My motive behind sharing this knowledge with you is that a few people very close to me are trying to cope with this terrible disease, and there seems to be new evidence that a natural approach could help them. I thought it would be a good idea to pass it on.
COPD is an umbrella term that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, bronchiectasis and asthma. But it most commonly describes two often overlapping and life threatening diseases: emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD is a progressively worsening debilitating lung disease that adversely affects breathing by obstructing airflow and causing lung tissue damage.
COPD is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth leading cause of death worldwide.
I won’t go into the details of all the associated diseases mentioned above, as the people I’m trying to reach out to know them quite well.
COPD Causes, Prognosis and Disease Management
Allopathic mainstream medicine believes the most common causes of COPD are smoking, genetic factors and long-term environmental exposure to toxic chemicals, fumes, or dust, in the workplace.
These “medical practitioners” consider COPD to be incurable, progressive, irreversible and fatal.
Smoking cessation is their primary treatment goal.
Big Pharma medications used to manage COPD symptoms include: toxic chemical inhalers, dangerous steroids (anti-inflammatories), oxygen, and mucus thinning drugs. In severe cases surgical interventions including lung transplants are resorted to.
It will become clear as you read on, but allopathic medicine is still trying to manage the smoke rather than putting out the fire.
New Studies Reveal Lung Tissue Can be Regenerated
Dr. Gloria De Carlo Massaro and Dr. Donald Massaro at Georgetown University School of Medicine, successfully reversed emphysema in experimental rats. The researchers used a derivative of vitamin A: all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA).
Twelve days of daily ATRA injections enabled the mice to grow healthy new alveoli.
In several other studies, it was discovered that rats exposed to cigarette smoke became vitamin A deficient.
So, the hypothesis is that smokers develop emphysema because of vitamin A deficiency.
Dr. Richard C. Baybutt, a lead researcher in this field, summarizes his findings:
“…Vitamin A deficiency may be the culprit behind emphysema and cigarettes could merely be the vehicle.”
Beta-Carotene or Vitamin A
Beta-carotene is one type of carotenoid. It is a pigment found in plants that help produce the vivid colors of certain fruits and vegetables, such as cantaloupe and carrots. When ingested, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A (retinol), by the body. Retinol can be used by the body for a variety of purposes, or can simply act as an antioxidant scavenging free radicals.
I urge you to immediately have blood work done, to determine your vitamin A level. If it is low, this should incentivize you to start taking the right steps to correct this.
The best way to increase vitamin A / Beta-Carotene levels is with food. Experts warn that large or even semi-large oral doses of synthetic stand-alone supplemental vitamin A can be dangerous.
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin and large doses stored in the liver can damage the liver.
Kitchen Table Medicine
My suggestion is for you to make your own beta-carotene medicine from real food. I’ll list the top ten foods highest in beta-carotene below.
I suggest that you add some good fats to them (olive oil, black cumin oil, coconut oil, etc.) to increase their bioavailability.
I also underline the fact that the best way to consume these foods is by juicing them.
The List (micrograms of beta-carotene in 100 gm)
- Sweet Potatoes (11,509)
- Carrots (cooked) (8,332)
- Dark Green Leafy
Vegetables (spinach, cooked) (6,288)
- Romaine Lettuce (5,226)
- Squash (4,570)
- Cantaloupe (2,020)
7.Dried Apricots (2,163)
- Sweet Red Peppers (1,624)
9. Peas (c(1,250)
10. Broccoli (cooked) (929)
There you go. Please try to consume these and, hopefully, you’re health will start improving
See you all next week.