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YOU CAN OVERCOME ASTHMA

Written and Published by:

lan Sinclair

5 Ivy Street
Ryde NSW 2112
(02) 808 3691

First Edition 1993 (September)
Second Edition 1997 (July)
Copyright © lan Sinclair 1993 ISBN 0-646-14073-6

 

CONTENTS
 

 page
Foreword By Ross Home  
Author's Preface

1

Introduction - My Own Story 

3

1 The Diet Connection 

7

2 The Offending Foods 

18

3 The Food Industry and It's Servants

24

4 Understand Your Body

33

5 The True Nature of Asthma

39

6 The Dangers of Drug Therapy

43

7 The Drug Industry - Saviours or Sorcerers?

52

8 The Road to Health

73

9 Getting Started

81

Appendix A: The Cause and Correction of Vitamin/Mineral Deficiencies 

86

Appendia B: Introductory Natural Diet

90

Appendix C: Response from Asthma Foundation

91

Bibliography

92

 

1

THE DIET CONNECTION

"Whatsoever was the father of disease, an ill diet was the mother"
Old Proverb

Over seventy years ago, an American physician Dr. J.H. Tilden wrote "The proper way to study disease is to study health and every influence favourable or not to it's continuance". Basically what he meant was that if we understand those laws which govern our health, then it will be apparent as to why people get sick. People get sick because they violate the laws of health. Therefore, let us start by examining these laws, or in other words examining what healthy living is all about.

I believe that healthy living involves such things as plenty of fresh air and exercise, hygienic environment, eating fresh natural foods, getting sound and regular sleep, and importantly, keeping the mind happy, content, fulfilled etc. Now I'm not suggesting that one must be a puritan conforming to these requirements 100 per cent of the time in order to maintain their health. The occasional junk-out, a few days of mental despondency, a short period without fresh air or exercise, is unlikely to cause sickness if for most of the time you're following a healthy lifestyle. In other words, it's not what you do 10 per cent of the time that determines your health, but what you do 90 per cent of the time. If you can 'keep it together' for at least 90 per cent of the time, then I think you can be assured of good health. On the other hand, if you can't keep it together, or in other words, if you regularly eat unhealthy food, get little exercise or rest, or allow the mind to constantly dwell on negative and depressing thoughts, then as surely as night follows day, SICKNESS will be the consequence.

In my view, Asthma, like most diseases in our society, is the direct consequence of unhealthy living. I have no doubt that a number of factors contribute to asthma such as environmental pollutants, smoking, stuffy ill-ventilated rooms, nervous disposition, emotional stress etc. but of all the factors involved, it is my belief that UNHEALTHY DIET is the major one.

Healthy Diet - I believe that few, if any asthmatics, follow a truly healthy diet. If I'm to convince you of this then it is essential that we know what a healthy diet is. A healthy diet should satisfy the following criteria;

  1. It must provide all the essential nutrients, i.e. protein, fats and carbohydrates and vitamins and minerals.
  2. It must provide these nutrients in the correct balance and concentration.
  3. It must contain no toxic residue.
  4. It must be pleasing to the senses i.e. taste, smell, sight and touch.
  5. It must maintain the correct acid/alkaline balance of the bloodstream.
  6. It must enhance the 'vitality' of the body.

The diet which comes the closest to satisfying these requirements is the fruitarian or vegetarian type diets. In other words, a diet consisting of fruit or fruit and vegetables will easily satisfy the nutritional needs of the body. Fruit and vegetables are the most abundant source of vitamins and minerals, they provide high quality protein, fats and carbohydrates, and provide these nutrients in the correct balance and concentration. Fruits and vegetables have enormous aesthetic appeal and in their natural state possess sweet and delicate flavours. They have an absolute minimum of toxic residue (in comparison to other foods) and because of their alkaline properties, serve to maintain the correct acid/alkaline balance of the bloodstream. Importantly, fruits and vegetables enhance your body's vitality in that they don't leave you feeling tired following their consumption (unlike animal foods). Allow me to provide some expert testimony from notable writers on Natural Health science:

Herbert M Shelton, 'Superior Nutrition':

"Fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables supplies to the body a super-abundance of known and unknown vitamins and minerals, easily digested fats, simple sugars, high grade proteins, and other as yet unknown food factors all in the right proportions and concentrations best suited to the body."

Professor Arnold Ehret, 'Mucusless Diet Healing System':

"Raw fruits and, if desired, raw green leaf vegetables form the ideal food of man ..... fruits and vegetables have elements which are superior to those in any other foods, for producing vital energy, both in amount and quality."

Ross Home, 'Health & Survival in the 21st Century':

"..... fruit can provide the full complement of all required nutrients in adequate quantities, remembering that the requirement for protein and fat are much lower than generally believed. Therefore, instead of being considered merely an accessory to conventional meals, fruit should be considered in its own right as a staple food."

Kenneth Jaffrey, 'Tell Me Simply':

"Fruits and vegetables are the very highest class of food for man. Those who wish to have radiant health should make raw fruit and raw vegetables a large percentage of their daily intake of food."

Harvey and Marilyn Diamond, authors of the best selling book, 'Fit For Life':

"..... fruit contains 'all' of the necessary nutrients required by your body for sustaining life. That includes glucose from carbohydrates for energy and vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids for the building of protein."

The Bible, Genesis 1:29:

"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."

I would ask you now to carefully examine the following evidence which strongly supports this viewpoint;

The Science of Comparative Anatomy - is able to establish what food is most suitable to a particular animal by examining its anatomical and physiological structures. This science has firmly established that the digestive structure and physiology of the human body is ideally suited to a fruitarian diet. According to one of the most famous Anatomists, Professor Baron Cuvier,

"Comparative anatomy teaches us that man resembles the frugivorous animals in everything, the carnivorous in nothing..... Man resembles no carnivorous animal."

"..... Man appears to be formed to nourish himself chiefly on roots, fruits and the succulent parts of vegetables. His hands make it easy for him to gather them; the shortness and moderate strength of his jaws, the equal length of his canine teeth with the others, and the tubular character of his molars, permit him neither to graze, nor to devour flesh, unless such food is first prepared by cooking." (Regne Animal, Vol 1, p73)

After a careful and exhaustive study into comparative anatomy, European scientist, Dr. Richard Lehne came to the conclusion,

"Quite apart from the physiological findings of nutritional science, which perpetually alter and are always in an unsettled form, comparative anatomy proves - and is supported by the millions-of-years-old documents of palaeozoology - that human teeth in their ideal form have a purely frugivorous character."

An examination of the following table leaves little doubt that man is indeed 'frugivorous1, and not 'carnivorous'. (From Psycho-Physiopathy by Dr. T. De la Torre)


 

CARNIVORA 
ANTHRAPOID FRUIGIVORA AND FRUITARIAN MAN
TEETH Incisors are underdeveloped; molars are long, sharp and pointed.  Incissors are well developed. Molars for crushing and grinding 
 JAW Up and down motion for tearing and biting. Acid saliva geared to digestion of animal protein; lacks ptyalin, a chemical which digests carbohydrates.  Equipped for grinding motion. Highly developed system; alkaline saliva adopted to the digestion of sugar and starch. 
STOMACH  Simple round sack which secretes ten times more hydrochloric acid than that of vegetarian, proportionately.  Oblong in shape, complicated in structure convulted with duodenum 
INTESTINE  Three times the length of the trunk  Twelve times the length of the trunk. 
COLON  Short and smooth, designed for prompt evacuation, not digestion.  Long and involved; digestion takes place in it. 
LIVER  Far more active than in fruigivora. Eliminates proportionately 10 to 15 times more uric acid.  Capability to eliminate only the uric acid produced by the organism itself. 
HANDS  Claws for tearing flesh and for killing. Do not sweat through skin. Excrete excess moisture through bladder and controls body's heat by rapid breathing. No pores.  Fingers adopted to pluck fruit. Sweat through the skin to lose excess moisture and to control body heat. Has pores. 
URINE  Acid, offensive in odour.  Alkaline, with inoffensive odour. 
EYES  Sideways.  Forward. 
TONGUE  Rasping  Smooth. 
MOBILITY  Go on all fours.  Walk Upright. 

 

Breast Milk and Fruit - a comparison of equal weight breast milk and fruit reveals an almost identical vitamin/mineral ratio, for example, breast milk has the calcium content of an orange; potassium count of blueberries; iron composition of red currants; phosphorous of lemon; copper of figs; Vitamin A of plums; Bl of grapefruit and B2 of bananas. Protein level is also similar with breast milk ranging between 1.0 and 2.4 per cent and fruit 0.4 and 2.2 per cent.

Seventh Day Adventists - studies in the US with Seventh Day Adventists have revealed that the incidence of degenerative disease, e.g. cancer, heart disease, diabetes, etc. is lowest among the vegans, (plant food only), the next lowest is among the lacto-ovo-vegans (includes dairy products and eggs) and the highest incidence among those who consume flesh foods. (Medical Journal - 'Circulation' Vol 58 No. 1 July 1978).

Native Populations - a study carried out on a tribe of New Guinea natives whose diet consisted mainly of sweet potato revealed that these natives were among the strongest and fittest people in the world. (JAMA 210:1689,1969). Similarly with Pacific Islanders, Vilacabambans, Hunzas and many other primitive and third world cultures whose diets are primarily frugal, there is a high level of health and a virtual absence of the diseases that afflict Western societies. In 'Science From an Easy Chair', Sir E. Ray Lancaster writes;

"Many vigorous and muscularly well-developed populations in other lands thrive on exclusively vegetable food".

Natural Health Clinics - there are many Health Clinics throughout the world (Gerson Clinic in Mexico and Bircher-Benner Clinic in Switzerland are the most famous) where conditions such as cancer and other serious afflictions have been successfully treated by a program of raw foods (fruit and vegetables), hydrotherapy, sunlight and other drugless measures which serve to raise the vitality of the body. It stands to reason that if a sick person can be restored to health on a diet of raw fruits and vegetables, then one can also maintain their health on such a diet.

Acid/Alkaline Balance - one of the most important requirements for good health (on a physiological level) is the correct pH level of our blood - pH being the measurement of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution. According to physiologists, the ideal pH for the blood is 7.4 which means that it is slightly 'alkaline'. For optimum health, it is essential that the blood's alkalinity be preserved within a very narrow range. Famous physiologist Dr Walter Cannon points out;

"It is of the greatest importance to the existence and proper action of the cells that the blood shall not vary to a noteworthy degree either in the acid or the alkaline direction."

There are several factors which have an influence on blood alkalinity including exercise, breathing and even our emotional state, yet of all the factors, DIET is the most important. According to the Natural Health school, in order to maintain the correct blood alkalinity, at least 80 per cent of the diet must be comprised of alkaline-forming foods such as fruit and vegetables, with the remaining 20 per cent being comprised of nuts, seeds, grains and legumes. This latter group are primarily acid-forming foods. (Acid foods are not 'essential' to the diet but are included here for persons making the 'transition').

Whether a food is acid or alkaline-forming is primarily dependent on its 'mineral' composition. The alkaline minerals are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. These elements are abundant in fruits and vegetables. The acid minerals are sulphur, phosphorous, chlorine and iodine. These elements are most abundant in grains and high protein foods such as meat, chicken, fish, cheese and dairy products. Refined sugars and starches, and beverages such as tea, coffee, alcohol and cordials are also acid-forming.

Most Australians consume a diet which contains about 75 per cent acid-forming foods, mostly in the form of animal and dairy products and refined processed food. Added to this is the high consumption of coffee, tea, sugared drinks and alcohol. It should not be surprising therefore that the most common chronic disease in Australia, namely 'arthritis', is directly related to excess acidity in the system. Nutritional scientist, Dr David Phillips comments on hyperacidity;

"Acidity, a hyperacid condition in the body, is a root cause of more human illness than any other single factor. Acne and other abnormal skin conditions, arthritis and rheumatism, baldness, cancer, colds and influenza are but a few of the hundred of hyperacid symptoms creating human discomfort and, in some cases, death."

Aesthetic Qualities - fruits and vegetables have a strong aesthetic value which naturally appeals to our senses, similarly with their fragrances. Such qualities are nature's way of enticing man to eat them. Can the same thing be said about animal flesh?

Famous Vegetarians - Buddha, Socrates, Hippocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, Sir Isaac Newton, Tolstoy, Emerson, H.G. Wells, Mahatma Gandhi.

Albert Einstein, who overcame serious disease by adopting a vegetarian diet, stated in 1930;

"It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind".

Appearing in the New Doctor Journal is an article by the poet, Shelley under the title, "A Vindication of Natural Diet";

"There is no disease bodily or mental which adoption of vegetable diet and pure water has not infallibly mitigated, wherever the experiment has been fairly tried. Debility is gradually converted into strength, disease into healthfulness".

An English physician, Dr. Charles de Lacy Evans spent his professional life studying the factors behind aging and wrote a book "How to Prolong Life." Speaking of fruit, Dr. de Lacy Evans writes;

"There is, therefore, a simplicity, a reason, a wonderful philosophy in the first command given to man - Man may live entirely upon fruits in better health than the majority of mankind now enjoy. Good, sound, ripe fruits are never the cause of disease, but the vegetable acids, as we have before stated, lower temperature of the body, decrease the process of combustion or oxidation - therefore the waste of the system - less sleep is required, activity is increased, fatigue or thirst is hardly experienced: still the body is well nourished, and as a comparatively small quantity of earthy salts are taken into the system, the cause of old age is in some degree removed, the effect is delayed, and life is prolonged to a period far beyond our 'three score and ten".

Indian philosopher and statesman Mahatma Gandhi became a student of Nature Cure (Natural Health) at the age of 32 whereby he adopted a vegetarian diet, and then a fruitarian diet. From his book "The Health Guide" he speaks of his experience after six months on the fruitarian diet;

"A period of six months is all too short to arrive at any definite conclusions on such a vital matter as a complete change of diet. This however, I can say, that, during this period, I have been able to keep well where others have been attacked by disease, and my physical as well as mental powers are now greater than before ..... I can do hard labour for a much longer time without fatigue, I can also do more mental work, and with better persistence and resoluteness. I have tried a fruit diet on many sickly people, invariably with great advantage. My own experience, as well as my study of the subject, has confirmed me in the conviction that a fruit diet is the best one for us."

One of the most inspiring books that I've ever read on diet and health, is "Fruitarian Diet and Physical Rejuvenation" by Dr. O.L.M. Abramowski, an Australian doctor who was the senior physician to the Mildura Hospital, Victoria around 1900. Dr. Abramowski overcame serious arterial disease along with other disorders by adopting a fruitarian diet. Relating to this experience, he wrote;

"The miracle has happened! My arteries have carried me safely, so far, through ten more active and strenuous years, and they are in a much better condition today than they were twenty years ago ..... the power and endurance of my body and mind have increased to a wonderful extent, and I feel more vigorous, more active and more certain of my life than I did when a young man ".

Dr. Abramowski subsequently introduced this diet to many of his patients and enjoyed such success that even several of his nurses changed to the fruitarian diet. I'm sure Dr. Abramowski wouldn't mind me presenting an extract from his book on the 'Advantages of Fruitarian Diet';

"Raw fruit diet supplies every want of the human economy, and it is not only as nourishing and sustaining as the most expensive mixed diet, but it produces more energy and endurance, and is more easily assimilated, and is absolutely free from any dangerous matter.

Raw fruit counteracts the deleterious influences of the usual mixed diet, as it prevents constipation, helps the excretion of uric acid and other acid poisons by rendering the blood more alkaline, and supplies those important food salts which in a cooked diet are rendered almost valueless.

Raw Food is not only food but medicine for all people using cooked food, and these should therefore eat as much raw fruit - fresh or sun-dried - as possible, or have at least one meal a day consisting of fruit only.

Fruit is the only food which neither introduces dangerous material into the body nor produces such while passing through it.

Fruit diet will once more enable mothers to suckle their young by producing an abundance of milk rich in all necessary constituents, but free from any dangerous matter.

Sun-dried fruit is as good as fresh fruit, as its whole vitality is preserved; it should, however, not be cooked, but only soaked for about eighteen hours in sufficient water to make it swell, and should then be eaten raw.

Fruit does not only satisfy hunger but also thirst, and does not create any craving for tobacco or other stimulants.

Fruit is not a luxury, but an absolute necessity in the diet of Man. It is the duty of every thinking man who does not live merely to eat, to live as much as possible on man's natural food".

"Yes, I advocate Fruit Diet not only because Man is a fruit-eater anatomically and physiologically, but because my experience as a patient and a physician has proved to me the beneficial influence of the natural food on healthy, as well as on sick, people. The first will preserve their health and strength, their corporeal, mental and spiritual powers, to the highest old age, under a fruit diet. To the latter, the sick people, I like to say as a last injunction, do not give up hope, whatever be the matter with you. Nature can heal where human wisdom and interference fails; return to Nature; live on Man's natural food; build your body of the normal life and strength-giving material, and you will find that the time of miracles has not passed yet".

You need not fear that the fruitarian or vegetarian type diets are deficient in protein, vitamin B12 or any other nutrients. The diet of the New Guinea natives who eat mainly sweet potato is approximately 3 per cent protein, yet researchers found them to be among the strongest and fittest people in the world. At the age of 44, champion weightlifter Wiley Brooks of Venice, California, weighing only 135 lbs and 6 feet tall, could, from a squat rack, lift 935 lbs. His diet consisted of raw fruit and fruit juice only. Through a process known as 'biological transmutation' Vitamin B12 along with many other nutrients are synthesised within the body, and need not be obtained from outside sources. It's worth noting that the word Vegetarian' is derived from the Latin word Vigitore which means to give strength and health, and is associated with vital dynamic living.

"It is only when we know what the ideal kind of diet is thate we shall be able more and more to approximate our actual to the ideal.
Mahatma Gandhi

Now I have not provided this evidence in order to convince you to become a strict fruitarian or even vegetarian, but to merely impress upon you that fruits and vegetables are really man's ideal foods and that therefore a truly healthy diet must consist mostly of these foods. Notice that I said 'mostly' and not 'entirely', for as I explained earlier, I don't believe that a puritan lifestyle embracing a total fruitarian diet is essential for good health, but I do believe that if health is what you want, then you need to meet the requirements for a healthy diet at least 90 per cent of the time. In fact most schools of Natural Health generally recommend a diet consisting of 80 per cent fruit and vegetables and 20 per cent grains, legumes, nuts and seeds (animal and dairy products are not recommended for reasons presented in the next chapter).

Now I doubt if you'll find too many asthmatics who consume this sort of diet, in fact I doubt if you'll find any. Whilst most asthmatics do consume fruit and vegetables, these foods generally represent only a small portion of their diet, with the bulk of their diet consisting mostly of animal foods, dairy products and refined processed foods, particularly starchy foods such as white bread and cereals. These latter foods (animal, dairy and refined) are in my opinion the major culprits behind asthma in that they contribute a large amount of toxic residue, i.e. foreign proteins, chemicals, preservatives, drug poisons etc, which in asthmatics, accumulates in the bronchial tissue of the lungs giving rise to the asthmatic attack. (How this actually occurs will be explained in Chapter 4).

Allow me to provide you with further evidence which supports the link between asthma and unhealthy diet.

Epidemiology - is defined as 'the study of the distribution and determinants of disease in

man'. In laymen's terms this simply means taking a disease, examining the incidence of this disease in different countries and trying to identify the common factors. For example, heart disease is endemic in most Western Industrialised countries, the common factors of course being the high fat diets and the sedentary way of living adopted by these countries. Hence, through these observations, it is apparent that lifestyle is the major factor behind heart disease.

Did you know that asthma, like heart disease, is very common throughout the industrialised countries such as Australia, USA, England, New Zealand etc. yet is extremely rare throughout many countries in Asia or Africa? Does this not, at the very least, suggest a lifestyle connection? Moreover, did you know that in cultures who abandon their natural traditional foods and adopt the eating habits of the Western affluent countries, asthma begins to emerge amongst their population within one to two decades? Here is some epidemiological evidence linking asthma with diet:-

The Papua New Guinea medical journal (Vol 26 March 1983) contains a study which reveals how the tribes people from the Okapa district in the Eastern Highlands began to develop asthma within two decades after first contact with Europeans. The study reports that of 27 people, 22 had prior to their attacks consumed Western type food including sugary products, biscuits, salt etc. A number of elder tribesman regarded asthma as an entirely new entity in their community.

In Kuwait, asthma was unheard of until about 30 years ago, yet now it's a common disease amongst the population. Why? Because up until their discovery of oil they were a backward nation subsisting on natural traditional foods such as dates, vegetables and grain. Their new founded affluence brought with it the adoption of civilised eating habits so that now their diets are largely made up of refined processed foods.

In African countries such as Gambia, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Nigeria and Rhodesia, the prevalence of asthma is much higher in urban communities who consume a large amount of packaged and canned foods than in the rural communities that subsist mainly on their home grown vegetables, nuts and grains. In a rural community in Gambia for example, asthma was virtually unknown with only 1 case being reported in a community of 1200. Yet, in an urban town only 100 miles away, the hospital treated 8 asthma cases everyday. The medical journal The Lancet' (4/5/91, page 1099) contains a letter titled "Asthma Paradox" by doctor's Duncan Keeley and Paul Neil. They state;

"There is good epidemiological evidence of increasing asthma prevalence in the industrialised world, while studies in developing countries including our own in Zimbabwe have shown large variations in the prevalence of reversible airways obstruction in genetically similar populations living in different environments. In an exercise-challenge study of 2055 Zimbabwean primary-school children living in three different areas, we found the prevalence of reversible airways obstruction to be 5.8% in richer urban children, 3.1% in poorer urban children, and 0.1% in rural children."

When you consider that rich children are more likely to overeat than poor children, and that the diets of rich urban children are largely comprised of animal products and refined processed foods, whereas the diets of poor rural children are comprised mainly of grain and vegetables, does this not suggest that diet may be the Tactor' that is responsible for the higher incidence of asthma in urban communities? It's interesting to note that in Western countries, there is virtually no difference between rural and urban communities both in regard to the prevalence of asthma and community eating habits.

In the late 70's the Tokelau Islands of the South Pacific were hit by a hurricane destroying homes and forcing many families to migrate to Wellington, New Zealand. Those who migrated began to complain increasingly of asthma. A study has shown that the Tokelau children in New Zealand have twice as much asthma as the children who remained in their native islands and very much more eczema. Why? Because the Tokelau children in New Zealand adopted the eating habits of Western society.

West Indian born children have a low incidence of asthma, yet if born in the UK they have a high incidence. Again, what is the difference? West Indian children are raised on a diet consisting largely of fruit, vegetables and grains, whereas their counterparts in the UK are raised on the typical Western diet high in animal, dairy and refined foods.

Generally speaking those countries with the highest prevalence of asthma are the Western Industrialised countries whose diets are too high in animal, dairy and refined processed foods high in sugar, salt and chemical additives. In those countries that begin to adopt these foods into their diets, asthma, not to mention many other diseases, soon begin to emerge.

Medical Evidence - you may be surprised to find that there is even medical evidence, some as far back as 1953, linking asthma and other respiratory disorders with diet. The Journal of the American Medical Association, October 17th 1953, contained an article titled "Dietary Prophylaxis of Allergic Disease in Children" in which Glaser and Johnstone reported on the use of soybean milk as an aid in the prophylaxis (prevention) of allergic disease in children. They concluded that if one withheld beef, egg, wheat and cow's milk from the diets of potentially allergic children from the time of birth until six to nine months of age, only one quarter as many of these children acquired major respiratory allergies compared to their siblings and another non-related control group. They also reported that the incidence of atopic eczema in infants on restricted diet was only one fourth as great as in the other two groups.

One of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, The Lancet, February 11th 1978, contains an article "Common Manifestations of Cow's Milk Allergy in Children" in which the summary of this article states:

"Cow's milk allergy was diagnosed in 79 patient's, all of whom had signs and symptoms of allergies other than milk intolerance. In addition to difficulties with infant feeding and diarrhoea, clinical features included constipation, vomiting, intestinal colic, growth retardation, and psychological disturbance, as well as eczema and asthma. All were reversible after milk withdrawal, which suggests that the allergic basis of such symptoms may have been underestimated."

The medical journal Annals of Allergy, Volume 44, May 1980 contains an article "Children with Allergic Rhinitis and/or Bronchial Asthma treated with Elimination Diet" which reports that 292 children out of a group of 322 children under one year of age showed significant improvement in their respiratory symptoms following the elimination of such foods as milk, chocolate, eggs and other selected food items. Cow's milk was found to be a causative factor in 29 per cent of the infants responding to the elimination diet. Discussing these findings, author's Ogle and Bullock state;

"It appears from this study that children under the age of 12 months with respiratory allergy will show significant improvement of symptoms when placed on a hypoallergenic diet."

Clinical Evidence - throughout the world there are Health Centres which treat all manner of diseases, including asthma, without the use of drug therapy or surgery. (Gerson Clinic, Mexico and Bircher-Benner Clinic, Switzerland are the most renowned). These centres or clinics are often referred to in USA as 'Natural Hygiene', in England as 'Nature Cure' and in Australia as 'Natural Health' centres. Many of these clinics are staffed by medically qualified doctors who are opposed to the orthodox system of drug treatment. These clinics all have several things in common;

(i) they believe that most sickness is brought about by the toxic conditions within the body;

(ii) their treatment is aimed at cleaning out the body and embraces such things as fasting, cleansing diets (raw food regimes), rest and relaxation, hydrotherapy (application of hot and cold water), exercise (yoga, tai chi, etc.), plenty of fresh air and sunshine, and mental exercise in the form of meditation and visualisation;

(iii) they all report a high level of success with those patients who strictly follow their programs.

I'm glad to report that asthmatics, regardless of their age or condition, who strictly follow these programs either at the clinics or on their own, experience at the very least significant improvement in their asthma, and in many cases, complete recovery. Should you wish to verify any of this, may I suggest you contact Hopewood Health Centre (Ph. 047 73 8401) situated on the outskirts of Sydney, NSW or Dr Alec Burton, Arcadia Health Centre, NSW (ph02653 1115).

The aforementioned evidence together with my own personal experience constitute the reasons why I believe asthma is primarily due to 'unhealthy diet'. The next step, no less important, is to identify those foods which are the major culprits behind asthma.

"Nutrition is not the highest thing in life, but it is the soil on which the highest things either flourish or perish."
Dr. Max Bircher-Benner

 

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