Emphysema and COPD

Emphysema; COPD   



My aunt needed oxygen to put on her socks
. A severe case of emphysema, which a lifetime of smoking had failed to cure, was the reason. She was just one of an estimated 16 million Americans suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD), primarily caused by tobacco use. The forth leading cause of death, COPD kills over 130,000 annually. That number is increasing; medical research has contributed virtually nothing to stop it.


But you can stop it by stopping smoking, and by stopping other people from smoking, and by stopping non-smokers from "involuntary smoking," also known as breathing

second-hand smoke. ( http://www.doctoryourself.com/tobacco.html )


OK, the lecture is over, and now for the part that you tuned in for: what can be done for the disease itself?


I think the following are worth trying:


1) Vitamin E helps the body, especially the heart, to do more work on less oxygen. This has been known for some 50 years http://www.doctoryourself.com/shute_protocol.html  My

suggestions for use and for adjusting dosage are posted at



2) Carotene (in orange and green vegetables) and lycopene (in tomatoes) are powerful antioxidants. At least some of the damage of emphysema is caused by oxidants such as free radicals.  While vitamin E is your body's number one antioxidant, vegetable juices will provide a great variety of others.


3) Pricey though it is, I would recommend coenzyme Q-10 for COPD sufferers, at least 600 milligrams daily, divided into three 200 mg doses. This is a hospital-friendly supplement, as there are no known negative side effects and therefore no basis to deny it to any patient. My crash course on "The Art of Inpatient Negotiation" is posted at



4) Some emphysema is due to inflammation. Vitamin C at saturation doses fights chronic inflammation better than and more safely than anything else I know. Yet just ask anyone

YOU know with emphysema this simple question: Have you tried it yet? Saturation of vitamin C is easily reached through frequent oral doses, and is fully described in these articles:













Frederick R. Klenner, M.D., author of or mentioned in the above papers, was a board-certified chest specialist. His policy was literally, When in doubt, take a huge amount of vitamin C. He wrote, "Some physicians would stand by and see their patients die rather than use ascorbic acid. "Vitamin C should be given to the patient  while the doctors ponder the diagnosis." Very ill patients may need a vitamin C intravenously. How to get your doctor to order this: http://www.doctoryourself.com/strategies.html 


5) Chiropractic adjustment, while certainly not a cure for emphysema, may help with relaxation reduce some shortness of breath symptoms. Learning stress reduction can also a big help.


For more about your Unsung Lungs:


























Both of these articles discuss the nutritional therapy of Max Gerson, M.D., which was demonstrated effective on TB even before it was with cancer.


Copyright 2003 and previous years Andrew W. Saul. Revisions copyright 2019.

Andrew Saul is the author of the books FIRE YOUR DOCTOR! How to be Independently Healthy (reader reviews at http://www.doctoryourself.com/review.html ) and DOCTOR YOURSELF: Natural Healing that Works. (reviewed at http://www.doctoryourself.com/saulbooks.html )


Andrew W. Saul


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