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Patient suffering from emphysema, receiving natural treatment at LifeWorks

Emphysema is a disease in which the alveoli (tiny air sacs) in the lungs become damaged. This, in turn, leads to shortness of breath and, in severe cases, to respiratory failure or heart failure. As the damage gets progressively worse, the oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange is impaired, making the lungs progressively less efficient.

Eventually, the level of oxygen in the blood falls, with one of two effects. Either pulmonary hypertension develops, leading to enlargement and strain on the right-and side of the heart and subsequently to edema (accumulation of fluid in tissues), particularly in the lower legs; or patients compensate for the loss of oxygen by breathing faster. Emphysema is often accompanied by chronic bronchitis, which can be brought on by smoking and air pollutants.

At LifeWorks we have helped many people with emphysema regain a more normal life using natural methods at our Clearwater clinic. For more information call 727 466 6789.

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About Dr. Minkoff

Dr. David Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then completed both a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in Infectious Disease at the University of California at San Diego. He worked at the University of California and Children’s Hospitals in San Diego as an attending physician in infectious disease while conducting original research on Ribaviron, a broad spectrum anti-viral agent to fight disease. He also co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine. In 1992, Dr. Minkoff’s attended a lecture by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, widely considered the father of functional medicine, during which he had a eureka moment, and began pursuing the alternative health field with a vengeance, studying under the most accomplished thought leaders on natural & integrative healing. In 1997 Dr. Minkoff and his wife set up a small clinic to help friends with their medical problems. What began as an experiment blossomed into LifeWorks Wellness Center, one of the most successful clinics for complementary medicine in the United States.