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May 24, 2013

I’ve had three bouts of the same pneumonia.  They found inflammation at the top of my lungs that doesn’t want to go away. My doctor doesn’t think it’s heart-related but more infectious. I just finished my third course of antibiotics and I am getting ready to make some kim chee to rebuild the bacteria in my stomach.  But what about my lungs?  Read something about broccoli for COPD inflammation but I don’t think this is COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). What do you suggest?

Dr. Whimsy: I would be curious to know when you developed the pneumonia and if your doctor has any theories about what caused it. Chronic inflammation of the upper lungs, and or, bronchitis is not unusual after an infection and can go on long after the initial infection has been resolved. There are several supplements that can be effective in the treatment of chronic inflammation – fish oil capsules, turmeric, rosemary, boswelia, and bromelain. There have also been some interesting studies on the effectiveness of the cordyceps mushroom in improving lung function.

I would also speak with your doctor about finding out what is the initial cause of your lung problems; as treating the cause is an important principle in naturopathic medicine.

After taking any antibiotic regimen you should take a probiotic to offset any gastric upset that can be caused from taking the medication. I especially like Acute Care by Metagenics, that contains saccharomyces boulardii, a strain of yeast that is effective in warding off opportunistic infections that can be acquired after taking antibiotics. Of course, we recommend you speak to your doctor before starting any supplement regiments.

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