Asthma Inflammatory Triggers

Immune Matrix has been treating asthma for over eleven years. As an alternative medical clinic they see patients of all ages and different degrees of severity, and different ages of onset for asthma. No one factor explains why one person will have mild asthma symptoms and another will have it so severely that they need to be constantly medicated. It has become clear however, that in the midst of fear of the dire consequences of a severe asthma attack, more medical doctors and parents are choosing to overmedicate with a constant supply of steroids in the hope that it “suppresses” the dreaded asthma attack rather than to become the investigator it takes to eliminate all factors that set off these attacks.

The nature of inflammation is key to understanding the triggers for asthma. When inflammation is mild and there are few triggers, the body does not act like a flash flood to trigger a huge asthma attack. In most cases asthma begins slowly. It may start with wheezing, or stem from the suppression of eczema with steroids. The trigger will cause a milder shortness of breath or mild wheezing that doesn’t lead to a full-blown asthma attack. Over time, the number of triggers increases. This increases the level of alertness that prompts the immune response leading to an asthma attack. The more severe the immune response, the more severe the asthma attack. Understanding the factors that increases the body’s level of “alertness” and therefore the degree of heightened inflammation that fuels the severity of an attack will help you become the detective to begin to reverse the inflammatory triggers to this inflammatory condition.

Fundamental to all inflammatory reactions are toxic triggers. The immune ‘sees’ these toxins as foreign substances that it needs to deal with to protect the body. Unfortunately in the case of asthma, the consequences of the immune reaction to a toxic trigger can have dire consequences, unlike eczema, migraine, or irritable bowel, other conditions that result from inflammatory triggers. What is a toxin in the body? Any substance the body has not eliminated that circulates long enough in the blood and lymphatic fluid for the immune system to “recognize”. These toxic triggers can be:

  • heavy metal contents from vaccinations (they are preservatives in the vaccines and some are adjuvants, intentionally put into the vaccine to “stimulate” the immune system into action
  • food contaminants such as heavy metals from seafood, chemical preservatives, chemical additives, fixatives, artificial flavorings, stabilizers, flavor enhancers, and food colorings, pesticides, herbicides
  • pathogenic triggers, bacteria, yeast, mycoplasma, candida, viruses, all can trigger inflammatory reactions that persist beyond the original infection and become chronic
  • toxic excretions from pathogens, such as mycotoxins from mold, yeast and candida
  • undigested protein, carbohydrates and fats that stems from low digestive enzyme output, low stomach acid, immune interference with the breakdown of protein, sugars and fats or leaky gut
  • environmental chemical exposure from nearby agricultural fields, smog, chlorine off-gas from swimming pools, second hand smoke, household chemical cleaners, perfumes from laundry dryer sheets and laundry detergents, household insecticides and lawn care products
  • food sensitivities including food borne molds common in “moldy’ foods such as oats, corn, raisins, peanuts, cantaloupe, grapes and strawberries
  • grass, weed, tree pollen sensitivities, house dust, human and pet dander and indoor and outdoor mold sensitivities

Just because you are not aware that something does not obviously cause an asthma attack does not mean it is not contributing to elevating the overall body’s level of inflammatory triggers that leads to the eruption of an attack. One must distinguish the situation of an anaphylactic type trigger such as peanut antigens/mold to non-anaphylactic immune triggers that alone may not be strong enough to elicit a full blown asthma attack but stacked on top of elevated circulating food sensitivities and the additional stress of a cold, will result in more frequent and severe asthma attacks. The point is that asthma is dynamic! Asthma responds in frequency and severity in direct proportion to the level of immune system stimulation. Asthma drugs deal with symptoms and strive to suppress the immune triggers. It’s up to you to shave off these triggers to reduce your overall level of inflammation and lessen the severity and frequency of attacks until they occur no more.

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Anna Manayan

Anna Manayan