Julia White has published a thought provoking article on her experience of getting her asthma under control with the help of yoga. After several months works she was able to sense an asthma attack coming on and use yoga to relax and calm herself.
“I aim to practise yoga every day as I know just five minutes of yogic breathing and three or four postures will make me feel more energised and relaxed. All I need to do is find a quiet space, roll out my yoga mat and let the movements and deep breathing techniques work my mind and body.”
Originally published in the Hippocratic Post written by Salma Khan, this article suggests several foods that might help with pain suppression. There is some evidence that all of these foods have some inflammation & pain relieving properties but of course just as for medication taken in pills and capsules, dose is important and the amount you might get from any of these foods is probably quite variable. If you are going to try these food to relieve chronic pain it would be best to have your prescription medication close to hand to use if needed.
The use of videophone communications over the internet has long been available free of charge using one of the many difference video software packages e.g. Skype. Here at the National Aspergillosis Centre (NAC) we have been using Skype for communicating with our patients for some time, but only in very limited numbers. It is useful for those who live a long way away and who our doctors consider are appropriate. Of course there are also issues of availability and technical expertise to consider too – not to mention privacy if the patient lives in a busy home with few quiet rooms.
Scientists in the UK have made a preliminary finding that the cells taken from the noses of newborn babies react differently to being stimulated by various irritants known to be asthma triggers. Those that react quickly tend to be from babies who do not go on the develop asthma, and those who respond more slowly did tend to develop asthma. This suggests that there is either a genetic difference between the babies that causes this difference in response or something happens to them while still in their mothers wombs.
We already know that differences in mothers diet has an impact on their children developing asthma and this may be one outcome. Later in life an asthmatic childs airway lining cells are linked to asthma symptoms.
As a result of this interesting study a new study has been launched to test the airway cells of 1000 new born babies in a bid to prove that this observation remains true when testing many more children.
The authors stated:
“Something is happening pre-birth which predisposes them to being susceptible to asthma and then something else occurs after birth which results in them developing asthmatic symptoms. In other words, having these poor responding nose cells puts the bullet in the gun, but doesn’t pull the trigger. We can’t stop the bullet going in the gun but we can maybe look at what it is that pulls the trigger. “We were the first researchers to use new-born babies’ nose cells in this way and it will be interesting to see if we can identify what is different between the children that go on to develop asthma, and those that don’t.”