What is asthma? 

AsthmaAsthma is a chronic respiratory condition that inflames and narrows the airways making it difficult for a child to breathe. It can cause shortness of breath and reoccurring periods of a musical high-pitched whistling sound as the child breathes, known as “wheezing”. Coughing usually accompanies the breathing difficulties at night or in the early morning. An asthma attack can be triggered by an allergic reaction or some other form of sensitivity such as pollen, dry leaves, cats, smoke, air pollution, grass, dust mites and burning wood. Today, asthma is one of the most common long-term respiratory conditions found among children.

 

What your doctor will tell you about asthma: 

Your pediatrician may tell you that your child has had many of the risk factors for developing asthma such as low birth weight, Cesarean Section, early antibiotic usage, early Tylenol usage, family history, frequent respiratory infections, second-hand smoke, poor hygiene, and allergies. Your child may be given an inhaler with steroid medication for long-term control, prevention and management of acute asthma attacks. An inhaler is a device with a holding chamber to ensure that the medication reaches the lungs. Alternately your child may be given a nebulizer which is a machine that includes compressor tubing and a mask to deliver the medication. These steroid medications do slow down a child’s growth and are also addictive with devastating side effects from long term usage, but your pediatrician will tell you this outweighs the risk of not being able to breathe. If medications are unable to help your child, your pediatrician may suggest seeing a specialist such as an allergist or immunologist. The allergist will administer allergy shots (immunotherapy) to help with the allergies triggering the asthma attacks. In certain cases many doctors will suggest having an Adenotonsillectomy, which is the surgical remove of the child’s adenoids and tonsils. Pediatricians will tell you that this procedure in most cases will eventually stop asthma completely.

Another way to think about asthma:

Asthma is an indication that the immune system is compromised and there are underlying imbalances that have resulted in inflammation in the bronchial tubes which needs to be identified and addressed. Once of the biggest culprits of asthma is dairy/casein. Sometimes eliminating all dairy can have a dramatic effect on the child. There could be other food allergens triggering asthma such as wheat, gluten, and eggs and airborne allergens such as mold, pet dander, pollen and dust. In addition to the elimination process of these allergens, dietary changes are necessary to treat and heal the gastrointestinal issues (Leaky Gut Syndrome) and the microbiome. Nutritional supplementation is also needed to improve the immune system and reduce the inflammation in the lungs. Detoxifying the body from yeast overgrowth, fungus, Candida, heavy metals, parasites, viruses, bacteria and other pathogens can collectively improve the immune system so that the number of food and airborne allergies are eliminated. There are also different therapies that can strengthen and heal the lungs and eliminate allergies. A key supplement often times overlooked is sulphur; a very important mineral needed for detoxification of the liver, elimination of allergies and strengthening the lungs. If a child has high levels of toxicity such as yeast, heavy metals, and other pathogens, then it is probably best to apply sulphur in a transdermal form or just give Epsom salt baths instead of using an oral supplement. Identifying the underlying imbalances, eliminating the toxic overload and strengthening the immune system can eliminate the allergies, reduce the inflammation in the lungs and stop the chronic asthmatic condition of the child.

 

Asthma checklist to start:

  • Make dietary changes. Eat whole foods; buy organic. Remove all GMO, fast and processed foods and those with colors, artificial ingredients, preservatives, phenols, salicylates and inflammatory foods such as casein, gluten, soy. Strictly limit sugars, salt, and white refined carbohydrates. Join the Feingold Association www.Feingold.org to learn more.
  • Include plenty of good quality fats, such as coconut and olive oil, avocados, wild salmon, organic chicken and turkey, ghee, eggs, etc. including Essential Fatty Acids.
  • Heal the gut with GAPS, PALEO, or GF/CF diets, a good probiotic, Keifer non dairy yogurt, digestive enzymes with DPPIV for gluten and casein sensitivities, zinc picolinate, coconut oil with MCT (medium chain triglycerides) and eating fermented vegetables and foods.
  • Clean up your environment. Remove animals (both live and stuffed!), carpets. Use non-toxic cleaners, building materials. Green your home!
  • Ask your pediatrician to run some laboratory tests that give information about possible food sensitivities and allergies, Test for IgG,IgA,IgE and IgM. Other testing could show deficiencies in vitamins and minerals, bacterial overgrowth and gluten and casein sensitivities.
  • Use homeopathy specific for asthma (ipecauana,antimonium tartaricum, arsenicum album, phosphorous) Consider using Schueller’s cell tissue salts which can be effective as well. Sequential Homeopathy is also very effective for asthma.
  • Add fermented foods and probiotics daily to keep the gastrointestinal system and microbiome healthy and strong which in turn will keep the immune system strong. Eat keifer yogurts and fermented vegetables, umeboshi plums (very alkalizing) and miso soup. Some good probiotics are VSL#3, Gut Pro, Dr. Ohirra’s Live Cultured Probiotics, Garden of Life, and Culturelle.
  • Digestive Enzymes such as betaine hydrochloric acid, Vitalzyme Complete with DPPIV for gluten and casein intolerances, proteolytic enzyme, BiCarb, bromelain and papaya,
  • Use herbs, essential oils and natural supplements such as pycnogenol, garlic, ginger, micelized A (water soluable vitamin A), chlorophyll, beta-carotene, dimethylglycine (DMG), turmeric, fennel, peppermint, goldenseal, mullein, yarrow, lotus root, echinacea, eucalyptus, oregano oil, biocidin, thieves’ oil, zinc, pine oil and colloidal silver. Breathing tea tree oil on a cloth can help increase the breathing capacity of the lungs.
  • For an acute asthma attack recommended by Dr. Weil use lobelia, or Indian tobacco (Lobelia inflate). Mix three parts tincture of lobelia with one part tincture of capsicum (red pepper or cayenne pepper). Take twenty drops of the mixture in water at the start of an asthmatic attack. Repeat every thirty minutes for a total of three or four doses.
  • Take Vitamin D3, Vitamin C and sulphur – N’acetylcysteine (sulphur) treats and prevents upper respiratory infections for those prone to chronic infections; MSM transdermal cream and Epsom Salt Baths.
  • See a local chiropractor. Chiropractic treatments can be very effective for asthma.
  • See a well-trained acupuncturist to help strengthen the lungs, kidneys and liver. 
  • See a NAET practitioner for an allergy elimination treatment to eliminate food and airborne allergies.

If you’ve addressed these issues and are still dealing with asthma:  

  • Test OAT (Organic Acid Test) by Great Plains Laboratory for yeast overgrowth and Candida, oxalates, and other microbial infections
  • Craniosacral therapy can effectively treat upper respiratory symptoms by removing blocks, releasing compression and alleviating stress and pain.
  • Homeopathic or Naturopathic physicians can diagnose and treat asthma naturally so that the child’s immune, sensory, neurological and nervous systems develop without being compromised.
  • Ionic foot baths can help detox unwanted pathogens and are easy to do with children
  • Infared Sauna can detox through the skin and help strengthen the lungs.
  • ozone (through the ears) can help effectively heal bacteria in upper respiratory infections and strengthen the lungs.

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BOOKS

Bock, Kenneth. Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders. New York, NY. Ballantine Books, 2008 https://www.amazon.com/Healing-New-Childhood-Epidemics-Groundbreaking/dp/0345494512