Asthma affects around 5.2m people in the UK and close to 23 million people in the United States.
According to current trends, these numbers are growing annually.
It begs the question, "Why are so many people suffering with this disease?"
There are a multitude of factors that contribute to those numbers, not the least being in the polluted air that we breathe, the polluted water that we have to drink and the poisoned food we have to eat. Make no mistake, that sweeping statement is no fanciful ramble either. It is based in fact, cold and hard.
There is no mistaking the bluish haze we often see lingering over a city or even large town on a warm, still day. That air is filled with particles of dust, smoke and the exhaust fumes of countless thousands of internal combustion engines, the carbon monoxide emissions from countless thousands of domestic gas fired heating systems added to the general airborne pollutants created by industry.
Our waterways and reservoirs have been deluged with all the water soluble pollutants from the air, as mentioned in the previous paragraph. Along with these are the leeched residue from agricultural spraying of crops with a lethal cocktail of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. They drain into the soil and find their way down to the water table.
The food we eat comes from those same farms that have pumped thousands of gallons of poisons onto every single vegetable and piece of fruit that makes its way to our shops and supermarkets. The meat we eat comes from farm animals that have been pumped full of steroids, growth hormones and antibiotics to create fast, abnormal growth and weight for maximum profitability.
As a nation, we eat too much sugar, salt, preservative, artificial colour and flavour laden processed food and exercise less than at any time in our history. We eat junk fast food served in burger bars, pizza parlours and fried chicken shops as well as overdosing on monosodium glutamate present in gargantuan proportions in takeaway Chinese food.
Need this catalogue of horrors continue?
So what exactly is asthma?
Asthma is caused by the constriction of the bronchi, or airways as they are commonly known. The muscles around the bronchi tighten and constrict the air flow. The airway lining becomes inflamed and begins to swell.
Occasionally mucus or phlegm can build up further narrowing the airways. While it's perfectly normal for these muscles to close occasionally, in a person who suffers with this condition, these muscles close more often and more tightly than they should do, causing great difficulty in breathing.
Then what triggers an asthma attack?
The major underlying cause of asthma is undeniably the environment. Factors such as outdoor and indoor allergies, house dust mites, cigarette smoke, moulds and fungi, air pollution, animal dander, deodorants, perfume, viral conditions such as colds, influenza and certain infections all figure in triggering an attack. An asthma attack can also be triggered by going out of a warm room into the cold air, general exertion or exercise, sexual intercourse and emotional stress.
What does modern medicine do for asthma sufferers?
Although there is no known cure for asthma, there are several medicines available to help control the symptoms of asthma enabling sufferers to lead a relatively normal life. These include reliever inhalers which are taken during an attack in order to relieve the symptoms fast and allow the sufferer to breath normally again.
Preventer inhalers are taken regularly to control the swelling and inflammation in the airways, reducing their sensitivity and the risk of severe attacks.
Steroid tablets can be taken by severely affected sufferers in conjunction with preventer inhalers to further reduce the sensitivity of the airways.
Nebulisers are machines that allow sufferers to breathe in a mist of medicine through a mask or mouthpiece. Nebulisers are more commonly used to give high doses of reliever medicine in emergency situations.
These medicines, like so many others have side effects. Relievers can cause raised heartbeat and mild muscle spasms. Preventers can cause sore tongue and throat as well as hoarseness of voice and in some cases a mouth infection called thrush.
Steroid tablets taken in the short term can reduce the body's resistance to chickenpox and can cause mood swings and increased hunger. In the long term, the side effects include:
- Moon face (fattened face)
- Feeling hungry leading to weight gain
- Feeling hyped up and having difficulty sleeping
- Depression and mood swings
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Bruising easily
- Brittle bones (osteoporosis)
- Increased risk of cataracts
It goes without saying that sufferers of asthma should not smoke for many obvious reasons, but smokers taking steroid tablets run an even greater risk of osteoporosis.
Is there a natural way of dealing with asthma?
Yes there is. There is a wonderful book called "Dramatic Asthma Relief Report" and you'll find it listed on our products page. If you are reading this article and you are a sufferer of this condition, you can do yourself a great service by going to the author's site and reading the testimonials of people who no longer suffer from this condition, without the need for harmful inhalers or dangerous drugs.
There most definitely is a natural, drug-free way to relieve asthma and its debilitating symptoms.