Asthma- Cause & Cure

December 7, 2019

It starts early in child hood – suddenly the child keeps getting fever, phlegm, cough  and a course of antibiotics + antihistamines seems to settle but keeps flaring up. Most of these are common in kids due to low immunity but some go on to developing breathing problems. Pediatric pulmonologist’s put the kid on oral steroids or little older children are given inhalers…

Many people will understand when i explain what happens in this health condition called “Asthma”.

God has given a beautiful mechanism in the body called “immunity” – yes the ability of the body to fight off things like bacteria, virus etc.

For me it started one day evening with high grade fever, doctor prescribed antibiotics, antihistamines but even after week – i couldn’t sleep due to cough … next visit brought an increased dose of higher range antibiotic – no avail.

Decided to go to a ENT specialist as the General Practitioner failed to help me. Here it was diagnosed as infection and another higher end – different course was started. By then i had completed 20 days – and lost about 5 kgs of weight.

Next visit was the Ayurvedic Doctor – the bhasmas, kashayas and the food pathya ran another week when the good doctor advised a chest X-ray as most coughs needs to subside by then.

When the technician took my X-ray – he wanted me to wait to confirm if the radiology was done properly (am talking of analog machine) and told me there is a white patch on left lung indicating some infection.

Was shocked to hear such things and asked in the hospital for a specialist and got introduced to pulmonology!

Well, i went through a course of steroids – gained weight but got off the allergic bronchitis the technical name for my condition.

After cure, was on both rescue inhalers and steroid inhalers for close to a decade. All the types of doctors declared this as “not curable” but “controllable”.

The Villains Entry

When we breathe, there are millions of things that get inhaled along with gases. These particles include minute dust, insect droppings (yes!!) , pollen from shrubs/trees  etc…  The body typically ignores these but some people who’s immune system is extremely overactive or run these in their family have problems.

The body detects the dust/pollen/small partials as foreign body and tries to solve the problem by rushing white blood cells ( our warriors) to site, inflames the breathing tubes which exchange air to blood in lungs, causes phlegm to form , initiates a cough so that the dust/pollen gets attached to that and comes out.

The net result is what we experience called an “Asthma Attack”. This is called a “auto immune disorder” and pulmonologist prescribes Antibiotics to kill bacteria around, Antihistamines to stop the phlegm formation (Histamine is a chemical produced in these cases by body) and steroids to remove the inflammation.

REVERSIBLE?

Most of the modern doctors are not taught of reversing these conditions and hence called “incurable”. The Truth is in most cases it’s completely reversible.

The first reason why your body got so agitated needs to be understood. Most of the time we don’t exercise, we don’t have proper nutritious and balanced food, sleep deprived and stress oriented.

I went on a controlled diet, started exercising, and changed my job to one with lower stress. The magic happened when i lost weight 12 kilos. Was using a apparatus called “Peak flow meter” and used to measure my lung capacity twice a day. Noticed that due to my new regimen, the strength of my lungs increased, balanced diet with proper Vitamins and minerals ensured that body has right ammunition to fight at right time.

For the first time in 10 years, i did not use my rescue inhaler, while i reduced the steroid inhalers while monitoring the lung capacity.

In 2017 summer went to Shimla at the altitude of 10500 feet and had no problem and this year went to Nathu La Pass ( 14300 feet) and not a single word about asthma.

Yes, you can do it too – its very much reversible under the guidance of an able nutritionist who can continuously monitor and help you get your breath back – its your life back in your control.


ADHAR and LPG

June 24, 2011

Just today the great petroleum ministry has decided that if you dont have ADHAR number, you dont deserve an LPG cylinder. There are many goods and evils in this decision as usual.

Normally distrubuters show fake customers and sell the cylinders at a price difference of 50 to 150 INR to other customers and this would bring an end to it. The problem is, genuine users would be forced into problems.

You go to go stand in the long line, get 10 finger prints, IRIS scan and after that you are not sure how safe your personal data is!!! Since its given to a 3rd party for implementation, we dont know if the data entry operator can cut a CD with 150 names of the street and sell it for 150 INR!! How safe are with with personal details falling into criminal hands?

Future is indeed network based but should have enough safeguards before jumping on to the bandwagon.

The ADHAR is a poison coated apple!!


Killers on the roll…

September 24, 2009

A recent bout of chicken guniya for the entire family, the frequent visits to doctors of all sizes, specialization including my sons 3 day admission to hospital and lots of money down the drain later…. have learnt some wisdom to share with people around

1. Keep washing your hands repeatedly with any ordinary soap – dettol etc are not required. This will ensure most of the virus/bacteria get removed. Anti bactirial require you to have your hand soaked for atleast 45 seconds to start work.

2. Avoid touching your eyes, noes, ears, mouth unless its sanitized as in step 1.

3. Stay away from people with Cold / Flu symptoms. I do not mean to make them social outcasts but obviously you can stop the spread of the germs. A one meter distance is required to be maintained.

4. Stay away from crowds, ensure your presence only when absolutely required.

5. Use a musquito net and ensure surroundings are clean

The above practices can save you from many diseases which are on killer prowl like dengue, Influenza A, Malaria, Filaria.

As a family we have not yet recovered from Chicken guniya and is antogonizing for a simple musquito bite, one has to endure pain for unlimited months and there are no medicines to control or alter the same till god intervenes.


Laugh it out……..35

September 22, 2009

A hypothetical situation where 20 CEOs board an airplane and are told
That the flight that they are about to take is the first-ever to feature
Pilotless technology:

“It is an uncrewed aircraft.”

Each one of the CEOs is then told, privately, that their company’s software
is running the aircraft’s automatic pilot system.

Nineteen of the CEOs promptly leave the aircraft, each offering a different
type of excuse.

One CEO alone remains on board the jet, seeming very calm indeed.

Asked why he is so confident in this first uncrewed flight, he
replies: “If it is the same software that’s developed by my company’s IT systems
department, this plane won’t even take off!!!! .”

That is called Confidence!!!


Laugh it out…………..34

September 8, 2008

Two boys were arguing when the teacher entered the room.
The teacher says, “Why are you arguing?”

One boy answers, “We found a ten dollor and decided to give it to whoever tells the biggest lie.”

“You should be ashamed of yourselves,” said the teacher, “When I was your age I didn’t even know what a lie was.”

The boys gave the ten dollars to the teacher.


Laugh it out……… 33

August 20, 2008

 

VINAYA HEGDE forwards a good forward:

“Last night my wife and I were sitting in the living room, talking about life. In between, we talked about the idea of living or dying.

“I said to her: ‘Never let me live in a vegetative state, totally dependent on machines and liquids from a bottle. If you see me in that state I want you to disconnect all the contraptions that are keeping me alive, I’d much rather die.’

“Then my wife got up from the sofa with a real look of admiration towards me and proceeded to disconnect the TV, the cable, the dish, the DVD, the computer, the cell phone, the iPod, and the X-box, and then went to the fridge and threw away all my beer.

“I almost died.”


Laugh it out……………32

August 11, 2008

Several weeks after a yopung man had been hired, he was called into the MD’s cabin.
“what is this ?” the md asked . you said you had 5 yrs of exp.now we discover this is your first job .”Well , the young man replied “in your ad you said you wanted some one with good imagination”.