I always enjoy watching the rest of medicine come around to my way of thinking.
The latest sign of common sense taking hold can be found in the journal Thorax, where a study shows a connection between nutritional deficiencies and asthma.
That makes perfect sense. Asthma, like many other conditions, is often the body's cry for something it lacks.
In this case, the researchers found that asthma sufferers tend to be deficient in the antioxidant vitamins A and C. I've looked closely at their research, and not only is it solid, but it confirms much I've what I've found here at my practice.
But what I really like about this report is that it's not based on just one study. These researchers actually looked at 40 studies conducted between 1980 and 2007 – nearly three decades of results – to reach their conclusion.
And when they did, they found that asthmatics had much lower levels of vitamin A – between a quarter and a third of the recommended daily dose.
The study also found that patients with severe asthma had lower levels of vitamin C than those with milder asthma. The severe asthmatics had around half of the recommended daily amount.
Having less C in the blood and eating less of the foods rich in it increased the risk of asthma by 12 percent.
The researchers also learned that deficiencies of vitamin E might help worsen asthma. People with less E – around 20 percent below the recommended dose – tended to have more severe asthma than those with higher levels of the vitamin in their blood.
I've had great success in helping asthmatics by focusing on allergies and nutritional deficiencies -- and not just vitamins A, C, and E.
I've found that many of the folks who suffer from asthma lack magnesium. That's one of the many problems with the modern diet – processed foods have very little of it, so people who eat too much of that garbage end up with a body crying out for help.
Simple lifestyle corrections and nutritional supplements can work wonders for asthmatics. I've seen plenty of people throw away their inhalers when they've gotten the nutrients they need for better breathing.