Running out of puff? Discover more about the rise of this killer condition


Sunday 07 Dec, 2014 

  • Here’s why we need to know more about the health choices we make

  • Discover the increased risks for asthma in your own home


What parent hasn’t reached for the Calpol bottle at some stage?

I don’t mean that they are taking swigs of it themselves (although rearing children can be painful at times!) I mean to help them sleep or fight off an illness.

Lara and I raised our kids on Calpol as a bit of a cure-all therapy, and never thought anything of it.

After all it’s just a very low dose of paracetamol in a sweet sugary suspension and that can’t be harmful... can it?

Oh how naive we were in those halcyon days of yesteryear.

I was somewhat alarmed earlier last month when I began to read about trials that had started to make links between paracetamol and asthma.

Specifically the connection was made between mothers taking paracetamol and the increased incidence of asthma in their babies; but other scientists have questioned whether paracetamol usage for children might also be a risk factor.

A leading respiratory disease professor at Queen Mary University of London, said his team first reported a link between paracetamol use and asthma 14 years ago.

He said a large number of epidemiological studies have since confirmed associations with use in pregnancy, early childhood and later in life.

How come this sort of information didn’t make the headlines at the time then? I am an avid reader and would have picked up on this, but I guess it was never reported.

And that is shocking... has there been an increase in children with asthma because no-one has seen fit to look into this properly?

Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK, said that the current evidence for a link between the drug’s use and the development of asthma is ‘weak’ and so parents should not worry about taking paracetamol during pregnancy or giving it to young children.

It would have been nice to have the information in order to make our own decisions actually Dr Walker!

Discover how this amazing shellfish extract can help control asthma and many other major inflammatory conditions

Home based risks on the rise

Just how safe is your home if you are at risk of developing asthma?
Now that the weather has turned wetter and chillier for instance, many people load up the airing rack and radiators with damp washing to dry it out...

...this might not be a good idea say the scientists.

They are concerned about a fungus called Aspergillus whose spores have been linked with major breathing problems including pneumonia and asthma.

The team is led by Professor Denning who says a load of washing contains enough water vapour to allow the fungus to proliferate and this increases the risks for certain groups:

"In asthma sufferers it can produce coughing and wheeziness, and in people with weak or damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, Aids patients and people who have an auto immune disease, the fungus can cause pulmonary aspergillosis – a condition which can cause irreparable, and sometime fatal, damage to the lungs and sinuses."

And if that wasn’t bad enough...

A new chapter in the fight against dangerous chemicals in everyday objects has been opened by revelations that constituents of perfumes, make up and plastic containers can cause asthma in children.
According to the article in the Daily Mail in September:

"Scientists have found that babies exposed to high levels of phthalates while in the womb are up to 78 per cent more at risk of the condition.
They think the chemicals may be causing foetuses’ airways to become more sensitive, making them susceptible to asthma in their childhood years."

Now if you put all of this together with the frightening statistic that asthma rates in UK children are nearly three times higher now than they were in the 1950s you have to begin to wonder if our modern lives are not to blame.

There are those who will say that detection and statistical collection data was less than perfect sixty four years ago, or that more children died of other more serious infections back then – but I still believe that our children, and indeed everyone else, is subject to some pretty scary impacts of an industrialised world.

Whether it is pharmacology, food packaging or beauty products that are to blame isn’t the issue in itself – the chances are that they all contribute to the problem in their own way; the issue is that we rarely get to find out the truth.

Protecting the interests of money making is at the forefront of our lives, rather than the benefit to the lives we live being priority.

None of us mind having to pay for good products which enhance our capacity to enjoy our time on this earth, or share the company of those we love for longer – but what are the truly ‘good’ products?

The case for natural products to help deal with chronic conditions could not be stronger than it is now

‘Perna Power’ is what we need...

A team of anthropologists working around New Zealand observed a lower incidence of arthritis in coastal Maoris compared with its prevalence in European or inland Maori people.

They knew that the Maouri Tribe rarely suffered from illness and soon they realised that it was due to their diet of the Perna Canaliculus.

Further research in the 1970s examined the mussels to see if they were a possible cure for cancer; unfortunately they were not, but the scientists discovered that there were multiple other benefits.

Studies soon revealed the level of health boosting nutrients that the mussels contained, but one thing that shocked scientists was the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of the mussels.

The anti-inflammatory properties were much more powerful than standard fish oil and even more so than anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen. This made the shellfish ideal for people who were suffering from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, irritable bowel disease and even asthma.

The extract is completely natural and powerful supplement to help manage a whole range of medical conditions that otherwise will be tackled by strong anti-inflammatories and pain killers – maybe the natural way is better.

If you are looking for alternative asthma treatment in a non medical way, or a remedy for arthritis, Lyprinol® is a genuine alternative to standard medication, fish oils and vitamin supplements.

By the way Lyprinol is perfectly safe to give to children too!

Yours, as always





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