Asthma is a chronic
inflammatory condition, typically of the upper airways –
it tightens the muscles in the wall of the bronchial tube and produces mucus,
which narrows the airway reducing air flow to the lungs. As such,
a severe asthma attack can be
fatal by diminishing the oxygen supply to vital organs.
can have any of the following symptoms:
Shortness of breath
at night or early morning)
Cause of Asthma?
Asthma is caused by a
complex interaction of environmental and genetic factors - that
researchers do not yet fully understand. Asthma resulting from an immune
response to inhaled allergens is the best understood of the causal factors.
Conventional Asthma Treatments
drug approaches do not treat the cause of your asthma, and can be dangerous,
even lethal - Clearly you’ll want to avoid having to resort
to such measures:
Non-steroidal bronchodilator –
conventional choice is an anti-inflammatory agent that you inhale. This relaxes
the smooth muscle cells in your lungs, opening up your airways. The
non-steroidal bronchodilator doubles the risk of a heart attack.
Inhaled steroid –
typically the next choice is a potent
anti-inflammatory agent which helps reduce the inflammation in your lungs.
Serious side effects, include:
Impaired growth of your body
and internal organs
(including the brain);
High blood pressure
Safe, Effective Asthma Therapies
Some simple strategies will virtually
eliminate your need for conventional medications.
Optimize your vitamin D
can be a very
Vitamin D is best obtained by exposing a significant amount of your skin
(more than hands and face) to appropriate amounts of sunlight. Alternatively you
can use a safe tanning bed.
your skin slightly pink – this can produce up to 20,000 units of vitamin D per day.
At slightly pink, a feedback system in your body halts production of any more
vitamin D. In fact, longer exposure can damage your skin.
D does not have the advantage of
the inherent feedback in the skin -
presenting the possibility of harmful
overdose. Vitamin D can be found in some quality cod liver oils and can be
carefully supplemented by those in non-sunny areas of the country.
SUNSHINE – “Let There Be Light”
monitor D in your blood with an accurate test - In the US, the test should be performed at a lab like Labcorp, that uses
the gold standard Diasorin test for checking vitamin D level
Aim to get your
health levels to about 60 ng/ml -
In addition, combine with exercise and balancing the
fats (described below), and hopefully your asthma symptoms will be history
Consume Foods that act against inflammation
(and that do not promote it)
Moderate Consumption of Fats that cause
Reduce dietary intake of
Omega 6 fatty acids –
balance between dietary
Omega 3 and Omega 6
fats is crucial for your health, especially for controlling inflammation.
Compared to 100 years ago, Americans have increased
Omega 6 intake from plant-based fats from 1-2
pounds /year to 75-80 pounds/year, primarily by consuming such as corn and soy
vegetable oils in processed foods. At the same time consumption of
Omega-3 fat is now
almost negligible. This imbalance of Omega 3 and
Omega 6 fats induces inflammation and can lead to asthma.
Consume Fats that have
marine-based Omega 3 fats –
Neptune Krill Oil (2- 500mg
capsules/day); most of those with health problems or older people
do not possess the needed enzymes to rapidly convert the
Omega 3 ALA in plants
to the needed, potent anti-inflammatory
DHA and EPA
fats present in marine oils.
Whilst avoiding an
Omega 3 / Omega 6
fat imbalance, you should still however, ensure
Omega-6 Gamma-linolenic Acid (GLA) fat -
E.g. in pine
nuts, evening primrose oil, blackcurrant/borage oils, nuts, seeds, legumes,
wheat germ, lean meat.
Omega-6 GLA fatty acids have a pronounced anti-inflammatory effect.
For in-depth information on consuming the
right kind of healthy fats, see:
Essential Fats = Health
High or Low fat, Fake or No fat
How to get the fats of life
Avoid foods / substances to which you may be
Allergic reactions to certain foods or substances to which you are
allergic will produce inflammation.
Dairy products are
a common dietary culprit
Milk allergies may be the underlying problem
linking milk and asthma -
The milk protein is the likely
cause of allergy-related asthma, but according to Dr. Frank Oski, chief of
pediatrics at the John Hopkins School of Medicine, some children and adults may
not be allergic to the milk itself, but rather to the small amount of
antibiotics passed into the milk from the cows
(usually given to treat their mastitis).
In a study of 25 patients that followed a diet free of milk and meat for
4 months, 71% of the patients experienced an improvement in their asthma
symptoms. After a year, asthma improved
in 92% of the patients. [Reported in Jean
Food: Your Miracle Medicine],
On a larger scale, Dr. Joseph Pizzorno, President Emeritus of
Bastyr University, found that 25% of respiratory patients
experienced long-term improvement after following a vegan diet (no dairy, eggs,
meat). You may do well to avoid dairy products and see if your condition
Dairy products are also notorious for producing
mucus involved in asthma - "In all respiratory
conditions, mucus-forming dairy foods, such as milk and cheese, can exacerbate
clogging of the lungs and should be avoided," writes Professor Gary Null in his
Complete Encyclopedia of Natural
(i.e. made from raw milk)
dairy products may not cause inflammatory reactions –
pasteurization decreases the amount of the
enzyme lactase used to break down lactose in milk. Dairy with high lactose
content has been shown to worsen asthma (E.g. a daily portion of yogurt made
with skimmed milk contains ~50 g of lactose, compared to only 5 g when made with
A milk allergy may also manifest as
eczema, bronchitis, sinusitis, autoimmune disorders, frequent colds and ear
Almond Milk is a good alternative to Cow’s
Type A’s naturally produce
copious amounts of mucus, further increased when they eat mucus-producing foods
- this can exacerbate respiratory problems.
When Type A’s avoid mucus-producing foods and positively address stress, their
asthmatic condition is always improved or eliminated.
Right for Your Type” by Dr Peter J D'Adamo, page 253
Don’t be a Clean Freak
(especially with children)
Being overly zealous about cleanliness,
especially with children may
not be as healthy as once thought - The “Hygiene Hypothesis” theorizes that
exposure to common bacterial and viral infections as a child can be instrumental
in providing the
stimulus to your immune system to naturally
Get regular exercisE
Exercise helps increase
receptor sensitivity –
levels by requiring your body to produce
Exercising outside in
fresh air is especially important for asthmatics
Research indicates that
asthmatics who exercise tend to show improvement in:
Maximal oxygen uptake
Maximum heart rate
(commonly called Caterpillar Fungus)
Cordyceps sinensis is an oriental medicinal
fungus which has recorded lung health-related uses dating back to the 15th
century in Tibet - Today, it is proven to inhibit tracheal
contractions and has been used effectively to treat Bronchitis, Asthma,
and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by promoting increased
airflow to the lungs.
In a clinical trial involving 50 asthma
patients, Cordyceps averaged 81.3% effectiveness against asthma symptoms
in 5 days, while conventional antihistamines proved only 61.1% effective
after an average of 9 days.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Take 1 Tablespoon Raw ACV 3 times/day in 8-12oz.
You can also
add a teaspoon of local raw honey to make a pleasant-tasting drink. This remedy
is also successful against acid reflux.