As you know by now, you have nasal allergies. But you also have asthma. And it sucks. Your asthma began when you were twelve or further young or may be older and you moved with your parents who are looking for better economic opportunity at some other part of the Country may be to a sunny metropolitan suburb. But you know before that, your lungs were perfectly healthy. Your family just happened to move to one of the smoggiest parts of paradise. Your dad knew it was a mistake when he couldn’t see the mountains through the orange-brown haze one summer morning.
How much you suffered?
Your asthma was mainly exercise-induced or pollen based and your inhaler became your best friend for those years of cricket and football. But ultimately, you managed and thought it didn’t really hold you back. Over the years, you continued to require an inhaler before and after any form of exercise, whether it was surfing, running on the treadmill, mountain biking, or swimming. You would also have mild asthma attacks when you ate too much. As mentioned previously, allergy testing revealed you were strongly allergic to dust and moderately allergic to mold, with a few pollen thrown in just to be annoying. Eliminating dust from your life helped relieve your nasal allergies, but the mild asthma persisted. Sometimes you’d need your inhaler twice a day for weeks on end. You even required some inhaled steroids here and there.
Three years ago you saw a clip from some Dr. X Show about a Himalayan crystal salt inhaler used as a treatment for asthma. If it was good enough for Dr. X, you figured you’d also try it. You’re pleasantly surprised: ten minutes of breathing the salts every day reduced your inhaler use significantly. It wasn’t a cure, but it helped. But as it had happened before, this also stops giving the desired relief.
You thought the real breakthrough finally came about two and a half years ago when you decided to go “paleo”. The paleo diet was the latest fad of the time and composed of several low-carb diets that claimed to improve immune health. You’ve read everything about it and tried in desperation. It really changed your life you thought; probably my need for an inhaler would decrease even more. Sometimes, you could often exercise without it. Then you thought icing on the cake came about six months later when your family went gluten-free. You’d never suspected you were sensitive to gluten; skin and blood allergy tests had always been normal. But ever since going gluten-free, you can go much longer than ever before without your medicated inhaler.
You no longer have to take it with yourself everywhere. The crystal salt inhaler relieves any mild chest tightness that you occasionally feel, and now you can exercise quite vigorously without any wheezing at all. You need your regular inhaler about twice a month, and you’ve had a bad week about twice each year. You don’t consider yourself cured, and you have to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle to keep the allergic side of your immune system in check. But you’re thrilled that you don’t require any chronic medications to keep your lungs healthy. You accepted the reality that you’ve to live with it.
How I got Involved?
I have seen my wife suffer from this for almost 14 years and have full empathy with your story. Daily Cetrizine & Deriphyllin doses, Asthalin/Levolin inhaler have been your constant companion since your childhood days. You got married and became mother of a few kids but this chronic disease always haunted you. You were always fearful that what if my kids would also suffer from this disease. You always blamed genes, hereditary, pollution, weather and even God for making you suffer. Finally you learned to live with asthma and completely believed that asthma is only manageable and No cure.
At last I got enough knowledge & wisdom that I cured her. I thanks to God for giving patience and ability to connect dots from diverse subjects such as ancient medicine systems of India, modern psychology, latest development in the field of Psycho Neuro Immunology, Complimentary & alternative medicines, mind-body healing, Meditation & Vipassana. The real truth then dawned upon me that asthma is caused by our social interaction with other human being & how emotionally we react to people and situation in life.
For most of these years, standard treatment has primarily focused on allergy testing to identify possible allergens and the managing of inhalers to maintain quality of life for patients. This is how virtually all doctors treat asthma. But times have been changing; emotional health & its effect on immune system research has provided a few new tools that families can use to exactly pinpoint the real cause of haywire functioning of their immune systems and completely heal allergic inflammation or at least drastically reduce the inflammation in the short term, and slowly & steadily curing it.
What will you get?
The book I am planning to pen down would provide you with the skills you actually need to completely heal or minimize your family’s asthma. My endeavor would be to keep it simple and straight. No magic potion, or magic fruit or magical salt. Rather, I would be covering technical knowledge about our anatomy specifically related to respiratory system and about my Therapy which I name FAMERR (Focused Attention Meditation for Emotional Recall & Resolution) which specifically deals with correctly establishing links between your emotional imbalance causing asthma and necessary steps to resolve the same.
The therapeutic values of Vipassana Meditation is pursued to delve deeper into mind to carry out the detective work of sifting the true incident where asthma started suffocating you. Lastly, the power of meditation & spiritual counselling self talk would be pursued to resolve the identified emotional conflict which would lead to long term healing of asthma. No where am I going to stop you from using your present medicine which is also very necessary to get symptomatic relief till you get complete healing.
No more Asthma suffering, no more life time dependency of medicines & inhalers and no more changing your life style.