Asthma - Gasping For Fresh Air

In the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research Vol. 1 No. 4, the ICPA in association with the Michigan Council of Chiropractors published one such study, demonstrating the positive effects of chiropractic care on 81 children with asthma.1 The results of the study concluded chiropractic care is a safe, drug free, health care approach where the patient perceived improved respiration, improved quality of life and less frequent asthma attacks. You would hope that "health care" providers would embrace this study with hope for this debilitating and seemingly non-relenting condition. Children's lives are at stake; this is the primary concern!

Asthma - Gasping For Fresh Air   I.C.P.A. Newsletter July/August 1998

Antibiotic Use in Pregnancy Linked to Allergy Related Symptoms in Child

A study of British children suggests that women who have an infection or take antibiotics during pregnancy are more likely to have a child with an allergy-related condition such as asthma, hay fever or eczema. Researchers at the University of Nottingham evaluated the medical records of nearly 25,000 British children and their mothers. The study found that children exposed to antibiotics in the womb had a higher risk of developing asthma, hay fever and eczema than did children whose mothers did not take the medication during pregnancy. Because a person's immune system develops while he or she is still in the womb, some experts speculate that factors that modify microbial exposure at this time may have a long-term effect on the risk of developing allergic disease.

Amer. J. Respiratory and Critical Care Med 2002 (Sep 15);   166 (6):   827-832

Mode of Delivery and Asthma - Is There a Connection?

The results of this study suggest that caesarean section delivery may be associated with an increased prevalence of atopic asthma.

View the abstract in:   Pediatr Res. 2002 (Jul);   52 (1):   6-11

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Asthma on the Increase in Spite of Medical Attempts for Treatment

In spite of medical attempt to treat asthma, asthma rates have increased more than 160% in children under the age of 5, and 74% in children aged 5 to 14 since 1981, Today, asthma is the most chronic childhood illness affecting upwards of 5 million children. It accounts for an estimated 11.8 million school days missed per year nationwide, as well as loss of parental work-days. In 1994, the US spent an estimated $10.7 billion on asthma.

Pediatrics 2002 (May);   109 (5):   919-930

Day Care Linked To Asthma

Children who are enrolled in day care centers before their second birthday may be at increased risk for developing asthma, according to the results of this study of more than 3700 Norwegian preschool children.

Investigators say that about 80% of children in the cohort attended day care centers. Those who had been enrolled before the age of 2 had an 11.7% incidence of asthma, compared with 8.8% in children who started day care later. Among children who had never attended day care the incidence of asthma was 8.6%.

Unvaccinated Children Have Less Asthma

The following is a reprint from the February 1998 issue of The Vaccine Reaction Newsletter published by the National Vaccine Information Center.

In an article entitled "The Dark Side of Immunizations", Science News reviews new reports by researchers that show that vaccinated children have a higher incidence of asthma and diabetes than do unvaccinated children.   Science News reports that a study by researchers at the Wellington School of Medicine in New Zealand found that unvaccinated New Zealand children report fewer cases of asthma than vaccinated children.

Another study by New Zealand researchers published in the November 1997 Epidemiology 1 analyzed the health of 1,265 people born in 1977.  Of these, 23 didn't get any childhood vaccinations and none of them suffered childhood asthma.  Among the 1,242 who got polio and DPT shots, more than 23 percent later had episodes of asthma.

Science News adds that a 1994 survey of 446 British children, most of them eight years old, showed that 91 received no vaccinations in early childhood.  Only one child out of 91 got asthma.  About 11 percent of the other 355 children who had been vaccinated with pertussis and other vaccines had asthma.  The article goes on to note that animal studies indicate that an absence of contact with naturally occurring viruses increases the risk of diabetes and that research in humans suggests that some childhood infections may prime a person's immune system to fight off asthma.

Howard L. Weiner, an immunologist at Harvard Medial School in Boston, is quoted in the article as saying that immunization skews the activity of the immune system and "if a person has a tendency toward a disease at a certain age, a vaccine might ... make [him or her] more susceptible later, when other challenges come along." He added, "It's logical that there might be some immune manipulation that happens in childhood that might have a positive or negative effect on these diseases."

1 Kemp T, Pearce N, Fitzharris P,   Is infant immunization a risk factor for childhood asthma or allergy? Epidemiology 1997 (Nov);   8 (6):   678-680

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Despite the improved in-depth understanding of the pathophysiology of asthma, mortality due to asthma continues to rise at an alarming rate as over 5,000 asthma-related deaths last year 1 represent the ultimate management and treatment failure.   Patients with asthma account for 2 million emergency room visits and one half million hospitalizations per year, with patients under age 15 having the highest representation. 2 Asthmatics account for:

20 million outpatient visits per year
1.6 million emergency room visits per year
500, 000 hospitalizations per year
20 million lost work days per year
10 million lost school days per year
35 million prescriptions per year


1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Surveillance for Asthma -- US, 1960-1995. (CDC Surveillance Summaries.) MMWR. 1998;47:1022-1025

2 National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), National Health Interview Survey. 1982-1994.
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