I hope that by sharing my story others will learn that there are alternative options for common health problems and that people suffering from health problems may be able to benefit and heal naturally and break free of the need for prescription medications the way my family has.
The more I learn the more I realize that the chronic illness in my family suffered from was caused by a combination of toxic diet, dangerous vaccines, and dangerous medications.
About a week after my child received a flu shot at just two years old, he was hospitalized with a severe asthma attack, with no previous history of asthma. The next nine years we watched my child’s asthma try to slowly consume him. We spent years of feeling completely helpless and watching his asthma take its toll on his health and well-being, suffering through multiple attacks yearly. Anytime he got sick he would spend a week at a time unable to leave the house, he was barely able to take a breath, on hourly asthma treatments, always ending up on oral steroids. In addition to these treatments, he was also taking a daily steroid inhaler, nasal steroids, and a variety of allergy medication, which eventually led to a test that resulted in 30% lung function in his small bronchial airways. All the while, his health was also declining due to the side effects of the steroids. He was well over his average weight and gaining steadily and rapidly, his ongoing struggle to breathe made physical activity and any exercise a challenge. Over the last five year period of time his allergy response or IgE went from a high at 100 to an outrageously high at 800, a normal reading should be no more than 60 in a healthy child. His condition was getting worse and the conventional medication certainly was not making him better, unfortunately, I believe the conventional steroids were causing him to further deteriorate by suppressing his immune system and increasing his allergic response.
We took him to a pulmonologist who did a bronchoscopy to look into his lungs. The lab results of this test confirmed that acid from his stomach was getting into his lungs. After nine years of having his prescriptions increased, and/or changed to a new medication until we were right back to the first medication we started with, we never saw any increased benefit to his condition or symptoms. With my sons, lung function at 30% allergy shots were far too risky and the only options we had left were medications with downright terrifying side effects.
The doctors recommended Advair and another medication called Xolair, with Xolair carrying warnings such as, “Anaphylaxis presenting as bronchospasm, hypotension, syncope, urticaria, and/or angioedema of the throat or tongue, has been reported to occur after administration of XOLAIR“. As well as suffering from life-threatening side effects and ongoing chronic illness myself from Advair (made by GlaxoSmithKline) in 2006, and my grandfather suffering from the exact same life-threatening side effects from a similar medication named Symbicort (made by AstraZeneca) during the same time. Medpage today reports that 1900 deaths have been directly linked to Advair between 2004 and 2011. In 2003 Glaxo shut down a study of salmeterol earlier than intended after 13 patients died. A prominent FDA epidemiologist, Dr. David Graham, called for Advair and similar drugs such as (Long-acting beta 2-adrenergic agonists) to be banned for treating asthma, calling their ongoing use a “natural experiment.” Both of these medications are currently being prescribed by doctors and they are classified as Long-acting beta 2-adrenergic agonists and carry the FDA ALERT as of [11/2005]: Long-acting beta 2-adrenergic agonists, such as formoterol, the active ingredient in Foradil Aerolizer, have been associated with an increased risk of serious asthma exacerbations and asthma-related death. I was desperate to find answers and safe treatments to help my child. I had no choice but to look for alternatives to conventional medications and thank God we did.
Through this process, I learned about food allergies, food sensitivities and unnatural substances in food causing Leaky Gut Syndrome (also known as Intestinal Permeability), WebMD reports, “Leaky gut is increased intestinal permeability or intestinal hyperpermeability. That could happen when tight junctions in the gut, which control what passes through the lining of the small intestine, don’t work properly. That could let substances leak into the bloodstream.” Leaky gut Syndrom is a well-known condition in naturopathic medicine. In my experience doctors who practice naturopathic medicine have been treating this condition for at least the last ten years that I have found in my research. Leaky Gut Syndrome causes internal inflammation in the gut and can lead to more serious problems like autoimmune disease, food intolerance, digestive issues, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and more. Unfortunately, conventional doctors have only recently started to acknowledge Leaky Gut Syndrome as a condition.
We sought the advice of a local naturopath doctor who agreed that the IgG test would offer more information and if acid was getting into his lungs it was likely due to Leaky Gut Syndrome. The IgG test looks at the antibodies that provide long-term resistance to infections, this test is key to discovering food sensitivities. A food sensitivity is an adverse reaction to a food with no antigen-antibody response. The following link provides specifics for those interested in more information. IgE vs IgG
We took the advice of the naturopath doctor took him off the steroids, removed all toxicity, stopped all unnatural sugars, wheat gluten, and pasteurized dairy, switched to an organic diet, and removed all foods that were listed as an allergy or sensitivity showing on either the IgE and IgG reports. She recommended we start him on probiotics to rebuild the natural bacteria in his gut, digestive enzymes to replace these missing enzymes, licorice root for the acid reflux, l-glutamine to heal the gut and suggested, adrenal rebuilder and adrenal support because his cortisol levels were low, likely due to the years of steroid use. For your convenience and so that you can learn more about these amazing natural supplements, I have included links to each item.
We also started using natural products such as Quercetin for treating allergies. We noticed results within a few weeks, it was allergy season and he didn’t have any allergy symptoms through the entire season and not one asthma attack. I was completely and I was comforted by the fact that the supplements I was giving him were all natural, so there was no concern about frightening side effects like I had previously had over the conventional medications.
Naturopathic medicine works off the foundation that an imbalance in the gut is what leads to most chronic conditions, our gut is 80% of our immune system, when there is an imbalance, we see health problems arise. As Hippocrates, the famous Greek Physician said over 2000 years ago, “All disease begins in the gut”, unfortunately, many of us are just starting to realize how correct he was.
While we knew that we were on to the cause because the asthma attacks had stopped, he still experienced wheezing from time to time. We decided there must be more to his condition. While we knew that we had made a tremendous amount of progress there was still something missing.
Unfortunately, naturopath doctors are expensive and insurance doesn’t cover the cost. I decided to do some research on my own, I found Prescription for Natural Cures by James F. Balch. This book offered the final important piece of the puzzle. In this book, I learned that people with asthma are generally deficient in Magnesium and some B vitamins. I immediately started researching quality vitamins, I had used vitamins from local stores before and always felt worse when using them, so I was hesitant to give him vitamins. My naturopath doctor suggested supplements from a health food store, which I immediately purchased. I have been so pleased to find many of the supplements such as the Natural Factors, Natures Way, and Rainbow Light brand, that she recommended at iherb.com offered at a discounted price.
With all of this valuable information, we decided to change everyone’s diet in the household, moving to an organic diet. For myself and my other son, who also experienced GI issues, we started probiotics and after much research, I have learned to love homemade fermented foods they so many more beneficial bacteria. Along with the probiotics, we supplemented digestive enzymes, licorice root to treat acid reflux, l-glutamine to heal leaky gut syndrome and instantly we saw progress. We have eliminated our son’s asthma attacks, we have taken control of his seasonal allergies, and food sensitivities. Our younger son’s stomach aches from food sensitivities have subsided, his reoccurring croup and acid reflux have all stopped. I believe the largest factor in the food intolerances and sensitivities were due to a yeast overgrowth in the gut, by treating the yeast with ACV (or apple cider vinegar) we have seen a significant improvement.
My panic attacks, depression, anxiety, fibromyalgia symptoms, insomnia, and chronic fatigue have also subsided. The unstable mood patterns are under control and our entire family is feeling better than ever before and we have done it all naturally, without side effects and after a few months of sticking to this supplement regime, we were able to stop the supplements altogether, without our symptoms returning.
The symptoms my family was experiencing were all due to an overload of toxins in our systems, foods containing harmful chemicals, from dangerous pesticides, herbicides, preservatives, GMO’s, unnatural sugars, meat loaded with antibiotics and hormones. Not to mention the constant trips to the fast food restaurants, these habits made all of us sick and eventually lead to Leaky Gut Syndrome. These habits coupled with vitamin and mineral deficiency from the lack of nutrients in our food and toxins preventing the body from absorbing the small amount of nutrition offered by the food we were eating, was definitely the initial cause and dangerous medications were compounding the issue.
With complete confidence, I can tell you there are other options and that most, if not all, health problems can be corrected with diet changes. It is very important that we eliminate dangerous toxins from our diets, and replenish natural bacteria in our guts. The natural bacteria that has diminished due to over-toxicity, the overuse of antibiotics and unnatural over the counter and prescription medications. Since our family has been more focused on a healthy, organic lifestyle and using natural supplements. We have seen a huge improvement in our health.
My decision to share this information is simply because I wish someone could have helped me by letting me know that there were other options when my child was suffering from constant reoccurring asthma attacks. Unfortunately, the best the doctors could do was to give us medication that not only caused other health problems but simply got him by.
FTC DISCLOSURE: This site is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Heidi Hall developed this site to raise awareness on concerns regarding conventional medications and how they can affect the immune system, vaccine safety, and informed consent regarding vaccines. As well as conditions such as leaky gut syndrome that commonly go undiagnosed by doctors as you have seen in my situation.
It is always important to check with your doctor before you stop any medication and some supplements can have a negative interaction with prescription medications. You can seek the advice of a naturopath doctor who can help you safely stop using conventional medication when necessary. Naturopath doctors are experienced in healing leaky gut syndrome, as well as diagnosing autoimmune diseases, food intolerance, and treatment options.
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