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Doing pretty well so far

I have had COPD for about 18 years (probably longer but that is when I was diagnosed). I quit smoking 19 years ago – I had smoked 3 packs a day for about 45 years. I am 73 and have been on disability and then Social Security for 13 years. I completed a program at National Jewish Hospital in Denver, Colorado. They told me I had 20% of my lung capacity. Two years ago I moved to Idaho. I am on oxygen 24/7. I purposely lost 60 pounds and am now at 99 pounds, very thin. I follow a whole food plant-starch based, no oil diet. I live alone and do most of my own cleaning and cooking. One supplement I swear by and highly recommend is NAC-N-Acetyl Cysteine. It thins the mucus and keeps it at bay. If I miss a day, I know it. Although I have taken tons of supplements over the years, this and vitamin b12 and SSS tonic is all I take now. I follow Dr. McDougall and find that he seems to always be right – he says Vitamin D is harmful and he doesn’t recommend any supplements.

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  • Meaghan Coneys moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Laurawiggins,

    Thank you for sharing your story with us! We are so happy you are a part of our community here at It sounds like you have really focused on your health over the years and have successfully implemented holistic and natural treatments. It is so wonderful to hear that eating whole (real) foods and taking supplements has so positively impacted your health and lifestyle. It is also wonderful to hear that you do most of your cleaning and cooking. Hopefully you are able to experiment with new recipes in the kitchen! I thought you would find the following article interesting – It further discusses natural and holistic remedies, and frequently mirrors what you have mentioned in your story, such as the benefits of NAC. It is really nice to hear your story, because even though at times not one treatment can work exclusively for all, reading your story helps others learn about various treatments that could potentially benefit them. We are so happy to hear you have found a lifestyle that keeps you healthy and moving! Again, thank you for sharing your story with us. We love hearing from you. Wishing you all the best.


    Meaghan ( Team)

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