It is uncomfortable to breathe & my throat feels raw.
Dear Terry, “I got a cold back in August and it went into my chest/lungs. I saw my doctor, who ended up giving me two different antibiotics. Neither one really helped. Now it is January and I am still struggling with the same issues. It is uncomfortable to breathe & my throat feels raw. Do you have any suggestions?” — Annie C., Billings, MT
Dear Annie, I do have some recommendations, which include dietary changes and a nutritional protocol that you may find helpful. I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician, as they may have additional input.
I think diet is extremely important, so the best recommendation I can give anyone with an upper respiratory condition is to avoid all grains and dairy products (with the exception of cream, butter and eggs) for at least 90 days. You would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. While I understand this takes a huge effort on your part, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to modifying your diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider.
When it comes to fighting colds, my go-to herbs include echinacea, pelargonium and andrographis. All three herbs help to reduce the severity of a cold and shorten the duration. I recommend taking a total of 250-450 mg of these three ingredients several times a day.
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 for use with colds, cough, bronchitis and even asthma. 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.
Terry . . . Naturally