COPD Recovery Diet

The diet that began my mother's recovery from COPD and emphysema was not developed by me. I had been researching for 9 or 10 months when I ran across a cancer researcher, Dr. Kenneth Hunter, who stated that cancer was a pathogen. That made sense to me so I read on. He also stated that cancer's food supply was sugar and he had developed a diet that he used with his cancer patients that starved the cancer. This was not all he did for his cancer patients. It was just the first step in his successful 15 years of alternative treatment for cancer.

Dr Kenneth Hunter, Microbiologist and Cancer Researcher at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

About this same time I also found Dr. Fred Pescatore who was using essentially the same diet to cure asthma and allergies. This was also the first step in his 8-step cure detailed in his book, "The Allergy and Asthma Cure." Dr. Pescatore is a practicing MD in New York City.

Dr Fred Pescatore, practicing physician in New York City and author of The Allergy and Asthma Cure.

I knew so many people who had asthma and were taking medications every day to "mask the symptoms." This seemed to be the only thing medications did, mask symptoms. I didn't understand why their doctors were not directing them to Dr. Pescatore's book so they could be cured.

It did make me even more suspect of the medical and pharmaceutical industries. It seemed they were out for money but not for curing disease, stopping the progression of progressive disease, or for helping their patients find healthy alternatives to drugs. I was disappointed but not at all surprised!

I later found Dr. Fuhrman on PBS stating that this same diet was the cure for every chronic disease!

Dr Kenneth Hunter, Microbiologist and Cancer Researcher at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Up to this point I had focused my research on finding the cause of the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. No one seemed to have even a clue as to what could be causing this disease progression. No one even had a guess. They all adhered to the rhetoric of the pharmaceutical and medical industries who were saying that the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was a big mystery.

I approached the problem from the other direction. I wanted to know what the possible causes were. What could be causing the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that would keep it progressing long after smoking cessation and in the presence of all the new medications and treatments they had developed?

The only possibilities I could think of were cancer, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. What else could it be? I knew it was not cancer. The doctors had ordered so many tests I was certain this would have shown in the results. I knew it was not a bacteria since my mother had been given repeated doses of antibiotics. I assumed it was not a virus or they would have determined that through a blood test. This only left fungi and I did not know enough about fungi to make a determination.

I knew however, if it was one of these "pathogens" that was causing the progression of my mother's COPD, the diet developed and used by Dr. Hunter Dr. Pescatore and Dr. Furhman should produce some positive results. It should produce noticeable improvements in my mother's condition.

Stage IV COPD or End Stage Emphysema

At this stage my mother had deteriorated down to End Stage Emphysema or stage IV COPD. She only weighed 77 pounds and required 4 liters of continual supplemental oxygen. She could only eat about a cup of food at each sitting. When I would prompt her to eat more she would tell me that if she did she couldn't breathe. She would only sleep for about an hour before waking in the middle of an exacerbation.

I would make a pot of coffee at 11 pm so I could stay up all night and check on her every 10 or 15 minutes. I slept from 7 am to 11 am each morning for a year and a half. I was in a desparate situation and did not think my mother would survive much longer. The doctors were already scheduling her every 6 months instead of every 3 months like they had done since her diagnosis. I knew they did not think they would see her again. I was right there with them. I did not think she would survive another 6 months either.

Below is a picture of my mother in September 2007. In this picture we have already started the new diet and a host of nutritional supplements and as a result she is already in the early stages of recovery. She would not let me take a picture of her when she was at her worst. This is the first picture she let me take. Even in these early stages of recovery with the first subtle signs of improvement beginning to materialize, I could see her mood and demeanor changing for the better! We were on our way!

Mom in September 2007 in the early stages of recovery.

I started my mother on the diet I got from these doctors immediately. It was quite restrictive and required the elimination of all grains, all sugar, all fruit and all simple carbohydrates. That only left vegetables, meat, fish and nuts. It took us about 10 days to transition to this diet but from there on we were on it strictly every day for the whole day.

It took an additional 2 weeks after transitioning to the diet before I began seeing subtle improvements in my mother's condition. The first improvement I saw was my mother coming into the kitchen for coffee in the morning. She was normally gasping for air by the time she got there after walking across the dining room. This time she was not gasping for air at all. At first it shocked me and I took a long look at her to make sure she was okay. She was smiling and for the first time in months she was in a good mood.

The improvements continued which led me to believe that the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is caused by a pathogen and when an "anti-pathogenic" diet was used, the patient's condition would improve.

See the continuation of the story on the Reverse COPD page.

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