by Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© September 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.


                  All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended as diagnosis, prescription, treatment or cure for any disease or health condition.















Definition.  Asthma is a health condition in which there is restriction and inflammation of the airways leading to the lungs.  It is often related to allergies.  

Symptoms.  These may include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath.  Symptoms are usually variable and chronic, and come and go.  They may be triggered by stress, foods, or other things.

Prevalence.  Figures indicate that 25-34 million people in the USA alone have a diagnosis of asthma.  This makes it one of the most common health conditions.

Worldwide sales of just one Asthma drug, Advair, exceed $16 billion US dollars!  It is the second most-prescribed drug in the world.  (By comparison, the entire food supplement sales worldwide is less than $2 billion US dollars.)




I differentiate between underlying causes and triggers of asthma.  Both are needed in order to have an asthma attack.


Underlying causes.  The most common of these is a chronic respiratory infection.  These are extremely common.  Many are viral, and do not respond to antibiotics or other drugs.

Another possible underlying cause is a psychological condition in which a person feels suffocated or stifled in some way.  This is a psychosomatic cause, but is seen commonly with asthma.

Another possible underlying cause is an imbalanced body chemistry.  Both fast and slow oxidizers can experience asthma.  It is usually more acute in fast oxidizers, who can die during a serious episode.  Slow oxidizers are more likely to experience a less intense, chronic type of asthma.

Imbalance involving the adrenal glands is another possible cause.  The adrenal glands secrete adrenalin and cortisone to stop allergic reactions.  If a person goes to an emergency room with an asthma attack, often doctors will give a shot of adrenalin or cortisone to stop the attack.  If the body secreted these substances correctly, most asthma attacks would not occur.


Triggers.  The trigger for an asthma attack is usually inhaling, eating, or having contact with an irritant substance or something to which the person is allergic.

Common triggers are exposure to chemicals, foods, dust or other particles in the air, reactions to medical drugs, and occasionally an attack is a reaction to an emotionally stressful situation.




There is definite evidence that asthma is over-diagnosed.  A Dutch study in 2016 of 656 children diagnosed with asthma found that 53 had no clinical signs of the disease.

An Australian study of children with coughing, half of whom were diagnosed with asthma, found that only 5% of them actually had asthma.




There is no official medical cure for asthma.  However, most cases of asthma respond beautifully to a properly designed nutritional balancing program.

This program helps by:

1. Balancing the nervous system.

2. Getting rid of chronic respiratory infections.

3. Improving adrenal gland activity.

4. Getting rid of a “leaky gut” that can cause food allergies.

5. Getting rid of other causes of allergic reactions.

6. Reducing exposure to toxins in food, air, water and through contact.


How long does correction take?  The time is variable.  At times, symptomatic improvement is rapid because one eliminates an allergic food from the diet or makes other changes in the diet or lifestyle that reduces allergic reactions.

Balancing body chemistry and eliminating chronic respiratory infections takes longer, and may require a year or more on a program.





1. Looijmans-van den Akker I, et al., Overdiagnosis of Asthma In Primary Care: a retrospective analysis, Br J Gen Pract. 2016 Mar; 66 (644); e 152-157.


2. Bush, A. and Fleming, L, “Is Asthma Overdiagnosed?”, Arch Dis Child, 2016, April 5.



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