N-Acetylcysteine was found to have a significant effect only on decreases in percentage of predicted vital capacity and 6 minutes walking test distance for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
I read the article linked and excerpted below in the Wall Street Journal. Two things discussed the the article annoyed me (and might annoy you to if you have been diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)).
First of all, when any disease is termed “incurable” it just means that conventional medicine can’t offer much hope for effective treatment. My cancer, multiple myeloma is incurable too. I was diagnosed in ’94 so the issue for me is more about quality of life not quantity of life.
I don’t blame medical doctors for not knowing much about a given disease. No known cause, no therapies, heck, conventional medicine doesn’t even really know how many people have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis!
Secondly, the WSJ article below talks mainly about conventional therapies. Expensive drugs that often cause a host of side effects and may reduce quantity of life.
I have chronic A-Fib and have difficulty breathing deeply. My 88 year-old father has impaired lung function so he also has difficulty breathing deeply. If you have IPF you also have difficulty breathing.
Difficulty breathing deeply is a quality of life issue. Sure, if you heal you lungs you will be able to breath deeply. But if you use an Oxygen Concentrator you can live with A-fib, impaired lung function or IPF and still breath deeply. Increasing your oxygen intake not only makes you feel better but helps your brain and just plain relaxes you.
“Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic irreversible and ultimately fatal disease characterized by a progressive decline in lung function. The term pulmonary fibrosis means scarring of lung tissue and is the cause of worsening dyspnea (shortness of breath). Fibrosis is usually associated with a poor prognosis…
N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is a precursor to glutathione, an antioxidant. It has been hypothesized that treatment with high doses of NAC may repair an oxidant–antioxidant imbalance that occurs in the lung tissue of patients with IPF…”
“Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis leads to a buildup of scar tissue that makes it increasingly difficult for the lungs to function normally and provide the body with oxygen…
A study last year in the Lancet Respiratory Medicine found that prevalence among Medicare patients over 65 more than doubled between 2001 and 2011 and is increasing annually…
Historically more men have been diagnosed, but IPF in women is increasing. It kills about 40,000 patients each year, the same number that die of breast cancer. Only half survive more than two to three years from the initial diagnosis as their lungs stop working, from causes including respiratory failure and pneumonia…”
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