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Is an immune defense supplement good for someone with advanced emphysema?

Is an immune defense supplement good for someone with advanced emphysema?

Vitamin D: Is a great immune supplement. Have your levels checked , they should be between 50 and 100 for maximal protection ! ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Taking inhalers for emphysema once a day. How long can I take this before lungs become immune to medicine?

Taking inhalers for emphysema once a day. How long can I take this before lungs become immune to medicine?

They usually don"t: The once daily inhaler for emphysema is spiriva, you don't become immune or cease to respond to it. The newer once daily is arcapta; it is too new for any data on this but it belongs to a class of medicines to which you body may become accustomed to. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it possible for emphysema be reversed with vitamin supplements?

Is it possible for emphysema be reversed with vitamin supplements?

No...: Emphysema, a form of copd, is an incurable, irreversible disease that is slowly progressive. It is usually caused by smoking. There is no cure! (including vitamins!) avoiding smoking is necessary to prevent the disease and/or to slow the progression once it is present. ...Read more

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If there are any supplement that would help me build muscle, im a skinny 41 year old , my dad @ 68 just past this weekend due to emphysema and a staff pneumona he also had bad emphysema and a bad case of osteoporosis. Is emphysema heritary ?

There : There are forms of heriditary emphysema, however, they are exceedingly rare diseases, such as Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, however, most are a result of environmental exposure, most commonly cigarette smoking. Having already compromised lung function puts one at higher risk for developing pneumonia, as your immune defenses are compromised by the defective tissue. ...Read more

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A person with emphysema often needs to be given supplemental oxygen, but why is it important?

A person with emphysema often needs to be given supplemental oxygen, but why is it important?

O2 is good.: Long term oxygen therapy has been shown in some trials to improve mortality. It has also been shown in other trials to improve quality of life, reduce depression, improve cognitive function, improve exercise capacity, and reduce frequency of hospitalization. ...Read more

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I am on supplemental oxygen at night. Can one predict how soon i will need oxygen 24/7? I have severe emphysema.

I am on supplemental oxygen at night. Can one predict how soon i will need oxygen 24/7? I have severe emphysema.

O2: Really no way to predict it other than to say not smoking and avoiding exposure to smoke will certainly slow that progression down. ...Read more

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I have severe COPD and I feel good most of the time, but get infections and end up hospitalized. Is it my immune system?

I have severe COPD and I feel good most of the time, but get infections and end up hospitalized. Is it my immune system?

Yes...: And your lungs. And possibly your medicines. And if the COPD is the result of lifestyle choices, then continuing to make those bad choices will contribute to the likelihood of illness and hospitalization as well. ...Read more

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What probiotic supplements are good for immune support?

What probiotic supplements are good for immune support?

Pro mean with: and bio means life. Probiotics help the GI system digest food. Anti means against. So, if one takes excessive antibiotics (which are sometimes needed) they can kill off the good bacteria in our GI systems and we can have digestive problems. This can happen w/out antibiotics at times too. So, the probiotics replace the good bacteria that are missing or low. Look for a variety of strains. ...Read more

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Please explain what foods and supplements are good for strengthening the immune system?

Please explain what foods and supplements are good for strengthening the immune system?

I wish there was: There really isn't any substitute for optimal health. Proper nutrition and vitamin supplements if not eating well, exercise and adequate sleep. Avoid smoking, reduce stress and alcohol. The stuff you already know. ...Read more

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Are there any good natural liquid supplements for the immune system?

Are there any good natural liquid supplements for the immune system?

Juicing: Although anecdotal, i juice daily with organic vegetables in the morning and i haven't had a cold in years. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Emphysema (Definition)

Emphysema is a lung disease caused by destruction of lung tissue--specifically the alveoli, which are the smallest sac-like units of the lung responsible for oxygen exchange. It is characterized by shortness of breath, an expanded chest, and possible signs of low oxygen in the body such as bluish ...Read more