According to Newsweek, Asthma is one of the fastest growing chronic conditions in the United States with over 15 million Americans affected, including four million children. The death rate from asthma has increased more than 66% since 1980, with a record 6,600 annual deaths attributed to asthma.
Americans spend $6.2 billion annually on asthma treatment and over $1 billion on medications. Adults with asthma lose over $850 million in lost wages from work and parents with asthmatic children lose over $1 billion by staying home from work to care for their children. Asthma is the #1 cause of hospitalization for children in the United States.
An asthma attack can be triggered by different types of irritants including dust, pollen, ragweed, aspirin, cockroaches, perfume, stress, dust mites, pet hair, food additives, and occupational vapors. Although these things may trigger an attack, they are not the primary cause of the attack. Research has shown that there are several factors that contribute to asthma, including the recent increased use of antibiotics and vaccines.
Conventional treatment includes the use of bronchodilators,steroids and allergy desensitization shots to ease the symptoms of asthma and although no one would disagree with the appropriate use of medicine in controlling asthma, there is mounting research to suggest that serious problems often result with their usage.
Common side effects of asthma inhalers include jitteriness, nervousness and upset stomach. Other side effects may include unusual weakness, weight loss, dizziness, cough, dry irritated throat, unpleasant taste, hoarseness or nasal congestion, pain or headache, white-colored tongue, prolonged mouth or throat irritation, vision changes, serious allergic reactions, including rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness and trouble breathing. Studies are also being done to link long term use with loss of bone density.
Psychiatric side effects of asthma inhalers that contain steroids include depression, mood swings, aggression, irritability, insomnia and “steroid psychosis.” People with steroid psychosis appear to be insane and they may babble incoherently, as well as experience hallucinations and delusions. Hospitalization may be necessary and the condition, although usually reversible, may take months to resolve.
The science of Chiropractic is founded on the premise that a proper nerve supply is essential in controlling and regulating bodily function.
Doctors of Chiropractic detect and correct vertebral subluxations by physically adjusting the spine. This restores the nervous system to an optimum level of function, which maximizes the body’s inherent healing ability.
Chiropractors have never claimed that they can “cure” asthma and other related conditions and not all cases of asthma are caused by spinal stress — but scientific research has demonstrated that correcting subluxations does restore and improve respiratory and immune function, which improves conditions like asthma.
The correction of vertebral subluxations with Chiropractic adjustments can improve conditions such as asthma because of the restored nerve supply to the pathways of both the respiratory and immune systems. Improvement of immune function is an often overlooked, but well documented benefit of Chiropractic care.
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