BEATING BRONCHIECTASIS is the riveting story of one man’s phenomenal decision to choose a higher level of healing.

During one particularly bad winter, Daniel’s health started deteriorating rapidly in a downward spiral that lasted months. This free fall lasted until a life-altering appointment at the Mayo Clinic gave him the diagnosis: Bronchiectasis.

Their only advice for him going forward was, “Don’t get sick.”

Realizing his doctors had written him off, Daniel went into denial. His situation was dire—he was dying. But if he wanted to live, he had to take control of his health. Daniel built a healing dream team, including a medical concierge, and started moving slowly but surely on the journey to optimum health.

His resounding victory is proof that you don’t have to lie down and suffer in the face of debilitating illness.

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This Book Will Prove Helpful to Everyone Diagnosed with Bronchiectasis

I received a diagnosis of Bronchiectasis last September. It's a scary thing to find yourself in the hospital only to learn that you have a chronic disease, and especially one that you've never even heard of.

When I saw that Daniel Pecaut had written a book titled "Beating Bronchiectasis", I was intrigued. I'll admit, I was also a bit skeptical. But, as I read, I realized that everything he was doing, makes wonderful sense. It's really simple. The author doesn't pretend to know everything. He just set out to get well. He chronicled all of the changes he made to his lifestyle. A year after the original diagnosis of bronchiectasis, his lungs are now clear. Wow! That is wonderful news!

The author gives us practical and useful ways to improve our lung and respiratory system.

It's a book of encouragement and hope! I highly recommend it!

Thank you, Daniel Pecaut for writing it and sharing your personal experience with other sufferers.

Paige Amazon Customer

I read this book with a very critical eye for several reasons. Firstly, I have had bronchiectasis all my life, myself, and secondly, I was a respiratory therapist for 23 years and know a little more about it than the usual person who has it. So I read this book with a great deal of doubt in my mind.

The author suffered from asthma all his life and bronchiectasis for a number of years as well. His condition was not very receptive to modern medical treatments (and the Mayo Clinic is one of the best in the country for both of them.) This happens with some people who have bronchiectasis; some respond very well to the available treatments and some don't, and not even the doctors know why.

The author went to many doctors, but was basically told that they had exhausted all the treatments they had on him. In desperation and terror, he began looking elsewhere, unwilling to accept that there could never be any hope. He researched everything he thought might help, met with practitioners of the things he chose to begin using, and coordinated it all into a very drastic and strict "regimen of recovery" for himself.

Eating fresh foods instead of processed whenever possible, getting enough sleep, drinking a lot of water, taking specific dietary supplements, getting exercise, meditating and doing yoga, washing his hands often and avoiding sick people---mostly common-sense health practices that Western medicine tells us all to do, but most of us don't really DO any of it, or don't do it all the time.

The author DID. He did all of it, every day, and made it a top priority over everything else, in an effort to get better. And gradually over time, it worked. It worked very well in his case. But he really committed to it, and changed his entire lifestyle. Many people can do this for a few days or weeks or months, but the author did it for a year, and essentially got his diseases to a point where he felt better physically than he ever had in his life.

He's not claiming that what he did will work for anyone and everyone. He's not claiming a miracle, and he's not selling snake-oil. What is IS saying is that, when Western medicine has no more answers for you, you can look beyond it and see what else is out there. Research like he did, find doctors or other qualified, licensed healthcare professionals who have knowledge beyond that taught in US medical schools, and see what alternative routes may lead to an improvement in your health. Instead of using Western medicine as the ONLY possible choice, use it as one of many, if Western medicine alone isn't helping you.

The author knows his bronchiectasis and/or asthma symptoms could return at any time. Neither he nor his doctors can say he is cured of either condition. But he's got his health back---he and his lungs are in the best condition of his life, and he believes that this is due to the healthcare choices he made and implemented, and I think his story is valid, valuable, and inspirational.

I bought this book when it was still at $2.99. I have not received any remuneration for my review; it's my own personal and actual opinion of it.

Laurel Shand Respiratory Therapist for 23 years

I was drawn in to the story from the beginning, having been a child with both allergies and asthma – I could seriously put myself in the author’s place. I appreciate the conversational writing style. Throughout the book, I felt as though a friend was sharing his story with me – it has a very organic, natural feel to it. At no point did I get bored or feel like I needed to skip ahead, the story has a very natural, common sense flow to it – I stayed interested in seeing what happened next.

The background leading up to the diagnosis was well laid out and gave me a good sense of the author’s state of mind. The subsequent depression, frustration and despair made sense to me. The journey from despair to establishing a protocol that ultimately resulted in recovery was compelling. I found the relative simplicity of the protocol surprising and encouraging at the same time. Good health doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated but there does have to be commitment and consistency to doing the simple things required over time.

The ultimate revelation that the author’s meticulously constructed and carefully followed protocol actually resulted in his diagnosis being reversed, was almost anti-climactic. Though in this case, it made sense that it would be, as the change to lifestyle and thought processes were almost more important than the physical results.

The Afterward brought everything together, injected a bit more honesty into the daily grind of adopting a healing lifestyle and offered insight into the author’s motivation for sharing his compelling story.

Deb Early Reader

This is an important topic. Modern medicine has done some amazing things, but it has also made people think they need a doctor for anything health related--many feel unqualified to take responsibility for their health. This seems ridiculous to me, given that each of us has 24/7 experience living in our own bodies and we are thus qualified to recognize when things are “off."

Amazon Customer

Thanks for sharing this amazing story about how we do have the power to heal. I'm inspired to live a healthy life and carry on without being a victim...

Suzanne Podcast Listener

I believe this book will help people gain control over their medical issues. It will give them hope and practical advice on what to do.

Joanie Amazon Customer

Plain speaking simple advice well presented

There's no sales pitch, no guarantees of success, and no agenda being pushed. Just a plain description of what he did, how it worked for him, and a wish to share it with others who might find themselves in the same or similar situation.

S. Gail Seymour Customer

In the end, I felt joyful that everything turned out alright and that everything was a success. The end of the book, made me cry. It is a book, which grabs on to your heart strings and doesn't let go.

Amazon Customer
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Dr. Michael Jung, MD on Beating Bronchiectasis:

"Bronchiectasis, in my professional opinion, is a less straightforward condition to treat than most. With most other diseases, you can take a cookbook approach toward management. There's a pre-established series of steps you can take one after another. But with bronchiectasis, there’s a lot we don't know and, frankly, much of the standard treatments aren't that good. Since, we, as doctors, don't know all the answers, everyone has a little different approach to treating it. On top of that, bronchiectasis is idiosyncratic in that many possible triggers and aggravating factors are specific to the individual. It's not just the negative factors that vary. What works well for one patient may not work at all for another. So each person suffering from bronchiectasis is left to experiment to find out what works best for them personally.

For this reason, I think we can all learn from each other.

I’ve practiced medicine for 36 years. In 1980, I received my medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine. I did my residency at the University of Iowa and was board certified in family medicine. Since then, of course, I’ve been re-certified in everything.

Daniel first came to me as a patient when he was in his thirties, about 20 years before his bronchiectasis diagnosis. I’ve seen him when he was healthy and also when he was ill. In 2012, during one of our harsh Iowa winters, Daniel was definitely trending downhill. He wasn't his normal frisky self. Although he had asthma and severe allergies, he had felt well for most of his life. With that baseline, he had an instinct for how he should feel, and that winter he knew he was no longer well.

After taking a series of antibiotics and steroids to no effect, Daniel went to Mayo Clinic to see doctors who have dedicated their careers to treating chronic lung diseases. They were able to arrest his decline, but as far as what to do next, they offered no advice except to avoid getting sick.

What’s amazing about Daniel is that he did so much more than just avoid getting sick. Up until now, he had been a bystander in the process. But he could see the path he was on wasn’t working anymore. His health was severely compromised and something had to change. He realized that it would be up to him to make whatever changes necessary to regain his health. He had to be the one to find the answers.

What Daniel did was uncommon. Most people are relatively passive in their healthcare. For example, I'll often ask a patient, "What medicines are you taking?" And the patient will say, "Well, I don't know. My wife gives me my medicines in the morning and I just take them."

We, as doctors, usually don't give patients all the details of what we're doing, either. To avoid over-explaining and overwhelming patients who may lack the framework to take it all in, we tend to dumb down the explanation. We instead say, "Well, this is the treatment, do this, and I'll see you next month." And most patients are fine with that.

But Daniel is one of those rare exceptions. He is bright, persistent and resourceful. He wanted to engage with the process of his own healing, so he took on the lead role in developing and leading his own recovery support team.

Daniel used all of the resources available to him to create a customized treatment plan. He used the traditional (“allopathic”) approach to medicine with treatments such as antibiotics, antihistamines, reflux medicines, and so forth. But he also realized there were more options available for recovering his energy and health than just conventional treatments, so he explored alternative approaches.

After much effort on his part, Daniel came upon the combination that worked for him. But not only that, he stuck with the regimen, day after day, in the face of much adversity. After 18 months, he went from waking up exhausted after sleeping for 14 hours to feeling rested after just eight. He regained the energy he used to have. He used to suffer from persistent stuffiness, but now his sinuses are clear. He cleared out mucus in his lungs. He increased his lung capacity so he was able to breathe deeply once again. He improved his cardio. He went from getting winded while walking to comfortably running a 10K (6.2 miles) in about an hour.

Because Daniel’s story turned out so well, some people will naturally be skeptical. They will deny that his condition was as serious as it was or question whether his recovery was really as good as he described it. Nonetheless, I can confirm that he described everything accurately and honestly.

His condition, both before and after, was confirmed and documented by Mayo Clinic. I have personally gone over those records and his CAT scans. During his recovery, I saw Daniel quite regularly and monitored his health. I continue to see him today, and his overall health is undeniably better.

His outcome was uncommon, but it did happen. Bronchiectasis is a condition that can take on a life of its own. It usually doesn't get better just by good luck or the placebo effect. Normally, bronchiectasis is a condition that patients and doctors have to manage over a lifetime. I currently have two other patients with this chronic disease. Although, they started out pretty much the same way as Daniel, they’re not doing as well as he is. They are struggling with flareups and other complications related to the condition.

Some people may think Daniel is claiming he's cured, but that’s not the case. Although, it can be tempting to think in binary terms (black or white, good or evil, healthy or sick), that’s not how most things are in the real world. We know that most conditions are on a spectrum. People aren't either well or ill. They’re more in-between.

I would describe Daniel’s condition as managed, in remission, or under control. But to say that his lung disease days are over would be an exaggeration. Whereas he hasn’t had any issues in two years, there’s the possibility that an irritation will cause his bronchiectasis to resurface. Down the road, he may need more allopathic treatments than naturopathic therapies. But as of now, the combination of what he's doing still seems to work well for him.

I wish all my patients would take such a proactive approach to their own health. That being said, some people can take that approach too far. They search the internet and try all these alternative therapies that may delay their treatment, waste their money, or, worse, make them sicker. In the medical profession, we see that all the time. Someone who has, say, type 2 diabetes will decide to treat it solely with an unconventional diet, chiropractic adjustments, or herbal supplements. In those cases, they did take their health into their own hands, but the effort was misguided, and they jeopardized their health.

When considering whether to endorse any supplement or naturopathic treatment, my two main considerations are always 1) Is it safe? and 2) Is it effective?

The first question is relatively easy to answer. Our practice subscribes to a database where we can look up naturopathic and homeopathic treatments and get all the pros and cons of each. If it’s not harmful, then I consider if it will be effective. However, efficacy is a tricky notion. Often, these treatments lack empirical evidence to support their claims. So we won’t know whether a treatment is beneficial until afterwards. So it’s up to the patient to try out the treatment, monitor how they feel, and decide if the treatment delivers sufficient benefit to continue.

Whenever Daniel came to me with a supplement he wanted to try, I always ran it through our pharmacy department to confirm it was safe. Then I left it up to him to decide the next step.

Daniel’s treatment was safe and it appeared to be effective for him in the end. But you're going to have to be the one to decide what, if anything he did, is effective for you.

The greatest lesson of this book is that you need to take responsibility for your own health. As much as your family and medical team want you to be well, the bottom line is that you drive the process. At the same time, you should not take unnecessary risks. Always consult with your primary care physician before stopping a prescribed medication or trying alternative treatments.

When conventional medicine failed him, Daniel didn’t give up. He took charge, did the research, created a medical team, consulted with that medical team, persisted despite the many obstacles, and got better. If you’re in a similar situation, I encourage you to follow his example, take ownership of your recovery, and find treatments that work for you. As Daniel’s story shows, that can make all the difference.

Safe journeys,

Dr. Michael Jung, MD

August 29, 2016"

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