A Natural Approach To Health
Living With LAM
I had a question the other day about LAM.
LAM, or lymphangioleiomyomatosis, is a rare lung disease mainly affecting women of childbearing age.
In LAM, abnormal, muscle-like cells begin to grow out of control in certain organs or tissues, especially the lungs, lymph nodes, and kidneys.
Over time, these LAM cells can destroy normal lung tissue.
As a result, air can’t move freely in and out of your lungs.
In some cases, this means your lungs can’t supply your body’s other organs with enough oxygen.
LAM can occur in women who have a rare disease called tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC).
Women who have TSC often have a milder form of LAM.
About 50% of women who have LAM develop pneumothorax, or collapsed lung.
In this condition, air leaks out of your lung and into the space between your lung and chest wall.
Sometimes one lung will collapse over and over again.
Pneumothorax is a serious condition and may be life threatening.
Many women who have LAM get tumors in their kidneys.
Women who have LAM also may develop:
>Growths in other organs, including the liver and brain
>Large tumors in the lymph nodes
>A buildup of fluid in the chest, abdomen, or pelvic area.
LAM has no cure, and it tends to worsen over time.
How quickly the disease worsens varies from woman to woman.
LAM may lead to death from respiratory failure.
Not long ago, researchers thought women who had LAM wouldn’t live more than 8–10 years following diagnosis.
They now know some women may survive longer (as long as 20 years following diagnosis, although this is rare).
Researchers are now able to diagnose LAM earlier.
They continue to explore and test new treatments.
The cause of LAM and why it mainly affects women isn’t known.
Because it affects women, the hormone estrogen may play a role in causing the disease.
Many of the signs and symptoms are the same as those of other diseases, like asthma, emphysema, and bronchitis.
In rare cases, LAM has been reported in men.
In the early stages of LAM, you usually can do your normal daily activities.
In the later stages, you may find it harder to be active.
You also may need oxygen therapy full time.
Currently, no treatment is available to stop the growth of the cysts and cell clusters occurring in LAM.
Most treatments are aimed at easing symptoms and preventing complications.
To deal with LAM, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to keep hydrated and flush toxins, whether thirsty or not. Add Performance for electrolytes.
*Avoid any and all contact with tobacco.
*Eat a diet of 50% raw foods, organic whenever possible. The other 50% should be soups, skinless chicken or turkey, fish, brown rice, millet, and whole-grain cereals.
*Consume onions and garlic daily.
*Don’t eat a typical American breakfast. Instead, sip hot, clear liquids (like herbal teas) in the morning.
*Consider liver, gallbladder and/or colon cleanses.
*Avoid fried and greasy foods, salt, and all foods causing excess mucus to be formed in your gastrointestinal tract, lungs, sinuses, and nasal cavity.
*Avoid gas-forming foods like legumes and cabbage. These foods cause abdominal distention and can interfere with breathing.
*Avoid foods needing a great deal of chewing, like meats and nuts, as it may be difficult to breathe while chewing.
*Get regular exercise; walking is especially helpful.
*Try to lose weight, especially if you have abdominal fat, which could further impair breathing.
*Humidify your home.
*Go on a cleansing fast periodically, using carrot, celery, spinach, kale, and all dark green fresh juices.
*Use warm castor oil packs on your chest and back to help reduce mucus and enhance breathing.
*Rest and avoid stress. Get plenty of fresh air.
*Remove all toxic cleaning products from your home.
*Do daily breathing exercises to improve lung function.
*Avoid air pollution.
*Avoid hot, humid climates.
*Avoid letting furry or feathered animals into your home or car, as their hair and dander can irritate your lungs.
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