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Asthma

Asthma

 

What is Asthma?

 

      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.                              

 

 

 

      Asthma can have any of the following symptoms: 

 

         Chest tightness

         Shortness of breath

         Wheezing

         Coughing (often 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 

 

      Typical aggressive 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 – the 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:

 

          Cardiovascular disease;

         Impaired growth of your body and internal organs (including the brain);

          Infections

         Cataracts

          Osteoporosis

         Diabetes

          Weight gain

          High blood pressure

         Other disease conditions  

 

 

 

Safe, Effective Asthma Therapies

 

      Some simple strategies will virtually eliminate your need for conventional medications.  

 

 

Optimize your vitamin D levels

 

      Vitamin D can be a very powerful immune modulator  - 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.  

 

         Turn 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.  

 

         Ingesting vitamin 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.

 

 Vitamin D

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      You can 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 Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats (described below), and hopefully your asthma symptoms will be history

 

 

 

Consume Foods that act against inflammation

(and that do not promote it)

 

(1)   Moderate Consumption of Fats that cause inflammatory action

 

-       Reduce dietary intake of Omega 6 fatty acids – the 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.

 

(2)   Consume Fats that have Anti-inflammatory action

 

-       Increase dietary marine-based Omega 3 fats – this author recommends 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. 

 

Neptune_krill_Oil

 

-       Whilst avoiding an Omega 3 / Omega 6 fat imbalance, you should still however, ensure sufficient anti-inflammatory 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

 

 

(3)   Avoid foods / substances to which you may be allergic

         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 Carper's book, 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 improves.

 

         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 Healing.

 

         Unpasteurized (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 whole milk). 

 

         A milk allergy may also manifest as eczema, bronchitis, sinusitis, autoimmune disorders, frequent colds and ear infection

 

         Almond Milk is a good alternative to Cow’s milk

 

-       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.

Eat 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 prevent asthma

 

 

 

Get regular exercisE

 

      Exercise helps increase INSULIN receptor sensitivity – optimizing INSULIN  levels by requiring your body to produce less INSULIN.

 

-       Exercising outside in fresh air is especially important for asthmatics

-       Research indicates that asthmatics who exercise tend to show improvement in:

 

         Maximum ventilation

         Maximal oxygen uptake

         Work capacity

         Maximum heart rate 

 

Cordyceps SinensiS

(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. juice - You can also add a teaspoon of local raw honey to make a pleasant-tasting drink. This remedy is also successful against acid reflux.

 

ACV

 

 

Don’t SmokE

 

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