Cowichan man takes his lung condition with many grains of salt

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Cowichan Bay's Dwight Darby shows his packed lunch bag of natural remedies that have helped relieve years of congestion issues. Of those remedies include 12 different kinds of cell salts among the puffers he was originally prescribed when he was first diagnosed with COPD.
— image credit: Ashley Degraaf

Cowichan’s Dwight Darby could hardly utter three words together, let alone have a conversation with someone.

Walking a very short distance was a huge struggle. And about six months ago, he didn’t think he could make it out of bed.

He was knocking on death’s door.

The 71-year-old, who was diagnosed by his doctor with COPD, has since turned his life the right side up.

He can now chat with with ease, walk short distances, and do daily activities thanks to researching alternative, natural remedies to relieve congestion he’s suffered with for years.

The long-time Cowichan Valley resident who now resides in Cowichan Bay swears on success from sea and cell salts, as well as ginger and cinnamon, on top other household quick fixes including Vicks vapour liquid and heat pads.

“I was trying all kinds of puffers,” he said. “It was like when you’re trying to blow up a really small balloon that’s really hard to blow up. That’s how I felt.”

Darby began his own research after his diagnosis with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), a long-term lung disease often caused by smoking. It includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

COPD slowly damages airways, and makes them swollen and partly blocked by mucus. It also damages the tiny air sacs at the tips of your airways, making it hard to move air in and out of your lungs.

Darby was told by his doctor to quit smoking, a habit he’s had since he was 17 years old. However, the former mechanic and welder, doesn’t believe smoking is the cause of his congestion. Instead, he believes his breathing difficulties are due to exposure to creosote from burning timber.

He admits, however, he’s been hard on his lungs, having worked as a mechanic and welder for 45 years and when exposure risks weren’t taken as seriously. He also fought fires as a young teen as well grew up in houses with woodstoves.

With that said, he’s found a new lease on life simply spending his own time researching remedies, and ordering said natural medicines, like sea salts, online.

“The production of phlegm is slowed down so that you can breathe easier again,” states an article 10 Health Benefits of Sea Salts on “Some say that sprinkling sea salt on the tongue after drinking a glass of water is just as effective as using an inhaler. But the great thing about sea salt is that it has no side effects when taken in moderation.”

Cell salts were developed by 19th century German physician, Dr. Wilhelm Heinrich Schüssler, who concluded many illnesses are caused by an imbalance of the mineral balance in the single cells.

There are 12 different types  available. Each works in different ways on its own, or you can take an all-in-one tablet for general benefits, which is what Darby’s currently doing.

He advises anyone with similar issues to look into a salt pipe, which works very much like an inhaler but with sea salts.

He also drinks about four or five cups a day of hot cocoa with ginger and cinnamon mixed in, which also works on relieving mucous blockages.

Although taking salts, and buying ginger, cinnamon and cocoa in bulk adds up in cost, and isn’t covered by medical, it’s priceless for him.

“It’s like getting control of the engine that’s in control of your body,” he said. “It adds up, but if I’m going to survive, then it’s worth it.”

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