Asthma & Allergies

What is Gluten and Why is it so Bad?

Posted: March 21, 2018
By: Dr. Jockers


What is Gluten and Why is it so Bad?

Gluten is the common protein found in wheat, barley, & rye.  There are more and more people that are having health problems associated with gluten consumption.  In this article, I will dive deep into the research to answer the question, what is gluten and why is it so bad?

Gluten is a sticky, storage protein that is challenging for the digestive tract because it binds to the small intestinal wall where it can cause digestive and immune system disorders. Gluten sensitivity is an epidemic that is a major contributing factor with inflammatory and autoimmune diseases (12).

Gluten intolerance is highly associated with inflammatory disorders of all kinds (3).  It is also a contributing factor in many autoimmune diseases such as celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, autoimmune cardiomyopathy, lymphoma, and dermatitis herpetiformis (skin disease) among others (45).   It is also linked as a contributing factor in asthma, allergies, & eczema (67).


Why is Gluten a Modern Day Epidemic?

People have been eating wheat, barley, & rye for many years.  Why is gluten intolerance a modern day epidemic?  Wheat is called the staff of life in the bible, why is it now a hazardous food?

Humans for many centuries have consumed gluten, but mostly in a sprouted form.  In fact, it is well-known that the Hebrew people of the bible sprouted their grains and made bread.  The sprouting process activates key enzymes that help digest and metabolize gluten.

Our Genetic Code and Gluten Intolerance:

Our human genetic code plays a role in the gluten intolerance.  The natural DNA blueprint carries a specific genetic code for our immune system.  These genes are called Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) complex.  Gluten intolerance has been noted with HLA-DQ2 & HLA-DQ8 (8,9).

HLA-DQ2 is most common in individuals of Western European decent.  This is primarily Ireland, England, & Spain.  High levels are also seen in North and West Africa.  HLA-DQ8 is seen in mostly in Central America and the American Hispanic population.

Genetic Predispositions to Gluten: 

These genetic predispositions are dormant until excessive environmental stress activates them.   Environmental stresses can come in the form of infections by opportunistic organisms, toxicity, malnutrition, physical nerve stress, lack of sleep, & high emotional challenges.

Throughout the history of mankind, babies have relied on the nutritional benefits of mothers’ breast milk for the early part of their life.  With the industrialization of dairy and grains this natural process has been reduced.  Many babies are weaned off of mother’s milk after just a few months.  Other babies are started on these industrialized gluten containing formulas right away.


Breast Feeding and Gluten Intolerances:

The lack of mothers’ milk is an especially challenging stress for the baby’s immature immunity.  For one, breast milk naturally passes on immunoglobins that help prevent against intestinal infections.  Breast-fed infants have significantly less gut infections than non-breast fed infants of similar age (10,11).

Breast milk also contains a large amount of the immunoglobin IgA which the infant depends on.  This critical antibody helps protect the infant from infection and reduces the entry of antigenic food fragments from disturbing the immune system.  This significantly reduces the incidence of food allergy.  Breast feeding an infant for six months or longer appears to significantly reduce the incidence of both infection and food allergy formation.

Children who had gluten containing formulas within their first 4 months of life have a 5 time greater risk of celiac disease and 6 time greater risk of type I diabetes than children who had their first gluten experience after 4 months.

Tips to Reduce risk of Gluten Intolerance:

1)     Breastfeed newborns for at least the first 6 months of life and ideally the first year if possible.

2)     Optimize vitamin D3 levels between 60-100 mg/ml

3)     Optimize gut flora with high-quality fermented foods and probiotic supplements

4)     Keep blood sugar under control with regular exercise and a low carbohydrate diet that is loaded with phytonutrient rich veggies, good fats and anti-inflammatory herbs.

5)     There is no need to ever introduce gluten to a child.  All the essential nutrients found within whole grains are also found in fruits, vegetables, herbs and clean meats.

6)    When introducing gluten (if you decide too) it is best to use sprouted forms.

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Cats Help Prevent Asthma in Young Kids

Posted: March 21, 2018
By: Dr. Mercola
cats help prevent asthma in kidsStory at-a-glance
  • When activated, the TT gene variant doubles asthma risk and is also linked to bronchitis and pneumonia
  • When children had a cat in their home, the gene was not activated and they had a much lower risk of developing asthma
  • The risk of pneumonia and bronchitis was also reduced in children living in cat-containing households

By Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Cats are cute, cuddly and undeniably quirky, but recent research suggests having one in your home could be good for health too, particularly when it comes to asthma. What's more, they offer this benefit by changing the activation of your genes! A variation of the gene 17q21, called TT, is the strongest known genetic risk factor for childhood asthma.

Researchers from the Copenhagen Studies on Asthma in Childhood Research Center (COPSAC), Denmark studied 377 children whose mothers had asthma, about one-third of whom also carried the TT gene variant.1

When activated, the TT gene variant doubles asthma risk and is also linked to bronchitis and pneumonia.2 However, when children had a cat in their home, the gene was not activated and they had a much lower risk of developing asthma. The risk of pneumonia and bronchitis was also reduced in children living in cat-containing households. Dogs did not have the same asthma-reducing effects as cats, however.

It's an intriguing study that shows a person's environment, including whether or not it contains certain pets, can influence genetics in a way that promotes or prevents disease. Study co-author Dr. Hans Bisgaard said in a news release, "[The study] documents the interplay between genetics and the environment we live in, and in particular that this occurs very early in life, both during pregnancy and in the home."3

Are Babies Raised Around Pets Healthier?

This isn't the first time pets have been singled out as a harbinger of health. In 2015, a U.K. study of more than 4,700 children found cat ownership was associated with a reduced risk of wheezing during childhood (asthma is a common cause of recurrent wheezing).4 In addition, children exposed to higher levels of cat allergens in household dust during their first three years of life had a lower risk of developing asthma by age 7.5

The researchers believe exposure to "a broad variety of indoor allergens, bacteria, and bacterial products early in life may reduce the risk of developing asthma."6 Indeed, dogs have also been found to have protective effects. For instance, a study of nearly 400 children revealed that babies exposed to dogs during their first year of life had fewer symptoms of respiratory infections and ear infections, and tended to need fewer courses of antibiotics.7

Research presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) 2017 Scientific Meeting further revealed that exposure to dog "elements" such as bacteria may have a protective effect against asthma symptoms. Another study presented at the meeting found mothers exposed to dogs during pregnancy had children with a significantly lower risk of eczema by age 2 (although the protection seemed to decrease by age 10).8

There has long been debate over whether pets exacerbate allergic disease or help it, but the accumulating evidence seems to point to the latter. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology notes:9

"The relationship between early life exposure to animals and the development of allergies and asthma is somewhat confusing and there are many factors to consider. Previous evidence suggested that children exposed to animals early in life are more likely to develop allergies and asthma.

More recent research seems to show that early exposure to animals (cats and dogs in particular) may actually protect children from developing these diseases. Newer research also suggests children raised on farms develop fewer allergies and asthma."

Exposure to both dogs and farm animals during the first year of life reduces the risk of asthma in children at age 6,10 and exposure to farms in early childhood also reduces children's risk of severe respiratory illnesses.11

Why Might Exposure to Pets Be Protective?

As for why spending time around pets like cats and dogs may lower your risk of allergies and asthma, there are likely many factors at play. As the featured study revealed, a genetic component may be involved. Arne Høst of the University of Southern Denmark, who was not involved in the study, told Science Nordic:12

"It's very exciting that they find this connection because other studies have struggled to conclude anything final … Now it looks like the effect is linked to a particular gene-variant, which goes to show just how complex the development of asthma and allergies are. It's not only about genes and the environment, but how the two interact, and there's so much that we still don't know."

The featured study researchers suggested cats may have a protective effect via the bacteria they carry or even fungi or viruses that they bring into the home. It's been shown, for instance, that exposure to pets while in the womb or up to 3 months of age increased the levels of two strains of gut bacteria.13 One is Ruminococcus, which is linked to a reduction in childhood allergies. The other is Oscillospira, which is linked to a lower risk of childhood obesity.

The levels of these two bacteria were twice as high in babies with exposure to a pet in the home. The route of exposure is indirect, from dog to mother to baby during pregnancy as well as the first 3 months of life.

Anita Kozyrskyj, Ph.D., study co-author, University of Alberta pediatric epidemiologist and a leading researcher on gut microbes, told Science Daily, "There's definitely a critical window of time when gut immunity and microbes co-develop and when disruptions to the process result in changes to gut immunity."14

While you probably don't look at the furry pet in your home as another way to expose you (and your children) to a potentially beneficial and diverse array of microbes, he very much is, and evidence is mounting that early exposure to pets primes infants' immune systems to learn the difference between harmful pathogens and harmless environmental irritants, perhaps leading to lifelong benefits.

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Natural Solutions to Seasonal Allergies

Posted: March 21, 2018
By: Dr. Jockers

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Natural Solutions to Seasonal Allergies:

Seasonal allergies, often called hay fever, are symptoms that occur during specific times of the year.  This usually occurs at times when outdoor molds release their spores or when plants release tiny pollen particles into the air to fertilize other plants.  Allergies are an indication of a malcoordinated immune system.  Use natural strategies to beat seasonal allergies once and for all.

Seasonal allergies depend on what the individual is having a specific immune reaction too.  In the mid-Atlantic states, tree pollination happens between February and May.  Grass pollination happens in May – June and weeds from August – October.  Mold spores usually increase between mid-summer through the fall.  If you have stronger symptoms during one of these periods it is an indication your body is struggling with that particular particle.

Pollen and Spring Allergies:

Pollens are tiny, egg-shaped powdery grains released from flowering plants, which are carried by the wind or insects and serve to cross-pollinate other plants of the same type for reproductive purposes. When pollen is present in the air, it can land in a person’s eyes, nose, lungs and skin to set up an allergic reaction that can cause the following symptoms:


Pollen can travel long distances and the levels in the air can vary from day to day. The pollen level can be quite different in various areas of a particular city or region. Levels of pollen tend to be highest from early morning to mid-morning, from 5AM to 10AM.

Spring allergies are a result of pollen from trees, which can start pollinating anytime from January to April, depending on the climate and location. Trees that are known to cause severe allergies include oak, olive, elm, birch, ash, hickory, poplar, sycamore, maple, cypress and walnut.  In certain areas of the world, some weeds will also pollinate in the springtime.

Summer Allergies:

Grass pollen is typically the main cause of late spring and early summer allergies. Grass pollen is highest at these times, although grass may cause allergies through much of the year if someone is mowing the lawn or lying in the grass. Contact with grass can result in itching and hives in some people who are allergic to grass pollen.

Grasses can be divided into two major classes — northern and southern grasses. Northern grasses are common in colder climates, and include timothy, rye, orchard, sweet vernal, red top, and blue grasses. Southern grasses are present in warmer climates, with Bermuda grass being the major grass in this category.

Fall Allergies:

Weed pollen is the main cause of seasonal allergy in the late summer and early fall. Depending on the area of North America, these weeds include ragweed, sagebrush, pigweed, tumbleweed (Russian thistle) and cocklebur. In certain areas of the world, some trees can pollinate in the fall as well.

Other common allergens include indoor molds, dust mites, pet dander and cockroaches.  These 4 can occur all year long and won’t typically change with the seasons.  It is good to identify which of these are your major allergens so you minimize your exposure to them.

MalCoordinated Immunity:

Allergies occur when the immune system is malcoordinated.  This can occur from some major bodily stressor that interferes with the natural maturity and function of the immune system.

Due to environmental challenges early in life, many individuals never develop a normal immune response and are prone to allergic reactions throughout their life.  Others encounter some sort of an immune insult during the course of their life that throws their immune system out of control.

One of the most common issues is an altered gut microflora.  The gut microflora is responsible for 70% of our bodies innate immune response (1, 2, 3).  The natural makeup should help the body recognize between safe environmental particles (pollen, dust, weeds, etc) and unsafe environmental particles (bad bacteria, bad yeast and viruses).

When the gut microflora is altered early in life it can create an immune malcoordiation where the immune system is oversensitive to safe environmental particles.  This may lead to seasonal allergies in some and auto-immunity and/or chronic inflammatory conditions such as asthma in others (4, 5, 6).

Environmental Insults to Immunity:

The main things that insult the bodies microflora include the mother’s microflora at birth, caesarian delivery, genetically modified foods in mom and babies diet, breast feeding vs formula feeding, vaccinations, physical trauma to the child and anti-biotic usage.

Some of the most common and controllable issues include a poor diet early in life and the use of anti-biotics both for medical reason and in food products.  Most commercial farms give anti-biotics to their animals which then end up in our meat and dairy.  These anti-biotics throw off our microflora balance and malcoordinate the immune system.

When mom and child are consuming genetically modified foods that are high in environmental chemicals it alters the microflora balance (7, 8).  The use of processed infant formula’s also contribute to the development of altered and unhealthy microbiome in the child (9).

Vitamin D, Probiotics and Omega 3’s:

There are some great strategies a family could take to ensure that children will not develop allergies.  Mom should begin by optimizing her vitamin D3 levels to 60-100 ng/ml.  Most often this requires supplementation of 5,000-10,000 IU daily along with a small amount of vitamin K2.

She should also boost her microbial friends by eating raw fruits & vegetables, fermented foods and taking probiotic supplements.  This will help nourish her microbiome and provide the proper immune control for a healthy child.

She should stabilize her omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acid ratios by eating grass-fed meats and wild-caught fish and purified fish oil supplements.  She should completely avoid processed foods and foods cooked with inferior vegetable oils.

Breast Fed Babies and Allergies

The newborn baby should be exclusively breast fed for at least the first 6 months and ideally the first 12-18 months.  Mother’s milk provides valuable immunoglobins early in life that play an enormous role in supporting the infant’s immune system as it matures (10).

Mother’s milk is also a rich source of medium chain saturated fats such as lauric acid that help feed and strengthen immune cells.  Mother’s milk provides IgA and probiotics which inoculate the baby’s gut and give it a defense against dangerous intestinal microbes that can cause damage to the gut lining (11).


Vaccinations Increase Risk of Allergies:

Vaccinated children are much more susceptible to allergies.  In fact, a 2010 study found that 40% of vaccinated children reported to have at least one allergy wheras less than 10% of children who were not vaccinated reported an allergy.   The same study showed that almost 11% of vaccinated children have seasonal allergies whereas only 2.5% of non-vaccinated children have this condition (12).

Vaccines act to strengthen the adapted or aquired part of our immune system led by antibody formation.  Within this system there is the Th1 and Th2 branch.  Vaccines are thought to over stimulate the Th2 branch of the adapted immune system creating an immune imbalance that leads to hyper inflammatory conditions that may prelude allergies for certain individuals (13).

Nutrition and Seasonal Allergies:

Beating allergies includes an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle.  This is done by rebuilding the intestinal wall with probiotics and fermented foods.  De-Inflaming the body by avoiding inflammatory foods and consuming whole foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids and anti-oxidants.

The most common foods that should be avoided include gluten, dairy, peanuts, soy, corn, sugar & vegetable oils (corn, soy, cottonseed, canola, peanut).  The diet should be rich in chlorophyll rich veggies and bioflavonoid rich fruits and veggies such as onions, lemons, limes, grapefruit, berries and herbs of all kinds.

The diet should also be rich in healthy immune enhancing fats such as coconut oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, olives and olive oil and avocados.  Sustainably raised animal products such as grass-fed beef and lamb, organic poultry and wild-caught fish should be consumed regularly on this nutrition plan.

5 Key Supplements For Allergies:

1. Vitamin D3:  Vitamin D3 is crucial for immune coordination in the body.  Low levels of vitamin D3 are associated with chronic inflammation and allergies (14).  I recommend getting high quality sun exposure on a regular basis or supplementing with 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 with 4.5 mcg of K2 per 25 lbs of body weight daily.

2.  Probiotics:  Probiotics play an important role in the gut microbiome and immune coordination.  Studies have shown that supplemental probiotics are very effective at reducing allergy symptoms (15).

3.  Quercetin & BioFlavonoids:  Quercetin, dihydroquercetin (DHQ) and rutin are active bioflavonoids that modulate an exaggerated immune response. Bioflavonoids work synergistically with other antioxidants to protect tissues from the negative effects of oxidation and inflammation often observed during hyperimmune reactions (16).  

4.  Bromelein:   Bromelain is an enzyme complex extracted from the stem and fruit of the pineapple. Its modulation of the inflammatory response is thought to exert a beneficial effect in combating hypersensitive immune reactions (17)  Studies identified its positive effects on controlling edema, tissue permeability and vasodilation (18). Bromelain is also found to enhance the absorption of quercetin (19).

5.  Stinging Nettle:  Stinging nettle leaf has been found to regulate a variety of inflammatory activities associated with hyperimmune response, including mast-cell degranulation, prostaglandin formation and histamine action (2021)

Chiropractic Care and Immunity:

Physical trauma to the upper cervical spine can impact the developing immune system of an infant or child.  This form of trauma could include a slip or fall, a car accident, bad sleeping habits, or poor posture.  This leads to an upper cervical (neck) subluxation that puts pressure on the brain stem.  Upper cervical subluxations lead to malcoordinated immunity and allergic reactions in many individuals (22, 23, 24).

Chiropractic care to remove upper cervical subluxations and restore proper structural and neurological function to the spine and nervous system is especially critical.  This includes very specific adjustments applied to release pressure on the brain stem region and specific exercises to maintain this correction and improve postural abnormalities.


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6 Food Allergy Treatments & Natural Remedies

Posted: March 21, 2018
By: Dr. Axe

6 Food Allergy Treatments and Natural Remedies

Food allergies treatments - Dr. Axe

Despite the risk of severe allergic reactions and even death, there is no current cure for food allergies. The condition can only be managed by allergen avoidance or treatment of food allergy symptoms.

However, fortunately there are natural food allergies treatments and supplements that can help to boost the immune system and enhance the gut microbiota, helping to reduce the development of food allergies and food allergy symptoms. (1)

Food Allergies vs. Food Intolerance: What Is the Difference?

It is estimated that about a quarter of the population will have an adverse reaction to food (of which food allergy is just one type) during their lifetime, especially during infancy and early childhood. (2)

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Food allergies consist of an immune system response to a disagreeable food. The body senses that a protein in a particular food may be harmful and triggers an immune system response, producing histamine to protect itself. Histamine causes allergy symptoms such as hives, coughing and wheezing. The body then “remembers” this immunologic reaction — and when the allergen food enters the body again, the histamine response is more easily triggered. The best characterized form of food allergy is mediated by food-specific IgE antibodies.


The diagnosis of food allergies may be problematic because non-allergic food reactions, such as food intolerance, are frequently confused with food allergy symptoms. Food allergies and intolerance are often linked, but there’s a clear difference between the two conditions.

A food intolerance is the body’s digestive system’s response to a disagreeable food. Unlike a food allergy, which produces an immunological mechanism after consuming an allergen, a food intolerance produces a non-immunological reaction. For example, a person may have digestive issues after drinking cow’s milk because she is unable to digest the sugar lactose — this would be called a food intolerance. If she had an immunologic response to the cow’s milk, that would be characterized as a food allergy. (3)

There are several types of food intolerance, with the most common being gluten, A1 casein and lactose. Other examples of food intolerance include food additives like coloring, flavoring and preservatives; plus, sulfites that are used in dried fruits, canned goods and wine can trigger an inflammatory reaction.

What Is an Allergic Reaction?

Food allergy symptoms typically appear within a few minutes to two hours after consumption of the allergen. Allergic reactions can include:

  • hives
  • flushed skin or rash
  • tingling or itchy sensation in the mouth
  • swelling of the tongue, lip, throat or face
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal cramps
  • coughing or wheezing
  • dizziness or lightheadedness
  • difficulty breathing
  • loss of consciousness

People with a known allergy who begin experiencing symptoms while, or after, eating a food should initiate food allergy treatment immediately, and if symptoms progress, they should go to a nearby emergency room.

Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening form of IgE-mediated food allergy that requires prescription of self-injectable adrenaline. This can lead to constricted airways in the lungs, severe lowering of blood pressure and shock (called anaphylactic shock), and suffocation by swelling of the throat. (4)

When you struggle with an ongoing, unidentified food allergy or sensitivity, your body constantly sends out inflammatory responses that can cause harm in multiple ways. Food sensitivities and allergies are correlated with an increased chance for developing:

  • chronic pain
  • arthritis
  • asthma
  • nutrient deficiencies
  • mood disorders
  • skin conditions
  • autoimmune disorders
  • cognitive disorders
  • learning disabilities
  • insomnia
  • weight gain
  • migraines
  • kidney and gallbladder problems

6 Food Allergy Treatments & Natural Remedies

Because food allergies can be severe, plus contribute to other health problems, I strongly encourage you or your loved ones to pursue these natural food allergies treatments.

 1. Avoid All of These Foods

The following foods increase inflammation within the body, weaken the immune system and lead to digestive issues.

Packaged foods — Packaged, ultra-processed foods may contain GMOs like corn, soy, canola and vegetable oils that cause food allergies and intolerance. They can also contain hidden ingredients that may cause an allergic reaction; that’s why it’s important that people with allergies are taught how to read labels carefully and avoid offending foods.

Sugar — Sugar can cause bad bacterial overgrowth, weaken the immune system and increase food intolerance. Because sugar consumption leads to inflammation, it can exacerbate food allergy symptoms and restrict your body’s ability to tolerate foods normally. (5)

Artificial flavorings — Artificial flavorings can exacerbate food allergies. Experts are convinced that dyes used in packaged foods can cause adverse health impacts in children and possibly adults. There is evidence that cochineal extract (which comes from the scale of insects and is used to dye food red) may cause allergic reactions and asthma.

In fact, Starbucks used to use cochineal extract to dye their strawberry Frappuccino drinks until they transitioned to a pigment found in tomatoes. (6) Food labels do not have to include a flavoring’s chemical name or a complete listing of all flavors present, which is why you sometimes see simply “color added” or “artificial color” on the label.

Gluten — A significant percentage of the general population report problems caused by wheat and/or gluten ingestion, even though they do not have celiac disease or wheat allergy. Research shows that most patients report both gastrointestinal and non-gastrointestinal symptoms, which improve when they are on a gluten-free diet. (7)

Studies show that gluten is blamed as a trigger of symptoms by 20 to 45 percent of adults who self-report food hypersensitivity. Symptoms associated with a gluten intolerance may lead you to believe that you are allergic to other foods when you really aren’t, which is why I recommend that you avoid eating foods containing gluten. (8)

2. Sidestep These Allergen Triggers

Although any food can provoke a reaction, relatively few foods are responsible for a vast majority of significant food-induced allergic reactions. If you truly want to take advantage of food allergies treatments, please know that over 90 percent of food allergies are caused by the following foods:

Cow’s milk — Allergic reactions to cow’s milk are common in infancy and childhood, with a prevalence of 2 to 7.5 percent. Persistence of a cow’s milk food allergy in adulthood is uncommon; however, it is common for adults to experience non-immunologic reactions (which would be a food intolerance) to cow’s milk and dairy. (9)

Eggs — A recent meta-analysis of the prevalence of food allergy estimated that egg allergy affects 0.5 to 2.5 percent of young children. A protein in egg whites, called ovomucoid, has been shown to be the dominant allergen in eggs. (10)

Wheat — Wheat allergy represents a type of adverse immunologic reaction to proteins contained in wheat and related grains. A food allergy to wheat is more common in children and can be associated with a severe reaction such as anaphylaxis. (11)

Soy Soy allergy affects approximately 0.4 percent of children, and 50 percent of children will outgrow their allergy by 7 years old. (12)

Peanuts Peanut allergy affects approximately 1 percent of children and 0.6 percent of adults in the U.S. In highly sensitized people, just trace quantities of peanuts can induce an allergic reaction. (13)

Tree nuts — Tree nut allergy affects about 1 percent of the general population. Nuts that are most commonly responsible for allergic reactions include hazelnuts, walnuts, cashews and almonds. Those that are less frequently associated with allergies include pecans, chestnuts, Brazil nuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts, pistachio, coconut, Nangai nuts and acorns. (14)

Shellfish — The prevalence of shellfish allergy is 0,5 to 5 percent. Shellfish allergies include the groups of crustaceans (such as crabs, lobsters, crayfish, shrimp, krill, woodlice and barnacles) and molluscs (such as squid, octopus and cuttlefish). Shellfish allergy is known to be common and persistent in adults. (15)

Fish — Prevalence rates of finned fish allergy range from 0.2 to 2.29 percent in the general population, but they can reach up to 8 percent among fish processing workers. Fish allergies often develop later in life and because of cross-reactivity among various species of fish, people with fish allergies should avoid all fish species until a species can be proven safe to eat. (16)


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3. Eat These Foods: The Non-Allergenic Food List 

When considering food allergies treatments, be aware that these food allergy alternatives are the least likely to cause an allergic reaction and will help to boost your immune system, helping you to get rid of food allergies:

Green leafy vegetables — Leafy greens (including spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine, arugula and watercress) are exceptionally rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. Adding leafy greens to your diet will help to boost your immune system and aid detoxification. Research shows that eating five or more portions of fruits and vegetables daily significantly increase antibody response, which can help to relieve allergy symptoms. (17)

Probiotic-rich foods — Probiotic foods support immune health and can help to repair a damaged intestinal lining. Fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, natto, yogurt, raw cheese, miso and kombucha will help to boost your immune system and may reduce your body’s oversensitivity to food triggers that lead to allergy symptoms.

Bone broth — Bone broth made from beef and chicken stock support the healing of leaky gut, as it replenishes the intestines with necessary amino acids and minerals necessary for repair. Bone broth is one of the most beneficial foods to consume to restore gut health and, therefore, support immune system function and healthy inflammatory response.

Coconut milk — The best alternative for cow’s milk is coconut milk, a liquid naturally found inside of mature coconuts, stored within coconut “meat.” Coconut milk is completely free from dairy, lactose, soy, nuts and grains, so it’s a great option for anyone with dairy, soy or nut allergies, along with lactose intolerance.

Almond butter — For people allergic to peanuts and peanut butter, almond butter is a safe and healthy alternative. Almond butter is simply ground almonds, and there are many vital health benefits of almonds nutrition. Almonds are low in saturated fatty acids, rich in unsaturated fatty acids, and contain filling fiber, unique and protective phytosterol antioxidants, vitamins like riboflavin and trace minerals, such as magnesium. (18)

Seeds — Flaxseeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds make for a great snack and healthy addition to salads, smoothie bowls and oats. Seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, just like nuts, but they are not common allergens. Flaxseed nutrition, for example, includes omega-3s, fiber, protein, vitamin B1, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium.

Gluten-free flours/grains — Nutrient-dense wheat-free and gluten-free flours include coconut flour, almond flour, spelt flour, oat flour and rice flour. By sticking to flours and grains that don’t include wheat or gluten, you are reducing your chances of experiencing allergy symptoms. Plus, you are getting plenty of fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals from alternatives like coconut and almond flour.

Breast milk — Studies shows that exclusive breastfeeding seems to have a preventive effect on the early development of asthma and atopic dermatitis up to two years of age. Research published in Pediatrics Clinics of North America shows that breast milk complements a baby’s immune system, supplementing undeveloped defenses with immune factors while creating the foundation for the innate and adaptive immune systems. (19)

4. Try an Elimination Diet

Trying an elimination diet can help you to get rid of food allergies by pinpointing exactly which foods are the culprits for digestive and allergy symptoms. An elimination diet is a short-term eating plan that eliminates certain foods that may be causing allergies and other digestive reactions, and then reintroduces the foods one at a time in order to determine which foods are, and are not, well-tolerated. Because the only true food allergy treatment is to eliminate the allergen from your diet completely, an elimination diet will help you to understand exactly what foods needs to be avoided.

Elimination diets range in terms of what exact foods are permitted and eliminated, but most will cut out all common allergens, including:

  • gluten
  • dairy
  • soy
  • refined/added sugar
  • peanuts
  • corn
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • hydrogenated oils
  • citrus fruits
  • eggs
  • all packaged, processed or fast foods

Elimination diets last for 3–6 weeks because antibodies, the proteins that your immune system makes when it negatively reacts to food, take around three weeks to dissipate. Eliminating these common allergens for at least three weeks gives your body time to heal from sensitivities.

For food allergies treatments, the elimination diet is more of a trial-and-error process, but after 4–6 weeks, you should be able to pinpoint what foods are causing your allergy symptoms. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Eliminate common allergen/sensitive foods for at least three weeks. Keep a journal to record how you are feeling when avoiding these food triggers.
  2. Fill your plate with fresh vegetables, clean sources of protein (such as grass-fed beef and poultry, wild-caught fish and small amounts of sprouted beans), healthy fats (such as avocados and coconut oil) and whole-food carbohydrates and fruit. These anti-inflammatory foods will help to reduce allergy symptoms.
  3. After at least three weeks, reintroduce one food group at a time, eating each new food for about 1–2 weeks. Record your symptoms and notice any changes in symptoms between the elimination and reintroduction phases.
  4. If the symptoms return after reintroducing a suspicious food, you can confirm that this food is a trigger by eliminating it once again. Notice if the symptoms clear up once again when the food is removed.

Research shows that if symptoms disappear during elimination, a food allergy is likely the cause of the symptoms. The cause can be established by reintroducing foods once at a time. (20) In a 2015 study published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, data from 131 patients were analyzed in order to assess the time required to improve food allergy symptoms. 129 patients (98 percent) improved after a four-week elimination diet and only two patients improved after 8 weeks. A statistically significant difference before and after commencing the elimination diet was seen in all recorded food allergy symptoms. (21)

5. Use These Supplements

Digestive Enzymes — Digestive enzymes aid the digestive system in fully breaking down food particles, and it’s a vital food allergy remedy. The incomplete digestion of food proteins may be linked to food allergies and can cause gastrointestinal symptoms. (22)

Probiotics — Good bacteria can help the immune system deal with food more favorably. A 2001 study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that differences in neonatal gut microbiota precede the development of atopy, suggesting a role for commensal intestinal bacteria in the preventing of allergies. This research had lead to the hypothesis that probiotics may promote oral tolerance. To boost the good bacteria in your gut, take 50 billion organisms daily. (23)

MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) — Research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggests that MSM supplements may serve as an effective food allergies treatment. MSM is an organic sulfur-containing compound that is used to improve immune function, lower inflammation and help restore healthy bodily tissue. MSM is a useful food allergy remedy because it can also be used to relieve digestive issues and skin conditions. (24)

Vitamin B5 — Vitamin B5 supports adrenal function, making it a natural food allergy treatment. It helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract, and it boosts immune function so that your body is less likely to overreact to trigger foods. (25)

L-glutamine — Research shows that l-glutamine can help help repair leaky gut and immune health. Because leaky gut, or intestinal permeability, is likely to cause various health conditions, including allergies, l-glutamine works as a natural food allergy remedy due to its mechanistic potential in inhibit inflammation. (26)

6. Try These Essential Oils

Peppermint Oil — Peppermint oil can soothe the digestive tract and reduce inflammation that’s associated with food allergies. It can also help to relieve other food allergy symptoms like headaches and itching. Peppermint can be applied topically to the temples, abdomen or bottoms of the feet. To soothe digestive issues, take 1–2 drops internally by placing it on the roof of the mouth or in a glass a glass of water. (27)

Eucalyptus Oil – Another essential oil for allergies is eucalyptus oil, which opens up the lungs and sinuses, improving circulation and reducing symptoms of food allergies. Eucalyptus contains citronellal, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects; it also works as an expectorant, helping to cleanse the body of toxins. To get rid of food allergies with eucalyptus oil, diffuse 5–10 drops at home or apply 1–2 drops topically to the chest and temples. (28)

Final Thoughts

  • There is no current cure for food allergies, the condition can only be managed by allergen avoidance or treatment of food allergy symptoms.

  • Food allergies consist of an immune system response to a disagreeable food. The body senses that a protein in a particular food may be harmful and triggers an immune system response, producing histamine to protect itself.

  • To get rid of food allergies, pursue food allergies treatments, such as avoiding foods that lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system, such as packaged foods, sugar, artificial colorings and gluten. It is also important to sidestep common allergens until you are able to pinpoint what foods are causing food allergy symptoms.

  • An elimination diet will help you to pinpoint what foods are serving as allergens and it will help to reduce food allergy symptoms. By sticking to anti-inflammatory foods, like leafy greens, bone broth and fermented foods, you are healing your gut and boosting immune system function.

  • There are supplements that serve as food allergies treatments, such as MSM, probiotics, digestive enzymes and vitamin B5. Some essential oils also work as food allergy remedies, including peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils, which have cooling effects.

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The Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies

Posted: March 21, 2018
By: Dr. Axe
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Over the last 50 years, the rise in prevalence of allergic diseases and disorders has continued in the industrialized world. Allergic rhinitis, the medical term for hay fever and what's behind the unpleasant seasonal allergy symptoms we all know so well, develops when the body's immune system becomes sensitized and overreacts to something in the environment.

Today, 40 to 60 million Americans are affected by allergic rhinitis and the numbers continue to grow, especially in children.When left untreated, allergies can cause blocked and runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, headaches and an impaired sense of smell but this is in less severe cases. For some people, allergies can be life threatening, leading to inflammation and shortness of breath.

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People who suffer from allergies are often told to avoid triggers, but that is nearly impossible when the seasons are changing and our immune systems are impaired by the food industry and environmental toxins. Thankfully, some powerful essential oils serve as a natural and safe way to treat the symptoms of allergies and boost our immune systems. These essential oils for allergies have the ability to chemically support the body and help it to overcome hypersensitivity.


How Do Essential Oils Fight Allergies?

An allergic reaction begins in the immune system. An allergen is a substance that tricks the immune system making it think that the allergen is an invader. The immune system then overreacts to the allergen, which is really a harmless substance, and produces Immunoglobulin E antibodies. These antibodies travel to cells that release histamine and other chemicals, causing the allergic reaction.

The most common causes of an allergic reaction include:

  • Pollen
  • Dust
  • Mold
  • Insect stings
  • Animal dander
  • Food
  • Medications
  • Latex

These allergens will trigger symptoms in the nose, throat, lungs, ears, sinuses and lining of the stomach or on the skin.The question here still remains if these common causes have been around for thousands of years, then why have the allergy rates increased in recent history?

One of the theories behind explaining the increase in allergies has to do with inflammation, the root of most diseases. The body responds in a certain way to an allergen because the immune system is in overdrive. When the body is already dealing with high inflammation, any allergen sets off an increased reaction. That means that when the body's immune system is overworked and stressed, introducing an allergen sends the body into overreaction.

If the immune system and inflammation within the body was balanced, the reaction to the allergen would be normal; however, today these reactions are exaggerated and lead to the next unneeded allergic reaction.

One of the most amazing benefits of essential oils are their ability to fight inflammation and boost the immune system. Essential oils for allergies will help to detoxify the body and fight infections, bacteria, parasites, micro-organisms and harmful toxins. They reduce the bodies susceptibility to outside sources and reduce the overreaction of the immune system when it is faced with a harmless intruder. Some exceptional essential oils even work to relieve respiratory conditions and increase sweat and urination helping with the elimination of toxins.

Top 5 Essential Oils for Allergies

1. Peppermint Oil

Inhaling diffused peppermint oil can oftentimes immediately unclog the sinuses and offer relief to scratchy throats. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and provides relief for allergies, as well as colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. It has the power to discharge phlegm and reduce inflammation a leading cause of allergic reactions.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology investigated the effects of peppermint oil in the tracheal rings of rats. The results suggest that peppermint oil is a relaxant and exhibits antispasmodic activity, inhibiting contractions that causes you to cough. (1)

Another study published in the European Journal of Medical Research suggests that peppermint oil treatment has anti-inflammatory effects reducing the symptoms of chronic inflammatory disorders such as allergic rhinitis and bronchial asthma. (2)

Remedy: Diffuse five drops of peppermint essential oil at home to unclog sinuses and treat a scratchy throat. This will also help to relax the nasal muscles, enabling the body to clear out mucus and allergens like pollen. To reduce inflammation, take 12 drops of pure peppermint essential oil internally once a day.

It can be added to a glass of water, cup of tea or smoothie. Peppermint oil can also be applied topically to the chest, back of neck and temples. For people with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute peppermint with coconut or jojoba oil before topical application.



2. Basil Oil

Basil essential oil reduces the inflammatory response of allergens. It also supports the adrenal glands, which are involved in producing over 50 hormones that drive almost every bodily function. Essentially, basil essential oil is helping your body to react appropriately to a threat by rushing blood to your brain, heart and muscles.

Basil oil also helps to detoxify the body of bacteria and viruses, while fighting inflammation, pain and fatigue. Studies prove that basil oil shows antimicrobial activity and can kill bacteria, yeast and mold that can lead to asthma and respiratory damage. (3, 4)

Remedy:To fight inflammation and regulate the overreaction of the immune system when faced with an allergen, take one drop of basil oil internally by adding it to soup, salad dressing or any other dish. To support the respiratory system, dilute 23 drops of basil oil with equal parts coconut oil and apply topically to the chest, back of neck and temples.

3. Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil opens up the lungs and sinuses, thereby improving circulation and reducing symptoms of allergies. Studies have shown that it produces a cold sensation in the nose that helps to improve airflow. (5)

Eucalyptus contains citronellal, which has analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects; it also works as an expectorant, helping to cleanse the body of toxins and harmful micro-organisms that are acting as allergens.

A 2011 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that eucalyptus essential oil was an effective treatment for upper respiratory tract infections. Patients who were treated with eucalyptus spray reported an improvement in the severity of their most debilitating respiratory tract infection symptoms compared to participants in the placebo group. Improvement was defined as a reduction of sore throat, hoarseness or cough. (6)

Remedy:To treat respiratory issues associated with allergies, diffuse five drops of eucalyptus at home or apply it topically to the chest and temples. To clear the nasal passages and relieve congestion, pour a cup of boiling water into a bowl and add 12 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Then place a towel over your head and inhale deeply for 510 minutes.


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4. Lemon Oil

Lemon oil supports lymphatic system drainage and helps with overcoming respiratory conditions. Studies have shown that lemon essential oil inhibits the growth of bacteria and boosts the immune system. When diffused at home, lemon oil can kill bacteria and eliminate allergy triggers in the air. (7, 8)

Adding 12 drops of lemon essential oil to water also helps with pH balance. Lemon waterimproves immune function and detoxifies the body. It stimulates the liver and flushes out toxins that can lead to inflammation and an overreactive immune system. Lemon water also stimulates white blood cell production, which is vital for immune system function because it helps to protect the body.

Lemon essential oil can also be used to disinfect your home, without depending on alcohol or bleach. It will remove bacteria and pollutants from your kitchen, bedroom and bathroom reducing the triggers inside of your home and keeping the air clean for you and your family. This can be especially helpful as the seasons change and allergens from outside are being brought into your house on shoes and clothes.

Remedy: Add lemon oil to your laundry detergent, mix a couple of drops with water and spray it on your couches, sheets, curtains and carpets.

5. Tea Tree Oil

This powerful oil can destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies. Diffusing tea tree oil in the home will kill mold, bacteria and fungi. It is an antiseptic agent and it has anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil can be applied to the skin to kill bacteria and micro-organisms; it can also be used as a household cleaner to disinfect the home and eliminate allergens. (9)

A 2000 study conducted in Germany found that tea tree oil exhibits antimicrobial activity against a wide range of bacteria, yeasts and fungi. These microbes lead to inflammation and force our immune system to work on overdrive. (10)

Remedy: Use tea tree oil on skin rashes and hives or as a household cleaner. When using tea tree topically, add 23 drops to a clean cotton ball and gently apply to the area of concern. For people with sensitive skin, dilute tea tree with a carrier oil first, like coconut or jojoba oil.

How to Use Essential Oils for Allergies

Food Allergies Take 12 drops of lemon or peppermint oil internally to relieve the symptoms of a food allergy. This will help to detoxify the body and eliminate the allergens through sweat or urination.

Skin Rash & Hives Use tea tree or basil oil topically to treat skin rashes and hives. Add 23 drops to a cotton ball and apply to the affected area. Layering oils over the liver area is another way to treat skin irritations because it helps the liver to flush out toxins that burden the skin. Dilute 34 drops of tea tree oil with coconut oil and rub it into the liver area.

Seasonal Allergies Disinfect your home with lemon and tea tree oil; this will eliminate triggers and cleanse the air and your furniture. Add 40 drops of lemon oil and 20 drops of tea tree oil to a 16-ounce spray bottle. Fill the bottle with pure water and a little bit of white vinegar and spray the mixture on any area in your home.

To reduce respiratory issues associated with seasonal allergies, try my Homemade Vapor Rub; it delivers a soothing feeling that will open up the airways and make it easier to breathe.

Allergy Blend Combine 23 drops of peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender oil with one teaspoon of coconut oil and massage the mixture into the temples, behind the ears and into the bottoms of the feet.

Possible Side Effects

When using these special essential oil for allergies, I do not recommend that you take tea tree oil internally; its best to use tea tree aromatically or topically. When using any of these oils topically, dilute with a carrier oil, especially when using on sensitive skin or on sensitive areas, like under the eyes or on the neck.

When using essential oils internally, a little goes a long way. Only consume 12 drops a day for one month. Then take a two-week break and start the treatment again.


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Posted: March 21, 2018
By: Dr. John Ferguson


Treating Asthma Naturally Through Diet & More

Posted: March 21, 2018
By: Dr. Axe
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Roughly 34 million Americans now have asthma, about 7 million to 8 million of which are children. (1) Asthma is behind 12.8 million missed school days and 10.1 million missed work days in the U.S every single year.In addition, asthma costs the U.S. about $14.7 billion a year in medical costs, prescription drugs and lost productivity leading many people to search for home remedies for asthma.

Here's something that might surprise you: Although asthma medications can help control symptoms in the case of an emergency attack, they can actually sometimes make asthma symptoms even worse long term. Most asthma medications also have a host of side effects due to how they affect the endocrine system and the immune system. Research shows some asthma drugs might contribute to problems including mood changes, acne, yeast growth and weight gain plus over time they might hinder normal immune functions that make allergic and asthmatic reactions more frequent. (2)

What are some effective, holistic ways of treating asthma that can help prevent attacks instead? Home remedies for asthma that don't require taking prescription medications or even using inhalers include limiting irritant exposure, reducing food allergies, improving gut health, supplementing with vitamin D or getting more naturally from the sun, and maintaining a healthy weight.

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition characterized by difficulty breathing and narrowing of the airways leading to the lungs (including the nose, nasal passageways, mouth and larynx). In people who have asthma or allergies, the blocked or inflamed airways that cause asthma symptoms can usually be cleared with help from certain lifestyle changes and treatments.

Asthma is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is also related to allergies, whether seasonal/environmental or food-related. A characteristic of asthma is that symptoms tend to occur suddenly in response to stimuli that irritate the immune system and air passageways, which is described as having an asthma attack.


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Following are home remedies for asthma that can help treat this often inhibiting condition.

Home Remedies for Asthma and Asthma Attacks

1. Best Foods for Treating Asthma

Eating a healthy diet supplies asthma sufferers with antioxidants and nutrients to combat environmental toxins, control inflammatory responses and reduce dietary triggers. Eating a wide variety of foods can ensure that you or your child gets all the nutrients needed to support strong immunity. There have been numerous studies that show consuming the right foods can be the one of the best home remedies for asthma.

Some of the most beneficial foods to include in your asthma diet plan are:

  • Brightly colored carotenoid foods: This compound gives fruit and vegetables their orange or red color and can help reduce asthma attacks.Carotenoids are the basis of vitamin A, which is involved in the maintenance of healthy mucous membranes that line the air passageways.Severity of asthma correlates with low vitamin A, so increase your intake of things like root veggies, sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens and berries.A study of 68,000 women showed that those who ate more tomatoes, carrots and leafy greens had much lower rates of asthma and that people prone to asthma tended to have low levels of circulating carotenoids in their blood. (3)
  • Foods with folate (vitamin B9): Folate reduces allergic reactions and inflammation.It might be capable of lowering wheezing by regulating inflammatory processes as well. (4) High-folate foods include green leafy vegetables, beans and nuts.
  • Vitamin E and vitamin C foods: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and helps detoxify the body, which is why some research suggests that consuming more vitamin C reduces wheezing and inflammation. Vitamin C is found is leafy greens, citrus fruits, cruciferous veggies and berries.Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant found in nuts, seeds and healthy plant oils.
  • Foods with magnesium: Low levels of magnesium are associated with increased risk of developing asthma, and increasing magnesium has been shown to reduce severity of asthma attacks and symptoms like muscle-spasming anxiety. Its been found that magnesium can induce bronchial smooth muscle relaxation and allow air to get into and out of the lungs more easily. (5) Sources include greens, nuts, seeds, beans, cocoa and certain ancient grains.
  • Broccoli, broccoli sprouts, Brussels sprouts and other cruciferous vegetables: These contain many antioxidants and a key compound called sulforaphane. Researchers from UCLA state, A major advantage of sulforaphane is that it appears to increase a broad array of antioxidant enzymes, which may help the compounds effectiveness in blocking the harmful effects of air pollution. We found a two-to-three-fold increase in antioxidant enzymes in the nasal airway cells of study participants who had eaten a preparation of broccoli sprouts. This strategy may offer protection against inflammatory processes and could lead to potential treatments for a variety of respiratory conditions. (6)
  • Garlic, onions and mustard seeds: All are considered natural antimicrobials. They may help to fight bacterial infections and improve overall immune health.They also contain the antioxidant called quercetin, which inhibits inflammation.
  • Raw milk and cultured dairy: Raw dairy seems to protect children from developing asthma and hay fever symptoms. (7) The healthy probiotics in raw milk strengthen the immune system, and research shows that probiotic foods improve digestion and help stop allergic reactions that occur as proteins and other allergens pass through the digestive lining.. Mothers can prevent their children from developing asthma if they ingest probiotics while pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • Prebiotics and high-fiber foods: These plant fibers help us eliminate toxins and feed healthy probiotic bacteria.Whole grains, nuts, beans, seeds and raw vegetables are loaded with prebiotic materials and are great sources of fiber.
  • Omega-3 foods: Omega-3 is mostly found in oily fish, such as mackerel, sardines, orange roughy, salmon, trout and tuna. Nuts and seeds can also provide a good dose. Omega-3shelp lower the incidence of asthma significantly because they reduce airway inflammation and immune system reactivity. (8)
  • Foods with vitamin B5 (or pantothenic acid): Its needed in larger quantities by asthmatics because they seem unable to utilize this vitamin correctly. Its also been found that theophylline, a drug used to treat asthma, causes vitamin B5 deficiency. Pantothenic acid is also involved in adrenal function, and stress plays a large role in asthma.





2. Avoid Foods that Can Make Asthma Attacks Worse

There are many ways in which processed and refined foods contribute to asthma.Lack of fiber reduces probiotic bacteria, depletes stomach acid and hinders proper digestion.The lack of nutrients in these foods stresses the entire body and makes it less able to neutralize toxins.The lack of fresh fruit and vegetables in the Western diet contributes to high levels of inflammation, deficiencies and overall poor nutrition.

Foods to reduce or eliminate from your diet include conventional dairy, added sugar, trans fats or refined oils, gluten, and processed carbohydrates. Here's why avoiding these foods should be utilized along with other home remedies for asthma:

  • Children who eat foods fried in refined/processed vegetable oils and consume hydrogenated fats are much more likely to have asthma.These trans fats contribute to the presence of dangerous free radicals in the body.
  • Children who are bottle-fed with powdered and pasteurized infant formulas are significantly more at risk of developing asthma and allergies than those who are breast-fed.
  • The high sugar content in many processed foods contributes to the overgrowth of yeast or candida albicans.Yeast can be a trigger itself, but worse, it steals valuable nutrients from the digestive tract.
  • Hidden food allergies are often triggers for asthma attacks.The most common food allergies are to pasteurized milk products, gluten, soy, eggs and nuts.Wheat gluten and soy are present in a wide variety of foods.They hide on labels as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, lecithin, starch and vegetable oil.
  • Food preservatives and food coloring can trigger asthma attacks. Avoid MSG, tartrazine (yellow food dye), sulfites and sulfur dioxide, to name just a few.
  • Avoid animal products treated with hormones and antibiotics as well as pasteurized foods and drinks. Farm-raised fish is laden with these chemicals and has high mercury levels that correlate with increased incidence of asthma.

3. Supplements for Asthma (Especially Vitamin D)

Another rising star in home remedies for asthma is vitamin D, which seems to slow declining lung function and supports immune health. It also stops lung remodeling, the narrowing of breathing passages over time. Calcitriol, the form of vitamin D we make in the body, is a natural anti-inflammatory, yet many people are chronically low in vitamin D due to spending less time outside and eating low-nutrient diets. The daily recommended dose is about 600 international units for adults, which can be obtained through a combination of sun exposure and a healthy diet.

Recently, a study published in the Cochran Database of Systematic Reviews, which tested 435 children and 658 adults with mild to moderate asthma, found that those taking vitamin D supplements experienced fewer severe asthma attacks, required less use of oral steroids for treatment and also reduced their risk of needing to be hospitalized for acute asthma attacks. (9)

Other supplements that can help lower attacks and symptoms include:

  • Vitamins C: Increases immunity and acts like an antioxidant, reducing free radical damage and inflammation.
  • B vitamins: Help support cognitive functions and immune health.Vitamin B3 and vitamin B12 have been found to be low in asthma patients but are nutrients that lower antihistamine levels and reduce wheezing.
  • Zinc: Supports adrenal health and aids the body in coping with stress, which has been tied to worsened asthma symptoms.
  • Magnesium: Can help reduce asthma symptom severity, including pain, anxiety and emotional stress.


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4. Essential Oils for Treating Asthma Symptoms

Many people with asthma frequently cough, wheeze and have trouble breathing, all of which essential oils particularly essential oils for allergies can help manage.As mucus (phlegm or sputum) or other substances accumulate in the airways, these symptoms kick in as reflexive actions that try to facilitate unobstructed breathing.

Try making a homemade vapor rub with eucalyptus oiland peppermint oil to open up airways.Frankincense oil can be used to lower inflammation and swollen lymph nodes, and lavender can be used to help mitigate symptoms, such as anxiety and mood changes.

5. Other Home Remedies for Asthma

Avoid Irritants Inside Your Home

There might not be much you can do about pollution outdoors, but minimizing pollutants in your home can greatly lessen susceptibility to outdoor asthma attacks. Believe it or not, the Environmental Protection Agency tells us our indoor environments are two to five times more toxic than our outdoor environments! Here are tips to help you remove many sources of irritants that are likely found in your home:

Try to keep a window open even during the winter to bring fresh air in.If you can afford it, use a heat recovery ventilator (air-to-air heat exchanger) to bring outside air in.

  • Avoid secondhand smoke from wood-burning stoves and cigarettes.
  • Switch to natural cleaning products or use baking soda, lavender oil and vinegar to make your own.There are many simple recipes available online that can keep added chemicals out of your home and save you a bundle of money.
  • Avoid antibacterial soaps and disinfectants.
  • Avoid aerosols and petroleum-based ingredients in your health and beauty products. Instead use natural products made from essential oils.
  • Use a dehumidifier in damp areas, and fix water leaks to reduce mold.
  • Buy a water filter to remove chlorine from your tap water.
  • Install flooring or carpets that you can vacuum beneath to reduce dust mites.
  • Wash bedding weekly, and keep upholstery and carpets regularly vacuumed.
  • Use sheets and pillow cases that are non-allergenic and don't contain down or feathers.
  • Keep furry friends out of the bedroom to limit the amount of pet hair you're exposed to. Clean and brush pets regularly to remove some of their fur that can wind up around your home.
  • Cockroaches are another asthma trigger, so speak with a professional exterminator if you suspect you might have some in your home.

Chiropractic Care for Asthma

Asthma has also been linked to a condition known as forward head posture (FHP). FHP occurs when your head shifts out in front of your body, and as a result the nerves in the lower part of your neck and upper part of your back from vertebrae T1-T4 become compressed and compromise lung function. To correct FHP, I recommend you seek the assistance of a corrective care chiropractic physician who can help improve your posture through chiropractic adjustments and spinal rehabilitation exercises. By retraining the spine and moving it back into its ideal alignment, pressure is taken off the nerves reaching out to the lungs.

Manage Stress

The Western lifestyle includes high degrees of emotional stress, and studies show that stress management techniques help reduce asthma severity. It's well-known that stress increases the severity and frequency of asthmatic attacks because it hinders immune function and raises inflammation. In fact, studies show that roughly 67 percent or more of asthmatics have diminished adrenal capacity, increased anxiety and other mood disorders related to stress.Mood disorders are considered adaptive diseases that is, they result from a persons inability to deal with stress.

Try natural stress relievers, including massage, deep abdominal breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery and art therapies.These can all help reduce stress and give asthmatics the tools to modulate their stress responses. This lowers susceptibility to future attacks and lessens reliance on asthma drugs.

The British Guideline on the Management of Asthma recommends Buteyko and pranayama yoga (forms of deep breathing) for asthma management. A review of seven studies found that these breathing exercises reduce the severity and length of asthma attacks. (10)

Exercise and Movement

A growing body of literature indicates that lifestyle changes in recent decades, specifically decreased physical activity and dietary changes, are key contributing factors causing an increase in asthma prevalence and severity. Obesity is linked to higher risk for asthma and other breathing problems, including sleep apnea. Although vigorous exercise can sometimes cause symptoms in people who already have asthma, staying active is generally very beneficial for improving immune function, preventing obesity, dealing with stress and lowering inflammation. (11)

Asthma Symptoms

Common symptoms and signs of asthma include:(12)

  • Sneezing and coughing
  • Wheezing, including sounds emanating from your chest as you try to breath
  • Running out of air as you try to speak or inhale
  • Difficulty exercising
  • Pressure and tightness in the chest
  • During attacks its possible to show signs of poor circulation and oxygen, including having blue- or purple-colored toes and fingers or skin changes
  • Feeling lightheaded, dizzy and weak
  • Symptoms of anxiety, such as sweating and rapid heartbeats
  • Symptoms similar to those caused by allergies, such as watery and red eyes, itchy throat, or a runny nose some people can look inside their throats or noses and see redness and swelling
  • Swollen glands and puffy lymph nodes in the neck sometimes people with asthma even feel like they're choking
  • Dry mouth, especially if you begin breathing through the mouth more often instead of the nose

What Causes Asthma?

There are many different theories about what causes asthma, but toxins and irritants (both from the environment and spending lots of time outdoors) are now recognized as primary root causes. Other factors that contribute to asthma development include poor nutrition, pollution, antibiotic abuse, possibly vaccines, autoimmune disorders, other medical disorders that affect the lungs, genetic susceptibility and high amounts of stress.

For some adults, asthma symptoms are caused by exposure to chemicals and pollution during work (dust, debris, etc.), known as occupational asthma. This accounts for about 15 percent of all asthma cases. (13)

The Western lifestyle correlates with increased numbers of asthma sufferers, which is not surprising considering the poor diet quality and high-stress environment.Asthma is rare in remote areas of Asia and Africa but much more common in industrialized, Western nations where people commonly eat inflammatory, low-nutrient diets.

Risk factors for developing asthma include:(14)

  • Spending lots of time indoors: This can reduce someone's ability to effectively build their immune system and also increases exposure to certain allergens or irritants that can accumulate indoors (like dust mites, mold spurs, pet hair and other microbes).
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Obesity, allergies and other medical conditions that affect the lungs and cause low immunity
  • Sometimes childhood infections can affect lung tissue and cause the airways to narrow or become inflamed.
  • Genetics: Studies show that asthma tends to run in families, although it usually isnt completely genetically acquired.
  • Poor posture: Compression of the lungs caused from poor posture might also contribute to symptoms.
  • Exposure to environmental toxins: This can include fumes, pollution and chemicals released from construction sites.

Conventional Treatments for Asthma

Doctors use medications like anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, anti-IgE drugs and inhalers (bronchodilators) to help control asthma attacks and prevent emergencies or complications. Most of these drugs can help open up the airways very quickly but have serious drawbacks as well. Some research even suggests that inhalant albuterol medications can alter genes in children and make future asthma attacks up to 30 percent more likely. (15)

Dr. John Mills, chief of infectious diseases at San Francisco General, said, Conventional drugs used for treating asthma, particularly steroids, can impair immune function and lead to more serious health problems. Doctors tell you that steroids (cortisone, prednisone) only cause side effects after many years. But new research shows that permanent damage is immediate and devastating. Studies show that steroids cause permanent, debilitating effects after a single dosage. Steroids are probably the most sleazy of modern day medications. (16)

Here's the good news: You can help treat asthma naturally by lowering environmental and dietary toxin intake, eating more nutrient-rich foods, addressing the nervous systems role in lung functioning, and learning to better manage stress. All these home remedies for asthma come with little to no serious adverse side effects as well.


Asthma symptoms and risk factors - Dr. Axe


Precautions When Treating Asthma

If during an attack asthma medications aren't able to help someone experience improvements immediately, then its important to visit the ER or call an ambulance right away.Although its rare, asthma attacks can sometimes become fatal, so being cautious is always best. Signs of a severe asthma attack that requires immediate intervention include a pale face, sweating, blue lips, very rapid heartbeat and inability to exhale.

If asthma symptoms ever start recurring multiple times per day, make sure to see your doctor. Also mention to your doctor if symptoms ever become frequent or severe enough to interrupt sleep, work, school or other normal day-to-day activities. Keep an eye out for side effects of medications or other signs of allergies, which might make asthma symptoms worse, including a very dry mouth, stuffy nose, dizziness, pains and a swollen tongue.

Final Thoughts on Home Remedies for Asthma

  • Asthma is a condition that affects breathing, which is caused by narrowed airways (bronchospasm), a swollen or inflamed respiratory system, and abnormal immune system reactions.
  • Common symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and pain or pressure in the chest.
  • Risk factors and underlying contributors of asthma include an inflammatory/poor diet, low immune function, food or seasonal allergies, and exposure to household or environmental irritants.
  • Eliminating food allergies, spending more time outdoors, and avoiding exposure to pollution or irritants found inside the home are all home remedies for asthma symptoms.

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Asthma Symptoms, Causes & Risk Factors

Posted: March 21, 2018
By: Dr. Axe

Asthma symptoms - Dr. Axe

Asthma is a common problem that affects more than 25 million Americans, especially children and teens. Rates of asthma have been increasing steadily over the past several decades as well today one in 12 people has asthma, or 8 percent of the U.S. population, compared to about one in 14 people less than 10 years earlier who dealt with asthma symptoms. (1)

Symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, which are usually triggered by things like food allergies, exposure to irritants and seasonal allergies,or sometimes intense bouts of exercise. What sorts of things make someone more susceptible to developing asthma? There are many contributing factors, including eating a poor diet, being overweight or obese, having low immune function, spending very little time outside, and having a family history of asthma.

With rates of asthma on the rise, attention in the medical community has now turned to the potential role that antibiotics and vaccines might play in asthma development (called the hygiene hypothesis). Although the theory hasn't yet been proven, some experts believe that asthma might be affecting more people today than ever before due to the widespread use of medications that alter normal immune functions. (2) Adding to this problem is the fact that more people are spending lots of time indoors where irritants can be found. In addition, rising rates of obesity over the past 30 years have contributed to rising asthma diagnoses.

As you'll learn, some of the things that can help prevent attacks and naturally treat asthma symptomsinclude avoiding triggers like certain allergenic or inflammatory foods, building natural resistance to allergens by going outside more, and addressing underlying causes of allergies and poor gut health.

Asthma Symptoms and Signs

Asthma symptoms vary a lot in terms of severity and frequency, with some people remaining symptom-free the majority of the time and others having symptoms or attacks much more often. Its possible for asthma attacks to only happen occasionally and be very brief when they do. This is one reason why some people remain undiagnosed with asthma and assume that their symptoms are only temporary and therefore normal.

Other people with asthma might cough and wheeze most of the time and have severe attacks in response to things that stress their immune systems.

The most common symptoms of asthma include:(3)

  • Sneezing and coughing, which sometimes releases moisture and makes rattling noises
  • Wheezing, including sounds emanating from your chest as you try to breath
  • Running out of air as you try to speak or inhale
  • Pressure and tightness in the chest
  • Signs of poor circulation and oxygen, including having blue- or purple-colored toes and fingers or skin changes
  • Feeling light-headed, dizzy and weak
  • Lack of coordination and balance, plus trouble seeing normally during attacks
  • Sometimes during an attack you might feel panicked or anxious over your shortness of breath
  • Symptoms similar to those caused by allergies, such as watery and red eyes, itchy throat, or a runny nose. Some people can look inside their throats or noses and see redness and swelling.
  • Swollen glands and puffy lymph nodes in the neck. Sometimes people with asthma even feel like theyre choking due to having inflamed airways.
  • Dry mouth, especially if you begin breathing through the mouth more often due to shortness of breath when breathing through the nose
  • Having trouble exercising or doing anything that causes increased breathing

Natural Treatments for Asthma Symptoms

1. Reduce Exposure to Irritants and Indoor Allergies

Getting outside more and spending less time in places with high amounts of dust mites, chemical fumes and other toxins can help control asthma symptoms. Although you might think that being outdoors exposes someone to seasonal allergies, over time it builds resilience and can be beneficial. Cleaning your home regularly with natural products, vacuuming, diffusing essential oils and using a humidifier can also be helpful.

2. Improve Your Diet and Remove Allergen Foods

The majority of people with asthma have some sort of allergies, which can include food allergies or intolerances that contribute to poor gut health, like leaky gut syndrome. Removing allergen and inflammatory foods from your diet such as gluten, conventional dairy, and packaged foods with preservatives and chemicals can help lower asthma symptoms.


Asthma symptoms - Dr. Axe


3. Quit Smoking and Lower Environmental Pollution Exposure

Smoking cigarettes or using tobacco products can make asthma symptoms much worse, not to mention that they commonly cause many other lung and health problems. Burning fumes, inhaling gases and contact with construction debris should also be avoided.

4. Maintain a Healthy Weight and Exercise Regimen

Obesity is linked to higher risk for asthma and other breathing problems, including sleep apnea. Although exercise can sometimes cause symptoms in people who already have asthma, staying active is generally very beneficial for improving immune function, preventing obesity and lowering inflammation.

5. Avoid Conditions that Can Trigger Attacks

Very drastic temperature changes, humidity, high temperatures or extreme cold can all make asthma symptoms worse.

What Is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition characterized by difficulty breathing and narrowing of the airways (including the nose, nasal passageways, mouth and larynx) leading to the lungs. (4) Although asthma attacks can be very scary and sometimes very serious, the good thing is that narrowing of the airways that causes asthma symptoms can usually be reversed with certain lifestyle changes and treatments.

Asthma is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A characteristic of asthma is that symptoms tend to occur suddenly in response to stimuli that irritate the immune system and air passageways, which is described as having an asthma attack. Research shows that more than half of adult asthma sufferers experience a significant attack at least once yearly.Unfortunately, even after asthma patients are taught how to reverse their conditions and prevent symptoms, surveys show that more than half don't comply with advice from their doctors or take action.

Asthma is now considered to be one of the most common chronic health problems experienced during childhood. More than 6 million children in the U.S. have now been diagnosed with asthma. Surveys show that more boys tend to develop asthma before puberty and more girls afterward. Children have more attacks on average than adults, and roughly 60 percent of children who have asthma experience one or more asthma attacks over the course of a year.

Although asthma is more likely to impact children, attacks in adults tend to be more serious and even life-threatening at times. Over 3,000 American adults died in 2007 from asthma attacks, compared to under 200 children during the same year.

What Causes Asthma?

Asthma disturbs normal functions of the airways reaching the lungs that allow us to breath. The part of the airways most impacted by asthma is usually the bronchi. Bronchi look like thin, long tubes that are controlled by muscular movements that push air in and out of the lungs. The muscular walls of the bronchi have tiny cells with receptors called beta-adrenergic and cholinergic.

These receptors stimulate the muscles of the bronchi to contract and release depending on stimuli, such as certain hormones or the presence of microbes. In response to triggers, airflow can sometimes be reduced as the these tubs are constricted shut (called a bronchospasm). This leads to less clean air making its way into the lungs and also more air filled with carbon dioxide remaining in the lungs.

Another way that asthma develops is due to higher-than-normal amounts of thick mucus being released into the airways or from inflammation and swelling of the airways due to allergies. (5)

Risk factors for asthma include: (6)

Antibiotics and Vaccines

Studies now suggest that the use of vaccines and antibiotics can have a negative impact on immune system responses, which can contribute to problems like increased food allergies and asthma symptoms. It has been found that antibiotics and vaccines might shift activities of a special group of white blood cells called lymphocytes, which normally help protect the body from infections or viruses by raising inflammation. In response to antibiotics and vaccines, however, lymphocytes might begin releasing certain chemicals that cause allergic reactions and the airways to constrict.

Spending Lots of Time Indoors

The fact that children and adults both spend more time than ever inside clean, very hygienic homes seems like a good thing, but this can actually reduce someone's ability to effectively build the immune system. In addition, being inside more increases exposure to certain allergens or irritants that can accumulate indoors, including dust mites, mold spurs, pet hair and other microbes.

Obesity, Allergies, Autoimmune Disorders, and Other Medical Conditions that Affect the Lungs and Cause Low Immunity

Sometimes childhood infections can affect lung tissue and cause the airways to narrow or become inflamed.


Studies show that asthma tends to run in families, although it usually isn't completely genetically acquired. Parents who have asthma should be careful to have their children screened for asthma symptoms and allergies in order to prevent attacks.

Poor Posture

Compression of the lungs caused from poor posture might also contribute to symptoms.

In people prone to asthma and allergies, what types of things might trigger an asthma attack?

These include recovering from another illness (such as a cough, cold or virus), being under a lot of stress, eating something that causes an allergic response (including foods with sulfites), exposure to household irritants, exercising, a lack of sleep or smoking cigarettes. High temperatures, extreme cold or heat,and humidity might also make asthma symptoms worse, and surveys show that in these conditions people tend to have more attacks.

Certain working conditions can make asthma symptoms worse. Research also shows that people who live or work in places where high levels of pollution and irritants are found such as those with exposure to fumes, pet fur, mold, burning garbage, gases, or lots of debris and dust are more likely to have asthma attacks. All of these factors weaken immunity and can lead to troublesome inflammatory responses.

Conventional Treatment for Asthma Symptoms

Doctors use medications and inhalers (bronchodilators) to help control asthma attacks and prevent emergencies or complications.Most of these drugs can help open up the airways very quickly, preventing complications. Some refer to these drugs as rescue drugs since they have the benefit of helping someone breath again usually within minutes however, long-term they aren't very effective for treating the underlying causes of asthma or other respiratory problems.

Medications used to treat asthma include:

  • Brochodiltors: These help relax the muscles that line the respiratory system in order to allow more air to pass through. They're used in response to an attack and only very useful in an emergency.
  • Other medication that are sometimes used to help control inflammation and constriction of the airways include albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin), metaproterenol (Alupent, Metaprel), pirbuterol (Maxair) and terbutaline (Brethine, Brethaireand Bricanyl).
  • Sometimes doctors prescribe corticosteroids to lower swelling, including beclomethasone, Alvesco, Flovent, Asmanex Twisthaler and triamcinolone. These can be inhaled but work differently than brochodilators because they don't open up airways short term.
  • Alternative long-term asthma treatments can also include cromolyn and omalizumab, which are considered anti-IgE drugs. These are not suitable for all patients and need to be administered as injections once or twice a month. They directly impact immune system functioning and might contribute to side effects, such as nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing, wheezing, nausea, nosebleeds, GI symptoms, mood changes and dry throat. (7)

Statistics and Facts About Asthma

  • About one in 10 children and one in 12 adults living in the U.S. has asthma. (8)
  • An estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma, with 250,000 deaths attributed to the disease every year.
  • The average number of asthma-related deaths is 3,168 per year. This costs the U.S. $29 billion every year. (9)
  • Adult women are more likely than men to have asthma. However, in children the opposite is true boys are more likely than girls to have asthma.
  • Asthma is most common among adults who are obese or overweight compared to adults who are of normal/healthy weight.
  • Rates of asthma have been rising for several decades, and its now estimated that the number of people with asthma will grow by more than 100 million by 2025!
  • African-Americans and Puerto Ricans suffer from asthma more often than people of other nationalities. One in six non-hispanic black children are now diagnosed with asthma, a prevalence rate that has gone up 50 percent since 2001.
  • Due to medical expenses, missed school or work days, early deaths and doctors visits, asthma costs the U.S. $81.9 billion annually. (9)
  • The annual medical cost of asthma alone costs $3,266 per person. (9)
  • Missed school and work days alone cost $3 billion per year. This results in 5.2 million school days and 8.7 million work days lost due to asthma. (9)
  • Almost 60 percent of children and one-third of all adults who have asthma miss school or work because of attacks or symptoms. On average children miss about four days of school, and adults miss about five days of work annually because of asthma-related issues.
  • Adults between the ages of4564 years are most likely to have strong enough asthma symptoms to miss work and need to visit a doctor or emergency room.
  • Asthma is tied to other health problems, including allergies, obesity and influenza. About 70 percent of people with asthma also have allergies.
  • Children who have asthma are four times more likely to become infected with the influenza virus, and 16 percent of influenza deaths in children every year occur in patients who had asthma.

Precautions Regarding Asthma

Although drugs and inhalers can help provide quick relief for asthma patients, if during an attack these aren't able to help someone experience improvements immediately, then its important to visit the ER or call an ambulance right away.

Although its rare, asthma attacks can sometimes become fatal, so being cautious is always best. Signs of a severe asthma attack that requires immediate intervention include a pale face, sweating, blue lips, very rapid heartbeat and inability to exhale. (10)

If asthma symptoms ever start recurring multiple times per day, make sure to see your doctor. Also mention to your doctor if symptoms ever become frequent or severe enough to interrupt sleep, work, school or other normal day-to-day activities. Keep an eye out for side effects of medications or other signs of allergies that might make asthma symptoms worse, including a very dry mouth, stuffy nose, dizziness, fatigue and so on.

Final Thoughts on Asthma Symptoms and Causes

  • Asthma is a condition that affects breathing caused by narrowed airways (bronchospasm), a swollen or inflamed respiratory system, and abnormal immune system reactions.
  • Common symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and pain or pressure in the chest.
  • Risk factors and underlying contributors of asthma include an inflammatory/poor diet, low immune function, food or seasonal allergies, and exposure to household or environmental irritants.
  • Eliminating food allergies, spending more time outdoors, and avoiding exposure to pollution or irritants found inside the home are all natural treatments for asthma symptoms.

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Asthma & Chiropractic

Posted: April 12, 2017
By: Ferguson Wellness


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