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Asthma and Vaccination Connection  

Posted by Susan (Morden, Surrey) on 09/15/2009

I was just responding to the lady which wrote about her two year old having asthma. There is very strong evidence that having the vaccinations at birth leads to this in many children.My own children seemed to become continually ill after vaccination. I to0 have used the hydrogen peroxide method for ears and inhaling and am so pleased with results.I now have three grandchildren and none are vaccinated. They are so well and spring back from any cold they may catch. Vaccinations are basically evil and have never cured one thing on the planet that is fact.

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Asthma Inhalers and Mental Disturbances  

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Posted by Frank W. (New York City, NY) on 03/01/2009
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One of my relatives was recently diagnosed with steroid psychosis a year and a half after taking a steroid asthma inhaler for asthma (on and off). His family never knew, since he kept his delusions secret. However, it eventually came out in other ways. Please watch for this in your own family and friends who take steroids for asthma. I had never heard about side effects from asthma inhalers until now, but apparently its well known among psychiatrists.

Here is some information I found while researching the subject. I hope it helps someone:

"Asthma inhalers and nasal sprays that contain steroids are well known to cause psychiatric side effects such as depression, mood swings, aggression, irritability and insomnia. However, in rare cases, they can also cause a side effect called "steroid psychosis". People with steroid psychosis lose contact with reality and can appear to be crazy or insane. Symptoms of steroid psychosis can involve anything from incoherent babbling to psychotic delusions and hallucinations. The person may need to be hospitalized and treated with anti-psychotic drugs. The condition is usually reversible, although it may take weeks, months, or even longer to resolve. Steroid psychosis is rare with steroid asthma inhalers and nasal sprays (1 in 10,000 chance). However, it is much more common with oral (pills) steroid drugs, such as prednisone.

Examples of steroid asthma inhalers are Pulmicort, Flovent and Advair. Examples of steroid nasal sprays are Nasonex, Nasacort, Rhinocort and Flonase.

Steroid psychosis can begin with a feeling of being 'hyped up'. This can be followed by anxiety, tachycardia (rapid heart beat), pressured speech, increased blood pressure, loss of potassium, severe insomnia, depression, hallucinations, memory problems and delusions. The person can appear to have serious mental illness, such as bipolar mania or schizophrenia, which are mental illnesses characterized by the loss of contact with reality. People with steroid psychosis may experience suicidal or homicidal ideation (thoughts of killing themselves or others). They can have delusions of grandeur (a false belief they have great importance), such as believing they are Jesus Christ. They can also have paranoid delusions (a false belief they are being persecuted), such as believing they are the victim of a conspiracy. Also, the person may experience hallucinations or visual illusions. The hallucinations can be visual (seeing people or things that are not there), or auditory (hearing voices). Steroid psychosis can leave a person disabled and unable to work.

Note that the steroids in asthma inhalers are called "corticosteroids", and should not be confused with the steroids used by body builders called "anabolic steroids".


Replied by Sharon
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I inhaled toxic dust at my workplace and got RADS. I coughed continuously for seven weeks until I was referred to pulmonologist who put me on very high dose prednisone for five days. Although it stopped the coughing, I did get a steroid psychosis which I would not wish on any one...mainly delusions and mania, plus a feeling of unreality. It can happen, luckily mine was short lived, although it took me a year to truly recover from the RADS.


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Posted by Maureen on 12/10/2006
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I should have added something I wanted to email you about before. After suffering with asthma for more than 30 years, I was completely cured of it more than three years ago by a doctor who discovered that some asthma is actually caused by bacteria you get with a cold, flu, bronchitis or pneumonia, that lingers in your tissue after the initial illness has ended. I took Azithromycin for three days, then once a week for twelve weeks and was off all my asthma medication by week 8, and I haven't had any asthma medication or had asthma since. There are a lot of studies out about this, and I'd post them on Earth Clinic, but I know it's geared toward natural treatment.

Replied by Liz
West Bend, WI

I have heard of this also and here is the website of heard of it on.
Also there is a clinical trial that you can participate in if you live in the selected areas. Some doctors (as you'll see on the website) won't give you the medicine or won't test you because they don't have the test for the bacteria available.
Anyway, here is the information:
And a link on Dr.Hahn

Bacterial, Fungal Cause  

Posted by Larry (Oakland, Ca Usa) on 06/17/2012

Asthma can be caused by fungul and bacterial sinusitus. The fungus and bacteria drip down your throat and into your lungs and cause asthma. This type of asthma is often misdiagnosed. Mine was misdiagnosed for two years by several pulmonologists. Then I went to an allergist who really listened to how it started with a horrible almost violent allergy attack and correctly diagnosed it. Turns out I was exposed to fungus and bacteria from illegal construction in my apartment building where the terrible developer opened up water damaged walls without enclosing them. This released the fungus and bacteria which lodged in my sinuses. The pulmonologists treated my lungs and not my sinuses. Its treated by getting rid of the fungus and bacteria in the sinuses through drugs and surgery. The drainage causes a cough. I've had 3 surgeries and used lots of drugs but because I was misdiagnosed for two years the fungus and bacteria are deeply embedded in my respitory system now and very hard to get rid of. I am holding it down (not eliminating it) and controlling the cough by using a Neil Med with 1 extra strength Neil Med packet, 8 drops of garlic extract, 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract, six drops of hydrogen peroxide 3 times a day. Its not perfect but it helps.

Bathini Mrugasira Fish Medicine  

Posted by Ed2010 (Canada) on 09/30/2014

Bathini Mrugasira Fish Medicine for Asthma:

Let me start with the story.

160 years ago a Hindu Saint gave an Herbal Medicine Formula to Philanthropist in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India, with the promise that he can administer the medicine to others only at free of cost.

Since, then the Bathini Goud Family(the original philanthropist) administer the Bathini Mrugasira Fish medicine to the people of India and all over the world for free for nearly 160 years from the year 1845.

The uniqueness of this medicine is the herbal paste is kept in the mouth of the baby Murrel Fish and given to the patient. The patient has to swallow the whole medicine along with live tiny Fish.

Bathini Fish Medicine is served and administered on a specific day called "Mrigishira Karthi", which is fixed each year by astrologers and normally coincides with the arrival of monsoon rains, the first or second week of June. Bathini Fish Medicine is given on Mrigishira Karti Nakshatra. Three doses of the extra medicine is also provided to patients, which is to be taken on three successive kartis: Arudra Karthi, Punnavasu Karthi and Pushymi Karti, these days being spaced each fifteen days, making a total of 45 days. After taking Bathini Fish Medicine the patient has to be under strict diet control for 45 days.

Indian herbal medicines (siddha, ayurvedha) is more potent on a particular date based on the planets, moons and stars. It is because of the Planets and stars centrepetal force, gravitiy that resonates the energies of the herb on that particular date providing maximum therapeutic value, which modern science has never even thought of.

This Fish Medicine camp is conducted only once a year. 24 hours non stop to serve nearly 50000 people. People from 6 months to 80 years are benefited from this medicine.

Now the Bathini family effort is registered as a Non-Profit Organization and providing the service.

The medicine and administration is totally free. You just have to buy the Fish, which is Rs. 10 (ten indian rupees) that is only 16 cents.

The Fish is provided by the Fisheries department of that State Andhra.

(Many of the Industries are run by the state/provincial govenments in India)

For more information about the Bathini Mrigasira fish medicine for asthma patients.


(non-profit organization serving 160 years)

You can see the video of fish medicine being administered in the following links

We used to say in India, only because of good people it is raining ( as rain is more important for drinking water and agriculture).

Now, I know one of the reason why it is raining in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Good Health.

Buckwheat Honey  

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Posted by Patricia (Ottawa, Canada) on 04/11/2008
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Buckwheat honey has successfully controlled my young son's asthma for over a year now - look it up!!! Patricia.

Buteyko Breathing Method  

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Posted by Valorie M. (New York, US) on 10/22/2014
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Tried breathing exercise (buteyko method) where I gently breathe in and out, hold my nose, close my mouth, then walk around the house until I cant breathe any longer. Stand still and count to a minute, then do it again 6 more times. Within a day this has cut my cold/flu/asthma/allergies to 80%. I did it morning and night on an empty stomach. By the 3rd day I am 100% cured.

Replied by Sam
Miami, FL

And that is absolute true! The cardinal mistake people make, they confuse Maximum pause with Control pause. The Buteyko method is not about forcefully pausing your breath, but about consciously reducing its depth, not forcefully. One should never interfere with body's natural breathing. You gradually reprogram your brain to underbreath, so to speak, that will increase level of co2 which in turn will break oxygen /hemoglobins bond and make oxygen available to the tissues.

Replied by Robin
South Africa

Asthmatics tend to be mouth breathers, the Buteyko system helps through breathing correctly.

Replied by Magnolia16

Why should this be done on an empty stomach?

Replied by Rachael
Chicago, Illinois
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Thank you so much for sharing this! The copay for my asthma drug recently went up to $358, and I didn't like being steroid drugs, anyway. I had to go to the ER, and after that, was having to use my inhaler several times a day -- because the alternative medications weren't working that great, for me. Still searching for how to heal asthma I found your post. Went to YouTube and learned the Buteyko method. That was three days ago and I have had zero asthma, and needed to take zero medications, neither Rx, nor alternative, since I first used the Buteyko method. It's a miracle. Thank you.

Posted by Marina (Portadown, County Armagh) on 04/27/2013
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Asthma - I have had wonderful results with the Buteyko Method which helped me manage my asthma especially the wheezing and constricted breathing which kept me awake at night. It worked within 2 or 3 days although I do recommend practising it for at least a month and on and off till the inflamation subsides. I now manage to exercise and can have a good bellylaugh again. It is believed that a low % of CO2 in the lungs - less than 6% - has a detrimental effect on the dilation of the bronchioli and the presence of inflammation increases mucus which further inhibits breathing. I followed and I recommend being pretty diligent for the first 5 days of the exercises it is worth it. Just google/youtube Buteyko and good luck!

I also faithfully drank a litre of tea made from liquorice root (adrenal stress), rose-hip (helps with lung tissue inflammation) and ginseng (beneficial for respiritory problems) for about 6 months. I found it to be very energising.

Posted by Cindy (Edison, Nj) on 07/03/2012
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I don't feel I'm exaggerating when I say the Buteyko method is lifesaving. Upon menopause I developed asthma that I could not get under control and was not clear as to the cause. The best I could determine was that it was related to acid reflux, a not well known condition called silent GERD. All the natural remedies I was trying were not helping. I had seen Buteyko mentioned on this forum but didn't think it would work for me since this didn't appear to be a regular case of asthma.

Out of desperation - it got so bad I could barely climb the stairs, I had to lean on the counter while doing dishes, and would get out of breath while walking the dog. I was using my inhaler 6 - 8 times a day. I looked for a demo of Buteyko method on YouTube and from the few short clips I watched, I was able to get relief almost immediately. By trying what I had observed over the next week or so, I saw vast improvement. I figured I should buy the program book/dvd so I could do the exercises properly, so I purchased the program by Patrick McKeown that other posters have mentioned here.

It's been about two weeks and I'm only using the inhaler once per day - and that is after I've gone a number of hours not doing any of the exercises.

The premise of the program: asthma and some other respiratory conditions are our body's reaction to overbreathing or hyperventilating. We are breathing through our mouths and taking in more oxygen which disrupts the balance of oxygen to CO2. In order to conserve the CO2, our airways constrict and plug with mucus. To overcome this, the method teaches us to breathe through our nose and shows how to clear our nose when stuffy. To balance out the oxygen to CO2 mix, we practise a few seconds of breath holds or control pauses. It may seem daunting at first to asthmatics who fear the feeling of not getting enough air, but the exercises quickly enable you to master your breath and control your asthma rather than it control you.

This program can easily be used by children as well. It works - I am so thankful I finally found relief!

Replied by Gokhals
San Francisco, Ca, Usa
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Thank you for that recommendation. I am a 56 year old post menopausal woman with very similar symptoms. My heart was pounding, my breathing was constricted. I suspect I had silent reflux, because after dinner, especially late dinner, I would feel the need to cough out fluids from my lungs. Within literally four days, the constricted feeling went away, my heart is not pounding, my pulse is lowered, my mouth breathing at night stopped, I am sleeping much, much better, my am cotton mouth is gone, I feel rested when I wake up, I don't dread going to sleep, I am not waking up in the middle of the night for reasons I cannot fathom. Thank you Earthclinic and thank you for poster, for telling your story.

Posted by Sofia (Claymont, De) on 10/29/2011
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The Butyeko method of breathing is a definite MUST for those with asthma and who are committed to getting off asthma meds. I ordered the DVD and book from Amazon, now am currently doing the exercises daily. Along with ACV, I am now down to 1 puff of flovent every other day as opposed to Advair twice a day over a year ago....

Posted by Greg (Hilo, Hawaii) on 08/11/2009
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Aloha to the folks here. My naturopath let me know about a treatment for asthma called Buteyko Breathing Method over 6 years ago. I learned it and have been asthma symptom free since. I just started to teach a workshop on Buteyko. It is so amazing to see people get so much relief from it. Clinical studies show that in 2 to 6 weeks people reduce albuterol / short acting med's by 90% and long term acting meds by 50% with 90% reduction in symptoms. If you are in Hawaii I could teach it to you and if not there are teachers in the U.S.

Good luck and aloha.



Posted by Pam (Sydney, NSW Australia) on 01/13/2009
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I recently had very severe asthma in conjunction with pneumonia. On medical advice I was nebulizing Ventolin and Atrovent every two hours. And I was on two puffs of preventer medication four times a day. Heavy stuff!

Somebody recommended the Buteyko Method. I read up on it, started breathing through my nose, taped my mouth shut at night and did the Buteyko breathing exercises twice a day. Within a few days I no longer needed to nebulize at all. And gradually I was able to reduce the preventer medication down to one puff twice a day.

A month on, continuing with the Buteyko method, my peak flow readings are better than they have ever been.

I strongly recommend the Buteyko Method.

Posted by Alan (Rockville, MD) on 10/16/2006
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Asthma: Significant Reduction in dependence on Albuterol inhaler. I have very serious steroid dependent asthma. Patrick Mckeown has written two books Asthma Free Naturally and Close Your Mouth which feature the Buteyko Method for breathing. Simple technique of breathing in and out of your nose, and exercises called the control pause response--2 seconds breathe in through nose, 3 seconds breathe out through nose, pinch your nostrils and hold your breath. By how long you can hold your breath, this will tell you how well you are breathing. Try this method. You will breathe better, catch fewer colds and infections.

Replied by Sabirch1
Lagrange, Kentucky

Just focusing on breathing through my nose has helped my asthma soooo much. I had no idea I took so much air through my mouth until I tried to stop doing it! It's particularly difficult when eating, talking, laughing, coughing, exercising, etc. , but I would encourage anyone with asthma due to airbourne allergies to give it a try. I haven't had to take my rescue inhaler since I started it, and I feel so much better and have much more energy.

Cayenne Pepper  

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Posted by Kl88 (Kingston, Ma, 02364) on 01/21/2011
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Issue: Asthma since age 3, ranging from mild to severe depending on triggers or illness.

Former Medication: 2 inhalers, one fast acting (as needed but sometimes up to 6x a day) and when severe, a steroid (2x a day)Reason for seeking a natural alternative: 28 years of medication that was doing more damage than improvement to my health.

Current natural alternative: Cayenne Pepper Dosage: a few good shakes of your store bought seasoning (I like the spices from the hispanic food section vs the standard) plus some water (just a gulpful). Start off with one shake and then judge your reaction. Mix it up and drink it down. You will want water after, and its a good time to get down 8 oz.

Reaction: Instantaneous relief. Seriously. It feels different, but its because you didn't just take in a ton of chemicals and adrenaline, in my opinion. Take some nice deep breaths and chill for a second. Only one time did I have to do anything else during a severe attack, and that was drink a cup of black coffee (no cream-it cancels out the efficacy for me) I feel so confident with this remedy that I let my fast acting inhaler rx run out and I threw out the steroids. I carry a bottle of cayenne pepper in my purse, just in case. I preventatively use my mix in the am and the pm. It doesn't give me an energy boost that is notable that some have mentioned. I hope this helps my fellow asthma sufferers.

Posted by Katie (Royal Oak, MI) on 05/07/2008
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I left my albuterol inhanler at work today so I was desperate for something. I have sinusitus that is currently turning into bronchitis and fortunatly, my asthma only is bad when I am sick. I just did the cayenne pepper treatment and so far I have noticed that the burning from the bronchitis has subsided and my breathing has cleared somewhat. Hopefully it will continue to improve. I think I am going to buy some Apple Cider Vinegar tomorrow to have on hand due to the strong positive reviews.