View Full Version : Asthma medicine?
07-19-2007, 06:49 PM
I've had athletic induced asthma my whole life but hadn't used an inhaler in years. But I wanted to try one out again before I exercise with the hope that I can push myself further. Well turns out my "normal" lung capacity is currently 50% below average. My dr gave me advair diskus 100/50 to take twice a day...and very low dose. I hadn't realized my asthma was affecting me on a regular day to day basis...I just figured this was normal. Anyhow, I'm wondering what people's thoughts are on these medicines? I really hate the idea of being on medicines, but if it will help me breath that much better I might like to test it out. BTW, I've been high-raw for 6 months...with probably about 3 mos at 100%....guess it hasn't cleared it up yet.
07-19-2007, 07:10 PM
Cindy - I certainly can empathize with you on this one. I was diagnosed with bullous emhysema at the relatively young age of 40, and although I am not too thrilled about the fact that I have to use them, they have helped immensely. ~ Cathy
07-22-2007, 07:10 PM
When I changed my diet and stopped exposing myself to second hand smoke, my exercise induced asthma went away.
07-22-2007, 07:15 PM
I believe it also helped Revvell's asthma. ~ Cathy
07-23-2007, 12:17 PM
When the inflammation is gone from your lung tissues, your breathing will become normal. This is done by cleaning out your body of toxins and eating a healthy, raw food based diet over a period of time. This is the same with allergies...it's just a flair up of the tissues because of toxins. Clean the body, and the body works. It's just that simple!:)
07-23-2007, 12:24 PM
I was surprised at my lung function...especially since I have been eating raw for almost 8 months! Not 100% the entire time, but pretty close.
I decided to try the medicine for the 2 weeks until I have another exam and another lung function test. But so far I notice a HUGE improvement. Yesterday I was able to speed walk up the hill to my house (5 very steep blocks...one of the biggest hills in San Francisco) and I wasn't out of breath...that definately wasn't the case before!
07-23-2007, 06:04 PM
I had exercised induced asthma as well, which is odd because I did gymnastics for a while and it never affected me. Then again, my food allergies and hormonal issues popped up after I stopped gymnastics so that may be the correlation. Ok, sorry, thinking "out loud" lol. When I'm raw it's SO much better. I got weezy just running 10 seconds. Now I can go a minute running straight. Yea yea, doesn't sound much at all does it? Instead of stopping completely after that minute, I can take up running again after only a few seconds of rest. One day I hope to actually run 30 minutes without stopping. Breathing is nice.
07-23-2007, 08:32 PM
Most of the time, asthma is tied to the adrenal gland which is why those inhalers work. They cause an adrenaline response which opens the airway. Eating raw will heal the adrenals because you are giving the body what it needs to heal itself, but if you are in a healing crisis you may need a little more help from some supplements that support the adrenals. The inhaler is not going to do any healing. It will treat the symptom.
07-23-2007, 09:29 PM
What kind of supplements do you suggest? Thanks.
07-23-2007, 09:41 PM
Vegan princess, I use the same inhaler; my asthma has been greatly reduced since going raw, and I've slowly cut down on the amount of meds I take. So even if you need it now, you may need less later. Also, are you 100%? that really makes a difference. Whenever I've gone 100%, I don't need the meds at all. but at 80-90%, I still use it.
07-23-2007, 09:56 PM
I have been 100% for 17 days now - no cheats. Of the 8mos I've done raw, prob about half has been 100%, the rest has been mostly raw with vegan cheats here and there. I haven't gone longer than 6 weeks w/out cheats so I really want to see how I feel after giving this at least a few mos with out cheating. I do have faith in raw healing!
07-24-2007, 08:16 PM
I USED to use the Advair inhaler until I became a vegan and the real obvious healing came when I started raw. I have used multiple inhalers every single day of my life since I was 10. About 6 years ago a traditional doctor took me off 3 separate inhalers and put me on Advair. It definately made a huge difference in my lung capacity and allowed me to run again.
I cut down on all meds when I became vegan and stopped all allergy/asthma medication including Advair when I started raw. One day I decided that I was not going to take them anymore and see how I would do and I'm doing great! It has been a very long time since I used my rescue inhaler (albuterol.) I have been active (running, tennis, etc.) with a little bit of constriction and wheezing post intense activity. I have been taking a little dose of cayenne pepper mixed with some food at those times and it definately opens my airways- immediately. I also have a cayenne nasal spray (made of all natural ingredients like grapefruit and cayenne) I use when my nasal allergies become intense. Cayenne is known to break up mucus and really clean the body out.
I am not allergy free per se but being raw has definately allowed me to remove the 5 medications from my body, meant to help my allergies and asthma, I was heavily using at this time last year. I take none of them now.
I now spend my money on organic food, supporting local farmers instead of supporting large pharmaceutical industries. Seriously, up to 150 dollars a month on meds!
More power to you if you benefit from Advair as not being able to breathe is very very scary. I know from personal experience being hospitalized many times as a child. I am happy to say I no longer depend on them thanks to raw!
Best of luck to you!
08-01-2007, 06:10 PM
I recently heard that cayenne pepper was helpful. I've been meaning to try it. I didn't experience any negative side effects with advair, and it helped me a ton before I went raw, but it hasn't been around that long, so it's hard to say what the long term effects are.
01-25-2008, 02:54 AM
Well friend, I have a young son that is 6 years old who has asthma and we are looking for a natural medicine for this disease. Specially after hearing about Respitrol!!!! Negative effects of asthma medicine? any opinion of you people will be a gr8 guide for us.
Did you solve your son's issues???
My BF's son (my Godson) was just diagnosed with EIA....so are there any thoughts/ideas on foods that help or exercises???? I read that breathing through the nose (deeper) can help...His is most likely brought on at the rink due to extreme temp. changes....CCCOOOOLLLDDD! Since it appears to be lung inflammation would anti-inflammatory foods help? tumeric, pineapple?????just thinking out loud.....BTW, they are not raw but will try anything if I can help!!!! Thanks
01-25-2008, 07:58 AM
I have exercised induced asthma and cold dry air is the worst...i know...I was a figure skater. They say swimming is the best b/c of the warm moist air. I have been swimming lately and I don't take my inhaler. He'll need to learn his limits and learn to slow down slightly when he feels it coming on - maybe hard to do at a young age. I wish I knew of foods that helped other than being raw in general - I thought my boyfriend told me tomatoes (he has asthma too). The most important thing that helped me was just consistent exercise - otherwise lung function will decrease. And I do take an albuterol inhaler now, but for many years I didn't.
01-25-2008, 09:45 AM
I have asthma and have used Advair in the past. I am not a health professional, but i would suggest using the medication if it makes a huge difference for you. Asthma is scary and can cause anxiety so felling comfortable and safe are really important. We don't breath well when anxious!When you feel ready, start tapering to a less frequent dose and see how that feels. Maybe after a longer period on raw you will be able to get away from it all together. I am now off all my medications. (Advair and inhaler)I am fine tuning my diet and now can tell when my body reacts to food. I have been pretty much all raw for a couple months. I now can tell that walnuts irritate my lungs. Of course, dairy products are infamous for causing lung issues, but you are vegan, so that shouldn't be a problem for you. I use cayenne to clear lung congestion. A 1/4 tsp in some warm tea. It's warm, but it helps! Also drink lots of water.
Good Luck to you!!!!
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