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pulmonary fibrosis
Posted by: John Rusler
Date: August 15, 2001 2:27 AM

I recently returned from the U. of Washington Medical Center and was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. I had chest x-rays, cat scans and open lung biopsy. As PF is idiopathic, the doctor is working on a hypothesis that most people with this disorder also have gastroesophageal reflux. We burp the acid up and inhale this acid in our lungs, causing the scarring. He gave me 4 prescriptions - 20 mg of Prilosec - 50 mg of Azathioprine - 20% Mucomyst - 20 mg Prednisone. I've heard some real horror stories about Prednisone, and the others I'm not sure of. My question is, are there natural subsitutes for these or alternative therapies?

RE: pulmonary fibrosis
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: August 15, 2001 6:44 AM

That is an interesting hypothesis. If you want to follow that theory, I suggest you use a high quality drug like Nexium. It is much more effective than Prilosec. There are no natural items which have the effect of Nexium. Nor is there any natural way I know of to shut down stomach acid. Of course, the purpose of Prednisone is to prevent scarring, but given the side-effects and the fact that according to the theory if acid reflux is stopped there will be no scarring, I would be very reluctant to take Prenisone.



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