Posted by Biomedic Labs Enzyme Specialists on April 15, 2014
"Not satisfied with your doctor’s recommendations for Pulmonary Fibrosis? There are alternatives."
If you have been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, you may not know why you have it, how fast it will progress and how it will affect your life.
There are a few things you probably do know:
Your lung tissue is scarred and will continue to scar.
According to many health care professionals there are no pulmonary fibrosis treatments available that will cure or reverse the disease.
Using oxygen and other lifestyle changes can ease symptoms, but your lungs will continue to develop scar tissue.
Prednisone is often used as a pulmonary fibrosis treatment to try and slow the scarring. However, there are severe side effects and little indication that this drug is effective.
When there is no cure and the only medication commonly used for it doesn’t work and causes more problems, a pulmonary fibrosis diagnosis can leave you feeling incredibly helpless. However, you can be involved in your care. Armed with a few facts you can make decisions about your treatment that you feel comfortable with. You can ease your symptoms and even reverse the scar tissue causing the problems!
Facts About Prednisone
First it is important that you know what prednisone is and does to your body. It is a synthetic corticosteroid drug that acts as an immunosuppressant. It is prescribed in hopes that it will prevent your body from developing more scar tissue on your lungs. It is also used to treat inflammatory diseases such as asthma, COPD, rheumatic disorders, allergic disorders, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease and in some cases cancers. However, because it suppresses the immune system it leaves you vulnerable to infections and illnesses such as pneumonia, which can complicate and accelerate pulmonary fibrosis.
An article from Biomedic Labs RX shows that a few of the other side effects of long term use include diabetes, peptic ulcers, acne, muscle cramps and weakness, and high blood pressure.
An article from Mayo Clinic states, “Many people diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis are initially treated with a corticosteroid (prednisone), sometimes in combination with other drugs that suppress the immune system — such as methotrexate or cyclosporine. None of these combinations has proved very effective over the long run.”
Natural And Healthy Alternatives
Systemic enzymes are a natural and effective alternative to prednisone. Serrapeptase is an enzyme used in Biomedic Labs RX products Serracor-NK & SerraRx80. Systemic enzymes “digest excess fibrin in the body,” states Ahava Sarah Fischer in her article Dissolve Scar Tissue with Systemic Enzymes . Fibrin is the protein that causes scar tissue throughout the body including the lungs. Nattokinase is another systemic enzyme that helps remove scar tissue and removes erogenous blood particles or ERPs. ERPs block capillaries and make it difficult for your lungs to absorb oxygen.
Essentially, systemic enzymes can prevent and even reverse scarring. Systemic enzymes can actually attack the root cause of pulmonary fibrosis preventing the progression of the disease and relieving symptoms.
In addition to systemic enzymes Clear Lungs Extra Strength contains a blend of herbs and vitamins that reduce inflammation and clear mucus and phlegm from the lungs. High doses of Vitamin D3 can also support the immune system and assist in encouraging rebuilding connective tissue in the lungs. These products taken together can have dramatic results for people suffering from pulmonary fibrosis.
We also offer N-acteylcysteine, which is recommended by most doctors. N-Acetyl RX can help break up mucus in the lungs and provide relief. It is the only natural alternative doctors tell patients to use. It helps to maintain healthy lung tissue and to slow the disease.
Talk With Your Doctor
The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis reminds patients, “there remains no FDA-approved treatment for Pulmonary Fibrosis, and as of yet, there is no cure. ” While this prognosis can feel frustrating and even give you a sense of despair, there alternatives to try. Talk to your doctor about starting a regime that includes systemic enzymes. When there are no other effective alternatives, finding relief from symptoms and possibly reversing the disease is worth consideration.
If you have been taking prednisone or other drugs, talk to your doctor before you discontinue use. Because of the way these drugs interact with your body, an abrupt removal from your system can have serious long-term side effects and can even be fatal.
Don’t continue in despair if you suffer from pulmonary fibrosis. Take care of yourself. Eat well, get flu and pneumonia shots, avoid smoking and second hand smoke, and work with your doctor to craft an exercise regime that will work for you. In addition to some lifestyle changes try systemic enzymes and see if they make a significant difference. Don’t let pulmonary fibrosis and its typical treatments keep you from enjoying life.
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