Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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New Cure for Asthma?

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 04:31 PM Current | Bio | Archive

A couple of years ago, I caught a cold and all of my daily asthma symptoms came roaring back. But this time, they didn’t go away when the infection was over.

I was wheezing every day and having trouble exercising. I’ve been playing tennis for more than 40 years. But during that asthma outbreak, I had difficulty breathing during matches.

I was also having to wake up at night to puff a rescue inhaler.

I asked a pulmonary doctor about it. “Asthma is a funny illness,” he said. “It can be triggered by minor events and take on a life of its own.”

The doctor had no explanation why my symptoms got worse. He said “it just happens.”

He prescribed two inhalers for me. When I asked him how long I should take them, he replied, “You may need them for the rest of your life.”

Needless to say, I wasn’t happy with that prognosis. I was now puffing two inhalers — one of them a steroid — and getting minimal results. They only relieved the asthma for a short period of time, then I would have to use them again.

I was puzzled. I was eating a very clean diet — no dairy and almost no refined foods or sugar. I was in good shape, exercising daily and feeling good.

Then, after a minor cold, all my asthma symptoms returned with a vengeance. I racked my brain trying to figure out what happened.

One day a patient came into my office; she had suffered with severe asthma symptoms for a number of years. Mary, who was 60, asked me if I had read A Cure for Asthma?, by David Hahn, M.D. I had not.

She explained the author’s hypothesis that asthma, in the vast majority of cases, is caused by a chronic, underlying infection. And that treating the infection would often cure the asthma.

I always like it when patients bring me articles and books to read. I look at everything they give me. Sometimes, I don’t read all the way through, but I always take a look.

Sometimes, I learn things I didn’t know, and it changes my practice.

I read Dr. Hahn’s entire book — and I learned a lot.

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A couple of years ago, I caught a cold and all of my daily asthma symptoms came roaring back. But this time, they didn’t go away when the infection was over.
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