Gasping For Breath

The other day, my office got a frantic call from Jane. The night before she had suffered a frightening bout of breathlessness. You see, Jane had been a pack-a-day smoker for much of her life. And, although she quit more than 10 years ago, she was left with a devastating case of COPD.

Long-time tobacco smokers like Jane have the highest risk of developing COPD, also called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. It’s a major cause of disability, affecting at least 12 million people, and the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. (more…)

Natural Treatment for Asthma and COPD

If you have asthma and/or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) you probably spend a lot of time using various inhalers and nebulizers. Many times these contain glucocorticoids (steroids). Some of the major side effects of long term steroid use include: cataracts, osteoporosis, adrenal insufficiency, weight gain with dramatic increase in abdominal fat, Type 2 diabetes and behavioral changes such as extreme anger. Besides steroids, which lessen inflammation in the bronchi and lungs, other inhalers contain drugs which dilate the bronchi allowing more air in. However, in many people, these drugs cause very rapid heart rate, tremors and insomnia. While these drugs may be life saving, there is increasing evidence for natural treatments for asthma and COPD, particularly the natural alternative inhaled glutathione. (more…)

Vitamin D deficiency inhibits lung growth, function

Australian researchers have identified a clear link between vitamin D deficiency and inhibited lung function. Published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the new study reveals that inadequate circulating blood levels of vitamin D are responsible for both altered lung structure and decreased lung function.

Dr. Graeme Zosky, a research fellow at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Subiaco, Australia, and his team compared two groups of mice, one with vitamin D deficiency and the other with normal levels. After evaluating microscopic lung tissue samples and air flow in and out of the lungs, the team determined that vitamin D deficient mice had increased airway resistance and significantly reduced lung volume compared to control mice. (more…)

Black Elderberry Extract Combats Respiratory Infections

Black elderberries (Sambucus nigra L.) have been used as a folk remedy to counter influenza.  Torsten Hain, from Justus-Liebig University (Germany), and colleagues studied the effects of a liquid extract from black elderberry standardized to contain a minimum of 3.2% anthocyanins, for antimicrobial and antiviral activity. The researchers found that the elderberry extract was effective against Streptococcus pyogenes and group C and G Streptococci (Gram-positive), as well as Branhamella catarrhalis (Gram-negative).  In addition to 70% inhibition of all the bacteria at the 10% concentration level, when used at the highest concentration a growth inhibition of 99 % was observed. As well, the elderberry extract inhibited influenza A by about 30% and influenza B by 25%.  Noting that: “Elderberry liquid extract is active against human pathogenic bacteria as well as influenza viruses,” the team submits that: “The activities shown suggest that additional and alternative approaches to combat infections.”

Krawitz C, Mraheil MA, Stein M, Imirzalioglu C, Domann E, Pleschka S, Hain T.  “Inhibitory activity of a standardized elderberry liquid extract against clinically-relevant human respiratory bacterial pathogens and influenza A and B viruses.”  BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2011, 11:16, 25 February 2011.

Flax, Fenugreek and Fennel strongly protect lungs and large intestine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine autumn is the season which corresponds to the metal element: the lungs and large intestine. Fall is a wonderful time of year to strengthen and rejuvenate these organs.

Signs that the lung and large intestine may be taxed and would benefit from rejuvenation include:

  • Chronic cough
  • Frequent colds and flu
  • Excess mucous
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease
  • Thick tongue coating


Discover the many health benefits of the herbal spices rosemary and thyme

As a previous article noted, the popular Simon and Garfunkel song of years gone by had a famous line which included four very healthy herbal spices. Besides the first two herbs (parsley and sage) featured in a previous article, rosemary and thyme also have a host of health benefits – which are detailed below:


Newly discovered taste buds hold cure for asthma

Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine recently stumbled upon a most unexpected discovery. Taste buds, previously thought to only exist in the mouth, are in fact also present within the lungs. Accidentally uncovered during an unrelated study of human muscle lung receptors, the lung taste buds were also found to play a crucial role in regulating airway contraction and dilation.

Protect Yourself from Emphysema and COPD – and Even Reverse Damage that's Already Been Done

Aside from the fact that, as free citizens of these United States, we should have the right to choose any type of medical treatment we feel is best suited to keeping us healthy, the ongoing threat of los Federales’ taking away access to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy puts women at a significant disadvantage in many other ways too. If you’re a longtime reader of Nutrition & Healing, you already know that, as part of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), estrogen replacement can lower a woman’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive malfunction, protect her against cardiovascular disease, strengthen her bones, and slow down skin aging. But one of the other important benefits of BHRT is something you’ve probably never heard about.  (more…)