COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a term that describes respiratory diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. This article notes that around 24 million Americans have COPD, and half of them do not know that they have it. Asthmatics who notice increased breathing problems might assume their increased difficulty is due to aging, but instead they may be developing COPD. Early detection and treatment of COPD can preserve lung function.
People with asthma or COPD have airways that make them more sensitive to dust, mold, pet dander, chemical household products, and more. Non-toxic cleaning products are recommended. A particle mask is suggested if they are unable to avoid exposure to an irritant.
Cleaning or personal care products that come in aerosol cans require extra caution. The Melaleuca Wellness Guide notes two potential problems. First, aerosol cans send a fine mist of chemicals into the air that is easily inhaled and absorbed. Second, the ingredients themselves may be harmful.
Convert your home to Melaleuca products, beginning with the Eco-Sense Laundry System and Household Cleaners.
Essential Oils - The Practical Guide to Essential Oils notes two essential oils with a history of helping with breathing problems.
Frankincense essential oil massage is useful for asthma relief because it is calming. It helps a person take deeper breaths and slows breathing.
Eucalyptus essential oil is beneficial for use as a long-term therapy for preventing COPD "flare-ups" and for better asthma control. Eucalyptus essential oil has inflammation-reducing anti-oxidative properties.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids - The University of Rochester Medical Center found that in less severe cases of asthma omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil can reduce allergic reations. Coldwater Omega-3 contains the recommended omega-3 fatty acids with an ideal ratio of DHA and EPA (2:1).
Grape Seed Extract - In this study, using mouse models of asthma, grape seed extract was found to suppress inflammation in acute and chronic asthma. The study notes that the results show a potential use for grape seed extract to treat asthma. ProvexCV contains grape seeds and grape skins along with resveratrol at research-recommended levels, quercetin green tea extract, and bromelain.
One Last Note
Sighing is a common symptom of asthma, although most of us would not think of sighing as a symptom of asthma. A sigh can be the body's way of compensating for the changes in breathing caused by asthma.
~ Richard M Barry
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Breathing Conditions Testimonials
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My husband and I have been Melaleuca customers for years. Before Melaleuca, I suffered greatly from asthma. I would have to use my asthmatic inhaler every day and I went to the emergency room a few times because I couldn't breathe. When we became customers, we threw out all the cleaning poisons and converted our home to the EcoSense toxin-free cleaning products. We also started taking their Vitality vitamins. We now take the Peak Performance Metabolic Packs. About two weeks after we converted our home, I noticed that I hadn't needed to use my asthma inhaler in a few days and I was breathing better. Flash forward to today, while I always carry the emergency inhaler, if I have to use it once every four or five months, that is a lot! We are so happy we don't have to walk down the 'poison aisle' in the store. We recently challenged ourselves to do that and both of us were gagging and had teary eyes! Thank goodness we found Melaleuca!
I was 6 weeks old when I was diagnosed with chronic asthma due to being born early. My lungs weren't fully ready. I ended up with an infection and my lungs just couldn't fight it off. My whole childhood was spent in the hospital about every 6 weeks with my daily life consisting of inhalers, breathing treatments every 6 hours, and pills. When I found Melaleuca I was 27 years old and I had no idea that there were toxins in my house impacting my breathing. I didn't believe it, but I put Melaleuca to the test. I was on a few inhalers and used my rescue inhaler 4-6 times a day. I ordered the value pack and took every single product out of my home that was not Melaleuca and put it in my shed. I began using only the Melaleuca products and four days went by and my husband said he liked MelaPower. I said, "Oh, my goodness! I haven't used my inhaler in 4 days!" Today I am on the lowest dose inhaler and take the lowest amount, no pills, and no treatments! I have permanent damage in my lungs, but thanks to Melaleuca I have a quality of life that I have never experienced before!
I've been a devoted customer of Melaleuca since July 2003. These wonderful products have changed our lives forever! Asthma and allergies were very serious in our home before Melaleuca. I was on a nebulizer and steroid meds every day. Many days I needed several breathing treatments to breathe at night and to keep attacks at bay. All of my 5 kids were on constant allergy meds too. Once I totally converted my home to these marvelous products (and Melaleuca makes that easy with the Value & Career Packs), we began to get relief. After just three weeks we noticed our asthma attacks and my need for the nebulizer had stopped. I had pneumonia at the time and with the Vitality Pack, and ProVex-Plus, I was finally able to clear my lungs and recover. It's been years since I've needed those treatments and what a relief to put the nebulizer in the drawer and get everyone off those dangerous meds! Even our seasonal allergies have disappeared since we no longer have that battle going on in our bodies. Our immune systems have become stronger overall. I'll soon be 64 and look forward to watching my 10 grandkids grow up. Thank you Melaleuca for giving us our lives back!
I have had asthma since I was 5 years old. However, from my teen years on, as long as I stayed away from the worst offenders, cats, horses, cows, etc., I didn't have much of a problem until I hit menopause 13 years ago. At that point my allergies and asthma intensified. May was a particularly bad month every year and I would have to wear a filter mask when I walked my dog morning and evening, or I would have an asthma attack. One asthma attack and then I was sensitive to everything and it would lead to doctor visits and prescriptions. Eight years ago I switched my home over to Melaleuca products. Without the indoor irritants of ammonia, bleach, etc. the outdoor allergens weren't enough to trigger the asthma. I have not had an asthma attack in 7 1/2 years.
My son has had mild asthma for 10 years. I was beginning to think he would be on medication forever. Every time he went to the specialist the results never changed. He has low lung capacity and could never improve on the breathing tests. He was at the doctor about six months after switching the products in our home and for the very first time they noted an improvement in his test results. I know we're all living and breathing a much healthier life because of Melaleuca. Small changes add up to a substantial difference in quality of life!
My son has had asthma since childhood. About 2 years ago I had him start taking the Melaleuca Coldwater Omega-3. I had read that Omega-3 helps stop inflammation in the body. He has not had to use an inhaler once since being on the Omega-3. In addition he has more energy because having asthma really takes a lot out of you. I did a lot of research and comparison on Omega 3's. Melaleuca uses high quality fish oil which is very important because using rancid fish oil will give you a fish after taste. This is especially important when you are trying to get children to take them.
When introduced to Melaleuca I was immediately so relieved to find cleaning, laundry and personal products which do not trigger asthma attacks. For example, whenever I cleaned the bathroom with toxic products I would have to hold my breath and run out of the room between scrubbings to take another breath, and whenever I would use safer products, wanting to be kinder to the environment, they would cost so much more and I had unsatisfactory results. With EcoSense I get great results, excellent value, and keep it green. I am so thankful for all the health benefits we enjoy from using the Melaleuca products. The Melaleuca Wellness Guide and your weekly newsletters are such valuable tools for business building as well as helping others with product knowledge and usage. Thank you!