Steroids The Unnatural Remedy? - Asthma and Energy, Part 2
Remember in Part 1 when our daughter spoke with her doctor, anti-inflammatory corticosteroids were discussed to treat her asthma. Of course, at 19 years young (an adult?) our daughter had no idea what she was getting into. Although she has never wheezed a day in her life, a short course of steroids was recommended. She was also told that by taking the steroids, there would be an increase in her energy level.
An anti-inflammatory is a type of medication used to decrease inflammation. Remember that there are side effects even with the short course of steroids as recommended. Changing her eating lifestyle results in eliminating a chance of exacerbating the outcome with side effects.
Interesting the standard fruit and vegetable consumption of just seven servings a day appears to cut asthma exacerbation rates in half, whereas restricting consumption in the Standard American diet levels leads to a significant worsening of lung function and asthma control.
"The low antioxidant diet consumed by subjects,” where they were restricted to one serving of fruits and only up to two servings of vegetables per day, “typical of Western diet.”
In other words, the low-antioxidant eating lifestyle they used to worsen people’s asthma, to cripple their lung function, was just like the Standard American Diet.
Remember that the protocol suggested was an anti-inflammatory corticosteroids to treat her asthma. Our daughter asked us, “are you sure I have never wheezed?” No! She has never wheezed! The less imposing direction would be to reduce oxidative stress.
"We know ‘[a]antioxidant-rich diets have been associated with reduced asthma prevalence.’” But does adding fruits and vegetables actually help with asthma?
Asmatics on the Standard American Diet had a 40% chance of relapsing into an asthma exacerbation in about three months. But, put them on seven servings of fruits and vegetables, you cut their exacerbation rate to 20%, with just a few fruits and vegetables.
There is in effect two things, to know and to believe one knows. To know is science, to believe one knows is ignorance. - Hippocrates