(NaturalHealth365) Although the past decade has seen a decrease in the number of deaths related to asthma, The American Lung Association reports that the prevalence of the disease has been rising continuously. In fact, their data indicates that the incidence of lifetime prevalence have increased by an average of 2.7 percentage points every year since 1997, and attack prevalence has increased by .3 percentage points during the same time frame.
This dangerous illness costs Americans $56 billion in healthcare costs every year and resulted in 14.4 million lost school days for children and 14.2 million lost work days for adults in 2008. What’s not being discussed, in conventional medicine (enough), is that asthma exhibits a strong correlation with the presence of pesticides in our food supply.
Our children are being hurt by ‘legal’ chemical substances in the environment
The dangers of pesticides are beginning to catch the attention of even mainstream scientists and medical professionals. A study published in Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology that was conducted by researchers at the University of Granada School of Medicine, the University of Almeria, and the Andalusia Council of Health found the asthma can be strongly linked to pesticide exposure. These pesticides, especially when inhaled, contributed to chronic inflammation and impacted allergen sensitization – which made the individuals more likely to develop asthma.
Similarly, three categories of chemical: phthalates, pesticides, and bisphenol-A (BPA) have been strongly linked to endocrine disruption and have positively correlated with the development of asthma and allergies. Observational studies have found that people who have been exposed to these types of chemicals, particularly as fetuses or as infants, were more likely to develop asthma and allergies.
How can we reduce our risk of chemical exposure?
Unfortunately, pesticides are prevalent throughout the ecosystem, meaning that those who eat organic foods and avoid pesticides are likely still exposed. But, that doesn’t mean we should ‘give up’. One of the best ways to avoid toxins, in our food, is to choose organic – as much as possible.
The foods with the highest pesticide load include: apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, sweet bell peppers, nectarines (imported), cucumbers, snap peas (imported) and potatoes. So, be sure to only purchase the ‘organic’ variety or grow them organically yourself.
“Allergies underlie many cases of asthma.[…] Some evidence suggests that IgG antibody testing is able to detect immune reactions less severe than an overt allergy, but that nonetheless may trigger inflammation,” explains the professionals at Life Extension. This inflammation can in turn cause asthma, eczema, and allergies. Interesting to note, infants – who do not receive adequate probiotics – are at an increased risk of a leaky gut, which can lead to these three disorders.
Probiotics, particularly lactobacillus casei, have been shown to help patients reduce their risk of eczema by up to 40 percent, and it is likely that they would be able to help with other problems associated with inflammation as well. Best of all, probiotics can help improve the gut flora, reduce cellular inflammation and improve the immune system – which will also help reduce the risk of asthma.
Remember, you only need a small amount of Kvass, kombucha tea, raw sauerkraut or other high-quality fermented foods – on a daily basis – to help purify the blood, boost energy and improve liver function, as well.
Pesticides can wreak havoc on a person’s health, including increasing the risk of developing asthma in children. By avoiding exposure to pesticides when possible as well as increasing the consumption of probiotics, you can reduce the risk of inflammation and reduce asthma symptoms (naturally) without the need for toxic medicaitons.