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The Rising Epidemic of Asthma
Most of us take for granted our ability to breathe easily. We probably don't put much thought into it at all! But if you are one of the millions of people afflicted with asthma you understand the discomfort, even the terror that arises when your breathing is obstructed. It is estimated that between 12-14 million Americans suffer from this respiratory disorder, with one-third of those being children and the numbers continue to climb. Researchers believe we are hitting epidemic proportions with the increasing number of new asthmatics. In the past fifteen years the rates of asthma have doubled.
Traditional Chinese Medicine states that the emotion partnered with the lungs and the colon is grief. It is apparent that our beautiful planet has become increasingly more and more polluted. Our bodies are closely tied to the planet that gives us life. Children who are so innocent and perceptive are the most vulnerable. It is our responsibility to raise awareness of our surroundings and to make choices that are environmentally friendly whenever we can.
There are two types of asthma, allergic and non-allergic. With allergies, the main culprits are molds, dust, feathers, cigarette smoke, animal dander, pollution, food additives and pollen.
Non-allergic triggers can be cold air, stress, exercise, adrenal disorders, low blood sugar, extreme temperatures, respiratory infections and even laughing.
If you have asthma, inhaling or ingesting the irritant can cause a series of events to take place in the body. The smooth muscles of the airways become constricted, mucus secretions are increased (the body's way of ridding itself of the toxins) plugging up the smaller air passages. With this swelling and mucus river, air cannot pass as easily through the pipes and a wheezing sound results. Shortness of breath, lack of oxygen and the fear of not being able to breathe again, can compound the severity of the asthma attack. In extreme cases hospitalization is required.
The health of the colon is vital! If the colon is clogged and toxic, the lungs can become overloaded with toxins.
When the colon is laden with fecal matter, these poisons have nowhere to go. Your body would prefer to eliminate them, but since it does not have the nutrition or the vital energy required to do so, the colon hangs onto them. This creates a backing up in the system. The poisons circulate throughout the system via the blood, which passes through the lungs. The lungs are an eliminatory organ with a job description separate from the colon but they will be burdened to compensate for the insufficient waste removal of the colon. If there is already a lung weakness, this becomes too stressful for the lungs and they will let you know it!
A colon cleanse, rebuilding the system and managing stress through nutrition is a must. This cleansing and rebuilding is not a one-time deal, it takes a commitment and a lifestyle change. It is something that will have to be incorporated into your life on a regular basis. You will find that many other complaints will disappear as an added bonus to your new-found program.
Cleanse the colon twice a year with CleanStart or Tiao He Cleanse and follow with 2 packages of Para Cleanse and then use Bowel Detox or LBS II and Pysllium Hulls Combination or Nature's Three in between cleanses to keep the bowls moving. You should have 1 bowel elimination for each meal you eat, NO less than 2 movements per day. Restore the friendly bacteria with Bifidophilus Flora Force, take 2-4 capsules at bedtime on an empty stomach so it has all night to work.
For Stress consider: Stress-J, Nutri Calm or Nervous System Pack. Build the immune system with Elderberry D3fense, Seasonal Defense, Trigger Immune, Parthenium or Immune Stimulant and add an antioxidant such as Grapine w/ Protectors, Super Antioxidants, Defense Maintenance or Thai Go.
A healthy well-rounded diet will keep your body fit and your immune system strong. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit and lean proteins such as fish and chicken. Fish that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, tuna and sardines. Super Omega-3 EPA is a natural anti-inflammatory.
Decrease or eliminate dairy products as they are antagonistic and dairy increases the production of mucus. Avoid saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, refined foods, sugar and simple carbohydrates.
Food additives found in a lot of commercially prepared foods, food dyes, and preservatives need to be eliminated.
Some common ones that can trigger attacks: nuts, wheat, citrus, yeast and MSG.
Onions and garlic (raw) contain a substance called quercetin which is an anti-inflammatory that has shown to be effective in asthmatics. So eat plenty of those, they're good for the blood too!
Small frequent meals are easier on the digestive system which is usually compromised in an asthmatic person. This will assist the colon in better assimilation and elimination. A stomach that is too full can put pressure on the diaphragm which can then trigger an attack. Gas producing foods can apply pressure to the diaphragm which can be a trigger. Food enzymes can be helpful.
As an asthmatic you really have to be your own detective. Keep a record of those things that are problematic for you—what foods bother you? How do you handle your stress? Is an attack more likely to occur at a certain time of day? If so, why? For women, does your hormonal flux affect your asthma? Once you have narrowed down what your triggers are, you will be able to better manage your health, and ultimately your life.
Stress reduction techniques have proven to be very effective in children. Train yourself not to panic in the event of an attack, visualize a warm sunny beach in Mexico or eating that rich, delicious Belgium chocolate (that you can only dream of, sorry!). Learning how to use your breath to calm yourself, along with visualization, may work rather well in deflecting an attack and in preventing them. The mind is an amazing tool!
Along with proper nutrition and cleansing you will want to include supplements to assist you to great health. It has been found that asthmatic sufferers can be low in certain vitamins and minerals. These are Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin E w/selenium and Magnesium. Pantothenic acid is excellent for the adrenal glands, as is Folic acid, since adrenals are often under active and require support. Remember, if you take a single B vitamin you need to take it with a B-complex. Hydrochloric acid (PDA) production has been found to be lower than normal. Focus on digestion via small meals and enzymes to improve your over all health.
Ginkgo Biloba acts on the circulatory system carrying nutrients to all parts of the body. It has anti- inflammatory and anti-allergy properties and helps to relieve tightness in the chest.
Lobelia Liquid is a natural relaxant, which may remove obstruction and open the airways — an important herb to have on hand. In the event of an asthma attack, take internally with warm water. Use it as often as every 10 to 15 minutes until the attack stops.
Mullein is an anti-spasmodic and anti- inflammatory. Mullein made into a in tea is said to have an immediate effect in relieving an attack. (Bring 1 cup pure water to a boil, open 2-4 capsules, cover for 5-10 minutes and drink.)
Astragalus is a Chinese herb that strengthens the lungs and strengthens the immune system at large and is a good overall tonic.
Some combination herbs are: Marshmallow & Fenugreek, ALJ, CC-A and Lung Support to name a few. These formulas may reduce congestion in the lungs and help to open air passages.
Single herbs to use alone or in combination with others are Licorice root (do not use if you have high blood pressure), Golden seal, Slippery elm and Echinacea.
Now speaking of exercise, yes you can do it! Thought you could get out of it, did you? Before beginning your workout, try taking 2000 mg. Of Vitamin C one hour before. Limit your salt intake, as too much salt can trigger an exercise induced attack.
Ginkgo Biloba is beneficial in protecting against an attack occurring due to exercise. Keep in mind that the above is for preventive measures and to assist in healing your body over time.
If you happen to have an asthma attack, Lobelia Extract used every 5-10 minutes can stop an attack. (keep it on hand).