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  • Natural Treatments for Cough and Whooping Cough by: Mary Duafala Natural Treatments for Cough and Whooping Cough by: Mary Duafala

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    Natural Treatments for Cough and Whooping Cough
    by Mary Duafala

    This post focuses on the human side of the human-pet partnership. In 2015, nearly 33,000 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) were reported in the US (https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/surv-reporting/cases-by-year.html). Whether or not you choose to vaccinate, you may still be confronted with caring for a child or adult with whooping cough. Antibiotics are the treatment of choice for whooping cough in conventional medicine, but have little effect on symptoms. There are numerous holistic approaches to managing cough and whooping cough that can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional therapies.

    Whooping cough most commonly affects infants and young children but can affect adults too. Initial symptoms include fever, runny nose, sneezing, and a mild cough. As the disease progresses, the cough becomes more severe and takes on the characteristic ‘whooping’ sound. The most severe cases may require hospitalization for assistance with breathing.

    There are numerous holistic treatment options that may be helpful for cough and whooping cough. I’ve summarized a few below. It is always helpful to consult with a practitioner knowledgeable in holistic or integrative medicine before using some of these approaches.

    Diet

    • Avoid mucus-forming foods, such as milk, flour, and eggs. Avoid sugar too.
    • Eat light foods such as vegetables, soups with garlic, and herbal teas
    • Keep well hydrated

     

    Life-style

    • Keep your living-space well ventilated and free of smoke
    • Use a warm air humidifier
    • Rest and avoid exertion
    • Arrange pillows so the child or adult is more upright while sleeping
    • Keep skin hydrated by massaging with coconut oil daily
    • Use a foot bath. Boil fresh ginger in water for 20 minutes. Add the water to a foot bath and soak feet for up to 20 minutes. Make sure the water is not too hot before using, particularly in children and the infirm.

     

    Homeopathic remedies

    • For treatment of pertussis use Coccus cacti and the nosode Pertussin
    • Consider Drosera for coughing fits followed by gagging, retching, or vomiting. This can also be helpful for cough that is triggered by exertion or if symptoms worsen during the night.
    • Consider Cuprum for coughing fits followed by gasping for air, difficulty breathing, or coughing fits that end in exhaustion.

     

    Supplements

    • High dose vitamin C daily for 7 days
    • Wild cherry bark lozenges to soothe the throat

     

    Essential oils

    • Use a warm air humidifier with essential oils such as basil, Cyprus, marjoram, thyme, wintergreen, tea tree, camphor, lavender, chamomile, peppermint, or eucalyptus.
    • Mix a few drops of essential oil in a carrier such as coconut oil and massage into the chest or back.
    • Heat a pan of water to just boiling and add a few drops of oil of thyme. Create a tent with a towel and have the patient breathe in the steam, taking care to avoid burns. (This approach may not be appropriate for very young children.)

     

    Energy-based therapies

    • Acupuncture – The benefits of acupuncture in whooping cough are recognized by the World Health Organization.

     

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    Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Abbeyrose Foundation or its staff.

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    Natural Treatments for Cough and Whooping Cough
    by Mary Duafala

    This post focuses on the human side of the human-pet partnership. In 2015, nearly 33,000 cases of whooping cough (pertussis) were reported in the US (https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/surv-reporting/cases-by-year.html). Whether or not you choose to vaccinate, you may still be confronted with caring for a child or adult with whooping cough. Antibiotics are the treatment of choice for whooping cough in conventional medicine, but have little effect on symptoms. There are numerous holistic approaches to managing cough and whooping cough that can be used alone or in conjunction with traditional therapies.

    Whooping cough most commonly affects infants and young children but can affect adults too. Initial symptoms include fever, runny nose, sneezing, and a mild cough. As the disease progresses, the cough becomes more severe and takes on the characteristic ‘whooping’ sound. The most severe cases may require hospitalization for assistance with breathing.

    There are numerous holistic treatment options that may be helpful for cough and whooping cough. I’ve summarized a few below. It is always helpful to consult with a practitioner knowledgeable in holistic or integrative medicine before using some of these approaches.

    Diet

    • Avoid mucus-forming foods, such as milk, flour, and eggs. Avoid sugar too.
    • Eat light foods such as vegetables, soups with garlic, and herbal teas
    • Keep well hydrated

     

    Life-style

    • Keep your living-space well ventilated and free of smoke
    • Use a warm air humidifier
    • Rest and avoid exertion
    • Arrange pillows so the child or adult is more upright while sleeping
    • Keep skin hydrated by massaging with coconut oil daily
    • Use a foot bath. Boil fresh ginger in water for 20 minutes. Add the water to a foot bath and soak feet for up to 20 minutes. Make sure the water is not too hot before using, particularly in children and the infirm.

     

    Homeopathic remedies

    • For treatment of pertussis use Coccus cacti and the nosode Pertussin
    • Consider Drosera for coughing fits followed by gagging, retching, or vomiting. This can also be helpful for cough that is triggered by exertion or if symptoms worsen during the night.
    • Consider Cuprum for coughing fits followed by gasping for air, difficulty breathing, or coughing fits that end in exhaustion.

     

    Supplements

    • High dose vitamin C daily for 7 days
    • Wild cherry bark lozenges to soothe the throat

     

    Essential oils

    • Use a warm air humidifier with essential oils such as basil, Cyprus, marjoram, thyme, wintergreen, tea tree, camphor, lavender, chamomile, peppermint, or eucalyptus.
    • Mix a few drops of essential oil in a carrier such as coconut oil and massage into the chest or back.
    • Heat a pan of water to just boiling and add a few drops of oil of thyme. Create a tent with a towel and have the patient breathe in the steam, taking care to avoid burns. (This approach may not be appropriate for very young children.)

     

    Energy-based therapies

    • Acupuncture – The benefits of acupuncture in whooping cough are recognized by the World Health Organization.

     

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    www.abbeyrosefoundation.org
    info@abbeyrosefoundation.org
    facebook.com/abbeyrosefoundation
    @abbeyroseARF

    Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Abbeyrose Foundation or its staff.

    © Abbeyrose Foundation. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of the Abbeyrose Foundation. Want to learn more from the Abbeyrose Foundation? Sign up for the newsletter here www.abbeyrosefoundation.org

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  • Looking at Disease a New Way by: Mary Duafala Looking at Disease a New Way by: Mary Duafala

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    Looking at Disease a New Way
    by Mary Duafala

    The next time you or your dog get sick, go beyond treating the symptoms (e.g., diarrhea, hot spot, high blood pressure, cancer, Parkinson’s disease) and consider the cause. Instead of classifying an illness as one disease or another that affects one part of the body or another, consider the possibility that the ‘disease’ is actually a symptom of a wider, systemic problem.

    Let’s use cancer as an example. We are learning that our thinking about cancer is flawed. We label two people as having breast cancer, but in reality they may have two entirely different conditions, having different causes and requiring different treatments. Classifying cancer by body site (e.g., breast, colon, prostate, etc.) ignores differences in underlying causes, mechanisms, and pathways involved.

    The conventional approach to treating cancer is to focus on the tumor – to shrink, burn, or cut it out. And then, to wait to see if it comes back. Gene therapy has helped to improve some outcomes, but the results have generally been disappointing.

    A new group of researchers, some from the National Cancer Institute, are beginning to investigate cancer as a systemic (i.e., body as a whole) problem.

    It is well known that cancer cells occur in our body every day, but in most of us, our natural defenses keep them at bay. So, what goes wrong in people (and pets) who develop cancer? Why didn’t their natural defenses snuff out those first cancer cells? Maybe the problem is in the natural defense system and how well it can perform in the body’s biological and energetic terrain. (The body terrain can be likened to the garden soil in which plants grow.) Diet, lifestyle, thoughts, and environmental toxins can all interact with our genes to alter the terrain. Interestingly, the scientific literature offers abundant evidence that diet, exercise, thoughts, feelings, and environmental toxins also influence the initiation, growth, and progression of cancer.

    The immune system and body terrain also have a role in the development of other conditions, suggesting that all disease really boils down to these two things –a weakened immune system and a depleted terrain.  But just as it is challenging to salvage crops from a garden that was ignored too long, waiting until you or your dog is sick to improve the immune system and manage the terrain will make recovery from conditions such as cancer more challenging.

     

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    Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Abbeyrose Foundation or its staff.

    © Abbeyrose Foundation. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of the Abbeyrose Foundation. Want to learn more from the Abbeyrose Foundation? Sign up for the newsletter here www.abbeyrosefoundation.org.

     

    Looking at Disease a New Way
    by Mary Duafala

    The next time you or your dog get sick, go beyond treating the symptoms (e.g., diarrhea, hot spot, high blood pressure, cancer, Parkinson’s disease) and consider the cause. Instead of classifying an illness as one disease or another that affects one part of the body or another, consider the possibility that the ‘disease’ is actually a symptom of a wider, systemic problem.

    Let’s use cancer as an example. We are learning that our thinking about cancer is flawed. We label two people as having breast cancer, but in reality they may have two entirely different conditions, having different causes and requiring different treatments. Classifying cancer by body site (e.g., breast, colon, prostate, etc.) ignores differences in underlying causes, mechanisms, and pathways involved.

    The conventional approach to treating cancer is to focus on the tumor – to shrink, burn, or cut it out. And then, to wait to see if it comes back. Gene therapy has helped to improve some outcomes, but the results have generally been disappointing.

    A new group of researchers, some from the National Cancer Institute, are beginning to investigate cancer as a systemic (i.e., body as a whole) problem.

    It is well known that cancer cells occur in our body every day, but in most of us, our natural defenses keep them at bay. So, what goes wrong in people (and pets) who develop cancer? Why didn’t their natural defenses snuff out those first cancer cells? Maybe the problem is in the natural defense system and how well it can perform in the body’s biological and energetic terrain. (The body terrain can be likened to the garden soil in which plants grow.) Diet, lifestyle, thoughts, and environmental toxins can all interact with our genes to alter the terrain. Interestingly, the scientific literature offers abundant evidence that diet, exercise, thoughts, feelings, and environmental toxins also influence the initiation, growth, and progression of cancer.

    The immune system and body terrain also have a role in the development of other conditions, suggesting that all disease really boils down to these two things –a weakened immune system and a depleted terrain.  But just as it is challenging to salvage crops from a garden that was ignored too long, waiting until you or your dog is sick to improve the immune system and manage the terrain will make recovery from conditions such as cancer more challenging.

     

     Join the arf Community!
    www.abbeyrosefoundation.org
    info@abbeyrosefoundation.org
    facebook.com/abbeyrosefoundation
    @abbeyroseARF

    Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of the Abbeyrose Foundation or its staff.

    © Abbeyrose Foundation. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of the Abbeyrose Foundation. Want to learn more from the Abbeyrose Foundation? Sign up for the newsletter here www.abbeyrosefoundation.org.

     

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