Emphysema: Natural Remedies

My aunt needed oxygen to put on her socks. A severe case of emphysema, which a lifetime of smoking had failed to cure, was the reason. She was just one of an estimated 16 million Americans suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD), all primarily caused by tobacco use. The fourth leading cause of death, COPD kills over 100,000 annually. That number is increasing; medical research has contributed virtually nothing to stop it. (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/meetings/workshops/copd_wksp.htm ).

But you can stop it by stopping smoking, and by stopping other people from smoking, and by stopping non-smokers from "involuntary smoking," also known as breathing

second-hand smoke.

OK, the lecture is over, and now for the part that you tuned in for: what can be done for the disease itself?

I think the following are worth trying:

1) Vitamin E helps the body, especially the heart, to do more work on less oxygen. This has been known for some 50 years.

2) Carotene (in orange and green vegetables) and lycopene (in tomatoes) are powerful antioxidants. At least some of the damage of emphysema is caused by oxidants such as free radicals.  While vitamin E is your body's number one antioxidant, vegetable juices will provide a great variety of others.

3) Pricey though it is, I would recommend coenzyme Q-10 for COPD sufferers, at least 300 milligrams daily, divided into six 50 mg doses. This is a hospital-friendly supplement, as there are no known negative side effects and therefore no basis to deny it to any patient.

4) Some emphysema is due to inflammation. Vitamin C at saturation doses fights chronic inflammation better than and more safely than anything else I know. Yet just ask anyone YOU know with emphysema this simple question: Have you tried it yet? Saturation of vitamin C is easily reached through frequent oral doses, and is fully described in these articles:



Frederick R. Klenner, M.D., author of or mentioned in the above papers, was a board-certified chest specialist. His policy was literally, When in doubt, take a huge amount of vitamin C. He wrote, "Some physicians would stand by and see their patients die rather than use ascorbic acid. "Vitamin C should be given to the patient  while the doctors ponder the diagnosis." Very ill patients may need a vitamin C intravenously.

5) Chiropractic adjustment, while certainly not a cure for emphysema, may help with relaxation reduce some shortness of breath symptoms. Learning stress reduction can also a big help.

-Dr Andew Saul