Asthma and missing minerals
There is a connection between mineral deficiencies and asthma symptoms, which may be better managed with use of appropriate tissue salts, while continuing to have asthma medication for urgent symptom relief if needed.
Asthma is a condition in which the walls of airways swell due to inflammation, which narrows the airways; the muscles in the wall spasm, which prevents the muscle relaxing; and more mucus is produced to protect the lining of the airway. All this makes breathing more difficult. Triggers for this sensitivity response include weather changes, emotional stress, pollen, dust-mites, food preservatives, smoke, chemical air pollution, fumes, respiratory viral infections. Mechanisms are not well understood, but there’s growing interest in involvement of an over dominant parasympathetic nervous system. This may increase vulnerability for Highly Sensitive People (HSP) with their more sensitive nervous system trait. I will be exploring this more, being an HSP myself.
According to a WHO study in 2002-2003, Australia has the highest prevalence of community asthma in the world, at 27% - including wheezing asthma, compared with 8.6 % global average (To, etal, 2012). Asthma Australia (nd) reports a prevalence of 11.2% of clinically diagnosed asthma as the national average. This allergic predisposition is considered permanent, with no cure, but symptoms can come and go. The condition requires management. In the thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne in 2016, 10 people tragically died due to asthma attacks (AIHW, 2020).
I had my first experience of asthma symptoms when I was 38 or 39 years old, in South Africa and not long before coming to live in Australia. However as a university student in my late teens/early twenties I had started experiencing allergic rhinitis, controlled with antihistamines. I’d had no known allergies up until that time. During the first three years here in Australia, I had regular bouts of breathing distress, was diagnosed with mild asthma and prescribed Bricanyl – a bronchodilator (beta-2 agonist). That’s been the intervention I use when needed. My asthma has not progressed, and is mostly under control. Months go by without a flare. But I can’t always control my environmental exposures or triggers, so I keep Bricanyl near at hand.
Reasons for my improved status include how well I eat most of the time, favouring a traditional low inflammatory Mediterranean way of eating with lots of good quality, fresh vegetables and fruits, fresh fish, moderate amount of meat, avoiding proinflammatory foods and cooking methods and deliberately incorporating anti-inflammatory food ingredients; having never smoked or taken recreational drugs; having a home environment that is fresh-air ventilated and kept as clean as possible; aerobic exercise; calmative stress management; breath work; AND using DHU mineral tissue salts to alleviate minor symptoms BEFORE they potentially become much worse.
There are underlying mineral salt deficiencies that can be the cause of low vitality, spasms of bronchial muscles, poor oxygenation, catarrhal congestion; exacerbated by damp conditions.
With a biochemic perspective, if low vitality, low blood pressure, low oxygenation is a pattern, an underlying depressed nervous system could be causative, and the tissue salt Kali (potassium) Phosphate is indicated as a nerve remedy and cardiac tonic. There may be some form of anaemia with mineral deficiencies or imbalances that result in impaired oxygen delivery, and one should consider whether there is iron phosphate deficiency or if iron is just not functional. There can be different reasons for this happening.
If there is chest constriction and some chest pain, magnesium phosphate deficiency may be the cause of bronchial spasms. Calcium Phosphate may also be deficient and is indicated for people with allergic tendencies. Obviously one should always consider the possibility of a heart condition and seek medical advice.
If coughing up mucus, the quantity and quality of that mucus will suggest what underlying mineral salt deficiency there may be. For example if it is very watery, Natrium (sodium) Chloride helps resolve faulty water distribution in our body tissues; or lots of greenish-yellow mucus indicates need for Natrium (sodium) Sulphate. Thicker, white mucus indicates need for Kali (potassium) Chloride.
In biochemic therapy, these mineral salts are provided in microdoses that our cells are able to assimilate to restore correct cell function. They are not like the megadoses of supplements that are designed to flood cellular absorption sites and bypass normal cellular mechanisms of assimilation. Tissue salts don’t overdose. They don’t disturb mineral balance.
For me, the DHU tissue salts Calcium Phosphate, Kali (potassium) Phosphate and Magnesium Phosphate have become part of a wellness protocol that I use to regulate constitutional disturbances, and I use DHU Natrium (sodium) Chloride for allergic rhinitis when needed. Someone else’s symptoms may need different intervention. Tissue salts don’t necessarily need to be taken continually; a prescription may be for acute conditions to quickly resolve symptoms or taken daily for a period of time for chronic conditions. They work to restore normal cell metabolism, which helps return us to health. Basically they are a “cure for sick tissues”.
Our clean as possible home is certainly not dust-free as our windows are open 24/7, 365 days of the year. This is preferable to air conditioned environments and mouldy conditions. We have no carpets and no curtains, being dust traps; we have timber floors, blinds on some windows, but most of which are screened by large trees close to the house as we live in a beautiful bushy environment; moreover this tree canopy helps clean the local air and blocks noise and electromagnetic frequencies from mobile phone towers; sadly we have no domestic pets anymore; we use safe cleaning chemicals as much as possible. I work from this healthy-as-possible home, after years of struggling in big open plan offices with “sick building syndrome” or in pokey rooms; and working under considerable stress as an engineer. I am a keen gardener, so my main exposures are dust and mould from working with garden materials, chiefly mulches and bagged soil amendment materials. Then I wear a mask, but do this work for short periods of time as the masks themselves exacerbate breathing difficulties because one cannot properly expel carbon dioxide.
In summary, if you are sometime who experiences asthma symptoms:
Know your triggers and do your best to minimise your exposures
Use right nutrition and lifestyle habits to support your body’s healthy physiological processes that deal with inflammatory triggers
Get advice on what YOUR symptoms may be suggesting about YOUR mineral salt deficiencies
Consider trialing biochemic tissue salts to normalise your cell metabolism.
Tissue salts are safe to use while continuing to have your reliever asthma medication at hand if needed. Know too that these minerals have other helpful functions in your body. So there could be multi-system health effects for you to benefits from.
Asthma Australia, nd, “Asthma Statistics and Facts”, https://asthma.org.au/about-asthma/understanding-asthma/statistics/
AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare), 2020, “Asthma”, https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-respiratory-conditions/asthma/contents/asthma
To T etal, 2012, “Global asthma prevalence in adults: findings from the cross-sectional world health survey, in BMC Public Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3353191/