Lungs & Respiratory Disease Info

One in seven people in the world are affected by some form of chronic lung disease. Lung problems & Respiratory diseases are some of the most debilitating and intractable health issues that a person can be saddled with. In most cases, chronic lung problems are caused by smoking, second hand smoke or environmental pollutants like mold or emissions. Those who live in homes with poor air quality endure worse symptoms. Genetics may also make people susceptible to certain lung diseases such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and reduced lung function.
The most common symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing.

Tell your doctor if you experience shortness of breath or if your symptoms worsen. You can go through the tests, hence if diagnosed with any abnormalities. The study of respiratory disease is known as pulmonology. A doctor who specializes in respiratory disease is known as a pulmonologist, a chest medicine specialist, a respiratory medicine specialist, a respirologist or a thoracic medicine specialist.

  • -          Bronchiolitis - inflammation that involves the bronchioles (small airways).
  • -          Alveolitis - inflammation that involves the alveoli (air sacs).
  • -          Vasculitis - inflammation that involves the small blood vessels (capillaries).
  •  -          Inflammatory lung disease - Characterised by a high neutrophil count, e.g. asthma, cystic fibrosis, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or acute respiratory distress syndrome.
  • -          Obstructive lung diseases are diseases of the lung where the bronchial tubes become narrowed making it hard to move air in and especially out of the lung.
  • -          Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an example of an obstrutive lung disease, is where the airways become damaged, causing them to narrow.
  • -          Asthma is another example of an obstructive lung disease, (and of an inflammatory lung disease).
  • -          Restrictive lung diseases (also known as interstitial lung diseases) are a category of respiratory disease characterized by a loss of lung compliance, causing incomplete lung expansion and increased lung stiffness. E.g. in infant respiratory distress syndrome (IRDS).
  • -          Respiratory tract infections - Infections can affect any part of the respiratory system. They are traditionally divided into upper respiratory tract infections and lower respiratory tract infections.
  • -          Upper respiratory tract infection - The most common upper respiratory tract infection is the common cold however, infections of specific organs of the upper respiratory tract such as sinusitis, tonsillitis, otitis media, pharyngitis and laryngitis are also considered upper respiratory tract infections.
  • -          Lower respiratory tract infection - The most common lower respiratory tract infection in is pneumonia, a lung infection. Pneumonia is usually caused by bacteria, particularly Streptococcus pneumoniae in Western countries. Worldwide, tuberculosis is an important cause of pneumonia. Other pathogens such as viruses and fungi can cause pneumonia for example severe acute respiratory syndrome and pneumocystis pneumonia. A pneumonia may develop complications such as a lung abscess, a round cavity in the lung caused by the infection, or may spread to the pleural cavity.
  • -          Respiratory tumours - Tumours of the respiratory system are either malignant or benign. Malignant tumours, or cancers of the respiratory system, particularly lung cancers, are a major health problem responsible for 15% of all cancer diagnoses and 29% of all cancer deaths. The majority of respiratory system cancers are attributable to smoking tobacco.

o   The major types of respiratory system cancer are:
§  Small cell lung cancer
§  Non-small cell lung cancer
§  Adenocarcinoma
§  Large cell undifferentiated carcinoma
§  Other lung cancers (carcinoid, Kaposi’s sarcoma, melanoma)
§  Lymphoma
§  Head and neck cancer
§  Mesothelioma, usually caused by exposure to asbestos dust.

Lung function tests
•Spirometry (spi-ROM-eh-tre). This test measures how much air you can breathe in and out. It also measures how fast you can blow air out.
•Body plethysmography (pleth-iz-MOG-ra-fe). This test measures how much air is present in your lungs when you take a deep breath. It also measures how much air remains in your lungs after you breathe out fully.
•Lung diffusion capacity. This test measures how well oxygen passes from your lungs to your bloodstream.

Lung cancer is the top cancer killer of both men and women. Lung cancer usually manifests in the cells lining your bronchi, or the bronchial tubes that help deliver oxygen to your lungs and bloodstream. Because cigarette smoking is such an overwhelming risk factor and preventable, the importance of family history and genetic susceptibility to lung disease and lung cancer risk has been overlooked. Once people have been diagnosed with lung cancer they might think it’s pointless to stop smoking, but in fact it's not too late to benefit from quitting. Those who quit smoking after the lung cancer diagnosis became less severely impaired by the lung disease than those who kept up the habit.

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When you support the heart, you also help the lungs because they are close together and have related functions. Repairing the lungs is a process that can take months and years. Don't expect instantaneous results with any pseudo science treatments. Successful lung healing requires committed effort applied over a period of years.

Do's for Good Lungs Health
-          When you have all your nutritional basics covered, and are supporting the body with “right living”, many problems just disappear or are easier to fix.
-          Improving cardiovascular health is the best way to improve lung strength and effectiveness without expensive and dangerous medical treatments. Regular strenuous exercise at least three times a week trains the heart and lungs to become stronger, making them oxygenate the blood more efficiently. This helps the body get the most out of lungs that may have been weakened over time.
-          Eating plenty of fruit, vegetables and fish keep lungs healthy. Those who follow a diet closest to this “Mediterranean" ideal are less likely as their peers with eating habits furthest from this pattern to develop chronic lung disease. A good amount of fresh vegetable juices are a good way to start healing, along with adding a variety of spices such as ginger, onions, and garlic. The emphasis should be on eating as healthy a diet as possible.

Herbs for Lungs
The following herbs are used to enhance the lung function. In addition to taking the herbs internally, they can also be rubbed on the chest and back three to four times per day.
1. BLESSED THISTLE helps regulate menstrual cycle; used in treating liver problems; improves the appetite; lowers fever; helps to stop bleeding.
2. LAPACHO (Also known as Pau D’Arco): This is an immune stimulant and is effective against bacterial, fungal, viral, parasitic, and yeast infections. It also is considered to be an anti-inflammatory agent.
3. MULLEIN: It is a good expectorant and, in the process of clearing out congestion, it also soothes irritation in the throat and bronchial passages. As an antispasmodic, mullein can relieve stomach cramps and help control diarrhea. Mullein is an old-time remedy which is specific for bronchitis with hard cough and soreness.
4. PEPPERMINT: This is used to calm queasy stomachs and to quell indigestion. It is a general stimulant. This herb has a long history as a digestive aid and as a treatment for the symptoms of cough, colds, and fever. It kills microorganisms that can cause food poisoning, relieves the pain of sprains and strains, and helps freshen lingering bad breath. It also is good for nausea and vomiting (colic, food allergies, indigestion, motion sickness, Crohn’s disease, hepatitis, food poisoning, gallstones, headache and stress, irritable bowel syndrome).
5. VITAMIN E: The best skin compound for elasticity and many other bodily functions.
6. YARROW: This is an anti-inflammatory herb useful in the treatment of diarrhea, flatulence, gastrointestinal inflammation, and stomach cramps. This herb can reduce smooth-muscle spasms, which makes it useful for certain gastrointestinal conditions.
7. YERBA SANTA: Quiets a nagging cough; helps clear chest of phlegm; relieves congestion due to allergy.
8. RED CLOVER BLENDED deals with cancer; blood cleanser; tumors; lymphatic; skin disorders; kidneys. It is one of the best mucous clearing sources in nature. It contains the trace element, Molybdenum.

Breathing Tips
-          When you feel short of breath, focus your mind on your breathing. Instead of trying to fill your lungs with air, concentrate on moving the muscles that control your diaphragm and do not breathe by lifting your shoulders. Try breathing through pursed lips and pacing your breaths with your activity.
-          Feeling short of breath can be scary. But fear and anxiety only make it harder to breathe. When you begin to feel short of breath, try to manage the fear by choosing an activity that helps you relax. Listen to music, imagine your favourite vacation spot, meditate or say a prayer.
-          If you're short of breath, you may become tired easily. Cut out the nonessential tasks from your day so that you can save your energy for what needs to be done.
-          Lower the room temperature. A cooler room may make it feel easier to breathe.
-          Sit near a window. Sitting or lying down in a way that allows you to look out a window can help you feel less confined when you're feeling short of breath. Aim a fan toward your face. A fan that blows on your face may make it feel easier to breathe.
-          Eat several small meals each day. Rather than a few larger meals, eat several small meals throughout the day.