A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Cystic Fibrosis
I had a question the other day about cystic fibrosis.
Cystic fibrosis is a disease that causes mucus in your body to become thick and sticky.
This glue-like mucus builds up and causes problems in many of your organs, especially your lungs and pancreas.
People who have cystic fibrosis can have serious breathing problems and lung disease.
They can also have problems with nutrition, digestion, growth, and development.
The disease generally gets worse over time.
The life expectancy for people with cystic fibrosis has been steadily increasing over the past 40 years.
On average, people who have cystic fibrosis live into their mid-to-late 30s, although new treatments are making it possible for some people to live into their 40s and longer.
Cystic fibrosis is a very common genetic disorder.
It’s caused by a change, or mutation, in a gene.
The changed gene gets passed down in families.
To pass on this disease, both parents must be carriers of the changed gene.
Cystic fibrosis is usually diagnosed at an early age.
Although the symptoms aren’t the same for everyone, some common symptoms are:
>A blocked small intestine at birth, which prevents the baby from passing his or her first stool.
>Very salty sweat or skin.
>Not growing or gaining weight the way other children do.
>Breathing problems, lung infections, a cough that doesn’t go away, and wheezing.
Other symptoms may also develop in childhood like:
>Clubbing (rounding and flattening) of the fingers.
>Rectal prolapse (when part of the rectum protrudes from the anus).
>Polyps in the nose or sinuses.
People with cystic fibrosis have sweat that’s much saltier than normal.
Experts haven’t found a cure for cystic fibrosis, but new and improved treatments help people with the disease live longer.
The type of treatment depends on what kinds of health problems the cystic fibrosis is causing and how your child’s body responds to different types of treatment.
Most people combine medicines, home treatment, and other specialized care to manage the disease.
To deal with cystic fibrosis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Breathe easier; purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Consume a 50% raw food diet: lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible). Include fresh juicing.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress release.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Deal with any underlying emotional issues.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Investigate and eliminate “hidden” allergies/sensitivities.
*Decrease or eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Decrease or eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Decrease or eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you are taking or considering.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.