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Wondering if this trick will help others – ask your doctor first

I had wheezing in my throat for three years, just a terrible sound in my lungs too, so I did some off handed unsubscribed research on a product called manuka honey pharmaceutical grade. I got it from Amazon and tried it twice a day 1 teaspoon on the tongue before bed and one in the afternoon. I didn’t let it dissolve quickly just let it set as I slept and after about two months the wheezing in my throat quieted and the shrills in my lungs diminished mostly. I did this in conjunction with Advair Spiriva albuterol nebulizer and light exercise… I did this without consulting my doctor I did this from desperation to try and find more of a useful treatment but it is just an experiment of mine so call a doctor see the recommendations and if it’s ok before you try it. Just wanted to put this out there in hopes it helps a doctor know what to tell his patients about this special honey.

I’m also a smoker. I have a real problem with myself that I can’t quit, it’s insane the chemicals they put in tobacco to increase its addiction and poison people. It’s highly toxic according to my research lately. I hate myself for smoking but feel like it’s a waste of time to quit because the damage is done. I have the respiration of an 80 year old and do nothing in my life meaningful anymore. I’m only 37 years old. Not only my lungs are bad but my muscles are sore all the time. I’m saying this to tell people don’t let it do this to your friends and family, step up and save someone from self denial of a possible good life. I went to school and graduated to become a sick person and I did it all in vain. Now if I don’t quit and miraculously heal I will likely be in a nursing home, and the sad thing is I am the one to blame for my ignorance. No dreaming of better times and the life I want. Cigarettes made me pathetic for the pocketbook of the tobacco companies, I literally feel cursed!

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  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi jerrod117! First off, thank you for sharing that tip! As you shared, it’s always good to check with your physician before trying something new, but I am glad you found something that helps you feel better.

    As for the smoking, I have all the confidence in the world that you CAN quit. I worked for years as a support coach for people wanting to quit. It can be done. And I am sure you have heard all of the reasons why you should quit, so I won’t bore you with those. One of my favorite contributors on this site, Mary Ultes, writes a lot about living a good life with COPD. She has been in Stage 4 for 17 years. And she talks quite honestly about how hard it was for her to quit smoking. Here’s her piece on what finally helped her quit for good —

    Quitting is always a good idea. Every day that you don’t smoke is a day that your body can do it’s best to heal and/or save the lung health you have left. Even at stage 4, when people quit, they DO See improvements. Quitting will not make COPD go away, as you know. Here is just a little tidbit about quitting that you may appreciate — I promised not to inundate you with data, but I wanted to include this piece, because it’s uplifting and positive.

    Please know you can come here anytime you need support. I know you can do this. How do I know, having never met you? Because you have already done many hard things in your life. You have had to adapt to a multitude of changes and challenges. That’s part of being a human! You have lived 37 years and I don’t doubt you have faced some tough times. But you faced them head on. And, even if you didn’t succeed at first, you got up and tried again. The only time we ever truly fail at something is when we quit trying. When you decide to apply that focus and dedication to quitting, you will succeed. I would bet on it.

    Thank you for sharing a part of your story so openly and honestly! I am glad to have you as a part of this community. Best, Erin, Team Member.

  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    Hi Jerrod117. As Erin has said, we appreciate you sharing your tip with the rest of our online community. Since stopping smoking is such an important accomplishment for people with COPD, I thought you might find it helpful to look over this article by one of our contributors: It is never too late to do something positive for yourself.
    Hang in there!
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

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