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Naturopathic Causes & Treatment of Autoimmune Disease

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Asthma is a characterised by chronic inflammation of the respiratory airways that can be triggered by allergen exposure or by other mechanisms, possibly autoreactive/autoimmune. The autoimmune hypothesis is further, indirectly, supported by the response to immunosuppressive drugs thereby indicating the immune system is overreacting. Autoimmune diseases arise from an overactive immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. Autoimmune diseases result from the failure of an organism to recognise its own constituent parts as self, which allows an immune response against its own cells and tissues. The immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks it. In other words, the body actually attacks its own cells. The treatment of autoimmune diseases is typically with immunosuppression, most often steroids.

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Naturopathic Causes and Treatment of Asthma

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Asthma is a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways characterised by airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm. Symptoms include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath. The prevalence of asthma has increased significantly since the 1970s. As of 2009, 300 million people were affected worldwide. In 2009 asthma caused 250,000 deaths globally. Some 9% of US children had asthma in 2001, compared with just 3.6% in 1980. Ireland is now ranked among the top four countries in the world with the highest prevalence rates for asthma. The Asthma Society of Ireland has estimated that 274,000 people suffer from asthma in Ireland. Asthma affects at least 1 in 7 Irish children, and 1 in 20 adults. Australia has the highest incidence of asthma (and now the highest rates of obesity)

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Managing Asthma Naturally

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Asthma is unfortunately becoming an increasingly common disorder. It is characterised by hypersensitivity of the airways resulting in bronchoconstriction. We all know that it is an allergic disorder and certainly asthmatic sufferers and their families are well aware of the common triggers for asthma such as dust mites, animal dander, pollens, grasses, moulds, exercise, pollution, cigarette smoke, cold air and drugs such as aspirin. What most asthmatics are not aware of however is that their diet can also be contributing to this disease. Certain foods and food additives increase inflammatory processes within the body resulting in excessive levels of a substance called leukotrienes. These are 1000 times more potent in promoting inflammation and bronchial constriction than histamine another inflammatory regulator. Other foods are actually anti-inflammatory.

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