A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Tuberculosis
I had a question the other day about tuberculosis.
Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by slow-growing bacteria that grow best in areas of your body with lots of blood and oxygen.
That’s why it’s most often found in your lungs.
This is called pulmonary TB.
But TB can also spread to other parts of your body, which is called extrapulmonary TB.
Treatment is often successful, but it’s a long process.
It usually takes about 6-9 months to treat TB.
But some TB infections need to be treated for up to 2 years.
Tuberculosis is either latent or active.
Latent TB means you have the TB bacteria in your body, but your immune system is keeping it from turning into active TB.
This means you don’t have any symptoms of TB right now and can’t spread the disease to others.
Latent TB can become active TB.
Active TB means the TB bacteria are growing and causing symptoms.
If your lungs are infected with active TB, it’s easy to spread the disease to others.
Pulmonary TB (in the lungs) is contagious.
It spreads when a person with active TB breathes out air with the TB bacteria in it and then another person breathes in the bacteria.
An infected person releases even more bacteria when he or she coughs or laughs.
If TB is only in other parts of your body, it doesn’t spread easily to others.
Some people are more likely than others to get TB.
This includes people who:
>Have HIV or another illness that weakens the immune system.
>Have close contact with someone who has active TB.
>Care for a patient who has active TB.
>Live or work in crowded places where other people may have active TB.
>Have poor access to health care.
>Abuse drugs or alcohol.
>Travel to or were born in places where untreated TB is common.
It’s important for people at high risk for getting TB to get tested once or twice every year.
Most of the time when people are first infected with TB, the disease is so mild they don’t even know they have it.
People with latent TB don’t have symptoms unless the disease becomes active.
Symptoms of active TB include:
>A cough that brings up thick, cloudy, and sometimes bloody mucus from the lungs for more than 2 weeks.
>Tiredness and weight loss.
>Night sweats and fever.
>Swelling in the neck.
Latent TB is usually found by doing a tuberculin skin test.
A blood test also can be done to look for TB.
To find pulmonary TB, a sample of mucus from your lungs is tested to see if there are TB bacteria in it.
To find extrapulmonary TB, doctors can take a biopsy.
Or you might get a CT scan or an MRI so the inside of your body can be seen.
Usually, 4 antibiotics are combined to treat active TB.
It’s important to take the medicine for at least 6 months.
Almost everyone is cured if they take the medicine as prescribed.
If active TB isn’t treated, it can damage your lungs or other organs and can be deadly.
To deal with tuberculosis it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, omega-3 oils, fish oils).
*Explore use of Oil of Oregano and Mullein oil.
*Consume plenty of fresh garlic and onions.
*Switch to safe, nontoxic cleaners, laundry and personal care products that don’t emit toxic fumes/residues.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate condition.
*Dairy products are very mucus forming.
*Review my post on candida.
*Eliminate smoking, second-hand smoke, environmental pollutants.
*Explore the use of hydrotherapy and/or castor oil or onion packs.
*Consider a vaporizer.
*Avoid sugar as it “turns off” your immune system.