Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is airflow limitation caused by an inflammatory response to inhaled toxins, often cigarette smoke. Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and various occupational exposures are less common causes in nonsmokers. Symptoms are productive cough and dyspnea that develop over years; common signs include decreased breath sounds, prolonged expiratory phase of respiration, and wheezing. Severe cases may be complicated by weight loss, pneumothorax, frequent acute decompensation episodes, right heart failure, and/or acute or chronic respiratory failure. Diagnosis is based on history, physical examination, chest x-ray, and pulmonary function tests. About 50% of patients with severe COPD die within 10 yr of diagnosis.
The most common cause has historically been, and unfortunately continues to be, smoking. It takes many years of smoking to develop COPD and as such typically patients are older adults. There is however a number of other less common risk factors, each with their own demographics. They include:
- cigarette smoking
- industrial exposure (e.g. mining)
- cystic fibrosis
- alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency(AAT1 deficiency)
- intravenous drug use
The global initiative for chronic obstructive lung disease (GOLD) staging system is a commonly used severity staging system based on airflow limitation. According to this, there are 4 key stages:
- stage I:mild, FEV1 > 80% of normal
- stage II:moderate, FEV1 = 50-79% of normal
- stage III:severe, FEV1 = 30-49% of normal
- stage IV:very severe, FEV1 <30% of normal or <50% of normal with presence of chronic respiratory failure present
The FEV1:FVC ratio should be <0.70 for all stages.
The GOLD staging system may be insensitive in early stages
The best natural remedies for CODP include:
- Cannabis Oil– Medical marijuana, cannabis oil, help oil, whatever you want to call it, is the absolute best remedy for COPD and emphysema hands down! So many sufferers have found astonishing relief with this treatment.
- Vitamin D-Research has shown that supplementing with vitamin D3 can help tremendously with COPD.
In one study, researchers studied 50 COPD patients and randomly assigned them to receive either a monthly dose of vitamin D3 or a placebo. Patients receiving the vitamin D were given 3,300 IU’s (international units) per day (measured into a monthly dose) which is way above the pathetic U.S. recommended daily allowance of 600 IU’s a day.
- Oregano Oil-Oregano Oil has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory qualities, and is ofuse in COPD to prevent pulmonary infection and reduce pulmonary inflammation.
The Oregano oil may be diluted in juice or mixed with olive oil to dilute further. Start with one drop and gradually work up as tolerates. Some people report good results with inhaled oregano oil in a steamer or nebulizer.
- Ginger-The vitamins and minerals found in ginger are phosphorus, calcium, iron, carotene, thiamine, vitamin C, niacin and riboflavin. Ginger provides a great remedy for coughs and colds. When consumed with honey, ginger could provide relief from dry cough. Ginger tea is also a great remedy for colds and fever.