Using Salt Scene Therapy to Help with COPD Issuesvv
by Dr. David Orman
It is the third leading cause of death here in America. 11 million are diagnosed with it and an estimated 10 million more could be. It is COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus (sputum) production and wheezing. It’s caused by long-term exposure to irritating gases or particulate matter, most often from cigarette smoke.
People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer and a variety of other conditions. Natural Medicine looks at this issue as a combination Heart and Lung problem. The heart is “weaker” (not necessarily diseased) which in turn, causes a weakness of the Lungs (as the energy from the heart, helps support the lungs). Once this combination is present, the aforementioned symptoms start to occur. Unless addressed properly, it can cause major problems as noted.
Now the good new.
There are things that can be done to have a great, positive effect on both organs and thus helpful in prevention of problems, or if already present, helpful in improving overall wellness and healing. Let’s start with the Heart. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then a handful of almonds a day can keep the cardiologist away. Almonds are considered the ideal food for strengthening the heart. Others include salmon, trout, strawberries, cranberries, black beans, carrots, red peppers, red apples and yes, even some dark chocolate will be a great start. Add in exercise and meditation or “moving meditation” such as Tai Chi or Bagua and your heart will love you. In terms of the Lungs, the star of the show food-wise is Asparagus. Others include onions, garlic, ginger, pomegranate, grapefruit, sunflower seeds and pumpkin. Again, exercise is a must.
Want to really keep the lungs and respiratory system strong? Add Salt Scene therapy into the mix. Dr. Norman Edelman, Senior Scientific Advisor to the American Lung Association states, “When fine salt particles are inhaled, they will fall on the airway linings and draw water into the airway, thinning the mucous and making it easier to raise, thus making people feel better.” Combine strengthening the heart and the lungs and people with COPD can find relief from the suffering they continually experience. Life is meant to be enjoyed and without wellness, it can be a challenge.
Take action to prevent or deal with issues. Your life is worth it!