Last Modified on May 27, 2015
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis, otherwise known as mucoviscidosis or CF, is a hereditary disease of the mucous glands that critically affects the lungs, as well as the pancreas, liver, and intestines. Due to an overproduction of mucus, CF can cause frequent chest infections, coughing, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms of Cystic fibrosis are salty tasting skin, poor growth or weight gain due to poor nutrient absorption through the intestines, and bowel obstruction in newborns.
Cystic fibrosis worsens over time, and management of CF is centered around controlling and limiting lung damage and the decline of other organs. Though people suffering from CF can live much better lives now than in comparison to thirty years ago, oftentimes organ transplantation (usually double lung, but sometimes pancreas or liver as well) can become necessary to their survival. Cystic fibrosis can cause infertility in both men and women; in men there is a congenital absence of the vas deferens, while in women pregnancy is made difficult due to thickened cervical mucus or disrupted ovulation due to malnutrition.
Natural Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis
The purpose of this page is to allow users to share their experience with natural treatments for CF, and we are currently open to learning more about what people are using to cope with cystic fibrosis symptoms. Currently, users have reported positive results with hydrogen peroxide and Himalayan Salt. Research also suggests that vitamin E supplements can help moderate cystic fibrosis symptoms.1 If you have a home remedy you use for cystic fibrosis, or have tried a remedy on this page, please let us know about your experience.
Has anyone tried using Apple Cider Vinegar for helping some of the problems associated with cystic fibrosis?
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
I am an allopathic medical student doing a fellowship in integrative medicine. I thought I would share that research into treatment for cystic fibrosis has shown curcumin (found in turmeric) to help with the most common genetic mutation (deltaF508). Curcumin inhibits a calcium pump in the endoplasmic reticulum, which impairs the ability of the mutated deltaF508 protein by the calcium-dependent chaperone which would normally allow for proper folding. Experimental animal studies have shown that animals treated had a normalization of chloride transport in the gut and nasal epithelium and dramatically increased rates of survival. (pg 402, Genetics in Medicine).
I don't know what if any human research has been done and I suspect that curcumin isn't profitable enough for much additional research. I'm not recommending any dosages or that anyone try curcumin, but I think people searching for help with cystic fibrosis should have this information to do with as they see fit. I personally take tumeric daily, and if I had CF, I would definitely give it a try.
I hope this helps!
-J. Law, Atlanta, GA (MD candidate)
**Thanks to the folks who love to sue and those who hate alternative medicine, I am inclined to pass on the following advice to cover my rear.**
"Physicians should counsel patients with cystic fibrosis to refrain from rushing to the health food store to buy curcumin."- New England Journal of Medicine
My sources are cited below. There are quite a few articles that have been done on this, these are just a few.
Zeitlin, P. (2004). Can curcumin cure cystic fibrosis?. New England Journal of Medicine, 351, 606-608.
Egan, M. E., Pearson, M., Weiner, S. A., Rajendran, V., Rubin, D., Gl?ckner-Pagel, J., ... & Caplan, M. J. (2004). Curcumin, a major constituent of turmeric, corrects cystic fibrosis defects. Science, 304(5670), 600-602.
Berger, A. L., Randak, C. O., Ostedgaard, L. S., Karp, P. H., Vermeer, D. W., & Welsh, M. J. (2005). Curcumin stimulates cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator Cl–channel activity. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 280(7), 5221-5226.
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Will you help me find a natural cure for cystic fibrosis?
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[YEA] Himalayan Salt Brine. I am a 31yr old female with CF. I've been drinking Himalayan salt brine for 6 months now and my PFT's have improved and overall feel very good. Also I have Himalayan salt lamps placed throughout my house and use Himalayan salt on my food, not table salt. Also there is a Himalayan salt cave close to my house that I visit approx 2 times per month. Hopefully this helps someone out there.
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[YEA] 03/12/2012: Tf4624 from Usa, Wi, Usa writes: "Causes of cystic fibrosis (low O2 pressure in cells of the body leading to malfunction of ionic pumps that transport ions and water across epithelial layers)
Causes of low body oxygenation (ineffective breathing patterns) confirmed by numerous studies
Crucial lifestyle factors that leads to ineffective breathing.
What is the cause of cystic fibrosis? The cause of cystic fibrosis on a cell level is simple and clear: tissue hypoxia or low oxygen levels in body cells. This makes complete sense since ionic pumps require oxygen, and it has been known for decades that chloride and other pumps are ineffective in conditions of tissue hypoxia even in normal people (Clerici & Matthay, 2000; Karle et al, 2004; Mairbaurl et al, 1997; Mairbaurl et al, 2002).
However, there are even more specific findings. It was recently discovered that CFTR mutation gene (cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator) is controlled by levels of oxygen in body cells in a dose dependent manner (BebÃ¶k et al, 2001; Guimbellot et al, 2008; Yeger et al, 2001; Zheng et al, 2009).
These revolutionary discoveries force us to reconsider the real causes of cystic fibrosis. It is not just a genetic disease. Advance of cystic fibrosis requires low oxygen levels. Normal oxygen levels do not allow development of main symptoms of cystic fibrosis related to thick mucus and respiratory infections. What is the cause of low body oxygenation in people with cystic fibrosis?
All available medical evidence have shown presence of chronic hyperventilation in CF patients, while medical research confirmed injurious effects of alveolar hypocapnia on lung tissue. Furthermore, medical doctors from the Department of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in their publication "Importance of respiratory rate as an indicator of respiratory dysfunction in patients with cystic fibrosis" observed that "Respiratory frequency was increased in the patients with cystic fibrosis compared with a group of healthy control subjects, as was minute ventilation and mean inspiratory flow. Respiratory frequency was a sensitive predictor of respiratory dysfunction" (Browning et al, 1990).
Food grade 35% H2O2 Can and is the answer to disease including your issue.
H202 kills the virus/bacteria/microbe by blocking its portein, in which it need to survive.. By closing in on it it suffocates to death. Once in contact of the diseased cell it will kill it within 6 min but reverts the cell back to normal, leaving no side effects to the cell itself, based on years of experience, myself and reports from thousands of users. The program is not carved in stone and keep in mind that it can be adapted to fit individual needs. Individuals who have had transplants should not undertake an H202 program. H202 stimulates the immune system and could possibly cause a rejection of the organ.
Must keep refrigerated. Must be FOOD grade 35% H202.. Keep out of sunlight. Must be mixed in GLASS. Not plastic Recommend that you chug it at once.. Max life in glass is about 15 minutes.. After such time it will be useless once you drink it. (must Dilute.. Do NOT drink straight Min. 6 ounces or more of Distilled water MUST BE used
Day # -Number of Drops/ Times P
Day # -Number of Drops/ Times Per Day (bye a dropper bottle to keep it in.. Must be the dark Glass version)
- 1 - 3 / 3
- 2 - 4 / 3
- 3 - 5 / 3
- 4 - 6 / 3
- 5 - 7 / 3
- 6 - 8 / 3
- 7 - 9 / 3
- 8 - 10 / 3
- 9 - 12 / 3
- 10 - 14 / 3
- 11 - 16 / 3
- 12 - 18 / 3
- 13 - 20 / 3
- 14 - 22 / 3
- 15 - 24 / 3
- 16 - 25 / 3
Reverse the above starting at 25 drops 3 times a day till you get back to 3 drops 3 times a day.. This is your normal maintenance dosage.
This can then be reduced to between 5 and 15 drops per week based on how one feels. Those with more serious problems will often benefit from staying on 25 drops three times a day for one to three weeks, then tapering down to 25 drops two times daily until the problem is resolved (possibly as long as six months, depending on what your treating, everthing is different). Those with chronic systemic Candidiasis may need to start with 1 drop three times a day, then 2 drops three times a day before starting the above schedule. It is important that H202 be taken on an empty stomach. This is best accomplished by taking it either one hour before meals or three hours after meals. If there is food in the stomach, the reaction of H202 on any bacteria present may cause excess foaming, indigestion, and possibly even vomiting. Additionally, some animal research indicates that when H202 given orally combines with iron and small amounts of vitamin C in the stomach, hydroxyl radicals are created (J Inorg Biochem 89;35(1):55-69). The bleach-like aftertaste of H202 can be lessened by chewing one of the sugar-free cinnamon gums. Some individuals taking H202 immediately before bedtime have a difficult time getting to sleep. This is probably due to a sense of alertness triggered by an increase of oxygen at the cellular level. The oral dosage schedule is basically the same for all conditions. There are several points to keep in mind, however.
Some individuals may experience upset stomach. If this occurs it is recommended that one not stop the program, but rather remain at the current dosage level or reduce it to the previous level until the problem stops. (Some patients have been able to solve the nausea problem by taking three or four lecithin capsules at the same time they take the H202. ) During the program it's not uncommon to experience what is known as a healing crisis. As dead bacteria and toxins are released from your body it may temporarily exceed your capacity to eliminate them quickly enough. In some individuals this overload may cause fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, skin eruptions, cold or flu-like symptoms, and/or nausea. One should not discontinue using the peroxide to stop this cleansing. By continuing the program, toxins will clear the body sooner and this healing crisis will pass rather quickly.
If you are not already taking vitamin E and an acidophilus product, I recommend starting them before going on H202. Vitamin E can make more efficient use of any oxygen available and acidophilus will help re-establish the beneficial bacterial flora in the lower bowel and also help in the internal production of hydrogen peroxide.""
H2O2 USE FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS
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Seattle, Wa, Usa
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Seattle, Wa, Usa
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[NAY] THE HERB LOBELIA. I heard about this herb on this website. I have been experiencing "cystic fibrosis" ever since i was born, and this herb called "lobelia" is a bunch of bullshit. It was not cured. Apparently cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder, and cannot be cured with somehting as simple as an herb no matter how magical anyone makes it sound. 3 spoonfuls every 8 hours and you won't be cured in any time at all. No matter what amount i took, nothing changed. My pseudomonis didn't go away, i still have weight gain issues, i still have to take enzymes whenever i eat, i still have to do 5 breathing treatments a day, and i still have to take daily antibiotics. The list goes on about what hasn't changed. It was a waste of money and time. Thanks for posting this, I hope to help other people out from my experience.
An elderly lady at the natural food (herb store ) told me about a little boy who was diagnosed with "cystic-fibrosis" and was cured simply using liquid "Lobelia", 1 to 2 tsp a day, "no way to confirm".........GOD BLESS..
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Southern Ontario, Canada