Preventing Allergies and Asthma

Two recent studies reveal the power of preventive medicine in reducing the risk of two common and serious conditions: allergies and asthma. While billions are spent annually on prescription and over-the-counter medications to treat these conditions, a few simple choices could mean the difference between health and chronic disease.

A study published in the journal Infection & Immunity suggests that changes in the normal combination of different healthy bacteria that live in the digestive tract can significantly increase the risk of both allergies and asthma. There are several types of bacteria that are beneficial for the health, the two most prominent being L. acidophilus and L. bifidus.

While these bacteria are important for the health of the digestive system and the immune system, there are many aspects of modern life that deplete these bacteria: stress, alcohol, sugar, medications, processed foods, coffee and others. Unfortunately, once the balance of bacteria is upset, it is difficult to get the healthy bacteria re-established.

While yogurt is typically thought of as a good source of these bacteria, it does not contain enough bacteria to replenish the supply in someone whose supply has been severely depleted. Supplementation with concentrated healthy bacteria is called for in those situations.

Another study, published in the journal Thorax, reveals another risk for development of asthma: exposure to household cleaning products. After studying 14,000 children and their exposure to these products, a very significant increase in the risk of developing asthma was found.

The incidence of both allergies and asthma is rising dramatically. While allergies as a nuisance, asthma is a leading cause of death in the United States. These two studies reveal some simple changes that can dramatically reduce the risk of developing these conditions.

In fact, allergies and asthma both can be effectively treatment with a comprehensive treatment plan. While conventional medical treatment focuses on drugs to block symptoms, naturopathic, chiropractic and Chinese medicine treatment focuses on identifying the underlying triggers that lead to the symptoms in the first place. These may be different for each individual, so each treatment plan will be different.

If you or someone you know suffers from allergies or asthma and you have been unsatisfied with the treatment options offered by the conventional medical world, visit one of the physicians at Nature Cures Clinic to get a full treatment plan. The plan may include acupuncture, nutritional counseling, targeted supplementation, chiropractic care, stress management and hypnosis, or any number of other therapies.

Visit our Appointments Page or call if you have further questions: 503-287-4970.

Prevention is always the best treatment. Treatment that addresses the underlying cause of the symptoms is the next best option.