Quercetin for Allergic Asthma

For two decades, quercetin has claimed nutritional fame as the most potent natural anti-histamine available.  Numerous studies have demonstrated that quercetin reduces allergic immune response by modulating inflammatory signals at the gene level.  A new animal study demonstrates that a single dose of quercetin can have a potent bronchodilator effect, offering a potential strategy for people with asthma looking for natural ways to help assist them. (more…)

Asthma Drugs Kill More than Asthma, FDA Ignores Risk

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Following a long line of reports finding pharmaceutical drugs to be deadlier than traffic accidents and many illegal drugs, it has now come out that many asthma drugs are actually killing more patients than asthma itself. It may be hard for you to believe, but many popular asthma drugs like Symbicort, Advair Diskus, Serevent Diskus, Dulera and Foradil actually warn customers on their labels that they cause an increased “risk of death from asthma problems.” (more…)

HOW SYSTEMIC ENZYMES WORK TO CURE DISEASES

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Aging appears to begin between the ages of 27 and 35 when the production of enzymes that dissolve protein begins to diminish. Enzymes are widely recognized for their importance in digesting food. They also break up circulating immune complexes in the blood. Enzymes can act to prevent too much fibrin from being deposited in wounds, fractures and joints. These enzymes also remove necrotic debris and excess fibrin from the blood stream. Immune system regulation can also be accomplished with enzymes. Most of the development of systemic enzyme therapy was carried out in the Far East and Europe. Enzyme therapy is a prime example of a situation in which US medicine is missing the boat due to a lack o of awareness of what the rest of the world is doing and our unwillingness to use therapies not made by “big pharma.” Enzymes can not be patented so they are of little interest to drug companies. (more…)

QUESTION: Can You Recommend a Systemic Approach to Asthma?

ANSWER: The global rise in the rate of asthma over the past 50 years is considered epidemic. Although all of the factors behind this rise are not clearly understood, many are and the good news is that most are correctable. This disease currently affects more than 22 million people in the U.S. alone, including six million children with a cost in 2007 of US $56 billion.(1,2) This chronic inflammatory disorder is characterized by a complex interaction of airflow obstruction, bronchial hyper-responsiveness and an underlying inflammation.(3) Conventional therapy, (often a combination of an inhaled corticosteroid and a beta-agonist), can reduce symptoms and prevent airway remodeling (a sign of more permanent damage), but it does not address underlying causes, and when it is stopped the symptoms return full force.(4) Additionally, long-term use of these medications has been associated with adverse effects including adrenal suppression at high dose, as well as increased infections and impaired growth in children.(5) (more…)

Statins can steal your air

Think your asthma’s bad now? Try taking cholesterol meds and see how well you breathe.

Those of you who’ve “been there, done that” already know what I’m talking about — and for the rest of you, the latest research shows just how much misery you’re in for if your doc convinces you to take a statin.

Loss of lung function? Check.

Boost in rescue meds? Check.

Sleepless nights due to asthma attacks? Check. (more…)

Study: Exposure to common air fresheners can cause allergies, asthma

Millions of Americans use scented candles, air freshener sprays, plug-in deodorizers and diffusers to make their living spaces smell clean and pleasant, but are the chemicals in these products safe? New research compiled by scientists from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and the Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Clinic suggests that various chemical additives in air fresheners can trigger allergies, asthma and other health problems. (more…)

Making Clinical Sense of the Inflammation/Chronic Disease Story

“All roads to chronic disease lead through inflammation.”1-3 This concept has driven the evolution of understanding of the etiology of chronic diseases since the discovery in 1988 by David Baltimore of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB) as a regulatory factor stimulating inflammatory gene expression, and the relationship of its activity to chronic diseases as divergent as heart disease, arthritis, asthma, dementia, osteoporosis, and cancer.4 (more…)

Proton Pump Inhibitors – A Risky Experiment?

Steven Sandberg-Lewsi

 

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are a $13 billion-a-year industry in the US. There were 119 million prescriptions written for these drugs in 2009. Omeprazole and lansoprazole are also available over the counter. PPIs are indicated for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Barrett esophagus, and peptic ulcer disease, and to aid in the eradication of Helicobacter pylori overgrowth. They may also be prescribed for symptoms sometimes associated with GERD such as chronic cough, asthma, and chest pain.

Generic and brand names include:
omeprazole (Prilosec)
lansoprazole (Prevacid)
rabeprazole (Aciphex)
pantoprazole (Protonics)
esomeprazole (Nexium) (more…)

Greeks Knew All About Rosemary Benefits

Did You Know…Rosemary a fragrant herb native to the Mediterranean region has many benefits it can reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory, mental performance, concentration–and even have a significant effect on your test-taking ability? (more…)