I cured my asthma after 25 years of daily drugs, attacks and breathing issues. I did it through changing my diet, lifestyle and environment. Many doctors and health professionals believe asthma is all about the chest, all about genetics, and is incurable. I tend to disagree given my experience, my self-cure and the 25-year research I have done on the subject.
“Previous studies have likely overestimated the heritability of asthma. This could be because those estimates are based on correlations between family members that share environment as well as genes, which could inflate the heritability. Gene-environment interactions are not considered in these large scale association studies, and we know that these are particularly important in establishing individual risks for asthma. It was assumed that there would be rare mutations with larger effect sizes than the common variants we have been studying. Surprisingly, we found that low frequency mutations explain only a very small amount of asthma risk”
Dr. Carole Ober, chair of the Department of Human Genetics, University of Chicago, January 2015¹.
Q. What does this latest genetic-based Nature Communications study tell us?
A. Only 5% of people have “genetic” markers for asthma.
“We really do promote this as a healthy way to change your lifestyle which will improve asthma but also which will improve your overall health status. We’ve seen that fruit and vegetables can be very helpful, so if you have a diet that’s high in fruit and vegetables compared with a diet that’s low in fruit and vegetables, that reduces your risk of having an asthma attack. The usual diet consumed by asthmatics in this study was pro-inﬂammatory relative to the diet consumed by the healthy controls… Hence, consumption of pro-inﬂammatory foods in the diet may contribute to worse asthma status. Previous research had shown that eating a single high-fat meal could cause inflammation in the airways of people with asthma. The body responded to an excess of dietary fat in the same way it would an invading pathogen, and if you chronically eat like that, your immune system will be chronically activated. It is particularly important for people who already had asthma to eat a diet high in fruit and vegetables and low in saturated fat and takeaway foods”
University of Newcastle Nutritional Biochemist Lisa Wood, April 2014.
Inflammatory-causing foods can trigger asthma
Another study² looked at inflammatory-causing foods (such as refined sugar and animal proteins/fats) and also inflammatory-lowering foods (such as fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and legumes), and compared the diets of asthmatics vs non-asthmatics and monitored inflammation and asthmatic attacks.
The researchers found:
- Asthmatics were eating far higher amounts of the ‘inflammation causing’ foods than those without asthma
- Asthmatics were experiencing more asthmatic attacks on the inflammation-rich diet
- People who eat diets high in saturated fats (animal foods) are more likely than others to have asthma attacks
- For every 1 unit increase in DII score (an inflammation measure), the odds of having asthma increased by 62%
- The higher the DII score, the worse the lung function
Jason wishes to deeply thank, acknowledge and recognise the effort and contribution that the PIF Foundation has provided on a voluntary basis since 2014, as we educated, motivated and inspired change that helps transform the health, vitality and longevity of people all over the world.