Chronic Asthma & Bronchitis
While there are patients who just have hay
fever and occasional asthma attacks as discrete events and are healthy
between pollen or other allergen exposures there is larger group of
patients who develop more chronic symptoms. Coughing, shortness of breath
and wheezing may occur everyday or most days. Often several medications on
a regular schedule are required everyday. With continued antigenic
exposure a chronic cell-mediated inflammation takes over. The chronic
state is more difficult to characterize and understand. Persistent and
recurrent symptoms that require daily medication are suggestive of delayed
pattern food allergy. We encourage everyone with chronic or frequently
recurrent asthma to try diet revision.
The variable delay of absorption of food
antigens and the biphasic asthma response to discrete antigen challenge
makes for a confusing variability in the timing of symptom-sequences
following food ingestion. Further confusion arises when antigen challenge
comes from food eaten everyday and acute responses overly chronic
inflammatory activity in a complex and variable system of symptom
Bronchitis is an inflammation of the bronchi,
the large airways inside the lungs with increased mucus production and
cough. Bronchitis can be caused by infections, food allergy, or by exposure
to airborne allergens and irritants such as dust, fumes, or cigarette smoke.
If caused by a virus, the bronchitis will likely be only temporary. If the
exposure to irritants is persistent, then permanent damage to the bronchi,
bronchitis may occur. Delayed pattern food allergy can cause chronic
bronchitis with cough that is quite mysterious - no-one can guess the cause
or identify the cause with tests. Only a trial of diet revision reveals the
food cause. Cow's milk allergy is the most common cause of chronic
bronchitis ( does not show up on skin tests).
The three basic treatment choices are:
- Remove the Cause of Asthma
- Treat the symptoms
- Alter the host to be more tolerate of the
Remove the original cause
Consider asthma to be an allergic disease and
look at the air and food supplies for the triggers of asthma. Here is a
simple problem-solving approach. If asthmatic; then
- Stop all smoking and association with
- Stop all use of volatile chemicals
- If attacks of asthma are intermittent and
related to airborne exposures then avoid the exposure or wear
air-purifying filters when exposed and/or use preventive medications
- If asthma attacks are seasonal and related
to plant cycles, then get allergy tests and consider using preventive
medication. If pollen allergy is the main and only cause of asthma,
- If asthma is chronic and tends to occur in
all seasons and is not related to airborne exposure, then consider delayed
pattern food allergy as the cause and do diet revision using the Alpha
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Not all respiratory diseases are caused by airborne pathogens. If asthma,
bronchitis and/or nose sinus congestion is chronic or attacks occur frequently
in all seasons and are not related to airborne exposure, then consider delayed
pattern food allergy as the cause and do diet revision using the Alpha Nutrition
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