Asthma & Emphysema

“Raw” air is too cold, dry, and dirty for you to use immediately. That is why your body filters, warms, cleanses, and humidifies the air in your nose and nasal cavities before it enters your trachea. Your trachea is a tube in your throat surrounded by roughly 15-20 stiff rings of cartilage so that it never closes – you can feel those rings if you place your fingers under your  Adam’s apple! Your trachea separates the left and right bronchi that enter the lungs, at which point they divide constantly forming branches called bronchioles where oxygen enters your blood and carbon dioxide and water vapor leave it. The bronchi and bronchioles must always remain 100% open and clear  – those with bronchial asthma do not have such a luxury.

Many people suffer from an asthmatic “attack”. When this occurs, the bronchioles have become swollen, and go into spasm – filling with mucus. Those with asthma struggle for every breath, literally gasping and wheezing for breath during an attack. Long-time sufferers may develop a barrel chest, while others wheeze, gasp, and struggle continuously. Asthma is the most common chronic condition in children.1 Why? Research is increasingly revealing that asthma is exceedingly rare or non-existent in non-vaccinated children.2 Attacks can be triggered by allergies, emotional stress, physical exertion, or irritants like smoke. In the most dangerous form of asthma, status asthmaticus, the attacks last for days and can result in death. Asthma was not always deadly, while today asthma kills about 5,000 children and adults every year.

In bronchitis there is increased mucus in the trachea and bronchial tubes – sometimes called “smokers cough” because cigarette smoking is the most common cause, although it has been seen in children sometimes.

Emphysema usually is associated with long-term smoking – the lung is often destroyed by the blockage of bronchioles. Furthermore, when the lung tissue is destroyed, the blood gets less oxygen which causes high blood pressure and heart trouble. People with chronic emphysema can suffer from hypoxia (also described as severe “air hunger”) which causes lethargy, muscle weakness, impairment of mental function and in severe cases, a slow death.

The standard medical approach offers no cure for asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema. The best advice offered to patients is to avoid physical or emotional irritants, and are given temporary relief by way of cortisone, inhaled corticosteroids, or bronchodilators that prevent or reduce swelling inside of the bronchi.

Alternative to modern medicine is chiropractic care is an approach that sufferers of all types of respiratory conditions have sung the praises of – chiropractic care!3  An analysis of 650 children found favorable response to chiropractic care for those suffering from asthma.4 Lung volume has been reported to increase after chiropractic adjustments5 and one study of 185 women and 87 women showed improved respiratory function after spinal care.6 In a separate study of patients with chronic pulmonary disease, a classification that includes those with bronchitis and emphysema, over 90% reported improvement of symptoms after spinal care.7 Researchers have found spinal care superior to conventional medical bronchodilators, expectorants and corticosteroids.8

Chiropractic is a healing art dedicated to keeping the nerve passages in the body open and unobstructed. This will help the entire body, including the lungs, bronchi, and other structures of the respiratory system, heal and function at its best.


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