Last Modified on Feb 07, 2014
Treatment of pneumonia varies from supplements and remedies that support the immune system to those that eliminate infection. Both aspects of treatment are important for effectively remedying the condition. Appropriate treatment incorporates bed rest, hydration and antibacterial supplements.
What is Pneumonia?
An infection that inflames the air sacs in the lungs, pneumonia is a fairly common illness. The condition is characterized by fever, chills, difficulty breathing and coughing. In some cases, the air sacs fill with fluid or pus, which makes the condition more dangerous.
Pneumonia is caused by several different organisms including bacteria, viruses and fungi. While any individual may develop the condition, it is most serious for infants and young children, individuals over the age of 65 and people with underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems.
Natural Remedies for Lung Infection
Eliminating infection and treating inflammation are the two main considerations for treating pneumonia. While bed rest and hydration are vital components of treatment, antibacterial supplements actually eliminate the infection. Common supplemental treatments include garlic, vitamin C, hydrogen peroxide and others.
Garlic is a natural antibacterial product that functions to eliminate infection. Garlic is composed of a number of nutrients including sulfur that make it an effective infection-treating remedy. The natural compound also contains anti-inflammatory properties that relieve inflammation of the lungs.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and immune support. This vitamin eliminates free radicals and other toxins in the system to boost immune health. It also supports the removal of infection.
Hydrogen peroxide inhalation is another effective treatment for pneumonia. The process oxidizes the lungs, which functions to eliminate infection and other pathogens. The additional oxygen in the system also supports lung function.
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that includes inflammation. The condition can range from mild to life-threatening; however, natural treatments can quickly and effectively treat the condition to prevent life-altering symptoms and progression.
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 02/23/2010: Ani from Duluth, Mn: "I was sick with pneomonia for 3 months last winter (age 38) , and was prescribed anti-biotics to get rid of it three times. Nothing worked, until I learned about taking Apple Cider Vinegar and honey. I took half a teaspoon of the Apple Cidar Vinegar and on the same spoon had half a teaspoon of honey, and took this three times per day for four days. I was cured on the fourth day! I recommend to everybody I know. Most people are still skeptical... and guess what? I had a few other bouts of pneomonia before that, and since taking this natural remedy, it's never came back!"
[NAY] 11/21/2008: Eunice from Sherwood Park, Canada, Alberta: "Remedy for Pneumonia: Hi we have tried ACV for 2 weeks now but it is still not going away. Can you suggest any other natural remedies that work aside from hydrogen peroxide?"
[YEA] 09/30/2013: Andrea C from Wales: "Hi Colloidal Silver will kill Pneumonia, but it has to be NEBULISED to get it straight to the lung's. Put undiluted Colloidal Silver in the nebuliser cup, and breathe it in as deeply as possible for 5 minutes. Hold breath if able for 4 or 5 seconds, this will get it to the lower respitory tract better, then exhale, do this every 1 to 2 hours until there is an improvement in symptoms and breathing. It might cause coughing for a bit, but that's ok its the Silver loosening all the gunk in the lungs, when there is an improvement, stretch it out by an hour(1 then 2, 2 then 3) an so on. Then when the patient can go four hours between Nebulisers, do it 4 hourly, do it until their clear of all breathing problems at 4 hours, Do it for a week, but it can be done longer if needed and will do no harm. Do not Nebulise Hydrogen Peroxide as this will damage Lung tissue, and never mix it with Colloidal Silver as this causes a toxic gas. Do not worry if patient can't take deep breaths, or hold it, the Nebuliser will turn it in to a fine mist and send it to the Lungs where its needed, and a face mask is better than a mouth piece if this is a problem, you can also use a quarter, or less or more if tolerated, of Epsom Salt in distilled water in the nebuliser first as this opens up the airway's and relaxes Lung spasms so the Silver will reach further down the Lungs and the Epsom Salt may induce coughing as it opens the airway's, its the lungs it needs to go, swallowing any thing will take it to the stomach where it will be diluted by stomach acid, and wont reach the lungs. Both are excellent for any lung issues done this way. Drink water in between breaths if needed as the taste is not great and may dry the mouth out, and drink plenty of distilled water when using Colloidal silver through out the day Love Andrea C xxxxxx"Replies
09/30/2013: Tom from Fort Worth, Texas replies: "Andrea from Wales: Re your advice on use of colloidal silver in a nebulizer for lung infection:
I've written similar instructions on Earth Clinic in two or three post locations but your description is superior and the idea of using Epsom Salts first is sage. CS is my very favorite virucide. Have you ever tried MMS? I just started reading about it. My mind is always open to new concepts but I'd be hard pressed to beat CS.
Great post ... Please put up more. You are most insightful.
PS....I love Wales. Ancestors from Wales."
10/01/2013: Andrea C from Wales replies: "Helo, shw mae Twm? (pronunciation: Hello shoe my Tomb?) Hello, how are you Tom? In answer to your question about MMS. I have never tried it but I have read a lot about it and watched videos on youtube, and it's had some amazing results, but I am weary of it. I don't know why, but personally I wouldn't use it call it instinct if you want, but there is something that doesn't sit right about it in my mind. A lot of people swear by it, but every time I think about using it I feel negative about the outcome of its use, and I tend to listen to my inner self when it comes to trying remedies out. For instance, I have D.M.S.O, I used it on my Brother when he was crippled up with Arthritis in his hand, an it worked a miracle on him and he's now returned to work where as he had to leave his job and could barely use his hand at all. I tried it on myself, it took the pain of two broken toes away for a few seconds then my head felt like it was hit by Thor's hammer! I had to lay down where I was for half an hour, but I think this reaction may have been caused by plaster adhesive I didn't know was still on my skin after washing the area well before use. I haven't used it since, but I feel that it should be used on certain bodily areas when you have some one that can help you apply it where it's needed, as you can't always see certain areas clearly enough. I would use it again, but with help next time. MMS just doesn't appeal to me, but if my back was truly against the wall, I possibly might, but I wouldn't be happy about it. I am not saying no one should use it, but it's just not for me at this present time. I was wondering what are you thinking of using it for, or are you just curious about it? Love Andrea C xxxx"
10/03/2013: Prioris from Fl, Usa replies: "I experimented with MMS some but got headaches. The more I have read about it throughout the last couple years, the more I wouldn't recommend it. The side effects can be serious in people. I would stay away from it or use it with caution if you want to experiment with it. Many testimonials don't mention the damage it has done to some people."
10/04/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "To Prioris re MMS:
Story of a Dead Squirrel....
Thanks for your insights. I'm always looking for effective anti microbes but have to approach anything with caution. One of my favorite personal photographs was made in my yard two years ago. A dead squirrel laying oddly on its back, little paws turned up; I gently removed a few fallen leaves close to it to reveal a partially eaten mushroom inches from the deceased. Well, the mushroom may not have been what killed the squirrel but it sure looked like it.
Moral of the story is obvious --- a picture is worth a thousand words---
10/04/2013: Oscar from Syracuse, New York replies: "Dear Prioria from FL, Thank you for having the courage or whatfor to speak out about this very dangerous MMS stuff. The active ingrediant in MMS is the same as chorine bleach for those people not aware of it. Chlorine bleach will kill or destroy any pathogen known. BUT, it will also kill any living thing which of course includes people.
You may or may not survive this treatment. Many people have died the first time they tried the MMS treatment taken as prescribed. Many others have gotten very sick but managed to survive. And there are those who say it has cured them of things like malaria and for some maybe it did. But this claim that MMS is safe is not true. Of course when someone dies from this treatment it`s advocates blame the person who died. They supposedly mixed it wrong or took too much. But that is how unsafe this MMS stuff is. You can surf the web about this and read testimonials of many people who got very sick using MMS as prescribed. Here is what wikipedia has to say about MMS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_Mineral_Supplement"
10/04/2013: Mike from Denver, Colorado replies: "Prioris: mms and h202 make free radicals that damage both pathogens and tissues. This is the cause of the side effects."
10/21/2013: Biddy from Ireland replies: "Hi Andrea C , Re your mix of Epsom salt and water to be put in nebulizer? What proportions of Epsom salt to water please> How mant mls of CS in Nebulizer? and how many of Epsom salt mix? I think I have Pneumonia at the moment. I've had it twice befor in my life and recgnise the feeling in my lungs and in my body. Also want to be sure that neither CS or Epsom Salt mix will set my heart racing? I get Atrial Fibrillation and really don't want to get that going at the moment. I am taking An Antibiotic Amoxacillin 500mgs x 3 times a day and also some prednisolone 40mgs a day just for 5 days on day 4 now but lungs are still not great. and I'm exhausted. I have colloidal silver and have been taking it orally. and I have some epsome salts also. Really want to give it a go! Very excited. Want to avoid stronger Anti Bs and more Steriods if possible. Thank you. Biddy in Ireland"
Flu Shot Prevention
[YEA] 10/02/2008: Big Mike from Spring Valley, CA: "I have had bronchial pneumonia for ten years, and every year I have to see my doctor two, three even four times a year for antibiotics to control my problem. Each time using stronger antibiotics sometimes helping sometimes just calming the symptoms. Two years ago I met a friend who suggested a flu shot once a year, so even though my doctor said it would not help, I got a flu shot and a pneumonia shot and I have not had to see the doctor or take any pills or had any symptoms for two years...I can't say It's a miracle cure but after ten years of popping pills I'm a free man..."Replies
02/15/2013: Yakobu from Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan replies: "Re: "I got a flu shot and a pneumonia shot and I have not had to see the doctor or take any pills or had any symptoms for two years... I can't say It's a miracle cure but after ten years of popping pills I'm a free man..."
Congratulations on your freedom!!! Unfortunately, a flu/pneumonia shot is not exactly a "folk remedy". I'm also pretty sure it doesn't classify as "alternative medicine" either. These shots are far from natural and I'm pretty sure the majority of people who come to a website call earthclinic.com would have difficulties considering these shots... Well... Earthy."
02/15/2013: Ken from London, Uk replies: "Flu shots can indeed be called natural remedies (except for the fillers, perhaps, but they put those in supplements too).
I know many elderly people with heart and lung disease whose immune systems simply cannot take the onslaught of the flu and pneumonia. Flu shots are lifesavers for many of an advancing age."
02/16/2013: Bradshad from North Providence, Rhode Island replies: "To Ken from UK with his Flu shot statement. Mercury, thimersol, formaldehyde, aluminum, spermicides, binders and fillers, plus more are all included in the flu shot. If you feel that these poisons are all natural then enjoy your flu shot because I would not reccomend it to my worst enemy. As far as protecting the elderly how about a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and taking herbs, botanicals and vitamins as well as a probiotic to keep the immune system working properly in the winter."
02/16/2013: Anon from Anon replies: "Hi, Don't be afraid of not having a flu shot- theres a lot of scaremongering. I know a lot of elderly folk who get the shot and immediately become ill with flu then slowly get cancer and other nasties. Boost your immune system naturally instead."
03/20/2013: General Public from San Francisco, Ca Usa replies: "Who cares if the flu shot is good for you or not! Thanks for sharing with us another possible way to stay out of the doctor's office and, like you said, stop pooping pills! I search this website and others just to see other ways of doing things. This means everybody that comes to this website isn't 100% pure and natural. Any knowledge/ information that made your life better is worth sharing!"
07/12/2013: Marilyn from Milpitas, Ca replies: "I don't recommend flu shots and pass them up each year. Aï¿½husband & wife we knew that were first in line to get their flu shot every year both ended up with Alzheimers. They both died at early ages of 68-72 yrs. She was put in an alzheimersï¿½facility. He couldn't go out on his own & find his way home even 4 blocks away. Wake up, & Say NO to flu shots."
Garlic and Oregano
[YEA] 08/29/2013: Katie from Wisconsin: "Writing this 20 minutes after my doctor’s appointment. She confirmed that yes, I did have a pneumonia (unsure if it was viral or bacterial) and that my body has fought it off. Today, I’m at about 93% health and energy-wise. I am beyond happy so I wanted to share my method.
In short: I was sick for nearly 3 weeks. Began when I was on a trip overseas, so it very well could have been the moist, stale air on the 9 hour plane ride. Started with a sore throat and feeling tired… developed into 2+ weeks of a low-grade fever, coughing up different colored gunk, lungs and throat rattling and wheezing, and feeling extremely exhausted. A relative who is a nurse listened to my lungs and said one had fluid in it.
Money kept me from going to the emergency room, called walk-in clinics but they told me they don’t treat pneumonia, and there was a week-long wait for an appointment at my community health clinic. And so, I was on my own. I don’t like to take medication EVER, but with this illness, I was scared and would have gladly taken any prescription someone handed me.
Luckily though, I didn’t have the money or resources. So here is what I did:
1) Rest – Slept as much as humanly possible and rested.
2) Fluids – Tons of fluids. Water, orange juice, tea, everything. Give your body a rest, don’t bog it down with digesting things like meat.
The major players:
3) Raw garlic – Anywhere from 1-5 cloves per day. Rule of thumb: if you aren’t getting results with garlic, take more. I pressed the clove to break it open and let the air hit it for 3-5 minutes. Then chewed minimally and swallowed with a teaspoon of honey. A little water to wash it down.
4) Oil of Oregano – I bought a small bottle of this at the health food store and tried all kinds of combinations (breathed in steam, put drops under my tongue, in my water, etc. ) Similar to garlic in helping fight bacteria and infection. (Also similar to garlic in that it tastes horrible and makes people think you’ve been cooking Italian food.)
5) Unrefined Coconut Oil – 1 Tablespoon once a day. Studies show that it cuts down recovery time for pneumonia in children.
6) Apple cider vinegar – Two Tablespoons heated mixed with a cup of water and honey. This helps with the cough. It calms down the throat and lungs.
7) Vitamin C tablets. Got these in another country but they are just like those fizzy vitamin tablets. Who knows if these really work, but I took them anyway. About 3000mg a day.
8) Even though garlic and Oil of Oregano don’t kill of your body’s defenses like an antibiotic would, I still added in some probiotic yogurt to help my body replace the good bacteria.
At the advice of my relative who is a nurse, I did also get a mucus thinner from the drug store as well… to get some of the fluid out of my lungs. Took two pills each morning for a few days but it caused me to violently cough, so I stopped taking it.
It took a couple of weeks, but I feel WORLDS better. Do these things taste and smell good? Nooo. Are some of your friends/family going to think the idea of fighting pneumonia with something like garlic is ridiculous? Yeees. But, it works. And I spent very VERY little money. My good sense told me garlic alone could fight this off, but like anyone, I tend to get scared when I am very sick (sometimes you just want an RX from a doctor.) Obviously, use your judgment and go to the E.R. If you must. But after this whopper of an illness, I’m telling you, I genuinely don’t think I will ever take an antibiotic again."Replies
08/30/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "@Katie: Thanx for your victory treatment testimony and protocol, and congradulations.
I might add a few points and also ask about the "mucus thinner" supposing it's Guiffenissen, which is considered a semi-synthetic expectorant with a good safety record. Also for "lung infection" mucus problems is the amino acid NAC or Cysteine from your local health food store is said to be very effective.
I'll now take a little air out of your balloon and add that the duration of your pneumonia may be the first indication of a weakening or depressed immune system. The mineral Zinc @ 25-50 mg day will greatly strengthen the immunity.
Anyway, if you catch another bad infection again in the near future do come back here so to address also any possible underlying conditions."
03/03/2012: Sarah from Newark, New Jersey: "Hello, I have a question, My 15 month old son was sick with a lot of cough, some fever and after taking him to the doctor, he said he had a virus. We had a hard time giving him his medicine because he wouldn't swallow it and the next day the cough got a little worse and you could tell he was weaker. So we took him to the Emergency Room. After putting him the mask, you know, the nebulizer he got better. After doing an Xray the doctor said my son had pneumonia so we were told to really give him all his medicine, antibiotics and stuff (which we did).
Then at home 4 hours later he was coughing a lot again, almost as bad as before. So I read somewhere here that you can help your body fight a virus by spraying hydrogen peroxide. I was scared first because my son is so young (15 months), but I was desperate. So I took the regular 3% hydrogen peroxide that they sell in the stores and put a small amount (enough to make it wet) in a piece of cloth and wiped his feet, legs, hands, belly, chest, back and a little of his arms and you know I watched him carefully. Shortly after I would say like 15 or 20 minutes afterwards his cough diminished a lot. It wasn't completely gone but I could tell he felt a little better.
After 3 or 4 hours, the cough started again and I did the same thing and again it helped him diminish the cough and was able to sleep for some hours. Then 3 hours later I repeated again and it helped. The next day and following days I didn't think it was neccesary to use the peroxide because his cough had diminished considerably.
Now my question is: what did the Peroxide do exactly? or was it just coincidence, because they gave him antibiotics and other medicines at the ER and also the next 5 days we were able to give him his antibiotics and medicines. I am pretty sure the Hydrogen peroxide helped but I can't say exactly how. I don't know if I would recommend this because, everybody is different and children are more sensitive and fragile, but I am sure that the peroxide helped him with his cough. Do you think maybe the peroxide made him sleepy? I doubt it but I am looking forward to your reply. Thank you in advance and I think this site is great. It helps a lot."Replies
03/08/2012: Melissa from San Antonio, Texas replies: "Sarah, I'm not a chemist or a doctor, but I've also heard that hydrogen peroxide is very effective against viruses (virii?). However, I would not discount the healing energy of your touch with the swabs. The cooling effect, probably in a nice, calm home enivronment (not a clinical doctor's office or hospital) in which to receive his 'medication. ' I'm certain there was a physical effect, but I feel quite strongly that the touch was just as important. You soothed your baby. Your baby was able to sleep, and sleep is critical to healing. I say "all the above. " :)"
03/11/2012: Lisa from Western, Sd replies: "Hi Sarah from Newark, New Jersey: Hydrogen Peroxide creates an oxygen rich environment where viruses can't live and good bacteria thrive. See Earth Clinic's "Remedies"; Hydrogen Peroxide Cures & Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method. I think you did exactly the right thing rubbing it on your infant - skin absorbs what you put on it. Brilliant, great job! Now that your son has had antibiotics, research also Earth Clinic's "Remedies"; Acidophilus Cures and "Ailments"; Antibiotics Side Effects."
03/13/2012: Sarah from Newark, Nj replies: "Yes, Thanks so much for your comments, Melissa and Lisa, you know? about a month after all that happened I noticed my son was getting something, like a cold or the flu, because he had a little fever, he was a little less energetic, etc. So again I rubbed him with peroxide and it helped again. The peroxide helps to stop whatever virus or other thing from spreading or continuing to harm your body. I also agree about the importance of the soothing touch, and even when I wasn't in favor of the antibiotics, (specially since it seems this was a virus) I was too scared to risk not obeying the doctor. I never thought something so simple as Hydrogen Peroxide could help so much. Thank you guys for your explanations and information and thanks to Earth Clinic, I am learning a lot."
[YEA] 02/10/2013: Roula from Arlington, Viginia, Usa replies: "I want to join this discussion because my 3.5 year old is currently suffering from Pneumonia. He had a miserable spell during the sleepless feverish night, so after reading up on this site, I tested the HP we have at home with water using the recommended methods on this site, and it looked clear. So I sprayed about 3-4 times in the back of his throat (he didn't mind it at all! ). I helped him blow his nose minute later and a lot of snoots came out. Then I witnessed his cough completely stip, his face relaxed, and he fell back asleep.
A few hour later, he woke up again feeling pretty lousy and very warm bodied. He was having a coughing fit for ten minutes and was exhausting him.. I gave him a few more squirts of hydrogen peroxide. The cough almost immediately stopped again and minutes later he got a spark of energy and said he wanted to get up. We blew out snoots as before, then he walked around a little bit, and snuggled on the couch and fell asleep peacefully.
I started a topic on HP in the humidifier just now. What do you all think?
08/29/2013: Hollyv from Greenville, Sc replies: "I'm pretty sure I've got a spot of pneumonia, as I did have it a few years ago for the first time. So, I'm reading here what to do, and I've got a list going: garlic, H202, vitamin c, probiotics, sea salt, etc. Because I am a huge believer in this website (tried and true). BUT, should I go for doing ALL of these things at once? Or will that overwhelm my body? Maybe each of them in small doses? Not sure which one I need? Or if all will be great??"
09/01/2013: Dave from Greenville, Sc replies: "Hello Holly,
There's nothing wrong with taking the full set of items you list to deal with the infection... Garlic, H2O2, sea salt etc. While you're at it, why don't you add the one thing that would, in my opinion, really kill the pneumonia? Colloidal Silver. You need a vaporizer... Which turns the liquid into a steam and when I feel something in my respiratory, I make sure to breathe deeply for a few minutes Mine has a "cup" that I breathe into. I do this three times daily for a week. Always knocks out my infection that fast. I see from your post you live close to my office and if you email me at david (at) dlthomaslaw.com I'd be happy to have a bottle of CS for you. I give away bottles to friends and family... And have for decades. Free."
Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation Method
[YEA] 01/27/2008: Doug from Denver, Colorado: "I came down with pneumonia Jan 2007. Doctors at the urgent care gave me Factive and it cleared up the pneumonia at first. Then around summertime (same year) I developed a chronic cough which I felt was from the initial pneumonia. Around Novemeber I came down with full blown bronchitis, or some kind of a lung obstruction. Iran into Bill's HP treatment protocol and everything is fine now. What a rough year I had in 2007 regarding my health. This was especially difficult for a guy that has never been sick in his life. I will never stop using HP again. All of this suffering could have been stopped months ago. Thanks again Bill and Earth Clinic..."Replies
10/27/2008: Peggy from Millington, TN replies: "I am writing about the inhalation therapy with Hydrogen Peroxide posted in Jan of 08. I am dealing with the same problem can you tell me the protocol you followed, The same measurements? Thank you so much for sharing."
02/07/2010: Angela2282 from East Palatka, Fl replies: "I am having the same problem. Persistent cough & wheezing. Would like to know how to do this and how much and how often. Been on antibiotics for 1 week along with Primatene (inhaler), Robatussin, and cough drops. No signs of getting better, actually getting worse. Please someone help, this is miserable."
EC: Sorry, we should have added this link to Doug's post: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/hydrogen_peroxide_inhalation.html
[NAY] 08/11/2012: Gengle from Indy replies: "Don't do this! Your lungs are sensitive--I feel that this caused me more problems than ever. Don't cause yourself a new set of problems!!"
09/11/2013: Bobby from Worthington, Ohio: "Hi, please keep my brother in your prayers. He is 49 years old and has has excruiating nonstop pain in his side and now his back due to a mass on his lung. He can't sleep and coughs so hard all day long he throws up his food. He was in hospital 3 weeks ago for a week. The biopsy ruled out cancer, TB or common lung infection. They decided to treat it like it was pneumonia and gave heavy duty antibiotics to take for a week after he came home. He went to dr yesterday because it barely helped. He wanted pain and sleep medicine. Dr took xray and said mass was growing not shrinking. They put him in hospital last night. He is still unable to sleep in hospital. He is on morphine and I don't know what all. If they do surgery it could result in death or lung removal. Drs said tonight they are going to do everything possible not to do surgery. Please, please help them discover what is wrong and pray for it to just shrink and disappear never to come back. Thank you so much. I know God answers prayers and does miracles."Replies
09/11/2013: Inannalives from Middletown, DE replies: "Try bloodroot and the budwhig diet..... Healing mercies."
09/11/2013: Anonymous replies: "Hi, Magnesium helps lung conditions. The easiest might be a long soak in Epsom salts once a day. The other is vitamin a in the form of cod liver oil. Hope that helps, don't give up x"
09/11/2013: Gena from Chicago, Il replies: "I am so sorry to hear about your brother. Someone wrote a post on this site today about lung lesions from Valley Fever turning into pnuemonia and often being misdiagnosed by doctors. Not sure that is related to your brother's condition, but worth looking into. I will pray for your brother."
09/11/2013: Lloyd from Charlotte, Nc replies: "Hello Bobby; Based on what you said about the biopsy of your brother, the mass is not cancer nor a "common lung infection" as you called it yet the Doctors treated him with antibiotics so they think it is an infection of some kind. Antibiotics only work on bacteria, and not always effectively.
Likely your brother has a viral infection. If this were me I'd be taking colloidal silver... A high ppm variety... Three times daily via a nebuliser. And I'd be consuming the same orally. As long as he is in the hospital the doctors won't let him do this "self treatment" so that is a problem. But keep the idea in your mind and if he is released he will have at least one idea to consider."
10/10/2012: Nades from Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-natal, South Africa: "Ted, or anyone else can help, please help. My friend's dad is in a very critical condition in hospital, he is suffering from BOOP. The doctors say that he not responding to any of the medication and they don't see much hope for him. Please help, your comments, advice, cures (anything! ) would be greatly appreciated. I really look forward to hearing from you. Thank you, Nadine"
EC: BOOP= (Bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia)
10/10/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Nadine, maybe start with a squirt of H202 in a humidifier near his bed."
10/10/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Nadine, Is there any way your friend can find a really good Traditional Chinese medicine doctor? They work with the body so differently from western medicine. I'm confident they'd know the answer. So many issues, which western medicine doesn't have the answers to or say they're hopeless yet, TCM can address and correct them by re-balancing the body. Through acupuncture and herbs they can help him rather than meds. I wish your friend and her dad the best. Please pass this suggestion on to your friend. Lisa"
10/11/2012: Nades from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa replies: "Thanks so much for your comments, I will pass them on to my friend immediately!"
10/31/2012: Tj from New York, Ny replies: "Hi Nadine, Try this amazing energy therapy. Search "Tongren" in Youtube to learn more.
If you decide to try it, go to the website, click on "Broadcasts" tab on top to select time and date. On that day, sign in and request three conditions through the chat box (not the comment) and then relax during the session. Free of charge or donation.
09/12/2012: Tadbit from Cookeville, Tn: "My 21 month old son was just diagnosed with pneumonia. He was prescribed Amoxicillan and Azithromycin. I am not comfortable giving my son antibiotics but don't want the pneumonia to worsen. What natural methods are recommended for young children? Or are the negatives of antibiotics worth it in this case?"Replies
09/13/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Tadbit, In this situation, I think you have to weigh the odds. Use the antibiotics and get rid of it. Then, as soon as you do, get good probiotics back into him. Bio-K is a powerful probiotic drink available in health food stores (I know for sure in Whole Foods) which you can give him. Try fermented veggies or coconut kefir to restore the good bacteria as soon as possible. And then work for preventative healthcare always. That's how I raised all my kids. And I've only had to use antibiotics once with one of my young babies very long ago. Wishing you the best, Lisa"
09/20/2011: Ashland from Ashland,ky, U.s.a.: "I've had pneumonia. I am much better. But is there anything safe to use in a breathing machine that wont be harmful? peroxide?? what is safe or unsafe??? should I take the probiotics while on antibiotics or wait to finish the 10 days?? thank you for your wonderful health site!!!"Replies
03/08/2012: Melissa from San Antonio, Texas replies: "I would think the antibiotics would overwhelm any probiotics you're taking. I would wait until I had finished the script before starting back on the probiotics. And at that point (when script is done) I'd double up on the pros for a while. But I'm not a doctor. I just read stuff. Oh, and I would try to avoid taking any antibiotics in the first place unless I was in danger of losing life or limb."
04/05/2013: Sayward from Columbia City, In, Us replies: "Antibiotics jobs are to wipe out bacteria, and adding more bacteria, even if it is the "good guys" will just put more strain on the antibiotic, up the chances that a sufficent amount of harmful bacteria (i.e., what is making you sick ) won't be killed in the process and waste money!
When taking an antibiotic, it is important to stop taking all probiotic supplements for the duration of the treatment. The day following the last dose, one should take 1 probiotic treatment (capsule or drink), every day for 7 days and then go back to your original schedule. If one uses a daily supplement, then it is best to take two of the supplement every day for 7 days and then drop back to one.
The idea here is to feed the gut back its good guys in large enough doses to ensure they have adequate numbers to keep bad bacteria from proliferating again."
11/10/2010: Jerry from Desmoines, Iowa: "Can anyone help me I believe that I have a c. Pneumoniae infection that is causing a cascade of health problems especially my sinuses, skin and eyesight. Some doctors are treating this with long term combinations of antibiotics with some success but in my area the MDs are resistant to this course of therapy. Help Ted or Anyone."Replies
07/20/2012: Janice from Toronto, On, Canada replies: "It's my 2nd time with pneumonia, the 1st time almost died many times over from a drug I shouldn't have had and was allergic too (Biaxin), this time have heartburn whenever I'am in the house with the A/C or fan on, because Feron is still used in Canada and Health Canada doesn't care bats about how dangerous it affects some people, - it's illegal in Montreal and the U. S.
Also I just found out pneumonia is often chemical induced bronchitis, doctor's are just clueless or can't legally tell you the truth, because many industries and businesses have products that are the cause.
I'm sure I'm reacting also to my neighbor's new stone driveway, a very limestone taste in my mouth, of course the doctor says that is heartburn but poision control centres in Toronto know nothing about Feron and most invisible chemicals whereas in the U. S, poison control centres do.
Take tons of garlic, I'm taking Iron, I have Black Sesame Seeds to put in soups, take lots of Vitamin C, it will open your throat if you have any antibiotic reactions....... get Clear Lungs from the Health Stores, if your able to cut any cedar, or have cedar sticks (the kind people smudge the house with) just put those in the palm of your hands but it may take up to an hour for you to feel some clearing throughout your body with cedar.......
I'm taking some Thyroid Balance Pills from the store, but what really helps me more than anything is staying outside, if your able to (the first time I couldn't do this, but this year it's not humid but lots of wind and air movement) so I usually sit under a tree and read, and just breathe the fresh oxygen, love the sun, but if I get burnt from the sun I just put a few drops of Liquid Iodine on my face/throat and arms and the pain and redness is gone within 30 seconds.
Also Liquid Iodine is good to drink with food (1/2 cup of water and 5 drops), you must eat. I use Lugols Iodine and Tropic Iodine internally and on my body/face.
Probiotics - great for the stomach the good bacteria will destroy the bad bacteria, or get kimchi or any fermented foods.
I swear I'm smelling the limestone of my neighbor's stone driveway, need to drink more pickle juice!
If there's some park around your area with a stream with pebbles and maybe chipmunks, go down to the pebbles and the air may be better than pure oxygen, and if you can when you feel up to it, go to a lake.
I'd prefer to live in a tee-pee in a campground right now over breathing in all this chemical shit I'm breathing."
04/25/2010: Yasue from Santa Monica, Ca, Usa: "I was diagnosed broncho-pneumonia and had no choice to take antibiotic, even though I had severe side effects before when I took Levaquin. This time azithromycin was prescribed. On the fouth day I had diarrhea, nausea, dyhidration,stomach pain, chest pain, bitter mouth, no appetite, weird sensation like the wave is coming and going and the body is squeezed tightly---Anyway I feel awful. It lasted 4 months last time even though I tried acupunctue and acupressure 2 times a week. The notion that I can't take any antibiotic gives me shiver. Please help me by introducing the doctors who study the side effects of antibiotics of Levaquin, Cypro and Azithromycin. Also is there a way I can survive without antibiotics."Replies
04/26/2010: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Yasue,
My 23 year old daughter was plagued with this for a year. I wrote about her battle with this quite awhile ago. I have always been a person who has gone the natural paths and have raised my kids that way but in this instance she had her own ideas. As an adult, she has that right but I watched the drs. give her one antibiotic after another! It was crazy- my thought being, if they work then why did she have 4 rounds of them, all different types?! I asked her to pose that question to her dr. who of course made the excuse up that they weren't the "right" one. I watched her suffer and she wanted none of my advice. She was scared because the dr. told her that if she didn't take the antibiotics she would become so sick she would end up harming her lungs and then would need surgery.
One day she broke down in tears when I went into her room, finding her in bed. She begged me to help her. One of the things I told her was she needed to get rid of all dairy from her diet. Then, we needed to bring her body back into balance because antibiotics destroy the natural balance. We need that so our body can fight on our behalf. She promised to listen to my advice and she not only got over it but, has not been sick again for a year and 2 months now! Remember, before that she struggled with this for a year. She has not needed any medication since. She continues to be healthy, strong and full of energy. So, yes you can survive without antibiotics as long as you restore your body's balance so it can combat germs and toxins on your behalf.
I hope this restores hope in you. Lisa"
04/27/2010: Jay from Toronto, Ontario Canada replies: "Have you tried nature's own antibiotic? Raw garlic.
I had a cronic case of chest congestion that lasted through last spring and summer and couldn't seem to shake it. I was getting worried with all the news about different flu viruses and saw a recommendation for raw garlic which cured my congestion exactly as predicted.
The recommendation was to take 2 or 3 raw cloves of garlic and chop them up into small pieces and swallow them at one sitting once a day for a minimum of 3 weeks.
My procedure was to take 3 small garlic cloves or 2 large ones and chop them until the pieces were smaller than any pill I could swallow easily. I would then scoop this entire amount into a heaping table spoon and swallow in 2 or 3 swallows until all gone. I followed this quickly with a full glass of water to chase the taste from my mouth. In 3 to 4 weeks all my congestion symptoms were gone.
I intend to continue to use this every few months as a prevention/tune up to help with my immune system."
[YEA] 12/14/2009: Rv from Huntington Beach, Ca, USA: "Sea Salt for Pneumonia
I have (usually) mild asthma. I visited a dusty wildflower area and contracted fungal pneumonia. The doctor did not apply effective antibiotics, because the infection was fungal, and he initially misdiagnosed it. The infection continued for weeks, and hardened into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Over the next year I tried many remedies. Then I found an interesting fact. The ocean has millions of antibacterial virions per liter. This is why there are so few bacteria there: predation. I live in an oceanside city, and have no problem getting clean, fresh seawater. I spat some infected sputum into a bottle of seawater and diluted it to invisibility. The idea was that any virus would rapidly multiply by killing and eating the bacteria of my infection. Then over a week, I sprayed the water and inhaled it. My coughing got worse, but then air began to penetrate past the blockages and I began to cough them up; some looked like french fries. I'm now healthy.
I think a similar effort might work with artificial seawater made from organic sea salt. The idea is that it must be organic so that the antibacterial virions would need to be preserved in the salt."
08/30/2011: Abc Pneumonia from Kansas City, Missouri,usa.: "This question is for LIZZIE from London or anybody that has the answer.
Lizzie wrote that her partner took 200gram of powdered vit. C daily and his pneumonia gone.
Q.How long did he take the vit. C? Apart from mixing it in water, was there any other thing that he took that could be of help to me?
My wife has been diagnosed with chronic pneumonia. At first, the doctor gave her wrong diagnosis and treated her for more than one year for tuberculosis. Now, x-ray result shows that her right lung has washed out and it has some holes in it. My wife is finding it hard to breathe. She also coughs seriously and has severe pain in her chest region and she has lost a lot of weight. She is alive today only by the grace of GOD. Can someone tell me anything that can help my wife? Please, don't tell me about pharmaceutical treatment.
Thank you in advance for your suggestions and GOD bless."Replies
08/31/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Breathing thru a mouthful of VERY DILUTED hydrogen peroxide, helped me for lung issues (and nose, throat). DO NOT SWALLOW."
08/31/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "To Mmsg, I tried to breath the water with HP but it didn't work, I couldn't get anything up my nose. After that I breathed a bit I put into the palm of my hand and it did indeed calm my sinuses just it burned a bit, maybe I had used too much HP. No idea how you do it through your mouth though...."
08/31/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Francisca, I don't breathe it up my nose! Just plain breathing the air in my mouth that has the diluted HP in it! I open my mouth, taking care the diluted HP doesn't drip out, and just take a couple of good breaths. Then spit it out and rinse my mouth. I do it a few times a day as needed."
09/01/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "How, big misunderstanding...... I will try only breathing it next time, thanks!"
09/29/2013: Hiptobehealthy from Netherlands replies: "How is your wife doing now? Have you tried The vit c in high dosages? Cayenne pepper apple cider with honey diluted with water. In severe cases fast just drink spring water. Also I' m pretty sure you're wife is extremely acid. You can simply test this with with ph test strips (health store). Avoid any acidic foods such as meat, dairy, fish, grains refined sugars, junk food and only drink alkalizing juices: green juices (look up recipes on the internet). Grey Celtic unrefined sea salt, msm powder, calcium (only take pearl calcium), silica are alkalizing minerals she might take in addition to get alkaline. Also are there any irritants in the air of your home? Think of air conditioners, dusty heating systems, house molds, pets, ambrosia ( a plant that causes extreme hay fever and irritant to respiratory ways). In the Netherlands, people with pneumonia (or asthma and tbc) used to go to the Swiss alps for fresh air to get better. And get sunlight! Also consider grounding. If you're in a warm climate, your wife could walk barefoot or sit/ lay down touching the earth outside for at least 2 hrs a day. Otherwise consider a grounding pad (google on internet) to sleep on. It reduces pain and inflammation quickly. Good luck and just to show that there's a lot more you can do than just vitamin c. I would do as many as I could. Love & health."
09/30/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Hip: I am convicted to amend your "Vit-C in high doses" to only Lipospheric Vit-C. Having used many forms of C over-the-yrs in small or large doses, and having only recently been using homemade Lipo-C, the difference is off-the-charts. This factor could easily determine the difference between a return to health or death. Lipospheric Vit-C is really the only way to administer. "
09/30/2013: Suzy from Eugene Or replies: "To TimH- I was wondering about making one's own Liposomal /Lipospheric Vitamin C. Do you use an ultrasonic device? I value the input of EC regulars far more than a generic internet reference or posting."
10/01/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Hello Suzy: Yes, I purchased a $30 ultrasonic device on Amazon along w/ NGMO Lecithin and pure Ascorbic Acid powder from Swanson. I followed these directions: how to make lipospheric vit c, mix 1 cup (filtered) water 2 spoons c in one container and stir, 2 cups water, 6 spoons lecithin in another container and stir, let both containers sit at room temp for 1hr, stir or blend the two together, let sit for 2 hrs, pour into ultracleaner and set for 480 sec or 8 min and stir almost continuously, refrigerate. Recommended dose is 1 oz, 1 or 2 x daily.
I have almost completed my 3rd batch and the effects are nothing less than amazing. I am also on my 2nd batch of Lipo Reduced Glutathione."