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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
Posted by: Robert Daily
Date: October 12, 2000 1:50 AM

I am 41 and I have been diagnosed as having Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). IPF was discovered in February while preparing for hip surgery. I have had a biopsy to confirm the lung disease, but I have chosen to go the "alternative route" to regain balance, as opposed to chemotherapy (Cytoxan treatments). I have been seeing a Homeopath since June, and he tells me that I am improving, although I seem to be coughing more and more as time progresses. I also see a chiropractor to help me handle pain, as well as, retrain after walking "crooked" for a year or so. I have also had a hip replacement in June this year, due to Avascular Necrosis. About 1-year ago I had eye surgery, because of an optical hemorrhage. I feel that it is possible all of these symptoms are some how related. I am considering colostrum and chelation therapy. I would like to get EPD treatments as well, but haven't found a doctor in my area. At this point I am confused on what would be the best for my situation. If you could possibly help shine the light on any of these methods of treatment, I would be especially grateful.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: October 18, 2000 4:40 AM

There is a vague connection to all these problems you have mentioned. I doubt that it is coincidence that all of this has occurred in the same body so early in life. Hemorrhage of the retina and IPF both involve connective tissue and it is possible that connective tissue is also involved in avascular necrosis. Of course connective tissue, like all other tissues, depends on a variety of nutrients for maintenance. A high potency oral supplement program would be the place to start. Vitamin C, bioflavinoids, and hawthorne are especially important. Beyond that, consider the fact that connective tissue is what the body uses to store excess toxins until they can be dealt with by the detox system of the body (liver, kidneys, sweat glands, etc.). Therefore detoxification procedures have the effect of relieving the toxicity burden on connective tissue. While these comments are not a specific prescription, perhaps the general direction alluded to will by of use to you. Avascular necrosis has several causes. Loss of blood supply to the bone can be caused by an injury (trauma-related avascular necrosis or joint dislocation) or by certain risk factors (nontraumatic avascular necrosis), such as some medications (steroids), blood coagulation disorders, or excessive alcohol use. Increased pressure within the bone also is associated with avascular necrosis. The pressure within the bone causes the blood vessels to narrow, making it hard for the vessels to deliver enough blood to the bone cells. If none of these are present, I would think of avascular necrosis as a stroke of the bone and do the things I normally do to prevent stroke: chelation therapy, large dose vitamin E, oral protease on an empty stomach each morning, etc. As to EPD (enzyme potentiated desensitization), I do not see how it would related to the conditions you have mentioned.



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