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Remedy Advice Needed for Father with Pulmonary Fibrosis

Posted by L. on 04/11/2009

I read your postings on Earth Clinic and was wondering if I could get your opinion on a few things.

Background information:
I am a naturopathic physician and have been trying to help my Dad who was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis 2000. He has been on numerous supplements, has done hydrogen peroxide baths and used a glutathion nebulizer. He was doing OK for a long time - last year with the hydrogen peroxide foot baths and glutathione his breathing even seemed to get a little better. I noticed he was able to walk further with less wheezing and his energy seemed to be better.

His health took a down turn over the last 3-6 months and in response to this he started following the protocol from the website "Get Healthy Again". He has reported that he is coughing less and producing much less mucous. I told him I thought this was a really good sign and that perhaps things would continue to get better in other ways if he stays with the program.

I have been hearing more and more about niacin and some of the suggestions from Earth Clinic.

What would you do in this situation?

Do you recommend niacin?
Do you recommend apple cider vinegar aersolized? If so, How do you recommend aersolizing the apple cider vinegar - my Dad's breathing is really impaired, he is on oxygen and humid weather really bothers him.


Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
385 posts

The ability to increase oxygen to the system is a primary concern in getting more oxygen to him. The ability of any liquids to absorb oxygen or retain oxygen, and liberate out carbon dioxide is very much dependent on alkalinity of any liquids. This can be demonstrated quite easily when you add baking soda to a carbonated drinks or carbonated water. The carbon dioxide is liberated out. The bicarbonates also buffers the acid and it increases its ability to retain oxygen. However, the body's acidity the further it gets away from the heart as well as the high metabolism won't be able to rid of carbon dioxide efficiently and all bicarbonates are used up. As a result a stronger form of carbonate does reach the brain and the remedy I used, often used in medical emergencies to save the brain from damage due to acidosis is called carbicarb. Unfortunately they still needed modification because the sodium in form of carbonates are irritating to the kidneys without sufficient potassium. Therefore I have since modified that formulation. The remedy to increase oxygen and reaching deep into the brain and other extermities to buffer the acid and increase oxygen by the use of alkalinity is as follows:

1/4 teaspoon of sodium carbonate plus 1/4 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate plus 1/2 teaspoon of tripotassium citrate (common name potassium citrate) is dissolved in 1/2 glass of water taken two to three times a day. The most common is taken before sleep by two hours and one more in the morning. Middle of day or late afternoon is optional and varies from person to person.

The second factor to reduce oxygen requirement and this is often taken once every two or three days is either a 200 i.u. vitamin E or a 400 i.u. vitamin E. I prefer the natural vitamin E than a synthetic one, as it is not as effective.

Muscles of the heart benefit by magnesium, the ones I used is magnesium citrate because they are water soluble. If they are not, then that' likely because of the additives and may no work effectively as a pure one. The usual dose is 500 mg taken and within three days some gradual reducing pain is noticed, and ability to wake up in the morning being tired and groggy is significantly reduced. Some weakness maybe helped with a vitamin B complex, but this may increase craving for food. As to the niacin to dilate the blood vessels to increase oxygen, I prefer a more conservative approach such as using cayenne peppers or the addition of tobasco sauce or hot sauce in food to help dilate the blood vessels this way. It seems that the heart benefits from that.

The other thing is a lot of people I know who have asthma live in high humidity, near the beach and especially if fungus and molds exposure in the past seems to worsen the breathing. I used two things, either one is fine. Clove oil and ammonium bicarbonate remedy. The clove oil is 5% solution mixed in 95% ethanol (alcohol found in vodka) and use this as an aerosol and breathed in or sprayed in the room is fine. It helps the breathing. Killing the tiny fungus that tend to occur in stale room are often killed most easily with a 10% solution of ammonium bicarbonate, but if that's not avaiable I improvise with a 10% ammonium chloride solution with 10% milk of magnesia (8 % magnesium hydroxide) without the aluminum hydroxide and use this as an aerosol spray in the air and breathe some of that. It seems to improve the breathing by killing of fungus like bacteria along the lungs and people will noticed much fresher air if this is used now and then.

An akaline form of malic acid such as 1/2 teaspoon plus 1 teaspoon of baking soda to neutralize the acid in 1/2 or 3/4 water. Primarily hydrogen peroxide drops helps in the short term such as two hours time using a 10 drop 3% H2O2 in a glass of water and taken internally. It clears the blood of biofilms and oxygenate the blood that way. Using an aerosol of H2O2 may help reduce their numbers, but if the body is already high in acid, blood sugar is high, immune system is low, then these pathogen and fungus comes back. The effects of ammonium aerosol kills the fungus and reduces the extreme humidity that block the breathing and this is how it helps increase oxygen. High protein foods, high oils and acid forming food drives out alkalinity reducing the oxygen, while mostly vegetarian diets (a good vegetarian cookbook is helpful), reduces the body's enzyme overhead without the need to take a lot of enzyme supplements, as meats and protein require much higher enzyme overhead, causing the body to be depleted, leaving little for the enzymes to defend the body's immune system of pathogens.

Aersolized ammonium solution can be mixed with 10% pure xylitol solution to aid their removal of the pathogens found in the lungs also. Without xylitol, other polyols are possible such as mannitol or a more deeper acting erythritol is also helpful ast 10% concentration added. As to the vinegar solution, apple cider vinegar is organic so it'can't be mixed with hydrogen peroxide, being reactive with organic compounds. A peracetic acid is possilbe with equal mixes of a 3% H2O2 with a plain vinegar is possible also to be used as room aerosol or a weaker solution by diluting the entire solution with water twice more. For example if I have 125 cc of 3% H2O2, and 125 cc of vinegar, I will add 250 cc of water, to get a final solution to a weaker 1.5% H2O2 with a 2% acetic acid as regular distilled vinegar is 5% acetic acid. The distilled vinegar is non organic so the H2O2 won't reactive and neutralized as in apple cider vinegar. The peracetic acid can kill much more pathogens then either vinegar or hydrogen peroxide used individually. Vitamin A now and then may reduce a bit of wheezing by increasing vitamin A along the breathing passages, reducing the air resistance during the breathin process. The dose is low, and 25000 i.u, which is a small amount of vitamin A is taken once a day. One or two small round capsules.

It should be noted that after and during rain or humic conditions I may spray aerosols of ammonium solution to clear the humidity and stuffiness so breathing isn't interferred. A sea salt solution of 10% may be preferred aerosol mixed with H2O2 at low concentrations such as 1% is the ones that I seem to like and helps with breathing much like a sea mist water and this is quite helpful too in killing some bacteria with increased salinity. In any event the website mentioned don't place the importance of alkalinity which I believe is needed to drive out carbon dioxide and increase oxygen retention in the blood over the long run.