What is it?
Emphysema begins with the destruction of air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs where oxygen from the air is exchanged for carbon dioxide in the blood. The walls of the air sacs are thin and fragile. Damage to the air sacs results in permanent “holes” in the tissues of the lower lungs. As air sacs are destroyed, the lungs are able to transfer less and less oxygen to the bloodstream, causing shortness of breath. The lungs also lose their elasticity. The patient experiences great difficulty exhaling which in itself exacerbates the problem.
What causes it?
Emphysema doesn’t develop suddenly- it comes on very gradually after constant exposure to inflammation. The first indication is shortness of breath during activity or exercise. As the disease progresses, a brief walk can be enough to bring on difficulty in breathing. Some people may have had chronic bronchitis before developing emphysema.
The main cause is chronic inflammation due to a number of possible factors including: overeating of starchy foods, dairy foods, smoking, and breathing
polluted air. A deficiency of enzymes and vegetables are a major factor. Infections are more likely in these circumstances.
How can Serrapeptase Help?
Serrapeptase 80,000IU with MSM and Trace Minerals helps immensely as it clears out all of the inflammation, mucus and dead/scar tissue. By clearing away this problem tissue it enables the bodies own healing system to replace it with healthy tissue and better lung function as a result.
How many do I take?
Start with 2 Serrapeptase 80,000IU Tablets/Capsules with MSM and Trace Minerals x 3 times per day on an empty stomach and increase it to 4 x 3 if no relief within 7 days. Then 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.
A multi-centre, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was carried out to investigate the clinical efficacy of Serrapeptase in 174 patients who underwent Caldwell-Luc antrotomy for chronic empyema. Eighty-eight patients received 10 mg SP 3 times the day before surgery, once the night of the operation and 3 times daily for 5 days after surgery; the other 86 received a placebo. The degree of swelling in the Serrapeptase-treated patients was significantly less than that in the placebo-treated patients at every point of observation after surgery up to the 5th day. Maximal buccal swelling throughout all the postoperative points of observation was also significantly smaller in size in the SP group. No side effects were reported. (Tachibana M, Mizukosi 0, Harada Y, Kawamoto K, Nakai Y. Source: Pharmathera-peutica, 3(8):526-30 1984).
What things can I do to help Emphysema?
1. Serrapeptase Enzymes
Take Serrapeptase 80,000IU with MSM and Trace Minerals as recommended
Studies show protective effects on the lungs as well as being anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal (all potential lung problems).
3. Retinoic acid
Retinoic acid, a form of vitamin A.
4. Basic Health Plan
Using the Basic Health Plan on page 105 will ensure appropriate nutrients and actions are taken to help the healing process
5. Oxygen Promoting Enzymes
Improve oxygen absorption, using Oxygen Promoting Enzymes, or breathing exercises to retrain the proper function of breath back to diaphragmatic breathing.
Exercise by walking fast for 60 minutes at least 3 times per week.
7. Water Drinking
Drinking 6 large glasses of water, with a pinch of bicarbonate of soda in each glass per day is also critical.
8. Important Points
- It is important that patients with Emphysema stop smoking and avoid polluted places as much as possible, such as city centres or factories.
- If steroids/antibiotics have been taken for some time, advice is needed for actions to boost your own autoimmune system.
- It is important to follow a starch and dairy free diet.