Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

by Robert Harrison

This report is about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. About what may be happening to your body when you have it. What the underlying causes of it may be. And what may need to be considered in attempting to deal with it. So that you may have a better understanding of what to do to fight it.

The medical profession does not offer much of help in the fight against idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. So if you are serious about beating it, you’ll have to take charge and do something about it on your own. This report will give you information and access to products that help you do just that. Pulmonary fibrosis is an autoimmune disease. The lung fibrosis and scarring that damage the lungs are a result of an over-activated autoimmune system attacking and destroying lung tissue. Creating scar tissue and hardening lungs.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis is an autoimmune diseases. And as such, can be approached and treated as an autoimmune disease. Most have similar underlying causes and conditions, and consequently there are similar ways of dealing with them.

Pulmonary fibrosis seems to be, however, a bit different in that its actions generally are focused on the lungs, and the symptoms center around the lungs. However, these certainly is a possibility that someone with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may have a number of the symptoms common to other autoimmune diseases, and not be aware that these symptoms are related to having an autoimmune disease. So, I’m going to start with a brief description of other symptoms common to most autoimmune diseases. Just in case some of them are involved with your idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Then I will attempt to explain in as comprehensive and understandable a way as possible, the various possible causes of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and what to consider in deciding how to combat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis so you may be able to prevent it worsening and perhaps even improve. Many customers have.

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Let’s start by going over some of the symptoms in general for autoimmune diseases, just in case you have some of them too.

Fatigue: It’s not a good fatigue, from working hard, but an anxious, uncomfortable fatigue related to lack of sleep. Or a disruption of the energy production mechanism in cells either from lack of oxygen, increased toxicity, infections or a malfunction of the mitochondria.

Sleep Disturbance: You may wake up three or four times a night. In some cases you don’t wake up, but in the morning you still feel like a truck ran over you. The reason being that subliminal seizures may kick you out of stage 4 sleep to stage 1 sleep so you can’t sleep deeply and aren’t rested when you wake.

Short Term Memory Loss: Because of a low thyroid and heart complications typical in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, there is a decrease in blood flow to the left lobe of the brain resulting in an oxygen deficiency in the brain. Which causes memory loss and forgetfulness which you may experience with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Emotional Liability: Someone may cry more easily, be more anxious and fearful. This may be physically caused by idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, not a reaction to having idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Depression: As with the emotional symptoms, the hypothalamus is involved. This is not clinical depression, but is caused by idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and has an actual physical cause for it.

Low Thyroid Function: About 85% of people with autoimmune diseases have this symptom, but only about 10% of the time will it show up on a typical thyroid test. If you get tested, have both a T3 and T4 done. About 10% have excessive hair loss. A poorly performing thyroid will show up as subnormal temperatures.

Gastrointestinal Problems: Can be anything from gas, bloating, cramps, diarrhea or constipation to hiatal hernia, irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn’s Disease.

Swollen Glands, Chemical Sensitivity, Headaches: Allergies often develop, usually after 3 to 5 years. Eyes can be light sensitive for 6 months or longer. Dry eyes can develop. About 20% experience a very uncomfortable disequilibrium of vertigo, almost an out of body feeling that can be most disconcerting.

Candida Yeast Infections: These are very common. Check your tongue. If it has a white coating, you have it. Or take the spit test you will read about later. Women can have vaginal yeast infections in conjunction with this.

Low Blood Sugar

Pain

Tingling Hands. Ringing Ears. Cold Toes. Cold Fingers. Metallic Taste in mouth.

Overdoing: You overexercise or overwork when your are feeling good, and then may feel worse for days afterward. This can cause serious problems. In healthy people the body shuts down when the anaerobic threshold is reached as a lot of pain is experienced. This warning does not occur with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Instead, the body continues to exercise and experiences no pain as the lactic acid builds up, and the body ends up recirculating carbon dioxide. Which is not a healthy thing to have happen to you.

Fluttering Heart. Panic Attacks. Rapid Heartbeat. Mitral Valve Prolapse. Usually blood pressure is low, though it can get high later on. The heart underpumps blood because it is getting incorrect messages from the autonomous nervous system. The body’s feedback loop picks this up and over-reacts. And you get these symptoms.

Again, if you have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, you may not have these symptoms. But if you do, you may now at least understand a bit better what is going on with you. Now we will focus on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis an autoimmune condition that is primarily focused on the lungs. Extrapolating what typically happens in autoimmune diseases to what is happening with the lungs in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

This information is for educational purposes only. I am not a doctor. This is not medical advice on how to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, but information to help you understand idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.


Causes of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Certainly airborne toxins are often involved in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. In many cases they may be its primary cause. The immune system has to deal with every toxin that enters the body, either getting rid of it or sticking it in cells to get it out of the way. And an overworked immune system combined with diseased, toxified lung cells is certainly enough on its own to turn into idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

However, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may also be triggered by bacteria, mycoplasma or other pathogens like molds and fungi which can, as you will read shortly, initiate an autoimmune response in the body.

In either case, the question remains as to why the immune system ends up attacking the lung cells, the cells they are supposed to be protecting.

It wasn’t till I learned about the role of long chain carbohydrates in cellular communication that I formulated a guess as to one reason why this may happen. Here’s the story.

Different types of long chain carbohydrates reside on the surface of cells. Communicating information about that cell, and allowing it to interact and exchange information with other cells. One thing they communicate is that they are a part of the body. So don’t attack. Things that don’t have carbohydrate based cell markers on them are treated as non-self by the immune system. And can be attacked by the immune system as these unmarked cells fall into that “non-self” category.

The essential heavy molecular weight carbohydrates that make cell markers aren’t common in our diets anymore. With healthy individuals this is not a problem because they can be made from ordinary carbohydrates. However, the process required to do this is enzyme intensive. And as immune system dysfunctions develop in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, enzymes are wiped out. (You’ll read more about this in just a bit.) So someone with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis usually lacks enzymes, and may not be able to produce adequate amounts of these long chain cell markers on the lung cells that are getting used up with all the immune system activity needed to deal with the toxins or pathogens causing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

So it may be that, in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, some lung cells may not able to communicate to the immune system that they are part of the body. And the immune system might attack those unmarked cells. Causing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

There has been a lot of research into these long chain carbohydrate molecules. Besides providing the ingredients for cell markers, theses molecules are highly anti-inflammatory, a property which could have value in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Acta Anatomica, a European journal, states that long chain carbohydrate molecules have a coding capacity surpassing that of amino acids.

In March, 2001, Science Magazine dedicated virtually the entire magazine to the essential saccharides that make up these cellular communication keys.

The University of California, San Diego, announced the establishment of a Center for the further research and development of the Science of Glycobiology. And the President of the Royal Academy of Medicine in London, Dr. John Asford, said that "Sugars are going to be the molecules of the next decade.”

Lending credence to the importance long chain carbohydrate molecules have on the immune system.

It seems to me that there are two immune system issues with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Poor cellular communication because of lack of cell markers on the lung cells. And the one we will discuss next, an over-activated, out of balance, worn out immune system that attacks those cells.


How An Out Of Balance Immune System May Lead To Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

To put it simply, your immune system has two different modes or sides. Th-1 or T helper-1 cells fight intracellular pathogens like viruses, mycoplasma and bacteria. Th-2 or T helper-2 cells fight pathogens outside the cells. When the immune system is healthy, these two modes function together, supporting each other in keeping the body healthy. But if they get out of balance, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may develop.

Worn out Th-1 cells actually can allow an elevated, overactive Th-2 immune response as they have some responsibility for controlling the Th-2 activity. The immune system must be in balance to operate efficiently. It needs to be modulated back into balance to deal with the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

A similar thing is noted in other autoimmune diseases.

Ritchie Shoemaker, M.D. reports on his investigations.

“The invisible link was "biotoxins" - poisonous chemical compounds that travel with impunity through the human body. These tiny molecules shuttle from nerve to muscle to brain to sinus to G.I. tract and other organs in a continual circuit, while triggering the symptoms we define as ‘biotoxin-related illness.’

“As recent research clearly demonstrates, the compounds are manufactured by a growing number of microorganisms that have begun thriving in our ecosystem. ....They tell us, quite simply, that toxin-forming microorganisms have brought a new kind of disease into our world - a pathology in which bacteria, fungi, algae and other tiny organisms have "learned" how to manufacture toxins that linger on in the human body, long after the organisms themselves are dead. ...

This could well be happening in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as molds or other fungi infecting the lungs may well produce toxins that in turn stimulate the autoimmune response. Let’s look a little further into how pathogens may stimulate inflammatory responses.

Th-2 Side Activation By Viruses And Mycoplasma

According to Dr. Paul Cheney, one of the top autoimmune doctors in the world, viruses, especially the herpes viruses commonly found in autoimmune diseases, along with some bacteria and mycoplasma, make proteins that mimic IL-10. This tricks the immune system into activating Th-2 cells instead of the Th-1 cells that are supposed to activate and kill them. They trick the immune system into thinking that the threat is coming from the opposite side. So the immune system shifts from the Th-1 mode that is designed to attack these pathogens, to the Th-2 mode that does not. They increase their chances of survival by diverting the immune system. Some of these pathogens, like mycoplasma, are airborne and could accumulate in the lungs where literally they could initiate an autoimmune response that causes idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Noted microbiologist, Garth Nicolson, who is said to be among the 100 most cited researchers in the world, found mycoplasma in approximately 50% of the people he tested who had Gulf War Syndrome. Including his daughter. (He and his wife also developed it after exposure to their daughter returned home from the war.) He also found that some of the mycoplasma contained an unusual gene sequence probably inserted by a laboratory. Which would imply a biological weapon.

Garth’s research, and his wife’s, found that mycoplasma activate an immune response. They then hide from the immune system inside the immune system itself, in white blood cells. So they are very hard to get rid of. They may cause infections deep within any organ.

The immune system ends up attacking cells which have mycoplasma in them, and can get “turned on” to attacking the host cells. Thereby initiating an autoimmune situation in the body.

If you will notice, this is similar to Dr. Shoemaker’s contention that various pathogens trick the immune system into attacking parts of the body they are hiding in. And it is certainly possible that if airborne mycoplasma infect the cells of the lungs, they could well cause an autoimmune response against the lungs.

High doses of antibiotics used for long periods of time, commonly a year or more, have had some success against mycoplasma and some of the other bacteria and organisms that produce these toxins. But antibiotics don’t work so well for killing bacteria hiding in cells. Nor do they kill molds or fungi which may be the primary infectious agents in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. So certainly it may be most helpful to do something about getting rid of pathogens that may be causing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Products that can naturally inhibit viruses, fungi, molds, bacteria, mycoplasma and other organisms could be of great value for someone with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Especially if taken in sufficient quantity to have a therapeutic result. And when combined with products that help the immune system to work more effectively. (You can learn about some of best of these products in my next two reports.)

Steroids and the immune response...

As you can see, balancing the immune system so that it works the way it is supposed to is a fundamental need when you have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. When a doctor gives a person suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or some other autoimmune disease, prednisone or another steroid, which most seem to do, they are trying to turn off that inflammatory, over-activated Th-2 side of the immune system. Unfortunately, their success rate is low because they are using a poor tool. Because steroids don’t just effect the Th-2 side, but they also wipe out the Th-1 side. Which needs to be boosted, not depressed. Because the body needs it to attack the bacteria hiding in cells. Interestingly, I have not heard of any good results from interferon treatments from the customers I have spoken to. Artificial never does seem to work as well as natural when it comes to promoting health.

Clearly, putting the immune system back in balance, turning off the inflammatory activity and strengthening the Th-1 side is of primary importance in fighting idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. And that to do this you have to deal with the pathogens that may be causing the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. And with the toxicity that builds up when the liver and cells can no longer effectively detoxify toxins.

Now your body is a remarkable healing machine. It may be that if you can support and balance your immune system adequately and get it to the point where it is not causing further problems, your body may be able to start healing itself, and start taking care of the other problems that develop in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

So getting rid of the pathogens and building a healthy immune system is primary.

Generally, however, you will have to deal with all the issues in order to get healthy again. So with that in mind, let’s learn a little more about enzymes and their role in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.


Enzymes and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

There are two general types of enzymes in the body. The digestive enzymes for digesting food, and metabolic enzymes which are involved in virtually every interaction in the body. When RNase L over-activity, common in autoimmune diseases, wipes out enzymes and protein synthesis, the consequent lack of enzymes affects digestion and just about everything else too.

When you eat cooked and processed foods, the enzymes in the food are destroyed. The digestive process needs those enzymes to help break down food in the upper stomach. It naturally produces only enough enzymes to finish breaking down the food in the lower stomach. So when you eat foods which no longer have live enzymes, the food doesn’t break down as it should in the upper stomach. And the body has to produce extra enzymes to try and break down the food in the lower stomach. And if you have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and don’t have many enzymes anyway because of RNase L activity, how are you going to produce extra enzymes? You can’t easily do so.

By the way, most people, especially those with acid reflux, do not produce enough acid in the stomach. Rather than too much as is commonly assumed. As a consequence the food cannot be easily digested, the stomach churns up the food, working hard to try and break it down. And splashes the stomach contents around, causing acid reflux. Taking additional Betaine HCL with digestive enzymes, not anti-acids, is the combination which may work to take care of this problem.

Which is why it makes sense to use good digestive enzymes with meals, with betaine, and to use an amino acid blend specifically designed to help the body make more enzymes.

There is another area of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis where enzymes may play a crucial role.

Hypercoagulation, Enzymes and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Dr. Cheney says that Immune System Activation of Coagulation, called hypercoagulation, needs to be dealt with in autoimmune diseases. In hypercoagulation, pathogens and/or toxins activate the immune system to lay down fibrin in blood vessels. The fibrin coats the walls, blocking oxygen and nutrients from getting to nearby tissues. Researchers found that 80% of patients with an autoimmune illness had this coagulation.

Pathogens that activate this include viruses, bacteria (mycoplasma, chlamydia, etc.) and fungi (such as candida). These pathogens are anaerobes, they live in an oxygen deprived environment. The less oxygen the better for them. And as your cells are already not getting enough oxygen when you suffer from pulmnary fibrosis, fibrination can only make things worse.

Hypercoagulation is not an accurate name for this condition as it is not that the blood is too thick. It is that the capillaries become coated with fibrin and the blood cannot flow freely. Fortunately, fibrin can be cleaned off artery walls. Using digestive enzymes.

Here’s why they may be of help. If you take a digestive enzyme on an empty stomach, so that it has nothing to digest in the stomach, the enzymes get into the bloodstream. (Many studies prove enzyme supplements do this.) Once there, they help break down partially digested food, kill pathogens, and clean up the blood in general. Including toxins.

Perhaps important for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, enzymes may clean the walls of the blood vessels. Digesting and breaking down fats, and fibrin (a protein) that coat the walls.

There is another aspect to this. Mycoplasma, bacterial and viral infections may cause blood cells to stick together. Called cold algination. Sticky clumps of red blood cells cause problems. Oxygen and nutrients can’t get to cells efficiently when red blood cells are clumped up. The cells get stuck in small capillaries and clog them up. Seriously reducing oxygenation to cells. Nutritionists who use enzyme supplements to clean blood find that a good quality enzyme high in protease and lipase on an empty stomach works to unstick those red blood cells within a short period of time.

So digestive enzymes between meals for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and with meals for digestion may be vital for dealing with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. With meals they help take a strain off the immune system because fewer partially digested food particles will enter the bloodstream.

When you can’t digest food completely, partially digested food may make its way into the bloodstream

where it is viewed as a toxin and literally cause the immune system to devote energy and resources to cleaning it up. In addition, this can cause, in many cases, food allergies to develop. This is especially true if you have a candida infection that is eating holes in your intestinal walls, thereby allowing even more partially digested food to enter the bloodstream. Enzymes between meals may help clean up this mess.

Lack Of Oxygen In Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Clearly this is a major issue in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as the lungs become more damaged. So why aren’t oxygen supplements used more often with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis?

The drawback to oxygen supplements, the reason they have proven not to be very effective, is that your typical liquid oxygen supplements such as hydrogen peroxide or Vitamin O or whatever, have no way to get oxygen into the cells. The delivery system is lacking. And as it is cells that need the extra oxygen the most, these products are limited in their capacity to help.

If you want breathe easier, you need to find a way to produce more oxygen inside the cells. Get enough oxygen into the cells, and it may help with the whole range of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis caused oxygen deficiencies. In my next report I will show you a way you may be able to do just that.


Candida Yeast Infections In Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

Many people suffer from candida yeast overgrowth. Estimates are that as much as 80% of the population does. If you have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, your likelihood of having yeast infections is even higher as your immune system is damaged and probably your intestinal flora too. A major candida yeast infection can produce extreme fatigue, food sensitivities, allergies, etc.

If you take antibiotics, you are most susceptible to developing candida because antibiotics kill off the friendly bacteria in the intestines, but they do not kill the fungal yeast.

The reason candida causes so many problems is this. If your body loses its proper immune protection and its friendly intestinal bacteria have been destroyed by antibiotics or whatever, candida can overgrow as it is not killed by antibiotics, and “morph” from being a beneficial yeast into a harmful fungus. In its fungal form it develops rhizoids (long root-like structures that are invasive and penetrate the mucosa. Once this happens, the boundary between our intestinal tract and the rest of the circulatory system breaks down, and this allows partially digested proteins to travel into the bloodstream where they act as toxins. In addition they produce toxins themselves the body has to deal with. A full blown candida infection can produce just about every symptom that is common to autoimmune diseases.

Candida thrives on the foods that are a large part of the typical American diet, which in addition, alters intestinal pH unfavorably. Stress contributes to its proliferation. And, because of its adaptability, it is easily transmitted from person to person in a family.

Simple Home Candida Test:

Try this simple test to see if you have candida. First thing in the morning, before you put ANYTHING in your mouth, get a clear glass. Fill with water and work up a bit of saliva, then spit it into the glass of water. Check the water every 15 minutes or so for up to one hour. If you have a candida yeast infection, you will see strings (like legs) traveling down into the water from the saliva floating on the top, or “cloudy” saliva will sink to the bottom of the glass, or cloudy specks will seem to be suspended in the water. If there are no stings and the saliva is still floating after at least one hour, you are probably candida yeast free.

If you have a bunch of threads or cloudiness, and especially if it develops quickly, you can be pretty darn sure you have a serious case of candida infecting you. A few threads or light cloudiness indicate not as serious an infestation.

Detoxification and Free Radical Damage in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

As the cells in your lungs become overly toxic, the toxins themselves inhibit and injure the very enzymes needed to detoxify them. Plus, the cells’ principle detoxification agent and a major pathogen inhibitor, glutathione, gets used up early on. Making it difficult for cells to detoxify, and inhibiting their ability to kill the pathogens infecting them.

Glutathione deficiency has been found to be virtually universal in autoimmune diseases. This deficiency has two major implications: detox failure and microbial activation. Glutathione plays a major role in detoxification. This deficiency impairs the body’s ability to get rid of the toxins which further harms the lung cells.

To detoxify successfully, this glutathione deficiency must be addressed.

Raising glutathione levels inside the cells can stop the replication of almost any pathogen. Lack of glutathione may be the reason the immune system was unable to knock out any idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis causing pathogens.

Dr. Cheney found that some of his patients were becoming microbe free after using a glutathione-creating undenatured whey protein for approximately 6 months. He had tried straight glutathione supplements and even injections, and found that it was only the undenatured whey protein that could adequately raise glutathione levels in the cells.

There has been a good deal of research that show how important glutathione is. And it may especially be important in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis to the cells in the lungs.

Immune depressed individuals have lower GSH levels when fighting disease. Lymphocytes, cells vital for your immune response, depend on GSH for their proper function and replication. Immunology 61: 503-508 1987.

Cellular depletion of Glutathione has been implicated as a causative, or contributory factor in many pathologies including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, cataracts, arteriosclerosis, cystic fibrosis, malnutrition, aging, AIDS and cancer (Bounous et al., 1991).

In addition, Glutathione is essential in supporting the immune system, including natural killer cells (Droege et al., 1997) and in the maintenance of T-lymphocytes (Gutman, 1998).

It is known that as we age, there is a precipitous drop in GSH levels. Lower Glutathione levels are implicated in many diseases associated with aging, including Cataracts, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's, atherosclerosis and others. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 47: 1021-28 1994

Antioxidants are well documented to play vital roles in health maintenance and disease prevention. GSH is our cell's own major antioxidant. Why not use what is natural? Biochemical Pharmacology 47:2113-2123 1994

Low GSH has been demonstrated in neurodegenerative diseases such as MS (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis), ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's, among others. The Lancet 344: 796-798 1994

The over-toxicity in autoimmune diseases causes extensive free radical damage. Inhibits cellular function. Disrupts energy production by the mitochondria. Consequently the primary energy the cells produce is anaerobic which leads to extensive lactic acid buildup in the cells. And more toxicity.

As toxins cause free radical damage, people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis have low levels of all the free radical scavengers. They get used up dealing with excessive free radicals produced by the excessive toxins. For idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, taking a potent free radical scavenger that is also an oral chelator may be good as it may help clean out the blood vessels too and help oxygenation. Anti-oxidants can be potent anti-inflammatory agents.

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Excessive levels of toxic metals may also be common in people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Heavy metals are difficult to get rid of, and are especially harmful as they disrupt cell metabolism. Heavy metals slowly collect in your body, irritate cells and literally can wipe out the immune system. For some people, this could be a contributing cause of their idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis as a wiped out immune system was not able to get rid of whatever was initiating the idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Heavy metals come from many different sources. Mercury comes from dental amalgam fillings, vaccines that contain mercury (many do and autism is being connected up with this), fish, and environmental exposure. Aluminum from aluminum cookware.

Most of us have somewhat elevated levels of toxic metals in our system.

Michael Biamonte, at his health clinic, tested the mercury levels in his patients with various illnesses. He found that 84% of his clients with candida had elevated mercury levels, and that they were 60% higher than normal. The exact same numbers held for clients with parasites. 86% of clients with Epstein Barr Virus had mercury levels elevated by 68%. For those with chemical sensitivities 85% were 70% elevated. He found similar numbers for the autoimmune conditions. Most other ill-health conditions were much lower.

This really opened my eyes to the damage high mercury levels may cause. And to the fact that if you have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, you have a very good chance of having elevated levels of mercury in your body.

Getting rid of mercury and other heavy metals, and the biotoxins Dr. Shoemaker describes, is confounded by the bile loop. The liver picks up them up from the bloodstream where cells have put some of them in an attempt to get rid of them. However, rather than getting eliminated something else happens. The liver puts it into the bile in the intestines. Unfortunately, this mercury and other heavy metals are often absorbed once again into the blood stream with other fluids. So instead of the liver being able to get rid of the mercury it detoxifies, the mercury gets routed back into the body. This is also what happens with the biotoxins produced by micro-organisms in the body. They continually get routed back into the blood from the bile.

Methyl mercury binds anywhere and everywhere, in genetic dependent proportions. Females retain methyl mercury 2:1 over males. It accumulates in the central nervous system, the endocrine system, and every major organ, as well as the body at large. (They may well be the same for these other biotoxins.)

Perhaps the most devastating are the pituitary, thyroid, hypocampus and adrenal gland methyl mercury accumulations. These disruptions help bring on fatigue, mind fog, short term memory loss, concentration problems, and headaches. People can lose their sense of balance. Women can develop early menopause and endodemitriosis from loss of proper hormone regulation.

If the mercury accumulation is in the immune system, the immune system can suffer severe damage. If the brain is the focus, all sorts of mental disorders can occur. If it happens in the liver or kidneys, acute diseases can attack those organs. In muscles, pain. In joints, arthritis.

A natural approach to dealing with this would be using something that contains high levels of alginates. Alginates absorb heavy metals like mercury and other toxins in the intestines where they have been secreted by the bile. As these alginates cannot be absorbed, they are excreted from the body, taking the mercury and other toxins they have absorbed with them.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Wrap-up

I am not a doctor, nor am I a health care practitioner. And am not a source for diagnosis of or testing for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or any other disease. I am a compiler. Taking information on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and other autoimmune diseases and putting it in a form that makes sense to me, and that, I hope, has made idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis a little more understandable to you. I am sure there are aspects of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis I have not covered. However, the issues covered here may be the main issues in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Hopefully this report has given you enough information about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis so you can make more informed decisions about the best way of dealing with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and take charge of your health.


I have dealt with nutritional supplements for years. It was out of this that I learned about autoimmune diseases and health in general. It is against the law to sell supplements and say that they treat, prevent or in any way are used to cure a disease. Unless they have been proven in expensive research studies to do so. And as no one is going to spend millions doing that for natural products which cannot be patented. So I did not tell you about any products that may help with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in this report.

However, I know quite a bit about supplements, diet and health. And can give you some good pointers on what types of foods and nutritional supplements are especially good for promoting health and fighting ill health conditions. A number of the supplements I find most powerful and health giving are not the usual ones you commonly hear touted. And may be especially important for you. In addition, I cover products that may be able to increase lung flexibility and even improve the flexibility of scar tissue. If you find this idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis report of interest and value, you will want to continue on and read my health report.

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Robert Harrison

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