Bacterial, viral, or fungal infection of one or both lungs is called pneumonia. Before the antibiotics were invented, one third of the people who developed pneumonia subsequently died from it. At the moment, more than three million people develop pneumonia on a yearly basis. More than half a million of these people are admitted to a hospital for treatment, and most of them do recover, but, nevertheless, about five percent of these people die from pneumonia. This disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the world.
Usually, the bacterial pneumonia is caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae. This type of pneumonia is characterized by an abrupt onset of the illness with shaking chills, fever, and production of a rust-colored sputum. In twenty to thirty percent of the cases, the infection spreads into the blood and leads to sepsis, and in case like these, actually, in twenty to thirty percent of these cases, the patient dies.
Antibiotics as treatment
This type of pneumonia is most frequently treated with antibiotics, including penicillin, amoxicillin, and clavulanic acid (Augmentin), as well as with macrolide antibiotics, such as erythromycin, clarithromycin, and azithromycin. Penicillin used to be the most common antibiotic used for treating this infection. However, with the introduction and the widespread use of antibiotics with wider spectrum, considerable drug resistance has developed. Pneumococca pneumonia can still be efficiently treated with penicillin, but only after it is confirmed by cultures of the bacteria that they are sensitive to this antibiotic.
Add 3 Drops of Oregano Oil to Water and SEE What Happens to Your Lungs
People in the Far East and the Middle East have used oregano oil for many years for treating respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, jaundice, dysentery, and chronic inflammation. There are laboratory studies that examined this oil and applied it directly onto food-borne pathogens. The results from these studies indicated that oregano oil has powerful antibacterial properties (Dadalioglu I et al 2004). The therapeutic benefits of the medicinal oregano are even more boosted thanks to its high mineral content that includes zinc, calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium, manganese, and boron. People can freely and safely use this oil, even combine it with antibiotics in order to fight bacterial infections (Preuss HG et al 2005). One can use oregano oil as a highly efficient early defense mechanism when they feel cold or sore throat coming on.
All you have to do is take three drops of oregano oil on a daily basis and you will notice the results only after a couple of hours. You can add these drops of oregano oil into a glass of orange juice. Do this every day for five days or until you notice the symptoms are gone.
Another efficient home remedy is baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate. All living things contain this substance naturally. It is highly efficient in neutralizing acids and breaking down proteins, and it maintains the pH balance in the bloodstream, a function necessary to sustain life. The process of maintenance of the pH balance in the body is one of the most significant processes in the body. The body pH is actually the number of hydrogen ions in solution within the body, and it has a scale ranging from 0-14. A balanced or neutral pH is considered to be the one valued 7. If the value is lower than 7, the environment is acidic, and if the value is higher than 7, the environment is basic. When a matter’s pH is acidic, the matter is less able to attract hydrogen ions, and when the pH is alkaline, it is highly able to attract hydrogen ions.
For those who did not know, the “p” stands for “potential”, and the “H” stands for “hydrogen”. In other words, the pH shows the potential of the body to attract hydrogen ions in order to secure balance and health.
Keeping your body at an alkaline pH level between 7.3 and 7.4 will help you keep it free of disease. If you increase the pH of your body, you make it more able to kill bacteria. Bacteria and viruses cause colds and bronchitis, which may lead to secondary infections such as pneumonia. These bacteria and viruses thrive in acidic environment and cannot survive in an alkaline one, so increasing the pH will destroy these pathogens.
Taking an alkalizing mixture made of sodium bicarbonate and potassium bicarbonate can help you fight a respiratory infection and soothe the symptoms like runny nose and sore throat. This mixture can also help you reverse pneumonia, sinusitis, and asthma. You just need to prepare a nebulizer with water and two drops of liquid sodium bicarbonate and take it two to three times per day.
Baking soda is an efficient acid neutralizer and thus has long been favored for its numerous first-aid applications. If you dissolve some baking soda into a lukewarm bath, you will alleviate the discomfort of sunburn and the itch of poison ivy. If you make a paste using some baking soda and some cool water and apply it directly to the skin, you can ease the pain caused by bee stings. You can consume a solution made from half a teaspoon of baking soda and four ounces (or 120 ml) of water as an antacid.