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Posted May 9, 2014: by Bill Sardi
“Hundreds of deaths could be prevented” says the headline published at the UK’s online TELEGRAPH health home page. “Asthma sufferers are dying needlessly,” says health editor Laura Donnelly. Two-thirds of the deaths from asthma including almost all of those involving children could have been prevented with use of stronger-dose steroid inhalers. Health authorities called it a “frankly horrifying” blunder. Lower-dose inhalers were used because they were more economical. A leading physician said it was “a tragic waste of life,” and added that all patients should have access to high-quality care.
However the problem may be rooted in lack of proper nutrition, not in a drug deficiency. The medical literature is replete with reports showing vitamin D deficiency increases the severity of asthma attacks. [Hospital Pediatrics Oct 2013; Indian Journal Pediatrics Nov 6, 2013; Respiratory Research Feb 22, 2013] Vitamin D can be used without the withering of bone, cloudy cataracts and depressed immune system that result from chronic used of steroidal drugs to control asthma.
Physician indifference and ignorance are to blame for these avoidable deaths. ©2014 Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.
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