I’ve mentioned previously that I was an asthmatic…up until recently. When I was little, I was in the doctor’s office A LOT. They couldn’t quite get a handle on managing it. Then asthma inhalers became popular and I took one 4 times a day as a preventative measure, and had an emergency one for the more serious situations.
My lungs were a mess.
As I got older, I continued taking the medications until the day I read an article that a side effect of one of my medications was suicidal tendencies.
I called my doctor the next day and asked what would happen if I stopped taking them. You probably won’t be able to breathe very well. Hmm. Which was worse, suicidal thoughts or not being able to breathe?
So I started to research natural remedies for treating asthma. I came across a book called The Cure is in the Cupboard by Dr. Cass Ingram. Under the section for asthma, diet was mentioned as a major offender. MSG, food dyes and artificial colors (and other processed foods) aren’t good for asthmatics. Citrus fruits, dairy, wheat and peanuts also fuel attacks. There could also be an acute (fungal or yeast) infection in the lungs.
But there is a supplement–a spice–that is a powerful anti-microbial, and also anti-mucus and anti-cough. OREGANO.
Now before you run to your spice cabinet, it’s important to know that this is wild Mediterranean oregano. It’s sold in a health food store. This is the one that I use:
It comes in an oil (duh) and in capsules, and in gelcaps (which I believe has 6 drops of oil in each one). I looked at the treatment protocol in the book which seemed to be more for attacks than maintenance and decided I’d tweak the “recipe” and see if it would work.
[Note: I wouldn’t recommend the “try it and see” approach with most supplements. My internist wasn’t very interested in exploring the homeopathic remedies I had found for asthma, so I did this on my own. I had done extensive research on oregano and didn’t believe I would be taking a potentially harmful amount. Remember, I’m just relaying my own experiences, but I would recommend that you be a better patient than I was and consult your doctor.]
I took the capsules, oil and gelcaps three times a day, and cut out sugar and some carbs (this was before I found the Phase 1 diet). After 2 weeks, I started to wean myself off my asthma meds. 2 weeks later I was off of ALL the inhalers and pills. My asthma was gone?!
That was in the Spring of 2008. 3+ years later, I’m still breathing on my own. I still keep my emergency inhaler in the house, just in case, but I haven’t used it. In fact, I often forget to refill it and end up with one that’s been expired for 6 months before I remember to check the date.
So that’s how I got rid of my asthma. I love a happy ending…….
[These are my own opinions and I have not been compensated in any way for my thoughts about the book or the supplements. Just thought I’d share…]