sitopaladi, punarnava, trikatu, and mahasudarshan to ease symptoms.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Xing Su San (apricot kernel and perilla leaf powder); Du Qi Wan (capital Qi pill) and Zhi Gan Cao Tang (honey-fried licorice decoction.)
Acupuncture has also proved successful.
Inhaling the steamed vapors of the essential oils of eucalyptus, bergamot, cypress, lavender, tea-tree, sandalwood and pine can help relieve symptoms as can massaging the essential oils of cedarwood, eucalyptus, thyme or peppermint into the chest once or twice each day.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil. You can use a combination of up to four oils – choose the ones you prefer and try to vary them.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
The homeopathic remedies Aspidosperma and Carbo vegetabilis are often recommended to help to ease symptoms. Useful homeopathic remedies include Aconite, Arsen alb., Bryonia, Calc. sulph., Ferr phos., Lymphomyosot, Phosphorus, and Sulfur.
Useful herbs for managing respiratory problems include coltsfoot tea and thyme, both of which can help reduce the build-up of mucus and sputum in the lungs and respiratory tract. Peppermint tea can also be used for this purpose. Anise oil mixed with honey can be helpful when taken before each meal. Ephedra can help reduce coughing and bronchial spasms, while mullein can aid in eliminating fluid build-up in the lungs and fighting and preventing associated infection. Other useful herbs include comfrey, fennel seed, fenugreek, licorice root, red poppy flowers, rosehips, rosemary, slippery elm, violet, and white horehound.
Other herbs which are often recommended include astragalus, cherry bark, camomile, Echinacea, elecampane, garlic, ginseng, goldenseal, grindelia, lobelia, marshmallow root, mullein, pleurisy root, and pokeroot. For best results, take as teas or tinctures.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Rebounder – Use a rebounder (mini trampoline). Rebounding helps build strength and endurance, and works out your cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Rebounding keeps you fit and healthy both on the outside and inside and is a fantastic all round workout.
Tai Chi – This is an effective practice for clearing and strengthening the lungs.
Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can be helpful for relieving symptoms: Carrot, celery, potatoes, spinach, wheatgrass, watercress, and one clove of garlic; barley juice with a clove of squeezed garlic; and the combined juices of grape, orange, lemon, and black currant.
Improving Indoor Air Quality: Improving the quality of your indoor air, both at home and at work, is an essential self-care step for helping to treat and prevent respiratory conditions, including bronchitis. Healthy air is warm, free of pollutants and odors, has a relative humidity of between 35 to 60 percent, and is high in oxygen and negative ions (3,000 to 6,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter). Today’s technology makes it easy to ensure that your indoor air meets the above criteria. A negative ion generator can not only increase the oxygen and negative ion content of indoor air, but can also cleanse it of harmful animal dander, bacteria, dust, mold, pollen, and viruses. Moreover, negative ions help to soothe and repair damaged mucosa of the nasal, lung, and bronchial pathways. For best results, choose a self-regulating negative ion generator that emits at least one trillion negative ions per second.
You should also use a humidifier to keep your indoor air moist, especially during winter months, when air tends to be drier. Choose a warm mist unit. Adding plants to your home and work environments can also help keep air moist. Certain plants, such as chrysanthemums, philodendron, and spider plants, can also help to keep your air free of circulating dust and microorganisms, since they act as natural air filters.
Also be sure that your home and work environments are properly ventilated, and avoid the use of synthetic materials in your home and workplace, including plastics.
Lifestyle: Avoid exposure to second hand smoke and excessively cold or dry air. Also make it a point to get plenty of good sleep each night, sleeping in an environment that is free of dust and contains warm, moist air.
Infraspinatus Respiratory Response (I.R.R.) Therapy
Developed by Harry H. Philibert, M.D., of Metairie, Louisiana, Infraspinatus Respiratory Response (I.R.R.) Therapy addresses the Infraspinatus Respiratory Response (I.R.R.), also known as the Infrascapula Respiratory Reflex. I.R.R. is a neuromuscular response that is directly linked to the sympathetic nervous system and is involved in the breathing difficulties caused by respiratory diseases. The I.R.R. is also involved in pneumonia and asthma. According to Dr. Philibert, who has successfully treated thousands of patients suffering from asthma and other respiratory disorders, manipulation of the I.R.R. can reverse, and many times completely eliminate asthma attacks.
I.R.R. Therapy involves the use of lidocaine injections into the infraspinatus muscle, which, when constricted, can exacerbate bronchial type symptoms. In cases of acute bronchitis, Dr. Philibert says practitioners can often achieve complete cessation of symptoms in a single session, while for chronic cases of bronchitis success is usually achieved in three to five treatments. Dr. Philibert has trained over 3,000 physicians in the I.R.R. technique. To locate one near you, contact Dr. Philibert at (504) 831-3380.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout www.naturalcures.com/Members/newsletters/pdfs/NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Ayurveda home remedies for the respiratory system: onlineyoga.useddomain.net/index.php?option=com_relatedvideos&tag:youtubecom,2008:video:1uDMy8pR7pA
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Scientists discover natural therapies treat COPD: www.naturalnews.com/032481_COPD_natural_therapies.html
Alternative measures ease symptoms: www.naturalnews.com/027585_COPD_respiratory_illness.html
Acupuncture may benefit lung health: www.naturalhealthresearch.org/nhri/?p=27835
Further Information (links and books)
Breathing Free: The Revolutionary 5-Day Program to Heal Asthma, Emphysema, Bronchitis, and Other Respiratory Ailments by Teresa Hale and Leo Galland; Herbs to Help You Breathe Freely (Keats Good Herb Guides) by C.J. Puotinen
Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions: Self-Management of Heart Disease, Arthritis, Diabetes, Asthma, Bronchitis, Emphysema and Others: … … Asthma, Pain, Emphysema, and Others by Virginia Gonzalez
Herbs to Help You Breathe Freely (Keats Good Herb Guides) by C.J. Puotinen
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Whole food supplement, Pure Synergy
www.thesynergycompany.com (800) 723-0277
E3 Live, Green Superfoods
Omega-3s, Cod Liver oil
www.drrons.com (877) 472-8701
St. John’s Wort
Sunlight Therapy, Solar Healing
EMF Chaos Elimination, Q-Link
www.toolsforwellness.com (800) 456-9887
Living Freedom, Emotional Release Work
www.totalintegrationinstitute.com (520) 615-9811
Callahan Technique, Thought Field Therapy
www.tftrx.com (760) 564-1008
Dianetics, Dianetics Technology
www.dianetics.com (800) 367-8788
Neuro Emotional Technique
www.netmindbody.com (800) 888-4638
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Rebounder, Evolution Health
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Andrea Butje | Aromahead email@example.com – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt firstname.lastname@example.org – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA email@example.com – meditation, stress
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Kath May email@example.com – reiki, tai chi.
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Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.