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That's the conclusion of two studies published in this week's issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

They found that inhaling a mist with a salt content of 7 or 9% improved lung function and, in some cases, produced less absenteeism from school or work.

Cystic fibrosis, a progressive and frequently fatal genetic disease that affects about 30,000 young adults and children in the US alone, is marked by a thickening of the mucus which makes it harder to clear the lungs of debris and bacteria.

The salt water solution "really opens up a new avenue for approaching patients with cystic fibrosis and how to treat them," says Dr Gail Weinmann, of the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which sponsored one of the studies. Mark Elkins of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia and colleagues authored one of the new published studies.

The team found that the 83 volunteers who regularly inhaled a 7% mist of salty water had fewer breathing problems and less absenteeism from school or work than those who inhaled a solution with a salt content of under 1%.

"Adding salt [and water] to the airway surfaces of patients with cystic fibrosis is beneficial" for both children and adults, they conclude.

All of the patients first inhaled a chemical to try to open their lung passages as much as possible. In the second study, US-based Assistant Profsesor Scott Donaldson of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his colleagues found that a 7% salt mist "produced a sustained acceleration of mucus clearance and improved lung function" because it helped hydrate the lungs. In an accompanying editorial, Dr Felix Ratjen of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, cited several unpleasant side effects of the salt mist treatment including a bad taste, coughing fits and the lengthy 30 minutes it can take to administer.

He added that in the study by Elkins and team, patients may not have received the best long-term antibiotic treatment.

That would make the inhaled salt water mist appear more effective than it would have been if people were getting a better drug, says Ratjen.

Weinmann says limitations inherent to the treatment mean a salt water mist "may be just a first step" in treating cystic fibrosis.

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I'm sending a testimonial without any names. For now we're letting friends and family think he's taking his meds.
I could add that your coaching was crucial. It made him feel that someone believed in this program besides his wife. I wasn't sure if you want your name in it but we will be forever grateful to you.
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My husband is 80 years old and had a six-way heart by-pass 4 years ago. He recovered very quickly from the surgery and felt so good he stopped taking the medications the doctors had prescribed. He was very healthy for four years not even getting the flu in the winter like everyone else around us. However this spring, three months ago, he had difficulty getting his breath. It was so severe we rushed him to the emergency room.

He was in the hospital for about three days where they diagnosed him with having congestive heart failure, water on the lungs, diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, besides being low on potassium. His cardiologist became irate when he realized my husband hadn’t bothered to get a primary care physician and had stopped taking the meds a few months after his surgery. They sent him home with prescriptions for Glyburide and Metformin for diabetes, Lasix as a diuretic, Lipitor and Carvedilol for his heart besides Potassium. The doctor was so mean and rude my husband fired him. However the new doctor he got was just as adamant about meds, salt free diet, no sweets and no herbs or vitamins…except for vitamin C!

We struggled for about 2 months with trying to follow the strict regulations for a diabetic and heart patient, eating a small, tasteless balanced meal six times a day. Some days he felt pretty good and other days felt like an invalid with blood sugar fluctuating up and down. He couldn’t bend over and pull a weed without getting short of breath and certainly couldn’t carry anything like a stick of wood for the fireplace. Some days he could barely make it from his recliner to the bathroom. I thought for sure I was going to be a widow. I noticed his skin seemed dry and I was concerned about the water pill he was ordered to take because we know the importance of water. I found the Water cure website and we read the information there. However we were concerned about water coming back into his lungs and didn’t understand why it happened in the first place. The doctors told us it was because he hadn’t taken the medication they prescribed.

After reading testimonials about other people with congestive heart failure getting well we decided to give it a try because we already knew that our bodies, if given the right building blocks to work with can regenerate themselves. When we began drinking water with SALT things began to change in three days. My husband stopped all the meds and just started concentrating on eating foods like potatoes with skins, eggs, pudding, ice cream, orange juice, chicken, green beans, salads, cheese, and taking chlorophyll, multi vitamins, and flaxseed oil.

At this writing it has been 11 days and what a change! When we walk I want to yell, “Wait for me!” He feels great and can carry heavy things.

This I believe was my husband’s mistake. Last winter was cold and he didn’t get out and walk and exercise as usual. However, every morning he got up early, drove to the coffee shop and swigged a huge strong cup of coffee. In the winter people forget to drink water because they don’t feel hot and thirsty. With help from the coffee that is a diuretic, he totally dehydrated himself, therefore water collected in his lungs because his body was short of water.

Because I was restricting the salt from our diet as the doctor ordered, I got dehydrated too. I spend quite a bit of time on my computer and by bedtime my eyes usually really hurt. Yesterday I read a book all afternoon and in the evening worked on the computer and my eyes felt fine. Like my husband I have more energy too.