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What is White Lung and How Can We Avoid It?

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What is White Lung and How Can We Avoid It?

Here we go again.

Another new mystery bug that is raising alarms around the world – first in China, and now in the United States. 

What is white lung syndrome, and how can we boost our immune systems to avoid it?

WHAT IS WHITE LUNG?

White lung is more of a symptom than a condition. The cause for “white lung” is scarring of the lung tissue, causing the lungs to appear white on medical scans. Essentially, pneumonia causes an immune storm in the lungs, leading to scarring and massive amounts of mucus formation.

What’s less clear is the source of the pneumonia – is it viral? Is it bacterial? What is going on here?

“In western Massachusetts, physicians are noticing an increase in cases of walking pneumonia, [- “walking” because people who catch it can still mostly go about their daily lives; it’s a milder illness that does not require hospitalization -] which is being caused by a mixture of bacterial and viral infections,” the Daily Mail reports.

So, in Massachusetts, there is no clear cause between bacteria and viruses.

According to Dr. Kristin Englund, an infectious disease specialist at the Cleveland Clinic, told NewsNation’s Morning in America, “What this seems to be is a very common bacteria that we see year after year called mycoplasma pneumonia.” 

Dr. Englund believes this is bacterial business as usual. But I’m not convinced.

Ohio was the first state in the U.S. to report an outbreak of the illness, with an ‘extremely high’ number of children being hospitalized.

According to a release from Ohio state health officials, over 140 pediatric cases of this condition have appeared within just a few months’ time in a single county. Are we on the verge of another severe respiratory illness? 

Now, doctors in Massachusetts are also reporting a significant jump in cases of child pneumonia. Clearly, this is NOT business as usual. 

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BEATING WHITE LUNG BEFORE IT STARTS

There are ways to get ahead of this illness so that you and your family can avoid the worst outcomes. And it starts by understanding what causes mucus to build up in the body. 

Many of us walk around with increased amounts of pus and mucus in our bodies due to a stagnant and sluggish liver and lymphatic system. Increased pus from toxins in the liver and lymph (when the liver weakens over time, the lymph often picks up the slack and holds toxins there) makes it harder for mucus caused by pathogens to leave the body. Increased levels of pus and mucus thicken our body fluids, making them harder to move through vessels.

In other words, unless we consistently hydrate and cleanse our livers and bodies, we’re susceptible to higher amounts of pus and mucus and, therefore, more vulnerable when respiratory illnesses that cause mucus come around.

Reduce mucus-forming foods like eggs, cheese, butter, milk, and all other forms of dairy. Other foods to avoid include gluten, canola oil, soy, and any GMO foods. Do your best to reduce or eliminate foods with their primary caloric source from fats (animal protein, animal products, nuts and nut butter, tahini, avocado) for at least the first half of the day. If you are dealing with lots of mucus, avoid grains of any kind, including gluten-free. If you catch this bug, it’s best to stay on a primarily liquid diet of broth, juices, water, and coconut water, so that your fluids and mucus remain thin and easy to cough or expectorate out of the body.

Bringing in hydrating and cleansing beverages like plain celery juice and plain cucumber juice can offer huge support to our bodies if we’re walking around with a backed-up system.

CALMING THE CYTOKINE STORM

If you happen to get exposed to white lung syndrome, walking pneumonia, any other pneumonia, RSV, or any other respiratory virus, there is a lot you can do to overcome these bugs and get back on your feet quickly. 

Mucus forms as a result of cytokine battles happening between pathogens and immune cells in the body. The debris from this immune battle is mucus. You want to minimize that cytokine storm by boosting your immune system with powerful tools from Nature designed to strengthen our bodies.

Top herbs and supplements to beat back respiratory illness:

  • Lomatium is a powerful herbal antibiotic that is highly effective for respiratory ailments such as COPD, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bronchitis, chronic cough, and asthma. It can also significantly improve overall immune function and is a fantastic herbal preventative to use during cold and flu season. I recommend taking this herb regularly for the prevention of white lung syndrome. 
  • Osha is another herb that is powerful against pneumonia and can help prevent white lung as well.
  • Wild cherry bark syrup contains vasorelaxant, expectorant, and decongestant properties and can significantly help remove mucus from the lungs and increase lymphatic system function. This is why wild cherry bark is a common ingredient found in cough syrups and is an effective remedy for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, laryngitis, asthma, pertussis, colds, flu, and chronic lung congestion.
  • Homemade elderberry syrup
  • Mullein Leaf and flowers contain powerful anti-bacterial and expectorant properties that have the ability to substantially remove phlegm from the lungs and mucous from the body. Read more on the Medical Medium blog here. 
  • Eyebright is excellent for sinusitis, colds, and respiratory conditions and for alleviating symptoms related to sinusitis, colds, seasonal allergies, and respiratory ailments.
  • Goldenseal is highly antiviral, antibacterial, and powerful against all respiratory ailments, particularly pneumonia. It contains potent anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is an amazing infection fighter and is known to be particularly useful in treating sinus and respiratory infections. Goldenseal is an essential herb during cold and flu season as it can help to prevent and relieve the symptoms of colds, flu, fevers, bronchitis, heavy congestion, and even pneumonia.
  • Propolis is a natural medicine good for all upper respiratory tract infections, like sore throats, strep, lung infections, pneumonia, coughs, sore throat, strep throat, tonsillitis, sinus infections, allergies, lung infections, bronchitis, pneumonia, cough, postnasal drip, cold, flu, pandemic bug, and ear infections.
  • Cat’s claw battles almost every viral and bacterial infection known to man. It forms an important part of an antiviral protocol for both chronic and acute conditions.
  • Olive leaf is a powerful and effective medicinal that contains tremendous healing properties for the immune, cardiovascular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and lymphatic systems. It is particularly beneficial in fighting viruses and bacteria in the body, such as Shingles, Herpes, E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and Klebsiella pneumonia, and can help to wipe out colds & flu viruses faster than most medications.
  • NAC is an essential antioxidant for lung health and helps to open up the airways, with an effect similar to the steroid puff for asthma sufferers.
  • Bronchial Wellness Syrup by Gaia Herbs
  • Sinus and Lung Supreme by Gaia Herbs contains red root, which is great for preventing or shortening the duration of colds, flu, and respiratory infections. It’s powerful for removing phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tract and sinus passages.
  • Astragalus strengthens the immune system and increases the white blood cell count, which helps to fight off many respiratory conditions.
  • Chrysanthemum tea is great for healing colds, flu, sore throats, and respiratory infections.
  • Cleavers is a medicinal herb that is super effective for cleansing the lymphatic system and eliminating excess mucus from the body.
  • Oil of Oregano is a well-known remedy for coughs, colds, and respiratory ailments. This plant’s essential oil helps disinfect the air in your home and offices.
  • Sweet Violet is an often-forgotten herb that is excellent for respiratory infections such as bronchitis, chronic cough, and congestion. Sweet violet contains rutin and salicylic acid, which act like aspirin and relieve pain, body aches, and inflammation.

I have already worked with a couple of cases of white lung, and my clients have described themselves as “drowning in mucus”. I recommend the above herbs and supplements and the following tools to help remove the excess mucus from the body.

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With any internal scarring, especially with the lungs, bringing in a highly bioavailable form of vitamin C that is not harsh on the stomach will help to heal scarring and damaged tissue as the body recovers. The white lung virus can cause scar tissue to show up in the lungs. When mysterious scar tissue shows up anywhere in the body, like in the liver or in the lungs and lymphatic system, often it is caused by viruses like Epstein Barr.

Bacteria can also cause scar tissue like acne scarring or scarring in the bladder and intestinal tract. Some of the best ways to prevent and heal scar tissue are to eat lots of sweet potatoes daily and include foods like aloe vera and supplements like ALA, MSM, nettle leaf, silica, vitamin C (I love the Vimergy Micro C powder as it comes with bamboo silica for skin and scar healing), spirulina, turmeric, and chaga. 

A high-quality liquid zinc sulfate should be part of your daily preventative protocol to avoid cold and flu season this year (and every year).

You will hear a lot about mycoplasma as the media describes this bug that’s going around, but the cause is actually viral. L-lysine is critical for antiviral support against any viral infection.

The Medical Medium Shock Therapies are a very helpful tool to battle acute viral infections. He talks about these therapies in his book, Brain Saver Protocols and Recipes. Shock therapies are herbs and supplements used in higher dosages throughout the day for 3-5 days at a time to battle an immediate acute infection. You can do more than one shock therapy on any given day as long as they are spaced 15 m apart from each other. Refer to Brain Saver Protocols and Recipes for adult and child dosages.

  • Thyme tea
  • Zinc 
  • Micro C 
  • Propolis 
  • Goldenseal

3 POWERFUL MEDICAL MEDIUM SHOT THERAPIES TO HELP WHITE LUNG

  1. Check out the Medical Medium Pathogen Exposure Brain Shot Therapy for a powerful pathogen-fighting weapon against any new bug that comes our way. 
  2. Other brain shots can be helpful too; the Mold Exposure Shot helps to expectorate mucous.
  3. The turmeric shot from the Life Changing Foods book is also super helpful to thin and remove excess mucous from the body.

FOODS TO HELP LUNGS, EXPEL MUCUS & FIGHT VIRUSES

Top immune-boosting foods to overcome any bugs that come our way include:

  • raw garlic
  • raw honey
  • raw onions
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • oregano
  • sage
  • oranges
  • tangerines
  • berries
  • wild blueberries
  • mangoes
  • bananas
  • pomegranates
  • papaya
  • figs
  • steamed potatoes
  • licorice tea
  • lemon balm tea
  • rose hip tea
  • chaga tea

Food to expel mucus from the body, and support lung regeneration

  • cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli
  • cabbage
  • collard greens
  • broccoli rabe
  • cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • kale
  • arugula
  • mustard greens
  • lemons and limes
  • onions
  • aromatic herbs
  • turmeric
  • dandelion root
  • radishes
  • cranberries
  • marshmallow root
  • nasturtium
  • gentian

To help loosen mucus in the lungs, steam raw onion and breathe in the steam. Add equal parts celery, radishes, and onion to water in your broth pot for a powerful respiratory healing broth. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes, strain, cool, and drink.

READY FOR ANYTHING

Our recent experience with the pandemic taught us that we need to be proactive as much as possible. Having all the possible tools in our toolkit is essential to get and stay healthy. 

There’s no question that more mystery bugs are coming, so now is the time to stock up on helpful herbs and supplements before any potential crisis hits. 

To your health and peace,

Muneeza

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