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Old 01-20-2007, 03:31 PM   #1
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No dairy has prevented my asthma

Hi,
I have had asthma since I was little. I used to take flixotide which some of you may have heard of. It's a powedered anti-inflammatory steroid inhaler.
About a year and a half ago I would be taking 250ug (micrograms) of this stuff daily and while it didn't have any major side effects I often got badly cracked lips. It did control my asthma extremely well, and I would never need to use my puffer when I was taking the preventative.

Anyway, I decided I wanted to stop the preventative and try some supplements like fish oils, lyprinol, garlic, vitamin c, quercetin, salt pipe, etc.

I had great success with the fish oil and lyprinol, however after time they all seemed to become less effective and I would have to use my ventolin puffer almost every day. Sometimes 3 or 4 times a day.

My asthma is exercise and allergy induced, a lot of dust would cause an asthma attack, about 3 minutes on the treadmill at 12kph would also cause an attack (because I go to the gym regularly)


Now here's the part where I say how I solved my asthma problem.
I eliminated dairy from my diet.

Initially I did this for the reason of trying to improve my acne.
About a week after I dropped dairy I noticed I only had asthma a couple of times in the first week. Since then I haven't used my puffer once, I think it's been about one and a half weeks of being asthma free.
At the gym yesterday I went on the treadmill at 12kph for 5 minutes (warm up prior to weights) and didn't get asthma afterwards. This is a clear indication for me that my asthma has improved significantly or maybe even disappeared completely since I stopped dairy, because my daily ritual was using the treadmill for 5 minutes and having to use my puffer afterwards, no exceptions.

I'm a lot happier now because I don't have to rely on my ventolin. It's like this burden has been lifted. I still keep one in my gym bag but it's more of a precaution than anything else.

Now some final words on my diet. I drink vitasoy instead of regular milk. I think it's the nicest tasting soy milk I can find. Obviously all things like cheese, cream, mayonaise, creamy pasta sauces, pizza and such are out of the picture now. I do miss all these foods, but being asthma free is a far better reward than a pizza.

Now to conclude my post, I would like to say that dairy will not be an asthma trigger for everyone. In my case I obviously have a dairy allergy, but I would have never discovered this if I didn't change my diet.

Last edited by mrpringle; 01-21-2007 at 04:12 AM.

 
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Old 01-22-2007, 04:40 PM   #2
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Re: No dairy has prevented my asthma

Amen.
Dairy is a very common allergen for people and many asthmatics are severely allergic to it. Wheat is another very common problem. Food allergies can be determined either by a blood test or by eliminating some suspect foods for a while as you did.

I have also over the last 6 months controlled my lifelong severe asthma by eliminating wheat and dairy. I used to use ventolin several times a day as well as the steroid inhalers and a couple of other things and I still had symptoms. Now I use nothing!

For anyone with asthma you have nothing to lose but poor health by trying this. Also the meds are only controlling symptoms not treating the underlying problem. (dont get me wrong, this is necessary when you cant breathe) The immune system continues to be constantly challenged if you are eating food you are allergic to. Since the immune system gets busy dealing with the allergens, it has less ability to deal with the real business of fighting off other things that are real threats. This includes everything from the common cold to cancer.

The only thing I disagree with is the use of soy as a substitute for dairy. Soy is said to contribute to hormonal imbalances- excess estrogen (for men too) and that can lead to other health problems down the road.
take care GB

 
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