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What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?

29 Oct

Every function in the body relies on the lungs to receive and deliver oxygen. The lungs contain tiny air sacs called alveoli, which release carbon dioxide and absorb oxygen. In pulmonary fibrosis, lung tissue (alveoli) becomes thickened and scarred, compromising the lungs’ ability to perform its necessary function. The thickened tissue is unable to deliver oxygen to the bloodstream, and the otherwise simple task of breathing becomes laborious and difficult.

There are several culprits and causative agents in pulmonary fibrosis. Chemicals or toxins may cause pulmonary fibrosis, for example: the inhalation of asbestos, silica and pesticides. Cigarette smoking, other diseases and infections, drugs, radiation and genetics may all be contributing factors in the progression of pulmonary fibrosis, as well. Pulmonary fibrosis may also stem from unknown causes, and in these cases, is referred to as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The condition always begins with chronic inflammation that damages the fragile lung alveoli. When this tissue is damaged, the body’s natural response is to cover it with scar tissue.

The symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis often directly influence the quality of life for patients. Trouble breathing, fatigue, dry cough and chest pain often interfere with daily activities. More serious symptoms like weight loss can put the patient at increased risk. Weight loss is commonly seen in the progressed stages of pulmonary fibrosis, as labored breathing burns several calories and takes large amounts of energy.

There is currently no cure for pulmonary fibrosis. Treatment is based on preventing progression and improving quality of life. Immune suppressants are commonly prescribed to reduce inflammation and prevent further scarring. Supplemental oxygen therapy is used to reduce breathlessness, while more severe treatment options include lung transplantation. Unfortunately, many of these treatments interfere with other body systems and are accompanied with major risks and side effects, forcing the patient to choose between their disease and other ailments.

Systemic enzyme therapy is a promising route for those with pulmonary fibrosis. As an all-natural alternative, systemic enzymes offer anti-inflammatory properties without adverse side effects. When taken on an empty stomach, enzymes enter the blood stream and break down the components of scar tissue. Since enzymes have a property called specificity, they don’t harm healthy tissues, which is important when addressing critical organs like the lungs.

Aside from addressing existing scar tissue, enzymes also work within the blood to scavenge and digest the particles that later become fibrin, which is the main component in scar tissue. Prolonged use of systemic enzymes for both preventative measures and therapeutic routes is an applicable option for those suffering with pulmonary fibrosis.

Whether you have been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis or have a family member or friend with the disorder, this blog is designed to provide you with real stories from real people who have found relief from their pulmonary fibrosis symptoms using systemic enzyme therapy. The blog is meant to offer hope to those looking for a natural alternative therapy that actually works, and to provide information on alternative therapies for inflammatory disease.

“…at the time I needed it most, Serracor and Peptizyme gave me a sense of hope…”

27 Sep

For well over 10 years, I had a smoker’s cough no one could get rid of.

It was debilitating. I had an incontrollable cough when I got in the car, lay down to sleep, woke up in the morning, woke up in the middle of the night.  It interfered in every aspect of my life.   Thank God I work out of my house, so I could put my clients on mute or hold so they wouldn’t hear me coughing!

My life was hell at that point. It went on for well over 10 years, probably closer to 13 years. The doctors gave me every medication under the sun to treat that cough. Went to every specialist you can imagine. Everybody had a different diagnosis for the problem, and little of it had any affect.  It was not treated properly until 2010.

In February 2010, my doctor tentatively diagnosed me with hyper-sensitivity pneumonitis (HP), which causes scar tissue and fibrosis, or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

When they diagnosed me, the doctors put me on prednisone and azithromyacin for three months. I had a two-year flare-up that had not been treated. The medicine did help, once I was diagnosed.  I had had other flare-ups in the past that weren’t treated correctly.  They had seen it on the scans between 2006 and 2008, but didn’t do anything about it. If they had, it may have stayed gone, and my lungs may not be in a position they are in now.

My right lung is 80 percent scar tissue and left lung 20 to 30 percent scar tissue. My doctor said, don’t get sick. If I get a sickness involving the lungs, the outcome probably will not be a good one.  I am on oxygen at night and when I exercise.

Sometime after the 2010 diagnosis, my husband saw an article in the newspaper about a new lung medication seeking FDA approval. I looked on the internet, and for some reason, what came up was one of AST Enzymes’ distributors. (Not the article I was searching for) I ended up calling AST and Luis was a big help with me. I also talked to some people who were taking Serracor-NK and Peptizyme-SP and felt the enzymes are definitely helping.   Several people who had been taking Serracor and Peptizyme swore they would never stop taking them.

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“Within the first 2 months of taking the enzymes… I can breathe easier”

27 Sep

In 1992, I was coughing a lot. Our family doctor sent me to a specialist, who ran tests and took X-rays.

He said I have some sort of lining in my lung, and asked me to come in every six months, which eventually became every three months, until 1994, when I was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.

The doctor didn’t give me any medication except a muco-mist, which did not help me. In 2008, the doctor put me on oxygen.

I started using more and more oxygen, all the time, every day. The doctors even asked me to sleep with the oxygen.  In 2010, they gave me a ventilator, which I use twice a day.

About three months ago, in April 2011, we found Serracor-NK and Peptizyme-SP online. Within the first two months of taking the enzymes, I could see the following changes: Continue reading

“Her breathing is normal, she doesn’t require oxygen… Serracor and Peptizyme appear to be working”

27 Sep

My wife was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. We first became aware of it in 2008. I brought her to an allergist because she had a strong history of nasal allergy – sneezing and coughing, exacerbated in certain seasons, and now a persistent cough for a long time.

The allergist listened to her chest, said he didn’t hear any abnormalities, and prescribed nasal corticosteroids.

The coughing persisted. In Feb. 2009, I brought her to an internist who again suggested her coughing was due to allergy. I requested a chest X-ray, and later a CT scan of her lungs. The CT scan raised the suggestion of possible pulmonary fibrosis.


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“…after taking these enzymes for four months, my breathing got so much better.”

11 Jul

I was diagnosed in 2008 with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

In 2009, I had 3 lung infections, so I started to look on the internet for help and found Serracor-NK and Peptizyme-SP enteric coated enzymes, distributed by AST Enzymes in California. I’ve been taking the doses 3 times a day, without missing one.

By February, after taking these enzymes for four months, my breathing got so much better. I completed a walking test of 6 minutes without any oxygen.

After moving to Florida, I found a new pulmonary doctor. At my first visit, I gave my doctor 2 CT scans, from 2008 and 2010. He evaluated the 2 CT scans and asked me ‘What are you doing?’ I asked ‘Why? Do I have the same, more or less scarring in my lungs?’ He told me I have less scarring in my lungs and I was his first patient with less scarring. I told him about my enzymes from AST, and he told me not to change anything.

I’m walking now 3 times a week for 3 miles (with oxygen) without any problems. Also, my cough and mucus are gone.

I’d like to say thank you to AST Enzymes. It is good to feel better again, and I’m infection free for 18 months.

Peter

 


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“I have been taking Serracor-NK and Peptizyme-SP for more than 6 months…I absolutely have more energy, I’m not coughing anymore”

13 May

About three years ago, I wasn’t feeling well and had developed a little cat cough. I thought there might be something wrong with my heart, but my doctor sent me to a pulmonologist.

I went through all the pulmonary tests and discovered I had a slightly low oxygen output, somewhere around 78 percent. The doctor said it wasn’t anything to worry about, treated my sleep apnea and sent me off.

Three years later, in September 2010, I went back to check in on the sleep apnea. The doctor did another full set of pulmonary tests. My oxygen levels had dropped to 64, so the doctor ordered an MRI and chest x-ray.

He diagnosed me with pulmonary fibrosis and recommended an immediate lung biopsy.

I said, ‘I don’t think so.’

He said, ‘But it’s the only way to know the cause.’

I said, ‘You are saying I have 3 years to live. If the biopsy is not going to change that outcome, then what is the point?’

He asked, ‘Aren’t you curious what caused this?’

I said, ‘No, I am more interested in what will help me through this.’

He said, ‘Nothing will help. You will end up on oxygen. I can put you on corticosteroids, but there will be bad side effects.’

The doctor was treating me like I was Patient #38 with pulmonary fibrosis, not like an individual with my own needs. He was just telling me what he does for everyone else with pulmonary fibrosis.

I am a very natural person. I am not a drug person.

The doctor was not happy when I turned down the lung biopsy. He said, ‘You are going to die sooner.’ I said, ‘I will take my chances,’ and changed pulmonary doctors.

The second pulmonary doctor showed me my MRI and explained there are channels around each one of my lungs that are pretty much closed. I didn’t have any honeycombing in the lungs itself yet, but there were abnormalities.

At that point, I had pretty much lost my voice. I could no longer sing. My little cat cough had progressed into something more serious. I cut back on my business because I couldn’t make it through a full day anymore. I didn’t know if I would ever be able to pick it back up. In addition, I had been arthritic my whole life.

I figured this could go one of two ways: either I get better or I get worse. But I would do it my way.

I went home and Googled ‘alternative therapy for pulmonary fibrosis.’ I started reading about AST Enzymes’ products, specifically Serracor-NK and Peptizyme-SP. I checked a number of sites but was impressed with the knowledge base of AST Enzymes. I spent several hours poring over material involving systemic enzymes; I was familiar with digestive enzymes but not systemic enzymes. In addition to the information online, I was encouraged by calling the 800 number and talking with Luis. Continue reading

“Since he began taking systemic enzymes, he doesn’t feel that same shortness of breath”

14 Apr

My husband, Ellis, has had a persistent cough for what seems like forever. When we went on a cruise and trip to Istanbul in 2009, Ellis became sick and was coughing nonstop, much worse than he ever had before.

We are both retired; Ellis was a civil engineer for the city and I was a special education teacher. Our health had never affected our lifestyle until this vacation.

When we got back from our trip, we went to our primary doctor to see what was wrong. After a series of tests, the doctor diagnosed Ellis with bronchitis; however, some of the test results were abnormal and he recommended we see a heart specialist. The heart doctor did not find any issues with Ellis’ heart, but instead referred him to a pulmonary doctor in Phoenix.

The pulmonary doctor listened to Ellis’ chest, and without any CAT scan results, the doctor said to Ellis, ‘You have pulmonary fibrosis. You need oxygen. I’m ordering it for you.’ I didn’t want Ellis to begin taking oxygen because it is habit-forming. We sent all of the oxygen that arrived at our house back, and went to another pulmonary doctor for a second opinion.

The second pulmonary doctor did a breathing test – the one with a chamber where you put a tube in your mouth, suck in a deep breath and then blow out as hard as you can. After reading the results, this doctor recommended oxygen also. We said, “No, I don’t think so.” That’s when I remembered the place in Denver: National Jewish Health. They are the best hospital in the country for pulmonary diseases. Continue reading

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