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How to Avoid Drugs with Side Effects and Use Alternative Treatments for Your Cystic Fibrosis - Biomedic Labs Rx LLC
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How to Avoid Drugs with Side Effects and Use Alternative Treatments for Your Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic fibrosis is a very complex disease. To understand the drugs that are prescribed for cystic fibrosis you must know a bit about how cystic fibrosis works. Everyone has mucus that moves through lungs and air passages to keep them clean and move out bacteria. Those with cystic fibrosis have less water in their mucus so it is very thick and sticky. Because it is so thick it is difficult to move through the lungs and cough out. As a result, bacteria builds up in the mucus and causes damage to the lungs as the body’s inflammatory response works to fight the unwanted bacteria. It is this damage to the lungs over time that causes cystic fibrosis to become fatal.

Treatments for cystic fibrosis have various functions. There are bronchodilators that open up the air passages quickly and efficiently. Corticosteroids treat inflammation in order to try to curb some of the damage to the lungs. Antibiotics fight infections and some of the latest drugs can specifically treat the gene malfunction that causes cystic fibrosis in some people.

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids have some of the most undesirable side effects of any of these types of drugs. Prednisone is a corticosteroid that is often used to treat inflammation. There have been studies performed to determine the effectiveness of long term prednisone use in children. While, some of the markers of cystic fibrosis initially improved in those that took regular low dose and high dose prednisone, the improvements plateaued. The side effects were so harmful that the study was halted after 2 years for the high dose group and three years of the low dose group.

An article from Biomedic Labs RX points out many side effects of long term use of prednisone including depression, osteoporosis, thinning skin, acne, peptic ulcers, and high blood pressure. Eventually your body’s own anti-inflammatory response may be inhibited from using too many corticosteroids.

Corticosteroids are a powerful tool when absolutely necessary, but you can take steps so that you have to use them as little as possible when managing your CF. Inhaled corticosteroids have fewer effects than prednisone taken as a pill.

Turmeric

At the Roots suggests taking turmeric as a supplement. Mika, the author of the blog, suggests that not only is turmeric a strong anti-inflammatory but it also addresses one of the root problems of cystic fibrosis. She states, “the compound contained in turmeric called curcumin essentially binds the two separated pieces of the CFTR protein together, facilitating a functioning sodium and chloride ion gradient across the cell membrane.

Fish oil is another powerful anti-inflammatory. It also has many beneficial properties included needed vitamins and minerals. Vitamin D can help prevent infection so that antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs are not needed as often. Biomedic Labs also offers some therapeutic bundles with these and other products such as Serracor-NK and Serra Rx80 in which are beneficial in the treatment of cystic fibrosis.

Diet

In addition to supplements, how you eat can help you manage your cystic fibrosis. Healthy fats are essential to help absorb vitamins and minerals and facilitate weight gain. Healthy fats are found in foods like nut butters, coconut or coconut oil, fish, and even red meats. Leafy greens and Kale are full of antioxidants. Kale can even reduce lung congestion. Garlic and onion both have medicinal properties and can fight infection. Eat as much unprocessed food as possible so that you can gain healthy calories that will help your body manage infection and inflammation.

Choosing a healthy diet and using supplements that are anti-inflammatory and support the body’s natural processes for responding to infection can help you avoid using certain drugs for cystic fibrosis treatment. The fewer drugs you rely on, the fewer potential side effects you will experience. Cystic fibrosis drugs can be very helpful, but so can some common supplements. Always discuss with your doctor what supplements you are taking and be informed regarding their properties.

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