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Some illnesses are perceived as much harder to treat than they really are. Asthma is a good example.

Six Ways to Avoid an Asthma Attack:

1) Low Vitamin C causes asthma. High-dose vitamin C relieves asthma.
"Decreased preference for foods containing vitamin C and decreased concentrations of vitamin C in blood plasma are also associated with asthma."  (Hatch, G.E. (1995) American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 61:625S-30S.)

Robert Cathcart, M.D., recommends a daily vitamin C dosage of between 15,000 to 50,000 milligrams (mg), divided into eight doses. I have seen this work again and again. (Cathcart, R. F. (1981) Vitamin C, titrating to bowel tolerance, anascorbemia, and acute induced scurvy. Medical Hypotheses. 7:1359-1376. )

He writes:
"Asthma is most often relieved by bowel tolerance doses of ascorbate. A child regularly having asthmatic attacks following exercise is usually relieved of these attacks by large doses of ascorbate. So far all of my patients having asthmatic attacks associated with the onset of viral diseases have been ameliorated by this treatment." 

When consumed in regular, frequent, near-saturation-doses, vitamin C is a powerful antihistamine.

See: Stone, I. (1972) The Healing Factor. New York: Grosset and Dunlap. The complete text of this important book is posted for free reading at or at

Chapter 19 discusses asthma.


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2) Smoking around asthmatics is assault, and smoking around children is child abuse.
Smoking, or simply breathing second-hand tobacco smoke, destroys vitamin C.  Do not allow asthmatics near smokers. This goes double for children. It will not surprise anyone to learn that many scientific studies confirm the link between exposure to tobacco smoke and increased incidence of asthma. 


3) Stress reduction greatly helps asthmatics.

The following studies report reduced airway resistance and decreased severity of symptoms in persons with bronchial asthma:


Honsberger, R. W., and Wilson, A. F. (1973) The effect of Transcendental Meditation upon bronchial asthma. Clinical Research 21: 278 (Abstract).

Honsberger, R. W., and Wilson, A. F. (1973) Transcendental Meditation in treating asthma. Respiratory Therapy: The Journal of Inhalation Technology 3: 79-80.

Wilson, A. F.; Honsberger, R. W.; Chiu, J. T.; and Novey, H. S. (1975) Transcendental Meditation and asthma. Respiration 32: 74-80.

These papers report profound improvement and decreasing need for anti-asthmatic drugs:

Graf, D., and Pfisterer, G. (1978) Der Nutzen der Technik der Transzendentalen Meditation für die ärztliche Praxis. Erfahrungsheilkunde 9: 594-596. 

Kirtane, L. (1980) Transcendental Meditation: A multipurpose tool in clinical practice. General medical practice, Poona, Maharashtra, India

Browne, G. E.; Fougere, D.; Roxburgh, A.; Bird, J.; and Lovell-Smith, H. D. (1983) Improved mental and physical health and decreased use of prescribed and non-prescribed drugs through the Transcendental Meditation program. Age of Enlightenment Medical Council, Christchurch, New Zealand; Heylen Research Centre, Auckland, New Zealand; and Dunedin Hospital, Dunedin, New Zealand. 

4) Keep your back in line.  For you, this may mean regular visits to a good chiropractor. For me, it means yoga, regular exercise, and stretches every day. Easy how-to's at

5) Avoid dairy products and meat. Eat a lot of fresh, raw foods such as vegetable salads and fresh fruit. This is a tried and true naturopathic protocol.

6)  Look into homeopathic remedies for asthma.  I’d start with aconitum napthallus (aconite), a microdilution of the monkshood herb. It is good first aid for an asthma attack. Taking lots of vitamin C will negate your need for even this natural remedy, however.

Copyright 2001 and prior years by Andrew W. Saul.

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