Correcting Air Quality To Eradicate Asthma & Allergies
The skyrocketing incidences of asthma, allergies and other respiratory problems are indicative that all is not well with the air that we breathe. Urban air pollution and indoor air quality are listed as the world’s top health hazards. A World Health Organization report released in 2012 showed that air pollution caused up to 7 million pre-mature deaths world-wide.
GLOBAL AIR POLLUTION CONTRIBUTES TO DECLINE IN RESPIRATORY HEALTH
Our life’s breath is being destroyed by agents that never existed just over a hundred years ago. Outdoor, air pollution has reached unprecedented proportions. By-products of industrialization from factory smokestacks are spewed into the atmosphere daily. These pollutants, including toxic gases and nano-sized particulates are carried by air currents sometimes for miles causing health problems to people in locations away from the source.
SINGAPOREANS EXPOSED TO LUNG DESTROYING AGENTS IN VEHICLE EMISSIONS EVERYDAY
Car exhaust has also become a major health threat in cities around the world. In Singapore, our ambient air carries predominantly the health destroying products of motor vehicle emissions. Air ionization testings carried out in different locations of our island showed heavy deposition of black exhaust soot even in homes located away from main roads. We are concerned because chronic exposures to toxic fumes will undermine the respiratory health of Singaporeans, especially our young ones.
A comprehensive study performed in populations living in different parts of Los Angeles Basin showed that chronic exposures to a mixture of air pollutants result in less rapid growth of lung function in children and a greater rate of deterioration in adulthood. Such exposures also account for the escalating increase in the incidences of lung cancers even among non smokers.
Moreover, when chemical waste from cars, power plants and other sources react in sunlight, ozone is formed. Ozone presents a serious air quality problem. It irritates the respiratory system, reduces lung function, impairs the body’s immune system and aggravate asthma. No wonder we are a generation beset with all kinds of respiratory problems especially asthma and allergies.
BAD INDOOR AIR QUALITY IS A MAJOR CAUSE OF ASTHMA & BREATHING PROBLEMS
The air quality of our indoor environment could possibly be worse than the outdoor air. While smokestacks and diesel trucks are major culprits of air pollution, the US Environmental Protection Agency says that the air inside people’s homes can be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air found outside.
Offices and even homes are often tightly insulated from outside air. Allergens such as moulds and dust mites are propagated in our air conditioning system. Chemical aerosols, cleaning detergents and antibacterial cleaners used within the indoor environment also contribute to indoor air pollution. These common household products including air fresheners are particularly linked with exacerbations of asthma and respiratory allergies. They give off dangerous chemical fumes known to depress immune system and create sensitivity with repeated exposure.
CREATING HEALTHY INDOOR AIR TO DEFEAT ASTHMA & ALLERGIES
Creating healthy indoor air is vital for healthy lungs. Fresh air is not only free of airborne contaminants but rich in negatively charged air particles called negative ions. In unpopulated natural settings such as waterfall areas, beaches and certain mountainous regions, the air is naturally full of such negative ions.
For purpose of comparison, there are about 100,000 negative ions per cubic centimetre of air at the Niagara Falls. Clean country air has about 1000 negative ions per cubic centimetres. An air-conditioned room typically has only about 50 negative ions per cubic centimetre of air.
All mammalian life thrives in negative ion rich environments. In unnatural ion depleted air, our body systems will malfunction. This is because negative ions are necessary for essential oxygen to be absorbed into our body. Oxygen is needed for basic sustenance of life and a well oxygenated body is inhospitable to disease germs.
With an abundance of negative ions in the air, our internal biological chemistry is optimized thereby improving the respiratory function, the immune system and almost every other function in the body. The health effects of breathing negative ions are well substantiated by studies conducted all over the world.
NEGATIVE IONS RELIEVE ASTHMA & ALLERGY SYMPTOMS
Consistently breathing air rich in negative ions will drastically help one to breathe better. And creating that kind of atmosphere in the indoor environment will greatly help the asthmatic or allergy sufferer.
Studies show conclusively that negative ions…
1) Help the body clears out air contaminants.
Negative ions increase the efficiency of the cilia to keep the bronchial tubes and air passageways clear of air contaminants. Cilia are tiny hairs in the airways that prevent airborne particles from entering the body while we breathe. Interestingly, scientists found out that smoke in the air greatly inhibits the sweeping action of the cilia. However, an overdose of negative ions actually neutralizes the effect of smoke on the cilia. That is why having an air ioniser in the home or office is especially useful when there are smokers around.
2) Provide relief from asthma and allergies.
This is due to the ions’ ability to help the body modulate immune response and to break down stress hormones that aggravate symptoms. Unhealthy air has an abundance of positive ions instead of negative ions. In fact most air borne pollutants including germs and viruses are positively charged. Positive ions can trigger the body to release excessive amounts of serotonin and histamine which can produce symptoms like allergies, hay fever, sinus, chemical sensitivity, asthma and bronchitis.
3) Sanitize the air.
Negative ions kill bacteria, virus, fungi and molds to maintain a germ free environment. This is especially useful for a patient with a compromised immune system due to a prolonged bout of sickness or a chronic condition. Negative ions clears the air of pathogens without introducing harming disinfectants that may invoke a allergic response in a sensitive individual. Viral infections are also known triggers for asthma.
4) Boost immunity.
Breathing negative ions also stimulates the body to increase production of immunoglobulin A (IGA) which protects against respiratory infections. IGA also helps the body regulate allergy responses so that the body does not over react to irritants and allergens with excessive secretion of mucus, which can be very uncomfortable, and in extreme cases, even life-threatening.
5) Clean the air of allergens and pollutants.
They attach themselves to airborne particulates, clump them together and precipitate them out of the air. Instead of breathing them into our body, they are deposited on surfaces that can be easily removed during regular housekeeping. Negative ions can remove even the tiniest particulates including the notorious PM2.5, which is a cause of concern in many developing countries, especially China.
HOW TO CREATE A HEALTHY INDOOR ENVIRONMENT WITH OPTIMAL LEVEL OF NEGATIVE IONS
Negative ions not only clean the air of airborne germs and pollutants, they have a positive biological effect on the human body and is especially important for respiratory health. We can create a healthy indoor environment regardless of ambient air quality outdoors.
1) Install house plants and water fountains
House plants and ferns have powerful air purifying capabilities. They produce negative ions as by-products of the transpiration process. They also neutralize harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) through their root and leaf systems.
Water fountains also produce negative ions due to the shearing forces of falling water droplets. Maybe that is why they are promoted by Fung Shui masters as items that can achieve harmony in the home or working environment. Installing plants and water fountains add beauty and negative ions to the indoor space to promote a healthy living environment.
2) Install negative air ionisers
Specialized air ionisers are excellent for generating an abundance of negative ions and propagating them in the home or office to create healthy indoor environment. However many conventional ionisers generate ozone and positive ions which are dangerous to the human body. Some produce big clusters of negative ions which are useless for supporting respiratory health. Only nature’s healthy small clustered negative ions can produce positive health benefits. There are however good quality air ionisers that are truly therapeutic devices.
HOW TO KICK OUT ASTHMA & ALLERGIES FOR GOOD
Besides restoring negative ins to the air that we breathe on a daily basis, the following recommendations are also extremely helpful in helping us to get rid of asthmatic and allergic symptoms.
1) Drink lots of good quality water everyday.
Dr F Batmanghelidj MD, author of Your Body’s Many Cries for Water asserts that allergies and asthma are directly linked to water deficiency in the body. We become dehydrated when the body does not get enough water to carry out its work. Water is lost through breathing as exhaled water vapor. In order to conserve water, the body releases histamine to incite spasm in the bronchial tubes, resulting in symptoms of asthma and allergies.
As a clinician, Dr Balmanghelidj has helped many patients to eradicate asthma with water alone. As asthma and allergies are complications of not drinking water regularly, his advice is to drink enough water daily to achieve colorless urine.
2) Eliminate wheat and dairy products
Many asthma and allergy sufferers have been tested and found to be intolerant of gluten and dairy products. Gluten in wheat and casein in milk products, are proteins that can disrupt the function of the intestinal tract, resulting in a leaky gut. Undigested proteins enter the blood stream and trigger a chain of defence response. The body goes into a hypersensitive state while it attempts to breakdown the undigested proteins resulting in symptoms of allergies.
By eliminating these gut damaging proteins, asthma and allergic symptoms will be markedly reduced. And as immune system is built up, it will be able to react appropriately to substances outside the body. Thus it is advisable for the asthma and allergy sufferer to go on a gluten and wheat free diet to eliminate the causes of a leaky gut and a depressed immune system.
3) Avoid sugar
In his medical practice, Dr Fred Pescatore MD, author of the Hampton’s Diet, found that allergies and asthma are related to an overgrowth of the yeast fungus Candida albicans in the digestive tracts. He has found Candida to be a serious problem in most people with asthma and those who suffer from allergies.
A study at the University of Sydney in Australia showed that dietary sugar is a contributing factor in the development of asthma. That is understandable considering that sugar feeds Candida. Over consumption of sugar leads to the overgrowth of Candida which directly affects our gut health which in turn causes damage to the immune system. It is thus essential for the asthma and allergy sufferer to avoid dietary sugar in order to reduce symptoms.
4) Increase nutritional intake from organic plant-based foods
Proper nutrition is essential for healing and overall health. We should incorporate a wide variety of good quality plant based foods into our daily diet. To promote lung function, it i also important to include beta carotene rich foods such as carrots, kale, mustard green, sweet potatoes, goji berries and spirulina. Vitamin C dense foods are also important for people who are prone to asthma and allergies. Citrus fruits, kiwi fruits and all kinds of berries are great sources of vitamin C.
Asthma and allergy sufferers are also frequently deficient in important minerals such as zinc and magnesium and these are to be obtained from a diet comprising of a wide variety of fresh whole foods and natural mineral water. Adya Clarity mineral drops provides a full spectrum of bio available ionic minerals that will help to address mineral deficiencies.
5) Consume lots of good fats
People with asthma and allergies must increase their intake of essential fatty acids from food sources such as chia seeds, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil and fish oil. This is because good fats are anti-inflammatory. Bad fats on the other hand promote inflammation and are in almost every processed food as trans fats or partially hydrogenated oils.
ENSURE A PERMANENT RECOVERY FROM ASTHMA & ALLERGIES
We can kick out asthma and allergies for good by addressing underlying causes of these conditions. Damage to the external atmospheric environment and the internal environment of our gut must first be reversed in order for healing to take place. To ensure a permanent recovery and to prevent our loved ones from developing these conditions, we need to restore essential negative ions to our living environment. We also need to reverse the damage done to the gut and gradually build up the digestive function to improve nutrient absorption, while at the same time addressing deficiencies.
Do not be discouraged. When we supply our body with the right parameters, it has the tremendous ability to restore internal balance and to heal itself. Soon you will feel well and breathe freely again.
 World Health Organization, 7 million premature deaths annually linked to air pollution, available: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/air-pollution/en/
 ABCs of Asthma, Allergies & Lupus by F. Batmanghelidj, M.D.
 The Allergy & Asthma Cure by Fred Pescatore, MD
 The Truth About Air Electricity & Health by Rosalind Tan