I have been getting more exacerbations lately, and had one last night after I went to bed. This rarely happens after I lie down. I lay there coughing and clearing throat endlessly and then I got an inspiration to go in the kitchen and make a drink of apple cider vinegar and brewer's yeast in water. Not a taste treat, but at that point I didn't care, I just wanted to feel better. After a while i was able to get back to sleep. I slept well and felt much better.
Brewer's yeast is one of the foods highest in nucleic acids. Here's some info about dietary nucleic acids:
Dr. Benjamin Frank was a pioneer in nucleic acid therapy. I have a copy of "Dr. Frank's No-Aging Diet" which came out in the 70's. It is a short and easy read, copies are still available on Amazon. Anyway, I re-read the chapter titled "Eat Better, You'll Breathe Easier." Here are a few excerpts:
"Once an obstructive disease of the lungs like emphysema or chronic bronchitis sets in, nucleic acid therapy does two significant things: It permits the body to make more complete use of the oxygen breathed in, and it loosens the cough, thus reducing uncomfortable congestion." Dr. Frank relates the case of a 62-y.o. man who was easily winded going up a few stairs, or even walking. Standard medical treatment didn't help. He started nucleic acid therapy (concentrated RNA supplements plus vitamins). Six weeks later he was dramatically improved. A 66 y,o. woman with chronic bronchitis showed similar improvement after RNA supplementation. Charles Darwin noted that Andean Indians traveling to high altitudes where the air is thin, would eat onions as a remedy for altitude sickness. Onions are rich in nucleic acids.
More info on nucleic acid-rich foods:
Nucleic Acid Therapy
The genetic theory of nucleic acid damage with age gives rise to the suggestion that a diet rich in nucleic acids can not only prevent but also repair such damage. This might make cells function as efficiently as cells in younger individuals. Dr. Benjamin Frank of New York has claimed recovery of his patients from degenerative diseases by keeping them on a diet which was rich in DNA and RNA content...Among meats, food sources of nucleic acids include sardines, salmon, non-vertebrate seafood (such as shrimp, lobster, clams, oysters), any kind of fish, and liver meats (e.g. chicken liver, beef liver)...Foods more appropriate to vegetarian diets, such as pinto and other beans, lentils, peas, asparagus, mushrooms, and spinach, are high in nucleic acids and should be included in the daily diet in accordance with individual eating habits."
So today, throughout the day, I took four more tablespoons of brewer's yeast in water with apple cider vinegar, along with vitamin C/MSM/NAC. I do feel a good difference. I intend to focus on foods high in nucleic acids, not just brewer's yeast, and I may take supplements of RNA.