Whooping cough is an acute bacterial disease characterized by a spasmodic cough that ends in a specific long, high-pitched sound and a whooping sound made during inhalation. It is highly contagious and most common in children.
Symptoms may take one to three weeks to appear following infection, and can affect the entire respiratory tract, lasting for an additional six weeks to three months. Symptoms include catarrh (mucus), fatigue, sneezing, fitful coughing, tearing of the eyes, and poor appetite. As symptoms progress, spasmodic coughing becomes more rapid, followed by a “characteristic whooping” sound during the last several inhalations that produces large amounts of mucus. Gagging and vomiting can also occur.
There are three stages of the disease recognized in the medical literature:
The first is the Catarrhal Phase. It starts like a common cold and can be with or without a slight fever. A dry hacking cough then develops, which becomes more frequently during the night.
The second stage is called the Paroxysmal Phase. It consists of frequent, repetitive coughing fits, which are intense and sudden. Occasionally, vomiting of mucus may occur.
The last stage is called the Recovery Phase. The illness is no longer contagious and although there is still a chronic cough, it is less severe and gradually fades away.
Caution: Whooping cough is very serious condition for infants, especially newborns, who often need to be hospitalized to facilitate breathing and to avoid choking. The elderly are another group who may also require special care.
Whooping cough is caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis. The bacteria infects the lining of the airways and then multiples, causing a build-up of thick mucus. As the body tries to expel the mucus, intense coughing occurs.
The bacteria also creates a swelling in the airways, causing them to become narrow and hence making breathing more difficult. The ‘whoop’ sound is formed as a person gasps for breath after an intense bout of coughing.
Whooping cough can also be aggravated by bronchitis, pneumonia, flu, smoking, and inhalant allergies.
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:
- Eliminate Candida: Click here to find out how
- 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
- We recommend a series of colonics to remove harmful bacteria from the body. 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 programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.realwater.com , or you can buy a Kangen Unit.
- Soaking in a hot bath for 30 to 60 minutes can have a soothing effect.
Drink plenty of healthy liquids. Especially effective is a combination of one to two tablespoons honey, one tablespoon apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon fresh lemon juice, one teaspoon each of horehound and licorice extracts, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, and vitamin C powder, added to warm, pure, filtered water. Sip throughout the day.
Avoid all dairy products, milk, refined and processed foods, sugar, soda, and alcohol.
Eat lightly, and focus on an organic, whole foods diet, with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, brown rice, clear vegetable soups, potatoes, and whole grain toast. Garlic and onions are also recommended.
According to leading naturopathic physician and researcher Joseph E. Pizzorno, N.D., a vegan diet can significantly improve symptoms of most respiratory conditions. 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.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system when your body is trying to heal so also try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- 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 an Omega 3 supplement:
- Take Allicin 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!!).
- Take Echinacea – fights bacteria and stimulates the immune system.
- Take Vitamin E – it is a powerful antioxidant and immune booster. (Unique E) www.acgrace.com
- Other recommended nutrients include vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, zinc, acidophilus, and lung glandulars.
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.
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 local 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 local 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.
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:
Garlic – a popular remedy for whooping cough. Crush the cloves of garlic and extract the juice. Take 1 tsp of the juice twice a day.
Ginger, Fenugreek & Honey – Add one tsp fenugreek seeds to a glass of water and boil for five minutes. Add one tsp of honey and one tsp of ginger juice. Take this preparation two times a day.
Liquorice Root powder and Honey – take three times a day.
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:
Ginseng – studies have shown it reduces inflammation in the lungs and improves the lung’s tissues.
Medicinal Mushrooms are another popular Chinese remedy. Reishi and Cordyceps are popular choices:
Reishi has been found to have a healing effect on the lungs. When more than 2000 individuals suffering from chronic bronchitis took reishi syrup, within just two weeks 60 –90% felt better, according to “Medicinal mushrooms,” by Christopher Hobbs, published in Herbs for Health, Jan/Feb 97. Researchers have found that reishi has anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties.
Cordyceps has shown positive results in fighting against cough, chronic bronchitis and asthma. It relaxes bronchial walls and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Steam inhalation with tea tree, basil, chamomile, camphor, eucalyptus, peppermint, rose, lavender, and thyme can help relieve symptoms and speed healing.
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:
Drosera, Pertussinum, Cuprum met., and Mag phos. – to help relieve symptoms and speed healing.
Useful herbs include sundew, thyme, butterbur, and wild cherry bark taken as infusions or tinctures several times a day.
Nettle tea has a calming effect on the lungs and should be drank twice a day.
Oregano has antispasmodic, antibacterial and expectorant properties, helpful for clearing mucus from the lungs. Oregano oil can be used as a steam treatment or blended with carrier oil and used as a chest rub.
General Self-Care Measures
Don’t allow others to smoke around you.
If you are overweight, start to lose weight – being overweight may put pressure on the lungs and trigger an inflammatory response.
Avoid cough suppressants, which prevent mucus from being cleared from the lungs. Coughing should be encouraged in order to clear mucus. Spending a few minutes periodically throughout the day to practice deep breathing can also be helpful.
Take time out and ensure you get plenty of rest, this will enable your body to recover faster, since your energy can be focused primarily on healing.
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 and chemical based household cleaners.
Juice Therapy: All fresh, organic vegetable juices are helpful. For additional benefit, add a clove of garlic.
Flower Essences: Crab Apple and Olive are helpful to deal with accompanying stress and exhaustion.
Yoga and Qigong are effective practices for clearing and strengthening the lungs:
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.
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
The treatment of whooping cough with Chinese herbal medicine drjakefratkin.com/articles/the-treatment-of-pertussis-whooping-cough-with-chinese-herbal-medicine
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Oil of oregano – Nature’s Antibiotics www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5vuIkHuF38
Ayurvedic remedies for whooping cough www.homeveda.com/infections-and-allergies/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-whooping-cough.html
Whooping cough in school age children with persistent cough: prospective cohort study in primary care www.bmj.com/content/333/7560/174
Further Information (links and books)
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
Andrea Butje | Aromahead firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt email@example.com – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA firstname.lastname@example.org – meditation, stress
judith hoad email@example.com – herbalist.
Kath May firstname.lastname@example.org – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges email@example.com – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika firstname.lastname@example.org – aromatherapy.
Rakesh GAC@AyurvedicLifeStyles.com – Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Essential Oils www.amoils.com
Koflet, Ayurvedic Cough Syrup www.himalayahealthcare.com