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                        Asthma: Solutions You May Not Have Considered

                        Written by Ogi Ressel, D.C.
                        TAC, Pediatrics , Volume 32, Issue 2


                        Most likely, someone you know is suffering with this
                        condition. Could be your child, a parent, someone close
                        to you, or even yourself. I say this because there are
                        thousands of North American children (and adults)
                        afflicted with difficulty breathing.
                        A report on the status of asthma in the United States,
                        conducted by the Pew Environmental Commission, estimates
                        asthma cases will double by the year 2020. That means
                        that one out of every 14 people will suffer from this
                        condition. Currently, asthma costs $11 billion annually
                        and it is the number one reason for school absenteeism.
                        It accounts for almost 2 million hospital visits and
                        5000 deaths yearly in the United States. From 1980 to
                        1994, the overall number of asthma sufferers increased
                        by 75 percent and 160 percent, specifically, in
                        youngsters under four. The Department of Health and
                        Human Services (Healthy People 2000 Initiative) includes
                        an asthma strategy, although this report states, "it
                        will not be effective in reversing this alarming trend."
                        A review of the 1999 HHS research budget revealed that
                        70 percent of the funds designated for asthma were spent
                        on treatment and drug research, while less than 9
                        percent was targeted for prevention.
                        "Almost nothing is going toward tracking the disease and
                        very little is going toward prevention and discovering
                        the cause of the disease," states Dr. Paul Lock, Deputy
                        Commissioner of the commission on May 17, 2000.
                        It is estimated that, in the next twenty-five years, 50
                        percent of all children will have difficulty in catching
                        their breath. That is absolutely not OK!
                        Why is asthma becoming so rampant? United Kingdom
                        scientists are beginning a hospital trial to see the
                        effects of certain bacteria on asthma. "There is a
                        global network of biological asthma research which has
                        demonstrated that the lower the exposure of a baby to
                        certain types of bacteria, the higher the risk of
                        asthma," states Dr. Charles Warner, child coordinator
                        and professor of child’s health at the University of
                        South Hampton. Researchers are adding a low dose of
                        bacteria, which is commonly found in dirt, to the diet
                        of some 400 babies, whose families have a history of
                        asthma. They will then study and assess the child’s risk
                        of developing asthma. It is hoped that the bacteria will
                        eventually play a role in boosting the children’s immune
                        People have been taught to be afraid of bacteria,
                        fostering an inappropriate use of antibiotics
                        ("just-in-case" prescriptions), and a market saturated
                        with antibacterial soaps and cleaners. Not only have we
                        created an environment in which resistant super-bug
                        bacteria can thrive, but we also kill bacteria which are
                        actually beneficial and essential to balance the
                        internal environment of our bodies.
                        Let’s look at the science of breathing a bit closer.
                        Breathing is a process whereby your body takes air from
                        the outside. This air then passes through your nose,
                        windpipe, and your bronchi. These are all parts of your
                        "air conditioning" system, so to speak. This air is then
                        filtered, purified, cleansed, warmed, and humidified
                        before it enters your lungs. Think about the science
                        behind this for a moment. There are amazing biofeedback
                        loops at work here that inform your brain whether the
                        air you are breathing in is too cold, too dry, too
                        polluted, etc. These messages are relayed to your brain,
                        which then makes minute corrections to your "program"
                        every second that you are alive. It is an amazing
                        process and happens very exactly under the perfect
                        guidance of your nervous system. Yes, your nervous
                        system is responsible for this function.
                        So what, then, is asthma? In children (and adults) who
                        have asthma, the small tubes in the lungs, called
                        bronchioles, become inflamed and irritated. They then
                        contract and even spasm and produce mucous, which tends
                        to plug up the breathing passages. Children can
                        literally gasp for air. These "attacks" can last minutes
                        or hours and can persist for a lifetime.
                        It is generally felt that an asthma attack can be
                        triggered by allergies, stress, pollen, pollution, etc.
                        It can be life threatening. These children are condemned
                        to a life of bronchodilators, drugs, and cortisone, all
                        of which have serious side effects. These side effects
                        can be either immediate or develop over a lifetime of
                        chronic drug use. Asthma is said to be the leading cause
                        of chronic illness among children. Not a fun thing to
                        have. It is definitely a condition best avoided.
                        Here is the catch, however: Have you ever wondered why
                        some children subjected to the same stresses, pollens,
                        etc., develop asthma while others do not? After all, if
                        asthma were caused by all the factors the public has
                        been led to believe, then all children would have it,
                        Wrong! Only some do, and their numbers have been rising
                        steadily. Why (my favorite question) would that be?
                        The standard medical first-line approach to asthma is to
                        prescribe inhalant steroids. These often reduce the
                        frequency and intensity of asthma attacks, but not
                        without a price. Steroid use has been linked to
                        osteoporosis, stunted growth in children, and cataracts.
                        The effects of long-term use are unknown, since these
                        drugs are so new. Steroids substitute for and decrease
                        the body’s ability to make its own steroids, and to
                        respond to stress as well as suppressing the immune
                        system. Although these drugs are often taken by pregnant
                        and breast-feeding mothers, they have not been tested
                        for safety under these instances (though it stands to
                        reason that these drugs will have similar effects on
                        As I mentioned earlier, all drugs cross the placental
                        barrier and affect the baby. According to a recent
                        study, "the majority of adults and children with asthma
                        experience unwanted side-affects of medication, such as
                        feeling generally restless, shaky hands, shaky feet,
                        racing heartbeat, etc. These side effects have prompted
                        one in three adults to reduce their medication and cause
                        one in four to skip a dose at some point."
                        Some authorities feel that asthma is really a reaction
                        to a lack of proper hydration of the body; that it is a
                        lack of water. They, therefore, suggest drinking plenty
                        of pure water to hydrate the body. In my practice, I
                        have not met many children who like to drink pure
                        water—it is boring. If you believe this is the solution,
                        then I recommend that you use diluted fruit juice.
                        Many researchers, on the other hand, have found that
                        asthma seems to be related to our current vaccination
                        program. There are increasing numbers of scientists and
                        practitioners who support this conclusion. Bart Classen,
                        M.D., of Classen Immunotherapies in Maryland, is among
                        the most vociferous. (You are welcome to visit his web
                        site at
                        Vaccination alters the normal immune response and makes
                        a child’s immune system overreact to something perfectly
                        innocuous. As a result, a child’s immune system is
                        over-stimulated and becomes over-sensitive. Air, for
                        example, that would not bother a normal person, has an
                        adverse effect of a child who’s nervous and immune
                        systems are "overloaded."
                        D. D. Palmer, the discoverer of chiropractic, once said
                        it this way: "I desired to know why one person was
                        ailing and his associate, eating at the same table,
                        working in the same shop, eating the same food and
                        breathing the same air, was not." Why? What differences
                        were in the two persons that caused one to have asthma
                        while his partner escaped? Why?"
                        Doctors of Chiropractic have been helping children with
                        asthma for years. I have had the good fortune of being
                        able to help thousands of children with this condition.
                        How does chiropractic relate to asthma, you ask?
                        I need you to understand that the body is a
                        self-healing, self-regulating organism. The nervous
                        system is the central computer that runs the whole body
                        and all of its functions—the function of the arms, legs,
                        digestive system, sinuses, your immune system, and also
                        the lungs and bronchioles. Every part of your being is
                        under the control of your nervous system. It is your
                        very own Internet.
                        As long as the nervous system is allowed to function
                        with no interference, the body should function normally.
                        Often, however, some of the vertebrae of the spine
                        become subluxated, affecting the way the nervous system
                        controls body functions. Chiropractors call this
                        malfunction. It simply means that the body is no longer
                        performing according to the program; it is no longer
                        working normally. By correcting these subluxations,
                        chiropractors eliminate interference to the nervous
                        system, allowing normal function. By eliminating
                        interference to the nervous system, we can help the body
                        work normally again. With no drugs! I like that.
                        As well as chiropractic care, which is essential, there
                        are a number of natural supplements you can obtain from
                        a health food store to help your patients through this
                        trying period.
                        Vitamin B complex plus C—It stimulates the immune
                        system, and reduces the effects of stress.
                        Quercetin with Bromelain—These, together, act as an
                        immuno-stimulant and anti-inflammatory agent.
                        Vitamin A—This is beneficial for tissue repair.
                        Lobelia—Helpful during an attack. It is an expectorant
                        and relaxes the muscle walls of the bronchial tree.
                        Coenzyme Q10—This helps to counteract the release of
                        histamine, which induces local tissue swelling.
                        Magnesium and calcium—Tend to cause some dilation of the
                        muscle walls of the bronchi.
                        Some authorities suggest bee pollen or propolis. I have
                        found that such bee products often cause reactions in
                        children, and I feel they should be avoided.
                        Dr. Ogi Ressel is a Wellness Coach for the "Practice
                        Evolution Program", an author, an international
                        lecturer, a pediatric and x-ray specialist, a
                        researcher, and a father to three wonderful kids.
                        He has been featured in many newspapers, magazines, been
                        on national TV and writes a weekly newsletter that is
                        sent to chiropractic doctors all over the planet. Dr.
                        Ogi had the top pediatric and family practice on the
                        planet and teaches doctors how to have an
                        ultra-successful practice which focuses on honesty,
                        integrity, clinical excellence, simply being the very
                        best, and taking care of tons of children and their
                        parents. He lives in the Niagara Falls area.
                        You are welcome to check out his Practice Evolution
                        Program: or call