By Michael Biamonte, C.C.N.
Asthma can range from being a mildly annoying problem to a
life threatening one. Allergies have always been associated with asthma
and have been recognized as a trigger for asthma attacks. However, some
startling new research now reveals some of the deeper underlying reasons
behind the problem.
The same yeast that causes vaginal infections can be involved in asthma.
It has been over 15 years now that experts on this yeast have recognized
that it can cause chronic infections in the lungs, the prostate, ovaries,
the colon, small intestines and other parts of the body.
I have discovered that in some cases candida can get into the lungs and
cause a stubborn infection that can easily have asthma as one of its
Intestinal growth of candida can also trigger many allergy reactions that
may trigger asthma.
In our practice, we have seen most asthma sufferers improve greatly when
following an anti-candida approach.
In several of her books, Dr. Hulga Clark states that asthma is caused by
immature stages of a parasite called round worms.
The worms can easily grow to 10 to 13 inches in length if allowed to
mature. They are more common then the average person or doctor believes.
Unfortunately, it is very hard to detect them in the stool so a positive
diagnosis is often missed. They are often mistaken for incomplete digested
vegetable matter when found dead in the stool sample.
They often allow candida to grow in their nesting area. Parasites of this
kind destroy friendly bacteria that stop candida growth. When the
parasites invade the candida they can accompany them.
I have seen many asthma suffers improve from this approach as well. The
most improvement has been seen in those who follow the parasite
elimination with a candida elimination.
LEAKY GUT SYNDROME
Both candida and parasites cause damage to the intestinal tract. The cause
is microscopic tears or holes that allow material in the intestinal tract
to leak into the blood stream. This has been shown to cause many
inflammatory conditions, allergies, and auto immune diseases.
It is possible that it may play a key role in asthma by creating an
inflammatory or allergic state in the body.
SULFITES AND DUST MITES!
Sulfites are a chemical found in cheese, wines, luncheon meats,
prepackaged foods etc. Sulfites have been implicated in asthma due to an
allergic response they cause. It is also possible that they may trigger
Allergies to dust mites have recently been highlighted as a trigger in
asthma. Dust mites are microscopic and are found on carpets, draperies,
beddings, mattresses, pillows etc. They like to eat the scales of dead
skin that are found in our homes.
Both dust mites and their waste products can produce severe allergic
reactions including cold symptoms and wheezing.
Allergies to either substance can produce asthmatic symptoms.
Some asthmatic patients find that the asthma is worse during the winter or
the cold. This has been called "cold effort asthma". It has been my
contention for years that this is caused by an undiagnosed thyroid
Asthmatic patients who have normal thyroid blood tests should take their
temperature as soon as they wake up in the morning under their arm pit for
ten minutes. If the reading is below 97.8 there may be a thyroid problem
present that the blood tests cannot reveal.
The adrenal glands have long been recognized as a main culprit in asthma.
The adrenals produce 2 hormones that can be involved in asthma, DHEA and
cortisol. They stop the inflammatory nature of asthma attacks. These
hormones can now be measured much more accurately than ever before and
without blood tests.
B-12 deficiency has been found to effect asthma. B12 appears to help detox
sulfites from the body. B-12 has been found effective in treating children
Stomach acid levels have also been found low in children with asthma. This
usually occurs in the elderly or in adults who are in poor health. The
lack of stomach acid causes foods to be improperly digested which then
leads to allergy reactions.
Calcium and magnesium deficiencies have been found in asthmatics. Many
asthmatics have reported improvement after supplementing with calcium or
magnesium. It is important to note that it is not always both that are
needed. Magnesium deficiency seems more prevalent with asthma than
Vitamin B6 has also been found low in children with asthma. Three
different studies show that B6 helped reduced asthma attacks. The
improvements came between the 2nd and 5th month of using the vitamin.
A MODERN NUTRITIONAL APPROACH TO ASTHMA
A correct approach to asthma will require several steps in order to be
thorough and not miss anything.
The first step will require a parasite and candida cleanse to eliminate
these harmful organisms from the body.
The second step will ensure the stomach acid levels and friendly bacteria
are in adequate amounts to help prevent allergy reactions. We must also
repair and heal leaky gut conditions, if present, to further reduce
allergy reactions. A special form of sulfur should also be used to ensure
proper liver detoxification of sulfites and to reduce reactions to dust
The third step must involve correcting any tendency toward low adrenal or
thyroid function. This would be done by testing for any deficiencies that
would be effecting these glands and correcting the deficiency. The
cortisol and DHEA hormone levels must also be corrected.
The last step would be to ensure proper immune system function so that
there are few to no allergy triggers to set off an attack.
Blood sugar problems have also been found to influence asthma. Dr. Kurt
Donsbach and Dr.Robert Atkins have both shown that a low carbohydrate diet
brings about a great improvement in asthma. The theory is that
carbohydrates and sugar cause blood glucose levels to crash. This, in
turn, causes an adrenal gland response where excessive hormones are
released. These hormones may act as constrictors of the bronchial area.
This approach has its critics but it is also has proven results!
Always consult your doctor before changing your medication or beginning
any new program.