Pneumonia is a serious infection of the lungs that can
be caused by any of a number of different infectious agents, including
viruses, bacteria, fungi, mycoplasma and protozoa. The infection
causes tiny air sacs in the lung area to become inflamed and filled
with mucus and pus. Although symptoms can vary in intensity, they
usually include fever, chills, cough, bloody sputum, muscle aches,
fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph glands in the neck, cyanosis
(bluish tint in skin or nails), pain in the chest, and rapid,
difficult respiration. Pneumonia is typically preceded by an upper
respiratory infection such as a cold, influenza,
or measles Factors that increase the risk of pneumonia include being
either under one year or over 60 years of age, a weakened immune
system, cardiovascular disease, diabetes,
HIV infection, seizure or stroke, aspiration under anesthesia,
alcoholism, smoking, kidney failure, sickle
cell disease, malnutrition, foreign bodies in the respiratory
passages, exposure to chemical irritants, and even allergies.
A positive diagnosis of the disease can be made only with
a chest x-ray.
Bacterial pneumonia is a very dangerous form of the
disease and it comes on suddenly, usually as a complication of
some other illness Symptoms usually include: chills, high
temperature, and shaking. The cough is normally dry at first,
and then a rust-colored sputum is produced. Breathing becomes
rapid and difficult. Chest pain that will worsen upon
inhaling, abdominal pain, and fatigue are also common in
people. This form of pneumonia is not likely to spread from
one person to another.
Fungal pneumonia is much less common than either the
bacterial or viral forms, and is often associated with a
weakened or suppressed immune system. People with HIV, AIDS,
or some type of cancer, or who are taking immunosuppressive
drugs following organ transplantation, are the people at most
risk. About 2 million cases of pneumonia are diagnosed in the
United States each year, and between 35,000 to 75,000 people
die of the disease, making it the 6th leading cause of death
in just the USA. Pneumonia will affect the sufferer with
weakness that lasts between 4 to 8 weeks after the acute phase
of the infection has ended.
Viral pneumonia is more variable in course and severity.
It can come on either very suddenly or gradually, and symptoms
range from mild to severe and anywhere in between. It is less
serious than bacterial pneumonia, but if not cared for
properly then the bacterial infection can result.
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|contains vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin
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daily supplement are needed for good general health and well
|strengthens the immune
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as the quality of the white blood cells.
|boosts immune system
and it helps with repair of the lungs.
|this mineral quickens the immune
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natural antioxidant and free radical destroyer, boosts the immune systems and helps fight infection,
with vitamin C.
|herb that helps healing and often
combined with zinc
|herb that helps boost the immune
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|helps the body's healing
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rid the body of free radicals.
|has both antiviral and
|they promote healing, strong immune system,
and healthy nervous system. B vitamins help with the
production of antibodies.
|supports the immune system and
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Other Changes To Make
drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or
filtered water a day
eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)
nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good
juice is good (make your
own with a juice machine)
do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods
carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack
a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)
do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks
do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...
use stress relief like going for walks in the park
(or the 10/90 rule - see
brown rice is good to eat
avoid red meat and animal fats
reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others
fast a few days a month
get at least 8 hours of sleep
exercise light to moderate amounts
avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet
do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke
do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal
do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry
do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else