Lung Infection Remedies: Q&A

Last Modified on Aug 23, 2013

Allergies and Respiratory Issues After Hurricane

08/23/2013: CP from Texas: Hey Ted! I'm not sure if you remember me but I read many of your Earth Clinic posts and emailed you long time ago concerning my hair problem and you offered very valuable information that I am grateful of. I have another question for you and I know you are a busy guy so I won't take up too much of your time but I am in dire need of an explanation for my mother's respiratory problems. I will cut right to the chase - My mother has been suffering from some form of allergy/respiratory problems and doctors have been treating her with steroids even though I believe they are not exactly sure what's going on. This problem all started when Hurricane Ike struck our town (in Texas) in 2006. There's no doubt in our mind that something foreign blew in from the hurricane Ike storm because her problems started after the hurricane when she went outside to pick up loose branches and debris without any mask on. The hurricane came in off the coast of Africa and probably blew in foreign dust, allergies, and whatnot.

She's been having trouble breathing since then and is constantly coughing up congestion in her lungs. It comes up thick and sort of beige color. When it rains she usually struggles with her breathing even if she doesn't get wet. The doctor has her own steroids and they did a lung test betting she had fungus on her lungs and didn't find anything on her lungs. The doctors told her, her lungs are fine but she has a very high sensitivity to allergies (but that was never the case until after the hurricane), and they also said the humidity levels affect her respiratory problems too. Most doctors in our area don't think outside the box. They are forever treating her symptoms but they cannot find the culprit. Other factors that you may want to know about are: The weather is very humid down here, we live around a bunch of Industrial Plants, lots of animals in the area (farm animals and domestic), and she used to smoke many many years ago. I'm so desperate for any direction that you can offer at this point as I am sad to see my mother suffering from this for 7 years now. I hope to see the day she can work in her garden and enjoy outside weather. Thanks for any help you can offer!!!

08/23/2013: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: This is a common problem where the cause of her respiratory problems is an unidentified fungus in her lungs. My own treatments for these respiratory fungal issues have been many, but the easiest to obtain on your side is 1/4 teaspoon of borax in water. The water is H2O2 3 percent one to two caps in one liter of water. Colloidal silver also works. She has low copper in the blood. I prefer supplemental copper chlorophyllin, and also lugols iodine drops about 5 to 10 drops of 2.5 percent solution also helps, especially for asthma attack. Steroids merely caused the fungus to spread without inflammation. Fungus is common is trees and branches after the storm.

Ted

What Could Help with Borderline Obstructive Lung Disease?

05/05/2012: Usmcwannabe from Chicago, Il: I was told by the doctor I may have bordeline obstructive lung disease. I'm looking for feedback and such for oil pulling and stuff to cure/get rid of it. What are the best oils for oil pulling for bordeline obstructive lung disease? What are other remedies that work? Thanks!

05/06/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: Usmcwannabe, for me breathing thru diluted hydrogen peroxide in my mouth, helps for any and all respiratory problems. I spit it out after 6-7 deep breaths. This is only a variation on Bill Munro's inhalation method.

What Can I Do for My Mom's Fibrosis of the Lungs?

03/03/2012: Shailesh from Patan, Gujrat- India: My mother is having fibrosis of lungs from last one year, I had tried all kinds of treatments. But still she is not cured from the disease. Can you please help me for finding the appropriate medicine for her. I am waiting for your reply on my mail id. Thanks a lot. Good day. Kindly reply.

Father with Lung Issues After Bronchitis

01/17/2011: K. : Hi Ted,

I got your email address from EarthClinic and was wondering if you could share your expertise on lung issues. My husband came down with bronchitis 3 weeks ago today (Dec 26th). He's been to his doctor twice (a round of antibiotics, an RX for his cough that numbed his throat, albuterol and flovent)...his primary complaint now is productive coughs/excessive phlegm, shortness of breath and when he tries to lay down (even propped up with pillows), he feels like his bronchial tubes are collapsing and he has to sit/stand to catch his breath. Needless to say, he hasn't slept, not more than 30-60 minutes in any 24 hour period. He's exhausted and getting depressed that he doesn't seem to be getting better. He's only left the house for doctor appts and to see my chiropractor (NUCCA) who seems to be doing something to pound the phlegm out.  I have given him oil of oregano (which helped me kick my asthma after 35 years) and something called ClearLungs, apple cider vinegar and honey, elderberry...not all at once...I will say that some might have worked had he kept up, but if it doesn't work quickly, he gives up on them.
 
Anyway, wondering about hydrogen peroxide (I have a 3% bottle from teh pharmacy that only says water as other ingredient and was clear when I poured in a glass of water, no bubbles)...or anything else. Or do we just go with the doctor's recommendation and see a pulmonologist? Ugh. Hope it doesn't get to that.
 
Thanks so much :)

01/17/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: This is the most frequent problems I have for most people who are in hospital beds or long term care patients. Basically the supplements I go through is clove oil, N acetyl Cysteine, lysine, sea salt and carefully monitor to avoid constipation. Hydrogen peroxide 2% mists can clear up the lungs by drying up the lungs. The remedy works in 90% of the cases. There are few cases that don't work, which has a lot to do with the body's low immune issues and overlooked issues of constipation. In which case if immune system is low, a zinc acetate usually 20 mg taken for three of four days should help. This is assuming to additives was added to them, or it doesn't work in general. The body's immune system maybe helped with taking of 1 teaspoon of 1,3 beta glucan (which is extracted from cell walls of yeast).

The clove oil is prepared as a 5% solution, mixed with ethanol alcohol and spray as mists done every 3 hour. A hydrogen peroxide is added just enough to used it completely and keep bottles opened when not in use. This is sprayed every 3 hours. When breathed in it will clear up the bugs causing the phlegm.

As far a sea salt is concerned if blood pressure is not over 140/100 for example. A sea salt is taken to dry the mucus. The dose generally speaking is between 1/4 teaspoon to 1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water. It should dry up the mucus in roughly 10 minutes on the average. But to make it easier to dry it up, 1000 mg of N acetyl Cysteine with lysine 1500 mg is taken every hour for four hours for three days should help clear up some immune issues. A vitamin C is taken at 500 mg every hour for 12 hours for two days, should help also.

Finally, an irritation of lungs may be one of the causes of excessive phlegm, in which case 500 mg of vitamin B3 niacinamide is taken three for four times a day. In case they happen to make one sleepy then it is taken just during the evening hours and before sleep. It is antifungal and hence reduces lining irritations.

As a way to raise the body's immune system it is necessary to take 1/2 teaspoon of lysine with 1/8 teaspoon of N acetyl Cysteine (after taking 1/4 to 1/2 sea salt about 30 minutes before). it is then taken hourly for four hours. On the fourth our, the body should be less stress and the person should be easier to sleep by the fourth dose. If this is taken for at least 3 to 4 days should generally be sufficient, if not continue the dose.

Ted

Lung Problems Since Being Exposed to Concrete Dust

05/09/2010: Nico from Monticello, In: Hey Ted,

While working high rise construction, I was exposed to high levels of concrete dust for 2 yrs. The respirator I was given was either inadaquate or not working properly. I developed chest pains, and soon after breathing problems. I constantly feel like I have to cough out something but can't. sometimes I cough out thick clear mucous, but it provides no relief. My airway feels constricted and I often feel like I'm not getting enough air. When working or exercising I seem to breath better, but when relaxed doing simple things like eating or talking I feel out of breath. Is there something that can cleanse the lungs or reverse the damage from breathing concrete dust? Any advice is greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Nico

06/07/2010: Lacy Lou from Lead Hill, Ar replies: This caught my eye, as I may mesothelioma from asbestos. I was told this can be added to concrete. And from what I gathered in researching, the mucus secretions are the lungs frantically trying to cleanse this from the tissues. Very acid secretions.

Lacy Lou

Trouble Breathing After Getting Pneumonia

08/03/2008: Rayma from Armstrong, MO: I had pneumonia in oct and I have had trouble breathing. I have to use inhalers every day now .No insuarance so they won't test me to see whats wrong. I also have thyroid trouble. I've been hypothyroid for 3 years due to inflammation and they gave me a nuclar pill which I think killed my thyroid. Could I have mycoplasmas in my lungs? and what should I do ? Thank You Please Help

08/11/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Rayma:

The pneumonia, while initially it is virus, the later stage appears to be fungus like in nature, such as mycoplasma. To reduce the excessive liquids formed in mucus I used two techniques. One is to prepare a 10% solution of ammonium chloride and spray into the air and breathe a couple of times the mist. The solution as an effect of drying the moisture or what Chinese referred to as "dampness". Most fungus are extremely hygroscopic in nature and gets instantly killed (almost) in presence of a weak ammonium chloride mists using a spray (the plastic spray bottles sold in plant nurseries).

The biggest problem about this, obviously is finding them. A much less quality substitute might be a borax solution is used. I bought mine from a chemical supplier, but I can also purchase from a school supply store where they sell chemical for science high school students.

Certain other supplements such as chromium for example has properties that are anti fungal in nature as well as zinc supplements that are also anti viral. Baking soda 1/2 teaspoon in 1 glass of water taken twice a day will also improve oxygen in the blood as alkaline will drive out carbon dioxide.

Ted

Having Trouble Breathing, Cause Unknown

05/19/2008: Carrie from San Francisco, CA, USA: I am having trouble breathing. I do not know if it is caused by acid reflux or sleep apnea or by both or something else. When I breathe it seems like I cannot get enough oxygen into my lungs. I can take the deepest breathe but it is not enough. If I sleep lying down I sometimes wake up and I am not breathing. I am a 22 year old female, physically fit, and exercise each day. I have been taking l-theanine for anxiety but it seems to worsen my breathing problem. Does anyone know how to help me? I appreciate it.

EC replies: Carrie, please check out the side effects feedback for MSM, which has caused several similar conditions in people. Certain supplements and home remedies like Apple Cider Vinegar and MSM appear to cause a reaction, but we haven't figured out why!
05/22/2008: Joyce from Chippewa Lake, Ohio replies: I had the same problem, and ended up in the emergency room in septic shock.I had pneumonia, and have been diagnosed with COPD. I had taken anti-biotics for the pneumonia, but it was still there. I ended up in the hospital for 3 weeks. I would say have it checked out to be safe.
06/05/2008: San from Ottawa, Canada replies: Spinal subluxation can cause this problem.... 'Inversion therapy' helps correct spinal subluxation cheaply at the comfort of your home w/o going to expensive chiropractors. Just google it.

Calcification

04/15/2007: Allavudeen from India: Dear Ted, I am Allavudeen, 30 years old Computer Software Engineer, living in India. 9 years ago, I had TB decease. I took medicine for 6 months and got rid of it completely. But It resulted in a cavity in left lung. Now I got a job offer in Saudi Arabia. While having the medical test, the doctor said that I am medically unfit to enter in to Saudi Arabia because of the lung calcification. I enquired many doctors to get rid of the lung calcifiation (cavity). But every one says that no medicine for that. Can you suggest me something to get rid of the lung calcification. I need to take up this job offer as quick as possible.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: People with T.B. taking any medication, once cured, will get calcification of the lungs and it seems the doctor don't really care about the calcification, since the area of calcification is the area where the T.B. formerly exists. However I have had one case where calcification was reversed, but this rarely happens since most people don't really bother to treat calcification. Decalcification is actually a time consuming process but the common remedy I used to reduce some calcification may take a long time, which is primarily lemon and baking soda remedy, which is 2 tablespoon of lemon plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda three times a day. Sodium citrate 1/2 teaspoon twice a day can also quickly reduce some calcification, but I believe complete removal is not possible in a short period. Basically sodium citrate, or lemon and baking soda reduces the serum calcium levels so that calcification is reduced indirectly. Taking some magnesium citrate may also reduce some calcification through most of the body's tissues, except for the bones, since the body's tissues have high blood circulation which facilitates its removal. Some reduction in calcification is possible within 3 months, although that's my own experience. Vitamin C sodium ascorbate 1000 mg may also reduce some excess calcification too as it chelates excess tissue calcium.
05/04/2010: Drlundy from Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas replies: The gentleman from India is actually talking about cavitation, not calcification. The TB bacterium can cause these cavities to remain in the lung and they later serve as evidence on an xray that the subject had TB. I don't know of a rememdy but wanted to correct the term so persons knowing a cure could address it properly.

Prevention for Dangerous Work

Alex from California: I am a 28 year old fire captain in California. Due to the constant exposures to diesel fumes, burning combustibles etc. I would like to find out what you suggest I take for good overall health. I take ACV every once in a great while and have had no issues. I have low and and mid-back pain that hasn't been contributed to any ailment. Can you give me a list of vitamins and products to buy as well as the doses to try. Thank you for your time and efforts, they are greatly appreciated.

Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: Dear Alex: Yes, most of the occupation of health problems related to being a fire captain likely to be from back problems because of lifting heavy materials, but also from lung problems from exposure to smoke, dust and hydrocarbons. So the condition is likely to affect the breathing problems leading to emphysema and COPD, but also liver cirrhosis. The diesel fuel can also lead to metabolic acidosis as it is a hydrocarbon, liver problem, and affects the brain, as most hydrocarbons can cause partial damage to the brain. Therefore, detoxification of liver, through the use of 10 drops of 3% H2O2 in one glass of drinking water, will help both the lower back and reduction of chemical toxins in the body by oxidation. MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane), will help reduce some tar deposits which can lead to COPD and emphysema, but also N Acetyl Cysteine to help liquefy mucus, and reduced respiratory problems. Magnesium citrate, or magnesium gluconate 500 mg. is often taken to help with the lower muscle pain and back problem. But to further reduce muscle pain and lower pain, some vitamin B complex is synergistic with the magnesium, and it also is neuroprotective somewhat against the hydrocarbons.

For the body to get rid of hydrocarbons and preventing its accumulation and protects against liver cirrhosis, I might take at least one tablespoon a day of granulated lecithin as it is a fat emulsifier reducing fatty liver. Both vitamin E and vitamin C are antioxidant and protects the liver, but also selenium may be helpful too in protecting against liver cirrhosis. Alkalizing is important in protecting against skin allergies, muscle pain (neutralizes lactic acid buildup), and I might take at least 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water twice a day. A drinking water should have some sea salt, such as 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt (Celtic, Dead sea, Himalayan, a local one, or even deep sea salt available at the aquarium shops) added in per liter of drinking water. This is often added to protect against weakness and electrolytic imbalances cause by sweating and exertion. ACV helps increase energy level, but in the long run, I prefer to neutralize the ACV such as 2 tablespoon of ACV plus 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day. That's at least the minimum dose remedy. Usually taking in the morning often gives some people more energy.

The above are the bare minimum of vitamin, minerals and supplements that are needed. Most of the benefit for this occupation, is likely to get benefit mostly from the magnesium, alkalizing and electrolytes.


 

 

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