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September 7, 2020 - Influenzas and Your Lungs, Prevention and Treatment


Influenzas and Your Lungs, Prevention and Treatment

September 7, 2020 Puzzle Piece

The American Lung Association (ALA) stated on their website, “Each year between 3,000 and 49,000 Americans die from flu and its complications. Although most people are back on their feet within a week after having the flu, certain people are more susceptible to complications. If you have asthma, other lung diseases, or other chronic conditions you are at higher risk of developing complications from the flu.”
2020 has the year of the flu.  We have smashed the usual statistics both nationally and globally, making it painfully obvious how much we need to educate our patients on lung health. Regardless of whichever strain is getting the most publicity, we and our patients need to know we can help to protect and promote healing of the lungs.
Why Influenzas Hurt the Lungs
A protein in an influenza virus that helps it multiply, also damages lung epithelial cells, causing fluid buildup in the lungs, according to new research from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Southern Research Institute.
Fluid accumulates in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe and preventing oxygen from reaching the bloodstream. A protein in the flu virus, called M2, damages another protein responsible for clearing fluid from the lungs. It has been identified as oxidative damage.
While oxidation plays a role in killing pathogens, the oxidative activity brought on by influenza creates a potentially serious imbalance.
M2 starts reproducing itself within the lung tissue, which leads to increased inflammation while immune cells try to fight back. SARS-CoV-2 can infect the upper or lower part of the respiratory tract. In some cases, the infection can reach all the way down into your alveoli (air sacs).
This results in damaged walls and linings of the air sacs in your lungs. As your body tries to fight it, the lungs become more inflamed and fill with fluid. This can make it harder for the lungs to swap oxygen and carbon dioxide, ultimately leading to a slow death by suffocation, or a lung transplant if the patient is able to survive.
Influenza and Pneumonia
The flu may also harm your lungs further because it increases your risks to another infection, such as pneumonia. Approximately one third of influenza sufferers develop pneumonia.
Even a mild case of the flu can severely weaken your immune system due to its ability to hamper air intake. Your lungs are responsible for removing 80% of toxins, pathogens, and other harmful matter from your body. This can lead to a buildup of bacteria in your body, which can develop into pneumonia. Pneumonia can be caused by lots of different types of microbes, and no single one is responsible for as many as 10% of pneumonia cases.
Pneumonia then further increases the inflammation in the lungs. According to the CDC, pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death in children younger than 5 years old worldwide.  As you may now realized why I formulated Opti-Lung.  These synergistic nutrients are major players, in not only the lungs, but overall in health and wellness.
Regardless of age and health, everyone is at risk of developing pneumonia after contracting the flu. For US adults, pneumonia is the most common cause of hospital admissions other than women giving birth. About 1 million adults in the US seek care in a hospital due to pneumonia every year, and 50,000 die from this disease.
Even if you recover, damage has been done to your lungs. The American Thoracic Society noted that children who survive pneumonia have increased risk for chronic lung diseases. Adults who survive pneumonia may have worsened exercise ability, cardiovascular disease, cognitive decline, and quality of life for months, years, or even forever. Test for Opti-Heart also if Opti-Lung tests positive.

In the US, pneumonia is one of the top ten most expensive conditions seen during patient hospitalizations. In 2013, pneumonia had an aggregate cost of nearly $9.5 billion for 960,000 hospital stays. Antibiotics do little to nothing to improve the statistics and medical costs.
Key Nutrients for Repairing Lungs (Opti-Lung)


Mother Nature knew we mortals and our lungs would go under attack on Planet Earth. So, she has provided us with a variety of herbs, vitamins, glandulars and other nutrients that have proven to help healing of the lungs and assist in repairing them.
Vitamin A - This essential nutrient acts as a natural beta carotene. Vitamin A is essential for growth and development of cells and tissues. Vitamin A plays a substantial role in the respiratory epithelium and the lung as a whole.
During moderate vitamin A deficiency, the incidence for diseases of the respiratory tract is considerably increased and may yield repeated respiratory infections. Supplementing with vitamin A is shown to reduce the risk of developing related diseases and optimize the health of mucus membranes, which your lungs use to protect them. Consider the addition of Essential DAK1K2 if indicated.

Select Vitamins & Minerals - This formula provides vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, iodine and manganese for overall immune health and optimal body function. They are all parts of the intricate puzzle connected to your lungs.
Iodine plays a critical role in protecting your body from toxins. Magnesium is involved in countless bodily functions, including regulating muscle and nerve function, and blood pressure. Your respiratory system needs an adequate supply of magnesium to keep you breathing and constantly clearing out potentially harmful molecules.
Select Herbs and Other Nutrients - Opti-Lung takes advantage of including lotus, rutin, kelp, L-tyrosine, ginger, L-cysteine HCl monohydrate, pleurisy seed extract, Korean ginseng, glycine, yellow dock, uva ursi and blue cohosh. Each one of these research-backed nutrients helps your body’s overall function--which directly and indirectly affects respiratory function.  This directly aids in the overall health and protection of the lungs.
Glandulars - Opti-Lung takes advantage of including safely sourced lung, thymus, pancreas, duodenum, spleen, kidney, and stomach extracts from bovine glandulars from Argentina. Together, they provide a complete array of tissue support for your lungs and immune system.
In Chinese medicine, the lung refers to the whole respiratory system and includes the nose and sinuses. Since most human energy is derived from oxygen in the air, the lung is primarily responsible for physical vitality and is said to govern qi or chi. Breathing clears 80% of toxins from our body.
Opti-Lung Glandulars
Oral ingestion of animal glandular material is thought to strengthen the corresponding human gland by increasing its tone, function, and/or activity. The glandulars in Opti-Lung elevate it to an increased therapeutic level.
By extracting nutrients, enzymes, hormones, etc. from the glands, these ingredients help replace what your body is not producing efficiently on its own and provide the nutrients your lungs need for healing and repair.
Take two capsules daily or otherwise directed by a health professional.
Yours in Health and Wellness,
John W Brimhall, DC, BA, BS, FIAMA, DIBAK, Formulator and Patent Holder

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