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Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Posted by: Roy J. Ingraffia MD
Date: January 14, 2001 5:46 AM

Do you have any suggestions in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis? All so-called conventional methods have failed.

RE: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: January 14, 2001 7:52 AM

The word "idiopathic" breaks down to "idio" (Latin idiota: ignorant person) and (Greed pathos: sickness). Or, as we like to say in medicine, the patient is sick and the doctor is an idiot. While we do not know what causes IPF, there is something to do about it. The problem where the "rubber meets the road" as the expression goes, is poor oxygenation of the blood. Usually at rest a person is OK, but given a little exertion the pO2 goes down dramatically and is very difficult to bring back to normal. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy and intravenous hydrogen peroxide restore the ability to reoxygenate the blood quickly after exertion and provide dramatic relief from IPF and emphysema. This is not a permanent cure (nothing is) and the treatments need to be repeated from time to time, but at least there is something to do about it.



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