How to Get Rid of Asthma

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Mar 15, 2007
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    [*] What Is Asthma?
    Asthma is a chronic lung condition in which the airways of the lungs are extra sensitive. Whenever they are irritated from the outside, such as by pollens or pollution in the air, or from the inside, such as by eating food you are allergic to, they respond by tightening up, making it difficult to breathe. Symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and a feeling of tightness or even pain around the chest. In very severe cases, the airways can close up completely, making breathing impossible.
    Though deaths from asthma do occur, they are mercifully rare. According to expert Elliott Pearl, MD, only about 4,000 people a year die from asthma in the U.S., which sounds like a lot until you take into account that 15 million people in the U.S. suffer from the condition. Most of the people who die of the disease do not have it under good control with available medication. Pearl is an allergist and immunologist at ENTAAcare, a collection of ear, nose, throat, allergy, and asthma specialists working in the Annapolis-Baltimore, Md., area.
    Asthma is treated with two types of medication. Short-acting "rescue" medication, usually in the form of an inhaler or bronchodilator containing a drug that opens the airways, can be taken to stop an episode of asthma in its tracks. Longer-acting "maintenance" medications, such as pills or inhalers that have an anti-inflammatory action, are taken every day to prevent an attack from occurring.
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    Asthma is caused by an inflammation of the lungs, and Jerome Greenberg, DC, a chiropractor and clinical nutritionist in Manhattan, says that most conditions caused by an excess of inflammation, like asthma, arthritis, and diabetes, are made worse by improper diet. He says that eating healthy, natural oils like fish liver oils, which contain omega-3 fatty acids, and avoiding unhealthy oils, particularly the hydrogenated oils found in many baked, fried, and prepared foods on supermarket shelves, should help inflammation considerably.
    Greenberg, who is former president of the Chiropractic Federation of New York, former director of the New York State Chiropractic Association and current director of New Millennium Medical Services in New York, also says that drinking plenty of water is also very helpful for asthma.