Starting in just a couple of weeks, you’ll hear endless yakety-yak about the flu.
It’s as if the virus is going door to door, looking for victims!
Meanwhile, a different kind of respiratory disease is getting about as much attention as it always does: NONE!
I’m here today to even the score and give lower respiratory disorders such as bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma their due.
Not only are they 50 TIMES deadlier than the flu, but as a new study shows, they’re also killing more people than anyone in medicine has ever realized… or recognized.
Maybe that’s because they’re too busy obsessing over the flu!
Let them obsess all they want. Meanwhile, you can take the action you need to save your own skin and avoid these conditions, which are far much more likely to hurt or even kill
As the new study shows, 4 million people around the world are killed by COPD and asthma every year. That includes thousands here in the United States, where lower respiratory
diseases including COPD (bronchitis and emphysema) and asthma kill 150,000 a year.
That’s about 3,000 Americans per week — or, as many Americans as the flu typically kills all year long!
Now, let me get into something the new study doesn’t.
They claim that no one needs to die of these conditions, which is true. But they also say almost all of these cases can be controlled through lifestyle factors, such as not
smoking and getting treatment in time.
And that’s only HALF true — because you can do everything right by mainstream standards and STILL suffer worsening and even deadly COPD and asthma.
What they WON’T tell you is that many common drugs can make COPD worse and even cause it to spiral completely out of control.
Beta blockers given for blood pressure, for example, can increase resistance in your airways — and that’s the perfect recipe for rapidly worsening COPD. Other meds, like anti-
anxiety drugs, can also screw with your airways.
It’s the same story for asthma, with some of the same drugs at work: Beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors can both trigger asthma attacks, and up to 1 in 5 patients with the
condition are so sensitive to NSAIDs that these painkillers can cause them to gasp and wheeze.
Obviously, you need to do some work: Watch yourself, take care of yourself, and don’t do anything you know will make these conditions worse.
Common sense, right?
But just as clearly, some of this is on your doc and his freewheeling prescription habits.
Do some homework on your meds… and if you suspect any of them are gumming up your own airways, speak to your doc about other options, especially non-drug alternatives.