mother fell into a deep depression after the
spirometry test determined that she had the
lungs of an 111 year old. After returning from
the doctor she told me, "I can't believe
I did this to myself." It was not
until later that I realized how much the medications
were contributing to her deterioration.
prescribed medications for emphysema only provided
temporary relief for emphysema symptoms anyway.
As soon as the effects of the drug wore off,
she was right back to square one with no permanent
improvement in her condition.
biggest question I had that was never adequately
is my mother's emphysema getting worse more
than two years after she quit smoking?"
doctor could ever provide an answer. They would
generally provide some medical and pharmaceutical
rhetoric which oftentimes included the very
rare congenital disorder, alpha-1-antitrypsin
deficiency. The thing they did not realize
was that I had researched this disorder and
knew how rare it was and that it did not suddenly
materialize in 70 year old patients after 30
years of smoking cigarettes.
realized my mother's smoking had caused her
emphysema but I also realized smoking was no
longer in the picture and was not the cause
of the disease progression."
was growing or proliferating in her lungs causing
them to distend and crowd her stomach resulting
in smaller and smaller meals. When I persisted
with my question one doctor finally admitted
to me, "We don't know. It's a mystery."
of giving up and throwing in the towel I realized
that the medical and pharmaceutical industries
could only offer temporary relief from emphysema
symptoms and could not provide any true lasting
improvement for my mother. The long and the
short of it was that I was obviously asking
the wrong people. This prompted 6500+ hours
of research into alternative approaches for
actually reversing emphysema and solving this
big medical mystery!