Asthma Treatments, the good, the bad and the ugly

Asthma treatments, the good, the bad and the ugly have been with us in one form or another since the ancient Greeks

Galen (130-200 AD), an ancient Greek physician described asthma as bronchial obstructions and treated it with owl’s blood in wine.

Pliny the elder (around 50 AD) prescribed the use of “ephedra” (early type of ephedrine that is used today) in red wine along with drinking the blood of wild horses and eating 21 millipedes soaked in honey.asthma treatments, the good, the bad and the ugly

Maimonides, the Jewish physician (1135-1204 AD), recommended a diet as well as avoidance of strong medication, plenty of sleep, fluids, moderation of sexual activity, and chicken soup.

In the beginning of the 20th century asthma was considered to be psychosomatic (in the mind) and treated by psychologist often as depression.

The 1500’s saw Asthma treatment  use tobacco to induce coughing. The Aztecs chewed on a plant containing ephedra and the Incas used cocaine.

In the 1800’s things get worse and Arsenic was prescribed.

In the 1900’s we see the beginnings of immunotherapy being used.

Now in the 21st we use inhaled bronchodilator medications as well as inhaled corticosteroids to reduce inflammation. Long term effects on the walls of the lungs is not known. What is known is the effects of steroids on the skin, results in thinning and atrophying. As well as the problem of oral thrush.

All of these treatments are aimed at the symptoms and not at the cause.

The underlying problem is an autoimmune deficiency.

According to our model of the immune system, the inflammatory response is continuing unchecked, i.e. the regulatory half of the immune system is not working. This is causing the symptoms. Our model recommends restoring the balance, which is restoring the gut probiotics, they are responsible for starting and maintaining the regulatory response, they have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Our solution is a probiotic, a live culture probiotic containing 20 billion colony forming micro-flora.

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  1. Asthma, history
  2. Asthma, Save and effective long term treatment

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