Case Study: Helping To Manage Asthma
Lisa is a 12 year old girl who was brought to my clinic by her mum Catherine. Lisa has suffered with asthma ever since she was 4 years old but it has been getting worse, and this winter it had been particularly bad. Lisa has had some time off school due to asthma attacks, and she also suffers with repeated chest infections that require antibiotics. Catherine wondered if anything could be done to reduce the frequency of asthma attacks as well as infections.
Asthma is an episodic constriction of the bronchial tubes that is extremely common in children. The most common symptoms are wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. Lisa coughed nearly every day of the year, and sometimes the coughing significantly disturbed her sleep.
Asthma is an inflammatory condition. It tends to run in families and coincide with other inflammatory conditions such as hay fever, eczema and sinusitis. Research has shown that a significant percentage of asthmatics have increased intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut). Approximately 80 percent of the immune cells in our bodies reside in the intestines, therefore improving their health leads to less inflammation overall, an in improvement in asthma.
My recommendations for my patient
- I asked Catherine to remove all dairy products from Lisa’s diet. Dairy products increase mucus production and Lisa already produces too much mucus in her bronchial tubes. Mucus is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria; therefore it’s common to experience one infection after the other. There is plenty of calcium in other foods, such as bones from canned fish, green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds.
- Lisa would need to stop eating gluten, as it increases intestinal permeability and adversely affects the immune system of most people with asthma. I asked Catherine to base her diet on vegetables, protein (seafood, poultry, eggs, meat), healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocados), fruit, nuts and seeds.
- N-acetyl cysteine is excellent for reducing inflammation, helping the immune system and reducing mucus congestion. This natural substance is used by the body to manufacture glutathione. It helps the liver to be more efficient at detoxifying; helps the immune system and reduces inflammation in the airways.
- Magnesium is wonderful for calming the muscle spasms in the bronchial tubes that can precipitate an asthma attack. This mineral has a general calming and relaxing effect on the body and also helps to improve sleep quality.
- It was important to strengthen Lisa’s immune system to help reduce the risk of infections. Each infection and each course of antibiotics only weakened her immune system and worsened the asthma over the long term. Raw vegetable juices are a powerful immune tonic that also help to improve energy levels. I also gave Lisa Selenomune Designer Energy capsules, as the selenium, iodine, vitamin C and zinc in this product all work together to help the body fight off infections. Selenium is also required for the production of glutathione and many people with a weak immune system don’t get enough selenium in their diet.
I saw Lisa twice more and she experienced a remarkable improvement in her health. She only had one respiratory infection in the past 6 months, whereas previously she had an average of 3 or 4. Her mother told me that her grades at school improved and she became much less argumentative. I’m sure this is because she was feeling better and sleeping better.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease.