What is Cystic Fibrosis?
It is the most common hereditary genetic disease and is a disorder of the cells that line the lungs, small intestines, sweat glands and pancreas. Mucus that houses infection contributes to the destruction of lung tissue and impedes gas exchange in the lungs. It also prevents the absorption of nutrients in the small intestines by blocking ducts from the pancreas that release digestive enzymes. It is the most common life-threatening genetic disease among Caucasian groups, although it affects all races and ethnic groups. Chronic under-nutrition, with weight loss and growth failure, are the precursors of premature death.
It is imperative to prevent with perfect nutrition the symptoms of this chronic under-nutrition such as:
- Being Underweight
- Pancreatic insufficiency
- Fat mal-absorption
- Abdominal pains
- Gut obstruction
- Rectal prolapse
- Reflux (heartburn)
- Lung disease
- Respiratory infections
- Peptic ulcers
- Crohn’s disease
- Liver disease
- Excessive mucus
How Is Cystic Fibrosis Treated?
Since CF is a genetic disease, it cannot be cured at present. A careful nutrition plan is essential. The current nutrition treatment for CF depends on the stage of the disease. Optimal nutrition management, however, is essential to optimize growth, quality of life and survival.
How can Serrapeptase help?
Serrapeptase is the most effective enzyme for clearing inflammation and mucus. By keeping mucus down in the intestines and lungs, bacteria cannot multiply so easily, keeping infections down (the cause of the damage).
How many do I take?
Start with 2 Tablets of Serrapeptase x 3 times per day on an empty stomach. Gradually reduce to 1 x 1.
Can I take too many tablets or can it interfere with any drugs I am taking?
No. It has been used for over 25 years with no side effects reported.
What things can I do to help?
NUTRITION PROBLEMS, CARE AND TREATMENT ARE NOT TO BE TAKEN LIGHTLY
Nutrition planning is one of the critical parts of CF care and in the past four decades major strides have been made in the nutritional management of people with CF. Information has been taken from the NICUS Nutrition Information Centre, University of Stellenbosch.
Turmeric May Improve Cystic Fibrosis. Posted on: 22/04/2004
NEW HAVEN, Conn. Curcumin, a major constituent of the spice turmeric, may help correct cystic fibrosis (CF) defects, according to researchers at Yale University School of Medicine. The study is published in the April 23 issue of Science (304, 5670:600-2, 2004) (www.sciencemag.com).
In most common forms of CF, a responsible protein (CTFR) is trapped inside the cells of the airways and gastrointestinal tract, inhibiting normal secretion of ions and fluid that eventually can lead to a build-up of mucus clogs in the lungs and the pancreas.
However, in the study, researchers found 45 mg/kg body weight/d of curcumin administered to mice with CF helped release the protein from the cells. The treatment was either given once per day, or as a divided dose administered three times per day.
After having received curcumin treatment, mice with the genetic defect that causes CF survived at a rate almost equal to normal mice,” said Gergely Lukacs, M.D., Ph.D., one of the study’s authors. “The CFTR protein also functioned normally in the cells lining the nose and rectum, which are areas of the body affected by CF.”
Plans for a human clinical trial using curcumin are underway, which will be carried out under the auspices of Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Inc., according to Michael Caplan, M.D., Ph.D., the study’s senior author and professor at Yale University School of Medicine. “In the next phase of research, we will work to determine precisely how curcumin is achieving these effects and to optimize its potential as a possible drug,” he said.
What things can I do to help with Cystic Fibrosis?
Follow as below for an adult. (Lower as appropriate for children):
1. Serrapeptase Enzymes
Take SerraEnzyme Serrapeptase, Curcuminx4000, Ecklonia Cava (Seanol) and Vitamin D3. Recommended Formulation: Serranol. Encourages healthy blood flow and circulation. Take 2 caps x 3 times per day, 30 mins before eating a meal, with water, and reduce to 1 x 3 after a good relief.
2. Nascent Iodine
Balances the immune system and overall health. Take 4 x 4 drops per day in water. Increase over 2 weeks to 10 x 4 per day until recovered. Then reduce to 4 x 4 for maintenance.
3. Magnesium Oil
Increases absorption of magnesium and reduces pain. Apply liberally onto skin such as arms and legs to cover a wide area for absorption.
4. DIP Daily Protection
Contains Vitamins C, Vitamin D3, ExSelen and Zinc. Promotes a proper, balanced immune system. Take 2 capsules with food.
5. Oxygenating Enzymes – OxySorb
Improves the body’s ability to absorb oxygen. Hold 20 drops in the mouth for at least 30 seconds and then swallow. Use as needed. Use with breathing exercises to retrain the proper function of breathing back to diaphragmatic breathing and to less than 10 breaths per minute.
6. Soil-based Probiotic and Prebiotic
Contains a proprietary blend of Leonardite. Maintains a healthy GI tract and supports the gut’s immune system. Recommended Formula: Prescript Assist. Take this at a rate of 4 or even 8 per day, then reduce to 1-2 per day every few days.
7. High strength liquid and mineral formula.
Replaces missing vitamins and minerals, supports the whole body and boosts the immune system. Recommended Formula: ActiveLife 90. Take 15ml x 2 times per day.
A. Ultimate Immune System Support Kit – Suggested Formulation – 1st Line Thiocyanate Kit- This clears any infection remaining in the cells. Take 1 kit daily for 3 days (total of 3). 1st Line should be always taken at least 90 mins before food and 90 mins after food. 3 kits are the minimum and in serious conditions 10 kits are better if finances allow.
B. Digestive Enzymes Suggested Formulation Essential Digestive Plus™ - For healthy digestion and absorption. Take 1 capsule as you start your meals, 3 times per day
C. Vitamin E Mixed Tocotrienols (especially for cystic fibrosis) – Suggested Formulation ‘Naturally Better Vitamin E’ – Protects against free radical damage. Take Natural Form Vitamin E as directed
D. Krill Oil – Suggested Formulation – The Krill Miracle – Contains Omega 3, 6 and 9 oils. Replaces missing essential nutrients. Also contains the antioxidant Astaxanthin. Take 1 capsule, 2 times per day with food.
Drink 6 or more glasses of pure water, with a pinch of bicarbonate of soda in each glass, per day.
9. Foods to include in your diet
Eat 10-14 portions of vegetables and fruit per day, nuts, seeds and beans. Blend any foods that cannot be chewed completely and especially until the intestines are returned to good health. Click to view the Good Health Plan™
Eat a small amount of flesh protein: Fish and naturally reared meats.
11. Foods to exclude from your diet
Stop ALL starchy carbohydrates: breads, pastry, biscuits, breakfast cereals, potatoes, parsnips and pasta; all micro-waved and processed foods.
Walk or exercise as much as is possible every day.
13. Avoid ‘Junk Food’
Avoid all junk sources of fats such as ice cream, cream etc. and other mucus promoting foods such as dairy etc. Read more
14. Get Serious
Get serious about sticking to the program.
Cystic Fibrosis Testimonials
“My daughter Holly is now 13 and was diagnosed at birth with cystic fibrosis. She has been on Serrapeptase for over a year now (Blockbuster All Clear and SerraPlus with trace minerals 4x per day) and I would continue this as I do believe that it contributes to her wellbeing and quality of life.
Three years ago she was very poorly with pneumonia and the subsequent annual x-rays revealed a damaged area on her top right lung that was unlikely to ever fully recover. Last July, her latest x-ray revealed that the area had cleared up completely. Also her weight and height levels for her age are higher and people have remarked how well she looks since being on the Serrapeptase. Family members have also stated that her skin colour is now a much healthier pink colour. She is often mistaken for a 15 year old.
Holly has physiotherapy treatment every day to help clear mucus from her airways. This is very important as the mucus is a target breeding area for bacteria to grow. Serrapeptase reduces inflammation that can cause further mucus production, especially in the lungs. Although Holly still produces a small amount of mucus from physiotherapy, it is not every day and most importantly, she has been well since taking Serrapeptase which has kept her lungs clear.”
- James T