name is Greg Miller. In 2003 my mother was diagnosed
with emphysema and COPD. I had worked in a hospital
many years earlier and remembered the emphysema patients
repeated visits. I remembered them deteriorating looking
more and more desheveled with each visit and then
I would not see them anymore. I assumed they had succumbed
to the disease.
feared my mother would now be travelling down this
same path and it scared the hell out of me! I decided
I would not sit back passively letting the doctors
do whatever they deemed necessary. The bottom line
was that I trusted the doctors and thought they were
the best chance we had for my mother surviving this
horrible disease but I also had not heard of any miracle
cures developed by the pharmaceutical companies or
the medical industry.
mother was immediately put on multiple, very expensive
medications. i assumed that one or more of them would
stop the progress of COPD and maybe even reverse the
effects and the damage already caused by nearly 40
years of cigarette smoking.
researched each of these COPD medications and treatments
beginning my search with their manufacturers. I was
surprised after studying the information on each medication
that not one even claimed to "stop the progress
of COPD" or "cure COPD." The best any
of them claimed was to "slow the progress of
quickly realized that if we relied solely on these
COPD medications and treatments, the disease would
continue progressing. It was painfully obvious at
this point that my mother's only chance of surviving
COPD was if we found alternative treatments that would
actually stop the progress of the disease and possibly
even reverse the damage already caused by its progression.
this time my mother took the prescribed medications
and performed the nebulizer treatments ordered by
her doctor. They all seemed to offer temporary relief
from the symptoms but I noticed that once the effects
of the medication would wear off, my mother would
end up right back where she had been before taking
LASTING IMPROVEMENTS WERE PRODUCED BY THESE MEDICATIONS
searched the internet every night looking for any
alternative COPD treatment that may provide some hope
for my mother. Almost 9 months passed before I found
anything that held any promise. It was a book by Dr.
Greene. Dr. Greene, a Naturopath, had kept his father
alive for 16 years using his alternative treatments.
This wasn't what I was looking for but it was better
than medications that carried serious side-effects.
All of Dr. Greene's treatments were without side-effects
as they were extracts from whole food not poisons
concocted in a laboratory.
than Dr. Greene, I did not find any information directly
related to emphysema and COPD except for one. I found
Dr. Hirohito Kita, an MD at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Kita
had published research in 1999 stating that 96% of
sinusitis is caused by a fungal infection.
Sinusitis was relevant to COPD and emphysema since
breathing tubes attached to oxygen concentrators are
generally not changed often enough and as a result
can cause sinusitis in patients using these
this time my mother had already been put on supplemental
oxygen and needed it 24/7. I noticed her breathing
tube had a light brown haze in it. I also noticed
that she was getting regular headaches which were
increasing in frequency and magnitude. I gave her
tylenol which did nothing to alleviate the headache
associated with her sinusitis. Another time I tried
Advil which also did nothing.
doctor prescribed antibiotics which also did nothing.
I asked my mother's doctor about Dr. Kita and he had
never heard of him so he obviously had not read his
research so he did not realize the antibiotics would
be completely ineffective. Once I read Dr. Kita's
research I knew why. My mother needed something to
kill a fungal infection in her sinuses not a bacterial
I wanted to dig much deeper I purchased a Clinical
Mycology textbook. Upon reading I found that
giving an antibiotic to a patient with a fungal infection
will "ensure the chronicity of the fungal
infection." So not only did the antibiotics
not provide any positive results, they actually made
the situation worse and all because the doctor had
not read the current information that was relevant
to conditions being suffered by his patients!
aren't the doctors reading relevant research published
in pier reviewed journals? How can they expect to
do their jobs without reading this research information?
I started realizing that maybe they were more focused
on money and not curing disease. In fact, in my research
I was unable to find one single drug that has eve
cured a disease. If you know of one please let me
research continued while my mother's condition steadily
deteriorated. Her appointments were every 3 months
until she reached End Stage. At that point both her
primary care physician and her pulmonary specialist
started scheduling her every 6 months. She weighed
only 77 pounds, required 4 liters of supplemental
oxygen and could only sleep for about an hour before
waking short of breath. I thought she needed more
frequent visits not less frequent. This change seemed
counterintuitive to me. I eventually realized neither
doctor expected to see her again. They didn't think
she would survive another 6 months!
This is my mother in September 2007 in the early stages
of recovery from COPD and emphysema. I do not have
a picture of her when she was at her worst. This was
the first time she would let us photograph her. She
could tell she was getting better for the first time
since her diagnosis.