Some may prefer holistically healing the 100 day cough over traditional medical treatment.
Holistic treatments employ the art and science of healing the whole person – spirit, mind and body. By integrating both conventional and alternative treatments, it is possible to treat and prevent disease by promoting optimal health.
First a brief review of what the 100 Day Cough is. Then how to heal the hundred day cough naturally.
Warning: Check with your doctor or pharmacist before incorporating anything your doctor did not tell you to take. This is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace the advice of your healthcare practitioner. This does not apply to children. They need to see a qualified doctor if this is a problem.
The 100 day cough, also known as pertussis or whooping cough, is a contagious respiratory infection that can last for three months or more. It is caused by the Bordetella pertussis bacteria.
This illness is most commonly characterized by moderate to severe coughing spells, followed by a whooping sound after. Before the introduction of the pertussis vaccine in the 1940s, thousands of people died every year from this condition.
The 100 day cough became the designation because recovery can take anywhere from a few weeks to months. The cough slowly decreases in intensity and duration.
Prevention is considered to be the pertussis vaccine. The US version, called DTaP is combined with diphtheria and tetanus vaccines.
Whooping Cough Symptoms start similar to those of a common cold with a runny nose, low grade fever, and mild cough lasting a week or two. To confirm the diagnoses, mucus swabs from the nose and throat are sent to a lab to be cultured for the B. pertussis bacteria. Sometimes blood tests and chest X-rays may also be used. As it progresses, the cough gets worse with violent coughing spells. One of the symptoms include a thick mucus.
Medical treatment with antibiotics is most often the treatment in the early stages before the coughing spells start. Antibiotics also help with clearing it up.
The differentiating factor other than the pertussis bacteria is the coughing spell that are usually followed by a whooping sound while inhaling. The coughing spells can last a minute or more. One of the most common symptoms is to see lips and nails to turn blue due to a lack of oxygen.
Infants and children are unique in their needs and due to this, we do not consult on infants and children. We will say that young ones may have different symptoms. They may not have the whooping sound, rather, they may gasp for air. They may stop breathing altogether in a really bad coughing incident. For this reason, most children are hospitalized when they get whooping cough.
Whether you are using antibiotics or not, this will help you heal faster and shorten the duration of the cough.
Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day. If you weigh 200 lbs, you need about 100 ounces of water daily. Divide this by 5 or 6 and this is how much you need to drink each time.
Contrary to what all the other sites and medical texts say, drinking filtered water is not only better, it is essential. The attitude of liquid from all sources is not backed by science and the research shows that not all liquids are absorbed the same. For instance, sugar laden liquids increase inflammation. Diet sodas cause numerous health issues. Fat free milk increases your risk for osteoporosis. All of these also affect your hydration status in a negative way.
Also the have a drink with every meal thinking is wrong. While you can drink with meals, it should not be water. This will only serve to dilute the acids that are used to digest your food to provide you with nutrition.Eat Your Vegetables
While this wisdom from mom is not just good advice. We need to balance our intake of potassium with the sodium. Additionally we need magnesium. These are safer if taken naturally instead of by supplements.
There is a lot of information on eating the Raw Food Diet. While there are a number of health benefits from this diet, it is not for everyone. If you have gut issues, gut inflammation, then the raw diet could cause even more stress. It will be necessary to at least steam or cook on low heat the food you eat in order to improve your health.
Take Your Vitamins
Mom also had us take our vitamins. If you visit the Linus Pauling Institute or do a web search on Mega-vitamin-C you will see a wealth of information. The minimum vitamin C we need is about 1000 a day. Some suggest 6000 mg daily. While it will not necessarily shorten the duration of a cold, it is helpful in healing.
Dr Batmanghelidj suggested we needed up to 30 mg of zinc daily. While it is possible to get this from food, if you choose to supplement, make sure it is food grade supplements.
The Water Cures Protocol, eating your vegetables and taking vitamins are only the basics required to help speed up bringing to an end the 100 day cough. There is more you need to do.Beyond the Water Cures
You will need....
something to sooth and relax the respiratory muscles and tissues
an anti-biotic/ anti-viral
a lung cleaner
something to strengthen the immune system
an antitussive to eliminate dry cough
There are natural substances that accomplish all of the above needs. These natural treatments are safe and many have evidence based research to back their effectiveness.
Coming Soon: A comprehensive review of how to stop coughing naturally. We are currently researching and sourcing the various natural treatments and testing to see which ones are effective.