Yes I consider the placebo effect on all I take but that would wear off over time as ”reality” sets in.
Having worked in medical in the USN, I try to be acutely aware of mental/physical changes but at best those will be subjective for several reasons. The progressiveness of IPF seems to slowly affect the brain and of course, can stimulate some fear or remorse. I wade through those as fast as possible.
I am currently in an exacerbation, too. Lovely aren’t they? The first one 2.5 years ago was extreme and took me well over 6 months to recover – never fully.
With metformin, I cannot speak to any impact on IPF, perhaps it has minusculely slowed the progression but I have no real feeling or evidence either way.
I was developing a mucus problem 4.5 years ago but discovered Serrapeptase – it almost completely has eliminated the problem except if sick or in an exacerbation. If you are considering it, there are very important cautions when using it. NEVER and I mean NEVER take it anywhere close to other medications (I wait at least 3 hours and prefer 4) because it dissolves protein (pills/food). Did that too close to Niacin once – wish I hadn’t done that. Same for close to food as it is wasted dissolving food instead of going into the small intestine where it is more easily absorbed.
Regards the Aspirin White Paper – I did not keep it but I think the same or very similar to the original was what you read. You can ask an administrator on the forums here for help finding it.