I would just like to share my story below
My husband was first diagnosed with Emphysema 3.5 years ago, caused by working down the coal mines for 21 yrs, he's 64 yrs old. He was diagnosed via chest X-ray and CT scan due to his lips turning purple with cyanosis which made us think he had heart trouble, he was sent to see chest specialist who was very understanding when my husband announced that he wouldn't take any meds/inhalers that were offered to him as he didn't believe they would help plus they couldn't cure him so he didn't see the point in flooding his body/lungs with yet more toxins from these inhalers. Together as a couple we went onto a wheat/sugar free diet (which isn't easy believe me) as too much sugar in the body makes the body acidic and sugar also feeds tumours etc so we wondered if it would help slow down the progression of Emphysema hopefully to a halt. We ate nothing but organic where we could, I scoured the internet for alternative meds and he took Serrapeptase which eats away inflammation in the body, Zell oxygen, Krill oil and oil of Oregano which has been brilliant and highly recommended for keeping colds at bay. We purchased our own BP machine and oxymeter to keep a check on blood oxygen levels which were always between 95-97% and until November last year (2014) he never even had as much as a sniffle. We walked our dogs 3 to 5 miles every day, decorating, gardening and inbetween moved home 3 times just in one year which is very stressful in itself. Kevin my husband put it all down to the use of the amazing oil of Oregano because prior to COPD diagnosis he used to catch colds all of the time and would take weeks to recover, he took it twice daily 8 drops under the tongue and he even nursed myself and our daughter when we both caught flu and he never got it which was amazing! but things started to change when he became complacent and being a tight Yorkshire man lol he thought he would cut a few corners ie reduced it to once daily, then every other day until he was taking it just once a week which proved to be wrong thing to do because he caught a virus which knocked him off his feet, it took 3 mths to recover and his health as deteriorated very quickly, during that time his GP put him on 3 courses of anti biotics which did no good at all and his blood oxygen levels dropped well below 90% down to 83% and still to this day never get over 88-89%, he's exhausted all of the time can no longer walk the dogs very far, hills are out of the question, he gets out of breath just getting dressed and walking up the garden. Respiritary clinic nurse told him his lung capacity is 57% and he's got the lungs of a 90 yrear old which has spiralled him into a state of depression. We cannot believe how one exacerbation can cause his health to deteriorate so quickly and worry for the future and dread the winter coming as the cold damp weather is lethal for anyone with COPD, kevin is frightened at the speed this has deteriorated just 8 mths ago he was walking 3-5 miles per day and living his life to the full, his outlook on life has deteriorated too which is understandable, thank you for reading this and I wish you all well.