The Link Between Asthma and the First Stage of Digestion
Bronchial Asthma originates from affliction of the stomach and the Gastro Intestinal tract. In many cases before the onset of the disease, Patients will complain of indigestion, constipation and diarrhea. The attack of Asthma can be sudden due to sensitivity of the patient to certain substances like Pollen, Dust, Perfume, Cigarette Smoke, and Food Allergies. Asthma causes difficulty in breathing, sense of tightness, constriction around the chest, whistling sound while breathing, and difficulty in inspiration and expiration.
Gastric secretion of HCL following a standardized meal was studied in 200 Asthmatic children (ages 6 months to 12 years), and compared with a control group of 200 non-asthmatic children. The Clinical Study showed that 80% of the Asthmatic children had levels of HCL below normal, while only 3% of the control group of children had similar low levels. The Study showed that the lack of HCL production in the stomach, which prevented the activation of Pepsin, resulted in incomplete digestion of food and macromolecule absorption, increasing both the number, and severity of food Allergies, while simultaneously impairing the micronutrient nutrition.
Children have unique Physiological characteristics, and cannot be considered as “miniature adults”. A child’s Digestive System is immature, especially before the age of 6 years old, when most Asthma begins. This immaturity, and weakness of the Digestion, predisposes a child to experience an incomplete breakdown and conversion of food, and the accumulation of Phlegm, which is produced by a weak Digestive System, and this pathological matter will accumulate in the lungs. Many Allergies, and the onset of Asthma, are caused by Allergens in the Digestive System.
Clinical Studies indicate that Allergens can also be transferred from the mother during pregnancy, and breast-feeding. This is especially true when the nursing mother has Hypochlorhydria or Achlorhydria. Allergens, which are normally eliminated in the stomach by the HCL and Peptic enzymes, are dumped into the Digestive tract, where they are absorbed and passed on to the newborn by breast-feeding. Studies concluded that it is vitally important that the Digestive tract of the Pregnant and nursing mother operate at its optimum level to prevent the transfer of Pathogens to the newborn.