20 Million Americans Suffer With Asthma- What Can You Do?
By: Dr. Anthony Galante
Did You Know…
40,000 people miss school or work
5000 people go to the emergency room
11 people die
20 million Americans suffer with asthma
Asthma is the most common chronic condition in children
Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization for children
Asthma is the Number 1 reason for children to miss school.
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Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. There are two mechanisms at work, inflammation in the airways and a narrowing of the airways due to bronchospasms (like small muscle spasms). Asthma causes recurring periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. The coughing often occurs at night or early in the morning.
Standard medical treatment is to treat the inflammation and narrowing with medications like inhaled corticosteroids and/or inhaled long-acting beta-agonists.
The New England Journal of Medicine reports regular use of inhaled corticosteroids reduces children’s growth rate. Along with decreased growth rates, corticosteroids adversely affect bone health. During the first year of use, research shoes bone loss in the spine can between 25-50%.
The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology reports an increase incidence of hypertension, a blocking of the effects of HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and insulin resistance, which is the precursor to diabetes.
DO NOT STOP your medication, asthma is very serious and any change in medication needs to done with your doctor’s supervision.
What Can You Do?
1. Diet – Avoid or decrease dairy, sugar and citrus. Food allergy testing may be necessary. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet protocol.
2. Nutrition – Specific nutritional supplements to target inflammatory pathways have been shown to decrease asthma symptoms.
3. Control allergies. Allergies and asthma go hand in hand, one makes the other worse.
4. Consider water and air purifiers. Use hypoallergenic pillow covers. Change pillow cases daily. Wash your hair before bed (to clean out pollens).
5. Here is what the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reports:
“The use of manual techniques on children with respiratory diseases seems to be beneficial. Chiropractic, osteopathic medicine, and massage are the most common interventions.”
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