Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Last Modified on Mar 24, 2014

What Is COPD?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an ailment of the lungs that causes the airways to narrow over time, making it difficult to breathe. COPD symptoms include coughing, excessive mucus, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, wheezing, and shortness of breath. The leading cause of COPD is the smoking of tobacco or the long-term inhalation of other destructive fumes; and air pollution can exacerbate the illness further. Left untreated, COPD will progressively worsen.

Natural Treatment for COPD

If you are a smoker, the first step towards saving your lung function and capacity is to work towards quitting cigarettes and/or cigar smoking.

Earth Clinic readers have reported positively on Hydrogen Peroxide inhalation for COPD treatment, with wonderful results in as early as two weeks. Other nebulizer treatments are available below, such as DMSO, Colloidal Silver, and MSM. Please let us know what remedies you use and how your healing is progressing.



POPULAR REMEDIES:

Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method10 YEAS

Beet Root Juice

08/29/2009: Michael H from Grankulla, Nyland, Finland: "Beetroot juice and Oxygen uptake

Drinking beetroot juice boosts stamina and could help people exercise for up to 16% longer, a UK study suggests.

Found this on BBC Health.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8186947.stm

Cheers
Mike H"


Blowing Balloons

02/26/2014: Shining Star from Gainesville, Fl: "Edgar Cayce's book Handbook for Health says he never knew anyone that did not recover from COPD if they would blow up 7 or 8 balloons a day. Certainly worth a try."

Replies
03/03/2014: Emma710 from Altavista, Va replies: "I believe a lot of what Edgar Casey said."
03/04/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "The use of the device "Powerlung" or a generic equivalent, would achieve the same purpose and maybe more. It is said that many athletes, particularly competitive and Olympians use powerlung devices to increase their respiratory function."


Cell Foods

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
100%

01/18/2008: Suzy from Houston, Texas: "If anyone with COPD has used cellfood products, please let me know what you think of the product. Thank you"

Replies
[YEA]  11/19/2010: K from Good Ole , Usa replies: "Hello, I started taking Cell Food about a year ago. I thought.. What can I lose. I am a lung transplant awaiting patient. Been 4 years since my diagnosis and I am still kicking. We are trying to prolong the transplant to give me more lifetime. Since taking this supplement... When you first start taking it.. Your energy level skyrockets like no other. As I stated... I am awaiting transplant so my health should be such that I would be almost bedridden. I can do more than I ever dreamed of. Not able to walk like I used to... But I can do tasks all day with breaks in between. So over all I would say... It is a product I have been known to stop in public when I see a person on oxygen and give a referral to try it. That speaks how it works for me. My hair is envied by others. It was brittle and dry before... And now I have had the most beautiful hair that I have ever had in my whole life. I plan on staying on this supplement until the doctors tell me to not take it.

After the transplant I dont know if they will allow me to take it. But it dont hurt to try to take it now. When I was given my diagnosis, I was told I have the lungs of a 90 year old person. I am on oxygen ( level 2 liters ) at home and when it is possible I walk small distances with no oxygen. I even was shoveling the snow last year ( 20 inches too ). Good luck to you."

02/08/2011: Allan from San Fernando, Trinidad And Tobago replies: "K can you indicate what cell food (brand name) you are using. How have you been so far. Did you do the transplant? I have been diagnosed for about sevn years now and it's gettiing progressively worse. Lots of tiredness."
08/25/2011: Marlane from Geelong, Victoria, Australia replies: "Hi Allan,

Cellfood is the name of the product, it is an excellent supplementary support for any health issue. I've used it for years.

Cheers Marlane"

02/20/2012: Allan from San Fernando, Trinidad And Tobago replies: "Thanks Marlane, Haven't been on for some time. Have started some integrative medicine but will try and purchase the cell food."
03/26/2012: Pamela from Galena, Mo replies: "Please tell me more about cell food and what it is."
[YEA]  06/24/2013: K from Good Ole Usa replies: "Cellfood is made by Lumina Health. I also use their Cellfood Silica Formula. That strengthens the heart, and helps with connective tissues and skin. That is what made my hair and skin nice. The regular Cellfood brings oxygen into your body which transports it into the cells.

Two years have gone by and my health did decline, but only because a doctor did not listen to my pleas that I was having pain in the back area. It ended up being a lung infection. Two times this happend and both times the doctor ignored my pleas. As a result my lung function dropped to needing 6 liters of oxygen and then I have tapered off at 4 liters on my own.

I am currently looking into nebulizing food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. Cellfood is great... And it detoxifies the body as well. I find that if I can keep my weight down and eat very healthy vegan lifestyle... With good amount of protein from green smoothie shakes... that I am prolonging my life.

It has now been 7 years since diagnosis... And I was at the very end of the spectrum when diagnosed. I am still a long ways away from the transplant the doctors say. I am believing that the Lord is doing a healing in me, slowly.

Blessings!"


Chloroxygen

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  03/15/2008: Lisa from Muldrow, OK: "Well I have found something called chloroxygen that you can buy at the healthfood store. You just add it to your water a couple of times a day and it has really helped me breath easier! I plan to try the dmso and msm treatment Ted has written about, just don't know when but will let everyone know the results. I have copd and am really interested in this."


Coconut Oil

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  08/12/2007: Sandy from Hendersonville, TN: "re: COPD & Lung Cancer and virgin coconut oil -- I found almost immediate relief from thick mucous taking VCO. I started out with 1 T. with each meal, sometimes in tea or room temp juice. It thins the mucous making it easy to cough up. I also drink 2 quarts of water in addition to the VCO. The water alone did not help. My nasal passages are both open for the first time in years and breathing is much easier. VCO makes the skin lovely."

Replies
05/27/2009: Marcel from Torrance, California replies: "What is "VCO'? Thanks"

EC: Virgin Coconut Oil


Colloidal Silver

Approval Ratings
YEA (2)
67%
BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS (1)
33%

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  05/27/2013: Anita from Bangalore, Karnataka, India: "My father is 66 years old and has been smoking from the age of 18 except for a small period of four years from 2007 when he had his coronary bypass. He was diagnosed with COPD last year and his symptoms have been worsening- Constant wheezing and phlegm, frequent infection of respiratory tube/ food pipe, resistance to antibiotics, recently episodes of fast/heavy breathing, flapping tremors which I'm told is a symptom of Hypoxia. He takes Deriphilin steroids when his attacks get worse; but they have become so frequent( at least once every 3/4 weeks) that he has developed Cushing's ( buffalo hump, moon face, emaciated limbs).

Five days back I started him on Colloidal silver - he nebulizes 2.5 ml every day. The third day he developed Fever, weakness, flu-like symptoms which was a Detox reaction, I guess, from the CS killing the pathogens. His fever is better in the last 2 days, and his phlegm seems to have reduced but he still has constant wheezing. Hope that things will get better. Will keep updating. Hopefully it may help some one. God bless this site and all the people who contribute to it!!!"

Replies
06/13/2013: Meblake from Milwaukee, Wisconsin replies: "He needs his 25 hydroxy D levels to be at least 60-80 ng/mL in order for his immune system to work. The steroids destroy the immune system and we need the immune system to fight. No amount of silver will boost the immune system. I would give him a 3 day superdose of 2,000 iu's per kg of body weight, once per day for 3 days only and then use a maintenance dose daily of about 50 iu's per lb of body weight once per day."
06/24/2013: K from Good Ole Usa replies: "What is 25 Hydroxy D? Do you need a prescription for it? Thanks. Blessings!"


[YEA]  01/13/2013: Cgott from San Diego, Ca: "My husband is 42 and suffers from COPD caused by Sarcoidosis and smoking, he had bacterial pneumonia for 11 months straight in 2010. The doctors gave him every antibiotic imaginable, even Levaquin (which has a black box warning), they use it for treating Anthrax!! Nothing would take it away. I found colloidal silver online that is mixed with Hydro Peroxide and is specifically made for use with a nebulizer. Within three days his pneumoonia was GONE!! We are getting ready to start using the DMSO treatment and I'm hoping with all I have in me that it will help him as well as the silver did alone."

Replies
03/27/2013: Valerie from Coconut Creek, Fl replies: "Hi, which nebulizer does your husband have? I tried to get one online but there were too many choices! Also, let us know how everything is working! Thanks!"


03/08/2009: Laurel from Tweed Heads, New-South-Wales: "My husband suffers copd, he gets a lot of chest infections and has been told by the Doctor that he has to try something else to try and cure his infections, i was reading about colloidal silver, can he use it in his nebulizer with his asthma treatment and how many times a day, thank you."

Replies
12/17/2013: Steve from Cleveland, Ohio replies: "I have started on a product that is NOT colloidal silver but is a nano tech silver solution. I have had COPD for 13 years and at 38 my lung age was 96. Since I have been nebulizing 1 tsp 2x a day the tightness has started to go away. I suggest you give it a try."


[YEA]  12/07/2006: Maddy from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK: "I have asthma and bronchiectasis (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Was diagnosed 8 years ago. I was suffering from monthly (sometimes twice monthly) chest infections, and had to take antibiotics for every outbreak and becoming more and more resistant and sensitive to the drugs. I started using Colloidal Silver in my nebuliser about a year ago now and have not had a chest infection since. As soon as I feel my sputum changing (from clear to yellow) I use the colloidal silver and the infection does not develop any further. Some times I have to do it more than once, but mostly once is enough. I hope this will help anybody out there that is struggling with the same problem. Good luck!!"

Replies
07/14/2007: Patsy from Brisbane, Australia replies: "Colloidal Silver - re comments by Maddy from Nottingham UK 12/7/2006 - can you please advise me the amount of c.s. maddy uses in her nebuliser for bronchiectasis. I have had bronchiectasis for 50 years, now chronic and fed up with antibiotics - maybe she can help. I do not have asthma or can you suggest any other helpline, or can Maddy recommend any special brand of s.c."
05/05/2008: Maddy from Nottingham, Nottinghamshire replies: "This is a reply to Patsy in Brisbane, Australia posted 7/14/2007. I am sorry I have not replied to your question. Have not visited the site for a while. Use 5mls of Colloidal Silver in your nebuliser 3-5 times a day until your sputum clears. I also use P73 Wild oregano oil, 2 gelcaps 4 times a day. I have started on a liver cleansing diet, lots of raw juices and fresh vegetables and fruit according to The liver cleansing diet and raw juices can save your life by Dr. Sandra Cabot. She has a base in the USA and also Australia. All the products I use you can order on-line. The staff of Dr. Cabot are very helpful and will give you advice tailored to your needs. This is for chest infections for people with bronchiectasis/COPD. Hope this helps. PS I have not had a chest infection or a cold or flu in a year. Regards, Maddy, Nottingham, UK"
11/10/2010: Hobbit From The Shire from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada replies: "Maddy from Nottingham, you can reach me at email http://hobbit1958@hotmail.com to tell me what the name of the collodial silver you used and where you got it from, and any other suggestions that may help. My friend is suffering from COPD and has tried so many things, now, he wants to try the colloidal silver in the nebulizer. Thank you for your help."
01/05/2012: Tom from Charlotte, Nc replies: "The colloidal silver will only help with the infection as the silver kills virus/bacteria/fungus. Go back to Ted's idea of using DMSO in the nebulizer for COPD.

For lung infection, use it in the nebulizer also.

For sore throat you gargle the silver liquid and let drain down throat.

For sinus infection, inhale into sinus on both sides three or four times in the space of two hours. Let drain down throat.

For recurring infection in sinus assume the problem may be in the eustasian tubes in ears, a typical source for secondary infections; so use an ear syringe for that possibility.

For possible systemic infections use the silver orally over a two month period twice daily, about two table spoons per dose on empty stomach. If you do not know much about colloidal silver, you do not need to see or taste the silver for there to be a beneficial effect. Even at 5 parts per million (5 atoms of silver to 1 million molecules of water) the silver can accomplish the purpose. And at those levels there will be no "tinting" of the skin, even if taken for two months twice daily as suggested above for possible systemic (whole body) infections."


COPD Advice

06/23/2009: James from Silver Creek, GA: "For the many sufferers from COPD:

1) Get a baseline spirometry test done by an MD,

2) have a CT-scan,

3) have a sputum culture and sensitivity testing for possible pathogens,

4) items #3 and #4 help to rule out more serious complications like bronchiectasis and colonized pseudomonas aeruganosa, which is nearly impossible to eradicate with antibiotics,

5) acetyl L-carnitine 1000 mg. 3x/day has been proven to loosen mucous secretions and helps to promote their elimination (an amino acid available in health food stores). 6) avoid 2nd hand tobacco smoke, campfire smoke and all other lung irritants.

7) Even the most serious infections may be helped by intermittent prescribed nebulized antibiotics (tobramycin and colistin) when necessary. 8) MSM is safe to use in fairly high daily dosages (start with 1 tsp. 3x/day and gradually increase to 1 tbsp 3x/day.

9) Unfortunately very little research has been done in humans with DMSO for COPD, which should probably help some antibiotics to become effective against MDRAs (multiple drug resistant antibiotics).

10) Nebulized hypertonic saline has also been reported to be beneficial for loosening pulmonary secretions in COPD."

Replies
08/18/2010: James from Silver Creek, Georgia, Usa replies: "Correction: Back on 6/23/09 I made a careless mistake by stating: "5) acetyl L-carnitine 1000 mg 3x/day has been proven to loosen mucous secretions and helps to promote their elimination". Acetyl L-carnitine is useful for treating peripheral neuropathy and not COPD. I meant to say "N-acetyl cysteine(NAC) 1000 mg 3x/day has been proven to loosen mucous secretions and helps to promote their elimination (an amino acid available in health food stores)". I think I became careless because I take them both and was needing to reorder ALC, the former nutrient, so it was 'on my mind'. There is a class of macrolide antibiotics (which includes erythromycin and azithromycin) that have immuno-modulating effects in very small dosages of only 250 mg every other day, requiring a long term renewable prescription from an MD. There are considerable medical studies that indicate macrolides reduce inflammatory cytokines, and biofilm formation which make pathogenic bacteria more resistant to eradication by antibiotics and other means. Nebulized DMSO 30% to 50% solution has anti-biofilm and anti-bacterial activity, even against most multiple-drug-resistant-bacteria like pseudomonas a. And acinetobacter b. Gaylord Chemical in Slidell, LA published a report indicating that DMSO was non-toxic by either oral, inhalation, or dermal administration, and DMSO is completely biodegradable. The results of extended inhalation toxicity studies on rats exposed to saturated vapors of DMSO showed no statistical difference from rats in a control group, who did not breathe DMSO. They do not sell DMSO to the public. Odorless garlic preparations containing allicin have anti-quorum sensing activity that also diminish biofilm formation. There are various mucolytic enzyme formulas that may also be helpful. Some people claim that they have had great benefit from taking colloidal silver both orally and by inhalation. So far, there no medical studies that support this. Do your own research. So far, the medical profession only supports the use of DMSO for treatment interstitial cystitis (a very painful bladder disorder that doesn't respond to anything else). Do your own research. Food grade hydrogen peroxide has been claimed by many to have helped to reduce symptoms of COPD and other lung problems like bronchitis. Do your own research. High doses of vitamin C (1000 to 2000 mg/3x day have increased the resistance to infections and allergens. (Linus Pauling took 20, 000 mg/d for decades and lived to 92). Straight niacin, which causes transient but temporary flushing, is a potent natural capillary vasodilator that can be very beneficial for it's detoxifying properties. Niacin helps remove "capillary sludge" and increases blood flow to the entire body. Don't be afraid of the flushing when you start. Taking a cool shower will provide quick relief if needed. It only lasts 15-20 minutes, and as you continue taking niacin your body develops a tolerance to the flushing in part due to your capillaries remaining relatively more dilated throughout the day. Start with small doses and work up to the higher doses gradually. Straight niacin is far more beneficial than non-flush niacin for many disorders like COPD."


COPD Remedies

08/11/2013: Kirk from Lansing, Michigan: "My question concerns the condition known as COPD. I'm sure you know it's essentially a catch all diagnosis for when your lungs aren't working very well. I have been diagnosed with this and I am not impressed with the effectiveness of my treatment. I was prescribed several very expensive inhalers that have not made much of a difference. I'm not expecting an instant cure but I feel as though I should at least improve while the opposite has been the case. I was hoping you might know of any holistic or natural treatments that have shown promise as well as any supplements, vitamins, or food/food groups that might help. I'd rather my treatment be natural than pharmaceutical anyway. Thank you, Kirk"

Replies
08/11/2013: Jay from Ont, Canada replies: "Google -- Dr. Chrisopher and lobelia and also Dr. Schulze and lobelia tincture."
08/12/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Kirk, something easy (and possibly very effective) that you can try, is some plain h2o2 in your humidifier, or some diluted h202 in an empty inhaler."
08/12/2013: Nano Writer from Hotspot, Texas replies: "Check out the iodine page here at ec. Also Google Dr. Brownstein, Iodine Project and Dr. Jarvis for more info on usage, etc. Iodine Is often indicated for problems with the lungs. Good luck!"


DMSO

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

07/23/2013: William from Deerfield Beach, Florida: "I've read some of the comments about treating COPD with the hydrogen peroxide and DMSO. I have a nebulizer that I occasionally use with albuterol. I also use Spiriva, Advair and prednasone... My symptoms are worsening every week... What do you recommend as far as treatment with DMSO, and what rate of dilution in the nebulizer? What frequency and volume? My PCP is familiar with DMSO and recommends I try the treatment. Thank you, William"

Replies
07/23/2013: Mike Giller from Denver, Colorado replies: "I understand exactly the way you feel because I suffered from copd for 40 years. I was poisoned by toxic fumes during my twenties. I just finished walking 10 miles and I have plenty of energy so the good news is that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The reason you are getting worse is because synthetic meds have nasty side effects so stop taking them. You can take all the best remedies and they won't do anything at all. I took 1 remedy that contained 10 herbal extracts and nothing good happened. The origin of the problem is improperly processed food from big agra does not provide all the bioactive nutrients the body requires. I am going to teach you to eat the best foods the right way and you are going to feel and think better than in your entire life. Get two 1 gallon containers. In each one put 2 grams dead sea salt, 1 gram 90, 000hu cayenne, 1/2 gram water soluable humic acid, 2 grams wyoming clay, 1 gram borax, and 2 quarts of water. To one add 14 grams hawaiin spirulina, 6 grams thin celled wall chlorella, 60 grams non gmo red miso, 20 grams freeze dried coconut water powder, 200 grams organic sucanet, 1 oz. Organic tomato paste, and 10 grams non defatted dessicated liver. To the other add 30 grams raw organic cocoa powder, 40 grams non denatured microfiltered whey protein isolate, 20 grams freeze dried coconut water powder, 10 grams absorbable colostrum, and 200 grams organic sucanet. Stir or shake them up. Add 2 more quarts of water to each. Take 1 pint of one and then an hour later take 1 pint of the other 16 times a day. 4 times a day take 1 tsp. Flax oil, 1 tsp. Expellar pressed coconut oil, and 1 ml. Raw fermented skate liver oil. I weigh 180 lbs. I take this every day. This is 92% raw organic vegan and 8% raw grass fed animal products. This provides all the sugars, proteins, oils, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals in their bioactive form along with their cofactors the body and brain require to function at peak performance. The wealthiest man in the world could not eat better than this."


04/07/2013: Jane from Glasgow, Uk: "I have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis & COPD. I want to try and clear my COPD, but I don't have a Nebuliser. Can I put DMSO in a bowl of warm/boiling water, cover my head with a towel and breathe in the steam? Thank you in advance for any replies."


[YEA]  12/30/2012: Granny On The Go from Waco, Tx: "I have used the DMSO in Colloidal Silver in my nebuliizer. I put in a teaspoon or 2 of Colloidal Silver and then add a few drops of DMSO. It is always my last resort. haha I breathe it in and if I don't cough enough I add more DMSO.

I know when I have enough DMSO as it will will make me cough up sputum that I hadn't been able to get up before. I only have Asthma. But, I read about the use of DMSO for COPD in Chile probably 20 years ago.

They claimed a cure for it that time, and, I've not read anything different since. I wish our medical community was more open minded about "what works" than just what the big pharmaceuticals companies want them to push. They don't want us getting well with anything they can't patent and make billions from.

Just be careful that your husband doesn't do too much, too soon. It's always best to start small with anything and work your way up. Good Luck!"

Replies
12/30/2012: Linda from Deming, Nm, Usa replies: "Thank you for that info, makes me more confidant to try. I just don't want to do anything dangerous or that will cause him even more distress. I too am so disappointed in our medical system, seems the more prescriptions (that don't help) is the only thing they know to do. I have the DMSO, will find the colloidal silver and see how it helps, THANKS again!"


09/12/2012: Megg from North Vernon, Indiana, Usa: "I have a question.. A stupid one at that. I weigh 83 lbs and have severe COPD. I was reading up on DMSO and MSM. Im not sure about the MSM but read enough on the DMSO. The question is this, I have a regular nebulizer that I use for my nebulizing of albuterol is THIS what I use to put the DMSO in and inhale it the same way I do my albuterol? thanks for any help :) Megg"

Replies
11/26/2012: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wales replies: "yes x use your regular nebulizer. Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx love andrea c xxxxxxxxxxx"






 



 

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