Hi. My name is Ray and I'm new to this board. About a month back I was in the ER for severe chest tightness and a peak flow reading of 350. That's low considering my height 5'11/140 lbs/19 yrs old. I should be anywhere between 550-610. So they gave me 60 mg of prednisone n some meds through nebulizer. None of it helped much. A week later I went to an asthma specialist and had a reading of 500 on my peak flow, it's fair buh i still had chest tightness and shortness of breathe. SHe wanted me to use advair. I didn't really want to because it sped up my heart rate to almost 120. I was frustrated because I haven't had asthma since i was 10 and it just came all of a sudden. At that point I had to use albuterol 4 times a day and i was so damn tired even having sex with my gf hahahha. but neways, i went online n serached for natural cures....and i found this book
reversing asthma by Richard N. Firshein
in there, he describes a lot of ways in you can improve starting from enviornment, natural supplements, to breathing exercises. i immediately went out n bought it n finished it the 1st night. and before i did anything, i started the breathing exercises, and magically, my symptoms wud go away everytime i do the exercise. but when i don't it comes bak....and now, i'm free of all asthma medications. just taking some supplements and doing some running and yoga (this really improves my asthma, ya'll shud try) and i havta say after reading this book, my life has turned around, honestly. now although i still carry my albuterol n spacer with me for emergency, i have not use it, not even once....
i just thought that as an asthmatic myself, i know what it feels like to be unable to catch a full breathe. and although i can't say it's completely gone, i've improved SO much. and after you read the book, you'll realize wuh kinda bad stuff corticosteroids and albuterol can do to you. my suggestion to all is that before your asthma gets too severe, try using this book, it just may change your life. i hope the best for everyone here
if you have any questions regarding the book, post it here, i'll tryta answer you as much as i can
and on a side note. do yourself a favor and STOP smoking. i smoked for 2 yrs...that includes cigarettes, flavored tobacco out of a hookah, and marijuana. I can now proudlly say i'm free of any smokes. believe me, they are VERY bad for asthma and i believe that's how i triggered mine....so yes marijuana will worsen your asthma over time and stop now before it's too late
I have read the book and have recommended it on this board before. My asthma doesn't bother me much and I am still on Advair, but I am hoping that in time I can cut down on my dosage. I am incorporating vitamins, flax seeds, breathing techniques and exercise for just overall better health. Also with the cold and flue season upon us, every little bit helps! I am a huge believer in mega doses of vitamin C. I have heard that this helps in asthma, but my son who was getting a cold over the weekend , started on a vitamin c regime of 1000 mg. twice a day is now free of sniffles. It is amazing. Instead of reaching for the sudafed or some other drug, try vitamin C first!!
I'm going to go out and get this book too. I have to agree with you about yoga and asthma. I have been practicing yoga for the last 3 years and it has done wonders for my asthma, as well as my general health and well being. Everyone should try it. Try to go to a serious yoga studio, not just a class at a health center. It's very worthwhile.
I just want to say as a cautionary addendum that if you are taking supplements of any kind you should be telling your doctor what they are and the dosage and suchlike, just so that he can make sure to let you know if any of the things you are taking will interact with any of your prescribed medications, since as we all know, the government can't regulate the potency or availability of natural supplements, which means they're not required to put cautions on the label.
Your best bet in all reality is to get your supplements from a registered professional with the training.
I am sure the book is absolutely wonderful, I just wanted to add this little bit of information that often slips peoples' minds.