Treatment for Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is no longer considered incurable if it is tackled in the early stages. An all round scheme of dietetic and vitality building programme along with natural lines is the only method to overcome the disease. As a first step, the patient should be put on an exclusive fresh fruit diet for three or four days. He should have three meals a day of fresh, juicy fruits, such as apples, grapes, pears, peaches, oranges, pineapple, melon or any other juicy fruit in season. Bananas, dried or tinned fruits should be taken.

For drinks, unsweetened lemon water or plain water (hot or cold) may be taken. If losing much weight on the all-fruit diet, those already under weight may add a glass of milk to each fruit meal. After the all-fruit diet, the patient should adopt a fruit and milk diet. For this diet, the meals are exactly the same as the all-fruit diet but with this milk added to each fruit meal. The patient may begin with a litre of milk the first day and increase by quarter litre daily up to two and a half litres according to how the milk agrees.

The milk however should be fresh and unboiled but may be slightly warmed, if desired. It should be sipped very slowly. The fruit and milk diet should be continued for four to six weeks. Thereafter, the following dietary may be adopted – Breakfast: Fresh fruits and milk. Prunes or other dried fruits may also be taken if desired; Lunch: Steamed vegetables and a glass of buttermilk; Dinner: A bowl of raw salad of suitable vegetables with wholewheat bread and butter.

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What are the causes for Tuberculosis?

Lowered resistance or devitalization of the system is the chief cause of this disease. This condition is brought about mainly by mineral starvation of the tissues of the body due to an inadequate diet; and the chief mineral concerned is calcium. In many ways, therefore, tuberculosis is the disease of calcium efficiency. There can be no breakdown of the tissue and no tubercular growth where there is adequate supply of organic calcium in the said tissue. Thus an adequate supply of organic calcium in the system together with organic mineral matter is a sure preventive of the development of tuberculosis.

Lowered resistance also results from a variety of other factors such as suppression of the disease by drugs and medication, use of stale, devitamized and acid forming foods, eating wrong combination of foods such as taking fruits with starchy foods at one meal, causing fermentation in the stomach; wasting of energy through excessive lossĀ  of semen and living in ill-ventilated houses.

Other causes include exposure to cold, loss of sleep, impure air, a sedentary life, overwork, contaminated milk, use of tobacco in any form, liquor of all kinds, tea, coffee and all harmful drinks. The factors prepare the ground for the growth of germs of various kinds including tubercle bacillus. These germs may be present in the body but are quite harmless for those who are full of vitality and natural resistance.

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What is Tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis or consumption is one of the most dreaded disease. It is a major health problem in India and often rated the number one killer. Over five lakh people die of this disease every year. Tuberculosis is caused by a tiny germ called tubercle bacillus which is so small that it can be detected only by a microscope. The germ enters into the body through the nose, mouth and windpipe and settles down in the lungs. It multiplies by millions and produces small raised spots called tubercles.

Tuberculosis is not hereditary but an infectious or communicable disease. Those suffering from the disease for a considerable time eject living germs while coughing or spitting and when these enter the nose or mouth of healthy people, they contract the disease. Mouth-breathing and kissing as well as contaminated food and water are also responsible for spreading tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis is of four types, namely of lungs, intestines, bones and glands. Pulmonary tuberculosis or tuberculosis of the lungs is by far the most common type of tuberculosis. It tends to consume the body and the patient loses strength, color and weight. Other symptoms are a raise in temperature especially in the evening, a persistent cough and hoarseness, difficulty in breathing, pain in the shoulders, indigestion, chest pain and blood in the sputum.

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