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Menopause and Asthma: Is There A Connection?
by Dr. Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN,
Research indicates that women with hormone imbalance
are twice as likely to develop asthma. According to
some researchers patterns of development of asthma
in the general public have indicated the possibility
of some sort of hormonal role. Asthma involves inflammation
that constricts muscles in the airways, causing attacks
of wheezing and shortness of breath. An estimated 20
million Americans, including 14 million adults, are
affected by asthma. The thought process is that the
changes in estrogen and progesterone levels that occur
during the menstrual cycle may cause constriction of
In a study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine,
70,000 women were examined for the likelihood of developing
asthma after menopause. The study concluded that postmenopausal
women taking synthetic estrogen were more than two
times (actually 2.29) likely to develop asthma than
their counterparts not taking estrogen. The results
were similar for women who were taking synthetic estrogen
Below are some statistics about how asthma
In a recent report from the CDC, doctors reported
that significantly more women than men have asthma
in the United States: 9.1% of females vs. only 5.1%
In the last decade the death rate from asthma increased
54% in women compared to only 23% for men.
Doctor visits increased 8% for females with asthma
but decreased 23% for men.
A 10-year study in the Yale New Haven Hospital found
that females with severe asthma were admitted to the
hospital almost twice as often as men with severe asthma.
These same females stayed in the hospital almost a
day longer than their male counterparts.
Asthma is found to be more common in boys than girls.
At the time of puberty, asthma occurs in boys and girls
equally. After puberty, women are more likely than
men to have asthma. Therefore as a woman’s hormonal
system matures it may play a role in the changing prevalence
Studies have shown that approximately one third of
women report that their symptoms are worse just before
or during menstruation, with the most severe attacks
usually occurring three days before and four days into
the menstrual period. Some research indicates that
in women with PMS asthma, the rise in progesterone
and sharp decline in estrogen shortly before menstruation
increase the risk for asthma attacks. Further evidence
of the hormone-asthma link was discovered after a lengthy
study by researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
in Boston. They found that synthetic hormone replacement
therapy may as much as double the risk of developing
asthma in postmenopausal women.
It now appears that HRT may also increase the risk
of developing asthma or a respiratory allergy, according
to research released by the European Respiratory Society
which is held in Vienna. Women on HRT were 40 to 50%
more likely to suffer from asthma or to exhibit asthma
symptoms. The increased risk rose to 60% in the case
of allergic asthma. Women on HRT were 30% more often
affected by hay fever.
Researcher Dr. R. Graham Barr of Columbia Presbyterian
Medical Center acknowledged that women who take prescription
hormones might be more likely to be diagnosed with
asthma simply because they might have more doctors'
visits than nonusers. But they also found an increased
asthma risk among synthetic hormone users who had few
doctors' visits. Estrogen tends to make cells retain
more fluid, which might narrow lung airways, Barr said.
Also, some data have shown that synthetic hormone supplements
can increase levels of certain inflammatory markers
in the blood, which might also affect asthma risk.
If you are a woman and have asthma what can
For women who find a relationship between their menstrual
cycles and asthma or develop asthma later in life while
using synthetic hormones, there is a way to balance
out the hormones using natural bio-identical progesterone.
One theory is that the decrease in progesterone levels
that occurs a few days before the menstrual cycle may
contribute to the heightened probability of an asthma
Progesterone has been found to decrease the contractility
of smooth muscle and contribute greatly to the relaxation
of bronchial smooth muscle induced by isoproterenol.
Progesterone has also been found to act as a bronchodilator
in women who experience premenstrual worsening of asthma.
The sudden drop in progesterone levels before the menstrual
cycle can trigger bronchoconstriction. Because progesterone
is important in the regulation of microvascular leakage
in airways, a decrease in progesterone may lead to
airway mucosal edema. Progesterone may also have anti-inflammatory
effects on the body.
Natural Ways to Treat Hormonal Imbalance and
Keep a diary of your symptoms and
compare it to your menstrual cycle. Notice any patterns.
Aspirin and other non-steroid medications such
as Advil and Aleve can worsen asthma symptoms. These
drugs are commonly used for relief of menstrual cramps
and have recently been proven unsafe to use on a regular
basis. Natural progesterone is excellent in the relief
of menstrual cramps. Another excellent product is NOPAINE topically
Educate yourself about natural progesterone
for the use of hormonal imbalance. We recommend
Oasis Serene and Oasis Serene Plus bio-identical, all-natural
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Body Cleansing and Detoxification -
Every six months perform a total liver/gallbladder, digestive
tract and parasite
cleanse. You can find instructions at www.oasisadvancedwellness.com
Diet – Concentrate on foods that don’t
promote mucus production such as raw organic fruits
and vegetables, limited whole grains, organic seeds,
organic-free-range poultry and cold-water fish. Include
one clove of garlic in your daily diet. Use two tablespoons
of ground flaxseed daily for omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s
act as an anti-inflammatory on the body. Eliminate
all dairy, sugar, pre-packaged foods and fried foods.
Avoid foods that cause gas. Try to eat five small meals
a day. Bottom line: Eat as close to nature as possible.
Water – Drink half your body weight
in ounces of pure, clean water every day. This will
continually flush toxins from the system. According
to experts, water is helpful after an asthma attack
in breaking up mucus.
Magnesium – Take 250 mg two to four times each day.
If loose stools should occur, reduce dosage. Magnesium
Orotate is the best form of magnesium. Magnesium acts
as a muscle relaxant and may therefore improve lung
function. Will also help with PMS symptoms.
and Digestive Enzymes – This will improve
the absorption of nutrients from food and will help
to decrease food reactions.
Quercitin – 1,000 mg three times daily.
Anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy.
C – 1,000 mg two to ten times daily. You
must build up to bowel tolerance. Vitamin C has antihistamine
benefits which will help with inflammation.
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It is a natural product from the Funtumia Elastica
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basis, can help with the symptoms of conditions such
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Massage – Massing the back using NOPAINE will
relax the bronchial muscles. To break up congestion
use one of the specialty rubber mallets to gently pound
the back. For PMS symptoms massage NOPAINE into
the abdominal area.
Aromatherapy – Diffuse high-quality
essential oils through a diffuser. Oils that open the
airways and loosen congestion are lavender, tea tree
Exercise – Exercise increases the
ability for the lungs to take in oxygen. Walking for
30 minutes each day is preferable. If it is cold outside,
then use a treadmill in the home. Educate yourself
about deep breathing and do this daily. Exercise also
helps to alleviate some symptoms of menopause and PMS.
Air Purification – Use an ionic
air purifier to keep the air clean in your home
and office. This is especially important if you work
in an office or live in a home that is older than five
As you can see using a whole-body approach will help
to alleviate hormonal imbalance which may result in
the alleviation of asthma, especially during the days
before and after the menstrual cycle. For more information
on how to bring the body into total health see our
Your Hormones Without Drugs…You Can Feel Good Again which
is a great place to begin your education. Not only
will you learn how to balance the hormonal system,
but in return will help to reduce or eliminate your
asthma. Asthma is controllable and in many instances
reversible but it takes desire, discipline and determination.
I encourage you to begin now to bring your body back
to total health and well-being.
Loretta Lanphier, ND, CN, HHP is
a Doctor of Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist and Holistic
Health Practitioner in the Houston, TX area and CEO/President
of Oasis Advanced Wellness. A teacher and author, she
counsels Oasis Advanced Wellness clients on the aspects
of getting the body healthy and keeping the body healthy.
As a cancer survivor, she is able to relate extensively,
both as a patient and a practitioner, to clients suffering
from disease. Dr. Lanphier has been privileged to share
her cancer survival story with hundreds of people during
seminars and lectures. Her passionate style of truth
and straight-forwardness in an easy-to-understand format
is very refreshing to even the most discerning of audiences.
Dr. Lanphier is the author of two books and many articles
on health conditions written from a natural/alternative
medicine viewpoint. Dr. Lanphier is dedicated to helping
people create lasting changes in their health and enhancing
well-being through whole body nutritional balancing
including physician strength supplementation. Dr. Lanphier
is Editor and contributor to the worldwide newsletter Alternative
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