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by Morley Evans
In 1972, when I was 25 years old, Dr. Carl Reich, MD an Internist in Calgary, prescribed Vitamins A and D along with digestive enzymes for my extreme exhaustion and asthma. My asthma, from which I had suffered since I was 4 years old, went away with the first dose. It only returned when I stopped taking A and D as I was urged to do by other doctors. When I resumed Vitamins A and D, which, latterly, I was getting from Halibut Liver Oil, my asthma always went away immediately.
You would think Dr. Reich would have been generously rewarded for his good work, but, unjustly, he was run out of the doctor business by his wonderful colleagues in the Calgary medical community. I have since stopped taking Halibut Liver Oil, since I am getting Vitamin A from other sources, and I have started taking Vitamin D by itself. I have my optimized Vitamin D level tested in San Diego at UCSD.
My doctors in Regina thought asthma was psychosomatic. (One of them thought a dislocated shoulder was psychosomatic; he delayed treatment for over a year and then tried to sabotage the treatment I finally found because he said I was a "hypochondriac".) Thirty-eight years later, Dr. Reich is being proven right by medical science while practitioners of "mainstream modern medicine" and the pharmaceutical industry are disgraced by the shortcomings of their approach, by their arrogance and by their corruption and greed.
Here is an article by Dr. Mercola, another medical pioneer:
Managing Your Child's Asthma With Natural Medicine by Dr. Mercola
Researchers have discovered that African American children with asthma in metropolitan Washington, DC, are significantly more likely to have low levels of vitamin D than healthy children.
This study supports recent research that suggests vitamin D plays a greater role in the body than just keeping bones healthy. Vitamin D deficiency has been recently linked to a variety of non-bone related diseases including depression, autoimmune disorders, and now asthma.
The research team found that 86 percent of the children in the study with asthma had insufficient levels of vitamin D, while only 19 percent of non-asthmatics had these low levels.
Only 5 to 37 percent of American infants meet the standard for vitamin D set by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Although breast milk is the perfect food in every other way, it's often low in vitamin D. Since humans originated in equatorial areas with year-round sunshine, babies in the distant past wouldn't have needed to get vitamin D from breast milk. Many mothers also are vitamin D-deficient. Based on these facts, researchers now recommend that most babies should take a daily vitamin D supplement, reports USA Today.
In addition, Mothering Magazine offers several tips on how natural medicine can strengthen immune function to prevent asthma attacks.
Oriental medicine and Chinese herbs have the ability to directly strengthen immune function. The disadvantage of herbs is their bad taste, and the most effective strategy for children is to mix liquid extracts of herbs with juice to improve their taste.
A licensed acupuncturist experienced in the treatment of children can assess an individual child's needs and prescribe an herbal formula to relieve congestion and build immune function.
Massaging specific points on your child's body during asthmatic episodes helps to relieve cough, induce relaxation, and decrease wheezing. The techniques fall into two categories: pressing on acupuncture points and massage of acupuncture channels. Both are simple, straightforward, and require no training.
For more details, please see the full article in Mothering Magazine.
Mothering Magazine March 2010
Eurekalert March 19, 2010
USA Today March 22, 2010
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
Asthma is a growing problem, both for children and adults. In fact, asthma now affects some 20 million Americans, as it has increased by more than 300 percent over the last 20 years.
Wouldn’t you like to have a simple, highly effective and incredibly inexpensive treatment for this very serious illness?
Unfortunately most physicians are close to 100 percent clueless about using vitamin D to treat asthma, but by subscribing to this site you can easily keep abreast of the latest that science has to offer in providing safe, inexpensive natural therapies to common problem.
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If vitamin D is indeed a major underlying cause of asthma, which it surely appears to be, many are needlessly suffering with a potentially life threatening ailment since vitamin D deficiency is easily remedied.
Not to mention the fact that many are needlessly exposing themselves to the dangers inherent with the standard drug treatments for asthma.
Advair, for example, contains the long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) salmeterol. A 2006 analysis found that regular use of LABAs can increase the severity of an asthma attack. Researchers estimate that salmeterol may contribute to as many as 5,000 asthma-related deaths in the United States each year.
Conventional asthma treatments can also increase your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, just to name a few.
So isn’t it great to know that there is an effective, and infinitely safer, method to treat asthma?!