"An army marches on its stomach." A quote attributed to both Napoleon and Frederick the Great. Regardless of which one said it we can apply the principle to the unknown pathogen army. The unknown pathogen is certainly thriving in the lungs of emphysema patients at least partially because it has a food supply so I decided the first think I would do is try and take the food supply away.
I had taken a graduate level Pathology class many years earlier and remembered that the food supply for all pathogens is sugar. The only sugar the unknown pathogen in my mother's lungs was receiving was the excess sugar in her bloodstream so I decided I would remove that excess sugar from her diet and begin starving this unknown pathogen. I wasn't sure if it would actually do anything however, I did know my mother was not going to last much longer and I realized that removing the sugar from her diet would not hurt her and would probably help her. I just doubted whether it would be enough to make a noticeable difference.
Two weeks went by and I had removed all sugar from my mother's diet including food that convert to sugar in a few biochemical steps such as potatoes and anything that were made with grains such as cereal, bread and pasta. She liked having a glass of wine at night but it had to go to. All alcohol is made with sugar and contains mycotoxins, neither of which I wanted in her diet. At the end of those two weeks she had actually improved a little bit.
She had been on 4 liters of oxygen gasping for air two weeks earlier and now she was no longer gasping. See what I mean by a little better? Even though it wasn't a really big improvement it was significant because it was the only improvement she had made since her diagnosis almost three years earlier. I didn't realize it at the time but she had also began re-gaining her weight. It wasn't for another two and a half months when she returned to her doctor that I learned of the 6 pound weight gain.
Applying Other Medical Research to Emphysema
As I am sure you probably realize, a hungry pathogen is not necessarily a dead pathogen. I needed something to kill this pathogen but since I wasn't sure what it was and could not write any prescriptions myself my hands were tied with regards to medications. I did however, manage to find cancer research being performed at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. The research was using a supplement called beta-1,3-1,6-glucan on cancer patients with great success.
This supplement amplified the immune response of these cancer patients and helped them fight off the cancer. After studying beta glucan and this research, I found that there were other beta glucan supplements on the market however, this particular one was a "micronized" formulation which allowed it to fit on the immune cell's receptor sites. This increased effectiveness resulting from the micronization allowed patients in the cancer research to fight off cancer without chemotherapy or radiation, commonly used and relatively ineffective treatments for cancer today.
I quickly added this micronized beta glucan to my mother's daily regimen hoping to amplify her immune response and enhance the positive results I was beginning to see in her condition.
The Problem With Antibiotics
My mother had been on repeated doses of antibiotics since her diagnosis with emphysema. It is apparently common for emphysema patients to be prone to these secondary infections which require the repeated use of antibiotics. I was hoping that this beta glucan would eliminate the need for the multiple prescriptions of antibiotics.
The problem I have with antibiotics, besides the fact that they I think they are over-prescribed in the U. S. and probably many other countries, is that they are also responsible for killing your "probiotics," which are very important for your immune response and your body's inherent protection mechanisms. Probiotics are the "good bacteria" that reside in our small and large intestine that act essentially as "gate keepers" preventing easy access to your body by foreign invaders, namely pathogens.
Most of us have had multiple prescriptions for antibiotics over the years and have long since killed all of our probiotics and left the gate wide open for invading pathogens. The gate, in my opinion, had to be shut immediately and would need to be kept. What is the point of killing off pathogens and then leaving the gate wide open so more can come in? That would be counterintuitive.
Make sure and read Part 3 - Finding a Doctor Who Will Listen