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I had childhood asthma. It was as scary as can be. Not being able to breath is terrifying especially when you're a little kid. Water boarding must be similar to how an asthma attack feels. It's like drowning. One time my parents had to rush me to the hospital. I was wheezing so heavily that my mom freaked out. They promptly gave me a drug which was a steroid of some type. It didn't help. I "grew" out of it, they say. Whatever. Now I'm all gravy. No respiratory ailments of any type. I know now that my environment as well as the food and "unmedicines" I was taking may have greatly contributed to my condition at that time. I'm preventative with my diet. Also one of the best things to do is to get rid of the aerosols (Febreeze or Lysol or Glade) you spray in the crib. Use "natural" candles or incense. Not the ones they be selling on the street. Those are full of toxins including (formaldehyde). OPEN THE FREAKING WINDOW and dust the crib almost daily. Watch how you and your fams quality of life rapidly improves.

This article is taken from the CDC so it's big pharma biased. I removed the drug ads the rest is resourceful....peep this..

Asthma rates increasing in U.S., despite less smoking and decreased air pollution [Updated]

About one in 12 people in the United States now has asthma, a total of 24.6 million people and an increase of 4.3 million since 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The costs of medical care for these patients increased by about 6% between 2002 and 2007, totaling $56 billion in the latter year, according to information in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The increases come, surprisingly, despite improved air quality throughout most of the country and widespread decreases in smoking. "We don't know exactly why the rate is going up," Ileana Arias, principal deputy director of the CDC, said in a news conference. "But measures can be taken to control asthma symptoms, and exacerbations and many asthma attacks can be prevented," she said.

Asthma is a chronic disease that is marked by wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and nighttime and early morning coughing. Common triggers include tobacco smoke, mold, air pollution and infections such as influenza and colds. The disease is generally treated with two classes of medications: beta-agonists to provide quick relief when patients are having symptoms, and inhaled corticosteroids or a combination of steroids and long-acting beta-agonists to control persistent asthma.

Researchers have changed the way they measure the incidence of asthma in the population, so direct comparison to rates in the 1990s is not possible, said Paul Garbe, chief of the CDC's air pollution and respiratory health branch. But there has been a continuing increase in the incidence over the last several decades, he said. "The trends are going up," he noted. But one trend, however, has changed, he added. In the 1980s and 1990s, there was a dramatic increase in the number of people who died from asthma, but the numbers have been declining. In 2007, there were 3,447 deaths attributable to asthma, about nine every day. "That [decrease] is the one bright spot."

by on Oct. 12, 2012 at 4:45 PM
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by Member on Oct. 14, 2012 at 6:01 PM

No, I did not, thanks!

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