The Asthma Treatment Story – How To End Asthma

The Asthma Treatment Story gives you the reader an insight into what an asthma attack is. What a problem the common chronic disease of asthma really is. Then, how I discovered an alternative solution to the problem. The information consists of eight posts starting at the bottom of this page. The final solution to the acute asthma treatment problem is this post here.

Asthma Treatment without an inhaler?

When it comes to Asthma the issue is not “Can it be cured?” The issue is how are you going to control it quickly and easily. Preferably without the inhaled corticosteroids or other drugs that are known to cause undesirable side effects.

I agree that there are many scams and false promises out there that you just cannot trust. When you take steps to manage your own health the last thing you need are one of those supposed quick-relief medications or treatments that just turn out to be a lot of hot air. I would add that there is always a genuine complementary and alternative medicine out there in between all the other quick-relief nonsense being sold.

When someone has chronic asthma symptoms it often becomes their biggest goal to reduce or, better still, overcome the disabilities it brings with it. Unfortunately, as I found out, not all ‘cures’ work and those breathing exercises must be continually worked at to be effective. It also takes time and a lot of effort for the breathing control to become effective in the first place. It’s a long-term control system that you have to plan properly from the outset. I much preferred the quick and easy fix the correct supplements brought.

The great thing is that by finding this website you have proven that you want to do something about controlling asthma for yourself. Perhaps the symptoms of the disease triggered you into action when you had yet another of those acute asthma attacks? Or was it that you think that prescribed medications are starting to affect your immune system? The fact that you have arrived here means you are willing to do something about it and you WILL find what you are looking for.

Now, I want you to ask yourself something. How pleased and relieved would you be if you actually found that the same treatment as I used worked for you? You could manage your asthma and without inhaled medications. You could drastically reduce asthma symptoms to a point where your airways are so clear that most asthma triggers have no effect on you. You don’t even notice that you have asthma. What if it also had the benefit that it did not cost much to try it out and it did not have continual on going costs to maintain. Plus, there were no detrimental side effects that come with it. You would be pretty happy about that wouldn’t you?

Well, right now I want you to visit the Dramatic Asthma Relief Report site and check it out. There’s loads of information on there including testimonials from other people who have also benefited.  I was so impressed at how well I felt after using the treatment that I wrote this website up as my personal testimonial. I want you to prove to yourself that you do not have to keep suffering from asthma and all its other effects and you genuinely want to put the disease firmly back in its place.

You’ll also find some surprising other reports that you will get when you purchase the information that is so vital to the relief of your asthma.
Click here to go straight through to the Dramatic Asthma Relief Report site now.

The Asthma Treatment Story – The Quick Fix Solution

After I had got reasonably proficient at breathing properly, and leaving more air for others to enjoy, I thought I’d got this asthma control thing sorted.

However, something like eighteen months to two years down the line and I began to suffer a bit more than I was then used to. Noticeably so in fact. I had been warned that this could happen if I didn’t keep paying attention to the way I was breathing.

You see what happens is that as age creeps on so do some bad habits. Shallow breathing, just using the upper chest, is one of those bad habits. Breathing should be done using the diaphragm like babies do. Their tummies go up and down as they breathe in and out and that signal tells anyone that breathing is being done properly via the diaphragm.

I tried doing the daily breathing exercises again. Something not normally needed once the correct system is embedded as a habit. Things did improve but I didn’t get back to the point where I rarely noticed any asthma symptoms. Mostly because I’m a bit lazy to be honest, and I wanted a quicker fix. Doesn’t everybody like the quick fix?

So I looked for a natural health alternative. I had already found acupuncture beneficial in curing other medical problems so alternative treatments were not new to me. Now there are some things advertised that didn’t work for me. I know there are some scams out there, even for asthma treatment, so I wasn’t too surprised. Just a bit disappointed. With some of them it might just be that it was just me that they didn’t work for. Can’t be sure.

Eventually, I came across a book that described a real gem of a supplement treatment. Can’t say I’m a big fan of taking supplements on a daily basis, not even Vitamin C, but this was a natural health supplement that really worked for me. The best thing about it was that the instructions advised that once you felt ‘cured’ then you didn’t need to keep taking the capsules. Exactly how I liked it. If symptoms returned at any time then just take another short course of the supplements and that was all that was needed. No inhalers. No side effects. No long term medication. Just the quick fix that I’d been looking for.

The time it takes to get relief from these supplements will vary from person to person. For me, it was only about a week and my wheezing and shortness of breath had gone and I felt loads better. As the supplements took effect I noticed that it was not just my breathing that had been affected. My moods were a lot better. I felt as if a load had literally been lifted from me. I felt lighter and ready to tackle jobs I previously had no enthusiasm for whatsoever. Things I wanted to do but felt I couldn’t were now not a problem. I hadn’t realised how bad I had got again until those supplements effected my ‘cure’.

The supplements are available from stores all over the USA. In the UK, where I live, they are supplied by the Nutricentre. Either on line or by visiting their stores. Some online stores supply all over the world. You can get a copy of the book Dramatic Asthma Relief giving you the details of the supplements and the dosage here. And yes, I do get a small commission for telling you about it.

The Asthma Treatment Story – Sick of being ill?

I said I’d talk about other illnesses that don’t seem to be asthma related yet they can be related to how you breathe.  Remember, how you breathe can affect how much oxygen you can release into your body tissues and it can also affect how much unwanted rubbish you suck in for your protection system to deal with.  Rubbish being anything from allergens and dust to inoffensive particles you just don’t need inside of you.

Eczema.  That’s right, the skin disease.  Often caused by an allergic reaction.  It’s been found that by breathing less, the allergens can be taken care of by the normal mucus protection system and better oxygen transfer helps the skin stay healthier.  The skin is the body’s biggest organ of course.

Emphysema.  Lot of controversy about this one.  Some say it’s not asthma related others say it is. Damaged sections of the lung is what emphysema is.  Giving similar symptoms to asthma, but worse.  Perhaps emphysema has as one of its possible causes damage created by particles that were taken in excessively by over breathing through the mouth. Not through the nose as should be the correct practice.  One thing is known.  When correct breathing is practiced the effects of the disease are lessened somewhat.  The undamaged parts of the lung then acting properly to do the oxygen transfer that is their role in the body.

Disturbed sleep.  Maybe not strictly an illness as such but very debilitating to those who suffer. Sleep is the time when the body regenerates and refreshes itself.  Chemical and hormone changes are taking place.  Over breathing, or hyperventilating as it’s really called, can happen a lot at night and can affect these changes.  When someone snores they are hyperventilating. As we now know, this affects carbon dioxide pressure and therefore the resulting lack of usable oxygen.  Not enough oxygen in the tissues not only leads to feeling tired, despite just having slept, it can also generate lactic acid in the muscles.  This makes your muscles ache as though they are tired.

Waking up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night can be contributed to by over breathing because the hormone ADH, which helps to concentrate urine, is not being produced in enough quantity. I’ve tested this one myself by putting micropore tape over my mouth when I went to bed. I had to breathe through my nose making it hard to hyperventilate.

With my mouth taped up I nearly always slept though without a bathroom visit and woke up feeling better than I normally did without it. No dry mouth either. Don’t try taping up your mouth until you are used to breathing only through your nose by the way.  If you suddenly wake up feeling like you can’t breathe then it is possible to go into a panic attack.  Unfortunately, I know that from experience as well.

Dental problems.  Dentists tend to use lots of big jargon words to describe events in their profession so it’s not easy to translate into simple English.  The ones I do recognise are halitosis (bad breath) gum disease and tooth decay.  They reckon that breathing through the mouth contributes considerably to these and lots of other dental problems.

Chronic Fatigue. Self explanatory now really.  If you are always tired one probable cause is lack of proper oxygenation in the blood.  Once you take care of that, other causes should also diminish.  Please understand that breathing correctly is not a cure for chronic fatigue though it does go some way to help alleviate it.

I’m sure you will appreciate there are many more illnesses that can be either avoided or made less problematic just by breathing properly.  If I listed them all here this post would become very long, very repetitious and extremely boring. So I’ll stop here and leave you look up the rest for yourself if you are so inclined.

As you’ve come this far with me, I suppose I ought to let you know a little bit more about the cures or controls of asthma that do not use commercial medications that the drug companies’ love prescribed. Nor do these natural cures have all the side effects that need even more drugs to help control them.

The Asthma Treatment Story – Overdoing breathing?

I said earlier that the effort of me running up the stairs made it so that I was over breathing.  Actually I was then way past over breathing.  You see, normally humans need only somewhere between two and four litres of air a minute.  That is usually achieved with only six to eight breaths a minute.

My own ‘normal’ breathing at that time was something like twelve litres a minute. This was close on twenty breaths per minute.  So my sprint up the stairs generated a response from my system that said “Fast activity means heat and more oxygen – bigger breaths now please”.  As I was already way over the norm for breathing out too much carbon dioxide, the extra load kicked in the total emergency system and I had the full blown asthma attack.

So you can see from the figures I’ve just given you that I was regularly taking in something like three or four times more than the amount of air I should have been.  That meant I was chucking out far too much carbon dioxide as well of course but it also meant I was sucking in four times the amount of pollutants and toxins for the mucus protection system to cope with.  Therefore, my system was already overloaded.

The way my body normally attempted to cope with this overload was to generate more mucus.  Thus narrowing the airways and giving me that rasping noise while I was breathing.  When I lay down to go to sleep at night it was in a room that is naturally a haven for a lot of airborne irritants which meant that I sounded worse and coughed more at night.

With my volume building up over a long time, years for all I know, it meant that the mucus protection level would have also been inadequate and the slightest increase in irritant levels meant that to keep protection in place the airways would have almost been blocked. This could then have the potential to lower the carbon dioxide pressure which as we know sets off an asthma attack.

So although pollens, dust and other pollutants may look like they are triggering the asthma attack they are not the original cause of the problem. Had I been breathing at the standard human rate of two to four litres per minute a little extra demand would not have been a problem.  Nor would bedroom dust caused a night time rasping as again my system would not have been dealing with a severe overload.

This is why I think many asthma ‘triggers’ are overloads that are just tipping the balance of the system into ‘attacks’ because the system is already overloaded through over breathing and therefore mass particle collection.

As with any situation this theory is not always true of course and I’m sure a very few people do have asthma problems that have other causes.  Some allergies can be absorbed through the skin for instance. Others come from some types of food that some peoples bodies object to.

When the airways are overloaded they often become inflamed too.  This is why doctors prescribe the anti-inflammatory corticosteroid inhalers in the first place.  And maybe, because they are not made aware of the necessity to breathe properly, or even what properly is, the drugs are all you get.  No information on how to prevent the problem in the first place.

Of the few doctors that do prescribe the learning of correct breathing methods they have found that the medications bill has dropped by over two thirds very quickly. The bill then continues to drop steadily with time as the patients who are slow learners, or severe cases, perfect the correct breathing methods.

This, I think, proves the theory that overloading the system by over breathing is the major cause of asthma and related diseases and problems.

Some of those problems don’t seem to be asthma related so in my next post I might discuss how a lot of ailments can be related to how you breathe.

The Asthma Treatment Story – Triggers, Tubes and Trouble

First, let’s consider what is going into our airways.

I’ve read lots of things that people consider to be asthma triggers like: – pollen, dust, dander from animals, excretions of bed mites (nice!) cold weather, etc, etc…

So the air we breathe is far from clean or pollutant free.  If you get to see across a shaft of light going into a darkened room then you can see a lot of the dust and floating material in the air.  The body has a protection system against all this flotsam.  It’s the sticky substance we call mucus.  Here’s how it works.

Firstly, you should only be taking in air through your nose.  Use your mouth only for eating, drinking and talking.  Not deliberately breathing.  The reason for this is that your nose has filters which restrict the larger airborne pollutants from going any further.  The nose was designed for this purpose and was made to be self cleaning. Any debris trapped in the nose is often ejected again within half an hour.

Same debris going in through the mouth can take days to be ejected out of your system.  You must also breathe out from the nose as well.  Sounds contrary to what is often taught, especially by fitness instructors, but if you think about it, it makes sense.  If you breathe in through your nose then it dries the airways. Dry airways are not very efficient or comfortable.

If it’s uncomfortable, there must be a reason. Breathing out through the nose dampens the airways again ready for the next intake and ejects the particles I spoke about earlier. Now you know why nature makes it uncomfortable and why you must breathe out through your nose, not your mouth.

The airways that take the air from the throat to the lungs are made up of several sections, or layers if you like, each within the other.  The lungs look almost like a tree with its concentric rings but upside down and with a hollow centre where the air flows.  The very inner layer is a stick mucus ‘gel’ with an under layer of a more watery substance called the ‘sol’. These ‘float’ on top of the main lining epithelial cells on a layer of tiny hairs called Cilia.  The epithelial cells also produce the mucus.

The Cilia move in such a way as to act like a Mexican wave in the watery sol which in turn moves the gel in one direction only.  Out up towards the mouth.  This enables the very stick gel to trap and carry any pollutants and particles that are carried into the airways back out so that they can either be swallowed or coughed up. In normal conditions this action isn’t even noticed.

This gel, or mucus, is constantly being moved out of the airways so that nothing can stay in the lung long enough to cause a lung disease.  There are muscles around all these airways and we’ve spoken about what they can do before. Restrict the exhaling of carbon dioxide by contracting and reducing the diameter of the airways.

This is not to say that absolutely nothing gets past this sticky protector. I’m pretty sure things like bacteria and viruses do occasionally go past it.  They then get passed into the blood and can become problems of a different kind.

Ok. So if that’s the system that’s supposed to protect us how come it goes wrong?

I think that the answer to that is that it gets overloaded.  We give the protection system too much to do.

Now I’ve said that, I can hear lots of the medical profession saying “He doesn’t know what he’s on about. I’ve been treating asthma/allergies/triggers symptoms for years so I do know what I’m on about and that’s just hogwash”

They may be right.

First though I’d like to explain why I think the evidence, their evidence, points to overworking the system.

The Asthma Treatment Story – Taking in the air

Here’s how we are supposed to breathe.  We take air in through the nose, down the airways and into the lungs.  The airways get smaller and finally end in clusters of air sacs.  These sacs are called alveoli, and it is their job to diffuse the air into the blood vessels surrounding them.  The alveoli also collect waste carbon dioxide out of the blood and back up the airways.

Oxygen, being part of the air we breathed in, then gets transported around the body in the bloodstream. It now needs a release mechanism to get the oxygen into body tissues that need to use it. There are two main ways that do this. One is pressure provided by the carbon dioxide.  The other is temperature.  As we exercise we need more oxygen.  So as the body gets warmer this helps to release the right doses of oxygen needed.

That’s the basics of the system but I will need to go into a bit more technical depth on a couple of those actions for you to really understand what it is that goes wrong.

The air breathed in is actually passed into the part of the blood known as haemoglobin. These are the red blood cells and unless a person is anaemic or has some other blood or lung disease then it’s usually not a problem getting them filled to their normal 98% capacity.  The other 2% is because it’s always releasing oxygen so can never be 100% ‘saturated’ as they say. Even ‘Taking a deep breath’ will not totally fill the haemoglobin cells.

The problems come when releasing the oxygen from the haemoglobin. You see oxygen and haemoglobin form a tight bond together and only under ideal circumstances will they part again.

A Danish scientist, Christian Bohr, discovered that the pressure of carbon dioxide affects the release of oxygen from haemoglobin.  If carbon dioxide pressure is too low, the oxygen/haemoglobin bond is not broken. Therefore, oxygen is retained in the blood but cannot easily be released.  High pressure carbon dioxide and low pressure oxygen is what is needed to release more oxygen to the tissues that need it.  The balance has to be right.  When the body is exercising it creates more carbon dioxide and heat. Therefore, more pressure to ensure the tissue cells get what they need.  This is now known as “The Bohr Effect”.

A problem occurs when breathing rates, or volumes, are increased and too much carbon dioxide is released back into the air.  Like when I ran upstairs.  This can make the blood more alkaline which in turn makes haemoglobin ‘stickier’ so it does not release its oxygen.  So if the oxygen does not get into the tissues that need it then, as it’s the tissues that makes the carbon dioxide, there is less carbon dioxide produced.  This then means a shortage of carbon dioxide pressure. Low pressure means oxygen isn’t released and the cycle starts again and keeps going until there is so little carbon dioxide pressure that the body shuts down the airways to retain any carbon dioxide it can.

This is now a full blown asthma attack.

Now you can see why it’s possible to take air in but not be able release it during even a mild attack. The airway muscles work as a one way valve trying to retain air and take in more carbon dioxide if possible.  This is why breathing into a paper bag sometimes works, though it’s not very efficient.  We breathe out carbon dioxide normally so if we take back in what we’ve just breathed out it could help to build up the carbon dioxide pressure needed to release the oxygen from the haemoglobin and get the system balanced up again.

If you use a chemical inhaler to release the muscles then you still might have a low carbon dioxide pressure.  You will need to start normal or even shallow breathing as soon as possible to get the system back on balance.  Otherwise, that one attack could lead to even more problems that I daren’t even mention here.

So if asthma is purely down to overbreathing why does it appear to have so many triggers other than exercise for so many people you ask?

Remember I said there were a couple of things I’d have to explain to you more technically?  Well the answer to that question is in the other action I need to explain to you in my next post.

The Asthma Treatment Story – Why does asthma occur?

I am now in medical education research mode.

There is loads of information available about the medical symptoms of asthma, what people think triggers it and what people do to get relief from the effects of it. The treatments available. However, there’s very little about why it occurs. We know that it is the muscles that control the airways of your lungs that tighten and mucus is produced that almost block these airways. But why?

Notice I’m ignoring most technical terms here. I don’t think at this stage you want to go deep into technical terms so wherever possible I’m taking care not to use them. There are certain words I need to use to get exact descriptions. Other than that, I find understanding any problem in metaphoric or layman’s terms works easier to begin with.

In answer to the question “Why does asthma occur” as far as I’ve been able to establish, it’s a safety mechanism for the mass of chemicals and electricity that goes to make up the machine we call our bodies.

“So, if it’s a safety mechanism, then why do we suffer from it?” I hear you saying. Two reasons. One is that it’s a warning that we are doing something to upset the chemical balance of our bodies and it’s triggering a compensation activity. The other is that sometimes systems just go wrong.

There is another medical condition where the system sometimes to appear to just go wrong and that is a form of arthritis. I’ve not really looked into arthritis much but I do know it’s believed that some forms of the disease are where the body’s immune system thinks there are enemy bodies attacking it so it goes into defence mode but ends up killing its own team as the attack was not real in the first place.

A number of doctors seem to treat asthma with the same kind of logic. That it’s something that the immune system has got wrong and it needs medications to correct it. Please remember I’m just reporting what I’ve found and not giving medical knowledge or advice out here.

Lets suppose though that the system had not gone wrong and there really was an action that the asthma attack was triggered to compensate for. What was that action and what would happen if we suppressed or prevented the counter attack that the body put up.

The body’s defence systems are there for survival. So if we suppress that defence system are we likely to die? I’m afraid the answer is yes, there is that possibility. Unfortunately, the defence the body puts up, the asthma attack, could also kill us. So it looks like we are caught between a crossfire of chemical reactions where either side could lose if they win. If you follow what I mean.

What I’ve just described is very often the scenario we are presented with when we go to the doctors. There is only one choice. Fight the symptoms with steroids and other drugs as long as you can and hope the attacks don’t get worse. As long as you can keep giving treatment with your little blue rescue inhaler you’re in with a chance of survival.

There’s not just the one choice though. There are things we can do other than fighting it with inhalers, medicines and medications.

So how about we look at what caused the asthma attack in the first place. What was the symptom it triggered to defend?

It was triggered to defend the chemical balance of at least two gases in the body that go to help to make it work. We obviously need oxygen to be able to breathe. So that’s one gas. We also need carbon dioxide to help us breathe too. That’s the other gas (CO2).

When I first found that out I was staggered. “But we breathe out carbon dioxide as a waste product don’t we” I said. We do indeed but we also need to retain around 5% of it to help release the oxygen into the blood stream.

I think at this point I’d better explain what is supposed to happen when we breathe and then when I talk about what can go wrong you might be able to understand it better.

I’m going to take a break first though. I’ll tell you about it in my next post.

The Asthma Treatment Story – How it began

The asthma treatment story started with a visit to my doctor purely to get some medicine to relieve a long term dry tickling cough that I’d had. Little did I know that I would be getting long term medication for a problem I didn’t realise I had. My doctor diagnosed that I was suffering from asthma.

I had apparently got a fairly low peak flow number in the test that doctors like to give and my lungs did not sound like they had symptoms of permanent mucus to suggest any other type of infection. I can’t say I’d really noticed having the tight chest typical of asthma but the fact that physical activity made my coughing worse did seem to indicate that I might indeed need an anti-asthma action plan to control my adverse health problem.

I was given two antidotes in inhaler form. One was “Salbutamol sulphate”, which helped to give quick relief from my coughing by causing my breathing muscles to relax and therefore opening up the airway. The other was “Beclometasone dipropionate” which is slower acting and worked to prevent the symptoms developing in the first place.

I’m told Salbutamol, or Albuterol as it is known in the US, is called a “Short acting beta agonist” and Beclometasone is one of the corticosteroids family of drugs. That roughly translates as both are “inhaled steroids”.

I had to have a couple of puffs of the preventer twice a day. In theory, this had build up effects so as not to need the Salbutamol so often. The Salbutamol itself was only to be used to counter an attack from the asthma.

However, at this time I can’t really say I’d had a proper attack. All I knew was that I used it sparingly, as I knew asthma medicines are only used to control the disease, not cure it. I also thought that if I used the Salbutamol too often, the control might cease to work. There are side effects from over use of corticosteroids, or steroids in general, as I was later to find out.

It took a few days for the build up Beclometasone to start having an effect.
For a while I was reasonably happy again. I’d still not had an asthma attack trigger as such, and the medications my doctor had prescribed were working as they should. I wasn’t kept up half the night by my coughing, and neither was my partner.

I still was not in the best of health by any means but the treatments were working. I still felt tired though. I thought that this was because of having had so many restless nights for so long. I was later to discover otherwise.

Time passed. I had managed to keep my Salbutamol inhaler use down to around twice a day. However, as the seasons of the year changed I found that they seemed to be one of the triggers that had me using my inhaler more and more. This was a bit worrying but my doctor assured me it was ok to use the treatment up to four times a day. He also used his peak flow meter to check on how my lungs were performing. Low volume exhaled but as long as I kept taking the medications it was hoped that the volume would stabilise or improve.

How wrong can you be? Quick relief medications were never going to give a long term solution to my problem.

Eventually, instead of improving, my asthma condition got worse. I finally did have a proper asthma attack which really frightened me as I found it almost impossible to breathe at all.

Well, that’s not quite true. I found it almost impossible to breathe OUT was the problem. I could still breathe in ok. This was, for me, the first real sign that I had indeed got proper full blown asthma.

And it worried the heck out of me!

The Salbutamol inhaler seemed to take ages to work. Instead of the usual two puffs I’d taken four all at once. Panic time.

There also seemed to be a definite trigger now as well. It was physical activity. All I’d done was to run upstairs and, due to the now poor state of my lungs, that was enough to trigger the attack.

Despite being careful I soon had a couple more of those attacks. My night time coughing was back and I was feeling low and tired again. The asthma action plan needed revising. My past good asthma control was now out of control and something had to be done to get my medications working again. So back to the doctor I went.

This time he gave me another of those steroids. This one was called Salmeterol with a trade name of Serevent. Salmeterol, I was told, is a sort of combination of the other two but stronger acting. During later research I found out it’s a “Long acting beta agonist”.

At this point I realised that as time went by I could end up outgrowing stronger and stronger medications as I became worse and worse. They could only control for so long it seemed before I needed the next strength up.

This illness was also starting to have a serious effect on my life as to what I could now do or not do. Depending on how tired I felt or whether I could keep an attack at bay whilst doing a normal activity or exercise.

I’d already developed the puffy round face that is a side effect of steroid use. And really I was still on the more mild drugs that gave asthma control. What was going to happen later if my condition got worse?

So I decided to look elsewhere at what I could do to get my use of the medications back down and get myself a normal life back. This was when I first started to do some serious investigation into what asthma was, what was available to alleviate the symptoms, prevent an attack happening or even cure the problem.

Had I not looked out for myself, I hate to think what drugs I might be on today or what my physical condition would be like.

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