Hello Pauline and fellow forum posters. I joined this forum because my father was diagnosed with COPD quite a few years ago and has steadily been going downhill with his breathing and his quality of life, despite all the different inhalers and drugs that he has been prescribed with and sometimes experimented with.
Thankfully though he has recently shown a sharp change in his lung capacity which we believe is due in a small part, to his rehab classes (which he has had before and made a small difference to his breathing then too), but more importantly we feel that a natural supplement has helped him so much that I cannot believe that it is not handed out to all sufferers, because it must cost a fraction of the cost of the drugs. Maybe therein lies the problem?
I was on the look out for something natural that could possible help him out a little, by helping his body to fight the illness as naturally as possible. I started looking on the internet in earnest when my dad's latest cocktail of drugs had an adverse effect making his hands swell up and giving him bad headaches. Thankfully my dad stopped taking those tablets five or six months ago and his hands and head went back to normal, although he did still get a lot of headaches, which he attributed mainly to the lack of oxygen in his body.
I searched through all sorts of sites which discussed stem cell treatments, German machines, Chinese medicines and so on, but one thing that kept cropping up and was supported heavily by people that have used it successfully, was MSM. It is a naturally occurring compound which was always found in abundance in our food, vegetables, fruits and meat, until we started using artificial fertilisers, which vastly reduce the amount of MSM in our diet. I will not go into all the ins and outs of this wonderful substance because there are thousands of sites out there which describe all the wonderful things that it does, but I will tell you that it has made a huge difference to my dad's breathing and quality of life.
My dad use to walk the same route with us (my wife and I) every couple of weeks throughout the year and over the last four or five years, from a parking spot (thanks to his disabled badge) to the football ground. In the last couple of years my dad has had to take to using his oxygen bottle and now uses it every match, but whether he was using his oxygen or not, we would stop three or four times on the way there and three or four times on the way back.
A good site which explains the basics is this one..
I hope you find this helpful and I really hope that everybody who reads this gives it a go and gets some benefits from it.
Best wishes to all,