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Ways to Avoid an Asthma Attack
- Take vitamin C – Lack of vitamin C can cause asthma, high-dose vitamin C relieves it. Researchers have found that asthma is linked to both a decreased preference for foods containing vitamin C and lower concentrations of vitamin C in the blood. Once, my neighbor’s four-year-old boy got into his mom’s vitamin C and ate about twenty tablets. He had no diarrhea or side effects at all, except that his asthma symptoms went away. The less here is Linus Pauling’s: “Keep medicine out of the reach of every body. Use vitamin C instead.”
- Stop smoking – Smoking around asthmatics should be considered assault, and smoking around children should be seen as child abuse. Smoking, or simply breathing second-hand tobacco smoke, destroys vitamin C. Do not allow asthmatics near smokers, and this goes double for children. It will not surprise anyone to learn that many scientific studies confirm he link between children’s exposure to tobacco smoke and increased incidence of asthma. Cigarette smoke causes asthma even before the child is born. Total avoidance of second-hand smoke is a given for asthma management.
- Reduce stress – Stress reduction greatly helps asthmatics, reducing airway resistance and decreasing the severity of symptoms. Some research has reported profound improvement and a decreasing need for anti-asthmatic drugs.
- Straighten your spine, and keep your back in line – This may mean regular visits to a good chiropractor or it may mean yoga, regular exercise, and stretches every day. Although still controversial in medical circles, these simple measures may provide noticeable relief for asthma. The chiropractic profession has published a considerable number of preliminary studies and case reports suggesting that spinal manipulation benefits asthmatics. Great stress is put on the abdominal and lower back muscles when trying to squeeze out the air during an attack. Strengthening them is good.
- Eat horseradish and cayenne pepper, and drink plenty of water.
- Take homeopathic medicines – Take a look into homeopathic remedies for asthma is worth your time. There are a number of nonprescription, combination homeopathic remedies on the market. One might look into Aconitum napthallus (aconite), a microdilution of the monkshood herb. It is good first aid for an asthma attack. However, your taking lots of vitamin C may eliminate your need for even this natural remedy.
- Try deep breathing – When a child is old enough to understand the basics of asthma, he or she should be reminded that the inhaler works best when used at the first sign of a “tight” chest or “dry” cough. When not wheezing, deep breathing should be done several times a day. This increases lung capacity and raises the threshold for bronchospasm. “Deep” breathing is abdominal breathing. Pull that diaphragm down as far as it will go while watching the abdomen swell. (Expanding the chest is not effective). On the exhale phase, squeeze every last bit of air out of the lungs. Do six “in-and-outs” a session. At the beginning of an attack, deep breathing may abort it. Still, reach for the vitamin C.
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