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Changing the Approach to Treating Asthma

Conventional treatment of asthma usually includes the use of bronchodilators, steroids and allergy desensitization shots to ease the symptoms of asthma.  Although no one would disagree with the appropriate use of medicine in treating asthma, there is mounting research to suggest that serious problems often result with their usage.

According to Dr. Michael Kaliner, Head of Allergic Disease Section of the National Institute of Health, “A focus on bronchodilators as the only therapy is inappropriate.  It is symptomatic therapy that has nothing to do with the healing process.”  Furthermore, Science News stated that “People with asthma breathed a sigh of relief with the advent of inhaled steroids in the early 1990s.  Thousands of people take high dosages daily in regimes that may last a lifetime.  New research indicates that inhaled steroids may have an unsuspecting dark side.  A study of nearly 50,000 elderly people in Canada found that prolonged use of inhaled steroids markedly increases a person’s risk of glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness.”

Dr. Richard Firshein, in his book Reversing Asthma, stated, “Our approach to asthma has been woefully inadequate and misguided, our medications have worsened the condition over the long term, and few of our doctors have developed the kind of comprehensive programs that emphasize healing and prevention.”

Recently, an article in the New York Times magazine stated, “Two recent studies conducted in Canada and New Zealand suggests that asthma patients who rely on inhaled beta-agonist dilators run twice the risk of dying.  By opening airways that are normally constricted in an asthma attack, bronchodilators might actually expose the lungs to more of the substances that damage them, hurtling the asthmatic individual down a dangerous spiral”

Because of all of these facts, the focus of medical science is beginning to shift away from attempts to contain the symptoms of asthma to exploring the controlling mechanism as a means of solving and preventing asthma and related respiratory conditions.  As healthcare continues to evolve, asthma treatment will probably shift from symptomatic relief to that of prevention and overall health and wellness.

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