First of all I noticed that even though my mother had quit smoking her emphysema had continued progressing. She was taking more than $1000 worth of drugs and treatments every month yet her condition had deteriorated down to Stage IV or End Stage emphysema. At that time my mother required 4 liters of supplemental oxygen and weighed only 77 pounds. I noticed she could only eat a fraction of the amount of food that she had eaten a mere two years earlier. She said if she ate any more she couldn't breathe.
She could only sleep for about an hour at a time before waking in the middle of an exacerbation gasping for air. Eventually she was gasping for air most of the time. Even when she would walk from her bedroom across the dining room and into the kitchen she would have trouble talking until she caught her breath.
I saw that the oxygen concentrator machine only went up to 5 liters and could not be adjusted any further as this was the maximum this machine could produce. The oxygen concentrator machine takes air from the room and separates oxygen from it and then sends that oxygen out through the breathing tube attached to the patient's nose or mouth. In my mother's case she wore a cannula in her nose through which she received this pure oxygen. I realized that I should adjust the machine up to 5 liters but hesitated knowing it was the last setting.
On her next visit to her doctor I asked why her emphysema was progressing in the absence of smoking explaining that she had not smoked in more than two years yet her emphysema was progressing continuously through that period. I explained that I understood emphysema was caused by smoking but that smoking had been removed from the equation and was no longer a factor in her worsening condition. The doctor eventually told me that it was a mystery as to why emphysema progressed long after smoking cessation.
I had taken notes over the previous two years and noticed that as her supplemental oxygen requirement had increased her meal size had decreased. I realized that she had quit smoking yet her emphysema had progressed unchecked throughout that time period. It seemed obvious that there was something growing in her lungs. Some unknown pathogen was proliferating in her lungs and her body was adapting by distending her lungs creating additional breathing volume for her. This all made perfect sense but what pathogen was proliferating in her lungs and how could I stop it and then how could I kill it.
Cancer Research Provides the Key
I found Pathology textbooks stating that the food supply for all pathogens that invade the body was sugar. This included cancer, fungi, viral cells and bacterial cells. I found cancer research at the University of Nevada School of Medicine under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Hunter that even said cancer cells have 90+ receptor sites on each cell for sugar. This successful cancer research had been ongoing for more than 15 years and was very convincing.
My mother was in such bad shape by that time, I was staying up all night so I could check on her every few minutes. I immediately removed the sugar from her diet and any foods that would convert to sugar in only a few biochemical steps like potatoes, bread, cereal, essentially any simple carbohydrates or foods made with grains.
My Mother Improves Almost Immediately
Within two weeks the improvement in my mother's condition was noticeable enough that she realized it and so did my brother. I continued her on this diet and expanded my search for more research or books that might have some additional helpful information that I could apply to my mother's emphysema and COPD. I soon found Dr. Fred Pescatore, M.D., a New York City physician. Dr. Pescatore had written a book, "The Allergy and Asthma Cure" which outlined his 8-step cure for allergies and asthma. Not surprisingly, the diet I already had my mother on was almost identical to the one he recommends for his allergy and asthma patients.