I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis
Dear Terry, “I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2010. I have been on steroids for 2 ½ years, but had to stop because I could not deal with the harsh side effects. Do you have any recommendations for me? Much thanks in advance.” — Angela W., Midland, TX
Dear Angela, Pulmonary fibrosis is a condition in which lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it more difficult for the lungs to work properly. I encourage you to continue to work with your health care practitioner to determine the best treatment plan. I can make some recommendations, but that never replaces a doctor’s care and oversight. That said, I do have some safe and effective nutrients I believe can help.
I believe you would benefit greatly by adding a clinically studied, standardized boswellia extract to your daily regimen. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of boswellia twice daily. It’s important to find a product that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.
You may also want to consider extracts of thyme and climbing ivy. These two botanicals function as expectorants (helps cough out phlegm) and mucolytics (breaks up congestion). When used together they make a very excellent combination, helping to keep the lungs clear. Both herbs have been extensively researched in Germany and other European countries. I suggest taking a total of 250-500 mg of these two ingredients several times a day. These same ingredients are also available in a liquid form that is a perfect option for children or anyone who prefers it to taking tablets.
In addition to the nutrient recommendations, I would also recommend adopting the ketogenic diet. This diet focuses on very low intake of carbohydrates, moderate intake of protein, along with high intake of good, healthy fats. You can learn more about this diet at www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com, along with the following nutritional supplements.
Terry . . . Naturally