Some Asthma Inhalers May Be Lethal

Asthma Inhalers Cause Death

Don’t Let Your Inhaler Take Your Last Breath! Singulair  and Advair are the most  highly prescribed medications for the treatment of Asthma in America.  These drugs have been under FDA investigation for Lethal Side Effects.
 The Drug company Merck, said it recently added reports of suicide to Singulair’s label, which already listed suicidal thinking and behavior as possible side effects.

Clinical professor of medicine at Stanford University Shelley Salpeter states that 4,000 deaths could be prevented annually if commonly prescribed asthma medications would be recalled by the FDA.

Asthma is a chronic disease that leaves 20 million people in the United States with troubled breathing.  It has become the number one reasons for school nurse visits. In fact Asthma has increased by more than 300 percent over the last 20 years.

Many seek commonly prescribed asthma medications such as Advair and Singulair, the most popular among other inhalers, to help with their breathing, as asthma can prove deadly when a severe attack happens. However, asthma can be deadly when it is misdiagnosed and treated as well, because commonly prescribed asthma medication can cause death as well as an addition to increased thoughts of suicide.

The FDA is still monitoring Singular for its possible link to suicide and depression. Doctors say adults and children should be observed closely for any signs of depression, behavioral disorders and suicidal tendencies.

According to Doug Bremner M.D., “Advair, which contains Serevent and a steroid, also carries the same black box warning about increased asthma related deaths. This hasn’t stopped it from running up 2 billion dollars in sales per year. Based on the SMART study, we cannot conclude that long acting beta agonists, when administered with steroids, are safe; in studies where 75% of patients were taking a steroid there was still a 2-fold increased risk of asthma related death.”

Singulair, also known as Montelukast, is used for the long term maintenance treatment of asthma and to relieve symptoms of seasonal allergies. While Singulair has been associated with side effects like gastrointestinal disturbances, hypersensitivity reactions, sleep disorders and increased bleeding tendency, the higher occurrence of depression in users is now being investigated by the US Food and Drug Authority.

Merck said it recently added reports of suicide to Singulair’s label, which already listed suicidal thinking and behavior as possible side effects. Health Canada is also following the US FDA’s lead in investigating the asthma drug Singulair’s possible link to suicide, following reports of adverse reactions.

 The Truth about Conventional Asthma Treatments  The most common side effect of non-steroidal bronchodilators is that they will double your risk of a heart attack.

  • Gastrointestinal Disturbance
  • Stunted growth
  • Heart Disease
  • Hypersensitivity Reactions
  • Infections
  • Increased bleeding
  • Cataracts
  • Osteoporosis
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure

Safe and Effective Strategies to Treat Your Asthma 

So what can one do naturally to be open and free and breathe freely like a baby just taking its first breath? There are several things that can help ease asthma such as diet, herbs, exercise and aromatherapy.

Diet for asthma treatment naturally begins with breastfeeding. According to studies done by European Respiratory Journal in an overall study among 5,368 children, those who weren’t breastfed had overall increased risks of wheezing, shortness of breath, dry cough and persistent phlegm in the first four years of life, when compared to children who were exclusively breastfed for six months”. Some studies further suggest that breast milk also has a growth factor in it that helps improve lung function which has a protective measure against wheezing, further studies also suggest that this can have a long term effect on the fight against asthma.

Allergens can also cause asthmatic reactions, such as gluten allergies. Eating a gluten free diet, as well as working on eliminating allergy causing foods from one’s diet, as well as eating more organic fruits and vegetables can help one breathe freely as well.

Anti-inflammatory and lung soothing herbs such as mullein, wild cherry bark, anise and motherwort can help the lungs, keep airways open, and help reduce stress, which can also be a cause of asthma. These herbs are usually consumed in form of tea and/or herbal extracts.

Exercise also helps those with asthma, because it helps reduce stress. Stress increases chances of asthma, as stress can tighten the chest and restrict breathing.  Some advise against exercise and asthma, however the benefits outweigh the risks. Studies  show that asthmatics benefit from exercise on the whole, as it improves their cardiopulmonary fitness.

Asthmatics who exercised regularly showed improvement in:

  • Maximum Oxygen carrying capacity, uptake
  • Work capacity
  • Maximum heart rate

Exercise showed no significant effect in other measures such as:

  • expiratory air-flow rate
  • expiratory volume
  • days of wheezing

The bottom line start exercising there was no evidence suggesting that regular exercise worsens asthmatic symptoms. The review examined 13 studies, involving more that 450 total participants. It may be advisable for asthmatics to seek counseling on ways to prevent and treat exercise-induced asthma.

Maximize your vitamin D levels , Carrots, Celery and Grapefruit – We now know that there’s a very strong connection between vitamin D levels and asthma, as vitamin D can be a very powerful immune modulator.  Vitamin D deficiency has been recently linked to a variety of non-bone related diseases including depression, autoimmune disorders, and now asthma

Maximize your intake of animal-based omega 3 fats  high quality animal-based omega 3 fats in your diet prove to be potent anti-inflammatories.

Avoid & Restrict

  • Processed Foods
  • Grains
  • Refined Sugars
  • Preservatives
  • Additives
  • Colorings
  • hydrogenated oils
  • rancid fats

Minimize omega 6 fats: The average American today  is consuming far too much of these vegetable oils, such as corn oil, soy- and safflower oil.  Throwing the balance off and distorting the normal ratio between omega 3 and omega 6 fats will absolutely cause the cellular inflammation that leads to asthma.

Avoid Antibacterials and Antibiotics– Childhood exposure to common bacterial and viral infections is the platform for developing a strong and healthy immune system to prevent asthma naturally.   In fact according to Newsday, March 2006 Infants exposed to one round of antibiotics during their first years of life are twice as likely to develop asthma as those who don’t.  The more courses of antibiotics, the worse the immunity and the greater the risk of asthma.  Read more Antibacterials and Asthma

Aromatherapy is also helpful with beating asthma. In a study conducted by Technion-Israel Institute of Technology Israel, an ingredient found in some essential oils called limonene helps protect against asthma, and people with asthma and other lung conditions treated with limonene containing essential oils stated that they experienced relief from their conditions. Limonene is found primarily in citrus fruits, and citrus essential oils, but is also found in pine, geranium and rose essential oils.

Dr. Emmett Blahnik’s Conclusion

Asthma is a very serious condition and can be life threatening so speak with your doctor first about any changes in your drug usage.  If you follow these simple steps you will minimize or virtually eliminate the dangers of Asthma related problems.


Antibacterials and Asthma

Doug Bremner M.D

Center for the Advancement of Health October 21, 2005

The Cochrane Library 2005, Issue 4

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