About a year ago I was diagnosed with
COPD and told that I would never get
better but would slowly decline until
I was on oxygen 24 hours a day. I
had been hospitalized twice in the
prior 45 days and could barely make
it from my bed to the bathroom.
am only 54 years old! I was sinking
into a deep depression and having
panic attacks reading all the doom
and gloom medical information on the
internet put out by medical "professionals".
God I came across your blog and ordered
your book! Your book was the start
of a journey of recovery for me. I
immediately made the dietary changes
you recommended; eliminating sugar
and carbohydrates that were quickly
turned into sugar. I immediately started
on the NAC and several other recommended
biggest thing and hardest thing was
I put down the cigarettes and never
picked them up again! It wasn't a
fast journey nor an uneventful one
as my immune system was very weakened
from all the antibiotics and steroids
that I had taken while hospitalized.
It seemed like every time I would
make huge strides forward, something
would set me back.
book was more important than you could
ever know. It gave me HOPE and a game
plan to follow. I knew that there
was something I was missing so I started
working with a wonderful naturopathic
doctor here and we found out that
I am allergic to both dairy and wheat
gluten. She says that that isn't uncommon
as alot of time those two are connected.
time I went to see my MD, he would
give me a new drug...first it was
Spiriva then Daliresp. By this point
I started having non-stop panic attacks
for which my GP gave me Zoloft...which
only heightened the panic attacks!
I went to the internet and looked
up the side ffects of Daliresp and
sure enough, anxiety attacks were
one of the side effects!
had specifically ask my pulmonologist
what if any side effects that drug
could have and he told me that people
often lost weight when taking it so
it fit into my diet plan. I quit taking
both the zoloft and the Daliresp and
voila, no more panic attacks!
asked my pulmonologist to refer me
to a pulmonary rehab program so I
could start getting stronger...he
said I didn't need one. So I looked
up a pulmonary rehab program out of
Australia, purchased a used treadmill
and recumbent bike with a basic weight
set and started the "Aussie"
life has retuned to a beautiful normal.
I can breath, I work out in my home
gym three times a week and at my local
YMCA three days which includes heavy
cardio, weight lifting and swimming!
all started with you Greg...you threw
me a lifeline and I held on for dear
life! I don't have the words to tell
you thank you enough.