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Also known as CF or mucoviscidosis, cystic
fibrosis is an inherited disease of the glands, including mucus and sweat
glands. It mostly affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses
and sex organs but it doesn't affect the brain. There are around 9,000
people with cystic fibrosis in the UK although around one in 25 people
carries the faulty gene which causes the condition.
In cystic fibrosis sufferers, the mucus becomes
thick and sticky and builds up in the lungs blocking the airways. This leads
to repeated, serious lung infections that can damage the lungs.
Lung function often starts to decline in early childhood in people and, over
time, cause permanent damage to the lungs and severe breathing problems. The
thick, sticky mucus can also block tubes, or ducts, in the pancreas. As a
result, the digestive enzymes that the pancreas makes can't reach the small
intestine. Without these enzymes, the body can't absorb fats and proteins.
This can cause
vitamin deficiency and malnutrition.
Cystic fibrosis also causes the sweat to become
very salty. As a result, the body loses large amounts of salt during
perspiration. This can upset the balance of
minerals and cause a number of health problems. Examples include
dehydration, increased heart rate, tiredness, weakness, decreased blood
pressure, heat stroke and, rarely, death.
A defect in the CFTR gene causes cystic
fibrosis. This gene makes a protein that controls the movement of salt and
water in and out of the body's cells. Every person inherits two CFTR genes;
one from each parent. Children who inherit a faulty gene from both parents
will have cystic fibrosis. Children who inherit one faulty gene and one
normal gene will be "cystic fibrosis carriers". Carriers usually have no
symptoms but they can pass the faulty gene on to their children.
Around 3-10% of cystic fibrosis sufferers become
infected by the mycobacterium abscessus bacteria, (which is
distantly related to the bacteria that causes tuberculosis) It is not
known why it is more likely to infect people with cystic fibrosis but it
could be related to problems with the immune system.
It was thought that this bacteria could only be
caught from water and soil but has now been discovered to be able to infect
person to person. It is believed that it becomes aerosolised when people
cough and because this bacteria is tough it hangs around in the air. It
causes lung damage and can be incredibly hard to treat with infected
patients needing months of treatment with toxic drugs.
NATURAL REMEDIES AND PREVENTATIVE
is a tumour fighting, antifungal, anti inflammatory and antibacterial compound found in the bark of white birch trees and
winged beans which can
plenty of citrus fruits and pineapple juice.
unrefined sea salt, spices and herbs to meals and drink bottled mineral
vegetables and plenty of fibre daily will help to readdress any intestinal
bacteria imbalance and boost the immune system.
Respiratory Disorders page.
NATURAL FOODS TO CONSUME
Try to include a wide selection of the foods below in the daily diet to benefit
from their powerful properties. Eating plenty of different coloured
fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices per day will set the body on
the path to full health and vitality very quickly.
steaming a wide selection of the vegetables listed with the herbs and
spices listed and a tablespoon of water (fastest in the in the microwave
8 minutes approx.) then place in a blender for a deliciously healthy
potage soup and eat a small bowl before each meal.
Similarly blend a wide selection of the fruits together with nutmeg,
cinnamon and honey to provide a tasty nutritious 'smoothie'. Add low fat
live probiotic organic yoghurt to make the 'smoothie' or soup creamy.
Meat (3 times a week)
Fish (4 times a week)
shellfish, oily fish: such as
salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards, kipper, eel, whitebait, anchovies, swordfish, carp, bloater fish, hilsa fish, sprats, tuna
Dairy (yoghurt and kefir milk daily, eggs and cheese 3 or 4 times a week)
Cheese, eggs, kefir milk, yoghurt (plain with live cultures)
Vegetables (a selection of at least 4 different colours each day meaning all have been eaten at least once a
Alfalfa, aubergine, bell peppers (all colours),
broccoli, carrots, celery, chicory, collard greens, cress, dandelion greens, garlic, ginger, legumes, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onion, parsnips, peas, potatoes, radish, soybeans, spinach, swede,
Whole grains (at least one everyday)
Amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats,
Fruit (a selection of 2 or 3 per day meaning all have been eaten at least once a
Apples, apricots, avocados, blackberries, blueberries, bananas, cherries, coconut, lemons, mango, melon, papaya, pears,
pineapple, rosehips, soursop, strawberries.
Juices (only pure unsweetened additive free to be drunk as often as possible)
Blueberry, cranberry, grape, pineapple,
Dried Fruit (as snacks or added to meals)
Dates, raisins, sultanas,
Seeds (as snacks or added to meals daily)
Nuts (as snacks or added to meals daily)
Almonds, peanuts, walnuts (5 walnuts eaten before bedtime can aid restful sleep).
Common Herbs (nutritious herbs to be used as often as possible daily)
Medicinal Herbs (consume as teas or add to meals as required)
False unicorn, gingko, gotu kola, lavender, lobelia, passion flower, motherwort, periwinkle,
pine needle tea,
rock-rose flowers, schizandra, skull cap,
Spices (nutritious spices to be used as often as possible daily)
Cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cumin, coriander, nutmeg, paprika,
peppercorns, (all colours) and
Derivatives (to be consumed and used as desired on a daily basis)
Anise seed tea,
apple cider vinegar,
tea, brewer's yeast,
brine pickles, chamomile tea, pure honey, olive oil,
sesame oil, miso, tea
(especially green tea).
Drink plenty of bottled or filtered
water to avoid the impurities of chorine and fluoride added to tap water.
WHAT TO AVOID
Cabbage and kale if suffering
from thyroid gland problems, kidney or gallstones.
Cumin, ginger, Japanese knotweed, motherwort and turmeric if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as aspirin and ibuprofen, have heart problems and during the first trimester of pregnancy. Note: motherwort may be habit forming.
Plums and prunes if
suffering with kidney or gall stones, joint problems, or osteoporosis.
Rosemary if pregnant or breastfeeding or suffering from high blood pressure.
Seeds and nuts (unless finely ground to a powder) if suffering
ELIMINATE FROM THE DIET
Processed and refined foods, white flour, white rice,
salt (only use refined sea salt) animal fats (use olive or
rapeseed oil or live natural yoghurt instead) and sugar (use
Only eat the following fruit and vegetables if they
are organic because of the risk of
asparagus, aubergines, avocado, bananas, bell peppers, blueberries,
cantaloupe, carrots, courgettes, celery, cherries, cherry tomatoes,
chilli peppers, cocoa beans, coffee beans, collard greens,
cauliflower, cucumbers, grapefruit, grapes, kale, kiwi fruit,
lettuce, mange toute peas, mangos, mushrooms, nectarines, onions,
oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, potatoes, red
raspberries, runner beans, spinach, spring onions, squash, strawberries,
sweet corn, sweet peas frozen, tomatoes, watermelon.
"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC
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