Researchers have discovered that pesticides doubles the risk of asthma in adults. Scientists studied 20,000 American farmers and found that those using the most pesticides were at the highest risk. Some farmers routinely use as many as 16 different pesticides on their crops.
One in 10 adults and one in 3 children suffer from chronic asthma. Asthma is the most common chronic illness among children and pesticides are widely used in schools to control pests in the buildings as well as the grounds. Some form of pest control is needed as the pests themselves can trigger asthma in susceptible children.
Asthma attacks may also be brought on by pollen, house dust mite, tobacco smoke, feathers and other allergens. Even a change of temperature or exposure to cold morning air can cause a spasm of the airways restricting the flow of air making breathing difficult.
Studies in the past have linked asthma to poor diets, obesity and tobacco smoke so it is important to encourage our children to eat a better diet. Good healthy diets will also help improve immune function that plays an important role in the body’s defences against environmental allergies.
It was only reported last week that there were traces of pesticides found on nearly a third of fresh fruit and vegetables, milk and meat in the UK. This is very worrying at a time when there is an initiative to try to introduce more fruit and vegetables into school meals.
The conventional treatment for asthma is focused on the symptoms rather than curing the underlying cause. Natural remedies and treatments aim at curing the dysfunction.
Herbal and homeopathic asthma treatment can be extremely effective. Depending on the severity of the asthma, they can reduce or eliminate the need for the synthetic drugs and inhalers. They can also be safely used to complement conventional treatment of asthma.
Most of these pesticides get stored in the body in the fat layers of the cells interfering with the cell function. Detoxification can help lower the load of toxins in your body improving cell and immune system function.
Ideally couples planning a pregnancy should undergo a detox program to lower the chemical load that affects our ability to conceive and is passed to the baby during pregnancy and breast feeding. In many cases the immune system is compromised from birth due to the chemicals already present.