Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

The approach to COPD disease in the RTM approach is quite different from the modern and other medical ecoles. In the RTM approach, the goal is not only to directly suppress the symptoms of COPD and to eliminate the symptoms but also to reveal the factors that cause this disease specific to the individual and to detect and treat the source part of the disease. In the treatment, it is aimed to restore the infrastructure that causes the disease and to ensure the normal functioning of the system.

Let’s shortly glance at the approach of today’s medicine to COPD disease….

COPD, which can cause serious health problems if the necessary precautions are not taken, is among the top causes of death in the world and in our country as long as it’s not treated. The progression of the disease can be stopped and the quality of life of the person can be increased with the precautions that can be taken and appropriate treatment, especially not to smoke

 What is KOAH (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) ?

COPD, which stands for “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”, occurs with permanent narrowing of the airways. It is in question that the air taken into the lungs by breathing cannot be easily expelled. Two processes that cause this condition are chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

What are the stages of COPD?

COPD is staged by a system called GOLD, which is used to assess a person’s airway obstruction, and the disease has 4 stages.

GOLD 1 / Mild Stage:

COPD can be considered as the initial stage. The person may not have any clear symptoms. Difficulty of breath may be experienced in situations such as fast walking or hill climbing.

GOLD 2 / ModerateStage:

Even on a flat plane, you may need to breathing place frequently while walking.

GOLD 3 / SevereStage:

The person may have difficulty in going out due to the shortness of breath. Even with daily actions such as changing clothes or going to the toilet, he may become out of breath.

GOLD 4 / Very SevereStage:

It is also called the final stage. Difficulty in breathing can occur even at rest. In the final stage, the person may also develop congestive cardiac failure or lung failure.

What Causes COPD?

The most important reason is the use of tobacco and tobacco products. Cigarette smoke and other irritating gases cause blockage, destruction and inflammation of the airways.

What Are the Symptoms of COPD?

In cases of COPD, the symptoms are milder at the beginning, while the severity of the symptoms increases as the disease progresses. Symptoms can be formed group as follows:

Mild Stage:

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Cough

Moderate Stages:

  • Increase ofdifficulty in breathing
  • Chest tightness
  • Breathing noisily
  • Chronic severe cough and intense mucus
  • Frequent airway infections

In final stages, in addition to the above, there are:

  • Difficulty in breathing even at rest and sleep
  • Persistent noisilybreathing
  • Barrel chest
  • Losing weight
  • Oedema in hands and feet
  • Heart rhythm irregularities

Who gets COPD?

  • Those who smoke or are exposed to smoke
  • Those who are exposed to irritating gases and chemical particles on the ground of  their work.
  • In those with asthma
  • Those with genetic predisposition

How is COPD Diagnosed?

The presence of long-term shortness of breath, cough and sputum complaints, especially seen in smokers, are important symptoms for the diagnosis of COPD. For the definitive diagnosis of COPD and to determine the level of the disease, a pulmonary function test called Spirometric measurements is applied. With spirometry, the amount of air expelled from the lungs at one time is measured.

COPD Patients and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Since COVID-19 is a virus that affects the respiratory system, it can cause much more severe pictures in COPD patients. People with COPD are at high risk for increased respiratory problems and other possible complications when they become infected with the Coronavirus.

How is COPD Treated in the RTM approach?

Cause of COPD Disease in Rtm approach

Our body is in a constant balance against internal and external factors. With this balance, life continues by developing. The RTM approach includes unique diagnosis and treatment protocols. Diseases in RTM approach are seen as a new balance or new adjustment points created in the body in order to continue life against internal and external negative conditions.

There is a source pattern called the Triad of Disease, which causes new settings to come into play in the body. This triple structure, which includes Body Contamination, System Deterioration and a code change in DNA (Epigenetics), functions as follows in COPD;

Body Contamination:

Both the toxins we are exposed to from the environment and the metabolic wastes caused by various factors are discharged from the detox organs through circulation. The lungs are one of the body’s important detox organs. Toxic gases inhaled by the person begin to accumulate in the lung tissue. In order to make away with these accumulated wastes, the defense system cells will begin to attack the lung tissue.

Deterioration in Systems:

Reasons such as familial backgrounds, mode of birth, intensive antibiotic use in infancy and early childhood may cause an irregularity in the respiratory system of the person, such as asthma. As a result of repeated infections for various reasons, the immune system will be confused, and the defense system cells will attack the lung tissue in order to correct this wrong functioning in the respiratory system.

As a result of contamination in the body and the deterioration of the systems, the body respiratory system will return to a harmonious setup and this situation will appear as COPD.

Treatment of COPD Disease in Rtm Approach

The aim of the Rtm approach is not to directly suppress the symptoms of COPD, but to eliminate the Triad of Disease, which is the source of the COPD disease mentioned above. In the RTM approach, this is called the Treatment Triad.

Treatment Triad includes the processes of initiating the detox process to return to the normal state of balance in the body, eliminating the imbalance in the failing systems and reversing the epigenetic changes in DNA. This process is planned completely individually.

The main part of the treatment triad is RTM Phytotherapy. The phytotherapy protocol is determined by evaluating the detailed anamnesis, laboratory and imaging findings of the individual, and measurements specific to RTM clinics.

With the RTM Phytotherapy protocol, the disease triad, which constitutes the source part, is withdrawn and treatment is applied. By informing the body with plants, it is aimed to normalize the epigenetic changes in DNA that determine the new tuning constants. In order for the body to adapt to the normalization process of this information, the treatment triad is activated by using RTM phytotherapeutics, accelerating the detox activities in the body and regulating the systems. When you withdraw the disease triad, the body will automatically return to the norm form.

In order to both support the body and accelerate the treatment process, in addition to RTM phytotherapeutics, nearly 25 traditional medicine methods such as Ozone, Cupping, Acupuncture, Magnetic field therapy are planned according to the needs of the patient.

In the RTM approach, the patients included in the treatment protocol are followed up with very close follow-up processes. Follow-up periods are weekly, 2 weeks, monthly, 40 days and 4 months (3×40 days).

The frequency of calls for treatment is determined by considering criteria such as the severity of the person’s current illness, the level of toxicity, unstable blood pressure and blood sugar values, the presence of acute infection, and the needs of the patient. At the end of the 4-month (3×40-day) treatment, the general condition of the patient is evaluated, the construction of the disease background is mostly completed, and it becomes possible to predict how long the treatment will continue.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Good For COPD Disease?

COPD patients can contribute to the treatment process with the following measures, and thus increase their quality of life.

  • Doing regular exercise to be determined according to the patient’s condition
  • Staying away from dirty air, dusty and smoky environments
  • Reducing the amount of food and increasing the number of meals
  • Preferring light meals and juicy foods
  • Eating sitting down to avoid escaping into the trachea
  • Consuming plenty of water and fluids
  • Putting an end to alcohol and cigarettes and tobacco products
  • Avoiding acidic and indigestible foods or drinks
  • Do breathing exercises
  • Avoiding excess weight, as it causes the disease to progress more severely.
  • Getting the flu vaccine and being protected from the flu virus
  • Not using clothes that will make it difficult to breathe
  • Taking frequent breaks during exertion

Is COPD Disease Cotagious?

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which causes the lungs and airways to lose their flexibility and not work as they should, is not a cotagious disease.

Can a COPD patient recover?

Although COPD is a progressive and chronic disease, it is a preventable and treatable disease. Although full recovery cannot be achieved, it is possible to improve the patient’s quality of life and stop the progression of the disease.

What does beginning of COPD mean? How is it understood?

It is the first stage of the disease, which is grouped into 4 stages in terms of severity. There may not be any clear symptoms in the initial phase. In most cases, the first symptoms are difficulty in breathing and cough during exertion.

How do COPD attacks happen?

During the attacks, which are also called COPD exacerbations, symptoms such as an increase in the severity and frequency of cough, increase in the amount of sputum and darkening of its color, worsening of shortness of breath and decrease in oxygen saturation are experienced. COPD patients can have acute attacks mostly during the winter months

Is COPD dangerous?

It is a disease that can become very dangerous if left untreated. COPD, which has become the 4th cause of death in all deaths in the world and the 3rd cause of death among non-communicable diseases, causes 2.9 million deaths per year according to the data of the Global Burden of Disease Study.

Can you get COPD at a young age?

With the prevalence of smoking, there is a serious increase in the incidence of COPD all over the world. While it was mostly seen above the age of 40, it can be seen at the age of 20-25 today.

What should the diet of a COPD patient be like?

Excess weight is known to aggravate the COPD. In addition, inadequate and unbalanced nutrition also leads to muscle wasting and, therefore, to the development of progressive respiratory disorders. In COPD, it is very important to balance the daily life and diet in a way that does not increase the level of shortness of breath.

  • It is important to eat frequently and in small amounts, not to consume foods that cause gas and difficult to digest, and to chew food thoroughly.
  • Plenty of water and fluid intake is very important.
  • Since the energy need will increase, the diet should be planned accordingly. About 40% of dietary energy should come from fat.
  • Nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds), olives and olive oil can be consumed.
  • Consumption of starchy, floury and sugary foods should be restricted as they increase carbon dioxide production.
  • There should be a diet rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, because these minerals take part in the contraction of respiratory muscles.
  • Foods rich in protein, milk, natural yoghurt, ayran, cheese, legumes, fish and meat can be consumed.
  • Salt should be avoided if there is a high blood pressure problem.
  • Especially dried fruits and especially green leafy vegetables are recommended.

What kind of climate should COPD patients live in?

Neither excessively humid air nor excessively dry air is suitable for COPD patients. The ideal humidity in the air is between 30-60%. Climates with frequent changes in humidity and temperature are not suitable for COPD.

Does COPD cause death?

COPD, which causes the development of life-threatening factors if it is left untreated, is responsible for approximately 5% of deaths worldwide. Up to 90% of COPD deaths are due to smoking and other tobacco products.

Does COPD affect the heart?

Heart failure is a condition that often coexists with COPD. Especially in the 4th stage of the disease, a picture of heart failure may develop mostly. COPD and heart failure are two diseases that can trigger each other.

What is COPD balloon therapy?

COPD balloon dilatation, called bronchoscopy, is a method used for cleaning and widening the trachea with special cameras used to see the inside of the trachea. It can be applied in patients with narrowing of the trachea and thickening of the phlegm-producing cells due to the smoking.

Does a non-smoker get COPD?

Chronic COPD is also possible in non-smokers. Because long-term exposure to irritating gases, chemical particles and genetic predisposition can also be effective in the emergence of the disease.

Is COPD evident on chest X-ray?

Changes in the bronchial tree, which can be seen in the evaluation of the chest x-ray by the specialist physician, may cause the suspicion of COPD.

Is COPD disease genetic?

In about 1% of COPD cases, the enzyme called alpha-1 antitrypsin, which helps protect the lungs, is genetically deficient in the body. Therefore, smoking of these people accelerates the emergence of COPD.

Does asthma turn into COPD?

Asthma is a disease that causes symptoms of difficulty in breathing andnoisily breathing, but can be controlled with lifestyle adjustments and careful follow-up. However, when it is left untreated, asthma can turn into COPD, which is a much more risky respiratory disease, even though it shows similar symptoms.

What is a COPD test?

In the diagnosis of COPD, a pulmonary function test with a device called Spirometry is used. It is used both to diagnose the disease and to determine its severity. During the test it is necessary to blow into this device as described.

Does bleed from the mouth in COPD disease?

In COPD, especially in advanced stages, as in some other respiratory diseases, coughing and sputum and bleeding from the mouth may occur.

Does COPD produce mucus?

The most common symptoms in COPD are shortness of breath, cough and profuse sputum production. Especially smokers should apply to a specialist, taking into the account the symptoms of cough and sputum.

Can COPD patients do sports?

Regular exercise is beneficial in the treatment of COPD. Regular exercise of both the respiratory muscles and the muscles in other parts of the body will help the patient gain strength and increase the effort capacity. However, the exercise to be done according to the patient’s condition and the stage of the disease should be carefully selected.