Matthew R. Cecchetti, D.C., C.C.E.P.
7031 Crider Road, Suite 102
Mars, PA 16046
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November 2006 Newsletter

Asthma - Breathing Clearly...

The incidence of asthma has increased in its prevalence more than 50% and in mortality more than 70% since 1980.

What happens when you have an Asthma Attack?

During an asthma attack, there is spasm of the smooth muscles of the airway and the bronchioles in your lungs become swollen. Bronchioles are tiny branches where oxygen enters your blood and carbon dioxide and water vapor leave it. When swollen, the bronchioles go into spasm and fill with mucus. The asthmatic struggles for air, gasping for life. An asthma attack can be a very scary and serious situation for both the asthmatic, and the people around.

The Standard Medical Approach

There is no cure for asthma, but there are things that you can do to keep the attacks under control. Allergic reactions, emotional stress, physical exertion, or chemical irritants (cigarette smoke) may trigger the asthma attacks. Avoidance of these irritants can offer some relief. Temporary relief is also provided with inhalers and medication that prevent or reduce the swelling inside the bronchioles. These drugs are important to prevent and stop the asthma attacks. Like with any drug, there are side effects to taking the medication, including increased tolerance for the drugs.

The Chiropractic Approach

Chiropractic care offers the asthmatic a drug-free option for relief from the symptoms. There are many case studies supporting the benefits of chiropractic care for asthmatics. Spinal subluxations can produce reflex irritation of the somatic and autonomic nervous system increasing the sensitivity to environmental triggers of an attack. Additionally chest wall/rib function or bronchial airway tone and responsiveness may be expected to be adversely affected by subluxations.

An asthmatic attack's severity may be a function of cortisol (hormone) levels in the body. Research is indicating that the adjustment may decrease the level of this hormone which would lessen the severity of the attack! See the other side for information on recent case studies! Also feel free to ask Dr. Matt for details on how chiropractic has helped his asthma!

Source: Tedd Koren, D.C. Koren Publications. Asthma & Emphysema, 2006.

Clark, et. al. Environmental Health Perspectives, 1999; pgs 107, 421-429

Haldeman, Principles and Practice of Chiropractic, 2nd ed. Appleton and Lange, 1992 pgs 115-135.

Ali, et. al. Effect of Chiropractic Treatment on the Endocrine and Immune Systems in Asthmatic Patients, Proceedings of the 2002 International Conference on Spinal Manipulation, October 2002.

Did you Know?

Asthma is the most common chronic condition in children

Asthma was rarely a fatal disease; medical folk-wisdom held that no child ever died of asthma. Today asthma kills about 5,000 a year. Childhood vaccination and early exposure to antibiotics are increasingly implicated as reasons why asthma is increasing.

Source:Tedd Koren, D.C. Koren Publications. Asthma & Emphysema, 2006.

Stress and Emotional Health

Stress factors - such as moving to a new home, starting a new grade level, or taking a test--may induce or aggravate asthma attacks. Emotional expressions such as fear, anger, frustration, or even laughing can cause an attack as well. If you know an asthma sufferer, it is important to reduce the person's stress level and improve their quality of life. Various techniques, including chiropractic care and massage, can do just that.

Chiropractic care has been known for its mind-healing effects for years. Individuals suffering from conditions such as anxiety, depression, "mental dullness", and other conditions report relief or improvement from their problems while under chiropractic care

How does Chiropractic affect mental health?

subluxation, a serious form of nervous system damage. Improved psychological health has been observed in patients after getting adjusted. Patients feel happier and more at peace. The nervous system appears to be a "bridge" between the mind and body. Once this bridge is repaired, patients get a "brain boost" relieving them from many of their emotional symptoms and physical symptoms!

Source: Tedd Koren, D.C. Koren Publications. Emotional Health & Well-Being, 2006

AFFINITY FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC FOOD DRIVE

Team up with Affinity Family Chiropractic this November, to help make sure that everyone has a great Thanksgiving! Bring in an non-perishable food item and receive $5 off your adjustment! The food will be donated to The Lighthouse Foundation. Its a win-win situation, because you help others while saving on your chiropractic care! Thank you for your support!

Natural Health Remedies for Asthma

Even though there is no cure for asthma, there are several natural health remedies that can help with some of the symptoms. Here are just a few:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids naturally reduce inflammation in the lungs.
  • Vitamin C helps protect lung tissue, decreases infection and increases air flow.
  • L-cysteine repairs lung tissue and reduces inflammation.
  • Vitamin B stimulates your immune system.

Most of these supplements can be found in your local health food store, or can be ordered for you through us! Ask Dr. Matt for more details.

Source: Balch & Balch, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 3rd ed. 2000.

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