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My 10 year old son has allergy induced asthma.

Q. Dear Terry, “My 10 year old son has allergy induced asthma. Are there any natural remedies that could take the place of his inhaler?” — Steve

A. Dear Steve, If you are not doing so already, I highly recommend taking a good look at your son’s diet. Dietary restrictions would include avoiding all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort on the part of both the child and family, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.

In addition to modifying your son’s diet, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider adding to his daily regimen. That said, I strongly encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your son’s physician, as they may have additional input. Please do not have your son forgo his current medications until you have spoken to his physician. If he has one, your son should also keep his rescue medication handy at all times.

When it comes to respiratory health, I would first recommend adding a clinically studied, uniquely standardized boswellia extract to your daily regimen. Boswellia is a specific inhibitor of 5-LOX, an enzyme that activates leukotrienes, which induce inflammation. Because it helps reduce inflammation, along with oxidative stress (free radical damage), boswellia is effective for a variety of health conditions. I recommend taking 500 mg of this unique boswellia extract daily.

Be sure to look for a boswellia extract that provides 500 mg of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract standardized to contain 70% total organic and boswellic acids with 10% AKBA. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract – look for an extract that contains 5% or less beta-boswellic acid. This is the right ratio for a strong – yet natural – boswellia extract.


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