dedicated to the memory of an old and dear friend,
Herald, who struggled with emphysema
Plan ahead to
Help for Your Lungs
E for Lung Health
Vitamin A is protective for the lungs
and is a helpful treatment for pneumonia
Mary Enig, PhD: "When it comes to our lungs, the very
important phospholipid class called lung surfactant is a special
phospholipid with 100 percent saturated fatty acids. It is called
dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine and there are two saturated palmitic acid
molecules attached to it. When people consume a lot of partially
hydrogenated fats and oils, the trans fatty acids are put into the
phospholipids where the body normally wants to have saturated fatty acids
and the lungs may not work effectively. Some research has suggested that
trans fatty acids are causing asthma in children."
Sixteen Thousand New Cases
of Asthma Yearly -
directly related to air pollution. Get
involved, write your congress person and the EPA. Seventy percent of
toxic air is the result of chemical and diesel pollution. "While it is not clear why pollution is toxic to humans, experts suspect that pollutants inflame the lungs or cause the body to release chemicals that can affect heart
function. " Source: American Journal of Public Health
It has been found that most people who
struggle with respiratory dis-eases have low serum magnesium
BRONCHITIS: ANTIBIOTIC or
"Vitamin C in quantity was a good cure for
bronchitis. Then all hit the fan, so to speak. But in May, 2002, the journal
Lancet published a paper showing that azithromycin, an antibiotic commonly used
against bronchitis, is no more effective than even LOW-dose vitamin C in
treating the condition.
And for those of us that have tried HIGH dose
vitamin C, well, there was no contest from the start. Antibiotics in
general seem ineffective against acute bronchitis. The medical supposition is
that perhaps this is because it is a viral disease, not a bacterial one. To a
megadose vitamin C user such a distinction is academic. I once saw
orthomolecular physician Robert F. Cathcart, M.D.,
on a national TV talk show. He said that disease names can be a waste of time.
He prefers to classify illness by how much vitamin C it takes to cure them.
Bronchitis, for example, is a 60-gram (per day) cold. Pneumonia would be a
are trying to Stop Smoking - Nourish
yourself with a handful of raw sunflower seeds. Sunflower seeds reduce
the body’s craving for nicotine by filling the nicotine receptor sites.
Also try a cup of nettle or oatstraw infusion daily for 4 to 6 weeks
before quitting. The infusions strengthen blood vessels and nerves, and
cushion the impact of withdrawal.
Chew on a
piece of licorice root instead of lighting up, or a small piece of Panda
natural licorice. Use licorice with care if you are hypertensive
(have high blood pressure).
A healthy diet based on on fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats is very important.
It can helpl prevent the weight gain so often associated with quitting smoking. Secondly, eating meals at regular intervals, particularly meals including protein, will help stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent cravings and irritability.
One of the foremost botanicals used in traditional herbal
medicine to assist in this process is Lobelia (Lobelia inflata). Its major alkaloid
lobeline, is said to be similar to nicotine and reduces tobacco-withdrawal symptoms. In the body, Lobelia's other compounds make the taste of nicotine extremely unpleasant and
relaxes the nervous system to quiet your nerves nerves. Also an expectorant, Lobelia
thins thick mucus that often accompanies smoking cessation.
Scullcap (Scutellaria laterifolia) is a powerful nerve tonic that relieves nervous tension, and anxiety. Scullcap has
been helpful in combating drug and alcohol withdrawal symptoms as well as nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Fast for the Lungs is best done around the time of the full moon,
for 3 to 10 days. Pineapple and pineapple juice are
good for lung health, high blood pressure, tumors, and intestinal
cleansing. The enzyme bromelain, found in pineapple is good for destroying
In oriental medicine the lungs
and large intestine are energetically connected.
Eat as much fresh pineapple as
you like for three days. Ginger and wormwood tea can be used along with
raw almonds, figs, and raw pumpkin seeds. Take strong laxative tea or
frozen castor oil capsules on the morning and evening of the third day to aid in
clearing the large intestine. This also helps restore the elasticity of
- Yellow Charged Water is an old
healing remedy, that blends well with today's revival of