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How To Be Healthy: Respiratory Diseases Can Damage Heart and Lungs
( Published 1962 )
Although it has troubled man for centuries, asthma is still scarcely understood, and no practical means of curing it has been formulated. It is primarily a lingering disease, which is usually caused by some allergy. Asthma is characterized by difficulty in breathing due to contraction of the air passages, which is brought on by spasms of the diaphragm. It can be influenced by inner conflicts or tensions and by nervous disorders.
About half the cases reported are caused by dust inhalation or by the ingestion of drugs and certain foods. Very seldom is the root cause known, but, as in any allergy, there is an unnatural reaction to normally harmless substances, such as eggs, milk, and wheat.
The failure to use the cereal-free elimination diet which I have long advised in studying possible food allergy in bronchial asthma and nasal allergy has delayed recognition of foods as a sole cause in 20 to 40 percent of such cases and in varying degrees in association with inhalant allergy in many other patients.
A lack of the essential fatty acids (vitamin F) and an excess of histamine can be decisive factors in causing asthma. It can come about as a result of chronic infection of the adenoids, sinuses, or tonsils. Some investigators have observed that asthma is worsened by the use of alcoholic beverages and that the inordinate use of salt and sugar aggravates it.
Low blood sugar is a mark of persons with this disease, although it cannot be said to be a cause. It would appear, therefore, that asthmatic attacks are the consequence of more than just one particular deficiency.
While certain drugs, such as cortisone, often give relief, they can also cause considerable harm. Some of the synthetic drugs like aspirin and penicillin may even produce acute asthmatic symptoms in some persons.
Asthma sufferers require many foods high in calcium, iron, and sulphur, in addition to plenty of vitamin C (and I do mean plenty). In attempting to remedy allergies, however, the emphasis should be on a diet fully sufficient in all respects, rather than high in only a few nutrients.
The best protection against allergies is healthy adrenal glands. These glands must be abundantly supplied with vitamin C daily, so that they will continue to produce adrenalin, which detoxifies poisonous material that may have passed into the blood.
Garlic also helps with this trouble, since it has antiseptic properties that suppress disease bacteria in the respiratory tract. Another recommendation is to take a tablespoonful of corn oil at bedtime. Still another encouraging procedure is the use of vitamin E. One hundred units with each meal should be sufficient.
The proper diet gives fine results in most instances, but, to obtain positive and permanent effects, an asthmatic should, first and foremost, make strenuous efforts to abandon the use of all drugs. He should be sure that he is getting a full measure of relaxation, rest, and sleep, to vitalize the nervous system and sustain the general health of the body. Finally, special attention to internal cleansing is imperative for persons who are also susceptible to constipation.
What you eat and drink has a singular influence on your ability to resist respiratory infections, such as bronchitis, colds, hay fever, and influenza. A complete diet high in meat, fish, and eggs is necessary.
Prevention of these illnesses is not too difficult if you eat wisely. However, if you should happen to come down with one of these ailments, you can get excellent results with the following procedure: At the first sign of infection, take substantial doses of a natural vitamin C-say, one thousand milligrams every hour until relief is obtained. By using a natural product, you will also get the bioflavonoids, which are associated with vitamin C and are extremely potent against respiratory diseases. About fifty thousand units of vitamin A should also be taken with each meal.
Another valuable supplement is the enzyme bromelain, found in the pineapple plant. It is marketed through health food and diet shops as a digestive aid, but it has been reported that many people taking bromelain for this purpose have discovered that this oral preparation also has a remarkable effect in the treatment of inflammation resulting from abscesses, arthritis, bronchitis, pneumonia, skin infections, and streptococcal and staph infections, as well as other virulent diseases. According to medical authorities, this catalytic agent reduces inflammation, eases pain, accelerates tissue repair, and substantially shortens recovery time.
Honey, taken frequently during the course of a cold, is great for breaking up head and chest congestion and expelling phlegm. There's nothing like it. It will help get you better-fast!
Pulmonary emphysema is a condition in which the exceedingly small air sacs in the lungs, from which oxygen is passed on to the blood, break down and become congealed or condensed. Scar tissue builds up, and the patient has difficulty in inhaling and exhaling air completely. Basically, pulmonary emphysema is a persistent inability to expel all the air from the lungs.
More than a million people in the United States are afflicted with this distressing condition, and, in the past ten years, the percentage of deaths it has caused has more than doubled. It is now the chief killer among the lung disorders, causing more deaths than tuberculosis and lung cancer combined. It has also been reported by researchers that chronic emphysema is only exceeded by heart trouble in causing disability in those well along in years.
Shortness of breath is its most conspicuous characteristic, accompanied at times by chronic cough, choking sensation, and heavy breathing. Some cases have responded favorably to exercise and physical therapy.
Concentrated air pollution, such as smog; certain occupational conditions; and cigarette smoking are believed to be active influences in causing this disease.