Looking at the CAUSES of Asthma
By Dr. Blake Livingood and Dr. Ben Lerner
20 Million Americans suffer from asthma. We spend a whopping 20 million dollars on this condition and it accounts for 15 million sick days of work and 14 million sick days of school.[1. http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=42] Common methods of treatment are heavy medications, inhalers, and steroids to control the condition. What is it that causes this life limiting disease?
While every problem has unique needs, the ML principle is the same when it comes to all conditions:
STEP 1: Build health. If you work towards getting the body well and working right again, all conditions improve or are eliminated.
STEP 2: Look at causes. Whether it’s asthma, ADD/ADHC, chronic infections, pain, fatigue, cancer, or Alzheimer’s – there’s an underlying reason. Conditions are rarely there as simply a result of genetics or bad luck. Might be easy to call it that – but just not true.
Everyone knows that asthma is the constriction of the airways and lung causing difficulty breathing. Like all conditions, however, few doctors, patients, or parents of kids with asthma spend enough time looking at causes and building health.
In building health – we apply 5 Essentials. In Essential #2, Maximum Nerve Supply – it’s clear that the brain tells the lungs how to work, how to take in air, how much, and when. The brain does this by sending messages down through the spinal cord and out through the nerves into the airway tissues. One set of nerves comes from the lower brain/upper neck region directly to airways and one set comes out of the spine in the upper back. Any damage or pressure to these nerves would clearly inhibit the brain and subsequently the lungs from doing their job. Clearing your nervous system has been proven to address a CAUSE and improve the respiratory track especially cases like asthma.[2. Alcantara, J., Van Roo, L., Oman, RE. Chiropractic care of a pediatric patient with asthma, allergies, chronic colds & vertebral subluxation (case report). Journal J Pediatr Matern & Fam Health – Chiropr. 2009 Sum;2009(3):Online access 7p.]
The next Essential we’ll address here is Essential #5, Minimized Toxins. We are exposed to toxins daily like never before in history. While the toxins used in household products, food, drinking systems, medications, fabric, plastic, and many other areas are cleared for use by the FDA, they build up in our bodies and cause illness.
As toxins build up, our cells are suffocated and deprived of nutrients. In a recent study two detoxification genes were studied. The genes glutathione-S-transferase M1 (GSTM1) and glutathione-S-transferase T1 (GSTT1) are responsible for 2 phases of detoxification in our bodies.
The proportion of individuals with a deficiency in both GSTM1 and GSTT1 gene activity was found to be four times higher in asthmatic patients than in the control group (54.1% and 12.2%, respectively).[3. Ivaschenko TE, Sideleva OG, Baranov VS. Glutathione-S-transferase μ and theta gene polymorphisms as new risk factors of atopic bronchial asthma. Journal of Molecular Medicine. 2002;80(1):39–43.] Filling our bodies full of toxins leads to the activation of these detoxification genes. An overload of toxins is going to severely bog down our respiratory tract, leading to asthma like symptoms. So this study is right, these genes are more common with asthma, because they are detoxification genes that HAVE to kick in or else we can’t get rid of any of the toxins. Toxins interfere with how our bodies work, if they build up, you’re in trouble.
By addressing these two Essentials – nerve supply and toxins, Maximized Living doctors see improvements with asthma and other closely related illnesses like allergies and infections. Your ML doctor has specific resources like the ML Detox System and nutrition and spinal correction protocols to help both build health and eliminate causes so you can get better.