(Congestion of the Lungs)
of the lungs caused primarily by bacteria, viruses, and chemical irritants.
There are more than 50 causes. The tiny air sacs in the lung area
become inflamed and fill with mucus and pus. It is unlikely to be
caused by pneumococci, staphylococci, streptococci, or bacilli
often begins suddenly. Chills, high fever, pain in the chest,
cough, muscle aches, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph glands
in the neck, bluish nails (cyanosis), rapid, difficult breathing,
purulent and often bloody sputum. Mortality is high unless
treated with an appropriate antibiotic. See your doctor for
diagnosis and treatment.
Some contributing factors are the common cold, influenza,
seizure or stroke, aspiration under anesthesia, alcoholism,
smoking, kidney failure, sickle cell disease, malnutrition,
foreign bodies in the respiratory passages, even allergies.
Vitamin A is necessary for maintaining the health of the
lining of the respiratory passages. A deficiency increases
susceptibility to respiratory infections, which may lead to pneumonia.
Weakness will remain for 4-8 weeks after recovery. Diagnosis
is by x-ray.
- Beta-carotene, 15,000 IU daily, protects
the lungs from free radical damage.
- Vitamin A, 50,000 IU daily.
- Vitamin C, 3,000 to 10,000 mg. per day,
in divided doses, is very important for immune response
and for reducing inflammation.
- Vitamin B complex, 100 mg. 3 times per
day, is needed for normal digestion, production of
antibodies, and formation of red blood cells; for healthy
- Raw thymus extract and raw lung tissue,
500 mg. each twice per day, stimulates immune response
and promotes healing of lung tissue.
- Vitamin E emulsion, 1,500 IU daily, is a
potent antioxidant that protects the lung tissues and
enhances oxygen utilization.
- Zinc, 80 mg, daily, is needed for tissue
repair and immune function.(Zinc gluconate dissolved in
the mouth is very effective).
- Germanium, 200 mg. daily, aids in
relieving discomfort and promotes immune response.
- Proteolytic enzymes, 3 times daily on an
empty stomach, aids in absorption of nutrients and reduces
- St. John's wort
- Ivy, ground
- Pleurisy root
- Elm, slippery
- Alum, wild root
- If you suspect pneumonia, see your doctor. If your doctor
prescribes antibiotics, take acidophilus capsules or 2
tbsp. of liquid 3 times per day.
- Eat raw fruits and vegetables. Take a protein supplement
from a vegetable source. Include chlorophyll in a
green drink or take in tablet form.
- Avoid dairy products, sugar, white flour products,
coffee, all tea except herb tea, and cigarettes.
- Drink plenty of juices. Liquids help thin the lung
secretions. Fast on pure juices, fresh lemon juice, and
- A cool mist from a humidifier or vaporizer is helpful. A
heating pad on the chest will relieve pain.
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