COPD is a family of diseases that currently (2016) affects approximately 64 million people worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, more than 3 million people died from COPD in 2012. Included in its list of diseases are, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, bronchiectasis and more recently, asthma.
While the pharmaceutical industry has been working on a cure for COPD for many decades, it does not seem they are any closer now than they were 30 or 40 years ago. It seems every few years there is a new set of drugs for treating COPD yet none of them seem like they are much of an improvement over the last set.
Treating COPD has become a multi-billion dollar profit stream for the pharmaceutical and medical industries even though they have no idea what causes the progression of COPD, they have never developed a cure for COPD or found a way of stopping the progression of COPD. The pharmaceutical and medical industries benefited greatly from all these new drugs but the patients did not.
When my mother was diagnosed with COPD and emphysema they put her on the latest and greatest drugs for treating her COPD and emphysema. These included Spiriva, Advair, Albuterol Sulfate for use in the nebulizer and Combivent as a rescue inhaler.
I researched the drugs immediately and noticed none claimed their drug would cure or even stop the progress of COPD and emphysema. I had worked in a hospital when I was in high school, some 30 years earlier, and it did not seem they had made any progress in improving the COPD patient’s prognosis. All I could see that was different was they were calling COPD a “progressive” disease instead of using the old term, “terminal.”
As my mother’s COPD and emphysema progressed and her condition declined, I noticed the increased frequency of the prednisone prescriptions. It seemed like the doctor would prescribe prednisone when my mother was having frequent exacerbations and didn’t know what else he could do. She was already taking all the drugs recommended for COPD and emphysema.
For more information regarding the conventional COPD treatments, see the Conventional COPD Treatments page.
I accompanied my mother to her doctor visits so I could ask questions. It was soon apparent that neither the pharmaceutical or the medical industry understood what was causing the progression of my mother's COPD and emphysema two and a half years after she had quit smoking. This is when I realized that unless I found some alternative treatment for her COPD and emphysema, my mother would not survive this disease.
Developing the Hypothesis for Reversing COPD
My “all-day-every-day” observance of my mother gave me an advantage over the doctors who saw her for about 5 minutes every 3 or 4 months. I noticed things they could not and did not see. I watched this disease progress steadily long after smoking cessation. What if smoking planted the seed in the lungs that is COPD and now, continued smoking is not necessary for disease progression? It is like planting a garden. Once the plants are growing, no more planting is necessary. Once COPD is progressing, continued smoking is not necessary for disease progression.
To me it seemed like there was something growing or proliferating in her lungs. I assumed it was some pathogen present in the tobacco of cigarettes. I knew the tobacco farmers had a problem with blue mold both when growing the tobacco and when curing it after the harvest. (See the articles below) What if there were other molds or fungi that were also growing on the tobacco leaves? Realizing the potential exists for this type of problem is the first step.
Doctors will laugh and tell you how far fetched this idea is while adhering to their same rhetoric saying, “We don’t know what causes COPD progression. It’s a mystery.” Do they truly believe that what they are saying is more logical than exploring the possibility that a mold or fungal pathogen growing on tobacco leaves has entered the patient’s lungs through smoking or second-hand smoke? If they do, I am extremely disappointed in them and their educators.
For additional information regarding alternative COPD treatments, visit the Alternative COPD Treatments page. There you will find a number of alternative treatments available on the market today. One thing I noticed about all of them is that, like the medical doctors, they do not have a clue what is causing the COPD progression.
I continued researching everything I could find regarding COPD and potential treatments that might help my mother survive this disease. I knew the drugs would not provide this desired outcome. I was hoping one or more of the alternative treatments I was exploring would provide some hope.
Tobacco - Blue Mold (North Carolina State University, Department of Plant Pathology)
Mold on Curing Tobacco (University of Kentucky College of Agriculture)
Hypothesis Describing the Cause of the Progression of COPD
Since none of the doctors or the people touting the alternative treatments understood what was causing the progression of COPD, I worked on developing a hypothesis that I believed described the disease progression of COPD.
To review my Hypothesis Describing the Cause of COPD Progression click the link. I hope you will find it enlightening.
The truly interesting thing about this hypothesis is that COPD fits perfectly into the disease model implied by this hypothesis. Let me say it another way, if the hypothesis is true and valid then alternative treatments that support this hypothesis should affect the disease in a positive way meaning the patient’s condition should improve.
Imagine my excitement when these alternative treatments began working and my mother began improving after deteriorating down to End Stage Emphysema, requiring 4 liters of continuous supplemental oxygen, weighing only 77 pounds and only able to eat about a cup of food at each meal. She could only sleep about an hour at a time before waking in the middle of an exacerbation (shortness of breath).
Improvements Begin Showing
After only three and a half weeks of alternative treatments that supported the hypothesis, my mother was making improvements for the first time since her diagnosis more than two and a half years earlier! I was amazed and even shocked a little. I was worried I was imagining her improvements so I called my brother who quickly arrived and verified that she was definitely improving!
My research continued but once I started seeing verification that this hypothesis was likely true, I began searching for alternative researchers that were having success with treating other diseases that had a similar disease model. That is they were likely the result of a proliferating pathogen of some sort. If you think about it with an open mind you will realize that cancer is one of these pathogens.
I found that restoring the body to optimal health helped strengthen the patient’s defenses in fighting this disease, more specifically, attacking this unknown pathogen. I found that restoring the immune system was possible if certain important steps and alternative treatments were used. I found an effective method of amplifying the immune response so it could destroy any invading pathogen including the one I believed was proliferating in my mother’s lungs.
My Mother’s Complete Recovery from COPD
Seventeen months after those first signs of improvement, my mother had completely recovered from COPD and emphysema. It was an extremely long journey with many challenges but in the end my mother had gained her weight back and once again weighed 103 lbs. She no longer required any supplemental oxygen even though she carried a portable oxygen tank in the car with her for another month, just in case. The sum of all the alternative treatments contained in the 30,000 pages of information I had compiled, had apparently killed this pathogen and done something all my mother’s doctors said was impossible, they had completely reversed her COPD and emphysema!
Writing the Reverse Emphysema Book
I had no intention of writing a book but a good friend of mine, we’ll call him Steve, had severe asthma and allergies and had suffered with these illnesses most of his life. After my mother’s recovery I called Steve and told him about these alternative treatments. I thought he might try them for treating his allergies and asthma. He called three days later with the great news. He could already tell a difference. He told me the night before was the first time that he ever remembered when he was not wheezing when he laid down for sleep! He was really excited. I don’t remember him ever being that animated.
Steve was the one that did not just suggest I write a book detailing the treatments I used for my mother, he insisted I do so! He kept reminding me of all the people who were suffering with COPD and did not know of any way out.
Reluctantly I wrote the book. I was not an author so I was getting into an area I knew nothing about. My only thought was that people will be so happy when they realize there is a way out of this horrific disease and it is not death like it is if you are using only the medical protocols including their prescribed medications.
The part I was really shocked about was the attack of the internet trolls. I guess some of them are in the medical industry and some are in the pharmaceutical industry. These people attack the people who have used the alternative treatments and reversed their COPD and emphysema. It isn’t like the medical or pharmaceutical industries have any solutions. You can even ask them if you use nothing but their drugs will you survive this disease. If they are honest they will tell you, “no.”
Since we know this by their own admission, wouldn’t you think they would welcome any potential alternative treatment that might provide some relief and healing to the patients they are unable to help with their drugs? You would think so but they don’t.
Not to worry, if you follow the protocols and recover and want to provide us with a testimonial, we have no problem with you using an alias so long as you provide us with your actual identity. This will prevent any of the internet trolls from harrassing you and still allow for the message to spread.
This has been a problem for those people who have spoken of their improvements. One lady, Darlene Sprect Brehm, who also uses the aliases Sarah A. and Darlene Beeker, waits for a posting from someone using the alternative treatments and experiencing noticeable improvements. Darlene will then let them know if they do not say something negative about me or the book she will publicize personal information about them.
She did this to one woman I remember vividly. This woman left her job due to her worsening COPD and ended up on disability and food stamps. She happily announced her improvements after using the alternative treatments for nearly a year. She was so happy because she was returning to work. She is a very proud woman who had worked hard her whole life.
Darlene publicized that she was on welfare and embarassed her so much she left the group and will not respond to requests for her return even though we kicked Darlene and all her aliases out of the group.
This is precisely why I do not have more testimonials at this time. More than 100 people were harassed by Darlene and left the group after her harassment. She also makes similar threats to the people who provide good feedback on Amazon regarding the book. I know someone personally who was harassed by Darlene repeatedly. After Darlene harassed people and they complained to me, I kicked her out of the group. She had multiple aliases, one even being her dog's name. I am sure God will take care of Darlene at the proper time.
COPD Focus Group
I started a group on Facebook that quickly grew to more than 2300 people. It is such a large group, providing individual attention and help can become cumbersome and difficult.
A small group approached me interested in receiving one-on-one direction as they progressed through the protocols to recovery. I agreed and now the COPD Focus Groups meet at different times during the week for about an hour and a half. COPD Focus Group members are also provided with a personal phone call from me so we can work through any personal issues they may experience during recovery. These phone calls have provided noticeable improvements in the COPD Focus Group members. Each COPD Focus Group is limited to a maximum of 10 members so individual help is always available.
For additional information regarding membership in the COPD Focus Groups please visit the COPD Focus Group Page.